Current Affairs Quiz - December, 2021
21. ’Gram UJALA programme’ is the flagship scheme of which Union Ministry?
[A] Ministry of Rural Development
[B] Ministry of Power
[C] Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change
[D] Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare
Correct Answer: B [Ministry of Power]
On National Energy Conservation Day, the Power Ministry will distribute LED bulbs at a subsidised rate at 10 Rupees in over 2,500 villages in five states – Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, and Karnataka.
This will be done under the expansion of flagship Gram UJALA programme. The programme has been launched in March 2021 and achieved a distribution mark of more than 33 lakh LED bulbs in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.
22. 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.
23. 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.
24. Which country is associated with the “Protect Our Democracy Act”?
Correct Answer: A [USA]
In the United States, the House voted to pass the Protect Our Democracy Act, which addresses presidential abuses of power. The bill faces an uncertain future in the Senate, at present.
The Act also stresses the checks and balances between the branches of government. It aims to strengthen limitation on presidential pardons, requirement for candidates for president and vice president to submit their personal tax returns for 10 years, and acceptance of any foreign or domestic emoluments.
25. What is the theme of the ‘International Mountain Day 2021’?
[A] Sustainable Mountain Tourism
[B] Tourism amidst Pandemic
[C] Mountains are Mothers
[D] Mountain Wisdom
Correct Answer: A [Sustainable Mountain Tourism]
December 11 is celebrated as International Mountain Day every year, as designated by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).
International Mountain Day creates awareness about the importance of mountains to life. This year’s theme for International Mountain Day is Sustainable Mountain Tourism. According to the UN, mountain tourism attracts about 15-20 per cent of global tourism.
26. When is the ‘International Day of Neutrality’ observed every year?
[A] December 10
[B] December 12
[C] December 14
[D] December 15
Correct Answer: B [December 12]
UN General Assembly declared December 12 as the International Day of Neutrality. Neutrality is defined as a legal status which arises when the state decides not to take part in any armed conflict.
International Day of Neutrality aims to raise awareness in public about the value of neutrality in international relations. Article 2 of the UN charter permits the member states to settle their disputes by peaceful means.
27. UN recognised the 38 degrees Celsius measured in which region/country as a new record high for the Arctic?
Correct Answer: A [Siberia]
UN recognised the 38 degrees Celsius measured in Siberian region of Russia, as the new record high for the Arctic
The heat equivalent to 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit was seen on June 20, 2020 in the Russian town of Verkhoyansk. It marked the highest temperature ever recorded above the Arctic Circle, as per the World Meteorological Organization.
What is the new name of the Bihar Makhana (Fox nuts)?
[A] Mithila Makhana
[B] Sabour Makhana
[C] Patna Makhana
[D] Kosala Makhana
Correct Answer: A [Mithila Makhana]
The Geographical Indications Registry (GIR) has accepted the plea to rename Bihar Makhana as Mithila Makhana.
It also suggested amendments in the brand logo to reflect its origins along with identifying and protecting the product’s Geographical Indications (GI) rights. Makhana or fox nut is one of the most famous products of mithila region, span across Bihar and Jharkand.
29. UNHCR is hosting the Global Refugee Forum, along with which country?
Correct Answer: C [Switzerland]
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is co-hosting the Global Refugee Forum together with Switzerland. The first follow-up to the Global Refugee Forum has started.
The two-day virtual event will be opened by the President-elect of the Swiss Confederation, Ignazio Cassis and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi. The meeting commences on UNHCR’s 71st anniversary, on December 14. The next Global Refugee Forum will be held in 2023.
30. The Thwaites glacier, seen in the news, is located in which region?
Correct Answer: A [Antarctica]
The Thwaites glacier, which spans 120 kilometres is a West Antarctic glacier. Scientists have warned that the melting of this glacier threatens to cause the world’s greatest rise in sea levels before 2100.
As per the warning, the ice shelf holding it back from the sea could collapse within three to five years. The Thwaites glacier would raise sea levels by 65 cm if it fell into the ocean.
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