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February 12, 2024 Current Affairs

1. Which countries are set to introduce India's Unified Payments Interface (UPI) and RuPay card services on February 12?

A.    Bangladesh and Nepal

B.    Sri Lanka and Mauritius

C.   Nepal and Mauritius

D.   Sri Lanka and Bangladesh

Answer: Option B


The upcoming introduction of India's Unified Payments Interface (UPI) and RuPay card services in Sri Lanka and Mauritius marks a significant milestone in digital financial integration. This expansion not only strengthens economic ties between these nations but also empowers Indian nationals and Mauritian citizens with seamless digital payment options. As we move towards a more interconnected world, initiatives like these pave the way for greater financial inclusivity and convenience.


2. What is the purpose of the SWATI Portal launched?

A.    Empower Women in science and technology

B.    Promote environmental sustainability

C.   Enhance global cooperation in education

D.   Support entrepreneurship initiatives

Answer: Option A


The Science for Women-A Technology & Innovation (SWATI) Portal stands as a testament to the commitment to empower women in science and technology. By providing a centralized platform for Indian women and girls, it aims to bridge the gender gap, promote inclusivity, and create a supportive environment for their growth. Through the SWATI Portal, women and girls can showcase their talents, connect with mentors, and contribute to the advancement of science and technology. Together, we can build a future where gender equality thrives in every facet of the STEMM community.



3. What is the new name of Paytm E-commerce after rebranding?

A.    Payworld

B.    PayMart

C.   PayConnect

D.   Pai Platforms

Answer: Option D


Paytm E-commerce's transformation into Pai Platforms marks a significant milestone in its strategic journey. The new name represents a fresh perspective, broader scope, and exciting opportunities. With the acquisition of Bitsila, Pai Platforms is poised to make a lasting impact in the digital commerce landscape. As the company forges ahead under its new identity, we eagerly await the innovations and advancements it will bring to the world of digital commerce.



4. Where is the Regional Centre of Sangeet Natak Akademi, known as 'Dakshin Bharat Sanskritik Kendra', being established?

A.    Mumbai

B.    Chennai

C.   Hyderabad

D.   Bangalore

Answer: Option C


The Regional Centre of Sangeet Natak Akademi, Dakshin Bharat Sanskritik Kendra, stands as a beacon of artistic excellence in South India. Through its visionary initiatives, it not only showcases the rich cultural heritage but also nurtures and encourages the growth of various art forms. With its vibrant performances, educational endeavors, and community engagement, Dakshin Bharat Sanskritik Kendra continues to shape the cultural landscape of the region, weaving together the threads of tradition and innovation.



5. Which railway zone has appointed the first transwoman Travelling Ticket Examiner (TTE)?

A.    Western Railway

B.    Southern Railway

C.   Northern Railway

D.   Eastern Railway

Answer: Option B


Sindhu Ganapathy was appointed as the first transwoman Travelling Ticket Examiner (TTE) Southern Railway's appointment of Sindhu Ganapathy as the first transwoman Travelling Ticket Examiner is a milestone worth celebrating. It exemplifies the organization's commitment to inclusivity, challenges societal prejudices, and paves the way for greater representation in government positions. This historic feat encourages us to embrace diversity, reject discrimination, and work towards a future where everyone has equal opportunities to thrive and make their mark. Let Sindhu Ganapathy's appointment serve as an inspiration for us all, reminding us that progress lies in breaking barriers and embracing the power of inclusion.



6. Who was honoured with the K.P.P. Nambiar Award by the IEEE Kerala Section for his leadership and innovation in space technology?

A.    S. Somanath

B.    P Veeramuthuvel

C.   Nigar Shaji

D.   Ritu Karidhal Srivastava

Answer: Option A


In recognition of his exceptional leadership and innovation in space technology, S. Somanath, the Chairman of ISRO, was honored with the prestigious K.P.P. Nambiar Award. His transformative contributions have not only propelled India's space program to new heights but have also inspired countless individuals to pursue their dreams in this captivating field. As we celebrate Somanath's achievements, let us continue to embrace the spirit of innovation and leadership, shaping a future where space technology will continue to push the boundaries of human exploration and understanding.



7. In which Indian state did the Prime Minister inaugurate projects worth Rs. 7300 crores?

A.    Rajasthan

B.    Uttar Pradesh

C.   Madhya Pradesh

D.   Gujarat

Answer: Option C


The inauguration of projects worth Rs. 7300 crores in Jhabua, Madhya Pradesh, marks a significant milestone in the journey towards transforming the lives of tribal communities. Through these projects, the government is addressing key sectors such as water supply, education, and road infrastructure, with a strong focus on inclusivity and empowerment. By investing in the development of marginalized communities, the government is paving the way for a brighter and more prosperous future for Jhabua and its residents.



