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- Who has addressed the Fit India Dialogue on the 1st anniversary of fit India movement (September 2020)?
1) Amit Shah
2) Rajnath Singh
3) Narendra Modi
4) Nitin Gadkari
5) Jitendra Singh
Answer & ExplanationAnswer-3) Narendra Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the Fit India Dialogue on the First Anniversary of Fit India Movement through virtual mode. As part of the event, the Prime Minister interacted with Virat Kohli, Milind Soman, Rujuta Diwekar, Devendra Jhajharia, and Afshan Ashiq, who shared their life experiences and fitness Mantras. Under the Fit India Movement, various events such as Fit India Freedom Run, Plog Run, Cyclothon, Fit India Week, Fit India School Certificate have been organized. The Fit India Movement was launched on 29th August, 2019 (National Sports Day).
- In which state foundation stone for one of the first medical device park in the country was laid recently (September 2020)?
1) Uttar Pradesh
2) West Bengal
Answer & ExplanationAnswer-4) Kerala
In 2019, the Central government approved the setting up four medical device parks in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu and Kerala on the lines of the “Make in India” initiative and to provide world-class products at affordable prices for treatment. In this regard, on September 24, 2020, Chief Minister (CM) of Kerala, Pinarayi Vijayan laid the foundation stone for one of the first medical devices parks in the country, “MedSpark” at Life Science Park, Thonnakkal, Thiruvananthapuram. MedSpark is a joint initiative of Technical Research Centre for Biomedical Devices (TRC) at Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences & Technology (SCTIMST), an autonomous institute of the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Govt. of India, and the Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation Ltd (KSIDC), the industrial and investment promotion agency of the Government of Kerala.
- India has extended financial assistance of 96 crore Rupees (approx.) to ‘which’ country as post-earthquake reconstruction assistance?
5) Sri Lanka
Answer & ExplanationAnswer-1) Nepal
The Nepal earthquake of 2015 also known as “Gorkha earthquake” had severely affected thousands of lives as well as the economy. At that time, India being the Nepal’s immediate neighbour, was the first to respond with Operation Maitri which provided rescue and relief by its armed forces and also announced a post-earthquake reconstruction package of US$ 1 billion (which comprises US$ 250 million grant and US$ 750 million concessional Line of Credit). Now, as a part of fulfilling this post-earthquake reconstruction commitment, on 22nd September, 2020, Ms. Namgya Khampa, Deputy Chief of Mission of Embassy of India, handed over cheques worth NPR (Nepalese Rupees) 1.54 billion (about INR 96 crore) to Mr. Sishir Kumar Dhungana, Secretary, Ministry of Finance of Nepal towards housing & school sector assistance.
- Which payments bank has collaborated with fintech partners to introduce Near Field Communication (NFC)-based contactless payments solution for mass transit systems?
1) Airtel Payments Bank
2) India Post Payments Bank
3) Paytm Payments Bank
4) Fino Payments Bank
5) Jio Payments Bank
Answer & ExplanationAnswer-4) Fino Payments Bank
Fino Payments Bank Limited in association with fintech partners has introduced Near Field Communication (NFC)-based contactless payments solution for mass transit systems, particularly for state bus transport services in India. It was developed by Fino Payments Bank in partnership with fintech firms like City Cash. NFC-based prepaid smart card ecosystem of Fino payment bank eases contactless or tap and go payments, which enables cashless ticketing.
- Which organization released “Technology Vision for Cyber Security’ for Urban Co-operative Banks (UCBs) – 2020-2023”?
1) Finance Commission (FC)
2) National Institution for Transforming India(NITI) Aayog
3) Reserve Bank of India (RBI)
4) National Development Council (NDC)
5) Central Social Welfare Board (CSWB)
Answer & ExplanationAnswer-3) Reserve Bank of India (RBI)
Reserve Bank of India(RBI) released “’Technology Vision for Cyber Security’ for Urban Co-operative Banks (UCBs) – 2020-2023”. It aims to enhance the cyber security in the Urban Co-operative banking sector against the growing Information Technology (IT) and cyber threat environment. Based on the inputs from diverse stakeholders, the technology vision document was formalized. Need of the document5 pillared strategic approach The document will achieve its objective through a five-pillared strategic approach ‘GUARD’– Governance Oversight, Utile Technology Investment, Appropriate Regulation and Supervision, Robust Collaboration and Developing necessary IT, cyber security skills set.
- Kotak Mahindra Bank has partnered with which IPL team and launched MyTeam cards?
