1.Who has been appointed as new chairman of IOC?
A. Srikanth Madhav Vaidya
B. Formless head
C. Ravinder Bhakar
D. Sanjay Dwivedi
2.Who won the podium place in the first virtual race Across America?
B. Bharat Pannu
C. Deepa Malik
3.By the end of March 2020, India’s external debt stood at how many billion US dollars?
A. 5 billion
B. 5 billion
C. 5 billion
D. 5 billion
4.Who has been appointed as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Central Board of Films Certification (CBFC)?
A. Nirakar prdhan
B. Sanjay Dwivedi
C. Indra Mani Pandey
D. Ravinder Bhakar
5.Which two countries have conducted Naval Exercise ‘PASSEX’ to promote mutual understanding and for tactical and communications training?
A. India and Japan
B. India and Australasia
C. India and America
D. India and South Korea
6. Saroj Khan who passed away recently was a veteran _____.
D. Film director and producer
7.Where is India’s first plasma bank started?
8.Consider the following statements related to Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana:
1.Prime Minister has announced the extension of Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana till the end of November 2020.
2.The Scheme was announced for three months and ended on June 29.
Which of the above statement/statements are correct?
A. 1 only
B. 2 only
C. Both 1 and 2
D. Neither 1 nor 2
9.Consider the following statements:
1.Bharat Biotech International Ltd and Zydus Cadila have got an approval from the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) for human clinical trials for their indigenously developed vaccine candidates against Sars-Cov-2, the virus which causes the coronavirus disease.
2.This vaccine is isolated from the corona virus strain through the BSL-3 (Bio-Safety Level 2) High Containment Facility of the India Biotech Company located in Hyderabad Genome Valley.
3.Bharat Biotech is also committed to developing vaccines for polio, rabies, rotavirus, Japanese encephalitis, chikungunya and zika diseases through its Cell Culture Platform technology.
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
10.Consider the following statements:
1.India signs agreement with Bhutan for 600 MW hydroelectric project.
2.The joint venture partners of the project are India’s Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam Limited (SJVNL) and Bhutan’s Druk Green Power Corporation Limited (DGPC).
Shrikant Madhav Vaidya assumes charge as the chairman of Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) succeeding Sanjiv Singh whose term ended on June 30. Prior to this, he was serving as the Director (Refineries) on the IOC Board, since October 2019. He will also serve as the Chairman of Chennai Petroleum Corporation. He has 34 years of experience in refining and petrochemicals operations along with decade-long association with India’s largest cracker plant.
IOC Headquarters: New Delhi.
Col. Bharat Pannu secures podium place in Virtual Race Across America
The serving Indian Army Officer Lt. Col. Bharat Pannu created history on 28 June 2020 after successfully securing the podium place at the first edition of the Virtual Race Across America (VRAAM) 2020.
The external debt stock at end-March 2020 is released showing an increase of US$ 15.4 billion from its level at end-March 2019. It stood at US$ 558.5 billion. Valuation gains due to US dollar appreciation were placed at US$ 16.6 billion excluding which the external debt increase to US$ 32.0 billion. Largest component of debt: Commercial borrowings(39.4%), followed by NR deposits (23.4%) and short-term trade credit (18.2%). Largest India’s external debt is in US dollar.
Ravinder Bhakar (1999 batch Indian Railway Stores Service (IRSS) officer) has taken charges as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Central Board of Films Certification (CBFC).He succeeded Anurag Srivastava. Prior to this, he was serving as the Secretary & Chief Public Relations Officer of Western Railways. CBFC is a statutory film-certification body in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting of the Government of India. Chairperson of CBFC: Prasoon Joshi.
India and Japan conducted naval exercise titled ‘PASSEX’ (passing exercise), towards the Malacca Strait in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR). Rajput-class destroyer INS Rana and Kora-class missile corvette INS Kulish of India JS Shimayuki and JS Kashima of Japan participated in the exercise. It was 15th PASSEX exercise undertaken by the navies of the two nations in the last 3 years. PASSEX exercise is conducted for the goodwill training and understanding
Japan PM: Shinzo Abe.
Renowned Bollywood choreographer Saroj Khan (71 years) passes away in Mumbai due to cardiac arrest. She became background dancer in 1950s films like Bimal Roy’s Madhumati and later became an assistant choreographer. Her 1st independent choreography was in Geeta Mera Naam. She got famous with the song Hawa Hawai. She choreographed nearly 2000 songs from movies Tezaab, Veer-Zaara, Lagaan, Tanu Weds Manu Returns, Manikarnika. She bagged 3 National Awards and filmfare awards
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal inaugurates the Plasma Bank for the treatment of Covid-19 patients. The facility has been set up at Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences, New Delhi. Plasma Bank will remove the hurdles faced by the patients to get the Plasma therapy. He appealed to the people to come forward in large numbers to donate the Plasma. The interested donors can call 1031 and can whatsapp at 8800007722 to donate the plasma. Only those people can donate the plasma, who was earlier infected with the corona virus and now recovered.
Recently Prime Minister has announced the extension of Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana till the end of November 2020.
Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana
Silent Features of the Scheme
Bharat Biotech International Ltd and Zydus Cadila have got an approval from the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) for human clinical trials for their indigenously developed vaccine candidates against Sars-Cov-2, the virus which causes the coronavirus disease. The drug regulator’s approval for Zydus’ ZyCoV-D comes days after Bharat Biotech got a similar nod for human trials for its vaccine candidate as the coronavirus infections continue to surge in the world’s fourth worst-hit country. The vaccine has been developed by Bharat Biotech Company in collaboration with the Indian Council of Medical Research- ICMR and the National Institute of Virology- NIV. Drug Controller General of India ‘and’ Ministry of Health and Family Welfare ‘have approved human clinical trials for Phase-1 and Phase-2 of this vaccine. The trial of this vaccine will be started on humans from next month ie from July. This vaccine is isolated from the corona virus strain through the BSL-3 (Bio-Safety Level 3) High Containment Facility of the India Biotech Company located in Hyderabad Genome Valley, which was later sent to the India Biotech Company where this indigenous vaccine Has been developed.
National Importance of Bharat Biotech
India and Bhutan signed concession agreement on the 600 MW Kholongchhu hydroelectric project (KHEL). The hydroelectric project will be the first-ever joint venture project to be implemented in Bhutan. The joint venture partners of the project are India’s Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam Limited (SJVNL) and Bhutan’s Druk Green Power Corporation Limited (DGPC). It will be implemented by Kholongchhu Hydro Energy limited, a joint venture company formed between Drunk Green power Corporation(DGPC) of Bhutan and Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam Limited(SJVNL) of India. The 600 MW run-of-the-river project is located on the Kholongchhu River in Trashiyangtse District in Eastern Bhutan. The underground powerhouse has four 150 MW turbines with water impounded by a concrete gravity dam of 95 meters height. Hydropower sector is the flagship area of India-Bhutan bilateral cooperation. The 720 MW Mangdechhu hydroelectric project was inaugurated by the Prime Ministers of India and Bhutan in August 2019. With this, 4 hydroelectric projects of bilateral cooperation (336 MW Chukha HEP, 60 MW Kurichhu HEP, 1020 MW Tala HEP and 720 MW Mangdechhu HEP), totaling over 2100 MW, are already operational in Bhutan.
India-Bhutan Bilateral Hydropower Projects
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