20th June 2024 Daily Current Affairs

1. Recently, where was the second annual meeting of the initiative on Critical and Emerging Technologies (iCET) between India and the US held?

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

Correct Answer: A [New Delhi]

Notes:
The 2nd India-US initiative on Critical and Emerging Technology (iCET) meeting was held on June 17, 2024, in New Delhi. Co-chaired by Indian NSA Ajit Doval and US NSA Jake Sullivan, this event marked Sullivan’s first visit to India post the third swearing-in of the Modi government. The iCET aims to enhance cooperation in space, semiconductors, telecom, AI, quantum tech, biotechnology, and clean energy.

2. Digital Health Incentive Scheme, recently seen in news, was launched under which initiative?

[A] Mission Indhradhanush
[B] Universal health care
[C] Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission
[D] Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana

Correct Answer: C [Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission]

Notes:
The central government has extended the Digital Health Incentive Scheme (DHIS) for digitising patients’ health records and linking them with the Ayushman Bharat Digital Health Account (ABHA ID) until June 30, 2025. Launched on January 1, 2023, under Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission, the DHIS aims to promote digital health practices in India. Eligibility includes health facilities and digital solution companies, with incentives based on the number of ABHA-linked digital health records created.

3. What is ‘Planet Nine’, recently seen in news?

[A] A hypothetical planet in the outer region of our solar system
[B] A moon of Neptune
[C] Comets from the Kuiper Belt
[D] A newly discovered moon of saturn

Correct Answer: A [A hypothetical planet in the outer region of our solar system]

Notes:
Astronomers have been searching for a hypothetical ninth planet, Planet Nine, in the outer solar system for nearly a decade. Proposed to explain anomalies in the orbits of distant trans-Neptunian objects, Planet Nine is estimated to be 5-10 times the mass of Earth with a highly elliptical orbit, ranging from 400 to 800 AU from the Sun. Experts believe we may soon find it.

4. What is the main objective of ‘SDG 7’, recently in news?

[A] Promote nuclear energy development
[B] Reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50%
[C] Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all
[D] Increase fossil fuel production worldwide

Correct Answer: C [Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all]

Notes:
The SDG 7: Energy Progress Report 2024 reveals the world is not on track to meet SDG 7 by 2030. Initiated in 2018, this annual report is the key reference for SDG 7 progress. It aims to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all. The report is produced by IEA, IRENA, UNSD, World Bank, and WHO, covering energy access, efficiency, renewables, clean cooking, and international cooperation.

5. “Joint Communiqué on a Peace Framework”, recently seen in news in the context of which two countries?

[A] India and Nepal
[B] Iran and Iraq
[C] India and China
[D] Russia and Ukraine

Correct Answer: D [Russia and Ukraine]

Notes:
India dissociated from the final document of a Peace Summit in Switzerland, emphasizing peace proposals acceptable to both Russia and Ukraine. The summit, held on June 15-16, 2024, addressed the ongoing Ukraine war’s impact. Key points included nuclear safety at Ukraine’s plants, global food security, and humanitarian issues like prisoner exchanges and the return of displaced Ukrainians. Attendees reaffirmed commitments to international law and UN resolutions.

 

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