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Current Affairs Quiz: March 12, 2024

  1. Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Haryana section of the Dwarka Expressway in Gurugram in March 2024. What is the cost of this 19 km stretch?
    A) Rs 6500 crore
    B) Rs 5200 crore
    C) Rs 5,600 crore
    D) Rs4,100 crore
    E) None of the above
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    Option A
    Explanation:

    The eight-lane high-speed expressway is India’s first elevated highway, and is expected to help improve traffic flow and ease congestion between Delhi and Gurugram.
    The Haryana section includes two packages from the Delhi-Haryana border to Basai ROB (10.2 km) and from Basai ROB to Kherki Daula (Cloverleaf Interchange) (8.7 km). The 19-km-long section has been built at a cost of around Rs 4,100 crore.
  2. The University Grants Commission’s (UGC), Information and Library Network (INFLIBNET) Centre has launched the SheRNI. The initiative aims to ensure that women scientists are represented equally across various research domains. What does ‘N’ stand for in ‘SheRNI’?
    A) Next
    B) Networth
    C) Network
    D) Noble
    E) None of the above
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    OptionC
    Explanation:

    The University Grants Commission’s (UGC), Information and Library Network (INFLIBNET) Centre has launched the She Research Network in India (SheRNI). The initiative aims to ensure that women scientists are represented equally across various research domains.
  3. The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) notified the Citizenship Amendment Rules, 2024 that would enable the implementation of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) passed by the Parliament in which year?
    A) 2019
    B) 2020
    C) 2018
    D) 2017
    E) None of the above
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    Option A
    Explanation:

    The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) notified the Citizenship Amendment Rules, 2024 that would enable the implementation of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) passed by the Parliament in 2019.
  4. Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated the important Sela Tunnel project to the nation virtually. Where is Sela tunnel Located?
    A) Mizoram
    B) Assam
    C) Arunachal Pradesh
    D) Meghalaya
    E) None of the above
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    Option C
    Explanation:

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated the important Sela Tunnel project to the nation virtually from Itanagar. The project will provide all-weather connectivity to the strategically significant Tawang sector in Arunachal Pradesh.
  5. Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled bronze statue of the legendary Ahom general, Lachit Borphukan, at his burial site in eastern Assam’s Jorhat district. How tall is the statue?
    A) 135 ft.
    B) 124 ft.
    C) 130 ft.
    D) 125 ft.
    E) None of the above
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    Option D
    Explanation:

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled a 125-foot bronze statue of the legendary Ahom general, Lachit Borphukan, at his burial site in eastern Assam’s Jorhat district. This event marks a significant tribute to Borphukan’s valor and leadership in the history of Assam
  6. The Union Minister for Jal Shakti, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat launched which edition of “Jal Shakti Abhiyan: Catch the Rain” campaign at the NDMC Convention Centre in New Delhi in March 2024?
    A) Sixth
    B) Fifth
    C) Seventh
    D) Nineth
    E) None of the above
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    Option B
    Explanation:

    The Union Minister for Jal Shakti, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat launched the fifth edition of “Jal Shakti Abhiyan: Catch the Rain” campaign at the NDMC Convention Centre in New Delhi.
  7. Minority Affairs Minister, Smt. Smriti Irani laid foundation stone for projects approved under Buddhist Development Plan under aegis of Pradhan Mantri Jan Vikas Karyakram in Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim & Ladakh in March 2024. What was the total cost of projects ?
    A) Rs. 335 crore
    B) Rs. 225 crore
    C) Rs 330 crore
    D) Rs 125 crore
    E) None of the above
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    Option B
    Explanation:

    Union Minister of Minority Affairs and Women & Child Development, Smt. Smriti Irani, laid the foundation stone via virtual platform for 38 projects with the total estimated cost of Rs. 225 crore approved under Buddhist Development Plan under the aegis of Pradhan Mantri Jan Vikas Karyakram in the States of Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim and the Union Territory of Ladakh
  8. North India’s first Government Homoeopathic College, centrally funded at a cost of Rs.80 Crore would come up at which place?
    A) Jammu And Kashmir
    B) Himachal pradesh
    C) Uttarakhand
    D) Uttar Pradesh
    E) None of the above
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    Option A
    Explanation:

    North India’s first Government Homoeopathic College, centrally funded at a cost of Rs.80 Crore will come up in Jasrota area of district Kathua in J&K, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Science & Technology; Minister of State (Independent Charge) Earth Sciences; MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh said.
  9. Prime Minister Narendra Modi virtually launched the Mahtari Vandan Yojana of the Chhattisgarh government. He released the first installment worth how much rupees online in the accounts of around 70 lakh women in the first phase of the scheme?
    A) Rs 225 crore
    B) Rs 885 crore
    C)Rs655crore
    D) Rs345 crore
    E) None of the above
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    Option C
    Explanation:

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi virtually launched the Mahtari Vandan Yojana of the Chhattisgarh government. He released the first installment worth 655 crore rupees online in the accounts of around 70 lakh women in the first phase of the scheme
  10. On which occasion Maharashtra government unveiled the 4th Women Policy of the state after the delay of more than one and half years?
    A) National Youth Day
    B) International Women’s Day.
    C) World Health Day
    D) National Safe Motherhood Day
    E) None of the above
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    Option B
    Explanation:
  11. Which state Chief Minister dismissed the Citizenship (Amendment) Act as ‘divisive and bereft of any use’ and asserted that it will not be implemented in the state?A) Karnataka
    B) Tamil Nadu
    C) Uttarakhand
    D) Kerala
    E) None of the above
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    Option B
    Explanation:

    Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin dismissed the Citizenship (Amendment) Act as ‘divisive and bereft of any use’ and asserted that it will not be implemented in the state.

  12. Which state announced the launch of a new initiative called “Neengal Nalama” (Are you doing well) that aims to uplift every family in the state?
    A) Uttrakhand
    B) Karnataka
    C) Tamil Nadu
    D) Madhya Pradesh
    E)None of the above
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    Option C
    Explanation:

    The Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu announced the launch of a new initiative called “Neengal Nalama” (Are you doing well), aims to uplift every family in the state.
  13. Where did Sea6 Energy, a technology pioneer in the Blue Economy, launch the world’s first large-scale mechanized tropical seaweed farm off Ekas?
    A) Indonesia
    B) Papua
    C) Malaysia
    D) Singapore
    E) None of the above
    View Answer
    Option A
    Explanation:

    Sea6 Energy, a technology pioneer in the Blue Economy, has launched the world’s first large-scale mechanized tropical seaweed farm off Ekas, on the island of Lombok, Indonesia.
  14. Which of the following countries is not a part of European Free Trade Association?
    A) Iceland
    B) Switzerland
    C) Austria
    D) Norway
    E) None of the above
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    Option C
    Explanation:

    The EFTA comprises Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, and Liechtenstein, all non-European Union nations,
  15. Which region did witness an alarming increase in malaria cases, soaring from 218 million to 233 million during 2022?
    A) South America
    B) Africa
    C) Europe
    D) North America
    E) None of the above
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    Option C
    Explanation:
  16. Which bank launched India’s first all-in-One tokenizable wearables for both debit and credit cards exclusively on Mastercard called ‘Indus PayWear’?
    A) HDFC bank
    B) State Bank of India
    C) IndusInd Bank
    D) Kotak Mahindra Bank
    E) None of the above
    View Answer
    Option C
    Explanation:

    IndusInd Bank announced the launch of its contactless payments wearables, ‘Indus PayWear,’ India’s first All-in-One tokenizable wearables for both debit and credit cards exclusively on Mastercard, with the offering to be extended to other card networks shortly
  17. India is close to achieving the target of worth how much of mobile phone production in the last 10 years, while crossing Rs 1.20 lakh crore worth phone exports in the current fiscal year (FY24)?
    A) Rs 50 lakh crore
    B) Rs 20 lakh crore
    C) Rs30 lakh crore
    D) Rs 40 lakh crore
    E) None of the above
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    Option B
    Explanation:

    India is close to achieving the target of Rs 20 lakh crore worth mobile phone production in the last 10 years, while crossing Rs 1.20 lakh crore worth phone exports in the current fiscal year (FY24)
  18. NLC India Limited signed an MOU with which state for formation of Joint Venture to set up 125 MW Lignite Based Power Plant and 1000 MW Solar Power Plant in the state?
    A) Rajasthan
    B) Gujarat
    C) Madhya Pradesh
    D) Maharashtra
    E) None of the above
    View Answer
    Option A
    Explanation:

    NLC India Limited signed MOU with the Government of Rajasthan for Formation of Joint Venture to set up 125 MW Lignite Based Power Plant and 1000 MW Solar Power Plant.
  19. Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty from India clinched the French Open 2024 Badminton Men’s Doubles Title with a win over Chinese Taipei’s Lee Jhe-Huei and whom?
    A) Yang Po-Hsuan
    B) Wang Pengren
    C) Wang Sijie
    D) Wang Wei
    E) None of the above
    View Answer
    Option A
    Explanation:

    Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty clinched the French Open 2024 badminton men’s doubles title with a win over Chinese Taipei’s Lee Jhe-Huei and Yang Po-Hsuan in the final.
  20. Rajendra Prasad Goyal was recently given additional charge as the Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) by NHPC Limited, effective immediately. Whom did Rajendra Prasad Goyal succeed ?
    A) T. V Somanathan
    B) Ajay Kumar Bhalla
    C) Abhay Kumar Singh
    D) Vinay Mohan Kwatra
    E) None of the above
    View Answer
    Option C
    Explanation:

    Rajendra Prasad Goyal was recently given additional charge as the Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) by NHPC Limited, effective immediately. This move comes after the position was left vacant following the retirement of Abhay Kumar Singh on August 31, 2022.
  21. Two-time Paralympics gold medallist Devendra Jhajharia was elected unopposed as the Paralympic Committee of India (PCI) president. Whom did he succeed?
    A) Deepa Malik
    B) Shagdarjav MAGVAN
    C) Mustapha LARFAOUI
    D) Manuela DI CENTA
    E) None of these
    View Answer
    Option A
    Explanation:

    Two-time Paralympics gold medallist Devendra Jhajharia was elected unopposed as the Paralympic Committee of India (PCI) president, succeeding another celebrated para athlete Deepa Malik.
  22. Who will succeed Manohar Lal Khattar as new CM following Khattar’s resignation?
    A) Nayab Singh Saini
    B) Tejpal Tanwar
    C) Suresh Prabhu
    D) Srikrishan Hooda
    E)None of the above
    View Answer
    Option A
    Explanation:

    In a significant development, Nayab Singh Saini is poised to assume the role of Haryana’s Chief Minister, succeeding Manohar Lal Khattar.
  23. Majuli in Assam has received the prestigious Geographical Indication (GI) tag, acknowledging its traditional arts of Mukha Xilpo (mask-making) and Manuscript Paintings. On which river bank Majuli is situated?
    A) Mahanadi River
    B) Brahmaputra River
    C) Krishna River
    D) Brahmani River
    E)None of the above
    View Answer
    Option B
    Explanation:

    Majuli is a unique riverine delta located on the Brahmaputra River in Assam. It has been formed due to the dynamics of the vast river system and is primarily rural, home to over 240 villages with a rich mix of tribes and communities.
  24. The Indian government, under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has greenlit a investment for IndiaAI, worth how much amount aiming to build a homegrown AI ecosystem?
    A) $2.2 billion
    B) $1.24 billion
    C)$ 1.20 billion
    D) 1.45 billion
    E) None of the above
    View Answer
    Option
    Explanation:

    The Indian government, under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has greenlit a $1.24 billion investment for IndiaAI, aiming to build a homegrown AI ecosystem. This initiative aims to create an all-Indian AI ecosystem from scratch, bolstering India’s technological prowess and fostering innovation in AI.
  25. What action has the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) taken regarding peer-to-peer (P2P)
    credit card payments?
    A) Encouraging P2P credit card transactions
    B) Ignoring P2P credit card payments
    C) Cracking down on P2P credit card payments made via third-party service providers
    D) Promoting P2P credit card transactions through third-party service providers
    E) None of these
    View Answer
    Option C
    Explanation:

    After barring Visa from undertaking certain commercial business-to-business (B2B) credit card transactions, the Reserve Bank of India is now seen cracking down on peer-to-peer (P2P) credit card payments made via third party service providers.

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