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Saturday, January 16, 2021

DAILY GK : 15, 16 JAN 2021

 DAILY GK : 15, 16 JAN 2021

1. 83 LCA TEJAS FROM HAL FOR IAF

      As a part of Atmanirbhar programme, the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) under the Chairmanship of Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi approved the procurement of 83 Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) at the cost of Rs. 45,696 Crore for Indian Air Force (IAF).

      These include 73 LCA Tejas Mk-1A fighter aircrafts and 10 LCA Tejas Mk-1 Trainer aircrafts.

      LCAs are manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).

 

2. WORLD’S MOST POWERFUL PASSPORTS 2021

      A “Henley Passport Index:Q1 2021 Global Ranking” released where India was ranked 85th with visa-free score 58.

      The visa-free score states that Indian passport holders get to visit 58 countries without a prior visa.

      India shared its rank with Tajikistan.

      In 2020, India held 84th position.

      The index was topped by Japan with visa-free score of 191.

      It has been holding the position for three consecutive years.

 

3. RBI FORMS WG TO EXAMINE LENDING TRANSACTIONS

      Reserve Bank of India (RBI), has formulated a 6-member Working Group (WG) to study all aspects of digital lending activities in the regulated financial sector as well as by unregulated players so that an appropriate regulatory approach can be put in place.

      The group will be chaired by Jayant Kumar Dash, Executive Director, RBI and will submit its report within three months.

 

4. COMMITTEE TO IMPROVE HEALTH INSURANCE IN INDIA

      India’s insurance regulator IRDAI (Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India) formulated a 10-member advisory committee to improve the product quality and coverage of the health insurance in the country.

      The committee will be chaired by IRDAI chairman and will have tenure of 1 year.

 

5. INDIA’S 1ST INDIGENOUS MACHINE PISTOL ASMI

      The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) Armament Research & Development Establishment (ARDE), Pune (Maharashtra) in collaboration with the Indian Army has developed India’s first indigenous machine pistol ASMI.

      It will replace the 9mm pistols used by defence forces.

      Notably it has been developed by a young officer ‘Lt Col Prasad Bansod’ from Infantry School, Mhow in a record time of four months.

 

6. INDIAN ARMED FORCES CELEBRATES VETERAN DAY

      Indian Armed Forces annually celebrates the Veteran Day on 14th January to recognise the contributions of the veterans of the Indian Armed Forces.

      The 14th January 2021 marks the celebration of the 5th Veteran Day by the Indian Armed Forces.

      The day honours and recognises the service of Field Marshal KM Cariappa, OBE, the first Commander in Chief of Indian Armed Forces, who retired from the services on 14th January 1953.

      Admiral Karambir Singh released the “Swarnim Vijay Varsh” song dedicated to the valor and courage of the Indian soldiers during the 1971 war.

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Friday, January 15, 2021

DAILY GK QUIZ: 14 JAN 2021

 DAILY GK QUIZ: 14 JAN 2021

[Q] What was the predicted Gross Non-Performing Assets (GNPAs) by September 2021 as per the 22nd bi-annual Financial Stability Report (FSR) 2021 of RBI?

(a) 7.5%

(b) 13.5%

(c) 14.8%

(d) 7.7%

(e) 8.6%

[ANS] b

 

[Q] What was the GDP growth rate for 2022 as per the predictions of ICRA, in January, 2021?

(a) 1.1%

(b) – 6.3%

(c) – 3.6%

(d) 10.1%

(e) 4.6%

[ANS] d

 

[Q] Which state received the 1st Prize in the State Designated Agencies Category for its effective energy conservation programme at the 30th National Energy Conservation Awards 2020?

(a) Tamil Nadu

(b) Maharashtra

(c) Punjab

(d) Assam

(e) Kerala

[ANS] e

 

[Q] What was the theme of 4th edition of One Planet Summit (OPS) 2021 that was virtually organised by France?

(a) Attaining the 2030 Agenda: Delivering on our Promise

(b) Green Economy towards Poverty Eradication

(c) Towards 2030 Goals: Making the Decade Count

(d) Let’s act together for nature!

(e) Climate Change in the time of Pandemic

[ANS] d

 

[Q] Which hospital won the Kayakalp Award for the third consecutive year this time?

