May 25th National & International current affairs

1. With the help of which country DRDO developed MRSAM?

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The Indian Navy achieved a significant milestone in enhancing its Anti Air Warfare Capability with the maiden cooperative engagement firing of the Medium Range Surface to Air Missile (MRSAM).The firing was undertaken on the Western Seaboard by Indian Naval Ships Kochi and Chennai wherein the missiles of both ships were controlled by one ship to intercept different aerial targets at extended ranges With the success of this cooperative mode of engagement, the Indian Navy has become a part of a select group of Navies that have this niche capability. This capability significantly enhances the combat effectiveness of the Indian Navy thereby providing an operational edge over potential adversaries These Surface to Air Missiles are fitted onboard the Kolkata Class Destroyers and would also be fitted on all future major warships of the Indian Navy. About MRSAM: It is Medium Range Surface to Air Missile which i.e. it is capable of engaging multiple aerial targets at range of more than 50 km. It is manufactured by Bharat Dynamics Limited, India. It is jointly developed by DRDL Hyderabad (a DRDO Lab), in collaboration with Israel Aerospace Industries.

2. The joint meetings of three conventions on chemicals and waste namely Basel, Stockholm and Rotterdam conventions was held in:

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The 14th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to Basel Convention (COP 14) was held along with the 9th meeting of the COP to Rotterdam Convention and the 9th meeting of the COP to Stockholm Convention in Geneva, Switzerland Theme of 2019 meetings was- “Clean Planet, Healthy People: Sound Management of Chemicals and Waste” Note: Basel Convention on Control of Transboundary Movement of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal two important issues were mainly discussed and decided i.e. technical guidelines on e-waste and inclusion of plastic waste in Prior Informed Consent In Stockholm convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POP), COP decided to list “Dicofol” in Annex A (Elimination) without any exemption. The “PFOA”, (Perfluorooctanoic acid) was also listed with some exemptions in Annex A of Stockholm Convention. In Rotterdam Convention on Prior Informed Consent Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade, two new chemicals named Phorate and HBCD (hexabromocyclododecane) were added in list for mandatory Prior Informed Consent (PIC) procedure in international trade.

3. IMDEX-2019 was held in:

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The International Maritime Defence Exhibition Asia (IMDEX Asia-2019) was held in Singapore. Two warships of the Indian Navy--INS Kolkata and INS Shakti were participated in the event After the completion of naval exercise IMDEX-19 recetly, the Kolkata Class Destroyers Indian Naval ships namely INS Kolkata and INS Shakti are participating in SIMBEX-2019. SIMBEX (Singapore India Maritime Bilateral Exercise) is an annual bilateral naval exercise between India and Singapore. Note: Along with INS Shakti and INS Kolkata, Poseidon-8I (P8I) (Indian long range maritime patrol aircraft) will also participate

4. Water is a subject of:

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Recently Union Government has issued a drought advisory to six southern and western states and has asked them to use water judiciously. This was issued amid rising concern of water storage in dams of states which dropped to a critical level. State to which drought advisory issued are Gujarat, Maharashtra, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. The drought advisory is issued to states when water level in reservoirs is about 20% less than the average of live water storage figures of past 10 years.

5. Which of the following space agency is associated with XPoSat mission?

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Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), recently announced its planned seven mega missions. Among these seven mega missions ISRO has defined XPoSat and Aditya-L1 missions only. The XPoSat, or the X-ray Polarimeter Satellite, is a dedicated mission to study polarisation and to study cosmic radiation Undefined mission which include missions which are still in planning stage namely Mangalyaan-2 (or Mars Orbiter Mission-2 in 2022), Lunar Polar Exploration (or Chandrayaan-3 in 2024), Venus mission (in 2023), Exoworlds (exploration outside the solar system in 2028).

6. Recently Geographical Indications Registry at Chennai has granted GI tag to Sialo kahaja of which state?

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Silao Khaja, the traditional delicacy of Nalanda district of Bihar, has recently got GI tag

7. Consider the following statements about Public Financial Management System

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8. Recently India hands over two Mi-24 helicopters to:

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India handed over a pair of Mi-24 helicopters to Afghanistan with the aim of strengthening the Afghan air force as it battles a deadly Taliban insurgency against the backdrop of the US looking to exit the war-torn country after a 17-year stay. The helicopters were purchased from Belarus and were handed to the Afghan Air Force

9. Recently India hands over two Mi-24 helicopters to:

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India handed over a pair of Mi-24 helicopters to Afghanistan with the aim of strengthening the Afghan air force as it battles a deadly Taliban insurgency against the backdrop of the US looking to exit the war-torn country after a 17-year stay. The helicopters were purchased from Belarus and were handed to the Afghan Air Force

10. Who among the following is the head of the committee appointed by RBI for ‘suggestions on promoting digital payment’?

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The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) appointed committee on ‘suggestions on promoting digital payment’ has submitted its report to RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das. The committee was headed by Nandan Nilekani, also known as Aadhaar Architect.

11. Maryland crater is found on:

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The largest depression found in Ultima Thule is about 8 km wide feature which is nicknamed as ‘Maryland crater’, is likely formed from an impact

12. Recently there is news about Anak Krakatoa Volcano. The volcano is located in:

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13. Who among the following won women’s singles title at Women’s Tennis Association’s (WTA) Italian Open 2019?

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The Czech Republic’s Karolina Pliskova beats United Kingdom (UK’s) Johanna Konta in finals and won women’s singles title at Women’s Tennis Association’s (WTA) Italian Open 2019, held in Rome.