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Current Affairs Quiz: March 17 & 18, 2024

  1. Who recently in March 2024 announced his retirement from red-ball cricket to focus on shorter formats?
    A) Steve Smith
    B) David Warner
    C) Matthew Wade
    D) Mitchell Starc
    E) None of the above
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    Option C
    Explanation:

    Australian wicketkeeper-batter Matthew Wade said he will retire from first-class cricket after the upcoming Sheffield Shield final, but will remain available for selection in white-ball formats.

  2. Why did the Maharashtra cabinet approve the proposal to rename Ahmednagar to Ahilyanagar and Velha Tehsil to Rajgad?
    A) To honor the legacy of Maratha queen Ahilyabai Holkar and mark the first capital of the Maratha Empire under Shivaji Maharaj
    B) To modernize the cities’ identities and attract more tourists to the region
    C) To commemorate the birth of Shivaji Maharaj and celebrate the victory of Marathas over the Mughals
    D) To acknowledge the role of Velha Tehsil in the British colonial era and erase colonial legacies
    E) None of the above
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    Option A
    Explanation:

    The Maharashtra cabinet approved the proposal to rename Ahmednagar to Ahilyanagar after the 18th century Maratha queen Ahilyabai Holkar.
    The Maharashtra government also renamed Velha Tehsil, which was the first capital of the Maratha Empire under the Maratha warrior king Shivaji in Pune district to Rajgad.

  3. Who made the joint investment in building the DragonFire weapon system, which represents a significant advancement in military technology designed to shoot down enemy aircraft and missiles?
    A) British industry only
    B) UK Ministry of Defence (UK MoD) only
    C) United Nations
    D) UK MoD and British industry
    E) None of the above
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    Option D
    Explanation:

    Britain has successfully test fired its DragonFire laser directed energy weapon (LDEW) that will shoot down enemy aircraft and missiles at a per-shot cost of less than £10, or Rs 1,056, United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence (UK MoD) revealed in January this year.
    The DragonFire weapon system has been built with a £100 million joint investment by the UK MoD and British industry.

  4. With which institution did Max India Ltd. report its subsidiary, Antara Assisted Care Services Limited, signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed at developing specialized offerings for the senior demographic?
    A) Indian Institute of Management (IIM)
    B) Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)
    C) Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IIT Delhi)
    D) All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS)
    E) Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras)
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    Option C
    Explanation:

    Max India Ltd,, reported that its wholly owned subsidiary, Antara Assisted Care Services Limited, an integrated service provider for senior care needs, entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IIT Delhi). This partnership aims to develop offerings tailored specifically for the senior demographic.

  5. Which state government has decided to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Union Education Ministry for the implementation of the PM SHRI (Prime Minister’s Scheme for Holistic Intervention in School Education) scheme?
    A) Maharashtra
    B) Tamil Nadu
    C) Uttar Pradesh
    D) Gujarat
    E) Karnataka
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    Option B
    Explanation:

    The Tamil Nadu School Education Department informed that the state government has decided to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Union Education Ministry to implement the PM SHRI scheme in the state.
    PM SHRI is a centrally sponsored scheme that aims to showcase the implementation of the National Education Policy 2020 and emerge as an exemplary school over a period of time and also offer mentorship to other schools in their vicinity.

  6. Who has recently been appointed as the Chairman-cum-Managing Director of Northern Coalfields Limited, the primary subsidiary of Coal India Limited situated in Singrauli?
    A) Sairam
    B) Ramesh
    C) Lakshman
    D) Arjun
    E) None of the above
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    Option A
    Explanation:

    Sairam has taken over as the Chairman-cum-Managing Director of Northern Coalfields Limited, the main subsidiary of Coal India Limited located in Singrauli.

  7. In Gujarat, Adani Green Energy has successfully operationalized an additional 126 MW capacity in a wind power project, complementing the existing 174 MW capacity. What is the total electricity production expected annually from this combined capacity?
    A) 1,091 million electricity units
    B) 2,183 million electricity units
    C) 1,265 million electricity units
    D) 3,174 million electricity units
    E) None of the above
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    Option A
    Explanation:

    Adani Green Energy said it has operationalised the 126 MW capacity of a 300 MW wind power project in Gujarat. The 174 MW capacity was operationalised earlier.The project will produce 1,091 million electricity units, leading to a reduction of approximately 0.8 million tonnes of CO2 emissions annually, according to a statement.
  8. In the initiative to promote safe and healthy eating habits within various campuses, nearly 100 jails across the country have been certified as ‘Eat Right Campus’ by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI). Which state had the highest number of certified jails under this initiative?
    A) Uttar Pradesh
    B) Punjab
    C) Bihar
    D) Madhya Pradesh
    E) Karnataka
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    Option A
    Explanation:

    Nearly 100 jails across the country have been certified as ‘Eat Right Campus’ by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), marking a significant milestone in its goal of promoting safe and healthy eating habits within different campuses.The highest number of certified jails were from Uttar Pradesh, followed by Punjab, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh.

