26 June 2020

ENGLISH QUIZ 24.06.2020

ENGLISH QUIZ 24.06.2020

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1.Name the Indian tennis player who has been elected as a player member to ITF World Tennis Tour Player Men’s panels?

A. Niki Poonacha

B. Saket Myneni

C. Yuki Bhambri

D. Prajnesh Guneshwaran

2.Name the Indian-American who has been appointed as the Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) by the US senate?

A. Anit Kotwani

B. Sethuraman Panchanathan

C. Arun Singhal

D. Rajiv Topno

3.Who inked partnership with AIM for to boost Innovation & Entrepreneurship initiatives?

A. NICL

B. LIC

C. CIL

D. MAX BUPA

4.Who among the following has been appointed as the brand ambassador of JSW cement?

A. Sachin Tendulkar and Mahesh Bhupathi

B. MS Dhoni and Bhaichung ghostly

C. Virat Kohli and Gurpreet Singh Sandhu

D. Sourav Ganguly and Sunil Chhetri

5.Who announced his retirement from WWE Wrestling?

A. Undertaker

B. Billy graham

C. Ivan Koloff

D. Buddy Rogers

6.Who raised the withdrawal limit for PMC bank customers to one lakh?

A. Punjab Bank

B. Reserve Bank

C. Allahabad Bank

D. Canara Bank

7.International Day of Yoga is observed every year on which date?

A. 21June

B. 15 June

C. 23 June

D. 20 June

8.Consider the following statements related to UNHCR Global Trends report:

1.UN Refugee Agency, is today appealing to countries worldwide to do far more to find homes for                millions of refugees and others displaced by conflict, persecution or events seriously disturbing                  public order.

2.United Nations High Commissioner was created in 1955 to help millions of Europeans who had                 fled or lost their homes.

Which of the above statement/statements are correct?

A. 1 only

B. 2 only

C. Both 1 and 2

D. Neither 1 nor 2

9.Consider the following statements:

1.India to participate in trilateral RIC meeting with Russia, China.

2.Conceived by the then Russian foreign minister Yevgeny Primakov in 1988.

3.The trio could also contribute to creating a new economic structure for the world.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

A. 1 and 2 are correct

B. 1 and 3 are correct

C. 2 and 3 are correct

D. All of the above

10.Consider the following statements:

1.Ministry of Culture launches Namaste Yoga campaign.

2.Ministry of Culture celebrated International Yoga Day 2020 from 19th to 21st June, 2020 with the             goal of making yoga an indispensable part of everyone’s life.

Which of the above statement/statements are correct?

A. 1 only

B. 2 only

C. Both 1 and 2

D. Neither 1 nor 2

ANSWERS:-

Answer: 1)A

Explanation

The International Tennis Federation has declared the list of players, who chose for the ITF World Tennis Tour Player Panels. India’s Niki Poonacha is elected as a player member to ITF World Tennis Tour Player Men’s panels. The Men’s and Women’s Panel will be headed by Mark Woodforde and Mary Pierce respectively who are the athlete representatives on the ITF board of directors.

Poonacha is chosen as one of the two players from Asia/Oceania locale with a second-most noteworthy number of votes (62) among all challenging players. Ti Chen from Taipei with 14 votes is the second player from Asia/Oceania district. An aggregate of 576 finished polling forms was gotten for the 13 players who participated in the political race from locales – Europe, Asia/Oceania, South America, North and Central America, Caribbean.

Men’s Tennis Panel:

  • Notwithstanding Niki and Ti Chen, the individuals from the Men’s tennis board incorporate Juan Pablo Paz and Jose Bendeck speaking to South America, Aldin Sektic and Francesco Vilardo speaking to Europe.

Women’s Tennis Panel:

  • The Women’s board incorporates, Akgul Amanmuradova of Uzbekistan and Olivia Tjandramulia of Australia representing Asia-Oceania, Ines Ibbou of Algeria representing Africa, Petra Januskova of Canada representing North and Central America – Caribbean, Yuliana Lizarazo of Colombia representing South America and Tara Moore of Great Britain and Conny Perrin of Switzerland representing Europe.

