July 2nd Week 2020 Current Affairs Online Test

Current Affairs English -08 July to 14 July 2020

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Question 1
Who is the Chairperson of the 15th Finance Commission?
A
A K Sikri
B
N K Singh
C
Rajiv Kumar
D
Ranjan Gogoi
Question 1 Explanation: 
Economist and former Indian Administrative Service officer N K Singh is the Chairperson of the 15th Finance Commission. Recently, the Finance Commission has decided to form a group to develop a mechanism to incentivise states for carrying out the agricultural reforms that were announced as part of the Rs 20 lakh crore stimulus package. The group consists of Finance Commission member Ramesh Chand, Agriculture Secretary Sanjay Agarwal and Agriculture, Research and Education Secretary T Mahapatra.
Question 2
How many countries are members of the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations), which has held its virtual annual summit?
A
Eight
B
Ten
C
Twelve
D
Fifteen
Question 2 Explanation: 
ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) leaders have met during the recent annual summit held via video conference. ASEAN is a regional association with 10 member countries (Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Cambodia, Myanmar (Burma), Brunei, Laos). The Chair of ASEAN in 2020 is Vietnam, which hosted the virtual summit due to travel restrictions amid the COVID–19 pandemic.
Question 3
Which Union Ministry launched the Pradhan Mantri FME Scheme, to generate investments of Rs 35,000 crore?
A
Ministry of MSME
B
Ministry of Food Processing Industries
C
Ministry of Agriculture and Family Welfare
D
Ministry of Commerce and Industry
Question 3 Explanation: 
Union Minister for Food Processing Industries, Harsimrat Kaur Badal has launched the Pradhan Mantri Formalization of Micro Food Processing Enterprises (PM FME) scheme. The scheme has been launched as a part of “Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan”. It is claimed to generate a total investment of Rs 35,000 crore and generate 9 lakh skilled and semi–skilled employment. The scheme would benefit 8 lakh units through access to information, training and better exposure.
Question 4
Where is the Headquarters of United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) located?
A
Geneva
B
New York
C
Vienna
D
Paris
Question 4 Explanation: 
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is a United Nations office for Drug Control and Crime Prevention, headquartered at Vienna, Austria. According to the latest UNODC World Drug Report, about 26.9 crore people used drugs in 2018, which was 30% more than the 2009 count. The largest share of drug users comprised of adolescents and young adults. Overall opioid users in India is estimated to have increased five times, as compared to those in 2004.
Question 5
A community centre called “Sanskritik Sadbhav Mandap” is being constructed in which state?
A
Madhya Pradesh
B
Uttar Pradesh
C
Maharashtra
D
Bihar
Question 5 Explanation: 
Minister of Minority Affairs Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi has laid the foundation stone for “Sanskritik Sadbhav Mandap” at Rampur, Uttar Pradesh. The centre is being constructed with the cost of Rs 92 crore by Union Minority Affairs Ministry under Pradhan Mantri Jan Vikas Karykram (PMJVK). This community centre will be utilized for various socio–economic–cultural activities, skill development training and relief activities.
Question 6
Which Indian state has launched the world’s largest convalescent plasma therapy project for treating COVID–19, named PLATINA?
A
Madhya Pradesh
B
Uttar Pradesh
C
Maharashtra
D
Bihar
Question 6 Explanation: 
The state government of Maharashtra has launched the world’s largest convalescent plasma therapy project named PLATINA, for treating COVID–19. This is expected to save at least 500 lives of critically–ill COVID–19 patients in the state. The trial will be carried out in government medical colleges and BMC medical colleges. All critical patients will receive two doses of 200 ml of convalescent plasma under the project, free of cost.
Question 7
Who has been conferred with the lifetime achievement award for his contribution to statistics?
A
D Subba Rao
B
C Rangarajan
C
Bimal Jalan
D
Y V Reddy
Question 7 Explanation: 
Former Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor C Rangarajan has been conferred with the lifetime achievement award for his contribution to statistics. The award has been given to him on the occasion of Statistics Day, which is celebrated on June 29 every year, to commemorate the birth anniversary of PC Mahalanobis, the ‘father of Indian statistics’. C Rangarajan had served as the Chairman of the National Statistical Commission.
