Top 30 Questions Monthly current affairs february 2021

Monthly current affairs february 2021

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Monthly Current Affairs February 2021

Q.1. Which country has decided to award hydropower project to India’s Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam?

Ans. Nepal

Why in News

 Nepal has decided to award the contract for construction of 679 megawatt Lower Arun Hydropower Project to India’s 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.

Important points for exams

  • Arun river – The Arun River is a trans-boundary river and is part of the Kosi or Sapt Koshi river system in Nepal. It originates in Tibet Autonomous Region of the People’s Republic of China where it is called the Phung Chu or Bum-chu.
  • India’s largest and smallest border with Nepal – Bihar and Sikkim
  • Which States of India share boundaries with Nepal ? – India shares borders with China, Nepal, Burma (Myanmar), Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Bhutan. 
  • National animal of Nepal – Cow
  • India Passes with Nepal – Lipulekh is a Himalayan pass on the border between India’s Uttarakhand state and the Tibet region of China, near their trijunction with NepalNepal has ongoing claims to the southern side of the pass, called Kalapani territory, which is controlled by India
  • Indus river tributaries – JhelumChenab

Q.2. 18-year-old Manizha Talash the first woman breakdancer of which country?
Ans. Afghanistan

Important points for exams

  • Which country started Olympic first? – The first celebration of the modern Olympic Games took place in its ancient birthplace – Greece. The Games attracted athletes from 14 nations, with the largest delegations coming from Greece, Germany, France and Great Britain. “To respect the ancient origins of the Olympic Games, which were held every four years at Olympia. The four-year interval between the Ancient Games editions was named an “Olympiad”, and was used for dating purposes at the time: time was counted in Olympiads rather than years.”
  • What is the meaning of 5 rings in Olympics? – The interlocking rings of the Olympic flag was created by Baron Pierre de Coubertin, the co-founder of the modern Olympic games.  The five rings represented the five participating continents of the time: Africa, Asia, America, Europe, and Oceania.  While the colors of the five rings, blue, yellow, black, green, and red together with the white background of the flag could compose the colors of every nation’s flag at the time of its inception as the official Olympic symbol in 1915.  
  • Olympics in 2021 – In Tokyo , summer time
  • Olympics in 2016 – The 2016 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXXI Olympiad and commonly known as Rio 2016, was an international multi-sport event held from 5 to 21 August 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with preliminary events in some sports beginning on 3 August. 
  • How many medals India won in Olympics 2016?— India only won two medals at Rio 2016 through PV Sindhu and Sakshi Malik but that tally could have easily swelled if other Indian athletes had held their nerves.
  • Sahdoot dam – Shahtoot Dam is a proposed dam in the Kabul river basin, one of the five river basins in Afghanistan. This project will provide drinking, irrigation and Environmental water for Kabul province. Height: 113 m

Q.3. India’s first ‘Amputee Clinic ‘ launched to be at which place?

Ans. Chandigarh

Why in News

 THE PGIMER on Monday launched its ‘PGI Amputee Clinic’, the first in India. The clinic, a collective effort of various experts and departments of the institute, strives to provide social, mental and physical support to its patients.

PGIMER Director Prof. Jagat Ram formally inaugurated the clinic, which is being set up to improve amputation patient care by providing a host of services under one roof and with significant coordination. “The basic intent of this initiative is to send the amputee as a near normal functional human being to society.”

Important points for exams

  • First Dog blood bank – Ludhiana
  • Dog Park established in – Chandigarh
  • Lake in Chandigarh – Sukhna Lake
  • Lt. Governor of Chandigarh – V.P. Singh

Q.4. Kalpavanam urban forest park opened in which state ?

Ans. Telangana

Why in News

Kalpavanam urban forest park’ in which a globe has been installed with the slogan ‘Save Forest Save Earth’

Important points for exams

About Telangana

  • Dams– Nizam sagar on manjira river
  • Formed – 2 June 2014
  • Gond tribe dance name – Gussadi
  • Capital – Hyderabad
  • Chief Minister – K. Chandrasekar Rao
  • Which state has declared 2020 as the Year of artificial intelligence? – Telangana government

Q.5. Asom Mela Programme is launched by –
Ans. Narendra Modi

Why in News

 Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone of two hospitals at Biswanath and Charaideo and will launch ‘Asom Mela’, a program for state highways and major districts road at Dhekiajuli in Sonitpur district.