(a) AIIMS Delhi

(b) AIIMS Bhubaneswar

(c) AIIMS Bhopal

(d) AIIMS Jodhpur

(e) AIIMS Bathinda

[ANS] b

 

[Q] Sadyr Japarov has won the presidential election of which country?

(a) Tajikistan

(b) Uzbekistan

(c) Kyrgyzstan

(d) Afghanistan

(e) Turkmenistan

[ANS] c

 

[Q] In India, the Armed Forces Veterans Day is observed each year on ____________.

(a) 11 January

(b) 12 January

(c) 13 January

(d) 14 January

(e) 15 January

[ANS] d

 

[Q] Elon Musk-owned electric vehicle (EV) company Tesla has registered a fully-owned subsidiary in ____________.

(a) Hyderabad

(b) Bengaluru

(c) Chennai

(d) Mumbai

(e) Delhi

[ANS] b

 

[Q] Which of the following has set up a working group to study digital lending activities of the regulated and unregulated players, due to the growing instances of frauds in digital lending space?

(a) NABARD

(b) SEBI

(c) RBI

(d) IRDAI

(e) SBI

[ANS] c

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DAILY GK : 14 JAN 2021

 DAILY GK : 14 JAN 2021

1. PMFBY COMPLETES 5 YEARS OF OPERATION

      Government of India’s Crop Insurance Scheme – Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) has completed 5 years of its operation.

      It was launched by the Government on 13th January, 2016.

      The Scheme is in line with One Nation – One Scheme theme.

      It replaces 2 existing Crop Insurance schemes – National Agricultural Insurance Scheme & modified NAIS (National Agricultural Insurance Scheme).

      The scheme was made voluntary for all farmers post revamp in February, 2020.

      Union Agriculture Ministry has stated that around INR 90, 000 Crore has been disbursed to farmers since the launch of the scheme.

 

2. ‘SEA VIGIL 21’- LARGEST COASTAL DEFENCE EXERCISE

      The Second Edition of the Biennial Pan-India, Largest Coastal Defence Exercise ‘Sea Vigil-21’ coordinated by Indian Navy.

      It was conducted along the entire 7516 Km coastline & Exclusive Economic Zone of India.

      The Defence Exercise involved 13 Coastal States/Union Territories.

      It also included the fishing and coastal communities.

 

3. INDIA’S 1ST FIRE PARK

      Naveen Patnaik virtually inaugurated India’s first ‘Fire Park’ at Bhubaneshwar, Odisha.

      On that occasion CM Patnaik also launched the virtual platform ‘Agnishama Seva’ to provide through which 16 fire related services can be availed.

      The Fire Park is a first of its kind initiative to provide awareness on fire safety measures, mainly focusing on School and College students.

 

4. INDIA, VIETNAM HOLD DEFENCE SECURITY DIALOGUE

      13th India-Vietnam Defence Security Dialogue was held virtually.

      Dr Ajay Kumar, Defence Secretary, Government of India & Lt Gen Nguyen Chi Vinh, Deputy Defence Minister, Socialist Republic of Vietnam co-chaired the meeting.

 

5. COLLABORATATION TO  STOCKPILE A GLOBAL EBOLA VACCINE

      World’s four leading Health and Humanitarian organisations UNICEF, World Health Organisation (WHO), International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) collaborated to stockpile a global Ebola Vaccine with financial assistance from Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance.

      The Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) on Immunization has recommended 500,000 doses of Ebola vaccine to be stockpiled, as a precautionary measure to the sudden Ebola outbreak.

 

6. TESLA INC REGISTERS INDIA SUBSIDIARY IN BENGALURU

      Tesla Inc, United States based Electric car maker has incorporated a fully owned subsidiary in Bengaluru, Karnataka as a first step to establish a Research & Development (R&D) unit in India.

      It has registered with the Registrar of Companies in Bengaluru, Karnataka as ‘Tesla India Motors and Energy Private Limited’.

      It is also in the process of setting up a manufacturing plant at Dharwad, Karnataka for producing electric vehicles in India.

 

7. HURUN GLOBAL 500

      list – a list of 500 most valuable companies across the globe, of Hurun Research features a total of 11 Indian companies.

      According to the report India secured the 10th rank with 11 companies whose total values grew 14% and reached 805 billion USD (around one third of Indian GDP).

      Topped by United States with 242 companies.

      Apple tops the list with a value of 2.1 Trillion USD followed by Microsoft with a value of 1.640 Trillion and Amazon with a value of 1.610 Trillion and Alphabet with 1.2 trillion USD.