Question 8
The Indian Government has banned 59 Chinese apps, by invoking its power under which act?
A
Information Technology (IT) Act
B
Right to Information Act
C
The Foreign Trade (Development and Regulation) Act
D
Export–Quality Control and Inspection Act
Question 8 Explanation: 
The Government of India has banned 59 Chinese mobile apps, including TikTok, UC Browser among others, by invoking its power under Section 69A of Information Technology (IT) Act. As per the statement from the Information Technology Ministry, the applications are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, Defence of India and public order. The Government has arranged talks with some firms including TikTok, after the ban was imposed.
Question 9
What is the theme of the ‘National Statistics Day’ 2020, celebrated on June 29?
A
Sustainable Development Goals 3 and 5
B
Honouring P. C. Mahalanobis
C
Statistics is Life
D
Indian statistics
Question 9 Explanation: 
National Statistics Day is observed on June 29 every year in India. This year it was celebrated through virtual conference with the theme of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3 (Ensure healthy lives and promote well–being for all at all ages) and SDG 5 (Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls). The Ministry of Statistics and Program Implementation instituted a new award ‘Prof. P. C. Mahalanobis National Award in Official Statistics’, which was conferred upon Former RBI Governor C Rangarajan. ‘Prof. P.V. Sukhatme National Award in Statistics 2020’ was given to Dr Arvind Pandey and Dr. Akhilesh Chandra Kulshreshtha.
Question 10
Which Union Ministry has developed a new web portal to issue No Objection Certificate (NOC) for power projects?
A
Ministry of New and Renewable Energy
B
Ministry of Coal
C
Ministry of Power
D
Ministry of Defence
Question 10 Explanation: 
Union Defence Ministry (MoD) has launched a new portal to issue No Objection Certificate (NOC) for power projects and Research Survey Exploration Exploitation (RSEE) activities in the Indian Territorial Waters and Exclusive Economic Zone. The newly developed MoD web portal will facilitate the applicants in submitting their proposals online for seeking MoD Security Clearance for undertaking Power Projects/RSEE activities. The Online System will establish an effective, speedy and transparent mechanism to process these proposals. The Ministry has earlier launched a similar portal for grant of NOC for aerial survey
Question 11
The World Bank has approved $250 million loan for affordable housing projects of which state?
A
Tamil Nadu
B
West Bengal
C
Odisha
D
Kerala
Question 11 Explanation: 
 The World Bank has approved USD 250 million loan for affordable housing projects of Tamil Nadu. The Government of India, state government of Tamil Nadu and the World Bank has signed legal agreements regarding the project.  Out of the total loan, $200 million is approved for First Tamil Nadu Housing Sector Strengthening Programme and $50 million for Tamil Nadu Housing and Habitat Development Project. It aims to ease regulatory barriers and encourage private sector participation in affordable housing.
Question 12
‘Kholongchhu’ is the first joint venture hydroelectric project between India and which country?
A
Myanmar
B
Singapore
C
Bangladesh
D
Bhutan
Question 12 Explanation: 
 Kholongchhu is the first joint venture hydroelectric project between India and Bhutan. A concession agreement for project was recently signed virtually. This agreement will commence the construction and related works of the project, which is expected to be completed in the second half of 2025. The 600 MW project is located on the Kholongchhu River in eastern Bhutan. It will be implemented by Kholongchhu Hydro Energy Limited, a JV company formed between DGPC of Bhutan and Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam Limited (SJVNL) of India.
Question 13
Who has been named as ‘India’s Most Valuable Test Player of the 21st Century’ by Wisden?
A
Mahendra Singh Dhoni
B
Virat Kohli
C
Ravindra Jadeja
D
R Ashwin
Question 13 Explanation: 
 Wisden has named Ravindra Jadeja as ‘India’s Most Valuable Test Player of the 21st Century’. He is also named as the second most Valuable Test player in the world. The list is topped by Sri Lanka’s legendary cricketer Muthiah Muralithatan.  Wisden used CricViz, a detailed analysis tool in cricket to analyse performance of the players and award an ‘MVP rating’ to each player in world cricket. The 31 year old India’s spin–bowling all–rounder has scored an MVP rating of 97.3.
