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January 15, 2024 Current Affairs

1. Which missile system was flagged off for delivery to the Indian Air Force?

A.   BrahMos

B.   Agni

C.   Astra

D.   Nirbhay

Answer: Option C


The flagging off of the Astra air-to-air missiles marks a momentous occasion for the Indian Air Force and the nation as a whole. This indigenous missile system, developed by DRDO and manufactured by Bharat Dynamics Limited, represents a giant leap towards self-reliance in cutting-edge defence technology. With its remarkable beyond visual range capability and advanced features, the Astra Missile strengthens India's defence capabilities and underscores its commitment to safeguarding national security.



2. Which species, assessed for the first time on the IUCN Red List on January 15, 2024, is categorized as "Vulnerable" due to an estimated population of 2,275-3,792 mature adults facing ongoing decline?

A.   Snow Leopard

B.   Himalayan Wolf

C.   Red Panda

D.   Bengal Tiger

Answer: Option B


The newly assessed "Vulnerable" status of the Himalayan Wolf on the IUCN Red List serves as a stark reminder of the urgent need for conservation. With its population facing ongoing decline and numerous threats to its survival, concerted efforts are essential to ensure the future of this remarkable species. By understanding its unique traits, addressing the challenges it confronts, and actively participating in conservation initiatives, we can strive towards a world where the Himalayan Wolf thrives alongside us, a testament to the power of conservation and coexistence.



3. In the recent allocation of ₹540 crore for pucca homes under the PMAY-G, who is the primary beneficiary group?

A.   Tribal Group

B.   Urban Dwellers

C.   Farmers

D.   Government Employees

Answer: Option A


the recent allocation of ₹540 crore under PMAY-G is primarily targeted towards uplifting Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups (PVTGs). By providing pucca homes and facilitating comprehensive development, the government aims to address the housing and developmental needs of these marginalized communities. This initiative not only aims to improve their living conditions but also promotes inclusive growth and fosters the overall progress of our nation.



4. In which country is the location of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) project?

A.   USA

B.   Japan

C.   China

D.   India

Answer: Option A


The Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) project stands as a testament to human curiosity and the relentless pursuit of scientific knowledge. Situated on the breathtaking Mauna Kea in Hawaii, USA, this remarkable observatory showcases the power of global collaboration. With its groundbreaking technologies and unrivaled capabilities, the TMT is set to unlock the secrets of the universe and inspire future generations of astronomers and scientists.



5. Which state secured the overall championship in the inaugural Diu Beach Games 2024?

A.   Goa

B.   Gujarat

C.   Madhya Pradesh

D.   Kerala

Answer: Option C


The inaugural Diu Beach Games 2024 witnessed Madhya Pradesh emerging as the overall champion, solidifying their reputation as a force to be reckoned with in the sporting arena. Their remarkable talent, resilience, and dedication were on full display throughout the competition, showcasing their ability to excel even in beach games despite being a landlocked state. Madhya Pradesh's triumph at the Diu Beach Games serves as an inspiration for athletes and sports enthusiasts across the nation, reminding us that passion and determination can overcome any challenge and lead to extraordinary achievements.



6. Which state is home to Pench Tiger Reserve, marked as India's first Dark Sky Park and the fifth in Asia?

A.   Maharashtra

B.   Madhya Pradesh

C.   Karnataka

D.   Rajasthan

Answer: Option A


Pench Tiger Reserve's transformation into India's first Dark Sky Park is a testament to the dedication and vision of those committed to preserving our planet's treasures. By embracing the importance of dark skies and implementing measures to mitigate light pollution, Pench Tiger Reserve has taken a significant step towards safeguarding the night sky for generations to come. As we celebrate this achievement, let us continue to cherish and protect the wonders that nature bestows upon us.



7. On which date is Indian Army Day celebrated every year?

A.   January 14

B.   January 15

C.   February 1

D.   March 10

Answer: Option B


Indian Army Day, observed on January 15 each year, is a momentous occasion to honor the valor and dedication of our soldiers. It commemorates the historic appointment of General K.M. Cariappa as the first Indian chief of the Indian Army, symbolizing our country's journey towards independence and self-reliance. As we celebrate Indian Army Day, let us express our gratitude to the brave men and women who serve in the Indian Army, protecting our nation with their unwavering commitment and sacrifice.



