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1. Where is the India-Africa training exercise ‘AFINDEX-23’ being organised?

  1. Pune
  2. Kochi
  3. Visakhapatnam
  4. Kolkata

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  1. Pune

2. What is the name of the canal or river that connects the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea?

  1. Panama Canal
  2. Suez Canal
  3. Strait of Gibraltar
  4. English Channel

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2. Suez Canal

3. Which river crosses the equator twice?

  1. Amazon River
  2. Nile River
  3. Congo River
  4. Mississippi River

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3. Congo River

4. Recently IMT Trilat was organized in Tanzania for the first time. Which countries are included in IMT?

 

  1. India – Mozambique – Tanzania
  2. Italy – Mexico – Thailand
  3. Indonesia – Malaysia – Turkey
  4. Ireland – Maldives – Tunisia

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  1. India – Mozambique – Tanzania

5. Recently ‘AR6 Synthesis Report’ on climate change has been released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). According to this, which place in India has been most affected?

 

  1. Kerala
  2. Jharkhand
  3. Himachal Pradesh
  4. Odisha

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4. Odisha

6. Whose symbol is the red panda?

  1. World Wildlife Fund (WWF)
  2. Greenpeace
  3. United Nations (UN)
  4. International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

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  1. World Wildlife Fund (WWF)

7. Recently, Dr. Jitendra Singh, Minister of the Ministry of Earth Sciences, has established the International Liquid Mirror Telescope in Uttarakhand. What is the diameter of this instrument?

 

  1. 4 Meter
  2. 5Meter
  3. 6 Meter
  4. 7 Meter

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1. 4 Meter

It has been established through Aryabhatta Research Institute. An element called mercury (Hg) has been used in it. This is Asia’s largest liquid mirror telescope located at an altitude of 2450 meters in Uttarakhand.

8. Recently Jindal Steel and Power Limited has been granted ‘BIS License’ to make India’s first fire resistant steel under which standard?

  1. Standard IS 13013
  2. Standard IS 14013
  3. Standard IS 15013
  4. Standard IS 16013

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3. Standard IS 15013

9. The first green hydrogen blending project in India was started by whom in Gujarat?

  1. Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC)
  2. Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL)
  3. Gujarat State Electricity Corporation Limited (GSECL)
  4. National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC)

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4. National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC)

10. Where has ‘Gajmitra’ initiative been launched recently to stop human-elephant conflict?

  1. West Bengal
  2. Assam
  3. Karnataka
  4. Odisha

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  1. West Bengal

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Some lines of current affairs 07 March 2024 news

National

Yuva Utsava-India@2047, launched nationwide by Anurag Singh Thakur

Anurag Singh Thakur, the Union Minister for Youth Affairs, Sports, Information, and Broadcasting, launched Yuva Utsava-India@2047 at IIT Ropar in Punjab. He also revealed the Yuva Utsava Dashboard. Yuva Utsava will take place in 150 districts across India by March 31, 2023, to acknowledge the impact of youth.

International

The UN signs the first-ever ‘High Seas Treaty’ to safeguard the world’s oceans

The UN signed the first ‘High Seas Treaty’ to protect the vast areas of the ocean beyond countries’ borders. These areas make up almost two-thirds of the world’s oceans. It took a decade of discussions to reach this agreement, as previous talks couldn’t settle disagreements over funding and fishing rights. The last major ocean protection agreement, the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, was signed in 1982, 40 years ago.

State

Ashwini Vaishnaw unveils ‘Go Green, Go Organic’ cover for Sikkim

Union Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw and four Sikkim ministers unveiled a special postage cover titled ‘Go Green, Go Organic’ for Sikkim. The minister appreciated the Department of Posts for this initiative and praised Sikkim for being recognized as the world’s first organic state by the World Book of Records (London).

Uttarakhand’s CM Dhami announced a program to help single women become self-employed

Uttarakhand’s Chief Minister, Pushkar Singh Dhami, launched the Mukhyamantri Ekal Mahila Swarozgar Yojana during the Women Empowerment and Safety Week. Women in rural areas are boosting the local economy through self-help groups, contributing to their families’ financial stability. The Chief Minister highlighted efforts, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, to empower women.

