Current Affairs Quiz - January 2022
41. “Manyam and Alluri Sitarama Raju” are the newly formed tribal districts of which state
[B] Andhra Pradesh
[D] Madhya Pradesh
Correct Answer: B [Andhra Pradesh]
Andhra Pradesh has notified Andhra Pradesh has 13 new districts under AP Districts Formation Act, Section 3(5). The total number of districts in Andhra Pradesh is now 26.
The state has 25 Lok Sabha constituencies and each is supposed to be made a revenue district. Only Araku constituency is split into two new districts. Manyam and Alluri Sitarama Raju, named after the legendary Telugu freedom fighter, are the two new tribal districts
42. Paschim Lehar, is a joint Defence Exercise held by which country?
Correct Answer: B [India]
A joint maritime exercise Paschim Lehar was conducted by the Indian Navy concluded off the West Coast recently.
The Exercise aims to enhance the inter-service synergy among the Indian Navy, Indian Air Force, Indian Army and Coast Guard. It was conducted over a duration of 20 days with participation of various equipment of the armed forces.
43. A new research has successfully carried out ‘Limb Regeneration’ in which species?
[A] African clawed frog
[B] Jackson’s Chameleo
[C] Tokyo Gecko
[D] White footed Mouse
Correct Answer: A [African clawed frog]
In new research, a team of scientists at Tufts University demonstrated long-term regrowth of limbs in an African clawed frog (Xenopus laevis).
They achieved this restoration of an amputated hindlimb after a 24-hour exposure to a five-drug cocktail delivered by a silicone wearable bioreactor. The researchers are exploring ways to extend this to human beings
44. Which Union Ministry launched the ‘Swachhata Start-Up Challenge’?
[A] Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs
[B] Ministry of Rural Development
[C] Ministry of Agriculture
[D] Ministry of Home Affairs
Correct Answer: A [Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs]
Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs (MoHUA) launched the Swachhata Start-Up Challenge to encourage innovative start-ups to transform the sanitation and waste management sector.
The challenge has been launched in partnership with Department of Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) and Agence Française de Développement (AFD). It seeks to promote enterprise development under Swachh Bharat Mission-Urban 2.0 (SBM-U 2.0).
45. ‘Coal Directory of India 2020-21’ is a flagship publication released by which office/PSU of Coal Ministry?
[A] Coal India Limited (CIL)
[B] Coal Controller’s Organization (CCO)
[C] Singareni Collieries Limited (SCCL)
[D] NLC India Limited (NLCIL)
Correct Answer: B [Coal Controller’s Organization (CCO)]
Coal Controller’s Organization, a subordinate office under the Ministry of Coal, released its flagship publications, the ‘Coal Directory of India 2020-21’.
The Statistical Publication contains information on the performance of Coal and Lignite sectors during the financial year 2020-21. It also provides the grade wise data of production and dispatch and reserves of coal. The publication also provides information on import- export and prices of coal.
46. The Sathyamangalam Tiger Reserve (STR) is located in which state?
[B] Tamil Nadu
[D] Andhra Pradesh
Correct Answer: B [Tamil Nadu]
The Sathyamangalam Tiger Reserve (STR) of Tamil Nadu has been awarded the prestigious TX2 Award after its tiger number doubled since 2010.
STR is a protected area and tiger reserve in the Western Ghats in the Erode District of Tamil Nadu. The reserve is a part of the Nilgiri biosphere landscape, which is the home to world’s largest tiger population. The awards are presented by the Conservation Assured Tiger Standards (CATS), Global Tiger Forum (GTF), IUCN’s ITHCP, UNDP, WWF among other stakeholders.
47. Pandit Jasraj was associated with which field?
[B] Vocal Music
Correct Answer: B [Vocal Music]
Pandit Jasraj (1930–2020) was an Indian classical vocalist, belonging to the Mewati Gharana. Recently the Pandit Jasraj Cultural Foundation was launched, presided over by the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
It is a not-for-profit organisation set up with the objective of protecting and promoting national heritage, art and culture. The foundation aims to take forward the legacy of Pandit Jasraj.
48. Ain Sefra, also called as the ‘Gateway to the Sahara’, is located in which country?
Correct Answer: A [Algeria]
Ain Sefra, also known as the ‘Gateway to the Sahara’, is located in northwest Algeria. The area is surrounded by the Atlas Mountains and is 1,000 metres above sea level.
Recently, the Sahara Desert, commonly known for its hot and dry climate, witnessed a rare snowfall. Temperatures dipped to -2 degrees Celsius near the town of Ain Sefra, which has a heat record of over 50°C. The occurrence of rare snowfall this time is due to climate change.
49. ‘LockBit 2.0’ Group launched a cyber-attack on the Justice Ministry of which country?
Correct Answer: B [France]
France’s Justice Ministry has been hit by cyber-attack from a group known as LockBit 2.0. The group locked the ministry’s files and asking for ransom from the Government.
The country has launched investigation on the attack. As per government sources, no criminal records have been affected.
50. India adopted the ‘Digital Work Plan 2022’ along with which bloc?
[D] European Commission
Correct Answer: B [ASEAN]
India-ASEAN Digital Work Plan 2022 was approved in the 2nd ASEAN Digital Ministers meeting held in the virtual mode.
The Work Plan focuses on tackling the use of stolen and counterfeit mobile handsets and WiFi Access network interface, for the public interest. It also includes knowledge sharing in emerging areas ICT such as Internet of Things, 5G, Advanced Satellite Communication and Cyber Forensics.
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