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- India’s first Multi-modal Logistic Park (MMLP) will be developed in which state?
Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Road Transport, Highways and MSMEs (Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises) virtually laid the foundation stone for India’s first Multi-modal Logistic Park (MMLP) at Jogighopa in Assam. Rs 693.97 crore park will provide direct air, road, rail and waterways connectivity to the people. The park will be developed under the Bharatmala Pariyojana of the Government of India. It is being created by National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation (NHIDCL), owned by the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways (MoRTH).
- Scientists from West Bengal found India’s first Dragonfly fossil of 2.5 million years old in which state (Finding was published in Current Science Journal)?
1) West Bengal
A team of scientists from West Bengal headed by Mahasin Ali Khan, assistant professor of Botany at Sidho-Kanho-Birsha University found India’s first Dragonfly fossil in Latehar, Jharkhand. The fossil belongs to the late Neogene Period and it is expected to be around 2.5 million years old. The findings of the discovery are published in the October 10 edition of Current Science journal.
- Kharif foodgrain production is estimated to what amount in 2020-2021?
1) 143.38 million tonnes
2) 144.52 million tonnes
3) 134.52 million tonnes
4) 411.32 million tonnes
5) 414.38 million tonnes
Answer-2) 144.52 million tonnes
Narendra Singh Tomar, while addressing a digital conference organised by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), stated that according to the initial estimates, foodgrain production is projected to be 144.52 million tonnes in the 2020-21 kharif season. As per the official data, during the 2019-20 kharif seasons, food grain production stood at 143.38 million tonnes. During the first quarter of 2020-21 fiscal, this sector grew 3.4%. The main kharif crop is Rice.
- Which Country will have its first separate ‘Water Attache’ in India from January 2021?
India and Israel share a strategic partnership in water management. In order to boost it further, Israel will have a first separate ‘Water Attache’ in India from January 2021 which will share the former’s best practices and technologies for advancements in India’s water management and agriculture sectors. Notably, water is one of the biggest challenges in India post-COVID. Apart from this, Israel will also nominate an honorary Consul in the North-East with the aim to increase its presence and collaboration in that region.
These announcements were made by Israeli Ambassador to India Ron Malka –A Water Attache will join the ‘Agriculture Attache’ who has been here for many years and together they will go to the centres of excellence for agriculture established as part of Indo-Israel collaboration. There are 29 such centres of excellence have already been established across India and nearly 1.5 lakh farmers have been trained at these centres in just one year. An agricultural attache is a diplomat, who analyzes, and acts on information on agriculture, agribusiness, food, and other related spheres in a foreign country or countries.
- Name the company which has been selected by the National Aeronautical Space Agency (NASA) to build the first ever 4G cellular networks on the Moon?
2) Reliance Jio
Finland based Nokia has been selected by the National Aeronautical Space Agency (NASA) to build the first ever 4G cellular networks on the Moon. NASA has awarded USD 14.1 Million to Nokia for the project. It is being built for communication purposes of NASA’s ARTEMIS Program to the Moon by 2024. Nokia & Intuitive Machines are partnering for this Mission. The grant is part of USD 370 Million worth of contracts signed under NASA’s “Tipping Point” selection to advance research and development for space exploration.
- Find the company which planned to introduce 2 million co-branded credit cards (Next Generation Credit Cards).
4) Google Pay
5) Indian Bank
Paytm in partnership with various credit card issuers will introduce 2 million co-branded credit cards for consumers in India in the next 12–18 months. The ‘Next Generation Credit Cards’ will have diverse one-touch services, including changing security pin number, updating address, blocking card in the event of fraud prevention, issuing duplicate card and viewing outstanding credit limit.
- BSE (Bombay Stock Exchange) has signed a MoU with which Indian state to support MSMEs to raise equity funds?
