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Winter Session of Parliament from 4 to 22 December 2023

  • Pralhad Joshi, the Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, announced that the Winter Session of Parliament is scheduled to commence on December 4, 2023.
  • The session will conclude on December 22, 2023, and will have a total of 15 sittings.
  • An all-party meeting has been called by the government on December 2, 2023, to ensure the smooth functioning of both Houses during the session.

Q: Who is the Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs ?

a. Nitin Gadkari
b. Amit Shah
c. Pralhad Joshi
d. Rajnath Singh

Ans : c. Pralhad Joshi

Bali Jatra, Asia’s largest open-air annual trade fair inaugurated on banks of Mahanadi River in Cuttack

Bali Jatra, Asia’s largest open-air annual trade fair, began on November 27, 2023, on the banks of the Mahanadi River in Cuttack, Odisha.

  1. The festival, commemorating Odisha’s ancient maritime legacy, commenced on Kartika Purnima and will continue until December 4.
  2. Cultural troupes from Odisha and other states will showcase performances, including Odissi, Chhau, Bihu, Mahari, Gotipua, Sambalpuri, Santali folk dances, during the evenings.
  3. Approximately two thousand stalls will display a variety of handicrafts, household goods, and foods on the fairgrounds.

Q: What unique feature distinguishes Bali Jatra, the annual trade fair hosted on the banks of the Mahanadi River in Cuttack, Odisha?

  • A) Largest open-air annual trade fair in Asia
  • B) Oldest in trade fair India
  • C) Most technologically advanced
  • D) Exclusively for international trade

Ans :A) Largest open-air annual trade fair in Asia

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

Over two million pilgrims from across the world to perform Haj in Saudi Arabia

Over two million people from around the world, including India, will perform Haj in Saudi Arabia on 27 June 2023.

  • The five-day Haj rituals began with pilgrims gathering at the tent city of Mina on 26 June 2023.
  • The main ritual of Haj is reciting prayers on the plains of Arafat, where the pilgrims spend the day praying and seeking forgiveness from God.
  • The pilgrims will listen to the Khutba-e-Haj or Haj Sermon at Nimra mosque and offer midday and afternoon prayers together before heading to Muzdalifah.
  • The next day, the pilgrims will return to Mina for the ritual of animal sacrifice and symbolic stoning of the devil.
  • More than 175,000 pilgrims from India are participating in the pilgrimage, with a significant number of Indian women performing Haj without a male guardian (Mehram) this year.
  • In 2019, before the pandemic outbreak, approximately 2.5 million pilgrims, including a record number from India, performed Haj.

Question : How many people are expected to perform Haj in Saudi Arabia this year?
a) One million
b) Two million
c) Three million
d) Four million

Answer: b) Two million

Indian Women’s Doubles Pair Sutirtha Mukherjee and Ayhika Mukherjee Win World Table Tennis Contender Tournament in Tunis

Sutirtha Mukherjee and Ayhika Mukherjee, an Indian women’s doubles pair, won the World Table Tennis (WTT) Contender tournament on 27 June 2023 in Tunis.

  • They defeated the Japanese pair of Miyuu Kihara and Miwa Harimoto in the final.
  • The Indian duo won the final match with a score of 3-1 (11-5, 11-6, 5-11, 13-11).
  • This victory made them the first Indians to win a Contender title in the current year.
  • In the semifinals, Sutirtha Mukherjee and Ayhika Mukherjee defeated the Korean duo of Shin Yubin and Jeon Jihi in a hard-fought match with a score of 3-2 (7-11, 11-9, 11-9, 7-11, 11-9).
  • However, the Indian mixed doubles pair of Manika Batra and G Sathiyan, as well as the men’s doubles duo of Manav Vikash Thakkar and Manush Utpalbhai Shah, lost their respective semifinal matches.

Question : Which Indian women’s doubles pair won the World Table Tennis, ( WTT) Contender tournament 2023 in Tunis ?

