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Exercise : Daily Current Affairs
  • February 17, 2024 Current Affairs
1.
What expressway is set to initiate satellite-based tolling in India?
Mysuru-Bengaluru Expressway
Mumbai-Pune Expressway
Delhi-Jaipur Expressway
Chennai-Bengaluru Expressway
Answer: Option
Explanation:
India plans to introduce satellite-based tolling on the Mysuru-Bengaluru Expressway, aiming to enhance traffic flow and simplify toll payment processes. This modernization initiative reflects the government's commitment to leveraging technology to improve transportation infrastructure.

2.
On which date was the United Nations Global Tourism Resilience Day celebrated for the first time?
February 17
February 18
March 17
January 17
Answer: Option
Explanation:
The United Nations' Global Tourism Resilience Day was celebrated for the first time on February 17, 2023, signifying its inauguration as a day to recognize and fortify the resilience of the tourism sector globally.

3.
Which organization launched the insurance product 'Amritbaal'?
ICICI Prudential
SBI Life
HDFC Life
LIC
Answer: Option
Explanation:
The Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) introduced 'Amritbaal', a Non-Linked, Non-Participating, Individual, Savings, Life Insurance plan. This product, tailored for children, aims to address their financial needs, particularly for education and other significant expenses, marking LIC's commitment to offering comprehensive financial solutions for diverse demographics.

4.
In which Indian state was the Bagchi Sri Shankara Cancer Centre and Research Institute (BSCCRI) inaugurated?
Tamil Nadu
Odisha
Karnataka
Andhra Pradesh
Answer: Option
Explanation:
The Bagchi Sri Shankara Cancer Centre and Research Institute (BSCCRI) was inaugurated in Bhubaneswar, Odisha, by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. This initiative aims to provide advanced cancer treatment facilities, emphasizing the state's commitment to comprehensive healthcare services for its citizens.

5.
Which organization is collaborating with Cochin International Airport Ltd (CIAL) to establish the first Green Hydrogen plant at Cochin Airport?
Indian Oil Corporation Limited
Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited
Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited
Reliance Industries Limited
Answer: Option
Explanation:
Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) is collaborating with Cochin International Airport Ltd (CIAL) to establish the first Green Hydrogen plant at Cochin Airport, renowned as the world's first solar-powered airport. This initiative underscores efforts towards sustainable aviation and environmental conservation.

6.
Which institution collaborated with Engineers India Limited (EIL) to drive research and innovation in green technologies?
IIT Roorkee
IIT Delhi
IIT Bombay
IIT Madras
Answer: Option
Explanation:
The Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee (IIT Roorkee), partnered with Engineers India Limited (EIL) to enhance innovation and research in green technologies. This collaboration aims to focus on key research areas such as CO2 conversion for emissions reduction and economic opportunities under the leadership of Prof KK Pant, Director of IIT Roorkee.

7.
Which city is set to host the 12th edition of the MILAN naval exercise?
Mumbai
Chennai
Visakhapatnam
Kolkata
Answer: Option
Explanation:
Visakhapatnam is the strategic port city chosen to host the 12th edition of the MILAN naval exercise from February 19 to 27. This exercise aims to promote cooperation and strategic dialogue among naval forces from over 50 countries, emphasizing the theme of enhancing global maritime security.

8.
Which country is NOT part of the Quad alliance?
Australia
France
India
Japan
Answer: Option
Explanation:
The Quad alliance, comprising the United States, Australia, India, and Japan, is a strategic partnership aimed at enhancing cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region. It focuses on various areas such as security, economic development, and geopolitical stability. The alliance seeks to uphold a rules-based order and promote peace and prosperity in the region.

9.
Who was elected as the new president of the International Court of Justice (ICJ)?
Joan Donoghue
Abdulqawi Yusuf
Christopher Greenwood
Nawaf Salam
Answer: Option
Explanation:
Lebanese Judge Nawaf Salam was elected as the new president of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for a three-year term, succeeding US Judge Joan Donoghue. This appointment highlights Salam's distinguished career path and his significant role within the field of international law.

10.
Which Indian state was named the "Most Welcoming Region" in India according to Booking.com's 2024 Traveller Review Awards?
Rajasthan
Himachal Pradesh
Kerala
Goa
Answer: Option
Explanation:
Himachal Pradesh claimed the top spot as India's most welcoming region in the 12th Annual Traveller Review Awards 2024 by Booking.com. This recognition underscores the region's hospitality and appeals to travellers, as evidenced by positive customer reviews on the platform.

11.
What is the name of the Indian Coast Guard ship that made a port call in Mozambique?
Vajra
Varaha
Vikrant
Virat
Answer: Option
Explanation:
The Indian Coast Guard ship 'Varaha' made a port call in Mozambique, specifically in Maputo. This visit highlights India's strategic deployment in East Africa and emphasizes professional engagements in areas such as Marine Pollution Response and maritime Search and Rescue.

12.
Which bank secured seven awards at the 19th Banking Tech Conference?
City Union Bank
IDFC FIRST Bank
HDFC Bank
ICICI Bank
Answer: Option
Explanation:
City Union Bank, under the leadership of Dr N Kamakodi, earned seven awards at the 19th Banking Technology Conference, Expo & Citations in 2023. These awards recognize the bank's outstanding performance across various technological domains, showcasing its commitment to innovation and excellence in banking services.

13.
With which country did India sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Digital Cooperation?
Brazil
Argentina
Colombia
Peru
Answer: Option
Explanation:
India signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Digital Cooperation with Colombia. This MoU aims to facilitate the sharing of India's open-sourced Digital Public Infrastructures (DPIs) with a focus on India Stack Solutions, contributing to digital transformation efforts in Colombia.

14.
For what primary purpose was the INSAT-3DS satellite launched by ISRO?
Weather Forecast
Communication
Navigation
Remote Sensing
Answer: Option
Explanation:
The INSAT-3DS satellite, launched by ISRO, serves the primary purpose of weather forecasting and environmental monitoring. It represents a significant advancement in meteorological capabilities, enabling enhanced weather predictions and environmental observations to support various sectors and communities.

15.
Which country recently legalized same-sex marriage, making it the first Orthodox Christian nation to do so?
Italy
Spain
Portugal
Greece
Answer: Option
Explanation:
Greece recently legalized same-sex marriage and granted equal parental rights to same-sex couples, marking a significant milestone in the country's legal and societal landscape. This landmark decision reflects Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis' commitment to equality and eliminating discrimination against LGBTQ+ individuals.