Answer: 2)B

Explanation

US senate has appointed Indian American scientist Sethuraman Panchanathan as the Director of National Science Foundation (NSF). NSF is the top American body that supports fundamental research in non-medical fields of science and engineering. He will be the 15th director of NSF replacing France Cordova. He is the 2nd Indian American to be nominated for NSF after Dr Subra Suresh (October 2010 to March 2013). He is currently leading Arizona State University (ASU).

Answer: 3)C

Explanation

Coal India Limited (CIL) has tied up with Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), NITI Aayog to boost innovation and entrepreneurship initiatives across the country. For partnership, Statement of Intent (SoI) has been signed in a virtual meet. CIL and AIM will together deal with Atal Tinkering Labs (ATL) at school level, Atal Incubation Centres at institutional levels, Atal Community Innovation Centres etc.

This will support the youth and innovation ecosystems.

Answer: 4)D

Explanation

JSW Cement has signed Sourav Ganguly and Sunil Chhetri as its brand ambassadors. The cement brand has also launched a new multi-media marketing campaign “Leader’s Choice” which includes both sports icons. The multi-media marketing campaign “Leader’s Choice” of JSW Cement promotes the ideology of building a solid foundation for a better tomorrow. Sourav Ganguly is the former Indian cricketer and captain of the Indian Cricket team. He is presently serving as the president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). Sunil Chhetri is the captain of the Indian national football team and Bengaluru FC.

Answer: 5)A

Explanation

Wrestling legend and WWE whiz “The Undertaker” has announced his retirement from World Wrestling Entertainment. The Undertaker’s last match was against AJ Styles at WrestleMania 36. His real name is Mark Calaway.

He conceived on March 24, 1965, in Texas, US. The Undertaker started his expert vocation in 1987. He made his WWE debut in 1990’s Survivor Series occasion and went on to become one of the most iconic stars of the WWE as his ‘The Deadman”. He enlisted consecutive 21 triumphs in WrestleMania.

Ruled for three decades

  • The Undertaker ruled the ring for nearly three decades. His fans loved the style of Undertaker, known as Deadman.

Undertaker’s last match

  • His last match was at WrestleMania 36.
  • In this match, he had a fight against AJ Styles. The Undertaker won the match.
  • The Undertaker believes that he has made the right decision by ending his three-decade career with a win.

Undertaker’s great record

  • The Undertaker made his WWE debut for the first time in 1990. He defeated stalwart Hulk Hogan after coming in early.
  • He has a record (25-2) at WrestleMania. They had a 21–0 record for two decades.

Answer: 6)B

Explanation

The Reserve Bank of India has enhanced the withdrawal limit for depositors of Punjab and Maharashtra Cooperative Bank Limited, Mumbai to Rs 1 Lakh per depositor. The withdrawal limit was earlier set at Rs 50,000. According to RBI, with the enhancement of the withdrawal limit, more than 84% of the depositors of the bank will be able to withdraw their entire account balance.

RBI placed the PMC bank under All-Inclusive Directions under sub-section (1) of Section 35 A read with Section 56 of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949 with effect from close of business on 23rd September 2019, in the interest of depositor protection. These directives were applicable till June 22, 2020. But, due to lockdown on account of COVID-19 pandemic the resolution process of the bank was negatively affected. Hence, these directives has been extended by RBI for a further period of six months from June 23, 2020 to December 22, 2020 subject to review.

Answer: 7)C

Explanation

United Nations Public Service Day is observed globally on 23rd June every year. This day is to highlight the contribution of public service in the development process and to value public service to the community. This day is widely known by various public service organisations and departments around the world by organising several events to recognise the role of public servants in making developments and improvements in the community.

United Nations Public Service Day: History

  • On 20 December 2002, the United Nations General Assembly designated 23 June per annum to watch as United Nations Public Service Day by passing a resolution 57/277.

Answer: 8)A      

Explanation

UN Refugee Agency, is today appealing to countries worldwide to do far more to find homes for millions of refugees and others displaced by conflict, persecution or events seriously disturbing public order. This is as a report released today showed that forced displacement is now affecting more than one per cent of humanity – 1 in every 97 people – and with fewer and fewer of those who flee being able to return home.

