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- How many states have reported a reduction in parasitic intestinal worm infection or Soil-Transmitted Helminthiases (STH) in India as per Ministry of Health and Family Welfare report?
Answer & ExplanationAnswer-3) 14
In accordance with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) 14 states have reported a reduction in parasitic intestinal worm infection or Soil-Transmitted Helminthiases (STH) which has a harmful effect on children’s physical growth and can cause anaemia and under-nutrition. This feat has been achieved due to the regular deworming through Albendazole tablet as advised and approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) for treatment of intestinal worms in children and adolescents (1-19 years) living in areas with high STH burden. It is a part of Mass Drug Administration (MDA) programmes globally. Notably, Chhattisgarh, Himachal Pradesh (HP), Meghalaya, Sikkim, Telangana, Tripura, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Bihar have shown substantial reduction in worm prevalence.
- Union Cabinet approved adoption of Jammu and Kashmir Panchayati Raj Act, 1989. Who is the Union Minister for Ministry of Panchayati Raj?
1) Prakash Javadekar
2) Narendra Modi
3) Narendra Singh Tomar
4) Prahlad Singh Patel
5) Ravi Shankar Prasad
Answer & ExplanationAnswer-3) Narendra Singh Tomar
The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved the following proposals which were detailed by Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Keshav Javadekar during a press conference. The Union Cabinet approved the adoption of the Jammu and Kashmir Panchayati Raj Act, 1989, which was amended and notified by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on October 17, 2020. The present minister of Panchayati raj is Narendra Singh Tomar.
- Airports Authority of India (AAI) is planning to develop at least 100 Airports, Waterdromes, and Heliports by ‘which’ year under UDAN (“Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik”) – Regional Air Connectivity Scheme?
Answer & ExplanationAnswer-2) 2024
Airports Authority of India (AAI) is planning to develop at least 100 Airports, Waterdromes, and Heliports by 2024 under UDAN (“Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik”)-Regional Air Connectivity Scheme. The Fourth Anniversary of the UDAN Scheme was observed on 21st October, 2020. A video conference was organized to commemorate the anniversary, Pradeep Singh Kharola, Civil Aviation Secretary, Arvind Singh; Chairman of AAI participated in the virtual conference. Airports Authority of India (AAI) is the implementing agency of UDAN.
- The Third Phase of the National Supercomputing Mission (NSM) will be commenced from which month?
1) March 2021
2) May 2021
3) April 2021
4) December 2020
5) January 2021
Answer & ExplanationAnswer-5) January 2021
The C-DAC and the National Supercomputing Mission signed agreement with the leading institutes of India. According to the agreement, manufacturing units and assembly units of super computers are to be established in the Premier Institutes of the country. This is considered as a major step towards Atma nearby Bharat Abhiyan. The Department of Science and Technology (DST), under the Ministry of Science and Technology has stated that the Third Phase of the National Supercomputing Mission (NSM) will commence from January, 2021. This phase will take the computing speed to 45 Petaflops (PF). The works on Phase Three will include Three systems of 3 PF each and one system of 20 PF as a national facility.
- In which state Agar International Trade Centre, a first-of-its-kind in India was inaugurated?
Answer & ExplanationAnswer-2) Assam
The Chief Minister (CM) of Assam laid the foundation stone of Assam Agar International Trade Centre, a first-of-its-kind in India at Dabidubi in Golaghat district of Assam. This initiative is on the lines of doubling the farmer’s income in the state by 2022. This project will promote the business of the farmers as well as the entrepreneurs associated with agarwood plantation and trade in Assam which results in boosting Assam’s economy.
- Name the Chief Minister (CM) of Meghalaya, who launched “micro automated teller machine (ATM)” recently.
2) Sarbananda Sonowal
3) Pema Khandu
4) Cornad Sangma
5) Biplab Kumar Deb
Answer & ExplanationAnswer-4) Cornad Sangma
The Chief Minister (CM) of Meghalaya, Conrad Kongkal Sangma, launched “micro automated teller machine (ATM)” and distributed the same to the Business Correspondent Agents (BCAs) during an event, organised at Yojana Bhavan in Main Secretariat, Shillong.
Micro ATM is a hand-held device, which will be operated by the BCA in rural areas to enable access to banking services, particularly withdrawals. The initiative is promoted by the Meghalaya State Rural Livelihood Society (MSRLS) in partnership with Meghalaya Rural Bank (MRB) and National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD).