Question 14
A new type of swine flu that is capable of triggering a pandemic has been discovered in which country?
A
Japan
B
China
C
United States
D
Vietnam
Question 14 Explanation: 
 According to a study published in the US science journal PNAS, researchers in China have discovered a new type of swine flu that is capable of triggering a pandemic. The G4 flu is genetically descended from the H1N1 strain that caused a pandemic in 2009. As per the China’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention, G4 was observed to be highly infectious, replicating in human cells and causing more serious symptoms. More researches are being carried out on ferrets.
Question 15
What is the name of the application launched to provide information to sportspersons, about prohibited substances?
A
Sports Check
B
NADA India
C
NADA Check
D
Check and Khel
Question 15 Explanation: 
 Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju has unveiled National Anti–Doping Agency’s first mobile application to provide information about prohibited substances and their use. This application is expected to provide easily accessible information of NADA, so that the athletes and their coaches would remain cautious about the prohibited drugs and medicines. The app also provides means for easy process of conducting a dope test.
Question 16
Indian Oil and NTPC Ltd partnered to develop a Waste to Energy plant at which Indian state/UT?
A
Tamil Nadu
B
New Delhi
C
Andhra Pradesh
D
Kerala
Question 16 Explanation: 
 A MoU was recently signed between Indian Oil, NTPC Ltd and South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC), to develop a demonstration Waste–to–energy Plant at Okhla landfill site in Delhi. The plant is to be developed using Gasification technology and it shall process 17500 tons per annum of Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) from combustible components of Municipal Waste. Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas & Steel, Dharmendra Pradhan and Minister of State for Power and New & Renewable Energy, R K Singh were present during the virtual event.
Question 17
Asia’s first–ever Continuous Galvanized Rebar (CGR) manufacturing facility has been launched in which state?
A
Rajasthan
B
Punjab
C
West Bengal
D
Chhattisgarh
Question 17 Explanation: 
 International Zinc Association (IZA) has launched Asia’s first–ever Continuous Galvanized Rebar (CGR) manufacturing facility in Punjab. The project would be supported by Hindustan Zinc Limited. It has been launched in collaboration with a private manufacturing company Madhav KRG Group. The new product called Continuously Galvanized Rebars (CGR) are value added rebars for better life and lower maintenance. Rebar is the short form of Reinforced Bar.
Question 18
Which digital platform of the Indian Government won two awards at the prestigious Global Leadership Summit, CogX 2020?
A
MyGov Corona
B
Digital India
C
Fit India
D
Swachh Bharat Mission
Question 18 Explanation: 
 An Artificial Intelligence enabled digital platform of the Indian Government named MyGov Corona Helpdesk bagged two awards at the Global Leadership Summit, CogX 2020.  The helpdesk bagged two awards under categories namely “Best Innovation for Covid–19 – Society” and “People’s Choice Covid–19 Overall Winner”. CogX 2020 is a prestigious Global Festival of AI & Emerging Technology held annually in London.
Question 19
Which Union Ministry is set to launch a cashless scheme for road accident victims with an insurance cap of Rs 2.5 lakh?
A
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
B
Ministry of Road Transport and Highways
C
Ministry of Women and Child Development
D
Ministry of Home Affairs
Question 19 Explanation: 
 The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) is set to launch a cashless scheme for road accident victims. The Ministry is to establish a Motor Vehicle Accident Fund under its aegis, for implementing the scheme. It will have an insurance coverage cap of Rs 2.5 lakh per case and enables all road accident victims of Indian or foreign nationality, to be eligible.
Question 20
Who is the head of the national level committee set up by the Home Ministry, for reform in criminal law?
A
Ranbir Singh
B
A K Sikri
C
C Rangarajan
D
Thaawar Chand Gehlot
Question 20 Explanation: 
 The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has constituted a national level committee for reform in criminal law. The committee is to be headed by Ranbir Singh, who is the Vice Chancellor, National Law University of Delhi. The committee has many veteran legal academicians and it has invited opinions online on the possible reforms in the Indian Penal Code, Code of Criminal Procedure and Indian Evidence Act.
