1.Which global tele-communication company’s arm has recently launched a new privacy-focused search engine called ‘OneSearch’?
[D] China Mobile
Correct Answer: B [Verizon]
Verizon Media, an arm of the international tele- communication company, Verizon communications, has recently launched a new privacy-focused search engine called ‘OneSearch’.
The search engine claims that the search history of the users will not be stored and the self-destructible search data of the users will not be shared with advertisers. The new search engine is also expected to give unbiased and unfiltered results, which will be personalised only based on locations and will separate IP addresses from users and their search results.
2.Which zone of the Indian Railways has commissioned the government’s first waste-to-energy plant?
[A] Southern Railway
[B] South Central Railway
[C] East coast railway
[D] Northern Railway
Correct Answer: C [East coast railway]
The East Coast Railway has commissioned the government’s first waste-to-energy plant. This is the first of its kind in Indian Railways and only the fourth plant in India.
The plant will turn e-waste and plastic into light diesel oil in less than 24 hours. A new technology called ‘Polycrack’ which was recently patented is to be used in the waste-to-energy plant. A large pile of non-ferrous scrap generated from the Carriage Repair Workshop could not be efficiently disposed earlier, creating environmental hazards. Now the waste can be converted into hydrocarbon liquid fuels, gas, carbon and water.
3.What is the name of the mobile application launched by the Indian government to track the risk of coronavirus infection?
[A] Corona Suraksha
[B] Corona Kavach
[C] Corona Raksh
[D] Corona Sevak
Correct Answer: B [Corona Kavach]
The Government of India has launched a mobile application to track the risk of coronavirus infection called ‘Corona Kavach’.
The application is jointly developed by the Union Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology and the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. It uses the person’s location to assess if they are in the high risk geographical zone. It is now available in beta version in the Google Play Store.
4.Which technological company has launched a Braille keyboard called ‘TalkBack’, for assisting the visually challenged users?
Correct Answer: A [Google]
Google has recently announced that it has launched a Braille keyboard named ‘TalkBack’, for assisting the visually challenged users.
This new type of keyboard is integrated directly into its Android operating system and the visually challenged users can use the keyboard easily without having to install any extra hardware. The keyboard uses a six-key layout, wherein each key represents one among the six Braille dots.
5.What is the name of the bot project designed by the researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Ropar, to deliver medicines and food to COVID-19 patients in isolation wards?
Correct Answer: B [WardBot]
Researchers at the Punjab-based Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Ropar has designed a project called ‘WardBot’, which can deliver medicines and food to COVID-19 patients in isolation wards without engaging frontline health workers.
The WardBot works on the principle of ‘Smart line following’ and it can move on a pre-defined path using the sensors. Being operated from a control room, the bot efficiently delivers to different beds and automatically sanitises its path.
6.Quantum communications satellite –Micius, that was seen in news recently, was launched by which country?
[A] United States
Correct Answer: B [China]
The World’s first Quantum communications satellite, Micius was launched by China in the year 2016. It has pioneered in the field of quantum encryption.
The satellite was seen in news recently, as it sends particles of light to Earth to establish the world’s most secure communication link. This is considered to be a milestone in the research, as long-range secure communication can be obtained without the help of traditional communication satellites. Secure long-distance links such will be the foundation of the future global network called the quantum internet.
7.What is the name of the new short-video platform launched by Facebook, within its Instagram app?
[A] Go Video
[C] Video lus
Correct Answer: B [Reels]
Social media Giant Facebook has recently launched the new short-video platform named ‘Reels’ within its Instagram app.
This announcement has been released after a few days of ban imposed by the Centre on Chinese mobile applications including the popular short video app, TikTok. India is the fourth country to get the Reels feature after Brazil, France and Germany.
8.Which space technology start-up has developed India’s first in-orbit space debris monitoring and tracking system?
[A] Digiantra Research and Technology
Correct Answer: A [Digiantra Research and Technology]
A space technology start-up named Digiantra Research and Technology (DRT) developed India’s first in-orbit space debris monitoring and tracking system.
The company has also been selected for the ‘Society for Innovation and Development’ incubation program at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore. The country’s first air and space surveillance company has received a grant of Rs 25 lakhs for developing space debris monitoring systems.
9.Which technology company is to set up Robotics Laboratory at IISc, Bengaluru to study about 5G technology?
Correct Answer: B [Nokia]
Nokia is set to establish a robotics lab at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru to study about 5G technology.
Nokia Center of Excellence (CoE) for networked robotics lab will be deployed to research on socially-relevant use cases based on 5G and emerging technologies. This will promote cooperation between colleges and industries.
10.Which Technology company has introduced a new educational product called ‘Assignments’?
Correct Answer: B [Google]
Technology Major Google has introduced a new educational product named ‘Assignments’. It is an application designed for educators to distribute and award grades to student’s work.
Google has recently announced that several education tools for teachers and students will be released this year, through Google apps including Meet, G Suite, and Classroom. Tools required for virtual education field including blurred backgrounds, larger tiled view, hand-raising feature will be launched.