A) Sutirtha Mukherjee and Ayhika Mukherjee
B) Sowjanya Bavisetti and Rutuja Bhosale
C) Riya Bhatia and Rutuja Bhosale
D) Sutirtha Mukherjee and Riya Bhatia

Ans: A) Sutirtha Mukherjee and Ayhika Mukherjee

Fourth National Water Awards, 2022 : MP best State, Ganjam best District and Jagannadhapuram best Village Panchayat

Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar conferred upon the fourth National Water Awards in New Delhi on June 17. The Jal Shakti Ministry had announced a total of 41 winners, covering 11 categories, including joint winners, for the fourth National Water Awards, 2022. Each award winner was conferred with a citation, a trophy, as well as cash prizes.

  • Madhya Pradesh was awarded the first prize in the best state category.
  • In the best district category, the award was given to Ganjam District of Odisha.
  • The best Village Panchayat award was presented to Jagannadhapuram Village Panchayat, Bhadradri Kothagudem district of Telangana.

As part of the ongoing nationwide drive to realize the Government’s vision of a ‘Water Prosperous India’, the award focused on encouraging the good work and efforts made by various individuals and organizations. It sought to create awareness among people about the importance of water and motivated them to adopt the best water use practices.

Question : Which state receive the first prize in the best state category in the fourth National Water Awards, 2022?
a) Madhya Pradesh
b) Odisha
c) Telangana
d) Bihar

Ans : a) Madhya Pradesh

G20 Working Group Meeting in India Focuses on Water Management and Climate Sustainability

  1. India is currently presiding over the second Environment and Climate Sustainability Working Group meeting of the G20 on 27 March 2023.
  2. The three-day meeting is being held in Gandhinagar, Gujarat, with the participation of 130 delegates from G20 member countries, 11 invitee countries, and 14 international organizations.
  3. The meeting focuses on key thematic areas, such as Water Resources Management, ecosystem restoration, biodiversity enrichment, resource efficiency, circular economy, and Blue economy.
  4. G20 member countries like Italy and China have shared their best practices on water management during the meeting, with Italy sharing its expertise on Drought management and China on Groundwater management.
  5. As part of the meeting, delegates will also have the opportunity to visit the Ancient Stepwell-Adalaj Vav, Sabarmati siphon, and witness cultural performances.
  6. The meeting emphasizes the importance of water resources management in the context of climate change, highlighting the need for sustainable and climate-resilient practices.

Question : Which two G20 member countries shared their best practices on water management during the meeting?
a) Italy and China
b) India and Brazil
c) USA and Canada
d) Australia and Indonesia

Answer: a) Italy and China

Current Affairs MCQs | 10 March 2023

Daily Current Affairs MCQ Questions (10 March 2023) in Hindi and English for UPSC, Bank, SSC and all Competitive Exams.

Q : खेलो इंडिया दस का दम टूर्नामेंट क्या है?
What is the Khelo India Dus ka Dum tournament?

(A) Men’s Sports Competition / पुरुषों की खेल प्रतियोगिता
(B) Women’s Sports Competition / महिला खेल प्रतियोगिता
(C) Mixed gender Sports Competition / मिक्स्ड जेंडर खेल प्रतियोगिता
(D) None of these / इनमें से कोई नहीं

Answer
Ans : (B) Women’s Sports Competition / महिला खेल प्रतियोगिता
अंतर्राष्ट्रीय महिला दिवस 2023 समारोह के हिस्से के रूप में, युवा मामले और खेल मंत्रालय 10 मार्च से 31 मार्च तक खेलो इंडिया दस का दम टूर्नामेंट का आयोजन कर रहा है। देश के 50 से ज्यादा शहरों में होने वाली इस प्रतियोगिता में करीब 15 हजार महिला एथलीट हिस्सा लेंगी। खेल में 10 खेल शामिल हैं। टूर्नामेंट का उद्देश्य उन महिला एथलीटों को एक मंच प्रदान करना है जो राष्ट्रीय या राज्य स्तर की प्रतियोगिताओं में भाग लेने में असमर्थ थीं।

Q : नेपाल का नया राष्ट्रपति किसे चुना गया?
Who was elected new president Of Nepal?