2) Andhra Pradesh
4) West Bengal
BSE (formerly known as Bombay Stock Exchange) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Industries and Commerce Department, Government of Telangana along with GlobalLinker to support micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) of the state to raise equity funds. This partnership will address the MSMEs challenges due to limited alternate sources of finance which increases their dependence on the debt capital that results in distorted capital structures and restrained cash flow. Under this partnership the MSMEs of Telangana will have access to the opportunities of equity financing which will support the businesses to grow from expansion to acquisition.
- Which Session of the India-Oman Joint Commission Meeting (JCM) was held virtually (Hardeep Singh Puri co-chaired the meeting)?
The 9th Session of the India-Oman Joint Commission Meeting (JCM) was held virtually which was co-chaired by Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister of State (MoS) for Commerce and Industry and Qais bin Mohammed al Yousef, Minister of Commerce, Industry and Investment Promotion of Oman. The JCM was held to review the recent developments in trade and investment ties and on the economic situation amid COVID-19.
- Who heads the Market Data Advisory Committee constituted by SEBI?
1) Madhabi Puri Buch
2) Ajay Tyagi
3) Rajkiran Rai G
4) Aditya Puri
5) Rajnish Kumar
Answer-1) Madhabi Puri Buch
In an effort to set up Data Culture through Data Democratization in the Indian securities market, The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has constituted a Market Data Advisory Committee (MADC), Standing Committee. The committee is headed by Madhabi Puri Buch, Whole Time Member, SEBI and has CEOs of stock exchanges and depositories, representatives of various stakeholders and senior officials of SEBI as members.
- Supreme Court formulated a one-man committee under ‘whom’ to monitor and prevent stubble-burning by farmers?
1) Sharad Arvind Bobde
2) Ajjikuttira Somaiah Bopanna
3) V Ramasubramanian
4) Madan Bhimarao Lokur
5) Aditya Dubey
Answer-4) Madan Bhimarao Lokur
The Supreme Court (SC) bench headed by Chief Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde and comprising of Justices Ajjikuttira Somaiah Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian has directed to formulate a one-man committee under former SC judge Madan Bhimarao Lokur to monitor and prevent stubble-burning by farmers in Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh (UP) this winter, which worsens the air quality in Delhi- National Capital Region (NCR).
This constitution of panel is on the lines petition filed by Aditya Dubey who has raised concern over rising pollution level in Delhi-NCR. He was represented by senior advocate Vikas Singh.
- What is India’s rank based on total inflow of migrants to OECD nations (during 2018) according to the 44th edition of “International Migration Outlook 2020” (China tops)?
Secretary-general at OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) Jose Angel Gurria Trevino unveiled the 44th edition of “International Migration Outlook 2020” in which India emerged as the second largest source country both in terms of the “total” inflow of new migrants to OECD countries during 2018 and also as regards the number of Indians acquiring citizenship of these countries. India overtook Romania to emerge as the second-largest source country. Notably, migration from India to OECD countries increased sharply by 10% and reached 3.3 lakh. It represents 5% of the overall migration to OECD countries. China grabbed the top spot while Romania stood at 3rd place.
- Which organization developed Standoff Anti-Tank Guided Missile (SANT Missile) which has been successfully tested recently at ITR Chandipur, Odisha?
1) Defence Research and Development Organisation
2) Indian Space Research Organisation
3) Bharat Dynamics Ltd
4) Ordinance Factory Board
5) Larsen & Toubro (L&T)
Answer-1) Defence Research and Development Organisation
India successfully Test-fired Standoff Anti-Tank Guided Missile (SANT Missile) from a roof-top launcher at Integrated Test Range (ITR), Chandipur, Odisha.
The missile is equipped with Lock-on after Launch and Lock-on before Launch capabilities. The Missile hit the designated static target with high accuracy. SANT Missile is an air-to-surface missile being developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) for Indian Air Force (IAF). The missile is an upgraded version of Helicopter Launched Nag (HeliNa) Missile. It has a Striking range of 15-20 Kms.
- NITI Aayog along with which company has launched 1st of its kind, Frontier Technologies Cloud Innovation Center (CIC)?
