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December 29, 2023 Current Affairs

1. Who is regarded as the Founding Father of the EU’s Single Currency Project?

A.   Angela Merkel

B.   Jacques Delors

C.   Jean-Claude Juncker

D.   Ursula von der Leyen

Answer: Option B


Jacques Delors rightfully holds the title of the Founding Father of the EU's Single Currency Project. His visionary approach and significant contributions have shaped the economic landscape of Europe and laid the foundation for a unified currency system. Delors' legacy serves as a reminder of the power of collaboration and determination in achieving remarkable milestones in the European Union's history.



2. Who has been appointed as the first woman Director General of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF)?

A.   Sonia Narang

B.   Sangeeta Kalia

C.   Aparna Kumar

D.   Nina Singh

Answer: Option D


Nina Singh's appointment as the first woman Director General of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) represents a significant step towards gender equality and inclusivity within India's security forces. Her journey, marked by dedication and exemplary leadership, serves as a testament to the potential and capabilities of women in breaking barriers. With her at the helm, the CISF is poised for a new chapter of innovation, progress, and greater gender representation.



3. What brand is the Indian government considering for selling rice as a strategic step to stabilize retail prices?

A.   Krishi

B.   Bharat

C.   Annapurna

D.   Swadeshi

Answer: Option B


the Indian government's consideration of selling rice under the 'Bharat' brand marks a strategic step towards stabilizing retail prices and ensuring long-term sustainability. This move has the potential to address the challenges faced by existing schemes and establish a reliable market presence. By embracing the 'Bharat' brand, the government aims to foster trust, regulate prices, and pave the way for a thriving rice market in India.


4. Which messaging platform has Para-military forces adopted for secure official communication, document sharing, and prioritizing data security?

A.   Line App

B.   Signal App

C.   WeChat App

D.   Sandes App

Answer: Option D


the Sandes App has emerged as a trusted and secure messaging platform for para-military forces. With its emphasis on end-to-end encryption, secure document sharing, and user-friendly interface, the app addresses the unique needs of these organizations. By adopting the Sandes App, para-military forces can enhance their official communication, prioritize data security, and ensure the confidentiality of sensitive information.



5. Which company has secured the Bikaner-III Neemrana-II Transmission project through the Tariff-Based Competitive Bidding process?

A.   Reliance Power

B.   Adani Power

C.   National Thermal Power Corporation

D.   Tata Power

Answer: Option D


Tata Power's securing of the Bikaner-III Neemrana-II Transmission project through the Tariff-Based Competitive Bidding process is a testament to its commitment to renewable energy and sustainable development. This achievement not only reinforces Tata Power's position as a leader in the industry but also paves the way for a brighter and greener future for India's energy landscape.


6. Which state recently inaugurated its first intra-district helicopter service to boost tourism and infrastructure?

A.   Rajasthan

B.   Haryana

C.   Uttar Pradesh

D.   Madhya Pradesh

Answer: Option C


The inauguration of Uttar Pradesh's first intra-district helicopter service marks a momentous milestone in the state's journey towards progress and prosperity. By prioritizing tourism and infrastructure, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has demonstrated a visionary approach that will undoubtedly yield fruitful results. As the helicopter blades soar through the skies, they carry the hopes and aspirations of a state poised for greatness. With this pioneering initiative, Uttar Pradesh is ready to embrace a future where boundaries are transcended, horizons are expanded, and opportunities are limitless.


7. What percentage of Ayushman cards is constituted by women, according to Health Ministry data?

A.   49%

B.   32%

C.   58%

D.   40%

Answer: Option A


Health Ministry's data reveals that women constitute 49% of Ayushman cardholders, showcasing their significant role in availing healthcare benefits under the AB PM-JAY scheme. This highlights the growing empowerment and active participation of women in securing their healthcare needs. As we continue to strive for inclusive and accessible healthcare, it becomes imperative to celebrate and support the progress made, while also identifying and addressing the remaining barriers. Through initiatives like AB PM-JAY, we can continue to empower women and ensure equitable healthcare access for all.


8. With which country did the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) recently sign its second Free Trade Agreement (FTA) this year?

A.   Japan

B.   Vietnam

C.   Philippines

D.   South Korea

Answer: Option D


The signing of the second Free Trade Agreement between the Gulf Cooperation Council and South Korea marks a significant step towards strengthening economic ties and fostering mutual growth. This agreement reflects the GCC's commitment to diversifying its economic portfolio and expanding its international partnerships. As the FTA takes effect, it is expected to unlock new opportunities, drive economic development, and deepen the already thriving relationship between the GCC and South Korea.