  9. Who has been appointed as Group President – One Kotak by Kotak Mahindra Bank, effective from April 1, 2024?
    A) Jaideep Hansraj
    B) Uday Kotak
    C) Aditya Puri
    D) Anand Mahindra
    E) None of the above
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    Option A
    Explanation:

    Kotak Mahindra Bank has appointed Kotak Securities MD and CEO Jaideep Hansraj as Group President – One Kotak, with effect from April 1, 2024. Shripal Shah, President and COO at Kotak Securities, will take over from Hansraj as the head of Kotak Securities.

  10. Which company has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with J&K Bank to provide finance solutions to their customers, aiming to boost the construction sector in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh?
    A) Reliance Industries
    B) Tata Group
    C) SANY India
    D) Larsen & Toubro
    E) None of the above
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    Option C
    Explanation:

    In a significant move that promises to bolster the construction sector in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, SANY India has partnered with J&K Bank through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

  11. Which organization is responsible for carrying a ‘message in a bottle’ to Europa, one of Jupiter’s moons, as part of the Europa Clipper mission set to launch in October?
    A) European Space Agency (ESA)
    B) National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    C) Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)
    D) China National Space Administration (CNSA)
    E) none of the above
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    Option B
    Explanation:

    NASA will carry ‘message in a bottle’ to Europa, one of Jupiter’s moon in October this year. The mission dubbed as Europa Clipper mission will explore signs of life as Scientists chose predicts a salty lake under its icy crust.
    The Europa Clipper spacecraft will carry a triangular metal plate with an engraving of US Poet Laureate Ada Limón’s handwritten “In Praise of Mystery: A Poem for Europa,” along with a silicon microchip stenciled with more than 2.6 million names submitted by the public.
  12. What additional position did Tamilisai Soundararajan hold before tendering her resignation as Telangana Governor?
    A) Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu
    B) Member of Parliament for Puducherry
    C) Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry
    D) Chief Minister of Telangana
    E) None of the above
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    Option C
    Explanation:

    Telangana Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan has tendered her resignation.Tamilisai, who is also the Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry, has submitted her resignation to Droupadi Murmu, President of India.

  13. Who has been appointed as the new Chairman of Prasar Bharati?
    A) Navneet Kumar Sehgal
    B) A Surya Prakash
    C) Information & Broadcasting Ministry
    D) Prasar Bharati Board
    E) None of the above
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    Option A
    Explanation:

    Navneet Kumar Sehgal, a retired bureaucrat, has been appointed as the new Chairman of Prasar Bharati. An order issued by the Information & Broadcasting Ministry states that Sehgal’s term will last for three years or until he reaches the age of seventy, whichever comes earlier.

  14. Which prominent roles did Lama Lobzang, who recently passed away at the age of 94 in New Delhi, undertake during his lifetime?
    A) President of the International Buddhist Conference and Tribal leader of Ladakh
    B) Member of the National Commission for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes and President of the World Fellowship of Buddhists
    C) President of the World Fellowship of Buddhists and Member of the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes
    D) Tribal leader of Ladakh and President of the International Buddhist Conference
    E) None of the above
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    Option B
    Explanation:

    Former member of the National Commission for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes and Prominent Buddhist Monk of Ladakh popularly known as Lama Lobzang passes away in New Delhi. He was 94.

  15. Who recently clinched a fifth consecutive term as Russia’s President, surpassing Josef Stalin’s tenure, with a resounding victory in the presidential polls?
    A) Nikolai Kharitonov
    B) Vladislav Davankov
    C) Leonid Slutsky
    D) Vladimir Putin
    E) None of the above
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    Option D
    Explanation:

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has secured a record fifth term after sweeping the presidential polls which had no serious contender, making victory evident for incumbent Putin.Putin, a former KGB agent who first rose to power in 1999, has surpassed Josef Stalin to become Russia’s longest-serving leader.

