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- India has collaborated with which country in e-health sector (October 2020)?
India and Netherlands discussed a joint thrust in the e-health sector to provide digital health facilities and security to Indians and help Netherlands to accelerate the digital transformation of health. This collaboration is part of National Digital Health Mission (NDHM) of India. The discussion was made in a webinar on “Energizing Partnership between India & Netherlands on Digital Health Solutions”, organized by Embassy of India, The Hague along with Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands, India, Invest India and Primus Partners, management consultancy firm.
- Religare Health Insurance has been rebranded as _________.
1) Health Care Insurance
2) Care General Insurance
3) Raleigh Care Insurance
4) Care Info Insurance
5) Care Health Insurance
Answer-5) Care Health Insurance
Religare Health Insurance has rebranded itself as Care Health Insurance from September 01, 2020. As per the company statement, the rebranding is an adoption of its principal deliverable ‘Care’ and the policies across the continuum of care, will continue to focus on customer-centricity, product innovation and financial inclusion. Care Health Insurance covers 80 cashless healthcare providers in Coimbatore and more than 900 in Tamil Nadu. The health insurance company is headquartered in Gurgaon, Haryana. Anuj Gulati is the founding Managing Director and CEO of the company.
- TATA Motors has collaborated with which Bank to finance its passenger vehicles through “Gradual Step Up Scheme” and “TML Flexi Drive Scheme”?
1) HSBC Bank
2) ICICI Bank
3) Axis Bank
4) HDFC Bank
5) Yes Bank
Answer-4) HDFC Bank
TATA (formerly Tata Engineering and Locomotive Company) Motors has collaborated with HDFC (Housing Development Finance Corporation) Bank for financing of its passenger vehicles. In this regard, Tata Motors introduced two new schemes viz. “Gradual Step Up Scheme” and “TML Flexi Drive Scheme” which will be available till November 2020.
- Power Finance Corporation Limited (PFC) has partnered with which state power corporation ltd for liquidity infusion scheme under “Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyaan”?
1) Punjab State Power Corporation ltd (PSPCL)
2) Jammu Kashmir Power Corporation ltd (JKPCL)
3) Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation ltd (UPPCL)
4) Tamil Nadu Power Corporation ltd (TNPCL)
5) Himachal Pradesh Power Corporation ltd (HPPCL)
Answer-2) Jammu Kashmir Power Corporation ltd (JKPCL)
Power Finance Corporation Limited (PFC), India’s leading A Non-Banking Financial Company(NBFC) owned by Government of India and Jammu Kashmir Power Corporation ltd (JKPCL) signed and exchanged an agreement for Liquidity Infusion Scheme under “Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyaan” for the Union Territory (UT) of Jammu and Kashmir. PFC has sanctioned Rs. 2790 Crore to JKPCL for the clearance of the outstanding dues of CPSU, GENCOs & TRANSCOs, Independent Power Producers (IPPs) and Renewable Energy (RE) Generators as on 31st March 2020.
- India Chapter of International Advertising Association (IAA India) has partnered with which organisation to promote Gender Equality in Ads?
1) World Health Organisation (WHO)
2) United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
3) World Bank (WB)
4) United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
5) United Nations Human Development (UNHD)
Answer-2) United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
India Chapter of International Advertising Association (IAA India) partners with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to support the evidence and real time validation based research on gender representation and stereotypes in TV and advertisements in India. IAA will provide technical insights to the research and share the findings to the advertising industries to support responsible and gender empowering policies.
- Who represented India at 1st edition of India – Chile Joint Commission meeting held virtually (October 2020)?
