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 Q .
When did the famous Odia singer and musician "Prafulla Kar" passes away?
A)
17th April 2022
B)
18th April 2022
C)
19th April 2022
D)
16th April 2022

Correct Answer : Option (A) - 17th April 2022

Note :

Popular Odia singer and music director "Prafulla Kar" passed away following breathing difficulties here on Sunday(17th April 2022).
 
He was 83 and is survived by wife and two sons. Kar’s songs enriched more than 70 Odia films over six decades.
 
Born on February 16, 1939 in Puri, Kar had early exposure to the world of music. His elder brother Khetramohan Kar was an accomplished tabla player and hence musicians and singers used to come to his home frequently. From childhood, he was attracted to music and singing.
 
After completing his education from SCS College, Puri, and Utkal University, he started learning from legendary musicians and gurus such as Markendiya Mohapatra, K. Aditya Narayan and J.V. S. Rao.
 
At the age of 21, he received contract for singing in Akashvani. Kar created his own aura in the field of music and playback singing. and his songs have become immortal among Odia music followers. For six decades, the prominent singer enthralled generations of Odias.
 
He started his career as a singer in 1962 with Odia film Shri Shri Patita Pabana. In 1975, he became a music composer in the film Mamata which turned out to be an instant hit. Some of the movies which would forever carry the legacy of his melodious music are Batighara, Shesha Shrabana, Sindura Bindu, Bandhu Mahanti, Balidaan and Ram Balaram.
 
He received the State film award for a record six times. In 2015, he was conferred with Padma Shri award in the field of art..

Source : The Hindu

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Published On : April 19, 2022
 Q .
When is World Liver Day celebrated around the world?
A)
April 18th
B)
April 19th
C)
April 20th
D)
April 21st

Correct Answer : Option (B) - April 19th

Note :

Every year World Liver Day is celebrated on April 19th. The day is observed to raise awareness about liver diseases across the world. The liver is the largest solid organ of the body that removes toxins from the body. The organ maintains healthy blood sugar levels, regulates blood clotting, and performs several other vital functions in the body.
 
It is an essential organ of the human body present beneath the rib cage in the right upper abdomen. The liver produces bile that helps in digesting fats and carrying essential waste..

Source : India Today

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Published On : April 19, 2022
 Q .
Who is construct world's highest tunnel at Shinku La Pass to connect Himachal to Ladakh?
A)
Border Security Force
B)
Border Roads Organisation
C)
National Highways Authority of India
D)
National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited

Correct Answer : Option (B) - Border Roads Organisation

Note :

The Border Roads Organisation(BRO) will construct the world's highest tunnel at Shinku La Pass at 16,580 feet to connect Himachal Pradesh to Ladakh, BRO Director General Lieutenant General Rajeev Chaudhary said here on Saturday(16th April 2022).
 
* He stated this while opening the strategically important Himachal to Zanskar Road at Shinku La Pass from where over half a dozen vehicles crossed the Shinku La Pass from Zanskar side towards Manali.
 
* Lieutenant General Rajeev Chaudhary told that the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) will start the construction of the tunnel connecting Himachal Pradesh to Zanskar Valley in Ladakh by July this year.
 
* He said the Centre has already made 'Project Yojak' of BRO to execute this ambitious project.
 
* This tunnel, to be completed by 2025, will change the economy of Zanskar Valley, the official added.
 
* At present, one has to travel 101 kms from Manali to Darcha on Leh road and thereafter, take a turn from Darcha towards Shinku La Pass and enter Zanskar valley.
 
* The south portal of the tunnel will be at Shinku La and the north portal at Lakhang, he added.
 
* The D-G lauded the efforts of BRO personnel in resorting the Shinku La-Padum road as well as Manali-Leh road in record time.
 
* On this occasion, BRO Project Deepak's Chief Engineer P K Barua, Project Yojak Chief Engineer Jitender Prasad, Commander 38 BRTF Col Shabarish Wachhali, Rigzin Hayrappa, ex-zila parishad member Lahaul, and people from Darcha, Chikka, Jispa and Rarik thanked the BRO D-G for the latest development project..

