March 3rd Week 2021 Current Affairs Online Test in English

Current Affairs March 3rd Week Online Test - 2021 English

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Question 1
Which Indian state/UT has announced to launch special women mohalla clinics?
A
Uttar Pradesh
B
Delhi
C
Bihar
D
Gujarat
Question 1 Explanation: 
The Delhi government recently announced that special women mohalla clinics will be opened across the city in the next financial year. While presenting the government's annual budget for year 2021–22, Deputy CM and Finance Minister Manish Sisodia announced the scheme, which would offer free gynaecological and other medical care services to women within walking distance from their homes.
Question 2
Which department has launched online 5G certification course for its officials?
A
Department of Financial Services
B
Department of Telecommunications
C
Department of Electronics and IT
D
Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade
Question 2 Explanation: 
The Department of Telecommunications has launched the online 5G certification course for its officials. The Department aims to create an in–house pool of 5G experts and policymakers, by launching a twelve–week online course, which will be conducted by National Telecommunications Institute for Policy Research, Innovation & Training, the training arm of the department.
Question 3
Which institution organised a national–level virtual workshop on Asset Monetisation along with Department of Economic Affairs?
A
NITI Aayog
B
TERI
C
FICCI
D
ASSOCHAM
Question 3 Explanation: 
NITI Aayog, along with the Department of Economic Affairs (DEA), organized a national–level virtual workshop on asset monetization. The workshop was chaired by the Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and it included the Chief Secretaries of States and Administrators of Union Territories.
Question 4
Who has been appointed as the Chief of Asset Reconstruction Co India Ltd (ARCIL)?
A
A K Bhalla
B
Pallav Mohapatra
C
G C Murmu
D
R K Mathur
Question 4 Explanation: 
Central Bank of India Former CEO Pallav Mohapatra has been appointed as chief of Asset Reconstruction Co India Ltd (ARCIL). RCIL is India's oldest asset reconstruction company, and it was founded in 2002. Pallav Mohapatra is succeeding Vinayak Bahuguna as the CEO.
Question 5
What is the name of the third Scorpene–class submarine that has been inducted into the Indian Navy recently?
A
INS Kanakalata
B
INS Chennai
C
INS Kolkata
D
INS Karanj
Question 5 Explanation: 
The Indian Navy has inducted into its fleet INS Karanj – the third Scorpene–class conventional diesel–electric submarine. This has been built by the Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL) under its project 75. Under this project, six Scorpene–class submarines are built under technology transfer from France.
Question 6
According to NASA, which lake on earth most resembles the Jezero Crater of Mars?
A
Pazhaverkadu Lake
B
Lake Salda
C
Vembanad Lake
D
Victoria Lake
Question 6 Explanation: 
As per a recent release by NASA, the rock and mineral deposits found on the Turkish Lake Salda, has the closest resemblance to the Jezero Crater of Mars. NASA’s spacecraft Perseverance has landed on the Jezero Crater of Mars, which is said to be once flooded with water.
Question 7
The World Consumer Rights Day is observed on which date?
A
February 12
B
March 15
C
January 16
D
April 9
Question 7 Explanation: 
The World Consumer Rights Day (WCRD) is observed every year on March 15 as an occasion of solidarity among consumers for promotion of the rights of consumers and to ensure that consumers are protected from unscrupulous traders and their consumer grievances are redressed. The 2021 theme is “Tackle plastic pollution”.
Question 8
As per the recent amendment in the Telecom License norms, which is the designated authority for upgradation of networks?
A
DoT Secretary
B
National Cyber Security Coordinator
C
Telecom Minister
D
Prime Minister
Question 8 Explanation: 
The Central Government amended telecom license norms that will enable it to control the installation of network equipment from non–trusted sources. As per the amendments, telecom operators will be required to take permission from the National Cyber Security Coordinator (NCSC) for up–gradation of existing networks. NCSC will be the designated authority that can impose conditions for the procurement of telecom equipment.
Question 9
‘APEDA’ was established under which Union Ministry?
A
Ministry of Agriculture
B
Ministry of Rural Development
C
Ministry of Commerce and Industry
D
Ministry of Food Processing
Question 9 Explanation: 
The Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) was established by the Government of India under the APEDA Act passed by the Parliament in December, 1985. It was set up under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry. APEDA recently launched its first virtual trade fair to boost export of agricultural and processed food products.
Question 10
Gahirmatha beach, which was seen in the news recently, is located in which state?
