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March 19, 2024 Current Affairs

1. What is the focus of the Indian Army's specialized technology unit, Signals Technology Evaluation and Adaptation Group (STEAG)?

A.   Artificial Intelligence

B.   Machine Learning

C.   Communication Technologies

D.   Quantum Technologies

Answer: Option C


The Indian Army's Signals Technology Evaluation and Adaptation Group (STEAG) plays a pivotal role in driving advancements in communication technologies. Through their research, evaluation, and adaptation efforts, STEAG aims to equip the Indian Army with cutting-edge communication capabilities. From exploring next-generation networks like 5G and 6G to harnessing the power of AI, machine learning, and quantum technologies, STEAG is paving the way for the future of military communications.



2. Which country has signed a deal to purchase Indian-made Dornier aircraft with a loan from the Export-Import Bank of India?

A.   Guyana

B.   Suriname

C.   Trinidad and Tobago

D.   Jamaica

Answer: Option A


Guyana's decision to purchase Indian-made Dornier aircraft signifies a significant step towards enhancing its defense capabilities. The strategic partnership between Guyana and India, showcased through this deal, strengthens bilateral ties and reflects the growing presence of India in the Caribbean region's defense industry. As Guyana continues to develop its defense capabilities, this collaboration opens avenues for further cooperation and mutual growth.



3. Which organization has committed ₹100 crore to enhance cancer care through the National Cancer Grid?

A.   Federal Bank

B.   Axis Bank

C.   Oncology Research Institute

D.   Cancer Teleconsultation Network

Answer: Option B


Axis Bank's ₹100 crore commitment to enhance cancer care through the National Cancer Grid represents a significant milestone in the fight against cancer in India. This partnership exemplifies the power of collaboration, philanthropy, and innovation in addressing critical healthcare challenges. With Axis Bank's support, the National Cancer Grid can pave the way for groundbreaking research, innovative treatments, and improved access to quality care for cancer patients across the nation. This admirable initiative serves as an inspiration for other organizations to step forward and contribute to the advancement of cancer care in India.



4. Who has been awarded the prestigious Sangita Kalanidhi for 2024?

A.   Bhagavatula Seetharama Sarma

B.   Chengalpet Ranganathan

C.   Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer

D.   Thodur Madabusi Krishna

Answer: Option D


Thodur Madabusi Krishna's recognition as the recipient of the prestigious Sangita Kalanidhi for 2024 is a testament to his exceptional talent, relentless dedication, and profound impact on the world of Carnatic music. Through his soulful renditions, innovative compositions, and unwavering commitment to social causes, Krishna has carved a unique niche for himself in the realm of music. As we celebrate his achievements, let us continue to be inspired by his artistic brilliance and his unwavering commitment to using music as a catalyst for change.



5. Which country is participating in the joint military exercise "EX TIGER TRIUMPH – 24" with India?

A.   United Kingdom

B.   United States Of America

C.   Russia

D.   Japan

Answer: Option B


The joint military exercise "EX TIGER TRIUMPH – 24" involving the United States Of America and India marks a significant milestone in their defense cooperation. By working together and sharing knowledge, tactics, and resources, both nations aim to enhance their capabilities in humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations. Such exercises not only strengthen bilateral ties but also contribute to the overall stability and security of the region.



6. When is the International Day of Happiness celebrated?

A.   March 20

B.   April 15

C.   March 22

D.   June 5

Answer: Option A


The International Day of Happiness, celebrated on March 20th, serves as a reminder that happiness is a fundamental human right. By acknowledging the importance of happiness, both individually and collectively, we can work towards a more balanced and fulfilling life. Let us embrace this day as an opportunity to spread joy, prioritize well-being, and create a happier world for ourselves and those around us.



