Current Affairs Quiz: 6 March 2021

Updated Sat, 06 Mar 2021 08:57 PM IST

Q 1. How many satellites were sent into space by the ISRO recently on board the PSLV-C51? 
        (a) 15
        (b) 84
        (c) 18
        (d) 19

Q2. Similipal Biosphere that is seen recently news in the news is in?
        (a) Sikkim
        (b) Himachal Pradesh
        (c) Odisha
        (d) Tamil Nadu

Q3. What is the name of the fixed wing Indian Air Force aerobatic display team that recently participated in the 70th anniversary celebrations of Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF)?
       (a) Suryakiran
       (b) Sarang
       (c) Tejas
       (d) Dhruv
 
Q4. Who was recently given extension and reappointed as the Chairman of Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT)?
       (a) Praveen Sinha
       (b) Pramod Chandra Mody
       (c) Dinesh Kumar Khara
       (d) Shaktikanta Das

Q5. Who is the Prime Minister of Sweden with whom Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi held a Virtual Summit on 5th March 2021?
       (a) Jean Castex
       (b) Nicolas Sarkozy
       (c) Scott Morrison
       (d) Stefan Löfven

Q6. What is the name of COVID-19 vaccine developed by the Bharat Biotech?
       (a) Covishield
       (b) Covaxin
       (c) ZyCoV-D
       (d) Feluda

Q7. UNICEF is headquartered in?
       (a) Paris
       (b) New York
       (c) Bangladesh
       (d) Hague

Q8.

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Freedom in the World 2021 report was recently released by?

       (a) Amnesty International
       (b) United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
       (c) Reporters Without Borders
       (d) Freedom House

Q9. The United Nations has recently unanimously declared 2023 as the International Year of?
       (a) Plant Health
       (b) Millets
       (c) Fisheries
       (d) Dairy

Q10. World Food Price Index is released by?
         (a) Food and Agriculture Organization
         (b) International Fund For Agricultural Development
         (c) Food Corporation of India
         (d) World Economic Forum
 

Answer Key-

Ans1-(d)
Explanation- India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle-C51 (PSLV-C51) rocket loaded with 19 satellites from Brazil, USA and India was successfully launched off from the rocket port at Sharika on 28 Feb.
After four stages of separation, the rocket launched  Brazil's 637 kilogram Amazonia 1 satellite, its primary passenger.Later after a gap of more than an hour it launched the remaining 18 passenger satellites. This is the first commercial mission of New space India limited. Amazonia-1 is the optical earth observation satellite of National Institute for Space Research (INPE)-Brazil.

Ans2-(c)
Explanation- Similipal Bio-sphere covering a vast area of 2750 sq. km out of which 303 sq. km form the core area. This biosphere reserve is a sanctuary and one of the Tiger Projects and National parks of India. It is also the Asia’s 2nd largest Biosphere. It is in the news because of the wildfire that is now under the control. UNESCO had added the National Park to its list of Biosphere Reserves back in 2009.
 
Ans3-(a)
Explanation- The Indian Air Force aerobatic display teams, the fixed wing “Suryakirans’ and rotary wing ‘Sarang’, along with Light Combat Aircraft Tejas participated in an Air Show at Galle Face, Colombo from 03–05 Mar 21 as part of the 70th anniversary celebrations of Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF). The IAF Suryakiran Aerobatic Team (SKAT) had earlier toured Sri Lanka in 2001 for the 50th anniversary celebrations of SLAF.
 
Ans4-(b)
Explanation-
The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved extension in the re-appointment of Shri Pramod Chandra Mody as Chairman, Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), for a further period of three months with effect from March 1, 2021 to May 31, 2021 or until further orders, whichever is earlier. He is a 1982-batch Indian Revenue Service officer, was appointed as the CBDT chief in February 2019.
The Central Board of Direct Taxes is a statutory authority functioning under the Central Board of Revenue Act, 1963

Ans5-(d)
Explanation- Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and Prime Minister of the King-dom of Sweden H.E. Stefan Löfven on 5th March held a Virtual Summit where they discussed bilateral issues and other regional and multilateral issues of mutual interest. Prime Minister Modi welcomed Sweden’s decision to join the International Solar Alliance (ISA). 
  • Sweden Capital- Stockholm
  • Currency- Swedish Krona

Ans6-(b)
Explanation- COVAXIN is India's indigenous COVID-19 vaccine by Bharat Biotech, developed in collaboration with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) - National Institute of Virology (NIV). The vaccine is developed using Whole-Virion Inactivated Vero Cell derived platform technology. Inactivated vaccines do not replicate and are therefore unlikely to revert and cause pathological effects. They contain dead virus, incapable of infecting people but still able to instruct the immune system to mount a defensive reaction against an infection. Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech recently said that its vaccine against Covid-19 had demonstrated 81 per cent interim efficacy in phase 3 clinical trials in protecting participants without prior infection after the second dose.

Ans7-(b)
Explanation- UNICEF headquarters are in New York. According to a recent data released by UNICEF, as many as 1.5 million schools remained shut during 2020 due to the pandemic and lockdowns, impacting 247 million children enrolled in elementary and secondary schools in India .

Ans8-(d)
Explanation-
Freedom in the World is Freedom House’s flagship annual report, assessing the condition of political rights and civil liberties around the world. It is composed of numerical ratings and supporting descriptive texts for 195 countries and 15 territories. Freedom in the World has been published since 1973, allowing Freedom House to track global trends in freedom over more than 40 years.

Ans9-(b)
Explanation-
The United Nations has unanimously declared 2023 as the International Year of Millets. The 193 member UN General Assembly adopted a resolution sponsored by India and supported by over 70 nations declaring 2023 as the International Year of Millets. Millets can grow on poor soils and are resistant or tolerant to many crop diseases and pests. They can also survive adverse climatic conditions. Earlier India had declared 2018 as the year of millets.
 
Ans10-(a)
Explanation-
The FAO Food Price Index (FFPI) is a measure of the monthly change in international prices of a basket of food commodities. It consists of the average of five commodity group price indices weighted by the average export shares of each of the groups over 2014-2016.

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