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September 15, 2023 Current Affairs

1. Which municipal corporation has initiated the Cash for Waste scheme and established the Material Recovery Facility (MRF) named Pink MRF?

A.    Vijayawada Municipal Corporation

B.    Nellore Municipal Corporation

C.    Tirupati Municipal Corporation

D.    Patna Municipal Corporation

Answer: Option D

Explanation:

The Cash for Waste scheme initiated by the Patna Municipal Corporation, along with the establishment of the Pink MRF, marks a significant milestone in waste management practices. By incentivizing responsible waste disposal and empowering communities, the PMC sets the stage for a cleaner, greener, and more sustainable future. The success of this program serves as a testament to the power of innovative initiatives in creating positive change.



 

 



2. Which investment firm acquired 5 crore shares of IDFC First Bank in a block deal on September 11, 2023?

A.    Goldman Sachs

B.    GQG Partners

C.    J.P. Morgan

D.    Morgan Stanley

Answer: Option B

Explanation:

GQG Partners, a renowned US-based investment firm, made a bold move when it acquired 5 crore shares of IDFC First Bank in a block deal on September 11, 2023. This strategic acquisition has the potential to reshape the banking landscape and open doors to new opportunities for both entities involved. As the future unfolds, we eagerly await the developments that will arise from this partnership.



 

 



3. How many impoverished households are expected to receive free gas connections, stoves, and refills as part of the third phase of the Ujjwala scheme?

A.    5 million

B.    7.5 million

C.    10 million

D.    12.5 million

Answer: Option B

Explanation:

the third phase of the Ujjwala scheme is set to empower 7.5 million impoverished households by offering free gas connections, stoves, and refills. This ambitious endeavor will not only enhance the lives of millions but also contribute to a healthier and more sustainable future for India. As the program continues to thrive, it serves as a beacon of hope, representing the government's unwavering commitment to uplifting its citizens and fostering inclusive growth.

 


 


4. Which Indian state has introduced a Rs 4 lakh insurance package for gig workers, including both life insurance and accidental insurance?

A.    Maharashtra

B.    Tamil Nadu

C.    Kerala

D.    Karnataka

Answer: Option D

Explanation:

Karnataka's introduction of a Rs 4 lakh insurance package for gig workers, encompassing both life and accidental insurance, marks a significant milestone in supporting and empowering gig workers. This pioneering initiative provides them with valuable financial protection, ensuring their well-being and that of their families. As the gig economy continues to grow and evolve, it is vital for governments and policymakers to recognize the importance of providing social security measures for gig workers. By doing so, they can foster a more inclusive and sustainable future of work.



 

 



5. Which document will serve as a single document for Aadhaar, driving license, and jobs starting from October 1, 2023?

A.    Birth certificate

B.    Passport

C.    Voter ID

D.    PAN card

Answer: Option A

Explanation:

The birth certificate's elevation as the single document for Aadhaar, driving license, and jobs heralds a new era of convenience and efficiency. This progressive step by the Registration of Births and Deaths (Amendment) Act, 2023, will simplify administrative processes, reduce paperwork, and enhance access to essential services. As we approach October 1, 2023, individuals and organizations alike can look forward to a smoother, more streamlined experience, all made possible by the birth certificate's newfound versatility.



 

 



6. What is the theme for National Engineers' Day in 2023?

A.    Engineering for a Sustainable Future

B.    Celebrating Engineering Excellence

C.    Innovations in Engineering

D.    Engineers: Shaping the World

Answer: Option A

Explanation:

National Engineers' Day 2023, with its theme "Engineering for a Sustainable Future," emphasizes the crucial role that engineers play in shaping a better world. By promoting sustainable engineering practices, collaborating across disciplines, and inspiring future generations, engineers are driving innovations that will pave the way for a more sustainable and prosperous future. Let us celebrate the accomplishments of engineers and join hands in creating a world where engineering excellence goes hand in hand with environmental stewardship and social progress.



 

 



7. Which country has become the 13th nation authorized to issue International Organisation of Legal Metrology (OIML) certificates?

