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A)
Thani Al Zeyoudi
B)
Suhail Al Mazroui
C)
Reem Al Hashimy
D)
Khaldoon Al Mubarak

Correct Answer :   Thani Al Zeyoudi


UAE Minister for Foreign Trade Dr Thani Al Zeyoudi has been elected as the chair of the World Trade Organisation’s (WTO) 13th Ministerial Conference that will be held in Abu Dhabi in February 2024.

The announcement was made during the WTO General Council in Geneva, where Dr Al Zeyoudi met with the WTO director general Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.
 
The conference will be attended by representatives from the 164 countries and customs blocs that make up the WTO.

It will review the performance of the trading system, make decisions on future work and set up the road map for the next conference, an official statement said on 24th July 2023..

Source : AIR

Published On : July 26, 2023
A)
20 July 2023
B)
22 July 2023
C)
25 July 2023
D)
26 July 2023

Correct Answer :   25 July 2023


BJP MLA from Dhupguri, Bishnu Pada Roy, who was suffering from lung infection for quite for some time, died at a state-run hospital here on morning of 25 July 2023, officials said. He was 61.

Mr. Roy, who had arrived in Kolkata to take part in the monsoon session of the state assembly, was admitted to SSKM Hospital on Sunday (23rd July 2023) after he complained of uneasiness, they said.

"On Monday (24th July 2023), he underwent surgery and his condition improved temporarily. But it again deteriorated at night and he passed away at 3 am on Tuesday (25th July 2023)," a senior doctor of the medical establishment told PTI.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled Roy's death, tweeting, "Pained by the untimely demise of West Bengal Assembly MLA Shri Bishnu Pada Ray Ji. He was a hardworking legislator who made many efforts to fulfil people's aspirations. He also worked hard to strengthen @BJP4Bengal. Condolences to his family and supporters. Om Shanti." West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also expressed condolences over the MLA's death..

Source : The Hindu

Published On : July 26, 2023
A)
Bharati Pravin Pawar
B)
Mansukh L. Mandaviya
C)
Pritam Munde
D)
Dharmendra Pradhan

Correct Answer :   Bharati Pravin Pawar


Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, Dr. Bharati Pravin Pawar inaugurated a national conference on Moving Mental Health Beyond Institutions, here 26th July 2023.


Justice Arun Mishra, Hon’ble Chairperson, NHRC was also present on the occasion. The objective of the conference is to discuss the challenges in the implementation of the Mental Healthcare Act, 2017 and deliberate on the way forward on resolution of mental health issues.

Dr. Pawar stated that “mental health is an integral part of our health as it affects all aspects of our lives.” Underlining the importance of mental health, she stated that “It is critically important to remove the stigma that prevents individuals from seeking the help that they need.” She added that under the leadership of the Hon’ble Prime Minister, mental health has been given a lot of importance which is demonstrated by the passing of the landmark Mental Healthcare Act 2017.

Highlighting the importance of addressing the challenges of mental health and the Mental Healthcare Act 2017, Dr Pawar stated that “the Union govt is promoting the availability of and access to cost-effective treatment of common mental disorders”.

She informed that mental health has been included in the flagship Ayushman Bharat scheme of the Union Govt. She also stated that “since the launch of the National Tele-Mental Health service, 42 Tele-Manas cells have been established that has already recorded over 2 lakh calls”.

The Union Minister underlined the need for a new mental healthcare paradigm that transcends the limitations of institutions and focuses on community-based support. She urged the dignitaries to deliberate on the pressing issues of mental health challenges in India and work towards a future where mental healthcare is accessible, affordable, inclusive and compassionate.

During the event, a book titled, “Mental Health: Concern for All – In Context of the Mental Healthcare Act, 2017’ and a report on “Status of Implementation of the Mental Healthcare Act, 2017” was also released by the dignitaries.

Shri Bharat Lal, Secretary General, NHRC; Shri Rajiv Jain, Member, NHRC; Dr D M Mulay, Member, NHRC; Justice M M Kumar, Former Member, NHRC; Shri D K Nim, Joint Secretary, NHRC; representatives from NGOs and senior officials from MoHFW and NHRC were present on the occasion.

Source : PIB

Published On : July 26, 2023
A)
Zhao Lijian
B)
Wang Yi
C)
Li Keqiang
D)
Hu Chunhua

Correct Answer :   Wang Yi


Wang Yi has been named as the new foreign minister of China, state media reported on Tuesday (25th July 2023). Qin Gang, the "missing" foreign minister was removed and "Wang Yi" replaced him.

“China’s top legislature voted to appoint Wang Yi as foreign minister... as it convened a session on Tuesday (25th July 2023),” Chinese media outlet Xinhua said.

Notably, Gang's whereabouts are still not known, even as Wang Yi has replaced him as Foreign Minister. His last public engagement was a meeting with visiting Russian, Sri Lankan and Vietnamese officials on June 25. Since then, he has not been seen in public.


His ministry later said he was off work for unspecified health reasons.

