Current Affairs Quiz Set 72 Bharat Craft, an e-commerce portal will be launched by which of the following? Government of India Amazon Ali Baba Flipkart S-a E- Government is planning to launch Bharat Craft, an e-commerce portal, on the lines of Alibaba, and should soon see turnover on the platform to the tune of Rs 10 lakh crore in the next few years and this would benefit Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in a big way. Bharat Craft will have to compete with these three big players to establish itself and achieve the Rs 10 lakh crore turnover target set by the government. Which of the following countries will allow women over the age of 21 to receive passports and travel abroad without permission from a male guardian.? Turkey Saudi Arabia Pakistan Afghanistan S-b E- Saudi Arabia began implementing a landmark reform allowing women over the age of 21 to receive passports and travel abroad without permission from a male guardian. The reform weakens the restrictive guardianship system that has long been a symbol of repression against women. Women in the kingdom have long required permission from their male ‘guardians’- husband, father and other male relatives-for these tasks, a restriction that drew international censure. When is the Sadbhawana Diwas observed? 20 August 21 August 11 August 19 August S-a E- Sadbhavana Diwas is observed on 20 August every year to commemorate the birth anniversary of youngest Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. This day is observed to encourage the national integration, peace, affection and communal harmony among the Indian people of all religions. When is the World Humanitarian Day (WHD) observed? 20 August 27 August 18 August 19 August S-d E- World Humanitarian Day (WHD) is held every year on 19 August to pay tribute to aid workers who risk their lives in humanitarian service, and to rally support for people affected by crises around the world. On 19 August 2003, a terrorist attack hit the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad, killing 22 people. Among those who lost their lives was Sergio Vieira de Mello, the UN’s top representative in Iraq. Five years later, the General Assembly adopted a resolution designating 19 August as World Humanitarian Day. When is the International Day of Remembrance and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism observed? 20 August 27 August 22 August 19 August S-c E- The General Assembly designated 22 August as the International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief recognizing the importance of providing victims of acts of violence based on religion or belief and members of their families with appropriate support and assistance in accordance with applicable law. The Day comes right after the International Day of Remembrance and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism 21 August. Where was the first ever World Youth Conference for Kindness held? Pune Bengaluru Mumbai New Delhi S- d E- The Minister of Human Resource Development, Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank' along with President Ram Nath Kovind addressed the event celebrating the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi' on the theme 'Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam: Gandhi for the Contemporary World at the Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi on August 23, 2019. This conference was organized with the aim to impart critical competencies (i.e. empathy, compassion, mindfulness, and critical inquiry) in global youth to inspire, empower and enable them to transform themselves and build long-lasting peace in their communities. Who among the following has been appointed as the Cabinet Secretary? Brij Kumar Agarwal Subhash Chandra Ajay Kumar Rajiv Gauba S-d E- The government appointed outgoing Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba as Cabinet Secretary for two years. His tenure will be effective from August 30, 2019, as per the official order. Ajay Kumar appointed as Secretary Defence; Subhash Chandra is Secretary, Defence Production and Brij Kumar Agarwal is Secretary, Lokpal. Who among the following has been appointed as the Vodafone Idea CEO? Suyash Adlakha Girish Mittal Balesh Sharma Ravinder Takkar S-d E- Vodafone Idea has appointed Ravinder Takkar as the group CEO after Balesh Sharma has stepped down due to ‘personal reasons’. By when will be all the lanes in the fee plazas declared as ‘FASTag lane of fee plaza’? December 1, 2019 January 1, 2019 December 31, 2019 December 2, 2019 S-a E- FASTag is an electronic toll connection device installed in the vehicle to help drivers to drive through toll plazas without having to stop. The move is part of the government’s plan to promote digital payments at toll plazas and decongest national highways All lanes in the fee plazas shall be declared as “FASTag lane of fee plaza by December 1, 2019. Which country is the biggest emitter of sulphur dioxide? India Russia China South Africa S-a E- A new report by Greenpeace India shows the country is the largest emitter of sulphur dioxide in the world, with more than 15% of all the anthropogenic sulphur dioxide hotspots detected by the NASA OMI (Ozone Monitoring Instrument) satellite. Almost all of these emissions in India are because of coal-burning. The NASA data revealed that Norilsk smelter complex in Russia is the largest SO2 emission hotspot in the world, followed by Kriel in Mpumalanga province in South Africa and Zagroz in Iran. However, in the country-wise ranking, India topped the list in emitting SO2 as it has the maximum number of hotspots. Which of the following has been awarded title sponsorship rights for five more years by BCCI? Vivo Byju Paytm Oppo S-c E- One 97 Communications Pvt. Ltd, owners of Paytm retained the sponsorship rights for BCCI's International and domestic matches with a winning bid of?3.80 crore per match. Which of the following states has topped the SARAL index launched by the Union Power Mnistry? Karnataka Punjab Telangana Gujarat S-a E- The Union Minister of State for Power and New & Renewable Energy (IC) and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, RK Singh launched the State Rooftop Solar Attractiveness Index-SARAL. The State of Karnataka has been placed at the first rank in the Index that evaluates Indian states based on their attractiveness for rooftop development. Telangana, Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh have got 2nd, 3rd and 4th rank respectively. SARAL has been designed collaboratively by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation (SSEF), Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) and Ernst & Young (EY). SARAL is the first of its kind index to provide a comprehensive overview of state-level measures adopted to facilitate rooftop solar deployment. Which of the following states has have retained the top position in Niti Aayog’s Composite Water Management Index (CWMI)? Maharashtra Gujarat Haryana Madhya Pradesh S-b E- Gujarat retained the top position in water management, the NITI Aayog’s Composite Water Management Index revealed. Gujarat retained the top position on the Index for the third consecutive year with 75 points closely followed by Andhra Pradesh with 74 points and Madhya Pradesh at 71 points among the non-Himalayan states. The results of this year’s exercise reveal an overall improvement in state performance, but severe disparities remain between states, and across themes, which must be bridged. How many months time have been given under the Sabka Vishwas legacy dispute resolution scheme for the defaulters? Four Months Seven Months Nine Months Ten Months S-a E- The Sabka Vishwas legacy dispute resolution scheme was announced by finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman in the union budget for FY20. The scheme offers attractive terms to settle disputes that are at different stages and also offers amnesty to those who wish to disclose any previously undisclosed tax liability and pay the tax amount involved without any penalty or prosecution. Businesses can now settle their pending disputes relating to central excise duty and service tax within four months starting 1 September under the terms. Who among the following has been appointed as the chief of Pakistani Army? Sawar Khan Pravez Kalyani Raheel Sharif Qamar Javed Bajwa S-d E- General Qamar Javed Bajwa has been appointed as the chief of Pakistani Army. On 19th of August 2019 his tenure as Chief of Army Staff was extended for another 3 years by Prime Minister. The Chief of Army Staff is a military appointment and statutory office held by the four-star rank army general in the Pakistan Army, who is appointed by the Prime Minister of Pakistan and final confirmation by the President of Pakistan.