Current Affairs Quiz Set 66 Where will be India’s first underwater train launched? Kolkata New Delhi Pune Noida S-a E- India's first underwater train will soon get started in Kolkata under the Hubli river This train will bring ease to the people of Kolkata and pride to the people of India. The 16-kilometre long Kolkata Metro project will connect Salt Sector 5 with Howrah Maidan. The phase-one of the project connecting Salt Lake Sector-5 to Salt Lake Stadium will soon be operational. The tunnel is provided with four-layers of protection to shield the tunnel from the water of Hubli river. Which of the following has launched HarmonyOS? Huawei Samsung Nokia Micromax S-a E- Huawei has formally launched HarmonyOS software. It was launched after Huawei found itself on the ‘entity list’ which banned it from buying products and components (including licensing Google's Android) from U.S. companies. Harmony OS is a ‘distributed OS’ that lets developers develop their apps once, then ‘flexibly deploy them across a range of different devices.’ This is in contrast to Android and Apple's iOS, which are separate (though partially compatible) with the companies' other platforms. Which of the following states launched Mission Shakti ? Maharashtra Punjab Haryana Madhya Pradesh S-a E- Film Actor Aamir Khan launched Mission Shakti, a Maharashtra government's initiative to train athletes from tribal areas for international sports. It will help Maharashtra government to hunt for talented athletes in remote areas of Chandrapur and Gadchiroli. It aims to groom tribal student for an Olympic medal by 2024. The mission is directed towards 6 sporting disciplines namely- archery, shooting, volleyball, swimming, weightlifting and gymnastics. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a USD 200 million loan for improving road infrastructure in which of the following states? Maharashtra Haryana Punjab Madhya Pradesh S-a E- Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a USD 200 million loan for improving road infrastructure in 34 districts of Maharashtra to better connect rural areas with markets and services. Roads in rural areas would be upgraded to all-weather standards which will boost links between local residents and economic centres across the state. Maharashtra accounted for almost 15 per cent of the gross domestic product in 2016-17. However, economic development is concentrated around the urban centres of Mumbai, Pune, and Thane. Which of the following has been declared as the UN's Year of Indigenous Languages? 2021 2018 2020 2019 S-d E- 2019 is the United Nations' International Year of Indigenous Languages. The International Year of Indigenous Languages aims to promote native tongues in five key areas, including “creation of favourable conditions for knowledge-sharing and dissemination of good practices with regards to indigenous languages”. Which of the following has the highest number of 'living' indigenous languages in the world ? Papua New Guinea India China Australia S-a E- The Pacific island nation of Papua New Guinea has the highest number of 'living' indigenous languages in the world (840), while India stands fourth with 453. Living languages are the one that are spoken by people. Ethnologue, a directory of languages, lists 7,111 living languages worldwide(languages that are still being used and spoken by people). Which Indian state has topped the rankings in Breastfeeding and Infant and Young Child Feeding Practices in the country? Manipur Assam Punjab Andhra Pradesh S-a E- Manipur has topped the rankings in Breastfeeding and Infant and Young Child Feeding Practices in the country. Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan released a report on Breastfeeding in New Delhi on 8 August 2019. Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Bihar are at the bottom positions in the report card. National capital Delhi is also among the worst-performing States Which state government will roll-out of 'Mukhya Mantri Parivar Samridhi Yojna' to provide social security to families? Maharashtra Punjab Haryana Jammu & Kashmir S-c E- Haryana Government announced the roll-out of 'Mukhya Mantri Parivar Samridhi Yojna' which will provide social security to families. Under the scheme, Rs 6000 per year will be given to each eligible family. The scheme, which will be launched on August 21, will provide social security to people in the form of life insurance, accidental insurance and pensionary benefits. The eligibility for the scheme is for families having an annual income less than Rs 1,80,000 or a total landholding of fewer than two hectares. Under the scheme, each beneficiary family will be entitled to get Rs 500 per month. Which of the following signed a deal with Russia for