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1. Where was the exercise ‘Cutlass Express 24’ organized recently?

  1. Seychelles
  2. Sri Lanka
  3. Mauritius
  4. India

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  1. Seychelles

2. Who has been selected for the ‘Architecture Nobel’ Pritzker Prize-2024?

  1. David Chipperfield
  2. Riken Yamamoto
  3. Balkrishna Doshi
  4. Kenzo Tange

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2. Riken Yamamoto

3. Who has become the first fast bowler in the world to take 700 Test wickets?

  1. Mitchell Starc
  2. Shaheen Afridi
  3. Mohammed Shami
  4. James anderson

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4. James anderson

4. Who has been honored with the Global Measles and Rubella Champion Award?

  1. India
  2. Australia
  3. Japan
  4. Seychelles

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  1. India

5. Who has recently won the title of Miss World-2024?

  1. Yasmina zeytoon
  2. krystyna piszkowa
  3. Mori abraham
  4. Sini Shetty

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2. krystyna piszkowa

6. Where has Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the ‘Mahtari Vandan Yojana’?

  1. Chhattisgarh
  2. Punjab
  3. Kerala
  4. Rajasthan

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  1. Chhattisgarh

7. Where was Lachit Borphukan’s 125 feet high statue ‘Statue of Valor’ unveiled recently?

  1. Odisha
  2. Assam
  3. Jharkhand
  4. Manipur

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2. Assam

8. Where is the festival of Mahashivratri ‘Herath’ organized?

  1. Maharashtra
  2. Tamil Nadu
  3. Uttar Pradesh
  4. Jammu and Kashmir

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4. Jammu and Kashmir

9. Where was Santosh Trophy-2024 organized recently?

  1. Kerala
  2. Rajasthan
  3. Arunachal Pradesh
  4. Maharashtra

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3. Arunachal Pradesh

10. Where has PM Narendra Modi inaugurated the Sela Tunnel?

  1. Arunachal Pradesh
  2. Jammu and Kashmir
  3. Ladakh
  4. Sikkim

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  1. Arunachal Pradesh

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Some lines of current affairs 18 March 2024 news

International

The US acknowledged the McMahon Line as a border

The US passed a resolution recognizing the McMahon Line as the official boundary between China and India’s Arunachal Pradesh. It rejected China’s claim to the region and affirmed Arunachal Pradesh as part of India, expressing support for India’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

The ICC has issued an arrest warrant for Vladimir Putin for alleged war crimes in Ukraine

The ICC issued an arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin due to allegations that Russia forcibly transferred children to Russia following the invasion of Ukraine. Ukrainians claim that Russia is trying to commit genocide against them and erase their identity, partly by deporting children to Russia.

PM Modi and Sheikh Hasina will jointly inaugurate the India-Bangladesh Friendship Pipeline

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina will jointly inaugurate the India-Bangladesh Friendship Pipeline via video conference. This pipeline marks the first of its kind, supplying refined diesel from India to Bangladesh. The project has been constructed with grant assistance from the Indian government.

Agreements

Government signs agreement with 27 steel companies, starting Rs 6,322-crore PLI scheme

The Ministry of Steel has signed 57 MoUs with 27 companies to produce specialty steel under the PLI Scheme. The government has allocated Rs. 6322 crores to boost the steel sector, aiming for an investment of about Rs. 30,000 crores. This initiative plans to increase specialty steel capacity by around 25 million tonnes over five years, creating many job opportunities. It also aligns with India’s goal of becoming the world’s third-largest economy by 2030-31.

Economy

OECD now expects India’s economy to grow by 5.9% in fiscal year 2024

The OECD has raised India’s growth forecast to 5.9% for 2024, up by 20 basis points, in its recent interim outlook report called “Fragile Recovery.” It also anticipates India’s GDP to expand by 6.9% in 2023 and around 7% in the next fiscal year, despite tougher financial conditions.

Defence

INS Dronacharya Wins President Droupadi Murmu’s Color Award

INS Dronacharya, the top gunnery school of the Indian Navy, will receive the President’s Colour as a tribute for its outstanding service. President Droupadi Murmu will present this award, the highest honor from the Supreme Commander of the armed forces, in recognition of the unit’s exceptional service to the nation.

The Home Ministry announced a 10% reservation for former Agniveers

The Home Ministry announced a 10% reservation for former Agniveers in CISF vacancies, following a similar move in the BSF. The notification states that the first batch of Agniveer candidates can have their upper age limit relaxed by up to five years, while other batches can get up to three years of age relaxation.

Ranks and Reports

In India, Bihar has the lowest literacy rate at 61.8%, while Kerala has the highest at 94%

Based on data from the Ministry of Education, Bihar has the lowest literacy rate at 61.8%, followed by Arunachal Pradesh at 65.3%, and Rajasthan at 66.1%. Kerala leads with the highest literacy rate in India, at 94%, followed by Lakshadweep at 91.85% and Mizoram at 91.33%. Rural India has a literacy rate of 67.77%, while urban India stands at 84.11%.

In 2023, TIME released its list of the World’s Greatest Places, including two locations in India

India’s Mayurbhanj and Ladakh, selected for their endangered tigers and historic temples, as well as their adventures and cuisine, are among the 50 destinations featured in TIME Magazine’s 2023 list of World’s Greatest Places. You can explore the full list in TIME Magazine’s coverage of the World’s Greatest Places of 2023.

Science and Technology

Svaya Robotics reveals India’s inaugural quadruped robot and exoskeleton

Svaya Robotics, a company from Hyderabad, has teamed up with two DRDO labs: the Research and Development Establishment in Pune (R&DE) and the Defence Bio-engineering & Electro Medical Laboratory in Bengaluru (DEBEL). Together, they’ve developed India’s first quadruped robot and wearable exoskeleton. These robots are versatile, serving various functions in both industries and healthcare, and they have dual-use capabilities.

Key points for competitive exams:

  • DRDO established: 1958
  • DRDO Chairman: Dr. Sameer V Kamath
  • DRDO Headquarters: DRDO Bhavan, New Delhi

Awards

Sivasankari, a famous Tamil writer, was awarded the Saraswati Samman in 2022

The KK Birla Foundation declared Tamil writer Sivasankari as the winner of the 2022 Saraswati Samman award for her memoir “Surya Vamsam” published in 2019. This award, highly regarded in Indian literature, includes a cash prize of Rs 15 lakh, along with a plaque and a citation.

Books and Authors

MoSPI, headed by Rao Inderjit Singh, launched “Women and Men in India 2022”

Rao Inderjit Singh, the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI), unveiled the 24th edition of “Women and Men in India 2022” in New Delhi. This publication provides detailed information on topics like political participation, employment, and health. It includes data broken down by gender, helping to illustrate differences between men and women in rural and urban areas across India. It’s a valuable tool for understanding gender-related issues in the country.

The book “Snakes in the Ganga: Breaking India 2.0” is written by Rajiv Malhotra and Vijaya Viswanathan

The book “Snakes In the Ganga: Breaking India 2.0,” written by Rajiv Malhotra and Vijaya Viswanathan, has gained attention in India. It discusses threats to India’s security from the United States, a perspective not commonly held by many Indians. While most people focus on threats from Pakistan, China, terrorism, illegal migration from Bangladesh, left-wing extremism, and Islamic radicalization, the book highlights the US as a significant risk to India’s security.

“The story ‘Bipin: The Man Behind the Uniform’ was authored by Rachna Biswat Rawat”

Rachna Biswat Rawat, an Indian journalist and writer, recently authored a book titled “Bipin: The Man Behind the Uniform.” Published by Penguin Veer, an imprint of Penguin Random House, the book delves into the life, personality, and principles of General Bipin Rawat. As India’s first Chief of Defence Staff and a prominent military figure, Rawat tragically passed away in a helicopter crash in 2021. The author presented the book to India’s Minister of Defence, Rajnath Singh, as a tribute to General Rawat’s life and accomplishments.

Sports

Rest of India wins the 2022-23 Irani Cup final

In the 2022/23 Irani Cup final, Rest of India won their 30th title in the Indian domestic tournament, beating Madhya Pradesh by 238 runs. Yashasvi Jaiswal, who played outstandingly in both innings, was named Player of the Match. He scored a double century and a century, playing a big part in Rest of India’s win.

Important Days

Global Recycling Day 2023 was celebrated on March 18th

Global Recycling Day, observed annually on March 18th, aims to raise awareness about the negative impacts of plastic on the environment and promote recycling as essential. It encourages individuals to organize events year-round to spread awareness about this important cause.

India celebrated Ordnance Factories Day on March 18, 2023

In India, Ordnance Factory Day is celebrated every year on March 18th. It commemorates the founding of the first Ordnance factory by the British in Cossipore, Kolkata, in 1801, during colonial times. The Ministry of Defence observes this day by hoisting the Indian flag, singing the national anthem, and displaying different artillery and military gear used by the Indian Armed Forces to the public. Ordnance Factories, a government division, are tasked with researching, developing, testing, manufacturing, and promoting weapons for the military.

 

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