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Current Affairs Quiz Today – 08th March 2021

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Current affairs quiz today – 08th March 2021.
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#1. Consider the following statements with respect to Savitribai Phule:

1. She set up “Balhatya Pratibandhak Griha”.

2. She is recognised as the first female teacher in India.

3. She founded the Satyashodhak Samaj.

Which of the given statement/s is/are incorrect?

ANS: (C) 3 only


  • Savitribai Phule is hailed as one of the first modern feminists of India.
  • Savitribai Phule’s husband Jyotirao Phule established the Satyshodhak Samaj. She took on the work of Satya Shodhak Samaj after the demise of Jyotirao Phule.
  • Savitribai Phule became the first female teacher in India in 1848.

#2. Consider the following statements regarding Whale Sharks:

1. It is the largest fish alive that feeds upon meat.

2. It is found in all the tropical oceans of the world.

3. It is listed as Endangered in the IUCN Red List.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

ANS: (C) 2 and 3 only

  • Whale sharks are the largest shark, and indeed largest of any fishes alive today and they travel large distances to find enough food to sustain their huge size, and to reproduce.
    • The whale shark is a ‘filter feeder shark’ which means it does not eat meat like other sharks. Whale sharks filter sea water and feed on tiny planktons. Hence, statement 1 is not correct.
    • The maximum size of whale sharks is not known, but could be as large as 20m.
  • Whale sharks are found in all the tropical oceans of the world. Hence, statement 2 is correct.
  • It is listed as Endangered in the IUCN Red List. Hence, statement 3 is correct.

#3. With reference to the CERAweek Global Energy and Environment Leadership Award, consider the following statements:

1. The Indian Prime Minister was conferred with this award in 2021 for his leadership role in meeting the future energy needs.

2. The award was instituted under the framework of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

ANS: (A) 1 only

  • The Prime Minister of India was conferred with the Global Energy and Environment Leadership Award by Cambridge Energy Research Associates (CERA).
    • He was awarded for his commitment to expanding India’s leadership in sustainable development to meet the country’s, and the world’s, future energy needs. Hence, statement 1 is correct.
  • The CERAWeek Global Energy and Environment Leadership Award was instituted in 2016.
    • It recognises the commitment of leadership on the future of global energy and environment, and for offering solutions and policies for energy access, affordability and environmental stewardship.
  • Cambridge Energy Research Associates (CERA) is a consulting company in the United States that specializes in advising governments and private companies on energy markets, geopolitics, industry trends, and strategy.
    • CERAWeek is an annual energy conference, organized in Houston (USA) in March, since 1983. It was founded in 1983 by Dr. Daniel Yergin. Hence, statement 2 is not correct.

#4. With reference to the MSME Credit Health Index, consider the following statements:

1. It was launched by the TransUnion CIBIL in partnership with the Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation (MoSPI).

2. The index measures the credit health of India’s MSME industry on the parameters of growth and strength.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

ANS: (C) Both 1 and 2

  • The TransUnion CIBIL in partnership with the Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation (MoSPI) has launched MSME Credit Health Index. The Index is published quarterly. Hence, statement 1 is correct.
  • The Index measures the credit health of India’s MSME industry on two parameters i.e, growth and strength. Both the growth and strength indices follow the principle of higher the better. Hence, statement 2 is correct.
    • Growth is measured by plotting increase in exposure value (outstanding balances) over time. An increasing Growth Index indicates improvement in credit growth.
    • Strength is measured by decrease/increase in credit risk in terms of non-performing assets (NPA). An increasing Strength Index implies better asset quality and therefore denotes an improvement in the structural strength of the sector.
  • This measurement model will facilitate better MSME credit risk management, formulation of strategies and policies to support the revival and resurgence of the MSME sector and the economy.

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