Daily : January 3, 2017

Agni-IV missile successfully test fired

Agni-IV missile successfully test fired

Question: Recently Agni-IV missile was successfully test fired from a road-mobile launcher on Abdul Kalam Island, off Odisha coast, it has strike range of-
(a) 3000 Km
(b) 2500 Km
(c) 4000 Km
(d) 3500 Km
Ans:(c)
Related facts:

  • On 2 January 2017; India successfully test-fired its nuclear-capable strategic ballistic missile Agni-IV from a road-mobile launcher on Abdul Kalam Island, off Odisha coast.
  • Agni-IV is a two-stage, surface-to-surface missile with the strike range of 4,000 km.
  • It can carry a nuclear warhead weighing one tone.
  • The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) developed the missile.
  • It is 20 meters long and weighs 17 tonnes.
  • Both its stages are powered by solid propellants.
  • The last trial conducted by the specially formed strategic force command (SFC) of Indian Army on November 9, 2015 was also successful.

Reference:
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/Agni-IV-missile-successfully-test-fired/article16977450.ece
http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/agni-iv-agni-v-ballistic-missile-launch-test-fire-successful-odisha-nukes/1/847631.html

launch of the BHIM App

Mobile payment app BHIM (Bharat Interface for Money) launched

Question: Recently a mobile payment app BHIM (Bharat Interface for Money) was launched by-
(a) Arun Jaitley
(b) Arvind Panagariya
(c) Narendra Modi
(d) Rajnath Singh
Ans:(c)
Related facts:

  • On 30 December 2016; At a Digi Dhan programme in New Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched mobile payment app BHIM (Bharat Interface for Money).
  • The application is developed by the National Payment Corporation of India (NPCI).
  • The indigenously developed mobile application — BHIM — has been named after Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar.
    The app verifies the phone number automatically.
  • Note that the phone number used for the transactions has to be the same phone number registered with the bank for the account you intend to use.
  • As of now, transactions are supported for only one account per user.
  • The bank account menu allows users to change the bank account at any time.
  • There are three ways to transfer money, through a QR code, through a phone number, or through the UPI address.
  • A QR code is available by default in the profile section.
  • This can be saved to the phone as an image, or directly shared through instant messengers or email.
  • A phone number based UPI address is generated automatically, but users have the option of creating and saving additional UPI addresses.
  • Security is through a UPI pin that has to be set up on start, and can be changed later on.
  • Every time the app is launched, the pin is demanded, but not on screen unlock. IFSC and MMID transactions are supported for banks without UPI.

Reference:
http://www.pmindia.gov.in/en/news_updates/pms-speech-at-digidhan-mela-in-new-delhis-talkatora-stadium/?comment=disable
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/Modi-launches-mobile-payment-app/article16964375.ece1

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