Question 21
What is the theme of the ‘National Doctors Day’ 2020?
A
Lessen the mortality of COVID–19
B
No violence against Doctors
C
Help those who help us
D
Honouring B.C.Roy
Question 21 Explanation: 
 India celebrates National Doctor’s Day on July 1 each year, in honour of the birth and death anniversary of Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy. He was a veteran physician of the country and the second Chief Minister of West Bengal. Indian Government established the Doctor’s Day in the year of 1991. This year, the theme of the day is “Lessen the mortality of COVID–19”.
Question 22
Who has been appointed as the next Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations?
A
Indra Mani Pandey
B
Ronen Sen
C
Vivek Katju
D
Taranjit Singh Sandhu
Question 22 Explanation: 
 Veteran diplomat Indra Mani Pandey has been appointed as India’s next Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other international organisations in Geneva. The Indian Foreign Service officer is currently serving as an additional secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs. He is to succeed the current representative hRajiv K Chander in Geneva. I.M Pandey had served in several places including Cairo, Islamabad and Kabul among others.
Question 23
What is the name of the project announced by Kerala, for rehabilitation of its people returning from abroad?
A
Welcome Back
B
Dream Kerala
C
God’s Own Country
D
Winning Covid
Question 23 Explanation: 
 The state of Kerala has recently announced a project named “Dream Kerala”, for rehabilitation of its people returning from abroad. The project also aims for enhancing works for the overall development of the State. It aims to deploy the skills and knowledge for reviving the economy of the state. Ideas and suggestions from public will be invited and several departments would be jointly coordinating the project.
Question 24
What is the name of the new scheme launched by the Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB) to strengthen research ecosystem?
A
Accelerate Vigyan
B
Bharat Vigyan
C
Vigyan Padhe
D
Vigyan Kendra
Question 24 Explanation: 
 The Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB) has launched a new scheme called ‘Accelerate Vigyan’. It aims to provide a single exclusive platform for research internships and science workshops across the country. It also aims to encourage high–end scientific research and research careers. Several programmes to identify research potential, training programmes are to be carried out across the country.
Question 25
Which Indian state is to launch a scheme named ‘Hamara Ghar–Hamara Vidyalaya’?
A
Uttar Pradesh
B
Madhya Pradesh
C
Bihar
D
Gujarat
Question 25 Explanation: 
 The state Government of Madhya Pradesh is set to launch a new scheme called ‘Hamara Ghar–Hamara Vidyalaya’. It means My Home–My school and the scheme aims to teach the school–going children, in a school–like environment. Under the scheme, the children of the state will learn to read and write and perform yoga, as per the State Education Centre.
Question 26
Which Indian institution has launched the world’s first online Bachelor of Science Degree in Data Science and programming?
A
Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras
B
Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay
C
Indian Institute of Science (IISc)
D
Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Guwahati
Question 26 Explanation: 
 The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras has launched the world’s first online Diploma and Bachelor of Science Degree in Data Science and programming. The course has no age limit and students who have passed class 12 can enrol. The course will be conducted online and its exams will be conducted in an offline mode. The course has three levels including the foundation, diploma and degree and it is divided into six semesters.
Question 27
Which Union Ministry implements the “PM Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana” scheme?
A
Ministry of Rural Development
B
Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises
C
Ministry of Food and Public Distribution
D
Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare
Question 27 Explanation: 
 The Union Ministry of Food and Public Distribution implements the “PM Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana” scheme. The Minister for Food and Public Distribution Ram Vilas Paswan has recently released the details of the 2nd Phase of PM Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana. Under the scheme, 5 kilograms of Wheat or Rice to every family member and 1 kilogram of Chana (Pulse) for each beneficiary family will be provided without price for five more months, till November.
Question 28
Which Indian American author and oncologist has been named as ‘2020 Great Immigrants’ honouree?
