2nd July 2024 Daily Current Affairs

1. Which state government recently launched the ‘Mukhyamantri Majhi Ladki Bahin’ scheme’?

[A] Maharashtra
[B] Odisha
[C] Gujarat
[D] Kerala

Correct Answer: A [Maharashtra]

The Mukhyamantri Majhi Ladki Bahin Scheme 2024, launched in Maharashtra, offers free education for girls and support for the unemployed. Eligible women aged 21-60 will receive Rs. 1500 monthly. Aimed at promoting financial independence and self-reliance, the scheme includes a budget of 46 thousand crores, providing various benefits to women, enhancing their development and overall well-being.

2. Recently, who has been elected as the new President of the European Council of the European Union?

[A] Charles Michel
[B] Antonio Costa
[C] Herman Van Rompuy
[D] Von der Leyen

Correct Answer: B [Antonio Costa]

Antonio Costa, former Prime Minister of Portugal, was elected President of the European Council, replacing Charles Michel, effective October 1, 2024. Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas will be the new High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. The European Council elects its President by secret ballot for a 2.5-year term, renewable once. The President leads the Council’s work and represents the EU internationally.

3. Nyoma-Chushul region, recently seen in news due to flash floods, is located in which state/UT?

[A] Assam
[B] Sikkim
[C] Ladakh
[D] Uttarakhand

Correct Answer: C [Ladakh]

Recently, five Army personnel, including a JCO and four jawans, died when their T-72 tank got stuck in the Shyok River near Nyoma-Chushul, Eastern Ladakh, due to a sudden water level rise. Despite rescue efforts, strong currents prevented their rescue. The T-72 tanks, initially designed by the Soviet Union and later modernized as T-72 Ajeya, were deployed in Ladakh post-2020 Galwan clash.

4. Recently, where was the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) meeting held?

[A] China
[B] France
[C] Indonesia
[D] Singapore

Correct Answer: D [Singapore]

India has been placed in the “regular follow-up category” by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) after its plenary meeting in Singapore from June 26-28, 2024. The meeting evaluated 17 countries on anti-money laundering, anti-terrorism financing, and anti-proliferation compliance. India, Russia, France, Italy, and the UK were kept in the regular follow-up, while one country was grey-listed. The FATF commended India’s efforts but urged quicker prosecution in such cases.

5. Svalbard, recently seen in the news, is an archipelago located in which ocean?

[A] Arctic Ocean
[B] Indian Ocean
[C] Atlantic Ocean
[D] Pacific Ocean

Correct Answer: A [Arctic Ocean]

Scientists are exploring hydrothermal vents on Svalbard’s Knipovich Ridge, a 500-km-long ridge in the Arctic Ocean. Svalbard, discovered in 1596 by Willem Barentsz, is an Arctic archipelago under Norwegian sovereignty. It lies between the North Pole and Norway, covering 61,022 sq.km with a majority glaciated. Featuring Spitsbergen as its largest island, Svalbard experiences Arctic conditions, including midnight sun and polar night due to its location in the Arctic Circle.


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