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 Q .
Rare instance of snowfall was witnessed in which desert recently?
A)
Thar
B)
Sahara
C)
Nami
D)
Atacama

Correct Answer : Option (B) - Sahara

Note : In a rare phenomenon, snowfall was captured on the dunes of the Sahara Desert after the temperatures dropped below zero. This is the 5th time in 42 years that it has snowed in the Sahara desert. The earlier times were in 1979, 2016,2018 and 2021. The maximum temperature in the desert reaches to about 58 degrees in the summer.

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Published On : January 20, 2022
 Q .
The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has launched which mobile app on investor education?
A)
Baa₹thi
B)
Vaa₹thi
C)
Paa₹thi
D)
Saa₹thi

Correct Answer : Option (D) - Saa₹thi

Note :

Markets regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) on Wednesday(19th Jan 2022) launched “Saa₹thi” – a mobile app on investor education in Mumbai. The new app aims to create awareness among investors about the basic concepts of the securities market.
 
Additionally, the app will also explain about KYC process, trading and settlement, Mutual Funds (MF), recent market developments, investor grievances redressal mechanism, etc, the market regulator said in a press release.
 
Launching the app, SEBI chairman Ajay Tyagi said, “This mobile app is yet another initiative of SEBI with a view to empowering investors with knowledge about securities market. With the recent surge in individual investors entering the market, and more importantly a large proportion of trading being mobile phone based, this app will be helpful in easily accessing the relevant information. I am sure that in coming times this App will be popular among the investors especially the young ones.”
 
The SEBI "Saa₹thi" mobile app is available in Hindi and English. The Android and iOS versions of the App can be downloaded from Play Store and App Store respectively..

Source : Indian Express

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Published On : January 20, 2022
 Q .
When did the professional mountaineer Major Hari Pal Singh Ahluwalia Passed Away?
A)
11th Jan 2022
B)
14th Jan 2022
C)
16th Jan 2022
D)
20th Jan 2022

Correct Answer : Option (B) - 14th Jan 2022

Note :

Padma Shri recipient and founder of the Indian Spinal Injuries Centre Major "Hari Pal Singh Ahluwalia" passed away on Friday(14th Jan 2022) evening. He was 85.
 
HPS Ahluwalia was a retired army officer, a trained mountaineer, author and social worker "who has contributed immensely in various fields including adventure, sports, environment, disability and social work", said a statement.
 
As a professional mountaineer, he was one of the first Indians to conquer Mount Everest. He has written over 13 books including his autobiography Higher Than Everest, it said Major Ahluwalia has also been a former president of the Indian Mountaineering Foundation and the Delhi Mountaineering Association.

Source : NDTV

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Published On : January 20, 2022
 Q .
How much amount of Capital Infusion has been approved by the Cabinet of Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency Limited (IREDA) in 2022?
A)
Rs 1,500 crore
B)
Rs 2,000 crore
C)
Rs 2,500 crore
D)
Rs 2,500 crore

Correct Answer : Option (A) - Rs 1,500 crore

Note :

The government on Wednesday(19th Jan 2022) approved the equity infusion of Rs 1,500 crore in Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA) to enable it to lend Rs 12,000 crore to green energy projects.
 
IREDA, a mini ratna company under the administrative control of the new and renewable energy ministry was set up in 1987 to work as a specialised non-banking finance agency for the renewable energy sector.
 
The equity infusion, approved by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, will enable IREDA to facilitate the debt requirement of additional renewable energy generation capacity of about 3,500-4,000 Mw, an official statement said.
 
This will help in employment generation of nearly 10,200 jobs-year and CO2 equivalent emission reduction of approximately 7.49 Million Tonnes CO2/year, it said.

Source : Economic Times

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Published On : January 20, 2022
 Q .
Who is the new Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of Air India Limited in Jan 2022?
A)
Ajay Singh
B)
Sunil Bhaskaran
C)
Vikram Dev Dutt
D)
Hemant Kamala Jalan

Correct Answer : Option (C) - Vikram Dev Dutt

Note :

Senior bureaucrat "Vikram Dev Dutt" has been appointed as the Chairman and Managing Director(CMD) of Air India Ltd on 18th January 2022, as part of a senior-level bureaucratic reshuffle. He has been appointed as the Air India chief in the rank and pay of Additional Secretary, an order issued by the personnel ministry said. 
 