A.    China

B.    India

C.    Brazil

D.    Russia

Answer: Option B

Explanation:

India's recent achievement of becoming the 13th nation authorized to issue OIML certificates is a significant milestone in the country's journey towards maintaining international standards in legal metrology. This recognition not only enhances India's credibility but also paves the way for increased global cooperation, trade, and technological advancements. It is a testament to India's dedication to providing accurate and reliable measurements while fostering consumer protection and fair competition. With OIML authorization, India is poised to make further strides in the field of metrology and contribute to the global harmonization of measurement practices.



 

 



8. What was the Wholesale Price Index (WPI) inflation rate for the month of August in India?

A.    -0.52%

B.    1.36%

C.    -4.12%

D.    0.52%

Answer: Option A

Explanation:

 the WPI inflation rate for the month of August in India was -0.52%. This negative inflation rate indicates a deflationary trend and highlights the unique economic conditions prevailing in the country. Understanding the WPI inflation rate is vital for policymakers, businesses, and consumers to navigate the economic landscape effectively. By staying informed about these key indicators, we can make more informed decisions and adapt to the ever-changing market dynamics.



 

 



9. What is Fitch Ratings' growth forecast for India for the fiscal year 2023-24 (FY24)?

A.    5.0%

B.    6.3%

C.    7.8%

D.    8.5%

Answer: Option B

Explanation:

Fitch Ratings' growth forecast for India in the fiscal year 2023-24 stands at 6.3%. Despite challenges like tighter monetary policy and weakened exports, India's resilient economy and concerted efforts to drive growth are expected to propel the country forward. As we move closer to FY24, it will be intriguing to observe how India's economic landscape evolves and if the projected growth rate aligns with Fitch Ratings' forecast.



 

 



10. What is the amount of the dividend cheque presented by LIC to Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman for the fiscal year 2022-23?

A.    ₹571 Crore

B.    ₹1,389 Crore

C.    ₹1,831 Crore

D.    ₹2,536 Crore

Answer: Option C

Explanation:

LIC's presentation of a ₹1,831 crore dividend cheque to Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman for the fiscal year 2022-23 reflects the company's financial prowess and its commitment to sharing profits with the government. This event not only strengthens LIC's position as a key player in the insurance sector but also reinforces its contribution to the nation's financial stability and growth.



 

 



11. Which Indian company has partnered with BAE Systems to bring the Articulated All-Terrain Vehicle (AATV) to India?

A.    Larsen & Toubro

B.    Tata Group

C.    Reliance Industries

D.    Mahindra & Mahindra

Answer: Option A

Explanation:

The collaboration between Larsen & Toubro and BAE Systems marks a significant milestone in the Indian defence industry. By bringing the Articulated All-Terrain Vehicle (AATV) to India, this partnership will revolutionize the Indian defence landscape. With enhanced capabilities and bolstered defence preparedness, India will strengthen its position on the global stage. This collaborative effort serves as a shining example of the power of partnerships in driving innovation and progress in the defence sector.



 

 



12. Who has been appointed as the brand ambassador for Exxon Mobil's lubrication brand, Mobil?

A.    Shah Rukh Khan

B.    Hrithik Roshan

C.    Aamir Khan

D.    Salman Khan

Answer: Option B

Explanation:

Exxon Mobil's choice of Hrithik Roshan as the brand ambassador for Mobil™ lubrication brand is a testament to the power of collaboration between two iconic entities. This strategic partnership not only strengthens Mobil™'s brand image but also enables the brand to tap into Hrithik's immense popularity and extensive fan base. As we witness this exciting alliance unfold, it is clear that Hrithik Roshan's association with Mobil™ will bring forth new possibilities and further elevate the brand's presence in the market.



 

 



13. Who has been appointed as the Chairman of Mastercard India, demonstrating Mastercard's commitment to expanding its presence in India's financial landscape?

A.    Raghuram Rajan

B.    Arundhati Bhattacharya

C.    Chanda Kochhar

D.    Rajnish Kumar

Answer: Option D

Explanation:

the appointment of Rajnish Kumar as Chairman of Mastercard India marks a strategic move by Mastercard to expand its presence in India's financial landscape. With his exceptional leadership skills and in-depth understanding of the Indian banking sector, Kumar is poised to drive Mastercard's growth and strengthen its partnerships within the country. This appointment not only demonstrates Mastercard's commitment to India but also highlights the immense opportunities that India presents for global players in the financial industry.

 


 


14. Which organization has signed a five-year MoU with GSITI for training programs in mineral resources and disaster management?