 

Rank      Company Name                                  Value(billion USD)             % Change            Country

54           Reliance Industries                              168.8                                      21%                        India

73           Tata Consultancy Services                                139                                         30%                        India

105         HDFC Bank                                         107.5                                      11.5%                    India

 

8. TECH MAHINDRA TO ACQUIRE PTSL

      IT services major, Tech Mahindra is set to acquire 100% share of Hong Kong based Payments Technology Service Ltd (PTSL) a subsidiary of Fidelity Information Services (FIS) for $9 million (about Rs.66 Crore) to scale its enterprise payments and banking capabilities.

      In regard to this acquisition, Tech Mahindra had signed an memorandum of understanding (MoU) with FIS.

      The transaction is expected to completed by 31 March 2021.

 

9. 83 TEJAS MK-1A FOR INDIAN AIR FORCE

      In a big push to “Make in India”, the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) on Wednesday approved the procurement of 83 Tejas Mk-1A fighter jets for the Indian Air Force from Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd, in the largest-ever indigenous military aviation deal worth around Rs 48,000 crores.

      “The CCS today approved the largest indigenous defence procurement deal worth about Rs 48,000 crores to strengthen the IAF’s fleet of home-grown fighter jet LCA-Tejas.

      This deal will be a game-changer for self-reliance in Indian defence manufacturing,” defence minister Rajnath Singh tweeted.

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DAILY GK QUIZ: 13 JAN 2021

 DAILY GK QUIZ: 13 JAN 2021

[Q] Benefiting which sector, Home Minister Amit Shah recently launched the ‘Single Window Clearance System’, in January 2021?

(a) Income Tax Payers

(b) Coal Mines

(c) Foreign Institutional Investors

(d) MSME Sector

(e) Power Generators

[ANS] b

 

[Q] Which bill recently got assent from the President of India in January, 2021?

(a) The Epidemic Diseases (Amendment) Bill, 2020

(b) The Dentist (Amendment) Bill, 2020

(c) The Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions Code, 2020

(d) The Taxation Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2020

(e) The Industrial Disputes (Gujarat Amendment) Bill, 2020

[ANS] e

 

Q] Who was appointed as the Head of 10-member empowered committee for administration of COVID-19 vaccine, in January, 2021?

(a) Rajkiran Rai

(b) Madhabi Puri Buch

(c) RS Sharma

(d) VC Rajiv Kumar

(e) Harsh Vardhan

[ANS] c

 

[Q] Which Unmanned Aerial Vehicle will get the DRDO’s Indigenously developed Retractable Landing Gear (RLG) Systems as of January, 2020?

(a) Rustom-H MALE UAV

(b) TAI Aksungur

(c) Pegaz 011

(d) Tapas BH-201

(e) Rustom-1 UAV

[ANS] d

 

[Q] World’s oldest first-class cricketer and World War II veteran Alan Burgess, dies at the age of 100, in January 2021. He represented which country in cricket?

(a) Australia

(b) England

(c) South Africa

(d) New Zealand

(e) West Indies

[ANS] d

 

[Q] National Youth Day is observed every year on _________.

(a) 10 January

(b) 12 January

(c) 11 January

(d) 9 January

(e) 8 January

[ANS] b

 

[Q] Which country is the focus country of the 51st International Film Festival of India (IFFI)?

(a) Vietnam

(b) Russia

(c) Japan

(d) Malaysia

(e) Bangladesh

[ANS] e

 

[Q] Who has been chosen as the official representative of BCCI for the ICC Board meeting?

(a) Brijesh Patel

(b) Sunil Gavaskar

(c) Rajeev Shukla

(d) Jay Shah

(e) Sachin Tendulkar

[ANS] d

 

[Q] In 2021, we are observing _________ birth anniversary of Swami Vivekanand.

(a) 155th

(b) 156th

(c) 157th

(d) 158th

(e) 159th

 

[Q] Who Developed Khadi Prakritik Paint?

(a) Gramya Unnayan Santha

(b) Gayathri Educational Society

(c) Khadi and Village Industries Commission

(d) Manghi Welfare Society

(e) Patanjali Ayurved

[ANS] c

 

[Q] What is the theme of National Youth Day 2021?

