Current Affairs Quiz - March, 2023
41. ‘Accelerating the change to solve the water and sanitation crisis’ is the theme of which day?
[A] World Forest Day
[B] World Water Day
[C] World Earth Day
[D] World Sanitation Day
Correct Answer: B [World Water Day]
World Water Day is observed on March 22. Its 2023 theme is “Accelerating the change to solve the water and sanitation crisis”.
It highlights the importance of fresh water. The day is used to advocate for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.
42. Which institution released the ‘2022 UN World Water Development Report’?
[C] World Bank
Correct Answer: B [UNESCO]
The 2022 UN World Water Development Report, which was released recently, revealed that water is at a high risk because of “vampiric overconsumption and over-development”.
The report was released by the UNESCO on behalf of the UN-Water.
43. Which country launched the ‘2022 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices’?
Correct Answer: B [USA]
US’ 2022 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices was published recently by the US State Department.
According to this report, India is facing human rights issues such as “targeting of religious minorities”, “gender-based violence”, “persecution of journalists” and “restrictions on freedom of expression”.
44. Abel Prize is conferred to recognise outstanding contributors of which field?
Correct Answer: B [Mathematics]
The Abel Prize is conferred every year by the King of Norway to recognize one or more outstanding mathematicians.
The Abel Prize for mathematics was awarded to Argentine-American Luis Caffarelli, an expert in “partial differential equations” which can explain phenomena ranging from how water flows to population growth.
45. Which department launched the ‘AIS for Taxpayer’ Mobile App?
[A] Income Tax Department
[B] Department of Expenditure
[C] Department of Revenue
[D] Department of Economic Affairs
Correct Answer: A [Income Tax Department]
‘AIS for Taxpayer’ Mobile App was launched recently by the Income Tax Department.
This application allows taxpayers to view the information as available in the Annual Information Statement or Taxpayer Information Summary (TIS).
46. Which country hosts the Cobra Warrior Air Exercise?
Correct Answer: B [UK]
Exercise Cobra Warrior, which is organized twice a year, is the largest air exercise hosted by the UK’s Royal Air Force.
In the on-going edition of the exercise, 70 aircrafts are taking part, including India’s 5 Mirage-2000 aircraft.
47. Which country conducts the multi-domain air-land exercise named ‘Exercise Vayu Prahar’?
[B] Sri Lanka
Correct Answer: A [India]
Exercise Vayu Prahar is a multi-domain air-land exercise conducted by the Indian Army and the IAF close to the Line of Actual Control.
This exercise is part of the efforts taken to institutionalize the tactical-level jointness between the Indian defence forces.
48. Which institution released the ‘Technology and Innovation Report 2023’?
[D] World Economic Forum
Correct Answer: C [UNCTAD]
The Technology and Innovation Report 2023 was recently released by the UNCTAD- United Nations Conference on Trade and Development.
According to this report, the global economic inequalities are widening as the developed countries benefit most from the green technologies.
49. Which procedure is used to fast-track financial business by grouping together undiscussed clauses of a bill for voting?
[A] Guillotine Parliamentary Procedure
[B] Georgian Parliamentary Procedure
[C] Whip Parliamentary Procedure
[D] Granted Parliamentary Procedure
Correct Answer: A [Guillotine Parliamentary Procedure]
Guillotine is a parliamentary procedure used to fast-track financial business by grouping together undiscussed clauses of a bill or resolution for voting.
Several MPs have raised concerns recently that the government may guillotine the demands for grants and pass the Finance Bill without any discussions in the Lok Sabha.
50. ‘Power-of-Siberia 2 Gas Pipeline’ aims to connect Siberia to which country?
[D] North Korea
Correct Answer: A [China]
Power of Siberia 2 gas pipeline aims to connect Siberia to northwest China. A bilateral agreement between Russia and China regarding this project was finalized recently.
The proposed pipeline would bring gas from the Yamal peninsula reserves in west Siberia to China. China is the world’s top energy consumer and a growing gas consumer.
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