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A)
Delhi
B)
Punjab
C)
Haryana
D)
Uttar Pradesh

Correct Answer : Option (A) - Delhi

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will inaugurate the country's first smog tower on August 23, 2021, at Baba Kharak Singh Marg, Connaught Place, said Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai on 19-08-2021.
 
Gopal Rai said the smog tower will clean 1,000 cubic metres of air every second and reduce PM 2.5 and PM 10 levels in Delhi.
 
Rai added, "I am certain that the smog-tower built at the cost of Rs 20 crores will contribute immensely towards this cause. The smog tower will work with full force after the monsoon season. The scientists of the Delhi Pollution Control Committee will accordingly assess the performance of the tower and present a monthly report."
 
Environment Minister further added, "If the performance of the smog tower is found to be satisfactory, then we will replicate similar smog towers throughout Delhi."
 
"I am confident that the smog-tower will yield positive results for us. It must be noted that Central Government is also constructing one such tower at Anand Vihar. This is being done after Supreme Court ordered both Delhi and Central Government to immediately install smog towers in the national capital," stated the Environment Minister.

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Published On : August 21, 2021
A)
Asian Development Bank
B)
New Development Bank
C)
World Bank
D)
World Trade Organisation

Correct Answer : Option (A) - Asian Development Bank

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The Asian Development Bank will provide USD 500 million loans to expand the metro rail network in Bengaluru with the construction of two new metro lines totaling 56 kilometers. An agreement in this regard was signed between the Government of India and the ADB on 19-08-2021. The signatories to an agreement for the Bengaluru Metro Rail Project were Rajat Kumar Mishra, Additional Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, and Takeo Konishi, Country Director of ADB's India Resident Mission who signed for ADB.
 
The project will construct two new metro lines, mostly elevated, along Outer Ring Road and National Highway 44 between Central Silk Board and Kempegowda International Airport with 30 stations, ADB said in a release.
 
"This will help decongest traffic in the city area and provide seamless connectivity to the airport," it said.
 
The needs of vulnerable groups, such as the elderly, women, children, and differently-abled persons, will be reflected on the metro facilities, it added.
 
"The project supports the urban transformation of Bengaluru city into a more livable and sustainable city through support to urban public transport and urban development with concepts of transit-oriented development (TOD) and multi-modal integration (MMI)," said Konishi.

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Published On : August 21, 2021
A)
1st
B)
2nd
C)
3rd
D)
4th

Correct Answer : Option (B) - 2nd

Note : India has ranked second in terms of crypto adoption worldwide behind Vietnam, but ahead of countries such as the US, UK, and China, according to the 2021 Global Crypto Adoption Index by blockchain data platform Chainalysis. This comes even as worldwide crypto adoption grew by 880% between June 2020 and July 2021, according to the report.

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Published On : August 21, 2021
A)
August 15 to August 21
B)
August 17 to August 23
C)
August 19 to August 25
D)
August 21 to August 27

Correct Answer : Option (C) - August 19 to August 25

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has greeted the people on the occasion of Sanskrit week beginning August 19, 2021 to August 25, 2021. Sanskrit week is being celebrated from August 19 to 25 to promote and popularise this ancient language.
 
In a message, the Prime Minister said, Sanskrit language is so rich that it touches every aspect of our life. Mr Modi said, it is a matter of joy that Sanskrit language is reaching more and more people through modern technolgy.

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Published On : August 21, 2021
A)
Maharashtra
B)
Uttar Pradesh
C)
Gujarat
D)
Madhya Pradesh

Correct Answer : Option (C) - Gujarat

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Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi is all set to inaugurate multiple projects at Gujarat’s Somnath August 20, 2021 via video conferencing.
 
The projects that will be inaugurated include the Somnath Promenade, Somnath Exhibition Centre, and the reconstructed temple precinct of Old (Juna) Somnath.
 
The Prime Minister will also lay the foundation of Shree Parvati temple during the event. The temple will be constructed under a budget of Rs. 30 crore which will include the construction of Sompura Salats Style, development of Garbha Griha and Nritya Mandap.
 
The PMO released a statement which said that Somenath Promenade has been constructed under the PRASHAD (Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual, Heritage Augmentation Drive) scheme at a cost of Rs. 47 crore.
 
The Somnath Exhibition Centre has been developed under in the area of ‘Tourist Facilitation Centre’ which exhibits the dismantled parts of the Somnath temple and it’s architectural structure which is Nagar style of the old Somnath temple which was destroyed.
 
The reconstructed areas of the old temple has been done under the Somnath Trust Fund costing Rs. 3.15 crore. The whole old temple complex has been redeveloped for the safety of pilgrims and with increased capacity.

