8th January 2020

1. Which of the following statement(s) is/are true about Indian Data Relay Satellite System? 1. It will be instrumental in India’s Gaganyaan Mission. 2. It will be a series of seven satellites on the lines of NAVIC.

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It will be a series of two satellites that will track, send and receive information from other Indian Satellites.

2. NetSCoFAN is a -

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Union Health Minister has launched NetSCoFAN, a network of research & academic institutions working in the area of food & nutrition. It would comprise of eight groups of institutions working in different areas viz. biological, chemical, nutrition & labelling, food of animal origin, food of plant origin, water & beverages, food testing, and safer & sustainable packaging.

3. Which of the following statement(s) is/are true about Vaikunta Ekadasi festival? 1. It is believed that the gate to Lord Vishnu’s ‘Vaikunta’ or ‘abode’ is opened during the celebration of this festival. 2. It is celebrated only in Sri Rangam (Tamil Nadu).

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It is also celebrated in Tirupati. Vaikunta Ekadashi is the Shukla Paksha Ekadashi that occurs during the Dhanu/Margazhi month in the Hindu calendar (December-early January). The Vaishnava (worshippers of Vishnu) sect believes that ‘Vaikunta Dwaram’ or ‘the gate to the Lord's Inner Sanctum’ is opened on this day. The Shaiva sect observes the day as Trikoti Ekadashi, a religious observance where all the deities in the Hindu pantheon pay obeisance to Lord Shiva at once. It is celebrated at Sri Rangam (Tamil Nadu) and Tirupati. The processional deity of Sri Rangam is named Namperumal.

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