Current Affairs For (16 October, 2021)

1. Which institution has formed a Scientific Advisory Group for the Origins on Novel Pathogens (SAGO)?

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Answers With Explanation : (B) The Director-General of the World Health Organisation has set up the WHO Scientific Advisory Group for the Origins on Novel Pathogens (SAGO). The SAGO will advise the Secretariat on technical and scientific considerations on emerging and re-emerging pathogens. An Indian epidemiologist, Dr Raman Gangakhedkar, will be part of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Scientific Advisory Group for determining the origin of covid-19 pandemic.

2. Malabar series of exercises began as a bilateral naval exercise between India and which country, in 1992?

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Answers With Explanation : (A) The Malabar series of exercises, which began as an annual bilateral naval exercise between India and the US in 1992. The Indian Navy is set to participate in the Second Phase of Multilateral Maritime Exercise Malabar along with the Japan Maritime Self Defence Force, Royal Australian Navy and the United States Navy. It is being conducted in the Bay of Bengal from 12 – 15 Oct 2021. First Phase of the exercise was conducted in the Philippines Sea in August.

3. Which institution releases the ‘Fiscal Monitor’ Report?

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Answers With Explanation : (C) As per the International Monetary Fund’s ‘Fiscal Monitor’ Report, the global debt has jumped to a new high of USD 226 trillion. Advanced economies and China contributed more than 90 per cent to the accumulation of world-wide debt in 2020. India’s debt increased from 68.9 per cent of its GDP in 2016 to 89.6 per cent in 2020. It is projected to jump to 90.6 per cent in 2021. The debt of governments, households and non-financial corporations added up to USD 226 trillion in 2020.This is the highest increase on record.

4. As per Government’s recent notification released in 2021, what is the gestational limit for termination of pregnancy?

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Answers With Explanation : (D) As per the government’s new rules, the gestational limit for termination of a pregnancy in India has been increased to 24 weeks. Earlier the limit was 20 weeks. Under the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (Amendment) Rules, 2021, the women including survivors of sexual assault, rape or incest, minors, those whose marital status changes during pregnancy (widowhood and divorce) and those with physical disabilities are included for the new limit.

5. CRISP-M tool, which was seen in the news recently, embeds climate information in implementing which scheme?

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Answers With Explanation : (A) Union Minister of Rural Development & Panchayati Raj Shri Giriraj Singh jointly launched Climate Resilience Information System and Planning (CRISP-M) tool. It is used for integration of climate information in Geographic Information System (GIS) based watershed planning under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee scheme. It was launched along with Lord Tariq Ahmad, Minister of State for South Asia and the Commonwealth in the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office through a virtual event.

6. India will be delivering one of its kilo-class submarines, INS Sindhuvir to which nation?

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Answers With Explanation : (B) India will soon be transferring one of its kilo-class submarines, INS Sindhuvir to the Myanmar Navy. This will be a significant move, as it will be the first submarine of the Myanmar Navy.

7. Bhanu Athaiya had won India’s first Oscar in costume design for her work in which classic film?

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Answers With Explanation : (D) Bhanu Athaiya, India’s first Oscar-winning costume designer passed away on October 15, 2020 at the age of 91. She passed away peacefully in her sleep after a prolonged illness.The renowned designer had won an Academy Award for best costume design for the 1983 classic movie ‘Gandhi’.

8. Which AFMS Command Hospital has won the Raksha Mantri Trophy for being the Best Command Hospital?

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Answers With Explanation : (A) Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh awarded the Raksha Mantri Trophy to the top Command Hospitals of the Armed Forces Medical Services (AFMS) for the year 2019 on October 16, 2020. Air Force Command Hospital in Bengaluru was adjudged the Best Command Hospital for the year 2019, Command Hospital of the Eastern Command in Kolkata won the award for Second Best Command Hospital for the year 2019.

9. When is Global Hand washing Day observed?

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Answers With Explanation : (D) The Global Hand washing Day was observed on October 15, 2020. The day is observed each year to raise awareness and highlight the importance of hand washing as an effective means of disease prevention.

10. The centre plans to make India Trans Fat free by which year?

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Answers With Explanation : (C) Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan announced recently that the government aims to make India Trans Fat free by 2022, a year ahead of the target set by the World Health Organization .

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