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 Q .
30th National Child Science Congress started in which state on 27th January 2023?
A)
Gujarat
B)
Maharashtra
C)
Uttar Pradesh
D)
Karnataka

Correct Answer : Option (A) - Gujarat

Note :

The 30th National Child Science Congress began at Science City in Ahmedabad, Gujarat on 27th January 2023.

* Secretary of Gujarat Science and Technology department Vijay Nahera inaugurated the Congress in the virtual presence of Education minister Kuber Dindor.
 
* Gujarat Council on Science and Technology (GUJCOST), Gujarat Council of Science City, and SAL Education are hosting the five-day congress which will conclude on 31st January 2023.
 
* More than 1400 delegates including child scientists, escort teachers, evaluators, and government officials will attend the congress.

* As many as 850 students from across the country will showcase their unique projects in Congress...

Source : AIR

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Published On : January 28, 2023
 Q .
International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust is observed on ________.
A)
25th January
B)
26th January
C)
27th January
D)
28th January

Correct Answer : Option (C) - 27th January

Note :

International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust is observed on January 27.

* It is the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.

* The day is designated to remember the victims of the Holocaust. The Holocaust, also known as the Shoah, was a systematic extermination of six million Jews and millions of others, such as Romani, homosexuals, people with disabilities, political dissidents, and religious minorities, by Nazi Germany and its collaborators during World War II.
 
Theme 2023 : The United Nations Holocaust memorial ceremony in the United Nations General Assembly Hall will be under the theme ‘Home and Belonging’ for 2023.

According to the United Nation’s official website, this theme “highlights the humanity of the Holocaust victims and survivors, who had their home and sense of belonging ripped from them by the perpetrators of the Holocaust.”
 
History : On 27 January 1945, the advancing Red Army entered the Nazi Concentration and Extermination Camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau. They liberated more than 7,000 remaining prisoners, who were ill or dying.
 
A few days before this, the Schutzstaffel had forced almost 60,000 prisoners to evacuate the camp. They were also forced to embark on the infamous ‘Death Marches’. Thousands of people lost their lives.
 
The United Nations General Assembly passed Resolution 60/7 on November 1, 2005, to adopt January 27 as the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust. The UN aims to honour the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust and millions of other victims of Nazism. The day is also marked to develop educational programs to help prevent such genocides in the future.
 
 
Significance : The day serves as a reminder of the dangers of hatred and intolerance. Millions of lives were lost in the most inhumane treatment of man towards another man in modern history. The importance of Holocaust education and remembrance in order to prevent future atrocities is the highlight of this day. It is an opportunity for people to reflect on the lessons of the Holocaust and to uphold their commitment to human rights, dignity, and tolerance.
 
The day is also marked to honour the victims of the Holocaust and to promote Holocaust education and remembrance. It serves as a reminder of the atrocities committed during the Holocaust. This was the genocide in which the Nazi regime murdered six million Jews during World War II. The day is also marked to promote Holocaust education and combat antisemitism, racism, ethnic hatred, anti-communism, and prejudice...

Source : News18

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Published On : January 27, 2023
 Q .
Central Government has sanctioned _____ crore rupees to Uttarakhand under the Revamped Distribution Sector Scheme (RDSS).
A)
2,100 Crore
B)
2,600 Crore
C)
3,300 Crore
D)
4,500 Crore

Correct Answer : Option (B) - 2,600 Crore

Note :

The Central Government has sanctioned 2,600 crore rupees to Uttarakhand under the Revamped Distribution Sector Scheme (RDSS) for the construction of new power lines, sub-stations, and underground power lines.
 
* State Energy Secretary R Meenakshi Sundaram said that the State's project has been approved in the Regional Power Committee meeting in New Delhi.
 
* AIM : To strengthen the power supply system, the capacity of sub-stations will be increased in several districts including Dehradun. 

* All power lines in Haldwani will be underground, he added..

Source : AIR

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Published On : January 27, 2023
 Q .
Employees Provident Fund Organization (EPFO) has launched a massive District Outreach Progarmme________ on 27th Jan 2023.
A)
Nidhi Aapke Nikat 2.0
B)
Nidhi Aapke Nikat 3.0
C)
Nidhi Aapke Nikat 4.0
D)
Nidhi Aapke Nikat 5.0

Correct Answer : Option (A) - Nidhi Aapke Nikat 2.0

Note :

Employees’ Provident Fund Organization (EPFO) is launching a massive District Outreach Progarmme in all the Districts of the country through a revamped Nidhi Aapke Nikat programme.