supply of uranium for its 2400 MW Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant (RNPP)? Bangladesh India Pakistan China S-a E- Bangladesh signed a deal with Russia for supply of uranium for its 2400 MW Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant (RNPP). Under the deal Russia will supply the nuclear fuel needed for the plant during its entire life cycle. The deal was signed in Dhaka between the Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission and Russian Nuclear Fuel Supply Company (TVEL). What was India’s contribution to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) for Palestinian Refugees fund? USD 5 million USD 11 million USD 10 million USD 15 million S-a E- India contributed USD 5 million to the UN Palestine refugee agency and called for ensuring sustained fiscal support for the organisation's work. The cheque for the amount was handed over to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) for Palestinian Refugees by Representative of India (ROI) in Palestine, Sunil Kumar, at the agency's headquarters in Jerusalem. India increased its annual financial assistance to the UNRWA by four fold, from USD 1.25 million to USD 5 million, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Palestine in February 2018, the first ever visit by an Indian Premier to Ramallah. What will be the additional liquidity infusion facility provided by National Housing Board(NHB) to Housing Finance Companies (HFCs)? Rs 2,000 crore Rs 3,000 crore Rs 10,000 crore Rs 1,000 crore S-c E- To further ease the funds for the housing sector, National Housing Bank (NHB) will provide additional liquidity infusion facility of Rs 10,000 crore to Housing Finance Companies (HFCs). This will be an additional liquidity infusion for individual loans for affordable housing. The Finance Ministry launched the Liquidity Infusion Facility (LIFt) Scheme for Housing Finance. This new scheme will cater to the demand of HFCs to address the housing finance requirements in the affordable housing finance sector. Which of the following has entered into a bancassurance pact with Indian Bank to offer holistic financial planning solutions to the latter’s customers? HDFC bank ICICI bank SBI Axis Bank S-c E- SBI Life Insurance and Chennai-headquartered Indian Bank have entered into a bancassurance pact to offer holistic financial planning solutions to the latter’s customers. The partnership will see over 2,851 branches of Indian Bank spread across the country offer SBI Life’s diverse range of individual and group insurance solutions. SBI Life will work with Indian Bank to ensure sales training, product support and smooth operational processes in order to offer life insurance policies to its customers. How many states and Union Territories are there in India? 28 and 9 27 and 11 29 and 10 30 and 8 S-a E- After scrapping Article 370 & Article 35A, Union Home Minister Amit Shah announced bifurcation of Jammu & Kashmir into two Union Territories (UTs) – Ladakh and Jammu & Kashmir. Hence, Jammu & Kashmir is not a State now, but a Union Territory with Legislature; while Ladakh becomes a Union Territory without legislature. With this move, there are now 9 Union Territories and 28 States in India. The decision came after President Ram Nath Kovind issued Government Order in Jammu and Kashmir Gazette, scraping Article 370, except Clause 1 which states that J&K is a part of India. With the revocation of Article 370, Article 35A gets revoked as well. From when will be the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh come into picture? October 31, 2019 August 15, 2019 August 7, 2019 January 1, 2020 S-a E- Days after the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill, 2019 was passed by the Parliament, President Ram Nath Kovind gave his assent to the legislation. The reorganisation bill provides for the formation of the Union Territory of Ladakh without Legislature and a separate one for Jammu and Kashmir with the Legislature. The two new UTs will come into existence from October 31. The President has given assent to the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act, 2019. Who among the following was India’s High Commissioner in Pakistan? Rajiv Gaba S Jayshankar Ajay Bisaria Navtej Sarana S-c E- Ajay Bisaria is an Indian diplomat who is currently the High Commissioner of India to Pakistan. Prior to this appointment, Bisaria was earlier served as the Private Secretary to the then Prime Minister of India Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Pakistan announced that it is expelling Indian High Commissioner Ajay Bisaria and suspending bilateral trade a day after New Delhi stripped Jammu and Kashmir of special status and bifurcated the state into two Union Territories.