UNHCR’s annual Global Trends report, which comes two days ahead of 20 June World Refugee Day, shows that an unprecedented 79.5 million were displaced as of the end of 2019. UNHCR has not seen a higher total.

World Refugee Day

  • It is an international day designated by the United Nations to honour refugees around the globe.
  • It falls each year on 20th June and celebrates the strength and courage of people who have been forced to flee their home country to escape conflict or persecution.
  • It is an occasion to build empathy and understanding for the refugee’s plight and to recognize their resilience in rebuilding their lives.

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

  • United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is a UN Refugee Agency and a global organization dedicated to saving lives, protecting the rights and building a better future for refugees, forcibly displaced communities and stateless people.
  • It was created in 1950 to help millions of Europeans who had fled or lost their homes.
  • It is headquartered at Geneva, Switzerland.

History of migration

  • The ‘Global Refugee Crisis’ was first born during the Second World War (1939–45). During the Second World War, a crisis arose in the 20th century and millions of people had to leave their homes and move to a safe place.
  • According to one figure, around 40 million people were displaced in Europe during this period.
  • Even though the Second World War ended in the year 1945, the struggle continued even after this and due to this the displacement of people continued even after the World War.
  • India became independent in August 1947. But India got divided into two parts and millions of people had to leave everything and move to a new place during this time. If we look at the statistics, around 14 million people had migrated during this period.
  • The formation of a Jewish state after the war in Palestine led to the migration of about 750,000 people to the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon.
  • Independence movements took place in Asia and Africa in the early phase of the 20th century. During this period, the independence wars and subsequent civil conflicts forced millions of people from Algeria, Congo, Angola, Nigeria and other countries to flee.
  • Between 1981 and 1989, there was a period of civil war in Central America, in which about 2 million people were displaced.
  • Bangladesh became independent in the year 1971, during which around 10 million people had migrated from erstwhile East Bengal.

Answer: 9)B

Explanation

The Union Ministry of External Affairs on June 18, 2020 confirmed India’s participation in the virtual RIC (Russia-India-China) foreign ministers meeting on June 23.  Russian Foreign Ministry had earlier confirmed the trilateral meeting.

What is RIC?

  • Conceived by the then Russian foreign minister Yevgeny Primakov in 1998.
  • The group was founded on the basis of “ending its subservient foreign policy guided by the U.S.,” and “renewing old ties with India and fostering the newly discovered friendship with China.”
  • Significance and potential of the grouping:
  • Together, the RIC countries occupy over 19 percent of the global landmass and contribute to over 33 percent of global GDP.
  • All three are nuclear powers and two, Russia and China, are permanent members of the UN Security Council, while India aspires to be one.
  • The trio could also contribute to creating a new economic structure for the world.
  • They could work together on disaster relief and humanitarian assistance.

Importance of RIC for India:

  • It forms the core of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO).
  • India is in a geostrategic sweet spot today.
  • It is important for India as an aspiring power to be able to thwart China’s aspirations of being a hegemon in both the maritime and continental spheres.

Significance

  • This would be the first meeting between Indian EAM S Jaishankar and Chinese FM Wang Yi since the India-China border stand-off along the LAC.
  • The two leaders had earlier joined for a virtual summit of the foreign ministers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) on May 13 but at that time full details of the border issue hadn’t been made public.

Importance of meeting for India-China relations:

  • RIC being a trilateral group, it often does not discuss bilateral issues. Russia has advised India not to raise any bilateral issues in the RIC meeting.
  • The topics to be discussed in the meeting have already been determined. Therefore, new issues will not be raised in the meeting.
  • India also supports resolving its border disputes bilaterally, so there is every possibility that India does not raise its border disputes at the RIC meeting.

Answer: 10) C      

Explanation

Ministry of Culture launches Namaste Yoga campaign celebrating International Yoga Day 2020. Ministry of Culture celebrated International Yoga Day 2020 from 19th to 21st June, 2020 with the goal of making yoga an indispensable part of everyone’s life. The ministry urges people to join Surya Namaskar on International Yoga Day using #10MillionSuryaNamaskar and #NamasteYoga. Union Minister of State for Culture & Tourism (Independent Charge): Prahlad Singh Patel.

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