Current Affairs Quiz - April, 2023
21. Which country has recently passed ‘Anti-Terrorism Bill’ to replace the Prevention of Terrorism Act?
[A] Sri Lanka
Correct Answer: A [Sri Lanka]
Sri Lanka’s Anti-Terrorism Bill was introduced recently to replace the draconian Prevention of Terrorism Act.
There has been immense international pressure, including from the UN Human Rights Council, on Sri Lanka to repeal the 1978 law. It provides the police with broad powers to search, arrest, and detain suspects. The proposed legislation is facing criticism due to its broad definition of terrorist act.
22. Which Union Ministry is associated with the draft ‘Sagarmala Innovation and Start-up Policy’?
[A] Ministry of Power
[B] Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways
[C] Ministry of Coal
[D] Ministry of Steel
Correct Answer: B [Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways]
Draft ‘Sagarmala Innovation and Start-up Policy’ was released recently by the Indian Government. It seeks to nurture start-ups and other entities to co-create the future of India’s growing maritime sector.
The Draft policy seeks the creation of digital Portal based selection of startups ensuring a transparent process.
23. Which city is the host of the ‘Third Regional Symposium on Greening the Judiciaries’?
[A] New York
[C] New Delhi
Correct Answer: B [Nairobi]
The Third Regional Symposium on Greening the Judiciaries in Africa was organized by the Africa Judicial Education Network on Environmental Law (AJENEL) in Nairobi, Kenya.
It was held based on the theme ‘Strengthening the Role of Judiciaries in Addressing Climate Change in Africa’.
24. Which Indian chess player has won the World Chess Armageddon Asia & Oceania?
[A] R Praggnanandhaa
[B] D Gukesh
[C] Arjun Erigaisi
[D] Nihal Sarin
Correct Answer: B [D Gukesh]
Teenaged Indian Grandmaster D Gukesh stunned former world rapid champion Nodirbek Abdusattorov of Uzbekistan in the final to win the World Chess Armageddon Asia & Oceania.
The 16-year-old Indian won in a field that included former world classical champion Vladimir Kramnik, Daniil Dubov, Yangyi Yu (China), Vidit Gujrathi and Karthikeyan Murali (both India) and Param Maghsoodloo (Iran), apart from Abdusattorov.
25. Which portal is launched by Central Bureau of Narcotics to simplify the licensing and EXIM authorizations?
[A] Ice Gate 2.0 Portal
[B] Unified Portal of Central Bureau of Narcotics
[C] Adarsh Seva Portal
[D] Nav Nirman Portal
Correct Answer: B [Unified Portal of Central Bureau of Narcotics]
The Unified Portal of Central Bureau of Narcotics has been launched by the Central Bureau of Narcotics with an objective to simplify the licensing and ExIM authorizations issued by the Bureau. The portal was launched by the Revenue Secretary Shri Sanjay Malhotra.
The unified portal would enhance the efficiency, transparency and accountability in department users, with two-fold objectives: cater the need of pharma and chemical industry; ensure availability of the “essential narcotic drugs” and medicines.
26. What is “Colistin”, which is in the news recently?
[A] Antibiotic drug
[B] Ayurvedic Medicine
[C] Covid variant
Correct Answer: A [Antibiotic drug]
Colistin is an antibiotic drug which is used to treat bacterial infections caused by susceptible Gram negative bacteria. Generally, it is used as a last resort when all other drugs do not respond. It is also called as polymyxin E
Recently, researchers in Los Angeles of USA have found bacteria that resist this drug in the US county’s wastewaters.
27. Which country conduced the ‘International Aviation Safety Assessment’?
Correct Answer: B [USA]
International Aviation Safety Assessment was conducted recently by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) of the US.
It found that India meets every international safety standard. As per the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), India’s International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA) category will continue to be published as Category 1.
28. Nisha Dahia, who was seen in the news, plays which sports?
Correct Answer: C [Wrestling]
Nisha Dahia has won a Silver medal in 68kg category in Asian Wrestling Championships in Kazakhstan.
Nisha had defeated China’s Feng Zhou 7-6 in the semi-finals. Another Indian wrestler, Priya Malik clinched a bronze in 76 kg category. She defeated Japan’s Mizuki Nagashima in the repechage round.
29. Which state/UT launched the ‘A-HELP Programme’?
[C] West Bengal
Correct Answer: B [Uttarakhand]
A-HELP (Accredited Agent for Health and Extension of Livestock Production) programme was launched by the Uttarakhand Chief Minister.
A-HELP are community-based women activists involved in helping livestock farmers avail loans, assisting veterinarians in local departmental work and more.
30. Which Union Ministry is associated with the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF)?
[A] Ministry of Home Affairs
[B] Ministry of Personnel Public Grievances and Pensions
[C] Ministry of Defence
[D] Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports
Correct Answer: A [Ministry of Home Affairs]
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) approved the conduct of constable (general duty) examination for Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) in 13 regional languages.
This is in addition to Hindi and English. This aims to promote the participation of local youths in the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) and encourage regional languages.
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