Current Affairs Quiz Set 91 Till when will be the Persons of India Origin cards continue to be valid as travel documents? 19 March 2020 1 March 2020 1 January 2020 31 March 2020 S: c E: Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) cards along with valid foreign passport will be considered for exit/entry into India till 31st of March 2020. Bureau of Immigration (BoI) will now accept PIO cards as valid travel document till 31st of March next year along with valid foreign passport and the Indian Immigration Check Post(s) will continue to consider all PIO cards valid for exit/entry into India till 31st of March next year. In which of the following states have the scientists excavated a buried river? Uttar Pradesh Andhra Pradesh Tamil Nadu Punjab S: a E: The Jal Shakti Ministry has excavated an old, dried-up river in Prayagraj (formerly Allahabad) that linked the Ganga and Yamuna rivers. The “ancient buried river” is around 4 km wide, 45 km long, consisted of a 15metre-thick layer buried under soil. It joins the Yamuna River at Durgapur village, about 26 km south of the current Ganga-Yamuna confluence at Prayagraj. It can be developed as a potential groundwater recharge source A channel that is no longer part of an active river system and has ceased to be a conduit of water is commonly referred to as a palaeochannel. Which of the following states launched a a special campaign to prevent line loss and power thefts? Delhi Telangana Andhra Pradesh Uttrakhand S: d E: ‘Urjagiri’, a special campaign to prevent line loss and power thefts in Uttarakhand got started on the 150th birth anniversary for father of nation Mahatma Gandhi. Initiating the campaign at his residence, the Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat said that the efforts for preventing power thefts should be intensified. The distribution losses have been curtailed to 14.32 percent from 29.52 at the time of creation of the state. Rawat said that these losses should now be brought down to 13 percent. Which of the following is India’s oldest chimpanzee that died recently? Rita Rina Binny Bonny S: a E: India's oldest chimpanzee Rita, who had not been keeping well for over two months, died at the Delhi Zoo. The 59-year-old chimpanzee was not eating properly since July 27, and was put on a liquid diet. On average, a chimpanzee has a lifespan of around 50 years. Following the chimpanzee's death, the Delhi zoo has cancelled the inaugural function of Wildlife Week. Born on December 12, 1960, in Amsterdam Zoo and acquired by the Delhi zoo in 1990, Rita was the oldest chimp in India and probably the "oldest in Asia", according to the Limca Book of Records. Which of the following states launched the Mo-Sarkar initiative? New Delhi Tamil Nadu Odisha Andhra Pradesh S: c E- In a bid to make governance more people-centric, the Odisha government has launched an initiative in which ministers would dial common citizens to seek feedback on the kind of response they get during recent visits to police stations and district headquarter hospitals (DHH). The 'Mo Sarkar' or 'My Government' programme was launched by Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patniak. Mo Sarkar is an initiative under the 5T model of governance to herald a transformation in government offices. The Mo Sarkar programme will apply to at least 620 police stations and 21 district headquarter hospitals and a few more medical colleges. The services under the Mo Sarkar initiative will be extended to more district headquarter hospitals by the end of the month. Under the Mo Sarkar initiative, a citizen will not chase police to register a complain rather, Police officials will follow up with the complainant as to how he was treated at the police station and how his complaint was dealt with. This means that the state government will collect feedback on the behaviour and professionalism of government officers. In which of the following states inter-operability of Ration cards has been allowed as of now? Punjab and Haryana Haryana and Rajasthan Andhra Pradesh and Punjab Punjab and Madhya Pradesh S: b E- The government has launched inter-State portability for ration cards for Rajasthan and Haryana. The scheme aims to facilitate the distribution of foodgrains to beneficiaries of the National Food Security scheme. It will be implemented in the country later. Rajasthan was chosen because of the State's online distribution system facility that made the work easier. There are states that are not completely digitalized in the country. The central government is taking efforts to make the system online in all states. The government's inter-State portability for ration cards will allow labourers, who migrate from one State to the other in search of work, in the unorganized sector will mainly benefit from the scheme. The beneficiaries would be able to purchase their quota of wheat from the fair price shops in either of the States on one ration card. Currently, such labourers are required to make a new ration card to get the benefit of the public distribution system when they change states. Once the scheme is implemented across the nation, one card will be enough to avail the benefits. Which of the following states has been recently electrified under the SOUBHAGYA scheme? Punjab Telangana Andhra Pradesh Madhya Pradesh S: b E- Telangana has become one of the fully electrified states in the country after providing electricity to over 5 lakh 15 thousand households under the Soubhagya Yojana introduced by the Centre in October 2017. During the last two years, the entire state has been covered and the households in remote areas have been provided electricity under the Sahaj Bijili Ghar Yojana (Soubhagya). AIM and NITI Aayog have launched ‘The Gandhian challenge’ in association with which of the following? UNICEF UNESCO WHO WTO S: a E: On the 150th birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, AIM, NITI Aayog’s Atal Tinkering Labs (ATL) and UNICEF India, including Generation Unlimited, have launched ‘The Gandhian Challenge’. This innovation challenge provides a platform for every child across India to ideate innovative solutions for a sustainable India of their dreams, using Gandhi’s principles. The winners of The Gandhian Challenge will be awarded in New Delhi by NITI Aayog’s Atal Innovation Mission and UNICEF on the occasion of Children’s Day in November. The contest – open for every child in India from 2 October to 20 October – also celebrates 70 years of partnership between Government of India and