1) Kolkata Knight Riders
2) Mumbai Indians
3) Kings XI Punjab
4) Royal Challengers Bangalore
5) Sunrisers Hyderabad
Answer & ExplanationAnswer-1) Kolkata Knight Riders
Kotak Mahindra Bank (Kotak) announced that it is the official partner of Kolkata Knight Riders, and launched MyTeam Cards – a specially designed range of Debit and Credit Cards. This season, fans of India’s beloved sport are getting yet another reason to rejoice as, now, they can own a specially designed Cricketthemed Debit and/or Credit Card of their favourite team – Kolkata Knight Riders.
- Which ministry has signed MoU with Herbal Industry bodies to promote medicinal plants cultivation?
1) Ministry of Tribal Affairs
2) Ministry of Science and Technology
3) Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
4) Ministry of AYUSH
5) Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers
Answer & ExplanationAnswer-4) Ministry of AYUSH
National Medicinal Plants Board (NMPB), Ministry of AYUSH signed memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Herbal Industry bodies during a virtual ceremony in the presence of Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha, Secretary AYUSH with emphasis on raising immunity to fight coronavirus infection. Objective: – The sale of immunity-boosting plants and herbs has increased such as tulsi, giloy, ashwagandha etc. Now to keep the sustainable supply of quality medicinal raw material to AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy), Nutraceutical and Herbal industry joined hands to promote medicinal plant cultivation. Apart from above MoU, Ministry of AYUSH has joined hands with Rajagiri College of Social Sciences and Rajagiri Business School, Kochi (Kerala) to organise a novel e-marathon from 28th September 2020 to 10th October 2020 (15 days), as a part of the Ministry’s three-month campaign called “Ayush for Immunity” focuses on desirable health-promotion and disease preventive steps. Theme of the e-marathon is “Recharge Mental Health: During and beyond the Covid-19 Pandemic”.
- Indian railways has extended the MoU with which IIT for modernization of railway infrastructure?
1) IIT Kanpur
2) IIT Madras
3) IIT Delhi
4) IIT Ropar
5) IIT Roorkee
Answer & ExplanationAnswer-1) IIT Kanpur
Indian Railways extended the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur for modernisation of railway infrastructure. The MoU was signed by Alka Arora Misra, principal executive director (T&MPP), Ministry of Railways and Prof AR Harish, Dean, R&D, IIT-Kanpur.
- Name the person who has been appointed as the brand ambassador of Aakash Educational service limited.
1) MS Dhoni
2) Yuvraj Singh
3) Sachin Tendulkar
4) Rahul Dravid
5) Suresh Raina
Answer & ExplanationAnswer-2) Yuvraj Singh
Aakash Educational Services Limited(AESL) appointed Indian Cricketer Yuvraj Singh as its brand ambassador to promote its brands including Aakash Institute, Aakash IIT-JEE, Akash Digital and Meritnation. As the brand ambassador of AESL, Yuvarj Singh will lead the “Success is Waiting”, a multi-channel campaign of Aakash Digital.
- Find the Bollywood actor who has been appointed as the brand ambassador of CEAT.
1) Shah Rukh Khan
2) Ayushmann Khurrana
3) Ranveer Singh
4) Salman Khan
5) Aamir Khan
Answer & ExplanationAnswer-5) Aamir Khan
CEAT Limited (CEAT), a tyre company of RPG Enterprises (Rama Prasad Goenka Group), signed Indian Actor Aamir Khan as its brand ambassador for 2 years. As part of an integrated marketing campaign he will feature in 2 commercials during the on-going Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 in Dubai to promote CEAT’s SecuraDrive, a range of mass premium tyres.
- Which state has won UN Interagency Task Force (UNIATF) Award 2020 for its contribution towards the SDGs related to the non-communicable diseases?
1) Uttar Pradesh
2) Tamil Nadu
3) West Bengal
Answer & ExplanationAnswer-5) Kerala
Kerala won the UN Interagency Task Force (UNIATF) Award 2020 for its contribution towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) related to the non-communicable diseases. Tedros Adhanom, Director General of World Health Organisation (WHO) announced the annual UNIATF Award for the year 2020 on prevention and control of non-communicable diseases. This is the first time for Kerala to be recognised by this annual UN Award and along with Kerala 6 other health ministries across the globe have won the 2020 UNIATF Award.
- Who has become the 1st woman fighter pilot of India to fly the Rafale combat aircraft?
