1. Echigo is a coast guard ship of which country?
2. What is the height of the Statue of Unity (bronze statue)?
A. 180 m
B. 182 m
C. 200 m
D. 112 m
3. Who is appointed as the director general of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF)?
A. V.k. Johri
B. Rajesh Ranjan
C. A.P. Maheshwari
D. Rajendr Singh
4. Who among the following has been appointed as the Surveyor General of India in Survey of India for a period of one year?
A. Dr. Buddha Rashmi Mani
B. Vivek Joshi
C. Rajendra Singh
D. Lieutenant General Girish Kumar
5. Researchers have developed the world’s first ‘living robot’. What is the name of this living robot?
6. According to the draft National Policy-2020 on Rare Diseases, the Central Government has proposed to fund one-time treatment cost to the tune of what amount under the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana ?
A. Rs. 10 lakhs
B. Rs. 15 lakhs
C. Rs 20 lakhs
D. Rs 25 lakh
7. How much did the World Bank report Sri Lanka’s economic growth for 2020?
8. Who is the first Indian women officer to lead an all-men contingent during the Army Day parade ?
A. Captain Swati Pandey
B. Captain Kritika Gosain
C. Captain Sanjana Chaudhary
D. Captain Tanya Shergill
9. Where was the first ever Food Processing Summit held?
B. Jammu Kashmir
C. Andaman Nicobar
D. None of these
10. Which country’s Prime Minister recently resigned?
11. Consider the following statements:
1. ISRO’s communication satellite GSAT-30 to launch on Jan 17.
2. The satellite has a mission life of up to 18 years and weighs approximately 3357 kg.
Which of the above statement/statements are correct?
A. 1 only
B. 2 only
C. Both 1 and 2
D. Neither 1 nor 2
12. Consider the following statements related to Raisina Dialogue:
1. Raisina Dialogue to begin in New Delhi.
2. The three-day conference will see the participation of 10 Foreign Ministers, including from Russia, Iran, Australia, Maldives, South Africa, Denmark, Uzbekistan and the EU.
3. The conference is named after, “Raisina Hills”, which is the seat of Government of India and Rashtrapati Bhavan.
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
13. Consider the following statements:
1. Marathi Sahitya Sammelan recently demanded that Marathi be given the status of a ‘classical language’.
2. Currently, six languages enjoy the ‘Classical’ status: Tamil (declared in 2004), Sanskrit (2005), Kannada (2008), Telugu (2008), Malayalam (2013), and Odia (2014).
14. Consider the following statements related to Rare diseases:
1. Rare diseases listed! Union Health Ministry enumerates 450 ailments in new policy.
2. A rare disease is a health condition of low prevalence that affects a small number of people compared with other prevalent diseases in the general population.
3. In India, Haemophilia, Thalassemia, Sickle cell anaemia and Primary Immuno Deficiency in children, auto-immune diseases, Lysosomal storage disorders such as Pompe disease and Gaucher’s disease are in the rare diseases list.
15. Consider the following statements:
1. The Galapagos National Park called off the Giant Tortoise Restoration Initiative (GTRI), a captive breeding programme of the National Park .
2. Diego joined the breeding programme in 1976.
3. It is distributed to seven of the Galápagos Islands, part of Ecuador, located about 2,000 km west of the Ecuadorian mainland.
Answer: 1) A
The Japan Coast Guard Ship ‘Echigo’ has arrived in Chennai on a five-day goodwill visit. It will be participating in the Annual Joint Exercise ‘Sahyog-Kaijin’ with the Indian Coast Guard off Chennai. This is the 19th such exercise being conducted between the two Coast Guards since 2000.Four Indian Coast Guard ships, their aircraft and a vessel from the Chennai-based National Institute of Ocean Technology – NIOT are participating in the exercise along with the Japanese vessel.
Answer: 2) B
The Statue of Unity is the statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the first Home Minister of independent India. The 182-meter tall statue is the world’s tallest statue that was inaugurated by PM Modi on the 143rd birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel in October 2018.The statue was inaugurated on the 143rd birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel in 2018.
Answer: 3) C
Senior IPS officer AP Maheshwari has been appointed as the director-general of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF). Maheshwari, a 1984 batch IPS officer of the Uttar Pradesh cadre, has been appointed to the post up to February 28, 2021. He took the charge from Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) DG Surjeet Singh Deswal who was given an additional charge as the head of CRPF after the retirement of DG Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar on December 31, 2019.
Central Reserve Police Force
Answer: 4) D
The government of India has appointed Lt General Girish Kumar as the Surveyor General of India in Survey of India on contract basis for a period of one year. Appointment Committee of the Cabinet approved the proposal from re-appointment of Kumar on the post for one year with effect from January 1, 2020.
It further mentioned that “necessary communication in this regard has been sent to the Department of Science and Technology.”Earlier, Kumar was appointed as Surveyor General of India on September 30, 2017, under the Survey of India, the national survey and mapping organization of the country.
