Current Affairs Quiz - December, 2021
41. ‘Mukhya Mantri Kanya Sumangala Scheme’ is a scheme implemented by which state/UT?
[C] Madhya Pradesh
[D] Uttar Pradesh
Correct Answer: D [Uttar Pradesh]
‘Mukhya Mantri Kanya Sumangala Scheme’ is implemented by the state of Uttar Pradesh. The scheme provides conditional cash transfer of a sum of Rs 15000, to a girl child at different stages of her life.
The sum of ₹ 15,000 per beneficiary are provided at various stages including at birth, on completing one year complete vaccination, on admission in class-I, class-VI and class-IX, on admission in any degree/ diploma course after passing class X or XII.
42. Which country’s population grew at its slowest ever recorded, at 0.1 percent?
Correct Answer: C [USA]
The population of the United States grew more slowly in 2021 than in any other year since 1900, as per the US Census Bureau.
COVID pandemic, economic shutdowns, decreased migration and fewer births are among reasons for low population growth. The US population grew by about 393,000 in 2021, at an historic low of 0.1 percent, according to new estimates released by the Census Bureau.
43. ‘Shakti Criminal Laws Bill’ is associated with which state?
[A] Andhra Pradesh
Correct Answer: B [Maharashtra]
Maharashtra government tabled a report with recommendations of a joint selection committee, to amend the Shakti Bill.
The Maharashtra government’s Shakti Criminal Laws (Maharashtra Amendment) Bill, 2020, proposes to increase the punishment for offences such as rapes, acid attacks. It also proposes capital, heavy fines and speedy trials for the perpetrators.
44. 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.
45. Which institution released the ‘Levels and trends in child mortality: Report 2021’?
[D] World Bank
Correct Answer: B [UNICEF]
The United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) released the ‘Levels and trends in child mortality: Report 2021’.
As per the report, more than 5 million children died before reaching their fifth birthday in 2020. Almost half of those deaths, 2.4 million, occurred among newborns. On current trends, more than 48 million children younger than 5 will die before 2030, half of them newborns.
46. Which Indian state stands first first in the implementation of the Shyama Prasad Mukherji Rurban Mission (SPMRM)?
[A] Uttar Pradesh
[D] West Bengal
Correct Answer: B [Telangana]
Telangana stood first in the implementation of the Shyama Prasad Mukherji Rurban Mission (SPMRM).
The scheme was launched four years ago to promote local economic development, enhance basic services and create well planned clusters. Sangareddy and Kamareddy districts claimed the first two positions among the 300 clusters across the country, where the programme is being implemented
47. Which Metro Rail Project was inaugurated recently, that uses ‘regenerative braking’ technology?
[A] Kochi Metro Rail Project
[B] Kanpur Metro Rail Project
[C] Mysuru Metro Rail Project
[D] Trichy Metro Rail Project
Correct Answer: B [Kanpur Metro Rail Project]
Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently inaugurated the 9 kilo-metre stretch of Kanpur Metro rail project, whose foundation stone was laid in 2016.
The project is proposed to have two corridors. The project is using a new technology of ‘Regenerative braking’ to save energy. The cost of the project is estimated to be Rs 11,000 crore.
48. Bina refinery, which was seen in the news recently, is located in which state?
[A] Madhya Pradesh
[D] West Bengal
Correct Answer: A [Madhya Pradesh]
The Prime Minister inaugurated the Bina-Panki Multi-product Pipeline Project. It is a 356 Km long project with a capacity of around 3.45 million metric tonnes per annum.
The project connects Bina refinery in Madhya Pradesh to Panki region in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh. The project has been built at a cost of over 1,500 crore rupees. It will enable the region access petroleum products from the Bina refinery.
49. Which institution launched India’s first blockchain-based digital degrees?
[A] IIT Madras
[B] IIT Kanpur
[C] NIT Calicut
[D] NIT Warangal
Correct Answer: B [IIT Kanpur]
Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently launched blockchain-based digital degrees at IIT Kanpur. The blockchain technology, which is used to award digital degrees has been developed in-house.
The technology has been developed by the institute under the National Blockchain Project. Using the technology, the task of maintain the records of students are simplified and the records can be remotely accessed by the students.
50. Missionaries of Charity, is a congregation, established by which personality?
[A] Mother Teresa
[B] Nelson Mandela
[C] Desmond Tutu
[D] Abraham Lincoln
Correct Answer: A [Mother Teresa]
Missionaries of Charity, is a congregation established by Mother Teresa, now called as Saint Teresa of Calcutta, in the year 1950.
Recently, it was announced that Union Home Affairs Ministry had frozen all bank accounts of Missionaries of Charity in India. Every NGO needs to renew its FCRA (Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act) licence.
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