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August 2, 2023 Current Affairs

1. Which state has the highest percentage of billionaire MLAs according to the ADR report?

A.    Uttar Pradesh

B.    Maharashtra

C.   Karnataka

D.   West Bengal

Answer: Option (C)

Explanation:

After an in-depth analysis of the ADR report, it becomes evident that the state with the highest percentage of billionaire MLAs is Karnataka. With 14% of its MLAs boasting substantial fortunes, Karnataka takes the crown in this fascinating display of wealth in politics. However, let us not forget that money does not always equate to effective governance, and it is essential to assess our elected representatives based on their actions and policies rather than their financial prowess.

 


 




2. What is the total gross GST revenue collected in July 2023?

A.    Rs 1,61,497 crore

B.    Rs 1,87,000 crore

C.   Rs 1,57,000 crore

D.   Rs 1,65,105 crore

Answer: Option (D)

Explanation:

The total gross GST revenue collected in July 2023 is Rs 1,65,105 crore. This amount signifies a robust economic environment with increasing domestic transactions. The consistent growth in GST collections is a positive indicator for the overall health of the economy. It showcases the government's efforts in promoting economic development and sustainability.

 


 




3. What is the title of Chetna Maroo's debut novel that has been longlisted for the 2023 Booker Prize?

A.    Old God's Time

B.    The Other Eden

C.   Western Lane

D.   Prophet Song

Answer: Option (C)

Explanation:

Chetna Maroo's debut novel 'Western Lane' has undoubtedly captured the hearts and minds of readers. Through its evocative storytelling, exploration of themes, and vibrant characters, the book has carved its place in the literary scene. As we eagerly anticipate the announcement of the 2023 Booker Prize winner, one thing is certain - Chetna Maroo's 'Western Lane' has already secured its position as a remarkable literary achievement.

 



 

 




4. On which date is World Wide Web Day celebrated every year?

A.    August 6

B.    August 1

C.   September 1

D.   July 1

Answer: Option (B)

Explanation:

World Wide Web Day, celebrated on August 1, is a momentous occasion that honors the birth of the Web and its immense influence on our lives. It is a time to reflect on how the Web has revolutionized communication, collaboration, and access to information. As we celebrate this day, let us also recognize the need to foster an inclusive and secure Web for all. So, mark your calendars and join the worldwide festivities in honor of the World Wide Web!

 


 




5. How much money is Foxconn pledging to invest in establishing a manufacturing facility in Tamil Nadu?

A.    ₹ 1,000 Crore

B.    ₹ 1,200 Crore

C.   ₹ 1,400 Crore

D.   ₹ 1,600 Crore

Answer: Option (D)

Explanation:

Foxconn's ₹1,600 crore investment in establishing a manufacturing facility in Tamil Nadu marks a significant milestone in the state's journey towards becoming a manufacturing powerhouse. This strategic move not only brings job opportunities and economic growth but also fosters research and development, positioning Tamil Nadu as a hub for innovation in the electronics industry. With Foxconn's commitment, the region is poised for a remarkable transformation that will shape its future in the global manufacturing landscape.

 


 




6. Who has been appointed as the new Corporate Vice President of Microsoft India and South Asia, effective from September 1, 2023?

A.    Anant Maheshwari

B.    Bill Gates

C.   Puneet Chandok

D.   Satya Nadella

Answer: Option (C)

Explanation:

Puneet Chandok's appointment as the new Corporate Vice President of Microsoft India and South Asia marks an exciting chapter in Microsoft's journey in this region. With a customer-centric approach, leveraging generative AI, and targeting key industries, Puneet Chandok is poised to lead Microsoft towards new heights of success. This appointment underscores Microsoft's commitment to empowering organizations and individuals through technology, and the future looks promising under Puneet Chandok's leadership.

 


 




7. Who was the first Education Minister of India after Independence?

A.    Aurobindo Ghosh

B.    Maulana Abul Kalam Azad

C.   Shyam Sundar Chakravarty

D.   Jawaharlal Nehru

Answer: Option (B)

Explanation:

Maulana Abul Kalam Azad's appointment as the first Education Minister of independent India marked a significant milestone in the country's educational journey. His dedication, vision, and tireless efforts to promote education continue to inspire generations. As we celebrate 'National Education Day' every year, it is a testament to his enduring legacy and the importance of education in building a prosperous nation.

