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- Which state government has formed the 1st of its kind welfare board for the upliftment of farmers (October 2020)?
Kerala Government has formed ‘Kerala Karshaka Kshemanidhi Board’ (Kerala Farmers Welfare Fund Board) – a Board for upliftment of Farmers in the State. It is the first time in India that a Welfare Fund Board has been formed for upliftment of farmers. The State Cabinet has appointed Dr. P. Rajendran as Chairman of Kerala Farmers Welfare Fund Board.
- Name the organization which along with United States Agency for International Development (USAID) jointly launched the India Energy Modelling Forum (IEMF).
1) Finance Commission (FC)
2) Reserve Bank of India (RBI)
3) National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog
4) National Development Council (NDC)
5) Data Council of India (DCI)
Answer-3) National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog
NITI (National Institution for Transforming India) Aayog and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) jointly launched the India Energy Modelling Forum (IEMF) under the US–India Strategic Energy Partnership (SEP). Now, for its constitution, on October 8, 2020 NITI Aayog announced its governing structure. IEMF aims to engage Indian researchers, knowledge partners, think tanks and national and international government agencies and departments for long-term energy planning.
- President Ram Nath Kovind has given assent to __________ Distributed area (amendment) bill, 2019 recently.
4) Uttar Pradesh
5) Tamil Nadu
President Ram Nath Kovind has given Assent to the Gujarat Disturbed Area (Amendment) Bill, 2019. The Act will prohibit transfer of Assets (Immovable Property) in disturbed areas and protects tenants from vacating the properties. Gujarat Disturbed Area (Amendment) Bill, 2019 has amended “The Gujarat Prohibition of Transfer of Immovable Property and Provision for Protection of Tenants from Eviction from Premises in Disturbed Areas Act”, 1991 commonly referred to as Disturbed Areas Act.
- TRIFED along with Chhattisgarh MFP and ‘which’ IIT has launched the “Tech for Tribals” initiative?
1) IIT Madras
2) IIT Kanpur
3) IIT Delhi
4) IIT Guwahati
5) IIT Ropar
Answer-2) IIT Kanpur
Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India (TRIFED), Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur & Chhattisgarh MFP (Minor Forest Produce) Federation virtually launched “Tech for Tribals” Initiative. The initiative aims for holistic development of Tribals with focus on Entrepreneurship development, soft skills, Information Technology (IT) and Business Development.
- How much worth package was announced by Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman to boost consumer spending which was slowed down due to COVID-19?
1) Rs 81,000 crore
2) Rs 87,000 crore
3) Rs 73,000 crore
4) Rs 65,000 crore
5) Rs 70,000 crore
Answer-3) Rs 73,000 crore
Union Minister for Finance & Corporate Affairs Nirmala Sitharaman announced measures of Rs 73,000 crore to stimulate consumer spending before the end of this Financial Year (FY21) to fight the COVID-19 lockdown induced slowdown, during a press conference in New Delhi. This scheme enables all Central Government employees (gazette & non- gazette) to get an interest-free advance of Rs. 10,000 to be spent by 31st March, 2021 on the choice of festival of the employee. The interest-free advance is recoverable from the employee in maximum 10 instalments. Also, government employees can avail cash voucher for Leave Travel Concession (LTC) if they can’t travel due to pandemic in a four-year block ending in 2021 i.e. 2018-2021. If employees opt for it, cost will be around Rs. 5,675 crores.
- The report titled “A Neglected Tragedy: The Global Burden of Stillbirths” was released by which organization?
1) Rotary Club
2) Amnesty Internationals
3) Common Wealth Nations
4) UN Inter-Agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation (UN-IGME)
5) Save the Mother and Child
Answer-4) UN Inter-Agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation (UN-IGME)
For the first time a report on stillbirths titled “A Neglected Tragedy: The Global Burden of Stillbirths” has been released by UN Inter-Agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation (UN-IGME) which was co-created by United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), World Health Organisation (WHO), World Bank and the United Nations (UN) Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. In accordance with the report a stillborn baby is delivered every 16 seconds which means nearly two million infants in a year never take their first breath. 84% of these occurrences happened in low and lower-middle-income countries. Globally, the stillbirth rate declined by 35% since 2000, but, despite advances in health services from 2000 to 2019, the annual stillbirth reduction rate was just 2.3%, compared with a 2.9% reduction in neonatal mortality, and 4.3% in mortality among children aged one to 59 months.
