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December 18, 2023 Current Affairs

1.    Who has been appointed as Israel's new Ambassador to India?

A.   David Cohen

B.   Sara Levy

C.   Rachel Herzl

D.   Reuven Azar

Answer: Option D


Reuven Azar has been appointed as Israel's Ambassador to India and will concurrently serve as the non-resident Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Bhutan, expanding his diplomatic role.



2. What is the name of the military exercise during which India's Akash missile demonstrated the ability to engage four aerial targets simultaneously at 25 km?

A.   Brahmashakti

B.   Trishul Shakti

C.   Astrashakti

D.   Agni Shakti

Answer: Option C


The 'Astrashakti' military exercise provided a platform for India to showcase its technological prowess and unique defense capabilities. The remarkable performance of the Akash missile system in engaging four aerial targets simultaneously at a range of 25 kilometers is a testament to India's commitment to advancing its defense technologies. This achievement not only strengthens India's defense sector but also reinforces its position as a key player in the global defense arena.


3. In which city was the Swarved Mahamandir, recognized as the world's largest meditation centre, inaugurated?

A.   New Delhi

B.   Varanasi

C.   Rishikesh

D.   Ujjain

Answer: Option B


The Swarved Mahamandir in Varanasi stands as a testament to the power of meditation and spiritual exploration. Its grandeur and serenity captivate the hearts of all who enter its hallowed halls. As the world's largest meditation centre, it not only offers a space for seekers to find inner peace but also serves as a beacon of hope for a world in need of tranquility.


4. What is the name of the AI language tool developed by the government for real-time translation used in a recent speech in Uttar Pradesh?

A.   Bhashini

B.   LinguaTranslate

C.   GovtTranslate

D.   DeepL Translator

Answer: Option A


Bhashini AI has emerged as a powerful tool to bridge linguistic gaps and revolutionize real-time translation. Its application in the recent speech in Uttar Pradesh showcased its potential to foster inclusive communication among diverse linguistic communities. As we look towards the future, we can expect Bhashini AI to play a pivotal role in breaking down language barriers, enabling meaningful


5. Which healthcare facility recently claimed the top position in the 'Best Multi-specialty Hospital Emerging' category by The Week-Hansa Research 2023?

A.   Fortis Healthcare

B.   Apollo Hospitals

C.   Max Healthcare

D.   Aster Medcity

Answer: Option D


Aster Medcity's achievement of claiming the top position in the 'Best Multi-specialty Hospital Emerging' category by The Week-Hansa Research 2023 is a testament to its unwavering dedication to providing quality healthcare services. With its state-of-the-art infrastructure, expert medical professionals, comprehensive range of specialties, and patient-centric approach, Aster Medcity stands as a beacon of excellence in the healthcare industry. This recognition reaffirms the trust and confidence patients can have in Aster Medcity for their healthcare needs.


 6. On which date is International Migrants Day 2023 observed?

A.   December 18

B.   November 21

C.   January 15

D.   February 9

Answer: Option A


International Migrants Day, observed on December 18, provides a global platform to recognize and appreciate the substantial contributions made by migrants while addressing the challenges they encounter. By celebrating diversity, fostering inclusivity, and advocating for the rights of migrants, we can create a more just and compassionate world. Let us seize this opportunity to reflect on the importance of migration and work towards building societies that thrive on the strengths and talents of migrants.


7. Which Kerala-based startup secured a top-three spot among Indian AI startups and received the 'AI Game Changers' award at the GPAI Summit 2023?

A.   TechInnovate

B.   Flutura

C.   Genrobotics

D.   Wysa

Answer: Option C


Genrobotics' journey from a Kerala-based startup to a prominent player in the AI industry is a testament to the power of innovation and determination. Through its groundbreaking technologies, contributions to the AI ecosystem, and prestigious awards, Genrobotics has cemented its position as a true game-changer. As we look towards the future, it is exciting to imagine the further advancements and impact that Genrobotics will bring to the world of AI.


8. With which institution did Kotak Mahindra Bank collaborate to establish India's first fully integrated School of Sustainability?

