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November 22, 2023 Current Affairs

1. What is the rare metal discovered by the team of researchers from IIT Ropar in the Sutlej River, Punjab?

A.   Titanium

B.   Zirconium

C.   Tantalum

D.   Niobium

Answer: Option C


The discovery of tantalum by the team of researchers from IIT Ropar marks a significant milestone in the understanding and utilization of this rare and valuable metal. Its unique properties and wide-ranging applications make tantalum an indispensable resource in various industries. From electronics to healthcare and sustainable energy solutions, tantalum continues to shape our world and offer endless possibilities for further exploration. As we delve deeper into the potential of tantalum, we can look forward to a future where this hidden treasure becomes an even more integral part of our lives.


2. In which Indian state did the 14th edition of the Indo-US Joint Special Forces exercise "VAJRA PRAHAR 2023" commence?

A.   Meghalaya

B.   Assam

C.   Arunachal Pradesh

D.   Nagaland

Answer: Option A               


The commencement of the 14th edition of the Indo-US Joint Special Forces exercise, "VAJRA PRAHAR 2023," in Meghalaya marks a significant milestone in the bilateral relationship between India and the United States. This exercise not only enhances military collaboration and interoperability but also strengthens the bonds of friendship and strategic partnership. As the forces engage in rigorous training and simulations, they pave the way for a more secure and prosperous future. The success of "VAJRA PRAHAR 2023" serves as a testament to the resolve of both nations to work hand in hand, overcoming challenges and forging a stronger alliance.


3. On which date is World Fisheries Day observed annually?

A.   November 19th

B.   November 21st

C.   November 25th

D.   November 30th

Answer: Option B


World Fisheries Day, observed on November 21st, serves as a global reminder of the importance of sustainable fisheries management and the well-being of small-scale fishers. By understanding the significance of this day, supporting sustainable practices, and empowering fisher communities, we can protect our oceans and secure the future of our fisheries. Let us celebrate the wealth of fisheries and aquaculture, appreciating their contributions to our world.


4. Recently, the International Cricket Council (ICC) implemented a ban on which group of players from participating in international women’s cricket at the highest level?

A.   Under-19 Players

B.   Transgender Players

C.   Left-handed Players

D.   Players with Dual Citizenship

Answer: Option B


India's fiscal deficit reaching 45% of the annual target necessitates a comprehensive evaluation of expenditure and revenue patterns. By closely monitoring the fiscal deficit, enhancing revenue generation, rationalizing expenditure, and maintaining long-term fiscal discipline, India can overcome the challenges ahead and foster a stronger and more resilient economy. It is through these concerted efforts that India can pave the way for sustained economic growth and prosperity.


5. Which Indian state has officially declared the 'Ghol' fish as its state fish?

A.   Maharashtra

B.   Karnataka

C.   Gujarat

D.   Kerala

Answer: Option C


The 'Ghol' fish has been officially declared the state fish of Gujarat in a move to recognize and promote the rich aquatic biodiversity of the region. The announcement was made by Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel during the inaugural ceremony of the first Global Fisheries Conference India 2023 held at Gujarat Science City.


6. Where did the bilateral talks between Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Australian Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Richard Marles take place as part of the India-Australia 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue?

A.   Sydney

B.   Canberra

C.   Melbourne

D.   New Delhi

Answer: Option D


The India-Australia 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue has played a crucial role in strengthening the defense ties between the two nations. The discussions on defense technology collaboration, joint exercises, and regional security cooperation have paved the way for a deeper strategic partnership. The dialogue reflects the commitment of both India and Australia to promote peace, stability, and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region, while also fostering mutual trust and understanding.


7. Who has been appointed as the new Global Delivery Center (GDC) leader at Microsoft?

A.   Sanjay Mehrotra

B.   Satya Nadella

C.   Alok Ohrie

D.   Aparna Gupta

Answer: Option D


Foxconn's $1.5 billion investment in India serves as a strategic move to diversify its manufacturing beyond China. The disruptions faced during the COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the need for a diversified approach, and India's growing potential as a manufacturing hub presented an attractive opportunity. By establishing a significant presence in India, Foxconn not only mitigates risks but also taps into the immense potential of the Indian market. This investment showcases Foxconn's commitment to adapt and thrive in an ever-changing global landscape.


8. When is World Heritage Week 2023 celebrated?

A.   November 19 to 25

B.   December 1 to 7

C.   October 15 to 21

D.   September 5 to 11

Answer: Option A


World Heritage Week 2023, celebrated from November 19 to 25, is a significant event dedicated to promoting the conservation of cultural and historical treasures. It serves as a reminder of the importance of preserving our heritage and ensures that future generations can continue to appreciate and learn from our rich past. Let us come together during this week and beyond to protect and cherish our cultural heritage, for it is a priceless gift that we must pass on to the generations to come.


