23rd July – National & International Current Affairs

1. What is the name of “India’s lightest bullet-proof jacket”? (Kalyansir OnlineIAS.com)

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Bhabha Kavach, billed as “India’s lightest bullet-proof jacket”, was launched at the International Police Expo 2019 in New Delhi. The bullet-proof jacket, developed jointly by the Ordnance Factories Board and the public sector metals and metal alloys manufacturer MIDHANI, can withstand bullets from an AK-47 assault rifle (7.62 mm hard steel core bullets), and the 5.56 mm INSAS rifle The Kavach weighs 9.2 kg, a half kilogram less than the weight for a bullet-proof jacket prescribed by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA)

2. As per Right to Information (Amendment) Bill, 2019 who among the following decides the terms of chief information commissioners? (Kalyansir OnlineIAS.com)

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The Right to Information (Amendment) Bill, 2019, passed with a voice vote in the Lower House, seeks to empower the central government on deciding the terms of chief information commissioners and information commissioners at both the central and state levels, as well as have a say on the salaries, allowances and other terms and conditions of service. Key changes: The Bill amends Sections 13 and 16 of the Right to Information (RTI) Act, 2005. Section 13 of the original Act sets the term of the central Chief Information Commissioner and Information Commissioners at five years (or until the age of 65, whichever is earlier). The amendment proposes that the appointment will be “for such term as may be prescribed by the Central Government”. Again, Section 13 states that salaries, allowances and other terms of service of “the Chief Information Commissioner shall be the same as that of the Chief Election Commissioner”, and those of an Information Commissioner “shall be the same as that of an Election Commissioner”. The amendment proposes that the salaries, allowances and other terms of service of the Chief Information Commissioner and the Information Commissioners “shall be such as may be prescribed by the Central Government Section 16 of the original Act deals with state-level Chief Information Commissioners and Information Commissioners. It sets the term for state-level CICs and ICs at five years (or 65 years of age, whichever is earlier). The amendment proposes that these appointments should be for “such term as may be prescribed by the Central Government”. And while the original Act prescribes salaries, allowances and other terms of service of the state Chief Information Commissioner as “the same as that of an Election Commissioner”, and the salaries and other terms of service of the State Information Commissioners as “the same as that of the Chief Secretary to the State Government”, the amendment proposes that these “shall be such as may be prescribed by the Central Government”.

3. NAPRT1 is sometimes seen in news. It is a:? (Kalyansir OnlineIAS.com)

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Scientists from the University of Queensland in Australia and a team of Indian researchers have identified a new gene - called NAPRT1 - directly linked to schizophrenia. Schizophrenia is a chronic and severe mental disorder that affects how a person thinks, feels and behaves. People with schizophrenia may seem like they have lost touch with reality.

4. In India National Broadcasting day is observed on:? (Kalyansir OnlineIAS.com)

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National Broadcasting day is observed every year on 23rd July. On this day in 1927, the first ever radio broadcast in the country went on the air from the Bombay Station under a private company, the Indian Broadcasting Company.

5. Recently Indian Navy commissions Indian Naval Air Squadron 313. It will be operated from: (Kalyansir OnlineIAS.com)

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Indian Naval Air Squadron (INAS) 313, the 5th Dornier Aircraft Squadron was commissioned into Indian Navy by Admiral Karambir Singh, at a ceremony held at Naval Air Enclave, Meenambakkam, Chennai. The other name of INAS 313 is Sea Eagles and it will be commanded by Commander Vivek Koman. It would operate two Hindustan Aeronautical Limited-built aircraft from the Chennai international airport alongside the Indian Coast Guard air station. INAS 313 has been tasked to patrol the Indian Ocean Region and enhance maritime domain awareness and strengthen Navy’s presence in Bay of Bengal and the southern region

6. Which of the following launched Project Sampark? (Kalyansir OnlineIAS.com)

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Project Sampark was raised by Border Roads Organisation (BRO) in 1975 with its Headquarters at Jammu Note: Recently Defence Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated two strategically important bridges in Kathua and Samba districts of Jammu and Kashmir that will help in smooth mobility of security forces in the border areas. The bridges, near the International Border, have been built under Project Sampark The 1,000-metre Ujh bridge in Kathua is the longest constructed by the Border Roads Organisation and it uses the precast segment technology. Built at a cost of Rs 50 crore, the bridge is on Parole-Korepannu-Rajpura road over Ujh river. The 617-metre Basantar bridge in Samba has been built at a cost of Rs 41.7 crore on Rajpura, Madwal, Pangadur, Phulpur road over Basantar river. The bridges will provide smooth connectivity for residents during the monsoon season and are vital for mobility of security forces in the border areas.