Answer: 5) A
Scientists have created what they claim are the first ”living robots“: entirely new life-forms created out of living cells. A team of researchers have taken cells from frog embryos and turned them into a machine that can be programmed to work as they wish. It is the first time that humanity has been able to create “completely biological machines from the ground up”, the team behind the discovery write in a new paper. That could allow them to dispatch the tiny “xenobots” to transport medicine around a patient’s body or clean up pollution from the oceans, for instance. They can also heal themselves if they are damaged, the scientists say.“These are novel living machines,” says Joshua Bongard, the University of Vermont expert who co-led the new research. “They’re neither a traditional robot nor a known species of animal. It’s a new class of artifact: a living, programmable organism.”
Answer: 6) B
The government will provide a financial support of up to Rs 15 lakh under its Rashtriya Arogaya Nidhi scheme for one-time treatment of rare diseases, according to the much awaited draft Rare Diseases Policy. Under the draft National Policy for Rare Diseases released beneficiaries would not be limited to Below Poverty Line families, but will also cover 40 per cent of the population eligible as per norms of the Ayushman Bharat-Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana for their treatment in government tertiary hospitals only. The Union Health Ministry intends to notify certain medical institutes as Centers of Excellence for Rare Diseases.
Answer: 7) C
The World Bank has forecast Sri Lanka’s economic growth at 3.3% for 2020 saying the growth is likely to remain below four per cent in the next three years. The bank said, in its latest report of World Bank’s January 2020 Global Economic Prospects, that for 2021 and 2022, it maintains the same forecast of 3.7 percent of economic growth in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka’s new government headed by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said recently that one of its targets include achieving a 6.5 per cent economic growth per annum from 2020 and a GDP growth of 6,500 U.S. dollars per capita. Sri Lanka’s growth had dipped below 3 per cent last year which was attributed to Easter attacks and policy uncertainty during the previous government. Previously, The World Bank (WB) has lowered India’s GDP growth to five per cent for the fiscal year 2020-21 from its earlier estimated six per cent.
Answer: 8) D
Captain Tanya Shergill led the all-men contingent during the Army Day parade held on the occasion of 72nd Indian Army Day in Delhi. Captain Shergill is an electronics and communications graduate.
Answer: 9) A
Union Territory Ladakh is hosting the first ever Food Processing Summit to attract investors to the region. With the help of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry and the Ministry of Food Processing Industries, the UT Administration of Ladakh is organizing the Summit. Ladakh region has vast scope for investment in food Processing Industries in horticulture products like Apricot, SeabuckThorn, Apple and agricultural produce like buckwheat and barley. Over a hundred entrepreneurs from Leh and Kargil are participating in the Summit. The event is aimed at encouraging the entrepreneurs to begin a StartUp to tap the potential in the Food Processing Industries in Ladakh.
Answer: 10) B
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has resigned. The Medvedev submitted his resignation to President Vladimir Putin. The surprise announcement came after Putin proposed constitutional amendments that would strengthen the powers of the prime minister and parliament at the expense of the presidency. Mr. Putin will name Mr. Medvedev as deputy of the presidential Security Council. Russian President asked Medvedev’s Cabinet to keep working until the new Cabinet is formed.
Answer: 11) A
GSAT-30: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will launch ‘GSAT-30’ from French Guiana on January 17, 2020. The launch of the communication satellite will be ISRO’s first satellite launch of the year 2020. GSAT-30 communication satellite will be launched aboard Ariane 5 launch vehicle (VA 251) from French Guiana at 2:35 am IST on January 17. The satellite with an approximate weight of 3357 kg will have a mission life of more than 15 years. GSAT 30 will serve as a replacement to INSAT-4A spacecraft services with enhanced coverage. The satellite will be launched along with the European Space Company’s telecommunication satellite- Eutelsat Konnect.
GSAT 30: All you need to know
Answer: 12) B
India’s flagship global conference on geopolitics and geo-economics, Raisina Dialogue got underway in New Delhi. The theme this year is ‘Navigating the alpha century’. The conference is named after, “Raisina Hills”, which is the seat of Government of India and Rashtrapati Bhavan. The dialogue was designed on the lines of Shangri-La dialogue.
About Raisina Dialogue
Answer: 13) C
The Akhil Bharatiya Marathi Sahitya Sammelan recently demanded that Marathi be given the status of a ‘classical language’.
About ‘Classical’ languages in India,
Benefits provided once a language is notified as a Classical language
Answer: 14) D
The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare have published a national policy for treatment of rare diseases, listing 450 diseases as rare but not providing a detailed roadmap on treatment.
About the Policy:
The latest policy creates three categories of rare diseases
The policy states that the Centre will provide assistance of Rs 15 lakh to patients suffering from rare diseases that require one-time curative treatment under the Rashtriya Arogya Nidhi scheme. The treatment is limited to beneficiaries of Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana. Some diseases in this category are osteopetrosis, immune deficiency disorders and Lysosomal Storage Disorders.
About the Rare Diseases
The various committees appointed by the government to make recommendations for framing a policy on rare diseases.
Rashtriya Arogya Nidhi scheme
Answer: 15) A
The Galapagos National Park called off the Giant Tortoise Restoration Initiative (GTRI), a captive breeding programme of the National Park as the tortoise population has gone up from 15 to 2,000.
About Galápagos Tortoise
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