A
Siddhartha Mukherjee
B
Jhumpa Lahiri
C
Fareed Zakaria
D
Sanjay Gupta
Question 28 Explanation: 
 Pulitzer Prize–winning Indian–American author and oncologist Siddhartha Mukherjee has been named as the ‘2020 Great Immigrants’ honourees by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Another Indian American Professor of Economics at Harvard University Raj Chetty also jointly received the honour. They have been honoured for their contribution towards the efforts in containing the COVID–19 crisis.
Question 29
In which state/UT, a new Urban Forest with indigenous species has been inaugurated by the Union Environment Minister?
A
Maharashtra
B
Madhya Pradesh
C
New Delhi
D
Uttar Pradesh
Question 29 Explanation: 
 The Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar has recently inaugurated an urban forest, in the Union Territory of New Delhi. The urban forest is created with as many as 12,000 seedlings of 59 indigenous species.  It is developed at the Office premises of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India. This is expected to form into a full–fledged forest by 2021 and will improve the Air Quality Index of the UT.
Question 30
Which Indian state/UT has launched a plantation drive called ‘Paudhe Lagao, Paryavaran Bachao’ (Plant Saplings, Save Environment)?
A
Sikkim
B
West Bengal
C
New Delhi
D
Jharkhand
Question 30 Explanation: 
 The Union Territory of Delhi has announced that a plantation drive called ‘Paudhe Lagao, Paryavaran Bachao’ (Plant Saplings, Save Environment). As per the Environment Ministry, Delhi is to launch a 17 day long plantation drive of 31 lakh saplings, to increase the green cover to 350 sq km by 2021. The aim of the drive is to create awareness about increasing green cover to reduce pollution in the UT. The period of the drive will be observed as “Vrikshaaropan Pakhavaada”.
Question 31
‘Striped Hairstreak and Elusive Prince’ are the recently discovered species of which creature?
A
Turtle
B
Snake
C
Butterfly
D
Spider
Question 31 Explanation: 
 Lepidopterists, those who specialises in studying moths and butterflies, have recently discovered two new species of butterflies namely Striped Hairstreak and Elusive Prince in Arunachal Pradesh. The Striped Hairstreak was first recorded in Japan and the Elusive Prince was discovered in Vietnam. As per the Society for Education and Environmental Development (SEED), the discovery of two new species have increased the number of butterfly species of the country to 1327.
Question 32
Which global organisation has enhanced support to USD 400 million, for India’s programme to rejuvenate Ganga River?
A
International Monetary Fund
B
World Bank
C
Asian Development Bank
D
BRICS Bank
Question 32 Explanation: 
 The World Bank has recently announced that it has enhanced its support for India’s flagship program to rejuvenate Ganga River. World Bank would provide a USD 400 million assistance to the program, which will help reduce pollution and strengthen river basin management. The Second National Ganga River Basin Project (SNGRBP) will support the government’s Namami Gange program. The loan has a maturity of 18.5 years including a grace period of 5 years.
Question 33
How many countries are involved in the USMCA agreement that was seen in news recently?
A
Three
B
Four
C
Five
D
Six
Question 33 Explanation: 
 The United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA) is set to replace the 25–year–old NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement). The renegotiated deal comes into effect from July 1.  USMCA is a trilateral agreement between three countries namely the United States, Mexico and Canada. The deal was originally signed in 2018. It seeks to support the technology sector and include USD 600 million to address environmental problems.
Question 34
What is the name of the online competition launched by the HRD Ministry and Health Ministry, to identify drugs against coronavirus?
A
Corona Care Hackathon
B
Drug Discovery Hackathon
C
Bharat Medico Hackathon
D
Aatma Nirbhar Hackathon
Question 34 Explanation: 
 Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank and Health Minister Harsh Vardhan have jointly launched the online competition to identify drugs against coronavirus. The competition is named “Drug Discovery Hackathon” 2020. Students, researchers and experts from across the country and the world can participate in the event, to submit their discoveries on potential drugs. While HRD Innovation cell and AICTE will identify potential drug, CSIR will conduct synthesis and laboratory testing.
Question 35
Which Union Ministry constituted the ‘Prerak Dauur Samman’ awards?
