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May 8, 2024 Current Affairs

1. In which year was the Explosives Act proposed to be replaced with the new Explosives Bill 2024?

A.    1892

B.    1910

C.   1956

D.   1884

Answer: Option D


The proposed Explosives Bill 2024 marks a significant step towards modernizing safety regulations in the explosives industry. By addressing the limitations of the existing Explosives Act and introducing comprehensive reforms, the government aims to enhance safety standards, streamline licensing procedures, and ensure better compliance. It is a proactive initiative that underscores the commitment to public safety and the importance of keeping pace with changing times.



2. In which Indian state did the Indian Army and Indian Air Force conduct a joint exercise titled "Gagan Strike-II"?

A.    Punjab

B.    Rajasthan

C.   Haryana

D.   Uttarakhand

Answer: Option B


The joint exercise "Gagan Strike-II" in Punjab showcased the unwavering commitment and professionalism of the Indian Army's Kharga Corps and the Indian Air Force. This exercise exemplified the spirit of collaboration and synergy, reinforcing the jointmanship between the two branches of the Indian armed forces. As they continue to refine their processes and amplify their combined combat capabilities, the Indian Army and Indian Air Force stand poised to face any challenge that comes their way.



3. Who has been appointed as Director in the Ministry of Ayush?

A.    Ramesh Sharma

B.    Subodh Kumar

C.   Anjali Gupta

D.   Manoj Kumar

Answer: Option B


The appointment of Subodh Kumar as Director in the Ministry of Ayush marks a significant milestone in the journey towards promoting holistic healthcare practices in India. His expertise, combined with the Ministry's objectives, holds the promise of further growth and development in the Ayush sector. As we look ahead, we anticipate witnessing the positive impact of Kumar's leadership in shaping the future of alternative medicine in the country.



4. Which Indian state launched the "School on Wheels" initiative to provide education to students in relief camps?

A.    Assam

B.    Bihar

C.   Manipur

D.   Nagaland

Answer: Option C


In a state where adversity has threatened the education of countless children, Manipur's School on Wheels initiative has emerged as a beacon of hope. By providing access to education in relief camps, it demonstrates the transformative power of innovative solutions. This groundbreaking program serves as an inspiration, reminding us that even in the face of challenging circumstances, the pursuit of knowledge and the empowerment of young minds should never be compromised.



5. Which country is home to the world’s deepest blue hole, Taam Ja' Blue Hole?

A.    China

B.    Brazil

C.   Cannada

D.   Mexico

Answer: Option D


The Taam Ja' Blue Hole in Mexico's Chetumal Bay stands as a testament to the wonders of our natural world. Its breathtaking beauty and unfathomable depths have captivated explorers and scientists alike. As we continue to unravel the secrets of this extraordinary blue hole, it is crucial to preserve and protect this invaluable treasure for future generations to marvel at its magnificence.



6. Which bank has introduced UPI for NRIs using international mobile numbers?

A.    HDFC Bank

B.    Axis Bank

C.   ICICI Bank

D.   South Indian Bank

Answer: Option C


ICICI Bank's introduction of UPI for NRIs using international mobile numbers is a game-changer in the banking industry. This groundbreaking feature enhances convenience, streamlines global transactions, and empowers NRIs with a hassle-free payment experience. ICICI Bank's initiative to leverage the UPI infrastructure provided by NPCI showcases their commitment to innovation and customer-centric solutions.



7. Which financial institution has partnered with Infibeam Avenues' CCAvenue to expand merchant access?

A.    Shivalik Small Finance Bank

B.    Equitas Small Finance Bank

C.   Fincare Small Finance Bank

D.   Jana Small Finance Bank

Answer: Option A


The partnership between Infibeam Avenues' CCAvenue and Shivalik Small Finance Bank has undoubtedly expanded merchant access and revolutionized the payment experience for customers. By leveraging the synergies between these two entities, businesses can now tap into Shivalik SFB's extensive customer base and enjoy seamless transactions through CCAvenue's trusted payment gateway. This collaboration is a testament to the ever-evolving nature of the digital payment landscape and the importance of strategic partnerships in fostering growth and innovation.



8. Which company is set to launch the world's first CNG-powered motorcycle on June 18, 2024?

A.    Hero MotoCorp

B.    Bajaj Auto

C.   TVS Motor Company

D.   Honda Motorcycle

Answer: Option B


Bajaj Auto's upcoming launch of the world's first CNG-powered motorcycle is set to revolutionize transportation. This visionary move not only addresses the pressing need for sustainable alternatives but also provides consumers with a cost-effective option for their daily commuting needs. As we eagerly await the unveiling on June 18, 2024, it's clear that Bajaj Auto is leading the way towards a greener and more efficient future on two wheels.