A
Andhra Pradesh
B
Odisha
C
Maharashtra
D
Gujarat
Question 10 Explanation: 
The endangered Olive Ridley female turtles have started arriving at the Gahirmatha beach in Odisha state. It is said to be the world's largest known rookery of these species to lay eggs. This phenomenon of converging on the nesting ground for mass laying of eggs is otherwise called ''Arribada'' in Spanish. Last year, around 4.50 lakh turtles turned up in the beach for mass nesting.
Question 11
As per a recent study, the warming of oceans is proved to have affected the metabolism of which species?
A
Sea Turtles
B
Whales
C
Sharks
D
Dolphins
Question 11 Explanation: 
As per a recent study published in the journal Scientific Reports, the warming of oceans is said to have affected the metabolism of sharks. The sharks reared in the warmest temperatures weighed less than those raised in average temperatures. The baby sharks are at risk of being born smaller, without the energy needed to survive.
Question 12
Where is the Indian Institute of Sugarcane Research (llSR) located?
A
Lucknow
B
Thanjavur
C
Varanasi
D
Sivagangai
Question 12 Explanation: 
The ICAR – Indian Institute of Sugarcane Research (llSR) is located in Lucknow, in the state of Uttar Pradesh. Ministry of Civil Aviation and Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) have granted a conditional exemption to IISR to use drones. The institute would conduct trials to evaluate drone spraying solution for controlling pest and diseases of sugarcane crop using drones.
Question 13
Which organisation is to commission India’s largest floating solar power plant at Telangana?
A
NHPC
B
NTPC
C
REC
D
BHEL
Question 13 Explanation: 
NTPC (Southern Region) is set to commission India’s largest floating solar power plant at Ramagundam, Telangana. It is a 100 MW project and will be the single location largest floating solar plant in the country as of now. NTPC is in the process of implementing about 450 MW of solar capacity and 217 MW floating solar capacity.
Question 14
Who has been re–elected as president of the International Olympic Committee?
A
Thomas Bach
B
George Mcnager
C
Mary Kom
D
Richard Carrion
Question 14 Explanation: 
The German lawyer Thomas Bach has been re–elected as president of the International Olympic Committee. He has been re–elected for a four–year term with the committee. His immediate task would be to successfully conduct the Tokyo Olympics. He won the elections with a majority vote of 93–1.
Question 15
What percentage of customs duty would be levied on import of solar modules in India?
A
5%
B
10%
C
15%
D
40%
Question 15 Explanation: 
The Government of India has decided to impose a 40% customs duty for import of solar modules and 25% customs duty for import of solar cells to India. This measure has been made to reduce imports and boost the local manufacturing of solar components. The new customs duty would come to force from April 2022.
Question 16
Which Ministry has launched the convergence of the ESI scheme with PM JAY?
A
Ministry of Home Affairs
B
Ministry of Health & Family Welfare
C
Ministry of Labor & Employment
D
Ministry of Social Justice
Question 16 Explanation: 
The Union Ministry of Labour and Employment has launched the convergence of ESI Scheme with Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PM JAY) in 113 districts of Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra. With this convergence, 1.35 crore ESI beneficiaries can avail the benefits of cashless treatments under PM JAY scheme.
Question 17
Which Indian Research Institute has recently won the International King Bhumibol World Soil Day Award 2020?
A
NHPC
B
NTPC
C
ICAR
D
HAL
Question 17 Explanation: 
ICAR (Indian Council of Agriculture Research), New Delhi has recently won the International King Bhumibol World Soil Day Award 2020. It has been awarded for its commitment to raise awareness about importance of healthy oils.
Question 18
ISRO has partnered with which country’s space agency for air quality monitoring using satellite data?
A
USA
B
Japan
C
France
D
Russia
Question 18 Explanation: 
Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) have decided to partner to undertake activities on rice crop area and air quality monitoring using satellite data. The authorities also reviewed on–going cooperation in earth observation, lunar cooperation, and satellite navigation. The countries agreed to explore space situational awareness and professional exchange programme.
Question 19
. 'Bharat e Market' is the e–commerce portal launched by which body?
A
FICCI
B
KVIC
C
CAIT
D
TRIFED
Question 19 Explanation: 
Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT), launched a mobile application, to onboard vendors for its upcoming e–commerce portal 'Bharat e Market'. The application will enable businesses and service providers to register on the portal and create their own virtual shop. There will be no commission charged for creating their own shop.
Question 20
India recently participated in the first historic virtual summit of which association in March 2021?
A
BRICS
B
QUAD
C
BIMSTEC
D
G20
Question 20 Explanation: 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi participated in the first historic virtual summit of QUAD leaders along with US President Joe Biden, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga. The leaders discussed economic & health impacts of Covid–19, combat climate change & address challenges, including in cyberspace, counterterrorism, quality infrastructure investment & humanitarian–assistance, disaster–relief.