1) S. Jaishankar
2) Narendra Modi
3) Nirmala Sitharaman
4) Jitendra Singh
5) Nitin Gadkari
Answer-1) S. Jaishankar
India, Chile held their First Joint Commission Meeting virtually. This is the first institutionalized dialogue between two countries at the level of Foreign Ministers. The meeting was co-chaired by S. Jaishankar, External Affairs Minister (EAM), India and Andres Allamand Zavala, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Chile. Both sides agreed to increase momentum to their relations in fields of Trade and Commerce, Agriculture, health and Social Security, Defence and Space, Energy, Mining, Culture & Education, Disaster Management and Cooperation in Antarctica. Chile designated India as a Priority Country in its Foreign Policy.
- Which country has been re-elected as co-President of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) for a term of two years at the 3rd Assembly of ISA held virtually?
Third Assembly of the International Solar Alliance was held in a virtual mode where India and France were-elected as the President and Co-President of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) for a term of two years at the virtual third Assembly of ISA. During the assembly, a report prepared by the World Resources Institute (WRI) was presented which identified the sources of funds, opportunities and constraints, in scaling up solar investments and the contribution of ISA in assisting Member countries. The Haryana Chief Minister (CM), Manohar Lal Khattar conferred the Kalpana Chawla awards named after the American astronaut of Indian origin, to Dr. Bhim Singh from IIT (Indian Institute of Technology) Delhi and Dr. Aaesha Alnuaimi from Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, United Arab Emirates (UAE).
- Who has been elected as the Chairman of Indian Banks’ Association (IBA) for 2020-21?
1) Amitabh Chaudhary
2) Rajnish Kumar
3) K Rajeshwar Rao
4) Rajkiran Rai G
5) Dinesh Kumar Khara
Answer-4) Rajkiran Rai G
At the meeting of the Managing Committee of the Indian Banks’ Association (IBA), Rajkiran Rai G, Managing Director (MD) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Union Bank of India (UBI), has been elected as the Chairman of the Association for the term 2020-21. He succeeds Rajnish Kumar. While, Dinesh Kumar Khara, Chairman, State Bank of India (SBI), was elected as Deputy Chairman of the Association for the year 2020-21.
- Name the country which hosted the 7th meeting of Ministers of (Law and) Justice of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO).
The seventh meeting of Ministers of (Law and) Justice of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Member States was virtually hosted by Indian Minister of Law & Justice, Communication and Electronics & Information Technology, Ravi Shankar Prasad, which saw the adoption of Joint statement by SCO member states. The Indian side urged the SCO Member States to promote exchange of ideas, best practices and experiences in identified areas through the platform. Notably, prior to this meet, i.e. on October 13-14, 2020, Anoop Kumar Mendiratta, Secretary, Department of Legal Affairs, Ministry of Law & Justice also hosted the 2nd meeting of the Experts Working Group (EWC) where discussion were held to promote resolution of disputes and other related activities of the Ministries of (Law and) Justice including legal services and forensic activities.
- Who represented India at 102nd meeting of the WB Development Committee Plenary?
1) Harsh Vardhan
2) Nirmala Sitharaman
3) Mahendra Nath Pandey
4) Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank
5) Ravi Shankar Prasad
Answer-2) Nirmala Sitharaman
Union Minister of Finance & Corporate Affairs Nirmala Sitharaman participated in the 102nd Meeting of the World Bank (WB) Development Committee Plenary through video conferencing from New Delhi. The agenda points of the meet were: Leaning Forward to Save Lives; Scale-up Impact and Get Back on Track: World Bank Group (WBG) COVID-19 Crisis Response; and Update Joint IMF(International Monetary Fund)-WBG Staff Note: Implementation and Extension of the Debt Service Suspension Initiative. The Indian side emphasized on collective actions for the effective response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It should be noted that WB Group has committed $45 billion for COVID-19 response in Q4 of FY 2020.
- What is India’s rank in Global Hunger Index 2020 released by Concern Worldwide and Welthungerhilfe?