Key details for competitive exams:

  • Uttarakhand established on: November 9, 2000
  • Chief Minister: Pushkar Singh Dhami
  • Official tree: Rhododendron arboreum
  • Capitals: Dehradun (Winter), Gairsain (Summer)

 

Shivraj Singh Chouhan introduces the ‘Laadli Behna’ program in Madhya Pradesh

Madhya Pradesh’s Chief Minister, Shivraj Singh Chouhan, introduced the “Laadli Behna” scheme, providing qualified women with 1,000 rupees monthly support. Applications for the program began on March 5, CM Chouhan’s 65th birthday. He encouraged women to utilize the funds to benefit their families. The government aims to assist one crore women in the state, with a budget provision of 8,000 crore in the Union Budget 2023.

 

Mauganj was designated as the 53rd district in Madhya Pradesh

Shivraj Singh Chouhan, the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, announced that Mauganj, a tehsil of Rewa district, would become the 53rd district of Madhya Pradesh. He made this declaration during an event in Rewa, stating that Mauganj would be formed by merging four tehsils from the Rewa district.

Appointments

Tejal Mehta, an Indo-American woman, appointed as the first judge of a district court in the US

Pramerica Life Insurance Limited has named Pankaj Gupta as the new Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer. His appointment has been endorsed by the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) and the Pramerica Life Insurance Board. Gupta takes over from Kalpana Sampat, the former MD & CEO.

 

S.S. Dubey is now the new Controller General of Accounts

S.S. Dubey has become the new Controller General of Accounts (CGA), making him the 28th person to hold this position. Before this role, Dubey held positions such as Chief Controller of Accounts in various ministries like Housing & Urban Affairs and Industrial Policy and Promotion. He also worked as Controller/Deputy Controller of Accounts in ministries including Environment & Forest, External Affairs, Revenue, and Supply, overseeing budgeting, accounting, payment, internal audit, among other responsibilities. Additionally, he served as Financial Advisor & Chief Accounts Officer at Bank Note Press, Dewas.

 

Agreements

The World Bank pledges $1 billion to improve India’s public healthcare infrastructure

The Center and the World Bank signed two loans of $500 million each to boost the country’s healthcare sector. With a total financing of $1 billion, the World Bank will aid India’s main healthcare initiative, the Pradhan Mantri-Ayushman Bharat Health Infrastructure Mission (PM-ABHIM), started in October 2021.

HCL Technologies and Microsoft team up to offer quantum computing services to customers

HCL Technologies, a domestic IT services company, has teamed up with Azure Quantum, Microsoft’s quantum cloud computing service. This partnership means HCLTech will provide cloud-based quantum computing services to businesses using Microsoft’s platform. These services will be offered through HCLtech’s Q-Labs, already a partner with Microsoft offering Azure Quantum Credit.

 

Banking

The RBI has initiated a mission to ensure that all citizens use digital payments

Digital payments have surged in recent years, but many people still don’t use them regularly. To address this, the RBI governor Shaktikanta Das initiated the “Har Payment Digital” mission during Digital Payments Awareness Week (DPAW) 2023. The goal is to ensure every citizen in the country becomes a digital payments user.

 

Awards

ACI says Delhi Airport is one of the cleanest in Asia-Pacific

Delhi airport is one of the cleanest airports in Asia-Pacific, according to the Airport Council International’s annual service quality award. The Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA), managed by DIAL, received the ASQ award for best airport in the category of over 40 million passengers per year for 2022.

Mirabai Chanu was named BBC Indian Sportswoman of the Year for 2022

Mirabai Chanu, the silver-medalist weightlifter at the Tokyo Olympic Games, has won the 2022 ‘BBC Indian Sportswoman Of The Year’ award through a public vote. She hails from Manipur and is 28 years old. This marks her second consecutive win, having also claimed the award in 2021. The BBC Indian Sportswoman of the Year Award, introduced in 2019, recognizes outstanding female athletes from India who have excelled on the global stage.