Question 21
The ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’ celebrations were flagged off from which venue?
A
Sabarmati Ashram
B
Raj Ghat
C
Madurai
D
Red Fort, New Delhi
Question 21 Explanation: 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the celebration of 75 years of independence ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’ by flagging off a symbolic 386–km “Dandi March” from Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad to Dandi. The event marked the 91st anniversary of the historic salt march led by Mahatma Gandhi. He also launched various other cultural and digital initiatives for the India@75 celebrations.
Question 22
Mahamadou Issoufou, who recently won Africa’s top prize for leadership, was the President of which country?
A
Chad
B
Namibia
C
Niger
D
Sudan
Question 22 Explanation: 
Mahamadou Issoufou, who is stepping down as the President of Niger after two terms in office, has won Africa’s top prize for leadership. He was awarded the 2020 Ibrahim Prize, for facing significant challenges, ranging from deep poverty to armed rebellion and desertification in the country.
Question 23
What is “2001 FO32” that is seen in news recently?
A
Space Shuttle
B
COVID Vaccine
C
Asteroid
D
Rare Earth Metal
Question 23 Explanation: 
The American space agency NASA has stated that the largest asteroid 2001 FO32 would pass by the earth at a very close distance of 1.25 million miles, this year. The asteroid is estimated to be 3,000 feet in diameter and was discovered 20 years ago.
Question 24
Which country is the chair of BRICS 2021?
A
Brazil
B
Russia
C
India
D
China
Question 24 Explanation: 
For the year 2021, India has assumed the chairmanship of BRICS. Recently, BRICS Contact Group on Economic and Trade Issues (CGETI) held its first meeting under India’s chairmanship from March 9 to 11. The theme of this year’s BRICS is “BRICS@15: Intra BRICS Cooperation for Continuity, Consolidation, and Consensus”.
Question 25
Bhavani Devi is associated with which sport?
A
Boxing
B
Fencing
C
Javelin Throw
D
Badminton
Question 25 Explanation: 
Tamil Nadu’s Fencing champion Bhavani Devi has qualified for the Tokyo Olympics to be held this year. She became the first Indian fencer to be qualified for the Olympics. She has been selected by Adjusted Official Ranking Method. The Tokyo Olympics that were to happen in 2020 have been postponed to July 2021 owing to COVID–19 pandemic.
Question 26
Gowsalya Shankar who has been awarded with International Woman of Courage by the US Consulate, belongs to which state?
A
Tamil Nadu
B
Kerala
C
Karnataka
D
Telangana
Question 26 Explanation: 
Gowsalya Shankar belonging to Tamil Nadu has been awarded with the International Woman of Courage (IWOC) Award by the US Consulate in Chennai recently. She has been running a trust named Shankar Social Justice Trust since 2017 which aims to fight atrocities against caste–based violence.
Question 27
National Vaccination Day is observed in which date?
A
March 15
B
March 10
C
March 16
D
March 14
Question 27 Explanation: 
The National Vaccination Day, also known as National Immunisation Day, is annually observed across India on 16th March to create awareness about the importance of vaccination. The government of India aims to raise awareness about the vaccination against poliovirus and other deadly viruses. The National Vaccination day 2021 aims to eradicate both polio and the COVID–19. The day was first observed on 16th March 1995, the day on which the ‘Pulse Polio’ Immunisation Programme became operational.
Question 28
’Kalanamak Rice Festival’ is set to be held in which state?
A
Assam
B
Uttar Pradesh
C
Karnataka
D
Andhra Pradesh
Question 28 Explanation: 
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath announced that the state will organise the ’Kalanamak Rice Festival’. Kala Namak Rice, grown in the state, is One District One Product of some Eastern UP districts. The state had earlier organised Strawberry Festival in Jhansi and the Jaggery Festival in Lucknow.
Question 29
Which Indian body released the report 'India FinTech: A USD 100 Billion Opportunity'?
A
ASSOCAM
B
FICCI
C
CAIT
D
NASSCOM
Question 29 Explanation: 
The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) and Boston Consulting Group (BCG) released 'India FinTech: A USD 100 Billion Opportunity' report. The total valuation of India’s fintech industry is estimated at USD 50– USD 60 billion. The report sees the fintech industry’s valuation at USD 150–160 bn by 2025.
Question 30
Which Union Ministry is set to unveil the draft e–Commerce Policy?
