Current Affairs Quiz: December 11, 2021

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Yusaku Meizawa and Yoso Hirano, the first self-funded astronauts since 2009, are from which country?

[A] Japan
[C] China
[D] Thailand

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Correct Answer: A [Japan]
Japanese businessman and fashion entrepreneur Yusaku Meizawa, manufacturer and Yoso Hirano set off for the International Space Station aboard the Russian Soyuz spacecraft aboard the Russian astronaut Alexander Misurkin.

They are the first astronauts to visit the space station since 2009. Mesawa and Hirano have decided to spend 12 days in space.

Which was the first airline in India to launch ESG Report?

[A] Air India
[B] IndiGo
[C] Spice Jet
[D] Vistara

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Correct Answer: B [Indigo]
Indigo is the first airline in India to release an ESG report. Indigo has signed an agreement with the CSIR-Indian Institute of Petroleum (CSIR-IIP) in Dehradun to join hands to deploy Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) in India and around the world.

Under this partnership, Indigo and CSIR-IIP will make arrangements for projects for SAF based on their technological and commercial potential. They will also focus on environmental, social and governance (ESG) evaluation.

The Union Cabinet has approved the continuation of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Rural) from 2021 to which year?

[A] 2023
[B] 2025
[C] 2024
[D] 2030

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Correct Answer: C [2024]
The Union Cabinet has approved to extend the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Rural) for three years till March 2024.
The expansion of the scheme will help in the construction of the remaining 155.75 lakh houses. This will help achieve the target of 2.95 crore ‘pakka’ houses.

Which is the most valuable edUtech company in the world by 2021?

[A] Duolingo
[B] Tribal-learning
[C] Byju’s
[D] Coursera

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Correct Answer: C [Byju]
Byjus is an Indian multinational education technology (ed-tech) company based in Bangalore. It is the world’s most valuable ed-tech company with a $ 18 billion M-cap.

Byjus has acquired Austria-based Geogebra, valued at about $ 100 million. Geogebra is an interactive math learning tool. It is also Baiju’s ninth major acquisition.

In which city was the SAARC Charter adopted on December 8, 1985?

[A] New Delhi
[B] Kathmandu
[C] Dhaka
[D] Colombo

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Correct Answer: C [Dhaka]
The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Charter Day is celebrated on December 8 every year.

On this day in 1985, the SAARC Charter adopted in Dhaka at the first Summit of the Group was ratified. This year also marks the 37th anniversary of the Regional Group. SAARC has hosted 18 summits since 1985.

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