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December 26, 2023 Current Affairs

1. In which country will India acquire five lithium blocks for exploration and development, as per the recent agreement?

A.   Chile

B.   Argentina

C.   Brazil

D.   Bolivia

Answer: Option B


India's recent agreement with Argentina's CAMYEN for the acquisition of five lithium blocks highlights the nation's determination to secure critical minerals and bolster its renewable energy ambitions. With this landmark partnership, India takes a step closer to achieving self-reliance in lithium resources, unlocking new avenues for technological innovation and sustainable development. As India embarks on this transformative journey, the future looks promising, powered by the potential of lithium as a catalyst for a greener tomorrow.



2. In which Indian state did the RBI fine four cooperative banks, including Progressive Mercantile and Kutch Mercantile?

A.   Gujarat

B.   Maharashtra

C.   Rajasthan

D.   Madhya Pradesh

Answer: Option A


the recent imposition of fines on cooperative banks in Gujarat by the RBI underscores the significance of regulatory compliance within the banking industry. This incident serves as a reminder that banks must adhere to established guidelines to ensure financial stability and protect the interests of depositors. It is imperative for the affected banks and others in the sector to learn from these events, rectify any non-compliance issues, and uphold the highest standards of transparency and accountability.



3. Where was the SAANS Campaign 2023-24 for pneumonia prevention inaugurated?

A.   Kohima

B.   Agartala

C.   Aizawl

D.   Imphal

Answer: Option D


The inauguration of the SAANS Campaign 2023-24 in Imphal, Manipur, marks a pivotal moment in the fight against childhood pneumonia. By raising awareness, strengthening healthcare systems, promoting vaccination, and encouraging healthy practices, this campaign has the potential to save countless lives and alleviate the burden of pneumonia. Let us join hands and support this remarkable initiative, working towards a future where no child suffers from this preventable disease.



4. Who has released the book 'Breaking the Mould: Reimagining India’s Economic Future' in collaboration with economist Rohit Lamba?

A.   Amartya Sen

B.   Shaktikanta Das

C.   Urjit Patel

D.   Raghuram Rajan

Answer: Option D


In 'Breaking the Mould: Reimagining India's Economic Future,' Raghuram Rajan and Rohit Lamba have crafted an insightful and thought-provoking book that explores the potential and challenges of India's economic trajectory. Through their collaboration, they have presented a comprehensive analysis that captivates readers and offers valuable insights for policymakers and economists alike. This book serves as a guiding light, urging India to break free from conventional molds and forge a dynamic and prosperous economic future.



5. Where will the Khelo India Youth Games 2023 be held?

A.   Maharashtra

B.   Karnataka

C.   Tamil Nadu

D.   Telangana

Answer: Option C


the Khelo India Youth Games 2023 will be held in Tamil Nadu, with Chennai, Madurai, Trichy, and Coimbatore as the host cities. This grand event not only highlights the state's commitment to sports but also provides a platform for young athletes to shine. As the Games approach, let us eagerly await the exhilarating displays of talent, the spirit of sportsmanship, and the celebration of youth that the Khelo India Youth Games embody.



6. Against which team did India Women achieve a historic maiden Test victory in cricket?

A.   England

B.   South Africa

C.   Australia

D.   New Zealand

Answer: Option C


In a moment that will be forever etched in the annals of women's cricket, India Women achieved a historic maiden Test victory against Australia. This triumph not only symbolizes their growth as a team but also serves as an inspiration for aspiring cricketers across the nation. With their exemplary performances and unwavering spirit, India Women have proven that they belong among the best in the world. As they bask in the glory of this achievement, the team now looks forward to new challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.



7. In which Indian state is the country's first AI city, a hub for artificial intelligence, set to be established?

A.   Maharashtra

B.   Telangana

C.   Tamil Nadu

D.   Uttar Pradesh

Answer: Option D


The establishment of Uttar Pradesh's AI city in Lucknow marks a significant milestone in India's journey towards becoming a global leader in artificial intelligence. With its focus on innovation, research, and education, the AI city holds immense potential to transform not only the state but also the nation. As the first of its kind, this groundbreaking initiative paves the way for future advancements in AI and sets a shining example for other states to follow. Uttar Pradesh's AI city is poised to shape the future, driving economic growth, fostering innovation, and positioning India as a powerhouse in the realm of artificial intelligence.



8. Under the Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY), how much free treatment per annum per family do Ayushman cards offer?

