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 Q .
The Mangdechhu Hydroelectric Power Project is how many megawatts?
A)
510 MW
B)
720 MW
C)
1024 MW
D)
1350 MW

Correct Answer : Option (B) - 720 MW

Note :

The India-assisted 720 Megawatts Mangdechhu Hydroelectric Power Project has been handed to Druk Green Power Corporation (DGPC) in Bhutan.
 
The handover was held in Thimphu on 27 December 2022 in a ceremony that was witnessed by Bhutan's Minister of Economic Affairs Lyonpo Loknath Sharma and India's Ambassador to Bhutan, Sudhakar Dalela.
 
With the handing over of the project, India and Bhutan have successfully completed four mega hydroelectric power projects, Bhutan's Ministry of Economic Affairs said in a statement.
 
The 720 MW project Mangdechhu Hydroelectric Power Project was jointly inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bhutanese counterpart Lotay Tshering in 2019.

The commissioning of the project has increased Bhutan's Electrical Power Generation Capacity by 44 per cent and it is now at 2,326 Mega Watts, according to the statement released by Bhutan's Ministry of Economic Affairs..

Source : Business Standard

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Published On : December 29, 2022
 Q .
Which Company has signed an MoU with the Central TB Division (Ministry of Health and Family Welfare), Uttar Pradesh, and Chhattisgarh to undertake intensified TB elimination project?
A)
Reliance Petroleum
B)
Hindustan Petroleum
C)
IndianOil
D)
Bharat Petroleum

Correct Answer : Option (C) - IndianOil

Note :

IndianOil has signed an MoU with the Central TB Division (Ministry of Health and Family Welfare), Uttar Pradesh, and Chhattisgarh to undertake intensified TB elimination project.

Aim : To end TB in India by 2025, five years ahead of SDG

It also aims to provide sustainable and equitable access to free TB treatment, and support services to the citizens of Uttar Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.

IndianOil will also introduce Mobile Medical Vans equipped with modern diagnostic technology..

Source : PIB

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Published On : December 29, 2022
 Q .
Nitin Manmohan, who passed away 29th December 2022, was a prolific personality in which field?
A)
Politics
B)
Science
C)
Journalism
D)
Film Industry

Correct Answer : Option (D) - Film Industry

Note :

Producer Nitin Manmohan, who produced films like Baaghi, Laadla, passed away on 29th December 2022 due to prolonged illness. Nitin was late Bollywood actor, Manmohan's son.

The veteran producer suffered a heart attack on December 24, following which, he was rushed to the hospital. He breathed his last on 29th Dec 2022.
 
Nitin Manmohan is the son of late actor Manmohan, who featured in films such as Brahmachari, Gumnaam and Naya Zamana. The late filmmaker produced films like Baaghi, Laadla, Insaaf, Baat Ban Jaye, and others..

Source : India Today

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Published On : December 29, 2022
 Q .
Who has been appointed as the acting Central Vigilance Commissioner (CVC) on 28th Dec 2022?
A)
Praveen Kumar Srivastava
B)
S.D. Sharma
C)
Ms. Shalini
D)
SH. Sudhir Kumar Sharma

Correct Answer : Option (A) - Praveen Kumar Srivastava

Note :

Vigilance Commissioner Praveen Kumar Srivastava has been appointed as the acting Central Vigilance Commissioner (CVC), officials said on 28th Dec 2022.
 
Srivastava’s appointment comes after Suresh N Patel completed his term as the chief of the anti-corruption watchdog Central Vigilance Commission on December 24, they said.
 
The commission is headed by a CVC and can have a maximum of two Vigilance Commissioners.
 
Besides Srivastava, former Intelligence Bureau (IB) chief Arvind Kumar is the other Vigilance Commissioner.
 
Srivastava is a 1988-batch (retired) Indian Administrative Service officer of Assam-Meghalaya cadre. He superannuated as Secretary (Coordination), Cabinet Secretariat on January 31 this year.
 
During his tenure as Special Secretary and Additional Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs, he had handled matters relating to cadre management of Indian Police Service, personnel and general administration of central armed police forces and Union territories.
 
Srivastava also assisted the government in negotiations relating to trade in services under the World Trade Organization (WTO) as Director/Deputy Secretary, Department of Commerce.
 
He also served as Chief Vigilance Officer in RITES Ltd and as Joint Secretary and Mission Director, Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM).
 
