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A)
Japan
B)
Thailand
C)
Israel
D)
North Korea

Correct Answer :   Thailand


This is just the right time if you are planning a trip to Thailand as the country is visa-free for Indian passport holders.

The country has announced temporary removal of visa requirements for Indian as well as Taiwan passport holders, visiting Thailand from next month till May 2024.

Thailand Tourism has extended the facility for a stay of upto 30 days in the country.

It has to be noted that India is the fourth largest market for tourism in Thailand and the country has seen 12 lakh arrivals till now this year (2023), just from India. Passenger numbers to Thailand from India come right after Malaysia, China and South Korea.

Thai Tourism also extended the facility to travellers from China in a bid to woo more tourists, especially after the hit it took during COVID.

The decision has come as good news for Indians, preceded by Sri Lanka's announcement of visa-free entry for Indian travellers.

As a trend, it has been noted that Indian travellers are being increasingly pursued by tourism authorities and boards of several international destinations.

As per the data by Indian authorities, people travelling abroad from India have increased, with the top destinations being the UAE, Saudi Arabia, USA, Singapore, Thailand, UK, Qatar, Kuwait, Canada and Oman..

Source : India Times

Published On : November 1, 2023
A)
Karnataka
B)
Tamil Nadu
C)
Uttarakhand
D)
Madhya Pradesh

Correct Answer :   Uttarakhand


Norway will help fund India’s ‘Hunger Project’ and help strengthen women leaders to protect the environment and promote food security in Uttarakhand.

The duration of the project would be three years, until September 2026 with a budget of ₹44.7 million, an official said.

The hunger project organizes capacity-building training for elected women representatives (EWRs) and federations, focusing on strengthening van panchayats (forest councils) which in turn will ensure food security and livelihood opportunities for marginalized households.

The programme will strengthen elected women’s leadership in gram panchayats so that they can play a pivotal role in conserving forests and natural resources, devise and adopt strategies to promote sustainable living, food security and collaborate with members of van panchayats and the local community, especially women.

The project will be implemented in 3 districts, 9 blocks, 172 gram panchayats and 145 van panchayats of Uttarakhand involving 900 EWRs for the protection of standing forests and nurturing their immediate environment that is crucial to the community’s livelihoods and food security.

Additionally, it will enhance awareness of local communities via 334 Jagrukh Manchs to effectively combat climate change risks collectively, the official informed.

The expected outcome of the project includes capacity building of elected women representatives (EWRs) and federations, an advanced environment, friendly development agendas in Panchayats, strengthening institutional processes to manage and conserve forest commons, mitigate climate risks, ensuring food security and livelihood opportunities for marginalised households, the official added.

Queries sent to spokespeople of the Norwegian Embassy in New Delhi and Indian ministries of finance, food & public distribution and climate change remained unanswered at press time..

Source : Mint

Published On : October 31, 2023
A)
28th October
B)
29th October
C)
30th October
D)
31st October

Correct Answer :   31st October


In India, October 31 is observed as National Unity Day. In 2014, the Indian government implemented it. Many people observe October 31st as National Unity Day to commemorate and spread awareness of the importance of bringing people together to unite and foster a positive attitude toward the unity of all nations. It is crucial to concentrate on every aspect of uniting the nation of India. To create a strong India Country, it is imperative that the country be united and that all of its citizens concentrate on every aspect of the field.

Rashtriya Ekta Diwas 2023 :

Every year on October 31, Rashtriya Ekta Diwas, also known as National Unity Day, is observed to honor Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, an Indian freedom warrior who served as the country’s first deputy prime minister and home minister after independence. He played a key role in uniting the 565 semi-autonomous princely nations and colonial provinces from the British Empire to form the modern nation of India. The nation currently observes Sardar Patel’s birthday as National Unity Day in honor of his contributions to the creation of a unified India.

People celebrate the day by taking part in events like runs for unity. Most people recognize Sardar Patel as one of the founding fathers of the Indian Republic. This is because shortly after India and Pakistan were divided, he was instrumental in uniting the separate provinces into a single India. In addition, he served as India’s Home Minister during the 1947 Indo-Pakistani War and India’s political unification.

Rashtriya Ekta Diwas theme :

National Day was first established by Narendra Modi in 2014. The theme for National Unity Day 2023 will be announced shortly for this year. But you can check the previous few year’s theme from below.

Ekta Diwas 2023 Campaign :

The National Unity Week will be held from October 25 to October 31, 2023, as part of the “Meri Maati Mera Desh” campaign, which aims to honor the courageous freedom warriors who gave their lives in defense of our freedom and to propagate the message of national unity and the spirit of Rashtriya Ekta. The Ministry has instructed all relevant entities to organize appropriate programs in support of the “Meri Maati Mera Desh” campaign. Swearing-in ceremony has to be organized in every office. “Run of Unity” and integration programs will also be organized..

Source : Bscnursing2022

Published On : October 31, 2023
A)
Goa
B)
Punjab
C)
Maharashtra
D)
Manipur

Correct Answer :   Manipur


* Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh sent a powerful message of unity and harmony as he participated in the Mera Houchongba 2023 celebrations in Imphal.

* Aim : To bring together the diverse communities of the state, emphasizing the strong bond between the people of the hills and the valley.


About Mera Hounchongba :

* The festival is observed and celebrated during the month of ‘Mera,’ which typically falls in September or October..

Source : India Today

Published On : October 31, 2023
A)
Priyanka Goswami
B)
Aditi Sinha
C)
Rupali Shah
D)
Akanksha Singh

Correct Answer :   Priyanka Goswami


Sportsmanship and camaraderie are on full display at the 37th National Games in Goa. Tejas Ashok Shirse of Maharashtra achieved an incredible feat, setting a new National Games record in Men's 110M hurdles by finishing it in 13.80 seconds 30th Oct 2023.

Priyanka Goswami of Uttar Pradesh has also set a new National Games record in the women’s 20km Race Walk with an impressive time of 1 hour 36 minutes 35 seconds.

 

Gold medal of Women’s 3M Springboard bagged by Palak Sharma of Madhya Pradesh and that of Men's won by H London Singh of Services. The gold medal in women's modern pentathlon was won by Adhya Singh of Madhya Pradesh and the Gold medal in men's modern pentathlon was won by Mayank Chaphekar of Maharashtra.

In men's Hockey, Maharashtra, Karnataka and West Bengal dominated the game, while in women's hockey, Haryana and Jharkhand showed dominance over their opponents. Maharashtra is leading the medal table in the National Games 2023 with 114 medals including 47 gold. Haryana was on second spot with 50 medals, while defending champion Services Sports Control Board is placed in third place with 33 medals..

Source : AIR

Published On : October 31, 2023
A)
Vinicius Junior
B)
Lionel Messi
C)
Erling Holland
D)
Emiliano Martinez

Correct Answer :   Lionel Messi


* Football legend Lionel Messi has been honored with the prestigious Ballon d'Or award for the year 2023.

* Messi has won the Ballon d'Or award for a record eighth time.

* The 67th Ballon d'Or Awards was held at the Theater du Châtelet in Paris, France.

* The Ballon d'Or is an annual award presented by the French magazine France Football.

Published On : October 31, 2023
A)
Nepal
B)
Sri Lanka
C)
Bangladesh
D)
Bhutan

Correct Answer :   Bangladesh


Narendra Modi and his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina will jointly inaugurate the Agartala-Akhaura cross-border rail link project on Wednesday (1st Nov 2023). The rail link will boost cross-border trade and significantly reduce the travel time between Agartala and Kolkata via Dhaka.

IRCON, CPSE of Railways is the executing agency for the Indian side and also Project Management Consultant (PMC) for Bangladesh Railways. Earlier, the project was scheduled to be completed by the year 2020. However, due to various reasons, the project gets delayed.

The national transporter on 30 October 2023 (Monday) conducted the trial-run on the newly built Akhaura-Agartala rail route. The locomotive engine attached with four wagons entered Tripura through the border..

Published On : October 31, 2023
A)
Narendra Modi
B)
Amit Shah
C)
Ratan Tata
D)
Rajnath Singh

Correct Answer :   Narendra Modi


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has flagged off Gujarat's first heritage train that will run from Ekta Nagar to Ahmedabad, bringing tourists to the Statue of Unity, the memorial to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. The three-coach heritage train will be hauled by an electric engine that has been designed to look like a steam locomotive, replete with foggers to produce exhaust fumes and sound system to produce the sound of a steam locomotive. "The train is a blend of heritage and modern facilities," Modi said, flagging off the train during Ekta Divas celebrations here. Ekta Nagar, also known as Kevadiya, is in Narmada district



Ekta Nagar-Vadodara Heritage Train Features :

The three coaches have 48 seats each and tourists can enjoy a cup of tea and snacks in the 28-seater AC restaurant dining car with teak wood dining tables and two seater cushioned sofas. "The train will ply as a weekly service on Sundays from November 5. The frequency will be increased after taking into account the response to the service," Jitendra Kumar Singh, Divisional Railway Manager, Vadodara, said. All the coaches have teak wood interiors designed at the Integral Coach Factory at Perambur, Chennai.