 


 




8. Which river originates from the Kailash Ranges of the Himalayas and enters India through Arunachal Pradesh?

A.    Brahmaputra

B.    Indus

C.   Krishna

D.   Mahanadi

Answer: Option (A)

Explanation:

The Brahmaputra River, originating from the Kailash Ranges of the Himalayas, embarks on a remarkable journey through Arunachal Pradesh, leaving a trail of beauty and sustenance in its wake. From its humble beginnings to its role as a lifeline for communities, the Brahmaputra holds a special place in the hearts of those who encounter its majestic presence. Let us appreciate and protect this natural wonder for generations to come.

 


 




9. For how long will the Water Tourism and Adventure Sports Policy be effective once approved?

A.    5 years

B.    15 years

C.   20 years

D.   10 years

Answer: Option (D)

Explanation:

The Water Tourism and Adventure Sports Policy in Uttar Pradesh will be effective for a period of 10 years from the government's notification date. This duration allows ample time for its implementation, monitoring, and necessary adjustments to ensure its success. With the policy in place, Uttar Pradesh is poised to witness a remarkable transformation in its water-based tourism and adventure sports sector, benefiting both the economy and the visitors seeking thrilling experiences.

 


 




10. What is the purpose of raising ₹10,000 crore through the infrastructure bond issuance by the State Bank of India (SBI)?

A.    To enhance short-term funding for various projects

B.    To support development initiatives in India

C.   To invest in international markets

D.   To increase dividend payments to shareholders

Answer: Option (B)

Explanation:

The purpose of SBI's ₹10,000 crore infrastructure bond issuance is unequivocally aligned with supporting development initiatives in India. By enhancing long-term funding for infrastructure and affordable housing projects, SBI aims to bolster the nation's growth trajectory and create a more prosperous future for all its citizens.

 


 




11. How long was Diego Godin's professional soccer career?

A.    15 years

B.    20 years

C.   25 years

D.   30 years

Answer: Option (B)

Explanation:

Diego Godin bid farewell to professional soccer after an extraordinary 20-year career that showcased his exceptional skills and unwavering commitment. From his early beginnings to his remarkable tenure at Atlético Madrid, Godin left an indelible mark on the sport. His legacy will forever be cherished by fans worldwide as he symbolizes the epitome of dedication and talent in the beautiful game.

 


 




12. What mode of settlement has been announced for trade between India and Malaysia?

A.    US Dollar (USD)

B.    Malaysian Ringgit (MYR)

C.   Indian Rupee (INR)

D.   Euro (EUR)

Answer: Option (C)

Explanation:

The announcement of the Indian Rupee (INR) as a mode of settlement for trade between India and Malaysia marks an important step towards strengthening economic ties. By reducing transaction costs and currency risks, this initiative is expected to promote greater trade and investment between the two nations. As businesses embrace this new opportunity, we can anticipate a positive impact on bilateral trade in the coming years.

 


 




13. When is the Lokmanya Tilak National Award presented each year?

A.    On Lokmanya Tilak's birth anniversary

B.    On India's Independence Day

C.   On Lokmanya Tilak's death anniversary

D.   On Republic Day

Answer: Option (C)

Explanation:

The Lokmanya Tilak National Award is presented each year on the 1st of August, commemorating the death anniversary of Lokmanya Tilak. This award serves as a symbol of recognition for exceptional individuals who have dedicated their lives to the betterment of society. It represents the spirit of patriotism and serves as a reminder of the remarkable legacy left behind by Lokmanya Tilak.

 


 




14. Which cricket team retained the Ashes in 2023, and how many Ashes series have they won so far?

A.    England, 33 Ashes

B.    Australia, 34 Ashes

C.   England, 5 Ashes

D.   Australia, 5 Ashes

Answer: Option (B)

Explanation:

 The Australia cricket team emerged victorious in the 2023 Ashes series, retaining the urn for the fourth consecutive time. Their triumph further adds to their illustrious legacy in the Ashes, having now won the series a remarkable 34 times. However, England's resilience and determination cannot be overlooked, as they continue to challenge Australia's supremacy in this historic rivalry. The Ashes remains a captivating spectacle that showcases the best of cricket and captivates fans around the world.

