Current Affairs for RRB Office Assistant Mains | 21st September 2019 Current Affairs Questions and Answers - Smartkeeda

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1
Which of the following states has recently become the first state in July 2019, to amend DMF(District Mineral Foundation) rules?
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C
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Who: Chhattisgarh
What: has become the first state in July 2019, to amend DMF (District Mineral Foundation) rules
When: published on 12th September 2019

Amendments to District Mineral Foundation (DMF) Trust Rules, 2015, by Chhattisgarh government has made it more inclusive, people-centric and will also empower people affected by mining in the state, according to Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), a New Delhi-based non-profit.

Chhattisgarh, which has more than Rs 4,200 crore in DMF Trust, became the first state in July 2019, to amend DMF rules.

The new rule mandates the inclusion of 10 Gram Sabha members directly from mining-affected areas in the DMF Governing Council (GC). In Scheduled Areas, at least 50 per cent of the Gram Sabha members must be from Scheduled Tribes (ST).

It will also strengthen women’s voices in the GC by mandating that from each Gram Sabha, there will be one male and one female member in the GC, CSE said.

For the complete information kindly visit given link:
https://www.downtoearth.org.in/news/mining/chhattisgarh-dmf-amendments-to-empower-mining-affected-people-cse-66697
2
BEML has recently joined hands with which of the following companies to work together in aerospace AI and 3D printing?
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B
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Who: BEML, Wipro
What: to work together in aerospace, AI and 3D printing
When: published on 16th September 2019

Defence PSU BEMLNSE 2.39 % Limited and WiproNSE 1.84 % Infrastructure Engineering (WIN) on Monday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to work together in aerospace, industrial automation, 3D printing, artificial intelligence and hydraulic system engineering.

This is a first of its kind MoU for WIN with a large public sector enterprise in India, a joint statement said.

The MoU entails working together on projects, products, systems, services and projects in defence, DRDO.

For the complete information kindly visit given link:
https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/defence/beml-wipro-to-work-together-in-aerospace-ai-and-3d-printing/articleshow/71153551.cms
3
Which of the following stateshas recently launched a pilot project to track stolen mobile phones?
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D
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Who: Telecom Department
What: Launching Pilot Site in Maharashtra to Help Track Your Lost Phone
When:published on 13th September 2019

Telecommunications minister Ravi Shankar Prasad will inaugurate a web portal that may help you have a better chance at finding your lost mobile phone. Under the overwatch of the Department of Telecommunications (DoT), the Central Equipment Identity Register (CEIR) will be launched later today in Maharashtra, bringing to the fore a project that was started two years ago. Beginning with its pilot project in Maharashtra, users will likely have a better chance at retrieving lost mobile phones — a seemingly regular occurrence that leaves little room of retrieving the devices.

CEIR will maintain a database of IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) numbers in its register, with the ultimate aim to cover as much of the billion-odd mobile devices that are present in India. The data from this database will work in multiple ways, including IMEI tracking of lost devices and identifying counterfeit products sold in the grey markets. For the latter, the CEIR will have access to the GSM Association's global IMEI database, which will help the DoT raise conflicting IMEI numbers in order to identify counterfeit devices.

In case of mobile phone theft, users can make use of the portal by dialling the DoT helpline 14422, after filing a First Information Report (FIR) for the same. Upon receiving the requisite details, the DoT will tally the reported IMEI number, and subsequently blacklist it against the database. This will lead to the remote blocking of the concerned device, which would be prevented from accessing any network connectivity in future, hence making it completely useless. Furthermore, telecom operators in India will also work closely with this list, and block any blacklisted IMEI from accessing their operator's network.

For the complete information kindly visit given link:
https://www.news18.com/news/tech/telecom-department-launching-pilot-site-in-maharashtra-to-help-track-your-lost-phone-2308079.html
4
Who among the following has recently been appointed as the Press Secretary to President Ram Nath Kovind?
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A
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Who: Journalist Ajay Kumar Singh
What: Appointed Press Secretary to President Ramnath Kovind
When: published on 17th September 2019

Political journalist Ajay Kumar Singh was on Monday appointed as the Press Secretary to President Ram Nath Kovind, an official order said.

