Daily GK and Current Affairs Quiz – 15th February 2023

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Current Affairs Quiz – 15th February 2023

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1. Which of the following bank began offline payment pilot under the RBI sandbox facility?

  1. HDFC Bank
  2. Axis Bank
  3. Canara Bank
  4. State Bank of India
  5. None of these

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Correct Answer:  A. HDFC Bank

Explanation:  HDFC Bank is attempting to execute digital payments in an offline mode under a regulatory facility to test innovations. Apart from executing transactions in no network areas, such a facility will be of help in urban pockets experiencing bad networks and also in aircraft. Digital payment typically requires one either the customer or the merchant to be online to get executed. Sashidhar Jagdishan- Managing Director and CEO of HDFC Bank. HDFC Bank has begun the pilot in a partnership with Crunchfish, IDFC Bank and M2P Fintech under the RBI’s regulatory sandbox programme after getting the nod in September 2022. The pilot is attempting to ensure that a transaction goes even when both customer and merchant are fully offline, the statement said.As soon as either the merchant or the customer goes online, the transaction gets settled. Atanu Chakraborty is the chairman of the board of HDFC Bank.

2. Recently, The Reserve Bank of India (RBl) imposed a monetary penalty of ______________ on The Vaidyanath Urban Co-operative Bank for a rules violation.

  1. ₹1 lakh
  2. ₹2 lakh
  3. ₹1.50 lakh
  4. ₹3.50 lakh
  5. None of these

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Correct Answer:  C. ₹1.50 lakh

Explanation:  The Reserve Bank of India (RBl) has imposed a monetary penalty of ₹1.50 lakh on The Vaidyanath Urban Co-operative Bank Ltd., Beed (Maharashtra) (the bank) for non-adherence/violation of specific directions issued to the bank by the RBI under Supervisory Action Framework (SAF) section 36 (1) read with section 56 of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949 (the Act). This penalty has been imposed in exercise of powers vested in RBI under the provisions of Section 47 A (1) (c) read with Section 46 (4) (i) and Section 56 of the Act, taking into account the failure of the bank to adhere to the aforesaid directions issued by RBI.

3. The Reserve Bank of India cancelled the registration of which of the following two non-banking finance companies (NBFCs) for regulatory lapses in lending practices?

  1. CSL Fin, Kudos Finance
  2. Paisalo , Credit Gate
  3. PNB Gilts Limited, Paisalo
  4. Kudos Finance, Credit Gate
  5. None of these

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Correct Answer:  D. Kudos Finance, Credit Gate

Explanation:  The Reserve Bank of India has cancelled the registration of two non-banking finance companies (NBFCs) – Pune-based Kudos Finance and Investments and Mumbai-based Credit Gate – for regulatory lapses in lending practices. With cancels Certificate of Registration (CoR), the two NBFC should not transact the business of a Non-Banking Financial Institution (NBFI).

4. Which of the following country will send its first-ever woman astronaut on a space mission later in 2023?

  1. India
  2. UAE
  3. Qatar
  4. Saudi Arabia
  5. None of these

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Correct Answer:  D. Saudi Arabia

Explanation:  The first-ever woman astronaut of Saudi Arabia will go to space this year, Saudi woman astronaut Rayyana Barnawi will join fellow Saudi Ali Al-Qarni on a 10-day mission to the International Space Station (ISS) this year. Barnawi and Al-Qarni will fly to the ISS aboard a SpaceX Dragon spacecraft as part of a mission by the private space company Axiom Space.

  • The Ax-2 will be launched by a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
  • Axiom Space carried out its first private astronaut mission to the ISS in April 2022 under which four private astronauts spent 17 days in orbit.
  • In 2019, Saudi’s neighbor the United Arab Emirates became the first Arab country to send one of its citizens into space.
  • Astronaut Hazzaa al-Mansoori spent eight days on the ISS. Another fellow Emirati, Sultan al-Neyadi, will also make a voyage to the space station in February this year.
  • Neyadi, also known as “Sultan of Space”, will become the first Arab astronaut to spend six months in space when he blasts off for the ISS aboard a Falcon 9 rocket.
  • Saudi de facto leader Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has been trying to shake off the kingdom’s austere image through a push for reforms.
  • During his regime since 2017, Saudi women have been allowed to drive and travel abroad without a male guardian. Women’s proportion in the workforce has more than doubled since 2016, from 17% to 37%.
  • In the oil-rich country in 1985, sent country’s royal Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, an air force pilot on a US-organised mission. It became the first Arab Muslim country to travel to space.
  • Years later in 2018, the country set up a space program and last year launched another to send astronauts into space as part of Prince Salman’s Vision 2030 agenda for economic diversification.

5. The 23rd edition of the India International Seafood Show (IISS) will be held in which city from February 15 to February 17, 2023?

  1. Agra
  2. Chennai
  3. Mumbai
  4. Kolkata
  5. None of these

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Correct Answer:  D. Kolkata

Explanation:  The 23rd edition of the India International Seafood Show (IISS) will be held in Kolkata from February 15 to February 17, 2023. It will showcase the country’s tremendous strides in the seafood sector. The Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA), in association with the Seafood Exporters Association of India, will be jointly hosting the event at the Biswa Bangla Mela Prangan. The event was last held in Kolkata way back in 2006. MPEDA has also decided to host an ‘International Buyer Seller Meet’ with particular emphasis on G20 countries during the IISS in Kolkata. A special technical session on G20 countries will also be organised parallel to the conclave.

6. Retail inflation, based on the consumer price index (CPI), rose to ________ per cent in January 2023 from December 2022’s one-year low of 5.72 per cent.

  1. 5.76%
  2. 6.52%
  3. 6.88%
  4. 7.40
  5. None of these

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Correct Answer:  B. 6.52%

Explanation:  Retail inflation, based on the consumer price index (CPI), rose to 6.52 per cent in January 2023 from December 2022’s one-year low of 5.72 per cent. India’s retail inflation shot back up to 6.52% in January after a two-month streak below the 6% mark, with consumer food prices hardening again to 5.94% from 4.2% in December 2022 amid a broad-based pick-up in price trends across goods and services. Rural inflation, which has outstripped urban inflation in recent months, firmed up from 6.05% in December to 6.85% in January.

7. ‘Ekushey Padak’ award is the second highest civilian award of which country?

  1. Bhutan
  2. Nepal
  3. Sri Lanka
  4. Bangladesh
  5. None of these

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Correct Answer:  D. Bangladesh

Explanation:  Bangladesh Government has announced the names of 19 individuals and two institutions for the award of ‘Ekushey Padak’, the country’s second highest civilian award. The Ekushey Padak is given for outstanding contribution in various fields such as contribution to the language movement, liberation struggle, art and culture, journalism and social service. The award will be presented to three persons under the language movement category, one in the liberation struggle, eight in art and culture, and two in politics.

  • Bidyanondo Foundation has been selected for the Ekushey Award 2023 in the social service category.
  • The Foundation has been working among the underprivileged and marginalized sections of the society for many years.
  • Bangladesh National Museum is the second institution selected for the award.
  • Renowned artist Kanak Champa Chakma will get the award for painting, while Jayant Chattopadhyay has been selected under the recitation category.
  • Nawaz Ali will get the award for Shilpakala.
  • Started in 1976, the Ekushey Padak is awarded to individuals and institutions for notable contributions in their respective fields.
  • Awarded institutions or individuals receive a certificate, a gold medal and a cash prize of Taka 4 lakh.

