Current Affairs Quiz - June 2022
1. The Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP) has been extended till which year?
Correct Answer: C [2025-26]
The Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP) has been approved for continuation till 2025-26 with the total outlay of Rs 13,554.42 crore.
The extension of the scheme is over the 15th Finance Commission Cycle for five years from 2021-22 to 2025-26. The scheme will create sustainable employment opportunities for about 40 lakh persons in five financial years. It is implemented by the Ministry of micro, small and medium enterprises.
2. Which institution released a book on the basics of AI titled ‘AI for Everyone’?
[A] NITI Aayog
[B] World Economic Forum
[C] World Bank
Correct Answer: D [INDIAai]
The second-year anniversary of ‘National AI Portal’ (INDIAai) is celebrated on May 30, 2022. The portal is a joint initiative by the Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY), National e-Governance Division (NeGD) and NASSCOM. INDIAai released a book on the basics of AI titled ‘AI for Everyone’.
The portal focuses on promoting a unified AI ecosystem in the country and use AI for economic growth. The portal has a repository of over 1000 articles on AI and several news stories, reports, case studies and videos. It has the databases featuring details of government initiatives and start-ups related to AI.
3. Etalin hydroelectric project, which was seen in the news, is proposed to be set up in which state/UT?
[B] Arunachal Pradesh
Correct Answer: B [Arunachal Pradesh]
Etalin hydroelectric project is proposed to be set up in the state of Arunachal Pradesh. The 3,097-MW project requires diversion of over 1100 hectares of forest land and felling of over 280,000 trees.
Wildlife scientists and conservationists in the state have written to Forest Advisory Committee (FAC) under the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC), about the threats to local biodiversity from the project
4. Frontier, the world’s fastest supercomputer, is developed in which country?
Correct Answer: A [USA]
‘Frontier’ became the world’s fastest supercomputer, according to the Top500 list of world’s most powerful supercomputers with Linmark benchmark score of 1.1 exaflops.
It is a supercomputer built using Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) architecture and equipped with Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) processors. It surpassed Fugaku, Japan’s supercomputer jointly developed by RIKEN and Fujitsu Ltd., which topped the supercomputer benchmarking index in 2020.
5. The ‘International Week of Solidarity with the Peoples of Non-Self-Governing Territories’ is observed in which month?
Correct Answer: B [May]
The ‘International Week of Solidarity with the Peoples of Non-Self-Governing Territories’ is observed from May 25 to May 31.
In the UN Charter, a Non-Self-Governing Territory is defined as a Territory “whose people have not yet attained a full measure of self-government.” At present, there are 17 Non-Self-Governing Territories remaining.
6. Which state/UT launched e-stamping facility after abolishing physical stamp papers of all denominations?
[A] New Delhi
Correct Answer: B [Punjab]
Punjab government has recently launched e-stamping facility after abolishing physical stamp papers of all denominations.
The move aims to bring efficiency and is expected to save Rs 35 crore annually. Stamp papers of any denomination can be obtained only through e-stamp from stamp vendor or from banks authorised by the state government. The facility has been started with the assistance of National e-Governance Services Limited.
7. What is the name of the new model schools proposed by the Union Education Ministry?
[A] PM Model schools
[B] PM Shri schools
[C] Atmanirbhar schools
[D] Bharat Gaurav schools
Correct Answer: B [PM Shri schools]
Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan addressed the National Education Ministers’ Conference in Gujarat’s Gandhinagar with a focus on implementation of the new National Educational Policy 2020.
He announced that the Education Ministry is in the process of establishing ‘PM Shri schools’ as the laboratory of NEP 2020. The schools will be fully equipped to prepare students for the future.
8. ‘Eublepharis pictus’, which was seen in the news, belongs to which species?
Correct Answer: C [Gecko]
The species, Eublepharis pictus, also known as the Painted Leopard Gecko, was originally found in Visakhapatnam in 2017.
The species, which was considered as East Indian Leopard Gecko (Eublepharis hardwickii), has now been identified as a member of a new species. It appears to be common in the forests of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha. The two species appear to be separated by the Brahmani River.
9. Which country’s medical team reconstructed a 3D ear made of living cells?
Correct Answer: B [USA]
A US medical team have reconstructed a human ear using the patient’s own tissue to create a 3D bio-implant.
This procedure can be used to treat people with a rare birth defect. The surgery was performed as an early-stage clinical trial to evaluate the safety and efficacy of the implant for people with microtia, in which the external ear is small and not formed properly.
10. Which country hosted the 10-day meeting of parties to the Antarctic Treaty?
Correct Answer: B [Germany]
Germany has recently hosted the 10-day meeting of parties to the Antarctic Treaty in Berlin. A majority of parties held the opinion that there is scientific evidence for the emperor penguins species to be put under the special protection.
It is said that China has blocked efforts to step up protection of emperor penguins in Antarctica. The species are threatened by the effects of global warming on their natural habitat in Antarctica.
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