Current Affairs Quiz - June, 2021
1. White Monument, which was making news is a 4,000-year-old war memorial, located in which country?
Correct Answer: C [Syria]
As per a new study, a 4,000-year-old war memorial known as the ‘White Monument’ in Syria was built to honour soldiers who died in battle.
The White Monument, was first excavated several years ago, is found to be built above layers of buried adult males, may have been a memorial to the community’s dead, rather than a symbol of victory over the enemy.
2. Pooja Rani Bohra is associated with which sport?
[A] Table Tennis
Correct Answer: B [Boxing]
Indian woman boxer Pooja Rani Bohra has clinched her second continental title at the Asian boxing championships, being held in Dubai.
The Olympic bound boxing champion registered this victory against Mavluda Movlonova of Uzbekistan in the 75kg category with a score of 5-0.
3. NASA’s Curiosity rover captured images of a cloud over the Gale Crater, situated in which astronomical body?
Correct Answer: B [Mars]
NASA’s Curiosity rover captured the images of the clouds seen above Gale Crater of the Mars. The crater is 154 km in diameter and estimated to be about 3.5-3.8 billion years old.
The image is a combination of 21 individual photographs the rover took recently to study a strange type of cloud over the Gale Crater. The Scientists made the rover watch for the early clouds, as it was observed that the cloud type was forming earlier in the Martian year.
4. Hubble Space Telescope has captured a detailed photo of NGC 691, a ………….
Correct Answer: A [Galaxy]
The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has captured a detailed photograph of a spiral galaxy called NGC 691.
NGC 691 is a spiral galaxy located at around 125 million light-years away in the constellation of Aries. It is the foremost member of the NGC 691 group, a collection of nine galaxies of varied shapes and colors.
5. The Artemis Accord, that was recently making news, an agreement for space exploration of New Zealand and which agency?
Correct Answer: C [NASA]
New Zealand has entered into an agreement for space exploration with NASA.
With this, New Zealand becomes the eleventh country to sign the Artemis Accord, which is an agreement with NASA to be a part of its plans to send humans to the moon by 2024 and further to Mars.
6. Kharg, the largest warship of which country, has recently caught fire and sank in the Gulf of Oman?
Correct Answer: B [Iran]
The largest warship in the Navy of Iran has recently caught fire and later sank in the Gulf of Oman, according to the media reports.
The support warship Kharg was named after the island that serves as the main oil terminal for Iran. Though the firefighters tried to contain the blaze, the vessel sank near the Iranian port of Jask, southeast of Tehran on the Gulf of Oman. It is near the Strait of Hormuz, the narrow mouth of the Persian Gulf.
7. The term “Mixing and matching” which is in news, is related to what?
[B] Food Processing
[C] COVID Vaccination
[D] Fuel Prices
Correct Answer: C [COVID Vaccination]
The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) of Canada has recommended mixing and matching of the second doses of covid 19 vaccines.
This means that people who reside in Canada and have taken the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine as their first shot, can take either of the vaccines as a second shot, based on their availability.
8. India launched a Workstream to promote industrial energy efficiency, along with which country?
Correct Answer: C [UK]
India and the UK have launched a new workstream to promote industrial energy efficiency, under the Clean Energy Ministerial’s (CEM) Industrial Deep Decarbonization Initiative (IDDI).
The 12th Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) is being organised by Chile in virtual mode. IDDI is coordinated by the by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). It is also supported by Germany and Canada.
9. Which Indian state topped the NITI Aayog’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Index?
[A] Himachal Pradesh
[D] Tamil Nadu
Correct Answer: B [Kerala]
Kerala retained the top spot in the Niti Aayog’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Index released in the year 2021. India’s overall score across SDGs improved by six points, from 60 in 2019 to 66 in 2021
The annual index evaluates the progress of states and UTs on social, economic and environmental criteria. Himachal Pradesh and Tamil Nadu grabbed the second and third spots respectively while Bihar is placed at the last place in the index.
10. The Government of India has announced the procurement of “Corbevax” vaccine, manufactured by which company?
[A] Biological E
[D] Bharat BioTech
Correct Answer: A [Biological E]
The Government of India has announced that it would procure 30 crore doses of the COVID 19 vaccine “Corbevax” which is manufactured by the company Biological E. The firm is headquartered in Hyderabad.
This indigenously made vaccine is a “Recombinant Protein Sub Unit Vaccine ” (i.e.) made from the spike protein of COVID virus and is different from Covaxin or Covishield vaccines.
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