Patel, former managing director and chief executive officer of Andhra Bank, was on August 3, 2022 appointed as the CVC.
 
He joined the Commission in April 2020 as the Vigilance Commissioner. Patel was made acting CVC on June 24, 2021 after Sanjay Kothari completed his term.
 
The tenure of a CVC and vigilance commissioner is of four years or till the incumbent attains the age of 65 years..

Source : The Print

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Published On : December 29, 2022
 Q .
The G20 digital innovation alliance campaign will be organized in which city?
A)
Bangalore
B)
Mumbai
C)
New Delhi
D)
Ahmedabad

Correct Answer : Option (A) - Bangalore

Note :

Under the G20 Presidency, Union Minister Ashwani Vaishnav launched the “G20 Digital Innovation Alliance”(G20-DIA).

The G20-DIA will be organized in the meeting of the digital economy working group of Bangalore. Various important startups will also join the meeting. 
 
G-20-DIA aims to recognise and support innovators that have digital solutions for various world economies to reduce the digital divide. Stay Safe Online Campaign will sensitise internet users about safe cyber behaviour and cyber hygiene practices.
 
Terming these programmes as path-breaking, Mr. Vaishnaw said, they will address two key areas of the digital economy which are cyber security and the potential of the start-ups.
 
The Minister emphasised creating public digital platforms which can be leveraged by various organisations to build solutions for the community which can lead to a vibrant start-up ecosystem..

Source : The Hindu

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Published On : December 29, 2022
 Q .
With reference to Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer, consider the following statements:
 
1. It will be NASA’s first dedicated robotic mission to Jupiter.
 
2. It will enter into orbit around Ganymede, the largest moon in the Solar System.
 
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 European Space Agency has announced that the Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer (Juice) mission will be celebrated at an event in Toulouse, France, on 20 January 2023.
 
About :
 
Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer (Juice) will be Europe’s first dedicated robotic mission to Jupiter. Juice is due to reach the planet in July 2031 after performing an incredible flight path through the Solar System.

The mission will enter into orbit around Jupiter and perform numerous flybys of its large icy moons: Europa, Ganymede and Callisto.

After four years of moon flybys, Juice will then enter into orbit around Ganymede, the largest moon in the Solar System — becoming the first spacecraft ever to reach orbit around the moon of another planet.

The icy moons of Jupiter are interesting as they are all believed to host oceans of liquid water beneath their frozen surfaces. Europa, in particular, is regarded as one of the most likely abodes in the Solar System for extra-terrestrial life.

Juice will be equipped with ten scientific instruments including ice-penetrating radar to study the internal oceans. This use of radar is a practical first step in mapping the sub-surface oceans, paving the way for more exotic future missions involving submersible vehicles — some of which have already been put forward

Hence only statement 2 is correct.

Source : Down to Earth

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Published On : December 29, 2022
 Q .
The 'National Mobile Monitoring System (NMMS)' is an initiative of which Union Ministry?
A)
Ministry of Defence
B)
Ministry of Housing and Urban Development
C)
Minister of Rural Development
D)
Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare

Correct Answer : Option (C) - Minister of Rural Development

Note :

Digitally capturing the attendance of workers employed under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGREGS) has been made universal by the Centre from January 1, 2023
 
* The Minister of Rural Development launched the National Mobile Monitoring Software (NMMS) App in 2021. From January 1, 2023, had started a pilot project to capture attendance via a mobile application, the National Mobile Monitoring System (NMMS)

* The NMMS App permits taking real-time attendance of workers at Mahatma Gandhi NREGS worksites along with geo-tagged photographs

* This will increase citizen oversight of the programme besides potentially enabling the processing of payments faster

* This facilitates them to record their findings online along with time-stamped and go-coordinate tagged photographs for all the schemes of the Department of Rural Development. 

* This would also enable better record keeping of inspections by field and supervisory officials and also facilitate analysis of the findings for better programme implementation..

Source : The Hindu

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Published On : December 29, 2022
 Q .
Home Affairs Ministry and which state signed cessation of operations agreement with ZUF armed group?
A)
Assam
B)
Sikkim
C)
Nagaland
D)
Manipur

Correct Answer : Option (D) - Manipur

Note :

Fulfilling the vision of the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi of an ‘Insurgency free and prosperous North East’ and under the guidance of Union Minister of Home Affairs and Minister of Cooperation, Shri Amit Shah, the Government of India and the Government of Manipur entered into a Cessation of Operation Agreement in New Delhi (27th Dec 2022), with the Zeliangrong United Front (ZUF) that had been active for more than a decade. This will be a significant boost to the peace process in Manipur.

