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Weekly Current Affairs Quiz of 10 March to 16 March 2021

17 March, 2021

Q 1. Who was awarded with the CERAWeek Global Energy and Environment Leadership Award recently? 
        (a) Narendra Modi
        (b) Ramnath Kovind
        (c) Hamid Ansari
        (d) Venkaiah Naidu

Q 2. The International Solar Alliance (ISA) is headquartered in?
        (a) Delhi
        (b) New York
        (c) Bengaluru
        (d) Gurugram

Q 3. The Solid Fuel Ducted Ramjet Technology has been successfully tested by?
        (a) HAL
        (b) DRDO
        (c) ISRO
        (d) SpaceX 

Q 4. The Food Waste Index Report 2021 was released by?
        (a) Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
        (b) UN-Habitat
        (c) United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
        (d) United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund(UNICEF)

Q 5. Which of the following is India’s largest biosphere reserve?
        (a) Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve
        (b) Agasthyamalai Biosphere Reserve
        (c) Simlipal Biosphere Reserve
        (d) Panna National Park

Q 6. The National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) has launched the RuPay SoftPoS in association with?
        (a) SBI Payments
        (b) LIC Housing Finance
        (c) ICICI Bank
        (d) HDFC Bank

Q 7. The International Women’s Day is observed on?
        (a) March 5
        (b) March 8
        (c) January 11
        (d) February 28

Q 8.  'Women Will' platform has been launched by?
        (a) Amazon
        (b) Flipkart
        (c) Google
        (d) Tesla

Q 9. The 'Maitri Setu' seen recently in the news connects India with?
        (a) Nepal
        (b) Bangladesh
        (c) Sri Lanka
        (d) Myanmar

Q10. What is the name of the Highest Civilian Award of Bangladesh?
         (a) Order of Zayed
         (b) Nishan-e-Hind
         (c) Swadhinta Puraskar
         (d) Ekushey Padak

Q 11. The SmartUp Unnati Programme has been launched by?
          (a) Swiggy
          (b) SBI
          (c) HDFC Bank
          (d) PNB

Q 12. Which of the following Indian Wrestlers reclaimed world No. 1 Position after winning the Gold Medal at Matteo Pellicone Ranking Series?
          (a) Bajrang Punia
          (b) Yogeshwar Dutt
          (c) Deepak Punia
          (d) Vinesh Phogat

Q 13. Which of the following became the first central American country to be declared as malaria-free?
          (a) Costa Rica
          (b) Mexico
          (c) El Salvador
          (d) Panama

Q 14. Which state has recently presented the 'Deshbhakti Budget'?
          (a) Delhi
          (b) Punjab
          (c) Uttar Pradesh
          (d) West Bengal

Q 15. The Digital Payment Scorecard has been released by?
          (a) The Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology
          (b) Ministry of Science and Technology
          (c) RBI
          (d) NPCI

Q 16. With whom the China has signed a planetary pact to develop a joint lunar space station?
          (a) USA
          (b) Russia
          (c) India
          (d) France

Q 17. What is the name of name of World’s most powerful supercomputer?
          (a) RIKEN
          (b) Fugaku
          (c) Matrix-2000
          (d) Summit

Q 18. The famous Bamiyan Buddha are located in?
          (a) Sri Lanka
          (b) China
          (c) Afghanistan
          (d) Pakistan

Q 19. Which of the following has become the first Indian Woman Cricketer to score 10,000 international runs?
          (a) Smriti Mandhana
          (b) Jhulan Goswami
          (c) Mitaji Raj
          (d) Punam Raut

Q 20. Which of the following is NOT a member of QUAD?
          (a) USA
          (b) France
          (c) Australia
          (d) India

Q 21. The Sahitya Akademi Award is given in how many language categories?
          (a) 22
          (b) 23
          (c) 24
          (d) 20

Q 22. The Sangay Volcano that erupted recently is located in?
          (a) Hawai
          (b) Greenland
          (c) Indonesia
          (d) Ecuador

Q 23. What one of the following ships was involved in  ‘Mission Sagar-IV’ ?
          (a) INS Airavat
          (b) INS Kilton
          (c) INS Jalashwa
          (d) INS Kesari

Q 24. Who has become the most awarded woman in the Grammy Award history?
          (a) Taylor Swift
          (b) Beyonce
          (c) Rihanna
          (d) Megan Thee Stallion

Q 25. Who has become the first Indian fencer to qualify for the Olympics?
          (a) Bhavani Devi
          (b) Harmanpreet Kaur
          (c) Hima Das
          (d) P.V Sindhu


Answer Key-

Ans1-(a)
Explanation-
Prime Minister Narendra Modi was recently awarded with the CERAWeek Global Energy and Environment Leadership Award. CERAWEEK stands for Cambridge Energy Research Associates Week. It was founded in 1983 by Dr. Daniel Yergin.

