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- How much worth loan will be provided by National Cooperative Development Corporation (NCDC) for “Ayushman Sahakar” scheme to set up healthcare facilities?
1) Rs. 1,000 crore
2) Rs. 10,000 crore
3) Rs. 100 crore
4) Rs. 500 crore
5) Rs. 5,000 crore
Answer-2) Rs. 10,000 crore
On the lines of the cooperative hospitals in Kerala, on October 18, 2020, Union Minister of State for Agriculture Shri Parshottam Rupala launched a new scheme of National Cooperative Development Corporation (NCDC) namely “Ayushman Sahakar” to involve co-operatives in creating healthcare infrastructure. As a part of the scheme, a loan worth Rs 10,000 crore will be provided by NCDC to prospective cooperatives to set up healthcare facilities. Loan Period: It will be for 8 years, including 1-2 years moratorium on repayment of principal, depending on the type of project.
- Name the organization which planned to launch Food Safety Compliance System (FoSCoS) in November 2020.
1) Ministry of Food Processing Industries
2) Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution
3) Food and Agriculture Organisation
4) Food Safety and Standards Authority of India
5) World Food safety Organisation
Answer-4) Food Safety and Standards Authority of India
Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) the food regulator announced that the Food Safety Compliance System (FoSCoS) of FSSAI will become operational across India from 1st November 2020. The FoSCoS will replace the Food Licensing and Registration System (FLRS). The system was launched in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Gujarat, Goa, Odisha, Manipur, Delhi, Chandigarh and Ladakh on 1st June 2020.
- The first plantation of Heeng (commonly known as Asafoetida) cultivation in India has been started in which state?
2) Andhra Pradesh
5) Himachal Pradesh
Answer-5) Himachal Pradesh
Heeng (Ferula assa-foetida) commonly known as Asafoetida cultivation has been started in India for the first time. The first plantation of Heeng was done in Lahaul and Spiti in Himachal Pradesh. Heeng is a widely used spice in Indian Cuisine and is usually imported from Afghanistan, Iran and Uzbekistan. This move will reduce imports. Council of Scientific & Industrial Research Institute of Himalayan Bioresource Technology (CSIR-IHBT) introduced six accession of heeng from Iran through National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources (NBPGR). It is a perennial plant and can be grown in unutilized sloppy land of cold desert regions.
- Which state launched women’s safety campaign named “Safe City Project” and “Mission Shakti”?
2) Andhra Pradesh
4) Uttar Pradesh
5) Madhya Pradesh
Answer-4) Uttar Pradesh
Uttar Pradesh (UP) Governor Anandiben Patel launched “Safe City Project” – a women’s safety campaign in Lucknow, UP. “Safe City Project” is a 180-day-long campaign under which police and other departments will work towards strengthening the security of women in public places. The campaign will involve the movement of women police personnel to inculcate a feeling of pride and safety for women in Lucknow. UP Chief Minister (CM) Yogi Adityanath launched “Mission Shakti” to ensure safety and dignity of women and girls. The CM has launched it as a tribute to the woman, who died after a rape incident in Balrampur.
- Which Insurance Company has launched Individual Life Insurance cum Savings Plan named ‘Invest 4G’?
1) Kotak Mahindra Life Insurance
2) Aviva Life Insurance
3) Bharti AXA Life Insurance
4) SBI Life Insurance
5) Canara HSBC Oriental Bank of Commerce Life Insurance
Answer-5) Canara HSBC Oriental Bank of Commerce Life Insurance
Canara HSBC Oriental Bank of Commerce Life Insurance Company limited launched, ‘Invest 4G’ a Unit Linked Individual Life Insurance cum Savings Plan. It is an individual life insurance savings plan that can be customized according to the individuals’ goals and changing requirements.
- Fino Payments Bank planned to add an additional 300 points at the Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) outlet in Tamil Nadu. Who is MD & CEO of Fino Payments Bank?
1) Satish Kumar Gupta
2) Rishi Gupta
3) H Srikrishnan
4) Suresh Sethi
5) Anubrata Biswas
Answer-2) Rishi Gupta
Fino Payments Bank MD & CEO is Rishi Gupta. Fino Payments Bank announced its plan to add an additional 300 points at the Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) outlet to its existing 1075 in Tamil Nadu (TN). This is aimed to support the truck drivers to get a fleet card recharged by paying equivalent cash. The SmartFleet initiative is a first of its kind in India which provides assistance to the transporters to efficiently manage their funds. Rishi Gupta is the MD&CEO of Fino Payments Bank.