The meeting venue of Sonitpur’s Dhekiajuli is also significant since no Prime Minister has ever visited the historic place where, during the British Raj, 13 persons were martyred during the Quit India movement.

Important points for exams

  • Recently Which wildlife sanctuary is known as Mini Kaziranga – Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary has the highest density of one-horned rhinos in the world and second highest concentration in Assam after Kaziranga National Park. It is often called ‘Mini Kaziranga‘ due to similar landscape and vegetation.
  • 3rd khelo India – Guwahati
  • Dibru sikhowa national park ‐ Assam
  • Bridges in Assam –dhola sadiya bridge/ bhupen hazarika bridge– 9.150 km , bogibeel bridge–4.940 km , kolia bhomora bridge –3.015 km , naranarayan bridge– 2.284 km
  • Festival of Assam – Bihu

Q.6. Samagra Shiksha scheme was started in which year ?

Ans. 2018

Why in News

 Ministry of Human Resource Development is implementing the Scheme of Vocationalisation of School Education.

  • Under the scheme, a vocational subject is offered for Classes IX to XII along with the general education to provide necessary employability and vocational skills for a variety of occupations.
  • The above scheme is being implemented under the umbrella of ‘Samagra Shiksha – an integrated scheme for school education’.
  • The scheme will mainly focus on improving quality of education, enhancing the learning outcomes and using technology to empower children and teachers.

Important points for exams

  • New name Ross island – Subhash chandra bose island
  • Subhash Chandra Ji Jayanti (Parakram diwas) – 23 January
  • Books by Subhash Chandra bose – The indian struggle
  • Education policy – 1968
  • India literacy – 73%

Q.7. The Union Environment Ministry has approved the construction of Lakhwad power project on which river?
Ans. Yamuna

Why in News

Union Environment Ministry on February 4, approved the Lakhwar electricity project on Yamuna river, informed a press release by Chief Minister Office (CMO).
The release said, “Apart from electricity generation, six states will also get irrigation and pure drinking water from this project. Its construction will provide 330 metric cusec meters of additional water.”
“Due to this project, Uttarakhand will get 572.54 million units of electricity every year. With this, the availability of water in the Yamuna will also increase,” it added.
The total cost of the Lakhwar power project is Rs 5747.17 crore, the central government will bear a total of 90 per cent on the irrigation and drinking water arrangements associated with this project. The remaining 10 per cent will be shared equally among the six states.

Q.8. Which state has announced Unicode to identify ‘land holding’?
Ans. Uttar Pradesh

Why in News

The government of Uttar Pradesh has introduced a system for issuing a unique 16-digit Unicode to mark all kinds of land holdings in the state, an official said on Sunday.

Each piece of land in the state will now have its own unique identity that will verify cases of land disputes and prevent people from falling into the trap of fraudsters, an official spokesperson said.

Q.9. TROPEX-21 exercise is being held in which Region ?

Ans. Indian Ocean

Why in News

The largest war game of the Indian Navy- Theatre level Operational Readiness Exercise (TROPEX-21)- which started in early January 2021, is currently underway in the Indian Ocean. The exercise is seeing the participation of all operational units of the Indian Navy including submarines, aircraft, ships as well as the units of the Indian Army, Coast Guard, and Indian Air Force.

The conduct of the Indian Navy’s largest exercise is being overseen by the Naval Headquarters with the participation from all three commands of the Navy and the tri-services command at Port Blair.

Important points for exams

  • Yudh abhyas – The 16th edition of ‘Yudh Abhyas’, India-US joint military exercise has begun in Rajasthan and will be held from February 8 to February 21, 2021. The drill has come days after the air forces of France and India held a 5-day joint exercise in Rajasthan in January 2021.
  • SLINEX –SLINEX (Sri Lanka India Naval Exercise) are a series of naval exercises between the Indian Navy and the Sri Lanka Navy. The first SLINEX exercise took place in 2005. The eighth edition took place in 2020.
  • JIMEX –The 4th edition of India-Japan maritime bilateral exercise- JIMEX, between the Japanese Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF) and the Indian Navy, completed the 3 days of exercise on September 28, 2020.
  • SAMPRITI –A joint military training exercise between India and Bangladesh ‘SAMPRITI-IX’ will be conducted at Umroi, Meghalaya from 3rd-16th february, 2020.
  • The exercise aims to build, strengthen and promote positive relations between the Armies of India and Bangladesh.
  • MITRA SHAKTI – Mitra Shakti exercise is a bilateral joint military exercise between armies of India and Sri Lanka. It is also called the India-Sri Lanka Joint Training exercise. The latest edition of the Mitra Shakti exercise is called Mitra Shakti-VII and took place in December 2019 (1-14) at Pune (Maharashtra, India.

