Daily Current Affairs Quiz: March, 29

Daily Current Affairs Quiz: March, 29

29 March 2018: The Current Affairs Quizzes section aims to help every competitive exam aspirant to revise the day at ease. The day’s updated quizzes cover the topics like 65th National Film Awards, Integrated Scheme for School Education and chairperson of the National Green Tribunal among others.

1. Which veteran director has been appointed as the new Chairman of central panel of 65th National Film Awards?
a) Imtiaz Ali
b) Shekhar Kapur
c) Mira Nair
d) Anurag Kashyap

2. Which cricketer has been fully barred from holding any team leadership position in the future?
a) Steve Smith
b) David Warner
c) Faf du plessis
d) Shakib Al Hasan

3. Union Government has decided to divest 76 percent stake in which airlines?
a) Air India
b) Indian Airlines
c) Vistara
d) Jet Airways

4. ISRO launched which communication satellite on March 29?
a) GSAT-6A
b) GSAT-6 2B
c) PSAT-4 E
d) X-PAT 1

5. NITI Aayog releases baseline ranking of Aspirational Districts based on how many indicators?
a) 53
b) 64
c) 49
d) 28

6. The CCEA has approved formulation of new Integrated Scheme for School Education. The scheme will be valid till which year?
a) 2021
b) 2023
c) 2019
d) 2020

7. Which state launched India’s first Insect Museum?
a) Tamil Nadu
b) Kerala
c) West Bengal
d) Odisha

8. Which ministry tied-up with Skill India to support Saubhagya Scheme?
a) Ministry of Defence
b) Ministry of Power
c) Ministry of Telecommunications
d) Ministry of External Affairs

9. Who was appointed as the Principal Scientific Advisor to Union Government recently?
a) Rajagopala Chidambaram
b) Venkateshwar Iyer
c) Krishnaswamy Vijay Raghavan
d) Sidharatha Reddy

10. Who was appointed as the acting chairperson of the National Green Tribunal (NGT)?
a) D Y Chandrachud
b) Dipak Misra
c) RS Swamy
d) Jawad Rahim

11. The Department of Posts launched Cool EMS Service between India and which country?
a) Japan
b) China
c) Russia
d) Bhutan

12. India signed $80 million loan agreement with which organisation to boost employment in Himachal Pradesh?
a) European Bank
b) Asian Development Bank
c) World Bank
d) United Nations


1. (b) Shekhar Kapur
Veteran director Shekhar Kapur has been appointed chairman of the central panel of the 65th National Film Awards. The central panel comprises a chairperson and 10 other members, including five regional chairpersons who head the respective regional panels.

2. (b) David Warner
The latest Australian ball-tampering scandal has incited heavy punishment with Cricket Australia slapping a one-year international ban on Australian skipper Steve Smith and Vice-captain David Warner. Smith and Bancroft would now have to wait for a minimum of two years before being considered for team leadership roles, while Warner has been barred from holding any leadership role in the future.

3. (a) Air India
The Union Government has unveiled plans to sell up to 76 percent stake in Air India and transfer the management control to private players, starting the ambitious strategic disinvestment process for the debt-laden national carrier.

4. (a) GSAT-6A
The Indian Space Research Organisation on March 29, 2018 launched communication satellite GSAT-6A from Sriharikota, around 105 km away from Chennai. The satellite will provide a platform for developing technologies such as demonstration of the 6-metre S-Band Unfurlable Antenna, hand-held ground terminals and network management techniques that could be useful in satellite-based mobile communication applications.

5. (c) 49
The NITI Aayog has launched the baseline ranking for 101 aspirational districts based on 49 indicators across several sectors including health and nutrition, education, agriculture and water resources, financial inclusion, skill development and basic infrastructure.

6. (d) 2020
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the proposal of Department of School Education and Literacy to formulate a new Integrated Scheme on School Education. It would be valid from April 1, 2018 until March 31, 2020.

7. (a) Tamil Nadu
An insect museum with the state-of-the-art amenities was launched by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswamy at the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University. The museum, established at a 6,691 sqft area with a total cost of Rs 5 crore, is fully dedicated to insects and is first of its kind in the country.

8. (b) Ministry of Power
The Union Ministry of Power on March 27, 2018 tied-up with the Union Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship to train the manpower in six states for speedy implementation of Saubhagya Scheme.
Saubhagya Scheme is also known as Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana. Around 4 crore households are expected to get electricity connections under the scheme.

9. (c) Krishnaswamy Vijay Raghavan
Krishnaswamy Vijay Raghavan was appointed as the principal scientific adviser to the government of India. Vijay Raghavan will succeed physicist Rajagopala Chidambaram who served the position for more than 16 years.

10. (d) Jawad Rahim
The Supreme Court appointed Justice Jawad Rahim as the new acting chairperson of the National Green Tribunal (NGT). The new acting chairperson will discharge his duties until a regular appointment is made and will take part in selection process of other members of the NGT.

11. (a) Japan
The Department of Posts under Ministry of Communications launched Cool EMS Service between India and Japan. It is one-way service from Japan to India which allows customers in India to import Japanese food items for personal use which is allowed under Indian regulations.

12. (b) Asian Development Bank
The Government of India (GoI) has signed $80 million loan agreement with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to help modernize technical and vocational education and training (TVET) institutions and improve the skills ecosystem in the State of Himachal Pradesh.

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