Current Affairs Quiz - May, 2021
1. Which country has proposed to introduce self-driving cars by the end of 2021?
Correct Answer: C [UK]
The Government of the United Kingdom (UK) has proposed to permit operations of self-driving cars by end of the year 2021. The automated lane-keeping systems (ALKS) to be operationalised in the UK would be first in the world to be legalised.
The ALKS technology controls the position of driver less cars in a single lane and limits its speed to 60 kmph.
2. Who was Soli J Sorabjee, who passed away recently?
[A] Former Attorney General
[B] Former Chief Justice of Supreme Court
[C] Former Comptroller and Auditor General
[D] Former Chief Election Commissioner
Correct Answer: A [Former Attorney General]
Legal expert and Former Attorney General shri. Soli J Sorabjee died recently, at the age of 91 years. He was tested COVID positive and died due to the infection.
In the year 2002, he was awarded with the second highest civilian award – Padma Vibhushan for his defence of the freedom of expression and the protection of human rights.
3. Which steel company has entered into the list of top 100 most valued companies in terms of market capitalisation?
[A] Jindal Steel
Correct Answer: B [SAIL]
Steel Authority of India Ltd (SAIL) regained market capitalisation (m-cap) of Rs 50,000 crore. It also entered into the league of top 100 most valued companies in terms of market capitalisation.
The state-owned steel major has 5 large integrated steel plants (Bhillai, Rourkela, Durgapur, Bokaro and IISCO) spread across 4 states in eastern India. In addition, SAIL also has 3 special steel plants (Salem Steel plant, Alloy Steel plant and Visvesvaraya iron and steel plant) and a Ferro Alloy plant at Chandrapur.
4. Where is “West Khasi Hills District” located?
[A] Tamil Nadu
[C] Uttar Pradesh
Correct Answer: D [Meghalaya]
Researchers have found the fossil bone fragments of sauropods – a long neck dinosaur at West Khasi Hills District in Meghalaya. The fossil is assumed to be about 100-million-years old.
This finding makes Meghalaya the 5th state in India after Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, and Tamil Nadu to report Sauropod bones.
5. A new species of duck-billed dinosaur, Yamatosaurus izanagii has been discovered in which country?
Correct Answer: C [Japan]
A team of palaeontologists has identified a new species of hadrosaur or duck-billed dinosaur, Yamatosaurus izanagii, on one of the southern islands of Japan.
This discovery suggests new information about hadrosaur migration that the animals migrated from Asia to North America. It also highlights that the giant creatures evolved from walking upright to walking on all four limbs.
6. RBI is set to purchase Rs 35,000 crore in its second round of GSAP. What does ‘A’ in GSAP stand for?
Correct Answer: A [Acquisition]
The Reserve Bank of India has proposed for second purchase of government securities worth Rs 35,000 crore, under the G-sec Acquisition Programme. This has been stated by the Governor Shaktikanta Das. This has been announced as a part of a series of measures to tackle Covid 19 2.0.
The first lot of purchases was made by RBI in the month of April 2021 amounting to a value of Rs.25,000 crore.
7. Tur/arhar (pigeon pea), urad (black matpe) and moong (green gram) are examples of which type of major crop?
[D] None of the above
Correct Answer: A [Kharif]
The crops that are sown in the rainy season are called kharif crops in India. They are also known as the summer or monsoon crop. Kharif crops are usually sown with the beginning of the first rains in July, during the south-west monsoon season.
Tur/arhar (pigeon pea), urad (black matpe) and moong (green gram) are the major pulses in this season. The Ministry of Agriculture has recently formulated a special Kharif strategy to attain self-sufficiency in the production of pulses.
8. As per the Climate Action Tracker analysis, what would be the rise in global temperature by 2100?
Correct Answer: C [2.4%]
The Climate Action Tracker analysis said that the world will warm by 2.4C by the year 2100. This is only 0.2C less than the temperature without global action.
But the estimate is much higher than the 1.5C goal agreed under the Paris Agreement on climate change, signed in 2016. Its report also suggested that the 1.5C target is still possible, but it requires action from major nations.
9. India is set to sign an MoU on Migration and Mobility Partnership with which country?
[A] UK and Northern Ireland
Correct Answer: A [UK and Northern Ireland]
The Union Cabinet, which is chaired by the Prime Minister has approved for signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India, UK and Northern Ireland, on Migration and Mobility Partnership.
The MoU is aimed to liberalize visa related procedures and promote mobility of students, researchers and skilled professionals among these nations.
10. “Panga ya Saidi” caves are located in which country?
[C] Sri Lanka
Correct Answer: A [Kenya]
Scientists have discovered the oldest known human burial in Africa, at a location named “Panga ya Saidi”. It is an archaeological cave site located in South-Eastern Kenya.
It is a burial of a child aged 2-1/2 or 3 years old, buried in a shallow grave with its head resting on a pillow. The burial is said to be more than 78,000 old.
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