9. Which institute has developed the high-yielding black pepper variety?

A.   IISR-Kozhikode

B.   IIT Delhi

C.   ICAR-Bengaluru

D.   NIT Trichy

Answer: Option A


The Indian Institute of Spices Research (IISR) in Kozhikode has achieved a remarkable feat with the development of 'IISR Chandra' - a high-yielding black pepper variety. Through their innovative approach and dedicated research, IISR-Kozhikode has unlocked a potential game-changer for the agricultural sector. 'IISR Chandra' not only promises increased productivity and disease resistance but also holds the key to empowering farmers and boosting the economy. With this remarkable achievement, the future of black pepper cultivation looks brighter than ever before.


10. Who has been appointed as the International Ambassador for the Tata Steel Kolkata 25K event in 2023?

A.   Usain Bolt

B.   Colin Jackson

C.   Haile Gebrselassie

D.   Florence Griffith-Joyner

Answer: Option B


Colin Jackson's appointment as the International Ambassador for the Tata Steel Kolkata 25K event in 2023 is a game-changer. His remarkable career, coupled with his role as a representative, will elevate the event's status and attract participants from around the world. Jackson's involvement adds a layer of excitement, inspiration, and prestige, making the Tata Steel Kolkata 25K a must-attend event on every sports enthusiast's calendar.


11. In the global ranking of retail rents, what position does Delhi's Khan Market hold, according to Cushman & Wakefield's 'Main Streets Across the World' report?

A.   15th

B.   18th

C.   22nd

D.   25th

Answer: Option C


Delhi's Khan Market has undoubtedly carved a niche for itself in the global retail landscape. Ranking 22nd in Cushman & Wakefield's 'Main Streets Across the World' report, it proudly showcases the city's economic growth and its ability to sustain a thriving retail sector. Whether you're a shopaholic, a history enthusiast, or simply seeking a memorable retail experience, Khan Market is a destination that should not be missed. Visit this bustling hub and immerse yourself in the vibrant tapestry of culture, shopping, and gastronomy it has to offer.


12. What contraction percentage did foreign direct equity investments in India witnessed during the initial six months of the financial year 2023-24?

A.   15% Contraction

B.   18% Contraction

C.   24% Contraction

D.   30% Contraction

Answer: Option C


Foreign direct equity investments in India witnessed a contraction of 24% during the initial six months of the financial year 2023-24. This decline reflects the broader trend of diminishing FDI inflows, primarily influenced by the global economic slowdown. However, with strategic policy reforms and efforts to enhance investor confidence, India aims to reverse this trend and attract greater foreign direct equity investments in the future.


13. Who inaugurated the first VFX and Tech Pavilion at the 54th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa?

A.   Rajnath Singh

B.   Smriti Irani

C.   Prakash Javadekar

D.   Anurag Thakur

Answer: Option D


The inauguration of the VFX and Tech Pavilion at the 54th IFFI Goa marks a significant milestone in the evolution of film-making. Anurag Thakur's support and commitment to promoting technological advancements in the industry is commendable. This pioneering initiative opens up a world of possibilities for filmmakers, technicians, and artists to explore and redefine the art of cinema. As we look towards the future, we can anticipate an era of unprecedented creativity and immersive storytelling, fueled by the fusion of technology and art.


14. Who won the IBSF World Billiards Championship 2023?

A.   Sourav Kothari

B.   Pankaj Advani

C.   Geet Sethi

D.   Aditya Mehta

Answer: Option B


The 57th IBSF World Billiards Championship in Doha, Qatar witnessed the crowning of a deserving champion. Pankaj Advani's extraordinary skills, determination, and unwavering spirit led him to triumph over the fierce competition. As he lifted the trophy, he etched his name in billiards history once again. Congratulations to Pankaj Advani for his remarkable achievement!


15. The AIFF-FIFA Talent Academy was established through an MoU signed by the AIFF and the Government of which Indian state?

A.   Odisha

B.   Kerala

C.   Maharashtra

D.   West Bengal

Answer: Option A


The establishment of the AIFF-FIFA Talent Academy through the collaboration between the AIFF, the Government of Odisha, and FIFA marks a significant milestone in the development of football talent in India. This partnership brings together expertise, resources, and infrastructure to create a nurturing environment for young players. With a strong focus on grassroots development and access to international exposure, the academy is poised to shape the future of Indian football. The AIFF-FIFA Talent Academy in Odisha is a testament to the growing passion for the sport and the collective efforts to cultivate and elevate football talent in India.



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