 


 




15. Which of the following uniform elements will no longer be worn by senior officers with flag ranks (Brigadier and above) in the Indian Army?

A.    Shoulder rank badges

B.    Belt

C.   Lanyards

D.   Gorget patches

Answer: Option (C)

Explanation:

The Indian Army's decision to modify the uniforms of senior officers with flag ranks reflects a deliberate effort to foster a sense of unity and shared identity. By removing elements such as shoulder rank badges, belts, lanyards, and gorget patches, the Indian Army aims to emphasize the collective purpose and responsibilities of senior officers. This uniform transformation serves as a visual representation of a cohesive and unified force, ready to face the challenges ahead.

 



 



16. How many Income Tax Returns (ITRs) were filed for Assessment Year (AY) 2023-24 till 31st July 2023?

A.    6.40 crore

B.    6.77 crore

C.   7.12 crore

D.   5.83 crore

Answer: Option (B)

Explanation:

The assessment year 2023-24 witnessed an exceptional surge in tax compliance, with over 6.77 crore ITRs filed by the deadline. This remarkable milestone reflects the growing awareness and responsibility among taxpayers, as well as the efficacy of government initiatives to simplify the process. By embracing their role as responsible citizens, individuals and entities contribute to the nation's progress and ensure a robust fiscal framework for the future.

 


 




17. What was India's manufacturing PMI in July 2023?

A.    57.8

B.    58.7

C.   57.7

D.   58.0

Answer: Option (C)

Explanation:

India's manufacturing PMI for July 2023 stood at 57.7, reflecting a three-month low but still showcasing expansion in the sector. While challenges persist, the manufacturing industry remains resilient and holds immense potential for driving India's economic growth. By adopting proactive measures and fostering a favorable business environment, India can navigate through the hurdles and emerge stronger than ever.

 



 



18. In which group is the Indian men's football team placed for the Asian Games 2023, and who is the highest-ranked team in that group?

A.    Group A, China

B.    Group B, Bangladesh

C.   Group A, India

D.   Group B, Myanmar

Answer: Option (A)

Explanation:

As the Asian Games 2023 draw near, the Indian men's football team, placed in Group A, prepares to face tough competition. China, the highest-ranked team in the group, adds an extra layer of excitement to the encounters ahead. Football enthusiasts eagerly await each match, anticipating thrilling performances and unforgettable moments on the field. Stay tuned and witness the captivating journey of the Indian men's football team in the Asian Games 2023.

 


 



19. Who released the book "Kargil: Ek Yatri Ki Jubani" authored by Rishi Raj, which pays tribute to the Martyrs of the Kargil War?

A.    Sumit Arora

B.    Ajay Bhatt

C.   Rishi Raj

D.   Sanjay Kumar

Answer: Option (B)

Explanation:

In a momentous occasion, Ajay Bhatt's release of "Kargil: Ek Yatri Ki Jubani" by Rishi Raj marks a pivotal chapter in our tribute to the martyrs of the Kargil War. This book stands as a testament to the enduring legacy of our brave soldiers and their unwavering commitment to the nation. Let us embrace this literary masterpiece and ensure that the sacrifices made by our heroes are forever etched in our hearts and minds.

 


 




20. Which traditional craft originating from Rajasthan involves intricate designs, embedding gold and silver wires into metal, and polishing it to perfection?

A.    Bikaner Kashidakari Craft

B.    Jalesar Dhatu Shilp

C.   Udaipur Koftgari Metal Craft

D.   Jodhpur Bandhej Craft

Answer: Option (C)

Explanation:

The Udaipur Koftgari Metal Craft showcases the remarkable skill and creativity of Rajasthan's artisans. With its intricate designs, the embedding of gold and silver wires, and the meticulous polishing, this craft has stood the test of time. It represents the rich cultural heritage of Rajasthan and continues to captivate art enthusiasts and collectors alike.




 



 

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