1.Which public sector company has successfully developed a Geo-polymer coarse aggregate from fly ash?
[A] NHPC Ltd
[B] NTPC Ltd
Explanation: NTPC Limited, formerly known as National Thermal Power Corporation Limited has successfully developed a Geo-polymer coarse aggregate from fly ash. Aggregates are commonly used in civil engineering projects to stabilise the terrain. The developed aggregate is environment friendly and do not require any cement for application in concrete. It also reduces carbon emission and water consumption. ©navclasses
2.Home Ministry constituted teams to check compliance of COVID-19 guidelines in private hospitals of which state/UT?
[B] New Delhi
[C] West Bengal
Explanation: The Ministry of Home Affairs has recently stated that multi-disciplinary teams have been constituted to check compliance of COVID-19 guidelines. The teams will visit all private hospitals in Delhi to check the status of compliance of directions issued by Union Health Ministry to test and treat COVID patients. They will also check the compliance of instructions issued by Delhi government to contain spread of COVID-19. ©navclasses
3.India is set to establish a ‘Task force for mutual recognition of academic qualifications’ with which country?
Explanation: In a bilateral meeting between India’s Education Minister and Foreign Secretary of UK, the countries agreed to strengthen their engagement in the field of education and research. They also agreed to set up a joint Task Force consisting of designated higher education organizations from both the countries, for working towards mutual recognition of academic qualifications. ©navclasses
4.What is “Shinkansen” that was making the news recently?
[A] Buddhist Monument
[B] High Speed Train
[C] COVID Vaccine
[D] New Planet
Explanation: Recently, the Embassy of Japan in India has rolled out some images of E5 series Shinkansen – High speed bullet trains used in Japan, which would be modified for use in Mumbai-Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail (MAHSR) project. Once the project is completed, the travel time between Mumbai and Ahmedabad would be reduced to 2 hours. The project is expected to be completed by 2023. ©navclasses
5.The Indian Institute of Skills, Mumbai has been established in partnership with which company?
[C] Reliance Industries
[D] Ashok Leyland
Explanation: In 2018, the Union Cabinet decided to set up Indian Institute of Skills (IISs) at three locations, namely, Maharashtra (Mumbai), Gujarat (Ahmedabad) and Uttar Pradesh (Kanpur) in Public Private Partnership (PPP). Tata Trust has been selected as the Private partner to establish IIS in Mumbai and Ahmadabad. Recently, the Union Minister for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Mahendra Nath Pandey inaugurated the first batch of Indian Institute of Skills in Mumbai. ©navclasses
6.Which state announced that it will include the History of Sikh gurus in school curriculum?
[B] Uttar Pradesh
[D] Madhya Pradesh
Explanation: The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath announced that the history of Sikh gurus will be included in the school curriculum. He also declared that ‘Sahibzada Diwas’, which marks the martyrdom of four sons of 10th Sikh Guru Gobind Singh and his mother, will be celebrated in all schools. ©navclasses
7.Indian Farm Forestry Development Co-operative (IFFDC) has partnered with which Union Ministry to conduct training programs for artisans?
[A] Ministry of Agriculture
[B] Ministry of Tribal Affairs
[C] Ministry of Commerce and Industry
[D] Ministry of MSME
Explanation: Indian Farm Forestry Development Co-operative Ltd (IFFDC) have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with TRIFED of Tribal Affairs Ministry. The organisations aim to work together for promoting tribal livelihood. They will jointly conduct training programmes for tribal artisans, to enhance their entrepreneurship skill and business development. IFFDC, promoted by Indian Farmers Fertiliser Cooperative Limited (IFFCO), has been working in Farm Forestry, Climate Change, eco-restoration and livelihood generation. ©navclasses
8.‘National Safety Council’ was set up by which Union Ministry?
[A] Ministry of Health and Family welfare
[B] Ministry of Labour
[C] Ministry of Commerce and Industry
[D] Ministry of Heavy Industries
Explanation: National Safety Council (NSC) was set up by the Ministry of Labour in 1966 as a not-for-profit body on Safety, Health and Environment (SHE) at the national level. As per a press statement by the Ministry of Labour and Employment, S.N. Subrahmanyan, CEO and Managing Director of L&T Ltd, has been recently appointed as Chairman of the National Safety Council, for a period of three years. ©navclasses
9.India is to provide over Rs 89 million to which country, for restoration and conservation of cultural heritage sites?
[A] Sri Lanka
Explanation: As per the press release issued by the Indian Embassy, India is to provide Nepalese Rupee 142 million to Nepal for the restoration and conservation of three cultural heritage sites. These projects are being implemented under USD 50 million grant assistance committed by India earlier. The three sites in the Kathmandu Valley include Seto Machindranath Temple, construction of Dharamshala at Budhaneelkantha and conservation of Kumari Home. ©navclasses
10.Who chairs the NITI Aayog’s Governing Council meeting?
[A] Finance Minister
[B] Prime Minister
[C] NITI Aayog CEO
[D] Home Minister
Explanation: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is to chair the sixth meeting of the NITI Aayog’s Governing Council sixth. Problems related to agriculture, infrastructure, manufacturing and human resource development will be discussed in the meeting. The council is the apex body of NITI Aayog, which includes all chief ministers, Lieutenant Governors of Union Territories (UTs), Union ministers and senior Government officials. ©navclasses