8. In which city was the 25T Bollard Pull Tug named 'Bhishm' launched, as part of the "Make in India" initiative?

A.   Mumbai

B.   Kochi

C.   Kolkata

D.   Visakhapatnam

Answer: Option C


The launch of the 25T Bollard Pull Tug named 'Bhishm' in Kolkata marks a momentous achievement for the "Make in India" initiative. Constructed at Titagarh Rail Systems, these tugs exemplify India's prowess in shipbuilding and its commitment to naval modernization. With their versatile capabilities and adherence to stringent standards, these tugs are set to empower naval operations and contribute to India's journey towards becoming a self-reliant nation.



9. Which country is set to become the world's largest producer of lentils during the 2023-24 crop years?

A.   Australia

B.   Russia

C.   Cannada

D.   India

Answer: Option D


India is on track to become the world's largest producer of lentils in the 2023-24 crop years. With its vast agricultural resources, favorable climatic conditions, and a dedicated farming community, India has showcased its potential to dominate the lentil market. As the demand for lentils continues to soar, India's expanding cultivation and significant contribution to global lentil production position it as the frontrunner in this race



10. Which city's Lieutenant Governor approved 24x7 operations for 32 establishments?

A.   Andaman and Nicobar Island

B.   Puducherry

C.   Ladakh

D.   Delhi

Answer: Option D


Delhi's Lieutenant Governor VK Saxena's approval of 24x7 operations for 32 establishments showcases the city's commitment to economic dynamism. This decision not only promotes business growth and job creation but also emphasizes the importance of ensuring the safety and empowerment of employees, especially women. With the implementation of strict safety measures and a focus on inclusivity, Delhi is paving the way for a more vibrant and progressive business environment.



11. Which National Highway witnessed the inauguration of the first steel slag road, converting steel industry waste into a resource for construction?

A.   NH-44 Delhi-Jaipur

B.   NH-66 Mumbai-Goa

C.   NH-30 Kolkata-Patna

D.   NH-22 Chandigarh-Manali

Answer: Option B


The inauguration of the first steel slag road on NH-66 Mumbai-Goa marks a groundbreaking achievement in the field of sustainable infrastructure development. By effectively converting steel industry waste into a valuable resource for road construction, this project showcases the potential for transforming environmental challenges into opportunities. With NHAI's commitment to enhancing infrastructure sustainability, this initiative sets a remarkable precedent for future eco-friendly and robust national highway projects. The success of the steel slag road on NH-66 Mumbai-Goa not only demonstrates the power of innovation but also serves as an inspiration for sustainable practices in the infrastructure sector.



12. Where is the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting scheduled to take place in 2024?

A.   Davos

B.   Geneva

C.   Zurich

D.   Basel

Answer: Option A


The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in 2024 is set to take place in the iconic town of Davos, Switzerland. As leaders and experts gather in this breathtaking location, they will engage in thought-provoking discussions on rebuilding trust and tackling pressing global issues. This event serves as a catalyst for change and collaboration, fostering a collective effort towards building a more sustainable and inclusive future.



13. Under the Sadbhavana scheme, which village in the Poonch district has been adopted by the Army as a model village?

A.   Balakote

B.   Pir Panjal

C.   Datote

D.   Topa Pir

Answer: Option D


The Army's adoption of Topa Pir village as a model village under the Sadbhavana scheme signifies a significant step towards rebuilding trust and fostering positive relations. This initiative not only aims to address the aftermath of the December 2023 incident but also serves as a beacon of hope for the entire region. By working hand in hand with the local population, the Army strives to create a harmonious and prosperous future for Topa Pir village and beyond.



14. Who has been elected as the president in Taiwan's historic election?

A.   Hou Yu-ih

B.   William Lai Ching-te

C.   Han Kuo-yu

D.   Ko Wen-je

Answer: Option B


Taiwan's historic election has resulted in William Lai Ching-te's victory as the country's president. Lai's win marks a significant moment in Taiwan's political landscape, as he secures an unprecedented third term for the DPP. With his pro-sovereignty stance and emphasis on progressive policies, Lai's presidency is expected to shape Taiwan's future trajectory and its relationship with neighboring countries. As the nation moves forward, it will be interesting to observe the implementation of Lai's agenda and the impact it will have on Taiwan's domestic and international affairs.



15. Which country has formally requested India to withdraw military personnel by March 15, 2024?

A.   China

B.   India

C.   Maldives

D.   Pakistan

Answer: Option C


Maldivian President Mohamed Muizzu's formal request for India's troop withdrawal by March 15, 2024, along with his pro-China stance, indicates a potential shift in the Maldives' foreign policy. This development raises concerns in India and prompts a reassessment of the bilateral relations between the two nations. As the situation unfolds, it will be crucial to observe how India and the Maldives navigate these challenges and work towards maintaining stability and cooperation in the region.



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