- The Principality of Andorra formally joined the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as _____ Member.
Answer & ExplanationAnswer-2) 190th
Principality of Andorra formally joined the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as 190th Member as Ambassador of Andorra, Elisenda Vives Balmana signed IMF’s Articles of Agreement at IMF Headquarters in Washington D.C., USA (United States of America).
Andorra had applied for membership to the IMF in January 2020. Andorra’s Initial Quota in the IMF is SDR (Special Drawing Right) 82.5 Million or About USD 116.4 Million. The Initial Quota will determine its capital subscription, voting power, access to IMF financing, and allocation of SDRs. The membership will allow Andorra to benefit from IMF policy advice, get Annual Review or “health check” of its economy by IMF and access to IMF lending if needed.
- What was the name of mock Tsunami Drill which was conducted by Intergovernmental Coordination Group for Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System (ICG/IOTWMS) recently?
Answer & ExplanationAnswer-4) IOWave20
UNESCO’s (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) Intergovernmental Coordination Group for Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System (ICG/IOTWMS) conducted an Indian Ocean-wide mock Tsunami Drill – ‘IOWave20’ (Indian Ocean Wave2020) on October 6, 13 and 20, 2020. Considering the Pandemic, the exercise was limited to test communication channels instead of full-scale exercise which will involve public evacuations.
- How much was the amount announced by USAID to support COVID-19 initiatives of India?
1) 5 Million USD
2) 1 Million USD
3) 3 Million USD
4) 2 Million USD
5) 4 Million USD
Answer & ExplanationAnswer-1) 5 Million USD
The United States (US) Agency for International Development (USAID) announced two new awards of total 5 Million USD (around Rs.36.8 crore) to Catalyst Management Service’s COVID Action Collaborative (CAC) and the Wadhwani Institute for Artificial Intelligence (Wadhwani AI). These two new awards are also a part of the continuous support of the US government to the COVID-19 initiatives of India. The 3 million USD (around Rs.22.1 crore) partnership with CAC for two years will be used to strengthen the capacity of 100 local organizations, 10 local governments and 15 associations of healthcare providers, small retailers, and street vendors, and will link them with government and private sector resources by which the 10 million disregarded and endangered individuals who were affected by COVID-19. The 2 million USD awarded to the Wadhwani AI, a nonprofit research institute will be used to develop tools to forecast the disease pattern of COVID-19, estimate the required resources and intervention plans. These tools will be developed using mathematical modeling techniques and digital technologies like AI and machine learning.
- Which Airport secured 1st place in the Safest Aerodrome Globally for effective implementation of Coronavirus-related health and safety protocols?
1) Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport, Delhi
2) London Heathrow Airport
3) Dubai International Airport
4) Shanghai Pudong International Airport
5) Changi Airport, Singapore
Answer & ExplanationAnswer-5) Changi Airport, Singapore
The Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport in Delhi operated by Delhi International Airport Ltd (DIAL), a consortium led by GMR with a score of 4.6 out of 5 has been certified as the Second Safest Aerodrome Globally for effective implementation of Coronavirus-related health and safety protocols. The safe travel score is an initiative by Safe Travel Barometer; it has assessed more than 200 airports. Singapore’s Changi Airport secured the first place with a score of 4.7 out of 5.
- What is the amount provided as an immediate financial aid by Andhra Pradesh government under “YSR Bima” scheme for families of accident victims?
1) Rs 15,000
2) Rs 20,000
3) Rs 10,000
4) Rs 5,000
5) Rs 30,000
Answer & ExplanationAnswer-3) Rs 10,000
YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, Chief Minister (CM) of Andhra Pradesh (AP) launched the “YSR Bima” scheme to provide insurance cover for death or permanent disability of any family member of the beneficiary. The scheme provides an immediate financial aid of Rs.10000 for the families of the victims. The immediate assistance will be provided through the Village and Ward Secretariats.
- Uttarakhand launched the Integrated Model Agricultural Village Scheme in partnership with which institution?
3) EXIM Bank
Answer & ExplanationAnswer-5) NABARD
Uttarakhand Chief Minister (CM) Trivendra Singh Rawat inaugurated the Integrated Model Agricultural Village Scheme (Ekikrit Adarsh Krishi Gram Yojana) in partnership with NABARD (National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development) in the state at Doiwala in Dehradun. The scheme will help in strengthening the economy of farmers and in the doubling of their incomes.