1) Oracle Cloud Infrastructure
2) Amazon web services
3) IBM Cloud Services
4) Microsoft Azure
5) Digital Ocean
Answer-2) Amazon web services
National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog launched First of its Kind, Frontier Technologies Cloud Innovation Center (CIC) with Amazon Web Services (AWS). CIC will help in addressing societal challenges through digital innovation with focus on agriculture, healthcare and skill development. This is the First CIC in India and 12th CIC around the Globe.
- Who has launched the development of Indigenous Software solution for Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) and Vessels Traffic Monitoring Systems (VTMS) In New Delhi?
1) Sanjay Dhotre
2) Mansukh Mandaviya
3) Prahlad Singh Patel
4) Hardeep Singh Puri
5) Rajkumar Singh
Answer-2) Mansukh Mandaviya
Minister of State (MoS) (Independent Charge) for Shipping, Mansukh Mandaviya e-launched the development of Indigenous Software solution for Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) and Vessels Traffic Monitoring Systems (VTMS) in New Delhi. The launch of indigenous software is in line with Prime Minister’s Aatma Nirbhar Bharat Mission.
The indigenous VTS and VTMS software will help in determining the position of shipping Vessels, position of other traffic and other meteorological hazard warnings, and traffic management within a port or waterway.
- Which Company will launch a blockchain-platform in India in 2021 to facilitate investment in bonds by individuals?
1) Bursa Bonds
2) Citybank Berhard
4) Pitch Platforms
Singapore-based bond exchange, BondEvalue, co-founded by India-origin entrepreneurs Rajaram Kannan and Rahul Banerjee, is all set to launch a blockchain-platform in 2021 to facilitate investment in bonds by individuals. Recently, BondEvalue got approval as a global Recognised Market Operator (RMO) from the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS). The RMO allows BondbloX Bond Exchange (BBX), the world’s first blockchain-based bond exchange, to trade globally a wide range of fixed-income securities.
- Name the Veteran Economist who released his autobiography “Portraits of Power: Half a Century of Being at Ringside” recently.
1) Kishore Bhimani
2) Pradeep Goorha
3) Nand Kishore Singh
4) Shashi Tharoor
5) Abhijit Banerjee
Answer-3) Nand Kishore Singh
Veteran Economist and bureaucrat N K (Nand Kishore) Singh released his autobiography titled “Portraits of Power: Half a Century of Being at Ringside”. The book portrays the life of NK Singh who played an active role in the development of the Indian economy. He is currently serving as the Chairman of the 15th Finance Commission.
The book is published by Rupa Publications India. He was honoured by Japan with its highest national decoration “The order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star” in 2016 and He was the only Indian in the list of the 2016 recipients.
- Kishore Bhimani who passed away in October 2020 was a well-known ______________.
1) Sports Journalist
4) Both 1 & 2
5) Both 1 & 3
Answer-4) both 1 & 2
Kishore Bhimani, veteran sports journalist and commentator passed away in Kolkata, West Bengal due to cardiac arrest. He was born in Kolkata, West Bengal. He received the lifetime achievement award for his contributions to sports and media in 2013 at the 5th H&G Clinic Journalism Awards 2012. He documented the 1975-76 series as a book titled “India’s Caribbean Adventure”. His book “The Accidental Godman” was published by Manjul Publishing House Pvt. Ltd. in 2012.
- International Chefs Day is annually celebrated on which Day (2020’s theme: ‘Healthy Food for the Future!’)?
1) October 10
2) October 15
3) October 12
4) October 13
5) October 20
Answer-5) October 20
International Chefs Day is annually celebrated on October 20 to celebrate the profession of chefs and educate people about healthy food globally. The day also highlights the duty of chefs to pass their knowledge and culinary skills to the next generation of Chefs.
2020 International Chefs Day campaign theme– ‘Healthy Food for the Future!’.
- When was the “World Osteoporosis Day (WOD)” observed annually?
