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Current Affairs Quiz: February 14, 2024

  1. Which state government declared ‘Kaji Nemu’ as its state fruit?
    A) Sikkim
    B) Uttar Pradesh
    C) Assam
    D) Haryana
    E) None of the above
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    Option C
    Explanation:

    Assam, the state government has officially declared Kaji nemu (Citrus limon), a variety of lemon unique to the region, as the ‘State Fruit’.
  2. Who chaired the first meeting of 16th Finance Commission in New Delhi?
    A) Shri Shaktikanta Das
    B) Dr. Anoop Singh
    C) Ashok Lahiri
    D) Arvind Panagariya
    E) None of the above
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    Option D
    Explanation:

    The 16th Finance Commission (XVI-FC) held its first meeting in New Delhi under the chairmanship of Arvind Panagariya.
  3. NITI Aayog launched GROW initiative to transform India’s wastelands through agroforestry. What does “R” stands for in GROW?
    A) Reuse
    B) Recycle
    C) Restoration
    D) Repeat
    E) None of the above
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    Option C
    Explanation:

    NITI Aayog unveiled the Greening and Restoration of Wasteland with Agroforestry (GROW) report and portal, aiming to bolster efforts in environmental conservation and sustainable land use across India
  4. Education Minister announced that Automated Permanent Academic Account Registry ‘APAAR ID’ will be the global document for students. Who is Current Education Minister of India?
    A) Pralhad Joshi
    B) Dharmendra Pradhan
    C) Sarbananda Sonowal
    D) Narayan Tatu Rane
    E) Giriraj Singh
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    Option B
    Explanation:

    Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, unveiled the Automated Permanent Academic Account Registry (APAAR) initiative during the National Conference on APAAR held in New Delhi
  5. Where was 36th National Book Fair kicked off?
    A) Hyderabad
    B) Kerala
    C) Assam
    D) Lucknow
    E) New Delhi
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    Option A
    Explanation:

    The NTR Stadium in Hyderabad is bustling with activity as it hosts the 36th edition of the National Book Fair on its expansive grounds. Organised by the Hyderabad Book Fair Society, the annual fair kicked off, drawing bibliophiles from all corners of the city
  6. After 42 years, luxury train ‘Palace on Wheels’ will embark on spiritual journey to Ayodhya, Kashi, Varanasi. From where this train will start its journey?
    A) Delhi
    B) Lucknow
    C) Mathura
    D) Ayodhya
    E) None of the above
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    Option A
    Explanation:

    Luxury train, Palace on Wheels, will reportedly alter its route after 42 years as it will make the journey to the sacred Indian cities–Ayodhya, Kashi, and Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh.
    However, in a notable shift, it will now offer a six-day spiritual journey, traversing from Delhi to Ayodhya, Prayagraj, Varanasi, Mathura, and Vrindavan.
  7. Jammu & Kashmir Chief Secretary inaugurated the 2nd edition of the SARAS Aajeevika Mela, a vibrant 11-day event highlighting the resilience and creativity of rural women entrepreneurs. Who is Jammu and Kashmir Chief Secretary?
    A) Dharmendra
    B) K. S. Jawahar Reddy
    C) Atal Dulloo
    D) Dr.Ravi Kota
    E) None of the above
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    Option C
    Explanation:

    J & K Chief Secretary Atal Dulloo inaugurated the 2nd edition of the SARAS Aajeevika Mela, a vibrant 11-day event highlighting the resilience and creativity of rural women entrepreneurs.
  8. Who inaugurated Abu Dhabi’s first Hindu stone temple named BAPS?
    A) Narendra Modi
    B) Raj Kumar Singh
    C) Bhupender Yadav
    D) Parshottam Rupala
    E) Anurag Singh Thakur
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    Option A
    Explanation:

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated Abu Dhabi’s first Hindu stone temple, describing it as a symbol of the shared heritage of humanity and thanked the UAE for scripting a new golden chapter of human history.
  9. Which country will have world’s first air taxi for which agreements were inked at World Government Summit 2024 in Dubai?A) UAE
    B) Singapore
    C) Hungary
    D) Netherland
    E) None of the above
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    Option A
    Explanation:

    In a pathbreaking move set to revolutionize urban transportation, Dubai has inked agreements at the World Government Summit 2024 to launch the world’s first air taxi service.

  10. The Rail Coach Factory is aiming to roll out the first prototype of Vande Metro coach for intercity travel by April this year, its general manager S Srinivas has said. Where is Rail coach factory situated?
    A) Uttar Pradesh
    B) Haryana
    C) Punjab
    D) Delhi
    E) None of the above
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    Option C
    Explanation:

    The Rail Coach Factory (RCF) in Kapurthala in Punjab is aiming to roll out the first prototype of Vande Metro coach for intercity travel by April this year, its general manager S Srinivas has said.
  11. India’s services trade surplus shot up by how much amount in the October-December quarter?
    A) $44.9 Billion
    B) 48.09 Billion
    C) 43.83 Billion
    D) 41.24 Billion
    E) None of the above
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    Option A
    Explanation:

    India’s services trade surplus shot up to a record $44.9 billion in the October-December quarter (third quarter, or Q3) of 2023-24 (FY24), growing 16 per cent year-on-year, showing resilience amid strong global headwinds. This is likely to reduce the current account deficit (CAD) in Q3
  12. The government came up with a white paper on the Indian economy in which it presented how the economy improved. The white paper was presented for which period?
    A) 2014-2024
    B) 2020-2024
    C) 2018-2024
    D) 2016-2024
    E) None of the above
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    Option A
    Explanation:

    The government came up with a white paper on the Indian economy in which it presented how the economy improved from 2014 to 2024 in comparison with the time period between 2004 and 2014 when, the white paper claimed, the UPA hurt the economy, robbed the economy
  13. Which firm became the 1st listed Indian firm to cross Rs 20 lakh crore m-cap mark?
    A) Conglomerate
    B) Reliance
    C) Indian Oil Corporation
    D) ACC Limited
    E) None of the above
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    Option B
    Explanation:

    The market value of Reliance Industries breached ₹20-lakh crore, the first company on Indian bourses to go past this mark. The conglomerate had reached a market cap of ₹15-lakh crore in September 2021
  14. India’s WPI inflation eased to three-month low by how much per cent in January 2024 ?
    A) 0.35
    B) 0.25
    C) 0.29
    D) 0.11
    E) 0.27
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    Option E
    Explanation:

    India’s wholesale price index (WPI)-based inflation rate eased to a three-month low of 0.27 per cent (year-on-year) in January due to moderation in prices of food articles and manufacturing products, according to data released by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry. In December 2023, the factory gate inflation had stood at 0.73 per cent
  15. Who inaugurated the Gandhinagar Premier League?
    A) Amit Shah
    B) Narendra Modi
    C) Rajnath singh
    D) Nirmala Sitharaman
    E) None of the above
    View Answer
    Option A
    Explanation:

    Union Home Minister Amit Shah inaugurated the Gandhinagar Premier League (GPL) in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. Hardik Pandya, an India all-rounder, was spotted with Union Home Minister Amit Shah at the Gandhinagar Premier League’s launch
  16. Who was appointed as President of Institute of Chartered Accountants of India?
    A) Ashwini Vaishnaw
    B) Ranjeet Kumar Agarwal
    C) Gajendra Singh Shekhawat
    D) Raj Kumar Singh
    E) None of the above
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    Option B
    Explanation:

    The chartered accountants’ apex body Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) said Ranjeet Kumar Agarwal and Charanjot Singh Nanda have been elected as President and Vice President of the institute, respectively.
  17. Who has been awarded the Vishisht Seva Medal for innovative drone called ‘Multipurpose Octocopter’ that can undertake surveillance operations, dropping munitions and setting up aerial engagement of targets?
    A) Havildar Varinder Singh
    B) Venkaiah Naidu
    C) Bindeshwar Pathak
    D) Havildar Chiranjeevi
    E) None of the above
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    Option A
    Explanation:
  18. Which country won 9th Gov Tech award at World Government Summit in Dubai?
    A) Thailand
    B) Sri Lanka
    C) Australia
    D) India
    E) None of the above
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    Option D
    Explanation:
  19. Shamar Joseph was crowned ICC Player of the Month for January 2024. Which team does Shamar Joseph belong to?
    A) West Indies
    B) Ireland
    C) Australia
    D) Pakistan
    E) None of the above
    View Answer
    Option A
    Explanation:

    International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced the winners of the ICC Men’s and Women’s Player of the Month for January 2024. West Indies’ Shamar Joseph and Ireland’s Amy Hunter have been b
  20. Renowned litterateur Padma Shri Dr. Usha Kiran Khan passed away at a private hospital in Bihar’s capital Patna. She was 79. She was a celebrated writer of which language?
    A) Hindi
    B) Maithili
    C) Bengali
    D) Both A) and B)
    E) None of the above
    View Answer
    Option D
    Explanation:

    Renowned litterateur Padma Shri Dr. Usha Kiran Khan passed away at a private hospital in Bihar’s capital Patna. She was 79. Dr Usha Kiran Khan was a celebrated writer in Hindi and Maithili, earning accolades, including the Sahitya Akademi Award for her Maithili novel ‘Bhamati: Ek Avismaraniya Premkatha’.
    Her contributions to literature and education were further acknowledged when she was bestowed with the Padma Shri in 2015, one of India’s highest civilian awards
  21. Dattajirao Gaekwad passed away at 95. He was associated with which sport?
    A) Football
    B) Cricket
    C) Hockey
    D) Badminton
    E) None of the above
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    Option B
    Explanation:
  22. Gupteswar forest has been designated as fourth biodiversity heritage site in which state?
    A) Karnataka
    B) Haryana
    C) Rajasthan
    D) Maharashtra
    E) Odisha
    View Answer
    Option E
    Explanation:

    Gupteswar forest designated as fourth biodiversity heritage site in Odisha. Gupteswar forest, located near the Gupteswar Shiva temple within the Dhondrakhol reserve forest of the Jeypore forest division in Odisha’s Koraput district, has been officially recognized as the state’s fourth Biodiversity Heritage Site (BHS).
  23. India marked 5th anniversary of Pulwama attack in 2024 recently. When did Pulwama attack happen?
    A) 14 February 2019
    B) 16 January 2019
    C) 23 January 2019
    D) 25 January 2020
    E) None of the above
    View Answer
    Option A
    Explanation:

    February 14 is the fifth anniversary of the terror attack on Indian soldiers in the Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir.

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