Daily Current Affairs 18th March 2021, Daily Current Affairs 2021 Quiz

Daily Current Affairs 18th March 2021 Quiz:

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Q.1. Which ministry is celebrating the Poshan Pakhwada from 16th to 31st March 2021?

कौन सा मंत्रालय 16 से 31 मार्च 2021 तक पोशन पखवाड़ा मना रहा है?

(a) Ministry of Women and Child Development / महिला और बाल विकास मंत्रालय

(b) Ministry of Health and Family Welfare / स्वास्थ्य और परिवार कल्याण मंत्रालय

(c) Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment / सामाजिक न्याय और अधिकारिता मंत्रालय

(d) Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change / पर्यावरण, वन और जलवायु परिवर्तन मंत्रालय

(e) Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution / उपभोक्ता मामले, खाद्य और सार्वजनिक वितरण मंत्रालय

Answer & Explanation
Ans.1.(a)

Exp. The Ministry of Women and Child Development is celebrating the Poshan Pakhwada from March 16 to March 31, 2021.  The Department of Women & Child Development or the Social Welfare Department will be the nodal department to look after the Poshan Pakhwada across the states and Union Territories.

The key focus areas of the Pakhwada are to address the nutritional challenges using the Food Forestry and to organize the Poshan Panchayats. Under it, the National Medicinal Plants Board (NMPB) working under the Ministry of AYUSH, will distribute 4 samplings of the nutritional rich plants to each of the Anganwadi Centers.

Q.2. In which country, world’s largest floating solar farm has been built?

किस देश में दुनिया का सबसे बड़ा तैरता हुआ सौर फार्म बनाया गया है?

(a) India / भारत

(b) China / चीन

(c) Singapore / सिंगापुर

(d) Myanmar / म्यांमार

(e) South Korea / दक्षिण कोरिया

Answer & Explanation
Ans.2.(c)

Exp. The largest floating solar farm of the world is being built in Singapore. The country has resorted to set up the energy plants off the coasts and reservoirs across it.

This floating solar farm is being set up in the light that despite being one of the smallest countries across the world, it is one of the biggest per capita carbon dioxide emitters in India. Thus, to cater to the issue of climate change and to cut the greenhouse gas emission it is building the floating solar farm.

Q.3. Indian firms will collaborate with which country to develop 5G and 6G Technologies?

भारतीय फर्म 5G और 6G टेक्नोलॉजीज विकसित करने के लिए किस देश के साथ सहयोग करेंगी?

(a) Norway / नॉर्वे

(b) Iceland / आइसलैंड

(c) Denmark / डेनमार्क

(d) Singapore / सिंगापुर

(e) Finland / फ़िनलैंड

Answer & Explanation
Ans.3.(e)

Exp. The Information technology companies of India, like Wipro and Tech Mahindra, will be collaborating with the companies of Finland to develop the 5G and 6G technologies to use them in India and other markets.

The tech company, Nokia has already started working in the rural areas of India so as to expand the 5G applications. This was announced after the Indian Prime Minister and Prime Minister of Finland hold a virtual summit on March 16, 2021. being built by Sembcorp Industries.

Q.4. Which country has joined International Solar Alliance as the 121st member?

121 वें सदस्य के रूप में कौन सा देश अंतर्राष्ट्रीय सौर गठबंधन में शामिल हुआ है?

(a) France / फ्रांस

(b) Italy / इटली

(c) Australia / ऑस्ट्रेलिया

(d) Spain / स्पेन

(e) England / इंग्लैंड

Answer & Explanation
Ans.4.(b)

Exp. The Ministry of External Affairs of India has informed that Italy has signed a framework agreement with India on March 17, 2021 to join the International Solar Alliance (ISA). ISA is a treaty-based intergovernmental alliance comprising of 121 countries.

The Italian Republic signed the framework agreement of ISA following the amendment made to the framework agreement of ISA which came in to effect on January 8, 2021. This amendment had opened the membership in the Solar Alliance to all the members of the United Nations.

Q.5. With which bank Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) has inked India’s First LIBOR Alternative Rate Deal (Secured Overnight Financing Rate (SOFR) linked external commercial borrowing (ECB) deal)?

