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18th National Disaster Response Force Day celebrates on 19th January 2023.
18th National Disaster Response Force day is celebrated on January 19, 2023 by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF). The day has been celebrated on this day since 2006 when the rescue force was officially formed. The specialised, multi-skilled rescue force is made up of battalions from the Border Security Force (BSF), Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) and the Assam Rifles. The NDRF is the primary agency responsible for conducting rescue operations during disasters like drowning, building collapses, landslides, devastating floods, earthquakes and cyclones.
Which edition of National Disaster Response Force day is celebrated on January 19, 2023 by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF)?
Leading Scientist A.D. Damodaran passes away.
AD Damodaran, leading scientist and former director of the CSIR-National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology (NIIST), passed away in Thiruvananthapuram at the age of 87. He also served as the Chairman of the Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment
A.D. Damodaran who has recently been passed away belongs to which of the following field of interest?
A – Actor
B – Dancer
C – Journalist
D – Scientist
Pakistan is South Asia’s Weakest Economy, World Bank report.
World Bank forecast Pakistan’s economic growth to slow further to two percent during the current year. This will mark a drop of two percentage points from its June 2022 estimates, according to the World Bank’s Global Economic Prospects report. The report said that Pakistan’s economic output was not only declining itself but also bringing down the regional growth rate as well. Forecasting Pakistan’s GDP growth rate to improve to 3.2 per cent in 2024, the report said, “Policy uncertainty further complicates the economic outlook” of Pakistan.
According to world bank, which South Asian country has weakest economy?
World’s oldest person, Lucile Randon passes away at the age of 118.
The world’s oldest person, French nun Lucile Randon, has died aged 118. Randon, also known as Sister Andre, was born in southern France on February 11, 1904, a decade before World War I. She was long regarded as the oldest European, but the death of Japan’s Kane Tanaka at the age of 119 last year made her the world’s oldest person. The record for oldest confirmed age reached by a human belongs to Jeanne Calment, also of southern France, who died in 1997 at the age of 122. Guinness World Records had officially recognised her status in April 2022.
Name the world oldest person, who passed away recently.
A – Lord Williams
B – Kane Tanaka
C – Robert D Young
D – Lucile Randon
J&K Becomes First Indian UT to Completely Shift to e-Governance Mode.
Jammu & Kashmir becomes the first union territory in India to completely switch to a digital method of administration, leading the way in the digital transformation of governance. All governmental and administrative services in Jammu & Kashmir are currently only offered digitally.The declaration was made during the meeting of the Committee of Secretaries. Chief Secretary Dr. Arun Kumar Mehta instructed the commissioner of IT during the meeting to make sure that all government services would only be accessible online.
Which of the following became the first Indian UT to completely shift to e-governance mod?
A – Chandigarh
B – Lakshwadeep
C – Leh
D – J&K
Amazon back as World’s Most Valued Brand, Apple down to No 2.
Billionaire Jeff Bezos’s e-commerce company Amazon has become the most valued brand, overtaking Apple, last year’s topper. Amazon has reclaimed the top spot as the world’s most valuable brand despite its brand value falling 15 per cent this year from $350.3 billion to $299.3 billion. According to brand valuation consultancy Brand Finance’s report, “Global 500 2023”, while Amazon is back at No 1, its brand value has fallen by over $50 billion this year, with its rating slipping from AAA+ to AAA. This is as consumers evaluate it more harshly in the post-pandemic world.
list of the Top 10 most valuable brands according to the report:
- Amazon- Worth $299.3 billion
- Apple- Worth $297.5 billion
- Google-Worth $281.4 billion
- Microsoft-Worth $191.6 billion
- Walmart-Worth $113.8 billion
- Samsung Group-Worth $99.7 billion
- ICBC-Worth $69.5 billion
- Verizon-Worth $67.4 billion
- Tesla-Worth $66.2 billion
- TikTok/Douyin-Worth $65.7 billion
Which of the following has reclaimed the top spot as the world’s most valuable brand despite its brand value falling 15 per cent this year from $350.3 billion to $299.3 billion?
A – Tata Group
B – Amazon
C – Apple
D – Infosys
Google pilots ‘Soundpod by Google Pay’ for UPI payments in India.
Google is actively working on a Soundbox for the India market, similar to the Paytm or PhonePe ones that you see at your neighbourhood shop which gives a sound alert on the digital payment that has been made. The search giant is piloting a soundbox of its own in the country to alert sellers of confirmations for Unified Payments Interface (UPI)-based payments. The company has branded them as ‘Soundpod by Google Pay’ and is currently distributing it as a pilot with some shopkeepers in north India, including Delhi. The Soundpods are being built by Amazon-backed ToneTag, the report mentioned.The ‘Soundpod by Google Pay’ is accompanied by a QR code of a merchant linked with their Google Pay for business account. Users can use any UPI-based app to make a payment by scanning the code.
Google pilots ‘Soundpod by Google Pay’ for _________ in India.
A – Storing cloud music
B – UPI payments
C – Online Music creation
D – Listening Music wirelessly
Bharti Airtel to Invest Rs 2,000 Crore to set up Hyperscale data Centre in Hyderabad.
Bharti Airtel Group announced that it will be investing Rs 2,000 crore for setting up a large hyperscale data centre in Hyderabad. The announcement was made at the Telangana Lounge at Davos, Switzerland in the presence of Telangana Minister for IT and Industries K T Rama Rao. The release added that the Bharti Airtel Group, through its data centre arm, Nxtra Data Centers, will invest the amount as capital investment for the infrastructure which will further attract investments from their customers.
A data Centre is a dedicated space or building that houses an organization’s IT equipment and servers. The company can draw on its data center resources to operate its business or serve those resources to the public as a service.
A Hyperscale data center is essentially the premise that provides space, power and cooling for network infrastructure designed specifically for offering a portfolio of highly scalable applications and storage services to businesses.
Bharti Airtel to invest Rs 2,000 crore to set up hyperscale data centre in ___________.
New Zealand’s PM Jacinda Ardern announces resignation.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, a global figurehead of progressive politics, shocked the country. She was re-elected for a second term in 2020, the victory buoyed by her government’s “go hard and go early” approach to the Covid-19 pandemic, which saw New Zealand impose some of the world’s strictest border rules, separating families and shutting out almost all foreigners for almost two years. Ardern won international acclaim for her empathetic handling of the 2019 Christchurch mosque massacre, in which 51 Muslim worshippers were killed and another 40 wounded.
Recently Jacinda Ardern has resigned his post of Prime Minister. She belongs to which country?
A – Ireland
B – Iceland
C – Australia
D – New Zealand
South Africa’s Hashim Amla ended his 22-year cricket playing career.
Hashim Amla ended his 22-year playing career, with his legacy secure as one of South Africa’s all-time cricketing greats. Amla was a key member of one of South Africa’s most powerful teams when they clinched the Test championship mace with a series win in England in 2012.
- It was one of Amla’s 28 centuries in a 124-match Test career during which he scored 9,282 runs at an average of 46.64.
- He had an even better average in one-day internationals, hitting 27 centuries in 181 matches and scoring 8,113 runs at 49.46.
- He retired from international cricket after the 2019 Cricket World Cup and did not play in South African domestic cricket after the 2018/19 season.
- But he continued to be a prolific run-scorer for Surrey, scoring 1,712 runs at an average of 48.91 in his last two seasons.
- Amla is currently a batting consultant with the MI Cape Town franchise in the SA20 league.
_________ ended his 22-year playing career, with his legacy secure as one of South Africa’s all-time cricketing greats.
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