1) Avani Chaturvedi
2) Bhawana Kanth
3) Shivangi Singh
4) Minty Agarwal
5) Mohana Singh
Answer & ExplanationAnswer-3) Shivangi Singh
Flight Lieutenant Shivangi Singh to become the first woman fighter pilot of India to fly the Rafale combat aircraft that was formally inducted into the Indian Air Force(IAF) September 10, 2020. She hails from Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. She is one of the 10 Indian women fighter pilots in IAF. Note– Five Rafale Aircrafts were formally inducted into the IAF’s 17 Squadron ‘Golden Arrows’ on September 10, 2020 at a function held at Air Force Station, Ambala (Haryana).
- Name the MIT professor who has won the inaugural AI award for cancer research & discovery of new drugs.
1) Regina Barzilay
2) Raymond “Ray” Kurzweil
3) Demis Hassabis
4) Geoffrey E Hinton
5) Yann LeCun
Answer & ExplanationAnswer-1) Regina Barzilay
Regina Barzilay, a professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory won the inaugural winner of the annual award instituted by the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence and funded by Chinese online education company Squirrel AI. She was awarded the top award (1 million USD) for using computer science to detect cancer and discover new drugs.
- Which is India’s highest literacy award?
1) Saraswati samman
2) Jnanpith award
3) Sahitya Akademi Fellowship
4) Vyas Samman
5) Yuva Puraskar
Answer & ExplanationAnswer-2) Jnanpith award
Renowned Malayalam poet Akkitham Achuthan Namboothiri was conferred the Jnanpith award, the country’s highest literary award, on Thursday at a special function held at his house at Kumaranallur, near here. The 93-year-old poet is instrumental in heralding modernism in Malayalam poetry. A true Gandhian, social reformer, journalist and an iconic example of simplicity, Akkitham has been a man who wears many hats with aplomb besides his gifted literary life. Jnanpith Award, highest literary award in India, given annually for the best creative literary writing to writers in any of the 22 “scheduled languages” recognized in the Indian Constitution.
- Which edition of CII-EXIM Bank Digital Conclave on India-Africa Project Partnership was held virtually from New Delhi recently?
Answer & ExplanationAnswer-5) 15th
15th CII-Exim Bank Digital Conclave on India-Africa Project Partnership was held virtually from New Delhi which was organized by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and EXIM (Export-Import) Bank with the support of Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) and Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India. It was initiated in 2005. The focus areas identified for this edition were Agriculture, Power and Energy, Infrastructure, Manufacturing, Healthcare, Education & Skill Development among others amid COVID-19.
- Union minister S Jaishankar participated in the special virtual ministerial meeting of foreign ministers of Conference on Interaction & Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) recently. Where is the secretariat of CICA located?
1) Tbilisi, Georgia
2) Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
3) Beijing, China
4) Manila, Philippines
5) Damascus, Syria
Answer & ExplanationAnswer-2) Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
External Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar participated in the Special Virtual Ministerial Meeting of Foreign Ministers of Conference on Interaction & Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA). During the session, the member countries discussed the joint fight against COVID-19, International and Regional Situations and CICA cooperation in various fields. The Meeting saw the transfer of Chairmanship of CICA from Tajikistan to Kazakhstan, and the appointment of new executive director and exchange of views on future endeavours. The CICA has 27 members, 8 observer states and 5 observer organizations. Secretariat – Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan.
- External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar represented India at annual informal meeting of SAARC council of ministers chaired by which country?
5) Sri Lanka
Answer & ExplanationAnswer-2) Nepal
External Affairs Minister (EAM) Jaishankar participated in the Annual Informal Meeting of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Council of Ministers. The Annual Meeting was chaired by Nepal and was held in virtual mode. Mr. Pradeep Kumar Gyawali, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Nepal, chaired the Informal Meeting, attended by External Affairs Ministers of all the Member States of SAARC. Jaishankar highlighted the measures taken by India such as virtually convening health professionals and trade officials meeting, creating a ‘COVID-19 Information Exchange Platform (COINEX), foreign currency swap support and activation of SAARC Food Bank Mechanism.
- What is India’s rank in World Risk Index (WRI) 2020 released by the United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) and Bündnis Entwicklung Hilft?
Answer & ExplanationAnswer-1) 89
According to the World Risk Index (WRI) 2020, India has been ranked at the 89th spot among 181 Countries. The World Risk Index is a statistical model for the assessment of global risk of disasters such as earthquakes, storms, floods, droughts and sea-level rise.India in World Risk Index (WRI) 2020:
Rank Country World Risk Index Category (Based on Risk) 89 India 6.62 Medium Risk 1 Vanuatu 49.74 Very High Risk 2 Tonga 29.72 Very High Risk 181 Qatar 0.31 Very Low Risk 180 Malta 0.66 Very Low Risk
- Indian Navy has conducted a 2-day long Passage Exercise (PASSEX) with which country in east Indian ocean region?