- Which Bank has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Mahindra and Mahindra (M&M) for tractor finance business?
1) Bank of Baroda
2) State Bank of India
3) Canara Bank
4) Indian Bank
5) Punjab National Bank
Answer-1) Bank of Baroda
Bank of Baroda (BoB) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Mahindra and Mahindra (M&M) for tractor finance business. This aims to enhance the agriculture business and support farmers to avail loans to buy tractors. BoB will provide the facility to the customers of M&M through its 5000 rural and semi urban branches. BoB has partnered with Gromax under the Mahindra stable as preferred Brand.
- Who has been elected as the Prime Minister of New Zealand (October 2020)?
1) Constantina Dita
2) Katrin Jakobsdottir
3) Jacinda Ardern
4) Sanna Marine
5) Aava Murto
Answer-3) Jacinda Ardern
Jacinda Ardern leader of the Labour Party won the 2nd term as the Prime Minister of New Zealand with her landslide victory in the 2020 General Elections. The Labour Party won the election with 49% of the votes and its coalition partner the Green Party won 8% i.e., 10 seats.
- Who represented India at the 1st ever virtual G20 Youth 20 (Y20) Summit hosted by Saudi Arabia on theme “Government – Youth dialogue on post-COVID-19 opportunities”?
1) Harsh Vardhan
2) Kiren Rijiju
3) Mahendra Nath Pandey
4) Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank
5) Ravi Shankar Prasad
Answer-2) Kiren Rijiju
On October 15-17, 2020, the first-ever virtual G20 (Group of Twenty) Youth 20 (Y20) Summit was virtually hosted from Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia for exchanging ideas and dialogues for the empowerment of youth Post COVID where Indian side was represented by Union Minister Kiren Rijiju, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports (MYAS). The theme of the Summit was “Government – Youth dialogue on post-COVID-19 opportunities”. The Summit concluded with the drafting of the Y20 Communique under the three overarching priority areas viz. Future Fit; Youth Empowerment; and Global Citizenship.
- What is India’s rank based on expense of plate of food according to the report titled, “The Cost of a Plate of Food-2020” released by United Nations World Food Programme (UN-WFP)?
In accordance with the “The Cost of a Plate of Food-2020” released by United Nations World Food Programme (UN-WFP), on an average Indian spends 3.5% of his/ her daily income for a plate of food as compared to 0.6% by an Individual from New York, United States (US). The report has ranked 36 countries where India stood at 28th position. The most expensive plate of food is of South Sudan where people on average would have to spend 186% of their daily salary on basic ingredients. The maximum countries named in the list are from sub-Saharan Africa i.e. 17 of the top 20.
- Which Edition of India-Sri Lanka Maritime Exercise SLINEX-20 is being held at Trincomalee in Sri Lanka?
India’s policy of ‘Neighborhood First’ and vision of ‘Security and Growth for all in the Region (SAGAR)’ is boosting interactions with neighboring countries including Sri Lanka with which Indian Navy (IN) initiated a 8th Edition of annual Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) bilateral maritime exercise SLINEX-20 from October 19-21 October 2020 off Trincomalee in Sri Lanka. The Indian side is represented by indigenously built ASW (anti- Submarine Warfare corvettes) Kamorta and Kiltan under the command of Rear Admiral Sanjay Vatsayan, Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet (FOCEF) while Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) is represented by SLN Ships Sayura (Offshore Patrol Vessel) and Gajabahu (Training Ship) led by Rear Admiral Bandara Jayathilaka, the Flag Officer Commanding Naval. In addition, Indian Navy Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) and Chetak helicopters embarked onboard IN ships and Dornier Maritime Patrol Aircraft are also participating.
- Which is World’s First Country to attach Facial verification in the National Identification Database?
Singapore became the World’s First Country to attach Facial verification in the National Identification Database. The function is called “SingPass Face Verification”. Using “SingPass Face Verification” a number of Government services can be accessed online. It is being rolled out to the city-state’s SingPass digital identity scheme. The SingPass digital identity scheme provides access to 400 online services which includes tax declarations, and public housing applications. The facial verification scheme has been implemented by IProov and Toppan Ecquaria for Government Technology Agency of Singapore (GovTech).
