1. President of India Ram Nath Kovind has inaugurated Mobile Application of the Red Cross Society at which city of India?
D. New Delhi
2. The first Janta Clinic inaugurated in which city of Rajasthan?
3. YS Jagan Mohan Reddy launched the ‘YSR Nethanna Nestham’ scheme for __________.
B. Iron man
C. Handloom Weavers Farmers
D. Manual worker
4. India successfully test-fired its Quick Reaction Surface to Air Missile (QRSAM) system from a base off _____________.
B. Andaman Nicobar
C. Chagos Island
5. Where was the Exercise ‘Swachchh Samundra NW-2019’ conducted?
A. Gulf of Kutch
B. Gulf of Trombay
C. Bay of Bengal
D. Near Malacca Strait
6. What is Chillai-Kalan?
A. A Buddhist Festival at Leh Math
B. 40-day harsh winter period in Kashmir
C. Folk dance of Tamil Nadu
D. Local dialect of Manipur
7. Who will host the African Football Super Cup by 2022?
D. None of these
8. At which station ‘Oxygen Parlour ‘ was opened to deal with air pollution?
A. Varanasi Railway Station
B. Kanpur Railway Station
C. Madras Railway Station
D. Nashik Railway Station
9. Out of the total outlay of Rs. 6000 crore for Atal Bhujal Yojana, which institution will provide 50 percent loan ?
A. World Bank
B. Asian Development Bank
C. International Monetary Fund
D. World Economic Forum
10. Good Governance Day is being observed on ______.
A. 26 December
B. 25 December
C. 24 December
D. 23 December
11. Consider the following statements:
1. PM Modi lays foundation stone for Atal Bihari Vajpayee Medical University.
2. Atal Bihari Vajpayee Medical University will be constructed on 50 acres of land.
3. Atal Bihari Vajpayee was born on 25 December 1925 in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
A. 1 and 2 are correct
B. 1 and 3 are correct
C. 2 and 3 are correct
D. All of the above
12. Consider the following statements related to Universal Postal Union:
1. Cabinet approves ratification of Tenth additional protocol to constitution .
2. Universal Postal Union is established by the Treaty of Bern of 1864 which is a specialized agency of the United Nations (UN) that coordinates postal policies among member nations, in addition to the worldwide postal system.
3. Its headquarters are located in Bern, Switzerland.
13. Consider the following statements:
1. Prime Minister released the Operational Guidelines of Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM).
2. The Mission will converge with other Central and State Government Schemes to achieve its objectives of sustainable water supply management across the country.
Which of the above statement/statements are correct?
A. 1 only
B. 2 only
C. Both 1 and 2
D. Neither 1 nor 2
14. Consider the following statements related Microdots Technology:
1. To enhance security, microdots identifiers to be fixed on vehicles .
2. Microdots are text or images reduced to a very small size, about 1 mm in diameter, to prevent detection by unintended recipients.
3. These dots are normally circular but can be made into different shapes and sizes and made from various materials such as polyester or metal.
15. Consider the following statements.
1. Chillai-Kalan’ begins in Kashmir.
2. A 20-day long Chillai-Khurd (small cold) starts from January 31 to February 17.
Answer: 1) A
President Ram Nath Kovind has released the mobile app of the Red Cross Society of India in Hyderabad. He inaugurated the mobile app formally at a dinner hosted by Telangana governor Tamilisai Sounderarajan at Rajbhavan in his honour. Developed by the Telangana Centre for Good Governance in less than three months, the mobile app is accessible in all languages. So far, 13 lakh members including junior red cross members downloaded the app.
Answer: 2) B
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot inaugurated the first Janta Clinic in the Malviya Nagar area of Jaipur to provide free primary health care to people living in slums. In its first phase, 12 Janta Clinics will be opened in Jaipur where people would get free medicines and free medical examinations in some cases. Later, in the second and third phases of this scheme, Janta Clinics will be opened in other areas.
Answer: 3) C
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister, YS Jagan Mohan Reddy launched the ‘YSR Nethanna Nestham’ scheme for handloom weavers. This scheme as per his promise made to the handloom weavers during his 3,648 km Praja Sankalpa Yatra. The scheme will benefit 85,000 handloom weaver families in the State. “Under the scheme, Rs 24,000 will be credited directly into the bank accounts of the weavers having own looms every year. The amount will not be adjusted to the old dues of the beneficiary to the bank. Under the scheme, every beneficiary will receive a total aid of Rs 1.2 lakh in the next five years and will greatly benefit the weavers to overcome their financial problems.
Answer: 4) D
India successfully test-fired its Quick Reaction Surface to Air Missile (QRSAM) system from a base off Odisha coast. The missile system developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is likely to be inducted into the armed forces by 2021.The QRSAM weapon system, which operates on the move, comprises a fully automated command and control, active array battery surveillance radar, active array battery multifunction radar and launcher. With this mission, the developmental trials of the weapon system have been successfully completed and it is expected to be ready for induction by 2021.
