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Que1.विश्व सामाजिक न्याय दिवस कब मनाया जाता है?/When is World Day of Social Justice observed?

20 फरवरी/February 20

Que2. किस भारतीय शहर को 2020 Tree City of World के रूप में मान्यता दी गई है?/ Which Indian city has been recognized as the 2020 Tree City of World?

हैदराबाद/Hyderabad

Today's Quiz

Q1. UNDP के महासचिव और एसोसिएट प्रशासक के रूप में किसे नियुक्त किया गया है?

(a) स्वाति मोहन

(b) भव्या लाल

(c) उषा राव-मोनारी

(d) सौम्या स्वामीनाथन

Q1. Who has been appointed as Under-Secretary-General and Associate Administrator of the UNDP?

(a) Swati Mohan

(b) Bhavya Lal

(c) Usha Rao-Monari

(d) Soumya Swaminathan

  • India’s Usha Rao-Monari, a leading investment professional, has been appointed by UN chief Antonio Guterres as Under-Secretary-General and Associate Administrator of the UNDP.
  • The United Nations Development Programme is the United Nations’ global development network.
  • Rao-Monari, the Senior Advisor to Blackstone’s Infrastructure Group, is an investment professional with almost three decades of investment experience, particularly in the infrastructure area.

REVISION: 

Other options: 

(b) Bhavya Lal -NASA appointed Indian-American Bhavya Lal as its acting chief of staff.

(d) Soumya Swaminathan- Chief Scientist at the World Health Organization

UNDP

Headquarters: New York, New York, United States

Head: Achim Steiner

Q2.ऑस्ट्रेलियन ओपन 2021 के महिला युगल फाइनल में कौन जीता है?

(a) बारबोरा क्रेजिक्कोवा और कतेरीना सिनाकोवा

(b) एलीस मर्टेंस और आर्यन सबालेंका

(c) डेमी शूर्स और निकोल मेलिचर

(d) एल किचेनोक और जेएना ओस्टापेंको

Q2. Who has won the women’s doubles final of the Australian Open 2021?

(a) Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova

(b) Elise Mertens and Aryna Sabalenka

(c) Demi Schuurs and Nicole Melichar

(d) L Kichenok and Jeļena Ostapenko

  • The Belgian and Belarus pair of Elise Mertens and Aryna Sabalenka have won the women’s doubles final of the Australian Open 2021.
  • They defeated Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova of the Czech Republic.
  • Earlier, Defending champions Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury won the Australian Open Semi-finals of the Men's doubles against Australia-born Jamie Murray and Brazilain Bruno Soares.

Q3.किस देश ने Extraterrestrial Space Affairs के  लिए नया राष्ट्रीय मंत्रालय बनाया है?

(a) मिस्र

(b) कोस्टा रिका

(c) निकारागुआ

(d) इटली

Q3. Which country has created a new National Ministry for Extraterrestrial Space Affairs?

(a) Egypt

(b) Costa Rica 

(c) Nicaragua

(d) Italy 

  • Nicaragua has created a new National Ministry for Extraterrestrial Space Affairs. 
  • The agency was approved by 76 legislators in the country's congress, which is dominated by President Daniel Ortega's Sandinista Party. Fifteen opposition legislators abstained.
  • The ministry will promote the development of space activities, with the aim of broadening the country's capacities in the fields of education, industry, science, and technology.

Q4.“The Epic Battle of Longewala” नामक पुस्तक किसने लिखी है?

(a) एयर मार्शल वी आर चौधरी

(b) एयर मार्शल भारत कुमार

(c) एयर मार्शल संदीप सिंह

(d) एयर चीफ मार्शल आर के एस भदौरिया

Q4. Who wrote the book titled, “The Epic Battle of Longewala”? 

(a) Air Marshal V R Chaudhary

(b) Air Marshal Bharat Kumar 

(c) Air Marshal Sandeep Singh 

(d) Air Chief Marshal R K S Bhadauria

  • A new book “The Epic Battle of Longewala”, written by Air Marshal Bharat Kumar (retd) depicts that it was the airpower that decisively won the battle against Pakistan at the border outpost in Rajasthan on December 5-6, 1971.
  • IAF chief Air Chief Marshal R K S Bhadauria releasing the book  to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1971 war, 
  • The book, however, contends the J P Dutta-directed film “Border” erroneously depicts that the battle was “single-handedly” won by the Army 
  • The movie `Border’ in 1997, showed that the famous battle of Longewala was primarily won by the gallantry shown by the 120 infantry soldiers led by Major Kuldip Singh Chandpuri during the 1971 war.
  • Chandpuri, incidentally, was decorated with the country’s second-highest wartime gallantry medal Maha Vir Chakra 

Q5.मंगल पर नासा के पांचवें रोवर 'Perseverance'  मिशन का नेतृत्व करने वाली  भारतीय-अमेरिकी वैज्ञानिक कौन है?

(a) उषा राव-मोनारी

(b) भावना लाल

(c) स्वाति मोहन

(d) सौम्या स्वामीनाथन

Q5. Which Indian-American scientist are the Operations lead for the mission of NASA’s fifth rover 'Perseverance' on Mars?

(a) Usha Rao-Monari

(b) Bhavya Lal 

(c) Swati Mohan

(d) Soumya Swaminathan

  • The American space agency NASA has successfully landed its fifth rover 'Perseverance' on Mars in a deep crater near the planet's equator called Jezero.
  •  It touched down the surface of Mars after successfully overcoming a risky landing phase known as the seven minutes of terror.
  •  Indian-American scientist Dr. Swati Mohan is the Guidance, Navigation, and Controls (GN&C) Operations Lead for the mission.
  • The rover is only the fifth ever to set its wheels down on Mars. This feat was first accomplished in 1997 and all so far have been American.

