Current Affairs Shine India Education For Panchayat Secretary APPSC 19 - 01 - 2019

  • 1. Where did Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurate the “Development of Spiritual Circuit: Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple – Aranmula-Sabarimala” project worth Rs. 92.22 crores under Swadesh Darshan Scheme of Tourism Ministry, on 15th January 2019?
   A.) Maharashtra
   B.) Kerala
   C.) Tamil Nadu
   D.) Karnataka

Answer: Option 'B'

On 15th January 2019, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the project “Development of Spiritual Circuit: Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple – Aranmula-Sabarimala” at the cost of Rs. 92.22 crores under Swadesh Darshan Scheme of Tourism Ministry in Kerala. He also dedicated the 13-km Kollam bypass on NH 66 in Kerala to the nationThe Sree Padmanaaswamy Temple is one of the 108 Divyadesams of Lord Vishnu and majority of the work under this project has been carried out at this temple. Under the Project, the ministry of tourism has developed and rejuvenated the temple along with its surroundings keeping in mind the factors of heritage and socio-cultural aspects. Ministry of tourism has sanctioned 7 projects in Kerala under the Swadesh Darshan and PRASHAD schemes for an approximate amount of Rs 550 crores.

  • 2. Where was the 6th ‘Women of India Organic Festival’ held from 12th to 14th January 2019, to encourage women farmers and entrepreneurs in the organic sector from the remotest parts of India?
   A.) Ranchi
   B.) Varanasi
   C.) Cuttack
   D.) Chandigarh

Answer: Option 'D'

From 12th to 14th January 2019,The Ministry of Women and Child Development organised the three-day 6th ‘Women of India Organic Festival’ in Chandigarh, to encourage the women farmers and entrepreneurs in the organic sector from the remotest parts of India. This programme is conducted twice in a year with a motive to connect the Indian women entreprenurs with with other buyers and create awarness about the importance of adopting organic products for a healthy and a environmental friendly life-style. The Festival visualised over 1,000 varied organic products, including fabric, wellness, grains, seeds, jewellery, bakery items and a lot more.

  • 3. The bilateral army exercise named IMBEX 2018-19 between India and which country began at Chandimandir, in Chandigarh, on 14th January 2019?
   A.) Maldives
   B.) Mauritius
   C.) Myanmar
   D.) Malaysia

Answer: Option 'C'

On January 14, 2019, India-Myanmar bilateral army exercise, IMBEX begun at Chandimandir, headquarters of the Western Command in Chandigarh. It is the second edition of the IMBEX EXERCISE. The motive of IMBEX 2018-19 are:
• To train the Myanmar delegation for participation in United Nations peace keeping operations under the UN flag.
• It provided opportunities to the army personnel of both the nations to serve effectively in UN missions as also understand each other’s training, tactics, procedures and best practices.

  • 4. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis reaffirmed the state government’s commitment towards doubling farmers income by _____?
   A.) 2020
   B.) 2022
   C.) 2024
   D.) 2025

Answer: Option 'B'

On January 14, 2019, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis reaffirmed the state government’s commitment towards doubling farmers income by 2022. According to his announcement,The government has approved Rs 24,000 crore worth loan waiver for the state’s 51 lakh farmers holding bank accounts. It had also made available more than Rs 10,000 crore fund through budget in the current fiscal for implementation of various schemes. Rs 15,240 crore worth compensation were distributed to farmers whose crops were damaged by natural calamity.He also mentioned about the government’s Jalyukta Shivar water conservation scheme. Rs 34,000 crore was given for upgrading the dams in the state.

  • 5. Name the convener of the 7-member Group of Ministers (GoM) under the title ‘GoM for boosting Real Estate Sector under the GST regime’ announced by Finance Ministry on 15th January 2019?
   A.) Naveen Karmakar
   B.) Dinesh Kumar
   C.) Nitin Patel
   D.) Manoj Sinha

Answer: Option 'C'

On January 15, 2019, the Finance Ministry announced constitution of a 7-member Group of Ministers (GoM) under the title ‘GoM for boosting Real Estate Sector under the GST regime’. This decision was taken under the suggestion of the 32nd Meeting of GST Council held on 10 January 2019 at New Delhi. Nitin Patel, Deputy Chief Minister, Government of Gujarat is convener of the GoM. 6 other members of the group include:
1.Sudhir Mungantiwar, Finance Minister, Government of Maharashtra,
2.Krishna Byre Gowda, Finance Minister, Government of Karnataka,
3.Dr. T.M. Thomas Isaac, Finance Minister, Government of Kerala,
4.Manpreet Singh Badal, Finance Minister, Government of Punjab,
5.Rajesh Agarwal, Finance Minister, Government of Uttar Pradesh and
6.Mauvin Godinho, Minister of Panchayat, Government of Goa.
Manish Sinha, Joint Secretary (TRU-II), CBIC, was made the Secretary for the GoM for boosting the Real Estate Sector under GST regime.

