16th October, 2018 (National & International Current Affairs)

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1. Which of the following is not correct with respect to Commercial paper?

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2. Currently the Estimates Committee of Parliament is headed by:

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Note: The Estimates Committee has 30 members and all these members are from Lok Sabha. There is no Rajya Sabha member in Estimates Committee. The members are elected by Lok Sabha members from amongst themselves every year by principles of proportional representation by means of a single transferable vote, so that all parties get due presentation in it. A minister cannot be elected as member / Chairman of estimates committee. The chairman is appointed by the Speaker and chairman is always from ruling party or coalition.

3. International Day of Rural Women celebrates every year on:

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The United Nations’ (UN) International Day of Rural Women celebrates and honors the role of rural women on October 15 each year. It recognizes rural women’s importance in enhancing agricultural and rural development worldwide. This year the theme is 'Sustainable infrastructure, services and social protection for gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls.'

4. Polio (Poliomyelitis) is a highly infectious:

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Poliomyelitis, often called polio or infantile paralysis, is an infectious disease caused by the poliovirus Despite recent revelation that 1.5 lakh vials of Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV) in India were adulterated, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has retained India’s polio-free status and lauded the country for taking quick corrective steps.

5. Citizens of which of the following Nation/s is/are required Restricted Area Permit (RAP) to visit Andaman & Nicobar?

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Foreign tourists can now visit Andaman and Nicobar Islands without any restrictions as the Home Ministry has modified its earlier order which made it mandatory for them to register with the Foreigners Registration Officer within 24 hours of their arrival. This order follows an earlier directive which allowed foreigners to visit 29 inhabited and 11 uninhabited islands in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, which were prohibited for visitors under the Foreigners (Restricted Area) Order, 1963, without any restrictions. However, citizens of Afghanistan, China and Pakistan and foreign nationals having their origin in these countries will continue to require Restricted Area Permit (RAP) to visit Union Territory

6. Which of the following launched Ask Disha Chat bot?

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IRCTC launches ‘Ask Disha – Digital Interaction to Seek Help Anytime – the new artificial intelligence-enabled chat bot is a first of its kind initiative for any Indian government website. ‘Ask Disha’ can be used by Indian Railways passengers to get their questions answered through the chat bot The ‘Ask Disha’ chat bot has been jointly developed by IRCTC and CoRover Private Limited, a Bangalore-based startup.

7. Which of the following is not correct?

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8. How many medals won by Indian athletes in the Asian Para Games, 2018 held in Indonesia?

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72 Indian athletes won the medals in the Asian Para Games, 2018 held in Indonesia recently, which is the largest Indian medal tally in the games. With 15 gold, 24 silver and 33 bronze medals, India was placed ninth in the overall medal tally.

9. World Student day is observed every year on:

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World Student day is observed every year on October 15th to mark the birth anniversary of APJ Abdul Kalam popularly known as Missile man of India

10. India’s first-ever India-Israel Innovation Centre (IIIC), an entrepreneurial technology hub, was launched in:

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The country’s first India-Israel Innovation Centre (IIIC), an entrepreneurial technology hub, was launched in Bengaluru. The IIIC is a significant step towards facilitating penetration of Israeli companies in India and aims to forge local partnerships and joint ventures between companies from the two countries.

11. Which of the following is not correct?

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12. Agri-Startup and Entrepreneurship Conclave, was held in:

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On the Occasion of World Food Day, ICAR organised Agri-Startup and Entrepreneurship Conclave in New Delhi. The theme of the conclave was "Unleashing Potentials in Agriculture for Young Entrepreneurs (UPAYA)" Note: To attract the youth of the country towards agriculture, a project called 'Arya' is being run through Krishi Vigyan Kendras The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) is an autonomous body responsible for co-ordinating agricultural education and research in India. It reports to the Department of Agricultural Research and Education, Ministry of Agriculture. The Union Minister of Agriculture serves as its president. It is the largest network of agricultural research and education institutes in the world Headquarters of ICAR is located in New Delhi

13. ROSHNI which is Centre of Women Collectives led Social Action is technically and financially supported by:

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Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana – National Rural Livelihood Mission (DAY-NRLM), Ministry of Rural Development and Lady Irwin College, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for establishing ROSHNI – Centre of Women Collectives led Social Action. ROSHNI is technically and financially supported by UNICEF India serving as a technical support unit at national level for DAY-NRLM and is embedded in the Department of Development Communication and Extension, Lady Irwin College, New Delhi. Roshni aims to work with women collectives for social action on FHNW interventions in alignment with DAY-NRLM Dashasutra strategy and supporting implementation of convergent action plan under POSHAN Abhiyaan. Roshni will learn from Swabhimaan and similar models, and extend support to DAY-NRLM for expanding the scope of FHNW interventions. The Centre will lead knowledge creation, capacity building for scale-up of convergent action plan, learning and re- learning in Swabhimaan sites and provide policy guidance to DAY-NRLM on POSHAN Abhiyaan initiatives. Note: DAY-NRLM aims to reach out to 8-10 crore rural poor households (based on SECC 2011) in a time bound manner, and, stay engaged with them till they come out of abject poverty. It envisions breaking the self-perpetuating cycle of malnutrition- illness- out-of-pocket expenditure for treatment-poverty through its savings and enterprise approach and layering of Food, Health, Nutrition and WASH (FHNW) interventions through Self-help groups (SHG) and their federations. This is also referred to DAY-NRLM’s Dashasutra (10 principles) strategy. DAY-NRLM is also MoRD’s nodal agency for implementation of the convergent action plan under the POSHAN Abhiyaan, which in addition to MORD includes the Ministry of Woman and Child Development and Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The four areas of convergence are - mobilisation for fixed day health, nutrition and WASH camps (Village Health Sanitation and Nutrition Day-VHSND), convergence through behaviour change communication, convergence through common use of infrastructure and promotion of nutri-based livelihoods for women collectives A model that brings the much needed undiluted focus on women’s nutrition and demonstrates layering of FHNW interventions on DAY-NRLM platforms is Swabhimaan. It makes the last mile delivery of FHNW interventions, which has been considered a voluntary function for field mobilizers for too long, an invested service. Launched in 2016, Swabhimaan is a collaborative initiative of DAY- NRLM and UNICEF India in five poorest DAY-NRLM resource blocks in four districts of three Indian states: Bihar, Chhattisgarh and Odisha.

14. Which of the following does not comes under Phase II of Indian Strategic Petroleum Reserves program?

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In line with the integrated energy policy of Government of India, Union Cabinet accorded “in principle” approval for Phase-II SPR program which involves creation of additional 6.5 MMT of storage in underground rock caverns and associated facilities at Chandikhol, Odisha (4.0 MMT) and Padur-II, Karnataka (2.5 MMT).

15. Which of the following is not correct with respect to Central Vigilance commission?

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