Daily Current Affairs (MCQ) | Date 20.11.21

Daily Current Affairs (MCQ) | Date 20.11.21

Daily Current Affairs (MCQ) | Date 20.11.21

Q1. They rendered martial services to Kings in Odisha in return for rent free lands. They were traditional land owning militia of Odisha and served as warriors.In 1817 they revolted against the British under the leadership of Baxi Jagabandhu.


Paikas Q1. They rendered martial services to Kings in Odisha in return for rent free lands. They were traditional land owning militia of Odisha and served as warriors.In 1817 they revolted against the British under the leadership of Baxi Jagabandhu.

Above passage refers to which of the following group

a. Nayakas
b. Paikas
c. Tadigaipadis
d. Vellalas

Answer : b

Why is the Question ?

Government inaugurated the Bicentenary celebration of the heroic Paika Rebellion in 2017. Paika Rebellion. Also in 2018 the Prime Minister released a commemorative stamp and coin on the Paika Rebellion.
Paika Rebellion
Pre-dating what has been popularly regarded as the first war of independence in 1857, the Paika Bidroha (Paika Rebellion) of 1817 in Odisha briefly shook the foundations of British rule in the eastern part of India. Paikas were essentially the peasant militias of the Gajapati rulers of Odisha who rendered military service to the king during times of war while taking up cultivation during times of peace. They unfurled the banner of rebellion against the British under the leadership of Buxi Jagabandhu Bidyadhar as early as 1817 to throw off the British yoke.
Rulers of Khurda were traditionally the custodians of Jagannath Temple and ruled as the deputy of lord Jagannath on earth. They symbolised the political and cultural freedom of the people of Odisha. The British, having established their sway over Bengal Province and Madras Province to the north and south of Odisha, occupied it in 1803.The Gajapati King of Odisha Mukunda Deva-ll was a minor then and initial resistance by Jai Rajguru, the custodian of Mukunda Deva-II, was put down brutally and Jai Rajguru was torn apart alive. A few years later, it was the Paikas under Baxi Jagabandhu, the hereditary chief of the militia army of the Gajapati King, who rose in rebellion, taking support of tribals and other sections of society. The rebellion started in March 1817 and spread quickly.
Though the Paika Bidroha enjoys a cult status in Odisha with children growing up with stories of the brave fight against the British, it has unfortunately received less attention at the national level than it should have got.

Q2. India’s first maritime museum coming up at

a. Lothal
b. Masulipatnam
c. Arikamedu
d. Muziris

Answer : a

Why is the Question ?

The government has decided to establish a National Maritime Heritage Museum at Lothal, Harappan site on the Saurashtra coast in Gujarat.
The museum will also be an independent research centre of underwater archaeology for reconstruction of maritime history, archaeology of boat building and materials traded. It will have on display salvaged material from shipwreck sites in the Indian Ocean waters. The museum is being set up with technical help from the Portuguese Maritime Heritage Museum. The central government has appointed the first Director General for the museum which will be attached to the Maritime Board of the Gujarat government. Lothal is the site of one of the oldest ports in India dating to the Bronze Age.

Q3. Consider the following statements

1. Raimona National Park is situated in the Bodoland Territorial Region
2. It is famous for the Golden langurs
3. It is Known for legendary elephant herds and rare butterflies

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

a. 1 only
b. 1 and 3 only
c. 2 and 3 only
d. 1, 2 and 3

Answer : d

Why is the Question ?

The birth of Raimona, Assam’s sixth national park

1. In June this year, the Assam government declared the state’s sixth national park, Raimona National Park, spreading over an area of 422 sq. km. in the Kokrajhar district under the Bodoland Territorial Region (BTR) combining parts of Ripu-Chirang reserve forests.
2. Known for its legendary elephant herds and rare butterflies, Raimona national park is also home to Gee’s golden langur, one of the world’s most endangered primates, and other rare species such as Bengal tiger, clouded leopard, gaur, and chital.
3. The establishment of the park is expected to help boost biodiversity conservation, transboundary wildlife management, and ecotourism.

Q4. Which of the following National Parks are situated in Assam?

1. Manas National Park
2. Dehing Patkai National Park
3. Kaziranga National Park

Select the correct answer from the codes given below

a. 1 only
b. 1 and 3 only
c. 2 and 3 only
d. 1, 2 and 3

Answer : d

Why is the Question ?

Q5. Which of the following are the benefits of Rooftop solar power ?

1.Savings in land requirement and costs
2.Savings in development of new Transmission infrastructure
3. Reliable supply during a disaster

Select the correct answer from the codes given below

a. 1 only
b. 1 and 3 only
c. 2 and 3 only
d. 1, 2 and 3

Answer : d

Why is the Question ?

Rooftop solar prepares prosumers in Odisha for power cuts during disasters

1. In 2019, during Cyclone Fani, some households in Odisha with off-grid rooftop solar systems, were able to access electricity when conventional power remained cut off for weeks.
2. Now, solar development agencies in Odisha are also giving additional storage facilities for ongrid solar rooftop consumers in cyclone-prone areas in the state for electricity supply during disaster situations.
3. Odisha’s on-grid prosumers, those who produce and consume energy, are reporting reduced power bills after switching to rooftop solar under the net-metering regime. However, expensive installations and lack of timely subsidy from the union government are still some of the challenges for the expansion of rooftop solar in the state.