A
Ministry of Electronics and IT
B
Ministry of Commerce and Industry
C
Ministry of Heavy Industries
D
Ministry of Home Affairs
Question 30 Explanation: 
The Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry is set to unveil the draft e–Commerce Policy. The policy is expected to lay down the principles for data usage in industrial development. It also aims to put in place protective measures to prevent misuse and access of data by unauthorised persons.
Question 31
India's first centralised Air–Conditioned railway terminal is to come up in which city?
A
Chennai
B
Bengaluru
C
Madurai
D
Ahmedabad
Question 31 Explanation: 
India’s first centralised Air–Conditioned railway terminal at the city of Bengaluru is set to be operational soon. It is named after one of the veteran civil engineer Bharat Ratna Sir M Visvesvaraya. The new coach terminal is planned at Baiyappanahalli in the city and is built at an estimated cost of Rs 314 crore.
Question 32
Carbon border agreements’, which was making news recently, has been proposed by which global association?
A
G7
B
G20
C
QUAD
D
European Union
Question 32 Explanation: 
The European Commission released the European Green Deal in December 2020 and set a deadline of March 2021 to propose the first–ever European Climate Law. The document highlights plan to implement a carbon border agreement.
Question 33
Who was the Chairperson for the government's Commission for Air Quality Management in the National Capital Region?
A
Injetti Srinivas
B
MM Kutty
C
Siddhartha Mohanty
D
Arundhati Mech
Question 33 Explanation: 
The Government of India’s “Commission for Air Quality Management in National Capital Region” headed by MM Kutty has been dissolved within five months of its constitution. The commission was set up vide an ordinance in October 2020 and the ordinance has lapsed recently. Hence, it failed to become an act.
Question 34
Who has written the poetry collection “When God is a Traveller”?
A
Harish Meenakshi
B
Arundhathi Subramaniam
C
Anamika
D
R S Bhaskar
Question 34 Explanation: 
The poetry collection titled “When God is a Traveller” has been written by this year’s Sahitya Akademi Award winner Poet Arundhathi Subramaniam. She is among the 20 writers to receive the Sahitya Akademi Award for the year 2020. The list of awards included seven books of poetry, four novels, five short stories, two plays, and one each of memoirs and epic poetry in 20 Indian languages.
Question 35
The 2021 Pi Day is observed on which date?
A
March 14
B
March 15
C
March 15
D
March 17
Question 35 Explanation: 
‘Pi’ day is the day that celebrates the famous mathematical constant π. March 14th is observed as ‘Pi’ day every year. According to the American calendar, 3/14 is March 14. This number, i.e., 3.14, also roughly represents π. It is also celebrated on March 14 at 1:59:26. (π = 3.1415926).
Question 36
Vanvasi Samagam, a tribal congregation was organised in which state?
A
Madhya Pradesh
B
Uttar Pradesh
C
Andhra Pradesh
D
Odisha
Question 36 Explanation: 
A tribal congregation–Vanvasi Samagam was organised in Sonbhadra district of Uttar Pradesh. President Ramnath Kovind participated in the congregation as Chief Guest. The President also inaugurated the newly constructed building of Seva Kunj Ashram. The construction of school and hostel buildings were undertaken by NTPC.
Question 37
An advisory committee has been set up to study which Indian river for the next two years, chaired by the Culture Minister?
A
Saraswati
B
Sarayu
C
Mahanadi
D
Narmada
Question 37 Explanation: 
The Centre has reconstituted an advisory committee to create a plan for studying the mythical Sarasvati river for the next two years. The term of the previous panel, which was set up by the Archaeological Survey of India in 2017, ended in 2019. The 27–member panel would include officials from various ministries, archaeologists and other experts.
Question 38
OTPRMS certificates, which was seen in the news recently, is associated with which Union Ministry?
A
Ministry of Education
B
Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship
C
Ministry of Labour and Employment
D
Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development
Question 38 Explanation: 
Online Teacher Pupil Registration Management System (OTPRMS) enable the candidates who have passed or undergoing any of the courses under National Council for Teacher Education, to register themselves, in order to be recruited as teachers. The Ministry of Education has decided to link the OTPRMS certificates with DigiLocker service, to facilitate free access to the certificates.
Question 39
All India Tourist Vehicles Authorization and Permit Rules, will be applicable from which date?
A
April 1, 2021
B
May 1, 2021
C
June 1, 2021
D
August 1, 2021
Question 39 Explanation: 
The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has announced a new scheme, named ‘All India Tourist Vehicles Authorization and Permit Rules, 2021. Under the new set of rules, any tourist vehicle operator may apply for an “All India Tourist Authorization/Permit" through online mode. After required documents are submitted and fees deposited, it will be issued within 30 days of submission of such applications.
