1. Which of the following Indian Railways has launched its first ”Restaurant on Wheels”?
a. Madhya Pradesh
b. Andhra Pradesh
d. West Bengal
• Indian Railways has launched its first ”Restaurant on Wheels” at the circulating area of Asansol railway station, West Bengal.
• This restaurant is for the use of passengers as well as the general public.
• The Restaurant on Wheels was developed by refurbishing two over-aged MEMU coaches.
• This unique effort will not only improve the facilities at Asansol station but will also generate non-fare revenue earnings approximately Rs 50 lakh in the next five years.
• Union Minister and Asansol MP Babul Supriyo inaugurated the restaurant. He also inaugurated two new air-conditioned Retiring Rooms and Electronic Reservation Chart Display System and a battery-operated car at Asansol station.
2. Which of the following states have launched Janasevaka scheme for home delivery of govt services?
b. Madhya Pradesh
c. Andhra Pradesh
• The Karnataka government launched the Janasevaka scheme in a few municipal corporation wards to ensure home delivery of various services like ration cards, senior citizen identity and health cards.
• The scheme, which was launched by Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa, will pertain to 53 services involving 11 departments.
• The objective is to make the lives of the citizens of Karnataka easy by launching this scheme.
3. Where is India’s first-of-its-kind glass floor suspension bridge built?
a. Uttar Pradesh
c. Himachal Pradesh
d. Arunachal Pradesh
• The Uttarakhand government has cleared the design of a glass floor suspension bridge, the first of its kind in the country, to be built across Ganga river in Rishikesh as an alternative to the iconic Lakshman Jhula which was closed last year.
• Prepared by the Public Works Department (PWD), the design of the bridge is the first of its kind in India as it would have a floor made of toughened transparent glass giving pedestrians a sense of walking on the surface of the river while crossing through the bridge.
• The design has been approved and the department asked to prepare an estimate for the project, he said.
• The bridge will be built parallel to Lakshman Jhula with a total width of eight metres consisting of two toughened glass floors each with a width of 1.5 metres and as many 2.5-metre asphalt roads in between meant for light motor vehicles like two-wheelers.
• The toughened glass floor will be 3.5 inches thick and capable of bearing a load of more than 750 kg per square metre at a stretch. The span of the bridge will be 132.3 metres long with seven feet high toughened glass railings on either side of the structure.
• It will be safe for commutation for at least 150 years. The iron pillars and bars to be used in the bridge will much more stronger than the ones normally used in the construction of bridges, he said, adding that the bridge could last even more than 150 years if it is maintained well.
• The Lakshman Jhula suspension bridge, which has been in place for 94 years, was closed in July last year due to safety reasons.
4. From which states did the highest number of women went missing?
d. Madhya Pradesh
• The highest number (33,964) of women who go missing in India are from Maharashtra.
• The number of missing children are maximum (10, 038) in the State of Madhya Pradesh (MP) in the year 2016, 2017 & 2018.
• This is as per the report titled ‘missing women and children in India’ released by National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB). It is an Indian government agency responsible for collecting and analyzing crime data.
5. Which state unveiled an initiative of setting up 1,000 ‘Kudumbashree’ hotels to provide subsidised meals at Rs 25?
c. Madhya Pradesh
d. Andhra Pradesh
• The CPI-M-led LDF government unveiled an initiative of setting up 1,000 'Kudumbashree' hotels to provide subsidised Kerala meals at Rs 25 while presenting its budget for 2020-21.
• Kudumabshree has also entered into an agreement for manufacturing products such as umbrella, coconut products and curry powders on cluster basis with common name and selling it through the outlets of the Civil Supplies Corporation, Finance minister T M Thomas Isaac said.
• The plan is to set up a budget hotel in each of the 1034 local bodies, according to S Harikishore, Executive Director of Kudumbashree, a poverty eradication amd women empowerment programme of the state government.
• The government will provide subsidised provisions from the Kerala State Civil Supplies Corporation like rice and green gram and discussions will be held with the local bodies to provide space, if any, for the hotels.
• Around 5000 women are expected to get self-employment through the venture, according to him.