Current Affairs Quiz - January, 2023
31. World Health Organization (WHO) recently urged South-East Asian countries to take urgent measures against which disease?
Correct Answer: B [Measles]
World Health Organization (WHO) has urged all nations in South-East Asia to take urgent and accelerated measures against measles.
The disease is on the rise as nearly nine million children having missed vaccination in the past two years and 5.3 million children remain partially vaccinated. The measles vaccination coverage significantly reduced after the pandemic.
32. Recently which Indian corporate group announced plans to deploy Asia’s first planned hydrogen powered mining truck?
[A] Tata Group
[B] Reliance Industries
[C] Adani Group
[D] Aditya Birla Group
Correct Answer: C [Adani Group]
The Indian corporate group that announced plans to deploy Asia’s first planned hydrogen powered mining truck is Gautam Adani’s group.
Adani Enterprises Ltd (AEL), which is part of the diversified Adani portfolio of companies, signed an agreement to launch a pilot project to develop a hydrogen fuel cell electric truck (FCET) for mining logistics and transportation with Ashok Leyland, India and Ballard Power, Canada. This collaboration marks Asia’s first planned hydrogen powered mining truck.
33. ‘PARAKH’, which has been in the news, is a regulator body related to which field?
[C] OTT Platforms
[D] Online Gaming
Correct Answer: B [Education]
The National Council for Education Research and Training (NCERT) has notified India’s first national assessment regulator, PARAKH.
It will work on setting norms, standards and guidelines for student assessment and evaluation for all recognised school boards in the country. The Educational Survey Division of NCERT, New Delhi, will function as PARAKH in the initial phase and it will be extended across the country.
34. Which media company presented the ‘Excellence in Governance Awards’ for District Magistrates?
[A] The Hindu
[B] Indian Express
[C] Times of India
Correct Answer: B [Indian Express]
The Indian Express media group presents the ‘Excellence in Governance Awards’ to District Magistrates’.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah handed over awards for innovative and good governance to 18 District Magistrates at The Indian Express Excellence in Governance Awards ceremony held in New Delhi.
35. Which institution releases the ‘Annual Status of Education Report (ASER)’?
[A] NITI Aayog
[C] Oxfam International
Correct Answer: B [Pratham]
The Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) 2022 has been released by the NGO Pratham. As per the report, student enrolments increased to more than pre-pandemic levels.
The report however warned that the learning gap widened for foundational skills in reading and arithmetic, reversing several years of improvement.
36. ‘Expected loss-based’ and ‘incurred loss’ approach, which are seen in the news, are associated with which institutions?
[B] Mutual Funds
[C] Insurance Companies
[D] Stock Exchanges
Correct Answer: A [Banks]
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) proposed a framework for adoption of an ‘expected loss-based’ approach for provisioning by banks.
Prior to this, banks used to make loan loss provisions based on an ‘incurred loss’ approach. With the proposed framework, banks now have to assess expected loss on their financial assets and make provisions after assessment, rather than making it after the loan turns into a non-performing asset (NPA).
37. NASA has awarded 425 million dollars to which Company for the agency’s sustainable flight demonstrator project?
[B] Air Bus
Correct Answer: A [Boeing]
National Aeronautics and Space Administration, NASA, has awarded 425 million dollars to Boeing Company for the agency’s sustainable flight demonstrator project.
Under the project, Boeing will work with NASA to build, test, and fly a full-scale demonstrator aircraft and validate technologies aimed at lowering emissions. NASA will invest 425 million dollars, while Boeing and its partners will contribute the remainder of the agreement funding.
38. What species is Geochelone elegans, which was seen in the news recently?
[A] One-horned rhinoceros
[B] Indian star tortoise
[C] Great Indian bustard
[D] Asiatic Lion
Correct Answer: B [Indian star tortoise]
A recent study on the Indian star tortoise (Geochelone elegans) distributed across South Asia has revealed that the genetic diversity of the species as well as habitat has been affected because of illegal trade.
The researchers behind the study have also raised concerns over unscientific translocations that have resulted in genetic mixing between different populations, posing a challenge in segregating available populations at the genetic level. The details of the study were recently been published in a peer reviewed international journal.
39. The Statehood Day of Manipur, Meghalaya and Tripura is celebrated on which day?
[A] January 18
[B] January 21
[C] January 24
[D] January 27
Correct Answer: B [January 21]
The Statehood Day of Manipur, Meghalaya and Tripura is celebrated on January 21. This year marks the 51st foundation year for the three states.
They attained statehood under the North Eastern Areas (Reorganisation) Act of 1971. Under the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution of India, Meghalaya was made an autonomous state in Assam through the Assam (Meghalaya) Reorganization Act, of 1969.
40. Which state is the host of the All-India Conference of Director Generals/ Inspector Generals of Police?
[B] New Delhi
[C] West Bengal
Correct Answer: B [New Delhi]
The 57th Conference of Directors General of Police / Inspectors General of Police was organised in New Delhi.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended the Conference and distributed Police Medals for Distinguished Services. The Conference covered several aspects of policing and national security, including Counter Terrorism, Counter Insurgency and Cyber Security.
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