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October 17, 2023 Current Affairs

1. What is India's expected economic growth rate for FY24, as per the FICCI Economic Outlook Survey?

A.   6.3%

B.   6.5%

C.   6.7%

D.   7.2%

Answer: Option A


 The FICCI Economic Outlook Survey predicts a 6.3% expansion in India's economy for FY24. While certain factors may contribute to a slight slowdown, the projected growth rate signifies resilience and potential. By addressing challenges and capitalizing on opportunities, India can strive towards achieving sustainable economic growth and development.


2. What was India's economic growth rate in FY22/23, as per the World Bank?

A.   6.2%

B.   6.8%

C.   7.2%

D.   7.8%

Answer: Option C


 India's economic growth rate for FY22/23 stands at an impressive 7.2%, according to the World Bank. The strong domestic demand and revival in the services sector have played instrumental roles in this achievement. However, challenges such as global economic uncertainty, the impact of the monsoon on agricultural output, and the rising cost of living need to be addressed to ensure sustained growth. With concerted efforts and proactive measures, India can navigate these challenges and continue its journey towards economic prosperity.


3. Who conferred the 69th National Film Awards 2023?

A.   Droupadi Murmu

B.   Narendra Modi

C.   Amit Shah

D.   Nirmala Sitharaman

Answer: Option A


The 69th National Film Awards served as a remarkable platform to recognize and appreciate the extraordinary achievements within the Indian film industry. With President Droupadi Murmu at the helm, the event highlighted the nation's commitment to nurturing and honoring artistic talent. As the winners and nominees basked in their well-deserved recognition, the awards ceremony once again showcased the power of cinema to captivate, inspire, and unite people from all walks of life.


4. Is Israel a member of NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization)?

A.   Yes

B.   No

Answer: Option B


Israel is not a member of NATO. However, its designation as a major non-NATO ally underscores its significant involvement within the alliance's structure. Israel's cooperative activities with NATO and its member countries contribute to regional and global security efforts, highlighting the importance of their partnership.


5. Which state is the first in India to take steps to ensure minimum wages for gig workers?

A.   Rajasthan

B.   Kerala

C.   Jharkhand

D.   Karnataka

Answer: Option C


Jharkhand's initiative to ensure minimum wages for gig workers marks a significant milestone in the ongoing conversation about fair compensation in the gig economy. By taking this proactive step, Jharkhand has set an example for other states to prioritize the rights of gig workers and work towards fostering a more inclusive and equitable labor market. As the gig economy continues to grow, it is essential to acknowledge the contributions of gig workers and ensure their fair treatment. Jharkhand's progressive approach is a step in the right direction.


6. Which country's Supreme Court recently declined an appeal to legalize same-sex marriages?

A.   India

B.   China

C.   United States

D.   United Kingdom

Answer: Option A


India's Supreme Court declining the appeal to legalize same-sex marriages is a significant blow to LGBTQ rights in the country. The ruling highlights the ongoing struggle for equal recognition and protection under the law. As India continues to evolve socially and legally, it is essential to foster dialogue and work towards a more inclusive society that respects and upholds the rights of all its citizens.


7. What was the profession of PV Gangadharan, who passed away recently?

A.   Politician

B.   Film producer

C.   Journalist

D.   Businessman

Answer: Option B


In the realm of Malayalam cinema, PV Gangadharan will be remembered as a visionary film producer who left an indelible impact. Through his exceptional storytelling and unwavering passion for the craft, he enriched the industry with timeless cinematic treasures. As we bid farewell to this legendary figure, let us celebrate his extraordinary journey and the lasting legacy he leaves behind.


8. Which city in India will receive a $181 million loan from the Asian Development Bank to improve urban living in its peri-urban areas?

A.   Ahmedabad

B.   Bangalore

C.   Hyderabad

D.   Kolkata

Answer: Option A


The $181 million loan from the Asian Development Bank marks a significant milestone in Ahmedabad's journey towards urban transformation. With a focus on improving infrastructure, services, and quality of life in peri-urban areas, the city is set to experience a remarkable positive change. Through the construction of water distribution networks, sewerage systems, sewage treatment plants, and the enhancement of roads and public transportation, Ahmedabad will emerge as a model city for sustainable urban living in India.


