Weekly Current Affairs Quiz: 18 to 24 April 2022

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Check our weekly current affairs quiz from 18th April to 24th April, 2022 here. Take this quiz consisting of 10 Questions to test your preparation level and do not fret if you are not updated. This weekly quiz presents you with new and important current affairs happening in India and all over the world. The descriptive answers will help you get a fair idea of the trending affairs. Plus, you will also be equipped to perform well in the different category of upcoming Government Exams 2022.

Weekly Current Affairs Quiz: Questions and Answers

1. When is World Earth Day observed?

a) 22 April
b) 18 April
c) 20 April
d) 24 April

2. Where will the world’s highest tunnel be constructed by the Border Roads Organisation (BRO)?

a) Thane-Borivali
b) Zojila Pass
c) Shinku La Pass
d) Tawang

3. Which nation test-fired the world’s most powerful nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missile?

a) US
b) Japan
c) Russia
d) North Korea

4. Which of these drug manufacturers developed Paxlovid Covid antiviral pill?

a) Moderna
b) Pfizer
c) Biotech
d) J & J

5. Who among the following has appointed Indian-American Shanti Sethi as their Defence Advisor?

a) Boris Johnson
b) Joe Biden
c) Justin Trudeau
d) Kamala Harris

6. Which cricketer from India has been listed among Wisden’s ‘5 Cricketers of the Year’ 2022?

a) Rishabh Pant
b) Rohit Sharma
c) Virat Kohli
d) KL Rahul

7. Who has become the first UK PM to visit Sabarmati Ashram in Gujarat?

a) Boris Johnson
b) Justin Trudeau
c) Jean Castex
d) Lotay Tshering

8. When is World Heritage Day observed?

a) 16 April
b) 18 April
c) 14 April
d) 20 April

9. Which of these North-Eastern states have recently witnessed breakout of African Swine Fever?

a) Assam
b) Manipur
c) Arunachal Pradesh
d) Tripura

10. Who is the current vice-chairman of NITI Aayog?

a) Rajiv Kumar
b) Shri Amitabh Kant
c) Arvind Panagariya
d) Suman Bery

Answers

1. (a) 22 April

Earth Day is observed on 22 April every year all around the world. Its motive is to spread awareness about environmental issues like deforestation, pollution, global warming and motivating people to take required actions to save the planet. The main propagator was Senator Gaylord Nelson who implemented the idea in the year 1970. Surprisingly, 20 million Americans contributed to face the rising issue of environmental crisis. The theme of World Earth Day 2022 was “Invest in our Planet” which appealed businesses to choose sustainable practices.

2. (c) Shinku La Pass

The world’s highest tunnel is set to be constructed by the BRO at Shinku La Pass connecting Himachal Pradesh to Zanskar valley in Ladakh. The pass will be constructed at 16,580 feet above sea-level. As per BRO’s director, Lieutenant General Rajeev Chaudhary, the project is likely to start by mid-2022 and will be operational by 2025.

3. (c) Sarmat

Russia test-fired RS-28 Sarmat, a new intercontinental ballistic missile that is capable of launching big nuclear warheads anywhere across the world. Nicknamed Satan 2 by NATO, Sarmat is the most powerful ICBM till date. It amplifies the military prowess of Russia’s strategic nuclear weaponry.

4. (b) Pfizer

Drug manufacturer Pfizer developed Paxlovid. It is an antiviral pill that can be taken by patients who are a high risk of contracting Covid. The oral pill can help avoid hospitalisation in case of a mild infection. A combination of nirmatrelvir and ritonavir, this pill is easier to administer as compared to its intravenous counterparts. The World Health Organisation takes Paxloid as a better choice to treat the unvaccinated and elderly.

5. (d) Kamala Harris

Indian-American Shanti Sethi has been appointed Executive Secretary and Defence Advisor to US Vice President Kamala Harris. She is the first Indian-American woman to lead the major US Navy combat warship. USS Decatur, the guided-missile destroyer was under her command from December 2010 to May 2012.

6. (b) Rohit Sharma

Indian captain Rohit Sharma and pacer Jasprit Bumrah are named among the “Five Cricketers of the Year” in the latest edition (2022) of the Wisden Almanack. Other cricketers that have acquired a position in the 2022 list include England pacer Ollie Robinson, New Zealand Batter Devon Conway and Proteas Women star Dan Van Niekerk. These cricketers were selected based on their greatest impact during the previous English cricket season.

7. (a) Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson became the first Britain Prime Minister to visit Sabarmati Ashram in Gujarat. During his brief stay, he considered the moment as an immense privilege to have visited the ashram of India’s extraordinary leader Mahatma Gandhi who mobilised principles of truth and non-violence to make the world a better place.

8. (b) 18 April

World Heritage Day is observed on 18 April every year. This day was first observed in the year 1964 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, also known as UNESCO. This day is all about being aware of the diversity of cultural heritage and taking steps to preserve and conserve them.

9. (d) Tripura

Tripura comes on the list of states that have been affected by African Swine Fever. The first cases were reported in a government breeding farm where a total of 63 pigs died of unclear reasons. Tests were carried out subsequently which confirmed the same. Restrictions have been imposed in and around the surveillance zone to curb the spread of the infection. The state government has also ordered pig slaughtering in large numbers to prevent the disease from getting out of hand.

10. (d) Suman Bery

Suman K Bery is the current vice-chairman of NITI Aayog after Rajiv Kumar resigned from the post. This new position will be effective from 1 May, 2022. Mr Bery has held several important positions in the past. He was the Chief Executive of National Council of Applied Economic Research, New Delhi and a member of Statistical Commission and other advisory bodies.

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