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November 29, 2023 Current Affairs


1. According to Crisil's report, what is the forecasted percentage increase in capital expenditure for India's 18 largest states in FY24?

A.    12-15%

B.     15-18%

C.     16-19%

D.    18-20%

Answer: Option D

Explanation:

Crisil's report anticipates a substantial 18-20% increase in capital expenditure for India's 18 largest states in the fiscal year 2023-24. This forecasted growth is driven by factors such as robust GST collections, stable central government devolution, and significant interest-free loan allocation. The projected increase signifies the commitment of state governments towards infrastructure development and economic progress. Understanding these trends can provide valuable insights for investors, policymakers, and stakeholders interested in the growth prospects of these states.


 



2. Which railway station has been awarded the prestigious platinum rating by the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) for its commitment to environmental sustainability?

A.   Chennai Central Station

B.   Vijayawada Railway Station

C.   Mumbai Local Station

D.   Delhi Junction Station

Answer: Option B

Explanation:

The Vijayawada Railway Station's achievement of the platinum rating from the Indian Green Building Council is a testament to their unwavering commitment to environmental sustainability. Through their innovative practices in water conservation, energy efficiency, waste management, and green landscaping, Vijayawada Railway Station has set a shining example for other railway stations in India. This recognition serves as a reminder that small steps taken towards sustainability can lead to significant positive impacts on our environment and future generations.


 



3. In which city will India's first Telecom Center of Excellence be established, as approved by the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister?

A.   Lucknow

B.   Kanpur

C.   Varanasi

D.   Saharanpur

Answer: Option D

Explanation:

The approval of India's first Telecom Center of Excellence in Saharanpur by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath marks a significant milestone in the telecom and technology landscape. This development promises to drive innovation, foster research, and propel economic growth in the region. The establishment of this center not only showcases the commitment of the state government towards technological advancement but also positions Saharanpur as a key player in the telecom industry. With this ambitious venture, India takes a bold step towards shaping the future of telecommunications, connecting people, and driving progress.



 


4. Which airline recently completed the world's first 100% Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) flight from London to New York?

A.   British Airways

B.   Virgin Atlantic

C.   American Airlines

D.   Emirates

Answer: Option B

Explanation:

Virgin Atlantic's world-first 100% Sustainable Aviation Fuel flight from London to New York marks a significant milestone in the pursuit of sustainable air travel. By taking this bold step, Virgin Atlantic has not only showcased the viability of alternative fuels but also inspired the entire industry to prioritize environmental responsibility. As airlines, manufacturers, and governments continue to invest in research and development, the path towards a more sustainable aviation sector becomes clearer. With collective efforts and continued innovation, a greener future for air travel is within reach.


 



5. Who launched the book titled "India’s Moment: Changing Power Equations around the World" by Professor (Dr.) Mohan Kumar?

A.   Vikram K. Doraiswami

B.   Mohan Kumar

C.   O.P. Jindal

D.   Narendra Modi

Answer: Option A

Explanation:

 "India’s Moment: Changing Power Equations around the World" by Professor (Dr.) Mohan Kumar is a must-read for anyone interested in understanding India's evolving role in global affairs. With its rich analysis, thought-provoking perspectives, and comprehensive coverage, this book offers a valuable contribution to the field of international relations.


 



6. Which space-tech startup, based in Chennai, is preparing to flight test the world’s first 3D-printed engine named Agnibaan?

A.   Rocket Labs

B.   Agnikul

C.   SkySpace Innovations

D.   StarLaunch Dynamics

Answer: Option B

Explanation:

Agnikul's pioneering work in developing the world's first 3D-printed engine, Agnibaan, is pushing the boundaries of space technology. Their commitment to affordability, reliability, and innovation has the potential to revolutionize the way we explore space. As we eagerly await the technology demonstrator mission at the end of the year, the world watches with anticipation for the next chapter in Agnikul's remarkable journey.



 


7. Which drone manufacturer recently secured DGCA's second Type Certificate for medium drones, affirming compliance with relevant standards for airworthiness?

A.   Garuda Aerospace

B.   SkyTech Innovations

C.   AeroDrone Systems

D.   DroneX Dynamics

Answer: Option A

Explanation:

Garuda Aerospace's recent achievement in securing DGCA's second Type Certificate for medium drones is a testament to their dedication, innovation, and commitment to the highest standards of quality in the drone industry. This accomplishment not only solidifies their position as a leading drone manufacturer but also sets a benchmark for others to follow. As the drone industry continues to evolve, it is through such advancements that we witness the limitless possibilities and potential that lie ahead.



 


8. Who has accepted the Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) offer to extend        his term as India's head coach until at least the 2024 T20 World Cup?

A.   Sourav Ganguly

B.   Venkatesh Prasad

C.   Rahul Dravid

D.   Ravi Shastri

Answer: Option C

Explanation:

Rahul Dravid's acceptance of the BCCI's offer to continue as India's head coach until at least the 2024 T20 World Cup is a momentous decision for Indian cricket. His proven coaching abilities, coupled with his rich cricketing legacy, make him the perfect leader for Team India. As fans, we eagerly await the upcoming matches under Dravid's guidance, confident that he will steer the team towards further success.


