10-13 January 2020 Current Affairs

Kolkata Port Trust | Cooperative bank | Oman Sultan | Khelo India Youth Games 2020 | Largest Telescope | Most Powerful telescope |

Posted on Jan 13, 2020 08:59 IST in Current Affairs.

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1) The Kolkata Port Trust, celebrating its 150th anniversary, was renamed after which noted personality on 11 January 2020 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi? – Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee (Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 11 January 2020 announced that Kolkata Port Trust will be renamed after Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee. Dr. Mookerjee was a noted politician and academician who had founded BJP’s predecessor The Bharatiya Jana Sangha in 1951. He was earlier Industry Minister in Jawaharlal Nehru’s Cabinet)

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2) During January 2020 the RBI directed which Bengaluru-based cooperative bank to stop doing business with immediate effect? - Sri Guru Raghavendra Sahakara Bank (The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) issued a notice asking Sri Guru Raghavendra Sahakara Bank, a co-operative in Bengaluru, to stop doing business with immediate effect, for alleged irregularities. The RBI, however, allowed the bank's savings and current account customers and depositors to withdraw cash up to Rs. 35,000 only till further notice. The bank has been in operation since 1999)

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3) Oman's Sultan Qaboos bin Said, who had been ruling this oil-rich country since 1970, passed away on 10 January 2020. Who was named his successor? - Haitham bin Tariq al-Said (Oman's Sultan Qaboos bin Said's cousin Haitham bin Tariq al-Said was announced as the successor following of the Sultan following his death on 10 January 2020. Qaboos, who had no children, had recommended Tariq's name in a secret letter, in case the family could not agree upon his successor. Qaboos became Sultan after removing his father in a palace coup with the aim of ending Oman's isolation and using its oil revenue for modernisation and development)

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4) The 3rd edition of Khelo India Youth Games (KIYG) commenced from 10 January 2020 in which city? – Guwahati (Guwahati (Assam) is hosting the 3rd edition of Khelo India Youth Games from 10 January to 22 January 2020. These games were formerly known as Khelo India School Games, the first edition of which was held in 2018 in New Delhi. These games are multi-disciplinary grass-root level games held in two categories - under-17 years school students and under-21 college students)

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5) During January 2020 China started the operations of the Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST), which is now world’s largest single radio dish telescope. This state-of-the-art telescope has been established at which place? – Guizhou (FAST is the name of China’s new radio telescope which has double the collecting power than the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, that was the world’s largest radio telescope till now. This huge telescope has been fixed in a natural basin called the Dawodang depression in Guizhou, Southwest China. It is not only the world’s most sensitive listening device, but the world’s largest filled-aperture radio-telescope)

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6) Indian passport was ranked 84th in the world's most powerful passport index 2020, that has been based on data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA). The Indian visa facilitates visa-free entry to how many destinations worldwide? – 58 (According to a report compiled by Henley & Partners based on the date from the IATA, Indians can get visa-free entry to 58 destinations worldwide. India's passport ranking dropped 2 places in 2020 to the 84th position. Japan continues to top the list of the world's most powerful passport as it fetches visa-free access to 191 countries and is followed by Singapore, Germany, Finland and Denmark. Afghanistan passport is the world's worst passport allowing visa-free entry into just 26 countries. It is followed by Iraq, Syria, Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen)  

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