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Current Affairs Quiz: April 21 and 22, 2024

  1. Which of the following accurately describes Exercise Poorvi Lehar conducted by the Indian Navy on the East Coast?
    A) It was a joint military exercise with foreign navies.
    B) The exercise focused on combating piracy in the Indian Ocean.
    C) Poorvi Lehar aimed to validate procedures for assessing the Indian Navy’s readiness for maritime security challenges.
    D) The exercise primarily concentrated on disaster relief operations in coastal areas.
    E) None of the above
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    Option C
    Explanation:

    Indian Navy conducted Exercise Poorvi Lehar on the East Coast. The exercise aimed at validation of procedures towards assessment of the Indian Navy’s preparedness to meet Maritime Security challenges in the region.
  2. Which significant step towards fostering international cooperation was taken by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG)?
    A) Signing a trade agreement with Bulgaria for export-import facilitation.
    B) Launching a joint space exploration mission with Bulgaria.
    C) Establishing a cultural exchange program with Bulgaria.
    D) Signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with SAI Bulgaria, the Bulgarian National Audit Office, in Sofia.
    E) None of the above
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    Option D
    Explanation:

    In a step towards fostering international cooperation, the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with SAI Bulgaria, the Bulgarian National Audit Office, in Sofia.
  3. What was the primary focus of the First Rainbow International Tourism Conference held in Nepal?
    A) Promoting adventure tourism in the Himalayas.
    B) Advocating for wildlife conservation and ecotourism.
    C) Showcasing Nepal’s cultural heritage and traditional festivals.
    D) Promoting Nepal as a safe and inclusive destination for LGBT tourists.
    E) None of the above
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    Option D
    Explanation:

    First Rainbow International Tourism Conference also known as LGBT tourism or gay tourism, in Nepal took place in Kathmandu organised by civil society Mayako Pahichan in association with Nepal Tourism Board. The objective of tje conference is to promote the country as a safe and inclusive destination for LGBT tourists.
  4. What recent change has been implemented by the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) regarding health insurance policies?
    A) Reduction in premiums for existing policyholders
    B) Introduction of a cap on coverage amounts
    C) Removal of the age limit for purchasing health insurance policies
    D) Mandating additional medical examinations for policyholders over 65
    E) None of the above
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    Option C
    Explanation:

    The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) has removed the age cap on buying health insurance policies, effective from April 1, 2024.
  5. In which city did the Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency Ltd. (IREDA) establish an office with the aim of facilitating financing for renewable energy and green hydrogen projects?
    A) New Delhi
    B) Mumbai
    C) Bengaluru
    D) GIFT City, Gandhinagar
    E) None of the above
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    Option D
    Explanation:

    The Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency Ltd. (IREDA) has established an office in GIFT City, Gandhinagar, with a view to offering debt assistance in foreign currencies to facilitate natural hedging and thereby reduce financing costs for renewable energy and green hydrogen projects.
  6. Which collaboration has been established to enhance convenience for travellers by integrating the SBI National Common Mobility Card (NCMC) with the Bharat BillPay platform?
    A) State Bank of India (SBI) and National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI)
    B) NPCI Bharat BillPay Ltd. (NBBL) and Indian Railways
    C) SBI National Common Mobility Card (NCMC) and Indian Airports Authority
    D) Bharat BillPay and Indian Association of Tour Operators
    E) None of the above
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    Option A
    Explanation:

    NPCI Bharat BillPay Ltd. (NBBL), a wholly owned subsidiary of the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI), in association with State Bank of India (SBI), has onboarded SBI National Common Mobility Card (NCMC) on its Bharat BillPay platform for the convenience of travellers.
  7. Which state-owned company was granted “Navratna” status by the Department of Public Enterprise?
    A) Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL)
    B) National Thermal Power Corporation Limited (NTPC)
    C) National Fertilizers Limited (NFL)
    D) Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC)
    E) None of the above
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    Option C
    Explanation:

    State-owned National Fertilizers Ltd on Friday (April 19) said the Department of Public Enterprise has granted “Navratna” status to the company.
  8. What was the growth rate of India’s net direct tax collections in the fiscal year ended March 2024?
    A) 17.7%
    B) 7.40%
    C) 13%
    D) 1.35%
    E) None of the above
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    Option A
    Explanation:

    India’s net direct tax collections surged by a massive 17.7 per cent year-on-year to Rs 19.58 crore in the fiscal year ended March 2024, surpassing even revised estimates by a wide margin, the tax department said.
  9. How many Advance Pricing Agreements (APAs) did the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) sign in the current fiscal year?
    A) 86
    B) 125
    C) 39
    D) 641
    E) None of the above
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    Option B
    Explanation:

    The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has signed a record number of 125 Advance Pricing Agreements (APAs) in the current fiscal year. This is 31% more APAs than were signed in the previous fiscal year.
  10. Which popular Indian cricketer has been signed as the brand ambassador for French automaker Citroen?
    A) Virat Kohli
    B) Sachin Tendulkar
    C) Mahendra Singh Dhoni
    D) Rohit Sharma
    E) None of the above
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    Option C
    Explanation:

    French automaker Citroen, has signed in popular Indian cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni as its brand ambassador. The company has paid INR 7 crore in the initial phase, sources aware of the matter.
  11. Who has been appointed as the new Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) of the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI)?
    A) Benjamin Ambrose
    B) John Smith
    C) Priya Patel
    D) Rahul Kumar
    E) None of the above
    View Answer
    Option A
    Explanation:

    The National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) has named Benjamin Ambrose as its new Chief Information Security Officer (CISO).
  12. What is the name of the upgraded AI assistant introduced by Meta, powered by the large language model Llama 3?
    A) Meta Assistant
    B) Meta AI
    C) Zuckerberg AI
    D) Llama Assistant
    E) None of the above
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    Option B
    Explanation:

    Announcing one of its biggest AI news, Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg introduced Meta AI. This upgraded AI assistant is powered by the advanced large language model, Llama 3.
  13. What is the name of the recently discovered largest stellar black hole in the Milky Way?
    A) Gaia BH3
    B) Milky Way BH33
    C) Gaia Stellaris
    D) CNRS Black Hole
    E) None of the above
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    Option A
    Explanation:

    Astronomers identified the largest stellar black hole yet discovered in the Milky Way, with a mass 33 times that of the Sun, according to a study published recently.
    The black hole, named Gaia BH3, was discovered “by chance” from data collected by the European Space Agency’s Gaia mission, an astronomer from the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) at the Observatoire de Paris.
  14. What is the name of the newly discovered species found in the rainforests of Brazil?
    A) Jungle Tiger
    B) Clouded Tiger Cat
    C) Brazilian Leopard
    D) Rainforest Feline
    E) None of the above
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    Option B
    Explanation:

    An extraordinary discovery has been made recently in the lush rainforests of Brazil a new species of tiger, small in stature but significant in its implications for biodiversity and conservation. Dubbed the clouded tiger cat (Leopardus pardinoides), this adorable feline has captured the hearts of scientists and animal lovers alike.
  15. Which former England Test batsman recently passed away at the age of 92, as announced by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB)? At the time of his demise, he held the distinction of being England’s oldest living men’s Test cricketer.
    A) Geoffrey Boycott
    B) Raman Subba Row
    C) Ian Botham
    D) Michael Atherton
    E) None of the above
    View Answer
    Option B
    Explanation:

    Former England Test batsman Raman Subba Row has died at the age of 92, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced. At the time of his death, he was England’s oldest living men’s Test cricketer.

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