(A) Ram Chandra Paudel / राम चंद्र पौडेल
(B) KP Sharma Oli / के पी शर्मा ओली
(C) Sher Bahadur Deuba / शेर बहादुर देउबा
(D) Subhash Chandra Nembang / सुभाष चंद्र नेमबांग

Answer
Ans : (A) Ram Chandra Paudel / राम चंद्र पौडेल
नेपाली कांग्रेस के वरिष्ठ नेता राम चंद्र पौडेल को नेपाल के तीसरे राष्ट्रपति के रूप में निर्वाचित किया गया है। राष्ट्रपति चुनाव में उन्होंने सीपीएन-यूएमएल के उपाध्यक्ष सुभाष चंद्र नेमबांग को 33 हजार 802 मतों से हराया। श्री नेमबांग को 15 हजार 518 वोट मिले।

Q : निसार उपग्रह क्या है?
What is the NISAR Satellite?

(A) A space telescope / एक अंतरिक्ष दूरबीन
(B) A low earth orbit observatory jointly developed by NASA and ISRO / नासा और इसरो द्वारा संयुक्त रूप से विकसित एक निम्न पृथ्वी कक्षा वेधशाला
(C) A commercial communications satellite / एक वाणिज्यिक संचार उपग्रह
(D) A lunar lander mission / एक चंद्र लैंडर मिशन

Answer
Ans : (B) A low earth orbit observatory jointly developed by NASA and ISRO / नासा और इसरो द्वारा संयुक्त रूप से विकसित एक निम्न पृथ्वी कक्षा वेधशाला
भारतीय अंतरिक्ष अनुसंधान संगठन (ISRO) को अमेरिकी अंतरिक्ष एजेंसी से NASA-ISRO SAR (NISAR) उपग्रह प्राप्त हुआ है। नासा-इसरो सिंथेटिक एपर्चर रडार (निसार) ले जाने वाला अमेरिकी वायु सेना का सी-17 विमान बेंगलुरु में उतरा है। इसरो के अनुसार, NISAR 12 दिनों में पूरे ग्लोब का मानचित्रण करेगा, उपग्रह को आंध्र प्रदेश के सतीश धवन अंतरिक्ष केंद्र से 2024 में निकट-ध्रुवीय कक्षा में लॉन्च किए जाने की उम्मीद है। उपग्रह कम से कम तीन साल तक काम करेगा। यह एक निम्न पृथ्वी कक्षा (LEO) वेधशाला है।

Q : किस संगठन ने पर्यटन मंत्रालय, भारत सरकार को श्रेणी “टीवी/सिनेमा कमर्शियल्स इंटरनेशनल एंड कंट्री इंटरनेशनल” के लिए स्वर्ण और रजत पुरस्कार से सम्मानित किया?
Which organization awarded the ministry of tourism, Government of India, with the golden and silver award for the cateogary “TV/Cinema Commercials International and Country International”?

(A) Golden Globe Award / गोल्डन ग्लोब अवार्ड
(B) Global Tourism Award / वैश्विक पर्यटन पुरस्कार
(C) Golden City Gate Tourism Awards / गोल्डन सिटी गेट पर्यटन पुरस्कार
(D) International Tourism Award / अंतर्राष्ट्रीय पर्यटन पुरस्कार

Answer
Ans : (C) Golden City Gate Tourism Awards / गोल्डन सिटी गेट पर्यटन पुरस्कार
पर्यटन मंत्रालय, भारत सरकार ने ITB, बर्लिन 2023 में आयोजित ‘टीवी/सिनेमा कमर्शियल्स इंटरनेशनल एंड कंट्री इंटरनेशनल’ श्रेणी के लिए अंतर्राष्ट्रीय ‘गोल्डन सिटी गेट टूरिज्म अवार्ड्स 2023’ में गोल्डन एंड सिल्वर स्टार अवार्ड जीता है। ‘गोल्डन सिटी गेट’ देशों, शहरों, क्षेत्रों और होटलों के लिए एक रचनात्मक बहु-मीडिया से संबंधित अंतर्राष्ट्रीय प्रतियोगिता है। यह वार्षिक पुरस्कार समारोह दुनिया के अग्रणी ट्रैवेल ट्रेड शो आईटीबी बर्लिन में होता है।

Q : चीन का नया राष्ट्रपति किसे चुना गया?
Who was elected new president Of China?

(A) Hu Jintao / हू जिंताओ
(B) Jiang Zemin / जियांग जेमिन
(C) Xi Jinping / शी जिनपिंग
(D) Deng Xiaoping / देंग जियाओपिंग

Answer
Ans : (C) Xi Jinping / शी जिनपिंग
शी जिनपिंग अभूतपूर्व तीसरे कार्यकाल के लिए चीन के राष्ट्रपति चुने गए हैं। चीन की रबर-स्टैंप संसद – नेशनल पीपुल्स कांग्रेस (एनपीसी) के लगभग 3,000 सदस्यों ने 10 मार्च को शी जिनपिंग को राष्ट्रपति के रूप में चुनने के लिए सर्वसम्मति से मतदान किया। इसके साथ ही शी जिनपिंग लगातार तीसरी बार राष्ट्रपति का पद संभालने वाले चीन के पहले नेता बन गए हैं।

Q : भारत में CISF स्थापना दिवस कब मनाया जाता है?
When is CISF Raising Day celebrated in India?

(A) 29th March / 29 मार्च
(B) 10th March / 10 मार्च
(C) 5th March / 5 मार्च
(D) 2nd March / 2 मार्च

Answer
Ans : (B) 10th March / 10 मार्च
1969 में CISF की स्थापना को चिह्नित करने के लिए हर साल 10 मार्च को केंद्रीय औद्योगिक सुरक्षा बल (CISF) स्थापना दिवस मनाया जाता है। केंद्रीय औद्योगिक सुरक्षा बल के प्रयासों और योगदान की सराहना करने के लिए वर्ष 2023 में 54वां सीआईएसएफ स्थापना दिवस मनाया गया।

Recovery trials of Crew Module for the Gaganyaan Mission have started

Initial recovery trials for Crew Module were carried out on February 7, 2023, by ISRO and the Indian Navy in the Water Survival Test Facility (WSTF) of the Indian Navy at Kochi. The trials were a preparation for the crew module recovery operations for the Gaganyaan mission.

  • A Crew Module Recovery Model was used to simulate the mass, center of gravity, outer dimensions, and externals of the actual Crew Module.
  • Standard Operating Procedures (SoP) for recovery of Crew and Crew Module were finalized as part of the trials.
  • The recovery trials will be conducted in a closed pool, harbor, and open sea.
  • The WSTF provides realistic training for aircrew escape under varied conditions and crash scenarios and simulates different sea state, environmental and day/night conditions.
  • The trials validate the SoP, train recovery teams and flight crew, and provide valuable inputs for the utilization of recovery accessories.
  • Feedback from the recovery team helps improve the recovery operations SoP and finalize the training plan.

Gaganyaan mission

Gaganyaan project envisages demonstration of human spaceflight capability by launching crew of 3 members to an orbit of 400 km for a 3 days mission and bring them back safely to earth, by landing in Indian sea waters.

TThe mission is being led by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and is a significant step towards India’s goal of becoming a major player in the global space industry.

LVM3 rocket – The well proven and reliable heavy lift launcher of ISRO, is identified as the launch vehicle for Gaganyaan mission.

ISRO launched Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV-D2) from Sriharikota

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launched the second developmental flight of the Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV-D2) on February 10, 2023. The launch took place at 9.18 am from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.

  • The SSLV-D2 successfully placed the Earth Observation Satellite Janus-1 and SpaceKidz’s AzaadiSAT-2 into their intended orbits.
  • The SSLV-D2 is 34 meters tall and weighs 120 tons, powered by solid fuel and has a velocity trimming module powered by liquid fuel.
  • The SSLV-D2 placed the following 3 satellite into their orbit :
    • The earth observation satellite EOS 07 will be used for earth observation purposes,
    • Janus 1 satellite will feature five different payloads and
    • Azaadi Sat-2 satellite will demonstrate low range and amateur radio communication capabilities.
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