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July 18, 2023 Current Affairs

1. With which country did Pakistan agree to work together to stop border attacks by militants?

A.    Iraq

B.    Japan

C.    Iran

D.    Nepal

Answer: Option


The agreement between Pakistan and Iran to intensify cooperation and intelligence sharing marks a significant step forward in combating border attacks by militants. This collaboration holds the potential to enhance security, foster regional stability, and establish a framework for broader regional cooperation. By joining forces, Pakistan and Iran are sending a clear message that they stand united against terrorism and are committed to protecting their shared border and the well-being of their citizens.



2. Which Minister launched the sale of subsidized Chana Dal at Rs 60 per kg under the 'Bharat Dal' brand?

A.    Piyush Goyal

B.    Amit Shah

C.    Rajnath Singh

D.    Nitin Gadkari

Answer: Option (A)


The launch of Bharat Dal, spearheaded by Union Food and Consumer Affairs Minister Piyush Goyal, marks a significant milestone in addressing the issue of food affordability and accessibility. By making chana dal available at Rs 60 per kg, this initiative has the potential to positively impact millions of households across the country. It not only empowers consumers by providing them with an affordable source of nutrition but also strengthens the pulse supply chain, ensuring a sustainable and inclusive food ecosystem. With Bharat Dal, the government has taken a commendable step towards building a healthier and more prosperous nation.



3. Where is India Mobile Congress 2023 scheduled to be held?

A.    Chhatrasal Stadium

B.    Arun Jaitley Stadium

C.    Indira Gandhi Stadium

D.    Pragati Maidan

Answer: Option (D)


Pragati Maidan in New Delhi has been chosen as the prestigious venue for India Mobile Congress 2023. This eagerly anticipated event will showcase the latest advancements in digital technology, bringing together industry leaders, innovators, and enthusiasts from across Asia. Don't miss out on this extraordinary opportunity to witness the digital future unfold at IMC 2023!



4. How many crores of people were lifted out of poverty in the 5 years between 2015-16 and 2019-21?

A.    10 crore

B.    11 crore

C.    12 crore

D.    13 crore

Answer: Option (D)


The journey of over 13 crore people out of poverty in the five-year period between 2015-16 and 2019-21 is a testament to the collective efforts made by the government, organizations, and individuals. The decline in multidimensional poverty and the improvement in various aspects of well-being reflect the transformative impact of targeted interventions and inclusive policies. Although there is still work to be done, this remarkable achievement gives hope for a future where poverty becomes a thing of the past.



5. RBI is to issue an SOP for banks to help expedite rupee trade. What is the full form of SOP?

A.    Standard Operating Procedure

B.    Standard Operating Process

C.    Standard Operational Practice

D.    Standard Operational Proof

Answer: Option (A)


The RBI's decision to introduce an SOP for banks to expedite rupee trade showcases their commitment to addressing exporter challenges and promoting efficiency in the financial sector. SOPs, as powerful tools for standardization and streamlining, have the potential to revolutionize operational processes across various industries. As we embrace the era of SOPs, let us look forward to a future where precision and effectiveness become the norm.



6. In which month of 2023 were more than 20 lakh new employees enrolled in the ESI Scheme?

A.    March

B.    April

C.    May

D.    June

Answer: Option (C)


the month of May 2023 witnessed a staggering enrollment of more than 20 lakh new employees in the ESI Scheme, as per the provisional payroll data shared by the ESIC. This surge highlights the importance of social security measures for workers and their families. As we reflect on this significant milestone, it is crucial to recognize the role of the ESI Scheme in providing a safety net to employees across various sectors.



7. How many crores of contract did Ashok Leyland bag from the Indian Army?

A.    600 crore

B.    700 crore

C.    800 crore

D.    900 crore

Answer: Option (C)


Ashok Leyland's triumph in bagging an Rs 800 crore contract from the Indian Army underscores its prowess in the defense manufacturing sector. This significant achievement not only strengthens the company's position in the market but also reaffirms its commitment to supporting the country's defense needs. As Ashok Leyland continues to innovate and deliver top-notch specialized vehicles, it contributes to the nation's security and reinforces the potential of indigenous manufacturing in the defense industry.



8. Dubai recorded a 23% rise in visitor arrivals from which country?

A.    India

B.    Canada

C.    Greece

D.    Siberia

Answer: Option (A)


Dubai's tourism industry continues to thrive, with visitor arrivals from India experiencing an impressive 23% rise between January and May compared to 2019. The allure of Dubai's attractions, coupled with strategic efforts to attract Indian travelers, has resulted in a mutually beneficial relationship. As the bond between India and Dubai strengthens, we can expect to see even greater numbers of Indian tourists flocking to this mesmerizing city in the future.



9. In which city of Maharashtra was the PM Mega Integrated Textile Regions and Apparel Park (PM MITRA Park) launched?

A.    Mumbai

B.    Chennai

C.    Amravati

D.    Bangalore

Answer: Option (C)


The launch of PM Mega Integrated Textile Regions and Apparel Park (PM MITRA Park) in Amravati, Maharashtra marks a significant milestone in the development of the textile industry. With its comprehensive infrastructure, forward-thinking approach, and commitment to innovation, this park is poised to transform the textile landscape in Maharashtra. As the project takes shape, we can anticipate a surge in investments, employment opportunities, and overall growth in the textile sector. Maharashtra's journey towards becoming a textile powerhouse has just begun, and PM MITRA Park is set to play a pivotal role in this remarkable transformation.