- The IMF expects Asia’s economy to contract by _________% in 2020.
Answer & ExplanationAnswer-1) 2.2%
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has slashed its Economic Forecast for Asia. The IMF expects Asia’s Economy to contract 2.2% in 2020; the decline is 0.6 of a percentage point larger than its forecast in June. The decline in economic growth is due to sharp slumps in countries like India, Philippines and Malaysia. Asia’s economy is expected to grow 6.9% in 2021 due to boost from strong recoveries in China, United States and European region.
- India signed a MoU with which Country on Cooperation in the Exploration and uses of outer space?
2) Papua New Guinea
Answer & ExplanationAnswer-1) Nigeria
The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved the following proposals which were detailed by Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Keshav Javadekar during a press conference. Cabinet approves MoU between India and Nigeria on Cooperation in the Exploration and uses of outer space. Also, Cabinet approves MoU between ICAI, India and CPA, Papua New Guinea & Mutual Recognition Agreement between ICAI, India and MICPA, Malaysia.
- Which Project has won 2020 Brunel Medal for excellence in civil engineering at the Annual Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Awards 2020?
1) Xiluodu hydropower plant, China
2) Grand Coulee hydropower project, United States
3) Sayano-Shushenskaya hydropower plant, Russia
4) Mangdechhu Hydroelectric Project, Bhutan
5) Guri power project, India
Answer & ExplanationAnswer-4) Mangdechhu Hydroelectric Project, Bhutan
India-Assisted Mangdechhu Hydroelectric Project, a Bhutan-India Friendship project in Bhutan won the 2020 Brunel Medal for Excellence in Civil Engineering at the Annual Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Awards 2020 organised by the United Kingdom (UK) based ICE. India funded the Mangdechhu power plant of cost Rs.4500 crore through a 70% loan and 30% grant. The annual ICE awards recognise the achievements of civil engineering and the contribution to the profession of engineering and the ICE.
- Election Commission of India (ECI) constituted a committee to examine the issues regarding the limits of expenditure for a candidate. Who is/are the member/members of the committee?
1) Harsh Vardhan Shringla
2) Harish Kumar
3) Umesh Sinha
4) Both 2 & 3
5) All 1, 2 &3
Answer & ExplanationAnswer-4) Both 2 & 3
Election Commission of India (ECI) constituted a committee to examine the issues regarding the limits of expenditure for a candidate. The committee comprises Harish Kumar, former Indian Revenue Service IRS officer and Director General (Investigation) and Umesh Sinha, Secretary General of ECI and DG (Expenditure).
- Who represented India at World Bank (WB) – IMF (International Monetary Fund) annual meeting?
1) Harsh Vardhan
2) Ravi Shankar Prasad
3) S jaishankar
4) Prakash Javdekar
5) Nirmala Sitharaman
Answer & ExplanationAnswer-1) Harsh Vardhan
Union Minister, Dr Harsh Vardhan virtually addressed the World Bank (WB) – IMF (International Monetary Fund) annual meeting from New Delhi which was held on the themes of “Unleashing the South Asian Century through Human Capital for All” and “Investing in Covid-19 Vaccines and Primary Healthcare Delivery System”. The Minister highlighted that India used the “Whole of Society, Whole of Government” approach to manage the challenges posed by the global pandemic.
- Name the Anti-Submarine Warfare stealth corvette which was commissioned recently at the Naval Dockyard, Visakhapatnam.
1) INS Kavaratti
2) ICGS Kanaklata Barua
3) INS Chennai
4) ICGS Viraj
5) ICGS Vigraha
Answer & ExplanationAnswer-1) INS Kavaratti
Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General MM Naravane commissioned the Anti-Submarine Warfare stealth corvette “INS Kavaratti” into Indian Navy at the Naval Dockyard, Visakhapatnam. INS Kavaratti is the last of four indigenously built Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) stealth corvettes under Project 28 (Kamorta Class). The ship has completed sea trials for all the Latest equipment inside the vessel, and has been commissioned as a fully combat-ready platform to the Indian Navy.
- India successfully carried out the 10th and final user trial of ‘which’ Anti-Tank Guided Missile (ATGM) recently?
2) Prithvi 2
Answer & ExplanationAnswer-4) Nag
India successfully carried out the 10th and Final User Trial of ‘Nag’ Anti-Tank Guided Missile (ATGM) at Pokhran Field Firing Ranges, Rajasthan. With the successful trial, the missile is now ready for induction into the Indian Army. The Nag missile was fired from a Nag Missile Carrier (NAMICA). The Missile developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) will be essential for stopping the advance of enemy tanks.
