Current Affairs Quiz - May, 2023
11. The Central Government has informed the Supreme Court that it will form a panel on same-sex couples headed by?
[A] Union Home Minister
[B] Cabinet Secretary
[C] NITI Aayog CEO
[D] Union Women and Child Development Minister
Correct Answer: B [Cabinet Secretary]
The Central Government has informed the Supreme Court that it is willing to form a committee led by the Cabinet Secretary to address the genuine concerns of same-sex couples in their daily lives, such as banking and insurance, without addressing their legal recognition for same-sex marriage. The Constitutional Bench led by Chief Justice of India D.Y. Chandrachud views this stance as a positive step towards promoting social acceptance of the right of same-sex couples to live together.
12. What is the name of the ‘Festival of Innovation in Arts’, which was launched on World Intellectual Property Day?
Correct Answer: B [UPAJ]
‘UPAJ: A festival of Innovation in Arts’ was launched on World Intellectual Property Day, which is observed on April 26 in NITI Aayog, New Delhi.
It provided the platform for the artistic expression and promoting innovation in the art field. The UPAJ festival is planned for the first week of July when the G20 Startup20 summit meeting is planned.
13. ‘Fake News Law, also known as the Bill 2630’ is the proposed legislation in which country?
[C] New Zealand
Correct Answer: B [Brazil]
The Fake News Law, also known as the Bill 2630, is a proposed legislation in Brazil that puts the onus on the internet companies, search engines and social messaging services to find and report illegal material.
It is being opposed by tech giants like Google. Brazil ordered the U.S. company to change a link on its search engine in Brazil.
14. What is the name of the eclipse, when the Moon moves through the outer part of the Earth’s shadow?
[A] Partial lunar Eclipse
[B] Penumbral lunar Eclipse
[C] Total lunar Eclipse
[D] Central lunar Eclipse
Correct Answer: B [Penumbral lunar Eclipse]
Penumbral lunar eclipse occurred on May 5, 2023. It happens when the Moon moves through the outer part of the Earth’s shadow, resulting in the Moon appearing slightly darker than usual.
Among several penumbral lunar eclipses in 2023, the first penumbral lunar eclipse of 2023 is the one which occurred recently.
15. Which country introduced the ‘China Competition 2.0 Bill’?
Correct Answer: A [USA]
The China Competition 2.0 Bill was introduced recently by the U.S. Senate Democrats. It is expected to broaden the 2022’s Chips and Science Act.
It seeks for limiting flow of advanced technology and investment to China; domestic economic investments; support for economic allies; and deterring China from any potential conflict with Taiwan.
16. The “Clinical Trial Opportunities in India Report” has been released by PwC India in association with which institution?
[A] World Bank
[D] Niti Aayog
Correct Answer: C [USAIC]
The “Clinical Trial Opportunities in India” report was released by PwC India and the US-India Chamber of Commerce (USAIC).
The report mentions that India’s regulatory reforms since the year 2013 and the New Drugs and Clinical Trial Rules of 2019 have made the country a favourable destination for conducting clinical trials.
17. Volcán de Fuego is situated in which country?
Correct Answer: C [Guatemala]
Volcán de Fuego is the most active stratovolcano of in Guatemala (a Central American Country, south of Mexico). The volcano has recently begun to erupt resulting in the evacuation of 1,000 people.
The volcano last erupted in 2018, which was a major disaster in the country killing 215 people and leaving several missing.
18. The South Asia Clean Energy Forum 2023 was convened by which institution?
[D] World Green Council
Correct Answer: B [USAID]
The USAID (US Agency for International Development) convened the first South Asia Clean Energy Forum (SACEF) on May 2 to 4 2023. It was aimed to foster regional cooperation and advance clean energy initiatives in South Asian countries.
The SACEF provided a platform for productive, solutions-oriented discussions that will contribute to a more sustainable future for the region’s citizens.
19. ‘Saurona triangular and Saurona aurigera’, which were discovered recently, belong to which species?
Correct Answer: B [Butterfly]
A new group of genus, Saurona, is named after the villain from The Lord of the Rings novels, Sauron. Two new butterfly species – Saurona triangular and Saurona aurigera – belong to this genus.
The team has also found another butterfly genus, which has been named Argenteria, meaning silver mine, on account of the silver scales on its wings.
20. ‘Stable Auroral Red (SAR) Arc’ has been observed recently in which state/UT?
[A] West Bengal
Correct Answer: B [Ladakh]
A stable auroral red (SAR) arc is a band of reddish light that appears static and monochromatic unlike auroras, where various colours appear in moving patterns.
In a rare event, it was witnessed recently in Ladakh. Indian Institute of Astrophysics tweeted a timelapse clip from Ladakh’s Hanle observatory of “aurora lights’.
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