9. Who is the author of "The Babri Masjid Ram Mandir Dilemma: An Acid Test for India's Constitution"?

A.   Madhav Godbole

B.   Arun Desai

C.   Sanjay Patel

D.   Ritu Verma

Answer: Option A


"The Babri Masjid Ram Mandir Dilemma: An Acid Test for India's Constitution," authored by Madhav Godbole, offers a comprehensive and insightful exploration of the complexities surrounding this long-standing issue. The book serves as a reminder of the missed opportunities for resolution and the urgent need for a fair and just solution. As India continues to grapple with this constitutional challenge, it is crucial to engage in meaningful dialogue and strive for a resolution that upholds modern values, religious harmony, and equality for all.


10. With which Indian state did Wardwizard Foods recently sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for expansion and a Rs 500 crore investment?

A.   Gujarat

B.   Maharashtra

C.   Rajasthan

D.   Karnataka

Answer: Option A


The Memorandum of Understanding between Wardwizard Foods and the Government of Gujarat marks a significant milestone in the food industry's growth journey in the state. With a substantial investment of Rs 500 crore and a shared vision for development, this collaboration holds tremendous potential for boosting Gujarat's food sector. As Wardwizard Foods takes steps towards expanding its operations and investing in the regional food industry, we can expect to witness positive transformations, increased employment opportunities, and enhanced value creation within Gujarat's food ecosystem.


11. On which date is ISRO scheduled to launch India’s First X-ray polarimeter Satellite?

A.   December 31

B.   February 1

C.   January 1

D.   March 15

Answer: Option C


 India's XPoSat mission, scheduled for launch on January 1, 2024, marks a significant milestone in the country's space exploration endeavors. By venturing into X-ray polarimetry, ISRO demonstrates its commitment to pushing scientific boundaries and contributing to our understanding of the universe. The XPoSat mission holds great promise in unraveling the mysteries of celestial sources emitting X-rays, and it is an exciting step forward for India's space research community.


12. Which entity received approval from the Reserve Bank of India for the acquisition of a 9.95% stake in Federal Bank, and also holds stakes in RBL Bank and Equitas Small Finance Bank?

A.   ICICI Prudential Asset Management Company

B.   HDFC Mutual Fund

C.   SBI Mutual Fund

D.   Axis Asset Management Company

Answer: Option A


ICICI Prudential Asset Management Company's acquisition of a 9.95% stake in the Federal Bank, along with its stakes in RBL Bank and Equitas Small Finance Bank, highlights its strategic expansion in the banking and financial sector. This move not only diversifies ICICI AMC's portfolio but also strengthens its position as a key player in the industry. With a focus on forging partnerships with reputable financial institutions, ICICI AMC continues to pave the way for growth and innovation in the ever-evolving banking landscape.


13. Which institution is leading the Rs 2,500 crore funding round for Mahindra-OTPP’s Green InvIT?

A.   World Bank

B.   Dutch pension fund APG

C.   Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

D.   International Finance Corporation

Answer: Option C


the Rs 2,500 crore funding round for Mahindra-OTPP’s Green InvIT has attracted significant interest from reputable institutions. With the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) leading the investment, along with participation from Dutch pension fund APG and World Bank's IFC, this funding round showcases the growing importance of renewable energy projects and their impact on sustainable development. Such collaborations and investments play a vital role in accelerating the transition towards a greener and more sustainable future.


14. Which Indian state recently launched the Praja Palana program to address citizens' needs?

A.   Kerala

B.   Telangana

C.   Andhra Pradesh

D.   Karnataka

Answer: Option B


The Praja Palana program stands as a testament to Telangana's commitment to inclusive and participatory governance. By actively involving citizens in decision-making processes, addressing their needs, and fostering transparency, Telangana sets a remarkable example for other states to follow. Through this program, the government aims to create a stronger bond between the administration and its citizens, ultimately paving the way for a more prosperous and harmonious society.


15. What city witnessed the laying of the foundation stone for the Interdisciplinary Centre for Energy Research (ICER) building by Power Minister Shri R. K. Singh?

A.   Delhi

B.   Mumbai

C.   Bengaluru

D.   Chennai

Answer: Option C


The laying of the foundation stone for the Interdisciplinary Centre for Energy Research in Bengaluru sets the stage for a new era of sustainable energy solutions. With a focus on renewable energy, green hydrogen, clean coal, and sustainable technologies, ICER aims to spearhead research and innovation that will shape a greener and more sustainable future.


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