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Published On : August 21, 2021
A)
Pfizer
B)
Moderna
C)
Covaxin
D)
AstraZeneca

Correct Answer : Option (D) - AstraZeneca

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Trial data from AstraZeneca on 20-08-2021 raised the prospect of a new treatment to prevent COVID-19 beyond vaccines, giving hope in particular for people who respond poorly to immunisation shots.

AstraZeneca, a UK-based biopharmaceutical company, on August 20, 2021, announced that its PROVENT Phase-III prophylaxis trial of its antibody cocktail therapy AZD7442, a combination of two long-acting antibodies (LAAB), met the primary goal of preventing COVID-19 in late-stage cases.

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Published On : August 20, 2021
A)
ESA
B)
NASA
C)
ISRO
D)
JAXA

Correct Answer : Option (B) - NASA

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Diksha Shinde, who is a 14-year-old girl in Aurangabad, was selected as a panellist on Minority Serving Institution (MSI) Fellowships Virtual Panel of American Space Agency, NASA.
 
* She wrote a theory on black holes. It was liked and accepted at NASA.
* Her research paper on ‘We Live in Black Hole?’ was accepted by International Journal of Scientific and Engineering Research in May 2021.
* She won the research competition that was organised by International Astronomical Search Collaboration.
* She has been selected as a panellist for 2021 MSI Fellowships Virtual Panel in June.
* She will get training at NASA when she will turn 18. She will also attend a conference which will be held in October 2021. NASA will bear all her expenses.

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Published On : August 20, 2021
A)
PT Usha
B)
Dutee Chand
C)
Milkha Singh
D)
Anju Bobby George

Correct Answer : Option (A) - PT Usha

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Renowned athletics coach O.M Nambiar, who nurtured one of India’s greatest track and field stars PT Usha, died here on 19-08-2021 due to age-related illness. He was 89. Nambiar is survived by his wife Leela, three sons and a daughter. He breathed his last at his residence in Vadakara, a coastal own in Kozhikode district.
 
One of the first Dronacharya Award winners and this year’s Padma Shri awardee was hospitalized around a week ago, after which he was brought back home. Usha said Nambiar, who was battling the Parkinson’s disease, had a heart attack 10 days ago.

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Published On : August 20, 2021
A)
Russia
B)
Germany
C)
Nigeria
D)
Malaysia

Correct Answer : Option (D) - Malaysia

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Malaysia’s king appointed the country’s third prime minister in just 18 months, marking the return to power of a pro-Malay party that ruled the country for decades as virus cases reach new highs. 
 
The monarch on 20-08-2021 selected Ismail Sabri Yaakob, the deputy leader of the previous government, as the new prime minister. The longtime member of the United Malays National Organisation will be sworn in on Aug. 21, according to a statement from the palace, which said he commanded the support of 114 lawmakers in the 220-member body. 
 
The appointment caps weeks of political upheaval, which prompted Muhyiddin Yassin and his entire cabinet to resign on Monday after 17 months in office amid mounting anger over his handling of the pandemic and the economy. Daily Covid-19 cases hit a record for a third day on Friday despite a seven-month state of emergency and multiple lockdowns.
 
“His Majesty expressed his views that with the appointment of the prime minister, the government should continue efforts to fight the Covid-19 pandemic immediately for the benefit and safety of the people and the country’s wellbeing, which are greatly affected by this crisis and the pandemic threat,” the palace said in a statement.

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Published On : August 21, 2021
A)
HAL
B)
ISRO
C)
DRDO
D)
NASA

Correct Answer : Option (C) - DRDO

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The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has developed an advanced chaff technology, which is used to distract enemy's radar-guided missiles, to safeguard Indian Air Force fighter jets from enemy missiles.
 
The IAF has started the process of induction of this technology after the completion of successful trials, a DRDO statement said 19-08-2021.
 
Two DRDO laboratories developed the "advanced chaff material and chaff cartridge - 118/I" and it has met the qualitative requirements of the IAF, the statement mentioned.
 
"The importance of this (advanced chaff) technology lies in the fact that very less quantity of chaff material deployed in the air acts as decoy to deflect enemy's missiles for ensuring safety of the fighter aircraft," it stated.
 
The technology has been given to the industry for production in large quantities to meet the annual rolling requirement of the IAF, it noted.
 
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh 19-08-2021 lauded the DRDO, the IAF and the industry for indigenous development of this critical technology, terming it one more DRDO step towards 'Aatmanirbhar Bharat' in the strategic defence technologies, the statement mentioned.

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Published On : August 20, 2021