Q.10.The Maritime India Summit-2021 on 2nd March will be inaugurated by which. ?

Ans. Narendra Modi

Why in News

 Prime MinisterShri Narendra Modi will inaugurate the Maritime India Summit2021 on 2nd March. The event is being organised by the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways (MoPSW) jointly with FICCI as Industrial Partner and EY as Knowledge Partner.

Important points for exams

  • G-20 Summit in Saudi Arabia
  • World sustainable development summit –The World Sustainable Development Summit is the annual flagship event of The Energy and Resources Institute. The WSDS 2021 will be held under the umbrella theme of ‘Redefining Our Common Future: Safe and Secure Environment for All’. 
  • BIMSTEC –The Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) is an international organisation of seven nations of South Asia and Southeast Asia, housing 1.5 billion people and having a combined gross domestic product of $3.5 trillion (2018).
  • ASEAN – The Association of Southeast Asian Nations is a regional intergovernmental oganization comprising ten countries in Southeast Asia, which promotes intergovernmental cooperation and facilitates economic, .
  • Headquarters: Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Founded: 8 August 1967, Singapore

Q.11. Name the first contingent of 34 CRPF women personnel who were inducted into the specialized jungle warfare commando force .

Ans. Cobra

Why in News

A maiden contingent of 34 CRPF women personnel has been inducted into its specialized jungle warfare commando force CoBRA. The contingent will soon be deployed in the anti-Naxal operations grid of the country. This women’s contingent will undergo pre-induction training for 3 months and then deployed with the units in Naxal violence-affected districts of Chhattisgarh like Dantewada, Sukma, and Bijapur. The members of the 34 CRPF women personnel contingent have been chosen from the 6 all-women battalions of CRPF.

Important points for exams

  • Central Reserve Police Force Director-General – AP Maheshwari.
  • Central Reserve Police Force Headquarters: New Delhi, India
  • Who is the first Indian woman to fly Rafale ?–Shivangi Singh, the First Woman To Fly the Rafale Fighter Jet in India.
  • Youngest pilot of India –Ayesha Aziz, a 25-year-old from Kashmir is the youngest female pilot in India. In 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
  • First air India pilot cross north pole –Air India Captain Zoya Aggarwal, who will be commanding Air India’s first all-women flight over the North Pole on the world’s longest air route, said she is looking forward to creating history.
  • Which is the first Indian airline to operate commercial flights over the North Pole? – Air India‘s non-stop flight, AI-173, between New Delhi (DEL) and San Francisco (SFO), usually flies over the Atlantic or the Pacific ocean; but on August 15, 2019, it instead flew over the North Pole.
  • which female participated in IAF Republic day ? – Bhawana Kanth joined the Indian Air Force fighter squadron in 2017 and flew her first solo flight on an MiG-21 Bison in March 2018. She is currently posted at a fighter base in the western sector
  • Who is the first woman to join Indian airforce ? –Vijayalakshmi Ramanan
  • Who is the first female fighter pilot? – Flight Lieutenant Avani Chaturvedi (born 27 November 1993) is an Indian pilot from Rewa district, Madhya Pradesh. She was declared as the first woman combat pilot along with two of her cohorts, Mohana Singh Jitarwal, and Bhawana Kanth.

Q.12. Recently inaugurated Ramanathapuram –Thoothukudi natural gas pipeline is in which of the following state ?

Ans. TamilNadu

Why in News

 Prime Minister Modi dedicated the Ramanathapuram-Thoothukudi natural gas pipeline and Gasoline Desulphurisation Unit at Chennai Petroleum Corporation Limited, Manali. He also laid the foundation stone of the Cauvery Basin Refinery at Nagapattinam. The launch of these projects will result in socio-economic benefits as well as will help in boosting the country’s mission towards ‘Urja Atmanirbharata’.

The event was be attended by the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Edappadi K. Palaniswami as well as the Governor of the state. The Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan was also present during the inauguration.

