Daily Current Affairs and GK | 25 November 2019

2019-11-25

1. Jammu & Kashmir completes 11,400 km road length in 2019 under PMGSY

  • Jammu and Kashmir has achieved the highest road length in 2019 under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY).
  • In the current fiscal year, 11,400 km of road length has been completed out of the targeted 19,700 km.
  • PMGSY:
    • It is a scheme launched in 2000 by the government to provide all-weather connectivity to unconnected habitations in the rural parts of India.
    • The scheme is implemented by the Ministry of Rural Development.

 

2. Mine Counter Measure exercise held between India and Japan

  • A bilateral exercise was held between the Indian Navy and the Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF) on mine countermeasure and explosive ordnance disposal.
  • This is the first time that such exercise is conducted between the two forces.

 

3. WHO ranks India at 8th positon in a study on physical activity

  • WHO conducted a study regarding the level of physical activity among adolescents.
  • Bangladesh topped the ranking while the USA ranked fourth on the list.
  • The study was conducted for 146 countries, and India ranked 8th with a score of 73.9%.
  • World Health Organisation (WHO):
    • It is a specialized agency of the United Nations that was founded in 1948.
    • Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland
    • Its major role lies in directing international health within the UN System.

 

4. 8th International Tourism Mart being held in Manipur

  • International Tourism Mart is being organized at Imphal, Manipur, by the Tourism Ministry in collaboration with North-Eastern states.
  • It is a three-day event that brings together tourism business individuals and entrepreneurs from the North-Eastern states.
  • Theme - "Sustainable Tourism an engine for Economic Growth and Employment".
  • Manipur is the host state for the second time.

 

5. CIC annual report presented in Lok Sabha

  • The annual report of the Chief Information Commission (CIC) has been tabled in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha on 20th and 21st November 2019 respectively.
  • The report shows that 13.7 lakh RTI applications were received by the registered Central Public Authorities (PAs), followed by the Ministry of Home Affairs.
  • The highest percentage of RTI applications were rejected by the Ministry of Tribal Affairs (26.54%), followed by the Ministry of Home Affairs (16.41%).
  • Chief Information Commission:
    • It is a statutory body that was established under the Right to Information Act, 2005.
    • Chief Information Commissioner and other Information Commissioners are appointed by the President.
    • The current Chief Information Commissioner is Sudhir Bhargava.

 

6. 50th Conference of Governors concluded

  • The 50th Conference of Governors was held at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi.
  • The conference concluded with a focus on tribal welfare, education, agriculture, water and ease of living.
  • Five-sub groups of Governors presented their reports on the above issues and identified the areas where the respective Governors can play a significant role.

 

7. UP government launches massive immunisation campaign against the Filariasis

  • Uttar Pradesh government has launched a massive immunisation programme against Filaria or Filariasis.
  • Under the programme, more than 65,000 teams of health workers will provide medicine to 6.5 crore people in 19 districts till 10th December 2019.
  • These districts will be provided DEC tablets, Albendazole, and Ivermectin.
  • Central Government aims to eradicate Filaria completely by 2021.
  • Filariasis:
    • It is a parasitic disease which is caused due to roundworms like Wuchereria bancrofti, Brugia malayi, and Brugia timori.
    • These worms lead to the syndrome of elephantiasis, i.e. swelling of tissues causing enlargement of limbs or body parts.

 

8. Rafael Nadal wins Sixth Davis Cup Title

  • Rafael Nadal, world No. 1 Spanish tennis player, won Sixth Davis Cup title by defeating Canadian Denis Shapovalov 6-3, 7-6, 9-7.
  • Nadal won all the eight matches this week to finally clinch the title.
  • It is the first title for Spain since 2011.

 

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Which of the following Indian states/Union Territories has the highest road length under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) in 2019?

  1. NCT of Delhi
  2. Rajasthan
  3. Jammu and Kashmir
  4. Karnataka

Correct Answer: c

2. The first ever Mine counter measure exercise was held between-

  1. India and Sri Lanka
  2. India and Japan
  3. Bangladesh and Sri Lanka
  4. Japan and USA

Correct Answer: b

3. What is the ranking of India in WHO’s study on physical activity among adolescents?

  1. 5th
  2. 6th
  3. 7th
  4. 8th

Correct Answer: d

4. What is the theme of the 8th International Tourism Mart 2019?

  1. Tourism and Sustainable Development
  2. Adventure Tourism
  3. Sustainable Tourism an engine for growth and employment
  4. Economic growth and Sustainable Tourism

Correct Answer: c

5. Who is the current Chief Information Commissioner?

  1. Sudhir Bhargava
  2. Wajahat Habibullah
  3. Rishi Kumar Shukla
  4. Rajiv Mehrishi

Correct Answer: a

6. The 50th conference of Governors was recently held in-

  1. Uttar Pradesh
  2. Punjab
  3. Haryana
  4. New Delhi

Correct Answer: d

7. Filariasis is a __________ disease.

  1. Viral
  2. Fungal
  3. Parasitic
  4. Bacterial

Correct Answer: c

8. Who among the following clinched the sixth Davis cup title?

  1. Rafael Nadal
  2. Roberto Bautista
  3. Denis Shapovalov
  4. Roger Federer

Correct Answer: a

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