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Current Affairs Quiz Today – 31st Dec. 2020

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Current affairs quiz today – 31st Dec. 2020.
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#1. Consider the following statements with respect to Akash Missile:

1. Akash is a medium-range mobile surface-to-surface missile.

2. It has been indigenously developed by DRDO under Integrated Guided-Missile Development Programme.

Which of the given statement/s is/are correct?

ANS: (B) 2 only

Explanation:

  • Akash is a mid-range surface-to-air missile (SAM).
  • It is a medium-range nuclear-capable supersonic missile. It has been indigenously developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) under the Integrated Guided-Missile Development Programme (IGMDP).
    • The Integrated Guided Missile Development Program started in 1984.
  • It is a multi-target, multi-directional, all-weather air-defence missile system consisting of surveillance and tracking radars for defending vulnerable areas against medium-range air targets penetrating from low, medium and high altitudes.

#2. Consider the following statements with respect to SAHAYAK-NG:

1. It is India’s first indigenously designed and developed Air Droppable Container.

2. It has the capacity to carry a payload of up to 500 kg and can be dropped from a heavy aircraft.

3. It is a GPS aided air dropped container.

Which of the given statement/s is/are INCORRECT?

ANS: (C) 2 only

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Explanation:

  • SAHAYAK-NG is India’s first indigenously designed and developed Air Droppable Container.
  • It is an advanced version of SAHAYAK Mk I. It is a GPS aided air dropped container with the capacity to carry a payload of up to 50 kg and can be dropped from a heavy aircraft.
  • The successful maiden test was conducted by the DRDO along with the Indian Navy.
  • The container was dropped from IL 38SD aircraft (of the Indian Navy) off the coast of Goa during the test flight.
  • The trial was conducted by the Navy to enhance its operational logistics capabilities and provide critical engineering stores to ships which are deployed more than 2000 km from the coast.
  • It reduces the requirement of ships to come close to the coast to collect spares and stores.

#3. Consider the following statements Dibru-Saikhowa:

1. Dibru-Saikhowa is a National Park as well as a Biosphere Reserve situated on the south bank of the river Brahmaputra.

2. It is an identified Important Bird Area (IBA) notified by the Bombay Natural History Society.

3. The park is bound by the Lohit River in the south and Dibru river in the north.

Which of the given statement/s is/are correct?

ANS: (A) 1 and 2 only

Explanation

  • Dibru-Saikhowa is a National Park as well as a Biosphere Reserve situated on the south bank of the river Brahmaputra in Assam.
  • The national park is located in Dibrugarh and Tinsukia districts of Assam.
  • It is an identified Important Bird Area (IBA) notified by the Bombay Natural History Society.
  • The park is bounded by the Brahmaputra and Lohit Rivers in the north and Dibru river in the south.

#4. Consider the following statements regarding PM SVANidhi scheme.

1. The PM SVANidhi scheme, is a credit facility that provides street vendors a collateral-free loan of Rs 1,00,000 with low rates of interest for a period of one year.

2. The scheme is part of the AtmaNirbhar Bharat package.

3. Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) is the implementing agency for the scheme.

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

ANS: (C) 2 and 3 only

Explanation:

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Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs launched a scheme PM Street Vendor’s AtmaNirbhar Nidhi (PM SVANidhi) to empower Street Vendors by not only extending loans to them, but also for their holistic development and economic upliftment. The scheme intends to facilitate collateral free working capital loans of up to INR10,000/- of one-year tenure, to approximately 50 lakh street vendors, to help resume their businesses in the urban areas, including surrounding peri-urban/rural areas.

Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) is the implementing agency.

#5. Consider the following statements with respect to Kala-azar:

1. Kala-azar is endemic to the Indian subcontinent.

2. It is also known as Visceral leishmaniasis (VL).

3. It is a parasitic disease.

Which of the given statement/s is/are correct?

ANS: (D) 1, 2 and 3

Explanation:

  • Kala-azar is endemic to the Indian subcontinent in four countries (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal).
  • It is also known as Visceral leishmaniasis (VL) and black fever.
  • It is a parasitic disease caused by protozoan parasites of the Leishmania genus.
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