Important points for exams

  • Southern most point in India – indrapoint
  • Kochi – Mangaluru Pipeline project
  • The 450 km long pipeline has been built by GAIL (India) Ltd.
  • It has a transportation capacity of 12 Million Metric Standard Cubic Metres per day.
  • It will carry natural gas from the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Regasification Terminal at Kochi (Kerala) to Mangaluru (Dakshina Kannada district, Karnataka).
  • It will pass through Ernakulam, Thrissur, Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Kannur and Kasaragod districts
  • Strait between Srilanka and Tamil –The Palk Strait  is a strait between the Tamil Nadu state of India and the Jaffna District of the Northern Province of the island nation of Sri Lanka. It connects the Bay of Bengal in the northeast with Palk Bay in the southwest.
  • Temples ‐ (Temples in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, known as the Land of Tamils) Meenakshi Amman Temple (Madurai) , Brihadeeswarar Temple (Thanjavur) , Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple (Srirangam) , Jambukeswarar Temple (Thiruvanaikaval).
  • Which is the largest temple in Tamilnadu? –The Srirangam Temple is often listed as the largest functioning Hindu temple in the world.
  • Which is the temple city of Tamilnadu? – Kumbakonam, known as the temple city of South India is in Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu.

Q.13. Who has been awarded the SKOCH Chief Minister of the Year Award?
Ans. YS Jaganmohan Reddy

Why in News

 The Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister, Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy has been conferred the Skoch Chief Minister of the Year Award. The Award has been presented to the CM by Chairman, Skoch Group, Sameer Kochhar personally at Tadepalli in Andhra Pradesh. The award selection was based on a study of project-level outcomes in various States.

Important points for exams

  • Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh: YS Jagan Mohan Reddy;
  • Governor: Biswa Bhusan Harichandan.

Q.14.Israel developed a new ballistic missile shield named “Arrow-4” in collaboration with which country?

Ans. US

Why in News

Israel said on Thursday it is developing a new ballistic missile shield, the Arrow-4, with the United States, another layer in a defensive system built with an eye towards Iran.

Israel’s Arrow-2 and Arrow-3 interceptors are already operational as part of a multi-layered system to destroy incoming missiles in the atmosphere and in space.”The development of Arrow-4 together with our American partners will result in a technological and operational leap forward, preparing us for the future battlefield and evolving threats in the Middle East and beyond,” Defence Minister Benny Gantz said in a statement.

Important points for exams

  • Beresheet – The Beresheet was the first non-governmental mission to land (albeit destructively) on the Moon, the first Israeli mission to land on the Moon, and the first ride-share mission to land on the Moon.
  • Abrahim accord –The Abraham Accords are a joint statement between Israel, the United Arab Emirates, and the United States, reached on August 13, 2020. Subsequently the term was used to refer collectively to agreements between Israel and the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, 
  • PM of US –Joe Biden is the 46th and current president of the United States, having assumed office on January 20, 2021.
  • Sea near Israel –To the west of Israel is the Mediterranean Sea, which makes up the majority of Israel’s 273 km (170 mi) coastline and the Gaza Strip. Israel has a small coastline on the Red Sea in the south. The southernmost settlement in Israel is the city of Eilat whilst the northernmost is the town of Metula.
  • What bodies of water are near Israel? – The Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea are actually lakes, relatively small bodies of water linked by the River Jordan.
  • How many rivers are in Israel? – Jordan, Kishon River, Lakhish River(also known as Wadi Kabiba and Wadi Sukhrir in Arabic), Nahal Alexander and Ayalon River.

Q.15. India has signed defence and security-related pacts with which country?

Ans. Maldives

Why in News

India will be developing a Maldives National Defence Force Coast Guard Harbour at Sifvaru, Uthuru Thilafalhu (UTF), the pact for which was signed on February 21 . The pact was signed during Indian External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar’s two-day Maldives visit. Work on the project will be completed in two phases and expected to be completed in three years. The pact aims to “develop, support and maintain” the harbour and is part of the request made by the Maldivian government in April 2013 to the Indian government to enhance the capability of the Maldivian Defence forces.

