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Andrea Meza
Gabriela Isler
Zozibini Tunzi
Erica Robin

Correct Answer : Option (D) - Erica Robin

Erica Robin, a model from Karachi has been crowned “Miss Universe Pakistan 2023”, becoming the first-ever woman from the country to win the title.

* Four other models from different parts of the country participated in the beauty pageant, including Hira Inam from Lahore, Jessical Wilson from Rawalpindi, Pakistani-American Malika Alvi from Pennsylvania, and Sabrina Wasim.

* Jessica Wilson, a 28-year-old cyber security engineer was named first runner-up while Hira Inam (24), Malyka Alvi (19), and Sabrina Wasim (26) were the rest of the finalists.

* Award-winning actress, mental health advocate, and former Miss International Kylie Verzosa from the Philippines was one of the distinguished panel of judges who picked the winner.

* Robin will be the official representative of Pakistan at the Miss Universe pageant, scheduled to be held in El Salvador later this year.

* Pakistan will be sending five models to compete in the prestigious Miss Universe pageant. This landmark moment marks the first time Pakistan has ever been represented in the world’s most esteemed beauty competition.

Published On : September 16, 2023
15 September
16 September
17 September
18 September

Correct Answer : Option (B) - 16 September

The International Day for Interventional Cardiology, celebrated annually on 16 September, is a significant occasion dedicated to recognizing the crucial field of interventional cardiology and its impact on heart health worldwide.

This day serves as a platform to raise awareness, acknowledge advancements, and emphasize the importance of interventional cardiology in saving lives.

International Day for Interventional Cardiology History :

* Interventional cardio-angiology improves health, increases life expectancy and improves the quality of life. The first coronary angioplasty was performed by Dr. Andreas Grüntzig on 16 September 1977.

* Since then angioplasty has been the procedure that has saved the most grams of myocardium at risk worldwide.

* In September 2022, the General Assembly decided to proclaim 16 September as International Day for Interventional Cardiology and invited stakeholders to observe annually the International Day for Interventional Cardiology in an appropriate manner and in accordance with national priorities, in order to raise public awareness of cardiovascular diseases and procedures, related complications, as well as prevention and care, including through education and the mass media.

International Day for Interventional Cardiology Significance :

* Raising Awareness : The International Day for Interventional Cardiology plays a crucial role in raising public awareness about heart diseases and the role of interventional cardiology in their diagnosis and treatment. It educates individuals about the importance of early detection and timely intervention.

* Highlighting Innovation : This day serves as a platform to showcase the latest innovations and breakthroughs in interventional cardiology. It recognizes the tireless efforts of healthcare professionals and researchers in developing cutting-edge technologies and techniques to save lives.

* Preventing Heart Disease : Interventional cardiology procedures not only treat heart conditions but also have a preventive aspect. Promoting a healthy lifestyle, regular check-ups, and early intervention can reduce the risk of heart disease.

* Global Collaboration : The International Day for Interventional Cardiology encourages collaboration among healthcare organizations, governments, and medical professionals worldwide. It emphasizes the need for international cooperation in addressing the global burden of heart diseases.

* Saving Lives : Ultimately, this day underscores how interventional cardiology has transformed the treatment landscape, allowing for less invasive procedures and faster recoveries. It highlights that early diagnosis and appropriate interventions can significantly increase the chances of survival and improve the quality of life for individuals with heart conditions.

Published On : September 16, 2023
Rahul Navin
R.N. Sharma
M.L. Gupta
Yogender Rathi

Correct Answer : Option (A) - Rahul Navin

IRS officer Rahul Navin was appointed as in-charge director of the Enforcement Directorate on Friday (15th Sep 2023) on the completion of tenure of the incumbent Sanjay Kumar Mishra, officials said.

According to an official order, Mr Navin, a 1993-batch IRS officer, will hold the charge till the appointment of a regular director or until further orders. Mr Navin is currently the ED's special director.

The order stated that the President "is pleased to order the cessation of tenure of Sanjay Kumar Director of Enforcement in the Enforcement Directorate on 15.09.2023." In July, the Supreme Court granted an extension of tenure to ED chief Mishra till September 15 but made it clear there will be no further extension.

The Supreme Court order came days after it had held as "illegal" two notifications by the Centre granting extension of service, for one year each time, Mishra as the chief of the Enforcement Directorate..

