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Current Affairs Quiz: April 23, 2024

  1. At which location did Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurate the 2550th Bhagwan Mahaveer Nirvan Mahotsav on the occasion of Mahavir Jayanti?
    A) Varanasi
    B) New Delhi
    C) Jaipur
    D) Kolkata
    E) None of the above
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    Option B
    Explanation:

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the 2550th Bhagwan Mahaveer Nirvan Mahotsav on the occasion of Mahavir Jayanti at Bharat Mandapam in New Delhi. During the event, the PM released a commemorative stamp and coin to mark the occasion.
  2. The collaboration between the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) and the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) targets the provision of vocational training primarily to?
    A) Affluent communities in urban areas.
    B) Elderly individuals seeking new career opportunities.
    C) Tribal and underprivileged youth across various states.
    D) Professionals in the IT sector.
    E) None of the above
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    Option C
    Explanation:

    In a groundbreaking collaboration aimed at empowering marginalised communities, the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) and the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) are all set to provide vocational training to tribal and underprivileged youth across multiple states.
  3. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG) and the Ministry of Civil Service, Cambodia, focuses on cooperation in which area?
    A) Healthcare services
    B) Environmental protection
    C) Infrastructure development
    D) Human resource development in civil service
    E) None of the above
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    Option D
    Explanation:

    Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG) under Ministry of Personnel, Public Administration and Pensions signed a Memorandum of Understanding(MoU) with Ministry of Civil Service, Cambodia on cooperation in the field of Human Resource Development in Civil Service.
  4. In the latest QS World University Rankings, which country emerged as the top-performing nation among G20 countries, recording a 14% year-on-year improvement in the average ranking of its universities?
    A) China
    B) United States
    C) India
    D) Russia
    E) None of the above
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    Option C
    Explanation:

    India has emerged as the top-performing nation among G20 countries in the latest QS World University Rankings, with its universities recording a 14% year-on-year improvement in the average ranking.
  5. Rashtriya Raksha University (RRU) based in Gandhinagar signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with which organization to advance aerospace, defence, and homeland security innovation?
    A) Starburst Aerospace
    B) Airbus
    C) Lockheed Martin
    D) Boeing
    E) None of the above
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    Option A
    Explanation:

    Gandhinagar-based Rashtriya Raksha University (RRU) and Starburst Aerospace of France entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to advance aerospace, defence, and homeland security innovation.
  6. The Armed Forces Medical Services (AFMS) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with which institution for collaborative research and training?
    A) Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore
    B) Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi
    C) Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay
    D) None of these
    E) All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi
    View Answer
    Option B
    Explanation:

    Armed Forces Medical Services (AFMS) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for collaborative research and training with Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi.
  7. Rail Vikas Nigam Limited (RVNL) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with which company to collaborate on India’s public transportation and infrastructure-related projects?
    A) Adani Group
    B) Indian Railways Construction Limited (IRCON)
    C) National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL)
    D) M/s Turkish Engineering Consulting & Contracting – TUMAS India Private Limited
    E) None of the above
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    Option D
    Explanation:

    Rail Vikas Nigam Limited (RVNL) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with M/s Turkish Engineering Consulting & Contracting – TUMAS India Private Limited for India’s public transportation and infrastructure related projects.
  8. What recent visa rule change by the European Union (EU) will benefit frequent travelers from India?
    A) Longer validity for tourist visas
    B) Simplified application process for work visas
    C) Introduction of single-entry visas
    D) Multiple-entry Schengen visas with longer validity
    E) None of the above
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    Option D
    Explanation:

    European Union, EU has adopted new visa rules that will allow frequent travellers from India to apply for multiple-entry Schengen visa with longer validity, easing travel to 29 European countries. Announced by the EU delegation to India and Bhutan, the rules will make it easier for regular Indian travellers to get the visa under the new cascade regime.
  9. According to a leading conflict think-tank, what was India’s rank in terms of military spending globally in 2023?
    A) Second
    B) Third
    C) Fourth
    D) Fifth
    E) None of the above
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    Option C
    Explanation:

    India was the fourth largest military spender globally in 2023, a leading conflict think-tank said. At $83.6 billion, the country’s military expenditure was 4.2 per cent higher than in 2022.
  10. Which bank has executed transactions to pay farmers for carbon credits using a programmable version of the Reserve Bank of India’s digital currency, known as e-rupee?
    A) HDFC Bank
    B) State Bank of India (SBI)
    C) IndusInd Bank
    D) ICICI Bank
    E) None of the above
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    Option C
    Explanation:

    IndusInd Bank said it has executed transactions to pay farmers for carbon credits with a programmable version of the Reserve Bank of India’s digital currency, or e-rupee.
  11. Which telecom company recently emerged as the world’s largest mobile operator in terms of data traffic, surpassing China Mobile?
    A) Bharti Airtel
    B) Reliance Jio
    C) Vodafone Idea
    D) China Unicom
    E) None of the above
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    Option B
    Explanation:

    Reliance Jio, the telecom giant of India, has become the world’s largest mobile operator in terms of data traffic, surpassing China Mobile. The announcement came recently as Jio revealed its quarterly results, showcasing staggering numbers and milestones.
  12. What is the primary objective of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between NTPC Green Energy Ltd. (NGEL) and Indus Towers Ltd. (ITL)?
    A) Implementing 5G technology in urban areas.
    B) Expanding internet access in remote regions.
    C) Advancing initiatives for carbon-neutral economy.
    D) Developing renewable energy projects.
    E) None of the above
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    Option C
    Explanation:

    NTPC Green Energy Ltd. (NGEL) and Indus Towers Ltd. (ITL) have inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed at advancing green energy initiatives in alignment with the Government of India’s efforts towards achieving a carbon-neutral economy.
  13. CSIR-IICT (Indian Institute of Chemical Technology) and BHEL corporate R&D are collaborating to develop a technology for capturing and converting carbon dioxide (CO2) into which clean fuel that can be blended with Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG)?
    A) Methane
    B) Ethanol
    C) Dimethyl Ether (DME)
    D) Hydrogen
    E) None of the above
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    Option C
    Explanation:

    CSIR-IICT (Indian Institute of Chemical Technology) and BHEL corporate R&D have joined hands to develop a technology for capturing and converting carbon dioxide (CO2) into Dimethyl Ether (DME) through direct catalytic conversion. This clean fuel can be blended with Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG).
  14. Who, at the age of 29, announced their retirement from international badminton, citing a decline in performance following a serious car accident in 2020?
    A) Lin Dan
    B) Viktor Axelsen
    C) Kento Momota
    D) Carolina Marin
    E) None of the above
    View Answer
    Option C
    Explanation:

    Two-time world champion Kento Momota has announced his retirement from international badminton at the age of 29. Momota’s career took a downturn after a serious car accident in 2020, which significantly impacted his performance.
  15. Who won the Chinese Grand Prix, securing his fourth victory in five races of the season and his 23rd win in the last 27 races extending through last season?
    A) Lewis Hamilton
    B) Sebastian Vettel
    C) None of these
    D) Valtteri Bottas
    E) Max Verstappen
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    Option E
    Explanation:

    The three-time defending champion, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen won the Chinese Grand Prix starting from the pole, his fourth victory in five races this season and his 23rd in the last 27 extending through last season.
  16. Who made history by winning the Candidates Chess Tournament and becoming the youngest challenger to the world title?
    A) D Gukesh
    B) Magnus Carlsen
    C) Garry Kasparov
    D) Ding Liren
    E) None of the above
    View Answer
    Option A
    Explanation:

    India’s 17-year-old Grandmaster D Gukesh makes history by winning the Candidates Chess Tournament, becoming the youngest challenger to the world title.
  17. Who was honored with the KISS Humanitarian Award 2021 for his commitment to social development and exemplary corporate leadership?
    A) Ratan Tata
    B) Mukesh Ambani
    C) Azim Premji
    D) Narayana Murthy
    E) None of the above
    View Answer
    Option A
    Explanation:

    Ratan Tata, Chairman Emeritus of the Tata Group, was honored with the KISS Humanitarian Award 2021. The award ceremony was held at his residence in Mumbai, marking a significant recognition of Tata’s commitment to social development and exemplary corporate leadership.

  18. Who among the following individuals received the Padma Vibhushan award posthumously in 2024?
    A) Mithun Chakraborty
    B) Usha Uthup
    C) Padma Subrahmanyam
    D) M Venkaiah Naidu
    E) None of the above
    View Answer
    Option C
    Explanation:

    The President of India, Smt. Droupadi Murmu presented 3 Padma Vibhushan, 8 Padma Bhushan and 55 Padma Shri Awards for the year 2024 at the Civil Investiture Ceremony-I held with grandeur in Darbar Hall of the Rashtrapati Bhawan.
    Founder of Sulabh International, Bindeshwar Pathak, posthumously, renowned Bharatanatyam dancer Padma Subrahmanyam and former Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu were conferred with the Padma Vibhushan.

  19. In which city did India inaugurate its first Metaverse Experience Center, marking a significant step into the future of technology?
    A) Mumbai
    B) Delhi
    C) None of these
    D) Bengaluru
    E) Noida
    View Answer
    Option E
    Explanation:

    India is all set to embark on a revolutionary journey into the future of technology with the inauguration of its first Metaverse Experience Center in Noida.
  20. What is the name of the largest neuromorphic system globally constructed by Intel?
    A) Hala Point
    B) Sandia National Laboratories
    C) Neuromorphic Innovation Center
    D) Computational Efficiency Hub
    E) None of the above
    View Answer
    Option A
    Explanation:

    Intel has made waves in the technology world with the construction of the largest neuromorphic system globally.
    Dubbed “Hala Point,” this colossal innovation, initially deployed at Sandia National Laboratories, represents a significant leap forward in artificial intelligence (AI) research, promising to reshape the landscape of computational efficiency and sustainability.
  21. Which river, known for its picturesque hills, dense forests, and crystal-clear waters, is facing an acute water crisis in the Kodagu District of Karnataka due to severe drought conditions and intense heat?
    A) Cauvery River
    B) Krishna River
    C) None of these
    D) Lakshmana Tirtha River
    E) Tunga River
    View Answer
    Option D
    Explanation:

    The Lakshmana Tirtha River, located in the Kodagu District, Karnataka, is well-known for its picturesque hills, dense forests, and crystal-clear rivers. However, due to ongoing severe drought conditions and intense heat, the river is facing an acute water crisis.
  22. Who is the author of the recently released book titled “Climate Capitalism”?
    A) Akshat Rathi
    B) Bill Gates
    C) Naomi Klein
    D) Greta Thunberg
    E) None of the above
    View Answer
    Option A
    Explanation:

    The book titled ‘Climate Capitalism’ written by Akshat Rathi has been released recently.
  23. Who presented Prime Minister Narendra Modi with a book titled “Sabke Ram”?
    A) Hitesh Shankar
    B) Arun Goyal
    C) Both A and B
    D) Vineet Jain
    E) Rajkumar Ghosh
    View Answer
    Option C
    Explanation:

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi was presented with a book titled “Sabke Ram” by Panchjanya editor Hitesh Shankar and Managing Director of Bharat Prakashan Arun Goyal.

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