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Question1) 1.Which agricultural festival has been celebrated recently in Odisha and Chhattisgarh?

[A] Nuakhai Juhar✔✔

[B] Pongal

[C] Lohiri

[D] Bihu

Option- ['True', 'False']

Answer: True

Explaination: Correct Answer: A [Nuakhai Juhar]

Notes:

‘Nuakhai Juhar’ is the agricultural festival and one of the most ancient festivals celebrated in Odisha, Chhattisgarh. It is also celebrated in regions of neighbouring states. This festival is celebrated to welcome the new crop of the season.

‘Nua’ means new and ‘Khai’ means eat. During the festival, people worship food and farmers offer their first agriculture produce from their lands to Goddess Samaleswari

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Question2) 2.Which state is to host a State Dragonfly Festival in association with WWF-India?

[A] Tamil Nadu✔✔

[B] Kerala

[C] Rajasthan

[D] Gujarat

Option- ['True', 'False']

Answer: False

Explaination: Correct Answer: B [Kerala]

Notes:

The state of Kerala is set to host the first-ever State Dragonfly Festival named ‘Thumbimahotsavam 2020’.

This is a part of the National Dragonfly festival being organised by the WWF India, Bombay Natural History Society & Indian Dragonfly Society. It also involves the collaboration of NBB, UNDP, UNEP and IUCN- CEC. The official mascot of the festival is named ‘Pantalu’.

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Question3) 3.The Union Culture Ministry has announced the formation of how many new ASI circles?

[A] Three✔✔

[B] Five

[C] Seven

[D] Ten

Option- ['True', 'False']

Answer: False

Explaination: Correct Answer: C [Seven]

Notes:

The Union Culture Ministry has announced the formation of seven new circles of Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).

This has been announced following the Prime Minister’s call to preserve and register archaeological monuments. The new circles are – Trichy (Tamil Nadu), Raiganj (West Bengal), Rajkot (Gujarat), Jabalpur (Madhya Pradesh), Jhansi (Uttar Pradesh), Meerut (Uttar Pradesh) and Hampi (Karnataka). Earlier there were 29 circles of ASI in India.

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Question4) 4.Onam is the cultural festival of which Indian State/ UT?

[A] Assam✔✔

[B] Kerala

[C] Tamil Nadu

[D] Karnataka

Option- ['True', 'False']

Answer: False

Explaination: Correct Answer: B [Kerala]

Notes:

Onam is the most important festival celebrated in the state of Kerala. It is also called as “Thiruvonam” and is celebrated at the beginning of the month Chingam of Malayalam calendar.

One important aspect of the celebration is “Onapookolam” which is a floral carpet similar to rangoli that is decorated with flowers and petals. The celebrations also include “Vallamkali” (boat race) and “Onasadaya” (banquet).

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Question5) 5.The “Garba” folk dance that is seen in the news recently, is associated with which state?

[A] Odisha✔✔

[B] Madhya Pradesh

[C] Andhra Pradesh

[D] Gujarat

Option- ['True', 'False']

Answer: False

Explaination: Correct Answer: D [Gujarat]

Notes:

The “Garba” is a form of folk dance of Gujarat. It is performed during the 9-day celebration of the Navratri festival, in the worship of Goddess Shakti / Durga.

Recently, the Government of Gujarat has disallowed performance of the Garba dance during this year’s Navratri festival, as a part of Covid management in the state.

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Question6) 6.The ‘Kati Bihu festival’ is celebrated in which state/UT?

[A] Odisha✔✔

[B] Assam

[C] West Bengal

[D] Karnataka

Option- ['True', 'False']

Answer: False

Explaination: Correct Answer: B [Assam]

Notes:

The ‘Kati Bihu’ festival was celebrated in the state of Assam recently. It is an agricultural festival being celebrated in the month of October.

It is an important festival, during which they light up their homes and agricultural fields. They also perform cultural dances and organise feasts across the state.

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Question7) “Life in Miniature” project, that was seen in news recently, is a collaboration between National Museum, Delhi and which company?

[A] Microsoft✔✔

[B] Google

[C] Facebook

[D] Amazon

Option- ['True', 'False']

Answer: False

Explaination: Correct Answer: B [Google]

Notes:

Union Culture Minister Prahlad Singh Patel has recently launched the “Life in Miniature” project, which is a collaboration between the National Museum, Delhi, and Google Arts & Culture.

The miniature paintings from the National Museum’s collections can be seen through the Google Arts & Culture application. The project uses technologies such as machine learning, augmented reality and digitisation with high-definition robotic cameras.

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