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Daily Current Affairs Quiz – 12th Dec. 2020

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#1. Which of the following country is not part of the QUAD group?

Ans: 2

Explanation:

  • What is Quad grouping?
    • The quadrilateral security dialogue includes Japan, India, United States and Australia.
    • All four nations find a common ground of being the democratic nations and common interests of unhindered maritime trade and security.
  • Genesis:
    • The grouping traces its genesis to 2004 when the four countries came together to coordinate relief operations in the aftermath of the tsunami.
    • It then met for the first time in 2007 on the sidelines of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit.
    • The intention was to enhance maritime cooperation between the four nations.

#2. Arrange the following from North to South:

1. North Sea

2. Barents Sea

3. Mediterranean Sea

4. Black Sea

Choose the correct option:

Ans: (2)

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#3. Which of the given pairs are correctly matched?

A. 1st Schedule - Name of States and UTs and Territorial Jurisdiction of states

B. 4th Schedule - Forms of oath and affirmation

C. 7th Schedule - Official languages

D. 9th Schedule - The state acts and regulations that deal with land reforms

E. 10th Schedule - Anti DefectionLaws

Ans: (3)

Explanation:

  • 1st Schedule: Name of States and UTs and Territorial Jurisdiction of state.
  • 4th Schedule: Allocation of seats for States and Union Territories in the Rajya Sabha.
  • 7th Schedule: This schedule deals with the three legislative lists: Union, State and concurrent.
  • 9th Schedule: The state acts and regulations that deal with land reforms.
  • 10th Schedule: Anti Defection Laws.

#4. ‘PM- WANI’ was in news recently, is associated primarily with which of the following?

Ans: (3)

Explanation:

  • Prime Minister Wi-Fi Access Network Interface or ‘PM Wani’ gets cabinet approval.
    • The move is aimed at helping accelerate the uptake of broadband Internet services.
    • It was first recommended by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) in 2017.
  • Key features of the project:
    • This will allow setting up of public WiFi hotspots across the country via public data offices or public data offices (PDOs).
    • It will not require the PDOs to get a license or pay a fee.
    • This will involve multiple players, including PDOs, Public Data Office Aggregators (PDOA), app providers, and a central registry.
  • Implementation:
    • PDOs will be “facilitators” between service providers and users.
    • A PDOA will be an aggregator of PDOs that will oversee functions relating to authorization and accounting of Wi-Fi connections.
    • A person, who wants to use public Wi-Fi, can do so via an app and will make payments as per usage.
    • The project will also have an app developer who will build a platform to register users and discover Wani-compliant Wi-Fi hotspots in an area and display them on the app.
    • A central registry, which will be maintained by the Centre for Development of Telematics, will record the details of app providers, PDOAs and PDOs.

#5. Which one of the following is the best description of ‘INS Kalvari’, that was in the news recently?

Ans: (1)

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Explanation:

  • What is Submarine Day, celebrating the memory of INS Kalvari?
    • Celebrated on December 8th.
    • It was on December 8 that the Indian Naval Ensign was unfurled on INS Kalvari, the first submarine to be inducted in the Indian Navy, at Riga in Latvia, the erstwhile USSR, in 1967.
    • Kalvari is the Malayalam name for Tiger Shark, a predator in the Indian Ocean.
    • The Kalvari was decommissioned in 1996 after 29 years of service.
  • India’s Kalvari class of submarines, and its strategic significance
    • INS Kalvari (S21) is the first of the six Scorpène-class submarines currently in service with the Indian Navy. It is a diesel-electric attack submarine which is designed by DCNS (French naval defence and energy company) and was manufactured at Mazagon Dock Limited in MumbaI.
    • The ship inherits its name from INS Kalvari (S23) which served in the Indian Navy from 1967 to 1996. Kalvari is the Malayalam word for tiger shark, a deep-sea predator in the Indian Ocean.
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