किस बैंक के साथ इंडियन ऑयल कॉर्पोरेशन लिमिटेड (IOCL) ने भारत की पहली LIBOR वैकल्पिक दर डील (सुरक्षित ओवरनाइट फाइनेंसिंग दर (SOFR) लिंक्ड बाहरी वाणिज्यिक उधार (ECB) डील) शुरू की है?

(a) HDFC Bank / एचडीएफसी बैंक

(b) State Bank of India / भारतीय स्टेट बैंक

(c) RBL Bank / आरबीएल बैंक

(d) ICICI Bank / आईसीआईसीआई बैंक

(e) Axis Bank / एक्सिस बैंक

Answer & Explanation
Ans.5.(b)

Exp. The State Bank of India (SBI) and Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) will sign the first Secured Overnight Financing Rate (SOFR) linked external commercial borrowing (ECB) deal.

The deal will be signed because the de facto international benchmark reference rate called the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) will no longer work as the benchmark after December 2021.

Q.6. According to a recent SIPRI report, which country is the top arms supplier for India during 2016-20?

SIPRI की हालिया रिपोर्ट के अनुसार, 2016-20 के दौरान भारत के लिए शीर्ष हथियार आपूर्तिकर्ता कौन सा देश है?

(a) Russia / रूस

(b) France / फ्रांस

(c) Israel / इज़राइल

(d) USA / यू.एस.ए.

(e) Iraq / इराक

Answer & Explanation
Ans.6.(a)

Exp. India’s arms imports fell 33% between 2011-15 and 2016-20, said a report released by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (Sipri). India’s top three arms suppliers during 2016-20 were Russia (accounting for 49% of India’s imports), France (18%) and Israel (13%), the report.

The report on international arms transfers attributed the drop in India’s arms imports mainly to an attempt to reduce its dependence on Russian arms and complex procurement processes. Russia was the most affected supplier, although India’s imports of US arms also fell by 46%.

Q.7. Who among the following has won women’s 100m sprint final in the Federation Cup Senior National Athletics Championships?

निम्नलिखित में से किसने फेडरेशन कप सीनियर नेशनल एथलेटिक्स चैंपियनशिप में महिलाओं का 100 मीटर स्प्रिंट फ़ाइनल जीता है?

(a) Dutee Chand / दुती चंद

(b) S Dhanalakshmi / एस धनलक्ष्मी

(c) Archana Suseendran / अर्चना सुसेन्द्रन

(d) Hima Das / हेमा दास

(e) Geeta Phogat / गीता फोगट

Answer & Explanation
Ans.7.(b)

Exp. Sprinter S Dhanalakshmi beat national record holder Dutee Chand to win women’s 100m sprint final in the Federation Cup Senior National Athletics Championships in Patiala.

Another Tamil Nadu runner Archana Suseendran was third in 11.76 seconds. Hima Das was disqualified after a false start.

Q.8. On which date, Global Recycling Day is observed every year?

हर साल ग्लोबल रिसाइक्लिंग डे किस तारीख को मनाया जाता है?

(a) 18 March / 18 मार्च

(b) 19 March / 19 मार्च

(c) 20 March / 20 मार्च

(d) 21 March / 21 मार्च

(e) 22 March / 22 मार्च

Answer & Explanation
Ans.8.(a)

Exp. Global Recycling Day is observed every year on March 18 to create awareness among the masses about the rapid pace at which our natural resources are being used. The day also promotes the concept and practice of recycling. Every year, events are organised by environmentalist and activists to promote the cause.

Q.9. What was the theme for Global Recycling Day 2021?

ग्लोबल रिसाइक्लिंग डे 2021 के लिए विषय क्या था?

(a) Recycling into the Future

(b) Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

(c) Recycling: The future of Our Planet

(d) Natural Resources

(e) Recycling Heroes

Answer & Explanation
Ans.9.(e)

Exp. Global Recycling Day is observed every year on March 18 to create awareness among the masses about the rapid pace at which our natural resources are being used. The day also promotes the concept and practice of recycling. Every year, events are organised by environmentalist and activists to promote the cause.

Theme 2021:  “Recycling Heroes”.

Q.10. Ordnance Factories Day is observed in India on ________________ every year.