8. Which state has won the highest number of medals in Khelo India Youth Games 2023?

  1. Haryana
  2. Gujarat
  3. Maharashtra
  4. Madhya Pradesh
  5. None of these

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Correct Answer:  C. Maharashtra

Explanation:  Maharashtra stood first in the medals tally with a total of 161 medals including 56 gold, 55 silver, and 50 bronze. Haryana is in the second spot with a total of 128 medals including 41 gold, 32 silver, and 55 bronze. Madhya Pradesh came third with total 96 medals including 39 gold. During Khelo India Youth Games, 25 national records were broken. 19 records were broken in weight lifting. 5 thousand 812 players from 36 states and union territories took part in the Khelo India Youth Games. Khelo India Youth Games 2023 was hosted by Madhya Pradesh from January 30 to 11 February at 11 venues.

Khelo India Youth Games(KIYG) are the annual national-level multidisciplinary grassroot games in India held in January or February. The games are held for two categories, namely under-17 years school students and under-21 college students. Every year best 1,000 kids will be given an annual scholarship of ₹5 lakh (US$6,300) for 8 years to prepare them for international sporting events.

9. Who among the following has been recently awarded the Felix Houphouet-Boigny UNESCO Peace Prize?

  1. Narendra Modi
  2. Angela Merkel
  3. Barack Obama
  4. Mustafa Kamal
  5. None of these

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Correct Answer:  B. Angela Merkel

Explanation:  For her assistance to refugees in Germany, former German chancellor Angela Merkel was awarded the UNESCO peace prize. According to Politico, the former German leader received the UN prize for her choice to accept the refugees into German territory back in 2015. The occasion took place in Yamoussoukro, the capital of the Ivory Coast, where the chancellor received the “Felix Houphout-Boigny UNESCO Peace Prize.” Merkel thanked the jurors and spoke about the fate of Ukrainian refugees in her acceptance speech.

  • The 68-year-old lawmaker was complimented for her work by the award jury’s president, Denis Mukwege, a year prior to receiving the honour.
  • Her selfless choice in 2015 to accept more than 1,2 million refugees, particularly those from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Eritrea, moved every jury member.
  • She leaves behind a legacy like this. The former German Chancellor conveyed her appreciation for the honour.
  • In her acceptance address, Merkel emphasised how crucial it is now more than ever to work tirelessly and resolutely for peace.
  • She continued by quoting Houphout-Boigny, the Ivory Coast’s first president following its independence in 1960.
  • Merkel continued, “Dialogue is the weapon of the strong and not the weak.”

10. International Childhood Cancer Day (ICCD) 2023 is observed on ____________ every year.

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

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Correct Answer:  C. 15th February

Explanation:  International Childhood Cancer Day (ICCD) is observed on February 15 every year. The day was observed by the Childhood Cancer International, an umbrella organisation of various child cancer support groups created by parents. The day is dedicated to raising awareness and showing support for children and adolescents suffering from cancer. Despite all the advancements in science, childhood cancer remains the leading cause of death by disease among children. The three-year campaign for International Childhood Cancer Day began in 2021 and will conclude in 2023. The theme for the three-year campaign is ‘Better Survival’. The campaign is part of the effort to reach the target goal of the WHO Global Childhood Cancer Initiative to achieve at least 60 percent survival for all children diagnosed with cancer around the world by 2030.

11. What is the theme of the ‘Financial Literacy Week’ 2023 which is being organized by the Reserve Bank of India from 13-17 February 2023?

  1. Consumer Protection
  2. Go Digital Go Secure
  3. Good Financial Behaviour – Your Saviour
  4. Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises
  5. None of these

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Correct Answer:  C. Good Financial Behaviour – Your Saviour

Explanation:  RBI’s ‘Financial Literacy Week’ started on 13th and will last till February 17, 2023. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has been conducting this every year since 2016 to propagate financial education messages on a particular theme among members of public across the country. Last year, RBI observed ‘financial literacy week’ from February 14 to February 18, 2022.  The theme selected for current year Financial Literacy Week (FLW) is “Good Financial Behaviour – Your Saviour”. The theme aligns with the overall strategic objectives of the National Strategy for Financial Education: 2020-2025 which aims at building financial resilience and well-being while creating awareness among members of public. Focus will be on creating awareness about savings, planning and budgeting, and prudent use of digital financial services.

