27January 2020 Current Affairs

71st Republic Day | Chief Guest | Kobe Bryant death | Shiv Bhojan scheme |

Posted on Jan 27, 2020 07:30 IST in Current Affairs.

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1) Who was the Chief Guest for the 71st Republic Day Parade of India held on 26 January 2020? - Brazilian President Jair Messias Bolsonaro (Jair Messias Bolsonaro, the President of Brazil, was the Chief Guest for the 71st Republic Day Parade of India. He paid a state visit to India from 24 to 27 January 2020 and witnessed the Republic Day Parade at Rajpath accompanied by his Indian counterpart Ramnath Kovind on 26 January 2020. Brazilian presidents have graced the Republic Day Parade in 1996 and 2004)

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2) What important tradition associated with Republic Day ceremony at capital New Delhi was broken on the 71st Republic Day ceremony held on 26 January 2020? – The PM paid homage at the National War Memorial instead of Amar Jawan Jyoti (In a break from tradition, Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid homage at the National War Memorial instead of Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate on the 71st Republic Day. It is worth mentioning that former Prime Minister late Indira Gandhi had started the tradition of paying homage at the Amar Jawan Jyoti in 1972 that was constructed after the 1971 Indo-Pakistan War to commemorate the martyred and unknown soldiers of the Indian armed forces who died during the war. On the other hand the National War Memorial has been a brainchild of PM Modi and it was dedicated to the nation in February 2019) 

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3) Which woman army officer led an all-men contingent during the Republic Day Parade on 26 January 2020? - Captain Tania Shergill (Captain Tania Shergill, who had recently created history by becoming the first woman Parade Adjutant to lead all-men contingents during the Army Day function, once again led an all-men contingent during the ceremonial Republic Day Parade at New Delhi’s Rajpath. She led the Corps of Signals Contingent. Shergill is a fourth generation officer in the family and was commissioned into the Corps of Signals in 2017)

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4) Five-time NBA champion and one of greatest American professional basketball player of all-times Kobe Bryant and his 13-year old daughter were killed when his private helicopter crashed along a hillside near Calabasas in California on 26 January 2020. Bryant was associated with which NBA team? – Los Angeles Lakers (Playing for Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant had contributed immensely to give his team 5 NBA titles. He was killed as his Sikorsky S-76B helicopter carrying one pilot, himself, his daughter Gianna and 6 other passengers crashed in California's Calabasas. Bryant and his daughter were on their way to Mamba Academy for basketball practice. He played for Los Angeles Lakers from 1996 to 2016 and also won two Olympic gold medals (2008 and 2012) with US national team)

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5) Which state government on 26 January 2020 launched the pilot scheme of “Shiv Bhojan' scheme, which is aimed at providing a meal to the poor for just Rs 10? – Maharashtra (Maharashtra Government launched its much-anticipated “Shiv Bhojan” scheme as a pilot project. Under this scheme the poor will be provided a plate-full of meal at just Rs. 10. Thalis or lunch plates would be available to the people at designated centres/ canteens during a stipulated time in all the districts)

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