Source : Times Of India

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Published On : April 19, 2022
 Q .
Tropical Storm "Megi" Landslides and floods caused Mass Destruction in which country?
A)
Thailand
B)
Indonesia
C)
Philippines
D)
United States

Correct Answer : Option (C) - Maldives

Note :

Tropical Storm Megi wreaked havoc on the Philippines, killing at least 167 people in landslides and floods. According to the national disaster organisation, another 110 persons are missing, and 1.9 million people have been impacted. Hillside avalanches and overflowing rivers wreaked havoc on the villages surrounding Baybay city in central Leyte province.
 
About Tropical Storm Megi :
 
* Tropical Storm Megi, also known as Tropical Storm Agaton in the Philippines, was a minor but devastating tropical storm that hit the Philippines in April 2022.
* It’s the third tropical depression and second tropical storm of the typhoon season in the Pacific for 2022.
* Megi arose from a convection zone in the Philippine Sea, travelling northwestward into the Leyte Gulf, where it stayed nearly stationary, slowly tracking eastward.
* Megi made two landfalls, one at Guiuan’s Calicoan Island and the other in Samar’s Basey.
* Before fading, it continued southwestward and reentered the Philippine Sea.
* Tropical storms have become more intense and powerful as a result of human-caused climate change, according to scientists.
* Since 2006, the Philippines has been hit by some of the world’s deadliest hurricanes.
* Because of its location, it has been named one of the countries most vulnerable to climatic calamities.

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Published On : April 19, 2022
 Q .
How much amount has been contributed by India UN Investigative Team to Promote Accountability for Crimes by Da'esh/ ISIL (UNITAD)?
A)
US$ 500,000
B)
US$ 400,000
C)
US$ 300,000
D)
US$ 200,000

Correct Answer : Option (D) - US$ 200,000

Note :

India on Tuesday(12th April 2022) contributed $200,000 to investigate crimes committed by Da’esh/ISIL (Islamic State in Iraq and Levant).
 
India’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador TS Tirumurti, handed over the voluntary financial contribution to Myriam Fillaud, Head of the New York Office of the UN Investigative Team to promote accountability for crimes committed by Da’esh ISIL (UNITAD).
 
"The contribution has been provided to support two areas of UNITAD’s investigations. The first is the development and use of chemical and biological weapons by ISIL and the second for ISIL crimes against cultural heritage in Iraq," according to a statement by India at the UN..

Source : New Indian Express

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Published On : April 19, 2022
 Q .
Who has been appointed as the brand ambassador for Karnataka- Brain Health Initiative (Ka-BHI) in April 2022?
A)
Robin Uthappa
B)
Shikhar Dhawan
C)
Dinesh Karthik
D)
Ravindra Jadeja

Correct Answer : Option (A) - Robin Uthappa

Note :

The Karnataka State Government in association with NIMHANS and Niti Ayog launched the Karnataka Brain Health Initiative (Ka-BHI) in January. Indian cricketer Robin Uthappa has been recently appointed as the brand ambassador for Karnataka- Brain Health Initiative (Ka-BHI). Training of doctors and preparations to start Brain Health Clinics in the three pilot hospitals has also commenced.
 
While training of doctors and preparations to start Brain Health Clinics in the three pilot hospitals – Jayanagar General hospital in Bengaluru Urban, SNR Hospital in Kolar and District Hospital in Chickballapur has begun.

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Published On : April 19, 2022
 Q .
According to a World Bank report on India's extreme poverty, what percentage of the country's extreme poverty rate decreased between 2011 and 2019?
A)
12.3%
B)
14.5%
C)
15.9%
D)
17.5%

Correct Answer : Option (A) - 12.3%

Note : The extreme poverty rate in India fell from 22.5% in 2011 to 10.2% in 2019 as per World Bank Policy Research Working Paper. This represents a decline of 12.3% points in extreme poverty count between 2011 to 2019 in the country.

