Static GK and Current Events Questions and Answers: 19th January 2021

Various exams like UPSC, SSC, NDA, CDS etc are about to take place in the coming months. Solve the following and go through explanatory articles linked to each of the questions.
Created On: Jan 19, 2021 14:30 IST
Modified On: Jan 20, 2021 15:16 IST
GK Quiz 19th Jan 2021
GK Quiz 19th Jan 2021

The following GK questions have been designed to test your knowledge of current affairs and static GK. Answer these to the best of your abilities. 

  1. Which art form was used in the inaugural ceremony of President Joe Biden?
  1. Kollam
  2. Kalamkari
  3. Kathakali
  4. Rangoli

Ans. a

Explanation: In the welcoming ceremony of the US President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamla Harris, the Indian form of art Kollam marked its presence.

  1. Choose the correct statement regarding Kollam

i) It Kolam, a traditional art form from Kerala in South India, 

ii) It comprises geometric patterns consisting of dots and lines as a symbol of welcome

  1. Only i
  2. Only ii
  3. Both i and ii
  4. None of the above 

Ans. b

Explanation: Kolam, a traditional art form from Tamil Nadu in South India, was a part of the virtual kick-off ceremony of the inauguration of US President-elect Joe Biden and Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris on January 16, 2021. It comprises geometric patterns consisting of dots and lines as a symbol of welcome.

  1. Which of the following statements justifies the vision of Atal Innovation Mission?

i) AIM creates an umbrella structure to look over the innovation system of the country

ii) It is formed to bring an innovation ecosystem in the country

  1. Only i
  2. Only ii
  3. Both i and ii
  4. None of the above 

Ans. c

Explanation: The Atal Innovation Mission or AIM is the Government’s flagship initiative that has been adopted to promote a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship in India. AIM would create an umbrella structure to look over the innovation system of the country. It is expected to revolutionise the innovation ecosystem. Read all about Atal Tinkering Labs here

  1. Choose the correct statement regarding Atal Tinkering Labs here

i) Create curiosity, creativity, imagination in young minds Inculcate skills such as design mindset 

ii) Inculcate computational thinking, adaptive learning, physical computing in students

  1. Only i
  2. Only ii
  3. Both i and ii
  4. None 

Ans. c

Explanation: ATLs have the objective to create curiosity, creativity, imagination in young minds Inculcate skills such as design mindset. They would also inculcate computational thinking, adaptive learning, physical computing in the students.

  1. What are the Neptune Balls?
  1. Fibre material collected from the Planet Neptune
  2. Seagrass variety used to trap plastic
  3. Underwater plants that are grown from the soil of Neptune
  4. None of the above 

Ans. b

Explanation: Underwater seagrass in coastal areas that appears to trap bits of plastic in natural bundles of fibre is called "Neptune Balls". Read all about Seagrass and its variety here

  1. Recently coronavirus has been detected in which dessert in China?
  1. Puddings
  2. Ice Creams
  3. Apple Pies
  4. Doughnuts

Ans. b

Explanation: Coronavirus was recently detected in ice cream in eastern China, leading to the sealing of the concerned company and recall of cartons from the same batch. 

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  1. Which of the following statements about seagrass is correct

i) They are found along the coast, in clear, shallow waters through which light falls.

ii) Seagrass cannot be found in the intertidal zone 

  1. Only i
  2. Only ii
  3. Both i and ii
  4. None of the above

Ans. c

Explanation: Seagrass is found along the coast, in clear, shallow waters through which light falls, penetrates and the process of photosynthesis takes place. Some species of seagrass occupy the intertidal zone which is the area between the highest tide and the lowest tide line from where the sea retreats at low tide to expose the seabed.

  1. Naturally coloured cotton is the talk of the town. Choose the correct statement about it from the following 

i) The colour of the cotton is a genetically controlled character

ii) The red coloured cotton is the highest exported cotton variety of India

  1. Only i
  2. Only ii
  3. Both i and ii
  4. None of the above 

Ans. a

Explanation: The colour of the cotton is a genetically controlled character. The pigments accumulate in the lumen of lint before ball bursting. The University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad, and the ICAR-Central Institute for Cotton Research, Nagpur are conducting sustained research and have developed a few varieties of naturally-coloured cotton. However, the commercial release has been stalled because it is still believed that it may contaminate white cotton.

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  1. Who is conducting research tests on coloured cotton?
  1. Indian Council for Agricultural Research
  2. Botanical Garden India
  3. Council Of Scientific And Industrial Research
  4. National Botanical Research Institute

Ans. a

Explanation: India is no stranger to growing naturally colourful cotton and in the coming months, it is expected that this variety would be grown commercially in the country. This has been possible after three decades of research by ICAR.

  1. What is correct about K shaped economy

i) It is a type of economic recovery where the rich become richer but the poor become poorer

ii) It is a type of economic recovery graph formed when the wealth transfer takes place from rich to poor

  1. Only i
  2. Only ii
  3. Both i and ii
  4. None 

Ans. a

Explanation: K shaped recovery talks about a troubling, divergent economic future where the economy rebounds unevenly. Here the wealthy benefit while all others get left behind. What is K shaped economic recovery? Know its significance here

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