 



9. Which country will jointly launch the Synthetic Aperture Radar (NISAR) satellite with India?

A.   Russia

B.   China

C.   France

D.   US

Answer: Option D

Explanation:

The joint launch of the NISAR satellite by India and the United States showcases the power of international collaboration in pushing the boundaries of scientific exploration. This remarkable endeavor not only strengthens diplomatic ties but also opens up new horizons of knowledge and understanding. As we eagerly await the first quarter of the next year, when the NISAR satellite takes flight, we anticipate a new era of Earth observation that will shape our understanding of the planet for years to come.


 



10. Which city is set to host the second district-level edition of the Military Literature Festival in early 2024?

A.   Amritsar

B.   Patiala

C.   Chandigarh

D.   Ludhiana

Answer: Option A

Explanation:

The second district-level edition of the Military Literature Festival in Amritsar promises an immersive experience that combines the love for literature with the admiration for our armed forces. As attendees gather in this culturally rich city, they will be captivated by the insights shared, the stories told, and the connections formed. This festival serves as a powerful reminder of the profound impact that military literature can have on our collective consciousness. Join us in Amritsar for an unforgettable celebration of the written word and the heroic tales that shape our nation.



 


11. Which Indian state launched the 'AMA Bank' scheme to provide banking services in all Gram Panchayats?

A.   Gujarat

B.   Maharashtra

C.   Odisha

D.   Karnataka

Answer: Option C

Explanation:

The launch of the 'AMA Bank' scheme in Odisha marks a significant milestone in the journey towards financial inclusion. By providing comprehensive banking services in every Gram Panchayat, the state government is bridging the financial accessibility gap and empowering rural communities. This visionary initiative has the potential to uplift lives, stimulate economic growth, and pave the way for a more prosperous and inclusive society in Odisha.



 


12. Where did the India-Sri Lanka joint military exercise, Mitrashakti 2023, conclude, bringing together troops from both countries' Armies and Air Force?

A.   New Delhi

B.   Colombo

C.   Pune

D.   Chennai

Answer: Option C

Explanation:

The successful conclusion of the India-Sri Lanka joint military exercise, Mitrashakti 2023, showcased the commitment of both nations to strengthen their defense capabilities and foster stronger ties. Through rigorous training and collaborative exercises, troops from both countries showcased their skills, professionalism, and dedication. This exercise served as a stepping stone towards enhanced cooperation and mutual support in the face of evolving security challenges.


 



13. Where did the 4th edition of the annual ASEAN India Grassroots Innovation Forum (AIGIF) take place?

A.   Jakarta, Indonesia

B.   Hanoi, Vietnam

C.   Langkawi, Malaysia

D.   Manila, Philippines

Answer: Option C

Explanation:

The 4th edition of the annual ASEAN India Grassroots Innovation Forum (AIGIF) held in Langkawi, Malaysia, was a resounding success. It served as a platform for fostering collaboration, knowledge exchange, and showcasing innovative solutions. With its vibrant atmosphere and diverse range of participants, the AIGIF continues to play a crucial role in strengthening the bond between ASEAN and India, while inspiring and nurturing grassroots innovation.



 


14. Which country's volcano, Anak Krakatau, recently erupted??

A.   Thailand

B.   Indonesia

C.   Philippines

D.   Malaysia

Answer: Option B

Explanation:

The recent eruption of Anak Krakatau serves as a stark reminder of the awe-inspiring power of nature. As we witness the aftermath and impact on the surrounding region, it becomes clear that volcanoes are forces to be reckoned with. However, they also provide valuable insights into our planet's geology and contribute to the ongoing scientific exploration. As we navigate the delicate balance between human civilization and the natural world, it is crucial to respect and study these incredible geological phenomena.



 


15. Who directed the film "Drift" that received the ICFT-UNESCO Gandhi Medal at the 54th International Film Festival of India?

A.   Anthony Chen

B.   Cynthia Erivo

C.   Jacqueline

D.   Gandhi

Answer: Option A

Explanation:

 Anthony Chen's directorial prowess shines through in the award-winning film "Drift." His ability to craft a compelling narrative, combined with the film's universal themes and emotional depth, has earned it the ICFT-UNESCO Gandhi Medal. As we reflect on the impact of "Drift," we eagerly anticipate Chen's future contributions to the world of cinema.



 


16. Which film won the Golden Peacock Award at IFFI 2023?

A.   Daughter

B.   Donbass

C.   Particles

D.   Endless Borders

Answer: Option D

Explanation:

Endless Borders" from Iran emerged as the deserving winner of the Golden Peacock Award at IFFI 2023. The film's poignant storytelling, superb direction by Abbas Amini, and the outstanding performance by Pouria Rahimi Sam made it a standout among the competition. This triumph not only highlights the talent of the Iranian film industry but also serves as a testament to the power of cinema in conveying human stories. As we eagerly await the next edition of IFFI, we look forward to the exceptional films that will grace the silver screen and captivate our hearts.

 



 

 

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