- Which among the following countries were not the part of Five Eyes?
1) United States of America
2) New Zealand
Members of the Five Eyes Intelligence Alliance (United States of America, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.) along with India, Japan have asked Big Tech Companies to find a solution for Law Enforcement Agencies to access end-to-end encrypted chats. The Countries highlighted that encryption has become a tool for terrorists and child traffickers, and poses risk to thousands of innocent lives. India, Japan are not members of the Intelligence Alliance.
- Name the organization which has released the report titled “The human cost of disasters: an overview of the last 20 years (2000-2019)”.
1) Food and Agriculture Organization
2) United Nations Industrial Development Organization
3) United Nations System-Wide Earth watch
4) United Nations Office for Drug Control and Crime Prevention
5) United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction
Answer-5) United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction
The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction(UNDRR) published the report titled “The human cost of disasters: an overview of the last 20 years (2000-2019)” which states that climate change is the major cause for the doubling of natural disaster in the past 20 years (2000- 2019). The report was released to mark the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction on 13th October 2020.
- India’s National Maritime Foundation (NMF) signed MoU with which country’s TAEF to foster cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region?
5) Hong Kong
India’s National Maritime Foundation (NMF) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Taiwan-Asia Exchange Foundation (TAEF), a leading think tank from Taiwan to foster cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region as part of Taiwan’s South bound policy. NMF Director General Vice Admiral Pradeep Chauhan (Retd) and TAEF Chairman Dr. Hsin-Huang Michael Hsiao presided over the signing via videoconferencing. The memorandum’s aim is to conduct joint research and expand cooperation in maritime affairs and regional development.
- How much was extended by EXIM bank to Maldives for Greater Malé Connectivity Project?
1) USD 100 million
2) USD 200 million
3) USD 250 million
4) USD 400 million
5) USD 500 million
Answer-4) USD 400 million
The Export-Import (EXIM) Bank of India has extended a 400 million USD (around Rs.2933 crore) line of credit(LoC) to the Republic of Maldives for the Greater Malé connectivity project. The LoC was signed by Nirmit Ved, The General Manager of Exim Bank and Ibrahim Ameer, Finance Minister, Government of Republic of Maldives in Malé, Maldives.
- Which bank in collaboration with Google pay & Visa launched ACE Credit card?
1) Axis Bank
2) State Bank of India
3) ICICI Bank
4) Yes Bank
5) Indian Bank
Answer-1) Axis Bank
Axis Bank Limited in collaboration with Google Pay and Visa launched its ACE Credit Card in India. The card is designed to increase participation of users in the digital economy. It also aims to bring a seamless, digital experience to users from application to issuance.
- Which bank partnered with Apollo to launch 1st of its kind initiative “HealthyLifeProgramme”?
1) HDFC Bank
2) ICICI Bank
3) RBL Bank
4) IndusInd Bank
5) Axis Bank
Answer-1) HDFC Bank
HDFC Bank and Apollo Hospitals partnered to launch The HealthyLifeProgramme, a holistic healthcare solution which makes healthy living accessible and affordable on Apollo’s digital platform, Apollo 24|7. It is a first-of-its-kind initiative in India. It is exclusively created for HDFC Bank customers who will get round the clock access to the emergency Apollo Doctor at free of cost on Apollo 24|7. It was launched digitally by Aditya Puri, Managing Director of HDFC Bank.
- Which company has collaborated with Signzy to roll out video based KYC of Signzy?
2) Capital One
4) American Express
In order to rollout Signzy’s video-based KYC (Know Your Customer) solution to its banking customers globally, Mastercard has entered into partnership with Signzy, a leading RegTech startup. The customers of Mastercard, with this partnership will benefit from a 100% paperless, remote and secure onboarding solution for end-users.
- Find the company which was selected by Bharat Broadband Nigam Limited (BBNL) and Telecommunications Consultants India Ltd. (TCIL) to provide high-speed satellite connectivity to 5,000 remote gram panchayats.
1) ACT Fibernet
3) You broadband
4) Excitel Broadband
5) Hughes Communications
Answer-5) Hughes Communications
Hughes Communications India Private Limited (Hughes India), a subsidiary of Hughes Network Systems, LLC (HUGHES) has been selected by Bharat Broadband Nigam Limited (BBNL) and Telecommunications Consultants India Ltd.(TCIL) to provide high-speed satellite connectivity to 5,000 remote gram panchayats in 15 states and UTs (including border and Naxal-affected areas) of India including Ladakh, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram & Tripura among others by August 2021. The Initiative is part of BharatNet Project, government’s flagship programme to provide broadband connectivity at speeds of 2 to 20Mbps (Megabits Per Second) to 2.5 lakh gram panchayats across India.
