21st Aug National & International Current Affairs

1. World Mosquito Day is observed every year on:? (Kalyansir OnlineIAS.com)

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Every year on August 20, World Mosquito Day is observed. The day marks the groundbreaking discovery of British doctor, Sir Ronald Ross. Way back in 1897 he had identified the link between mosquitoes and malaria. The day, as the name suggests, intends to raise awareness regarding what all causes malaria and ways to prevent it. Note: Mosquitoes are a menace and are responsible for a host of diseases like malaria, West Nile virus, dengue, chikungunya, Zika

2. Which of the following ministry launched NISHTHA scheme? (Kalyansir OnlineIAS.com)

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The Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) launched the National Initiative for School Heads’ and Teachers’ Holistic Advancements (NISHTHA). This is aimed at training over 42 lakh teachers across the country NISHTHA is world’s largest teachers’ training programme of its kind. It is first of its kind initiative wherein standardized training modules are developed at national level for all states and UTs

3. Headquarters of Financial Action Task Force is located in:? (Kalyansir OnlineIAS.com)

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The Financial Action Task Force is an intergovernmental organization founded in 1989 on the initiative of the G7 to develop policies to combat money laundering. In 2001 its mandate expanded to include terrorism financing. Financial Action Task Force (FATF) Group places Pakistan on its Blacklist (Enhanced Expedited Follow Up List) for its failure in meeting the required global standards; and combating terrorism and money laundering

4. Research Centre Imarat (RCI) is a premiere DRDO laboratory located in:? (Kalyansir OnlineIAS.com)

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5. Who among the following has been appointed as new cabinet secretary? (Kalyansir OnlineIAS.com)

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Rajiv Gauba, an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of the 1982 Jharkhand batch, took over as India's cabinet secretary after the superannuation of Pradeep Kumar Sinha

6. Recently which country launched Bavar-373 missile defence system? (Kalyansir OnlineIAS.com)

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Iran unveiled a domestically built long-range, surface-to-air missile air defence system known as Bavar-373 missile defence system

7. Indian Institute of Crop Processing Technology is located in:? (Kalyansir OnlineIAS.com)

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The Indian Institute of Food Processing Technology is a pioneer Educational and R&D Institution under the Ministry of Food Processing Industries. It is located in Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu

8. Which of the following ministry launched Sabka Vishwas-Legacy Dispute Resolution Scheme? (Kalyansir OnlineIAS.com)

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Union Finance Ministry has notified Sabka Vishwas-Legacy Dispute Resolution Scheme, 2019, a dispute resolution and amnesty scheme to reduce legacy service tax and central excise cases. It will become operational from September 1, 2019 four months till December 31, 2019. It can be availed by taxpayers for closing their pending disputes relating to legacy Service Tax and Central Excise cases that are now subsumed under Goods and Services Tax (GST) so they can focus on GST.

9. Indian Institute of Crop Processing Technology is located in:? (Kalyansir OnlineIAS.com)

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The Indian Institute of Food Processing Technology is a pioneer Educational and R&D Institution under the Ministry of Food Processing Industries. It is located in Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu

10. Who among the following translated The Diary of Manu Gandhi’? (Kalyansir OnlineIAS.com)

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The book ‘The Diary of Manu Gandhi’ (1943-44), edited and translated by Tridip Suhrud, was launched by Prahlad Singh Patel, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Culture and Tourism

11. International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor project is located in:? (Kalyansir OnlineIAS.com)

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ITER, launched by the EU, the US, China, India, Japan, Russia and South Korea, would generate electricity from a process similar to the nuclear fusion that powers the sun.

12. Which state ranked first in SARAL Index? (Kalyansir OnlineIAS.com)

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Karnataka has topped the SARAL index, which evaluates the Indian states on the basis of their attractiveness for rooftop development. Other states Telangana, Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh were ranked 2nd, 3rd and 4th respectively. The State Rooftop Solar Attractiveness Index (SARAL) was launched by Union Minister of State for Power and New & Renewable Energy (IC) RK Singh. The index aims to incentivise rooftop solar by creating healthy competition among the states. The Union Minister encouraged all the states to adopt the best practices being followed by top-ranking states. Note: The SARAL index has been jointly designed by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation (SSEF), ASSOCHAM and Ernst & Young (EY).

13. Recently which Arab country lifted restrictions on women to receive passports and travel abroad without permission from a male guardian? (Kalyansir OnlineIAS.com)

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In a landmark reform, Saudi Arabia has allowed women above 21 years of age to receive passports (issue or renew) and travel abroad without permission from a male guardian. Saudi Arabian Women have for long required permission from their male guardians (which includes husband, father and other male relatives) for these tasks. These restrictions have drawn international censure also.

14. Which state has decided to allow women to drive government vehicles? (Kalyansir OnlineIAS.com)

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Kerala government first time decided to allow women to drive government vehicles

15. Headquarters of World Anti-Doping Agency is located in:? (Kalyansir OnlineIAS.com)

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The World Anti-Doping Agency is a foundation initiated by the International Olympic Committee based in Canada to promote, coordinate and monitor the fight against drugs in sports Recently World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) suspends the accreditation of India's National Dope Testing Laboratory (NDTL) for 6 months.

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