May 22, 2024

13th May 2024 Daily current Affairs

1. Recently, where was the 5th Joint Group of Customs (JGC) meeting between India & Bhutan held?

[A] Ladakh
[B] New Delhi
[C] Jaipur
[D] Bhopal

Correct Answer: A [Ladakh]

The 5th Joint Group of Customs (JGC) meeting between India and Bhutan convened on May 6th-7th, 2024, in Leh, Ladakh. Meeting was co-chaired by officials from both nations, discussions centered on bilateral matters like new Land Customs Stations, trade routes, infrastructure, digitalization, smuggling prevention, and coordinated cross-border management. Bhutan lauded India’s support for capacity building and cross-border trade initiatives through workshops and bilateral agreements, expressing gratitude for ongoing collaboration.

2. Which state recently launched ‘Pirul Lao-Paise Pao’ campaign to prevent forest fires in state?

[A] Himachal Pradesh
[B] Uttarakhand
[C] Haryana
[D] Punjab

Correct Answer: B [Uttarakhand ]

The Uttarakhand government’s Pirul Lao-Paise Pao campaign aims to tackle forest fires. Supreme Court expresses concern over fires that claimed five lives. Forest destruction and air pollution prompt action. CM Dhami launches campaign urging public involvement, including cooperatives and youth groups. Campaign entails collecting pine tree leaves for payment of Rs 50 per kg. Collected leaves sold to industries. Tehsildars oversee collection centers. Goal is to prevent further forest devastation.

3. Agenda 2063, recently seen in the news, is related to which organization?

[A] United Nations (UN)
[B] European Union (EU)
[C] African Union (AU)
[D] World Bank

Correct Answer: C [African Union (AU)]

The African Union (AU), comprising 55 member states, condemned the Israeli military’s incursion into Rafah, southern Gaza, urging the international community to halt the “deadly escalation” of the conflict. Established in 2002, replacing the Organization of African Unity (OAU), AU aims to foster unity, cooperation, and development among African nations. Guided by its vision, AU seeks an integrated, prosperous, and peaceful Africa through Agenda 2063, emphasizing African-led initiatives.

4. Widal Test, recently seen in the news, is associated with which disease?

[A] TB
[B] Malaria
[C] Dengue
[D] Typhoid

Correct Answer: D [Typhoid ]


The Widal Test, crucial for diagnosing typhoid fever caused by Salmonella Typhi, suffers from inaccuracies, complicating India’s battle against the disease. Symptoms of typhoid overlap with other illnesses, necessitating precise testing. Developed in the late 1800s, the test lacks reliability, prompting caution from the World Health Organization. Despite its convenience, reliance on it risks misdiagnoses, escalating expenses, and fostering antimicrobial resistance, urging a shift towards more dependable diagnostics.

5. Recently, Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare (MoA&FW) inaugurated a Krishi Integrated Command and Control Centre (ICCC) at which place?

[A] New Delhi
[B] Hyderabad
[C] Chennai
[D] Lucknow

Correct Answer: A [New Delhi]

The Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare launched a Krishi ICCC at Krishi Bhavan in New Delhi. The initiative utilizes tech like AI, remote sensing, and GIS for informed agricultural decision-making. It consolidates geospatial data from sources such as Digital Crop Survey and Unified Portal for Agricultural Statistics. The Krishi ICCC aims to monitor the farm sector effectively, enhancing productivity and market intelligence.



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