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May 14, 2023 Current Affairs

1. Which European country has recently given legal recognition to euthanasia?

A.   France

B.   Singapore

C.   Portugal

D.   Cuba

Answer: Option (C)

Explanation:

In recent times, one European country has made headlines with its groundbreaking decision on euthanasia. Portugal, a nation known for its rich history and cultural heritage, has taken a significant step forward by granting legal recognition to euthanasia.


 

2. Which bank, in partnership with NeSL, has launched Electronic Bank Guarantee on its Digital Platform?

A.   Canara Bank

B.   UCO Bank

C.   Bank of Baroda

D.   Panjab National Bank

Answer: Option (C)

Explanation:

In a groundbreaking move, Bank of Baroda has partnered with National E-Governance Services Limited (NeSL) to introduce the Electronic Bank Guarantee (e-BG) on its digital platform. This innovative offering is set to transform the traditional process of issuing Bank Guarantees by leveraging technology and streamlining operations. Let's delve deeper into this exciting development.


 

3. In which country is the first ministerial meeting of the India-EU Trade and Technology Council scheduled to be held?

A.   France

B.   Belgium

C.   Germany

D.   India

Answer: Option (B)

Explanation:

The first ministerial meeting of the India-EU Trade and Technology Council is a pivotal moment for shaping future collaborations between these two influential entities. As Belgium takes the stage as the host country, we can expect fruitful discussions, innovative solutions, and strengthened ties between India and the European Union. This meeting sets the foundation for further advancements in trade, technology, and mutual cooperation.


 

4. By which month of the year has RBI instructed banks to end reliance on LIBOR and adopt an alternative reference rate?

A.   July 2023

B.   May 2023

C.   August 2023

D.   June 2023

Answer: Option (A)

Explanation:

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has set a clear directive for financial institutions and banks to move away from the controversial London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) and Mumbai Interbank Forward Outright Rate (MIFOR).


 

5. The recently launched 'Meri LiFE' app in India is based on which of the following concepts?

A.   Saving the environment

B.   Saving energy

C.   Protecting forests

D.   Reducing emissions

Answer: Option (A)

Explanation:

In a world facing pressing environmental challenges, innovative solutions are crucial for creating a sustainable future. One such solution is the recently launched 'Meri LiFE' app in India.


 

6. What is the amount to which the wholesale price index of India dropped in the month of April 2023, following a downward trend?

A.   -0.90%

B.   -0.92%

C.   -0.94%

D.   -0.96%

Answer: Option (B)

Explanation:

The wholesale price index in India experienced a substantial drop of -0.92% in April 2023. This downward trend carries implications for various sectors of the economy, highlighting the need for careful analysis and monitoring. As economists continue to observe and interpret the WPI, it will serve as a vital tool in understanding inflationary pressures and shaping future economic policies.


 

7. Praveen Sood, who has been appointed as the next Director of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), currently serves as the Director General of Police (DGP) of which state?

A.   Gujarat

B.   Rajasthan

C.   Assam

D.   Karnataka

Answer: Option (D)

Explanation:

In a recent development, Praveen Sood, the current Director General of Police in Karnataka, has been appointed as the next director of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). This appointment marks a significant milestone in his career, showcasing his expertise and dedication to upholding the law and maintaining justice. Let's delve into the journey of Praveen Sood and explore his achievements and contributions.


 

8. Which of the following temples, built by Pandavas, was declared a national monument?

A.   Yamunotri Temple

B.   Badrinath Temple

C.   Kedarnath Temple

D.   Tungnath Temple

Answer: Option (D)

Explanation:

Tucked away in the scenic Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand, Tungnath Temple stands as a majestic testament to faith and architectural brilliance. Among the five Panch Kedar temples, Tungnath holds a special place not only for its spiritual significance but also for its remarkable elevation.


 

9. Which country launched projects to build a new-era marriage and childbearing culture?

A.   Bhutan

B.   China

C.   Norway

D.   Egypt

Answer: Option (B)

Explanation:

Introduction:

In recent years, China has been facing a declining birth rate, prompting authorities to take proactive measures to address this issue. As part of their efforts, China has announced the launch of pilot projects in over 20 cities aimed at cultivating a "new-era" marriage and childbearing culture. This bold initiative seeks to create a friendly environment that encourages couples to embrace the joy of parenthood.


 

10. With which country is India conducting the bilateral exercise 'Samudra Shakti-23'?

A.   Iran

B.   Indonesia

C.   Oman

D.   Malaysia

Answer: Option (B)

Explanation:

In the realm of international military collaborations, bilateral exercises play a crucial role in strengthening ties between nations. One such notable exercise is 'Samudra Shakti-23', where India engages with a partner country to enhance maritime cooperation and interoperability.


