18-20 February 2020 Current Affairs

Ram Temple Trust | Shaheen Bagh | 2020 Tokyo Olympics | Lithium reserves | Laureus Awards |

Posted on Feb 20, 2020 08:22 IST in Current Affairs.

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1) Who was named the Chairman of the Sri Ram Janmabhoomi Teertha Kshetra Trust, the body formed to take-up the construction on Ram Temple at Ayodhya? – Mahant Nritya Gopal Das (Mahant Nritya Gopal Das, the Chief of Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas was chosen the Chairman of the Sri Ram Janmabhoomi Teertha Kshetra Trust (SRJTKT) in its first meeting held on 19 February 2020. Vishva Hindu Parishad’s vice-president Champat Rai was chosen the General-Secretary of the Trust. On the other hand Nripendra Mishra, the former Principal Secretary of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, was chosen the chairman of the Ram Temple Complex Development Committee, Trust’s body to oversee the construction of the temple)

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2) Who are 3 members of the Supreme-Court appointed interlocutors body to persuade the Shaheen Bagh protesters to move to another venue that held the first round of parleys with the protesters on 19 February 2020? - Sanjay Hegde, Wajahat Habibullah and Sadhana Ramachandran (The Supreme Court on 17 February 2020, while hearing a plea against the blockade in Shaheen Bagh in Delhi, appointed senior advocate Sanjay Hegde, former Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) Wajahat Habibullah and advocate Sadhana Ramachandran to mediate with the protesters and persuade them to move their protest to an alternative site where no public place is blocked. These two interlocutors held the first round of parleys with the protesters on 19 February 2020. However, the talks remained inconclusive)

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3) The official motto for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics was revealed on 17 February 2020. What is this motto? - 'United by Emotion' ('United by Emotion' is the official motto for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics. It was officially released on 17 February 2020. It was narrated by Japanese tennis player Naomi Osaka)

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4) Reserves of which rare metal have been discovered near Bengaluru, as was disclosed by the Atomic Minerals Directorate? – Lithium (Reserves of lithium, used for making electric vehicle batteries, have been discovered in Mandya, about 100km from Bengaluru. Researchers at the Atomic Minerals Directorate have estimated lithium reserves of 14,100 tonnes in a small patch of land surveyed there. However, the reserves are not very significant if compared with 8.6 million tonnes in Chile, 2.8 million tonnes in Australia. India currently imports all its lithium needs. It imported lithium batteries worth $1.2 billion in fiscal 2019)

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5) The largest US automaker General Motors announced its decision to exit which three major countries? – Australia, New Zealand and Thailand (General Motors Co. on 17 February 2020 announced it will leave Australia, New Zealand and Thailand by year-end as it continues to exit poor-performing markets. The company will focus its resources on new technologies like self-driving cars and electric vehicles. GM will now get almost all of its profits from the US and China. The downsizing is part of a long-running strategy for GM since the Detroit-based company emerged from bankruptcy in 2009)

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6) Which two players were named the joint-winners of the World Sportsman of the Year award at Laureus Sporting Awards 2020? - Lewis Hamilton and Lionel Messi (Six-time F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton (Britain) and six-time Ballon d'Or winner Lionel Messi (Argentina) were named the joint-winners of the World Sportsman of the Year award at Laureus Sporting Awards 2020 on 17 February 2020. Olympic champion gymnast Simone Biles won the World Sportswoman of the Year award for the third time 2019 Rugby World Cup winners South Africa were named the best team)

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7) Google announced to end its 'Google Station' service to provide free Wi-Fi in Indian railway stations as well as globally. The project was launched by Google in India in which year? – 2015 ('Google Station' project was launched by Google in India in 2015 in partnership with Indian Railways and Railtel to provide free Wi-Fi to over 400 railway stations. Google India on 17 February 2020 announced that it will close this service as India now has among the cheapest mobile data per GB in the world. But Railtel announced that it will continue to provide free WiFi at over 5,600 railway stations across India even as Google is exiting the project)

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