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August 16, 2023 Current Affairs

1.Which state has introduced free In vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment?

A.   Uttrakhand

B.   Uttar Pradesh

C.   Goa

D.   Kerala

Answer: Option C


Goa's groundbreaking step of introducing free In vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment sets an inspiring precedent for other states in India and beyond. By prioritizing accessibility and affordability, Goa recognizes the rights of individuals and couples to pursue their dreams of parenthood. This progressive initiative promises to bring joy and fulfillment to countless families, while also propelling the state towards a brighter and more inclusive future.


2.What is the purpose of ISRO's mission, Aditya-L1?

A.   To explore Mars

B.   To study the Moon

C.   To study the Sun

D.   To study Earth's atmosphere

Answer: Option C


The Aditya-L1 mission marks a significant milestone in our quest to comprehend the Sun's enigmatic nature and its intricate relationship with Earth. Through this pioneering effort, ISRO aims to unravel the secrets of the Sun, shedding light on its behavior, its influence on our planet, and the broader solar system. The wealth of knowledge gained from Aditya-L1 will not only deepen our understanding of our star but also pave the way for advancements in space technology and collaborations that will benefit scientific endeavors for generations to come.


3.Which two Over-The-Top (OTT) platforms are being merged by Viacom18 recently?

A.   JioCinema and Voot

B.   Netflix and Amazon Prime Video

C.   Disney+ Hotstar and MX Player

D.   Zee5 and SonyLIV

Answer: Option A


The merger of JioCinema and Voot marks a significant milestone in the Indian OTT landscape. Viacom18's strategic decision to combine these platforms demonstrates their commitment to delivering exceptional digital entertainment experiences. As viewers, we can anticipate an enriched content library, diverse genres, and engaging storytelling. This merger not only benefits Viacom18 but also sets a new benchmark for the industry, encouraging other players to explore innovative collaborations and redefine the future of OTT platforms.


4.In which months is the Parsi New Year typically celebrated?

A.   December and January

B.   March and April

C.   July and August

D.   May and June

Answer: Option C


The Parsi New Year, celebrated between July and August, is a cherished occasion that holds immense cultural and religious significance for the Parsi community. It is a time of renewal, joy, and togetherness, marked by vibrant traditions, sumptuous feasts, and cultural performances. The Parsi New Year serves as a beautiful reminder of the rich heritage and values that the community upholds. So, let us join hands in celebrating this joyous occasion and spreading love and happiness in the world.


5.On which date did the nation observe the death anniversary of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee?

A.   September 01

B.   August 16

C.   December 25

D.   May 10

Answer: Option B


As we observe the death anniversary of Atal Bihari Vajpayee on August 16th, we pay tribute to his remarkable contributions to the nation. His leadership, vision, and commitment to peace and progress continue to inspire generations. Atal Bihari Vajpayee will forever be remembered as a visionary leader who left an indelible mark on India's history.


6.Which state has emerged as the front-runner in the Fiscal Health Report?

A.   Maharashtra

B.   Chhattisgarh

C.   Karnataka

D.   Tamil Nadu

Answer: Option A


Maharashtra has undoubtedly emerged as the front-runner in the Fiscal Health Report, showcasing commendable financial stability. While Chhattisgarh's unexpected second position is noteworthy, it is Maharashtra's consistent economic growth, diverse economy, and prudent fiscal management that have secured its place at the top. As other states strive to improve their fiscal health, they can learn valuable lessons from Maharashtra's success story.


7.Which bank held the largest share in the Debit cards market in India as of June 2023?

A.   Canara Bank

B.   Bank of Baroda (BoB)

C.   Bank of India (BoI)

D.   State Bank of India (SBI)

Answer: Option D


In the competitive landscape of the Indian debit cards market, State Bank of India (SBI) emerges as the clear winner, holding the largest share. Its commitment to innovation, customer service, and accessibility has propelled its success in this ever-evolving sector. As the demand for digital transactions continues to rise, it will be intriguing to see how other banks respond to the dominance of SBI in the debit cards market.


8.Which research institute launched the extraordinary variety of the national flower, an astonishing 108 petals Lotus?

A.   CSIR-National Botanical Research Institute

B.   Indian Agricultural Research Institute

C.   Tata Institute of Fundamental Research

D.   All India Institute of Medical Sciences

Answer: Option A


Namoh 108, the extraordinary Lotus with 108 petals, is a true testament to the ingenuity and dedication of the scientists at CSIR-NBRI. This remarkable creation not only showcases the beauty of nature but also reflects the unity and diversity of our nation. The unveiling of Namoh 108 marks a significant milestone in botanical research and serves as a source of pride for our country.


9.Mohammed Habib, who passed away recently, belongs to which profession?

A.   Famed hockey player

B.   Renowned cricketer

C.   Celebrated badminton player

D.   Legendary footballer

Answer: Option D


The legacy of Mohammed Habib will forever be etched in the hearts of football enthusiasts across the nation. His remarkable journey, from the humble beginnings to international stardom, serves as an inspiration to aspiring athletes. As we bid farewell to this legendary footballer, let us remember his enduring contributions to Indian football and celebrate the indomitable spirit that he embodied.


10.During which country's 77th Independence Day festivities did the guided missile corvette INS Kulish participate?

