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  1. Press Information Bureau Ashish Malik'sTHE HINDU Daily Current Affairs (With MCQs)- 11/02/19 unacademy - AshishMalik-8996


  2. Abu Dhabi includes Hindi as third official court language Context: Abu Dhabi has included Hindi as the third official language used in its courts, alongside Arabic and English, as part of a move designed to improve access to justice. This is aimed at helping Hindi speakers to learn about litigation procedures, their rights and duties without a language barrier. The Indian community in the UAE, numbering 2.6 million, constitutes 30% of the total population and is the largest expatriate community.


  3. 'DD Arunprabha' What is it? It is a dedicated 24x7 Satellite channel for Arunachal Pradesh launched recently. It is the 24th satellite channel operated by Doordarshan. DD Arunprabha is the Doordarshan's second channel for the northeastern region; DD Northeast was the first one. The channel will familiarise people across India with the beauty and the culture of the State.


  4. Helina-Anti Tank Missile: Contex: The Helicopter-launched anti-tank missile Helina was successfully test fired from the Integrated Test Range in Chandipur in Balasore district of Odisha. Key features: .Indigenously designed and built, Helina is the air-launched variant of the Nag, a fire- and-forget ATGM with an estimated range of 4 kilometers. Range is estimated at between 7 to 8 kilometres. It is guided by an infrared imaging seeker (lIR) operating in the lock-on before-launch mode and helps in further strengthening the defence capabilities of the country


  5. Open Acreage Licensing Policy Context: The ministry of petroleum and natural gas has launched the third bidding round under the Open Acreage Licensing Policy (OALP), offering 23 hydrocarbon blocks covering over 31,000 sq km for exploration With the launch of the third bidding round, more than 1,20,000 sq km has now been made available for exploration in last one year under the OALP. The 23 blocks offered now are spread across states of Rajasthan, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Assam, West Bengal, Nagaland, Tripura, Maharashtra, Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh. Some blocks are also in eastern and western offshore.


  6. What is Open Acreage Licensing Policy (OALP)? 1. The OALP, a critical part of the Hydrocarbon Exploration and Licensing Policy, provides uniform licences for exploration and production of all forms of hydrocarbons, enabling contractors to explore conventional as well as unconventional oil and gas resources. 2. Fields are offered under a revenue-sharing model and throw up marketing and pricing freedom for crude oil and natural gas produced. Under the OALP, once an explorer selects areas after evaluating the National Data Repository (NDR) and submits the Eol, it is to be put up for competitive bidding and the entity offering the maximum share of oil and gas to the government is awarded the block. 3. NDR has been created to provide explorers' data on the country's repositories, allowing them to choose fields according to their capabilities. Data received through the National Seismic Programme, an in-depth study of 26 sedimentary basins, are continuously being added to the NDR. 4.


  7. Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) facility In a boost to energy security of the country, PM recently dedicated to the nation, 1.33 MMT Visakhapatnam Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) facility of Indian Strategic Petroleum Reserve Limited (ISPRL). The cost of the Project is Rs. 1125 crore. The Facility has the largest underground storage compartment in the country To ensure energy security, the Government of India had decided to set up 5 million metric tons (MMT) of strategic crude oil storages at three locations namely, Visakhapatnam, Mangalore and Padur (near Udupi) These strategic storages would be in addition to the existing storages of crude oil and petroleum products with the oil companies and would serve as a cushion during any external supply disruptions In the 2017-18 budget, it was announced that two more such caverns will be set up Chandikhole in Jajpur district of Odisha and Bikaner in Rajasthan as part of the second phase The construction of the Strategic Crude Oil Storage facilities is being managed by Indian Strategic Petroleum Reserves Limited (ISPRL), a Special Purpose Vehicle, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Oil Industry Development Board (OIDB) under the Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas


  8. Sela Tunnel Context: Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently laid the foundation stone for the strategically important Sela Tunnel Project in Arunachal Pradesh. The project, costing Rs 687 crore, is being constructed by the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) and would be completed in the next three years. . Significance of the project: Once the 12.04-km tunnel is complete it will give a fillip to the overall development of the area as it will provide all-weather connectivity to Tawang and other areas. 1. 2. It will also reduce the travelling time from Tezpur to Tawang by more than an hour and boost tourism and related economic activities in the region. Need: Till now, the entry to the area was only through the 13,700-feet Sela Pass, which is covered in snow in the winters making the movement of vehicles difficult. 3.


  9. Q.1 Country to include Hindi as third official court language is: A. Saudi Arabia B. Katar C. Abu Dhabi D. UAE


  10. Q.1 Country to include Hindi as third official court language is: A. Saudi Arabia B. Katar C. Abu Dhabi D. UAE


  11. Q.2 Which of these statements about 'DD Arunprabha', recently in news, is/are correct? 1. It is a dedicated 24x7 Satellite channel for Arunachal Pradesh launched recently 2. DD Arunprabha is the Doordarshan's first channel for the northeastern region Code: A. 1only B. 2only C. Both D. None


  12. Q.2 Which of these statements about 'DD Arunprabha', recently in news, is/are correct? 1. It is a dedicated 24x7 Satellite channel for Arunachal Pradesh launched recently 2. DD Arunprabha is the Doordarshan's first channel for the northeastern region Code: A. 1only B. 2only C. Both D. None


  13. . Q.3 Recently in news, Helina missile is :- A. Cruise missile B. Anti-Tank missile C. Ballistic Missile D. None


  14. .Q.5 Consider the following: 1. The OALP a critical part of the Hydrocarbon Exploration and Licensing Policy 2. It provides uniform licences for exploration and production of limited forms of hydrocarbons 3. Unconventional oil and gas resources are not covered under this policy Code: A. 1 and 3 B. 2 and 3 C. 1only D. 1, 2 and 3


  15. Q.6 Which of the following locations of Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) facility lies on eastern coast of India? 1. Visakhapatnam 2. Manglore 3. Padur Code: A. 1 and 3only B. 1only C. 1 and 2 only D. 1, 2 and 3


  16. .Q.7 Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently laid the foundation stone for the strategically important Sela Tunnel Project in: A. Assam B. Sikkim C. Jammu and Kashmir D. Arunachal Pradesh.


  17. .Q.7 Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently laid the foundation stone for the strategically important Sela Tunnel Project in: A. Assam B. Sikkim C. Jammu and Kashmir D. Arunachal Pradesh.