Daily GK and Current Affairs Quiz - 8th & 9th January 2023
Daily GK and Current Affairs Quiz - 8th & 9th January 2023

Daily GK and Current Affairs Quiz – 8th & 9th January 2023

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Current Affairs Quiz – 8th & 9th January 2023

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1. The World’s first palm-leaf manuscript museum was inaugurated in which of the following city?

  1. Srinagar
  2. Mysore
  3. Madurai
  4. Thiruvananthapuram
  5. None of these

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Correct Answer:  D. Thiruvananthapuram

Explanation:  Kerala Chief Minister(CM) Pinarayi Vijayan has inaugurated the Palm leaf Manuscript Museum with modern audio-visual technology at the renovated Central Archives, Fort area in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. The Museum, promoted as “World’s First Palm-Leaf Manuscript Museum” was set up by the Archives Department in association with the Kerala Museum of History and Heritage at a cost of Rs 3 crore. The museum is a repository of curious nuggets of administrative, socio-cultural and economic facets of the Travancore kingdom which lasted for 650 years till the end of the 19th century. It had been the Central Vernacular Records Office since 1887 before becoming a museum.

The museum is a useful resource for historical and cultural studies for both academic and non-academic researchers. The museum has 8 theme-based galleries in the museum representing segments like, “History of Writing,” “Land and People,” “Administration,” “War and Peace,” “Education and Health,” “Economy,” “Art and Culture,” and “Mathilakam Records.”

2. Who among the following won the MPL 48th National Women’s Chess Championship 2022?

  1. Eesha Karavade
  2. Padmini Rout
  3. Bhakti Kulkarni
  4. Divya Deshmukh
  5. None of these

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Correct Answer:  D. Divya Deshmukh

Explanation:  Divya Deshmukh defeated IM Bhakti Kulkarni in the final round to become a clear champion at MPL 48th National Women Chess Championship 2022. This is her second consecutive National Women title where she remained undefeated. Since 2011, every single National Women’s champion won the event at least twice in-a-row and Divya maintained that record. MPL 48th National Women’s Chess Championship 2022 held at Sanjay Ghodawat University, Kolhapur.

3. Recently, SEBI has allowed the Central Government to classify its stake in IDBI Bank as “public” after its stake sale in January 2023, the government and state-run Life Insurance Corp (LIC) together hold ____________ stake in IDBI Bank.

  1. 75%
  2. 51%
  3. 55%
  4. 95%
  5. None of these

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Correct Answer:  D. 95%

Explanation:  Capital markets regulator SEBI has allowed the Central Government to classify its stake in IDBI Bank as “public” after its stake sale on condition that its voting rights do not exceed 15%, of the total voting rights of the bank. The government and state-run Life Insurance Corp (LIC) together hold about 95% in IDBI Bank.

  • The government and state-run Life Insurance Corp (LIC) have sought initial bids from investors to buy a 60.72% in the bank to a private entity and hand over management control of the bank to the winning bidder after the disinvestment process ends.
  • The government, with a more than 45% stake in IDBI Bank, is currently classified as a co-promoter of the lender. The government is looking to sell its 30.48% stake in IDBI Bank, while state-backed LIC will offload its 30.24% share in the lender.

4. As per the report of the Ministry of Culture, How many monuments out of 3,693 centrally protected monuments of India have gone missing?

  1. 20
  2. 50
  3. 45
  4. 38
  5. None of these

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Correct Answer:  B. 50

Explanation:  The Ministry of Culture has informed the parliament that fifty of India’s 3,693 centrally protected monuments have been missing. The submission of the missing report was done by the Ministry of Culture on 8th December 2022 to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Transport, Tourism, and Culture as part of a report titled ‘Issues relating to Untraceable Monuments and Protection of Monuments in India.’

The Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act (AMASR Act) regulates the preservation of monuments and archaeological sites of national importance. The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), is under the aegis of the Union Ministry of Culture. The Act protects monuments and sites that are more than 100 years old, including temples, cemeteries, inscriptions, tombs, forts, palaces, step-wells, rock-cut caves, and even objects like cannons and mile pillars that are of historical significance. Under the AMASR Act, ASI officials are supposed to regularly inspect the monuments to assess their condition. ASI officials can also file police complaints, issue show-cause notices for the removal of encroachment, and communicate to the local administration the need for the demolition of the encroachment.

5. Which of the following city police has won the ‘Best Police Unit’ award for 2021 in the state under different classes for maintaining law and order?