1) United Kingdom
5) United States
Answer & ExplanationAnswer-2) Australia
Indian Navy conducted a two-day long Passage Exercise (PASSEX) with Royal Australian Navy (RAN) in the East Indian Ocean Region (IOR) where Indian side was represented by stealth frigate INS (Indian Naval Ship) Sahyadri and missile corvette INS Karmuk Australian side included HMAS Hobart along with Indian Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA), and helicopters from both the nations. This exercise was aimed at enhancing interoperability and to imbibe best practices from the other side. It should be noted that India-Australia conducts maritime exercise “AUSINDEX” biennially to boost defence cooperation in the maritime domain.
- Which IIT has developed an indigenous microprocessor named “MOUSHIK” For IoT devices?
1) IIT Delhi
2) IIT Madras
3) IIT Ropar
4) IIT Ahmedabad
5) IIT Gandhinagar
Answer & ExplanationAnswer-2) IIT Madras
Researchers of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras developed the indigenously made microprocessor “MOUSHIK”, a processor cum “system-on-chip” (SoC)for Internet of Things(IoT) devices. MOUSHIK will support the developing IoT devices which are the integral part of the Smart Cities of Digital India. This project was funded by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.
- ‘Fed Cup’ which was renamed as the ‘Billie Jean King Cup’ is the women’s world cup of which sport?
Answer & ExplanationAnswer-2) Tennis
International Tennis Federation (ITF) announced that Fed Cup, the women’s world cup of tennis, has been renamed as the Billie Jean King Cup by BNP Paribas, a French international banking group. This is the 1st time a major global team competition has been named after a woman. Billie Jean King is an American Former World No. 1 professional tennis player. She is a global campaigner for equality who has dedicated her life to combating all forms of discrimination.
- Who has authored the book titled “Kitchens of Gratitude”?
1) Madhur Jaffrey
2) Vikas Khanna
3) Sanjeev Kapoor
4) Ranveer Brar
5) Maneet Chauhan
Answer & ExplanationAnswer-2) Vikas Khanna
Star chef Vikas Khanna has authored a book titled “Kitchens of Gratitude” in which he has written about his Feed India initiative. Feed India initiative is one of the largest food drives in the world, serving meals to the underprivileged. The book will be released in 2021.
- Australia’s Dean Jones who passed away recently is associated with which sport?
Answer & ExplanationAnswer-3) Cricket
Dean Mervyn Jones, former Australian and Victorian cricketer and Commentator passed away at the age of 59 in Mumbai, Maharashtra due to cardiac arrest. He was born on 24th March 1961 in Melbourne, Australia.
- Atomic Scientist and Former Chairman of Atomic Energy Commission, Sekhar Basu is the Padma Shri recipient (2014) in which field?
2) Science & Technology
4) Literature & Education
Answer & ExplanationAnswer-2) Science & Technology
Sekhar Basu, Veteran Atomic Scientist and Former Chairman of Atomic Energy Commission(AEC) passed away at the age of 68 at a private hospital in Kolkata, West Bengal of COVID-19. He served as the Secretary to the Government of India, Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) and as director of Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC). He was the recipient of Padma Shri (2014 – in Science & Technology field). He was born on September 20, 1952 in Muzaffarpur, Bihar. HE developed the highly complex reactor for INS Arihant, India’s 1st nuclear-powered submarine.
- SP Balasubrahmanyam who is in news recently is a renowned _________.
4) Spiritual leader
5) None of the Above
Answer & ExplanationAnswer-3) Singer
Renowned Indian Singer SP Balasubrahmanyam (Popularly known as SPB) passed away at a Private Hospital in Chennai at the age of 74 due to Cardio-Respiratory arrest. He was admitted to hospital after testing positive for COVID-19. Even Though he tested Negative on September 4, he continued to be on Ventilator and ECMO support, and breathed his last on September 25. He was born on 4th June, 1946 at Nellore, Andhra Pradesh. He is a Six-time National Award Winner for Best Male Playback Singer (1979, 1981, 1983, 1988, 1995, 1996). In 2011, he was awarded Padma Bhushan by the Government of India.
- The World Pharmacists Day was observed annually on September 25. What is the theme of World Pharmacists Day 2020?
1) “From research to health care: Your pharmacist is at your service”
2) “Pharmacists: your medicines experts.”
