1.Who organized the launch of Akash-NG missile from the integrated test range of Odisha?
2.Which state government has announced to launch ‘Jail Tourism Initiative’?
3.How many satellites did SpaceX launch with one rocket?
4.In which state a new 3,300 meter long airstrip was constructed near Kuribhar on Purvanchal Expressway?
5.Which country’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte resigned?
6.Which program was launched by Election Commission of India?
7.As per the latest World Economic Outlook released by International Monetary Fund (IMF) the Indian Economy will grow by what percent in the FY 2021-22?
A.5 per cent
B.8 per cent
C.5 per cent
D.6 per cent
8.Who inaugurated the ‘Bharat Parv 2021’, a virtual national festival showcasing the country’s diverse culture, cuisines and handicrafts?
B.M Venkaiah Naidu
C.Prahlad Singh Patel
9.Renowned personality Narendra Luther passed away recently, he was a veteran ______.
10.Which Union Ministry has proposed ‘Green Tax’?
A.Ministry of Environment and Climate Change
B.Ministry of Road Transport and Highways
C.Ministry of Power
11.Consider the following statements related to Global Climate Risk Index 2021 :
Which of the above statement/statements are correct?
C.Both 1 and 2
D.Neither 1 nor 2
12.Consider the following statements related to An emerging global risk:
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:
14.Consider the following statements:
Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) has conducted the successful maiden launch of Akash-NG (New Generation) Missile from Integrated Test Range off the coast of Odisha.
Characteristic of Akash-NG
Passive Electronically Scanned Array (PESA)
In a first, the Maharashtra government is set to start ‘jail tourism’ in the state from Pune’s Yerawada prison .Making the announcement state Home Minister Anil Deshmukh said that Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar will inaugurate the initiative at Yerawada Central Jail on the Republic Day.Through this initiative, the state government aims to facilitate people to visit and see the historical prisons in the state as memories of many freedom fighters imprisoned there have been preserved.
Yerawada Central Jail
Mahatma Gandhi in Yerwada Jail
Quit India Movement
SpaceX successfully launched its ambitious rideshare mission called Transporter-1, carrying 143 small satellites, and created a new record of launching many satellites from a single rocket. With this launch, SpaceX broke the record set by ISRO in February 2017 for deploying 104 satellites onboard PSLV in a single mission.
Which satellites were launched?
Aim of the launch
Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX)
Falcon 9 rocket
Sun-synchronous orbit (SSO)
In Uttar Pradesh, a new 3,300-metre-long airstrip has been constructed near Kurebhar on Purvanchal Expressway. With this new airstrip, Uttar Pradesh has become the first state in India having two airstrips on expressways. Uttar Pradesh also has an airstrip on Lucknow-Agra Expressway.
Giuseppe Conte resigned as Italian prime minister , hoping to be granted a fresh mandate by the head of state to form a new government after a coalition rupture last week left him without a majority in the Senate.Giuseppe Coante submitted his resignation to the country’s President Sergio Mattarella, who in turn has asked Coante to serve as caretaker until a new government is formed. Significantly, differences have arisen in Italy over the expenses incurred during the Corona crisis. Because of which the Prime Minister had to do this. The Corona epidemic has severely affected Italy. More than 85 thousand people have died in the country so far from Corona.
What can happen next?
Electors will be able to download electronic versions of the Electors Photo Identity Cards (e-EPICs) as the Election Commission (EC) is set to launch the programme during its National Voters Day celebrations.
What is e-EPIC?
How will this initiative be started?
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has pegged the Indian economy to contract by 8 per cent in the current financial year 2020-21, in its latest World Economic Outlook, released on 26 January 2021. The IMF expects GDP of India to rise to 11.5 per cent in the next financial year i.e. 2021-22.
The annual festival ‘Bharat Parv’, which celebrates the spirit of India, is being organized virtually from 26 January 2021 to 31 January 2021. The Bharat Parv is being organized on the theme of ‘Self-reliant India’ and ‘Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat’.
Bharat Parva -2021
Noted historian, author, poet and retired bureaucrat Narendra Luther has passed. A 1955 batch IAS officer, Luther was closely associated with the history and culture of erstwhile Hyderabad state and its rulers. He had served in various positions before retiring as the chief secretary of the undivided Andhra Pradesh in 1991. He has penned a number of books on the history, heritage and architecture of Hyderabad.
A ‘Green tax’ will soon be imposed on older vehicles in a bid to clean up the environment by phasing out unfit and polluting vehicles. Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari has approved the proposal to levy the tax and it will now go to the states for consultation before it is formally notified.
How the vehicles will be taxed?
What is Green tax?
The Global Climate Risk Index was recently released by Germanwatch-a NGO based in Bonn, Germany. In the index, India has been ranked at seventh position among the countries that are most effected by climate change in 2019.
About the Global Climate Risk Index
Major findings of the Climate Risk Index 2021:
India and the Report
The Global Climate Risk Index (CRI)
The report, titled ‘Ageing water infrastructure: An emerging global risk’ and compiled by United Nations University’s Canadian-based Institute for Water, Environment and Health has recently released.
According to the report
Issue with decommissioning
India and Dam
Steps Taken In India for Improving Dam Management
Dam Safety Bill, 2019
Dam Rehabilitation and Improvement Project (ORIP)
DHARMA (Dam Health and Rehabilitation Monitoring) software
According to the latest FICCI’s Economic Outlook Survey, India’s GDP is expected to contract by 8% in 2020-21.
Key highlights of the survey
Industries and Services Sector
Recently, U.K.-based Cairn Energy major has assured the Indian Govt that it will move to freeze assets including bank accounts in different world capitals, only if India fails to discuss payment of amount awarded by an international tribunal award of $1.2 billion. This is in the wake of damages against India in the retrospective taxation case.
Assets under Consideration
About the Permanent Court of Arbitration
Structure of PCA
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