A
Ministry of Culture
B
Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs
C
Ministry of Home Affairs
D
Ministry of Rural Development
Question 35 Explanation: 
 Union Housing and Urban Affairs Minister has launched toolkit for the sixth edition of the annual cleanliness survey, Swachh Survekshan 2021. MoHUA organises the annual survey for urban India. As part of Swachh Survekshan–2021, the Minister launched a new category of awards titled ‘Prerak Dauur Samman’. The award has a total of five sub–categories which awards top three cities, on the basis of six indicator–wise performance criteria.
Question 36
Which Indian state holds the top position in marine fish production in 2019, as per the report of CMFRI?
A
Tamil Nadu
B
Kerala
C
Gujarat
D
Maharashtra
Question 36 Explanation: 
 The Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) has released its report on the Annual Marine Fish Landings in India for 2019. As per the report, the marine fish production of India recorded a marginal rise of 2.1% in 2019, with 3.56 million tonnes in total landings. It also ranked Tamil Nadu in the first position with 7.75 lakh tonnes. It is followed by Gujarat and Kerala.
Question 37
Which special day is celebrated on July 2, to mark the anniversary of the International Sports Press Association (AIPS)?
A
World Sports Journalists Day
B
World Sports Association Day
C
World Sportspersons Day
D
World Coaches Day
Question 37 Explanation: 
 Every year, July 2 is celebrated as World Sports Journalists Day or International Sports Journalists Day. The day also recognises the importance of sports journalists around the world. It marks the anniversary of the International Sports Press Association (AIPS) that was established in 1924 during the Paris Olympics. AIPS is the peak professional body representing the international sports media.
Question 38
Phobos is the biggest natural satellite of which planet?
A
Jupiter
B
Mars
C
Saturn
D
Venus
Question 38 Explanation: 
 Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) Mars Orbiter Mission has recently captured the image of Phobos. Phobos is the closest and biggest moon of Mars, which has been captured by the Mars Colour Camera (MCC) onboard the MoM spacecraft. The image was taken when the spacecraft was about 7,200 km from Mars and 4,200 km from Phobos.
Question 39
Who has been appointed as the new prime minister of France?
A
Jean Castex
B
Emmanuel Macron
C
Edouard Philippe
D
Mikhail Mishustin
Question 39 Explanation: 
 The President of France Emmanuel Macron has named Jean Castex as the next French Prime Minister. The previous Prime Minister Edouard Philippe had resigned earlier. The President has reshuffled the Government to restart the country’s economy. Jean Castex is a 55 year old public servant, who has also coordinated the re–opening strategy in the country.
Question 40
Coal India has partnered with which other PSU to form a Joint Venture Company, to develop green power?
A
NLC India
B
GAIL
C
ONGC
D
NTPC Ltd
Question 40 Explanation: 
 Two Central public sector undertakings under the Ministry of Coal, namely the NLC India Ltd and Coal India have signed an agreement to form a Joint Venture Company, to develop green power. The JV company aims to develop solar and thermal power assets of 5000 MW (5 GW) across the country. In the proposed company, both the enterprises will invest in the ratio of 50:50. The expertise of both PSUs would be used for developing power sector.
Question 41
What is the name of the first social media super–application, to be launched in India?
A
Elyments
B
Incorporate
C
Homegrown
D
Inspire
Question 41 Explanation: 
 The Vice President of India is set to launch the first social media super–application of the country named ‘Elyments’. More than 1000 IT professionals have created the application. The application, that will be available in more than 8 Indian languages, aims to combine the features of popular social media applications and present it on a single unified app. It also has features such as free audio and video calls and chats.
Question 42
Which organisation is set to launch its first ever news magazine program in Sanskrit named ‘Sanskrit Saptahiki’?
A
Door Darshan News
B
All India Radio (AIR)
C
DD KISAN
D
DD Arunprabha
Question 42 Explanation: 
 Veteran diplomat Indra Mani Pandey has been appointed as India’s next Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other international organisations in Geneva. The Indian Foreign Service officer is currently serving as an additional secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs. He is to succeed the current representative hRajiv K Chander in Geneva. I.M Pandey had served in several places including Cairo, Islamabad and Kabul among others.
Question 43
Which Indian state has launched a mobile van ‘Dhanvantri Rath’ providing essential healthcare services to the people?