A.    Geological Survey of India (GSI)

B.    Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)

C.    National Natural Resources Management System (NNRMS)

D.    Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES)

Answer: Option

Explanation:

The MoU between GSITI and ISRO marks a significant milestone in strengthening training programs in mineral resources and disaster management. This partnership showcases the commitment of both organizations towards enhancing knowledge, skills, and expertise in critical areas. By leveraging the capabilities of ISRO and the extensive geological insights of GSI, this collaborative effort will undoubtedly contribute to the nation's overall development, resource sustainability, and disaster resilience.



 

 



15. When is World Lymphoma Awareness Day 2023 observed?

A.    14 September

B.    16 September

C.    15 September

D.    17 September

Answer: Option C

Explanation:

World Lymphoma Awareness Day serves as a powerful reminder of the importance of knowledge, support, and unity in the face of lymphoma. By dedicating a day to increase awareness, WLAD brings together individuals, medical professionals, organizations, and communities to promote early detection, improve patient care, and advance research efforts. Let us all join hands on September 15th, and every day, to support those affected by lymphoma and work towards a future free from this devastating disease.



 

 



16. Which company delivered the first C-295 transport aircraft to the Indian Air Force (IAF) on September 13, 2023?

A.    Boeing

B.    Lockheed Martin

C.    Airbus

D.    Dassault Aviation

Answer: Option C

Explanation:

The delivery of the first C-295 transport aircraft by Airbus to the Indian Air Force marks a monumental achievement in the country's defense sector. This significant step not only strengthens the IAF's transport capabilities but also boosts the indigenous manufacturing ecosystem. The collaboration between Airbus and TASL paves the way for self-reliance in defense manufacturing and reinforces India's position as a global player. As the remaining 55 C-295 aircraft join the IAF's fleet, we can expect a new era of enhanced operational capabilities and national security.



 

 



17. How much budget has been allocated for e-Courts Phase III over four years?

A.    Rs 1,170 crore

B.    Rs 3,520 crore

C.    Rs 5,840 crore

D.    Rs 7,210 crore

Answer: Option D

Explanation:

 The approval of a budget of Rs 7,210 crore over four years for e-Courts Phase III marks a significant milestone in the modernization of the Indian judiciary. This substantial investment will pave the way for a more efficient, accessible, and technology-driven court system. By embracing digital solutions and streamlining court processes, e-Courts Phase III will usher in a new era of justice delivery in our nation.



 

 



18. Which company has partnered with YES BANK to enhance cross-border payments for MSMEs?

A.    Paytm

B.    Razorpay

C.    PhonePe

D.    BriskPe

Answer: Option D

Explanation:

The partnership between YES BANK and BriskPe marks a significant milestone in the realm of cross-border payments for MSMEs. By combining YES BANK's extensive banking expertise with BriskPe's innovative technology, "BriskPe A2A" solutions are set to revolutionize how MSMEs conduct international transactions. This collaboration not only enhances the efficiency of cross-border payments but also empowers MSMEs to expand their global reach and achieve sustained growth. With a shared vision of driving financial inclusion, YES BANK and BriskPe are paving the way for a more seamless and prosperous future for MSMEs worldwide.



 

 



19. What is the primary focus of Air India's 'Project Abhinandan' initiative?

A.    Enhancing in-flight entertainment options

B.    Improving onboard dining services

C.    Managing baggage issues and dealing with missed flights

D.    Reducing ticket prices

Answer: Option C

Explanation:

Air India's 'Project Abhinandan' is a visionary initiative that demonstrates the airline's commitment to providing passengers with a personalized and hassle-free experience. By focusing on managing baggage issues and dealing with missed flights, Air India aims to address two critical pain points for travelers. With personalized solutions, efficient transfer processes, and swift assistance, Air India is poised to transform the passenger experience and elevate its position as a customer-centric airline.



 

 



20. On which date is the International Day of Democracy celebrated each year?

A.    September 11th

B.    September 13th

C.    September 15th

D.    September 17th

Answer: Option C

Explanation:

The International Day of Democracy, celebrated on September 15th each year, serves as a reminder of the importance of democratic values and principles. It provides an opportunity for governments, organizations, and citizens to come together and engage in meaningful discussions about democracy. By promoting public participation, government accountability, and human rights, this day plays a vital role in shaping the future of democratic societies worldwide.



 


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