 

11. Which state handed over 2 lakh acres of British-era 'dotted land' to state farmers?

A.   Maharashtra

B.   Arunachal Pradesh

C.   Uttarakhand

D.   Andhra Pradesh

Answer: Option (D)

Explanation:

In a groundbreaking decision, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has taken a monumental step towards empowering farmers in the state. The order to transfer all rights to the farmers in one stroke from the British-era revenue record category of 'dotted land' to over two lakh acres of land has set a remarkable precedent. Let's delve deeper into this remarkable development and understand the significance it holds for the agricultural landscape of Andhra Pradesh.


 

12. Vuppala Prraneeth from which state has become India's 82nd Grandmaster?

A.   Goa

B.   Jharkhand

C.   Telangana

D.   Tripura

Answer: Option (C)

Explanation:

Chess is a game of wits and strategy, and every now and then, a young talent emerges, leaving a mark on the chess world. In recent news, Vuppala Prraneeth, a 15-year-old chess player from Telangana, has achieved a remarkable feat by becoming India's 82nd Grandmaster. This article delves into the journey of Vuppala Prraneeth, highlighting his achievements, dedication, and the significance of this milestone for both him and the state of Telangana.


 

13. Which state launched the 'Him Data Portal' for better digital service?

A.   Himachal Pradesh

B.   Arunachal Pradesh

C.   Jharkhand

D.   Chhattisgarh

Answer: Option (A)

Explanation:

In a significant move towards enhancing digital services and ensuring targeted welfare schemes, the Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh recently unveiled the 'Him' Data Portal. This innovative platform promises to revolutionize the delivery of services to the residents of the state. Let's delve into the details of this remarkable initiative and explore its potential impact on the lives of the people.


 

14. From which country did NASA launch the 2nd super pressure balloon?

A.   Japan

B.   Nepal

C.   New Zealand

D.   France

Answer: Option (C)

Explanation:

In the vast expanse of our atmosphere, NASA's Scientific Balloon Program has been pushing the boundaries of exploration. The second super pressure balloon (SPB) launch has captured the attention of enthusiasts worldwide. This blogpost delves into the captivating mission and the country from which it was launched.


 

15. On which date is the International Day of Families 2023 being observed?

A.   May 15

B.   May 12

C.   May 13

D.   May 14

Answer: Option (A)

Explanation:

The International Day of Families 2023, observed on May 15, provides us with an excellent opportunity to celebrate the love, resilience, and togetherness that families bring into our lives. By engaging in meaningful activities and promoting family well-being, we can strengthen the bonds that hold us together. Let us cherish and appreciate our families not just on this special day, but every day of the year.


 

16. Kalyani Kazi, who passed away, belongs to which profession?

A.   Writer

B.   Historian

C.   Teacher

D.   Singer

Answer: Option (D)

Explanation:

In a poignant turn of events, the world bid farewell to a remarkable talent, Kalyani Kazi, the daughter-in-law of Bangladesh's national poet Kazi Nazrul Islam. With a heavy heart, we remember the enchanting voice that captivated audiences for decades.


 

17. India's goods exports for 2022-23 reached nearly USD 451 billion, indicating what year-on-year growth percentage?

A.   6.7%

B.   6.8%

C.   6.9%

D.   6.6%

Answer: Option (C)

Explanation:

In a significant boost to the country's economy, India's goods exports for the fiscal year 2022-23 have surpassed expectations, reaching an impressive milestone of nearly USD 451 billion. This remarkable achievement showcases the resilience and potential of India's export sector.


 

18. What is India's position in the medal table at the recently held Men's World Boxing Championship in Tashkent?

A.   Fourth

B.   Third

C.   Second

D.   First

Answer: Option (A)

Explanation:

The recently held Men's World Boxing Championship in Tashkent brought together some of the finest boxers from around the globe. As the competition unfolded, fans eagerly awaited the final medal standings to see how their favorite countries performed.


 

19. In which state has the 'Smart School Smart Block' program been started?

A.   Maharashtra

B.   Assam

C.   Jharkhand

D.   Uttarakhand

Answer: Option (D)

Explanation:

In recent years, educational institutions have been embracing technological advancements to enhance learning experiences. One such initiative is the 'Smart School Smart Block' program, which has gained significant traction in Uttarakhand.


 

20. Which state/UT launched the 'Jaganannaku Chebudam programme'?

A.   Uttarakhand

B.   Andhra Pradesh

C.   Maharashtra

D.   Karnataka

Answer: Option (B)

Explanation:

In a bold move towards inclusive development, Andhra Pradesh has introduced the groundbreaking 'Jaganannaku Chebudam programme'. This visionary initiative aims to transform the lives of its citizens by empowering them with essential resources and support.


 

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