9. On which day is the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty celebrated?

A.   October 10th

B.   October 15th

C.   October 19th

D.   October 17th

Answer: Option D


The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, celebrated on October 17th, serves as a powerful reminder of our collective responsibility to address poverty and create a more inclusive world. By focusing on the theme "Decent Work and Social Protection: Putting dignity in practice for all," we recognize the need for sustainable solutions that empower individuals and protect their rights. Let us seize this opportunity to advocate for change, support anti-poverty initiatives, and work towards a future where poverty is no longer a barrier to human flourishing.


10. Where was the 2023 World Health Summit held, with both physical and online participation?

A.   Paris, France

B.   London, United Kingdom

C.   Berlin, Germany

D.   New York, USA

Answer: Option C


The 2023 World Health Summit held in Berlin, Germany, undoubtedly served as a defining year for global health action. With its hybrid format, the summit successfully brought together diverse stakeholders, facilitated meaningful discussions, and sparked collaborations that will shape the future of healthcare. By embracing innovation, inclusivity, and collective responsibility, the summit reaffirmed the importance of global cooperation in addressing pressing health challenges. As we move forward, the lessons learned and connections made at this remarkable event will continue to drive progress and pave the way for a healthier world.


11. What is the female labour force participation rate in India in 2022-23, as per the Periodic Labour Force Survey?

A.   32.8%

B.   37.0%

C.   39.2%

D.   41.0%

Answer: Option B


The female labour force participation rate in India has witnessed a significant increase to 37.0% in 2022-23, as per the Periodic Labour Force Survey. This rise signifies progress towards gender equality, driven by government initiatives, changing societal norms, and the increasing number of women in education and employment. However, there is still work to be done to further enhance women's economic participation and ensure a more inclusive and equitable society.


12. Which company has partnered with the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) to launch the ‘Super Power Retailer Program’ under the Skill India Mission?

A.   PepsiCo India

B.   Amazon India

C.   Reliance Retail

D.   Coca-Cola India

Answer: Option D


The launch of the Super Power Retailer Program by Coca-Cola India and NSDC marks a significant milestone in the retail industry. By providing essential training to retailers and empowering them to excel in their businesses, this program has the potential to revolutionize the retail landscape in India. Through enhanced skills and better customer experiences, we can expect to see a thriving retail sector that contributes to economic growth and employment opportunities. As we move forward, let us embrace the power of skill development and collaborative efforts in shaping a brighter future for the retail industry in India.


13. Which country did India hold its first-ever 2+2 foreign affairs and defence dialogue within New Delhi?

A.   Japan

B.   Australia

C.   United States

D.   United Kingdom

Answer: Option D


The India-UK 2+2 foreign affairs and defence dialogue marked a significant milestone in the bilateral relations between the two nations. It showcased the commitment of both India and the UK to strengthen diplomatic ties, enhance defence cooperation, and foster economic partnerships. The dialogue served as a constructive platform to address shared challenges and explore avenues for collaboration in various domains. As India and the UK move forward, this dialogue sets the stage for deeper engagement and mutual growth.


14. Who was appointed as the chief justice of the Manipur High Court in October 2023?

A.   Ravi Sharma

B.   Neha Kapoor

C.   Siddharth Mridul

D.   Priya Sinha

Answer: Option C


Justice Siddharth Mridul's appointment as the Chief Justice of Manipur High Court signifies a new era for the judicial system in Manipur. With his wealth of experience, remarkable achievements, and visionary outlook, Justice Mridul is set to lead the court towards greater heights. The legal community awaits with bated breath to witness the impact of his leadership and the positive changes it will bring to the administration of justice in Manipur.


15. Which case has the Supreme Court referred to a five-judge Constitution Bench recently?

A.   Aadhaar case

B.   Electoral bond case

C.   Pegasus case

D.   Farm laws case

Answer: Option B


The electoral bond case before the Supreme Court has become a pivotal moment in the debate surrounding political party funding in India. The decision to refer the case to a five-judge Constitution Bench reflects the complexity and importance of the issues raised. As the hearing approaches on October 30, 2023, all eyes will be on the court to see how this case unfolds and what implications it may have for the future of political financing in the country.


16. Which country's opposition won recent parliamentary elections ending 8 years of populist rule?

A.   Hungary

B.   Czech Republic

C.   Slovakia

D.   Poland

Answer: Option D


 Poland's recent parliamentary elections have ushered in a historic change, with the liberal opposition securing a resounding victory and ending eight years of populist rule by the Law and Justice party. The outcome of these elections signifies a repudiation of conservative and nationalist policies, and a potential shift in Poland's future direction. As the country embarks on a new chapter, all eyes are on the opposition and their leader, Donald Tusk, to see how they will shape Poland's political, social, and economic landscape in the years to come.


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