Concern Worldwide and Welthungerhilfe released the Global Hunger Index (GHI) 2020 report in which India ranked 94th among 107 countries with a score of 27.2. Although there is improvement in a score as compared to 38.9 in 2000, 37.5 in 2006, and 29.3 in 2012, but it still represents a serious level of hunger. In 2019, India was ranked 102 out of 117 countries and in 2018 it was ranked 103 among 119 countries. It is to be noted that 17 countries have scores of less than 5 and are collectively ranked 1-17. As per the report the worldwide hunger is at “moderate” level but there are nearly 690 million undernourished people across the world.
- Which Central Armed Police Force Collaborates with IIT Delhi, DRDO and JATC to Augment its R&D Capabilities?
1) Central Industrial Security Force (CISF)
2) Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF)
3) Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP)
4) Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB)
5) Border Security Force (BSF)
Answer-2) Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF)
In order to augment its Research and Development (R&D) capabilities, The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has collaborated with Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) Delhi, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), and Joint Advanced Technology Centre (JATC), a joint initiative of DRDO and IIT Delhi. Prof Naresh Bhatnagar from IIT Delhi, Sudhir Gupta DG TM (Technology Management) at DRDO, MH Rahaman, Director of JATC and Nalin Prabhat, IG (Inspector General) Ops(Operations) CRPF signed the MOU at Senate Hall, IIT Delhi campus.
- India successfully conducted the night trial of which indigenously developed Nuclear-capable Missile (surface-to-surface SRBM) recently at Balasore, Odisha (October 2020)?
India successfully conducted the night trial of indigenously developed Nuclear-capable Prithvi-2 Missile at the Integrated Test Range (IPR), Balasore, Odisha. Prithvi-2 is a surface-to-surface Short Range Ballistic Missile (SRBM). This is the second night trial of the missile; the First Trial of Prithvi-2 was tested successfully after sunset on September 23, 2020. The launch was carried out by Strategic Force Command (SFC) of the Army and monitored by scientists of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
- Name the India’s first multi-wavelength astronomical observatory which completed its 5 years of imaging celestial objects in space.
1) India sat
4) Astrosat -2
5) Astro 2
Answer- 3) Astrosat
Astrosat, the first multi-wavelength astronomical observatory of India completed its 5 years of imaging celestial objects in space, on September 28, 2020. It was launched by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on September 28 2015. It has carried out 1,166 observations of 800 unique celestial sources proposed by scientists from India and abroad. The Ultraviolet Imaging Telescope (UVIT), a 3-in-1 imaging telescope simultaneously observing the visible, the near-ultraviolet (NUV), and the far-ultraviolet (FUV) spectrum is one of the five payloads on board AstroSat.
- Soyuz MS-17 is the spacecraft of which country?
Russian Soyuz MS-17 spacecraft carrying (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) NASA astronaut Kate Rubins and two Russian cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov was launched from Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. This marks the last scheduled Russian flight carrying a U.S. crew member. The crew boarded the International Space Station on 14th October 2020.
- Cricketer Umar Gul who announced retirement recently played for which country?
2) South Africa
Fast Bowler Umar Gul announced retirement from all forms of Cricket at the age of 36. He is a Right-arm Fast Medium Bowler. He hails from Peshawar, Pakistan and has represented Pakistan in 47 Tests, 130 One Day Internationals (ODIs) and 60 Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is). He has taken 163 Wickets in Tests, 179 in ODIs and 85 wickets in T20Is. He was part of the 2009 Twenty 20 World Championship winning Pakistan Team which took place in England. With 85 Wickets in 60 T20Is, Umar Gul is the Fifth Highest Wicket Taker in Twenty20 International Cricket.
- Who has penned the Book named “On the Trails of Buddha: A Journey to the East”?
1) Romila Thapar
2) Ramchandra Guha
3) Deepankar Aron
4) Shashi Tharoor
5) V N Thapar
Answer-3) Deepankar Aron
Jagdeep Dhankar, Governor of West Bengal released the book “On the Trails of Buddha: A Journey to the East” authored by Deepankar Aron, IRS (Indian Revenue Service) Officer.The book is published by Niyogi Books Private limited. The foreword of the book was written by Padma Bhushan Lokesh Chandra.
