Current Affairs Quiz Set 73 Which of the following is the largest SO2 emission hotspot in the world ? Norilsk smelter complex in Russia Kriel in Mpumalanga province in South Africa Zagroz in Iran None of the above S-a E- According to the data provided by the NASA OMI (Ozone Monitoring Instrument) satellite, Norilsk smelter complex in Russia is the largest SO2 emission hotspot in the world, followed by Kriel in Mpumalanga province in South Africa and Zagroz in Iran. This was released by a new report of Greenpeace India. This report shows the country is the largest emitter of sulphur dioxide in the world, with more than 15% of all the anthropogenic sulphur dioxide hotspots detected by the NASA OMI (Ozone Monitoring Instrument) satellite. Almost all of these emissions in India are because of coal-burning. India railways will run UDAY train service between Coimbatore and Bangalore in the month of June 2018. What does ‘U’ stand for in UDAY? Utkrisht United Universal Universe S-a E- UDAY stands for Utkrisht Double Decker Air-Conditioned Yatri Express. It is a specially-designed air-conditioned train with chair car coaches for business travellers Which of the following has developed an indigenous Mobile Metallic Ramp (MMR)? ISRO DRDO Tata Defence Reliance Defence S-b E- Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has developed an indigenous Mobile Metallic Ramp (MMR) and handed over MMR to the Indian Army in an event held at New Delhi. This Mobile Metallic Ramp (MMR) has a load-bearing capacity of 70 metric ton (MT). It has been designed and developed by Centre for Fire, Explosive and Environment Safety (CFEES). It is based on requirements projected by the Army for reducing mobility time for mobilising armoured vehicles Who among the following will head the vigilance cell that will look into complaints of corruption and impropriety in the armed forces? Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) Defence Secretary Union Defence Minister President of India S-a E- A vigilance cell that will look into complaints of corruption and impropriety will be directly under the Chief of the Army Staff (COAS). An independent vigilance cell will be made functional under the COAS. As per the proposal, additional director general (ADG), Vigilance, will be placed directly under the COAS for this purpose, who will be a major general rank officer. It will have three colonel-level officers -- one each from the Army, Air Force and Navy -- to have tri-service representation. Presently, the vigilance function for the COAS is through multiple agencies and there is no single point interface. Which of the following has contracted its Boeing 747 ‘Supertanker’ to help put out the Amazon rainforest fire? Bolivia Brazil Peru Saudi Arabia S-a E- Bolivia has contracted world's largest air tanker-Boeing 747 ‘Supertanker’ to help put out the Amazon rainforest fire. The announcement was made by Bolivia’s President Evo Morales. It has the capacity to carry more water than any other aircraft in the world. Who among the following is the Union Sports Minister? Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore S Jayshankar Kirren Raju Amit Shah S-c What will be the charges of e-visa during the lean season? USD 20 USD 30 USD 10 USD 20 S-c E- India will introduce a flexible e-tourist visa regime for more than 160 countries based on tourist footfall. Tourists from all countries to which India has extended e-visa facility will pay USD 10 for 30-day e-visa during lean season and will have to pay USD 25 during peak period. There will be no visa fee for tourists from belonging to Forum for India-Pacific Islands Cooperation (FIPIC), which consists of 14 Pacific Island nations. The book Diary of Manu Gandhi is written in which of the following languages originally? Gujarati Hindi Punjabi Tamil S-a E- The Diary of Manu Gandhi originally in Gujarati edited and translated by Dr Tridip Suhrud, a well known scholar engaged in understanding the Gandhian Intellectual tradition. The first volume covers the period 1943-1944. Manu Gandhi (Mridula) a grand niece of Mahatma Gandhi , daughter of his Nephew Jaisukhlal Amritlal Gandhi, and stayed with Gandhiji . She was an aide to Kasturba Gandhi during her imprisonment in the Aga Khan Palace in 1943. Who among the following is the first woman to fly a Hawk jet? Mohana Singh Bhawana Sharma Avani Chaturwedi Bhawana Kanth S-a E- Flight Lieutenant Mohana Singh has become the first woman fighter pilot to fly by day a Hawk advanced jet aircraft. She achieved the feat at the Kalaikunda Air Force Station in West Bengal. She has a total of over 500 hours of incident-free flying, of which 380 hours are on the Hawk Mk 132 jet. Who among the following has been arrested by ED and CBI in the INX media case? Sonia Gandhi Rahul Gandhi P Chidambaram Shashi Tharoor S-c E- The senior Congress leader P Chidambaram was sent to CBI custody by a special anti-corruption court in Delhi on August 22, 2019. Prior to this, the former Union Minister and senior Congress leader was questioned by the CBI for almost four hours in relation to the INX Media corruption case. The CBI officials questioned P Chidambaram on the process of granting the clearances and his alleged meetings with INX Media Director Indrani Mukherjea and companies Chess Management and Advantage Strategic. Following the special court's order, the CBI is likely to continue his questioning for the next five days. Chidambaram is being held at the CBI Headquarters.. Who among the following is known as the father of Indian Space Program? JL Nehru Vikram Sarabhai K Sivan K Vijay Raghvan S-b E- Vikram Sarabhai is also known as the father of Indian space programme as he established the Indian National Committee for Space Research which was later renamed as ISRO. Vikram Sarabhai was born on August 12, 1919, in Ahmadabad. Google paid its tribute to the founder of ISRO Vikram Sarabhai by a Google Doodle. Google is celebrating the 100th birth anniversary of award-winning Indian physicist, industrialist, and innovator Vikram Sarabhai. Sarabhai’s Google Doodle has been illustrated by Mumbai-based guest artist Pavan Rajurkar. What does SMA in the banking sector stand for? Special Mention Account Social Mention Account Special Mathematical Accounting Social Mathematics Accountancy S-a E- SMA stands for Special Mention Account. These are those assets/accounts that shows symptoms of bad asset quality in the first 90 days itself. On how many parameters is the SARAL index based? Three Four Five Ten S-c E- The Union Minister of State for Power and New & Renewable Energy (IC) and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, RK Singh launched the State Rooftop Solar Attractiveness Index-SARAL. SARAL has been designed collaboratively by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation (SSEF), Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) and Ernst & Young (EY). SARAL currently captures five key aspects - i. robustness of policy framework, ii. implementation environment, iii. investment climate, iv. consumer experience and v. business ecosystem. Which country has unveiled domestically-made Bavar-373 missile defense system? Pakistan Turkey Iraq Iran S-d E- Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani attended an unveiling ceremony for the mobile Bavar-373 system, which Iranian media have described as a competitor to the Russian S-300 missile system. The system's unveiling came on Iran's National Defense Industry Day. Iran has developed a large domestic arms industry in the face of international sanctions and embargoes that have barred it from importing many weapons. This comes at a time of rising tension with the United States. Iran shot down a U.S. military surveillance drone in the Gulf with a surface-to-air missile in June. It says the drone was over its territory, but the United States says it was in international airspace. According to Niti Aayog’s Composite Water Management Index (CWMI), what will the loss of India’s GDP by 2050 because of a water crisis? 1 % 2 % 6 % 4 % S-c E- India will lose 6% of gross domestic product (GDP) by 2050 because of a water crisis, setting off alarm bells on an impending water scarcity scenario. The annual per capita availability of water is expected to reduce to 1,140 cubic metres by 2050, close to the official water scarcity threshold of 1,000 cubic metres.