Current Affairs March 26, 2019

1. In INS Shivaji, Indian Navy inaugurated NBCTF. What is mean by NBCTF ?

         1) Naval Backup Communication Task Force
         2) Naval Base Combat Training Facility
         3) Navigation and Biometric Centre for Training Facility
         4) Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Training Facility
         5) None of these

Answer – 4 ) Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Training Facility

Explanation:  The state of the art Nuclear, Biological, Chemical Training Facility (NBCTF) named ABHEDYA of Indian Navy has been commissioned at INS Shivaji, Lonavla in Mumbai by Admiral Sunil Lanba, PVSM AVSM ADC, Chief of the Naval Staff. The NBCTF, christened “Abhedya”, impenetrable in Sanskrit, will help train personnel of naval ships fitted with nuclear, biological and chemical detection and protection systems.

2. In April, ISRO launches __________satellites including EMISAT.

        1) 35
        2) 12
        3) 29
        4) 18
        5) None of these

Answer – 3 ) 29

Explanation: Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will launch 29 satellites including the primary payload EMISAT, on the first of April. Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, PSLV-C45 will take off from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota tentatively at 9:30 AM carrying the satellites onboard. The customer payloads are from Lithuania, Spain, Switzerland and the US.

3. Where was the Indian Air Force formally inducted Chinook heavy-lift helicopters ?

         1) Chandigarh
         2) Halwara
         3) Sirsa
         4) Ghaziabad
         5) None of these

Answer – 1 ) Chandigarh

Explanation: Indian Air Force (IAF) today formally inducted the four heavy-lift Chinook helicopters. Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa announced the induction at a ceremony held at Air Force base in Chandigarh. Chinook helicopters will be deployed at Chandigarh’s Air Force Station 12 Wing. Regarded as one of the most modern heavy lift chopper, the payload capacity of Chinook is about 10 tonne, as it is able to lift artillery, vehicles, road construction and engineer equipment as well as troops and supplies to mountainous sectors. It can also lift M-777 ultra-light howitzers of the Indian armed forces.

4. Where was the world’s largest e-waste recycling plant has been opened ?

         1) Paris
         2) New York
         3) Dubai
         4) London
         5) None of these

Answer – 3 ) Dubai

Explanation: The world’s largest e-waste recycling plant has been opened in Dubai Industrial Park, Dubai by ‘Enviroserve’ company with a total cost of $5 million. It will recycle Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE), IT asset disposition (ITAD), refrigerant gas and specialized waste. The processing capacity of this recycling hub is 100,000 tonnes of total integrated waste (per year), of which 39,000 tonnes is e-waste.

5. Apple jointly launched the Apple Card credit card for iPhones along _____________company.

         1) Citigroup
         2) Goldman Sachs
         3) Barclays
         4) Morgan Stanley
         5) None of these

Answer – 2 ) Goldman Sachs

Explanation: Apple Inc & Goldman Sachs Group Inc jointly launched the Apple Card credit card for iPhones. The card is tied to Apple Pay, a service that allows people to load banking information and pay in store or use it for purchases online. Apple card is a virtual credit card that can be integrated into the Wallet app of the iPhone.

6. ___________ has been slapped by RBI as a penalty of Rs 2 Crore for SWIFT Violation.

         1) Punjab National Bank
         2) IDBI Bank
         3) Syndicate Bank
         4) Bank of Baroda
         5) None of these

Answer – 1 ) Punjab National Bank

Explanation: The RBI has slapped a penalty of Rs 2 crore on Punjab National Bank (PNB) for non-compliance of regulatory directions with regard to SWIFT operations. SWIFT is a global messaging software used for transactions by financial entities.

7. For which state weavers, Yarn bank was set up by Ministry of Textiles ?

         1) Tamil Nadu
         2) Gujarat
         3) Karnataka
         4) Rajasthan
         5) None of these

Answer – 3 ) Karnataka

Explanation: In order to avoid fluctuation in yarn prices, Ministry of Textiles has started Yarn bank, a first of its kind in Karnataka, to help thousand of weavers at the Mysore Powerloom Silk Manufacturers Cooperative Society by ensuring steady supply of silk yarn and zari. Currently, the weavers from southern Karnataka have to source yarn locally through agents and wholesalers. The Centre aided bank will purchase yarn at the wholesale rate from producers, then it will be sold to the subscribing weavers at reasonable rates to sustain production.

8. On which day the World Purple Day is observed ?

         1) March 23
         2) March 12
         3) March 25
         4) March 26
         5) None of these

Answer – 4 ) March 26

Explanation: Epilepsy Awareness Day which is commonly known as World Purple Day is observed on March 26 in order to encourage the people to wear the colour to increase the awareness of Epilepsy. Nearly 50 million people in the world are having Epilepsy as per the World Health Organization (WHO) which does not have a known cause.

9. Which temple was recently approved by Pakistan to open Corridor for Hindu Pilgrims from India ?

         1) Sharada Peeth
         2) Laxmi Narain Mandir
         3) Goraknath Temple
         4) Malot temple
         5) None of these

Answer – 1 ) Sharada Peeth

Explanation: After Kartarpur Corridor, now Government of Pakistan has given its consent to the proposal of opening Sharada Peeth Corridor for Hindu Pilgrims to visit Sharada Peeth located in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (POK). Sharda Peeth Corridor will be the second corridor to be established after the Kartarpur Corridor which provides access to Gurudwara Darbar Sahib at Kartarpur in Pakistan.

10. Who won the Men’s singles title in Lingshui China masters badminton tournament 2019 ?

         1) Ihsan Maulana Mustofa
         2) Weng Hongyang
         3) Lakshya Sen
         4) Sheng XD
         5) None of these

Answer – 2 ) Weng Hongyang

Explanation: Weng Hongyang won the Men’s Singles title in tournament. On 17th March 2019, the 2019 Lingshui Masters Badminton Tournament held in Agile Stadium in China. This was the first Super 100 Tournament of the 2019 BWF World Tour.The tournament was organized by the Chinese Badminton Association and sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF).