Miscellaneous Current Affairs

Shweta Sharda Wins Miss Diva Universe 2023, to Represent India at Miss Universe

Shweta Sharda won the Miss Diva Universe 2023 finale in Mumbai on August 27, 2023. She received the crown from the former Miss Diva Universe 2023, Divita Rai. She will represent India in the 72nd Miss Universe pageant this year.

  • Trisha Shetty from Karnataka was the runner-up of Miss Diva Universe 2023.
  • Sonal Kukreja was crowned Miss Diva Supranational 2023 at the same event, representing India at Miss Supranational.

Who is Shweta Sharda ?

  • Shweta Sharda is a 22-year-old model and dancer from Chandigarh who moved to Mumbai at 16.
  • She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Indira Gandhi National Open University.
  • Shweta has appeared on popular TV reality shows such as Dance India Dance, Dance Deewane, and Dance Plus.
  • She has also worked as a choreographer on Jhalak Dikhlaja.

LIVA Miss Diva Universe

  • LIVA Miss Diva Universe 2023 is the 11th edition of the pageant.
  • The winner of the pageant represents India in the Miss Universe competition.
  • This year’s pageant allowed participation from married, divorced, pregnant, engaged, widowed, and transgender individuals for the first time.

Q.: Which contestant won the Miss Diva Universe 2023 title?

a) Divita Rai
b) Trisha Shetty
c) Shweta Sharda
d) Sonal Kukreja

Answer: c) Shweta Sharda

Sulabh International’ founder and social activist Bindeshwar Pathak passed away

Bindeshwar Pathak, founder of Sulabh International, a social service organization, passed away on 15 August 2023 at the age of 80 due to cardiac arrest at AIIMS New Delhi.

  • Born on April 2, 1943, in Bihar, Pathak held a PhD in sociology from Patna University and began his career as a lecturer.
  • He founded Sulabh International in 1970, which has constructed over 1.5 million household toilets and 8,500 public toilets across India.
  • Pathak developed the Sulabh Shauchalaya System, an eco-friendly toilet technology converting waste into biogas and fertilizer.
  • He introduced pay-and-use public toilets, offering clean and affordable sanitation facilities, and rehabilitated manual scavengers.
  • Pathak worked for the upliftment of widows by providing them education, vocational skills, and social security.
  • He received numerous awards, including Padma Shri (1991), Padma Bhushan (1999), Stockholm Water Prize (2009), and Gandhi Peace Prize (2016).
  • Pathak’s contributions were praised by prominent figures, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Q.: Who established Sulabh International, a renowned social service organization?

a) Mahatma Gandhi
b) Bindeshwar Pathak
c) Mother Teresa
d) Azza Hazare

Ans : b) Bindeshwar Pathak

Tesla appoints Indian-origin Vaibhav Taneja as CFO

Tesla, the American electric automobile maker, has appointed Indian-origin Vaibhav Taneja as its Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Taneja, previously the Chief Accounting Officer (CAO) of Tesla, will take on the CFO role alongside his existing responsibilities.

  • He will succeed Zachary Kirkhorn, who announced his decision to step down.
  • Taneja holds a degree from Delhi University and has over 20 years of finance and accounting experience.
  • He joined Tesla in 2017 and has been leading the company’s accounting, financial reporting, and internal audit functions.
  • This appointment aligns with Tesla’s plans to establish India as a significant source of a new supplier ecosystem.
  • Tesla is reportedly discussing with Indian government officials to bring its auto parts and electronics chain to India.
  • Tesla aims to launch its first electric car in India by early 2024.

Who has been appointed as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Tesla?
a) Zachary Kirkhorn
b) Elon Musk
c) Vaibhav Taneja
d) Rajeev Jain

Ans : c) Vaibhav Taneja

Indian-American Shohini Sinha Appointed Special Agent in Charge of FBI’s Salt Lake City Field Office for Counter-Terrorism Expertise

Shohini Sinha, an Indian-American, has been appointed as the special agent in charge of the FBI’s field office in Salt Lake City in the US state of Utah.