Key points for competitive exams:

  • BBC Headquarters: London, United Kingdom
  • Director-General of the BBC: Timothy Douglas Davie
  • BBC Established: 18 October 1922

BHEL wins the CBIP Award 2022 for its outstanding contribution to solar energy

In 2022, Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) won the CBIP Award for ‘Best Contribution in Solar Energy.’ Dr. Nalin Shinghal, CMD of BHEL, and Ms. Renuka Gera, Director (IS&P), received the award from Sh. R.K. Singh, Hon’ble Union Minister of Power and New & Renewable Energy, on CBIP Day. These awards recognize exceptional contributions to water, power, and renewable energy development.

 

Defence

INS Trikand took part in the 2023 International Maritime Exercise

The Indian warship INS Trikand has arrived in Bahrain to take part in an International Maritime Exercise led by the US-led Combined Maritime Forces, a group of 34 nations. During the exercise, INS Trikand hosted Rear Admiral Jean Michel Martinet from the French Navy, who serves as the Vice Commander of IMX23 & Commander Task Force (East). The crew of INS Trikand also engaged with the planning team and ships from other friendly Navies involved in the Exercise. Additionally, the Captain of INS Trikand met with the Ambassador of India to Qatar, Piyush Srivastava.

Important points for competitive exams:

  • Chief of Naval Staff: Admiral R Hari Kumar
  • Indian Navy Founded: January 26, 1950
  • Indian Navy Headquarters: New Delhi

FRINJEX-23, a joint military exercise between India and France, will start in Thiruvananthapuram

On March 7 and 8, 2023, the Indian Army and the French Army will conduct their inaugural joint military exercise, FRINJEX-23, at Pangode Military Station in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. This marks the first collaboration between the two armies, with each side deploying a Company Group from the French 6th Light Armoured Brigade and Indian Army personnel stationed in Thiruvananthapuram.

Key Points for Competitive Exams:

  • France Capital: Paris
  • French President: Emmanuel Macron
  • Indian Chief of Army Staff: General Manoj Pande
  • Indian Chief of Defence Staff: Lt General Anil Chauhan

Summits and Conferences

Women’s Folk Art Conference planned in Mumbai

On March 8, 2023, there will be an All India Women’s Folk Art Conference at Ravindra Natya Mandir in Prabhadevi, Mumbai, organized by Sangeet Natak Akademi and P. L. Deshpande Maharashtra Kala Academy, in collaboration with the Government of India and Government of Maharashtra, to celebrate International Women’s Day. India oversees the W20 group, akin to its role in the G20, with Dr. Sandhya Purecha, chairman of the Sangeet Natak Akademi, serving as its president.

Ranks and Reports

India ranked 108th in the Electoral Democracy Index for 2023

India is ranked 108th globally for electoral democracy according to the V-Dem Institute’s Electoral Democracy Report for 2023. This places India behind countries such as Tanzania, Bolivia, Mexico, Singapore, and even Nigeria, which ranks 91st.

 

Important Days

The 5th January Aushadhi Diwas was celebrated on 7th March 2023

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, along with the Pharmaceuticals & Medical Devices Bureau of India and the states and union territories, is celebrating the 5th Jan Aushadhi Diwas 2023 under the Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana. Various events are planned in different cities from March 1st to March 7th, 2023, focusing on raising awareness about the Jan Aushadhi Scheme. The theme for the 5th Jan Aushadhi Diwas is “Jan Aushadhi – Affordable and Good Quality.”

Miscellaneous

BSE and UN Women India introduce FinEMPOWER program

BSE and UN Women India launched FinEMPOWER at the Bombay Stock Exchange. This initiative aims to empower women financially through a year-long program. To support female leaders and entrepreneurs, they held the “Ring the Bell for Gender Equality” ceremony for International Women’s Day.

Key Points:

  • BSE stands for Bombay Stock Exchange.
  • CEO of BSE: Sundararaman Ramamurthy.
  • UN Women India Representative: Susan Ferguson.
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