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Current Affairs Quiz: April 16, 2024

  1. Which player did Stefanos Tsitsipas defeat to win his third Monte Carlo Masters title?
    A) Rafael Nadal
    B) Novak Djokovic
    C) Bjorn Borg
    D) Casper Ruud
    E) Roger Federer
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    Option D
    Explanation:

    Stefanos Tsitsipas completed a Monte Carlo Masters trophy hat-trick, holding off Casper Ruud 6-1, 6-4 in a display of “ruthless” tennis.
  2. What was the percentage increase in Wholesale Price Index (WPI)-based inflation from February to March 2024?
    A) 0.33%
    B) 0.23%
    C) 0.53%
    D) 0.03%
    E) None of the above
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    Option C
    Explanation:

    The headline wholesale price index (WPI)-based inflation inched up to a three-month high of 0.53 per cent in March from 0.2 per cent in February.
  3. According to Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr., what impact will the trilateral deal between the US, Japan, and the Philippines have on the South China Sea?
    A) It will escalate tensions with China.
    B) It will maintain the current dynamic in the region.
    C) It will change the dynamic in the South China Sea and the region.
    D) It will solely benefit the Philippines.
    E) None of the above
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    Option C
    Explanation:

    A cooperation agreement by the Philippines, the United States and Japan will change the dynamic in the South China Sea and the region, Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. said, while seeking to assure China it was not a target.
  4. What is the coal production target set by the government for the financial year 2025 (FY25)?
    A) 147.12 million tonnes
    B) 170.12 million tonnes
    C) 170 million tonnes
    D) 150 million tonnes
    E) None of the above
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    Option C
    Explanation:

    The government has set the target of producing 170 million tonnes of coal from captive and commercial coal blocks in the country during the current financial year.
  5. What was the goods trade deficit for India in March, according to commerce ministry data?
    A) $18.71 billion
    B) $15.6 billion
    C) $16.02 billion
    D) $14.44 billion
    E) None of the above
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    Option B
    Explanation:

    India’s goods trade deficit narrowed by nearly 17% in March compared with the previous month, official data showed, as imports fell steeply, while exports rose only marginally.The deficit fell to $15.6 billion in March, down from $18.71 billion in February, and $16.02 billion in January, commerce ministry data showed.
  6. Who will succeed Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong after his two-decade tenure?
    A) Lee Hsien Loong Jr.
    B) Lawrence Wong
    C) Lee Kuan Yew
    D) Tony Tan
    E) None of the above
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    Option B
    Explanation:

    Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, after two decades in office, will step down on May 15, passing the baton to his deputy, Lawrence Wong. The transition marks a significant moment for Singapore as it prepares for new leadership amidst the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic
  7. What is the percentage by which Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) has raised its stake in Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL)?
    A) Over 10%
    B) Exactly 5%
    C) Over 5%
    D) Less than 5%
    E) None of the above
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    Option C
    Explanation:

    Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) said its stake in FMCG major Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL) has crossed 5 per cent.
  8. India Mortgage Guarantee Corporation (IMGC) has partnered with which bank to offer mortgage guarantee-backed home loan products?
    A) State Bank of India (SBI)
    B) Punjab National Bank (PNB)
    C) Bank of India (BOI)
    D) ICICI Bank
    E) None of the above
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    Option C
    Explanation:

    India Mortgage Guarantee Corporation (IMGC) has announced its strategic partnership with the Bank of India (BOI) to offer mortgage guarantee-backed home loan products.
  9. Who has been appointed to the post of Joint Director at the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) according to a Personnel Ministry order?
    A) Anurag Kumar
    B) Amit Sharma
    C) Rajesh Singh
    D) None of these
    E) Rahul Gupta
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    Option A
    Explanation:

    Senior IPS officer Anurag Kumar has been appointed to the post of Joint Director, Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for a tenure up to February 24, 2027, according to a Personnel Ministry order.
  10. Who recently passed away at the age of 78, holding the title of the most successful spin bowler in England’s Test cricket history?
    A) Derek Underwood
    B) Ian Botham
    C) Shane Warne
    D) None of these
    E) Muttiah Muralitharan
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    Option A
    Explanation:

    Derek Underwood, the most successful spin bowler in England’s Test cricket history, has died at the age of 78.
  11. At which event did Lithuanian discus thrower Mykolas Alekna break a world record that had stood for four decades?
    A) Oklahoma Throws Series World Invitational meeting
    B) Lithuanian National Championships
    C) European Athletics Championships
    D) Olympic Games
    E) none of the above
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    Option A
    Explanation:

    Lithuanian discus thrower Mykolas Alekna broke a world record that had stood for four decades at the Oklahoma Throws Series World Invitational meeting in Ramona.
  12. Who won the women’s final of the 51st National Carrom Championship organized by the Madhya Pradesh Carrom Association?
    A) K Nagajothi
    B) Rashmi Kumari
    C) Deepika Pal
    D) Sharmila Devi
    E) None of the above
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    Option B
    Explanation:

    Three-time World Champion Rashmi Kumari beat K Nagajothi 25-8, 14-20, 25-20 in the women’s final of the 51st National carrom championship organised by the Madhya Pradesh Carrom Association.Rashmi has etched her name deeper into the annals of Indian carrom history by claiming her 12th National Carrom Championship title.
  13. During which tournament did Nepal’s Dipendra Singh Airee become the third batsman to hit six sixes in an over in T20 internationals?
    A) ICC Men’s T20 World Cup
    B) ACC Men’s Premier Cup T20 International
    C) Nepal T20 League
    D) Asia Cup T20
    E) None of the above
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    Option B
    Explanation:

    Nepal’s hard-hitting Dipendra Singh Airee became the third batter to smash six sixes in an over in T20 internationals in Al Amerat. Airee achieved the feat against hosts Qatar during the ongoing ACC Men’s Premier Cup T20 International fixture in Al Amerat.
  14. Which cricketing personality, who served as a Board member of Cricket Australia and an International Cricket Council (ICC) delegate, recently passed away at the age of 70 in Adelaide, Australia?
    A) Steve Smith
    B) Jack Clarke
    C) Justin Langer
    D) Shane Warne
    E) None of the above
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    Option B
    Explanation:

    Former Cricket Australia (CA) chairman Jack Clarke has sadly passed away at the age of 70 in Adelaide, Australia. Clarke served as a Board member of Cricket Australia and as an International Cricket Council (ICC) delegate. He was also a beloved figure at the South Australian Cricket Association (SACA).
  15. Who, a legendary figure in Kannada cinema known for his roles as an actor, producer, and director, passed away at the age of 81 in his Bengaluru residence?
    A) Rajkumar
    B) Anant Nag
    C) Dwarakish
    D) Puneeth Rajkumar
    E) Vishnuvardhan
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    Option C
    Explanation:

    Legendary Kannada actor, producer and director Dwarakish passed away at his Bengaluru residence. He was 81.
  16. Which team emerged as the champions of the Indian Super League (ISL) by defeating Mumbai City FC with a scoreline of 2-1 at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata?
    A) Mohun Bagan
    B) Kerala Blasters FC
    C) Bengaluru FC
    D) None of these
    E) Chennaiyin FC
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    Option A
    Explanation:

    Mohun Bagan Super Giant became the Indian Super League (ISL) Champions by defeating Mumbai City FC by 2-1 at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata.
  17. Which noted Carnatic musician, aged 90, passed away at his residence in Thripunitura, Ernakulam district of Kerala?
    A) K.J. Yesudas
    B) M.S. Subbulakshmi
    C) K.G. Jayan
    D) L. Subramaniam
    E) None of the above
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    Option C
    Explanation:

    Noted Carnatic musician K.G. Jayan died at his residence at Thripunitura in Ernakulam district of Kerala. He was 90.
  18. Which actor was conferred with an honorary doctorate from Vels University during the institute’s 14th Annual Convocation held at its Pallavaram campus in Chennai?
    A) Rajinikanth
    B) Allu Arjun
    C) Vijay
    D) Ram Charan
    E) None of the above
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    Option D
    Explanation:

    Actor Ram Charan has received an honorary doctorate from Vels University at the institute’s 14th Annual Convocation which was held at its Pallavaram campus in Chennai.
  19. Which position did Apple hold in the global smartphone market during the first quarter of 2024, according to data from research firm IDC?
    A) First
    B) Second
    C) Third
    D) Fourth
    E) Fifth
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    Option B
    Explanation:

    Apple’s AAPL.O smartphone shipments dropped about 10% in the first quarter of 2024, hurt by intensifying competition by Android smartphone makers aiming for the top spot, data from research firm IDC showed.The iPhone-maker’s steep sales decline comes after its strong performance in the December quarter when it overtook Samsung as the world’s No.1 phone maker. It’s back to the second spot, with 17.3% market share, as Chinese brands such as Huawei gain market share.
  20. Which Indian state reported the highest rate of tree cover loss due to fires from 2001 to 2022, according to the Global Forest Watch monitoring project?
    A) Odisha
    B) Arunachal Pradesh
    C) Nagaland
    D) Assam
    E) None of the above
    View Answer
    Option A
    Explanation:

    India lost 2.3 million hectares of tree cover between 2001 and 2023, latest data from the Global Forest Watch monitoring project showed. The figure is equivalent to a 6% decrease since 2000.From 2001 to 2022, Odisha had the highest rate of tree cover loss due to fires with an average of 238 hectares lost per year, the report said.
  21. What is the name of the platform introduced by the BJP-led government to disburse subsidies to horticulture farmers under the Cluster Development Programme (CDP)?
    A) CDP-Progress
    B) CDP-SURAKSHA
    C) CDP-Agro
    D) CDP-Growth
    E) None of the above
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    Option B
    Explanation:

    The BJP-led government has come up with a new platform to disburse subsidies to horticulture farmers under the Cluster Development Programme (CDP), the Centre’s initiative to promote horticulture crops. The platform is known as CDP-SURAKSHA.
  22. PayU, a leading online payment solutions provider, is partnering with which US-based fintech company to enhance the cross-border payment experience for Indian merchants?
    A) Visa
    B) Mastercard
    C) Stripe
    D) PayPal
    E) None of the above
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    Option D
    Explanation:

    PayU, a leading online payment solutions provider will announce its partnership with the US-based fintech company PayPal to enhance the cross-border payment experience for Indian merchants.
  23. Who has been selected by the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to serve as IMF Managing Director for a second five-year term starting on October 1, 2024?
    A) Christine Lagarde
    B) David Malpass
    C) Kristalina Georgieva
    D) Jerome Powell
    E) None of the above
    View Answer
    Option C
    Explanation:

    The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) selected Kristalina Georgieva to serve as IMF Managing Director for a second five-year term starting on October 1, 2024. Georgieva’s five-year term would start on October 1, 2024. The Board’s decision was taken by consensus.
  24. Jonatan Christie, who hails from which country, won his first Asian Badminton Championship title in 2024 after defeating Chinese player Li Shi Feng in the final match?
    A) Indonesia
    B) China
    C) Japan
    D) Malaysia
    E) None of the above
    View Answer
    Option A
    Explanation:

    Indonesian Badminton player Jonatan Christie won his first Asian Badminton Championship by defeating the Chinese player Li Shi Feng in the final of the 2024 Badminton Asia Championships. The 41st Badminton Asia Championships was held in the coastal city of Ningbo, located in the Zhejiang province of China.
  25. Who authored the book “Maker of Modern Goa: The Untold Story of Pratapsingh Rane,” recently released by Rupa Publications?
    A) Vijayadevi Rane
    B) Pratapsingh Rane
    C) Ravi Kumar
    D) Prakash Rane
    E) None of the above
    View Answer
    Option A
    Explanation:

    The book titled “Maker of Modern Goa: The Untold Story of Pratapsingh Rane” written by Vijayadevi Rane has been released recently. The book was published by Rupa Publications.
  26. Whose 400m bronze medal at the 2023 Asian Championships will be upgraded to silver due to the original second-place finisher, Farida Soliyeva of Uzbekistan, failing a dope test?
    A) Farida Soliyeva
    B) Saina Nehwal
    C) Aishwarya Mishra
    D) Deepika Kumari
    E) None of the above
    View Answer
    Option C
    Explanation:

    Top Indian athlete Aishwarya Mishra’s 400m bronze medal at 2023 Asian Championships will be upgraded to silver as original second-place finisher Farida Soliyeva of Uzbekistan failed a dope test.

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