Important points for exams

  • What operations have been done by India to help Maldives? – `Operation Sanjeevani’, Operation Cactus and Neer
  • President of Maldives – Ibrahim Mohamed Solih
  • Which is the smallest island in Indian Ocean? – Maldives
  • Which is the biggest island in Indian Ocean? – Madagascar is the largest island with an area of about 226,658 square miles.
  • In Indian Ocean area recently Economic pact signed – Mauritius
  • Maldives share boundary with India –Maldives share maritime borders with India, Sri Lanka and the British Indian Ocean Territory (United Kingdom).
  • What separates India from Maldives? – Indian ocean

Q.16.Which Minister has launched a new scheme that inaugurated the Passport services with the digilocker ?

Ans. V Muraleedharan

Why in News

Union Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan launched the new scheme on Friday (February 19) which would enable people to submit various documents required for Passport Services in a paperless mode.

Important points for exams

  • e passport launched by – Bangladesh
  • Henely Passport index –The Henley Passport Index 2021 has been released by Henley & Partners, based on the exclusive data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA). As per the latest report, India has been ranked 85th among 110 countries, in the Henley Passport Index for 2021, with a visa-free score of 58. Japan has once again topped the list of being the most powerful passport in the world,
  • External Affairs Minister of State –V Muraleedharan
  • Digital India program launched –1st July, 2015 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Q.17. India has signed an agreement with ________ for developing a National Defence Force Coast Guard Harbour at Sifvaru–Uthuru Thilafalhu (UTF).

Ans. Maldives

Why in News

India will be developing a Maldives National Defence Force Coast Guard Harbour at Sifvaru –Uthuru Thilafalhu(UTF), the pact for which was signed on Sunday. The pact was signed during Indian External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar’s two-day Maldives visit.

EAM in a tweet said, “Glad to sign with Defence Minister Mariya Didi the UTF Harbour Project agreement. Will strengthen Maldivian Coast Guard capability and facilitate regional HADR efforts. Partners in development, partners in security.”

Important points for exams

  • PM of Mauritius –Pravind Kumar Jugnauth
  • Which Country with no river /hill – Maldives
  • Capital of Maldives –Male
  • President of Maldives –Ibrahim Mohamed Solih
  • Exercises between india and Maldives – Ekuverin
  • Which country has recently declared an emergency over an oil spill from a grounded ship? –Mauritius

Q.18. Which become the first country to ban the painkiller ketoprofen?

Ans. Bangladesh

Why in News

With Bangladesh banning ketoprofen—a painkiller used widely to treat cattle—it became the first country to ban any of the drugs now known to be toxic to vultures since the previous veterinary diclofenac ban more than 10 years ago.

Ketoprofen was first demonstrated to be toxic to vultures in trials carried out in South Africa over 10 years ago. The first localised bans came in Bangladesh’s two gazetted Vulture Safe Zones in 2017, covering around one-third of the country.

Important points for exams

  • Exercises between India and Bangladesh – Bongosagar and sampriti exercise
  • Project vulture year – The Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC) launched a project Vulture 2020-25 for the conservation of vultures in the country.
  • Uttar Pradesh is the Largest vulture conservation center in india.
  • Project tiger – Project Tiger is a tiger conservation programme launched in April 1973 by the Government of India during Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s tenure. Kailash Sankhala was the first director of Project Tiger.
  • Project Elephant –Project Elephant was launched in 1992 by the Government of India Ministry of Environment and Forests to provide financial and technical support to wildlife management efforts by states for their free-ranging populations of wild Asian Elephants.
  • Which is the first country to issue e-visa?– Bangladesh
  • Maitri Setu bridge – Maitri setu bridge is the 432-meter long bridge over River Feni, in southeastern Bangladesh and the Tripura state of India.

Q.19.The first Undersea tunnel of India will start in which city of Maharashtra?

Ans. Mumbai

Why in News

  • Come 2023, Mumbai will be home to India’s first undersea tunnel, which will be part of the the city’s Coastal Road project. A look at how the tunnel is being constructed and how it compares to other undersea tunnels across the world.
  • The twin tunnels, which have a length of 2.07 km of which a kilometre will be under the sea, are being built as part of the Mumbai Coastal Road Project, a 10.58-km stretch starting from the Marine Drive promenade to the Worli-end of the Bandra-Worli Sea Link.
  • It is the first undersea road tunnel in the country which will pass through Arabian Sea near Girgaon Chowpatty. It will start from Priyadarshani Park and end at Netaji Subhash Road in Marine Drive.

