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 Q .
Which institution announced a rule that sought to treat banks’ additional tier 1 (AT1) bonds as having 100-year maturity?
A)
RBI
B)
SEBI
C)
IRDAI
D)
PFRDA

Correct Answer : Option (B) - SEBI

Note :

The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) issued a circular that sought to treat additional tier 1 (AT1) bonds of banks as having 100-year maturity.
The Finance Ministry has asked SEBI to withdraw this rule, which would make investments in the bonds one of the riskiest. A sell-off in these securities will make it tougher for banks to raise capital. The rules were to take effect form April 2021.

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Published On : March 19, 2021
 Q .
An advisory committee has been set up to study which Indian river for the next two years, chaired by the Culture Minister?
A)
Sarayu
B)
Narmada
C)
Sarasvati
D)
None of the above

Correct Answer : Option (C) - Sarasvati

Note :

The Centre has reconstituted an advisory committee to create a plan for studying the mythical Sarasvati river for the next two years.
The term of the previous panel, which was set up by the Archaeological Survey of India in 2017, ended in 2019. The 27-member panel would include officials from various ministries, archaeologists and other experts.

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Published On : March 19, 2021
 Q .
What is the frequency of the Labour Ministry’s establishment-based job survey for the organised sector?
A)
Quarterly
B)
Half-Yearly
C)
Annually
D)
Monthly

Correct Answer : Option (A) - Quarterly

Note :

The Labour ministry is to come up with an establishment-based job survey for the organised sector in August. The survey will capture the first quarter of the fiscal year 2021-22.
The Ministry will also undertake surveys in the unorganised sector during April to December, starting from April 2022. It will also conduct four surveys on migrants, domestic workers, the transport sector, and professionals.

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Published On : March 18, 2021
 Q .
Which Indian body released the report ‘India FinTech: A USD 100 Billion Opportunity’?
A)
NASSCOM
B)
ASSOCAM
C)
FICCI
D)
CAIT

Correct Answer : Option (C) - FICCI

Note :

The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) and Boston Consulting Group (BCG) released ‘India FinTech: A USD 100 Billion Opportunity’ report.
The total valuation of India’s fintech industry is estimated at USD 50- USD 60 billion. The report sees the fintech industry’s valuation at USD 150-160 bn by 2025.

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Published On : March 18, 2021
 Q .
Who is the author of the biography on former Goa CM Manohar Parrikar, titled "An Extraordinary Life: A biography of Manohar Parrikar"?
A)
Nidhi Razdan and Arun Shourie
B)
Madhu Trehan and Anuranjan Jha
C)
Sadguru Patil and Mayabhushan Nagvenkar
D)
Sagarika Ghose and Siddharth Varadarajan

Correct Answer : Option (C) - Sadguru Patil and Mayabhushan Nagvenkar

Note : The book titled "An Extraordinary Life: A biography of Manohar Parrikar" has been written by veteran journalists Sadguru Patil and Mayabhushan Nagvenkar.

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Published On : March 18, 2021
 Q .
How much amount has been pledged by India towards the COVID-19 Emergency Fund for SAARC nations proposed by PM Narendra Modi?
A)
USD 5 million
B)
USD 10 million
C)
USD 25 million
D)
USD 50 million

Correct Answer : Option (B) - USD 10 million

Note : The Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi has pledged US$ 10 million to start an initiative to create a COVID-19 Emergency Fund for SAARC nations.

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Published On : March 18, 2021
 Q .
Phool Dei is the annual traditional festival celebrated in which state marks the onset of the spring season?
A)
Uttarakhand
B)
Kerala
C)
Sikkim
D)
Himachal Pradesh

Correct Answer : Option (A) - Uttarakhand

Note : The Traditional Phool Dei festival of Uttarakhand Begins to mark the onset of the Spring Season.

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Published On : March 18, 2021
 Q .
Who has been honored with the International Woman of Courage 2021 Award by U.S. Consulate?
A)
Vidya Shah
B)
Shazia Ilmi
C)
Sunita Krishnan
D)
Gowsalya Shankar

Correct Answer : Option (D) - Gowsalya Shankar

Note : The U.S. Consulate honored Tamil Nadu-based anti-caste activist Gowsalya Shankar with the International Woman of Courage Award.

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Published On : March 18, 2021
 Q .
Which company has become the first member of India's first gas trading platform, the Indian Gas Exchange?
A)
Global Energy Trading
B)
Tata Power Company Limited
C)
Manikaran Power Ltd
D)
JSW Power Trading Company Ltd

Correct Answer : Option (C) - Manikaran Power Ltd

Note : The Manikaran Power Ltd (MPL) has become the first member of India's first gas trading platform which is known as Indian Gas Exchange (IGX).

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Published On : March 18, 2021
 Q .
‘Bharat e Market’ is the e-commerce portal launched by which body?
A)
TRIFED
B)
FICCI
C)
KVIC
D)
CAIT

Correct Answer : Option (D) - CAIT

Note :

Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT), the apex traders’ body launched a mobile application, to onboard vendors for its upcoming e-commerce portal ‘Bharat e Market’.
The application will enable businesses and service providers to register on the portal and create their own virtual shop or e-dukaan. There will be no commission charged for creating their own shop.

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Published On : March 17, 2021