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  • January 18, 2024 Current Affairs
Which country's startup, Betavolt, unveiled a nuclear battery claiming 50 years of maintenance-free power generation?
United States
Answer: Option
China Betavolt has introduced a revolutionary nuclear battery, challenging norms with its miniaturized atomic energy. The battery, designed to provide 50 years of maintenance-free power generation, integrates 63 isotopes into a coin-sized module and has versatile applications in aerospace, AI equipment, medical devices, and more. With safety measures and addressing radiation concerns, Betavolt aims to redefine the possibilities of nuclear technology.

What organization recently removed Aadhaar from the list of acceptable documents for proof of date of birth?
Employee's Provident Fund Organization
National Identification Bureau of India
Social Security and Pension Organization
Labour Welfare Board
Answer: Option
The Employee's Provident Fund Organization (EPFO) decided to exclude Aadhaar as proof of date of birth for correction and updates starting January 16, 2024. This action complies with the directive from the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) and aligns with the Aadhaar Act, 2016, which does not recognize Aadhaar as a valid proof of date of birth.

In which Indian state was the first-ever confirmed sighting of the rare Tibetan Brown Bear recorded?
Arunachal Pradesh
Himachal Pradesh
Answer: Option
The historic sighting of the rare Tibetan Brown Bear in the high altitudes of North Sikkim is a remarkable achievement for India's wildlife conservation. Joint efforts by the Sikkim Forest Department and WWF-India led to this discovery, highlighting the ecological richness of Sikkim and adding to the country's diverse mammal population.

According to the 2024 Global 500 IT Services Ranking by Brand Finance, which company is rated as the second most valuable IT services brand in the world?
Tata Consultancy Services
Answer: Option
Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) achieved a significant milestone by being rated the second most valuable IT services brand globally in the 2024 Global 500 IT Services Ranking by Brand Finance. With a brand value surge to $19.2 billion, TCS demonstrates industry leadership, innovation commitment, and global recognition. Accenture holds the top position as the world's most valuable IT services brand, with a brand value of USD 40.5 billion.

Which company has secured a monumental contract valued between ₹10,000 to ₹15,000 crore for the electrification segment of the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project?
Rural Electrification Corporation
Larsen & Toubro
NTPC Limited
Adani Infrastructure
Answer: Option
L&T (Larsen & Toubro) Construction's railways strategic business group has successfully secured a substantial contract for the Mumbai-Ahmedabad high-speed rail project. The contract, valued between ₹10,000 to ₹15,000 crore, involves the construction of 508 km of electrification works. This strategic win reinforces L&T's position in the infrastructure sector.

Which language has the Government of India decided to include as one of the nine classical languages under the New Education Policy?
Answer: Option
The Government of India, under the New Education Policy, has decided to include Farsi (Persian) as one of the nine classical languages, emphasizing cultural ties and connections between Iran and India.

In which city did Union Minister for Civil Aviation, Shri Jyotiraditya M Scindia, inaugurate Wings India 2024, Asia's largest aviation expo?
Answer: Option
Union Minister Shri Jyotiraditya Scindia inaugurated Wings India 2024, Asia's largest aviation expo, at Begumpet Airport in Hyderabad. This event signifies a major milestone in the Indian aviation sector, showcasing its growth and future potential.

In which location did Union Fisheries Minister Parshottam Rupala launch an artificial reef project to boost the fish population and promote sustainable fishing?
Veraval, Gujarat
Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh
Puri, Odisha
Vizhinjam, Kerala
Answer: Option
Union Fisheries Minister Parshottam Rupala inaugurated the artificial reef project in Vizhinjam, Kerala, with the aim of doubling the income of fishermen, enhancing fish stocks, and contributing to the economic well-being of the local fishing community.

What is the primary objective of NHAI's 'One Vehicle, One FASTag' initiative?
To prevent the use of a single FASTag for multiple vehicles
To reduce overall toll charges for vehicle owners
To create a unified toll system across India
To promote the use of electronic payments
Answer: Option
NHAI's 'One Vehicle, One FASTag' initiative is strategically designed to prevent the prevalent practice of using a single FASTag for multiple vehicles or linking multiple FASTags to a specific vehicle. The aim is to ensure individual accountability and efficient toll collection at Toll Plazas.

Who benefits from ISRO's second-generation 'Distress Alert Transmitter' (DAT-SG), enabling real-time acknowledgements through enhanced satellite communication at sea?
Naval Pilots
Merchant sailors
Answer: Option
The advanced 'Distress Alert Transmitter' (DAT-SG) by ISRO is a crucial tool for fishermen at sea, allowing them to send emergency messages and receive real-time acknowledgements, thereby revolutionizing maritime safety. With over 20,000 units currently in use, the DAT-SG has proven to be a reliable and effective tool for fishermen in distress.

