Today’s Current Affairs MCQs: 9th May 2024

1. Who has won the Formula 1 2024 Miami Grand Prix?

(A) Lando Norris

(B) Oscar Piastri

(C) Charles Leclerc

(D) Max Verstappen

(E) George Russell

Ans (A)

24-year-old British Formula 1 driver Lando Norris recently achieved a major milestone in his career by winning his first F1 title at the Miami Grand Prix. The race took place at the Miami International Autodrome in Miami, Florida, USA.

This victory was particularly significant as it ended the winning streak of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, who had won four out of six races in the 2024 F1 season so far.

Norris, who races for McLaren’s team, made his F1 debut at the Australian Grand Prix in 2019. It took him 110 Grand Prix races to achieve his first win, which happened at the Miami Grand Prix.

Formula One racing is governed by The Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), which was established in 1904.

2. On which day is the Border Road Organisation has observed its raising day?

(A) 5 May

(B) 6 May

(C) 7 May

(D) 8 May

(E) 9 May

Ans (C)

The Border Road Organisation (BRO) celebrated its 65th anniversary on May 7, 2024.

They had a special event in New Delhi where the Union Defence Secretary, Giridhar Aramane, was there.

He praised BRO for their hard work in building roads in really tough places with difficult weather.

BRO was started by the government in 1960 under Pandit Nehru’s leadership. They started with two big projects: Project Tuskar (now called Project Vartak) in the East and Project Beacon in the West.

Project Tuskar was about making a road between Bhalukpong and Tenga in Arunachal Pradesh.

Project Beacon was all about building and taking care of roads in Kashmir, an important area for the Indian Army.

3. Which University in the United States of America has announced the Pulitzer Prize?

(A) New York University

(B) Fordham University

(C) Rutgers University

(D) Columbia University

(E) Harvard University

Ans (D)

Columbia University in the United States recently announced the winners of the 2024 Pulitzer Prize on May 7, 2024.

The winners were chosen by the Pulitzer Prize Board and will receive their awards in a ceremony led by the president of Columbia University.

The Pulitzer Prize is a highly respected award in the field of Journalism, recognizing excellence in 15 journalism categories and eight arts categories. It also includes special citations and awards.

Some of the notable winners of the 2024 Pulitzer Prize are listed below:

  • Journalism: For outstanding work in reporting and writing news stories.
  • Arts: Recognizing excellence in literature, music, and drama.

The Pulitzer Prize is considered one of the highest honors in journalism and the arts.

4. Who has won India’s 1st gold medal in 48kg category at the Asian U-22 & Youth Boxing Championship?

(A) Aryan

(B) Brijesh

(C) Nisha

(D) Laxmi

(E) Yashwardhan

Ans (B)

5 Indian young boxers have won gold medals in the Asian Under-22 and Youth Boxing Championships.

Brijesh, weighing 48 kilograms, secured India’s first gold medal by defeating Muminov Muinkhodzha from Tajikistan.

Aryan, in the 51-kilogram category, emerged victorious against Kamilov Zafarbek from Kyrgyzstan.

Yashwardhan Singh, weighing 63.5 kilograms, won against Gafurov Ruslan from Tajikistan.

Nisha, in the 52-kilogram category, outperformed Otynbay Bagzhan from Kazakhstan.

Laxmi, weighing 50 kilograms, secured India’s fifth gold medal by defeating Enkh Nomundari from Mongolia.

Additionally, 9 young boxers won silver medals.

5. Who has become the first person in the world to receive licensed gene therapy for sickle cell disease?

(A) Kyle Phillip

(B) Rusty Theron

(C) Kendric Cromer

(D) Richard Staple

(E) Steve Massiah

Ans (C)

Kendric Cromer, a 12-year-old from Washington, has made history by being the first person to get approved gene therapy for sickle cell disease. This disease affects around 100,000 people worldwide. The whole process, from collecting cells to delivering the treatment, takes about 70 to 105 days. The FDA has given permission to two companies to sell this gene therapy.

6. Who has been appointed as MD and CEO of Ujjivan Small Finance Bank?

(A) Sanjeev Nautiyal

(B) Ittira Davis

(C) Sudha Suresh

(D) Rajesh Jogi

(E) Rajni Mishra

Ans (A)

Ujjivan Small Finance Bank announced that the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has given the green light for Sanjeev Nautiyal to become the managing director (MD) and chief executive officer (CEO) of the bank.

Sanjeev Nautiyal will serve in this role for three years starting from July 1, 2024.

Ujjivan Small Finance Bank Limited is a small finance bank located in Bangalore, India.

It was founded by Samit Ghosh.

7. Who has been appointed as CEO of Paytm Services Pvt Limited?

(A) Schauna Chauhan

(B) Varun Sridhar

(C) N Chandrasekaran

(D) Vijay Shekhar Sharma

(E) K N Radhakrishnan

Ans (B)

Paytm’s President and Chief Operating Officer (COO), Bhavesh Gupta, has decided to step down from his position. His resignation has been accepted by the company, and he will officially leave the company on May 31, 2024.

In his place, Varun Sridhar has been appointed as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Paytm Services Pvt Limited. Additionally, Rakesh Singh has been welcomed as the new CEO of Paytm Money.

Paytm was founded in August 2010 by Vijay Shekhar Sharma, who serves as the Founder and CEO of the company. Paytm is part of the parent organization One97 Communications.

8. India has recently allowed the export of 14,000 tonnes of non-basmati rice to which country?

(A) Mauritius

(B) Seychelles

(C) Mauritania

(D) Maldives

(E) Madagascar

Ans (A)

India has agreed to send 14,000 tonnes of non-basmati rice to Mauritius. However, the government stopped the export of this type of rice on July 20, 2023, to make sure there’s enough for people in India. The rice will be sent through a group called National Cooperative Exports Limited (NCEL), which is supervised by the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT). India has also allowed the export of non-basmati white rice to countries like Nepal, Cameroon, Cote D’ Ivore, Guinea, Malaysia, Philippines, and Seychelles.

9. World Athletics Day has been observed on which day?

(A) 5th May

(B) 6th May

(C) 7th May

(D) 8th May

(E) 9th May

Ans (C)

World Athletics Day is a special day celebrated on 7th May every year. It’s a day to celebrate the sport of athletics around the world.

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) was created in Stockholm, Sweden, on July 17, 1912. This organization oversees athletics events globally.

The first World Athletics Day took place on May 15, 1996. It was celebrated in 50 countries, showing how popular athletics is worldwide.

The late Primo Nebiolo, who was the president of the IAAF at that time, initiated the celebrations for this special day. His goal was to promote athletics and encourage more people to participate in the sport.

10. What is the theme of World Asthma Day 2024?

(A) Asthma care for All

(B) Asthma Education Empowers

(C) Closing Gaps in Asthma Care

(D) STOP for asthma

(E) Uncovering Asthma Misconceptions

Ans (B)

World Asthma Day is an event managed by the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA), which works with the World Health Organization. They started this event in 1993.

The theme for 2024 is “Asthma Education Empowers.” This event first took place in 1998.

The purpose of World Asthma Day is to unite doctors, patients, and organizations to help people with asthma feel more empowered.

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