Current Affairs Quiz - January 2022
1. Which Asian Country recently unveiled its National Security Policy (NSP)?
[A] Sri Lanka
Correct Answer: B [Pakistan]
Pakistan’s Cabinet endorsed the country’s first-ever National Security Policy (NSP), which emphasised that economic progress should be at the center of national security.
The Cabinet has adopted the document which was approved by the high-powered National Security Committee (NSC). The Policy is a five-year policy document covering the period 2022-26.
2. Tequila fish, which was declared extinct, has been reintroduced to which country?
Correct Answer: B [Mexico]
The tequila fish (Zoogoneticus tequila) which was declared extinct in the wild has been reintroduced to its native Mexico.
The little fish, which grows only up to 70 mm, was bred in an aquarium at Chester zoo, England. The fish disappeared from the wild in 2003 due to the introduction of invasive, exotic fish species and water pollution.
3. Under ‘India Semiconductor Mission’, financial support is provided for how many years?
Correct Answer: C [Six]
Union Electronics and Information Technology Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw launched the India Semiconductor Mission (ISM).
ISM is an independent business division within the Digital India Corporation. It aims to build a robust semiconductor and display ecosystem in India. A financial support of up to 50 per cent of the project cost is approved for setting up variants of semiconductor fab in India. A financial support for six years is given from the date of approval.
4. What is the Current Account Balance of India, in the second quarter ended September 2021?
[A] $ 9.6 billion surplus
[B] $ 9.6 billion deficit
[C] $ 0.6 billion surplus
[D] $ 0.6 billion deficit
Correct Answer: B [$ 9.6 billion deficit]
India’s current account balance posted a deficit of $ 9.6 billion in the second quarter ended September 2021 (Q2Fy22).
It forms 1.3 per cent of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP). The current account was in surplus $ 6.6 billion (0.9 percent of GDP) in the first quarter ended June 2021(Q1Fy22). As per the RBI, the current account deficit (CAD) was mainly due to widening of trade gap and increase in outgo of investment income.
5. Abdalla Hamdok, who announced his resignation recently, was the Prime Minister of which country?
Correct Answer: B [Sudan]
Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok announced his resignation amid political deadlock and widespread pro-democracy protests.
As part of an agreement with the military after the October Coup, former UN official Hamdok was appointed as the Prime Minister. Now the military coup has again hindered the country’s transition to democratic rule.
6. The new COVID variant named IHU (B.1.640.2), has been discovered in which country?
[D] South Africa
Correct Answer: B [France]
The new COVID variant named IHU (B.1.640.2) has been discovered at the IHU Mediterranee Infection institute in France.
The new variant is said to have 46 mutations more than Omicron. The first case was reported from a person who had come from the African country of Cameroon. As per the Scientists, the new strain carries E484K mutation making it vaccine-resistant.
7. Rani Velu Nachiyar, who was seen in the news, was a Queen of which present-day state?
[B] Tamil Nadu
Correct Answer: B [Tamil Nadu]
The country paid tributes to Rani Velu Nachiyar on her birth anniversary. She was the queen of Sivagangai, in Tamil Nadu and waged war against the British.
Born in 1730, she is known as the first queen to have fought against the British colonial power. She was trained in archery, horse riding, martial arts, and even weapon handling. After the British troops killed his husband, she fought and recaptured her kingdom and ruled Sivagangai for over 10 years.
8. Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Uran Akademi(IGRUA), which was making news recently, is located at which state?
[A] Uttar Pradesh
[D] West Bengal
Correct Answer: A [Uttar Pradesh]
Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Uran Akademi(IGRUA) was established by the Government of India in the year 1986 at Fursatganj Airfield. It is located in the state of Uttar Pradesh.
IGRUA is an Autonomous Body and it is administered by a Governing Council under Ministry of Civil Aviation. During 2021, IGRUA recorded 19000 hours of flying as against an average yearly flying output of 15000 per year during the previous five years. It also targets 25000 flying hours in 2022.
9. “Blue Book”, which was seen in the news, is the manual of which armed force/group?
[A] Central Reserve Police Force
[B] Special Protection Group
[C] National Security Guard
[D] Indian Coast Guard
Correct Answer: B [Special Protection Group]
“Blue Book” is the name of the manual of the Special Protection Group (SPG), which exclusively protects India’s Prime Minister.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi spent 20 minutes on a Punjab highway blocked by protesting farmers in a security breach. Usually, the PM’s plan is shared with the state’s top leadership including the Chief Minister, Home Minister and police chief. SPG coordinates with State Police and other officers for a security plan.
10. ‘XIV Corps or Fire and Fury Corps’ is a part of which Armed Force of India?
[A] Indian Navy
[B] Indian Army
[C] Indian Air Force
[D] Border Security Force
Correct Answer: B [Indian Army]
XIV Corps or Fire and Fury Corps is a corps of the Indian Army. It is a part of the Army’s Northern Command based at Udhampur.
Lt Gen PGK Menon handed over the command of the XIV ‘Fire and Fury’ Corps to Lt Gen Anindya Sengupta. He was part of the last round of Corps Commander-level talks with China in October.
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