Dutt’s appointment comes at a time when the national carrier is going through an ownership change.  On October 25, the Centre had signed the share purchase agreement with Tata Sons for the sale of Air India for Rs 18,000 crore.

Source : New Indian Express

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Published On : January 20, 2022
 Q .
Which organization has released the World Employment and Social Outlook (WESO) Trends 2022 Report?
A)
World Health Organization (WHO)
B)
World Trade Organization (WTO)
C)
International Monetary Fund (IMF)
D)
International Labour Organization (ILO)

Correct Answer : Option (D) - International Labour Organization (ILO)

Note : The latest International Labour Organization (ILO) report, released on 17th January 2022, predicts that global labour market recovery will be delayed as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc. In its flagship World Employment and Social Outlook Trends (WESO Trends) 2022, the ILO has lowered its labour market recovery prediction for 2022, predicting a continuing large deficit in the number of working hours compared to pre-pandemic levels.

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Published On : January 20, 2022
 Q .
What is the Digital Payments Index (DPI) for September 2021 according to RBI data?
A)
230.50
B)
283.71
C)
304.06
D)
318.54

Correct Answer : Option (C) - 304.06

Note :

The Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) Digital Payments Index (DPI), which was launched in January 2021 to indicate the extent of digitisation of payments across the country, shows that the index for September 2021 stood at 304.06 against 270.59 in March. This indicates the rapid adoption and deepening of digital payments across the country.
 
In a statement, the RBI said, “The RBI-DPI Index continues to demonstrate significant growth in adoption and deepening of digital payments across the country.”
 
In March 2019, the index stood at 153.47 and by September 2019, it rose to 173.49, followed by 207.94 in March 2020, 217.74 in September 2020, and 270.59 in March 2021..

Source : Business Standard

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Published On : January 20, 2022
 Q .
When was National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) formed?
A)
January 19, 2005
B)
January 19, 2006
C)
January 19, 2007
D)
January 19, 2008

Correct Answer : Option (B) - January 19, 2006

Note :

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) was formed in January 19, 2006. Every year the day is observed as the NDRF Raising Day. The NDRF Raising Day highlights the role of the NDRF personnel for their help and assistance during disaster situations in India.

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Published On : January 19, 2022
 Q .
Who has been chosen as the new head of the European Parliament president?
A)
Roberta Metsola
B)
Miriam Dalli
C)
Manfred Weber
D)
Esther de Lange

Correct Answer : Option (A) - Roberta Metsola

Note :

The European Parliament elected a new president on Tuesday(18th Jan 2022), with Roberta Metsola, a 43-year-old Maltese deputy, picked to lead the institution as its seeks to gain a more prominent place in the E.U. power structure.
 
Ms. Metsola’s predecessor, David Sassoli, died at age 65 last week, and she was selected by an overwhelming majority over two other candidates, all women.
 
The European Union of 27 nations, one of the world’s most ambitious political experiments, is home to 450 million people. The Parliament is the bloc’s only directly elected institution, and voters have been electing lawmakers to the body since 1979, when the union was much smaller..

Source : New York Times

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Published On : January 19, 2022
 Q .
Where has the World's first hotel for camels been built?
A)
UAE
B)
Iraq
C)
Qatar
D)
Saudi Arabia

Correct Answer : Option (D) - Saudi Arabia

Note :

A 120-room hotel looking after camels has been set up in Saudi Arabia, becoming the world’s first such facility, an official has said.
 
More than 50 persons attend to camels in the unique hotel offering room service, housekeeping, camel care and guarding to the popular animal, spokesman for the Saudi Camel Club Mohammed Al Harbi added.
 
“This hotel is the first of its kind in the world, but in a different and new style,” Al Harbi added. “Everything is available ranging from cleaning rooms to warm air-conditioning,” he added.
 
Payment is per night that costs approximately SR400 and checkout is at 12.30pm.
 
Camels are a popular animal closely linked to heritage in Saudi Arabia. The animal has long been dubbed as the “ship of the desert”, being the lifeline for desert dwellers.

Source : Gulf News

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Published On : January 19, 2022