- Which State has launched a handbook on “TB Harega, Desh Jeetega!” – An elected Representative’s book on Tuberculosis?
Nagaland Minister for Health and Family Welfare, S. Pangnyu Phom launched a handbook on “TB Harega, Desh Jeetega!” –an elected Representative’s book on Tuberculosis in Kohima, Nagaland. The Handbook will engage Members of Legislative Assembly (MLA), members of Zila Parishad, Gram Panchayat or Gram Sabha to address social stigma surrounding Tuberculosis. The book will promote advocacy and community involvement in TB Programme. National TB Elimination Programme, Nagaland will work towards reducing TB burden in terms of incidence, prevalence, morbidity and mortality to make the state free from Tuberculosis. India has committed to end Tuberculosis by 2025, which is five years ahead of Global ‘End TB’ target of 2030.
- Padma Bhushan Puliyur Subramaniam Narayanaswamy (P.S. Narayanaswamy) passed away recently. He was a renowned _______________.
3) Music Composer
5) Costume Designer
Padma Bhushan Puliyur Subramaniam Narayanaswamy (P.S. Narayanaswamy), esteemed Carnatic vocalist and guru for hundreds of Carnatic students passed away at the age of 87 at his residence in Mylapore, Chennai. He was born on 24th February 1934 in Thanjavur, Madras Presidency (now Tamil Nadu), British India. He received the Padma Bhushan for arts in 2003. He also received the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award and Kalaimamani Award from the Government of Tamil Nadu for his contribution to Carnatic music.
- United Nations (UN)’s International Day for Eradication of Poverty is annually observed on which day (2020’s theme: “Acting together to achieve social and environmental justice for all”)?
1) September 16
2) October 16
3) August 15
4) October 17
5) September 15
Answer-4) October 17
United Nations (UN)’s International Day for Eradication of Poverty is annually observed across the globe on 17th October to create and raise awareness on the needs to eradicate poverty and about the life conditions of the people living in poverty. The first International Day for Eradication of Poverty was observed on 17th October 1993. The theme of 2020 International day for Eradication of Poverty is “Acting together to achieve social and environmental justice for all”. The International Day for Eradication of Poverty 2020 marks the 27th anniversary of the declaration of the resolution that declared the 17th October as International Day for Eradication of Poverty.
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- Jewar airport is to be set up in which state?
1) Gautam Buddh Nagar, Uttar Pradesh
2) Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh
3) Kolkata, West Bengal
4) Jaipur, Rajasthan
5) Mumbai, Maharashtra
Answer-1) Gautam Buddh Nagar, Uttar Pradesh
Navneet Sehgal, additional chief secretary of Department of MSME (Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises) and exports promotion, Uttar Pradesh while addressing a meeting to review functioning of the department, stated that the with International airport arising in Jewar in Gautam Budh Nagar, Uttar Pradesh will become one of the aerotropolis of the country.
- Where is the headquarters of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) located?
1) Shanghai, China
2) Paris, France
3) Taipei, Taiwan
4) Rome, Italy
5) Beijing, China
Answer-5) Beijing, China
The SCO comprises eight member states — India, Kazakhstan, China, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan; four Observer States (Afghanistan, Belarus, Iran, and Mongolia); and six “Dialogue Partners” (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Cambodia, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Turkey).
Secretariat– Beijing, China
Secretary-General– Vladimir Imamovich Norov
- What is capital of Ireland?
The capital and currency of Ireland are Dublin & Euro respectively.
- Where is the headquarters of International Solar Alliance located?
1) Washington D.C, US
2) Gurugram, India
3) New York City, US
4) Rome, Italy
5) Geneva, Switzerland
Answer-2) Gurugram, India
The headquarters International Solar Alliance (ISA) is located at Gurugram, Haryana;
Director General– Upendra Tripathy.
- What is Currency of Chile?
The capital and currency of Chile are Santiago & Chilean peso respectively.