Current Affairs Quiz - February, 2023
1. Which Union Ministry is the top buyer of goods and services from MSME sellers in 2022?
[A] Ministry of Defence
[B] Ministry of Finance
[C] Ministry of Steel
[D] Ministry of Rural Development
Correct Answer: A [Ministry of Defence]
The Ministry of Defence was the top procuring ministry of goods and services from MSME sellers in the calendar year 2022.
This was announced by the government’s public procurement e-commerce marketplace Government e-Marketplace (GeM). The ministry has purchased products and services worth Rs 16,747 crore in 2022 from the portal.
2. ‘National Anti-Leprosy Day’ is observed every year in which month?
Correct Answer: B [January]
World Leprosy Day is observed every year on the last Sunday of January. In India, it is observed on 30th January every year, coinciding with the death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
Leprosy is a neglected tropical disease (NTD) which occurs in more than 120 countries, with more than 200 000 new cases reported every year. India’s Health Minister released National Strategic Plan and Roadmap for Leprosy (2023-27) and National Guidelines for Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) Surveillance in leprosy along with launch of Nikusth 2.0 Portal.
3. Which company has signed MoU to make Rolls-Royce marine engines?
[D] Mazagon Dock
Correct Answer: B [GRSE]
Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Germany’s Rolls Royce Solutions for manufacturing high-quality marine diesel engines.
Under the agreement, GRSE and Rolls Royce Solutions will cooperate in the licence production and localisation of the technologically advanced MTU S4000 governmental marine engines.
4. Who is the winner of the Australian Open 2023 women’s singles title?
[A] Aryna Sabalenka
[B] Elena Rybakina
[C] Iga Swiatek
[D] Ons Jabeur
Correct Answer: A [Aryna Sabalenka]
Aryna Sabalenka from Belarus beats Elena Rybakina to secure the women’s singles title in Australian Open 2023.
Aryna Sabalenka is the first athlete without a flag to win a singles Grand Slam since the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Sabalenka, seeded 5th, will regain her second ranking after winning her first major championship. Sabalenka has 11 victories and two titles, so far in the year.
5. Which is the first district to register 10,000 new MSMEs?
Correct Answer: B [Ernakulam]
Ernakulam in Kerala has been named as the first district to achieve registration of 10,000 new MSMEs.
This will help boost the contribution of MSMEs by generating new jobs and diversifying India’s GDP. The availability of highly skilled Human Resources and the good industrial infrastructure are among the key reasons for its excellent communication and networking systems.
6. Naba Kishore Das, who was shot dead recently, was the Health Minister of which state?
[B] Uttar Pradesh
[D] West Bengal
Correct Answer: C [Odisha]
Odisha’s Health Minister Naba Kishore Das died after being shot by a policeman. He died after he was shot by a policeman at Gandhi Chhak in Brajrajnagar area of Jharsuguda district, where he had gone to attend an event.
The shooter was identified as Gopal Das, who was posted in the Gandhi Chowk police outpost of. He had earlier served the Minister in the capacity of his personal security officer.
7. Which city recently hosted the ‘Military Literature Festival’?
[D] New Delhi
Correct Answer: B [Patiala]
Patiala’s first Military Literature Festival recently concluded in the city of Patiala, Punjab. The Brave Heart Ride Motorcycle Rally was flagged off.
During the Patiala Military Literature Festival concluding day, Black Elephant Division of Indian Army Major paid tributes to the martyrs by offering floral garlands at War Memorial complex Cenotaph of Patiala State Forces and Black Elephant.
8. Sports For All (SFA) sporting services joined as the powered-by sponsor of which event?
[A] Women U-19 World cup
[B] Khelo India Youth Games
[C] FIH Women’s Hockey
[D] Khelo India University Games
Correct Answer: B [Khelo India Youth Games]
Sports For All (SFA), India-based multi-sport tech driven competition organisers, joined Khelo India Youth Games (KIYG) mission as a powered-by sponsor for the next five years.
Through this partnership, SFA will invest ₹12.5 crores over the next five years to contribute in developing India’s sporting culture.
9. Who has assumed charge as the new Vice Chief of the Indian Air Force?
[A] Air Marshal AP Singh
[B] Air Marshal VR Chaudhari
[C] Air Marshal Sandeep Singh
[D] Air Marshal HS Arora
Correct Answer: A [Air Marshal AP Singh]
Air Marshal AP Singh has assumed charge as the new Vice Chief of the Indian Air Force. The Air Marshal was commissioned into the fighter stream of the IAF in 1984.
He has more than 5,000 hours of flying experience. Prior to assuming his current appointment, he was the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief at Central Air Command. He is a recipient of the Param Vishisht Seva Medal and Ati Vishisht Seva Medal.
10. Hibbertopterus lamsdelli, which was discovered, belongs to which species?
Correct Answer: A [Scorpion]
Hibbertopterus lamsdelli is a new species of Giant Sea Scorpion. It belongs to Hibbertopteridae, an extinct group of aquatic arthropods in the Order Eurypterida. Eurypterids are better known as sea scorpions.
The species existed during the Kasimovian age, between 307 and 303 million years ago. Its diet included small crustaceans, ostracodes, conchostracans, invertebrate larvae and gastropod eggs.
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