Daily Current Affairs Quiz: 13 February 2024

1.Which country won the ICC U19 Men’s Cricket World Cup 2024 Final against India?
  • England
  • Australia
  • South Africa
  • New Zealand

The correct answer is AustraliaIn News

  • Australia defeated India in the ICC U19 Men’s Cricket World Cup 2024 Final.


Key Points

  • This victory marked Australia’s fourth U-19 World Cup title.
  • The final match took place in Benoni, South Africa, where Australia posted a total of 253/7 against India.
  • Despite efforts from Indian batsmen like Adarsh Singh and Murugan Abhishek, the disciplined Australian bowling attack limited India’s chances.
  • Australia’s Harjas Singh scored 55 runs, while Oliver Peake contributed a gritty 46, helping Australia achieve the highest total in an U-19 World Cup final.
  • Raj Limbani was the standout bowler for India, taking 3 wickets, while Naman Tiwary picked up 2 wickets.

2.Which Public Sector Undertaking (PSU) clinched the top honor at the 9th Global Procurement Summit?
  • NTPC (National Thermal Power Corporation)
  • BHEL (Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited)
  • ONGC (Oil and Natural Gas Corporation)
  • SAIL (Steel Authority of India Limited)

The correct answer is NTPC (National Thermal Power Corporation)In News

  • NTPC’s USSC won Global Procurement Summit 2024🏆

NTPC's USSC clinches top honor at the 9th Global Procurement Summit

Key Points

  • NTPC’s groundbreaking Unified Shared Service Centre (USSC) was awarded the prestigious first prize at the 9th Global Procurement Summit held in New Delhi.
  • The event, organized by AIMA (All India Management Association) in collaboration with the World Bank, Ministry of Finance (MoF), and Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MoE&IT), saw participation from 23 PSU and Non-PSU contestants.
  • NTPC’s USSC initiative has revolutionized procurement practices, introducing uniformity, standardization, and process simplification.
  • This strategic initiative by NTPC has set a new standard of excellence in procurement practices within the public sector.

3.Which company secured the top position for its climate actions and environmental performance in February, 2024?
  • Tata Motors
  • Reliance Industries
  • Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Ltd
  • Vedanta Aluminium Limited

The correct answer is ​Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone LtdIn News

  • Adani Ports secured top position for climate actions. 🌍

Key Points

  • Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Ltd (APSEZ) secured the top position for its climate actions and environmental performance.
  • The company received recognition from four global rating agencies: CDP, S&P, Sustainalytics, and Moody’s.
  • In the CDP Climate Assessment 2023, APSEZ achieved the ‘leadership band’ for its climate actions.
  • Additionally, APSEZ ranked first on the environmental dimension among 324 companies in the transport and transport infrastructure sector, according to S&P Global CSA 2023 assessments.

4.Consider the following statements about the “SWATI” portal:

Statement no. 1: SWATI Portal will serve in policy making to address the challenges of women’s malnourishment.

Statement no. 2: The portal has been made and maintained by the National Institute of Plant Genome Research.

Which of the following statements is/are correct?

  • Statement no. 1 only
  • Statement no. 2 only
  • All of the above
  • None of the above

The correct answer is Statement no. 2 onlyIn News

  • ‘SWATI’ (Science for Women-A Technology & Innovation) has been launched. 💻

Key Points

  • SWATI Portal launched in New Delhi to represent Indian Women and Girls in STEMM fields.
  • Inaugurated on International Day of Women and Girls in Science at Indian National Science Academy (INSA), New Delhi.
  • Developed, hosted, and maintained by the National Institute of Plant Genome Research (NIPGR), New Delhi.
    • ​Hence the statement no. 2 is correct.
  • It is aimed at addressing gender gap in science and policy making.
    • ​Hence the statement no. 1 is incorrect.
  • It is a dynamically growing portal with the goal of including data of all women scientists in India.
  • Initiative of Inter Academy Panel (IAP) on Women in STEMM.
  • The portal provides an interactive database of women scientists.
  • Various sections include Icons, Faculty, Research Fellows, Students, WiS Entrepreneurs, and STEMM professionals in alternate careers.
  • It aims to encourage women’s participation in science and promote gender parity.
  • The event was attended by distinguished scientists and speakers focusing on women in science and emerging opportunities in STEM fields.

5.In which two countries was the launch of Unified Payment Interface (UPI) services take place in February, 2024?
  • Sri Lanka and Maldives
  • Mauritius and Maldives
  • Sri Lanka and Singapore
  • Sri Lanka and Mauritius

The correct answer is Sri Lanka and MauritiusIn News

  • UPI and RuPay services launched in Sri Lanka and Mauritius. 📱

Key Points

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi, along with President Ranil Wickremesinghe of Sri Lanka and Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth of Mauritius, witnessed the launch.
  • The event marked the introduction of UPI services in both Sri Lanka and Mauritius, enhancing digital connectivity between the countries.
  • India’s leadership in Fintech innovation and digital infrastructure makes it a natural partner for sharing development experiences with other nations.
  • The launch aims to strengthen cultural and people-to-people linkages between India, Sri Lanka, and Mauritius.

Additional Information

  • With the availability of UPI settlement services, both Indian nationals traveling to Sri Lanka and Mauritius and Mauritian nationals traveling to India will benefit from faster and seamless digital transactions.
  • Additionally, the extension of RuPay card services in Mauritius will further facilitate digital payments and settlements between India and Mauritius, fostering economic cooperation and tourism.

