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May 15, 2023 Current Affairs

1. Which country's government is set to launch a faster immigration clearance scheme for 'trusted travellers'?

A.   Iran

B.   India

C.   Israel

D.   Italy

Answer: Option (B)


In an era where travel has become an integral part of our lives, governments around the world are constantly seeking innovative ways to streamline immigration processes. The Indian government, with its commitment to enhancing the travel experience, is set to launch a game-changing initiative - the Trusted Traveller Programme. This scheme aims to provide faster immigration clearance for pre-verified travellers, revolutionizing the way people navigate airport checkpoints.



2. Which country has released an annual report on religious freedom and called on India to condemn 'persistent' religious violence?

A.      France

B.       United States of America

C.       Germany

D.      Canada

Answer: Option (B)


Religious freedom is a fundamental human right that should be upheld and respected by all nations. In recent times, India has faced scrutiny regarding incidents of religious violence.


3. Which country became India's third-largest export destination in FY 23 after the United States of America and the United Arab Emirates?

A.   Netherlands

B.   Nigeria

C.   Myanmar

D.   Vietnam

Answer: Option (A)


In the world of international trade, India has been steadily expanding its export markets. While the United States of America and the United Arab Emirates have traditionally held the top positions as India's major export destinations, a surprising contender has emerged in recent times. In the Financial Year 2023-23 (FY23), the Netherlands has secured the position of India's third-largest export destination.


4. Which state has become the first state in the country to have a drone surveillance system in all police districts in the state?

A.   Kerala

B.   Karnataka

C.   Haryana

D.   Tamil Nadu

Answer: Option (A)


In a groundbreaking move, Kerala has emerged as the first state in the country to implement a comprehensive drone surveillance system across all its police districts. This technological leap showcases Kerala's commitment to adopting innovative measures for ensuring public safety and effective law enforcement.



5. To which country has the United Kingdom recently given long cruise missiles?

A.   Russia

B.   Ukraine

C.   USA

D.   Germany

Answer: Option (B)


In a recent development, the United Kingdom has made headlines by providing long-range cruise missiles, specifically the Storm Shadow missiles, to Ukraine. This move comes ahead of an anticipated counteroffensive and has sparked significant interest and speculation.


6. Which state expanded Special Development Council (SDC) intervention in tribal areas from nine to 23 districts?

A.   Assam

B.   Kerala

C.   Mizoram

D.   Odisha

Answer: Option (D)


In a significant move towards inclusive development, Odisha has expanded its Special Development Council (SDC) intervention in tribal areas. This expansion has extended the SDC's reach from nine to 23 districts, marking a major step towards empowering and uplifting tribal communities in the state.


7. In which Indian city will the fifth edition of the Global Ayurveda Festival (GAF 2023) be held?

A.   Kochi

B.   Thiruvananthapuram

C.   Kottayam

D.   Kozhikode

Answer: Option (B)


Ayurveda, the ancient holistic healing system of India, continues to captivate the world with its profound wisdom and therapeutic practices. Each year, the Global Ayurveda Festival (GAF) draws enthusiasts, practitioners, and researchers from around the globe to celebrate and explore the advancements in this time-honored tradition.


8. Which state will be represented by Kivini Shohe and Andrea Kevichusa at the Cannes Film Festival, 2023 in France?

A.   Nagaland

B.   Gujarat

C.   Rajasthan

D.   Jharkhand

Answer: Option (A)


The Cannes Film Festival is undoubtedly one of the most renowned and anticipated events in the film industry. Every year, filmmakers, actors, and industry professionals from around the world gather in France to celebrate the art of cinema. In a groundbreaking development, the state of Nagaland will be making its mark at the Cannes Film Festival 2023, with two talented film personalities, Kivini Shohe and Andrea Kevichusa, representing the state. Let's delve into this exciting journey and explore why Nagaland is set to shine on the international stage.


9. Indian National Congress has won a clear majority in Karnataka Assembly Elections 2023. How many assembly seats are there in Karnataka?

A.   220

B.   222

C.   224

D.   225

Answer: Option (C)


The recently concluded Karnataka Assembly Elections in 2023 have witnessed a remarkable victory for the Indian National Congress party. Emerging as the front-runner, the Congress party has secured a clear majority in the state assembly.


10. Who has been appointed as the Ambassador at Large for Global Women's Issues by the USA Senate?

A.   Rachita Phogat

B.   Kiran Kumari

C.   Geeta Rao Gupta

D.   Shalini Malhotra

Answer: Option (C)


In a significant move towards promoting gender equality and women's empowerment, the USA Senate has appointed Geeta Rao Gupta as the Ambassador at Large for Global Women's Issues in the State Department. This appointment marks a milestone in the ongoing efforts to address the challenges faced by women worldwide. Let's delve into the details of this significant development.


11. Which Indian city has recently received its first-ever direct international flight?

A.   Patna

B.   Amritsar

C.   Chandigarh

D.   Bhubaneswar

Answer: Option (D)


Bhubaneswar, the capital city of Odisha, recently achieved a momentous milestone with the commencement of its first-ever direct international flight service to Dubai. This significant development has put Bhubaneswar on the global map, paving the way for enhanced connectivity and opening doors to exciting opportunities. Let's delve into the details of this historic achievement and its implications for the city and its residents.


12. At which city did Union Minister Jitendra Singh grace the valedictory ceremony of the National Technology Week 2023?

A.   Jaipur

B.   Kanpur

C.   Chennai

D.   Delhi

Answer: Option  (D)


The National Technology Week 2023 brought together brilliant minds, cutting-edge technologies, and a shared enthusiasm for innovation. On the final day of this prestigious event, Union Minister Jitendra Singh graced the valedictory ceremony, held at Pragati Maidan in the vibrant city of New Delhi. Let's delve into the highlights of this remarkable gathering and explore the significance it holds for the future of technology and progress.


13. Who won the Dylan Thomas Prize in 2023?

A.   Yakubu Adamu

B.   Ola Aina

C.   Abdul Amuneke

D.   Arinze Ifeakandu

Answer: Option (D)


The Dylan Thomas Prize, an esteemed literary award, has once again captured the attention of book enthusiasts and literary aficionados worldwide. In 2023, the prize was awarded to a remarkable writer whose work reflects the kaleidoscope of queer life and love in Nigeria.


14. Where has the third 'Semicon India Show' been launched?

A.   IIT Mumbai

B.   IIT Kanpur

C.   IIT Delhi

D.   IIT Roorkee

Answer: Option (C)


The anticipation was high as industry enthusiasts gathered at the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi for the grand launch of the third edition of the Semicon India Future DESIGN Roadshow. The event promised to showcase the latest advancements and innovations in the semiconductor industry, drawing attention from professionals, researchers, and students alike.


15. With which country has India launched the '50 Start-ups Exchange Programme'?

A.   Singapore

B.   Vietnam

C.   Bangladesh

D.   Sri Lanka

Answer: Option (C)


In a bid to foster global entrepreneurial collaborations, India has recently launched the '50 Start-ups Exchange Programme'. This innovative initiative aims to connect Indian start-ups with their counterparts in other countries, promoting partnerships, knowledge-sharing, and business expansion.




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