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Current Affairs Quiz: March 1, 2019

Updated On - Friday, 01 March 2019

Where is the headquarters of the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority situated?

Answer: New Delhi


National Pharmaceutical Price Authority (NPPA) has recently fixed the retail price of 36 formulations, including medicines for cancer, diabetes, infection, asthma, swelling and pain etc. According to the available data, the limit of 105 brands will be reduced by 85% in MRP, which will save the subscribers' 105 crores. The National Pharmaceutical Price Authority (NPPA) determines the value of the medicines available in Nationally Important Drugs List.


Has the theme of National Science Day 2019?

Answer - People for Science, Science for People

In India, February 28 is celebrated as National Science Day, it is known by the famous Indian scientist and Nobel laureate C.V. Raman is celebrated in memory. C.V. Raman discovered the "Raman effect", for which he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1930. This year the National Science Day theme is "People for Science, People for Science". 


Who was the chairman of National Book Trust recently appointed?

Answer: Govind Prasad Sharma

Educationist and writer Govind Prasad Sharma has been appointed Chairman of National Book Trust.

Govind Prasad Sharma

During his long career, Govind Prasad Sharma was the Principal of Government PG College in Madhya Pradesh, Additional Director Higher Education of Gwalior Chamble Division, Director of Madhya Pradesh Hindi Grant Academy and Vice President of Madhya Pradesh Secondary Education Board.

The National Book Trust (NBT)

National Book Trust was established by the government in 1957. It works under the Department of Higher Education under the Ministry of Human Resource Development.

Objectives of NBT:

To promote the production of good literature in Hindi, English and other Indian languages.

  • Make literature available to people at low rates.
  • Organizing book fairs and exhibitions.
  • Creating interest in books in people

National Book Trust publishes classical Indian literature for fulfilling the above objectives. It also publishes the outstanding works of Indian writers in other languages. It also translates books of foreign languages.


Which cricketer was given the knighthood at Buckingham Palace recently?

Answer: Alastair Cook

England's great batsman Alastair Cook was given knighthood at Buckingham Palace. Ian Botham was awarded this title in 2007. Cook is the 11th player to receive this title. Cook had performed against India in a Test match in 2006. He played 160 matches for England.


Recently, HRD Ministry launched the scheme for training?


Central Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar recently (Shreyas) (Youth in Apprenticeship and Skills for the training and skill of youth in higher education). Its aim will be to provide trained graduates with specific industry related training opportunities. Shreyas is a joint initiative of Ministry of Human Resource Development, Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship and Ministry of Labor and Employment.

  • The focus of the Shreyas program is on students of non-technical course, through this program, those students will be provided the necessary skills for employment.
  • Through this program, educational institutions and industries will be provided a platform where they can provide training and supply of training. Under this program, training will be promoted as an important component of education. This is an attempt by the Indian government to include skills in the education system to promote employment.
  • The courses will be available from April-May, 2019. Shreyas Program is an important step towards graduating students to become skillful, qualified and employable. This will also serve the needs of skilled people in the country and they will also be able to contribute to the country's development.


What is the controversial issue between the two countries in which Chagos Island is in the recent headlines?

North: United Kingdom and Mauritius recently the International Court of Justice has asked the United Kingdom to hand over Chagos Island (Diego Garcia) to Mauritius. ICJ also said that the United Kingdom illegally occupied Chagos Island.


Recently, what location did India get in the Facebook Internet Inclusion Index 2019?

Answer: 47th Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) has prepared the Internet Inclusion Index 2019 for Facebook. This index covers 100 countries, which represent 94% of the world's population and 96% of global GDP. Scores are given in the index, availability, price, importance etc. in this index.

Key points

  • Sweden is on the first list, followed by Singapore and the United States.
  • India is ranked 47th in this list.
  • Most men have access to the internet compared to women in the world.
  • In the case of gender equality, the performance of the United Kingdom, Namibia, Ireland, Austria, Chile and South Africa has been the best. In all these countries there are Women's Digital Skill Development Program.
  • In this report it has been said that there has been an increase in the penetration of Divya women.
  • Global level of Internet connected houses has increased from 53.1% to 54.8%.
  • Fixed-line internet in many countries is quite expensive, so mobile is the only means of using the internet.
  • Low-medium income groups have improved 66% in 4G coverage.
  • 3.8 billion people in the world are deprived of fast and reliable Internet connectivity.
  • According to this report 52.2% of people are not trusted about online privacy.
  • According to this report, 74.4 per cent of people believe that internet is a good way to find a job.


Who was recently given the META Lifetime Achievement Award?

Answer: Mahesh Elkunchwar, renowned Indian writer Mahesh Elkunchwar will be conferred with META Lifetime Achievement Award 2019, he will be conferred the award on March 12 during Mahindra Theater Festival.


Mahesh Elkanchwar is considered one of the most progressive playwright of the country. He did many experiments in drama writing. He is an important figure in the field of Marathi and Indian theater. Mahesh Elkunchwar has also received the Sangeet Natak Academy Fellowship earlier. He has composed 30 plays including "Sultan", "Holi", "Garbo", "Tornadhar" and "Autobiography" in his life.


META Awards

Mahindra Excellence In Theater Awards (META) are provided for outstanding work in the field of theater. These awards have been established by Mahindra Group. This award is given in the field of theater (drama writing, sets, costumes, light designing, direction and performance) for outstanding work.


Which Indian cricketer completed 8,000 runs in T20 recently?

Answer: Suresh Raina

Indian batsman Suresh Raina recently completed 8,000 runs in T20, he has become the first Indian batsman to achieve this feat. This achievement he received in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy Raina achieved this feat in his 300 T20 match.


In which cities, the National Design Institute was inaugurated recently?

North -Bhopal and Jorhat

National Design Institute was inaugurated in Bhopal and Jorhat. Union Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu inaugurated these institutions.

The role of design and innovation has increased greatly in many sectors, so there is a need to promote design related education. The role of Make in India, Skill India, Digital India, Startup India and Smart City Initiatives is very important.

National Design Policy 2007 was recommended as setting up of design institutes at other places in the country, like the National Design Institute, Ahmedabad. Under this, national design institutes are being set up in Andhra Pradesh (Amravati), Assam (Jorhat), Madhya Pradesh (Bhopal) and Haryana (Kurukshetra).

These institutions are being set up in different parts of the country. These institutions will create skilled work force in the country, which will increase direct and indirect employment.

National Design Institute National Institute of Design was established on the basis of EMS report. It was first established in 191 in Ahmedabad as an All India Autonomous Institution. It was built in collaboration with Ford Foundation and Sarabhai family. Over the years, this institute has emerged as a leading design institute in communication, industrial, textile and IT sectors.

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