Source : NDTV

Published On : September 16, 2023
Tamilisai Soundararajan
Pinarayi Vijayan
M. K. Stalin
K. Palaniswami

Correct Answer : Option (C) - M. K. Stalin

On the birth anniversary of Dravidian icon C N Annadurai, CM MK Stalin rolled out ₹1,000 monthly financial assistance scheme for women today i.e. on 15 September 2023.

M.K. Stalin launched the scheme saying it is a recognition of women's hard work and distributed bank debit cards to several beneficiaries and state ministers rolled out the programme in their districts. It is a matter of pride that the scheme is launched on the birth anniversary of Anna and during the centenary (2023-24) of Karunanidhi, CM Stalin said.

A basic income programme, it is named after former Chief Minister M Karunanidhi and the state government has christened the assistance the "right" of women.

Here's all you need to know :

* The scheme is known as Kalaignar Magalir Urimai Thogai Thittam' scheme (Kalaignar Women's rights fund scheme).

* Late DMK patriarch Karunanidhi (1924-2018) is popularly known as Kalaignar, which means an artist of eminence.

* According to the scheme, monthly financial assistance of ₹1,000 will be provided to all eligible women beneficiaries of Tamil Nadu.

* The government has identified as many as 1.06 crore women (1,06,50,000) as beneficiaries under the plan and the ₹1,000 assistance is paid to beneficiaries through Direct Benefit Transfer.

* The state government had months ago announced that the scheme, a key feature of DMK's manifesto ahead of the 2021 Tamil Nadu Assembly election, would be launched on September 15, on the birth anniversary of Annadurai.

Kancheepuram is Annadurai's home town who steered the DMK to its first ever grand victory in the assembly election in 1967 and he was Tamil Nadu's Chief Minister between 1967 and 1969. Annadurai founded the DMK in 1949. In July, Stalin inaugurated a camp in Dharmapuri to facilitate registration of applications by women to avail the ₹1,000 monthly assistance. Stalin had described the scheme as revolutionary that would lead to a new renaissance in the lives of crores of women.

The ₹12,000 payout per annum would be great support for women, a symbol of development. It would help them improve their standards of living, lead a life of self-respect and eradicate poverty, he had said.

On the 115th birth anniversary of Annadurai, Stalin garlanded a statue of the Dravidian stalwart here and paid floral tributes before he launched the scheme..

Source : Mint

Published On : September 16, 2023
₹1,387 Crore
₹1,487 Crore
₹1,587 Crore
₹1,687 Crore

Correct Answer : Option (B) - ₹1,487 Crore

The government has received about ₹1487 crore from state-owned power corporation NTPC as dividend tranche, Secretary, DIPAM said in a tweet. The development comes days after NTPC announced the payment of its Final Dividend for the financial year 2022-23.

The company released ₹2908.99 crore which constituted 30% of the paid-up equity share capital.

NTPC Ltd., India's leading power generation company, has announced the payment of its Final Dividend for the financial year 2022-23. This Final Dividend payment of ₹2908.99 crore constitutes 30.00% of the paid-up equity share capital of NTPC Ltd.

The total dividend disbursed for FY 2022-23 stands at an impressive Rs. 7,030.08 crore, being 41% of the Profit After Tax (PAT) for the financial year," the company said in a release on 9 September 2023.

The statement added that this marks the 30th consecutive year in which the company has distributed dividends, underscoring its dedication to providing consistent returns to its investors. “As a key player in the Indian energy sector, NTPC Ltd. continues to drive excellence, sustainable growth, and shareholder satisfaction through its strategic initiatives and robust financial performance," it said.

Lower than previous dividend tranche :

The dividend tranche released is lower than the previous release in February which was ₹2,106 crore. “Government has respectively received about ₹2,106 crore, ₹1,791 crore and ₹58 crore from NTPC, PGCIL, and Engineers India Ltd as dividend tranches," DIPAM said in a tweet in February.

Recently, NTPC announced that the combined power generation capacity of its group has now reached 73,824 megawatts (or 73.8 gigawatts). This milestone was reached following the successful completion of the trial operation of the initial 800-megawatt unit at the Telangana Super Thermal Power Project on 5 September.

With this, the installed capacity of NTPC Limited and NTPC Group has become 57,838 MW and 73,824 MW respectively..

Source : Mint

Published On : September 16, 2023
Pratap Pawar
Praveen Sood
Mirwais Ashraf
Srinivasan K. Swamy

Correct Answer : Option (D) - Srinivasan K. Swamy

Srinivasan K Swamy, executive chairman of R K Swamy Hansa Group, has been unanimously elected as the chairman of the Audit Bureau of Circulations (ABC) for the year 2023-2024.