- Name the company which partnered with AICTE to empower students, educators in Next-Generation Technology.
Microsoft has partnered with All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) to empower students, educators in Next-Generation Technology such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), Data Science and Cloud Computing.
- Who has been re-elected as the chairman of Association of Mutual Funds in India (AMFI)?
1) Dinesh Kumar Khara
2) Rajnish Kumar
3) Saurabh Nanavati
4) A Balasubramanian
5) Nilesh Shah
Answer-5) Nilesh Shah
Nilesh Shah, the Managing Director(MD) of Kotak Mutual Fund was re-elected as the Chairman of the Association of Mutual Funds in India (AMFI). He will hold the office of chairman till the conclusion of the next Annual General Meeting(AGM) and he will also continue as the chairman of the AMFI Financial Literacy Committee. Saurabh Nanavati, CEO of Invesco Mutual Fund was re-elected as the vice chairman of AMFI and A Balasubramanian, CEO of Aditya Birla Sun Life Mutual Fund, will continue as the chairman of the valuation committee.
- Who has topped the Forbes India Rich List 2020?
1) Mukesh Ambani
2) Shiv Nadar
3) Gautam Adani
4) Cyrus Poonawalla
5) Anil Ambani
Answer-1) Mukesh Ambani
Mukesh Ambani, Chairman of Reliance Industries topped the Forbes India Rich List 2020 and remains the wealthiest Indian for the 13th year in a row. Gautam Adani, Chairman of Adani Group came second, and Shiv Nadar, Chairman of HCL Technologies came third in the list. Cyrus Poonawalla, Chairman of Poonawalla Group which includes Serum Institute of India entered the Top 10 list at Rank 6.
- Which edition of India-Mexico bilateral high level group on Trade, Investment and Cooperation held recently?
The 5th Meeting of India-Mexico Bilateral High Level Group on Trade, Investment and Cooperation (BHLG) took place virtually on 9th October, 2020. The Bilateral meeting was chaired by Anup Wadhawan, Commerce Secretary of Government of India, and Ms. Luz Maria de la Mora, Vice Minister for Foreign Trade of the Government of Mexico. An MoU was signed between the Electronics & Computer Software Export Promotion Council (ESC) of India and the Mexican Chamber of Electronics, Telecommunications and Information Technologies (CANIETI). Another MoU was signed between Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and Mexican Business Council of Foreign Trade, Investment and Technology (COMCE) for promotion of development of business relations between India and Mexico.
- The World Economic Forum has shifted annually meeting 2021 (theme: The Great Reset) from Davos to which city?
World Economic Forum (WEF) has changed the venue of the Annual Meeting 2021 from Davos to Lucerne-Burgenstock, Switzerland. The meeting will be held from May 18 to 21, 2021 on the theme “The Great Reset”, it will be held both in physical and digital modes. The changes have been made due to the Pandemic.
- India Meteorological Department (IMD) planned to launch dynamic, impact-based cyclone warning system. Who is the DG of IMD?
1) Mrutyunjay Mohapatra
2) Rahul Chaudhry
3) T. Muralidharan
4) Atul Sahai
5) Irfan Razack
Answer-1) Mrutyunjay Mohapatra
Mrutyunjay Mohapatra, Director-General(DG) of India Meteorological Department(IMD), announced that IMD will launch a dynamic, impact-based cyclone warning system shortly, while giving presentation on ‘Chasing the Cyclones’, organised as part of World Space Week (October 4-10) celebrations by the Indian Society of Remote Sensing (ISRS)’s Delhi chapter. This system will reduce economic losses and damage to property caused by the cyclones that hit Indian coast annually. The system will be commissioned from this cyclone season (October-December).
- “Deh Vechwa Karani” is the autobiography of whom (book released by PM Modi)?
1) Jaswant Singh
2) Syed Ahmed
3) Shashi Tharoor
4) Bina Agarwal
5) Balasaheb Vikhe Patil
Answer-5) Balasaheb Vikhe Patil
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, released “Deh Vechwa Karani” (dedicating one’s life for a noble cause) the autobiography of former Union Minister, Eknathrao Vithalrao alias Balasaheb Vikhe Patil and renamed the Pravara Rural Education Society as Loknete Dr. Balasaheb Vikhe Patil Pravara Rural Education Society over a virtual platform. The book was published by Rajhans Prakashan.