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Published On : April 19, 2022
 Q .
Consider the following statements with reference to the UDAN Scheme:
 
1. Its objective is to develop the international and regional aviation market.
2. Financial incentives from the Centre, state governments and airport operators are extended to selected airlines.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
A)
1 only
B)
2 only
C)
Both 1 and 2
D)
Neither 1 nor 2

Correct Answer : Option (B) - 2 only

Note :

The Regional Connectivity Scheme UDAN (UdeDeshkaAamNagrik), the flagship scheme of the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) has been selected for Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Public Administration 2020 under the category “Innovation (General) – Central”.
 
Launch : It was launched as a RCS under the Ministry of Civil Aviation in 2016.
 
About the UDAN Scheme : UDAN scheme emphasizes on Good Governance, Qualitative achievements, and last mile connectivity rather than only on achievement of quantitative targets. In a short span of five years, 415 UDAN routes have connected 66 underserved and unserved airports, including heliports and over 92 lakh people have benefited from it.
 
Objectives :
* To develop the regional aviation market.
* To provide affordable, economically viable and profitable air travel on regional routes to the common man even in small towns.
 
Features :
* The scheme envisages providing connectivity to un-served and underserved airports of the country through the revival of existing air-strips and airports. The scheme is operational for a period of 10 years.
 
* Under-served airports are those which do not have more than one flight a day, while unserved airports are those where there are no operations.
 
* Financial incentives from the Centre, state governments and airport operators are extended to selected airlines to encourage operations from unserved and under-served airports, and keep airfares affordable.

Source : PIB

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Published On : April 18, 2022
 Q .
With reference to Remission of Duties and Taxes on Export Products (RoDTEP) scheme, consider the following statements:
 
1. It was started in 2021 as a replacement for the Merchandise Export from India Scheme (MEIS).
2. Iron & steel and Pharma sectors are omitted from the scheme.
 
Which of the statements given above is/are correct ?
A)
1 only
B)
2 only
C)
Both 1 and 2
D)
Neither 1 nor 2

Correct Answer : Option (C) - Both 1 and 2

Note :

Recently, the government had left out sectors such as iron and steel, chemicals and pharmaceuticals, from the Remission of Duties and Taxes on Export Products (RoDTEP) scheme.
 
These sectors were omitted from the scheme, as iron and steel were ‘already booming’ and the pharma industry’s business had also increased during the pandemic.

About :
* The RoDTEP scheme would refund to exporters the embedded central, state and local duties or taxes that were so far not been rebated or refunded and were, therefore, placing India’s exports at a disadvantage.

* The rebate under the scheme would not be available in respect of duties and taxes already exempted or remitted or credited.

Launch :
* It was started in January 2021 as a replacement for the Merchandise Export from India Scheme (MEIS), which was not compliant with the rules of the World Trade Organisation.

  i) The MEIS scheme provided additional benefits of 2% to 7% on the Freight On Board (FOB) value of eligible exports.
 
* For garment exporters, the Rebate of State and Central Levies and Taxes (RoSCTL) Scheme has been notified separately.

Source : The Hindu

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Published On : April 18, 2022
 Q .
Who among the following world leaders will be visiting India for the first time on April 21?
A)
Joe Biden
B)
Justin Trudeau
C)
Vladimir Putin
D)
Boris Johnson

Correct Answer : Option (D) - Boris Johnson

Note : UK Prime Minister "Boris Johnson" will pay an official visit to India from April 21-22, 2022. This will be Boris Johnson's maiden visit to India as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

The UK PM's visit to India has been overdue for a long after being canceled twice due to the COVID-19 outbreak. He was first invited as a Chief Guest of India's Republic Day celebrations in early 2021 but it was canceled due to a massive COVID-19 spike in the United Kingdom.

He was then scheduled to visit India in April 2021 but it again was canceled due to the pandemic situation in India around the time. 

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Published On : April 18, 2022