9. On which date is World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day observed?

A.    May 1

B.    May 5

C.   May 8

D.   May 12

Answer: Option C


World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day, observed on May 8th each year, is a powerful reminder of the importance of humanity, compassion, and solidarity. As we commemorate the birth anniversary of Henry Dunant, we honor the extraordinary achievements of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement in alleviating suffering and bringing hope to countless lives. Let us all join hands in celebrating this day and recommit ourselves to the principles of unity, compassion, and service to humanity.



10. When is World Thalassaemia Day observed?

A.    May 1

B.    May 5

C.   May 6

D.   May 8

Answer: Option D


World Thalassaemia Day serves as a powerful reminder of the global efforts to combat thalassaemia, support affected individuals, and promote research for a cure. By raising awareness, dispelling myths, and fostering a sense of community, this annual observance plays a crucial role in improving the lives of those living with thalassaemia. Let us stand together, on May 8th and beyond, to support the fight against thalassaemia and work towards a future free from this genetic disorder.



11. Where did the 26th ASEAN-India Senior Officials’ Meeting take place?

A.    New Delhi

B.    Singapore

C.   Vientiane

D.   Bangkok

Answer: Option A


The 26th ASEAN-India Senior Officials’ Meeting held in New Delhi served as a crucial platform for fostering strong bilateral ties between ASEAN and India. The discussions held during this meeting covered a wide range of topics, emphasizing the comprehensive nature of their relations. As preparations for the ASEAN-India Summit in Vientiane are underway, the outcomes of the meeting will undoubtedly contribute to further strengthening the ASEAN-India partnership and promoting regional cooperation.



12. Who has been appointed as the new Country Manager for India by Visa?

A.    Sandeep Ghosh

B.    Sujai Raina

C.   Rahul Sharma

D.   Anika Surendren

Answer: Option B


Visa's appointment of Sujai Raina as the new Country Manager for India underscores the company's commitment to driving digital payments in one of the world's fastest-growing economies. Raina's expertise and leadership will be instrumental in furthering Visa's strategic initiatives, fostering collaborations, and tailoring innovative payment solutions to meet India's unique needs. With Visa's unwavering focus on the Indian market, we can expect to witness significant advancements and transformations in the digital payments landscape in the coming years.



13. Border Road Organization (BRO), recently celebrated its 65th raising day, comes under which ministry?

A. Ministry of Civil Aviation

B. Ministry of Earth Sciences

C. Ministry of Road Transport and Highways

D. Ministry of Defence

Answer: Option D


he Border Road Organization (BRO) has played a pivotal role in the development and maintenance of crucial infrastructure in remote and border areas of India. Celebrating its 65th raising day, the BRO's contributions are significant in strengthening border security, connecting remote regions, and facilitating the movement of troops and supplies. As it continues to evolve and modernize, the BRO remains a vital pillar in India's infrastructure development.



14. What is ‘Choline’, recently seen in news?

A. Nutrient

B. Pesticide

C. Virus

D. Invasive plant

Answer: Option A


Choline, a vital nutrient, plays a significant role in cellular growth, brain health, and metabolism. By understanding the importance of choline and incorporating diverse food sources into our diet, we can ensure optimal levels of this essential nutrient. Whether through meat, fish, dairy, or plant-based options, let's embrace the power of choline and prioritize its inclusion in our daily nutrition.



15. What is the IUCN status of Orangutan, recently seen in news?

A. Endangered

B. Critically endangered

C. Vulnerable

D. Least concern

Answer: Option B


Orangutans are facing a perilous battle for survival. Their critically endangered status serves as a grim reminder of the urgent need for conservation actions. By understanding the challenges they face and supporting conservation efforts, we can strive towards a future where orangutans thrive in their natural habitats.



16. Pakistan recently launched its first-ever lunar mission, iCube-Qamar, in collaboration with which country?

A. Russia

B. India

C. China

D. Iran

Answer: Option C


Pakistan's collaboration with China on the iCube-Qamar lunar mission marks a significant milestone for the country's space program. This endeavor not only showcases Pakistan's technological capabilities but also provides a platform for independent research on lunar surface imagery. As Pakistan ventures into the realm of space exploration, the success of iCube-Qamar sets the stage for future missions and opens up exciting possibilities for scientific advancements.



17. Which country has recently introduced an AI generated spokesperson, named Victoria Shi?

A. Russia

B. Iran

C. Iraq

D. Ukraine

Answer: Option D


The introduction of Victoria Shi, Ukraine's AI-generated spokesperson, marks a significant milestone in the intersection of technology and diplomacy. By embracing innovative solutions, Ukraine demonstrates its commitment to effective communication and resource optimization. While the use of AI-generated spokespersons presents opportunities and challenges, it undeniably showcases the evolving landscape of digital diplomacy. As we move forward, it will be fascinating to witness how other countries respond to this development and whether AI-generated spokespersons become a widespread phenomenon.


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