Current Affairs Quiz - July, 2021
1. Department of Land Resources functions under the aegis of which Union Ministry?
[A] Ministry of Home Affairs
[B] Ministry of Rural Development
[C] Ministry of Law
[D] Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs
Correct Answer: B [Ministry of Rural Development]
Department of Land Resources (DoLR), functioning under the Ministry of Rural Development, is the nodal department responsible for registering property index.
As it has fared low in the Land Administration Index part of World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business (EoDB) Index, the Government is planning to link e-court with land records and registration base. The pilot project has been completed in Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, and Haryana
2. Which is the biggest air carrier in Saudi Arabia?
[A] Emirates Airlines
[B] Etihad Airways
[C] Saudi Arabian Airlines
[D] Qantas Airlines
Correct Answer: C [Saudi Arabian Airlines]
Saudi Arabian Airlines, owned by the state is the biggest carrier in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Others include low-cost carrier Flyadeal sand Flynas.
Recently, Saudi Arabia announced plans to launch a second national airline. This would push the kingdom to the fifth rank globally in terms of air transit traffic. The decision aims to turn the kingdom into a global logistics hub, diversifying from oil.
3. Which organization released the report titled ‘COVID-19 and Tourism’?
Correct Answer: B [UNCTAD]
As per a report titled ‘COVID-19 and Tourism’ released by the UNCTAD jointly with the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the crash in international tourism due to COVID 19 pandemic can lead to a loss of about $4 trillion to the global GDP in 2020 and 2021.
The estimated loss is said to be caused due to direct impact and indirect ripple effect on other sectors closely linked to the tourism industry.
4. Which country’s Equality Ministry approved the bill allowing ‘Gender Self Identification’?
Correct Answer: B [Spain]
The Spanish government approved the first draft of a bill that would allow anyone over the age of 14 to legally change gender without a medical diagnosis or hormone therapy.
This was announced by the country’s Equality Ministry. After going for public hearing, the bill will come for a second reading and then it is to be approved by the lower house of the Spanish parliament.
5. Which country launched autonomous long range missile system named ‘Sea Braker’?
Correct Answer: B [Israel]
Israel’s Defence major Rafael Advanced Defense Systems launched Sea Breaker, a 5th generation long range, autonomous, precision-guided missile system.
It is a naval and artillery unit force-multiplier, which can hit high-value maritime and land targets. It has ranges of up to 300 km, can be fired both from land and surface ships. The firm would offer the system to India in future.
6. Which country has recently become 15th nation to be part of the world’s largest weapons project, Joint Strike Fighter program?
[A] South Africa
Correct Answer: C [Switzerland ]
F-35 Lightning II is a next generation fighter jet developed by the US-based Lockheed Martin. This stealth multirole aircraft is capable of conducting airstrikes, reconnaissance missions and air-to-air combats. Its development was funded by the US and several of its NATO allies. The fighter jet faced several criticisms for its large size, complexity, delivery delays, high costs etc.
Switzerland has ordered these fighter jets, making it the 15th nation to be part of the world’s largest weapons project, Joint Strike Fighter program. This 5.5 million USD deal was criticised as the small Alpine country does not require such capability to secure itself since these supersonic jets can cross it in 10 minutes.
7. As per the Unified District Information System for Education report for 2019-20, which state has highest ratio of female teachers to male teachers?
[A] Tamil Nadu
Correct Answer: C [Kerala ]
With 79% female teachers, Kerala leads the country in this ratio as per the Unified District Information System for Education report for 2019-20. Other leading states are Punjab 76%, Tamil Nadu 75%, Delhi 74% and Haryana 62%.
8. The Digital Covid certificate or ‘Green Pass’, that was recently making news is initiative of which organization?
[A] World Health Organization (WHO)
[B] European Union (EU)
[C] International Air Transport Association (IATA)
[D] U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Correct Answer: B [European Union (EU)]
European Union’s Digital Covid certificate or ‘Green Pass’ is set to be rolled out on July 1 with an aim to facilitate free movement during the pandemic. Under this framework, persons who have taken vaccines authorised by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) will be exempted from travel restrictions within the EU region.
9. Which Union Ministry has framed draft rules to regulate Direct Selling Companies?
[A] Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare
[B] Ministry of Consumer Affairs
[C] Ministry of Home Affairs
[D] Ministry of Commerce and Industry
Correct Answer: B [Ministry of Consumer Affairs]
Union Consumer affairs ministry has framed the Consumer Protection (Direct Selling) Rules, 2021, and sought public comments by July 21. As per the draft rules, Direct selling companies like Amway and Tupperware will not be allowed to offer the pyramid and money circulation scheme. Those companies have to register with the DPIIT for allotment of registration number. They should have minimum one physical location as registered office in India.
10. Which Indian state/UT launched ‘Mukhyamantri COVID-19 Pariwar Aarthik Sahayata Yojana’?
[D] West Bengal
Correct Answer: B [Delhi]
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal launched ‘Mukhyamantri COVID-19 Pariwar Aarthik Sahayata Yojana’, a social security scheme to provide financial assistance to families who lost their kins to COVID-19.
Under the scheme, Rs 50,000 ex gratia will be given to every family that lost a member to COVID-19 and an additional Rs 2,500 per month will be given if the deceased was the sole breadwinner. The Chief Minister also launched a portal for the scheme.
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