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1. Recently, Russia’s space agency Roscosmos has launched the imaging satellite ‘Pars-1’ into space. This satellite belongs to which country?

  1. India
  2. Japan
  3. Iran
  4. China

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3. Iran

2. Odysseus satellite belongs to which company?

  1. Intuitive Surgical, Inc.
  2. SpaceX
  3. Blue Origin
  4. Boeing

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  1. Intuitive Surgical, Inc.

3. Where is the headquarters of Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) located in Baghdad?

  1. Ankara
  2. Cairo
  3. Riyadh
  4. Vienna

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4. Vienna

4. What is the purpose of the Strait of Hormuz Treaty?

  1. Improving commercial maritime relations
  2. Imposing restrictions for maritime climate change
  3. Creating a suspicious arrangement for defense operations
  4. Creating positive harmony between the Persian Gulf and the Sea of Oman

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4. Creating positive harmony between the Persian Gulf and the Sea of Oman

5. Who has recently successfully tested the ultra short range air defense system named Vashorad off the Odisha coast by ITR?


  1. Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)
  2. Defence Research and Development Organisation ( DRDO )
  3. Indian Institute of Science (IISc)
  4. Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR)

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2. Defence Research and Development Organisation ( DRDO )

6. Where is Abdul Kalam Island?


  1. Odisha
  2. Andaman and Nicobar Islands
  3. Kerala
  4. Maharashtra

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  1. Odisha

7. By what name is the H5N1 virus known?


  1. Avian Influenza ( bird flu )
  2. Mueo virus
  3. SARS-CoV-2
  4. Ebola virus

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  1. Avian Influenza ( bird flu )

8. Where is the Ross Sea, the world’s largest marine protected area?

  1. Near the continent of Europe
  2. Near the continent of Africa
  3. Near the continent of Antarctica
  4. Near the continent of Australia

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3. Near the continent of Antarctica

9. Where is Shahpur Kandi Dam constructed?

  1. On the river Yamuna
  2. On the river Sutlej
  3. On the river Ravi
  4. On the river Jhelum

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3. On the river Ravi

10. Where is the Harappan-era fortified settlement ‘Morodharao’, recently discovered by Oxford archaeologists, located?

  1. Gujarat
  2. Rajasthan
  3. Maharashtra
  4. Haryana

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  1. Gujarat

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The Bengaluru-Mysuru Expressway is a national highway connecting Bengaluru and Mysuru. Here are some key background and facts about it

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to visit Karnataka to inaugurate the Bengaluru-Mysuru Expressway. This 118-km-long project will significantly reduce travel time between Bengaluru and Mysuru from nearly three hours to just over 75 minutes. The expressway, part of NH-275, will feature six lanes and comes with a development cost of about Rs 8,480 crores.

PM Modi opens the longest railway platform worldwide in Hubballi, Karnataka

Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled the world’s longest railway platform, stretching 1.5 kilometers, at Sri Siddhaarooda railway station in Hubballi, Karnataka. The inauguration took place during the Prime Minister’s visit to Karnataka, with Union Minister Pralhad Joshi in attendance. Indian Railways’ South Western Railway Zone, Hubballi, has secured a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for this achievement.


Mount Merapi in Indonesia erupts, spreading ash over nearby villages

Mount Merapi, a highly active volcano, erupted, releasing smoke and ash that blanketed nearby villages. The National Disaster Mitigation Agency reported no immediate casualties. Broadcasted images displayed ash-coated houses and roads in a Yogyakarta village near the volcano. The Merapi Volcano Observatory estimated the ash cloud reached 9,600 feet (3,000 meters) above the summit.


Siddhartha Mohanty appointed interim chairman of LIC by the Government of India

Starting March 14 for three months, Siddhartha Mohanty will serve as the interim chairman of the Life Insurance Company of India (LIC). He currently holds the position of managing director and CEO at LIC Housing Finance. On February 1, 2021, Mohanty will officially become the MD of LIC until his retirement on June 30, 2023. The current MDs of LIC are Bishnu Charan Patnaik, Ipe Mini, Siddhartha Mohanty, and Raj Kumar. Shri Mangalam Ramasubramanian Kumar is the chairman of the company.

Key details for competitive exams:

  • LIC was established on September 1, 1956.
  • LIC is headquartered in Mumbai.

Tech Mahindra appointed Mohit Joshi, former President of Infosys, as its new Managing Director and CEO

Mohit Joshi, previously with Infosys, is now Tech Mahindra’s Managing Director and CEO for a 5-year term starting from December 20, 2023, to December 19, 2028. He replaces Gurnani, one of the Indian IT industry’s longest-serving CEOs.


India and France hold Maritime Partnership Exercise (MPX)

INS Sahyadri, an Indian Navy frigate, joined French Navy ships FS Dixmude, an amphibious assault ship, and FS La Fayette, a frigate, in a Maritime Partnership Exercise (MPX) in the Arabian Sea on March 10-11.


India won Gold and Silver Stars at the Golden City Gate Tourism Awards

The Indian Ministry of Tourism and Government of India won awards at the 2023 International Golden City Gate Tourism Awards for their TV/Cinema commercials on both international and country levels. These awards recognize the promotional films and television ads created by the Ministry to boost tourism in India post-Covid. Shri Arvind Singh, Secretary (Tourism) of the Government of India, accepted the awards on March 8, 2023, at ITB Berlin.

Here’s the list of winners from the 2023 Oscars

In 2023, the 95th Academy Awards, also known as the Oscars, were announced, sparking excitement among fans to see how India performed. The Oscars, established in 1929, marked their 95th anniversary. The ceremony took place on March 13 IST at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, hosted by the renowned late-night show host Jimmy Kimmel.

In 2023, The Elephant Whisperers won the Oscar for Best Documentary Shor

Netflix’s documentary short “The Elephant Whisperers,” directed by Kartiki Gonsalves and Guneet Monga, won the Best Documentary Short award at the 95th Academy Awards. Competing against “Stranger At The Gate,” “Haulout,” and “How Do You Measure a Year?,” director Gonsalves expressed gratitude for the honor, dedicating it to “my motherland, India.”

Gyan Chaturvedi will receive the Vyas Samman 2022 for his work ‘Pagalkhana’

In 2022, the 32nd Vyas Samman was awarded to the satirical novel “Pagalkhana,” written by Dr. Gyan Chaturvedi, a well-known Hindi author. The novel was selected by a committee chaired by Prof. Ramji Tiwari.

“RRR’s song ‘Naatu Naatu’ wins Best Original Song at the Oscars 2023”

In the 95th Academy Awards (Oscars 2023), “Naatu Naatu” from RRR won Best Original Song, surpassing tracks like “Applause” from Tell It Like a Woman, “Hold My Hand” from Top Gun: Maverick, “Lift Me Up” from Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, and “This is Life” from Everything Everywhere All At Once. Lyricist Chandrabose and composer Keeravani accepted the award for the song.

Ranks and Reports

In 2023, Knight Frank published its wealth report

In 2023, Knight Frank, a global real estate consultancy, published its Wealth Report, analyzing trends and performance in the prime residential property market worldwide. According to the report, 88% of Indian respondents observed an increase in the wealth of ultra-high-net-worth individuals (UHNWIs) in 2022.


Ashok Leyland introduces an all-female production line at its Tamil Nadu facility

Ashok Leyland, an Indian commercial vehicle manufacturer, has started an “All Women Production Line” at its Hosur plant in Tamil Nadu, where all employees are female. This initiative aims to empower women and inspire them to pursue roles in the manufacturing industry.

Books and Authors

A book called “India’s Fight for Freedom – Gandhi’s Time” was published

Supreme Court Judge Justice V. Ramasubramanian released a book titled “India’s Struggle for Independence – Gandhian Era” at an event in the University of Madras. The book, authored by P. Jyothimani, former Judge of Madras High Court, and G. Balan, former history professor at Pachiayappa’s College, was published by Vanathi Pathipagam. It covers the significance of Mahatma Gandhi’s role in India’s struggle for independence.


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