8-13 February 2020 Current Affairs

Coronavirus | PSUs | General Insurance | ICC under-19 Cricket World Cup | 92nd Academy Awards | Wendell Rodricks |

Posted on Feb 13, 2020 10:21 IST in Current Affairs.

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1) The World Health Organization (WHO) on 11 February 2020 gave which official name to the novel coronavirus that originated in China? - 'COVID-19' ('COVID-19' is now the official name of the coronavirus strain that has killed more than 1,300 and infected around 63,000 people in China. An official name gives a standard format to use for any future outbreaks of the strain. The new name was agreed by the WHO in conjunction with the World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH) and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO))

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2) Which entity was the highest loss-making public sector undertaking (PSU) in 2018-19 for third consecutive year? – BSNL (Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) remained the highest loss-making public sector undertaking in the country with net losses of Rs. 14,904 crore during the year. Air India’s losses were at Rs 8,474 crore and MTNL’s losses stood at Rs 3,390 crore. This was disclosed by the Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises in a written reply to Rajya Sabha on 10 February 2020. On the other hand ONGC was the highest profit earning PSU entity with net profits of Rs 26,716 crore during the year)

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3) Hyderabad-based Ananth Technologies Limited (ATL) came to limelight recently due to which reason? – It became the first Indian private company to sign deals to build foreign-owned satellites in India (Hyderabad-based Ananth Technologies Limited (ATL) signed deals to build six foreign-owned satellites in India, a first by an Indian private company. The firm will open a satellite making facility by the end of February 2020 in Bengaluru to build the foreign-owned satellites weighing between 50 kg and 250 kg for customers in Sweden and France. ATL is a supplier of systems for the Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) satellites)

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4) The Union Government approved the infusion of how much amount capital into three PSU general insurers, as was disclosed on 12 February 2020? – Rs. 2,500 crore (The government has approved infusion of Rs. 2,500 crore capital into three PSU general insurers - Oriental Insurance Company Limited, National Insurance Company Limited and United India Insurance Company Limited. The infusion is being done in the light of the critical financial position and breach of regulatory solvency requirements of the three entities)

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5) Bangladesh defeated defending champions India by 3 wickets to won their maiden ICC under-19 Cricket World Cup in the final played at Potchefstroom (South Africa) on 9 February 2020. Which Indian player was declared Player of the series? – Yashasvi Jaiswal (Indian batsman Yashasvi Jaiswal, who scored 400 runs during the tournament was declared Player of the series ICC under-19 Cricket World Cup that was held from 17 January to 9 February 2020 in South Africa. Bangladesh created history by winning the coveted trophy for the first time as they shocked defending champions India in the finals)

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6) Which film won the Best Picture Oscar at the 92nd Academy Awards ceremony that was held on 9 February 2020? – “Parasite” (The South Korean film “Parasite” won 4 Oscars including the award for Best Picture at the 92nd Academy Awards ceremony. This film thus became the first film not in the English language to do so. The director of this film Bong Joon-ho won the Oscar for Best Director. Joaquin Phoenix won the Best Actor Oscar for his leading role in film "Joker" while Renée Zellweger won the Best Actress Oscar for film "Judy". The British war film “1917” won three awards, while “Ford v Ferrari”, “Joker”, and “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” won two awards each)

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7) Which entity overtook US private equity firm Blackstone to emerge as the largest private investor in India in 2019? - Brookfield Asset Management (As per data disclosed by deals tracker Venture Intelligence, Canada's Brookfield Asset Management overtook US private equity firm Blackstone to emerge as the largest private investor in India in 2019. Brookfield's investments totalled nearly $6.28 billion in 2019 compared with Blackstone's $2.38 billion)

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8) Wendell Rodricks, who passed away on 12 February 2020, was a noted personality associated with which field? – Fashion Designing (59-year old Wendell Rodricks was a famous Indian fashion designer, social activist and author. After being associated with many brands he had launched his own label in 1989. He was the first Indian designer to be invited to IGEDO (the world's largest garment fair) in 1995 and also the first Indian designer to open the Dubai Fashion Week in 2001. He was conferred India’s fourth highest civilian award Padma Shri in 2014. He passed away in his hometown Goa on 12 February 2020)

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9) According to the data released by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), which is the noisiest city among 6 Indian metro cities? – Chennai (With average noise levels of 67.8 decibels (dB), Chennai was the noisiest city among 6 Indian metro cities during 2018. Delhi’s noise levels stood at 61 dB)

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10) The Union Government on 11 February 2020 issued a final notification to consider all medical devices as drugs. Now all medical devices will come under the lens of the Central Drugs and Standard Control Organization (CDSCO) from which date? – 1 April 2020 (According to the notification by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, all medical devices, including implants and contraceptives, will be brought under the lens of the Central Drugs and Standard Control Organization (CDSCO) in a phased manner starting 1 April 2020. It is worth mentioning that the increased scrutiny on medical devices comes in the aftermath of Johnson & Johnson’s faulty hip implants)

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