A
Maharashtra
B
Gujarat
C
Odisha
D
West Bengal
Question 43 Explanation: 
 Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation has deployed 120 Mobile Medical Vans named ‘Dhanvantri Rath’ across the city. It is a mobile van that provides non–COVID essential healthcare services to every household of the corporation.  Every van has an AYUSH Doctor, a paramedic and nursing staff and a local Medical Officer from the Corporation’s Urban Health Centre. It conducts regular out patient consultations.
Question 44
What is the name of the potential COVID–19 vaccine, to be developed by Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)?
A
Covidin
B
Covaxin
C
Coviro
D
Covadha
Question 44 Explanation: 
 Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has partnered with Bharat Biotech for development of potential COVID–19 vaccine called Covaxin. The Drugs Controller General of India has granted permission to conduct phase–1 and 2 human clinical trials. Recently, ICMR has announced that it is acting in accordance with the globally accepted standards to develop the vaccine.
Question 45
What is the theme of “International Day of Cooperatives” 2020?
A
Cooperatives for Climate Action
B
Cooperatives and SDGs
C
Cooperatives and their challenges
D
Cooperatives across the globe
Question 45 Explanation: 
 International Day of Cooperatives is celebrated on the first Saturday of July every year. This year, it is observed on July 4, 2020. The theme of the International Day of Cooperatives 2020 is Cooperatives for Climate Action. The objective of the day is to create awareness about cooperatives and highlight the contributions of the cooperative movement to the development of the world.
Question 46
Which is the first Indian state to provide LPG connections to all its households?
A
Gujarat
B
Himachal Pradesh
C
Andhra Pradesh
D
Odisha
Question 46 Explanation: 
 Himachal Pradesh has recently become the first state in the country to provide LPG connections to all its households. The state has been implementing ‘Himachal Grihini Suvidha Yojana’ scheme for implementing this objective. Under the scheme, around 2.76 lakh families in the state have benefitted by receiving LPG connections. The state also implemented Pradhan Mantri Ujjawala Yojana to provide free LPG connection to BPL families.
Question 47
Which Indian state is to launch a financial assistance scheme called ‘Balaram Yojana’?
A
Gujarat
B
Odisha
C
Madhya Pradesh
D
Uttar Pradesh
Question 47 Explanation: 
 The state government of Odisha is set to launch a new financial assistance scheme called ‘Balaram Yojana’. It is a sequel to the ‘KALIA’ scheme, which was launched with an aim to provide assistance to small and marginal farmers. Under the new scheme, the state will provide crop loans to 7 lakh landless sharecroppers in the state, through joint liability groups (JLGs) in the next two years.
Question 48
Rewa Ultra–Mega Solar plant, which is said to be the largest solar plant in Asia, is to be inaugurated in which state?
A
Gujarat
B
Odisha
C
Madhya Pradesh
D
Uttar Pradesh
Question 48 Explanation: 
 The Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh Shivraj Singh Chouhan, the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate Asia’s largest solar plant in the state. The 750 MW Rewa Ultra–Mega Solar plant would be inaugurated through video conferencing.
Question 49
India has recently signed five MoUs with which country, to develop its educational infrastructure?
A
Ghana
B
Afghanistan
C
Malawi
D
Syria
Question 49 Explanation: 
 India and Afghanistan have recently signed five agreements for developing educational infrastructure in Afghanistan. The MoUs, that were signed under the High impact community development projects (HICDP) programme. It is implemented by India to promote bilateral partnership. The educational infrastructure is to be improved in four Afghan provinces of Nooristan, Badakhshan, Farah and Kapisa.
Question 50
Which country’s Railways has set up the world’s first solar power plant to directly power Overhead line?
A
China
B
India
C
United States
D
Singapore
Question 50 Explanation: 
 Indian Railways has set up a solar power plant, for the first time in the world, which directly provides power to the Railway Overhead Line, in collaboration with Bharat Heavy Electrical Limited (BHEL). Such a solar power plant has been established at Bina Traction Sub Station, Madhya Pradesh. The 1.7 Megawatt solar power plant can produce around 25 lakh units of energy in a year and save about Rs 1.37 crore per year.
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