18-23 March 2020 Current Affairs

Coronavirus | 2020 Olympics | Freest Economy | Happiest Country | Covid-19 Test | Mujibur Rahman | Herd Immunity |

Posted on Mar 23, 2020 10:23 IST in Current Affairs.

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1) Which country became the first country to pull out of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games due to the coronavirus pandemic? – Canada (Canada's Olympic and Paralympic Committees on 22 March 2020 called the organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games and the World Health Organisation (WHO) to postpone the Games as it decided to pull out of the Games formally. It thus became the first country to take this decision. The 2020 Olympics Games are to commence from 24 July 2020 but the organizers are under heavy pressure to postpone the Games due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic)

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2) Which country overtook Hong Kong as the world's freest economy according to a report of Washington think tank Heritage Foundation? – Hong Kong (Heritage Foundation, a Washington-based think tank Singapore overtook Hong Kong as the world's freest economy, a position it had been in since 1995. Hong Kong's economic freedom fell due to political and social unrest which led to a decline in investment freedom. The city's economic freedom score is 89.1, a drop of 1.1 points from last year)

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3) On 17 March 2020 which entity became the first private entity in India to receive the licence for conducting coronavirus (Covid-19) tests? - Roche Diagnostics India (French firm Roche Diagnostics’ Indian subsidiary Roche Diagnostics India received the licence for conducting coronavirus tests after approval from Indian drug regulator Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) on 17 March 2020. It thus became the first private entity in the country to get such permission after the government decided to allow accredited private labs to test for COVID-19)

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4) The 100th birth anniversary of which iconic Bangladesh leader was celebrated during March 2020? - Sheikh Mujibur Rahman (Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, affectionately called “Bangabandhu” was the first President of Bangladesh and later he served as the Prime Minister of Bangladesh between 1971 and 1975. He was assassinated in 1975. He was the founder of Awami League. The present Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina is her daughter. Mujibur Rahman’s 100th Birth anniversary was celebrated on 17 March 2020 with much fanfare despite global coronavirus scare. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi participated in the event through tele-conferencing)

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5) Which country was named the world's happiest country in the World Happiness Report 2020? – Finland (Finland has been named the world's happiest country, according to the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network's World Happiness Report 2020. It's followed by Denmark, Switzerland, Iceland and Norway, while India is ranked 144 on the list. Countries are ranked on six key variables, namely- GDP per capita, social support, healthy life expectancy, freedom, generosity, and absence of corruption)

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6) Which country had advocated following the strategy of “Herd Immunity” to face the challenge of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) and later announced that it will adopt conventional methods to face the viral pandemic? – United Kingdom (The Government of the United Kingdom had earlier announced that to fight the menace of novel coronavirus menace it will is working on to adopt the strategy of “Herd Immunity” under which not very strict social-distancing measures are adopted. The government would no longer try to track and trace the contacts of every suspected case, and it would test only people who are admitted to hospitals. But the plan came under heavy criticism and later Prime Minister Boris Johnson declared that the county will adopt conventional methods to fight coronavirus)

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