Current Affairs Quiz - December, 2021
31. Which is the most widely distributed species of owl in the world, with the scientific name “Tyto alba”?
[A] Barn Owl
[B] Tanny Owl
[C] Little Owl
[D] Great Owl
Correct Answer: A [Barn Owl]
The Barn owl is the most widely distributed species of owl in the world and one of the most widespread of all species of birds. Its scientific name is “Tyto alba”.
Recently, the bird is spotted in the state of Bihar. Though it is seen across many parts of the world including the US, the UK and other parts of Europe, it is very rarely seen in the Indian subcontinent. It is generally found in countries with low temperature.
32. “LogiXtics” – a Logistics Interface Platform’s (ULIP) Hackathon has been launched by which department?
Correct Answer: A [DPIIT]
The Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) of the Union Ministry of Commerce has launched a Logistics Interface Platform’s (ULIP) Hackathon named “LogiXtics”. The hackathon is aimed to inculcate ideas that enhance efficiency and reduce logistics cost in India
The event is organized by NITI Aayog and Atal Innovation Mission in association with National Industrial Corridor Development Corporation (NIDC) and NICDC Logistics Data Bank Services Limited.
33. Which institution is implementing the Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Program (PMEGP)?
Correct Answer: A [KVIC]
Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) is implementing the Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Program (PMEGP).
Recently, KVIC launched a series of self-employment activities in Bundelkhand region of Uttar Pradesh. Minister of State for MSME distributed electric potter wheels, bee boxes and Agarbatti making machines to the rural artisans of Jhansi district and some areas of the Bundelkhand region.
34. Felis silvestris ornate is the scientific name of which animal, spotted for the first time in Madhya Pradesh’s Panna Tiger Reserve?
[A] Indian Desert Cat
[B] Awl-headed Snake
[C] Toad-headed Agama
[D] Mugger crocodile
Correct Answer: A [Indian Desert Cat]
An Indian Desert Cat has been spotted for the first time in Madhya Pradesh’s Panna Tiger Reserve (PTR).
“Felis silvestris ornate” is the scientific name of the species. The Indian Desert Cat is usually found at the Thar desert in Rajasthan. A fishing cat, one of the endangered animals in India, was earlier spotted in the reserve.
35. What is the name of the treatment which uses viruses that are harmless to humans to kill bacteria?
[A] Phage therapy
[B] Viral therapy
[C] Antibiotic therapy
[D] Microbe therapy
Correct Answer: A [Phage therapy]
Phage therapy is the concept of using viruses (known as phage) that are harmless to humans to kill bacteria.
As per a new research, this therapy can be used in combination with antibiotics to cure infections more effectively. It will in turn reduce the threat of antibiotic resistance.
36. T-Setu, which has been recently inaugurated, is the longest bridge of which state?
[C] West Bengal
[D] Andhra Pradesh
Correct Answer: B [Odisha]
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik recently inaugurated T-Setu, the State’s longest bridge over Mahanadi in Cuttack district
The 3.4 km long bridge is located in the middle of the river, has been built in the shape of English alphabet ‘T’ at a cost of Rs 111 crore. Out of the five bridges built over Mahanadi river so far, the T-Bridge is the longest.
37. What new facility has been launched for the MPs in India to access important parliamentary documents?
[A] Mobile App
[C] Virtual Private Network
[D] Remotely Accessible Catalogue
Correct Answer: A [Mobile App]
The Lok Sabha has developed a new mobile application for the Members of Parliament (MPs) to access important parliamentary documents, information, and bills. This app also allows people to watch the live proceedings of the House.
The details of the new app were explained by the Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla at the house and he invited all the members to download this in their mobile phones and tablets.
38. Which state launched Mukhyamantri Vayu Swasthya Seva (air health services)?
[A] Madhya Pradesh
Correct Answer: C [Odisha]
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik launched Mukhyamantri Vayu Swasthya Seva (air health services).
With this scheme, it became one of the first states to provide air ambulance facilities for the poor in the rural interior areas. The people of tribal-dominated districts such as Malkangiri, Nabarangpur, Nuapada and Kalahandi will be able to get better healthcare services free of cost.
39. How many non-European countries are part of Europol?
Correct Answer: B 
South Korea has recently become the 10th country outside of Europe to join the Europol. It is the European Union (EU) law enforcement cooperation agency that fights terrorism and other international crimes.
The National Police Agency (NPA) of South Korea joined Europol by signing agreement, which was approved unanimously by the 27 EU nations. Under the agreement, police can now exchange information on crime and cooperate with member states of Europol — 17 European and 9 non-European countries as well as international organisations.
40. Which state recently passed Bill to recover property damages from protesters?
[B] Madhya Pradesh
[D] Uttar Pradesh
Correct Answer: B [Madhya Pradesh]
The Madhya Pradesh Government recently passed a Bill to recover property damages from protesters.
The bill also provides for setting up a tribunal which would look into the claims of property damage during riots or public protests. The State Assembly also passed a resolution that panchayat elections will not be held without Other Backward Classes (OBC) reservation.
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