10. Over 1.40 Lakh kg of narcotics worth how many crores were destroyed in different parts of the country?

A.   2,562 crore

B.   2,279 crore

C.   2,378 crore

D.   2,456 crore

Answer: Option (C)


The destruction of over 1.40 Lakh kg of narcotics valued at 2,378 Crore rupees is an extraordinary achievement. Through a collaborative effort, law enforcement agencies have struck a severe blow to drug traffickers, signaling their unwavering commitment to combat the drug menace. This operation serves as a reminder that we must remain vigilant in our fight against narcotics and continue to support initiatives that promote a drug-free society.



11. Which country officially became the 51st country to accede to ASEAN’s Treaty of Amity and Cooperation (TAC)?

A.   Saudi Arabia

B.   Oman

C.   Fiji

D.   Bhutan

Answer: Option (A)


 Saudi Arabia's accession to the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation marks a significant milestone in ASEAN's history. The decision reflects Saudi Arabia's commitment to regional cooperation, peace, and stability. As Saudi Arabia joins the ASEAN community, it opens up new possibilities for economic collaboration, political engagement, and cultural exchange. This development reinforces the importance of multilateralism and collective efforts in addressing regional challenges and promoting a harmonious future.



12. Which country recently handed over 105 antiquities to India?

A.   USA

B.   Bhutan

C.   China

D.   Cuba

Answer: Option (A)


The return of 105 trafficked antiquities to India is a triumph that reminds us of the importance of safeguarding our cultural heritage. It serves as a poignant reminder that our collective history should never be subjected to exploitation and greed. Let this event inspire nations across the globe to come together, collaborate, and take decisive actions to preserve our shared legacy for generations to come.



13. Oommen Chandy, who passed away recently, was the chief minister of which state?

A.   Bihar

B.   Kerala

C.   Odisha

D.   Assam

Answer: Option (B)


In the wake of Oommen Chandy's passing, Kerala mourns the loss of a visionary leader and statesman. His contributions to the state's development, governance, and politics will forever be remembered. Oommen Chandy's legacy serves as an inspiration to the next generation of leaders, urging them to work tirelessly for the betterment of society. As we bid farewell to this remarkable individual, let us celebrate his life, his achievements, and the profound impact he had on the state of Kerala.



14. "Security Bond 2023" is a joint naval exercise involving China and which country?

A.   South Korea

B.   Philippines

C.   Japan

D.   Russia

Answer: Option (D)


The joint naval exercise "Security Bond 2023" involving China and Russia, with the participation of Iran, plays a vital role in safeguarding critical maritime routes. With its focus on enhancing coordination, capabilities, and cooperation, Security Bond 2023 aims to tackle maritime security challenges effectively. This exercise not only strengthens the partnerships among the participating nations but also contributes to regional stability and the overall security of vital sea routes.



15. Which bank has recently entered the $100 billion market-cap club and become the world’s 7th largest lender?



C.   SBI

D.   BOB

Answer: Option (A)


HDFC Bank's entry into the $100 billion market-cap club is a remarkable achievement that highlights its position as one of the world's leading lenders. With its strong financial performance, customer-centric approach, and forward-thinking strategies, HDFC Bank has proven itself as a force to be reckoned with in the banking industry. As the bank continues to pave its path of success, it will undoubtedly inspire and motivate other players in the market to strive for excellence and reach new heights.



16. In which city was the Yuva Tourism Club launched?

A.   Bijari

B.   Bolung

C.   Dambuk

D.   Itanagar

Answer: Option (D)


the launch of the Yuva Tourism Club in Itanagar marks a significant milestone in the city's tourism landscape. With its objectives centered around promoting tourism, empowering the youth, and fostering collaborations, this club is poised to play a pivotal role in shaping the future of Itanagar's tourism sector. As the club continues to grow and inspire, it holds the potential to position Itanagar as a captivating destination for travelers seeking unique experiences amidst the mesmerizing beauty of Arunachal Pradesh.



17. The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) recently celebrated its __________ Foundation and Technology Day at the National Agriculture Science Complex in Pusa, New Delhi.

A.   93rd

B.   95th

C.   97th

D.   99th

Answer: Option (B)


 ICAR's 95th Foundation and Technology Day marks a significant milestone in the journey of Indian agriculture. With its rich legacy of innovation, emphasis on technology adoption, collaborative research efforts, and commitment to sustainability, ICAR continues to play a vital role in shaping the future of agriculture in the country. As we look ahead, it is imperative to recognize the critical role of organizations like ICAR in driving agricultural excellence and transforming the lives of farmers.



18. On which date did the National Zoological Park, New Delhi (Delhi Zoo) celebrate World Snake Day?

A.   July 14

B.   July 15

C.   July 16

D.   July 17

Answer: Option (C)


World Snake Day at Delhi Zoo was a remarkable celebration of these fascinating reptiles. By raising awareness, dispelling myths, and showcasing conservation efforts, the event aimed to change perceptions and foster a sense of responsibility towards snake conservation. It is through such initiatives that we can ensure the protection and preservation of snakes, ultimately benefiting our environment and our own well-being.




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