Vadodara has a rich heritage of railways with the first attempt to run rail services being made in 1862 by Khanderao Gaekwad, the then ruler of Baroda State. Back then the trains were hauled by oxen on a eight-mile track between Dabhoi and Miyagam. Locomotives were used regularly on the route by 1880.


Ekta Nagar-Vadodara Heritage Train Timing & Fare :

The train will depart Ahmedabad at 6:10 am and reach Ekta Nagar, the railway station at Kevadia, which is home to the Statue of Unity in the reservoir of the Sardar Sarovar dam, at 9:50 am. On the return journey, the train will depart from Ekta Nagar at 8:23 pm and reach Ahmedabad at five minutes past midnight. The fare for one-way journey will be Rs 885. The train will not have any stoppage during the 182-km journey between Ekta Nagar and Ahmedabad..

Source : Zeenews

Published On : October 31, 2023
A)
Japan
B)
India
C)
Pakistan
D)
Bangladesh

Correct Answer :   Bangladesh


Famous climate change expert Professor Saleemul Huq, director of International Centre for Climate Change and Development, passed away on Saturday (28th Oct 2023) night at his residence in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
 
Saleemul Huq was Professor at the Independent University Bangladesh (IUB). He was an expert in adaptation to climate change in the most vulnerable developing countries and a lead author of the third, fourth and fifth assessment reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

He also advised the Least Developed Countries (LDC) group in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
 
 

Prof Huq was affiliated with the UN Food System Summit for 2021 as co-chair of the Action Track 5 on Building Resilience to Vulnerabilities, Shocks & Stress.
 
He was an associate of the International Institute on Environment and Development (IIED) of the United Kingdom. He was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2022 New Year Honours for services to combating international climate change.
 
In addition, he was the Chair of the Expert Advisory Group for the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) and Senior Adviser on Locally Led Adaptation with Global Centre on Adaptation (GCA), headquartered in the Netherlands..

Source : Ddnews

Published On : October 30, 2023
A)
Myanmar
B)
Pakistan
C)
Albania
D)
Malaysia

Correct Answer :   Albania


Albania is no longer on the Financial Action Task Force ‘grey list’, which names countries where concerns about money laundering and terrorist financing are not adequately addressed by the authorities but stakeholders say the impacts of money laundering are still felt in the economy.
 
The FATF is a global body responsible for tackling financial crimes, and those who make the grey list are subject to monitoring. Countries on the list often face heightened controls internationally, with financial institutions increasing scrutiny on transactions coming from, or going to them.
 
“This decision brings a number of positive outcomes, both in terms of reputation and in easing the costs of financial transactions in the banking system at home and abroad,” Finance Minister Ervin Mete said after announcing Albania’s three-year tenure on the list had come to an end.
 
Albania made a substantial commitment to cooperate with the FATF and the Council of Europe’s anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing evaluation body, Moneyval, in February 2020, following its re-inclusion in the grey list. Since then, the country has seen a notable rise in money laundering cases leading to indictments.
 
 

In the summer, the Council of Europe upgraded Albania’s compliance with FATF recommendations from partially compliant to largely compliant. They continued that the country took several measures “which addressed important shortcomings” and improved measures for regulating and supervising notaries and real estate agents.
 
“Overall, Albania has made progress in addressing most of the technical compliance shortcomings identified in its 2018 Mutual Evaluation Report,” the Council of Europe stated, noting Albania must report back in two years on all matters and any further progress.
 
However, concerns remain, at least locally, over money laundering. During the summer, the value of the euro decreased significantly against the lek due to a glut of the EU currency on the local market. While much was attributed to tourism and increased foreign investment, some remain sceptical and suspect foul play.
 
“Some strengthening (of the lek) has come from non-formal economic factors or in Albanian: informal or criminal economy,” said analyst and political commentator Neritan Sejamini.
 
He added the government and the Bank of Albania could help resolve the issue by lowering lek interest rates, raising the level of obligatory banking reserves in the currency, increasing public spending and lowering taxes. But this is not happening.
 
Gjergi Erebara, a journalist with BIRN, also believes that the presence of black money in the economy is behind the current state of affairs..

Source : Euractiv

Published On : October 30, 2023