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  • Miscellaneous - Latest Current Affairs
1. 

Indo-Pacific Wing has set by which of the following ministry?

A. Ministry of External Affairs
B. Ministry of AYUSH
C. Ministry of Culture
D. Ministry of Earth Sciences

Answer: Option A

Explanation:

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has set up an Indo-Pacific division in the foreign office to integrate the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA), ASEAN region and the Quad. The new division is a brainchild of foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale and is intended to give a coherent architecture to the Indo-Pacific policy. It is a big step by the Government and it is expected to give thrust to the Indo-Pacific centred policymaking. The Indo-Pacific Wing is currently headed by joint secretary Vikram Doraiswami.

2. 

Who launched a probe against UPL for poll code violation, Recently?

A. Chennai Police
B. Lucknow Police
C. Mumbai Police
D. Bhopal Police

Answer: Option C

Explanation:

The Mumbai police have started an investigation into the seizure of campaign material of the BJP from the premises of United Phosphorous Ltd (UPL) in Mumbai. A flying squad of the Election Commission (EC) had raided the premises of UPL at suburban Khar, where electronic cards for the BJP's poll campaign were being allegedly assembled. The returning officer had then issued a show-cause notice to the company. Sanjay More, senior inspector at the Khar Police station said the Khar police had earlier registered a non-cognisable offence in the case. The police have now started an investigation in this case after seeking proper permission from the local court.

3. 

Researchers from this IIT institute has found a new method to detect breast and ovarian cancer.

A. IIT Roorkee
B. IIT Delhi
C. IIT Bombay
D. IIT Kanpur

Answer: Option A

Explanation:

Researchers at the IIT Roorkee have identified a new method to detect two of the worst forms of cancer in women - breast and ovarian cancer. The research published in the journal, 'FASEB Bioadvances' details the use of whole saliva as a body fluid for early detection of breast and ovarian cancers, as opposed to the traditional method of using blood samples. The research team, led by Professor Kiran Ambatipudi from the institute's biotechnology department, identified certain proteins present in the saliva which act as potential biomarkers indicative of breast and ovarian cancer metastasis.

4. 

Bank of Maharashtra and __________ has partnered for MSME bill discounting.

A. TechBargains
B. Micro Center
C. Trade Receivables Discounting System (TReDS)
D. Slickdeals

Answer: Option C

Explanation:

Bank of Maharashtra (BoM) has partnered with M1Xchange Trade Receivables Discounting System (TReDS) platform for MSME bill discounting. TReDS is a digital platform to support micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to get their bills financed at a competitive rate through an auction where multiple registered financiers can participate.Mynd Solutions is a technology management firm which runs the TReDS platform of M1Xchange. The main purpose of TReDS platform is to facilitate smooth flow of liquidity in the system and make finance available at a competitive rate.

5. 

The researchers from which university created a 3D-printed device that that can produce electricity from falling snow?

A. Columbia University, New York
B. Yale University
C. University of California, Los Angeles
D. University of California, Berkeley

Answer: Option C

Explanation:

The researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), US created a 3D-printed device that that can produce electricity from falling snow. The device is small, inexpensive, thin, flexible like a plastic-sheet and can work anywhere because it provides its own power and does not need batteries. The research study was published in the journal 'Nano Energy' and UCLA's Richard Kaner is the senior author of it. The device termed as snow-based triboelectric nanogenerator or snow TENG, generates charge through static electricity and produces energy from electron-exchange.