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November 18, 2023 Current Affairs

1. Who has been appointed as the new director of the Special Protection Group (SPG)?

A.    Arun Kumar Sinha

B.    Alok Sharma

C.   Rajesh Verma

D.   Neha Gupta

Answer: Option B


The appointment of Alok Sharma as the new director of the Special Protection Group (SPG) marks a significant milestone in the realm of security and protection. Sharma's vast experience, coupled with his unwavering commitment to duty, positions him well to lead the SPG into the future. As we bid farewell to the legacy of Arun Kumar Sinha, we eagerly await the achievements and advancements that Alok Sharma will bring to this crucial role.



2. Which bank recently appointed Ashok Vaswani as its new Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer?

A.    ICICI Bank

B.    HDFC Bank

C.   Kotak Mahindra Bank

D.   State Bank of India

Answer: Option C


The appointment of Ashok Vaswani as the new Managing Director and CEO of Kotak Mahindra Bank marks an exciting chapter for both the institution and the banking sector. Vaswani's expertise and strategic vision are anticipated to drive growth and innovation within Kotak Mahindra Bank, while also inspiring other banks to prioritize strong leadership. As we look ahead, it will be fascinating to witness the impact of Vaswani's leadership on the future trajectory of the bank and the industry as a whole.



3. What was the profession of B. N. Goswamy, who recently passed away at the age of 90?

A.    Economist

B.    Art Historian

C.   Astrophysicist

D.   Psychologist

Answer: Option B


B. N. Goswamy's passing marks the end of an era in the world of art history. His dedication, passion, and unparalleled expertise have greatly enriched our understanding of Pahari paintings. Through his writings, lectures, and curated exhibitions, he has left behind a profound legacy that will continue to inspire future generations of art enthusiasts. As we remember B. N. Goswamy, we honor his immense contributions and the indelible mark he has left on the art world.



4. What is the name of the cyclonic storm causing disruptions in the Northeast Bay of Bengal?

A.    Midhili

B.    Niharika

C.   Varun

D.   Arjun

Answer: Option A


The emergence of Cyclonic Storm 'Midhili' in the Northeast Bay of Bengal has brought about disruptions and challenges for the affected regions. As we continue to monitor its path, it is crucial for authorities and communities to work together in mitigating the risks and ensuring the well-being of the local population. By staying informed, prepared, and resilient, we can navigate through the storm's impact and emerge stronger on the other side.



5. How many new Distinguished Fellows did NITI Aayog recently appoint for one year?

A.    One

B.    Two

C.   Three

D.   Four

Answer: Option D


NITI Aayog's recent appointment of four new distinguished fellows, Prof. Anoop Singh, Dr. O.P Agarwal, Dr. Ajai Chowdhry, and Sh. V. Lakshmikumaran, strengthens its intellectual capital and augments its ability to tackle critical policy challenges. These distinguished fellows, each with their unique expertise, are set to make valuable contributions to NITI Aayog's efforts in shaping India's development trajectory.



6. On which date is World Prematurity Day annually observed?

A.    November 17

B.    October 15

C.   November 18

D.   September 22

Answer: Option A


World Prematurity Day, observed annually on November 17, serves as a vital reminder of the challenges faced by premature infants and their families. Through raising awareness, advocating for better healthcare policies, and promoting support, this global observance strives to improve the lives of premature babies worldwide. Let us come together to create a world where every premature baby has the opportunity to thrive.



7. What was the profession of A.S. Byatt, who recently passed away at the age of 87?

A.    Scientist

B.    Musician

C.   Novelist

D.   Artist

Answer: Option C


A.S. Byatt's profession as a novelist defined her legacy, leaving an indelible mark on the literary landscape. Her incredible talent for crafting captivating stories and her profound understanding of the human experience will continue to inspire generations of readers to come. As we bid farewell to this literary luminary, let us remember and celebrate the remarkable contributions of A.S. Byatt, a cherished novelist whose words will forever resonate within the hearts and minds of literature enthusiasts worldwide.



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