7. In which state has the Election Commission launched the "Mission 414" campaign to boost voter turnout?

A.   Gujarat

B.   Himachal Pradesh

C.   Rajasthan

D.   Uttar Pradesh

Answer: Option B


The "Mission 414" campaign launched by the Election Commission in Himachal Pradesh is a commendable effort to address the issue of low voter turnout. By specifically targeting polling stations with historically low participation, implementing various strategies, and engaging with the youth and women, the campaign strives to create a positive impact on voter participation. It is through such initiatives that the democratic fabric of our nation can be strengthened, ensuring that every citizen's voice is heard and their right to vote is exercised.



8. What celestial body is home to the Noctis Volcano, a colossal Martian landmark recently discovered by scientists?

A.   Earth

B.   Jupiter

C.   Venus

D.   Mars

Answer: Option D


The Noctis Volcano stands tall as a colossal Martian landmark that has captivated the scientific community and space enthusiasts alike. Its discovery has unraveled valuable insights into Mars' geological and potential biological past, making it a significant piece of the cosmic puzzle. As we continue to explore and unravel the mysteries of our universe, the Noctis Volcano serves as a symbol of the wonders that await us beyond our home planet.



9. What was the total gold reserve of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) after acquiring 8.7 tonnes in January?

A.   803.58 tonnes

B.   810.5 tonnes

C.   812.3 tonnes

D.   815.9 tonnes

Answer: Option C


The Reserve Bank of India's acquisition of 8.7 tonnes of gold in January has significantly boosted its total gold reserves to 812.3 tonnes. This strategic move emphasizes the RBI's commitment to diversify its foreign exchange reserves and mitigate risks associated with foreign currencies. With its growing gold holdings, the RBI is reinforcing its position as a key player in the global market and setting an example for other central banks. The decision to invest in gold reflects the RBI's prudent approach to safeguarding its assets and ensuring stability in an ever-changing economic landscape.



10. With which Sri Lankan beverage brand has Reliance Consumer Products partnered for beverage expansion in India?

A.   Elephant House

B.   Lion Brew

C.   Tiger Tea

D.   Panther Drink

Answer: Option A


The strategic partnership between Reliance Consumer Products and Elephant House marks a significant step forward in RCPL's beverage expansion plans. By joining forces, these two brands are poised to bring an exciting range of Elephant House beverages to the discerning Indian consumers. With a focus on quality, innovation, and consumer satisfaction, this collaboration is set to redefine the beverage landscape in India. Stay tuned for the launch of Elephant House beverages and get ready to indulge in a world of refreshing flavors.



11. Who has been appointed as the Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of Poonawalla Fincorp?

A.   Abhay Bhutada

B.   Adar Poonawalla

C.   Arvind Kapil

D.   Shaji Varghese

Answer: Option C


The appointment of Arvind Kapil as the Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of Poonawalla Fincorp marks a significant milestone for the company. With his vast experience and expertise, Kapil is well-equipped to lead the institution towards achieving its vision and goals. Poonawalla Fincorp's customers can look forward to innovative financial solutions and a customer-centric approach under Kapil's leadership.



12. Where is India's first Ayurvedic cafe located?

A.   Mumbai

B.   Delhi

C.   Kolkata

D.   Chennai

Answer: Option B


India's first Ayurvedic cafe, Soma-The Ayurvedic Kitchen, located in Delhi's Shalimar Bagh, is a true gem for both food enthusiasts and wellness seekers. By blending the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda with culinary excellence, this unique establishment offers a delightful and nourishing experience. Whether you are a local or a traveler, make sure to visit Soma-The Ayurvedic Kitchen to embark on a journey of flavors and well-being like no other.



13. What percentage of stake in Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) did Tata Sons announce to sell for over ₹9,300 crore?

A.   0.65%

B.   1.2%

C.   0.92%

D.   1.5%

Answer: Option A


The announcement of Tata Sons' sale of a 0.65% stake in Tata Consultancy Services for over ₹9,300 crore marks a strategic move to reduce debt and optimize Tata Sons' financial position. This decision underscores the significance of TCS within the Tata Group's asset portfolio and its contribution to dividend income. As Tata Sons proceeds with its debt reduction strategy, TCS is poised to maintain its strong market position and continue its remarkable growth journey.



