1. ‘City of Dead’ is a UNESCO World Heritage Site situated in which country?
Answer: [A] Egypt
City Of Dead is a 7 km-long UNESCO World Heritage Site situated in Egypt. It is a series of vast Islamic-era necropolises and cemeteries in Cairo. As part of a government initiative, authorities are digging their way through this site for a highway project. Several historians and volunteers have come together to stop the historic site’s demolition.
2. ‘Sendai Framework’, which was seen in the news, is associated with which field?
[A] Climate Change
[B] Disaster Risk
[C] Artificial Intelligence
Answer: [B] Disaster Risk
The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR) focuses on three dimensions of disaster risk i.e., exposure to hazards, vulnerability and capacity, and characteristics of hazard to minimize risks and increase resilience. A high-level meeting of the midterm review of the SFDRR was held recently at the UN Headquarters.
3. ‘GAINS’ Startup Challenge was launched by which institution?
Answer: [B] GRSE
Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE) launched GRSE Accelerated Innovation Nurturing Scheme – 2023 or GAINS 2023 in Kolkata. It aims to encourage startups to develop innovative solutions towards technological advances in shipbuilding. Its focus areas include AI, renewable energy and energy efficiency.
4. The US signed a defence cooperation agreement with which country?
[B] Papua New Guinea
Answer: [B] Papua New Guinea
The United States and Papua New Guinea have recently signed a defence cooperation agreement recently. It will enhance the Pacific island nation’s defence capabilities and make it easier for the United States to train its forces.
5. Scientists have found the first-ever genetic detection of wolf-dog hybridization in which country?
Answer: [B] India
Scientists have found the first-ever genetic detection of wolf-dog hybridization in India. According to researchers, wolf (Canis lupus)-dog (Canis lupus familiaris) hybridisation can cause a decline in wolf populations. The researchers pressed the need to upscale conservation efforts through tracking, monitoring, assessing prey base.
6. Which country’s researchers have developed e-skin that can help amputees experience touch?
Answer: [B] USA
Stanford researchers have recently developed e- skin that can help amputees experience touch. This soft, flexible electronic skin can mimic the process that cause a toe or a finger to move away when poked or when exposed to a hot surface.
7. Mount Etna, which was seen in the news, is located in which country?
Answer: [B] Italy
Mount Etna erupted recently in Italy. It is the Europe’s most active volcano, situated on the eastern coast of Sicily near Catania city. Italian authorities then declared that the new eruption on Mount Etna was officially over and there were no injuries.
8. Rayyanah Barnawi, who was seen in the news, is associated with which field?
Answer: [B] Astronomy
Rayyanah Barnawi is the first Arab woman astronaut to go to space as part of Saudi Arabia’s maiden space mission. She is part of a team which recently went to the International Space Station (ISS) in a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida.
9. Monpa Handmade Paper-making art originated from which state/UT?
[B] Arunachal Pradesh
Answer: [B] Arunachal Pradesh
Monpa Handmade Paper-making art is a 1,000- year-old traditional art that originated from Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh. For the last 100 years, this handmade paper industry had almost disappeared. Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) is playing a crucial role in reviving this art.
10. Which Union Ministry announced the ‘Panch Karma Sankalp’?
[A] Ministry of MSME
[B] Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways
[C] Ministry of Jal Shakti
[D] Ministry of Commerce and Industry
Answer: [B] Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways
Union Minister of Ports, Shipping and Waterways Sarbananda Sonowal announced Panch Karma Sankalp at the ministry’s second Chintan Shivir held in Kerala. It includes five major announcements which are – MOPSW to provide 30 per cent financial support for the promotion of Green Shipping; Deendayal Port and Vo Chidambaranar Port, Tuticorin to be developed as Green Hydrogen Hub among others.
