Daily Current Affairs (MCQ's) | 28-06-2022

Daily Current Affairs (MCQ's) | 28-06-2022

Daily Current Affairs (MCQ's) | 28-06-2022

Q1. Consider the following statements

1. NASA’s Psyche mission is a journey to a unique metal asteroid orbiting the Sun between Mars and Jupiter.

2. Psyche is part of NASA’s Discovery Program

Which of the above is/are correct?

a. 1 only

b. 2 only

c. Both 1 and 2

d. Neither 1 nor 2

Answer ©

Explanation:

  • NASA’s Psyche mission is a journey to a unique metal asteroid orbiting the Sun between Mars and Jupiter.
  • Psyche was selected in 2017 as part of NASA’s Discovery Program, which is a line of low-cost competition missions led by a single principal investigator.

The main objectives of the mission:

  • To understand how planets and other bodies are separated into layers such as cores, mantles, and crusts.
  • To examine an asteroid made of metal.
  • To explore early eras of the solar system.

Q2. The India State Support Programme for Road Safety is financed by

a. The Asian Development Bank

b. The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

c. The New Development Bank

d. The World Bank

Answer (d)

Explanation:

  • The World Bank has approved a $250 million loan to support the Government of India’s road safety programme for seven States under which a single accident reporting number will be set up to better manage post-crash events.
  • The India State Support Programme for Road Safety, financed by the World Bank, will be implemented in the States of Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, and West Bengal.
  • The project will also establish a national harmonised crash database system in order to analyse accidents and use that to construct better and safer roads.
  • The project will also provide incentives to States to leverage private funding through public-private partnership (PPP) concessions and pilot initiatives.

Q3. Which of the following are small saving schemes?

1. Public Provident Fund

2. Sukanya Samriddhi Scheme

3. Gold Monetization Scheme

Select the correct answer from the codes given below

a. 1 and 2 only

b. 2 and 3 only

c. 2 only

d. 1, 2 and 3

Answer (a)

Explanation:

‘Centre may raise small savings rates’

  • Households could get some relief this week as economist expect the Centre to raise the interest rates paid on small savings schemes for the July to September 2022 quarter, with the yields on 10-year government securities hitting a four-year high of 7.6% earlier this month.
  • The rates of interest on instruments like the Public Provident Fund and the National Savings Certificate, currently at 7.1% and 6.8%, respectively, have not been changed for eight quarters since a reduction was effected in the first quarter of FY21.
  • Retail inflation too had hovered above 7% in April and May, squeezing household budgets. Raising rates on small savings could also help the government reduce its reliance on market borrowings this year.

Q4. Which of the following countries are Member of NATO?

1. Belarus

2. Poland

3. Latvia

Select the correct answer from the codes given below

a. 1 and 2 only

b. 2 and 3 only

c. 2 only

d. 1, 2 and 3

Answer (b)

Explanation:

  • NATO will increase the strength of its rapid reaction force nearly eightfold to 3,00,000 troops as part of its response to an “era of strategic competition”.
  • The NATO reaction force currently numbers around 40,000 soldiers which can deploy quickly when needed.
  • In NATO’s new strategic concept, the alliance is also expected to address for the first time the security challenges posed by China. In Madrid, allies will discuss how to respond to the growing influence of Russia and China in their “southern neighbourhood,” he added.

Q5. Jaffna peninsula is part of

a. Bangladesh

b. Myanmar

c. Sri Lanka

d. India

Answer (c)

Explanation: