Daily GK and Current Affairs Quiz - 12th January 2023
Daily GK and Current Affairs Quiz - 12th January 2023

Daily GK and Current Affairs Quiz – 12th January 2023

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Current Affairs Quiz – 12th January 2023

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1. Natu Natu the superhit song from which of the following movie has won the prestigious Golden Globe award for Best Original Song in January 2023?

  1. KGF
  2. RRR
  3. Pushpa
  4. Vikram
  5. None of these

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Correct Answer:  B. RRR

Explanation:  Indian film RRR’s super hit song Natu Natu has won the prestigious Golden Globe award for Best Original Song. The history creating track from the director SS Rajamouli’s blockbuster movie is composed by MM Keeravani. The singers are Kaala Bhairava and Rahul Sipligunj. “Naatu Naatu,” which became an anthem of sorts for the Rajamouli fans is a dance number featuring Jr NTR and Ram Charan. It created ripples for its elaborate choreography and musical storytelling.

Natu Natu left behind Taylor Swift’s “Carolina” from Where the Crawdads Sing, “Ciao Papa” from Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio, Lady Gaga’s “Hold My Hand” from Top Gun: Maverick, and “Lift Me Up” from Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, performed by Rihanna.

2. In the first issue of fundraising through bonds in 2023, NABARD has raised close to __________ via three-year bonds.

  1. Rs 1,000 crore
  2. Rs 2,000 crore
  3. Rs 5,000 crore
  4. Rs 10,000 crore
  5. None of these

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Correct Answer:  C. Rs 5,000 crore

Explanation:  In the first issue of fund raising through bonds in 2023, National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) has raised close to Rs 5,000 crore via three-year bonds. The coupon for the three-year bond was 7.63 per cent. The yield on government bonds with similar maturity was above 7.16 per cent. Shaji K V-Chairman of National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development Bank NABARD came into existence on 12 July 1982 by transferring the agricultural credit functions of RBI and refinance functions of the then Agricultural Refinance and Development Corporation (ARDC). It was dedicated to the service of the nation by the late Prime Minister Smt. Indira Gandhi on 05 November 1982. Set up with an initial capital of Rs.100 crore, its’ paid up capital stood at Rs.17,080 crore as on 31 March 2022.

3. Recently, the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) has partnered with which state governments to create awareness amongst SMEs in the state on the benefits of listing and also guide them on raising capital through equity infusion?

  1. Telangana
  2. Goa
  3. Tamil Nadu
  4. Maharashtra
  5. None of these

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Correct Answer:  B. Goa

Explanation:  Stock exchange Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) has partnered with the Goa government to create awareness amongst SMEs in the state on the benefits of listing and also guide them on raising capital through equity infusion. BSE said it is the largest SME Exchange in India with 410 companies with a market cap of Rs 64,520 crore listed so far. The exchange was set up in March 2012. BSE had earlier also entered into similar partnerships with multiple state governments viz., Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Tamil Nadu, etc., to promote listings among local SMEs.

4. Which of the following state government gave the nod to a Bill that gives 30% reservation to the native women of the State?

  1. Punjab
  2. Gujarat
  3. Rajasthan
  4. Uttarakhand
  5. None of these

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Correct Answer:  D. Uttarakhand

Explanation:  Uttarakhand Governor Lt Gen (Retd) Gurmit Singh has approved a bill providing 30% horizontal reservation for domiciled women citizens of the state in public services and posts. The bill, known as the Uttarakhand Public Services (Horizontal Reservation for Women) Bill 2022, was passed by the Uttarakhand assembly during the winter session on November 30. This move is a significant step forward in ensuring gender equality and social justice in the state’s government jobs.

The bill provides for 20% horizontal reservation for direct recruitment in public services and posts in the vacancies to be recruited until July 24, 2006. After that, 30% horizontal reservation will be given in favor of the women candidates permanently domiciled in Uttarakhand. The bill cites the need for reservation for women as a way to ensure “social justice, equality of opportunity, improvement in living standards.”

5. Who among the following has been appointed as NASA‘s new chief technologist?

  1. Kamlesh Lulla
  2. AC Charania
  3. Sundeep Salvi
  4. Sethuraman Panchanathan

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Correct Answer:  B. AC Charania

Explanation:  Indian-American aerospace expert AC Charania has been appointed as NASA’s new chief technologist to serve as principal advisor to Administrator Bill Nelson on technology policy and programmes. He replaced fellow Indian-American Bhavya Lal who had been the acting chief technologist till January 3. According to a NASA statement, Charania will work to align the organisation’s technology investments with mission needs across six directorates. He will also oversee technology collaboration with other federal agencies, the private sector, and external stakeholders. The position works within NASA’s Office for Technology, Policy, and Strategy.”Charania is an experienced leader in managing large, rapidly shifting technology portfolios. I am eager for him to apply his knowledge and enthusiasm at NASA,” said Lal.

  • Prior to joining NASA, Charania had served as the vice president of product strategy at Reliable Robotics – a firm that works to bring certified autonomous vehicles to commercial aviation. He had also been associated with Blue Origin, working to mature its lunar permanence strategy, Blue Moon lunar lander program, and multiple technology initiatives with NASA.
  • Charania has also worked in strategy and business development for the Virgin Galactic (now Virgin Orbit) LauncherOne small satellite launch vehicle programme. He led the formation of the FastForward industry group focused on high-speed point-to-point transportation, was a NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts fellow, and served on the Lunar Exploration Analysis Group Commercial Advisory Board, according to the release.

6. Which edition of the FIH Men’s Hockey World Cup will be hosted by Odisha from January 13?

  1. 16th
  2. 15th
  3. 14th
  4. 13th
  5. None of these

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Correct Answer:  B. 15th

Explanation:  The 2023 Men’s FIH Hockey World Cup will be the 15th edition of the Men’s FIH Hockey World Cup. This quadrennial world championship for men’s national field hockey teams is organized by the International Hockey Federation. It will be held at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar and at Birsa Munda International Hockey Stadium in Rourkela, India from 13 to 29 January 2023.

  • The Men’s FIH Hockey World Cup is an international field hockey competition organised by the International Hockey Federation (FIH).
  • The tournament was started in 1971.
  • Pakistan is the most successful team, having won the tournament four times.
  • The Netherlands and Australia have each won three titles, and Germany has won two titles.
  • Belgium and India have both won the tournament once.

7. Which of the following has won in the Best Non-English Language Film category at the 80th Golden Globes?

  1. RRR
  2. The Fabelmans
  3. Argentina, 1985
  4. The Banshees of Inisherin
  5. None of these

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Correct Answer:  C. Argentina, 1985

Explanation:  Argentina, 1985, the film chronicling the historic trial that saw the leaders of the country’s brutal 1976-1983 military junta convicted and sentenced for crimes against humanity committed during their reign of state terror, won big at the Golden Globes in the United States. The movie, the highest-grossing film of the year in national cinemas and available to stream on Amazon Prime, was chosen as the Best Non-English Language Film by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA). Directed by Santiago Mitre and starring Ricardo Darín and Peter Lanzani as prosecutors Julio Strassera and Luis Moreno Ocampo, the film – inspired by true events – saw off competition from German entry All Quiet on the Front Line, Belgium’s Close, South Korean film The Decision to Leave and India’s RRR (Rise Roar Revolt).

The 80th edition of 2023 Golden Globes show, hosted by Jerrod Carmichael, airs live on NBC and Peacock. The 80th Golden Globe Awards is the first edition of the annual spectacle to be on TV since an ethics, finance and diversity scandal involving the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the group behind the awards, led NBC to decide not to air the 2022 ceremony. As in years past, the show will hand out honors in both film and TV categories. Follow below for updates as winners are announced:

  • Best TV Series, Musical or Comedy- “Abbott Elementary”
  • Best Performance by an Actor in a TV Series, Drama- Kevin Costner, “Yellowstone”
  • Best Director, Motion Picture- Steven Spielberg, “The Fabelmans”
  • Best Screenplay, Motion Picture- Martin McDonagh, “The Banshees of Inisherin”
  • Best Motion Picture, Non- English Language- “Argentina, 1985”
  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama- Cate Blanchett, “Tár”
  • Best Performance by an Actress in a TV Series, Drama- Zendaya, “Euphoria”
  • Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama- Austin Butler, “Elvis”
  • Best Motion Picture, Animated- “Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio”
  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy- Michelle Yeoh, “Everything Everywhere All at Once”
  • Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy- Colin Farrell, “The Banshees of Inisherin”
  • Best Performance by an Actress in a TV Series, Musical or Comedy- Quinta Brunson, “Abbott Elementary”
  • Best Performance by an Actor in a TV Series, Musical or Comedy- Jeremy Allen White, “The Bear”
  • Best Original Song, Motion Picture- “Naatu Naatu,” “RRR”
  • Best Original Score, Motion Picture- Justin Hurwitz, “Babylon”

8. National Youth Day is celebrated every year on _________ to mark the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda.

  1. 10th January
  2. 11th January
  3. 12th January
  4. 15th January
  5. None of these

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Correct Answer:  C. 12th January

Explanation:  National Youth Day is celebrated every year on January 12 to mark the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda. Every year on this occasion, the government organises National Youth Festival in collaboration with one state willing to host from January 12 to January 16. This year Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurate the festival on January 12 in Huballi, Karnataka. The basic objective of National Youth Day is to bring the youth of the country together in an attempt to showcase their talents in various activities to cover almost all socio-cultural aspects of life, providing an opportunity to amateur young artists to express themselves and interact with fellow artists and to further learn the new art forms from experts of various disciplines. The Centre said the festival is held to provide exposure to youths at a national level and this year’s theme for the four-day programme is “Viksit Yuva – Viksit Bharat (Developed Youth – Developed India)”.

9. What is the theme of the two-day 2023 Global Investors Summit that was virturally inaugurated by PM Modi in Indore, Madhya Pradesh?

  1. Madhya Pradesh – a future-ready state
  2. Cohesive and Responsive
  3. Madhya Pradesh – Reformed Multilateralism
  4. Realizing Opportunities of the 21st Century Madhya Pradesh
  5. None of these

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Correct Answer:  A. Madhya Pradesh – a future-ready state

Explanation:  Prime Minister Narendra Modi has virtually inaugurated the two-day Global Investors Summit, organised in Indore, Madhya Pradesh from 11th-12th January 2023. The inaugural session of summit was attended by Chandrika Prasad Santokhi (President of Suriname) and Dr Mohammed Irfan Ali (President of Guyana). Theme of the Global Investors Summit is ‘Madhya Pradesh – a future-ready state’. Environmental protection has been taken care of in this summit that will be completely based on Carbon Neutral and Zero Waste.

10. Who among has been appointed as the acting Chief Justice of the Gauhati High Court?

  1. Suneeta Aggarwal
  2. Manoj Kumar Gupta
  3. Rashmin Manharbhai Chhaya
  4. Nongmeikapam Kotiswar Singh
  5. None of these

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Correct Answer:  D. Nongmeikapam Kotiswar Singh

Explanation:  Justice Nongmeikapam Kotiswar Singh has been appointed as the acting Chief Justice of the Gauhati High Court. He replaced Chief Justice, Rashmin Manharbhai Chhaya, who superannuated on 11 January 2023. “In exercise of the power conferred by Article 223 of the Constitution of India, the President is pleased to appoint Justice Nongmeikapam Kotiswar Singh, senior-most puisne judge of the Gauhati High Court, to perform the duties of the office of the Chief Justice of that High Court, with effect from January 12, 2023, consequent upon the retirement of Justice Rashmin Manharbhai Chhaya, Chief Justice of the Gauhati High Court,” the notification read. Judges of High Courts retire at the age of 62 while Supreme Court judges retire at the age of 65 years.

11. Name the cricketer, who has won the ICC Men’s Player of the Month for December 2022?

  1. Dawid Malan
  2. Harry Brook
  3. Sam Curran
  4. Surya Kumar Yadav
  5. None of these

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Correct Answer:  B. Harry Brook

Explanation:  The International Cricket Council (ICC) announced the winners of the ICC Player of the Month awards for December 2022 with Harry Brook claiming his maiden ICC Men’s Player of the Month crown thanks to a blistering run of scores which helped England claim an historic ICC World Test Championship (WTC) series victory in Pakistan. Australia’s Ashleigh Gardner secured the ICC Women’s Player of the Month award as her contributions with bat and ball guided her side to T20I series victory in India, and led her to the summit of the MRF Tyres ICC Women’s T20 Player Rankings for all-rounders.

12. According to a United Nations-backed panel of experts, Earth’s ozone layer is expected to recover to 1980 levels by which year?

  1. 2045
  2. 2040
  3. 2035
  4. 2030
  5. None of these

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Correct Answer:  B. 2040

Explanation:  The Earth’s protective ozone layer is on track to recover within four decades, closing an ozone hole that was first noticed in the 1980s, a United Nations-backed panel of experts announced on Monday. The findings of the scientific assessment, which is published every four years,more than 35 years after every nation in the world agreed to stop producing chemicals that chomp on the layer of ozone in Earth’s atmosphere that shields the planet from harmful radiation ,follow the landmark Montreal Protocol in 1987, which banned the production and consumption of chemicals that eat away at the planet’s ozone layer.

  • Scientists said the recovery is gradual and will take many years. If current policies remain in place, the ozone layer is expected to recover to 1980 levels — before the appearance of the ozone hole — by 2040, the report said, and will return to normal in the Arctic by 2045. Additionally, Antarctica could experience normal levels by 2066.
  • Scientists and environmental groups have long lauded the global ban of ozone-depleting chemicals as one of the most critical environmental achievements to date, and it could set a precedent for broader regulation of climate-warming emissions.
  • Scientists said that global emissions of the banned chemical chlorofluorocarbon-11, or CFC-11, which was used as a refrigerant and in insulating foams, have declined since 2018 after increasing unexpectedly for several years. A large portion of the unexpected CFC-11 emissions originated from eastern China, the report said.
  • The report also found that the ozone-depleting chemical chlorine declined 11.5% in the stratosphere since it peaked in 1993, while bromine declined 14.5% since it peaked in 1999.
  • Scientists also warned that efforts to artificially cool the Earth by injecting aerosols into the upper atmosphere to reflect sunlight could thin the ozone layer, and cautioned that further research into emerging technologies like geoengineering is necessary.

Researchers with the World Meteorological Organization, the United Nations Environment Program, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the European Commission contributed to the assessment.

13. Recently, which of the following has received in-principle approval from the Reserve Bank of India to operate as a Payment Aggregator (PA)?

  1. Razorpay
  2. BharatPe
  3. Cashfree
  4. Instamojo
  5. None of these

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Correct Answer:  B. BharatPe

Explanation:  Fintech platform BharatPe said it has received in-principle authorisation from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to operate as an online payment aggregator (PA). The company said that an in-principle nod was awarded to Resilient Payments Private Ltd, a 100 percent subsidiary of Resilient Innovations Private Ltd (BharatPe). RBI’s nod comes amid a slew of high profile exits the Sequoia Capital and Tiger Global-backed firm, which has been battling controversies since last year. It is currently fighting a court battle with its former co-founder Ashneer Grover alleging financial misappropriation. Grover was ousted last year in March.

  • Payment aggregators are entities that facilitate e-commerce sites and merchants to accept various payment instruments from the customers. The merchants do not need to create a separate payment integration system of their own.
  • The payment aggregator framework, introduced formally in March 2020, mandates that only firms approved by the RBI can acquire and offer payment services to merchants. RBI has been strict in its evaluation of entities that have applied for the payment aggregator licence.
  • Multiple online payment gateways seeking the aggregator licence came under intense scrutiny from the central bank for – know-your-customer (KYC) related issues, past dealings with cryptocurrency exchanges and gaming apps, and for not complying with the net worth criteria that RBI had set out.
  • Some fintech firms like Razorpay, Pine Labs, Open, Cahfree, 1Pay have already received RBI approval for PA in the last few months. Over 185 fintech enterprises and startups which had submitted their proposals for a payment aggregator licence.

14. The 83rd All India Presiding Officers Conference is being held in which city on 11-12 January 2023?

  1. Mumbai
  2. Chennai
  3. Indore
  4. Jaipur
  5. None of these

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Correct Answer:  D. Jaipur

Explanation:  Vice President and Rajya Sabha Chairman Jagdeep Dhankhar has inaugurated the two-day-long 83rd  All India Presiding Officers in Jaipur. Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla. Speakers and Deputy Speakers of various Legislative Assemblies including the Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman also present in the conference. The All India Presiding Officers’ Conference (AIPOC) is the apex body of the Legislatures in India that completed its hundred years in 2021. Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi addressed the inaugural session of the 82nd AIPOC in 2021 in Shimla. The first Conference was also held in Shimla in 1921. This is the fourth time that the Conference is being organized in the city of Jaipur. The upcoming 83rd session will focus on following themes of contemporary relevance in its day long discussions –

  • Leadership of India in G-20 as the mother of democracy
  • The need to make Parliament and Legislature more Effective, Accountable and Productive
  • Integration of State Legislatures with Digital Parliament
  • The need to maintain a harmonious relationship between the Legislature and the Judiciary in accordance with the spirit of the Constitution

15. The defense ministry approved three procurement proposals, including that of Helina anti-tank guided missiles, at a total cost of ________________.

  1. Rs 5,276 crore
  2. Rs 4,276 crore
  3. Rs 1,341 crore
  4. Rs 2,220 crore
  5. None of these

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Correct Answer:  B. Rs 4,276 crore

Explanation:  Defence Acquisition Council(DAC) approved three proposals worth 4,276 crore rupees to strengthen the country’s deterrence and combat readiness. Defence Ministry said, a meeting of Defence Acquisition Council held under the chairmanship of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh. The DAC has accorded approval for procurement of HELINA Anti-Tank Guided Missiles, launchers and associated support equipment which will be integrated to the Advanced Light Helicopter. This missile is an essential part of weaponization of Advanced Light Helicopter for countering enemy threats. The Ministry said, its induction will strengthen the offensive capability of the Indian Army.

There were three proposals – two for the Army and third was for the Indian Navy. The defence ministry said the DAC accorded Acceptance of Necessity (AoN) for three capital acquisition proposals, amounting to ₹4,276 crore. The DAC granted approval for procurement of Brahmos Launcher and Fire Control System (FCS) for the Shivalik class of ships and next generation missile vessels (NGMVs) for the Indian Navy. With their induction, these ships would have enhanced capability of carrying out maritime strike operations, interdicting and destroying enemy’s warships and merchant vessels.

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