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Current Affairs Quiz: March 13, 2024

  1. Where did Narendra Modi inaugurate India’s first automobile in-plant railway siding project of Maruti Suzuki India?
    A) Gujarat
    B) Maharashtra
    C) Rajasthan
    D) Goa
    E) None of the above
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    Option A
    Explanation:

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated India’s first automobile in-plant railway siding project of Maruti Suzuki India in Hansalpur, Gujarat.
  2. Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation for the redevelopment of Mahatma Gandhi’s Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad and inaugurated the redeveloped Kochrab Ashram on the anniversary of the famous Dandi Yatra, or salt march, taken out by Mahatma Gandhi on March 12, 1930. What was the total cost of project?

    A) 4100 crore
    B) 1500 crore
    C) 1200 crore
    D) 3000 crore
    E) None of the above

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    Option C
    Explanation:

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation for the redevelopment of Mahatma Gandhi’s Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad and inaugurated the redeveloped Kochrab Ashram on the anniversary of the famous Dandi Yatra, or salt march, taken out by Mahatma Gandhi on March 12, 1930.
    While launching the redevelopment of Sabarmati Ashram, which will be expanded to 55 acres from the current five-acre area at a cost of ₹1,200 crore, the Prime Minister said a country which did not cherish its heritage had a bleak future.

  3. Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya, Union Minister for Chemicals & Fertilizers and Health & Family Welfare inaugurated a credit assistance program for Jan Aushadhi Kendras. Of how much amount credit facility will be available to small operating Jan Aushadhi Kendras through the program?
    A) Rs.1 lakh
    B) Rs.2 lakh
    C) Rs.3 lakh
    D) Rs.5 lakh
    E) None of the above
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    Option B
    Explanation:

    The credit assistance program, facilitated through the MoU, aims to provide project loans for a credit limit of up to Rs 2 lakhs at a competitive and affordable interest rate, catering to the needs of small entrepreneurs operating Jan Aushadhi Kendras.

  4. Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF) under Department of Telecommunications (DoT), signed a tripartite MoU with Prasar Bharati (under the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting) and with whom to proliferate affordable and accessible digital services across the country?
    A) Flipkart
    B) Zomato
    C) Swiggy
    D) Open Network for Digital Commerce
    E)None of the above
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    Option D
    Explanation:

    Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF) under Department of Telecommunications (DoT), signed a tripartite MoU with Prasar Bharati (under the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting) and Open Network for Digital Commerce (a Digital Public Infrastructure (DPI) initiative of Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade, Ministry of Commerce & Industry) to proliferate affordable and accessible digital services across the country.
  5. Union Minister of Science & Technology, Dr. Jitendra Singh inaugurated the first-of- its-kind “National Speed Breeding Crop Facility” at the premier National Agri-Food Biotechnology Institute (NABI). Where is National Agri-Food Biotechnology Institute situated?
    A) Kochi
    B) Jamshedpur
    C) Mohali
    D) Lucknow
    E) None of the above
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    Option C
    Explanation:

    Union Minister of Science & Technology, Dr. Jitendra Singh inaugurated the first-of- its-kind “National Speed Breeding Crop Facility” at the premier National Agri-Food Biotechnology Institute (NABI) in Mohali.

  6. Where did the police initiated “Operation Kamdhenu” to curb the rampant issue of cattle smuggling?
    A) Jammu Kashmir
    B) Himachal Pradesh
    C) Uttrakhand
    D) Punjab
    E) None of the above
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    Option A
    Explanation:

    In Jammu and Kashmir, the police have initiated “Operation Kamdhenu” to curb the rampant issue of cattle smuggling in the Jammu, Samba, and Kathua (JSK) police ranges. This crackdown aims to tackle not only the immediate smuggling activities but also to target the masterminds behind these illicit operations.

  7. Which state unit of Geological Survey of India (GSI) has established one representative Stratigraphic Column of the Cuddapah Supergroup?
    A) Karnataka
    B) Andhra Pradesh
    C) Tamil Nadu
    D) Kerala
    E) None of the above
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    Option B
    Explanation:

    The Geological Survey of India, State Unit: Andhra Pradesh has established one representative Stratigraphic Column of the Cuddapah Supergroup in Vajrakarur Diamond Processing Camp, Anantapur district, Andhra Pradesh.
  8. Which state in March 2024 announced casual leave of 25 days in a year for women employees working in different departments of the state government?
    A) West Bengal
    B) Odisha
    C) Bihar
    D) Rajasthan
    E) None of the above
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    Option B
    Explanation:

    Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced casual leave of 25 days in a year for women employees working in different departments of the state government. The women employees would now get an additional 10 days of CL taking their total CL in a year to 25 days, an official said.
  9. India was the world’s top arms importer for the period 2019-23 with imports having gone up by 4.7% compared to the period 2014-18, according to the Swedish think tank, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). Which country became the fourth biggest arms importer globally after it receive transfers of major arms from over 30 states in 2022-23?
    A) Saudi Arabia
    B) Qatar
    C) Ukraine
    D) Bhutan
    E) None of the above
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    Option C
    Explanation:

    India was the world’s top arms importer for the period 2019-23 with imports having gone up by 4.7% compared to the period 2014-18, according to the Swedish think tank, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).
    Nine of the 10 biggest arms importers in 2019–23, including the top 3 of India, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, were in Asia and Oceania or the Middle East. Ukraine became the fourth biggest arms importer globally after it received transfers of major arms from over 30 states in 2022-23.

  10. The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has approved the merger of a financial technology company, Garagepreneurs Internet Private Limited with which Bank?

    A) Capital Small Finance Bank
    B) Au Small Finance Bank
    C) North East Small Finance Bank.
    D) Suryoday Small Finance Bank
    E) None of the above

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    Option C
    Explanation:

    The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has approved the merger of a financial technology company, Garagepreneurs Internet Private Limited with the North East Small Finance Bank.

  11. The consumer price index (CPI)-based inflation eased to how much per cent in February 2024?
    A) 5.06%
    B) 5.09 %
    C) 4.8%
    D) 5.4%
    E) None of the above
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    Option B
    Explanation:

    The consumer price index (CPI)-based inflation eased to 5.09 per cent in February. The retail inflation rate had eased to 5.1 per cent in January from 5.69 per cent in December 2023.

  12. Software Technology Parks of India (STPI), an autonomous society, launched its 24th Center of Entrepreneurship (CoE) – “FinGlobe”. STPI comes under which ministry?
    A) Ministry of Communications
    B) Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology
    C) Ministry of Commerce and Industry
    D) Ministry of Corporate Affairs
    E)None of the above
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    Option B
    Explanation:

    Software Technology Parks of India (STPI), an autonomous society under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India, launched its 24th Center of Entrepreneurship (CoE) – “FinGlobe,” dedicated to fostering innovation and growth in the financial technology sector, at STPI-Gandhinagar, GIFT City.
  13. NTPC and its renewable energy arm NGEL have each signed a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Rajasthan Rajya Vidyut Utpadan Nigam Limited (RVUNL) in Jaipur. The MoU envisages the development of Renewable Energy Projects up to what capacity?

    A) 25 GW
    B) 30 GW
    C) 10 GW
    D) 15 GW
    E) None of the above

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    Option A
    Explanation:

    NTPC and its renewable energy arm NGEL have each signed a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Rajasthan Rajya Vidyut Utpadan Nigam Limited (RVUNL) in Jaipur.
    The MoU between NTPC’s renewable energy arm NGEL and RVUNL is for development of Renewable Energy Projects up to 25 GW capacity and Green Hydrogen Derivatives up to 1 million Ton capacity, both in the state of Rajasthan.

  14. Aditya Birla Capital rose what percent after the company’s board and the board of its wholly owned subsidiary Aditya Birla Finance (ABFL) approved the scheme of amalgamation for merging Aditya Birla Finance with the company?
    A) 2.89%
    B) 5.4%
    C) 3.25%
    D) 2.5%
    E) None of the above
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    Option B
    Explanation:

    Aditya Birla Capital rose 2.89% to Rs 184.85 after the company’s board and the board of its wholly owned subsidiary Aditya Birla Finance (ABFL) approved the scheme of amalgamation for merging ABFL with the company.
  15. Which Indian player has been named the ICC Men’s Player of the Month for February 2024?
    A) Yashasvi Jaiswal
    B) KL Rahul
    C) Axar Patel
    D) Shubman Gill
    E) None of the above
    View Answer
    Option A
    Explanation:

    Indian batter Yashasvi Jaiswal has been named the ICC Men’s Player of the Month for February 2024 while Australia all-rounder Annabel Sutherland won the corresponding ICC Women’s Player of the Month award
  16. A S Rajeev was appointed as Vigilance Commissioner by the Hon’ble President of India on February 09, 2024. He is the former Chief Executive Officer of which bank?
    A) Union Bank
    B) Bank of Maharashtra
    C) Axis Bank
    D) ICICI Bank
    E) None of the above
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    Option B
    Explanation:

    A S Rajeev, former Managing Director and CEO, Bank of Maharashtra, was appointed as Vigilance Commissioner by the Hon’ble President of India on February 09, 2024. He joined the Commission on 11.03.2024 as Vigilance Commissioner.
  17. Who assumed the charge of Chairman of National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) in New Delhi?
    A) Suresh N. Patel
    B) Yashvardhan Kumar Sinha
    C) Kishor Makwana
    D) Ruchira Kamboj
    E) None of the above
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    Option C
    Explanation:

    Kishor Makwana assumed the charge of Chairman of National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) in New Delhi. Luv Kush Kumar also assumed the charge of Member of National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) in New Delhi.
  18. Who has been presented with IAA Golden Compass Award at the 45th IAA World Congress held in Penang, Malaysia?
    A) Srinivasan K. Swamy
    B) Ajay Banga
    C) Arvind Krishna
    D) Nikesh Arora
    E)None of the above
    View Answer
    Option A
    Explanation:

    Srinivasan K. Swamy, CMD of integrated marketing services company RK Swami Ltd. has been presented with IAA Golden Compass Award at the 45th IAA World Congress held in Penang, Malaysia. Penang Governor Tun Ahmad Fuzi Abdul Razak presented the award to Mr. Swamy.
  19. President Droupadi Murmu was conferred with the honorary degree of Doctor of Civil Law by which university?
    A) Northwestern University
    B) Cologne Business School
    C) Imperial College London
    D) University of Mauritius
    E) None of the above
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    Option D
    Explanation:

    President Droupadi Murmu was conferred with the honorary degree of Doctor of Civil Law by the University of Mauritius, demonstrating the depth of bilateral ties. Murmu, 65, is on a three-day state visit during which she was the chief guest at the country’s National Day celebrations.

  20. Which author was awarded the Erasmus Prize 2024 for his writings on the climate crisis and human interactions with nature?
    A) Jeremy Leggett
    B) Naomi Klein
    C) Amitav Ghosh
    D) Eric Roston
    E) None of the above
    View Answer
    Option C
    Explanation:

    Author Amitav Ghosh was awarded the Erasmus Prize 2024 for his writings on the climate crisis and human interactions with nature.

  21. Riken Yamamoto, a Japanese architect from Yokohama, has been named the winner of the 2024 Pritzker Architecture Prize. The Pritzker Architecture Prize is an annual award founded in which year by Jay A. Pritzker?
    A) 1960
    B) 1985
    C) 1999
    D) 1979
    E)1950
    View Answer
    Option D
    Explanation:

    The Pritzker Architecture Prize is an annual award founded in 1979 by Jay A. Pritzker and his wife, Cindy. It honors a living architect whose built work demonstrates talent, vision, and commitment, contributing significantly to humanity and the built environment.

  22. Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) conducted India’s first successful flight test of the indigenously developed Agni-V missile. The name of this mission has been given as?
    A) Mission external aggression
    B) Mission Divyastra
    C) Mission inherent resolve
    D) Mission D-day aggression
    E) None of the
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    Option B
    Explanation:

    According to a Ministry of Defense press release, the flight test, named Mission Divyastra, was launched from a missile launch site on Abdul Kalam Island off the coast of Odisha in the eastern part of India.

  23. During a wildlife expedition in the Kaeng Krachan National Park, Thailand, a team of researchers made a remarkable discovery- a previously unknown species of scorpion. How many eyes does this species have?
    A) 8
    B) 5
    C) 3
    D) 6
    E) None of the above
    View Answer
    Option A
    Explanation:

    During a wildlife expedition in the Kaeng Krachan National Park, Thailand, a team of researchers made a remarkable discovery- a previously unknown species of scorpion.
    As per the study, the new species presents most features exhibited by scorpions of the subgenus Euscorpiops. They are ‘very small in comparison to most other species of the subgenus’. They are brownish in colour; however, females are darker than males. They also have eight eyes and eight legs. Other scorpions of the Scorpiops genus hunt through ‘ambush or sit-and-wait type of foraging,’ the study said.

  24. ‘The conspiracy to oust me from the Presidency’ has been written by whom?
    A) Ranil Wickremecinghe
    B) Mahinda Rajapaksha
    C) Gotabaya Rajapaksa
    D) Chandrika Kumaratunga
    E) None of the above
    View Answer
    Option C
    Explanation:

  25. Two years after his dramatic ouster from office by a popular people’s movement, Sri Lanka’s former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has sought to defend his tainted regime, by launching a book that attributes his political downfall to a “conspiracy” involving foreign and local parties.

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