Current Affairs Quiz - March, 2021
1. As per the recent study by NASA and German Aerospace Center, some microbes are found on the Earth may survive in which planet?
Correct Answer: C [Mars]
As per the recent study by NASA and German Aerospace Center, some microbes are found on the Earth may survive in the Mars.
The researchers tested a new way to expose the bacteria and fungi to Mars-like conditions by launching them in a scientific balloon up to Earth’s stratosphere. This is significant in the success of future missions to the Mars.
2. Which Asian country has recently appointed a Minister for Loneliness?
Correct Answer: C [Japan]
The Government of Japan headed by Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has recently appointed Tetsushi Sakamoto as the country’s 1st ever Minister for Loneliness.
This decision has been made to tackle the rise in suicide rates due to COVID crisis. Also, the minister is responsible for managing the fall in birth rate in the country.
3. The Narendra Modi Stadium, which was seen in the news recently, is located in which place?
Correct Answer: A [Ahmedabad]
The world’s largest cricket stadium located at Motera in Ahmedabad has been renamed as the Narendra Modi Stadium. It was inaugurated recently, by the President of India Ram Nath Kovind recently.
The stadium is built as a part of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Sports Enclave, which is spread in 220 acres in the banks of Sabarmati river.
4. Augmented Reality Head Mounted Display (ARHMD) systems, which were seen in the news recently, are to be acquired by which Armed Force?
[A] Indian Army
[B] Indian Navy
[C] Indian Coast Guard
[D] Indian Air Force
Correct Answer: A [Indian Army]
The Indian Army is in the process of acquiring 556 Augmented Reality Head Mounted Display (ARHMD) systems.
As per a recent communication from the Defence Ministry, the ARHMD system may be considered as an enhancement to the Land-based Air Defence Weapon Systems. The Army also signed a contract for the construction of eight Missile-cum-Ammunition (MCA) barges.
5. Where is the headquarters of the “International Commission on Large Dams (ICOLD)”?
Correct Answer: B [Paris]
“International Commission on Large Dams (ICOLD)” is an international non-governmental organization, which shares knowledge of design, construction, maintenance, and impact of large dams, based at Paris.
The ICOLD ‘Symposium on Sustainable Development of Dams & River Basins’ was inaugurated by Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Minister for Jal Shakti. It has been organised with Central Water Commission (CWC), Dam Rehabilitation Improvement Project (DRIP) and National Hydrology Project (NHP).
6. ‘TRIPS’, which is sometimes seen in the news, is associated with which organisation?
[D] World Bank
Correct Answer: B [WTO]
The Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) is an international agreement between all the member countries of the World Trade Organization (WTO)
India as well as South Africa have proposed the WTO to consider the TRIPS waiver on COVID-19 vaccines. If India succeeds in getting the waiver, it will reduce the cost of vaccines significantly and facilitate free flow of medicines and easy technology transfer across the world.
7. Which Union Ministry has launched the City Innovation Exchange (CiX) platform?
[A] Ministry of Home Affairs
[B] Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs
[C] Ministry of Electronics and IT
[D] Ministry of Education
Correct Answer: B [Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs]
Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs has recently launched the City Innovation Exchange (CiX) platform.
The platform aims to bring together academia, businesses, and the government to design innovative solutions for the challenges of the cities. The platform has over 400 start-ups, 100 smart cities, more than 150 challenge statements and over 215 solutions when it was launched.
8. Which state /UT plays host to the Khelo India Winter Games 2021?
[B] Jammu and Kashmir
[D] Uttar Pradesh
Correct Answer: B [Jammu and Kashmir]
The second edition of Khelo India Winter Games is being held in the Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir.
This is an annual event which is organised by the J&K Sports Council in association with the J&K Winter Games Association under the Union Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports. This function was inaugurated by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a virtual mode.
9. The ‘Technology and Innovation Report 2021’ has been released by which organisation?
Correct Answer: B [UNCTAD]
The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has recently released a report titled ‘Technology and Innovation Report 2021’.
The UNCTAD Technology and Innovation Report 2021 examines whether modern technologies widen the existing inequalities and create more inequalities. The report shows that with a present USD 350 billion market, the technologies could grow to USD 3.2 trillion by 2025.
10. The ISSF World Cup was scheduled to be held in Changwon city located in which country?
[B] South Korea
Correct Answer: B [South Korea]
The ISSF World Cup was scheduled to be held in Changwon, South Korea, from April 16 to 27. It was recently announced that the tournament has been postponed due to restrictions imposed to curb the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.
Last week, the Indian team withdrew from the tournament because of South Korea’s mandatory two-week quarantine rules, which would come in the way of the shooters’ training.
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