Answer: 5) A
The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) conducted a two-day regional level pollution response exercise named ‘Swachchh Samundra NW-2019’ at sea off Vadinar in Gulf of Kutch. The exercise was conducted to validate and reinforce the response mechanism for oil pollution incidents and enable the Indian Coast Guard to fine-tune the actions required in such eventualities. The exercise was conducted in two phases. During phase one a tabletop exercise simulating oil spill from a tanker was conducted. While a real-time demonstration of the oil spill scenario was conducted during the second phase of the exercise. The Gulf of Kutch (GoK) region handles 70 percent of the oil imported by India and 11 Single point Moorings (SPMs) out of a total of 27 SPMs i.e. 42 percent in the country are located in this area. Thus, the exercise was planned to evaluate the preparedness for Pollution Response Operations for any such incident in this highly ecologically sensitive area.
Answer: 6) B
The 40-day harshest winter period in Kashmir (known as ‘Chillai-Kalan’) has begun with the upper reaches of the valley receiving snowfall. These 40 days are when the chances of snowfall are the highest and the maximum temperature drops considerably. The night temperature across Kashmir Valley improved by several degrees last night due to the cloudy sky. Srinagar recorded a minimum temperature at 1.2 degrees Celsius with day temperature settling at 9.6 degrees Celsius. The Srinagar-Leh highway and Mughal Road continue to remain closed for vehicular traffic.
Answer: 7) C
Qatar Football Association signed an agreement with the Confederation of African Football (CAF) stipulating that Doha will host the African Super Cup for the next three years. The African Super Cup in Doha with the next edition will be held on February 14, 2020.At the beginning of this year, Qatar hosted the African Super Cup for the first time when the Moroccan “Confederation” champion of the Confederation succeeded in beating the Tunisian “champions” Esperance 2-1.
Answer: 8) D
In a unique initiative to battle rising air pollution in cities, an ‘Oxygen Parlour’ has been opened at Nashik railway station to provide an experience of breathing clean air to the commuters. The initiative comes with the efforts of the Airo Guard in collaboration with the Indian Railways. The concept of Oxygen Parlour is based on the recommendation of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). In 1989, NASA had conducted a study in which they identified some plants that better absorb the five most harmful pollutants from the air. In the same line here most of those plants are planted.
Answer: 9) A
On the Birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has launched Atal Bhujal Yojana (ATAL JAL) in an event held in New Delhi. ATAL JAL scheme has been designed with the principal objective of strengthening the institutional framework for participatory groundwater management and bringing about behavioural changes at the community level for sustainable groundwater resource management in seven States (Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh). Out of the total outlay of Rs. 6000 crores to be implemented over a period of 5 years (2020-21 to 2024-25), 50% shall be in the form of World Bank loan and be repaid by the Central Government. ATAL JAL will promote panchayat led groundwater management and behavioural change with a primary focus on demand-side management. Implementation of the scheme is expected to benefit nearly 8350 Gram Panchayats in 78 districts in these States. The remaining 50% shall be through Central Assistance from regular budgetary support.
Answer: 10) B
Good Governance Day is being observed in India annually on 25th December to mark the birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Good Governance Day was established in 2014 to honour former Prime Minister Vajpayee by fostering awareness among the Indian people of accountability in government. On occasion of Good Governance Day, Dr. Jitendra Singh (Minister of State for Public Grievances and Pensions) has launched Good Governance Index in New Delhi. In the ‘Big States category’ Tamil Nadu topped in the Good Governance Index. In the ‘North-East and Hill States’ category, Himachal Pradesh topped the index, followed by Uttarakhand, Tripura, Mizoram and Sikkim. The worst performers in this group are Jammu and Kashmir, Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland, with Arunachal Pradesh finishing last in the group. Lakshadweep is the worst performing UT (Union Territories).
Atal Bihari Vajpayee
Answer: 11) A
Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi unveiled a plaque to mark the laying of foundation stone of Atal Bihari Vajpayee Medical University in Lucknow. Governor of Uttar Pradesh Smt Anandiben Patel, Chief Minister Shri Yogi Adityanath, Deputy Chief Ministers, and other dignitaries were also present on the occasion. Atal Bihari Vajpayee Medical University will be constructed on 50 acres of land. Along with this, he also unveiled the statue of the late former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. This university will carry forward every degree related to medical, dental, paramedical, counseling and medicine. This will further improve the quality of medical studies in UP.
Good Governance Day
Answer: 12) B
The Union Cabinet gave its approval to the ratification of the Tenth Additional Protocol to the Constitution of the Universal Postal Union (UPU) adopted by 2nd Extraordinary Congress of the Union held at Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in 2018.
Universal Postal Union
The UPU contains four bodies consisting of the
Benefits of India’s ratification
Answer: 13) C
The Prime Minister released the Operational Guidelines of Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM).The Operational Guidelines will help various functionaries involved in the implementation of Jal Jeevan Mission.
Jal Jeevan Mission
For the implementation of JJM, following institutional arrangement has been proposed:
Answer: 14) D
The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has notified automotive industry standards in respect of Microdot identifiers affixed on the motor vehicles and their parts, components, assemblies, sub-assemblies.
It has been done through the amendment in the Central Motor vehicles Rules 1989.
Answer: 15) A
Chillai-Kalan, a 40-day long period of extreme cold in Kashmir, began on December 21 and will continue till January 31 followed by Chillai-Khurd and Chillai-Bachha. A 20-day long Chillai-Khurd (small cold) starts from January 31 to February 19. Chillai-Bachha (baby cold) is 10-day long occurs between February 20 and March 2. As per India Meteorological Department, the period mostly remains wet as the upper part of the Valley received heavy snowfall and the maximum temperature drops considerably. During this period, water bodies like lakes, river and stream get frozen with a thick layer of sheets.
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