"Swamy currently serves as the chairman of the Asian Federation of Advertising Associations, he was earlier president/chairman of the International Advertising Association (IAA), IAA India Chapter, Confederation of Asian Advertising Agency Associations, Advertising Agencies Association of India, Advertising Standards Council of India, All India Management Association, Madras Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and Madras Management Association."

Swamy was also awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Advertising Agencies Association of India (AAAI).

Deputy Chairman :  The press release further stated that Riyad Mathew, chief associate editor and director of Malayala Manorama representing Publisher Members on the Council was unanimously elected as the deputy chairman of the bureau for the year 2023-2024.

Honorary Secretary : Mohit Jain, executive director of Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd, representing Publisher Members on the Council, was unanimously elected as the Honorary Secretary for the year 2023-2024.

Honorary Treasurer : Vikram Sakhuja, partner and Group chief executive officer of Media and OOH of Madison Communications Pvt. Ltd, representing Advertising Agencies Members on the Council was unanimously re-elected as the Honorary Treasurer of the Bureau for the year 2023-2024..

Source : Business Standard

Published On : September 16, 2023
Ministry Of Railways
Ministry of Finance
Ministry of Education
Ministry of External Affairs

Correct Answer : Option (A) - Ministry Of Railways

Ministry of Railways has launched Swachhata Pakhwada 2023 on 15th Sep 2023. Swachhata Pakhwada – 2023 was inaugurated by Smt. Jaya Varma Sinha, Chairperson & CEO, Railway Board on 15th September, 2023 by administrating Swachhata Pledge in Rail Bhawan.

Swachhata pledge was administered to entire Railway family which includes employees of Railways along with senior officials of Railway Zones and Divisions connected via video conferencing.

Swachhata Pledge taken by entire Railway family focused on one’s commitment towards cleanliness, devoting hundred hours per year for cleanliness and propagating the message of Swachh Bharat Mission.

Ministry of Railways is observing Swachhata Pakhwada from 16th September 2023 to 30th September 2023. Ministry of Railways has extended it suo-moto up to 02nd October and has decided to culminate it with Mahatama Gandhi’s Jayanti.

This year, joint campaign of Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs and Ministry of Jal Shakti namely ‘Swachhata hi Sewa’ (SHS) Campaign (from 15.09.23 to 02.10.23) is also being celebrated. Activities of SHS have been integrated with Indian Railways’ Swachhata Pakhwada programme.

For Swachhata Pakhwada – 2023, dedicated days have been assigned for activities during pakhwada like Swachh Railgadi, Swachh Station, Swachh Aahar, Swachh Tracks etc. Extensive awareness campaign are also planned  to be carried out through digital media/public announcement via PA systems to educate people about the use of bio-toilets, avoiding single use plastic and observing cleanliness habits.

In order to ensure greater participation & more effective outcome of the  fortnight, Swachhata Pakhwada Awards have been provided to each ministry by Ministry of Jal Shakti (nodal Ministry) for awarding to field functionaries/ attached offices/ subordinate organizations for exemplary performance during pakhwada period. Previous year Swachhata Pakhwada – 2022 awards have been given to following zonal railways:

* 1st  Position : South Western Railway;
* 2nd  Position : Western Railway;
* 3rd   Position : North Eastern Railway.

Indian Railways is an environment friendly means of bulk transportation and it has always been in the forefront of promoting clean and green environment. It has taken several initiatives for providing clean environment in and around Railway stations and trains  such as Bio toilets on coaches leading to clean tracks, segregation of bio degradable/non bio degradable waste, solid waste management, discourage use of single use plastic etc..

Source : PIB

Published On : September 16, 2023
Ashwini Vaishnaw
Naveen Patnaik
Dharmendra Pradhan
Patel Bhupendrabhai Rajnikant

Correct Answer : Option (B) - Naveen Patnaik

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday (14th Sep 2023) launched the ‘Mukhyamantri Sampoorna Pushti Yojana’ in the state for fulfilling the nutritional needs among the mothers, adolescent girls and children, in addition to this CM also launched the ‘Pada Pushti Yojana’, said an official statement from Odisha Government on Thursday.

Under the scheme provisions have been made to provide nutritional supplements to all adolescent girls between the ages of 15 to 19 years and additional dry food to pregnant women and expecting mothers, in addition with, the provision has been made to provide complete food to severely malnourished children, vitamin-enriched Chhatua (roasted gram glour) and eggs for moderately malnourished children and severely underweight children, said the government release.

Under the ‘Pada Pushti Yojana’ children in remote and tribal areas will be provided with high-quality-cooked food in their enclaves and villages.

On the occasion, Chief Minister said that nutrition has a deep connection with prosperity. “So by improving nutrition, we can meet development goals. Only the mothers can provide proper nutrition to the family. So the success of this program depends on the mothers including Anganbadi workers and women of the Mission Shakti.”

Odisha is the first state in the country to design a nutrition budget for 2020-21. Mamata Yojana is taking proper care of the health of pregnant women and newborns in the state. The Chief Minister said the ‘Mukhyamantri Sampoorna Pushti Yojana’ will further improve the nutritional value among the needy.

“Through this scheme, every woman and child of the state can become healthy. By this, we will lead on the path of prosperity and we will be successful in achieving our goals,” said the Chief Minister..

Source : Thestatesman

Published On : September 16, 2023
Mahindra & Mahindra

Correct Answer : Option (C) - Infosys

Infosys, the Bengaluru-headquartered IT services provider, has secured a coveted spot on TIME magazine’s ‘The World’s Best Companies of 2023’ list.

Infosys stands out as the only Indian company to make it into the top 100 rankings, claiming the 64th position with an impressive overall score of 88.38.

Notably, the company has earned a ‘very high’ growth rate, a testament to its commitment to excellence. On sustainability, Infosys ranked 135, and 103 for employee-satisfaction.

About Infosys : Founded in 1981 by four engineers, including NR Narayana Murthy, Infosys has grown into India’s second-largest IT company in terms of revenue. The company’s illustrious history is marked by its dedication to technological excellence and innovation. Notably, Infosys has a prominent connection to the political landscape of the United Kingdom, as the son-in-law of NR Narayana Murthy is Rishi Sunak, who serves as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

Rank Company Country Overall score
1. Microsoft United States 96.46
2. Apple United States 96.36
3. Alphabet United States 95.18
4. Meta Platforms United States 94.85
5. Accenture Ireland 94.43
6. Pfizer United States 93.75
7. American Express United States 92.46
8. Electricide de France France 92.40
9. BMW Group Germany 91.95
10. Dell Technologies United States 91.59
11. Louis Vitton France 91.35
12 Delta Airlines United States 91.13
13. Enel Italy 91.00
14. Starbucks Corp. United States 90.96
15. Volkswagen Group Germany 90.81
16. General Motors United States 90.78
17. Elevance Health United States 90.61
18. Bosch Germany 90.57
19. Ford United States 90.51
20. Johnson & Johnson United States 90.39
64. Infosys India 88.38

Published On : September 16, 2023
Amit Shah
Narendra Modi
Shivraj Singh Chouhan
Yogi Adityanath

Correct Answer : Option (C) - Shivraj Singh Chouhan

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan will inaugurate a 108-foot-tall statue of Adi Shankaracharya in the temple town of Omkareshwar on September 18, 2023.

Omkareshwar is famous for being home to one of the 12 Jyotirlingas, which are sacred shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva. The towering structure has been named "Ekatmata Ki Pratima" (statue of oneness).

According to a government release, ongoing efforts are focused on transforming Omkareshwar, situated approximately 80 kilometers from Indore, into a prominent hub for the Advaita Vedanta philosophy advocated by Adi Shankaracharya, with the aim of attracting global attention to this spiritual and philosophical tradition.

The construction of the statue on the Mandhata mountain in the temple town is part of the first phase of the development project, it said.

"Omkareshwar, a global hub for unity and spiritual enlightenment, will honour the teachings of Acharya Shankar with a majestic 108-foot statue, a museum delving into the depths of Advaita Vedanta, and a research institute for in-depth study and contemplation," said Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

The 108-foot-tall multi-metal statue portrays Adi Shankaracharya as a 12-year-old boy.

Born in present-day Kerala, Adi Shankaracharya is believed to have reached Omkareshwar after becoming a 'sanyasi' (monk) at a very young age, where he met his guru Govind Bhagwadpad, stayed in the religious city for four years, and attained education.

According to his religious beliefs, he left Omkareshwar at the age of 12 and travelled across the country spreading the Advaita Vedanta philosophy and explaining its tenets to people.

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The release said that along with the establishment of a museum named "Advaita Lok" in Omkareshwar and an international Vedanta institute, an "Advaita Forest" is also being developed across 36 hectares in the town..

Source : NDTV

Published On : September 16, 2023