Current Affairs Quiz - January, 2021
1. Kuttanad, where over 20000 ducks died recently, is located in which state?
[A] Tamil Nadu
[B] Andhra Pradesh
Correct Answer: C [Kerala]
Last week, around 22,000 ducks died in Kuttanad and upper Kuttanad, in the state of Kerala. The preliminary tests could not find the certain reason for the deaths.
Recently, the samples of affected birds are to be sent to the National Institute of High-Security Animal Diseases (NIHSAD), Bhopal, to analyse and ascertain the reason.
2. Estonia, which was seen in the news recently, is a country in which continent?
[A] South America
Correct Answer: B [Europe]
Estonia is a country in Northern Europe, bordering the Baltic Sea and Gulf of Finland. Recently the Union Cabinet of India approved the proposal of the Ministry of External Affairs to open three new missions.
In 2021, three new missions of India would be opened in Estonia (Europe), Paraguay (South America) and the Dominican Republic (North America). This move would strengthen political relations and promote growth of bilateral trade and investment.
3. Which type of Ethanol is made from sources like molasses, sugarcane, sugar beet, sorghum and edible oil seeds?
[A] 1G ethanol
[B] 2G ethanol
[C] 3G ethanol
[D] Clean Ethanol
Correct Answer: A [1G ethanol]
The Union Cabinet has recently approved a modified scheme to enhance ethanol distillation capacity in the country, to produce 1st Generation (1G) ethanol.
1G Ethanol is produced from edible seeds, molasses, sugarcane, sugar beet, sorghum among others. While 2G biofuels use non-edible oilseeds, used cooking oil, agriculture residue, the 3G biofuels use industrial waste, municipal solid waste.
4. Which state has been declared a “Disturbed area” for six more months, by the Home Ministry?
Correct Answer: B [Nagaland]
As per the recent notification of the Ministry of Home Affairs, the entire state of Nagaland was declared a “disturbed area” for six more months.
The Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) has been in force in Nagaland for several decades. With this move, the act would be continued in the state, for six months with effect from 30th December 2020.
5. The Ministry of Electronics and IT is set to impact assessment of which mobile application?
[A] My FASTag
[D] Arogya Setu
Correct Answer: B [UMANG]
The Ministry of Electronics and IT (Meity) is to select an agency that will do an impact assessment of the UMANG application.
UMANG (Unified Mobile Application for New-age Governance) app was launched in 2017. It aimed to provide over 2000 government services on a single platform. The Government wants to analyse why some citizens are not using the application.
6. A well-preserved Ice Age woolly rhino dated to be 20000 years old, has been found in which state?
[A] New Zealand
Correct Answer: B [Russia]
As per the Russian media, a well-preserved Ice Age woolly rhino, with many of its internal organs still intact has been recovered.
The carcass has been recovered from permafrost in Russia’s north region near Siberia. It’s among the best-preserved specimens of the Ice Age animal found till date. Scientists date the carcass to be 20,000- to 50,000-years-old.
7. China has completed a railway line linking the Tibetan cities of Lhasa and Nyingchi, near the border of which Indian state?
[B] Arunachal Pradesh
Correct Answer: B [Arunachal Pradesh]
As per media reports, China has recently completed the track-laying work for a railway line which links the cities of Lhasa and Nyingchi in Tibet.
The cities are close to the Indian border in Arunachal Pradesh. This Sichuan-Tibet Railway is the second railway into Tibet, which starts from the capital of Sichuan Province, Chengdu and enters Tibet.
8. Asian Waterbird Census 2021, which was seen in the news recently, is to be conducted in which state?
[B] Tamil Nadu
[C] Andhra Pradesh
Correct Answer: C [Andhra Pradesh]
The annual waterbird census is to be conducted in the state of Andhra Pradesh, by the state forest department.
The regions included are the Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary, areas near Godavari estuary, Kolleru Lake, Atapaka Bird Sanctuary and Krishna Wildlife Sanctuary in Krishna estuary. Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) and Wetland International will provide technical support.
9. Sagarmala Development Company, which was seen in the news recently, will function under Union Ministry?
[A] Ministry of Road Transport and Highways
[B] Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways
[C] Ministry of Communication
[D] Ministry of Defence
Correct Answer: B [Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways]
Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways is set to commence Seaplane services on select routes. It is called the Sagarmala Seaplane Services (SSPS).
It is to be implemented through a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) named the Sagarmala Development Company Ltd (SDCL), which will function under the administrative control of the Shipping Ministry. The SPV will also include airline operators.
10. Due to sudden surge in price of local rice, which country has started to import rice from India, after a decade?
Correct Answer: D [Vietnam]
The world’s 3rd largest rice exporter – Vietnam has started buying the grain from India, due to sudden surge in price of local rice.
The price rise of the grain has been the highest in 9 years in Vietnam. It is said that Indian rice is attractive in price and the huge price difference is making exports from India possible.
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