1. Which of the following banks has launched UCash, a digital product that will enable customers to withdraw money from ATMs through mobile banking without using a debit card?
A. Uco bank
B. Canara Bank
C. Bank of india
D. Bank of baroda
2. Every year on which of the following dates the World Teachers’ Day is celebrated?
A. 5 September
B. 5 October
C. 15 September
D. 25 September
3. Sushil Chandra Mishra is appointed as the MD & CEO of which PSUs?
A. Oil and Natural Gas Corporation
B. Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited
C. Oil India Limited
D. Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited
4. on the eve of Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary, India’s largest charkha or spinning wheel, made of used plastic waste was inaugurated in which place?
A. Ahmadabad, Gujarat
B. Gurugram, Haryana
C. Kolkata, West Bengal
D. Noida, Uttar Pradesh
5. Which of the following state governments has launched the ‘Mo Sarkar programme’ to make governance people-centric?
B. Andra Pradesh
6. Avinash Sable, who recently qualified for Tokyo Olympic is associated with which sports?
C. javelin throw
7. Ravindra Jadeja became the second Indian bowler to take the fastest 200 wickets in Test cricket. Who is the fastest Indian bowler to take 200 wickets in Tests cricket?
A. Harbhajan Singh
B. Anil Kumble
D. Zaheer Khan
8. Who among the following has inaugurated the Goa Maritime Conclave (GMC)-2019?
A. Amit Shah
B. Narendra Modi
C. Prakash Javadekar
D. Ajit Doval
9. The 20th National Health Informatics conference will be held in which city?
10. Consider the following statements:
1. Enzyme technology for cheaper bio-fuel developed by Indian scientists gets US patent.
2. This technology is discovered by Syed Shams Yazdani, a microbial engineering researcher at the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB) in New Delhi.
Which of the above statement/statements are correct?
A. 1 only
B. 2 only
C. Both 1 and 2
D. Neither 1 nor 2
Answer: 1) A
Public sector lender, the Uco Bank has launched three new digital products namely UCash, Digilocker and an App. These new products were launched by the bank’s managing director and CEO, A K Goel. UCash enables customers to withdraw money from ATMs through mobile banking without using debit card. Digilocker aims to eliminate the use of physical documents and enables sharing of verified electronic documents. The third product, the new mobile app, integrates four existing apps of the bank – UCO Mbanking, UCO UPI, UCO Mpassbook and UCO Secure- in a single interface. The UCO bank recently became the regional bank for the east.
Answer: 2) B
World Teachers’ Day or International Teachers’ Days is being celebrated all across the world on October 5. It is being held annually since 1994 to commemorates the anniversary of the adoption of the 1966 ILO/UNESCO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers. The Recommendation concerning the Status of Higher-Education Teaching Personnel was adopted in 1997 to complement the 1966 Recommendation by covering teaching and research personnel in higher education. World Teachers’ Day is co-convened in partnership with UNICEF, UNDP, the International Labour Organization, and Education International. This year’s International Teachers’ Day Theme is “Young Teachers: The future of the Profession.”
Answer: 3) C
Oil India Limited has appointed Sushil Chandra Mishra as the new Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the company. Mishra replaces Utpal Bora, who ceased to be Chairman & Managing Director of the company on 30th September. Mishra started his professional journey as an executive trainee with OIL in 1984. He played a key role in framing and implementing procurement policies and procedures for inventory management, vendor development, framework agreement and its related strategies. He acquired significant Board level exposure at corporate office at the time of launch of OIL’s IPO in 2009 and developing the Strategic Plan 2020.
Answer: 4) D
On the eve of Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary, India’s largest charkha or spinning wheel, made of used plastic waste was inaugurated in Uttar Pradesh’s Noida. It was inaugurated by Union Minister Smriti Irani, Gautam Buddh Nagar MP Mahesh Sharma, Noida MLA Pankaj Singh and Noida Authority CEO Ritu Maheshwari. The 1,650-kg spinning wheel has been installed in Sector 94 near the Mahamaya flyover. According to officials, the charkha, which symbolises Mahatma Gandhi’s dream of Swadeshi (self-sufficing and self-reliance), measures 14 ft by 20 ft by 8 ft and is made of 1,250 kg of used plastic. The charkha has been recognised as the largest made of used plastic waste in the country by India Book of Records.
Answer: 5) A
With an aim to make the governance people-centric, Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik has formally launched the Mo Sarkar programme, a first of its kind initiative in the country. The objective of the programme is to provide service to people, coming to government offices, with dignity. All the departments dealing with the delivery of public services will implement the Mo Sarkar programme by March 5, 2020. As part of the initiative, the government will collect feedback on the behaviour and professionalism of government officers. The employees will be ranked as good and bad based on the feedback received from the people.
Answer: 6) B
India’s Avinash Sable has qualified for Tokyo Olympics in men’s 3,000-metre steeplechase event by shattering his own national record at the World Championships in Doha. Avinash clocked 8 minutes 21.37 seconds to breach the Olympics qualifying standard of 8 minutes 22 seconds. He also bettered his own national record of 8 minute and 25.23 seconds. The 25-year-old Avinash is from Mandwa in Maharashtra.
Answer: 7) C
Jadeja became the second Indian bowler to take the fastest 200 wickets in Test cricket. Jadeja achieved the feat when he dismissed centurion Dean Elgar (160) during South Africa’s first innings on the third day, in reply to India’s 502 for 7 declared. R Ashwin is the fastest Indian bowler to take 200 wickets in Tests cricket. He took 200 wickets in 37 Tests. Whereas, Jadeja took 44 Tests to reach the milestone. Former India spinners Harbhajan Singh and Anil Kumble needed 46 and 47 matches respectively to reach the milestone.
Answer: 8) D
The Goa Maritime Conclave (GMC)-2019 was inaugurated by the National Security Advisor, Shri Ajit Kumar Doval, at Goa on 4th October 2019. The Conclave was conducted by Naval War College. The 31stedition of the Naval War College Journal was also released by the NSA on the occasion. The theme for the conclave is “Common Maritime Priorities in IOR and need for Regional Maritime Strategy”.
The sub-theme for the first session was “Opportunities and Challenges in IOR”.
Answer: 9) B
The 20th National Health Informatics conference will be held in Kochi on February 7 and 8 next year. The conference will be jointly organised by the Health Informatics and Information Management Association (HIIMA), Kerala, and the Health Records Association of India (HERAI).
The theme of the conference – Medrecon 2020 – is ‘Value of Data in Health Care Ecosystem’.
Answer: 10) C
A process to produce a cocktail of enzymes that enhances the production of biofuels from agricultural waste developed by scientists in a New Delhi lab has received a patent from the US Patent and Trademark Office. This technology is discovered by Syed Shams Yazdani, a microbial engineering researcher at the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB) in New Delhi. This is likely to provide a better alternative for making commercial cellulase enzyme that can produce ethanol for second-generation (G2) biofuel. The work is significant because it can produce higher quantities of 2G ethanol from agricultural waste materials including rice and wheat straws, whose burning deteriorates the air quality in the national capital and other parts of Northern India. Estimates show that India produces around 500 million tonnes of agricultural waste annually.
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