Daily Current Affairs Quiz : December 14, 2021
Published: December 14, 2021
1. Catherine Russell, who has been seen in the news recently, is the new head of which global institution?
[A] World Bank
[B] World Economic Forum
Correct Answer: C [UNICEF]
Catherine Russell, an assistant to US President Joe Biden, has been appointed as the next head of the UN children’s agency UNICEF.
Secretary-General Antonio Guterres announced that Russell will succeed Henrietta Fore, who resigned in July. Russell heads the White House Office of Presidential Personnel and had served as the ambassador-at-large for global women issues.
2. Marmosa (mouse opossums) are endemic to which region?
Correct Answer: A [America]
Mouse opossums are relatively small members of the Neotropical marsupial family Didelphidae. They are endemic to Americas, especially to South America.
Recently a newly-identified species, named the Adler’s mouse opossum (Marmosa adleri), is among the smallest subgenus Micoureus. It was named after the researcher Greg Adler and has larger ears, with a short furry tail.
3. Which Indian state has witnessed cases of Covidengue, a combination of both COVID-19 and Dengue?
[C] Madhya Pradesh
Correct Answer: B [Telangana]
Telangana is currently witnessing cases of Covidengue, which occurs when a COVID-19 patient is infected with the Dengue virus.
Over 8 cases of Covidengue cases have been recorded in Telangana. The symptoms of this syndemic disease include “distress, shortness of breathing, chills, body pains and joint pains. COVID-19 and Dengue have similar kinds of symptoms.
4. What is the status of “Bryde’s whale”, seen in the news recently?
[C] Least Concern
[D] Near Threatened
Correct Answer: B [Endangered]
Gulf of Mexico Bryde’s whales have been classified as “endangered” under the Endangered Species Act. They are the only known resident baleen whales in the Gulf of Mexico, with less than 100 individuals left in the population.
The carcass of an endangered Bryde’s whale was washed ashore near the border of Puri and Ganjam districts of Odisha.
5. Jhilli Dalabehera, who won a gold medal in Commonwealth championship, is associated with which sports?
Correct Answer: C [Weight-Lifting]
Indian weightlifter Jhilli Dalabehera has won the gold medal in the women’s 49kg category at the Commonwealth Weightlifting Championships in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
Earlier, Sanket Mahadev Sargar clinched the gold medal in the men’s 55kg snatch category and also created a new snatch national record. India is competing in both Commonwealth Weightlifting Championships and World Weightlifting Championships.
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