27-30 April 2020 Current Affairs

Powerful freight locomotive | Irrfan Khan | Death | Military Spending | Mutual Fund | RBI |

Posted on Apr 30, 2020 05:06 IST in Current Affairs.

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1) The Indian Railways on 27 April 2020 said that its newly-built freight locomotive cleared the trial run conducted by the RDSO. What is the power-output of this new freight locomotive? – 9000 horse power (The new 9000 hp locomotive was built at the Chittaranjan Locomotive Works (CLW) and its trial run was conducted by the Research Design and Standards Organisation (RDSO) over the Northern Railways network at a speed of 100 km per hour. The locomotive, equipped with modern and advanced features, underwent its oscillation and performance trials from 31 January to 26 February 2020. In this new locomotive, there has been an upgradation of power of WAP-7 and WAG-9 locomotive from 6,000 HP to 9,000 HP)

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2) A "special loan instrument" worth how much amount will be created by BRICS to rebuild their economies and to overcome the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, as was decided on 28 April 2020? - $15 billion (The foreign ministers of BRICS nations on 28 April 2020 held a video conference on the issue of how to deal with economic fallout due to Covid-19 pandemic. It was decided that the New Development Bank (NDB), established by BRICS, will provide loans worth $15 billion to help the member states)

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3) The RBI on 27 April 2020 announced a special liquidity facility worth how much amount with the aim to ease liquidity pressures on mutual funds? – Rs. 50,000 crore (Aiming to ease liquidity pressures on mutual funds, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on 27 April 2020 announced a special liquidity facility of Rs. 50,000 crore for mutual funds. Under this, the central bank will conduct repo operations of 90 days tenor at the fixed repo rate. This comes after Franklin Templeton Mutual Fund's decision to scrap six debt schemes worth nearly Rs. 31,000 crore sparked market-wide concerns)

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4) Highly versatile actor Irrfan Khan passed away on 29 April 2020 at the age of 53. Known for some of the most powerful roles in Hindi films in recent times, Irrfan won his only National Film Award for which film? – “Paan Singh Tomar” (Irrfan Khan was diagnosed with a neuroendocrine tumour in March 2018, soon after which he flew to London for treatment. He returned to India in February 2019 to shoot “Angrezi Medium” which was his last film. He won National Film Award for Best Actor for 2013 film “Paan Singh Tomar”. Some of the important films with his versatile acting were “Hasil” (2003), “Maqbool” (2003), “Slumdog Millionaire” (2008), “The Life of Pi” (2012), “The Amazing Spiderman” (2012), “The Lunchbox” (2013), “Paan Singh Tomar” (2013), “Piku” (2015), “Hindi Medium” (2017) and “Angrezi Medium” (2020))

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5) What is the name of the Yemeni separatist group that announced self-rule in the areas it controls in Yemen's south? - Southern Transitional Council (STC) (Southern Transitional Council (STC) is the name of the separatist group that announced self-rule in the areas it controls in Yemen's south. STC had allied with the Saudi Arabia-backed Yemeni government to fight Iran-backed Houthi rebels, who control large areas in the country's north. STC was established in 2017)

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6) According to data released by arms watchdog Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) on 27 April 2020 the US, China and India were the world's three biggest military spenders in 2019. What was India’s total defence expenditure during the year? – $71.1 billion (The US, China and India were the world’s three biggest military spenders in 2019, followed by Russia and Saudi Arabia. The two Asian countries made it to the top three for the first time. Total global spending rose to almost $2 trillion in 2019, up 3.6% from 2018)

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7) Which private bank during April 2020 agreed to acquire an additional 29% stake in Max Life Insurance? - Axis Bank (Private lender Axis Bank agreed to acquire an additional 29% stake in Max Life Insurance. This will take Axis Bank’s total stake in Max Life Insurance, which is the country's fourth-largest private insurer to 30%. Post the transaction, Max Life Insurance will become a 70:30 joint-venture between Max Financial Services (MFSL) and Axis Bank)

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