Ans2-(d)
Explanation-
The International Solar Alliance (ISA) is headquartered in Gurugram, India. The ISA was launched during the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21), in Paris.  
 
Ans3-(b)
Explanation-
DRDO conducted the successful test of Solid Fuel Ducted Ramjet(SFDR) technology. The test was conducted from the Integrated Test Range Chandipur in Odisha.   
 
Ans4-(c)
Explanation-
The Food Waste Index Report 2021 was released by United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The UNEP is headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya.

Ans5-(c)
Explanation-
The Simlipal Biosphere Reserve is the largest biosphere in India and the second largest in Asia. It is located in Odisha’s Mayurbhanj district. It was added to the UNESCO Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme list in 2009.
 
Ans6-(a)
Explanation-
The NPCI has partnered with SBI Payments to launch RuPay POS. It will allow to accept contactless payments of up to Rs 5000 through a simple tap and pay mechanism through NFC enabled smartphones.

Ans7-(b)
Explanation-
International Women's Day is celebrated annually on March 8. The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day was “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world.”

Ans8-(c)
Explanation-
The “Women Will” platform was launched by Google on the occasion of International Women’s Day.

Ans9-(b)
Explanation-
The ‘Maitri Setu’ or the India-Bangladesh Friendship Bridge is built over the Feni River at Sabroom in South Tripura. It’s length is 1.9 km.
 
Ans10-(c)
Explanation-
Swadhinta Pusaskar or the Independence Award is the highest civilian award of Bangladesh. Ekushey Padak is the second highest civilian award.
 
Ans11-(c)
Explanation-
The SmartUp Unnati mentorship program has been launched by the HDFC Bank to support women entrepreneurs.
 
Ans12-(a)
Explanation-
Bajrang Punia recently won the gold medal by defeating Mongolia's Tulga Tumur Ochir in the finals at the Matteo Pellicone Ranking Series in Rome(65kg category). He is now at Rank 1 in the 65kg category.
 
Ans13-(c)
Explanation-
El Salvador recently became the first country in central America to be declared Malaria Free. Malaria is caused by the Plasmodium parasite which spreads through female Anopheles mosquito.
 
Ans14-(a)
Explanation-
Deshbhakti Budget has been presented by the Delhi Government. The budget is sized at Rs 69,000 crore.
 
Ans15-(a)
Explanation-
The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) has launched the ‘Digital Payment Scorecard’. SBI has topped the list for the third consecutive month.
 
Ans16-(b)
Explanation-
China has signed an agreement with Russia to jointly develop build a lunar space station.
 
Ans17-(b)
Explanation-
Fugaku was developed by the Japanese scientific research institute RIKEN and Fujitsu. It has topped the Top500 list of most powerful supercomputers for the second consecutive year.
 
Ans18-(c)
Explanation-
The Bamiyan Budhhas are located in Afghanistan. They are said to date back to the 5th century AD. The Taliban in March 2001, blew up the monumental statues. Recently an event-“A Night With Buddha” was organized to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Taliban’s attack.
 
Ans19-(c)
Explanation-
Mitali Raj has recently become the first woman cricketer to complete 7,000 One Day International Runs. She completed this feat in her 213th Match against South Africa.
 
Ans20-(b)
Explanation-
The Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (Quad) is an informal grouping of India, USA, Australia and Japan. Recently the first Quad Summit was held in the virtual format.

Ans21-(c)
Explanation-
The Sahitya Akademi Awards award is presented to the literary works in 24 languages(including English). The 2020 awards were announced in 20 languages by the National Academy of Letters. The awards for remaining 4 languages will be declared later.

Ans22-(d)
Explanation-
The Sagay Volcano is an active type volcano in Ecuador. Recently this volcano erupted on 11 March 2021.

Ans23-(c)
Explanation-
Under the Mission Sagar-IV, Indian Naval Ship Jalashwa arrived at Port Anjouan, Comoros on March 14 2021 to deliver 1,000 Metric Tonnes of rice.
Mission Sagar I- INS Kesari
Mission Sagar II- INS Airavat
Mission Sagar III- INS Kiltan

Ans24-(b)
Explanation-
Beyonce became the most awarded Female Singer in the Grammy Award History. She has 28 grammy Awards, 79 nominations to her name.

Ans25-(a)
Explanation-
Chadalavada Anandha Sundhararamana Bhavani Devi has become the first Indian fencer to ever qualify for the Olympics. Fencing is the recreational combat sport of swordplay.

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