Current Affairs Quiz - April, 2023
11. Which country hosted the first ‘India-Central Asia Culture Ministers’ Meeting’?
Correct Answer: A [India]
Minister of Culture, Tourism and Development of North Eastern Region G. Kishan Reddy hosted the first India-Central Asia Culture Ministers’ Meeting virtually.
The Culture Ministers of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan participated in the meeting. The India-Central Asia Summit hosted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2022.
12. Which company unveiled the laser systems to shoot down incoming unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)?
Correct Answer: A [Japan]
In a first, two Japanese firms recently unveiled their respective laser systems which will be used to shoot down incoming unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones.
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries’ 10-kilowatt laser system is an anti-drone weapon. It is capable of neutralising drones at a distance of 1.2 km within 2 to 3 seconds.
13. ‘National Buildings Construction Corporation’ functions under which Union Ministry?
[A] Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs
[B] Ministry of Rural Development
[C] Ministry of Home Affairs
[D] Ministry of Finance
Correct Answer: A [Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs]
National Buildings Construction Corporation is a central public sector enterprise that comes under the aegis of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.
It recently bagged an order worth ₹488.02 crore from the Department of Border Management for the construction of a border and road with a length of 88.58 km.
14. Petra Kvitova, who won the Miami Open crown, is from which country?
[A] Czech Republic
Correct Answer: A [Czech Republic]
Czech player Petra Kvitova defeats Kazakhstan’s Elena Rybakina to win her first Miami Open crown. The 33-year-old Kvitova, had won Wimbledon in 2011 and 2014.
In the men’s game, Daniil Medvedev wins the Miami Open title and his 4th trophy of the season.
15. ‘Order of White Eagle’ is the highest distinction of which country?
Correct Answer: C [Poland]
Order of White Eagle is Poland’s highest distinction. It was received recently by Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky.
The Order of the White Eagle is the oldest and highest decoration of the Republic of Poland. Zelenski received the award in recognition of his merits in deepening relations between Poland and Ukraine, for his activities for security, and his steadfastness in defending human rights.
16. Which state approved agreement with KfW for a loan to fund the ‘Kerala Green Energy Corridor’?
[A] Tamil Nadu
[C] Andhra Pradesh
Correct Answer: B [Kerala]
Kerala Green Energy Corridor seeks to synchronize electricity produced from renewables with conventional power stations in the grid.
The state cabinet recently approved the agreement with the German development bank, KfW, for a loan to fund this project.
17. The ‘Draft National Curriculum Framework for School Education’ provides frame work for children of which age group?
Correct Answer: A [3-18]
The Draft National Curriculum Framework for School Education provides framework for educational curriculum for children age groups 3 to 18 years.
The pre-draft of this framework was released recently and the Ministry of Education invites suggestions and public opinion.
18. ‘Juice Mission’, which was seen in the news, is associated with which space agency?
Correct Answer: C [ESA]
Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer (Juice) Mission is scheduled to be launched on April 13 this year. It will explore Jupiter and its satellites – Callisto, Ganymede and Europa.
The spacecraft will launch from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana to the biggest planet in the solar system. ‘Juice’ will monitor Jupiter’s complex magnetic, radiation, and plasma environment in depth and its interplay with the moons.
19. Which institution developed the ‘3D-printed Dhawan II engine’?
[C] Skyroot Aerospace
[D] Dhruv Aerospace
Correct Answer: C [Skyroot Aerospace]
The 3D-printed Dhawan II engine was developed by Telangana-based private space vehicle company Skyroot Aerospace. It was recently tested-fired for a duration of record 200 seconds.
Skyroot plans to carry out its first orbital flight by the year-end, as the updated Vikram II rocket scheduled to become launch-ready by next year.
20. UAE signed declaration with which country to begin talks on Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement?
Correct Answer: A [Vietnam]
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Vietnam have signed a joint declaration of intent to launch talks on establishing a comprehensive economic partnership agreement (CEPA) between the two countries.
The UAE is Vietnam’s largest trade partner in the Arab countries, accounting for 39% of its total trade, and the volume of non-oil trade between the two countries reached USD 8 billion in 2022.
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