- Which institution has developed “COVIRAP”, low cost portable COVID-19 test kit?
1) IIT Kanpur
2) IIT Madras
3) IIT Bombay
4) IIT Delhi
5) IIT Kharagpur
Answer & ExplanationAnswer-5) IIT Kharagpur
The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) approved the “COVIRAP”, low cost portable COVID-19 test kit developed by the Researchers of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)-Kharagpur. The device delivers high quality and accurate results within an hour. The device reduced the testing cost to around Rs.500 which can be further reduced by the government’s intervention. With a minimum infrastructure the cost for developing this device is around Rs.5000.
- Dr. B Venkataraman passed away recently. He was a renowned ____________.
Answer & ExplanationAnswer-2) Writer
Former Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer and the Authority of Chola History and Architecture Dr. B Venkataraman, passed away at the age of 95 at a private hospital in Delhi. His wife Leela Venkataraman was a renowned dance critic.
- The International Stuttering Awareness Day (ISAD) is observed on which day (2020’s theme: “Journey of Words – Resilience and Bouncing Back”)?
1) October 20
2) October 23
3) October 22
4) October 21
5) October 18
Answer & ExplanationAnswer-3) October 22
The International Stuttering Awareness Day (ISAD) is annually observed across the globe on 22nd October to create awareness about Stuttering, a speech disorder which is also known as stammering and how the condition affects the fluency of speech. The first International Stuttering Awareness Day was observed on 22nd October 1998. The theme of 2020 ISAD is “Journey of Words – Resilience and Bouncing Back”. The International Stuttering Association has organized the 23rd ISAD Online conference which started on 1st October 2020 and concludes on 22nd October 2020.
- Name the Portal launched by Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs to integrate the legacy drawings like maps and lease plans in Management Information System (MIS).
1) e-Dharni Geo Portal
2) e-Bhoomi Geo Portal
3) e-Dharti Geo Portal
4) e-Prithvi Geo Portal
5) e-Land Geo Portal
Answer & ExplanationAnswer-3) e-Dharti Geo Portal
Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister of State (MoS) (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs Launched “e-Dharti Geo Portal” which will integrate the legacy drawings like maps and lease plans in Management Information System (MIS) named as e-Dharti and enable it with Geographic Information System (GIS). The Land and Development Office (L&DO) of MoHUA deals with around 60000 properties which include commercial, residential, industrial and institutional properties.
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- Mangdechhu Hydroelectric Project is an India aided power plant in which country?
1) Sri Lanka
Answer & ExplanationAnswer-4) Bhutan
India-Assisted Mangdechhu Hydroelectric Project, a Bhutan-India Friendship project in Bhutan won the 2020 Brunel Medal for Excellence in Civil Engineering at the Annual Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Awards 2020 organised by the United Kingdom (UK) based ICE. India funded the Mangdechhu power plant of cost Rs.4500 crore through a 70% loan and 30% grant.
- Nagarjuna Sagar Dam is built on which river?
Answer & ExplanationAnswer-1) Krishna
Nagarjuna Sagar Dam is a masonry dam across the Krishna River at Nagarjuna Sagar which straddles the border between Guntur district, Andhra Pradesh and Nalgonda district, Telangana.
- Krishna Wildlife Sanctuary is located in which state?
2) Uttar Pradesh
3) Tamil Nadu
4) Andhra Pradesh
Answer & ExplanationAnswer-4) Andhra Pradesh
Krishna Wildlife Sanctuary is a wildlife sanctuary and estuary located in Andhra Pradesh, India. It is one of the rarest eco-regions of the world because it harbors vast tracts of pristine mangrove forests.
- Kangdali festival is celebrated in which state?
2) Uttar Pradesh
3) Tamil Nadu
4) Andhra Pradesh
Answer & ExplanationAnswer-1) Uttarakhand
Kangdali Festival is a festival held by the Rung tribe of the Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand state in India. This festival coincides with the blooming of the Kandali plant.
- Manas National Park is located in which state?
1) Arunachal Pradesh
Answer & ExplanationAnswer-4) Assam
Manas National Park or Manas Wildlife Sanctuary is a national park, UNESCO Natural World Heritage site, a Project Tiger reserve, an elephant reserve and a biosphere reserve in Assam, India.