7. Recently which of the following anti biotic is banned by Health Ministry? (Kalyansir OnlineIAS.com)

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The Health Ministry has banned the manufacture, sale and distribution of antibiotic, Colistin and its formulations for food producing animals, poultry, aqua farming and animal feed supplements in a bid to preserve the drug’s efficacy in humans. The ban has been imposed under provisions of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940 Note: Colistin or polymyxin E is an old antibiotic

8. Who among the following wrote ”War over Words: Censorship in India, 1930-1960”? (Kalyansir OnlineIAS.com)

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The book titled”War over Words: Censorship in India, 1930-1960” has been authored by Devika Sethi

9. The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has decided to declare all lanes in all Toll Fee Plazas on National Highways across the country as dedicated ‘FASTag Lanes’ from:? (Kalyansir OnlineIAS.com)

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The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has decided to declare all lanes in all Toll Fee Plazas on National Highways across the country as dedicated ‘FASTag Lanes’ from 1st of December this year. Note: FASTag uses radio frequency identification (RFID) technology to enable direct toll payments while vehicle is moving. The toll fare is deducted directly from prepaid of saving bank account linked to FASTag

10. Which state government has decided to produce its own seeds under brand name Sah-Beej? (Kalyansir OnlineIAS.com)

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11. Motihari-Amlekhgunj Petroleum Products is a Pipeline between India and:? (Kalyansir OnlineIAS.com)

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The landmark Motihari-Amlekhgunj petroleum products pipeline between India and Nepal is a 69 kilometre-long pipeline that will run from Motihari in Bihar to Amelkhgunj in Nepal. Recently it is completed and ready for commercial operation; The pipeline will ensure smooth, cost effective and environment friendly supply of petroleum products to Nepal. This is the first transnational petroleum pipeline form India and first South Asian oil pipeline corridor. It is also the first oil pipeline in Nepal. Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) and Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC) have successfully completed testing transfer of the pipeline.

12. Recently Next Generation sequencing facility has been inaugurated in:? (Kalyansir OnlineIAS.com)

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Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Science and Technology and Earth Sciences, inaugurated Next Generation Sequencing (NSG) facility at Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), a CSIR lab in Hyderabad, Telangana The Next Generation Sequencing Facility promises to sequence up to 30 human genomes in a day and help researchers to individually tag genomes of up to 80,000 cells in eight minutes.

13. With which of the following instituted Ministry of Health collaborated to undertake the largest nationwide oral health survey? (Kalyansir OnlineIAS.com)

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The AIIMS Centre for Dental Education and Research will undertake the largest nationwide oral health survey this year in collaboration with the Ministry of Health to collect data that would act as a baseline for planning preventive and treatment strategies.

14. Nishagandhi Monsoon Ragas Music Festival is held in:? (Kalyansir OnlineIAS.com)

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Nishagandhi Monsoon Ragas Music Festival is being organised by Kerala Tourism in Thiruvananthapuram. It marks state’s successful entry into music tourism and seeks to attract more tourists to Kerala.

15. Who among the following has been elected as the new President of the European Parliament? (Kalyansir OnlineIAS.com)

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David Sassoli has been elected as the new President of the European Parliament Note: Ursula von der Leyen has been elected as the new President of the European commission

16. Dong Maeng exercise is an annual military exercise between:? (Kalyansir OnlineIAS.com)

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South Korea and the United States will be launching a new nine-day Dong Maeng exercise Earlier, the United States and South Korea had suspended a large-scale exercise and it also canceled a second exercise after the Singapore summit in June 2018.

17. Which of the following conducts residential asset price monitoring survey (RAPMS)? (Kalyansir OnlineIAS.com)

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The Reserve Bank has been conducting a quarterly residential asset price monitoring survey (RAPMS) since July 2010 on housing loan

18. Who among the following is appointed as the next Indian Ambassador to Israel? (Kalyansir OnlineIAS.com)

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19. 21st Commonwealth Table Tennis Championship held in:? (Kalyansir OnlineIAS.com)

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India’s G Sathiyan and Archana Kamath won the mixed doubles Sathiyan and Archana Kamath won 21st Commonwealth Table Tennis Championship They bagged the mixed doubles title at the Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor Stadium, Cuttack

20. Prithu Gupta is associated with which of the following sports? (Kalyansir OnlineIAS.com)

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Delhi's Prithu Gupta become India's 64th Grandmaster.

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