Weekly Current Affairs Questions and Answers: 29 November to 5 December 2021

Weekly Current Affairs questions for UPSC: Check 15 current affairs questions for UPSC, SSC and Bank exams that cover important topics such as World Athletics Woman of the Year award, AK-203 assault rifles deal and Fortune India 50 Most Powerful Women list among others.

Weekly Current Affairs Questions and Answers: 29 November to 5 December 2021
Weekly Current Affairs Questions and Answers: 29 November to 5 December 2021

Weekly Current Affairs Questions for UPSC/ IAS exams: Weekly Current Affairs Quiz section of Jagran Josh aims to help every competitive exam aspirant to revise the day at ease. This week, we have compiled 15 weekly current affairs questions and answers relevant for UPSC, SSC and Bank exams covering topics such as IMF's First Deputy Managing Director, World Athletics Woman of the Year award, Fortune India 50 Most Powerful Women list,  AK-203 assault rifles deal and world's most expensive city among other important current issues.

1. Who has topped the Fortune India 50 Most Powerful Women list?

a) Nirmala Sitharaman
b) Nita Ambani
c) Gita Gopinath
d) Priyanka Chopra

2. Who among the following will be appointed as IMF's First Deputy Managing Director?

a) Gita Gopinath
b) Suchitra Ella
c) Soumya Swaminathan
d) Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw

3. Who has been awarded Woman of the Year by World Athletics?

a) PT Usha
b) Anju Bobby George
c) Dutee Chand
d) Hima Das

4. Who is the new Twitter CEO?

a) Sundar Pichai
b) Nikesh Arora
c) Parag Aggarwal
d) George Kurian

5. Omicron COVID variant was first detected by which among the following countries?

a) Israel
b) South Africa
c) Germany
d) France

6. Which among the following is the world's most expensive city?

a) Tel Aviv
b) Paris
c) Singapore
d) New York

7. India is scheduled to sign a deal to procure around 7.5 lakh AK-203 assault rifles with which nation?

a) Russia
b) Germany
c) France
d) United States

8. When is World AIDS Day observed?

a) November 30th
b) December 1st
c) December 2nd
d) December 3rd

9. Which among the following countries has now become a republic?

a) Bahrain
b) Denmark
c) Jordan
d) Barbados

10. During a Solar Eclipse, what comes in front of the Sun and blocks its light?

a) Earth
b) Moon
c) Venus
d) Mars

11. Petr Fiala has been appointed as the Prime Minister of which nation?

a) Sweden
b) Denmark
c) Finland
d) Czech Republic

12. Who won the men's Ballon d’Or award 2021?

a) Lionel Messi
b) Robert Lewandowski
c) Kaka
d) Cristiano Ronaldo

13. Only one among which two teams will qualify for FIFA World Cup 2022?

a) Italy & Portugal
b) Argentina & Germany
c) France & Brazil
d) Spain & Portugal

14. Who has become India's third-highest wicket-taker in Tests?

a) R Ashwin
b) Jasprit Bumrah
c) Ishant Sharma
d) Yuzvendra Chahal

15. Who won the Ballon d’Or Striker of the Year award 2021?

a) Pedri
b) Lionel Messi
c) Robert Lewandowski
d) Cristiano Ronaldo

Answers

1. (a) Nirmala Sitharaman

Finance Nirmala Sitharaman is ranked at the top on Fortune India 50 Most Powerful Women list while Reliance's Nita Ambani has grabbed second place. WHO Chief Scientist Soumya Swaminathan is ranked third followed by Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw at the fourth place, Biocon Limited's founder.

2. (a) Gita Gopinath

The Chief Economist of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Gita Gopinath will take up a new role as the First Deputy Managing Director of IMF. Gopinath will be the second-rank official at IMF. She will replace the First Deputy Managing Director Geoffrey Okamoto who plans on leaving the IMF early in 2022.

3. (b) Anju Bobby George

World Athletics has awarded sprinter Anju Bobby George as 'Woman of the Year' for her efforts in advancing the sport in India. Anju Bobby George is a former international long jump star, who is still actively involved in the sport.

4. (c) Parag Aggarwal

Twitter Co-founder Jack Dorsey announced on November 29, 2021, that he will be stepping down as the Chief Executive of Silicon Valley. Dorsey paved the way for an IIT-Bombay Graduate and Indian-origin Parag Agrawal to be the new CEO of Twitter. Parag Agrawal has become the youngest CEO in the top 500 companies.

5. (b) South Africa

Omicron COVID variant was first detected in South Africa and now the nation is facing a travel ban from several countries including the US, Canada, UK and many other European nations. Experts fear that the travel curbs are being imposed too late as most likely the virus has already spread to other parts of the world.

6. (a) Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv has become the world's most expensive city to live in, surpassing Paris and Singapore as per the Economist Intelligence Unit's Worldwide Cost of Living Index 2021.

7. (a) Russia

India and Russia are scheduled to sign a deal on supplying 7.5 lakh AK-203 assault rifles on December 6, 2021, during Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to India. The deal would provide a major boost to India and Russia military ties. All the necessary approvals have already been accorded to the deal including a final go-ahead from the Cabinet Committee on Security.

8. (b) December 1st

World AIDS Day is observed every year on December 1st to raise awareness on HIV/AIDS. World AIDS Day aims to raise awareness about the disease and commemorate those who have passed away due to it and celebrate victories in the field such as increased access to treatment and prevention services.

9. (d) Barbados

Barbados has removed Queen Elizabeth of Britain as the Head of the State. The Caribbean country formed a Republic with its first-ever President Sandra Mason and severed its last-remaining colonial bonds nearly 400 later after the first British ships arrived at the Caribbean Island.

10. (b) Moon

A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon comes between the Sun and the Earth and partially or fully blocks the Sun's light in some areas and casts a shadow on the Earth. A total solar eclipse occurs when the Sun, Moon, and Earth are in a direct line.

11. (d) Czech Republic

Czech Republic President Milos Zeman appointed Petr Fiala as the Prime Minister of the country on November 28, 2021. Fiala is the leader of the Together coalition that had won the general elections in the Czech Republic in October 2021. The ceremony of appointing Fiala as the new head of the Czech Republic government was broadcast by Czech Television.

12. (a) Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi won the men’s Ballon d’Or award for a record seventh time on November 30, 2021. Spain's Alexia Putellas won the women’s Ballon d’Or award for the first time.

13. (a) Italy & Portugal

The 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers draw for Europe is placed in a way that only one team between Portugal and Italy will make it into the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar/ This means that either current European champions Italy or one of football's biggest stars, Cristiano Ronaldo will be sitting out of the next year's football world cup.

14. (a) R Ashwin

Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin became India's third-highest wicket-taker in Test cricket during the first test between India and New Zealand at Kanpur on November 29, 2021. He surpassed Harbhajan Singh's tally of 417 wickets.

15. (c) Robert Lewandowski

Two new Ballon d’Or awards were introduced this year- 'The Striker of the Year' & 'The Club of the Year'.  While the striker of the year award went to Robert Lewandowski, the Best Club of the Year award went to Chelsea.

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