1. Which state is going to open its first Human Milk Bank (HMB), a state-of-art facility with the support of the Rotary Club to ensure breast milk for newborn babies, who are not being breastfed by their own mothers ______ Kerala.
➢ Set up with the support of the Rotary Club of Cochin Global, the milk bank is to ensure breast milk for newborn babies, who are not being breastfed by their own mothers who may be sick, deceased or due to insufficient production of breast milk, in the hospital.
➢ The milk will be collected by following all the safety protocols and procedures and it will be preserved and provide it to needy children as per government guidelines.
2. Which state government has launched ‘Har Ghar Pani, Har Ghar Safai’ mission, aimed at providing 100% potable water supply to all rural households of the state by March, 2022 ______ Punjab.
➢ Punjab government inaugurated Mega Surface Water Supply Scheme, covering 85 villages in Moga district, 144 new water supply schemes for 172 villages, 121 Arsenic & Iron removal plants.
➢ Funded by World Bank, Jal Jeewan Mission of GoI, NABARD and State Budget
➢ The scheme will benefit residents from 155 villages in Amritsar, Tarn Taran and Gurdaspur districts by helping replace groundwater with surface water supply for drinking, besides resolving the problem of arsenic affected habitations.
3. Which state government has launched ‘Pragyan Bharati’ scheme for college students under which each student will be given Rs 1,500 for purchasing new text books ______ Assam.
➢ Under Pragyan Bharati scheme, 3,26,046 college students were given Rs 1,500 each for purchasing text books, while a total of Rs 161 crore was reimbursed for free admission of 4 lakh eligible students.
➢ The second scheme is Bhasha Gourab, under which the state government provided 21 Sahitya Sabhas (literary bodies) with a total of Rs 43 crore as contribution towards their corpus funds.
4. Which state government has launched Intellectual Property Rights Scheme and Quality Testing & Certification Scheme to provide financial support to the innovative startups to file for IT patents ______ Maharshtra.
➢ Both the schemes will be implemented by the Maharashtra State Innovation Society(MSInS) under the Department of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Government of Maharashtra.
➢ Under the Intellectual Property Support Scheme more than 125 to 150 startups will be supported in the first phase of the scheme with a financial support of upto Rs.2 lakh for Domestic Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Applications and upto Rs.10 Lakh for International IPR Applications.
5. India's first geothermal power project will be established in which state/union territories ______ Ladakh.
➢ In the first phase of the pilot project, one megawatt (MW) power generation capacity will be generated.
➢ India's first ever geothermal power project, known as Geothermal Field Development Project is planned to commission by the end of 2022.
➢ The tripartite MOU was signed between ONGC Energy, LAHDC, Leh and the Power Department of UT Ladakh.
6. The third phase of Chah Bagicha Dhan Puraskar mela was organised in which state in which a financial assistance of 3 thousand rupees to each of 7.5 lakh people who belongs to tea garden areas was distributed ______ Assam.
➢ It is to be mentioned that as many as 7,46,667 beneficiaries of tea gardens were covered under the scheme.
➢ Notably, the scheme was launched in Financial Year (FY) 2017-18.
➢ The main objective of the scheme is to incentivize and strengthen the efforts of financial inclusion of the tea tribe community.
7. Which state government has launched the Social Awareness and Action to Neutralise Pneumonia Successfully (‘SAANS’) campaign with the aim of reducing infant mortality due to pneumonia ______ Madhya Pradesh.
➢ Around 4,000 Health and Wellness Centres have been set up in the state for this purpose.
➢ The state government has also developed training modules in partnership with PGIMER, Chandigarh, and UNICEF.
8. Which country has approved a project to build the world’s first energy island, in the North Sea ______ Denmark.
➢ It will produce and store enough green energy to meet the electricity needs of three million households in European countries.
➢ The first-of-its-kind giant island will be as big as 18 football pitches (120,000sq m), estimated cost around 210bn kroner ($34bn).
➢ The artificial island will be linked to hundreds of offshore wind turbines.
1. Which country’s military has taken power for a year after declaring a state of emergency in response to its claims of election fraud ______ Myanmar.
➢ The Vice President Myint Swe has been made the acting President and all powers have been transferred to the Commander in Chief Min Aung Hlaing.
➢ The development follows early morning detention of the State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, President Win Myint and other senior leaders from the ruling party National League for Democracy (NLD) by the military.
2. Nepal has decided to award the contract for construction of 679 megawatt Lower Arun Hydropower Project to which Indian company ______ Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam (SJVN).
➢ This was decided at a meeting of the Investment Board Nepal (IBN), chaired by Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli.