8. What is the name of the award introduced by the Government of India to honour modern influencers and creators?

A.    National Creators Award

B.    Digital influencer Award

C.   Cultural Enrichment Award

D.   Social Media Achievement Award

Answer: Option A


The introduction of the National Creators Award by the Government of India is a commendable step towards recognizing and celebrating the remarkable contributions of modern influencers and creators. This prestigious award serves as a testament to their talent, innovation, and dedication to shaping India's digital landscape. By fostering creativity, inspiring social change, and providing a platform for recognition, the National Creators Award paves the way for a brighter future, where the power of influence and creation is acknowledged and celebrated.



9. Which company has partnered with C-DAC for the production, marketing, and support of Thermal Cameras in India?

A.    Bharat Electronics Limited

B.    Prama India

C.   Tata Advanced Systems Limited

D.   Larsen & Toubro

Answer: Option B


The partnership between Prama India and C-DAC for the production, marketing, and support of Thermal Cameras in India marks a significant milestone in the country's technological advancement. With the localization of thermal camera technology, India's self-reliance objectives are further strengthened. This collaboration not only enhances India's security capabilities but also empowers diverse sectors with cutting-edge thermal imaging solutions. Prama India and C-DAC's joint efforts contribute to India's journey towards achieving technologic



10. Which Union territory is addressed by the three crucial bills passed by the Parliament regarding reservation and modification of Scheduled Tribes and Scheduled Castes lists?

A.    Ladakh

B.    Andaman and Nicobar Islands

C.   Jammu and Kashmir

D.   Puducherry

Answer: Option C


The three crucial bills passed by the Parliament regarding the reservation and modification of Scheduled Tribes and Scheduled Castes lists in Jammu and Kashmir hold immense significance for the marginalized communities in the Union territory. They aim to bridge reservation gaps, recognize historically excluded communities, and foster a more inclusive society. These bills serve as a beacon of hope, empowering the marginalized to shape their own destiny and participate fully in the development of Jammu and Kashmir.



11. Which country won the U19 World Cup 2024?

A.    Australia

B.    India

C.   Pakistan

D.   South Africa

Answer: Option A


Australia emerged triumphant in the U19 World Cup 2024 Final, defeating India by 79 runs. This victory not only showcased Australia's dominance in the tournament but also highlighted their depth of talent in the U19 cricket arena. Congratulations to the Australian team for their outstanding performance and their well-deserved fourth U19 World Cup title!



12. Where was the Underwater Harbour Defence and Surveillance System inaugurated?

A.    Goa

B.    Mumbai

C.   Lakshadweep

D.   Andaman and Nicobar

Answer: Option D


The inauguration of the Underwater Harbour Defence and Surveillance System in the captivating Andaman and Nicobar region marks a significant milestone in India's pursuit of maritime security. This advanced system, coupled with the strategic location of the archipelago, reinforces the nation's commitment to safeguarding its maritime interests. With enhanced surveillance capabilities and collaborative efforts, India stands poised to navigate the evolving dynamics of the maritime domain with confidence and strength.



13. When is World Unani Day celebrated annually?

A.    January 15

B.    March 20

C.   February 11

D.   April 25

Answer: Option C


World Unani Day is an annual celebration that honors the birth anniversary of Hakim Ajmal Khan and highlights the remarkable contributions of Unani medicine to global healthcare. This ancient healing system, with its holistic approach and natural remedies, continues to play a significant role in promoting well-being. By commemorating World Unani Day, we recognize the rich heritage of Unani medicine and its enduring impact on the world of healthcare.



14. When is the International Day for the Prevention of Violent Extremism and when is Conducive to Terrorism observed?

A.    January 15

B.    March 20

C.   April 25

D.   February 12

Answer: Option D


The International Day for the Prevention of Violent Extremism, observed on February 12th, plays a vital role in raising awareness, fostering international cooperation, and promoting peaceful alternatives to combat violent extremism. It serves as a reminder for us all to remain vigilant, engage in meaningful dialogue, and work together towards a safer and more harmonious world.



15. What is the interest rate set by EPFO on employees' provident fund (EPF) deposits for the fiscal year 2023-24?

A.    8.15%

B.    8.25%

C.   8.10%

D.   8.5%

Answer: Option B


The EPFO has set the interest rate on EPF deposits for the fiscal year 2023-24 at 8.25%, representing a three-year high. This decision, made by the Central Board of Trustees, aims to enhance the financial well-being of EPF contributors and provide them with a competitive return on investment. With this increased interest rate, individuals can look forward to a brighter financial future.



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