12. Who among the following has been elected as the President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) for the 2023-24 tenure?

  1. Mayur Aggarwal
  2. Raj Chawala
  3. Durgesh Kabra
  4. Aniket Sunil Talati
  5. None of these

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Correct Answer:  D. Aniket Sunil Talati

Explanation:  The Council of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) elected its new president and vice president. For the 2023-24 term, Aniket Sunil Talati will serve as the president of ICAI, while Ranjeet Kumar Agarwal will be the accounting body’s vice president. At the helm of the ICAI’s council, Talati and Agarwal will be responsible for organising the three-tiered CA exam and looking after all administrative affairs.

13. Lalitha Lajmi passed away in February 2023. She was associated with which of the following fields?

  1. Acting
  2. Dancing
  3. Painting
  4. Filmmaking
  5. None of these

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Correct Answer:  C. Painting

Explanation:  Noted painter Lalitha Lajmi, late actor-filmmaker Guru Dutt’s sister, died at the age of 90. The National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) shared the news of her demise. Lalita Lajmi was born in 1932 in Kolkata. Hailing from an artistic family, Lajmi was very fond of classical dance and painting. She has held several exhibitions in international art galleries in Paris, London and the Netherlands. Lalita made a small appearance in the 2007 film Taare Zameen Par, starring Aamir Khan, in which she played an art teacher. She was also fond of classical dance. Through her work, she has told a layered history of the modern Indian woman in the decades following independence.

14. Where will Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurate a 15-day ‘Aadi Mahotsav’ on February 16, 2023?

  1. Indore
  2. Ladakh
  3. New Delhi
  4. Jammu and Kashmir
  5. None of these

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Correct Answer:  C. New Delhi

Explanation:  Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate  the national Aadi Mahotsav on 16th February, 2023 at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, New Delhi. This 15-day festival is being organised at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium in New Delhi. This was announced at a media briefing by the Union Minister of Tribal Affairs, Arjun Munda in New Delhi.  The Ministry of Tribal Affairs is making all out efforts to ensure full participation of tribal communities in realising the vision of Atmanirbhar Bharat. The Minister said that TRIFED is working with top designers to ensure quality and contemporary design in tribal products as well as to retain their originality.

The Theme of the event “A Celebration of the Spirit of Tribal Crafts, Culture, Cuisine and Commerce”.  The theme represents the basic ethos of tribal life.  The festival will feature exhibition-cum-sale of tribal handicrafts, handlooms, paintings, jewellery, cane and bamboo, pottery, food and natural products, tribal cuisine and more to showcase it through 200 stalls. One thousand tribal artisans and artists from 28 states and union territories will participate in the festival.

15. Recently, The government launched a mobile app namely _______________ and a web app Coal Mine Surveillance and Management System (CMSMS).

  1. Khanan Raksha
  2. Khanan Prahari
  3. Khanan Roktham
  4. Khanan Rakshak
  5. None of these

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Correct Answer:  B. Khanan Prahari

Explanation:  The government launched a mobile app namely ‘Khanan Prahari’ and a web app Coal Mine Surveillance and Management System (CMSMS). It has been launched to report unauthorised coal mining activities so that monitoring and appropriate action can be taken by the concerned law and order enforcing authority. CMSMS has been developed to take transparent action to curb illegal mining and use of space technology as an e-governance initiative of Government of India.

  • To ascertain the participation of citizens against illegal mining by receipt of complaints of citizens through Mobile App Khanan Prahari. Monitoring and taking action on any illegal coal mining activity being carried out within the leasehold limits.
  • ”Khanan Prahari’ Mobile App is a mobile app of the Ministry of Coal to report illegal coal mining. It is a tool for geo-tagged photographs of any illegal coal mining incident as well as information to any citizen from the location of the incident.’

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