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Current Affairs of 14th March; 2020

Jithinlal, Published On:14-Mar-2020


                CURRENT AFFAIRS 

1.Scientists from ARCI-International Advanced Research Centre for Powder Metallurgy and New Materials operating under the Department of Science and Technology ,Ministry of Science & Technology have developed cost effective solar receiver tube technology.

The invention of the technology is highly important as the Indian Industries are currently importing high end Concentrating Solar Panel receivers for concentrating solar Technologies.

The technology will help India achieve its solar energy target of 100 GW by 2022.

2.For the first time since 1962, Iran is seeking the help of the International Monetary Fund. 

Since the Islamic Revolution, Iran stopped getting help from the IMF.

Earlier, this month, the IMF allocated emergency funds to middle-income countries. The international banking institution, allocated 50 billion USD to fund middle-income and poor countries. Also, it allocated 10 billion USD to low-income countries.

3.Recently at the WION’s Global Summit held in Dubai, the Pakistan representative, Minister Kasturi recalled Sir Creek Pact.

The summit was organized under the theme of Navigating and Negotiating Global Imperatives.

The issue between India and Pakistan over Sir Creek is the interpretation of the boundary between Sindh and Kutch. The region was under the jurisdiction of the Bombay Presidency during British rule. After independence, Kutch came under India and Sindh under Pakistan. But Pakistan claims entire creek as per the agreement signed between Rao Maharaj of Kutch and Government of Sindh in 1914.

4.Union Cabinet approved to withdraw the Merchandise Export from India Scheme in phases.It is later to be replaced with RoDTEP Remission of Duties or Taxes on Export Product scheme.

The RoDTEP is a scheme for exporters to reimburse their taxes and duties. The scheme was announced by the Finance Minister to incentivize exporters at a cost of Rs 50,000 crores.

5.The Minister of State (I/C) for Shipping and Chemical & Fertilizers Shri Mansukh Mandaviya is to inaugurate five projects completed under Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) at JNPT, Mumbai on 14 March.

 The projects include Flyover at Y junction near PUB at JNPT, Scanning X-Ray, Augmentation of 220/33KV Master Unit Sub Station, Centralised Parking Plaza, and Shiva Samarth Smarak Museum.

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1.Where was world's first weightlifting championship held - London.

2. Which insect has the best eyesight - Dragonfly.

3. Which is the country which offered Albert Einstein it's presidency in 1952 - Israel.

4. Inventor of insulin - Frederick Sanger .

5. What is steganography - Invisible ink writing .

6. Which animal can live longest without water - rat.

7. What food was invented in a sanatorium in 1890 - Kellogg's corn flakes .

8. What does drosometre measure - dew.

9. Which mediterrean country's orchestra is bigger than its army - Monaco .

10. Which is the first country to guarantee freedom of religion - Transylvania.

11. What was Britain's former name - Albion .

12. Khangchendzonga national park is in - Sikkim 

13. Which organ does a snake use for hearing - tongue.

14.Which country's national flag has an eagle and a snake - Mexico

15.Charles Dickens last unfinished novel - Mystery of Edwin 

16. What is the staple food of one-third of world's population - rice

17. Zambia and Zimbabwe used to be called - Rhodesia.

18. World's first high level programming language - IBM FORTRAN

19. C.K Naidu award is related to which field - cricket established in 1994

20. Who discovered pluto -Clyde Tonbaugh.

21. Which part of the human body contains the most gold - toenails

22. Which country grows the most fruits - China 

23. What is pogonophobia - fear of bears 

24.Who betrayed Jesus to the Romans - Judas Escariot 

25. In whose reign first East India Company was setup and who seeked it's permission - Jahangir , Captain Hawkins in 1615 

26. The first Englishman to visit India - John Mildenhall in 1599.

27. Whos took Kohinoor diamond and peacock throne from India - Nadir Shah of Iran in 1739.

28. First Secretary General of UN - Trigve Li

29. First Women Judge of the Supreme court - Meera Sahib Fatima Bibi

30. Father of homeopathy - Hanniman 

31. World consumer day - 15 march 

Source: The Hindu, The Economic Times, The Indian Express, Press Information Bureau website

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