  16. According to the 2024 DHL Global Connectedness Report, which country secured the top rank on the DHL Connectedness Index, while Europe emerged as the most globally connected region? Additionally, what is India’s rank out of 171 countries on the same index?
    A) Singapore; 62nd
    B) Netherlands; 50th
    C) Ireland; 75th
    D) India; 100th
    E) None of the above
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    Option A
    Explanation:

    According to the 2024 DHL Global Connectedness Report, India ranks 62nd out of 171 countries on the DHL Connectedness Index.
    Singapore was the most globally connected country, followed by the Netherlands and Ireland.The report found Europe to be the most globally connected region. After Europe, the most connected regions were North America, followed by the Middle East(West Asia) and North Africa.
  17. Which military exercise is being conducted between the Indian Army and Seychelles Defence Forces (SDF) as of the Tenth edition in 2024?
    A) Operation Seychelles Shield
    B) Exercise Blue Seychelles
    C) Joint Military Exercise “LAMITIYE-2024”
    D) Seychelles-India Cooperation Exercise
    E) None of the above
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    Option C
    Explanation:

    Indian Army contingent departed for Seychelles to participate in the Tenth edition of Joint Military Exercise “LAMITIYE-2024” between the Indian Army and Seychelles Defence Forces (SDF).

  18. Which individual, recognized as a Para Archer and Arjuna Awardee, has been appointed as the National PwD Icon by the Election Commission of India (ECI)?
    A) Para Archer
    B) Arjuna Awardee
    C) Sheetal Devi
    D) Election Commission Representative
    E) none of the above
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    Option C
    Explanation:

    The Election Commission of India (ECI) has announced Para Archer and Arjuna Awardee, Sheetal Devi, as its National PwD Icon.

  19. Which entity has recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with global logistics giant DHL to bolster e-commerce exports and empower micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs)?
    A) Ministry of Finance
    B) Ministry of Agriculture
    C) Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT)
    D) Ministry of Home Affairs
    E) None of the above
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    Option C
    Explanation:

    In a significant move to bolster e-commerce exports and empower micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs), the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT), under the Union Ministry of Commerce and Industry, has inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with global logistics giant DHL.

  20. Who virtually inaugurated the unique digital Criminal Case Management System (CCMS) designed by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in New Delhi?
    A) Prime Minister Narendra Modi
    B) Union Minister of Finance
    C) Union Home Minister Amit Shah
    D) Minister of External Affairs
    E) None of the above
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    Option C
    Explanation:

    In a major fillip to India’s fight against terrorism and organised crime, Union Home Minister Amit Shah virtually inaugurated a unique digital Criminal Case Management System (CCMS), designed by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in New Delhi.
    Home Minister Shah also inaugurated NIA’s 2 new branch offices in Jammu and Kochi and a residential complex in Raipur. Shah also launched a mobile app ‘Sankalan’ – A compendium of New Criminal Laws by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB).

  21. Which entity has signed a Non-Financial Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Bharat Financial Inclusion Limited (BFIL) to support livelihood interventions of DAY-NRLM in livestock and fisheries development?
    A) Ministry of Agriculture
    B) Ministry of Finance
    C) Ministry of Rural Development
    D) Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock
    E) None of the above
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    Option C
    Explanation:

    The Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India has signed a Non-Financial Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Bharat Financial Inclusion Limited (BFIL) to support the livelihood intervention of DAY-NRLM by syncing their activities in livestock and fisheries development.
  22. What is the objective of the MoUs signed by the Department of Food and Public Distribution with the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) and SIDBI in March 2024?
    A) To promote agricultural exports
    B) To transform Fair Price Shops (FPSs) in India
    C) To enhance medical infrastructure
    D) To develop infrastructure in rural areas
    E) None of the above
    View Answer
    Option B

    Explanation:
    To transform the Fair Price Shops (FPSs) in India and align them with the Prime Minister’s vision of Kushal Bharat, Viksit Bharat and Digital India, the Department of Food and Public Distribution has entered into two MoUs with the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) and the Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI).
    The Department of Food & Public Distribution (DoF&PD) signed an MoU with the National Institute for Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development, NIESBUD under Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE), to tackle skill development challenges faced by FPS dealers, particularly in areas of digital literacy, financial literacy and entrepreneurial skills needed to adapt to the market changes and explore new business opportunities.

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