* This programme will be e-launched by Secretary, Ministry of Labour & Employment, Government of India, Ms. Arti Ahuja on 27th January, 2023.
 
* The Nidhi Aapke Nikat 2.0 will not be only grievance redressal platform and information exchange network for the employers and the employees but also a platform for exchange of information with the district level authorities of various State and Central Government departments.
 
* The Nidhi Aapke Nikat is a programme where EPFO stakeholders come to the EPFO field offices for grievance redressal, under the Nidhi Aapke Nikat 2.0, EPFO will reach out to the stakeholders, thereby increasing accessibility and visibility of the organisation, in all the districts of the country.

* The aim of the programme is to reach out to all the districts in the country on the same day every month.

* The Nidhi Aapke Nikat 2.0 will be conducted on 27th of every month starting from January 2023..

Source : PIB

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Published On : January 27, 2023
 Q .
Which railway station of East Coast Railway has been awarded the 'Green Railway Station Certification with the highest rating of Platinum'?
A)
Rajahmundry
B)
Vijayawada
C)
Tirupati
D)
Visakhapatnam

Correct Answer : Option (D) - Visakhapatnam

Note :

Visakhapatnam railway station of East Coast Railway has been awarded the ‘Green Railway Station Certification with highest rating of Platinum' by the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) for adopting green concepts thereby reducing the adverse environmental impact.

DRM/ Waltair, Anup Satpathy received the certification from Dr S Vijayakumar, Chairman, IGBC Visakhapatnam Chapter at a function organised at Visakhapatnam on 24.01.2023.
 
Visakhapatnam is one of the few railway stations to get this prestigious certificate. Visakhapatnam secured 82 out of 100 points in six environmental categories.
 
The Environment Directorate of Indian Railways, with the support of the IGBC, has developed the Green Railway Station rating system. It addresses national priorities such as water conservation, handling of waste, energy efficiency, reduced use of fossil fuel, lesser dependence on usage of virgin materials and health and well-being of occupants.
 
Visakhapatnam railway station performed well in categories such as sustainable facilities, health, hygiene, energy and water efficiency, smart green initiatives, innovation and development.
 
The following steps were undertaken based on Survey and Recommendations of IGBC that conducted the Survey :
 
1. Segregation of Waste by Constructing MRF Shed
 
2. Setting and Operationalization of 500KLD STP for Station & Colony Water
 
3. Setting up of Solar Panels to conserve Power
 
4. Well Developed Passenger Amenities
 
5. 100% fitment of LED Lightings.
 
This feat has been entirely through team effort of all the departments spearheaded by EnHM WING...

Source : PIB

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Published On : January 27, 2023
 Q .
Which Indian-American has been nominated for appointment to the grade of Air Force Brigadier General?
A)
Bhagvati Bose
B)
Darshan Shah
C)
Uday Singh Tounke
D)
Raja J Chari

Correct Answer : Option (D) - Raja J Chari

Note : Indian-American Astronaut Raja J Chari has been nominated for the appointment of Air Force Brigadier General in the American Air Force.

* It is a United States Air Force one-star General Officer rank, slightly above Colonel and below Major General.

* Chari is now the Commander and Astronaut for Crew-3 at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Johnson Space Center in Texas.

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Published On : January 27, 2023
 Q .
Which Indian poet has been elected as the corresponding member of the Academy of Letters of Brazil?
A)
Shiv K Kumar
B)
Dilip Chitre
C)
Abhay K
D)
A K Mehrotra

Correct Answer : Option (C) - Abhay K

Note :

In a Plenary Session held on January 19, 2023, the Academy of Letters of Brazil (ALB) accepted the election of poet-diplomat Abhay K as a foreign corresponding member of the Academy.

Abhay Kumar is a poet-diplomat from India who presently works as the Deputy Director General of the Indian Council of Cultural Relations in New Delhi.
 