6.Where will the ‘Dakshin Bharat Sanskritik Kendra’ be inaugurated?
  • Chennai
  • Bangalore
  • Hyderabad
  • Thiruvananthapuram

The correct answer is Hyderabad.In News

  • ‘Dakshin Bharat Sanskritik Kendra’ to be inaugurated in Hyderabad 🏢

Key Points

  • The ‘Dakshin Bharat Sanskritik Kendra’ will be inaugurated in Hyderabad which will work as a dedicated South India Cultural Centre of the Sangeet Natak Akademi.
  • Former Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu and Union Tourism and Culture Minister G Kishan Reddy will inaugurate the Regional Centre of Sangeet Natak Akademi.
  • The inauguration ceremony will also include the laying of the foundation stone for the ‘Bharat Kala Mandapam’ auditorium.
  • Kishan Reddy expressed pride in strengthening South India’s rich and diverse cultural heritage through the establishment of the South India Cultural Centre.

7.Which IIT recently inaugurated the ‘groundbreaking’ SWASTHA project and ISO 5 and 6 clean room facilities?
  • IIT Bombay
  • IIT Guwahati
  • IIT Delhi
  • IIT Kharagpur

The correct answer is IIT Guwahati. In News

  • IIT Guwahati inaugurated “SWASTHA” Project for advanced healthcare 🏥

S Krishnan, Secretary of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, at an event (Pic credit: IIT Guwahati)

Key Points

  • The groundbreaking SWASTHA project and ISO 5 and 6 clean room facilities were inaugurated at IIT Guwahati.
  • The project aims to revolutionize healthcare through advanced nanoelectronic theranostic devices.
  • It emphasizes innovation, scientific collaboration, and technological progress in micro/nanoelectronics and nanomaterials.
  • The clean room facilities at IIT Guwahati are the first of their kind in the northeastern region of India, dedicated to promoting awareness and training in micro/nano electronic fabrication.
  • These initiatives signify IIT Guwahati’s commitment to supporting the Atmanirbhar Bharat and Make in India initiatives.
  • The project and facilities aim to achieve high technology readiness level, support entrepreneurship development, and foster collaboration with experts in India and abroad.

8.Who received the KPP Nambiar Award for 2024 from IEEE Kerala Section?
  • S Somanath
  • Athuladevi S
  • Jawahara Fathima
  • Suresh Nair

The correct answer is S Somanath

In News

  • S Somanath received the Amarnath Raja Humanitarian Technology Award from IEEE Kerala Section.

Key Points

  • The KPP Nambiar Award for 2024 was conferred on S Somanath, Chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), by the IEEE Kerala Section.
  • Named after KPP Nambiar, a pioneer in the electronics industry and founder-chair of IEEE Kerala Section, this annual award recognizes individuals or groups in Kerala for their significant contributions to advancing technology for humanity.
  • Somanath was recognized for his pivotal role in steering Chandrayaan-3, ISRO’s lunar exploration program, as well as his contributions to various ISRO missions, including serving as Project Manager for the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) and Project Director for the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV Mk – III).
  • In his acceptance speech, Somanath emphasized the importance of learning from mistakes and highlighted ISRO’s culture of embracing failures as opportunities for improvement.
  • He stressed the need for embracing change and fostering a collaborative ecosystem, leading ISRO to successfully partner with private companies and nurture over 200 startups in the space sector.
  • Other awards given away by the IEEE Kerala Section include the Amarnath Raja Humanitarian Technology Award, Outstanding Woman Engineer Award, Outstanding Industry Contribution Award, Outstanding Teacher Award, Friend of IEEE award, Outstanding Start-up Award, Industry Academy Collaboration Award, Outstanding Researcher Award, and various student volunteer and professional awards.​

9.What is the name of the new surgery introduced by AIIMS Delhi for skin cancer treatment?
  • Mohs micrographic surgery
  • Laser surgery
  • Radiotherapy 
  • Chemotherapy

The correct answer is Mohs micrographic surgeryIn News

  •  Mohs micrographic surgery is the name of the new surgery introduced by AIIMS Delhi for skin cancer treatment.

Key Points

  • AIIMS Delhi has introduced a new surgery for skin cancer treatment, inaugurated by Professor M Srinivas, Director of AIIMS Hospital.
  • The surgery, known as Mohs micrographic surgery, offers precise tumor removal with minimal damage to healthy tissue, promising improved healing and lower recurrence rates.
  • Dr. Kaushal Verma, Head of Dermatology at AIIMS, emphasizes that this technique was previously unavailable in India.
  • AIIMS Delhi is the first hospital in the country to offer Mohs micrographic surgery for skin cancer, eliminating the need for patients to seek treatment abroad.
  • With the assistance of a team of surgeons and technicians from the USA, AIIMS Delhi has established itself as a center for cutting-edge cancer care, aligning with its commitment to providing world-class treatment.

10.Who won the gold medal in the men’s 51kg category at the 75th Strandja Memorial Tournament 2024?
  • Sanzhar Tashkenbay
  • Amit Panghal
  • Shakhzod Muzafarov 
  • Nikhat Zareen

The correct answer is Amit Panghal

In News

  •  Amit Panghal won the gold medal in the men’s 51kg category at the 75th Strandja Memorial Tournament.

Key Points

  • Amit Panghal (51kg) won the gold medal in the men’s 51kg category with a stunning 5-0 victory over reigning world champion Sanzhar Tashkenbay. 
  • Sachin (57kg) clinched the gold medal in the men’s 57kg category after defeating Uzbekistan’s Shakhzod Muzafarov by a 5-0 margin.
  • Nikhat Zareen missed out on her third Strandja gold medal, losing 2-3 in the women’s 52kg final to Uzbekistan’s Sabina Bobokulova.
  • Arundhati Choudhary (66kg) came close to a historic win but ultimately lost 4-1 to reigning world champion Yang Liu of China in the women’s 66kg final.
  • Barun Singh Shagolshem (48kg) lost 0-4 to Khodzhiev Anvarzhan of Kyrgyzstan in the men’s 48kg final.

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