UNICEF India to enable Every Right for Every Child. In ATLs, students of class 6th to 12th acquire a problem-solving attitude, develop innovative solutions leveraging technologies like 3D printers, robotics, miniaturised electronics, IOT and programming and DIY kits, with support from teachers and mentors. Consider the following for Industry 4.0 The Ministry of Railways and Department of Science & Technology have joined hands in partnership with IIT Kharagpur for taking up a unique project. It is commonly referred to as the fourth industrial revolution, is a name given to the current trend of automation, interconnectivity and data exchange in manufacturing technologies to increase productivity. Only I Only II Both I & II None of the above S: b E: A Pilot Project for ushering in 'Industry 4.0' in the country, is launched for implementation at the Modern Coach Factory (MCF), Raebareli. The Ministry of Railways and Department of Science & Technology have joined hands in partnership with IIT Kanpur for taking up a unique project on ‘Industry 4.0’ by launching a Pilot Project for implementation at Modern Coach Factory, Raebareli. ‘Industry 4.0’ commonly referred to as the fourth industrial revolution, is a name given to the current trend of automation, interconnectivity and data exchange in manufacturing technologies to increase productivity. It is a complex Cyber-Physical Systems which synergizes production with digital technologies, the Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, Big Data & Analytics, Machine Learning and Cloud Computing. The project would be undertaken under the aegis of “Technology Mission for Indian Railways” (TMIR). It would be implemented by a consortium of Ministry of Railways, Ministry of Human Resource Development and Ministry of Science & Technology on an investment sharing model for taking up identified railway projects for applied research and use on Indian Railways for advancement and modernization. What will be the amount given under the Andhra Pradesh’s Vahan Mitra scheme? 11000 10000 9000 7000 S-b E- Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy-led YSRCP government launched YSR Vahana Mitra scheme on October 4 wherein a cash incentive of Rs 10,000 will be given to those drivers who own autos and cars. The transport department has sent the YSR Vahana Mitra applications to all the district collectors and the verification process will be completed by September 30. Of the 1,75,218 applications received so far, 93,741 applications have been verified. For the remaining applications, verification will be completed by September 30. Who among the following is the chief of AFSOD (Armed Forces Special Operation Division)? Ashok Dhingra Bipin Rawat RKS Badauria Karambir Singh S-a E- The AFSOD (Armed Forces Special Operation Division) prepared itself for carrying out future surgical strike-type actions against terrorists and practiced counter-terrorism operations and other drills on situations that can emerge while tackling terrorism. The AFSOD is led by Maj Gen Ashok Dhingra, who is the first Chief of the Force. To which of the following countries did India recently handed over the school building? Sri Lanka Nepal Bhutan Bangladesh S-b E- India has handed over a new school building costing Rs 2.41 crores to the Nepal government that would boost the learning environment of students from the marginalised sections in the Himalayan nation. Established in 1989, Kuleshwor Awas Secondary School currently has 800 students and is run with community support. Over 50 per cent of the students in the school are girls and most of the students come from the marginalised section of the society. The new school infrastructure is a three-storey structure comprising 20 class rooms, separate sanitation facilities for boys and girls on each floor, underground water tank and furniture. Where will be Indo-Mongolian Joint Exercise Ekuverin Nomadic Elephant 2019 held? Balkoh Pittorgarh Pune Lucknow S-a E- The 14th edition of Indo – Mongolian joint military training, Exercise Nomadic Elephant-XIV, being conducted over a period of 14 days commenced from 05 Oct 2019 at Bakloh, Himachal Pradesh. The Mongolian Army is being represented by officers and troops of the elite 084 Air Borne Special Task Battalion while Indian Army is being represented by a contingent of a battalion of RAJPUTANA RIFLES. Nomadic Elephant-XIV is aimed at training troops in counter insurgency &counter terrorism operations under United Nations mandate. The Joint Exercise will enhance defence co-operation and military relations between the two nations. It is an ideal platform for the armies of both the nations to share their experiences & best practices and gain mutually during the joint training. Which of the following launched the drive to turn plastic waste into bitumen? Indian Oil BHEL OPEC HAL S-a E- Country's largest PSU oil refiner and retailer Indian Oil Corporation has taken up various initiatives to support the government's drive to eliminate single use plastic by converting these toxic wastes to productive use. These initiatives were launched to mark the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatama Gandhi and as part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. The company will use its refinery operations to convert the single use plastic waste into a specialised bitumen that can be used for construction of roads and highways. A pilot project has been done at Faridabad via the creation of a "Single Use Waste Plastic" based bituminous road. The company will commercially supply the specialised bitumen for use in road construction going ahead. Which of the following is India’s first private train? Shatabdi Express Gatiman Express Jammu-Delhi Vande Bharat Express Lucknow-Delhi Tejas Express S-d E- Country's first private train Delhi-Lucknow Tejas Express started its maiden journey as Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath flagged off the train from Lucknow. It will be the first train of Indian Railways that will be entirely run by Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC). The regular service of Lucknow-Delhi Tejas Express will commence from tomorrow. The new Tejas Express will cover the distance between Delhi and Lucknow in six hours fifteen minutes. In a first, IRCTC will offer a refund to travellers if the train gets delayed. If the Lucknow-Delhi Tejas Express delays for over an hour, passengers will get a compensation of ?100. For delay of two hours and more, the passengers will receive ?250.