Singh, 55, is currently associated with the Firstpost as a contributor.

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, approved the appointment of Singh as Press Secretary to the President on contract basis initially for a period of one year or until further orders, the Department of Personnel and Training said in an order.

For the complete information kindly visit given link:
https://www.news18.com/news/india/journalist-ajay-kumar-singh-appointed-press-secretary-to-president-ramnath-kovind-2311481.html
5
India has recently launched an initiative to fund _______________ PhD fellowships for ASEAN students at IITs?
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A
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Who: India
What: to fund 1,000 PhD fellowships for ASEAN students at IITs
When: published on 16th September 2019

India formally launched an initiative to fund 1,000 scholars from south east Asian countries to pursue PhD at its 23 Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), a move that could help internationalize its premier technology campuses and boost academic ties with east Asian neighbours.

A joint initiative of the human resource development and the ministry of external affairs, the initiative could prove to be a win-win for scholars from ASEAN and the IITs.

For the complete information kindly visit given link:
https://www.livemint.com/education/news/india-to-fund-1-000-phd-fellowships-for-asean-students-at-iits-1568641997902.html

Important Current Affairs Questions and Answers: 21st September 2019

1. Andhra Pradesh inaugurated it's first community-managed mini-hydroelectric project.
(21st September 2019 Current Affairs Quiz)

Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Friday inaugurated the State’s first community-managed mini-hydroelectric project at Dikshi village in West Kameng district. The project is also the first independent power project of its kind in the Northeast.

Developed by a Hyderabad-based firm, the 24 kW Dikshi Hydroelectric Project on the Phudungto river is expected to produce 112.40 gigawatt hours of electricity for meeting the power needs of East and West Kameng districts besides major defence establishments.

2. ‘Mukhyamantri Dal Poshit Yojana’ was launched in Uttarakhand.
(Important Current Affairs Quiz of 21st September 2019)

With an objective to provide low-priced pulses, the Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat launched the ‘Mukhyamantri Dal Poshit Yojana’ at his residence on Thursday. Under the scheme, two kilogrammes of pulses per month would be made available to 23.32 lakh ration card holders. On the day, the CM distributed packets of pulses to selected beneficiaries.

Speaking on the occasion, the CM said that the State Government has initiated many welfare schemes for poor in the State.

He said that the scheme would be helpful in fulfilling the objective of healthy India of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Rawat said that in food, we need to have all types of nutritional elements and the pulses would fulfill the requirement of protein. Highlighting the need for increase in awareness in general public, the CM said that they should report things to the Government whenever something wrong is happening.

3. Rajasthan launches information portal.
(Latest Current Affairs Quiz of 21st September 2019)

In a pioneering step, the first-ever public information portal was launched in Rajasthan on Friday promising to provide information about government authorities and departments suo motu to the public in the true spirit of the Right To Information Act. The portal has brought yet another distinction to Rajasthan, where the RTI movement had started in 1990s.

Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot inaugurated the portal at B.M. Birla Auditorium here in the presence of former Chief Information Commissioner Wajahat Habibullah, former Law Commission chairman Justice A.P. Shah and a galaxy of RTI activists, including Magsaysay Award winner Aruna Roy.

4. Kerala govt inks MoU with Maldives on cancer care.
(Today’s Current Affairs Capsule of 21st September 2019)

Kerala inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Maldives to strengthen cancer care in the island nation.

The MOU was signed here between Maldivian Minister Abdulla Ameen and Kerala Health Minister K K Shylaja in the presence of the state Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.

Vijayan later told reporters that the Kerala government and the Regional Cancer Centre (RCC) have jointly signed the MOU with the health ministry of Maldives as part of improving cooperation between the two countries.

5. Bill Gates to Honour PM Modi with Annual Goalkeepers Global Goals Award for Swachh Bharat Mission.
(Important Current Affairs Questions and Answers of 21st September 2019)

Bill and Melinda Gates will be honouring India Prime Minister Narendra Modi despite concerns being raised over tensions in Jammu and Kashmir after the abrogation of Article 370, which gave the state a its special status.