भारत में प्रत्येक वर्ष ________________ को आयुध कारखाना दिवस मनाया जाता है।

(a) 16 March / 16 मार्च

(b) 17 March / 17 मार्च

(c) 18 March / 18 मार्च

(d) 19 March / 19 मार्च

(e) 20 March / 20 मार्च

Answer & Explanation
Ans.10.(c)

Exp. On 18th March, Ordnance Factories Day is observed every year all over India. On this occasion, the Ordnance Factory, Field Gun Factory, Small Arms Factory, Ordnance Parachute Factory, and Ordnance Equipment Factory acknowledge the day.

Foundation of the first Ordnance Factory at Cossipore near Kolkata in 1801.

Q.11. INS Jalashwa has arrived at Port Anjouan as part of Mission Sagar-IV. Port Anjouan is in which country?

INS जलश्वा मिशन सागरIV के हिस्से के रूप में पोर्ट अंजुआन पहुँचा। पोर्ट अंजुआन किस देश में है?

(a) Eswatini / एसावातिनी

(b) Lesotho / लेसोथो

(c) Botswana / बोत्सवाना

(d) Comoros / कोमोरोस

(e) Djibouti / जिबूती

Answer & Explanation
Ans.11.(d)

Exp. As part of Mission Sagar-IV, Indian Naval Ship Jalashwa arrived at Port Anjouan, Comoros on 14 March 2021 to deliver 1,000 Metric Tonnes of rice. An official ceremony for handing over the food aid from the Government of India to Government of Comoros was held on 15 March 2021.

This consignment of 1000 metric tonnes of rice as food assistance were flagged off to Comoros in the light of promise made by the Vice President of India, Venkaiah Naidu during his brief visit to Comoros in the month of October 2019.

Q.12. Kalyani Rafael Advanced Systems (KRAS) has released the First batch of MRSAM Missiles. KRAS is a joint venture between the Kalyani Group of India and Rafael Advanced Defence Systems of ____________.

कल्याणी राफेल एडवांस्ड सिस्टम्स (KRAS) ने MRSAM मिसाइलों का पहला बैच जारी किया है। KRAS भारत के कल्याणी समूह और ____________ के राफेल एडवांस्ड डिफेंस सिस्टम के बीच एक संयुक्त उद्यम है।

(a) France / फ्रांस

(b) Russia / रूस

(c) Israel / इजराइल

(d) England / इंग्लैंड

(e) Italy / इटली

Answer & Explanation
Ans.12.(c)

Exp. The Kalyani Rafael Advanced Systems (KRAS), which is a joint venture between the Kalyani Group of India and Rafael Advanced Defence Systems of Israel, have released the first batch of Medium Range Surface to Air Missile (MRSAM) kits. The missile was released for Indian Army and Indian Air Force.

The release of the MRSAM Missile also marked the KRAS’ commitment to deliver more than 1000 MRSAM missile kits to India in near future. These missile sections will then be sent for further and future integration to the Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL).

Q.13. What is the currency of Italy?

इटली की मुद्रा क्या है?

(a) Złoty / ज़्लॉटी

(b) Ruble / रूबल

(c) Euro / यूरो

(d) New shekel / नई शेकेल

(e) Krone / क्रोन

Answer & Explanation
Ans.13.(c)

Exp. President: Sergio Mattarella

Prime minister: Mario Draghi

Capital: Rome

Currency: Euro

Q.14. Which country is the current president of the International Solar Alliance (ISA)?

अंतर्राष्ट्रीय सौर गठबंधन (ISA) का वर्तमान अध्यक्ष कौन सा देश है?

(a) Russia / रूस

(b) Japan / जापान

(c) UK / ब्रिटेन

(d) India / भारत

(e) France / फ्रांस

Answer & Explanation
Ans.14.(d)

Exp. India and France are the president and co-president of the International Solar Alliance (ISA).

Q.15. What is the capital of Comoros?

कोमोरोस की राजधानी क्या है?

(a) Lilongwe / लिलोंग्वे

(b) Moroni / मोरोनि

(c) Managua / मानागुआ

(d) Tegucigalpa / ‎ तेगूसिगल्पा

(e) ‎Havana‎ / हवाना

Answer & Explanation
Ans.15.(b)

Exp. Capital: Moroni

Currency: Comorian franc

President: Azali Assoumani

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