  • 6. A harvest festival named “Pongal” is celebrated in which state from January 15 to 18, 2019?
   A.) Karnataka
   B.) Uttar Pradesh
   C.) Tamil Nadu
   D.) Gujarat

Answer: Option 'C'

On 15th January 2019, Pongal a harvest festival started in Tamil Nadu. It is a four-day festival according to the Tamil calendar and it is usually celebrated from January 15 to January 18.Pongal means to boil. Rice is boiled in milk and offered firstly to the sun and then cows and then to the family and friends. Pongal marks the beginning of the sun’s northward journey towards the equinox, known as Uttarayan. The first day of Pongal is celebrated in honour of Lord Indra and is called Bogi or Bhogi Pongal. The second day is dedicated to the Sun God and known as Surya Pongal. On third day Jallikattu festival starts and is dedicated to cattle and called Mattu Pongal. Fourth day marks the end of the festival for the year and is called Kaanum Pongal or Thiruvalluvar day.

  • 7. Where was the three-day long 9th International Micro irrigation conference inaugurated by Union Water Resources Minister Nitin Gadkari, on 16th January 2019?
   A.) Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu
   B.) Port Blair, Andaman & Nicobar Islands
   C.) Aurangabad, Maharashtra
   D.) Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh

Answer: Option 'C'

On January 16, 2019, Union Water Resources Minister Nitin Gadkari inaugurated the three-day long 9th International Micro irrigation conference at Aurangabad, Maharashtra. The conference would conclude on January 18, 2019. Aim of the conference was to share experiences in the use of new technologies and best management practices in drip, micro-sprinkler, and other localized irrigation systems. The Theme of the conference was: “Micro Irrigation and Modern Agriculture”. The conference was organized by Ministry of Water Resources and River Development. 740 delegates including 100 foreign delegates from 56 countries are participating in the conference.

  • 8. Where was the First Annual Disarmament and International Security Affairs Fellowship Programme organised by Ministry of External Affairs on 14th January 2019?
   A.) Chennai
   B.) New Delhi
   C.) Mumbai
   D.) Kolkata

Answer: Option 'B'

On 14th January 2019, the First Annual Disarmament and International Security Affairs Fellowship Programme was organised by Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi. The event will be concluded on 1st February 2019. The event was inaugurated by the United Nations Under Secretary General and High Representative for Disarmament, Ms. Izumi Nakamitsu, and Foreign Secretary, Shri Vijay Keshav Gokhale. The Fellowship Programme, which is being held at the Foreign Services Institute, New Delhi will be attended by Young Diplomats from 27 countries. Multiple issues related to disarmament and international security such as global security environment, weapons of mass destruction, certain conventional weapons, space security, maritime cooperation, security of cyberspace, export controls, emerging technologies etc. will be covered in the programme. The aim of the programme is to equip participants with knowledge and perspectives on various issues related to disarmament, non-proliferation, arms control and international security.

  • 9. One out of every _____ Class 8 students in rural India is unable to read simple texts as per the Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) 2018 by NGO Pratham?
   A.) 4
   B.) 5
   C.) 7
   D.) 9

Answer: Option 'A'

On January 16, 2018, as per the Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) 2018, one out of every four Class 8 students in rural India is unable to read. The report was made after the survey conducted by an autonomous unit of education-NGO Pratham. The survey covered around 3.5 lakh households and 546,527 children between the ages of three and 16 across 596 rural districts.

  • 10. Multi-Modal Logistics Park (MMLP), spread over 28.3 acres and built at a cost of Rs 100 crore at Jharsuguda in ____ was dedicated to the nation by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on 15th January 2019?
   A.) Bihar
   B.) Odisha
   C.) Uttar Pradesh
   D.) Himachal Pradesh

Answer: Option 'B'

On 15th January 2019, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi launched a slew of Central government projects worth over Rs.1,550 crore in Balangir district of Odisha for accelerating the state’s development. The prime minister dedicated to the nation the electrification of Jharsuguda-Vizianagaram and Sambalpur-Angul railway lines spanning 813 km and completed at a cost of Rs 1,085 crore. He also inaugurated the doubling of 14.2 km Barpali-Dungaripali and 17.3 km Balangir-Deogaon rail lines, completed at a cost of Rs 189.3 crore. Besides a Multi-Modal Logistics Park (MMLP), spread over 28.3 acres and built at a cost of Rs 100 crore at Jharsuguda was also dedicated to the nation. He also inaugurated the 15 km-long Balangir-Bichhupali ailway line laid at a cost of Rs 115 crore. It is part of the new 289-km Balangir-Khurda road line which connects to Howrah-Chennai main line on Khurda Road and Titlagarh-Sambalpur line at Balangir.