A.   Up to Rs 2 lakh

B.   Up to Rs 5 lakh

C.   Up to Rs 8 lakh

D.   Up to Rs 10 lakh

Answer: Option B


The Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana and the Ayushman cards have been instrumental in unlocking access to quality healthcare for millions of families in India. The coverage of up to Rs 5 lakh per annum per family offered by Ayushman cards ensures that families can receive the medical care they need without the burden of financial constraints. Through this scheme, the dream of affordable and accessible healthcare is becoming a reality for many, bringing hope and relief to countless lives.



9. Which country recently announced its departure from OPEC?

A.   Angola

B.   Ecuador

C.   Algeria

D.   Nigeria

Answer: Option A


Angola's departure from OPEC marks a significant development in the global energy landscape. The decision signals the country's desire for greater control over its oil production and the pursuit of diversified economic growth. While Angola may face challenges in the transition, this move reflects a broader trend of smaller oil-producing nations seeking autonomy. As OPEC reevaluates its strategies, the global energy landscape continues to evolve, emphasizing the importance of sustainable and renewable energy sources in the years to come.



10. What has the United Nations declared 2024 as a recognition of?

A.   Camelids

B.   Canines

C.   Felines

D.   Equines

Answer: Option A


The declaration of 2024 as the International Year of Camelids by the United Nations serves as a reminder of the profound impact these creatures have on our world. From their resilience in challenging environments to their role in ensuring food security and promoting economic growth, camelids have proven themselves to be true champions. As we embark on this special year of celebration, let us recognize and appreciate the invaluable contributions of camelids, and strive to protect and conserve their habitats for future generations to come.



11. Who has received approval from SEBI to be appointed as the Chairman of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE)?

A.   Sundararaman Ramamurthy

B.   Ramesh Kapoor

C.   Pramod Agrawal

D.   Sanjeev Mehta

Answer: Option C


The approval of Pramod Agrawal as the Chairman of the Bombay Stock Exchange marks a significant milestone for the Indian financial market. With his vast experience and vision, Agrawal is well-equipped to lead BSE into a new era of growth and innovation. As investors and stakeholders, we can look forward to a vibrant and dynamic stock exchange under his leadership.



12. Who has been appointed as the interim Managing Director (MD) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Slice-backed North East Small Finance Bank (NESFB)?

A.   Rajesh Gupta

B.   Satish Kumar Kalra

C.   Neha Sharma

D.   Anil Verma

Answer: Option B


The appointment of Satish Kumar Kalra as the interim MD and CEO of Slice-backed North East Small Finance Bank signifies a significant leadership change and reinforces NESFB's commitment to driving financial inclusion. With Kalra's expertise and vision, the bank is poised to navigate the evolving landscape of banking and emerge as a transformative force in the industry. The future looks bright for NESFB as it continues its mission to empower individuals and communities through accessible and innovative financial services.



13. On which date is Veer Bal Diwas observed?

A.   December 22

B.   December 26

C.   December 20

D.   December 24

Answer: Option B


Veer Bal Diwas, observed on the 26th of December, offers a profound opportunity to remember and honor the sacrifice of Sahibzadas Baba Zorawar Singh Ji and Baba Fateh Singh Ji. It serves as a reminder of their unwavering commitment to their faith and principles, inspiring individuals to emulate their courage and resilience in their own lives. Veer Bal Diwas is not only a day of remembrance but also a celebration of the indomitable spirit that continues to resonate in the hearts of millions.



14. India and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) are set to negotiate a modernization of their trade agreement in February. By what year does the initiative aim to revamp the ASEAN India Trade in Goods Agreement (AITGA)?

A.   2025

B.   2024

C.   2030

D.   2028

Answer: Option A


India and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) are set to embark on a mission to update the ASEAN India Trade in Goods Agreement (AITGA). This initiative aims to revamp the existing trade agreement and address the existing trade deficit, which stands at $43.57 billion.

The modernization of the AITGA is set to begin in February, with the primary objective of enhancing economic cooperation and fostering closer trade relations between India and ASEAN. By updating the agreement, the parties involved aim to create a more conducive environment for trade and investment, resulting in mutual benefits for both parties.

The timeline for this endeavor is ambitious, with the target year being 2025. This timeframe allows for a comprehensive review and revision of the existing agreement to incorporate contemporary trade practices and address concerns that may arise.

Option A, 2025, is the correct answer.




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