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1) What was the most important fact associated with the 69th Republic Day Parade held at New Delhi’s Rajpath on 26 January 2018? – For the first time as many as 10 Chief Guests were invited for this annual event

Explanation: In an effort to expand its influence in the Southeast Asian region, India invited 10 ASEAN leaders as Chief Guests at the 69th Republic Day Parade that was held at the stately Rajpath on 26 January 2018. This was the highest number of Chief Guests for this national event held annually to showcase the country’s military might and cultural diversity.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had invited the ASEAN leaders for the India-ASEAN Commemorative Summit and to attend the Republic Day celebrations as chief guests.

Myanmar’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, Thai Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha, Singaporean Premier Lee Hsien Loong, Brunei’s Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah, Indonesian President Joko Widodo, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, Prime Minister of Laos Thongloun Sisoulith and Cambodian Premier Hun Senwere were the ten ASEAN leaders who attended the event.

(Photo Courtesy: Narendramodi.in)

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2) Who became the first-ever airman of the Indian Air Force (IAF) to be awarded the Ashoka Chakra, the highest peacetime gallantry award of the country, on the 69th Republic Day on 26 January 2018? – Corporal Jyoti Prakash Nirala

Explanation: Corporal Jyoti Prakash Nirala, the martyred Indian Air Force Commando, became the first ever airman of the Indian Air Force (IAF) to be awarded the Ashoka Chakra, the highest peacetime gallantry award of India. He was posthumously awarded this honour on the occasion of the 69th Republic Day on 26 January 2018,

Nirala had laid down his life after gunning down two terrorists in Chanderger village of Bandipora district in Jammu and Kashmir on 18 November 2017. He was part of a Garud Special Forces Unit of the Indian Air Force, a detachment of which was attached to a Rashtriya Rifles battalion under the aegis of ‘Op Rakshak’ in Jammu and Kashmir. All six terrorists were killed in the operation later.

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3) Which state won the award for “Best Tableau” at the 69th Republic Day Parade held on 26 January 2018? – Maharashtra

Explanation: The tableau of Maharashtra titled “Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj coronation” was judged the “Best Tableau” at the 69th Republic Day Parade held on 26 January 2018.

Assam’s tableau depicting traditional “Masks and sastras” bagged the second prize while third prize went to Chhattisgarh’s display of Ramgarh’s ancient amphitheatre and artistes performing dance based on Kalidasa’s ‘Meghadootam’.

Among the tableaux by Union Ministries and departments, the first prize went to Khelo India of the Youth Affairs and Sports Ministry.

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4) Which contingent won the best marching contingent among the three services at the 69th Republic Day Parade held on 26 January 2018? – Punjab Regiment

Explanation: The Punjab Regiment bagged the award for the best marching contingent among the three services. Among para-military forces and other auxiliary forces, the marching contingent of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) was awarded the best marching contingent award.

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman gave away the awards at Cariappa Parade Ground in Delhi Cantonment on 28 January 2018.

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5) Dr. Gurcharan Singh Kalkat, who passed away on 27 January 2018, was a pioneer associated with which field? – Agriculture and Green Revolution

Explanation: Dr. Gurcharan Singh Kalkat, who had played a pivotal role in India’s Green Revolution, passed away at the age of 92 years on 27 January 2018 at Chandigarh.

Kalkat was the director of agriculture, Punjab and later he went on to become the agriculture commissioner of India. Under Kalkat’s tenure, India witnessed ‘Green Revolution’ and India became self-sufficient in food grain production. Kalkat was also the former vice-chancellor of Punjab Agricultural University in Ludhiana from 1988 to 2001.

Kalkat was also the one who even ushered a soybean revolution and also introduced banana cultivation for Punjab. He was also a recipient of the Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan awards.

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6) Who won the women’s singles title of 2018 Australian Open on 27 January 2018 to win her maiden Grand Slam title? – Caroline Wozniacki

Explanation: World No.1 Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark) claimed her first major title by winning the Australian Open with victory over Simona Halep (Romania) in a pulsating women’s singles final on 27 January 2018.

This was the third Grand Slam final for Wozniacki, having been US Open runner-up twice (2009 and 2014). She defeated second seed Halep 7-6 (7-2), 3-6, 6-4. This was also Denmark’s first major tennis singles crown.

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7) Tennis great Roger Federer won his sixth Australian Open as he defeated Marin Cilic in the men’s singles final on 28 January 2018. This was overall the …….tennis Grand Slam title for Federer – 20th

Explanation: Roger Federer (Switzerland) won his sixth Australian Open and 20th Grand Slam title with a five-set victory over Croatian Marin Cilic in the men’s singles final on 28 January 2018. He defeated Cilic by 6-2, 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, 3-6 and 6-1 in an epic final.

With this title win, 36-year old Federer became only the fourth player after Margaret Court, Serena Williams and Steffi Graf to win 20 or more major singles titles. He also tied the record for men’s Australian Open titles at six with Novak Djokovic and Roy Emerson, and moved four clear of Rafael Nadal (Rafael Nadal) in the all-time list for male Grand Slam champions on 20. Pete Sampras (US) has 14 majors under his belt.

The final was played under the Rod Laver Arena roof as the tournament’s extreme heat policy was invoked.

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8) Who was chosen for the Outstanding Parliamentarian Award for 2017, as was announced by the Indian Parliamentary Group for 2017 on 29 January 2018? – Bhartruhari Mahtab

Explanation: Biju Janata Dal (BJD) leader Bhartruhari Mahtab was chosen for the Outstanding Parliamentarian Award for 2017. This was announced by the Indian Parliamentary Group on 29 January 2018.

Sabha Dinesh Trivedi would get the award for 2016 and Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad (Congress) for 2015. On the other hand former Rajya Sabha member Najma Heptulla will get the award for 2013 and Lok Sabha member Hukumdev Narayan Yadav for 2014. Both are from BJP. The names were shortlisted by a committee headed by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan.

The Outstanding Parliamentarian Award was constituted in 1992 by the then Lok Sabha Speaker Shivraj Patil to recognize the overall contribution of members of parliament.

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