14. When does the United Nations celebrate French Language Day?

A.   January 1

B.   February 14

C.   June 5

D.   March 20

Answer: Option D


French Language Day on March 20th serves as a powerful reminder of the value of linguistic diversity and cultural heritage. By celebrating the French language, the United Nations promotes multilingualism, cultural understanding, and global cooperation. Let us embrace the beauty of languages, including French, and work together to create a more inclusive and interconnected world.



15. Who has been appointed as India's next Ambassador to Russia?

A.   Narendra Singh

B.   Rahul Sharma

C.   Vinay Kumar

D.   Sanjeev Gupta

Answer: Option C


Vinay Kumar's appointment as India's next Ambassador to Russia marks a significant milestone in the bilateral relationship between the two nations. His extensive experience, diplomatic skills, and deep understanding of international affairs make him a valuable asset in further strengthening the strategic partnership between India and Russia. With a focus on defense cooperation, economic ties, and overall bilateral engagement, Kumar's tenure promises to be instrumental in taking the India-Russia relationship to new heights.



16.Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD), recently seen in the news, is related to which one of the following?

A. Viral disease of livestock

B. Bacterial disease of livestock

C. Fungus disease of Birds

D. Plant disease

Answer: Optionr: A


foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) is a highly contagious viral disease that affects livestock, causing significant health issues and economic losses. Its ability to spread rapidly among animals and the potential for trade restrictions make FMD a serious concern for the livestock industry. Through proactive prevention and control measures, we can mitigate the impact of FMD and safeguard the health and productivity of our livestock. Stay informed, stay vigilant, and let's work together to combat this viral threat.


17.Exercise “LAMITIYE, recently seen in the news, is conducted between which two countries?

A. India and Japan

B. India and Australia

C. India and Egypt

D. India and Seychelles

Answer: Option: D


The joint military exercise LAMITIYE between India and Seychelles is a testament to the strong bilateral ties and mutual cooperation between the two nations. Through this exercise, both countries aim to enhance interoperability, exchange tactical expertise, and strengthen their respective armed forces. LAMITIYE holds broader implications for regional security and stability, emphasizing the commitment of India and Seychelles towards fostering friendship and cooperation.


18.Recently, which state government has agreed to implement the PM SHRI Schools scheme by signing an MoU with the Ministry of Education?

A. Maharashtra

B. Tamil Nadu

C. Uttar Pradesh

D. Gujarat

Answer: Option: B


The Tamil Nadu government's decision to implement the PM SHRI scheme marks a significant milestone in the state's educational journey. By upgrading government schools into model schools, Tamil Nadu aims to provide its students with the best possible learning opportunities and contribute to the larger vision of a reformed education system outlined in the NEP 2020.


19.Bugun Liocichla, recently seen in the news, belongs to which one of the following species?

A. Spider

B. Fish

C. Bird

D. Butterfly

Answer: Option: C


The Bugun Liocichla is a captivating bird that holds immense significance in the biodiversity-rich Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary. Its discovery, coupled with its critical endangerment, emphasizes the importance of conservation and the need to protect our natural heritage. Through collaborative efforts, such as the involvement of the Arunachal Bugun Tribe, we can strive to preserve the Bugun Liocichla's habitat and ensure the survival of this remarkable bird for generations to come. Let us cherish and safeguard the Bugun Liocichla, a true gem in the avian world.


20.Tamilisai Soundararajan, who announced her resignation recently, was the governor of which state?

A. Karnataka

B. Kerala

C. Telangana

D. Odisha

Answer: Option: C


The resignation of Tamilisai Soundararajan, the Governor of a state, has undoubtedly stirred the political landscape. While the exact reasons behind her decision remain speculative, the desire to serve the public directly and the possibility of contesting Lok Sabha elections have been cited as key factors. As we await further developments, it is crucial to keep a close eye on the unfolding events and their potential implications for the state and national politics.


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