Important points for exams

  • Mumbai is situated on which island ? –Mumbai is on a narrow peninsula on the southwest of Salsette Island, which lies between the Arabian Sea to the west, Thane Creek to the east and Vasai Creek to the north
  • Channel tunnel –The Channel Tunnel, also referred to as the Eurotunnel or Chunnel, is a 50.45-kilometre railway tunnel that connects Folkestone with Coquelles beneath the English Channel at the Strait of Dover. It is the only fixed link between the island of Great Britain and the European mainland
  • Seikan tunnel –Japan’s 53.85km Seikan railway tunnel passes beneath the Tsugaru Strait and connects the Aomori Prefecture on Honshu Island and the Hokkaido Island.
  • New zoo in Maharashtra ‐The Maharashtra government renamed Nagpur’s Gorewada International Zoo as Balasaheb Thackeray Zoological Park.
  • In maharashtra where national sports university developed ? –Maharashtra’s first sports university will come at Balewadi in Pune and will officially begin functioning by academic year 2021-2022.

Q.20. Intensified Mission Indradhanush 3.0 has been launched by which Minister?

Ans. Dr. Harsh Vardhan

Why in News

Union Health and Family Welfare Minister, Dr Harsh Vardhan has launched the Intensified Mission Indradhanush 3.0, (IMI 3.0), to expand immunization coverage across the country. The focus of IMI 3.0 will be on children and pregnant women who missed their vaccine doses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Mission Indradhanush aims to immunise all children under the age of 2 years, as well as all pregnant women, against eight vaccine-preventable diseases.

Important points for exams

  • WHO Chief executive – Dr Harsh Vardhan
  • Ministry of Earth and Science –Dr. Harsh Vardhan
  • Intensified Mission Indradhanush 3.0 diseases under it –diseases are diphtheria, whooping cough, tetanus, poliomyelitis, tuberculosis, measles, meningitis and Hepatitis B.

Q.21.Who has became the new Chairman of National Commission for Scheduled Castes ?

Ans. Vijay Sampla

Why in News

Vijay Sampla on February 24, 2021, took the charge of Chairman National Commission for Scheduled Castes- NCSC. He has been a former Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment from 2014-2019.

Important points for exams

  • NCBC –India’s National Commission for Backward Classes is a constitutional body (123rd constitutional amendment bill 2017 and 102nd amendment 2018 in constitution to make it constitutional body) (Article 338B of the Indian Constitution) under India’s Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment established on 14 August 1993. It was constituted pursuant to the provisions of the National Commission for Backward Classes Act, 1993.
  • Amendment of NCBC –India’s National Commission for Backward Classes is a constitutional body (123rd constitutional amendment bill 2017 and 102nd amendment 2018 in constitution to make it constitutional body).

Q.22. The third Test between India and England has hosted in which stadium?

Ans. Narendra Modi Stadium

Why in News

The new and improved Motera Stadium was rechristened to Narendra Modi Stadium on Wednesday (February 24). The stadium was named after Prime Minister Narendra Modi and becomes the biggest cricket stadium in the world. 

Narendra Modi Stadium will host the third Test between India and England starting at 230 pm on Wednesday. 

Important points for exams

  • Bhupen Hazarika Cricket Stadium –Barsapara Cricket Stadium, officially known as Dr. Bhupen Hazarika Cricket Stadium and nicknamed Assam Cricket Association Stadium, is a cricket stadium in Barsapara, Guwahati, Assam, India
  • M.A. Chidambaram Stadium –M. A. Chidambaram Stadium is a cricket stadium in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. Established in 1916, it is the second oldest cricket stadium in the country after Eden Gardens in Kolkata. 
  • Wankhede Stadium –The Wankhede Stadium (Marathi: वानखेडे स्टेडियम) is an international cricket stadium in Mumbai, India. The stadium now has a capacity of 33,108, following renovations for the 2011 Cricket World Cup.
  • Which is the largest cricket stadium in the world?–Narendra Modi Stadium

Q.23. What percentage of India’s GDP has been estimated by HSBC in FY 2022?
Ans. 11.2%

Why in News

HSBC has raised its growth forecasts for India in the coming fiscal year 2021-22 (FY22), from 9 per cent to 11.2 per cent, following a pick up in business activity and a steady fall in COVID cases. The 2020-21 GDP forecast of India by HSBC remains -6.3 per cent, as projected earlier.