  1. Sinha has a notable background in counter-terrorism investigations and has been recognized for her exceptional track record in this field.
  2. She previously served as the executive special assistant to the Director at FBI Headquarters in Washington DC before her current appointment.
  3. Sinha joined the FBI as a special agent in 2001 and was promoted to supervisory special agent in 2009, working in the Counterterrorism Division in Washington, DC.
  4. In 2021, she was selected to serve as the executive special assistant to the FBI Director, further highlighting her leadership qualities and outstanding performance.

Question: In which area has Indian-American Shohini Sinha been appointed as the Special Agent in Charge of the FBI?

A) Washington DC
B) New York City
C) Salt Lake City, Utah
D) Los Angeles, California

Answer: C) Salt Lake City, Utah

PM Narendra Modi conferred with Lokmanya Tilak National Award in Pune

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was honored with the Lokmanya Tilak National Award on 01 August 2023 in Pune, Maharashtra. The award was conferred on him by Deepak Tilak, President of Tilak Smarak Mandir Trust. The Lokmanya Tilak National Award is given every year on 1st August, the death anniversary of Lokmanya Tilak, to individuals who have made remarkable contributions to the development of the nation.

Q.: Who has been honored with the Lokmanya Tilak National Award 2023?

a) Amit Shah
b) Narendra Modi
c) Nitin Gadkari
d) Medha Patkar

Ans : b) Narendra Modi

Book ‘Memories Never Die,’ tribute to former President Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

The book titled ‘Memories Never Die’ was unveiled by Union Minister Amit Shah’s on 29 July 2023, during visit to the Ramanathapuram district of Tamil Nadu.

  • It serves as a tribute to the life and legacy of the late former President Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam.
  • The book was co-authored by Dr. APJM Nasima Maraikayar and scientist Dr. Y. S. Rajan.
  • The unveiling ceremony was a significant event during the visit and received attention from the public and political figures.
  • The event was graced by the presence of Union Minister for Information & Broadcasting, Shri. L Murugan, and Tamil Nadu BJP President, Shri. Annamalai.

Question: Who co-authored the book ‘Memories Never Die,’ a tribute to the life and legacy of the late former President Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam?

a) Dr. APJM Nasima Maraikayar and Amit Saha
b) Dr. APJM Nasima Maraikayar and scientist Dr. Y. S. Rajan
c) Arundhati Roy and Mulk Raj Anand
d) Vikram Seth and scientist Dr. Y. S. Rajan

Ans : b) Dr. APJM Nasima Maraikayar and scientist Dr. Y. S. Rajan

Eye flu, also known as conjunctivitis on the rise

Eye flu, also known as conjunctivitis, has been observed to be on the rise in certain parts of the country, including Delhi-NCR. However, there is no need to panic as cases are self-limiting and can be managed effectively. Dr. Jeewan S Titiyal, Chief of the Dr. R P Centre at AIIMS, New Delhi, has shed light on the nature of the infection and offered valuable advice to prevent its spread. In this blog, we will discuss what eye flu or conjunctivitis is, its common symptoms, and some preventive measures to follow.

Understanding Eye Flu:

Eye flu or conjunctivitis is an inflammation of the conjunctiva, which is the thin, transparent layer that covers the white part of the eye and lines the inner eyelid. The infection can be caused by viruses or bacteria, leading to various uncomfortable symptoms.

Common Symptoms:

The symptoms of eye flu may include redness, itching, swelling, excessive tearing, and a gritty sensation in the eye. These discomforts can affect one or both eyes, making it essential to take immediate precautions to prevent further spread.

