Daily Current Affairs Quiz - 10th & 11th March 2024

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1) According to a report by the Finance Ministry, the interest rates on small savings plans for the upcoming April–June 2024 quarter would not change from those of the January–March 2024 quarter. What is the current rate of interest of Kisan Vikas Patra?

(a) 7.2%

(b) 7.5%

(c) 7.8%

(d) 8%

(e) 8.2%


2)
Which country has announced that the Unified Payment Interface (UPI) is now operational for cross-border transactions between India and NPCI International Payments (NIPL) and the Fonepay Payment Service?

(a) China

(b) Nepal

(c) Pakistan

(d) Singapore

(e) Indonesia


3)
The Union Cabinet, led by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, decided to release an additional installment of Dearness Allowance (DA) to Central Government employees and Dearness Relief (DR) to pensioners starting in January 2024. What percentage of this represents an increase over the current rate of 46% of Basic Pay/Pension?

(a) 2%

(b) 3%

(c) 4%

(d) 5%

(e) 6%


4)
Which city saw the debut of India's fastest and most locally produced Multiprotocol Label Switching router by Union Minister of Communication, Electronics, IT, and Railways Ashwini Vaishnaw?

(a) Chennai

(b) Bengaluru

(c) Ahmedabad

(d) Delhi

(e) Kolkata


5) The newly developed Sabroom ICP Land Port is located along the international border between India and which country?

(a) West Indies

(b) South Africa

(c) China

(d) Canada

(e) Bangladesh


6)
Which state's Hemato-Lymphoid Center and the Medical College & Hospital are among the initiatives for which the Prime Minister laid the groundwork under the Prime Minister's Development Initiative for Northeastern Region (PM-DevINE) scheme recently (Mar 2024)?

(a) Nagaland

(b) Mizoram

(c) Bihar

(d) Assam

(e) Odisha


7)
Under the MoC's administrative supervision, coal PSUs have led the way in investing capital expenditures (CAPEX) to support and aid in the transformation of the Indian economy. Coal PSUs had reached ______% of their goal in FY 21–22.

(a) 101.86%

(b) 104.86%

(c) 102.86%

(d) 105.86%

(e) 103.86%


8)
Which state has awarded letters of award to SJVN Limited, a Mini Ratna, Category-I and Schedule "A" Central public sector business under the administrative jurisdiction of the Ministry of Power, Government of India, for the development of solar power projects with a capacity of 1,352 MW?

(a) Nagaland

(b) Maharashtra

(c) Bihar

(d) Assam

(e) Odisha


9) Recently (Mar 2024),
Which country has been recognized for its outstanding efforts to combat the measles and rubella epidemics by receiving the coveted Measles and Rubella Champion Award?

(a) India

(b) China

(c) Canada

(d) Indonesia

(e) Malaysia


10)
In light of previous military interventions, Asif Ali Zardari, the co-chairperson of the Pakistan People's Party (PPP), has won a second term as _____ President of Pakistan, which is a historic achievement.

(a) 10th

(b) 11th

(c) 12th

(d) 13th

(e) 14th


11)
From March 5–8, 2024, the Biannual Naval Commanders’ Conference 2024 took place for the first time. The conference's opening session was held aboard the aircraft carrier INS ______, emphasizing the event's symbolic importance.

(a) INS Jadayu

(b) INS Vikramaditya

(c) INS Vikrant

(d) INS Vagir

(e) INS Kalveri


12)
The USCG Ship Bertholf arrived in Port Blair for a joint exercise with the Indian Coast Guard (ICG), which was a major step in strengthening bilateral cooperation between the ICG and the USCG. The joint exercise, codenamed "_________," is slated to occur off the coast of Port Blair on March 9–10, 2024.

(a) Sea Defend-2024

(b) Sea Ghost-2024

(c) Sea Riders-2024

(d) Sea Raisers-2024

(e) Sea Defenders-2024


13)
China and _______ have inked a defence cooperation agreement to promote closer bilateral relations.

(a) Singapore

(b) Maldives

(c) Cuba

(d) Romania

(e) Malaysia


14) In March,
Which day is designated as CISF Raising Day?

(a) March 6

(b) March 8

(c) March 10

(d) March 12

(e) March 14


15)
Which state hosted the January 2024 launch of the National Level Helpline for Divyangjan, Short Code-14456, at the International Purple Fest?

(a) Odisha

(b) Nagaland

(c) Goa

(d) Jharkhand

(e) Mizoram


16)
The NHAI and HLL Lifecare Limited, a Public Sector Undertaking under the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoH&FW), have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen the Incident Management System (IMS) on the National Highways and to offer rapid help to accident victims. This agreement will remain in effect for a period of ______ years.

(a) 4 years

(b) 5 years

(c) 6 years

(d) 7 years

(e) 8 years


17)
Which of the following states' tribal villages will have Internet access through the cooperation between the Ministry of Tribal Affairs and the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) through the pilot program's deployment of V-SAT stations for about 80 tribal villages?

(a) Jharkhand

(b) Madhya Pradesh

(c) Odisha

(d) Maharashtra

(e) All of the above


18)
What percentage of Maini Precision Products Limited (MPPL) has Ring Plus Aqua Limited (RPAL) acquired through the deal allowed by the Competition Commission of India (CCI)?

(a) 57.25%

(b) 55.25%

(c) 51.25%

(d) 59.25%

(e) 53.25%


19) Recently (Mar 2024),
Which state has approved the widening of the 12.4 km long Dhrol to Amaran portion of National Highway-151-A to 4-lane costing Rs 625.58 crore, according to Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Shri Nitin Gadkari?

(a) Gujarat

(b) Mizoram

(c) Bihar

(d) Assam

(e) Odisha


20)
Since its founding in which year, Star Health has been the first independent health insurance provider to resolve over one billion claims, marking a landmark milestone in the insurance business?

(a) 2002

(b) 2004

(c) 2006

(d) 2008

(e) 2010


Answers :

1) Answer: B

Interest rates for various small savings schemes:

Small savings schemes Interest rates for April-June 2024
Savings deposits 4
1 year time deposits 6.9
2 year time deposits 7
3 year time deposits 7.1
5 year time deposits 7.5
5 year recurring deposits 6.7
Monthly income account scheme 7.4
National savings certificate 7.7
Senior citizen savings scheme 8.2
Public provident fund scheme 7.1
Kisan Vikas Patra 7.5
Sukanya Samriddhi Account 8.2

Detailed Explanation:

The Finance Ministry has announced that the interest rates for small savings schemes for the upcoming quarter of April- June 2024 will remain the same as the rates applicable in the previous quarter (January- March 2024).

Interest rates for various small savings schemes:

Small savings schemes Interest rates for April-June 2024
Savings deposits 4
1 year time deposits 6.9
2 year time deposits 7
3 year time deposits 7.1
5 year time deposits 7.5
5 year recurring deposits 6.7
Monthly income account scheme 7.4
National savings certificate 7.7
Senior citizen savings scheme 8.2
Public provident fund scheme 7.1
Kisan Vikas Patra 7.5
Sukanya Samriddhi Account 8.2

Key Highlights :

The rates of interest on various Small Savings Schemes for the first quarter of FY 2024-25 starting from 1’t April, 2024 and ending on 30th June, 2024 shall remain unchanged from those notified for the fourth quarter (1st January, 2024 to 31st March 2024) of FY 2023-24

This means that for the April-June 2024 quarter the Public Provident Fund (PPF) will continue to earn 7.1% interest rate.

Small Savings Schemes are a set of savings instruments managed by the central government with an aim to encourage citizens to save regularly irrespective of their age.

They are popular as they provide returns higher than bank fixed deposits, sovereign guarantee and tax benefits.

Since 2016, the Finance Ministry has been reviewing the interest rates on small savings schemes on a quarterly basis.

Diversity of Schemes: There are a total of 12 small saving instruments, categorized into Postal Deposits, Savings Certificates, and Social Security Schemes.

Postal Deposits: Includes savings accounts, recurring deposits, time deposits with varying maturities, and the monthly income scheme.

Savings Certificates: Encompasses National Small Savings Certificate (NSC) and Kisan Vikas Patra (KVP).

Social Security Schemes: Consists of the Sukanya Samriddhi Scheme, Public Provident Fund (PPF), and Senior Citizens‘ Savings Scheme (SCSS).

About Ministry of Finance:

Cabinet Minister : Nirmala Sitharaman

Minister of State : Bhagwat Karad, Pankaj Choudhar


2) Answer: B

NPCI International Payments (NIPL), the international arm of the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) has agreed with Nepal-based payment network Fonepay Payment Service, for cross-border Unified Payments Interface (UPI) transactions between India andNepal.

Detailed Explanation:

NPCI International Payments (NIPL), the international arm of the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) has agreed with Nepal-based payment network Fonepay Payment Service, for cross-border Unified Payments Interface (UPI) transactions between India andNepal.

Aim: To facilitate QR-code-based person-to-merchant (P2M) UPI transactions between individuals and merchants across the borders of India and Nepal.

Key Highlights :

Instant and Secure Payments: Initially, Indian consumers will have the capability to execute instant, secure, and convenient UPI payments at various business establishments in Nepal, utilizing the Fonepay Network.

Fonepay’s Operations: Fonepay, a Payment System Operator (PSO) and a subsidiary of the F1Soft Group, operates an interoperable network and mobile platforms that facilitate inter-bank person-to-person (P2P) and person-to-merchant (P2M) transactions.

Regulatory Compliance: Regulated by the Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB), FonePay holds the distinction of being Nepal’s premier mobile payment network licensed as a PSO, ensuring compliance with regulatory standards.

NPCI International Expansion: This collaboration with Fonepay follows NPCI International’s recent Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signing with Eurobank S.A. of Greece, aiming to enhance cross-border payments between Greece and India through UPI rails.

About NPCI :

Founded : 2008

Headquarters : Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

MD & CEO : Dilip Asbe

The NPCI is an umbrella organisation for operating retail payments and settlement systems in India.

It is an initiative of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and the Indian Banks’ Association (IBA) under the provisions of the Payment and Settlement Systems Act, 2007, to create a robust Payment & Settlement Infrastructure in India.


3) Answer: C

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi approved to release of an additional instalment of Dearness Allowance (DA) to Central Government employees and Dearness Relief (DR) to pensionersw.e.f.Jan 2024 represents an increase of 4% over the existing rate of 46% of the Basic Pay/Pension, to compensate against the price rise.

Detailed Explanation:

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi approved to release of an additional instalment of Dearness Allowance (DA) to Central Government employees and Dearness Relief (DR) to pensionersw.e.f.Jan 2024 represents an increase of 4% over the existing rate of 46% of the Basic Pay/Pension, to compensate against the price rise.

Following this hike, the dearness allowance (DA) and dearness relief (DR) will go up from 46% to 50%.

Key Highlights:

The combined impact on the exchequer on account of both Dearness Allowance and Dearness Relief would be 12,868.72 crore per annum.

This will benefit about 49.18 lakh Central Government employees and 67.95 lakh pensioners.

This financial year, the Centre will spend ₹15,014 crore towards the payment of additional DA.

Transport allowance, canteen allowance, and deputation allowance will also be increased by 25%.

House rent allowance has been raised from 27%, 19%, and 9% of the basic pay to 30%, 20%, and 10%,

Benefits under gratuity will also be increased by 25%, with an increased ceiling of ₹25 lakh from the existing ₹20 lakh.

For this, the Centre may have to fund ₹9,400 crore annually.

This increase is per the accepted formula, which is based on the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission.

What is meant by Dearness Allowance?

Dearness Allowance (DA) is an allowance given to employees by the government or private sector employers to compensate for the rising cost of living due to inflation.

The allowance is calculated as a percentage of the employee’s basic salary and is usually adjusted twice a year, depending on the inflation rate.

Types of Dearness Allowance

Fixed Dearness Allowance

Variable Dearness Allowance


4) Answer: B

Union Minister for Communication, Electronics, IT and Railways Ashwini Vaishnaw launched India’s fastest and indigenously developed Multiprotocol Label Switching router in Bengaluru.

Detailed Explanation:

Union Minister for Communication, Electronics, IT and Railways Ashwini Vaishnaw launched India’s fastest and indigenously developed Multiprotocol Label Switching router in Bengaluru.

This will bolster India’s digital infrastructure and support the demand for high-speed data processing and transmission.

An indigenous router of 2.4 Terabits Per Second speed, has been developed in India.

The development of the indigenous and secured router is an important step in the Digital India initiative.

The minister pointed out that India is now laying the foundation for hi-tech manufacturing with lots of innovation, hardware, and software with large design capabilities.

Nivetti Systems of Bengaluru developed the high-speed router in collaboration with the Department of Telecom and CDOT.


5) Answer: E

The newly developed Sabroom ICP Land Port is located along the international border between India and Bangladesh and facilitates cargo and passenger movement up to Chittagong port in Bangladesh.

Detailed Explanation:

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated and laid the foundation stone of about 12 projects worth 8,534 crore rupees for Tripura virtually during his visit to Itanagar in Arunachal Pradesh.

The important projects, include the construction of the Agartala Western Bypass.

PM Modi also launched projects, including tap connections for 1.46 lakh rural households and laid stones for the Agartala Western Bypass and multiple road projects.

The Prime Minister also inaugurated the Land Port at the Integrated Check Post at Sabroom in South Tripura constructed at a cost of about Rs 230 crore.

The newly developed Sabroom ICP Land Port is located along the international border between India and Bangladesh and facilitates cargo and passenger movement up to Chittagong port in Bangladesh.

The foundation stone of the Sabroom Land Port was laid by the Prime Minister in March 2021.

ICP Sabroom will enhance the connectivity, trade, and tourism between the North East Region and Bangladesh.

Under the visionary leadership of PM Modi, these projects will script a new chapter of development in the state.


6) Answer: D

The Prime Minister laid the foundation stone for projects under the Prime Minister’s Development Initiative for North Eastern Region (PM-DevINE) scheme including the Medical College & Hospital at Sivasagar and a Hemato-Lymphoid centre in Guwahati (Assam).

Detailed Explanation:

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated, dedicated to the nation and laid the foundation stone for multiple development projects worth more than Rs 17,500 crores in Jorhat, Assam.

The development projects encompass the sectors of health, oil and gas, rail, and housing.

Background

The Prime Minister laid the foundation stone for projects under the Prime Minister’s Development Initiative for North Eastern Region (PM-DevINE) scheme including the Medical College & Hospital at Sivasagar and a Hemato-Lymphoid center in Guwahati (Assam).

He also laid the foundation stone for important projects in the oil and gas sector including the capacity expansion of Digboi Refinery from 0.65 to 1 MMTPA (million metric tonnes per annum); Guwahati Refinery Expansion (1.0 to 1.2 MMTPA) along with installation of Catalytic Reforming Unit (CRU); and augmentation of Facilities at Betkutchi (Guwahati) Terminal: Indian Oil Corporation Limited, among others.

The Prime Minister dedicated to nation important projects like the new medical Medical College and Hospital at Tinsukia; and 718 Km long Barauni – Guwahati Pipeline (part of Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga Project) built at a cost of about Rs 3,992 crore, among others.

The Prime Minister also inaugurated about 5.5 lakh homes under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana – Gramin (PMAY-G), constructed at a total cost of about Rs.8,450 crore;

The Prime Minister dedicated to the nation’s important railway projects worth more than Rs 1300 crore in Assam including the Dhupdhara-Chhaygaon section (part of New Bongaigaon – Guwahati Via Goalpara Doubling Project) and New Bongaigaon – Sorbhog Section (part of New Bongaigaon – Agthori Doubling Project).


7) Answer: B

Coal PSUs under the administrative control of MoC have been at the forefront of doing CAPEX to assist and contribute to transforming the Indian economy.

Over the past few years, Coal CPSE has been overachieving the CAPEX Target.

In FY 21-22, Coal PSUs had achieved 104.86% of their target.

Detailed Explanation:

Coal PSUs under the administrative control of MoC have been at the forefront of doing CAPEX to assist and contribute to transforming the Indian economy.

Over the past few years, Coal CPSE has been overachieving the CAPEX Target.

In FY 21-22, Coal PSUs had achieved 104.86% of their target.

Similar performance was repeated in FY 2022-23 where coal PSUs achieved around 109.24% of its target.

There has been consistent YoY growth in CAPEX by Coal PSUs over the last 3 years.

The Ministry of Coal’s CAPEX target for 2023-24 is 21,030 Crore. By Feb 2024, coal PSUs have already surpassed the FY 2023-24 target by making a record capex of Rs. 22448.24 Cr i.e. 106.74% of the annual target.

With major CAPEX investments materializing in the last two months of the fiscal year, it is anticipated that both CIL and NLCIL will add to their achievement, further bolstering India’s economic growth trajectory.

About CAPEX

CAPEX is one of the crucial components of the economic dynamics, which has a multiplier and trickle-down impact on the overall economy boosting consumption, and demand and spurring industrial growth, creating employment and long-lasting infrastructure from which durable benefits accrue to the country over a long period.


8) Answer: B

SJVN Limited, a Mini Ratna, Category-I and Schedule ‘A’ Central public sector enterprise under the administrative control of the Ministry of Power, Government of India, has received Letters of Award for the development of Solar Power Projects of capacity 1,352 MW in Maharashtra.

Detailed Explanation:

SJVN Limited, a Mini Ratna, Category-I and Schedule ‘A’ Central public sector enterprise under the administrative control of the Ministry of Power, Government of India, has received Letters of Award for the development of Solar Power Projects of capacity 1,352 MW in Maharashtra.

The projects will be developed through SJVN Green Energy Limited (SGEL), a wholly owned subsidiary of SJVN, in four districts of the state, namely, Nashik, Solapur, Ahmednagar, and Pune.

Chairperson & Managing Director, SJVN, Smt. Geeta Kapur has informed that these solar projects will be developed under Mukhya Mantri Saur Krushi Vahini Yojana 2.0, of the Government of Maharashtra.

Total investment for the development of solar power projects of 1,352 MW capacity will be about Rs. 7,436 crores.

This will be the first contribution of SGEL towards the PM-KUSUM Scheme.

These projects will be eligible for Central Financial Assistance, up to a maximum of 30% of the project cost.

The projects have been bagged by SGEL through a competitive bidding process in a tender floated by MSEB Solar Agro Power Limited, Maharashtra.

The total capacity of the tender was 7000 MW and SGEL participated in 1,500 MW – 500 MW in Round One and 1,000 MW in Round Two.

The aforesaid scheme has been launched for the implementation of the largest Feeder-Level Solarisation Scheme in India under component C of the PM-KUSUM Scheme.

About Mukhya Mantri Saur Krushi Vahini Yojana

The “Mukhyamantri Saur Krushi Vahini Yojana” was introduced in June 2017, wherein decentralized solar projects of capacity 2 MW to 10 MW will be installed within a 5 km radius of agriculture-dominated sub-stations.

The scheme was later reframed as Mukhymantri Saur Krushi Vahini Yojana 2.0 (MSKVY 2.0), with the target of 30% feeder solarization by 2025 through the implementation of 7,000 MW decentralized solar projects in fast-track mode, thus giving day-time electricity supply to farmers.


9) Answer: A

India has been bestowed with the prestigious measles and rubella champion award for its exemplary efforts in combating these diseases.The award was received by Ambassador Sripriya Ranganathan on behalf of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare at the American Red Cross Headquarters in Washington.

Detailed Explanation:

India has been bestowed with the prestigious measles and rubella champion award for its exemplary efforts in combating these diseases.

The award was received by Ambassador Sripriya Ranganathan on behalf of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare at the American Red Cross Headquarters in Washington.

The Health Ministry in a statement stated this accolade celebrates the country’s unwavering commitment to public health and its outstanding leadership in curbing the spread of these infectious diseases among children.

India has demonstrated remarkable progress in reducing measles and rubella cases and preventing outbreaks through a series of comprehensive interventions.

The measles and rubella partnership comprises a multi-agency planning committee, including the American Red Cross, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI), UNICEF and World Health Organisation.

All of these organizations are dedicated to reducing global measles deaths and preventing rubella illness.


10) Answer: E

Asif Ali Zardari, the Co-chairperson of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), has secured his second term as Pakistan’s 14th President, marking a significant milestone in the nation’s history, particularly in a context marked by past military interventions.

Detailed Explanation:

Asif Ali Zardari, the Co-chairperson of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), has secured his second term as Pakistan’s 14th President, marking a significant milestone in the nation’s history, particularly in a context marked by past military interventions.

Zardari’s re-election makes him the first civilian president in Pakistan’s history to be elected for a second term, underscoring the evolution of democratic processes in the country.

The President-elect is scheduled to take the oath of office at the President's House, with Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Qazi Faez Isa presiding over the ceremony, symbolizing the constitutional transfer of power.

Asif Ali Zardari, 68, secured a resounding victory in the presidential election with 255 votes, while his 75-year-old opponent, Mahmood Khan Achakzai, received 119 votes from the combined National Assembly and Senate.

About Asif Ali Zardari:

Asif Ali Zardari, aged 68, currently serves as the co-chairperson of the PPP and emerged as the joint candidate of the ruling alliance comprising the PPP and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N).

Zardari previously served as the 11th President of Pakistan from 2008 to 2013, holding the distinction of being the first president born after Independence, thereby bringing unique perspectives to the office.

Besides his presidential duties, Zardari has been an active member of the National Assembly of Pakistan since August 2018, contributing to legislative and policy matters.

Recent News :

In March 2024, Shehbaz Sharif, the president of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), was elected as the 24th Prime Minister of Pakistan by the National Assembly.

About Pakistan :

Prime Minister: Shehbaz Sharif

Capital: Islamabad

Currency: Rupee


11) Answer: B

The first edition of the Biannual Naval Commanders’ Conference 2024 was conducted from 05 to 08 March 2024.The inaugural session of the conference took place onboard the aircraft carrier Indian Naval Ship (INS) Vikramaditya, highlighting the symbolic significance of the event.

Detailed Explanation:

The first edition of the Biannual Naval Commanders’ Conference 2024 was conducted from 05 to 08 March 2024.

The conference serves as a crucial institutional platform for discussing significant maritime security issues at the Military-Strategic level.

The inaugural session of the conference took place onboard the aircraft carrier Indian Naval Ship (INS) Vikramaditya, highlighting the symbolic significance of the event.

Follow-on proceedings were conducted in New Delhi, in hybrid format, on 07 and 08 March 2024.

Raksha Mantri Rajnath Singh will address the Naval Commanders.

The Chief of Defence Staff, along with the Chiefs of the Indian Army and Indian Air Force, will also engage with the Naval Commanders during the conference to discuss the convergence of the three Services in light of the common national security environment.

Key Highlights :

The conference, which is held annually, brings together Naval Commanders to discuss strategic, operational, and administrative matters related to maritime security.

On the sidelines of the conference, Naval Commanders also interacted with various ‘Think Tanks’ during a ‘Sagar Manthan’ event.

The forum provided an opportunity to engage with MSMEs, innovators and Academia to deliberate ways, means and novel avenues to further Aatmanirbharta initiatives and enhance self-reliance in defence production.

About Ministry of Defence :

Defence Minister : Rajnath Singh

Minister of State : Ajay Bhatt

Defence Secretary : Giridhar Aramane


12) Answer: E

Marking a significant step in bolstering bilateral cooperation between the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) and the United States Coast Guard (USCG), the USCG Ship Bertholf reached Port Blair for a joint exercise with the Indian Coast Guard (ICG).

Codenamed “Sea Defenders-2024” the joint exercise is scheduled to take place on 09-10 Mar 2024 off the coast of Port Blair.

Detailed Explanation:

Marking a significant step in bolstering bilateral cooperation between the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) and the United States Coast Guard (USCG), the USCG Ship Bertholf reached Port Blair for a joint exercise with the Indian Coast Guard (ICG).

Codenamed “Sea Defenders-2024” the joint exercise is scheduled to take place on 09-10 Mar 2024 off the coast of Port Blair.

Key Highlights:

The exercise will simulate scenarios relevant to maritime piracy and asymmetric threats, including simulated drone attacks on commercial merchant traffic, joint maritime search and rescue operations, major firefighting, marine pollution response, and counter-drug interdiction exercises.

The Legend-class United States Coast Guard Cutter (USCGC) Bertholf is equipped with advanced technology and weaponry, including helicopter landing pad, state-of-the-art sensors and communication equipment.

Its visit to India travelling more than 16000 Nautical Miles from Alameda, California reflects a shared commitment to upholding maritime norms and promoting a rules-based order in the Indo-Pacific region.

About ICG :

Established : 1978 by the Coast Guard Act, 1978, as an independent Armed force of India

Headquarters : New Delhi, Delhi

Administration: The organization is headed by the Director General Indian Coast Guard (DGICG).

Indian Coast Guard (ICG) is an armed force that protects India’s maritime interests and enforces maritime law, with jurisdiction over the territorial waters of India, including its contiguous zone and exclusive economic zone.


13) Answer: B

defence cooperation agreement has been signed between China and the Maldives to foster stronger bilateral ties. The agreement between Beijing and Malé was signed by the Maldivian minister of defence Mohamed Ghassan Maumoon and Major General Zhang Baoqun, the Chinese deputy director of the Office for International Military Cooperation.

Detailed Explanation:

defence cooperation agreement has been signed between China and the Maldives to foster stronger bilateral ties.

The Maldives is poised to receive free military aid from China following a diplomatic dispute with India.

The agreement between Beijing and Malé was signed by the Maldivian minister of defence Mohamed Ghassan Maumoon and Major General Zhang Baoqun, the Chinese deputy director of the Office for International Military Cooperation.

Key Highlights :

Deadline Set by Maldives President: Maldives President Mohamed Muizzu has set a deadline for the withdrawal of the first group of Indian military personnel after a diplomatic row with India.

Discussion on Defense Cooperation: Maldives Defense Minister Mohamed Ghassan Maumoon and Chinese Major General Zhang Baoqun have held talks to explore avenues for enhancing defense cooperation.

Gift of Ambulances: China has gifted 12 eco-friendly ambulances to the Maldives as part of their bilateral relationship.

Strained Relations with India: Relations between India and the Maldives have been tense since President Muizzu assumed office in November 2023, who is perceived as pro-China.

Withdrawal Deadline: President Muizzu has set March 10 as the deadline for the withdrawal of the initial batch of Indian military personnel from the Maldives.

About China :

Capital : Beijing

Currency : Renminbi

About Maldives :

President : Mohamed Muizzu

Capital : Malé

Currency : Maldivian rufiyaa


14) Answer: C

CISF Raising Day is celebrated on 10th March 2024.CISF was formed on March 10, 1969, under the CISF Act of the Parliament of India.

Detailed Explanation:

CISF Raising Day is celebrated on 10th March 2024.

The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) is one of the Central Armed Police Forces in India.

CISF is a unique organization in the paramilitary forces of India, which works to provide security cover to over 300 industrial units, government infrastructure projects, and facilities and establishments located all over India.

CISF was formed on March 10, 1969, under the CISF Act of the Parliament of India.

It started with as many as 2,800 personnel for the better protection and security of industrial undertakings in the country.

Three battalions were formed to provide integrated security cover to the Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) which, in those years, occupied the commanding heights of the economy.


15) Answer: C

Presently, various departmental organizations utilize different helpline numbers, making it crucial to establish a centrally maintained, user-friendly Short Code Helpline Number.

The National Level Helpline for Divyangjan, Short Code-14456, launched on Jan 8, 2024, at the International Purple Fest, Goa.

Detailed Explanation:

The Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with SignAble Communications.

The MoU signifies a significant step forward in improving support for individuals with speech and hearing disabilities.

The MoU aims to enhance communication and accessibility for visually and hearing-impaired Divyangjan.

Presently, various departmental organizations utilize different helpline numbers, making it crucial to establish a centrally maintained, user-friendly Short Code Helpline Number.

The National Level Helpline for Divyangjan, Short Code-14456, launched on Jan 8, 2024, at the International Purple Fest, Goa.


16) Answer: B

To provide immediate assistance to accident victims and strengthen the Incident Management System (IMS) on the National Highways, NHAI has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with HLL Lifecare Limited, a Public Sector Undertaking under the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoH&FW).This agreement will remain in effect for a period of five years.

Detailed Explanation:

To provide immediate assistance to accident victims and strengthen the Incident Management System (IMS) on the National Highways, NHAI has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with HLL Lifecare Limited, a Public Sector Undertaking under the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoH&FW).

The MoU was signed in the presence of NHAI Chairman, Shri Santosh Kumar Yadav, and Shri Kuruvilla P.C., Associate Vice President & Business Head, HLL Lifecare Limited, along with other senior officials from NHAI and HLL Lifecare Ltd.

The MoU will help NHAI to strengthen its existing Incident Management System, which includes Ambulances, Route Patrol Vans & Cranes, real-time tracking, and supportive supervision.

This will improve response time and facilitate referral of accident victims to the nearest health facilities, establishing a seamless process for incident management.

This will include Operation & Management of Trauma Centres/Emergency Stabilization Centers to maximize assistance during the golden hour and improve health outcomes.

This will also help to strengthen services provided through National Highway Toll-Free Helpline Number 1033 resulting in improved response time.

This agreement will remain in effect for a period of five years.

This unique collaboration between two Government Organizations underlines NHAI’s focus on enhancing the Incident Management System and providing timely assistance to accident victims.

This arrangement will play a prominent role in providing immediate medical assistance and saving precious lives on the National Highways across the country.


17) Answer: E

The Ministry of Tribal Affairs is planning to collaborate with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) to deploy V-SAT stations on a pilot basis for around 80 tribal villages in Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, and Maharashtra to bring Internet services there.

Detailed Explanation:

The Ministry of Tribal Affairs is planning to collaborate with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) to deploy V-SAT stations on a pilot basis for around 80 tribal villages in Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, and Maharashtra to bring Internet services there.

Key Highlights :

Enhanced Connectivity: These V-SAT stations will offer Wi-Fi capacity of up to 100 Mbps, which can be further boosted by additional boosters, thereby improving connectivity and facilitating access to essential services for tribal communities.

V-SAT Technology: Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) stations, which are less than three meters tall, will be utilized.

VSAT is a two-way ground station capable of transmitting and receiving data from satellites in real-time, ensuring effective communication in remote areas.

Health Research Partnership: The Tribal Affairs Ministry is collaborating with AIIMS Delhi to conduct advanced research on tribal health issues, with a specific focus on addressing Sickle Cell Anemia. Additionally, training programs for medical professionals in tribal areas are being organized.

Specialized Department Proposal: A proposal has been put forth to establish a specialized department for Appropriate Technology and Entrepreneurship in collaboration with IIT Delhi and IIM Kolkata, aiming to foster innovation and entrepreneurship in tribal communities.

Education and Training Initiatives: The Indian Institute of Science (IISc) plans to establish a training facility (Fab) to educate Scheduled Tribe (ST) students in semiconductor courses, offering 2100 NSQF-certified level 6.0 & 6.5 training.

This initiative aims to enhance skill development and educational opportunities for tribal students.

Ministry’s Achievements: Tribal Affairs Minister, T. Shri Munda, launched a coffee table book on PM JANMAN, a booklet on DAPST (Development Action Plan for Scheduled Tribes), and a booklet highlighting the 10-year achievements of the Ministry of Tribal Affairs, showcasing the government’s commitment to the welfare and development of tribal communities.

About ISRO :

Established: 15 August 1969

Headquarters: Bangalore, Karnataka, India

Chairman: S. Somanath


18) Answer: D

The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has approved the transaction inter alia envisaging the acquisition of 59.25% shareholding in Maini Precision Products Limited (MPPL) by Ring Plus Aqua Limited (RPAL).

Detailed Explanation:

The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has approved the transaction inter alia envisaging the acquisition of 59.25% shareholding in Maini Precision Products Limited (MPPL) by Ring Plus Aqua Limited (RPAL).

The proposed combination inter alia envisages the acquisition of 59.25% shareholding in MPPL by RPAL, the acquisition of the entire shareholding of JK Files & Engineering Limited (JK Files) in JK Talabot Limited (JKTL) by a wholly owned subsidiary of Raymond Limited (New Company), and merger of RPAL, MPPL and the engineering business of JK Files into the New Company.

Key Highlights:

Raymond Limited (Raymond) and its subsidiaries are engaged in manufacture and sale of textiles, lifestyle products, branded apparel, hardware and tools, certain automotive parts, and real estate.

JK Files, a wholly owned subsidiary of Raymond, is engaged in the business of manufacturing, sale and distribution of hand tools, files and cutting tools; and importing and onward sale of power tools and power tool accessories.

JKTL, a subsidiary of JK Files, is engaged in the engineering business.

MPPL is engaged in manufacturing precision products for different industries and manufactures products based on the design requirements of its customers.

About CCI:

Established : 14 October 2003

Headquarters : New Delhi, Delhi, India

Chairman : Ravneet Kaur

The CCI is the chief national competition regulator in India.

It is a statutory body within the Ministry of Corporate Affairs and is responsible for enforcing the Competition Act, 2002 to promote competition and prevent activities that have an appreciable adverse effect on competition in India.


19) Answer: A

Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Shri Nitin Gadkari approved has been given for widening of the 12.4 km long Dhrol to Amaran section of National Highway-151-A in Morbi district of Gujarat to 4-lane for Rs 625.58 crore.

Detailed Explanation:

Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Shri Nitin Gadkari approved has been given for widening of the 12.4 km long Dhrol to Amaran section of National Highway-151-A in Morbi district of Gujarat to 4-lane for Rs 625.58 crore.

The approval has been given for the widening of the 12.4-kilometer Dhrol to the Amaran section of the National Highway in the Morbi district of Gujarat.

The approval has also been given for the construction of additional structures including pipelines in 15-kilometer-long stretches of the Vadodara-Surat section on the National Highway in the Bharuch and Surat districts of Gujarat.

The government has sanctioned over 936 crore rupees for the construction of ten kilometers long four-lane elevated corridor on the Kalimandir-Dimna Chowk-Baliguma section of the National Highway in Jamshedpur, Jharkhand.

The project will enhance safety and reduce congestion in the city of Jamshedpur.


20) Answer: C

Star Health, headquartered in Chennai, Tamil Nadu has achieved a significant milestone in the insurance industry by becoming the first standalone health insurance company to settle over 1 crore claims since its establishment in 2006.

Detailed Explanation:

Star Health, headquartered in Chennai, Tamil Nadu has achieved a significant milestone in the insurance industry by becoming the first standalone health insurance company to settle over 1 crore claims since its establishment in 2006.

Key Highlights :

Claim Disbursement: Over the years, Star Health has disbursed claim payments totalling more than ₹44,000 crore, encompassing both cashless and reimbursement claims across the nation.

Hospital Network: With a robust network comprising over 14,200 empanelled hospitals, Star Health has efficiently settled more than 70% of customer claims, ensuring widespread coverage and accessibility.

Regional Distribution: Maharashtra emerges as the state with the highest claim count, followed by Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, and Delhi, indicating the broad geographical spread of the company’s services and the prevalence of health insurance awareness.

Market Dominance: The Star Health and Allied Insurance Company Ltd commands a significant market share of 33% in the retail health insurance sector, surpassing competitors by more than threefold, reaffirming its position as a leader in the industry.

MD and CEO of Star Health Insurance : Anand Roy

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