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 Q .
Who is the new CEO of Vistara Airlines in Jan 2022?
A)
Rono Dutta
B)
Vinod Kannan
C)
Tony Fernandes
D)
Sanjay Aggarwal

Correct Answer : Option (B) - Vinod Kannan

Note :

Vistara on Saturday(1st Jan 2022) said that Vinod Kannan took over as the chief executive officer (CEO) of the airline on Saturday(1st Jan 2022). According to a statement by the carrier, Kannan replaced Leslie Thng who was the CEO from July 16, 2017 to December 31, 2021.
 
It added that Deepak Rajawat has been elevated to take up the role of Vistara’s chief commercial officer from Saturday. “Kannan started his stint with Vistara as the Chief Strategy Officer in June 2019 and took over as Chief Commercial Officer in January 2020 with responsibility for developing, executing, and sustaining Vistara’s corporate strategy and ensuring the airline’s commercial success,” it mentioned.
 
Vistara, is a 51:49 joint venture between Tata Sons Private Limited and Singapore Airlines (SIA).

Source : The Indian Express

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Published On : January 4, 2022
 Q .
How many friendly foreign countries did India invite to participate in the Multinational Naval Exercises at Visakhapatnam Milan?
A)
46
B)
48
C)
56
D)
63

Correct Answer : Option (A) - 46

Note : India has invited a total of "46 friendly foreign countries" to participate in the multinational naval exercise Milan in Visakhapatnam, scheduled from February 25, 2022. The theme of this 11th edition of exercise Milan is camaraderie, cohesion and collaboration. This exercise was initiated in 1995 and held biennially and conducted with friendly navies.

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Published On : January 4, 2022
 Q .
There was a massive fire at which nation's Parliament?
A)
Canada
B)
Germany
C)
South Korea
D)
South Africa

Correct Answer : Option (D) - South Africa

Note :

A large fire at South Africa’s Houses of Parliament on Sunday(January 2, 2022) sent flames and smoke billowing from rooftops and fire crews racing to save the historic structures.
 
Officials said the fire spread from an office space on the third floor of a building adjacent to the old National Assembly building toward a gym and to rooftops. The scale of the destruction was not immediately clear, they said, but there were fires burning in “two very distinct areas,” and they warned that it was likely to be extensive...

Source : The New York Times

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Published On : January 4, 2022
 Q .
Who has become the first Indian-origin woman to trek solo to South Pole?
A)
Sneha Sharma
B)
Aparna Popat
C)
Harpreet Chandi
D)
Ashwini Ponnappa

Correct Answer : Option (C) - Harpreet Chandi

Note :

Harpreet Chandi, a 32-year-old Indian-origin British Sikh Army officer and physiotherapist also known as Polar Preet, has created history by becoming the first woman of colour to complete a solo unsupported trek to the South Pole.
 
Chandi announced her history-making feat on her live blog on Monday at the end of Day 40 after travelling 700 miles (1,127 kilometres) while pulling a pulk or sledge with all of her kit and battling temperatures of minus 50 degrees Celsius and wind speeds of around 60mph.

Source : The New Indian Express

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Published On : January 4, 2022
 Q .
When did Indian Navy 1971 war veteran Vice Admiral SH Sharma passes away?
A)
4th January 2022
B)
3rd January 2022
C)
2nd January 2022
D)
1st January 2022

Correct Answer : Option (B) - 3rd January 2022

Note : The Indian Navy's Indo-Pakistan war veteran Vice Admiral SH Sarma passed away on Monday(3 January 2022). During the 1971 war, he was the Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet in which India had defeated Pakistan to form Bangladesh.

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Published On : January 4, 2022
 Q .
Who has assumed the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union with effect from January 01, 2022?
A)
France
B)
Germany
C)
Switzerland
D)
United Kingdom

Correct Answer : Option (A) - France

Note :

France has assumed the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union with effect from January 01, 2022. The country will continue to hold the EU presidency for the next six months till June 30, 2022. This is the 13th time that France has taken over the rotating presidency. The motto of France as EU President is “recovery, strength, belonging.”
 
France will work to place the continent’s digitization and climate protection at the forefront. The presidency of the EU rotates every six months among the member states of the 27-nation bloc. Upon the completion of six months presidency, France will be replaced by the Czech Republic.