 Abhay K, even before his arrival as a diplomat in Brazil, edited CAPITALS – an anthology of poems on 185 capital cities of the world (Bloomsbury), which included a poem on Brasilia. During his diplomatic mission in Brazil as India’s Deputy Ambassador (2016-2019), he organized the monthly literary event Chai com Letras (Tea with Letters), where he brought together poets and writers from Brasilia and other cities in Brazil.”
 
“Abhay K also edited and translated ‘New Brazilian poems–A bilingual anthology after Elizabeth Bishop’ (Ibis Libris 2019), which presents the work of 60 Brazilian poets in English translation. This landmark anthology is the continuation of the work of Elizabeth Bishop, one of the greatest poets of the 20th century,” added Freitas.
 
ALB is like the French Academy of Letters has 40 active members, who are elected by their peers. The Academy has already had great names in Brazilian Literature in the past such as Ledo Ivo, Almeida Fischer, among others...

Source : Print

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Published On : January 27, 2023
 Q .
Who nominated "Julie Turner", director of the Office of East Asia and the Pacific in the Bureau of Democracy, at the Department of State, as North Korea Human Rights Envoy?
A)
Rishi Sunak
B)
Joe Biden
C)
Vladimir Putin
D)
Giorgia Meloni

Correct Answer : Option (B) - Joe Biden

Note :

United States President "Joe Biden" has nominated "Julie Turner" as special envoy for human rights in North Korea.

* White House said that the move is to fill a post that has been empty since 2017 amid debate over how rights issues fit with efforts to counter Pyongyang's nuclear weapons programme
 
* She is a long-time diplomat and current director of the Office of East Asia and the Pacific in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor at the Department of State.

* She speaks Korean and has previously worked on North Korean human rights as a special assistant in the envoy's office. Biden vowed repeatedly after taking office in 2021 that human rights would be at the centre of his foreign policy, but the position had remained vacant...

Source : AIR

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Published On : January 27, 2023
 Q .
Who is the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Toyota Motor Corp from 1st April 2023?
A)
Harald Krüger
B)
Koji Sato
C)
Jim Rowan
D)
Martin Schwenk

Correct Answer : Option (B) - Koji Sato

Note :

* The chief executive of Toyota Motor Corp will step down as head of the company his grandfather founded, the Japanese automaker said on Thursday (26th Jan 2023), handing over to the boss of its luxury car unit as it struggles to meet the shift to electric vehicles.
 
* Koji Sato, the automaker's 53-year-old chief branding officer, who is also president of Toyota's luxury brand Lexus, will take over as chief executive from April 1, the company said, as Akio Toyoda becomes chairman.
 
* The current chairman Takeshi Uchiyamada will drop his chairman title but remain on the board.
 
* The issue of who would take over from Toyoda, the 66-year-old grandson of the company's founder, had increasingly been a focus for investors. But the timing of the succession announcement was a surprise...

Source : Business Today

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Published On : January 27, 2023
 Q .
'Ironman of India' Sabir Ali, who won the decathlon gold at the 1981 Asian Athletics Championships in Tokyo, When did passed away?
A)
22nd January 2023
B)
23rd January 2023
C)
24th January 2023
D)
25th January 2023

Correct Answer : Option (A) - 22nd January 2023

Note :

‘Ironman of India’ Sabir Ali, who won the decathlon gold at the 1981 Asian Athletics Championships in Tokyo, passed away in New Delhi on Sunday (22nd January 2023) following a cardiac arrest, family sources said. He was 67.
 
* Ali, who retired from Railways, won the title in the Japanese capital with a tally of 7,253 points beating Japan’s Nobuya Saito (7,078) and China’s Zu Qilin (7,074).

* He also won two silver medals at the South Asian Federation Games held in Kathmandu and Dhaka.
 
* Ali won eight consecutive Open National titles in the gruelling event between 1979 and 1985.

* The Railways star was unbeatable at the Inter-State meets too – he represented Haryana -- which he won twice in 1979 and 1981. His pet event was the javelin throw.
 
* Ali won a bronze and silver at the World Railway meets in 1981 and ’85 and was honoured with the Arjuna Award in 1981. Ali, who grew up in Delhi, is survived by his wife, son and daughter...

Source : Times of India

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Published On : January 27, 2023