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Current Affairs : 13 July, 2021

 1. Recently the 'Chief Minister COVID-19 Family Financial Assistance Scheme' has been launched in the state?

North- Delhi

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has launched a social security scheme 'Mukhyamantri COVID-19 Parivar Sahayak Sahayata Yojana' to provide financial assistance to the families who have lost their next of kin to COVID-19. Under the scheme, an ex gratia of Rs 50,000 will be given to each family that has lost a member to COVID-19 and an additional Rs 2,500 per month if the deceased was the sole breadwinner of the family. The Chief Minister has also launched a portal for this scheme.

2. What is 'SwabSeq'?

Answer – Testing Platform

A team of scientists from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) has reported real-world results on a testing platform, SwabSeq. It uses sequencing to test thousands of samples at a time to detect the coronavirus. They were able to perform more than 80,000 tests in less than two months with high sensitivity and specificity. SwabSeq uses sample-specific molecular barcodes to analyze thousands of samples at once.

3. Which country has recently hosted the BRICS Education Ministers 2021?

North India

India has hosted the BRICS Education Ministers 2021. The meeting is being organized as part of the 13th BRICS summit being organized by India this year. Minister of State for Education Sanjay Dhotre has chaired the 8th BRICS Education Ministers meeting in virtual mode. The Education Ministers of the five BRICS member countries have resolved to enhance academic cooperation in higher education.

4. Which organization has recently organized the Indo-Pacific Business Summit-2021 in collaboration with the Ministry of External Affairs?

Answer – Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)

The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in collaboration with the Ministry of External Affairs has organized the first edition of the Indo-Pacific Business Summit-2021. Governments, enterprises, business chambers, think tanks and academia from the countries of the Indo-Pacific region participated in this business summit organized on a virtual platform. The summit also included a virtual trade exhibition.

5. In which country is the Aitoliko lagoon located?

Answer – Greece

The Aitoliko lagoon is located in the northern Patras Bay in western Greece. It is a polluted lagoon with a depth of up to 30 meters, which is connected to the sea by narrow channels. A group of divers have reported sightings of hundreds of rare endangered seahorses in this lagoon.

6. DBT-NIBMG has created the world's first database of genomic variants named “dbGENVOC” in which disease?

Answer – Oral cancer

DBT-National Institute of Biomedical Genomics (NIBMG), Kalyani is an autonomous institute funded by the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India. DBT-NIBMG has developed a database of genomic variations in oral cancer named dbGENVOC. It is the first database of its kind in the world. It is a free, browseable online database with a powerful built-in search engine.

Under which act was Stan Swamy booked?

Answer – Unlawful Activities Prevention Act

Stan Swamy spent nine months in custody after being booked under the UAPA (Unlawful Activities Prevention Act). The Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) is the primary anti-terrorism law in India. Although it was originally enacted in 1967, there have been more than 6 amendments to this law. Stan Swamy was arrested for his links with the Maoists in connection with the Bhima Koregaon violence. Recently he has passed away.

8. Which multilateral association has recently organized a conference on Biodiversity?


The 3rd ASEAN Conference on Biodiversity has been held. The fifth and final session of this conference focused on the theme 'Towards 2050: Living in Harmony with Nature'. According to ASEAN countries, developing countries will require resources for proper implementation of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework. ASEAN comprises 10 countries: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

9. What is the estimated annual growth rate of the world market capitalization of India over the last five years?

Answer – 14.7%

India has been outperforming the global growth in market capitalization for the past five years, which is 14.7% annually. In the month of June, India's share in the world market capitalization rose to 2.60%, which is higher than the long-term average of 2.45%, according to media reports. India's market capitalization grew 66% in a year to $3.02 trillion last month, more than a 44% increase of global market capitalization.

10. NEOWIS is the telescope of which space agency?

Answer – NASA

NASA's Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) was given a two-year mission extension. It searches for asteroids and comets – including objects that may pose a threat to Earth.

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