8 January 2020 Current Affairs

ISRO | Human Space Flight Centre | Lt. Gen PN Hoon | TN Chaturvedi | GDP Estimate | CISF | Year of Mobility |

Posted on Jan 08, 2020 02:27 IST in Current Affairs.

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1) ISRO’s Human Space Flight Centre (HSFC) will be built at which place, as was announced on 6 January 2020? – Challakere in Karnataka (Karnataka’s Challakere (in Chitradurga district) came to news as this place was chosen to build the state-of-the-art Human Space Flight Centre (HSFC) of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). To be constructed at a cost of Rs. 2,700 crore in three years, this facility will boast self-contained training facility for astronauts. The four astronaut candidates for the first Gaganyaan mission of 2022 are to train in Russia and country pays huge amount of money for this)

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2) Retired Lieutenant General PN Hoon, who passed away on 6 January 2020, was associated with which Indian military operation to capture the Siachen Glacier? – “Operation Meghdoot” (“Operation Meghdoot” was the operation executed by the Indian armed forces to capture the Siachen Glacier in the Kashmir region on 13 April 1984. It was also the first assault launched in the highest battlefield in the world. It was led by Lieutenant General Prem Nath Hoon (PN Hoon). This iconic operation resulted in Indian troops gaining control of the entire Siachen Glacier)

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3) Triloki Nath Chaturvedi (T.N. Chaturvedi), the former CAG of India and known to have taken the lid off the Bofors kickbacks issue, passed away at the age of 90. He was a former Governor of which state? – Karnataka (Triloki Nath Chaturvedi held the office of Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India from 1984 to 1989. It was during his tenure that the Bofors scam was unearthed. He was awarded India’s second highest civilian award, the Padma Vibhushan, in 1991. Chaturvedi became Governor of Karnataka in August 2002 and held the post till 2007)

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4) Who was unanimously elected as the new Speaker of Jharkhand Assembly on 7 January 2020? - Rabindra Nath Mahato (Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) MLA Rabindra Nath Mahato was on 7 January 2020 unanimously elected as the Jharkhand Assembly Speaker. He was first elected in 2005 from Nala seat but lost the subsequent elections before winning it again in the 2014 and 2019 polls)

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5) What is the estimated GDP growth rate for India for year 2019-20, as was announced by the Central Statistical Office (CSO) in its advance estimates on 7 January 2020? – 5% (CSO has estimated that India’s GDP growth rate for 2019-20 will be 5%. This figure is dramatically lower than growth rate for 2018-19 (6.8%). This estimate is based on the growth rate recorded in the first two quarters and is also in line with RBI’s estimates. The main reason given for slow growth rate is deceleration in the manufacturing sector)

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6) Which para-military force of the country is observing year 2020 as “Year of Mobility” for paying attention to the welfare and residential facilities of the troops? – CISF (The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) is observing as the ''Year of Mobility'' to have a special focus on creation of more residential units and implementation of various welfare measures for the troops. This was announced by CISF Director General Rajesh Ranjan on 6 January 2020)

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