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Published On : January 4, 2022
 Q .
Which country Former PM Tony Blair is now "Sir Tony" with Queen's Knighthood, joins top royal order?
A)
Russia
B)
United Kingdom
C)
Singapore
D)
United States

Correct Answer : Option (B) - United Kingdom

Note :

The Order of the Garter, England's oldest and most senior order of chivalry, has inducted former British Prime Minister(UK) "Tony Blair", the Duchess of Cornwall, and Baroness Amos. According to the BBC, the former prime minister will now be recognised as 'Sir Tony.' The nominations are made at the discretion of the Queen, who can appoint up to 24 "knight and lady companions." In 2005, she knighted former Conservative Prime Minister John Major. Baroness Amos, a former Labour cabinet minister, is the order's first black member. 
 
Blair is elevated to the rank of Sir Tony on January 1 when he joined the order as a "knight companion." He described his time as prime minister as a "wonderful honour." He added, "I would like to thank all those who served with me, in politics, public service, and other areas of our society, for their devotion and commitment to our nation." Sir Tony led his party to a resounding victory in 1997, and he went on to win two more general elections. He served for ten years before stepping down and delegating authority to his chancellor, Gordon Brown. The UK joined the US-led invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan under Sir Tony's leadership; an official report into the 2003 Iraq war was harshly critical of his administration and UK military officers...

Source : Asia Net News

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Published On : January 4, 2022
 Q .
Which state has the highest number of open defecation free (ODF Plus) villages in India?
A)
Odisha
B)
Kerala
C)
Tamil Nadu
D)
Telangana

Correct Answer : Option (D) - Telangana

Note :

"Telangana" Minister KT Rama Rao stated that the rural development initiative marked the start of a new era in Telangana. He said that Telangana stands at the forefront in all fields due to the effective leadership of CM K Chandrashekar Rao.
 
Minister KTR said Telangana is number one among the open defecation-free states with 96.74%. KTR also noted that Tamil Nadu (35.39%) was in second place by a considerable margin.

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Published On : January 4, 2022
 Q .
Who was the first Indian-origin employee to be employed at Tesla?
A)
Leslie Berland
B)
Parag Agrawal
C)
Ashok Elluswamy
D)
Shantanu Narayen

Correct Answer : Option (C) - Ashok Elluswamy

Note :

Ashok Elluswamy is actually the head of Autopilot engineering, Elon Musk said.
 
Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk, who has been using social media to recruit people, has disclosed that Indian-origin Ashok Elluswamy was the first employee to be hired for his electric vehicle company’s Autopilot team.
 
“Ashok was the first person recruited from my tweet saying that Tesla is starting an Autopilot team!” Mr. Musk said in a tweet in reply to a video of his interview.
 
He said that Ashok is actually the head of Autopilot engineering.
 
"Andrej is director of AI; People often give me too much credit and give Andrej too much credit. The Tesla Autopilot AI team is extremely talented. Some of the smartest people in the world,” he said.

Source : The Hindu

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Published On : January 4, 2022
 Q .
Who launched the "India Semiconductor Mission"?
A)
Piyush Goyal
B)
Nirmala Sitharaman
C)
Ashwini Vaishnaw
D)
Rajeev Chandrasekhar

Correct Answer : Option (C) - Ashwini Vaishnaw

Note :

Information Technology Minister "Ashwini Vaishnaw" launched the India Semiconductor Mission on Wednesday. Speaking to journalists, Vaishnaw said companies which are interested in tapping the Rs 76,000-crore incentives earmarked by the Centre for development of semiconductors and display manufacturing ecosystem in India can begin applying for the same from January 1.
 
“The schemes have been notified and uploaded on the website. A portal for the same has been prepared for receiving the applications. Come January 1, 2022, onwards, we will start receiving the applications,” Vaishnaw said.
 
 
The India Semiconductor Mission (ISM) is a specialised and independent business division within the Digital India Corporation. It has been set up with the aim to build a vibrant semiconductor and display ecosystem to enable India’s emergence as a global hub for electronics manufacturing and design.

Source : Business Standard

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Published On : January 4, 2022