Daily GK and Current Affairs Quiz - 18th January 2023
Daily GK and Current Affairs Quiz - 18th January 2023

Daily GK and Current Affairs Quiz – 18th January 2023

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Current Affairs Quiz – 18th January 2023

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1. Who among the following was conferred with Federal Bank Literary Award 2022?

  1. Durjoy Dutta
  2. K Venu
  3. Arundhati Roy
  4. Shashi Tharoor
  5. None of these

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Correct Answer:  B. K Venu

Explanation:  Noted writer K Venu was conferred with Federal Bank Literary Award 2022 for his autobiography ‘Oranweshananthinte Katha.’ Venu received the award from Balagopal Chandrasekhar, Chairman and Independent Director of Federal Bank, at a special event held as part of the Kerala Literature Festival. ‘Oranweshananthinte Katha’ was chosen by the judging panel comprising writer and literary critic KC Narayanan, Sunil P Ilayidom and PK Rajashekharan.  Judging panel member P K Rajashekaran commented that the essence of the book brought back the memory of the most intense political timeline in the modern history of Kerala. This is the first-ever literary award constituted by the Federal Bank. By constituting the award, Federal Bank aims to celebrate the diversity of contemporary literature and recognise writers for their cultural contributions.

2. Which of the following competition is not included in Saansad Khel Mahakumbh 2022-23?

  1. Chess
  2. Sudoku
  3. Kabaddi
  4. Basketball
  5. None of these

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Correct Answer:  B. Sudoku

Explanation:  Narendra Modi inaugurated the second phase of Saansad Khel Mahakumbh 2022-23 in Basti District of Uttrar Pradesh. The Khel Mahakumbh organises diverse competitions in both indoor and outdoor sports like wrestling, Kabaddi, Kho Kho, Basketball, Football, Hockey, Chess, Badminton and Table Tennis. Apart from these, competitions in essay writing, painting, rangoli making are also organised.

3. Which of the following city was selected to host WEF Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution?

  1. Jaipur
  2. Indore
  3. New Delhi
  4. Hyderabad
  5. None of these

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Correct Answer:  D. Hyderabad

Explanation:  The World Economic Forum will set up a Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (C4IR Telangana) in Hyderabad. The autonomous non-profit organization will focus on healthcare and life sciences. “India has a unique opportunity to spearhead healthcare and life sciences in South Asia. C4IR Telangana will be a key player in driving stakeholder engagement, building bridges between the public sector and SMEs,” WEF President Børge Brende said.

C4IR Telangana is the 18th centre in the WEF’sFourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) network, spanning four continents. Jeremy Jurgens, Managing Director of WEF, and Shakthi Nagappan, Chief Executive Officer of Telangana Life Sciences Foundation, signed an agreement during the forum’s annual meeting in Davos (Switzerland). Telangana IT and Industries Minister KT Rama Rao and Brende were present on the occasion.

4. Which of the following became the first Indian UT to completely shift to e-governance mod?

  1. J&K
  2. Leh
  3. Puducherry
  4. Lakshwadeep
  5. None of the above

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Correct Answer:  A. J&K

Explanation:  Leading the digital transformation in governance, Jammu and Kashmir has become the first union territory (UT) in India to have entirely shifted to digital mode of administration. According to an order issued by the UT chief secretary Dr Arun Kumar Mehta, all governance and administrative services in the state are now ‘only’ available digitally.

  • The UT administration on Tuesday constituted a ‘coordination cell’ for monitoring the progress on implementation of online services in Jammu and Kashmir. “Sanction is hereby accorded to constitution of a Coordination Cell in the General Administration Department under the overall supervision of Vikas Verma, JKAS Additional Secretary, (GAD), to monitor the daily progress of online services being provided in various districts of Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir,” the J&K administration order said.
  • The UT administration has designated four state civil services officers as members of the coordination cell. Among the members of the cell include JKAS officer Rajan, JKAS Deputy Secretary, GAD, Neha Bakshi, JKAS Under Secretary, Information Technology Department, Roopali Arora.

5. Who has become the youngest and the first LGBTQ woman of color to take oath as the Oakland City Council member in the US state of California?

  1. Bobby Kinnar
  2. Angela Davis
  3. Rina Sawayama
  4. Janani Ramachandran
  5. None of these

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Correct Answer:  D. Janani Ramachandran

Explanation:  Janani Ramachandran, a 30-year-old Indian-American attorney, has emerged as the youngest and the first queer woman of colour to take oath as the Oakland City Council member in the U.S. state of California. Ms. Ramachandran took the ceremonial oath wearing a saree as the Oakland City Council member for District 4 in an inauguration ceremony held on January 10. She currently serves on the California Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander American Affairs and has previously served as a Commissioner at the City of Oakland Public Ethics Commission, according to her website.

6. As per a recent list released by the World of Statistics in January 2023, Shah Rukh Khan is the ________ richest actor in the world.

  1. 2nd
  2. 4th
  3. 5th
  4. 3rd
  5. None of these

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Correct Answer:  B. 4th

Explanation:  Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan with his more than three decades of work in the film industry has garnered millions of fans all over the world and an estimated net worth of ₹627 million ($770 million), making him the richest actor in Asia and fourth richest actor all over the world. Beating fellow immensely famous and cult actors like Tom Cruise, Jackie Chan, and George Clooney, Shah Rukh Khan took the fourth position in the list of eight richest actors of the world released by World of Statistics. 

The Shah Rukh Khan has made a great impact with his cameos in films like R Madhavan’s Rocketry: The Nambi Effect and Ayan Mukerji’s Brahmastra Part 1: Shiva. Now, ahead of the release of his comeback film, Pathaan, the actor has been featured in the list of the richest actors in the world.

Richest actors in the world:

  • Jerry Seinfeld (US): $1 Billion
  • Tyler Perry (US): $1 Billion
  • Dwayne Johnson (US): $800 million
  • Shah Rukh Khan (Indian): $770 million
  • Tom Cruise (US): $620 million
  • Jackie Chan (Hong Kong): $520 million
  • George Clooney (US): $500 million
  • Robert De Niro (US): $500 million

7. India’s merchandise exports decreased how much percentage from a year earlier to $34.5 billion in December 2022.

  1. 14.9%
  2. 13.5%
  3. 12.2%
  4. 11.7%
  5. None of these

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Correct Answer:  C. 12.2%

Explanation:  It is now clear how a developing recession in the west is affecting India’s overseas commerce. Due to a downturn in demand from important markets following aggressive rate hikes by major central banks and an unfavourable base, merchandise exports decreased 12.2% from a year earlier to $34.5 billion in December 2022, the second decline in three months. In October, exports of goods had decreased by 16.65% on a yearly basis; however, November saw a flat growth.

  • In December, imports decreased as well, though more slowly, by 3.5% to $58.2 billion, which was a result of the recent slowdown in domestic goods demand.
  • Additionally, the value of imports and exports has been impacted by the decline in global commodity prices.
  • The trade deficit increased from $22.6 billion to over $23.8 billion in December as a result of higher imports, while it was still well below the record $30 billion imbalance reached in July.
  • In the September quarter, India’s current account deficit (CAD) increased to $36.4 billion, an all-time high in absolute terms and 4.4% of GDP, mostly due to a record deficit of $83.5 billion.
  • On a balance of payments (BoP) basis, there was a significant decrease in foreign exchange reserves of $30.4 billion in the quarter, as opposed to additions of $4.6 billion in Q1FY23 and $31.2 billion in Q2FY22.

8. Who among the following won the Malaysia Open Super 1000 women’s singles titles?

  1. Lee Yulim
  2. Baek Hana
  3. Chen Qingchen
  4. Akane Yamaguchi
  5. None of these

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Correct Answer:  D. Akane Yamaguchi

Explanation:  Akane Yamaguchi and Viktor Axelsen won the Malaysia Open Super 1000 women’s and men’s singles titles in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Yamaguchi, the reigning world champion, registered a come-from-behind win over world no. 4 An Se Young to clinch the Super Series Premier title. Yamaguchi won her maiden Super Series Premier title at the China Open in 2017. The men’s singles final saw a repeat of last month’s World Tour Finals. Axelsen, the regaining Olympic and world champion, won the Malaysia Open title in straight games, beating Japanese youngster Kodai Naraoka in 40 minutes. This was Axelsen’s ninth Super Series Premier title and third Malaysia Open crown.

  • China’s Chen Qingchen-Jia Yifan, the world no. 1 pairing in women’s doubles, blew away South Korea’s Baek Hana-Lee Yulim 21-16, 21-10 in 52 minutes.
  • In mixed doubles, the world no. 1 pairing of Zheng Siwei-Huang Yaqiong, carrying on their last season’s dominating display, claimed the season’s first Super Series Premier title.

9. Recently, UNSC listed Pakistan-based terrorist _________ as a global terrorist.

  1. Masood Azhar
  2. Mullah Omar
  3. Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi
  4. Abdul Rehman Makki
  5. None of these

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Correct Answer:  D. Abdul Rehman Makki

Explanation:   The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has listed Pakistan-based terrorist Abdul Rehman Makki as a global terrorist. Makki is the brother-in-law of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) chief and 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed. The development comes after India last year slammed China after it blocked the proposal to list Makki under the Sanctions Committee. Makki, who has been involved in raising funds, recruiting, and radicalizing the youth to plan attacks in India, especially in Jammu and Kashmir, has already been listed as a terrorist by India and the United States. Makki has been in various leadership roles within the terrorist organisation.

  • Makki has been a long-time aide toLeT’s Amir Hafiz Saeed, and is considered crucial to the organization’s operations. In addition to being a member of the Jamaat-Ul-Dawa/top Lashkar-e-Taiba’s family, Makki has served as a member of the Shura and a member of the JuD’s central and proselytising teams.
  • His primary strength is in raising funds for the LeT’s operations. He was born in Bahawalpur, Punjab Province of Pakistan, and is the deputy chief of LeT and head of the political affairs wing of JUD/LeT. Makki has occupied various leadership roles within Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), a US-designatedForeign Terrorist Organisation (FTO). He has also played a role in raising funds for LeT operations.
  • Makki is also said to have close links to Taliban. In 2012, he was close to Taliban’s Mullah Omar and al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri. In Pakistan, he is well-known for his anti-India speeches.

10. India-Bangladesh Friendship pipeline will begin supplying diesel to Bangladesh on an experimental basis from-

  1. March 2023
  2. April 2023
  3. May 2023
  4. June 2023
  5. None of these

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Correct Answer:  D. June 2023

Explanation:  The India-Bangladesh Friendship pipeline (IBFPL) will start supplying diesel to Bangladesh on an experimental basis from June 2023.  The international pipeline will carry diesel from the Siliguri based marketing terminal of the Numaligarh Refinery Limited to Parbatipur depot of Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC).

  • State Minister for Power, Nasrul Hamid, announced that the India-Bangladesh Friendship pipeline (IBFPL) will start supplying diesel to Bangladesh on an experimental basis from June this year.
  • The pipeline, which is 131.5 kilometers long, has been constructed for importing diesel from India, with 126.5 kilometers in Bangladesh and 5 kilometers in India.
  • Pre-commissioning for diesel imports through the pipeline is currently underway.
  • The international pipeline will transport diesel from the Siliguri-based marketing terminal of the Numaligarh Refinery Limited to the Parbatipur depot of the Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation.
  • The pipeline has a capacity of one million metric tonne per annum (MMTPA) and is being built under grant assistance from the government of India.
  • The groundbreaking ceremony for the IBFPL was held in September 2018 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina through video conferencing.

11. Recently, Which edition of Foreign Policy and Security Dialogue (FPSD) between India and South Korea was held in Seoul?

  1. 3rd
  2. 4th
  3. 5th
  4. 6th
  5. None of these

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Correct Answer:  C. 5th

Explanation:  Saurabh Kumar, Secretary (East), Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), made an official visit to South Korea and co-chaired the 5th Foreign Policy and Security Dialogue (FPSD) with his Korean counterpartCho Hyundong.

  • During the two-day talks that ended on January 17, the two sides agreed to deepen cooperation in the areas of trade and investment, security and defence, science and technology as well as cultural and people-to-people exchanges.
  • India and South Korea agreed to work to make global supply chains more resilient and robust.
  • Both the countries agreed to take bilateral trade to US$ 50 billion by 2030 from an all-time high of US$ 28 billion at present.
  • Both sides also discussed opportunities for cooperation in new and emerging technologies.
  • India has offered investment to Korean companies in manufacturing, infrastructure and other sectors.

12. Who among the following has been appointed Deputy National Security Adviser?

  1. T.N. Mohan
  2. Sanjay Arora
  3. Prakash Singh
  4. Pankaj Kumar Singh
  5. None of these

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Correct Answer:  D. Pankaj Kumar Singh

Explanation:  Retired director general of the Border Security Force (BSF), Pankaj Kumar Singh was appointed as the Deputy National Security Adviser in National Security Council Secretariat for a period of two years. Singh, a 1988-batch IPS officer of the Rajasthan cadre, has been appointed on a re-employment contract. Singh had retired as the BSF chief on December 31, 2022. When Singh took charge of the BSF on August 31, 2021, he had created history of a son and a father holding the top post of a paramilitary force during their services. His father and retired IPS officer of the 1959-batch, Prakash Singh, had also headed the BSF from June, 1993 to January, 1994. Singh holds LLB and MPhil degrees, besides MBA from the IIM, Ahmedabad. Currently, retired IPS officer Dattatray Padsalgikar, former R&AW chief Rajinder Khanna and retired IFS officer Pankaj Saran also served as Deputy National Security Advisors.

13. ___________ has reclaimed the top spot as the world’s most valuable brand despite its brand value falling 15 percent this year from $350.3 billion to $299.3 billion.

  1. Infosys
  2. Amazon
  3. Microsoft
  4. Tata Group
  5. None of these

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Correct Answer:  B. Amazon

Explanation:  Amazon has reclaimed the top spot as the world’s most valuable brand despite its brand value falling 15% this year from $350.3 billion to $299.3 billion, said a new report. According to brand valuation consultancy Brand Finance’s report, “Global 500 2023”, while Amazon is back at No 1, its brand value has fallen by over $50 billion this year, with its rating slipping from AAA+ to AAA. This is as consumers evaluate it more harshly in the post-pandemic world. Brand Finance’s research has found that perception of customer service at Amazon has fallen – at the same time as delivery times have lengthened. And so, consumers have become less likely to recommend Amazon to others.

14. Which of the following bank has signed a memorandum of understanding with Warehousing Development Regulatory Authority (WDRA)?

  1. Union bank
  2. Indian bank
  3. Bank of Baroda
  4. State Bank of india
  5. None of these

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Correct Answer:  D. State Bank of india

Explanation:  Warehousing Development Regulatory Authority (WDRA) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the State Bank of India to help farmers in getting low-interest-rate loans. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed to promote awareness about the new loan product called ‘Produce Marketing Loan’ to exclusively fund against e-NWRs (electronic Negotiable Warehouse Receipt).

  • It is envisaged that the product will have far-reaching consequences regarding the acceptance of e-NWRs among small and marginal farmers.
  • It has the potential to make a significant impact on the finances of rural depositors by preventing distressed sales and releasing better prices for the produce.
  • Combined with the inherent security and negotiability of the e-NWR system, the ‘Produce Marketing Loan’ will aim in improving rural liquidity and increasing farmers’ income.
  • The Food and Consumer Affairs ministry informed that a conference on “Digital financing against e-Negotiable Warehouse Receipts and way forward” was held at NABARD Head Office in Mumbai.
  • The purpose of the conference was to interact with bankers to increase post-harvest pledge finance against e-NWRs issued by warehouses registered by WDRA and evolve mechanisms that would improve the ease of doing business.
  • Bankers present at the conference have expressed their satisfaction with the e-NWR system established by WDRA as it provides them with considerable safety and comfort against loans advanced by them against warehouse receipts.

15. According to China’s National Bureau of Statistics, China’s population has fallen for the first time in 60 years, with a national birth rate of ________ births per 1,000 people.

  1. 7.12
  2. 6.77
  3. 6.34
  4. 5.98
  5. None of these

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Correct Answer:  B. 6.77

Explanation:  China’s population fell last year for the first time in six decades, a historic turn that is expected to mark the start of a long period of decline in its citizen numbers with profound implications for its economy. The drop, the worst since the Great Famine of 1961, also lends weight to predictions that India will become the world’s most populous nation in this year. The population dropped by roughly 850,000 to 1.41175 billion at the end of 2022. Long-term, UN experts see China’s population shrinking by 109 million by 2050, more than triple the decline of their previous forecast in 2019.

  • Last year’s birth rate was 6.77 births per 1000 people, down from a rate of 52 births in 2021 and marking the lowest birth rate on record. The figures also logged the highest death rate since 1974, registering 7.37 deaths per 1000 people compared with a rate of 7.18 deaths in 2021.

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