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Current Affairs Quiz: March 8, 2024

  1. The Annual Shakti International Women Entrepreneurs Summit 2024 was held in New Delhi. During this program, women entrepreneurs who were beneficiaries of the CGTMSE scheme as well as better performing women entrepreneurs were honored. It was which edition of summit?
    A) 9th
    B) 11th
    C) 8th
    D) 7th
    E) None of the above
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    Option A
    Explanation:

    The 9th Annual Shakti International Women Entrepreneurs Summit held in New Delhi. During this program focused on women entrepreneurship, women entrepreneurs who were beneficiaries of the CGTMSE scheme as well as better performing women entrepreneurs were honored
  2. Under the amended Conduct of Election Rules, 1961, the definition of “senior citizens” eligible for postal ballot voting has been updated in Section 27(A) (e) to include only those above what age, replacing the previous threshold of 80 years?
    A) 90 years
    B) 82 years
    C) 85 years
    D) 90 years
    E) None of the above
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    Option C
    Explanation:

    Under the amended Conduct of Election Rules, 1961, the definition of “senior citizens” eligible for postal ballot voting has been updated in Section 27(A) (e) to include only those above 85 years, replacing the previous threshold of 80 years.
  3. Union Minister of Communications, Railways, and Electronics & Information Technology, launched the ‘NITI for States’ platform, a comprehensive digital initiative designed to empower states and union territories (UTs) in their pursuit of national development goals. Who is Union Minister of Communications, Railways, and Electronics & Information Technology?
    A) Nitin Jairam Gadkari
    B) Ashwini Vaishnaw
    C) Dharmendra Pradhan
    D) Narayan Tatu Rane
    E) None of the above
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    Option B
    Explanation:

    Ashwini Vaishnaw, Union Minister of Communications, Railways, and Electronics & Information Technology, launched the ‘NITI for States’ platform, a comprehensive digital initiative designed to empower states and union territories (UTs) in their pursuit of national development goals.
  4. Easytrip Planners Limited signed an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with which ministry to support Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana- National Rural Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NRLM)‘s SHG Didis for livelihoods opportunities in the travel and tourism sector?
    A) Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs
    B) Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises
    C) The Ministry of Rural Development
    D) Ministry of Rural Development
    E) None of the above
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    Option D
    Explanation:

    The Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD) and Easytrip Planners Limited signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to support Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana- National Rural Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NRLM)‘s SHG Didis for livelihoods opportunities in the travel and tourism sector.
  5. Union Minister of State for Information Technology Rajeev Chandrasekhar facilitated an MoU between C-DAC and which company with an aim to accelerate India’s processor design and manufacturing capabilities for high performance computing?
    A) Qualcom
    B) IBM
    C) Infosys
    D) Wipro
    E) None of the above
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    Option B
    Explanation:

    Union Minister of State for Information Technology Rajeev Chandrasekhar facilitated an MoU between IBM and C-DAC, Thiruvananthapuram, which will aim to accelerate India’s processor design and manufacturing capabilities for high performance computing
  6. The Ministry of Jal Shakti (MoJS) signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with which institute for the establishment of an International Centre of Excellence for Dams (ICED)?
    A) IIM Bangalore
    B) Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore
    C) IIT Madras
    D) IIT Kanpur
    E) None of the above
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    Option B
    Explanation:

    The Ministry of Jal Shakti (MoJS) signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore for the establishment of an International Centre of Excellence for Dams (ICED).
  7. The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved to release an additional instalment of Dearness Allowance (DA) to Central Government employees and Dearness Relief (DR) to pensioners w.e.f. 1.1.2024 representing an increase of what percent over the existing rate of 46% of the Basic Pay/Pension, to compensate against price rise?
    A) 10%
    B) 15%
    C) 4%
    D)11%
    E) 5%
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    Option C
    Explanation:

    The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved to release an additional instalment of Dearness Allowance (DA) to Central Government employees and Dearness Relief (DR) to pensioners w.e.f. 1.1.2024 representing an increase of 4% over the existing rate of 46% of the Basic Pay/Pension, to compensate against price rise.
  8. With the vision of Making AI in India and Making AI Work for India, the Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the comprehensive national-level IndiaAI mission with a budget outlay of what amount?
    A) Rs.10,371 crore.
    B) Rs.10,345 crore.
    C) Rs.10,565 crore
    D) Rs.10,547 crore
    E) None of the above
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    Option A
    Explanation:

    In furtherance to the vision of Making AI in India and Making AI Work for India, the Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the comprehensive national-level IndiaAI mission with a budget outlay of Rs.10,371.92 crore. The Mission will be implemented by ‘IndiaAI’ Independent Business Division (IBD) under Digital India Corporation (DIC).
  9. The MSP of Raw Jute (TDN-3 equivalent to earlier TD-5 grade) has been fixed at what amount per quintal for 2024-25 season?
    A) Rs 5,335
    B) Rs 5,500
    C) Rs 4,555
    D) Rs 4,654
    E) None of the above
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    Option A
    Explanation:

    The MSP of Raw Jute (TDN-3 equivalent to earlier TD-5 grade) has been fixed at Rs.5,335/- per quintal for 2024-25 season
  10. The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved the continuation of targeted subsidy of what amount per 14.2 kg cylinder for up to 12 refills per year to be provided to the beneficiaries of Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) during FY 2024-25?
    A) Rs. 300
    B) Rs. 400
    C) Rs. 350
    D) Rs. 500
    E) None of the above
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    Option A
    Explanation:

    The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved the continuation of targeted subsidy of Rs.300 per 14.2 kg cylinder (and proportionately pro-rated for 5 kg cylinder) for up to 12 refills per year to be provided to the beneficiaries of Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) during FY 2024-25.
  11. Where did Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu inaugurate the Asian River Rafting Championship?
    A) Rishikesh
    B) Shimla
    C) Kolad
    D) Dandeli
    E) None of the above
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    Option B
    Explanation:

    Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu inaugurated the Asian River Rafting Championship from the Ridge and said the state government was committed to promote adventure tourism in the state.
    The championship is being organised on the Sutlej river, near Basantpur in Sunni tehsil in Shimla district from March 4 to 9. About 20 national and international teams from Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Iran, Iraq, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan and Indonesia are participating.

  12. What amount has been announced by Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu to be given per month to women in the age group of 18 to 60 years from the 2024-25?
    A) Rs 2500
    B) Rs 1000
    C) Rs 1500
    D) Rs 2000
    E) None of the above
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    Option C
    Explanation:

    Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu announced that his government will give Rs 1,500 per month to women in the age group of 18 to 60 years from the the 2024-25
  13. In an effort to democratize future technologies and empower youth to innovate, Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), NITI Aayog and which company have announced the launch of Frontier Technology Labs (FTLs)?
    A) Meta
    B) Google
    C) Apple
    D) Infosys
    E) None of the above
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    Option A
    Explanation:

    In an effort to democratize future technologies and empower youth to innovate, Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), NITI Aayog and Meta have announced the launch of Frontier Technology Labs (FTLs).
  14. The CSIR-Indian Institute of Petroleum (CSIR-IIP) signed an agreement with the Uttarakhand State Council for Science and Technology (UCOST) to deploy pine needles-based fuel-making technology in which district of Uttarakhand?
    A) Gangotri
    B) Pithoragarh
    C) Dharchula
    D) Champawat
    E) None of the above
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    Option D
    Explanation:

    The CSIR-Indian Institute of Petroleum (CSIR-IIP) signed an agreement with the Uttarakhand State Council for Science and Technology (UCOST) to deploy pine needles-based fuel-making technology in the state’s Champawat district.
  15. Which coal mine is set to become the Largest Coal Mine in Asia?
    A) Jogeshwar & Khas Jogeshwar
    B) Rabodih OCP
    C) Rohne
    D) Gevra
    E) None of the above
    View Answer
    Option D
    Explanation:

    Chhattisgarh-based Coal India subsidiary South Eastern Coalfield Limited’s Gevra mine is set to become the largest coal mine in Asia. The mine has been granted environmental clearance to expand production capacity to 70 million tons per annum from the current 52.5 million tons.
  16. Spain’s women’s team secured a historic victory over which team, winning the first-ever UEFA Women’s Nations League with a convincing 2-0 triump?
    A) France
    B) Russia
    C) China
    D) India
    E)None of the above
    View Answer
    Option A
    Explanation:

    Spain’s women’s team secured a historic victory over France, winning the first-ever UEFA Women’s Nations League with a convincing 2-0 triumph in Seville.
  17. Which state has introduced its first generative AI teacher called ‘Iris’ in collaboration with Makerlabs Edutech Private Limited?
    A) Karnataka
    B) Tamil Nadu
    C) Uttar Pradesh
    D) Kerala
    E) None of the above
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    Option D
    Explanation:

    Kerala, known for its strides in education, has taken another innovative step by introducing its first generative AI teacher, Iris. Developed in collaboration with Makerlabs Edutech Private Limited, Iris marks a significant advancement in the integration of artificial intelligence in education.
  18. In order to provide the private sector with “unparalleled opportunities” to rigorously test and validate their space technologies, a first-of-its-kind technical centre built by Indian National Space Promotion and Authorisation Centre (IN-SPACe) in Ahmedabad was inaugurated by Union minister of state for Science and Technology. Who is the Union minister of state for Science and Technology?
    A) Sarbananda Sonowal
    B) Jitendra Singh.
    C) Pralhad Joshi
    D) Virendra Kumar
    E) None of the above
    View Answer
    Option B
    Explanation:

    In order to provide the private sector with “unparalleled opportunities” to rigorously test and validate their space technologies, a first-of-its-kind technical centre built by Indian National Space Promotion and Authorisation Centre (IN-SPACe) in Ahmedabad was inaugurated by Union minister of state for Science and Technology Jitendra Singh.
  19. The first comprehensive book on Indian modern art “The Gems of Indian Art” was launched. It documented whose collection of 20th century Indian modern and contemporary art ?
    A) Jamini Roy
    B) Harish Khullar
    C) Abanindranath Tagore
    D) Maniam
    E)None of the above
    View Answer
    Option B
    Explanation:

    An impressive and beautiful book of nearly 300 pages documenting the late Harish Khullar’s collection of 20th century Indian modern and contemporary art was released at two events held in New Delhi during February 2024.
  20. At what cost is Uttar Poorva Transformative Industrialization Scheme, 2024 (UNNATI – 2024) approved by the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi?
    A) Rs.10,458 crore
    B) Rs.10,921 crore
    C) Rs.10,671 crore
    D) Rs.10,380 crore
    E) Rs.10,037 crore
    View Answer
    Option E
    Explanation:

    The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved the proposal of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade for Uttar Poorva Transformative Industrialization Scheme, 2024 (UNNATI – 2024) for a period of 10 years from the date of notification along with 8 years for committed liabilities at a total cost of Rs.10,037 crore.
    DPIIT will implement the scheme in cooperation with the states. Implementation will be overseen by following committees at the national and state levels.

  21. From where will the first squadron of the Indian Navy’s newly inducted MH 60R Seahawk multi-role choppers be commissioned?
    A) Nagpur
    B) Bengaluru
    C) Kochi
    D) Kanyakumari
    E) Mumbai
    View Answer
    Option D
    Explanation:

    The first squadron of the Indian Navy’s newly inducted MH 60R Seahawk multi-role choppers is all set to be commissioned to the force in Kerala’s Kochi. The Navy said the commissioning would mark a “pivotal moment” in India’s defence modernisation journey.
    The helicopters will be commissioned in the INAS 334 squadron and are expected to improve the Navy’s operational capability in the Indian Ocean region, which has been witnessing increasing Chinese military forays.

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