Current Affairs Practice Quiz 6

1. As per Health Ministry data, which state recorded the most deaths due to heatwaves till June-end?

[A] Bihar
[B] Rajasthan
[C] Kerala
[D] Gujarat

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Correct Answer: C [Kerala] Notes:
As many as 120 people died in Kerala due to the heatwave till June-end, the highest in the country, said a Health Ministry statement in the Lok Sabha. Gujarat saw 35 deaths due to heatwaves. It is followed by Telangana with 20.

2. Which Union Ministry has set up a working group to decriminalise laws to further promote ease of doing business?

[A] Ministry of Finance
[B] Ministry of MSME
[C] Ministry of Commerce and Industry
[D] Ministry of Corporate Affairs

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Correct Answer: C [Ministry of Commerce and Industry] Notes:
The Ministry of Commerce and Industry has set up a working group to decriminalize laws to further promote ease of doing business. The group comprised representatives from industry associations, business chambers, legal professionals, and officials of seven ministries. It would also have representatives of the National Housing Bank, NABARD, and CPCB.

3. Which institution releases Digital Payments Index (DPI) in India?

[C] NITI Aayog
[D] Finance Ministry

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Correct Answer: A [RBI] Notes:
Digital payments across the country registered a growth of 13.24 per cent in a year through March 2023, as per RBI’s index that measures the adoption of online transactions. RBI’s Digital Payments Index (RBI-DPI) stood at 395.57 at end-March 2023 compared to 377.46 in September 2022 and 349.30 in March 2022. The index is a base to capture the extent of digitisation of payments across the country.

4. Which state/ UT saw the highest number of deaths due to rabies in the country in 2022?

[A] Andhra Pradesh
[B] West Bengal
[C] New Delhi
[D] Maharashtra

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Correct Answer: C [New Delhi] Notes:
As per the information given by the Health Ministry in the Lok Sabha this week, Delhi saw the highest number of deaths due to rabies in the country in 2022. While Delhi reported 48 fatalities, West Bengal saw 38 deaths, followed by Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra at 29 each.

5. Which country has granted Pakistan a two-year rollover on USD 2.4 billion loan?

[A] China
[C] Russia
[D] Germany

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Correct Answer: A [China] Notes:
China has granted Pakistan a two-year rollover on a USD 2.4-billion loan for a period of two years. This move is expected to provide relief to Pakistan, which is facing a severe Balance of Payments crisis. Its current reserves barely cover two months’ worth of import bills.

6. Zircon Missile, a supersonic ballistic missile, recently launched by which country?

[A] Russia
[B] Israel
[C] Ukraine
[D] China

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Correct Answer: A [Russia] Notes:
Russian forces recently launched a 3M22 Zircon missile targeting Kyiv. The 3M22 Zircon is a scramjet-powered hypersonic cruise missile developed in Russia, boasting speeds up to Mach 9 and a 1000 km range. It features a two-stage design with solid fuel in the first stage and a scramjet motor in the second. The missile employs cooled supersonic combustion ramjet engines, creating a plasma cloud during flight for radar invisibility. It differs from other hypersonic weapons like China’s DF-17 or Russia’s Avangard, using an active and passive radar seeker guidance system.

7. Steinernema adamsi, recently seen in the news, belongs to which one of the following species?

[A] Butterfly
[B] Spider
[C] Fish
[D] Nematode

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Correct Answer: D [Nematode] Notes:
Scientists at the University of California, Riverside, reveals a potent ally in pest control – a new nematode species, Steinernema adamsi. Belonging to the Steinernema family, known for insect parasite control without pesticides since the 1920s, this species is beneficial, infecting and killing harmful insects by releasing pathogenic bacteria. Harmless to humans, Steinernema adamsi offers sustainable agricultural solutions against crop pests.

8. Recently, which musician has been honored with the Laxminarayan International Award?

[A] Santhosh Narayanan
[B] Pyarelal Sharma
[C] AR Rahman
[D] V. M. Bhatt

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Correct Answer: B [Pyarelal Sharma] Notes:
Pyarelal Sharma, the renowned musician, has been honored with the Laxminarayan International Award at the Global Music Festival. Presented by L Subramaniam and Kavita Krishnamurthy Subramaniam, Pyarelal is a highly successful Hindi cinema composer with an illustrious eight-decade career. The award recognizes his outstanding contributions to the world of music.

9. What is the rank of India in the World Bank’s ‘Logistics Performance Index Report (2023)?

[A] 38th
[B] 36th
[C] 35th
[D] 39th

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Correct Answer: A [38th] Notes:
India’s logistics performance has shown significant improvement, ranking 38th out of 139 countries in the World Bank’s 2023 Logistics Performance Index, a climb of six places since 2018 and sixteen places since 2014. This data, shared by Union Minister Shri Som Parkash, highlights advancements in Customs, Infrastructure, Logistics Services, Shipment Arrangement, Tracking, and Timeliness. Initiatives like the PM GatiShakti National Master Plan and the National Logistics Policy, along with digital reforms like the Unified Logistics Interface Platform, contribute to this positive trend.

10. When is the ‘World Pulses Day’ observed every year?

[A] 10 February
[B] 9 February
[C] 8 February
[D] 11 February

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Correct Answer: A [10 February] Notes:
World Pulses Day, observed on February 10 annually, promotes awareness about the nutritional and environmental benefits of pulses in sustainable food production. The United Nations assigns a theme each year; the 2024 theme is “Pulses: Nourishing Soils and People,” aiming to integrate pulses into diets and agricultural practices. The day originated in 2019, emphasizing pulses’ role in achieving Sustainable Development Goals.