1. Which operation has recently been carried out by the Central Bureau of Investigation against cyber criminals involved in financial crimes?
(A) Operation Chakra-2
(B) Operation All Out
(C) Operation Cyber
(D) Operation Horse
(E) Operation Devi Shakti
Solution: Option A.)
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) carried out a widespread crackdown on cyber criminals in India in an operation known as “Operation Chakra-2”.
This operation involved searches at 76 locations across the country and was prompted by the registration of five separate cases of cyber-enabled financial fraud, including a Rs 100-crore cryptocurrency scam.
As an effort to track down cyber criminals who indulge in financial crimes and fraud, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) launched Operation Chakra in 2022.
This new mission was launched against cyber-enabled crime networks on the basis of international inputs.
Operation Chakra was launched in coordination with Interpol, FBI, and police forces of multiple countries.
2. In October 2023, who was named as Indian women’s cricket team head coach?
(A) Sairaj Bahutule
(B) Wasim Jaffer
(C) Ramesh Powar
(D) Tushar Arothe
(E) Amol Muzumdar
Solution: option E.)
Amol Muzumdar, the former Mumbai batter, has been named head coach of the India women’s national team.
The position had been vacant since December 2022, when Ramesh Powar was abruptly removed as part of BCCI’s “restructuring module” two months ahead of the T20 World Cup in South Africa.
Hrishikesh Kanitkar has been in the top job in an interim capacity.
3. India’s first all-woman police station, which has celebrated its 50 years of foundation located in which state?
Solution: option C.)
October 23, 1973, Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi, inaugurated the country’s first women’s police station in Kozhikode.
The PM then handed the station’s first sub-inspector, M Padminiamma, a pen to sign the inaugural register.
Some assert that this trailblazing initiative might, in fact, hold the distinction of being the world’s first of its kind.
4. Recently, PM Modi chaired meeting of 43rd edition of PRAGATI. What does “G” stands for in the abbreviation of “PRAGATI”?
Solution: option D.)
Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi chaired the meeting of the 43rd edition of PRAGATI, the ICT-based multi-modal platform for Pro-Active Governance and Timely Implementation, involving Centre and State governments.
During the interaction, Prime Minister also reviewed ‘Mobile Towers and 4G Coverage under USOF Projects’.
In the meeting, a total of eight projects were reviewed.
PRAGATI, which stands for “Pro-Active Governance and Timely Implementation,” is an ICT-based platform that serves as a tool for intergovernmental coordination and project monitoring.
The platform was launched by the Government of India in 2015, and its primary purpose is to streamline governance and expedite the implementation of critical projects.
5. The Prime Minister dedicated to the nation the left bank (85km) canal network of the Nilwande Dam in which state?
(A) Madhya Pradesh
(D) Uttar Pradesh
(E) Tamil Nadu
Solution: option B.)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has visited Maharashtra and Goa.
The Prime Minister dedicated to the nation the left bank (85km) canal network of the Nilwande Dam.
It will benefit 182 villages from 7 Tehsils (6 in Ahmednagar district and 1 from Nashik district) by facilitating pipe distribution networks of water.
The idea of Nilwande Dam was first conceived in 1970.
It is being developed at a cost of about Rs 5177 crores.
The Prime Minister also launched the ‘Namo Shetkari Mahasanman Nidhi Yojana’.
The Yojna will benefit more than 86 lakh beneficiaries of the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana in Maharashtra by providing an additional amount of Rs 6000 per year to them.
6. Who has been elected as the new speaker of US House of Representatives?
(A) Mike Johnson
(B) Julia Letlow
(C) Clay Higgins
(D) Garret Graves
(E) Steve Scalise
Solution: option A.)
Republican Congressman from Louisiana Mike Johnson has been elected as the Speaker of the House of Representatives.
The position of Speaker of the House of Representatives is one of the most powerful political chairs in the country and is third in the line of succession after the US President.
Kevin McCarthy was unceremoniously voted out of the seat for the first time in US history.
7. National level Saras Aajeevika Mela 2023 has began in which city?
Solution: option C.)
A national level Saras Aajeevika Mela 2023 begins in Gurugram, Haryana.
SARAS Mela is an initiative by the DAY-NRLM of Ministry of Rural Development to bring the rural women Self Help Group members under one platform to showcase their skills, sell their products and help them build linkages with potential market players.
This 17-day festival is to be held at Leisure Valley Ground, Gurugram.
The Indian state of Uttar Pradesh declared the sarus crane as its official state bird in 2013.
8. Which country has announced to grant free visas to visitors from India till 31 March, 2024?
(B) Sri Lanka
Solution: option B.)
Sri Lanka granted free visas to visitors from India, China, Russia, Malaysia, Japan, Indonesia & Thailand.
This is a step to bolster tourism amidst economic turmoil.
The initiative has been launched as a pilot project till 31 March, 2024, said the Sri Lankan ministry of external affairs.
Visitors from these nations can now obtain visas for Sri Lanka without any charges.
9. Which country is hosting the UN Forum on ‘Forest Fire and Certification’?
(C) South Africa
Solution: option D.)
A two-day Country Led Initiative (CLI) program is being organized by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change in Uttarakhand at the Forest Research Institute (FRI), Dehradun.
In this, about 55 representatives from 30 countries and 41 representatives from 20 organizations will discuss the topic of Forest Fire and Certification.
This program is a part of the United Nations Forum on Forests.
10. Airbus has tied up with which IIT to boost talent development in the Indian aerospace sector?
(A) IIT Mumbai
(B) IIT Kanpur
(C) IIT Delhi
(D) IIT Kharagpur
(E) IIT Dhanbad
Solution: Option B.)
Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur and Airbus signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to focus on research to promote talent development in the Indian aerospace sector.
Airbus is a European multinational aerospace company.
It was established in 1970.
In February 2023, IIT – Kanpur has developed a compressed air-based mineral transport system.
In June 2023, The Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITK) has recently undertaken a significant test flight with the aim of cloud seeding.