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January 19, 2024 Current Affairs

1. Where was India's first Graphene Centre and Centre of Excellence (CoE) in IoT Sensors inaugurated?

A.   Mumbai

B.   Bengaluru

C.   Kerala

D.   Delhi

Answer: Option C


The inauguration of the India Innovation Centre for Graphene and the Centre of Excellence in Intelligent IoT Sensors marks a significant milestone in India's journey towards technological supremacy. With a focus on cutting-edge research and innovation, these centres hold the promise of unlocking new possibilities and driving India's growth in the domains of graphene and IoT sensor technologies. As India propels forward on its path of technological advancement, the IICG and CoE stand as beacons of inspiration, fostering a culture of innovation and positioning the nation at the forefront of global technological leadership.



2. In which Indian state did the traditional buffalo fights, known as Moh-Juj, make a comeback after a hiatus of nine years, during the Magh Bihu festival in mid-January 2024?

A.   Karnataka

B.   Punjab

C.   Odisha

D.   Assam

Answer: Option D


Assam's Magh Bihu festival witnessed the long-awaited return of Moh-Juj, the traditional buffalo fights. This revival signifies the importance of preserving cultural heritage while also ensuring animal welfare. The Assam Government's meticulous planning, in collaboration with cultural enthusiasts, has struck a delicate balance, allowing the people of Assam to celebrate their traditions with pride. The resurgence of Moh-Juj not only rekindles the spirit of bravery and valor but also unifies communities, fostering a sense of togetherness in the vibrant state of Assam.



3. Who recently became the first Indian since 1989 to defeat a seeded player at a Grand Slam?

A.   Sumit Nagal

B.   Ramesh Krishnan

C.   Mukund Sasikumar

D.   Manish Sureshkumar

Answer: Option A


Sumit Nagal's triumph at the Australian Open serves as a testament to the power of dedication and perseverance in the face of adversity. His victory not only broke a long-standing record but also ignited a renewed passion for tennis in India. As we celebrate Nagal's accomplishment, we eagerly anticipate the next chapter of his remarkable journey and the impact he will continue to make on the global tennis stage.



4. In which city is the world's tallest statue of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, named the 'Statue of Social Justice,' set to be unveiled?

A.   Vijayawada

B.   Hyderabad

C.   Chennai

D.   Bengaluru

Answer: Option A


The 'Statue of Social Justice' in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, is poised to become a global symbol of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar's indomitable spirit and his quest for a just society. As its towering presence casts a shadow of inspiration, let us remember the words of Dr. Ambedkar, "I measure the progress of a community by the degree of progress which women have achieved." The statue stands tall, urging us to strive for social equality, inclusivity, and the realization of Dr. Ambedkar's vision.



5. Which digital payment platform app has partnered with NPCI to extend UPI payments globally?

A.   Paytm

B.   Google Pay

C.   PhonePe

D.   Amazon Pay

Answer: Option B


the partnership between Google Pay and NPCI International Payments Ltd (NIPL) marks a significant milestone in the global expansion of UPI payments. With this collaboration, Indian travellers can experience the convenience and security of UPI transactions through Google Pay while abroad. This initiative not only streamlines payment processes but also promotes the adoption of digital payment systems on a global scale. As Google Pay continues to innovate and collaborate, it reinforces its position as a leading player in the digital payment ecosystem.



6. Who is set to receive the 'Assam Baibhav' award, Assam's highest civilian honor, on February 10th, for significant contributions to the field of justice and jurisprudence?

A.   Ranjan Gogoi

B.   Sharad Arvind Bobde

C.   N. V. Ramana

D.   Uday Umesh Lalit

Answer: Option A


In recognition of his exceptional contributions to justice and jurisprudence, Ranjan Gogoi will be honored with the 'Assam Baibhav' award on February 10th. His transformative reforms, unwavering commitment to upholding the integrity of the judiciary, and lasting impact on the Indian legal system make him a deserving recipient of this prestigious accolade. Ranjan Gogoi's legacy serves as an inspiration for future generations, reinforcing the importance of a just and fair society.



7. Which bank has launched a mobile banking app called ‘Money2India (Canada)’ to facilitate 24/7 fund transfers to India?

A.   HDFC Bank

B.   Axis Bank

C.   State Bank of India

D.   ICICI Bank

Answer: Option D


ICICI Bank's 'Money2India (Canada)' mobile banking app has revolutionized the way Canadian customers send money to India. Its unique features, seamless transactions, and focus on customer convenience set it apart from its competitors. With this app, ICICI Bank has once again demonstrated its commitment to innovation and customer-centric solutions. So, if you're a Canadian customer looking for a reliable and user-friendly platform for fund transfers to India, look no further than the 'Money2India (Canada)' app by ICICI Bank.