1) October 18
2) October 15
3) October 14
4) October 20
5) October 19
Answer-4) October 20
The World Osteoporosis Day (WOD) is annually observed across the globe on 20th October to raise awareness on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of Osteoporosis. The day aims to make the prevention of Osteoporosis and fractures a global health priority by reaching out to healthcare professionals, patients, media and the general public.
The first WOD was celebrated on 20th October 1996. The year-long campaign of WOD 2020 will feature “That’s Osteoporosis” as the headline, and highlight the visuals that impact the emotions and the stories of the Osteoporosis patients. Since 1996, the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) has been organising the events of the WOD.
- Which edition of World Statistics Day was observed on October 20, 2020 (2020 theme: “Connecting the world with Data we can trust”)?
The United Nations (UN) Third World Statistics Day was observed on 20th October. It is observed to emphasise the importance of data authenticity and credibility. The World Statistics day is observed every Five Years. The theme of Third World Statistics Day is – “Connecting the world with Data we can trust”. The Day will be celebrated across the world under the collaborative endeavour and guidance of the United Nations Statistics Commission.
- Name the Mobile App launched by Leather Sector Skill Council (LSSC) for enhanced quality assurance.
1) Leather India
2) SKILL India
3) SCALE India
4) Quality India
5) LSSC India
Answer-3) SCALE India
Leather Sector Skill Council (LSSC), a non-profit organization (NGO) launched “Skill Certification Assessment for Leather Employees India (SCALE India)” Android app for enhancing the quality assurance of the leather industry. Union Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Mahendra Nath Pandey unveiled the SCALE India app during a virtual event. The app will serve as a one-stop solution for skilling, learning, assessment and employment needs of the leather and leather products industry. Through this app, LSSC is aiming to enhance quality assurance of the Leather Industry under Skill India Mission.
- Who has launched the electricity consumer service portal “Mo Bidyut” and mobile application?
1) Hemant Soren
2) Bhupesh Baghel
3) YS Jaganmohan Reddy
4) N Biren Singh
5) Naveen Patnaik
Answer-5) Naveen Patnaik
Naveen Patnaik, Chief Minister (CM) of Odisha launched the electricity consumer service portal “Mo Bidyut” and mobile application, over a virtual platform. The portal was developed by the Energy Department and dedicated to the public under the 5T (Team work, Transparency, Technology, Time leading to Transformation) mechanism, an initiative of the government of Odisha. The electricity services provided by the Mo Bidyut will be governed and monitored under the “Mo Sarkar” (My Government).
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- The Jharsuguda Airport is located at which state?
2) Madhya Pradesh
3) West Bengal
Veer Surendra Sai Airport also known as Jharsuguda Airport is an Indian airport. The airport is located 5 kilometers north-east of Jharsuguda, Odisha.
- Where is the Hussain Sagar Lake located?
2) Madhya Pradesh
Hussain Sagar is a heart-shaped lake in Hyderabad, Telangana, built by Ibrahim Quli Qutb Shah in 1563. It is spread across an area of 5.7 square kilometers and is fed by the River Musi.
- Who is the current PM of Israel?
1) Shavkat Mirziyoyev
2) Denys Shmyhal
3) Vladimir Putin
4) Benjamin Netanyahu
5) Yoshihide Suga
Answer-4) Benjamin Netanyahu
Benjamin Netanyahu is an Israeli politician serving as Prime Minister of Israel since 2009, and previously from 1996 to 1999. Netanyahu is also the Chairman of the Likud – National Liberal Movement.
- Where is the headquarters of OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) located?
1) Washington D.C, US
2) Paris, France
3) New York City, US
4) Rome, Italy
5) Geneva, Switzerland
Answer-2) Paris, France
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development is an intergovernmental economic organisation with 37 member countries, founded in 1961 to stimulate economic progress and world trade.
- What is capital of Oman?
The capital and currency of Oman is Muscat & Omani rial respectively.