- US based Athlete Charlie Moore who passed away recently is the former Olympic champion in which event?
1) Pole Vault
2) 4*100m Relay
3) 200m Sprints
4) 400m Hurdles
5) 3000m Steeplechase
Answer-4) 400 m Hurdles
American Athlete Charlie Moore, 1952 Olympic 400 metre(m) Hurdles Champion passed away due to pancreatic cancer at the age of 91. He was born in August 1929 in Pennsylvania, United States of America(USA). Charlie Moore won the gold in the 1952 Helsinki Olympic 400m Hurdles in 50.8 seconds and tied his Olympic record he set in the quarterfinals.
- Vinod Kumar Singh who passed away recently is the minister for Backward and Extremely Backward Classes Welfare of which state?
Vinod Kumar Singh, Bihar Minister for Backward and Extremely Backward Classes Welfare passed away in Medanta Hospital in Delhi, following a brain haemorrhage. He was around the age of 50. He was a BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) MLA (Members of the Legislative Assembly) from Pranpur Assembly constituency of Katihar district in northeast Bihar.
- C. M. Chang who passed away in October 2020 was a renowned _________.
1) Freedom Fighter
Chongshen Mongkosungkum(C.M.) Chang, Nagaland’s Minister of Environment, Forest & Climate Change and Justice & Law passed away at the age of 78 in Naga Hospital Authority in Kohima. He was a member of Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP). He was also a former Lok Sabha MP (Member of Parliament). He was born on April 1, 1942, in Noksen Village, Tuensang district in Nagaland. He was an MLA (Member of the Legislative Assembly) from Noksen (Vidhan Sabha constituency).
- What is the theme of International Day for Disaster Risk/Disaster Reduction 2020 which was observed on October 13?
1) “Home safe home”
2) “It’s all about governance”
3) ‘Disaster risk governance’
4) ‘Reducing Disaster Economic Losses’
5) “Live to Tell: Raising Awareness, Reducing Mortality”
Answer-2) “It’s all about governance”
The United Nations (UN) ‘s International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction or International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR) is annually observed across the globe on 13th October to promote a global risk awareness and disaster reduction. The day celebrates the methods followed by people and communities to reduce the exposure to disaster and to raise the awareness on the importance of controlling the risk they face. The first International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction was observed in 1989. The theme of International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction 2020 is “it’s all about governance” which is associated with the Target E of Sendai Framework. The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) launched the report titled The Human Cost of Disasters: An Overview of the Last 20 years (2000-2019) to mark the IDDR 2020.
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- Barsi Bridge is built over which river?
1) Uhl River
2) Sutlej River
3) Bhaga River
4) Beas River
5) Prabbar River
Answer-3) Bhaga River
While Atal Tunnel gave impetus to Leh from Manali, the Border Road Organization (BRO) has made the road smoother by constructing a steel bridge. This bridge is the longest steel bridge in the country, whose construction has been completed and it will be opened for traffic this month. It took ten years to build this 360-meter long bridge over the Bhaga River. The construction of the longest bridge on the strategic Manali-Leh highway in Himachal Pradesh has been completed. It will be opened for traffic this month. It is known as the Barsi Bridge. It is the second-longest bridge of its kind in the country after Colonel Chewang Rinchen Setu on the Shyok River en route to the world’s highest landing ground at Daulat Beg Oldi in Ladakh.
- Mount Kilimanjaro the highest peak in Africa is located in which country?
Recently, a fire that has broken out on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa. The cause of the fire is not clear but strong winds and dry weather have caused it to spread fast. Mount Kilimanjaro is a dormant volcano in Tanzania.
- Where is the headquarter of United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) located?
2) New Delhi
4) New York
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) has its headquarters in Geneva (Switzerland).
- The headquarters of India Meteorological Department (IMD) located at which city?
1) New Delhi
Answer-1) New Delhi
India Meteorological Department (IMD) is functioning under the Ministry of Earth Sciences(MoES), Government of India. Head Quarters– New Delhi, India.
- Amitabh Chaudhry is currently the MD&CEO of which bank?
1) Yes Bank
2) Bank of Maharashtra
3) Punjab National bank
4) Axis Bank
5) RBL Bank
Answer-4) Axis Bank
The Managing Director (MD) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Axis bank is Amitabh Chaudhry.