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 Q .
Who has been launched the International Monsoons Project Office (IMPO) at the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM)?
A)
Manoj Sinha
B)
Rajnath Singh
C)
Dr Jitendra Singh
D)
Hardeep Singh Puri

Correct Answer : Option (C) - Dr Jitendra Singh

Note :

Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Science & Technology; Minister of State (Independent Charge) Earth Sciences; MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh launched the International Monsoons Project Office (IMPO) through a high-level virtual event today on the occasion of National Science Day 2022.
 
The International Monsoons Project Office (IMPO) will be hosted at the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM), Pune, an institution under the Ministry of Earth Sciences, Govt of India, initially for five years. Setting up the IMPO reiterates the importance of monsoons for the national economy. It would encompass activities and connections related to international monsoon research that would be identified and fostered under the leadership of the World Climate Research Programme and the World Weather Research Programme. Both the World Climate Research Programme and World Weather Research Programme are international programmes coordinated by the United Nations World Meteorological Organisation (WMO).  
 
Setting up the IMPO in India would mean expanding an integrated scientific approach to solve the seasonal variability of monsoons, enhancing the prediction skill of monsoons and cyclones, strengthening monsoon research for better support operations and services, thereby promoting knowledge sharing and capacity building in areas of monsoon research crucial for agriculture, water resources and disaster management, hydropower and climate-sensitive socio-economic sectors.  
 
Speaking at the event, Dr Jitendra Singh said, "the IMPO is a step towards making India a global hub for monsoon research and coordination in a seamless manner for addressing common and region-specific aspects of the monsoons around the world". He emphasized that setting up the IMPO will give huge impetus to global monsoon research yielding mutual benefits to both the international and Indian research fraternity.
 
As part of its core responsibilities, the IMPO would support activities of the Monsoons Panel, jointly established by the World Climate Research Programme's CLIVAR (Climate and Ocean Variability, Predictability, and Change) and GEWEX (Global Energy and Water Exchanges) projects. IMPO will also extend support to the World Weather Research Programme's working group on tropical meteorology research.
 
The launch of IMPO is aligned with this year's theme of the National Science Day - 'Integrated Approach in Science and Technology for a Sustainable Future'. It also precedes the 7th WMO International Workshop on Monsoons which is being organized in India jointly by the Ministry of Earth Sciences, World Climate Research Programme, and World Weather Research Programme in March 2022. The international workshop would be a huge forum for global researchers and stakeholders to discuss advances and issues involving monsoons as key components of earth system science-related phenomena.

Source : PIB

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Published On : March 2, 2022
 Q .
COVID-19 fourth wave India is predicted to hit India by which month, as per IIT Kanpur experts?
A)
March
B)
April
C)
May
D)
June

Correct Answer : Option (D) - June

Note : COVID-19 fourth wave is predicted to begin in India around June 22 and expected to continue till October 24, as per IIT Kanpur experts.  The fourth wave is predicted to last for at least four months, as per the researchers. The 4th wave of Covid-19 is expected to begin in India around June 22 and continue till October 24 with peak on August 23.

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Published On : March 2, 2022
 Q .
On which day of the world is "World Civil Defense Day" celebrated every year?
A)
1st March
B)
28th February
C)
27th February
D)
26th February

Correct Answer : Option (A) - 1st March

Note :

World Civil Defence Day is annually observed across the globe on 1st March to honour the significance of Civil Defence and the personnel who have sacrificed their lives for it. The purpose of the Day is to promote public awareness about civil defence, civil protection and emergency management in order to better prepare the civilian population to protect itself in the event of an emergency and to reduce the risk of disaster.
 
The theme of the day : The theme of World Civil Defence Day 2022 is “Civil defence and management of displaced populations in face of disasters and crises; role of volunteers and the fight against pandemics”.
 
History of the day :
* Civil Defence Day was officially inaugurated by the International Civil Defence Organisation in 2012
 
* March 1st was chosen to commemorate the anniversary of the day on which the constitution of the International Civil Defence Organisation(ICDO) came into force.
 
* The Constitution of the ICDO was adopted on 17 October 1966, came into force on 1st March 1972. It attributes the status of the intergovernmental organizations to the ICDO (United Nations, Treaty Series, volume 985, registration No. 14376).

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Published On : March 2, 2022
 Q .
When was Sarojini Naidu was appointed as the President of the Indian National Congress?
A)
1925
B)
1930
C)
1935
D)
1940

Correct Answer : Option (A) - 1925

Note : Sarojini Naidu was appointed as the President of the Indian National Congress in 1925. She later became the first woman to hold the office of Governor in the Dominion of India by becoming the Governor of the United Provinces in 1947. Sarojini Naidu was given the name 'Bharat Kokila' by Mahatma Gandhi because of colour, imagery and lyrical quality of her poetry.