Q6.अंतर्राष्ट्रीय मातृभाषा दिवस कब मनाया जाता है?

(a) 20 फरवरी

(b) 22 फरवरी

(c) 21 फरवरी

(d) 23 फरवरी

Q6.When is the International Mother Language Day observed?

(a) February 20

(b) February 22

(c) February 21

(d) February 23

  • Matribhasha Diwas or International Mother Language Day is observed annually across the world on 21st February. 
  • It is celebrated in India by the Union Education Ministry.
  • The idea to celebrate International Mother Language Day was the initiative of Bangladesh. It was approved at the 1999 UNESCO General Conference and has been observed throughout the world since 2000.
  • UNESCO believes in the importance of cultural and linguistic diversity for sustainable societies.
  • The theme of the 2021 International Mother Language Day, “Fostering multilingualism for inclusion in education and society,” recognizes that languages and multilingualism can advance inclusion, and the Sustainable Development Goals focus on leaving no one behind.

Q7. वन्यजीव अपराध नियंत्रण ब्यूरो (WCCB) को UNEP द्वारा एशिया पर्यावरण प्रवर्तन पुरस्कार -2020 से सम्मानित किया गया । WCCB का मुख्यालय कहाँ स्थित है?

(a) हैदराबाद

(b) नई दिल्ली

(c) कोलकाता

(d) चेन्नई

Q7. The Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB) has received the Asia Environmental Enforcement Award-2020 awarded by UNEP. Where are the HQs of WCCB situated?

(a) Hyderabad

(b) New Delhi 

(c) Kolkata

(d) Chennai 

  • The Wildlife Crime Control Bureau has received the Asia Environmental Enforcement Award-2020 awarded by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
  • Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said that WCCB getting the award twice in three years is a testimony of India's commitment towards ending wildlife crime.
  • Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB) has been awarded this year under the Innovation category. Earlier, the Bureau had received the award in 2018 under the same category.
  • Headquarters location: New Delhi
  • Agency executive: Tilotama Varma, Additional Director

Q8.DRDO ने हाल ही में किस एंटी-टैंक गाइडेड मिसाइल सिस्टम का सफल परीक्षण किया है?

(a) हेलीना

(b) ध्रुवस्त्र

(c) अमोघ

(d) दोनों (a) और (b)

Q8.DRDO has recently conducted successful trials of which anti-tank guided missile systems?

(a) Helina 

(b) Dhruvastra

(c) Amogh 

(d) Both (a) and (b) 

  • India successfully launched Helina (Army Version) and Dhruvastra (Air Force version) Anti-Tank Guided Missile Systems designed and developed by DRDO from Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) platform in the desert ranges.
  • These missile systems have been designed and developed indigenously by DRDO.
  • The missiles were fired in hover and max forward flight against realistic static and moving targets. 
  • Some missions were carried out with warheads against derelict tanks. A mission was carried out against a moving target from a forward flying helicopter.

Q9.भारत ने किस देश के साथ वीजा सुविधा और चमड़ा प्रौद्योगिकी से संबंधित दो समझौतों पर हस्ताक्षर किए हैं?

(a) केन्या

(b) इथियोपिया

(c) यमन

(d) सऊदी अरब

Q9. India has signed two agreements related to visa facilitation and leather technology with which country?

(a) Kenya 

(b) Ethiopia

(c) Yemen

(d) Saudi Arabia 

  • India and Ethiopia have signed two agreements related to visa facilitation and leather technology.
  • The agreements were signed in the presence of Ethiopia's Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, Demeke Mekonnen Hassen, and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar.
  • Hassen is on a 4-day visit to India, from February 16. 
  • The two ministers agreed to expand India and Ethiopia's bilateral agenda especially defense, economic, S&T, digital, and cultural cooperation.

Q10.NAVDEX 21 (नौसेना रक्षा प्रदर्शनी) और IDEX 21 (अंतर्राष्ट्रीय रक्षा प्रदर्शनी) का आयोजन किस देश में किया गया है?

(a) सऊदी अरब

(b) संयुक्त अरब अमीरात

(c) जापान

(d) सिंगापुर

Q10. The NAVDEX 21 (Naval Defence Exhibition) and IDEX 21 (International Defence Exhibition) have been organized in which country? 

(a) Saudi Arabia 

(b) UAE 

(c) Japan 

(d) Singapore 

  • Indian Naval Ship Pralaya arrived at Abu Dhabi, UAE to participate in the NAVDEX 21 (Naval Defence Exhibition) and IDEX 21 (International Defence Exhibition), scheduled from 20 to 25 February 2021.
  • INS Pralaya, the second ship of the indigenously built Prabal Class Missile Vessels, was commissioned in the Indian Navy on 18 December 2002.
  •  The 56 m longship, displacing about 560 T is capable of speeds in excess of 35 knots and is fitted with an impressive array of weapons and sensors.
  •  These include a 76.2 mm medium range gun, 30 mm close-range guns, chaff launchers, and long-range surface to surface missiles. 
  • The ship, built indigenously at Goa Shipyard Limited, bears testimony to the capabilities of the Indian shipbuilding industry and is a versatile platform capable of performing a wide variety of surface warfare missions.

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