Question 40
In which state is the Shetrunjay Hills reserve forest located?
A
Maharashtra
B
Gujarat
C
Karnataka
D
Rajasthan
Question 40 Explanation: 
The Shetrunjay Hills reserve forest area is located in the state of Gujarat and is home to a large number of Asiatic Lions. Recently a massive fire broke out in the Shetrunjay Hills reserve forest area and the fire is said to have spread to more than 200 hectares.
Question 41
In which state / UT is the Chenab bridge of Indian Railways being constructed?
A
Uttarakhand
B
Himachal Pradesh
C
Jammu & Kashmir
D
Assam
Question 41 Explanation: 
The Chenab Bridge is a steel and concrete arch bridge being constructed by the Indian railways. It is constructed between Bakkal and Kauri of Jammu and Kashmir. When completed, it would be the world’s highest bridge. Recently, the Railways has achieved an engineering fete by completing the construction of the arch bottom of the bridge.
Question 42
Where is the headquarters of the Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU) located?
A
Geneva
B
Rome
C
Paris
D
Nairobi
Question 42 Explanation: 
Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU) was founded in 1889, to promote peace through parliamentary diplomacy and dialogue. Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU) President Mr. Duarte Pacheco visited New Delhi recently and witnessed the proceedings of the Rajya Sabha. IPU has 179 Member of Parliament and 13 Associate Members.
Question 43
The first National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research was established in which state?
A
Gujarat
B
Punjab
C
Rajasthan
D
Maharashtra
Question 43 Explanation: 
The National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research Act, 1998 was enacted to declare the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research at Mohali, Punjab to be an institute of national importance. 6 new institutes in Ahmedabad, Guwahati, Hajipur, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Raebareli were set up during 2007–08. Recently a bill was introduced in Lok Sabha to provide the national importance tag to six institutes.
Question 44
MPLADS Fund has been suspended till which year, due to COVID–19 pandemic?
A
2021
B
2022
C
2023
D
2024
Question 44 Explanation: 
The Union Government announced that no new Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS) Fund would be provided for 2020–21 and 2021–22 due to the Corona pandemic. Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman informed the Rajya Sabha that the MPLADS Fund for 2019–20 had been released by the Ministry of Finance and sent to the districts.
Question 45
Which organisation released the “Asia and the Pacific SDG Progress Report 2021”?
A
ADB
B
UN ESCAP
C
IMF
D
AIIB
Question 45 Explanation: 
United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) released the 2021 edition of the Asia and the Pacific SDG Progress Report. As per the report, the region fell short of its 2020 milestones for the Goals, before entering the global pandemic. The Asia–Pacific region is responsible for more than half of the global greenhouse gas emissions.
Question 46
Which state has topped in employment generation under MGNREGS during 2020–21?
A
Tamil Nadu
B
Goa
C
Rajasthan
D
Haryana
Question 46 Explanation: 
During the year 2020–21, India as a whole has generated 366 crore person days of work under MGNREGS. This is the highest ever employment generation under the scheme. Among the states, Rajasthan has generated the highest employment of 43 crore person days, which is followed by West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.
Question 47
World Recycling Day is observed in which date?
A
March 18
B
April 18
C
May 18
D
June 18
Question 47 Explanation: 
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. In 2021, the theme of Global Recycling Day is “Recycling Heroes”.
Question 48
World Sparrow Day is observed on which date?
A
March 20
B
March 21
C
March 22
D
March 23
Question 48 Explanation: 
The World Sparrow Day is observed every year on March 20 to highlight the declining population of the bird due to modern infrastructure, pollution by microwave towers and pesticides and lesser green spaces. The 2021 theme is “I Love Sparrows”. It is an international initiative by the Nature Forever Society of India in collaboration with the Eco–Sys Action Foundation (France) and numerous other international organizations across the world.
Question 49
What is the theme of the 2021 International Day of Forests?
A
Forests and Water
B
Forests and Energy
C
Forests and Sustainable Cities
D
Forest restoration: a path to recovery and well–being
Question 49 Explanation: 
The International Day of Forests is observed every year on March 21 to provide a platform to raise awareness of the importance of all types of woodlands and trees and celebrate the ways in which they sustain and protect us. The 2021 theme is “Forest restoration: a path to recovery and well–being”.
Question 50
What is the theme of the 2021 World Water Day?
A
Why Waste Water?
B
Valuing Water
C
Water is Life
D
Better Water, Better Jobs
Question 50 Explanation: 
The World Water Day is observed every year on 22 March to raise awareness about the importance of water. The 2021 theme “Valuing Water”. The day is about focusing on the importance of water and the need to preserve it.
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