Current Affairs Quiz - December, 2022
31. Which institution launched the ‘ATL Marathon 2022-23’-innovation challenge’?
[B] NITI Aayog
Correct Answer: B [NITI Aayog]
Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), NITI Aayog called for ‘ATL Marathon 2022-23’. It is an innovation challenge under AIM’s Atal Tinkering Labs program.
The theme for this edition of ATL Marathon is ‘India’s G20 Presidency’. It is a national level innovation challenge for young innovators across India who can solve community problems and develop innovative solutions. Top teams will get an Internship opportunity through the Student Innovator Program
32. Which country is the host of special negotiation round on three of the four pillars of Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF) in February 2023?
Correct Answer: B [India]
India will host the next special negotiation round on three of the four pillars of the United States-led Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF) on February 2023.
IPEF has four pillars in all namely trade, supply chain, tax and anti-corruption and clean energy. During the first-ever in-person ministerial in September 2022, India decided to join only three pillars, and opted out of the trade pillar.
33. Intanki National Park, which was seen in the news, is located on which state/UT?
[D] West Bengal
Correct Answer: C [Nagaland]
Ten captive-bred Asian Giant Tortoise juveniles were soft-released into the protected Intanki National Park of Nagaland.
It is the first monitored rewilding of the species in India. The Asian Giant Tortoise (Manouria emys phayrei) is the largest tortoise in mainland Asia, listed as ‘critically endangered’ in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
34. Who was awarded the first Rohini Nayyar prize for outstanding contribution to rural development?
[A] P Sainath
[B] Jean Dreze
[C] Sethrichem Sangtam
[D] Amrtya Sen
Correct Answer: C [Sethrichem Sangtam]
Sethrichem Sangtam was awarded the first Rohini Nayyar prize for outstanding contribution to rural development.
Sethrichem Sangtam runs an NGO that works with farmers in eastern Nagaland. The prize has been instituted in memory of Rohini Nayyar, renowned economist who worked with the Planning Commission.
35. Which company along with SIDBI launched ranking model for MSMEs to predict their probability of becoming NPA?
Correct Answer: B [CIBIL]
Credit bureau TransUnion CIBIL along with SIDBI and Online PSB loans launched a ranking for MSME companies.
The FIT Rank model uses machine learning to predict the probability of MSME becoming a NPA in the next 12 months. The system will leverage business information including GST, bank statements, income tax returns.
36. When is the ‘National Mathematics Day’ observed every year?
[A] 18 December
[B] 22 December
[C] 25 December
[D] 27 December
Correct Answer: B [22 December]
National Mathematics Day is observed on December 22 every year. It marks the birth anniversary of legendary mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan.
In 2012, then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh declared December 22 as National Mathematics Day. Srinivasa Ramanujan, a legendary mathematician, was born on December 22, 1887 and his contribution the field led to resolution of many unsolved theorems.
37. Which company has introduced India’s first large sized mono-crystalline silicon ingot?
[A] Tata Power Solar
[B] Adani Solar
[C] Vikram Solar
[D] Borosil Renewables
Correct Answer: B [Adani Solar]
Adani Solar, the photovoltaic manufacturing and research arm of the Adani Group, has introduced India’s first large sized monocrystalline silicon ingot.
Inaugurated at its Mundra facility recently, the mono-crystalline ingots will help to produce renewable electricity from Silicon based PV modules with efficiencies ranging from 21% to 24%. Adani Solar is a part of Adani New Industries (ANIL).
38. Which Union Ministry implements the ‘AMRUT 2.0’ program?
[A] Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs
[B] Ministry of Home Affairs
[C] Ministry of Rural Development and Entrepreneurship
[D] Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare
Correct Answer: A [Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs]
The Pey Jal Survekshan under ‘Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation’ (AMRUT) 2.0 was launched by Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs, Hardeep Singh Puri.
It aims to assess the compliance of the city with respect to quality, quantity, and coverage of water supply, sewerage management, and extent of reuse and conservation of water bodies in 500 AMRUT cities.
39. United Nations Security Council urged which country to release Aung San Suu Kyi and other leaders?
Correct Answer: B [Myanmar]
The United Nations Security Council urged Myanmar’s military to release Aung San Suu Kyi, who has been in prison for the past two years when the army staged a coup and ousted her civilian government.
The UN body adopted its first-ever resolution on the situation in Myanmar. The last council resolution regarding Myanmar was the one the UN passed in 1948. The resolution was adopted after attaining 12 votes, with permanent members China and Russia abstaining.
40. Which company is the title sponsor of Maharashtra Open tennis tournament?
[C] Tata Motors
Correct Answer: C [Tata Motors]
Automobile major Tata Motors has announced that Tata Safari will be the official partner for the Maharashtra Open tennis tournament.
This is South Asia’s only ATP 250 tournament, which is scheduled to be held in Pune. Tata Motors committed itself as the title sponsor for the fifth consecutive year.
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