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Current Affairs Quiz: February 21, 2024

  1. Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of Shri Kalki Dham temple in which district of Uttar Pradesh?
    A) Sambhal
    B) Bulandshar
    C) Moradabad
    D) Amroha
    E) None of the above
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    Option A
    Explanation:

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of Shri Kalki Dham temple in Uttar Pradesh’s Sambhal. The construction of Shri Kalki Dham is overseen by the Shri Kalki Dham Nirman Trust, led by its chairman Acharya Pramod Krishnam
  2. Indian Army planned how much amount of project to replace ageing T-72 tank fleet
    A) 57,000 crore
    B) 60000 crore
    C) 35000 crore
    D) 45000 crore
    E) None of the above
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    Option A
    Explanation:

    The Indian Army is set to issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) this year for a project worth an estimated Rs 57,000 crore to produce 1,770 Future Ready Combat Vehicles (FRCVs) in India, slated to replace the ageing Russian-origin T-72 tanks from 2030 onwards.
  3. Where was U Tirot Sing Memorial inaugurated ?
    A) Dhaka
    B) Chattogram
    C) Khulna
    D) Rajshahi
    E) Rangpur
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    Option A
    Explanation:

    The U Tirot Sing Memorial was inaugurated at the Indira Gandhi Cultural Centre (IGCC) in Dhaka, Bangladesh where the bust of U Tirot Sing Syiem, braveheart of Khasi Hills and freedom fighter of Meghalaya was also unveiled.
  4. The government has increased the authorised capital of state-run Food Corporation of India (FCI) from ₹10,000 crore to what amount?
    A) 21000 crore
    B) 20000 crore
    C) 15000 crore
    D) 19000 crore
    E) None of the above
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    Option C
    Explanation:

    The government has increased the authorised capital of state-run Food Corporation of India (FCI) from ₹10,000 crore to ₹21,000 crore to enhance the operational capabilities and fulfill its mandate effectively, the Food Ministry said.
  5. Which state emerged as top state in total vehicle sales in Oct-Dec 2023?
    A) Uttarakhand 
    B) Uttar Pradesh
    C) Madhya Pradesh
    D) Jharkhand
    E) Rajasthan
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    Option B
    Explanation:

    In the total vehicle sales, Uttar Pradesh emerged as the top position holder, followed by Maharashtra, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu, revealed SIAM. Uttar Pradesh reportedly clocked a total sales of 822,472 units of vehicle sales in the last quarter across passenger, two-wheeler, three-wheeler and commercial vehicles
  6. Which state tops list with most EV Charging Stations in India?
    A) Telagana
    B) Karnataka
    C) Tamil Nadu
    D) Rajasthan
    E) None of the above
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    Option B
    Explanation:

    Karnataka tops the country in terms of public electric vehicle charging stations with 5,059, according to statistics from the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), under the Union Ministry of Power.
  7. Who is Union Minister of Ports, Shipping & Waterways and Ayush?
    A) Gajendra Singh Shekhawat
    B) Raj Kumar Singh
    C) Mansukh L. Mandaviya
    D) Sarbananda Sonowal
    E) None of the above
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    Option D
    Explanation:

    The Union Minister of Ports, Shipping & Waterways and Ayush, Sarbananda Sonowal launched ‘Sagar Aankalan’ guidelines during the stakeholders meet for implementation of the MoUs signed earlier at the Global Maritime India Summit 2023 (GMIS 2023).
  8. The Henley Passport Index for 2024 has been released. What is India’s rank?
    A) 85th
    B) 102nd
    C) 55th
    D) 84th
    E) None of the above
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    Option A
    Explanation:

    The Henley Passport Index for 2024 has been released, and India slipped one rank down from last year to 85th. The index ranks 199 nations based on the strength of their passports, and in 2024, France has topped the list, as its passport provides visa-free access to 194 countries
  9. Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency Limited (IREDA) with which bank have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) aimed at advancing renewable energy initiatives across the nation?
    A) Bank of India
    B) State Bank of India
    C) Punjab National Bank
    D) HDFC Bank
    E) Bank of Barods
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    Option C
    Explanation:

    Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency Limited (IREDA) and Punjab National Bank (PNB) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) aimed at advancing renewable energy initiatives across the nation.
  10. Investor Education and Protection Fund Authority has signed Memorandum of Association with which bank to support investor awareness activities?
    A) DBS Bank
    B) State Bank of India
    C) Axis Bank
    D) ICICI Bank
    E) None of the above
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    Option A
    Explanation:

    A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the Investor Education and Protection Fund Authority (IEPFA) under the aegis of the Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA), and DBS Bank, a prominent financial institution with a strong presence in Asia and Southeast Asia in New Delhi.
  11. India ranked as 3rd largest digitalised country among G20 nation, according to a recent study released by a Delhi based think tank. Which country toped this list?
    A) Germany
    B) China
    C) USA
    D) France
    E) Mexico
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    Option C
    Explanation:

    India is the third largest digitalised country in the world, only behind the United States of America (USA) and China, according to a recent study released by a Delhi based think tank
  12. Which cricketer has been named as captain of IPL’s greatest all-time team?
    A) MS Dhoni
    B) Virat Kohli
    C) Rohit Sharma
    D) Virendra Sehwag
    E) None of the above
    View Answer
    Option A
    Explanation:

    Legendary Chennai Super Kings (CSK) skipper MS Dhoni added a new feather to his already overflowing hat and was named the captain of the all-time greatest IPL team chosen by a selection panel comprising former cricketers and journalists
  13. Which country was crowned Badminton Asia Team champions for 1st time?
    A) Hungry
    B) Bangladesh
    C) India
    D) Philippines
    E) None of the above
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    Option C
    Explanation:

    India women’s badminton team scripted history in Selangor Malaysia as they won the Badminton Asia Team Championships crown, beating Thailand 3-2 in a hard-fought final. This is the first time India have won the prestigious continental team championship title in the history of the sport.
  14. Who has been appointed as joint managing director of Kotak Mahindra Bank?
    A) Arvind Krishna
    B) KVS Manian
    C) Sashidhar Jagdishan
    D) Amitabh Chaudhry
    E) None of the above
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    Option B
    Explanation:

    Private sector lender Kotak Mahindra Bank announced significant leadership changes, including re-designating whole-time director KVS Manian as the joint managing director effective 1 March.
  15. ICICI Bank appointed whom as an Additional (Independent) Director?
    A) Aditya Puri
    B) Pradeep Kumar Sinha
    C) Rakesh Sharma
    D) Shyam Srinivasan
    E) None of the above
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    Option B
    Explanation:

    Former Cabinet Secretary Pradeep Kumar Sinha will take over as Non-Executive Part-time Chairman of ICICI Bank after G. C. Chaturvedi’s term ends on June 30, 2
  16. Which Indian cricketer has been named as Punjab’s ‘state icon’ for the upcoming Lok Sabha Elections?
    A) KL Rahul
    B) Shubman Gill
    C) Shreyas Iyer
    D) Jasprit Bumrah
    E) None of the above
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    Option B
    Explanation:

    Indian cricketer Shubman Gill has been named as Punjab’s ‘state icon’ for the upcoming Lok Sabha Elections. The star cricketer will be bestowed the responsibility of engaging in awareness campaigns to increase the voter percentage in the state
  17. From which IIT, REC received ‘Innovative Technology Development Award’ ?
    A) IIT Bombay
    B) IIT Delhi
    C) IIT Madras
    D) IIT Kanpur
    E) None of the above
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    Option C
    Explanation:

    REC Limited, a Maharatna Central Public Sector Enterprise under the Ministry of Power and a leading NBFC, has been honoured with the ‘Innovative Technology Development Award’ at the ‘Building India 2047: Technology for Better Tomorrow’, an IIT Madras Corporate Social Responsibility Summit.
  18. Which Indian actress attended BAFTA Awards 2024 and gave away the award for the best film not in the English Language?
    A) Deepika Padukone
    B) Kriti Sanon
    C) Parineeti Chopra
    D) Priyanka Chopra
    E) None of the above
    View Answer
    Option A
    Explanation:

    Actor Deepika Padukone attended the 77th BAFTA Film Awards 2024. She presented the award for the Best Film Not in the English Language to actor Jonathan Glazer for The Zone Of Interest. Apart from Jonathan Glazer, other nominees in the category were 20 Days in Mariupol, Anatomy of a Fall, Past Lives and Society of the Snow.
  19. Who presented the Jeevan Raksha Padak’ to Railway Protection Special Force (RPSF) to constable Shashikant Kumar?
    A) Amit Shah
    B) Narendra Modi
    C) Droupadi Murmu
    D) Rajnath Singh
    E) None of the above
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    Option C
    Explanation:

    Droupadi Murmu, the President of India has conferred the prestigious ‘Jeevan Raksha Padak’ to Railway Protection Special Force (RPSF) constable Sh. Shashikant Kumar for the year 2023, on the occasion of Republic Day 2024
  20. In collaboration with which country NASA is to launch world’s 1st wooden satellite soon?
    A) Japan
    B) Bangladesh
    C) India
    D) USA
    E) None of the above
    View Answer
    Option A
    Explanation:

    NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) are considering launching the LignoSat probe – the world’s first wooden satellite into space, in an attempt to make spaceflight operations sustainable
  21. The SAMAR (Surface-to-Air Missile for Assured Retaliation) air defence missile system was fired during which exercise for the first time in Rajasthan’s Jaisalmer?
    A) Shakti Exercise
    B) Varuna Exercise
    C) Garuda Exercise
    D) Vayushakti Exercise
    E) None of the above
    View Answer
    Option C
    Explanation:

    The SAMAR (Surface-to-Air Missile for Assured Retaliation) air defence missile system was fired at the Vayushakti Exercise for the first time in Rajasthan’s Jaisalmer.
  22. Child Star Suhani Bhatnagar passed away recently. Name the film in which she was star casted.
    A) Dangal
    B) Taare Zameen Par
    C) Makdee
    D) Stanley Ka Dabba
    E) None of the above
    View Answer
    Option A
    Explanation:

    Suhani Bhatnagar, who played young Babita Phogat in Aamir Khan-starrer wresting drama “Dangal”, has died at the age of 19.
  23. Rituraj Singh who passed away recently was related to which profession?
    A) Actor
    B) Politician
    C) Singer
    D) Professor 
    E) None of the above
    View Answer
    Option A
    Explanation:

    Noted actor Rituraj Singh, who appeared on the television show Anupamaa as well as several films, including Badrinath Ki Dulhania, passed away at his home following a cardiac arrest. He was 59
  24. Who is the author of the book “Dabbling In Diplomacy – Authorised & Otherwise, Recollections of a Non-Career Diplomat” which provides an unprecedented glimpse into the intricate web of South Asian geopolitics through the lens of an academic deeply immersed in the region’s affairs?
    A) Professor S.D. Muni
    B) RK Narayan
    C) Vikram Seth
    D) Khushwant Singh
    E)None of the above
    View Answer
    Option A
    Explanation:

    Professor S.D. Muni’s compelling work, “Dabbling in Diplomacy- Authorised & Otherwise, Recollections of a Non-Career Diplomat,” provides an unprecedented glimpse into the intricate web of South Asian geopolitics through the lens of an academic deeply immersed in the region’s affairs.

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