Current Affairs Quiz – June, 2023

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Current Affairs Quiz – June, 2023

1. XPoSat, India’s first polarimetry mission, is being built by which institution?


Answer: C [ISRO]

XPoSat (X-Ray Polarimeter Satellite) is India’s first polarimetry mission. It is currently being built by ISRO and Raman Research Institute.
According to ISRO, “XPoSat will study various dynamics of bright astronomical X-ray sources in extreme conditions” and will carry two payloads. It is only the world’s second polarimetry mission to study various dynamics of bright astronomical X-ray sources in extreme conditions.

2.India has moved WTO dispute panel over which import duties?

[A] Information and communication technologies (ICT)
[B] Plastic Products
[C] Petroleum Products
[D] Manufactured Goods

Answer: A [Information and communication technologies (ICT)]

India has moved WTO dispute panel over Information and communication technologies (ICT) import duties.
The WTO’s apex dispute resolution body, the Appellate Body, hasn’t been functional for nearly two years due to America’s blockage on appointment of judges.

3.Which state/UT launched the ‘Artificial Intelligence for Youth’ initiative?

[A] West Bengal
[B] Odisha
[C] Telangana
[D] Kerala

Answer: B [Odisha]

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik launched the ‘Odisha for Artificial Intelligence’ and ‘Artificial Intelligence for Youth’ initiatives.
In the first phase, the initiative will be implemented in Bhubaneswar, Puri and Cuttack. The state government has roped in global technology company Intel for the initiative.

4.Which country has launched USD 17 billion project known as the ‘Route of Development’?

[A] Iraq
[B] Iran
[D] Israel

Answer: A [Iraq]

Iraq presented an ambitious plan to turn itself into a regional transportation hub by developing its road and rail infrastructure, linking Europe with the Middle East.
Once completed, the $17 billion project known as the ‘Route of Development’ would span the length of the country, stretching 1,200 km  from the northern border with Turkiye to the Gulf in the south.

5.Ian Hacking, who passed away recently, was associated with which profession?

[A] Politician
[B] Philosopher
[C] Scientist
[D] Musician

Answer: B [Philosopher]

Canadian philosopher Ian Hacking has passed away recently. He is famed for his contributions to the philosophy of science, probability and mathematics.
Professor Hacking wrote several significant works on the philosophy and history of probability, including “The Taming of Chance” (1990).

6.Which state announced that the Ahmednagar will be renamed Ahilyanagar?

[A] Odisha
[B] Gujarat
[C] Maharashtra
[D] Uttarakhand

Answer: C [Maharashtra]

Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde has announced that Ahmednagar will be renamed Ahilyanagar in an ode to 18th-century Maratha queen Ahilyabai Holkar.
Ahilyabai Holkar reigned Malwa from 1765 to 1795. She had established Maheshwar (in Madhya Pradesh) as the seat of the Holkar dynasty. In February, the government had renamed Osmanabad as Dharashiv and Aurangabad as Chhatrapati Sambhajinagar.

7.Which country recently approved RSV vaccine for older adults?

[A] India
[C] Russia
[D] China

Answer: B [USA]

The US Food and Drug Administration approved Pfizer’s RSV vaccine for older adults, the second such shot approved for the common virus.
Earlier in May, the agency approved the world’s first RSV vaccine for older adults, made by GSK. The vaccines could be available for seniors by fall, pending recommendations from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and its vaccine advisers.

8.Shanan hydropower project is situated in which state?

[A] Gujarat
[B] Maharashtra
[C] Himachal Pradesh
[D] Assam

Answer: C [Himachal Pradesh]

The British-era 110 MW Shanan hydropower project is situated at Jogindernagar in Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh.
Commissioned in 1932, the Shanan hydroelectric powerhouse was built under a 99-year lease. Its lease is being disputed between Punjab and Himachal Pradesh governments.

9.Which country is the host of the ‘Multilateral Naval Exercise Komodo’?

[A] Indonesia
[B] Myanmar
[C] Nepal
[D] Bangladesh

Answer: A [Indonesia]

The 2023 Multilateral Naval Exercise Komodo will be organized by Indonesia from June 4 to 8 in Makassar.
This event will mark the fourth iteration of the exercise since its inception in 2014. The previous edition of this exercise took place in 2018 before it was suspended because of COVID-19.

10.Tutankhamun, who was seen in the news, was a king of which country?

[A] Egypt
[B] Greece
[C] Russia
[D] Australia

Answer: A [Egypt]

Research teams from Australia, Italy and Brazil made use of a digital model of Egyptian King Tutankhamun’s mummified skull and managed to recreate the face.
A team of researchers including forensic experts and anthropologists have created a novel digital reconstruction of King Tutankhamun’s face using advanced techniques.

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