3) “Safe and effective medicines for all”
4) “Transforming Global Health”
5) “Pharmacists: Caring for you”
Answer & ExplanationAnswer-4) “Transforming Global Health”
The World Pharmacists Day was observed on annually on September 25. The Day is observed to raise awareness of the role of pharmacist in healthcare and to encourage activities that promote and advocate the role of pharmacist in improving health in every corner of the world. The theme of the 10th World Pharmacists Day is “Transforming Global Health”. It was designated in 2009 by FIP (International Pharmaceutical Federation) at the World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in Istanbul, Turkey. It has been observed since 2010.It was designated in 2009 by FIP (International Pharmaceutical Federation) at the World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in Istanbul, Turkey. It has been observed since 2010.
- When was Antyodaya Diwas observed annually across India?
1) 31th September
2) 25th September
3) 28th September
4) 22th September
5) 20th September
Answer & ExplanationAnswer-2) 25th September
Antyodaya Diwas is annually observed across India on 25th September to mark the birth anniversary of Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya, an icon of Bharatiya Jana Sangh and Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP), philosopher of nationalist movements of India and political activist. 25th September 2020, marks the 104th Birthday of Pandit Deedayal Upadhyaya. “Antyodaya” means ‘uplifting the poorest of the poor’, the objective of Antyodaya Diwas is to reach out to the last person.
- Who has launched the “Centralized Farm Machinery Performance Testing Portal” recently?
1) Prakash Javadekar
2) Narendra Modi
3) Pralhad Patel
4) Harsh Vardhan
5) Narendra Singh Tomar
Answer & ExplanationAnswer-5) Narendra Singh Tomar
Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Narendra Singh Tomar launched “Centralized Farm Machinery Performance Testing Portal” in public domain. The Portal has been developed by the Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare (DAC&FW), Ministry of Agriculture.
- Which state/UT government has launched ‘U-Rise’ portal for students?
1) Jammu & Kashmir
3) Uttar Pradesh
Answer & ExplanationAnswer-3) Uttar Pradesh
Yogi Adityanath, Chief Minister(CM) of Uttar Pradesh(UP) launched Unified Re-imagined Innovation for Student Empowerment (U-Rise) portal in Lucknow, UP. The portal guides the students in learning, career counselling, and getting employment in the state. It was developed by Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam Technical University, Lucknow. It is a joint initiative by the Department of Technical Education, Training and Employment Department and the Skill Development Mission. U-Rise portal aims to ensure a uniform quality education for all students who can improve their learning curve while using this portal. UP is the 1st state to launch a unified portal along with implementation of National Education Policy (NEP)-2020.
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- Leuser Ecosystem is located in which country?
1) United Kingdom
Answer & ExplanationAnswer-3) Indonesia
Recently, an investigation by the global watchdog Rainforest Action Network (RAN) has shown that various food, cosmetics and finance companies have links with companies implicated in the destruction of the Leuser Ecosystem, a forest area on the island of Sumatra, Indonesia. Leuser Ecosystem is among the most ancient and life-rich ecosystems ever documented by science and is a world-class hotspot of biodiversity and is widely acknowledged to be among the most important areas of intact rainforest left in all of Southeast Asia. The ecosystem has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- What is the currency of South Africa?
Answer & ExplanationAnswer-4) Rand
The capital of South Africa is Cape Town, Pretoria, Bloemfontein & currency of South Africa is South African rand.
- The head office of Fino Payments Bank located in which city?
4) Navi Mumbai
Answer & ExplanationAnswer-4) Navi Mumbai
Fino Payments Bank Limited: Head Office– Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra.
- The clashes erupted between Armenia and which country over Nagorno-Karabakh region recently?
Answer & ExplanationAnswer-3) Azerbaijan
Clashes erupted between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the volatile Nagorno-Karabakh region (also known as Artsakh), reigniting concern about instability in the South Caucasus, a corridor for pipelines transporting oil and gas to world markets. Both sides, which fought a war in the 1990s, reported fatalities. Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh, a breakaway region that is inside Azerbaijan but is run by ethnic Armenians, declared martial law and mobilised their male populations. Armenia said Azerbaijan had carried out an air and artillery attack on Nagorno-Karabakh.
- Who is the present union minister for Rural Development in India?
1) Thawar Chand Gehlot
2) V. Sadananda Gowda
3) Smriti Irani
4) Nitin Gadkari
5) Narendra Singh Tomar
Answer & ExplanationAnswer-5) Narendra Singh Tomar
As a part of the commemoration of Antyodaya Diwas 2020, MoRD is celebrating the foundation day of Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana(DDU-GKY) with a program “Kaushal Se Kal Badlenge”, along with the beneficiaries and other stakeholders of the scheme across India. Narendra Singh Tomar, Union Minister of Rural Development along with Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti Minister of State(MoS) for Rural Development participated in the program.