A.   IIT Delhi

B.   IIT Kharagpur

C.   IIT Madras

D.   IIT Kanpur

Answer: Option D


The collaboration between Kotak Mahindra Bank and IIT Kanpur to establish India's first fully integrated School of Sustainability is a significant step forward in promoting sustainability education. By nurturing future leaders who understand the importance of sustainable practices, this initiative paves the way for a greener and more sustainable India. The Kotak School of Sustainability stands as a beacon of hope, inspiring other institutions to follow suit and contribute to a better tomorrow.


9. Which country recently saw the launch of a significant Tax Inspectors Without Borders (TIWB) program, with India serving as the Administration Partner?

A.   Trinidad and Tobago

B.   Saint Lucia

C.   Jamaica

D.   Barbados

Answer: Option B


The launch of the Tax Inspectors Without Borders (TIWB) program in Saint Lucia, with India as the Administration Partner, marks a significant milestone in strengthening tax administration for economic development and stability. This partnership not only highlights India's commitment to sharing its tax expertise but also reflects Saint Lucia's dedication to improving its tax system. As the program progresses, it is expected to yield positive outcomes, including enhanced revenue collection, improved compliance, and a more transparent tax environment. The TIWB program stands as a testament to international cooperation and the power of partnerships in driving economic growth and stability.


10. Which Indian state's cricket team emerged victorious in the 2023 Vijay Hazare Trophy?

A.   Rajasthan

B.   Haryana

C.   Karnataka

D.   Tamil Nadu

Answer: Option B


Haryana's victory in the 2023 Vijay Hazare Trophy is a testament to their skill, teamwork, and unwavering determination. This historic achievement will be etched in the annals of Indian domestic cricket, serving as an inspiration for generations to come. Haryana's players, with their stellar performances, have not only brought glory to their state but have also left an indelible mark on the cricketing landscape.


11. According to recent data from the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), which city leads in food adulteration cases in 2022?

A.   Hyderabad

B.   Mumbai

C.   Chennai

D.   Kolkata

Answer: Option A


The NCRB data leaves no room for doubt – Hyderabad leads the pack when it comes to food adulteration cases in 2022. This alarming revelation calls for immediate action to tackle this pervasive issue. Strengthening regulatory measures, raising awareness among consumers, promoting ethical practices within the food industry, and fostering collaborations between stakeholders are vital steps towards ensuring food safety and protecting public health. Together, we can combat food adulteration and create a future where our meals are truly safe and nourishing.


12. Where was the SAMAR air defence missile system successfully test-fired by the Indian Air Force during Exercise AstraShakti-2023?

A.   Odisha

B.   Rajasthan

C.   Andhra Pradesh

D.   Karnataka

Answer: Option C


The recent successful test-firing of the SAMAR air defence missile system at the Air Force Station Suryalanka in Andhra Pradesh marks a momentous achievement for the Indian Air Force. This indigenously developed system not only showcases our technological advancements but also strengthens our strategic self-reliance. With the SAMAR air defence missile system, the Indian Air Force stands prepared to defend our skies and safeguard our nation's sovereignty.


13. Which industry is the focus of the 'Indus Solitaire Program' recently introduced by IndusInd Bank?

A.   Diamond Industry

B.   Pharmaceuticals Industry

C.   Gold Industry

D.   Automotive Industry

Answer: Option A


The introduction of the 'Indus Solitaire Program' by IndusInd Bank has ushered in a new era for the diamond industry. With its tailored benefits, elimination of cross-currency markup fees, and unwavering commitment to customer satisfaction, the program has quickly become a game-changer. IndusInd Bank's visionary approach and dedication to serving the diamond industry further solidify its position as a trusted partner and financial institution of choice for diamond merchants and manufacturers.



14. Which country's Emir recently passed away, leading to a one-day state mourning in India?

A.   Saudi Arabia

B.   Kuwait

C.   Qatar

D.   Oman

Answer: Option B


The passing of the Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Nawab Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, marks the end of an era for Kuwait and the world. His visionary leadership, commitment to progress, and dedication to global peace have left an indelible imprint. As we bid farewell to this remarkable leader, let us remember his contributions and strive to carry forward his legacy of compassion, development, and diplomacy.


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