11. What is the name of the central programme launched to promote artificial intelligence in India and beyond?
Answer: [B] INDIAai
INDIAai is a central programme launched to promote artificial intelligence in India and beyond. The National AI Portal of India is a joint venture by MEITY, NEGD and NASSCOM. Seven working groups set up under INDIAai are expected to submit their recommendations for a comprehensive framework governing various facets of AI in the near future.
12. In which city, the Janganana Bhawan, was inaugurated?
[A] New Delhi
Answer: [A] New Delhi
Janganana Bhawan was inaugurated recently by Union Minister Amit Shah in New Delhi. It is the office of the Registrar General and Census Commissioner of India. He also launched Web portal for Birth and Death Registration, an Upgraded SRS Mobile Application with Geofencing, and Web portal for Online Sale of Census Publications. Mr Shah also released. Census Compendium from 1981 to upcoming Census.
13. Which Indian city is placed among the top three data centre markets in Asia-Pacific region?
[C] New Delhi
Answer: [A] Mumbai
Data Centre Q1 2023 report was released. recently by the international property consultant Knight Frank. According to this report, Mumbai, India’s commercial capital, boasts a capacity of 2,337 MW, placing it among the top three data centre markets in the region. Shanghai leads with a capacity of 2,692 MW, followed closely by Tokyo with 2,575 MW.
14. Which institution will launch the ONDC Academy?
[B] EXIM Bank
Answer: [C] ONDC
The ONDC Academy will be launched by the Open Network for Digital Commerce to raise awareness about various processes and to train network partners. Its purpose is to develop a robust ecosystem of certified buyers, sellers and logistics network partners across the country.
15. Machilipatnam port project was launched recently by which state?
[A] Andhra Pradesh
[B] Tamil Nadu
Answer: [A] Andhra Pradesh
Machilipatnam port project was launched recently by Andhra Pradesh government. Its outlay is 5,156 crore. The construction of the port, with an initial cargo capacity of 35 million tonnes, is scheduled to be completed in two years.
16. Kambalakonda Wildlife Sanctuary is located in which state?
[C] Andhra Pradesh
[D] West Bengal
Answer: [C] Andhra Pradesh
Kambalakonda Wildlife Sanctuary is located near Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh. Barkudia limbless skink has been spotted recently at the Kambalakonda Wildlife Sanctuary. It is a small reptile known for its unique limbless body and adaptation capability.
17. ‘Dangerously Hot Areas’ refer to regions with a mean annual temperature of more than?
Answer: [A] 29°C
Dangerously hot areas are regions that fall outside the human niche, having a mean annual temperature of more than 29°C. A new study revealed that a third of the global population will be living in dangerously hot conditions by 2080 if the world continues the current trajectory.
18. Which state is set to build the ‘Maharana Pratap Lok’?
[B] Madhya Pradesh
[D] West Bengal
Answer: [B] Madhya Pradesh
Maharana Pratap Lok will be built by the Madhya Pradesh government. The ‘Veer Shiromani Maharana Pratap Lok’ will be constructed in Bhopal. It will be set up in memory of the Rajput King of Mewar Maharana Pratap. The Chief Minister also declared Maharana Pratap’s birth anniversary as holiday in the state.
19. ‘Shavuot’, which was seen in the news, is a festival associated with which religion?
Answer: [B] Judaism
Shavuot is a key Jewish festival with historical and theological significance. It is also known as Feast of Weeks. It is one of the three pilgrimage festivals, that occurs on the sixth day of then Hebrew month of Sivan. As per the Bible, Shavuot marked the wheat harvest in the Land of Israel.
20. Which state/UT launched the Mukhyamantri Teerthdarshan Yojana?
[A] New Delhi
[B] Madhya Pradesh
Answer: [B] Madhya Pradesh
Mukhyamantri Teerthdarshan Yojana is one of the flagship scheme of the Madhya Pradesh government. It facilitates senior citizens of any religion to visit religious places of his or her choice on the state government expenses. Madhya Pradesh recently became the first state in India to send elderly people on pilgrimage by air under this scheme.