* This agreement was signed by senior officers of the Union Ministry of Home Affairs and the Govt. of Manipur and the representatives of ZUF in the presence of the Chief Minister of Manipur, Shri N. Biren Singh.
 
* Representatives of the armed Group agreed to abjure violence and join the peaceful democratic process as established by law of the land.

* The agreement provides for rehabilitation and re-settlement of the armed cadres.  A Joint Monitoring Group will be constituted to oversee enforcement of the agreed ground rules..

Source : PIB

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Published On : December 28, 2022
 Q .
India has signed a how many million loan agreement with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to develop climate resilient sewage collection and treatment, drainage and water supply systems in three cities of Tamil Nadu?
A)
$110 Million
B)
$125 Million
C)
$140 Million
D)
$160 Million

Correct Answer : Option (B) - $125 Million

Note :

The Government of India and Asian Development Bank (ADB) 27th Dec 2022 signed a $125 million loan to develop climate-resilient sewage collection and treatment, and drainage and water supply systems in three cities in the state of Tamil Nadu.
 
The signatories to the tranche 3 loan for Tamil Nadu Urban Flagship Investment Program were Rajat Kumar Mishra, Additional Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs in the Ministry of Finance who signed for the Government of India, and Hoe Yun Jeong, Officer-in-Charge of ADB’s India Resident Mission who signed for ADB.
 
The financing is the third and the last tranche of the $500 million multi-tranche financing facility (MFF) for the Program approved by ADB in 2018 to build priority water supply, sewerage, and drainage infrastructure in strategic industrial corridors across 10 cities in the state.

The tranche 3 loan covers Coimbatore, Madurai, and Thoothukudi.
 
After signing the loan agreement, Mr Mishra said that the ADB financing will help ensure universal access to basic water and sanitation services and improve resilience against floods in the project target areas which are also the industrial hubs of Tamil Nadu.
 
“Through this project, ADB continues to support developing and improving urban services in the state by deploying new approaches such as build and operate modality, automatic meters for bulk water users, and real-time monitoring through supervisory control and data acquisition systems,” said Mr. Jeong. “ADB’s urban investments are aligned to support strategic industrial corridor development in Tamil Nadu.”
 
The financing will support the development of two sewage treatment plants in Coimbatore with 529 kilometers (km) of sewage collection pipelines, install 14 pump and lift stations and build 14 km of sewage pumping mains. In Thoothukudi, climate-resilient stormwater drainage system will be developed.
 
In Madurai, the project will support the commissioning of 813 km of new water supply distribution pipelines that will connect 163,958 households to 115 newly established district metered area with smart water features to reduce nonrevenue water. In Coimbatore and Madurai, two all-female self-help groups will be trained on the benefits of household connection to sewage collection system, water conservation, sanitation, and health and hygiene..

Source : PIB

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Published On : December 28, 2022
 Q .
The 'Dhanu Yatra' festival, an 11-day long festival, started in which city in western Odisha on 27th Dec 2022?
A)
Cuttack
B)
Bargarh
C)
Balasore
D)
Sambalpur

Correct Answer : Option (B) - Bargarh

Note :

The 'Dhanu Yatra' festival, considered to be the world’s largest open-air theatre, began on Tuesday(27th Dec 2022) in the Western Odisha town of Bargarh.
 
* President Droupadi Murmu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered greetings to the people of the eastern state with the commencement of the 11-day festival.
 
* The ‘Dhanu Yatra’, which marks the victory of good over evil, came into existence in Bargarh in 1947-48 as part of the celebration of the country’s Independence and is held annually.
 
* "The vibrant Dhanu Yatra is associated with the culture of Odisha. As this Yatra begins, my greetings to everyone. May this Yatra further the spirit of harmony and happiness in our society," PM Modi said on the microblogging site.
 
* The plays in the festival start with the dethroning of Emperor Ugrasen of Mathura by angry Kansa over the marriage of his sister Devaki with Vasudev.
 
* "The festival will conclude with the death of demon king Kansa and restoration of the throne to Ugrasen," said a member of the Dhanu Yatra Mahotsav Committee..

Source : Outlook India

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Published On : December 28, 2022