Important points for exams

  • HSBC CEO: Noel Quinn.
  • HSBC Headquarters: London, United Kingdom.
  • HSBC Founder: Thomas Sutherland.
  • HSBC Founded: 3 March 1865, Hong Kong.

Q.24. Which Australian city has been chosen as the preferred bidder for the 2023 Olympic and Paralympic games?

Ans. Brisbane

Why in News

The Australian city of Brisbane has been chosen as the preferred bidder for the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach announced the organisation’s executive board had voted unanimously to accept the Queensland city as first “non-binding” choice for the Games.

Important points for exams

  • 2018 games in Australia –The 2018 Commonwealth Games, officially known as the XXI Commonwealth Games and commonly known as Gold Coast 2018, was an international multi-sport event for members of the Commonwealth that were held on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, between 4 and 15 April 2018.
  • What rank India got in 2018 Commonwealth Games? –3rd
  • Brisbane is the capital city of Queensland– Australia’s second largest state by area.

Q.25.An Indian company Omega Seiki will set up an electric vehicle plant in which country?

Ans. Bangladesh

Why in News

An Indian company Omega Seiki will set up an electric vehicle plant in Bangladesh. The manufacturing unit will be set up near Dhaka with an investment of Rs. 100 crore. It is the first project of any Indian company producing Electrical vehicles in the international market. The project will be a modern greenfield facility and will focus on manufacturing two-wheelers, three-wheelers, and electric bicycles.

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  • PM of Bangladesh –Sheikh Hasina
  • Recently which country e-visa started ? – Bangladesh
  • Theme country in IFFI –For the 51st IFFI, the Country in Focus is Bangladesh. As per the press release, four films from Bangladesh have been included in this section to recognise the cinematic excellence and contribution of the country
  • UNESCO award in the name of –UNESCO has launched an international award named after Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman following Bangladesh’s proposal. The UN agency’s executive board unanimously adopted the proposal on UNESCO-Bangladesh Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman International Prize for the “Creative Economy” in its 210th session. This is the first time a UN agency launched an award named after Bangabandhu.

Q.26.Who has been appointed as the Assistant Secretary-General and Head of the New York Office of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) ?

Ans. Ligia Noronha

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UN chief Antonio Guterres has appointed leading Indian economist Ligia Noronha as Assistant Secretary-General and Head of the New York Office of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

Noronha will succeed fellow Indian and development economist Satya Tripathi to whom Secretary-General Guterres is grateful for his leadership and dedicated service during his tenure, according to a statement here on Thursday.

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  • Where is WEF held in 2021 ? – The World Economic Forum (WEF) has decided to host its 2021 annual meeting in Singapore, which earlier was scheduled to take place in Lucerne-Burgenstock, Switzerland from 13-16 May 2021. 
  • World Economic Forum Headquarters: Cologny, Switzerland.
  • World Economic Forum Founder: Klaus Schwab.
  • World Economic Forum Founded: January 1971.
  • UNDP –The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the United Nations’ global development network. It promotes technical and investment cooperation among nations and advocates for change and connects countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life for themselves. 
  • Headquarters: New York City; (International territory)
  • Head: Achim Steiner
  • IMO –The International Maritime Organization is a specialised agency of the United Nations responsible for regulating shipping. The IMO was established following agreement at a UN conference held in Geneva in 1948 and the IMO came into existence ten years later, meeting for the first time in 1959. 
  • Headquarters location: London, United Kingdom
  • Founder: United Nations
  • Founded: 17 March 1948
  • Head: Secretary-General; Kitack Lim
  • IOC –The International Olympic Committee is a non-governmental sports organisation based in Lausanne, Switzerland. Founded by Pierre de Coubertin and Demetrios Vikelas in 1894, it is the authority responsible for organising the modern Summer and Winter Olympic Games.
  •  Headquarters: Lausanne, Switzerland
  • President: Thomas Bach
  • Founded: 23 June 1894, Paris, France
  • International Athletic Federation – World Athletics, is the international governing body for the sport of athletics, covering track and field, cross country running, road running, racewalking, mountain running, and ultra running.
  •  Headquarters: Monaco
  • President: Sebastian Coe
  • Founded: 17 July 1912, Stockholm, Sweden

Q.27.Which Government to set up Flower Processing Centre?