A dozen people, some wearing "Free Kashmir" T-shirts, with the Justice For All coalition delivered 100,000 petition signatures to the Gates Foundation's Seattle headquarters on Monday, asking the world's largest private nonprofit not to honor Modi's Swachh Bharat Mission, a sanitation initiative that improved access to toilets.

6. India to fund 1,000 PhD fellowships for ASEAN students at IITs.
(Most Important Current Affairs Quiz of 21st September 2019)

India formally launched an initiative to fund 1,000 scholars from south east Asian countries to pursue PhD at its 23 Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), a move that could help internationalize its premier technology campuses and boost academic ties with east Asian neighbours.

A joint initiative of the human resource development and the ministry of external affairs, the initiative could prove to be a win-win for scholars from ASEAN and the IITs.

7. Journalist Ajay Kumar Singh Appointed Press Secretary to President Ramnath Kovind.
(Latest Current Affairs Capsule of 21st September 2019)

Political journalist Ajay Kumar Singh was on Monday appointed as the Press Secretary to President Ram Nath Kovind, an official order said.

Singh, 55, is currently associated with the Firstpost as a contributor.

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, approved the appointment of Singh as Press Secretary to the President on contract basis initially for a period of one year or until further orders, the Department of Personnel and Training said in an order.

8. Telecom Department Launching Pilot Site in Maharashtra to Help Track Your Lost Phone.
(Top 10 Objective Current Affairs Quiz of 21st September 2019)

Telecommunications minister Ravi Shankar Prasad will inaugurate a web portal that may help you have a better chance at finding your lost mobile phone. Under the overwatch of the Department of Telecommunications (DoT), the Central Equipment Identity Register (CEIR) will be launched later today in Maharashtra, bringing to the fore a project that was started two years ago. Beginning with its pilot project in Maharashtra, users will likely have a better chance at retrieving lost mobile phones — a seemingly regular occurrence that leaves little room of retrieving the devices.

CEIR will maintain a database of IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) numbers in its register, with the ultimate aim to cover as much of the billion-odd mobile devices that are present in India. The data from this database will work in multiple ways, including IMEI tracking of lost devices and identifying counterfeit products sold in the grey markets. For the latter, the CEIR will have access to the GSM Association's global IMEI database, which will help the DoT raise conflicting IMEI numbers in order to identify counterfeit devices.

In case of mobile phone theft, users can make use of the portal by dialling the DoT helpline 14422, after filing a First Information Report (FIR) for the same. Upon receiving the requisite details, the DoT will tally the reported IMEI number, and subsequently blacklist it against the database. This will lead to the remote blocking of the concerned device, which would be prevented from accessing any network connectivity in future, hence making it completely useless. Furthermore, telecom operators in India will also work closely with this list, and block any blacklisted IMEI from accessing their operator's network.

9. BEML, Wipro to work together in aerospace, AI and 3D printing.
(Top 10 MCQs on Current Affairs of 21st September 2019)

Defence PSU BEMLNSE 2.39 % Limited and WiproNSE 1.84 % Infrastructure Engineering (WIN) on Monday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to work together in aerospace, industrial automation, 3D printing, artificial intelligence and hydraulic system engineering.

This is a first of its kind MoU for WIN with a large public sector enterprise in India, a joint statement said.

The MoU entails working together on projects, products, systems, services and projects in defence, DRDO.

10. Chhattisgarh has become the first state in July 2019, to amend DMF (District Mineral Foundation) rules.
(Current Affairs and GK Questions of 21st September 2019)

Amendments to District Mineral Foundation (DMF) Trust Rules, 2015, by Chhattisgarh government has made it more inclusive, people-centric and will also empower people affected by mining in the state, according to Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), a New Delhi-based non-profit.

Chhattisgarh, which has more than Rs 4,200 crore in DMF Trust, became the first state in July 2019, to amend DMF rules.

The new rule mandates the inclusion of 10 Gram Sabha members directly from mining-affected areas in the DMF Governing Council (GC). In Scheduled Areas, at least 50 per cent of the Gram Sabha members must be from Scheduled Tribes (ST).

It will also strengthen women’s voices in the GC by mandating that from each Gram Sabha, there will be one male and one female member in the GC, CSE said.