(a) Youth for Digital India

(b) Transforming education

(c) Indian Youth for Development, Skill, and Harmony

(d) Channelizing Youth Power for Nation Building

(e) The Road to 2030: Eradicating Poverty and Achieving Sustainable Consumption and Production

[ANS] d

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Wednesday, January 13, 2021

DAILY GK QUIZ: 11, 12 JAN 2021

 DAILY GK QUIZ: 11, 12 JAN 2021

[Q] Which organisation will implement the seaplane service project that was initiated by the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways (MoPSW)?
(a) Sagarmala Development Company Ltd
(b) Fame India
(c) Naval Research Board
(d) IIFCL Projects Ltd
(e) Ministry of Tourism

[ANS] a

 

[Q] Which launched Coastal Research Vehicle (CRV) was launched by Union Minister Harsh Vardhan at Chennai Port, in January, 2021?
(a) Sagar Kanya
(b) Sagar Anveshika
(c) Sagar Sampada
(d) Sagar Manusha
(e) Sagar Tara

[ANS] b

 

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DAILY GK : 12 , 13 JAN 2021

 DAILY GK : 12 , 13 JAN 2021

1. CHERRY BLOSSOM MAO FESTIVAL HELD

      An annual Cherry Blossom Mao Festival was held at Mao in Senapati district, Manipur.

      It was virtually inaugurated by CM of Manipur Nongthombam Biren Singh from the CM Secretariat in Imphal, amid COVID-19.

      The festival marked the beginning of pink season in the district.

      The cherry blossom flower is also known as Prunus cerasoides.

 

 2. ‘SINGLE WINDOW CLEARANCE SYSTEM’ FOR COAL SECTOR

      Amit Shah virtually launched ‘Single Window Clearance System’ for coal mines.

      The platform is expected to ease the process of obtaining clearances for the smooth operationalisation of coal mines.

      It will help in reducing the time taken to grant approvals in the sector.

      The Unified platform will reduce the need for companies to approach different for operationalisation of coal mines, which is the main cause for delay.

 

3. DIGITAL EVOLUTION SCORECARD 2020

      3rd edition of Digital Evolution Scorecard 2020 developed by Tufts University’s Fletcher School in partnership with Mastercard was released in which India ranked 4th.

      The scorecard is topped by China followed by Azerbaijan, Indonesia.

      It should be noted that India doubled its mobile internet connectivity in the last four years.

      It will add 350 million smartphones by 2023.

 

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Tuesday, January 12, 2021

DAILY GK QUIZ: 9, 10 JAN 2021

 DAILY GK QUIZ: 9, 10 JAN 2021

[Q] Between which states did the World’s 1st Double Stack Long Haul 1.5 Km Container Train has done its inaugural journey, that was virtually flagged off by PM Modi?

(a) Madhya Pradesh – Haryana

(b) Gujarat – Maharashtra

(c) Punjab – Maharashtra

(d) Haryana – Rajasthan

(e) West Bengal – Punjab

[ANS] d

 

[Q] Which Urban Co-operative Bank became the 1st to voluntarily convert into a scheduled commercial bank, under RBI’s ‘Scheme on the voluntary transition of Urban Co-operative Bank(UCB) into a Small Finance Bank’?

(a) Shivalik Mercantile Co-operative Bank

(b) Punjab and Maharashtra Co-operative Bank

(c) Janalaxmi Co-operative Bank

(d) Indian Mercantile Co-operative Bank

(e) Nasik Merchant’s Co-operative Bank

[ANS] a

 

[Q] Which organisation recently partnered with ICICI Prudential Life Insurance Co Ltd to launch Term Life Insurance plans on its platform, in January, 2021?

(a) Paytm

(b) Jio

(c) PhonePe

(d) PayPal

(e) PayU

[ANS] c

 

[Q] Who was appointed as the 1st full-time Director of RBI’s the College of Supervisors (CoS)?

(a) NS Viswanathan

(b) Rabi Narayan Mishra

(c) BP Kanungo

(d) Raghuram Rajan

(e) D. Subbarao

[ANS] b

 

[Q] Who authored the book “India’s 71-Year Test: The Journey to Triumph in Australia”?

(a) Ravi Shastri

(b) Harsha Bhogle

(c) R Kaushik

(d) Rajan Bala

(e) Ramachandra Guha

[ANS] c

 

[Q] In January, 2021, Home Minister Amit Shah released the inaugural issue of “National Police K-9 Journal”. What does K-9 represent?