8. In 2023, which company claimed the top spot as the best-selling smartphone series, surpassing Samsung for the first time since 2010?

A.   Samsung

B.   Apple

C.   Xiaomi

D.   Vivo

Answer: Option B


the year 2023 marked a significant milestone in the smartphone industry as Apple's iPhone claimed the coveted title of the best-selling smartphone series, surpassing Samsung for the first time since 2010. This achievement was fueled by Apple's aggressive offers, unwavering focus on premium devices, and the unwavering loyalty of its customer base. As the smartphone market continues to evolve, it will be fascinating to see how these dynamics shift and who will emerge as the next frontrunner.



9. Which country recently conducted a test of its underwater nuclear weapons system?

A.   China

B.   Russia

C.   Iran

D.   North Korea

Answer: Option D


North Korea's recent test of its underwater nuclear weapons system, Haeil-5-23, serves as a stark reminder of the country's determination to strengthen its military capabilities. The provocative timing of the test underscores the regime's discontent with regional military exercises, showcasing its defiance in the face of perceived threats. As the world watches these developments closely, it is crucial for international actors to navigate this delicate situation with caution, prioritizing diplomacy and peaceful resolutions. Only through collective efforts can we hope to maintain stability and security in the region and beyond.



10. Where did the Prime Minister inaugurate Boeing's global engineering and technology centre campus?

A.   Mumbai

B.   Chennai

C.   Kochi

D.   Bengaluru

Answer: Option D


The inauguration of Boeing's global engineering and technology centre campus in Bengaluru marks a significant milestone for the Indian aerospace industry. This investment showcases the country's capabilities in engineering and technology, attracting global attention and fostering collaborations. The establishment of this state-of-the-art facility will undoubtedly contribute to the growth and development of the Indian aerospace sector, creating new opportunities and driving innovation.



11. Which state in India celebrates Kokborok Day as a significant cultural event?

A.   Tripura

B.   Assam

C.   Manipur

D.   Mizoram

Answer: Option A


Kokborok Day is a joyous celebration that honors the linguistic heritage of a particular state in India. Through its recognition as an official language, this day serves as a reminder of the cultural diversity and linguistic richness that exists within the region. By celebrating Kokborok Day, the state pays homage to its indigenous communities and their valuable contributions to the fabric of Indian culture.



12. Which Indian bank is actively pursuing expansion into Singapore by applying for a banking license?

A.   ICICI Bank

B.   Axis Bank

C.   HDFC Bank

D.   IndusInd Bank

Answer: Option C


HDFC Bank's decision to pursue expansion into Singapore through the application for a banking license reflects its ambition to establish a global footprint. By venturing into the thriving financial hub of Singapore, HDFC Bank aims to leverage the immense growth potential offered by the city-state. The strategic move not only signifies the bank's commitment to innovation and customer-centricity but also holds the promise of fostering healthy competition and driving industry-wide transformation. As HDFC Bank awaits the outcome of its application, all eyes are on the potential impact it will have on the banking industry in Singapore and beyond.



13. In collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), which government has launched the initiative of establishing "green rooms" in Ukraine for effective communication between law enforcement officers and child survivors or witnesses of crime?

A.   Sweden

B.   Denmark

C.   Norway

D.   Finland

Answer: Option B


Denmark's green rooms initiative in Ukraine represents a remarkable step forward in supporting child survivors or witnesses of crime. By prioritizing the well-being and rights of these children, the initiative aims to create a safe and empowering environment for effective communication with law enforcement officers. Through collaboration and innovative approaches like the green rooms, we can continue to enhance the protection and support for child survivors worldwide.



14. Who has been appointed as the Director General of Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB)?

A.   Imtiaz Ismail Parray

B.   V.K. Singh

C.   Daljit Singh Chaudhary

D.   Archana Ramasundram

Answer: Option C


Daljit Singh Chaudhary's appointment as the Director General of Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) marks a significant milestone for the organization. With his extensive experience and leadership qualities, Chaudhary is poised to lead SSB towards greater heights, ensuring the safety and security of our borders. We wish him all the best in his new role.



15. Which exchange retained its position as the world's largest exchange in 2023, particularly in the global derivative exchange?

A.   Bombay Stock Exchange

B.   National Stock Exchange

C.   New York Stock Exchange

D.   London Stock Exchange

Answer: Option B


the National Stock Exchange (NSE) has emerged victorious once again, retaining its position as the world's largest exchange in the global derivative market for the fifth consecutive year in 2023. With its robust infrastructure, innovative approach, and investor-friendly initiatives, the NSE has solidified its standing as a powerhouse in the financial world. As we move forward, it will be exciting to witness how the NSE continues to shape the global derivative market and cement its position as a leader in the industry.



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