Ans. Karnataka

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The Karnataka State Horticulture Department is setting up a “Flower Processing Centre”, in collaboration with the International Flower Auction Bangalore (IFAB), to convert unsold flowers into various useful products. The facility will provide support to the flower farmers who suffer huge losses whenever there is a glut or market disruption. Growers can learn the art of flower processing from the centre. . Vishwanath, the MD of IFAB and Joint Director of Horticulture informed that the unit will be able to process all kinds of flowers and it will come up at IFAB in March or April 2021.

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  • Rice ATM in which state – Karnataka will soon be installing ATM machines that will dispense rice for people who own a ration card.
  • 2nd edition Khelo India university games –Karnataka to host 2021 Khelo India University Games
  • Chinnaswami stadium –The M. Chinnaswamy Stadium is a cricket stadium located in Bangalore, Karnataka. Flanked by the picturesque Cubbon Park, Queen’s Road, Cubbon and uptown MG Road, this five-decade-old stadium is situated in the heart of the city of Bangalore
  • Eklavaya award –Ekalavya Award is awarded by Government of Karnataka for outstanding performance in sports. 
  • Tesla –Tesla, Inc. is an American electric vehicle and clean energy company based in Palo Alto, California. Tesla’s current products include electric cars, battery energy storage from home to grid scale, solar panels and solar roof tiles, as well as other related products and services. 
  • Founded: 1 July 2003, San Carlos, California, United States
  • CEO: Elon Musk
  • 2nd Khelo India National Winter Games –Prime Minister Narendra Modi has delivered the inaugural address at the 2nd Khelo India National Winter Games through a video conference. The second edition of the Khelo India-Winter Games has been organised at the world-famous ski-resort Gulmarg in the Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir.

Q.28. Who is the head of the task force on Interlinking of Rivers which recently approved the Mahandi-Godavari link ?

Ans. Sriram Vedire

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The linking project was approved by ensuring the utilisation of allocated Godavari waters by the states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.The decision was taken at the 13th meeting of the task force on interlinking of rivers which was held in New Delhi.In the meeting, three proposals were discussed and put forward by the task force chairman, Sriram Vedire.The proposals were based on draft detailed project report that was prepared with respect to the diversion of water from Godavari basin to Cauvery basin.The task force also emphasised on the several priority links under the interlinking of rivers programme by the central government.The draft detailed project report was prepared on Godavari-Cauvery link the National Water Development Authority (NWDA).

Important points for exams

  • Origin of Krishna –The Krishna River rises from the Western Ghats near Jor village of Satara district of Maharashtra at an altitude of 1,337 m just north of Mahabaleshwar. The total length of river from origin to its outfall into the Bay of Bengal is 1,400 km.
  • Origin of Ganga –Bhagirathi River is the source Stream of Ganga River. It originates from Gaumukh, which is located at the base of Gangotri and Khatilang glaciers in Uttarakhand and length 2525
  • Origin of Brahmaputra –The river Brahmaputra originates in Himalayan Lake Manasarover or  Kailash ranges  in Tibet to the outfall in the Bay of Benga and length 2900.
  • Origin of Cauvery –Originating in the Western Ghats at Talakaveri in Karnataka’s Kodagu district, it passes through Tamil Nadu.

Q.29. Who has launched the National Urban Digital Mission?
Ans. Hardeep Singh Puri

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The Central Government on February 23, 2021, launched National Urban Digital Mission- NUDM with an aim to create a digital infrastructure for the Indian cities.

According to the Union Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry, the step will institutionalize an ecosystem-driven and a citizen-centric approach to Urban governance and service delivery in cities by the year 2022, and across all the towns and cities of the country by 2024

The National Urban Digital Mission was launched at a virtual event by the Minister of Electronics and IT Ravi Shankar Prasad and the Minister of Union Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri.

Q.30. Which state’s Chief Minister has inaugurated the Women’s Commando Force and Smart Cheetah Police?
Ans. Uttarakhand

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CM Trivendra Singh Rawat launched the Women’s Commando Force and Smart Cheetah Police at the Police Lines, here, today. With this, Uttarakhand has become the fourth state to have a women’s commando force. It is expected that the existence of the force would impart confidence among women to raise their issues before the police.
The CM also inaugurated the ‘smart police barrack’ on the occasion.

Important points for exams

  • Capital of Uttrakhand – Gairsain
  • Largest city of Uttrakhand – Dehradun
  • Chief Minister – Baby Rani maurya
  • Chief Justice – Raghvendra Aggarwal

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