(a) Assault Riffle

(b) Human Resource Training Program

(c) Police Service Dogs

(d) Anti-Terrorist Squad

(e) Women Rights Cell

[ANS] c

 

[Q] Which organisation received DRDO’s prestigious Defence Technology Absorption Award in January, 2021?

(a) Kirloskar Electric Co. Ltd

(b) Centum Electronics Ltd

(c) Bharat Electronics

(d) Sterlite Technologies

(e) Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd

[ANS] b

 

[Q] When will India’s 1st Solar Mission expected to be launched as per ISRO’s Plan for the Decade 2021-30?

(a) 2025

(b) 2021

(c) 2028

(d) 2023

(e) 2022

[ANS] e

 

[Q] Justice Hima Kohli has been appointed as the first-ever female Chief Justice of the High Court of ___________.

(a) Karnataka

(b) Delhi

(c) Ladakh

(d) Telangana

(e) West Bengal

[ANS] d

 

[Q] A general manager at RBI, ___________ has authored his debut book ”Right Under our Nose”.

(a) Sandeep Mittal

(b) Kamal P. Patnaik

(c) P. Shimrah

(d) R Giridharan

(e) A.B.Dutta

[ANS] d

 

[Q] Name the Indian-American who has taken over as the first Chief Information Officer of the US Army.

(a) Pramod Khargonekar

(b) Renu Khator

(c) Raj Iyer

(d) Dinesh D’Souza

(e) Nitin Nohria

[ANS] c

 

[Q] Who among the following has been appointed as Chief Justice of the Gauhati High Court?

(a) Sudhi Ranjan Das

(b) Jayantilal Chhotalal Shah

(c) Sarv Mittra Sikri

(d) Mohammad Hidayatullah

(e) Sudhanshu Dhulia

[ANS] e

 

[Q] Justice _________ was sworn in as the new Chief Justice of Sikkim High Court.

(a) P. N. Bhagwati

(b) Y. V. Chandrachud

(c) Mirza Hameedullah Beg

(d) Raghunandan Swarup Pathak

(e) Jitendra Kumar Maheshwari

[ANS] e

 

[Q] ___________ has been appointed British high commissioner to India.

(a) Philip Barton

(b) Alexander Ellis

(c) Archibald Edward

(d) Malcolm MacDonald

(e) John Freeman

[ANS] b

 

[Q] Who among the following has been appointed as the CJ of Uttarakhand High Court?

(a) Raghvendra Singh Chauhan

(b) Sabyasachi Mukharji

(c) Ranganath Misra

(d) Kamal Narain Singh

(e) Madhukar Hiralal Kania

[ANS] a

 

[Q] India has been appointed as the head of the __________ important committees of the UN Security Council (UNSC).

(a) Four

(b) Three

(c) Two

(d) Six

(e) Five

[ANS] b

 

[Q] Abhishek Yadav was appointed as the first Deputy General Secretary of which of the following sports federation?

(a) Chess

(b) Football

(c) Boxing

(d) Table Tennis

(e) Amateur Baseball

[ANS] b

 

[Q] ____________ overtakes Amazon’s Jeff Bezos to become the world’s richest person.

(a) Mukesh Ambani

(b) Mark Zuckerberg

(c) Bill Gates

(d) Elon Musk

(e) Bernard Arnault

[ANS] d

 

[Q] What is the theme of EDUCON-2020?

(a) Challenging the Transition from the Classic to the Emerging in the Engineering Education

(b) Emerging Trends and Challenges of Engineering Education

(c) Engineering Education through Student Engagement

(d) Envisioning Education for Transforming Youth to Restore Global Peace

(e) Smart Education in Smart Cities

[ANS] d

 

[Q] Pravasi Bharatiya Divas or NRI Day is celebrated every year on ________ to mark the contribution of the overseas Indian community in the development of India.

(a) January 7

(b) January 8

(c) January 9

(d) January 10

(e) January 11

[ANS] c

 

[Q] What is the theme of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2021?

(a) Engaging Diaspora: Connecting Across Generations

(b) Redefining engagement with the Indian diaspora

(c) Role of Indian Diaspora in building New India

(d) Apna Bharat, Apna Gaurav

(e) Contributing to Aatmanirbhar Bharat

[ANS] e

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