➢ The project was awarded to the SJVN under the Build, Own, Operate and Transfer (BOOT) delivery method.
➢ Similar to the Arun III hydel project, which will provide 21 per cent free power to Nepal during the concession period, the developer of the Lower Arun hydel project should also prioritise providing certain percent of power free of cost.
3. The government of Bangladesh signed a USD 500 million loan agreement with which bank for the upgradation of rural roads and digital connectivity ______ World Bank.
➢ The project is expected to benefit over 20 million people in the western region of Bangladesh.
➢ The project will help upgrade the 48 kilometre two-lane Jashore-Jhenaidah road to a modern 4-lane highway. It will also help improve 600 kilometre of connecting rural roads and build or develop new rural markets.
➢ The project will finance installation of fiber-optic cables along the highway to ensure fast and reliable internet service.
4. Which country topped The Economist Intelligence Unit's latest Democracy Index report titled "Democracy in sickness and in health?" ______ Norway.
➢ Among India's neighbours, while Sri Lanka, at 68th rank, is classified as a flawed democracy, Bangladesh (76), Bhutan (84) and Pakistan (105) are classified in the 'hybrid regime' category. Afghanistan is ranked 139th and classified as an 'authoritarian regime' in the index.
➢ India slipped two places to 53rd position in the 2020 Democracy Index's global ranking, according to The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).
5. United Nations International Children Education Fund (UNICEF) has signed a long term agreement with which institution for the supply of AstraZeneca/Oxford and the Novavax vaccines ______ Serum Institute of India (SII).
➢ India is one of the world's biggest drugmakers, and an increasing number of countries have already approached it for procuring the coronavirus vaccines.
➢ While Oxford-AstraZeneca's Covishield is being manufactured by Pune-based Serum Institute, and the Novavax is being produced by US-based Novavax Inc.
6. Which Arabian country has launched its Mars Mission "Hope" probe, which is expected to reach Mars' orbit on February 9, 2021 ______ United Arab Amirates.
➢ The United Arab Emirates, China and the United States all launched projects to Mars last July, taking advantage of a period when the Earth and Mars are nearest.
➢ If succesful, the wealthy Gulf state will become the fifth nation to ever reach Mars.
7. Which country has decided to set up a new information platform to allow the public to track the emissions of polluting enterprises and help authorities prosecute those that break the rules or try to "evade supervision ______ China.
➢ A total of 2.36 million companies, industrial facilities and institutions in China are legally obliged to obtain permits to emit pollutants like sulphur dioxide or wastewater.
➢ According to the environment ministry, the new information platform will allow authorities and members of the public to monitor real-time emission levels and check historical data in order to determine whether rules are being breached. It is set to come into effect on March 1.
8. As per report by UNWTO, 2020 was the worst year recorded for global tourism, during which the international arrivals dropped by ______ 74 percent.
➢ Destinations worldwide welcomed 1 billion fewer international arrivals in 2020 than in the previous year, due to an unprecedented fall in demand and widespread travel restrictions.
➢ This compares with the 4% decline recorded during the 2009 global economic crisis.
➢ According to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer, the collapse in international travel represents anestimated loss of USD 1.3 trillion in export revenues - more than 11 times the loss recorded during the 2009 global economic crisis.
1. Which word has been named as the Hindi word of the year 2020 by Oxford Languages ______ Aatmanirbharta.
➢ The word was chosen by an advisory panel of language experts Kritika Agrawal, Poonam Nigam Sahay and Imogen Foxell.
➢ The Oxford Hindi word of the year is a word or expression that is chosen to reflect the ethos, mood, or preoccupations of the passing year, and have lasting potential as a term of cultural significance.
2. Name the Indian cricketer who has been named as ICC Men's Player of the Month award for January 2021 ______ Rishabh Pant.
➢ The International Cricket Council announced the nominees for the inaugural Player of the Month Awards which will "recognise and celebrate the best performances from both male and female cricketers across all forms of international cricket throughout the year".
3. Name the Australian cricketers who has been inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame ______ Merv Hughes.
➢ Australian cricket board has described him as the larrikin who demolished batting line-ups all over the world
➢ He played 53 Tests and 33 ODIs for Australia in a career spanning from 1985 to 1994, during which he captured 212 Test wickets at an average of 28.38 and 38 ODI wicket.
➢ He became selector for Australian cricket team in 2005.
4. Who has become the youngest female pilot of India ______ Ayesha Aziz.
➢ In the year 2011, Aziz became the youngest student pilot to get a license at the age of 15 and underwent training to fly a MIG-29 jet at Russia's Sokol airbase the following year.