Preventive Measures:

To minimize the risk of contracting eye flu and to prevent its transmission, Dr. Jeewan S Titiyal suggests a few simple yet effective home remedies. Maintaining hand hygiene is crucial, so washing hands frequently is highly recommended. Avoid touching your eyes with your hands, especially if you have been in contact with surfaces or objects that may carry the infection. Additionally, refrain from sharing towels, washcloths, makeup, or eye drops with others to avoid potential cross-contamination.

Q.: What is eye flu or conjunctivitis?
a) Inflammation of the retina
b) Inflammation of the cornea
c) Inflammation of the conjunctiva
d) Inflammation of the iris

Ans : c) Inflammation of the conjunctiva

PM Narendra Modi to Receive Prestigious Lokmanya Tilak Award 2023

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been selected as the recipient of the prestigious Lokmanya Tilak Award for 2023. The announcement was made by Dr. Dipak Tilak and Rohit Tilak, President and member of the Tilak Smarak Trust, respectively, at a press conference in Pune. The award will be presented to Prime Minister Modi by Dr. Deepak Tilak, the President of the Trust, on August 1, which marks the death anniversary of Lokmanya Tilak.

About Lokmanya Tilak Award

The Lokmanya Tilak Award is a prestigious honor given to individuals who have made outstanding contributions in iterature, arts, science, social work, journalism, and public service. It is named after Bal Gangadhar Tilak, a prominent Indian nationalist.

Q.: Who has been selected as the recipient of the prestigious Lokmanya Tilak Award for 2023?

A) Rajnath Singh
B) Dr. Dipak Tilak
C) Amit Saha
D) Narendra Modi

Answer: D) Narendra Modi

BSF Commander Parimal Kumar Ghosh, First Indian Officer to Aid Bangladesh Freedom Fighters, Passes Away at 84

Parimal Kumar Ghosh, a legendary commander of the Border Security Force (BSF), passed away on 7 July 2023 in New Delhi at the age of 84. Ghosh was reportedly the first Indian military officer to assist Bangladesh freedom fighters during the 1971 liberation war. Ghosh served as a commander in the 92nd Battalion of the BSF and was stationed in Tripura when the freedom movement in Bangladesh began.

In Bangladesh, Ghosh is considered a revered figure and is seen as one of the Indian commanders who fought for the cause of Bangladesh. It is believed that Ghosh played a significant role in the initial formation of the Mukti Vahini, the liberation force of Bangladesh.

Q. : Who was the first Indian military officer to provide assistance to the Bangladesh freedom fighters during the 1971 liberation war?

a) Rajendra Singh
b) Parimal Kumar Ghosh
c) Manoj Kumar Sinha
d) Rakesh Sharma

Ans : b) Parimal Kumar Ghosh

Sahitya Akademi announced Bal Sahitya Puraskar and Yuva Puraskar 2023 winners List

On 23rd June 2023, Sahitya Akademi has announced the list of 22 recipients of its Bal Sahitya Puraskar and 20 winners of its Yuva Puraskar for 2023.

  • In the Hindi language category, Suryanath Singh won the Bal Sahitya Puraskar for his collection of short stories, ‘Kotuk App’.
  • In Marathi language, Eknath Avhad has won the Bal Sahitya Puraskar for ‘Chhand Dei Anand’, while Vishakha Vishwanath has won the Yuva Puraskar for ‘Svathal Swatavirudh Ubhe Kartana’.
  • Renowned children’s writer Sudha Murthy won the Bal Sahitya Puraskar for her collection of stories titled ‘Grandparents’ Bag of Stories’.
  • Prominent among the Yuva Puraskar awardees are Anirudh Kanisetty for ‘Lords of the Deccan: Southern India from Chalukyas to Cholas’ and Atul Kumar Rai for his novel ‘Chandpur Ki Chanda’.

Qns : Who won the Bal Sahitya Puraskar 2023 in the Hindi language category?
(A) Eknath Avhad
(B) Suryanath Singh
(C) Vishakha Vishwanath
(D) Sudha Murthy
Ans : (B) Suryanath Singh

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