A.   India

B.   Singapore

C.   Malaysia

D.   Indonesia

Answer: Option B


The guided missile corvette INS Kulish's participation in Singapore's 77th Independence Day festivities marked a significant milestone in the maritime cooperation between India and Singapore. This event not only showcased the technological prowess of the INS Kulish but also strengthened the bilateral ties between the two nations. As India continues to play an active role in promoting regional stability and security, such collaborations serve as a testament to its commitment towards a peaceful and prosperous Indo-Pacific region.


11.What is the projected increase in India's per capita income by FY47 according to a recent study conducted by SBI Research economists?

A.   7.5 times

B.   9.5 times

C.   10 times

D.   12 times

Answer: Option A


the study conducted by SBI Research economists paints a positive picture for India's future. The projected increase in per capita income by 7.5 times by FY47 is indeed remarkable. This surge has the potential to uplift the lives of millions of Indians, create new opportunities, and drive economic growth. With the right policies and strategies in place, India is poised to witness a transformative journey towards prosperity.


12.How many Gallantry awards were approved by President Smt Droupadi Murmu on the occasion of Independence Day 2023?

A.   50

B.   100

C.   200

D.   76

Answer: Option D


The approval of 76 Gallantry awards by President Smt Droupadi Murmu on Independence Day 2023 reflects the nation's deep gratitude towards the brave men and women who risk their lives to protect our freedom. These awards not only recognize their exceptional courage but also serve as a constant reminder of their unwavering commitment to duty. Let us salute these gallant individuals and continue to honor and support our armed forces.


13.Who introduced the Mahila Samman Savings Certificate, a small savings scheme for women and girls?

A.   Finance Minister Smt Nirmala Sitharaman

B.   Prime Minister Narendra Modi

C.   RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das

D.   Union Finance Secretary

Answer: Option A


The Mahila Samman Savings Certificate introduced by Finance Minister Smt Nirmala Sitharaman is a significant step towards empowering women and girls in our society. This scheme not only provides financial security but also fosters economic growth and gender equality. By offering higher interest rates, flexible investment options, and tax benefits, it encourages women to take control of their financial future. With the Mahila Samman Savings Certificate, women can pave their own path towards a brighter and more prosperous future.


14.With which bank Odisha Government announced a partnership to enhance payment solutions for Odisha Tourism Development Corporation Limited?



C.   SBI

D.   Bandhan Bank

Answer: Option D


The strategic partnership between the Odisha Government and Bandhan Bank marks a significant milestone in the realm of payment solutions for tourism. Through the adoption of advanced technologies and a customer-centric approach, this collaboration promises to enhance the overall tourism experience in Odisha while driving economic growth and empowerment for the local communities involved.


15.Which of the following football club has Neymar Jr signed for?

A.   Bayern Munich

B.   Paris Saint-Germain (PSG)

C.   Al-Hilal

D.   Real Madrid

Answer: Option C


Neymar Jr's unexpected move to Al-Hilal marks a new chapter in his illustrious career. As he embarks on this unique journey, only time will tell how it will shape his legacy in the world of football. One thing is for certain, though - this transfer has undoubtedly left the footballing community buzzing with anticipation and eager to witness Neymar Jr's next steps on the pitch.


16.What was M.R. Satyanarayana Rao's Profession who passed away recently?

A.   Director

B.   Professor

C.   Actor

D.   Singer

Answer: Option B


The passing of M.R. Satyanarayana Rao leaves a void in the academic world, but his profound impact and remarkable contributions will continue to shape the future of education and scientific research. As we remember his remarkable journey, let us be inspired by his unwavering dedication and strive to carry forward his legacy of excellence.


17.What is the name of India's first long-range revolver set to be unveiled by AWEIL?

A.   Indra

B.   Prabal

C.   Akash

D.   Shaurya

Answer: Option B


The unveiling of "Prabal" marks a historic milestone in India's defense industry, representing a triumph of indigenous manufacturing and innovation. This long-range revolver, developed by AWEIL, showcases India's commitment to self-reliance and technological advancement. With its unmatched features and performance, "Prabal" is set to revolutionize the capabilities of Indian defense forces, ensuring a safer and more secure nation.


18.Who has been awarded Harvard University's George Ledlie Prize for groundbreaking work in their respective field?

A.   George Ledlie and Michael Grätzel

B.   Raj Chetty and Michael Springer

C.   Raj Chetty and George Ledlie

D.   Michael Springer and Ben Zhong Tang

Answer: Option B


In recognition of their remarkable contributions, economist Raj Chetty and biologist Michael Springer have been awarded the George Ledlie Prize from Harvard University. Their groundbreaking work has not only propelled their respective fields forward but has also inspired countless individuals to embark on their own quests for discovery and transformative research. Through their unwavering dedication and passion, Chetty and Springer have left an indelible mark on their disciplines, and their legacies will continue to shape the future of economics and biology.


19.What is the name of the lunar mission mentioned launched recently by ISRO?

A.   Chandrayaan-1

B.   Chandrayaan-2

C.   Chandrayaan-3

D.   Chandrayaan-4

Answer: Option C


ISRO's Chandrayaan-3 mission represents the next chapter in India's remarkable journey in space exploration. With each successful manoeuvre and technological advancement, ISRO moves closer to achieving its goal of a precise lunar landing. Chandrayaan-3 not only showcases India's scientific capabilities but also highlights the spirit of collaboration that drives the global space exploration community forward. We eagerly await the groundbreaking discoveries and achievements that will emerge from this mission.


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