➢ She later graduated in aviation from the Bombay Flying Club (BFC) and obtained a commercial license in 2017.
5. Who conferred with the 4th edition of Alert Being Awards 2020 by NGO 'ALERT' for Good Samaritan work ______ AR Rahman.
➢ Apart from him, social activist Saidapet Hari Krishnan and 13 other people were also awarded.
➢ 156 nominations from 15 States and 35 districts across India were received for the awards, out of which 14 real-life heroes (individuals and organisations) who saved lives in 2020 were selected for the awards.
6. Name the Indian documentary film that has won the audience award in the World Cinema Documentary category at the Sundance Film Festival 2021 ______ Writing with Fire.
➢ The festival, which started from January 28 and will close on February 3, is presented by Sundance Organisation, a nonprofit that discovers and supports independent artists, and introduces audiences to their work.
➢ “Writing with Fire”, which also marks the feature debut of directors Rintu Thomas and Sushmit Ghosh, follows this ambitious group of Dalit women -- led by their chief reporter, Meera -- as the team switches from print to digital in order to stay relevant.
1. Which country has won the second successive men's world handball title ______ Denmark.
➢ Olympic champions Denmark had defeated Norway to lift the 2019 trophy on home ground.
➢ While Hansen grabbed the scoring headlines, the Danes were equally indebted to Landin who made 15 saves.
2. Who won the Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2021 ______ Jorden van Foreest.
➢ The 21-year-old grandmaster defeated his compatriot GM Anish Giri in a dramatic playoff after both had finished on 8.5/13.
➢ Meanwhile, it was a massive disappointment for Giri and his fans. The Dutch number-one seemed destined to finally win his first major tournament in which GM Magnus Carlsen participated, but instead he lost his second playoff in Wijk aan Zee, after the one in 2018 against Carlsen.
3. Which country organized first-ever Asian Online Shooting Championship 2021 ______ Kuwait.
➢ The Indian shooting contingent has topped the medals tally in the tournament.
➢ The 24-member Indian contingent has won total 11 medals, which included four gold medals, two silver and five bronze medals. 274 shooters from 22 Asian countries took part in the competition.
4. Name the Indian shooter who won the gold medal in first ever ‘Asian Online Shooting Championship 2021’ in men’s 10m air pistol event ______ Saurabh Chaudhary.
➢ On the first day of competition, Saurabh Chaudhary had won gold in the men’s 10m air pistol, and Manu Bhaker won bronze in women’s 10m air pistol.
➢ India’s 24-member shooting contingent also topped the medals tally winning four gold medals, two silver and five bronze medals
5. Name the Indian shooter who won the gold medal in first ever ‘Asian Online Shooting Championship 2021’ in men’s 10m air rifle event ______ Divyansh Singh Panwar.
➢ India’s 24-member shooting contingent also topped the medals tally winning four gold medals, two silver and five bronze medals.
➢ On the second day of the competition, world number one Divyansh shot an impressive 632.4 to strike gold.
6. Which team won the T20 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2021 ______ Tamil Nadu.
➢ The 12th edition of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy was held at Sardar patel Stadium, Ahmedabad.
➢ The Tamil Nadu team was led by Dinesh Karthik
7. Which country has won the ATP Cup Title 2021 held at Melbourne, Australia ______ Russia.
➢ Russia’s two-headed monster of Medvedev and Rublev dominated throughout the week, winning all eight singles matches they played against some of the best players in the world.
➢ They combined to lose just two sets to lead their country to glory at Melbourne Park.
1. Who has authored the book titled “Yearbook” ______ Seth Rogen.
➢ The hardcover and digital format of the book will be published by Crown Publishing Group and the audio edition of the book will be released by Penguin Random House Audio.
➢ The “Yearbook” is a collection of true stories and funny essays of Seth Rogen that speaks about his grandparents, about him from doing standup comedy during his teenage and Jewish summer camp.
2. Who has authored the book titled “The Little Book of Encouragement” ______ Dalai Lama.
➢ The book edited by Renuka Singh is published by Penguin Random House is set to be released.
➢ The book is a compilation of Dalai Lama’s quotes and ideas to deal with the new realities of the post pandemic world along with how to combat rising extremism, polarity and climate change and his views on Tibet.
3. Who has authored the book titled the book titled ‘Yes Man: The Untold Story of Rana Kapoor’ ______ Pavan C. Lall.
➢ Yes Man is the story of Rana Kapoor, and his Icarus-like flight that eventually led to the Yes Bank crisis.
➢ In this hard-hitting book, Pavan C. Lall details not only Rana Kapoor’s journey, but also asks tough questions about the banking system, its regulators and even the business environment that led to a point of no return for Yes Bank.