  1. Mumbai Police
  2. Delhi Police
  3. Nagpur Police
  4. Rajasthan Police
  5. None of these

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Correct Answer:  C. Nagpur Police

Explanation:  Jalna district police and Nagpur city police in Maharashtra have been awarded the Best Police Unit Awards for 2021 in the state under different classes for maintaining law and order, use of modern technology, and evolving community policing and administration. The Jalna Police got the award in Class A and the Nagpur Police in Class B. The winners were announced by Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Kulwant Sarangal.

  • Police units with less than 6,100 Indian Penal Code Cases are grouped in Class A.
  • In Class B, there are more than 6,100 Indian Penal Code Cases.
  • In Class A, Raigarh district police got the second-best police unit award.
  • The Sindhudurg district police won for the best unit for conviction in session trial cases.
  • Beed district police was awarded for the best unit in techno for policing.
  • Gadchiroli Police was awarded for the best unit in community policing initiatives.
  • The police units were evaluated based on their performance on 45 pre-selected parameters.
  • Jalna Police force comes under the Aurangabad range.
  • The Aurangabad rural police from the same range won the best police unit award for 2020 in Class A.
  • The headquarters of the State Police announced Best Police Unit Awards 2021 to Nagpur Police Commissionerate.
  • The award was instituted by the State Police to encourage good practice in policing.
  • The 49 police units of Maharashtra have been divided into classes A, B, and C.

6. Who has been conferred with Assam State’s highest civilian award ‘Assam Baibhav’?

  1. Dr. Tapan Saikia
  2. Dr. P.B.N. Prasad
  3. Dr. V. G. Somani
  4. Dr. S. Eswara Reddy
  5. None of these

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Correct Answer:  A. Dr. Tapan Saikia

Explanation:  The recipients of the state’s top civil honours for 2022–2023 were revealed by the Assam government. The Assam government presented awards in the Asom Baibhav, Asom Sourav, and Asom Gourav categories. The chief minister of Assam, Himanta Biswa Sarma, revealed the beneficiaries of the civil awards that will be given out by the state.

  • Dr. Tapan Saikia will receive the Asom Baibhav, the highest civilian honour that the Assam government can bestow.
  • In the Assamese area of Dibrugarh, Dr. Tapan Saikia is originally from Naharkatia. One of the supporters of the Deesikha Foundation is Dr. Saikia.
  • The Asom Baibhav award will be given to Dr. Tapan Saikia in recognition of his efforts to raise cancer awareness and encourage early detection in Assam and other Northeastern regions.
  • At the Prince Aly Khan Hospital in Mumbai, Dr. Tapan Saikia is currently the director of research and chief of medical oncology.
  • The Asom Baibav award winner will earn a monetary prize of Rs. 5 lakhs and will be eligible to receive government-funded medical care for the rest of their lives.

Highest civilian awards of Assam for 2022-23: Asom Sourav Award

  • The Asom Sourav award, in contrast, includes a payout of Rs 4 lakhs and entitles the recipients to up to Rs 3 lakhs in annual government-funded medical care.
  • Four individuals have been chosen to receive the Asom Sourav prize for 2022–2023.
  • They are Dr. Sashidhar Phukan, Krishna Roy, Gilbert Sangma, and Dr. Binoy Kumar Saikia.

Highest civilian awards of Assam for 2022-23: Asom Gourav Award

  • The Asom Gourav award comes with a cash prize of Rs. 3 lakhs, and the winner is eligible to receive medical care of up to Rs. 3 lakhs annually.
  • 13 individuals in total have been chosen to receive the Asom Gourav prize in 2022-2023.

They are Drs. Debajit Barman, Manje La, Rustom Basumatary, Binanda Hatibaruah, Atul Ch Baruah, Shila Gowala, Drs. Jogesh Deuri, Pankaj Lal Gogoi, Sarbeswar Basumatary Manthang Hmar, Dayal Goswami, Dr. Syed Ifthikar Ahmed, and Dhrubajyoti Sharma.

7. Jio Platforms Limited (Jio) has signed a partnership agreement with club city to become the Official Mobile Communications Network Partner of the Club in the country.

  1. Sheffield
  2. Lancashire
  3. Manchester
  4. Liverpool
  5. Yuriy Sergeyev

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Correct Answer:  C. Manchester

Explanation:  Jio Platforms Limited (Jio) has signed a partnership agreement with Manchester City to become the Official Mobile Communications Network Partner of Club in the country. Man City’s OTT platform ‘CITY’ will be integrated into the JioTV platform. It will provide fans further access to exclusive club content including match highlights, live Manchester City Women’s team and Elite Development Squad fixtures, matchday content and City Studios documentaries.

8. Japanese veteran Arata Isozaki, who has been passed away at 91, was a _________.

  1. Writer
  2. Architect
  3. Chess Player
  4. Economist
  5. None of these

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Correct Answer:  B. Architect

Explanation:  Arata Isozaki, a Pritzker-winning Japanese architect known as a post-modern giant who blended culture and history of the East and the West in his designs, has died. He was 91. Isozaki won the Pritzker Architecture Prize, internationally the highest honor in the field, in 2019. Arata Isozaki, Whose Hybrid Style Forged ‘New Paths,’ Wins Pritzker Prize.

  • Isozaki began his architectural career under the apprenticeship of Japanese legend Kenzo Tange, a 1987 Pritzker laureate, after studying architecture at the University of Tokyo, Japan’s top school.
  • Isozaki founded his own office, Arata Isozaki & Associates, which he called “Atelier” around 1963, while working on a public library for his home prefecture of Oita — one of his earliest works.
  • He was one of the forerunners of Japanese architects who designed buildings overseas, transcending national and cultural boundaries, and also as a critic of urban development and city designs.
  • Among Isozaki’s best-known works are the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles and the Palau Sant Jordi stadium in Barcelona built for the 1992 Summer Games. He also designed iconic building such as the Team Disney Building and the headquarters of the Walt Disney Company in Florida.

9. India’s foreign exchange reserves fell by ____________ in 2022 and stood at $562.9 billion, data released by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) shows.

  1. $60.5 billion
  2. $70.1 billion
  3. $60.7 billion
  4. $70.5 billion
  5. None of these

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Correct Answer:  B. $70.1 billion

Explanation:  India’s foreign exchange reserves fell by $70.1 billion in 2022, data released by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) shows. The forex reserves stood at $562.9 billion in the week ended December 30. The decline in the forex reserves is partly due to the RBI intervention in the currency markets to stave off volatility and partly on account of depreciation of other major currencies held by the central bank. The RBI net sold $33.42 billion till September, Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman said. The RBI holds major currencies including pound sterling, yen and euro in its reserves, which are expressed in US dollar terms.

Forex reserves had touched a high $642.5 billion in September of 2021, falling to around $631.5 billion towards the end of February 2022, when the Ukraine-Russia war started. RBI had said that FX reserves of $564.1 billion as on December 9 are equivalent to 9.2 months worth of imports, lower than the projected 15 months of imports at the peak levels.

10. Which of the following city Becomes the Country’s First Fully Digital Banking State?

  1. Mumbai
  2. Chennai
  3. Kerala
  4. New Delhi
  5. None of these

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Correct Answer:  C. Kerala

Explanation:  Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan declared Kerala as the first state in the country to go fully digital in its banking service and said this recognition would boost the state economy. Vijayan said this achievement was possible due to social interventions through local self-government institutions along with infrastructure development and technological advances in the banking sector. It is a joint venture between the Kerala State Information Technology Infrastructure Ltd (KSITIL), Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) and the state, in which the two companies hold 49% each and the state the remaining 2%. A consortium led by Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL) is executing the project and will be responsible for the operation and maintenance of the 35,000-km-long network for the next seven years. Funded by the Kerala Infrastructure Investment Fund Board (KIIFB), the project is estimated to cost Rs 1,028.20 crore, which includes capital expenditure, administrative overheads and annual operational expenditure of Rs 104.4 crore.

  • Kerala is the only State in India that has declared‘the right to Internet’ as a basic right of its citizens. Rights become meaningful only when they can be exercised. The Kerala Fibre Optic Network project is our attempt to ensure that all Keralites can enjoy Internet-based services as a right. It is our effort to bridge the digital divide.

11. Recently, ICICI Prudential Life Insurance signs _____________ for a new campaign named ‘360° Financial Protection.

  1. Ishan Kishan
  2. Virat Kohli
  3. Suryakumar Yadav
  4. Umran Malik
  5. None of these

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Correct Answer:  C. Suryakumar Yadav

Explanation:  ICICI Prudential Life Insurance has announced the launch of its ‘360° Financial Protection with ICICI Prudential Life Insurance’ digital-first campaign featuring cricketer Suryakumar Yadav. According to the company, Yadav has emerged as a consistent and dependable batter in the white ball format since his international debut. The campaign’s central message is how ICICI Prudential Life Insurance offers a comprehensive suite of protection products providing all-around life cover that offers 360-degree financial protection in any critical situation.

Since his international debut, Suryakumar Yadav has quickly risen to emerge as one of the most consistent and dependable batters in the white ball format. The multi-dimensional batter is popularly known as “Mr. 360 degree” for his wide array of shots covering every inch of the field. His 360 degree playing style and his traits of dependability and consistency have a seamless fit with the values of ICICI Prudential Life Insurance which customers depend on. The Company also provides a 360 degree financial protection against any unfortunate event, critical illnesses, and accidents.

12. Pravasi Bharatiya Divas or NRI Day is formally observed on _______________ to celebrate the day when Mahatma Gandhi returned from South Africa to Mumbai, India.

  1. 7th January
  2. 8th January
  3. 9th January
  4. 10th January
  5. None of these

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Correct Answer:  C. 9th January

Explanation:  Pravasi Bharatiya Divas or NRI Day is formally observed on 9 January to celebrate the day when Mahatma Gandhi returned from South Africa to Mumbai, India. The day is celebrated to acknowledge the contribution of the non-resident Indian community in helping in the development of the country. Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2023 has conducted in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, from 8–10 January, 2023. It is important to note that this is the 17th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, or NRI Day. According to the Ministry of External Affairs, the official theme of the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2023 is “Diaspora: Reliable Partners for India’s Progress in Amrit Kaal.” The theme focuses on the importance of the Indian diaspora in the development of the country. It is important to note that every year a new theme is chosen to celebrate the day.

13. Recently, Who among the following has clinched Girls U-15 squash title at British Junior Open tournament in Birmingham?

  1. Avantika Singh
  2. Anahat Singh
  3. Sohaila Hazem
  4. Dipika Pallikal
  5. None of these

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Correct Answer:  B. Anahat Singh

Explanation:  Indian squash prodigy Anahat Singh clinched the girls Under-15 squash title at the most prestigious British Junior Open tournament in Birmingham. The British Junior Open is held in January every year in the UK where all the best players from all over the world compete to win the coveted title. The 14-year-old defeated Sohaila Hazem of Egypt, 3-1 in the final.

14. BJP Senior leader Keshari Nath Tripathi passed away at 88, recently. He was former governor of which state?

  1. Rajasthan
  2. Tamil Nadu
  3. Maharashtra
  4. West Bengal
  5. None of these

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Correct Answer:  D. West Bengal

Explanation:  Senior leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and former West Bengal governor, Keshari Nath Tripathi passed away at 88. Born on November 10, 1934 in erstwhile Allahabad, Tripathi was also a senior advocate at the Allahabad High Court. He joined RSS when he was just 12 and later switched to Bharatiya Jana Sangh. He was jailed in Naini Central Jail in 1953 for participating in the ‘Kashmir Andolan’ and again in 1990 for taking part in the Ram Janmabhoomi movement.

  • A senior advocate of Allahabad high court, Tripathi served as a member of the UP Legislative Assembly six times. He represented the Jhunsi seat between 1977-1980) and Allahabad South seat for five consecutive terms between 1989-2007). He also served as the Speaker of the UP Legislative Assembly thrice between 1991 and 2004.
  • On July 14, 2014, Tripathi was appointed as the governor of West Bengal. He had additional charge of Bihar as governor twice and additional charge as governor of Meghalaya and Mizoram as well.
  • An active leader who was admired across ranks in the BJP, Tripathi was elected MLA for the first time in 1977 from Jhunsi assembly constituency in Prayagraj district. He went on to win six more Assembly elections and his last victory was in 2002 from Allahabad South seat. He contested the 2007 and 2012 Assembly polls too but faced defeat both the times.

15. Recently, Which of the following state has started caste surveys in different parts of the state?

  1. Bihar
  2. Haryana
  3. Uttar Pradesh
  4. Madya Pradesh
  5. None of these

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Correct Answer:  A. Bihar

Explanation:  The Bihar government has started caste surveys in different parts of the state. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar clarified that castes will be listed along with the economic status of each family and not sub-castes. The economic condition of each family will be duly mentioned in the survey. This caste survey will help in taking the required measures for the upliftment of the deprived sections. In the first phase, the number of all the families of the state will be counted and recorded. In the second phase of the survey to be held from April 1 to 30, data will be collected regarding the people living in the houses, their caste and socio-economic status. The survey will end on 31 May 2023. About five lakh people have been employed to carry out this entire process. The state government will spend Rs 500 crore from its contingency fund for this exercise.

  • In independent India, data on Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes has been published in every census from 1951 to 2011, but no data on other castes has been published.
  • Every census until 1931 contained caste figures.
  • Although, in 1941, caste-based data was collected but not published.
  • In the absence of such a census, there is no proper estimate of the population of OBC and others.
  • The Mandal Commission estimated the OBC population at 52%.

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