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Published On : March 2, 2022
 Q .
When is Sarojini Naidu's death anniversary observed?
A)
March 1st
B)
March 2nd
C)
March 3rd
D)
March 4th

Correct Answer : Option (B) - March 2nd

Note : Sarojini Naidu’s 73rd death anniversary was observed on March 2, 2022. Sarojini Naidu, popularly known as the "Nightingale of India", passed away on March 1949 due to a cardiac arrest. The political activist and poet was also the second female President of the Indian National Congress and first woman to hold the office of Governor in the Dominion of India.

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Published On : March 2, 2022
 Q .
Which country has closed off Bosphorus and Dardanelles straits to limit transit of Russian warships to the Black Sea?
A)
Romania
B)
Ukraine
C)
Turkey
D)
Bulgaria

Correct Answer : Option (C) - Turkey

Note : NATO ally Turkey has closed off the Bosphorus and Dardanelles straits in the Black Sea to warships from any country to potentially limit the transit of Russian warships from the Mediterranean to the Black Sea. Turkey shares a maritime border with both Russia and Ukraine in the Black Sea. The other countries bordering the Black Sea include Bulgaria, Georgia and Romania. 

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Published On : March 2, 2022
 Q .
Madhabi Puri Buch has become the first woman Chairperson of which financial regulator?
A)
FRB
B)
HAL
C)
FDIC
D)
SEBI

Correct Answer : Option (D) - SEBI

Note :

The elevation of Madhabi Puri Buch, who has been appointed as the chairperson of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), assumed significance as she became the first woman to lead the market regulator in the country.
 
The government on Monday named Buch as the next chairperson of the Sebi as current Chairman Ajay Tyagi’s term ended on February 28, 2022 (Monday).
 
She takes over from Tyagi, a 1984 batch IAS officer of Himachal Pradesh cadre, who became the chairman on March 1, 2017. Tyagi has received two extensions after the end of his three-year term.
 
Buch assumed charge on March 1, 2022 (Tuesday).
 
According to a notification by the department of personnel and training (DoPT), the Appointments Committee of Cabinet approved her appointment for a term of three years.
 
Apart from being the first woman chief of the Sebi, Buch also became the first person from the private sector to head one of the most important financial institutions in the country..
 
Buch’s Experiences : Madhabi Puri Buch (56) has served as a former whole-time member of the Sebi between April 2017 and October 2021. According to reports, she has around three decades of experience under her belt.
 
Buch, who has three decades of experience in the financial market, started her career in 1989 with ICICI Bank. She worked in various profiles for 12 years, including in corporate finance, branding and treasury, and loans. According to her LinkedIn profile, she headed the marketing and sales department for five years from 1997 to 2002 and was then head of product development from 2002 to 2003. She has also held the post of head of operations (2004 to 2006).
 
Later Buch moved to ICICI Securities, where she became the managing director (MD) and chief executive officer (CEO) from February 2009 to May 2011. She was also an executive director on the board of ICICI Bank.
 
In 2011, Buch joined the Greater Pacific Capital LLP in Singapore. She is the founder-director of Agora Advisory Pvt Ltd. She worked as the non-executive director for Idea Cellular from 2011 to 2017. Apart from this, she held multiple non-executive director roles in Zansar Technologies, Innoven Capital, and Max Healthcare, and also served as an independent director of the Indian School of Development Management (ISDM)..

Source : ABP Live

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Published On : March 2, 2022
 Q .
Which organization publishes the National Gender Index in India?
A)
IFCI
B)
UNESCO India
C)
NITI Aayog
D)
National Statistical Office

Correct Answer : Option (C) - NITI Aayog

Note : NITI Aayog is in the process of developing a National Gender Index.

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Published On : March 2, 2022
 Q .
India's first ambulance for street animals has been launched in which city?
A)
Chennai
B)
Bengaluru
C)
Chandigarh
D)
Ahmedabad

Correct Answer : Option (A) - Chennai

Note : India’s first ambulance for street animals has been launched in Chennai. It has been started by the Blue Cross of India in collaboration with the international animal welfare organization “Four Paw”.

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Published On : March 2, 2022
 Q .
Which company Starts 'Play Pass' Subscription in India?
A)
TATA
B)
Google
C)
Tesla
D)
Microsoft

Correct Answer : Option (B) - Google

Note :

Tech giant "Google" has made its Google Play Pass, a subscription service which provides access to apps and games without ads, in-app purchases, and upfront payments, available in India.
 
Already operational in 90 countries, Google Play Pass will be rolled out to Android devices in the country this week, the company said..
 
 
Play Pass will offer a high-quality and curated collection of more than 1,000 titles across 41 categories from developers across 59 countries including many from India,” Google said.
 
Users can get started with a one-month trial and subscribe for Rs 99 per month or Rs. 889 for a year. Users can also avail a prepaid one-month subscription for Rs 109. With Google family group, a family member can share their Play Pass subscription with up to five other family members.
 
“With the potential to access users across 90 countries, Play Pass will offer Indian developers of all types of apps and games a new avenue to expand their global user base and unlock new revenue streams,” the company said.
 
“Google will continue to work with global and local developers to add new games and apps every month so that there is always something new to discover on Play Pass,” it added..

Source : Business Standard

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Published On : March 1, 2022