4. Who has authored the novel titled “Whereabouts” ______ Jhumpa Lahiri.
➢ The book is published by Penguin Random House India is about a woman protagonist and her journey through life. The book will be released in April.
➢ The novel Whereabout was written in Italian and translated into English by Jhumpa Lahiri.
➢ The book portrays the story of the life of a woman whose life transforms with the change in her perspective.
5. Who has authored the novel titled ‘1857 – The Sword of Mastaan’ ______ Vineet Bajpai.
➢ It is part two of the Mastaan Trilogy. The first part of the trilogy, Mastaan – The Fallen Patriot of Delhi, was released in October 2019.
➢ It is author’s 5th fiction novel and 8th book overall
➢ The Hindi editions will also be published by TreeShade Books.
1. Name the aerospace company that has launched ‘Stardust 1.0’, the World’s 1st Commercial Rocket launch powered by Biofuel ______ bluShift Aerospace.
➢ The solid biofuels used in the launch is non-toxic, Carbon Neutral & can be sourced from America
➢ It uses Nitrous Oxide bubbled with Oxygen as an oxidizer.
➢ bluShift Aerospace’s Rocket Engine is a hybrid of solid and liquid propellant called ‘Modular Adaptable Rocket Engine for Vehicle Launch (MAREVL)’.
2. The 16th edition of Indo-US joint military exercise 'Yudh Abhyas 2021' will be held in which state of India ______ Rajasthan.
➢ The exercise near the India-Pakistan border aims at enhancing cooperation and interoperability between the two armies and will focus on counter-terrorism operations under the United Nations mandate.
➢ The exercise is being held in India also assumes significance in the backdrop of recent developments on northern borders, and conveys the strategic posture of the two nations as well as enhanced upward trajectory in Indo-US relations.
3. Union defence minister Rajnath Singh has inaugurated the 13th edition of the Aero India show at Air Force station in Yelahanka, Bengaluru. The Aero Show 2021 has been billed as ______ Runway to a Billion Opportunities”.
➢ The event was unique in ways more than one and it is billed as the 'Runway to a Billion opportunities'.
➢ This year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the air show, Aero India 2021 was a hybrid show, which means delegates presented either physically or virtually.
➢ The three-day event has focused on India’s indigenous defence sector capabilities.
4. Defence minister Rajnath Singh has inaugurated Hindustan Aeronautics Limited’s (HAL) second Light Combat Aircraft (LCA)-Tejas production line in ______ Bengaluru.
➢ The deal to be signed in the next few days with HAL would strengthen the Indian Air Force’s fleet of homegrown fighter jet ‘LCA-Tejas’ and overall combat capability.
➢ Last month, the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS), chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, had approved the largest indigenous defence procurement deal worth about Rs 48,000 crores to buy 83 LCA Tejas Mark1A fighter jets.
5. Bharat Dynamics Limited Limited (BDL) has signed am MoU with Rafael Advanced Defense Systems for joint induction of an anti-torpedo defence system called 'SHADE' for the Indian Navy. Rafael is a defence tech company of which country ______ Israel.
➢ It was founded as Israel's National R&D Defense Laboratory for the development of weapons and military technology within the Israeli Ministry of Defense; in 2002 it was incorporated as a limited company.
6. To which defence equipment manufacturer the Indian Airforce has requested for 70 HTT-40 Basic Trainer Aircraft ______ Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).
➢ The certification will be given against the Program Compliance and Quality Review (PCQR). The production will take place at two manufacturing facilities of HALin Bengaluru and Nashik.
➢ The RFP has come within six years from the first flight of HAL which is the shortest time-line in aircraft industry.
7. Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has signed an MoU with which company for development and production of composite raw materials that are used in manufacturing of aircrafts and are currently being imported ______ Mishra Dhatu Nigam Limited (MIDHANI).
➢ This is the first time that such an MoU has been signed for composite raw materials.
➢ Composites raw materials, mainly in the form of prepregs used in platforms like Light Combat Aircraft (LCA), Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH), Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) and Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) are currently imported.
8. SpearUAV, developers and suppliers of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) solutions for defence and Homeland Security applications has signed an MoU with Paras Aerospace to introduce encapsulated Ninox 40 system to the Indian market. SpearUAV belong to which country ______ Israel.
➢ Specifically designed for single-user operation, the Ninox 40 is a micro-tactical, cost-effective drone system, featuring an encapsulated drone and control unit.
➢ Weighing under 250g -- within regulatory limitations -- it is lightweight enough to be incorporated into the soldier's vest and carried on-person during combat.