- Which Startup has launched first-of-its-kind fully automated direct payment platform called ‘mooPay’?
5) ENGS Systems
Stellapps, An IIT (Indian Institute of Technology) Madras incubated dairy-tech startup and World Economic Forum (WEF)’s technology pioneer launched ‘mooPay’ in Bhilwara district of Rajasthan. The first-of-its-kind fully automated direct payment platform is for dairy farmers in Rajasthan. This platform is one of the Fintech solutions developed by Stellapps for dairy and dairy farmers.
- Which Supersonic Cruise Missile was successfully Test Fired recently from INS Chennai (October 2020)?
Supersonic cruise missile, “BrahMos” was successfully test fired from Indian Navy’s indigenously-built stealth destroyer INS (Indian Naval Ship) Chennai to a target in Arabian Sea. This 290 KM (Kilometer) missile range has a top speed of Mach 2.8 nearly three times the speed of sound. It should be noted that the BrahMos, a prime strike weapon has been jointly designed, developed and produced by BrahMos Aerospace Pvt Ltd that can be launched from submarines, ships, aircraft, or from land platforms. BrahMos Aerospace is a joint venture (JV) between India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and NPO Mashinostroyenia-NPOM (formerly Federal State Unitary Enterprise NPO Mashinostroyenia of Russia).
- Who has won DANISA Denmark Open 2020 (Badminton tournament) in men’s singles category?
1) Anders Antonsen
2) Nozomi Okuhara
3) Kidambi Srikanth
4) Yuki Fukushima
5) Marcus Ellis
Answer-1) Anders Antonsen
DANISA Denmark Open 2020 took place from October 13-18, 2020 in Odense, Denmark. Denmark Open is an annual Badminton Tournament held in Denmark, organized by Danmarks Badminton forbund. Badminton World Federation (BWF) categorised it as a BWF World Tour Super 750 event in 2018. It is the only world tour event in Badminton which took place in 2020. Chou Tien Chen (Chinese Taipei) defeated India’s Kidambi Srikanth in the Quarterfinals of Denmark Open 2020.
Winners of DANISA Denmark Open 2020 Badminton World Federation (BWF) Tournament
Category Winner Runner-up Men’s Singles Anders Antonsen (Denmark) Rasmus Gemke (Denmark) Women’s Singles Nozomi Okuhara (Japan) Carolina Marin (Spain) Men’s Doubles Marcus Ellis (England), Chris Langridge (England) Vladimir Ivanov (Russia), Ivan Sozonov (Russia) Women’s Doubles Yuki Fukushima (Japan), Sayaka Hirota (Japan) Mayu Matsumoto (Japan), Wakana Nagahara (Japan) Mixed Doubles Mark Lamsfuss (Germany), Isabel Herttrich (Germany) Chris Adcock (England), Gabrielle Adcock(England)
- Name the person who has won the Gold Medal in the Women’s event (60-point competition) in Sheikh Russel International Air Rifle Championship 2020.
1) Shiori Hirata
2) Vidya Toyyiba
3) Elavenil Valarivan
4) Manu Bhaker
5) Aava Murto
Answer-3) Elavenil Valarivan
Indian Shooters Elavenil Valarivan won the Gold Medal in the Women’s event, while Shahu Tushar Mane won the Silver Medal in the Men’s event. The championship was organised by Bangladesh Shooting Sport Federation (BSSF).Women’s Event:
Winners Medal Score Elavenil Valarivan (India) Gold Medal 627.5 Shiori Hirata (Japan) Silver Medal 622.6 Vidya Toyyiba (Indonesia) Bronze Medal 621.1
- Who has won the Silver Medal in the Men’s event (60-point competition) in Sheikh Russel International Air Rifle Championship 2020?
1) Shahu Tushar Mane
2) Baki Abdullah Hel
3) Naoya Okada
4) Manu Bhaker
5) Divyansh Singh Panwwar
Answer-3) Shahu Tushar Mane
Indian Shooter Elavenil Valarivan won the Gold Medal in the Women’s event, while Shahu Tushar Mane won the Silver Medal in the Men’s event in the Sheikh Russel International Air Rifle Championship 2020 that held virtually. The championship was organised by Bangladesh Shooting Sport Federation (BSSF).Men’s Event
Winners Medal Score Naoya Okada (Japan) Gold Medal 630.9 Shahu Tushar Mane (India) Silver Medal 623.8 Baki Abdullah Hel (Bangladesh) Bronze Medal 617.3
- Pablo Zabaleta who announced retirement recently is associated with which sport?