Which Indian institute has partnered with Altair to inaugurate the eMobility Simulation Lab, becoming a hub for advanced research and training in the field of eMobility?
IIT Delhi
IIT Bombay
IIT Kanpur
IIT Madras
Answer: Option
IIT Madras and Altair collaboratively launched the eMobility Simulation Lab, situated in the Department of Engineering Design at IIT Madras. Supported by Altair's financial backing, the lab is equipped with state-of-the-art products and tools, fostering advanced research and training in eMobility domains.

Which city recently became the first in India to develop a 3D urban spatial digital twin?
New Delhi
Answer: Option
Varanasi has achieved the milestone of being the first city in India to develop a 3D urban spatial digital twin, utilizing advanced LiDAR technology to create a comprehensive digital map covering 160 square kilometres. The digital twin integrates with the Kashi Integrated Command and Control Centre for enhanced operational efficiency.

With which group did Foxconn forge a partnership to establish a chip packaging and testing facility in India?
SiliconCraft Corporation
HCL Group
Tata Group
Reliance Industries
Answer: Option
Foxconn, in collaboration with HCL Group, is establishing a chip packaging and testing facility in India. The partnership involves a $37.2 million investment by Foxconn Hon Hai Technology India Mega Development for a 40% stake, while the remaining stake is held by HCL Group.

What is the name of the mobile application launched for transparent monitoring of the Member of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS) fund flow?
Answer: Option
The MPLADS e-SAKSHI Mobile Application, known as e-Sakshi, is designed to facilitate transparent monitoring of the fund flow under the Member of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS) for the year 2023. The SAKSHI portal enables centralized and state agencies, district authorities, and MPs to monitor MPLADS progress, fund status, and work details, contributing to increased transparency.

Who won the individual gold medal in the men's 25m centre fire pistol event at the 2024 Asian Shooting Championship in Jakarta?
Muad Al Balushi
Anang Yulianto
Pankaj Yadav
Yogesh Singh
Answer: Option
Yogesh Singh excelled in the Asia Olympic Qualifiers in Jakarta, securing individual gold in the men's 25m centre fire pistol and leading the Indian team to victory in the team category. His exceptional marksmanship and leadership contributed significantly to India's success in the shooting competition.

Who has recently been appointed as the Chief Staff Officer (Operations) at the Eastern Naval Command?
Rear Admiral Anurag Kumar
Rear Admiral Shantanu Jha
Rear Admiral Sanjay Patel
Rear Admiral Meera Kapoor
Answer: Option
Rear Admiral Shantanu Jha has assumed the role of Chief Staff Officer (Operations) at the Eastern Naval Command. He is a recipient of the Nausena Medal and previously served as a Commodore in (Strategy, Concepts & Transformation) at Naval Headquarters. His diverse background includes a Master's degree in Defence Studies and experience as a Naval Attaché.

In which city was the 12th General Assembly of the Asian Buddhist Conference for Peace inaugurated?
New Delhi
Answer: Option
Vice President Dhankhar inaugurated the 12th General Assembly of the Asian Buddhist Conference for Peace in New Delhi, emphasizing Buddha's wisdom as a transformative roadmap for inner peace, compassion, and non-violence amidst universal challenges.

Which Indian state is hosting the 9th edition of the Pakke Paga Hornbill Festival (PPHF)?
Arunachal Pradesh
Answer: Option
The 9th edition of the Pakke Paga Hornbill Festival (PPHF) is set to take place at Seijosa in the Pakke Kessang district of Arunachal Pradesh from January 18-20, 2024. Initiated in 2015, the festival aims to celebrate the Nyishi tribal group's significant role in conserving hornbills within the Pakke Tiger Reserve (PTR). The event focuses on recognizing the Nyishi tribe's contributions to hornbill conservation, generating alternative sources of income for the region, and raising awareness about PTR and its wonders across India.

Who is poised to make history as the first ICC-appointed female neutral umpire in a bilateral series?
Claire Taylor
Charlotte Edwards
Sue Redfern
Belinda Clark
Answer: Option
Sue Redfern from England is set to become the first ICC-appointed female neutral umpire, marking a significant stride toward gender inclusivity in cricket officiating. This historic moment is scheduled to take place during the upcoming WT20I between Australia and South Africa.

Which state recently launched the Mahtari Vandana Yojana 2024, offering monthly economic assistance of ₹1000 to women?
Madhya Pradesh
Uttar Pradesh
Answer: Option
Chhattisgarh has introduced the Mahtari Vandana Yojana 2024, providing monthly economic assistance of ₹1000 to women, with a total annual aid of ₹12,000, aimed at empowering them through financial support.