Pablo Javier Zabaleta Girod is an Argentine former professional footballer who played as a right back. Zabaleta could operate on both sides of the pitch as a full-back and was known for his tenacious style of play, and has captained his club on numerous occasions. The 35-year-old full-back joined City from Espanyol in 2008 and played his part in an era of unprecedented glory for the Premier League club. Zabaleta spent nine years at City, making 333 appearances and helping them win the Premier League in 2011-12 and 2013-14.
Capped 58 times by Argentina, Zabaleta also won the FA Cup in 2011 and the League Cup in 2014 and 2016.
- Name the Book (Anthology of Essays) on “Sheikh Mujibur Rahman” which penned by former Indian president Pranab Mukherjee.
1) The Unfinished Memoirs
2) Voice of Millions
3) One in a Million
4) Million Voices in My Mind
5) A Million Voices
Answer-2) Voice of Millions
The book, called “Voice of Millions”, was published earlier this year but is yet to be launched formally. What makes the essay more poignant is that Pranab Mukherjee was due to address Bangladesh Parliament, this time a Special Session on March 22-23 to mark the Mujib centenary, and also to attend the book’s launch. However, the functions in Dhaka were put off due to the coronavirus pandemic, and when they are held, the former MP, Minister and President will not be a part of them. The speech and his memories of 1971 and the liberation war of Bangladesh are in one of the last long articles the former President completed before he died in August last, a part of an anthology of essays in honour of the birth centenary year of Mujibur Rahman, as Bangladesh’s founding father is known.
- World Trauma Day is observed annually on which date?
1) October 10
2) October 15
3) October 12
4) October 17
5) October 5
Answer-4) October 17
World Trauma Day is observed annually on October 17 to create awareness about the increasing rate of accidents and injuries that cause death and disability globally. The day also highlights the need to prevent trauma. The day was first observed in 2011 in New Delhi, with The Trauma Society of South Africa joining the year after.
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- Himayat Sagar Lake is located in which state?
2) Andhra Pradesh
Himayat Sagar is an artificial lake about 20 kilometers from Hyderabad in Telangana, India. At a distance of 18 Kms from Nampally Railway Station, Himayat Sagar Lake in the outskirts of the city lies parallel to Osman Sagar Lake. Named after Himayat Ali Khan, the youngest son of the 7th Nizam of Hyderabad, it was constructed over Musi River in 1927. The Himayat Sagar and Osman Sagar reservoirs provide continuous water supply to the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad. The storage capacity of the reservoir is about 3 TMC. The grassy area adjoining the lake is an ideal picnic spot. The road atop the bund is popular for a good road for a drive. Cottages are also available in the tourist complex.
- Kati Bihu is the festival celebrated in which state?
Kati Bihu is one of the set of three Bihu festivals (agricultural festivals) was celebrated in the state of Assam. The Kati Bihu is also known as Kangali Bihu, the festival of the poor (the word “Kongal” means “poor”) is celebrated in mid-October when the crops are at growing stage and the granaries of the farmers are depleting.
- Kathak is the classical dance form of which state?
2) Uttar Pradesh
3) Tamil Nadu
4) Andhra Pradesh
Answer-2) Uttar Pradesh
Kathak is one of the eight major forms of Indian classical dance. The origin of Kathak is traditionally attributed to the traveling bards of ancient north India in Uttar Pradesh.
- “SIMBEX” is an annual bilateral naval exercise conducted between India & which country?
Singapore India Maritime Bilateral Exercise (SIMBEX) is an annual bilateral naval exercise conducted by the Indian Navy and the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN). The exercise has been held annually since 1994.
- Where is the headquarters of United Nations World Food Programme (UN-WFP) located?
1) Washington D.C, US
2) Gurugram, India
3) New York City, US
4) Rome, Italy
5) Geneva, Switzerland
Answer-4) Rome, Italy
UN-WFP is the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate. The United Nations World Food Programme (UN-WFP)’s headquarter is located at Rome, Italy. Executive Director– David Muldrow Beasley.