Qin Gang is considered Chinese President Xi Jinping's close aide. The last time the 57-year-old disappeared from public view was just for eight days over the Lunar New Year Holiday.

Almost a month on, he still remains missing and China has not spoken about this. The discussion about his absence was apparently censored on the Chinese social media site Weibo..

Source : India Today

Published On : July 26, 2023
A)
5th
B)
4th
C)
3rd
D)
2nd

Correct Answer :   2nd


India finished 2nd on the medals tally at the recently concluded ISSF Junior Shooting World Championships 2023 in Changwon, South Korea.

* Indian shooters bagged 17 medals, which include 6 Gold, 6 Silver, and 5 Bronze.

* The championships saw 90 Indian shooters vie for medals in pistol, rifle, and shotgun competitions in the under-21 age category.

* The majority of the medalists were Khelo India athletes. Seven Indians managed to bag more than one medal. Abhinav Shaw and Kamaljeet won two golds each.

* Sainyam won three medals -- gold in the 10m air pistol women, and a bronze each in the 10m air pistol mixed team and women's team events..

Source : AIR

Published On : July 26, 2023
A)
Digvijaya Singh
B)
Anurag Thakur
C)
Jyotiraditya M. Scindia
D)
Narendra Singh Tomar

Correct Answer :   Jyotiraditya M. Scindia


Shri Jyotiraditya M Scindia, Minister of Civil Aviation and Steel inaugurated Heli Summit 2023 in Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh on 25th July 2023. Shri Scindia also launched RCS UDAN 5.2 and HeliSewa-App during the event.



The 5th Helicopter & Small Aircraft Summit (Heli Summit 2023) was jointly organized by the Ministry of Civil Aviation, in association with the Government of Madhya Pradesh, Pawan Hans Ltd., and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI)


Theme : The theme of the event was "Reaching the Last Mile: Regional Connectivity through Helicopters & Small Aircraft". The event format included an inaugural session followed by a technical session.


The broad objectives of the Summit were :

* Providing a common platform for all industry stakeholders, and policymakers to discuss the growth story of the Indian Helicopter and Small Aircraft industry.
* Enhancing the scope of the UDAN Scheme in remote and hilly terrains and expanding the country's rural-to-urban connectivity.
* Boosting Helicopter & Small Aircraft connectivity to places with existing and potential tourism hotspots by providing uninterrupted services.

UDAN 5.2 has been launched for further enhancing the connectivity to remote and regional areas of the country and achieving last-mile connectivity through small aircraft such as 1A (<9 seats) and Category 1(<20 seats).

Shri Jyotiraditya Scindia said, “The country's civil aviation sector has been democratised in the last nine years. Along with the number of airports, there has been a vast expansion in the number of aircraft and the market size. And in this expansion big metro airports and large airlines, are as important as small town airports, small airlines and helicopters.”

Shri Jyotiraditya Scindia said, “Today we have launched UDAN 5.2 for helicopters and under this we have increased the VGF and reduced the fare cap. Along with this, we have also started single window service platform of HeliSewa. Through this, you will be able to get all the approvals from ATC on your mobile.”

The Minister said “Today we have also started UDAN 5.2 for small aircraft. Today we have awarded 22 routes, which underlines the fact that air travel facility is being made available to citizens living in remote areas, under the leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi”..

Source : PIB

Published On : July 26, 2023
A)
Surat
B)
Hirasar
C)
Gandhinagar
D)
Ahmedabad

Correct Answer :   Hirasar


Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate Gujarat’s first Greenfield Airport at "Hirasar" near Rajkot on 27th July 2023.

The Prime Minister will also address a rally in Rajkot. During his two-day visit to Gujarat from 27th July 2023, the prime Minister is scheduled to attend various programmes in the state. Built over 1500 acres area at a cost of 1,405 crore, the airport has been renamed as Rajkot international airport.
 
The greenfield airport at Hirasar is 30 kilometers away from Rajkot City, the commercial capital of the Saurashtra region. The airport has 45-meter-wide runway which can park 14 planes at any given point.
 


The passenger terminal at the airport can manage more than 1200 travellers per hour, during peak hours. The green filed airport is equipped with a solar power system, a green belt, and a rainwater harvesting system.
 
The air connectivity to the international market will boost industrial growth, especially benefit the Ceramic industry in Morbi, and will generate new employment opportunities in the region. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had laid the foundation stone for the construction of the international airport near Rajkot in 2017..

Source : AIR

Published On : July 25, 2023
A)
21
B)
25
C)
30
D)
36

Correct Answer :   21


Government of India has accorded 'In-Principle' approval for setting up of 21 new Greenfield Airports namely :

Mopa in Goa, Navi Mumbai, Shirdi and Sindhudurg in Maharashtra, Kalaburagi, Vijayapura, Hassan and Shivamogga in Karnataka, Dabra (Gwalior) in Madhya Pradesh, Kushinagar and Noida (Jewar) in Uttar Pradesh, Dholera and Hirasar in Gujarat, Karaikal in Puducherry, Dagadarthi, Bhogapuram and Orvakal (Kurnool) in Andhra Pradesh, Durgapur in West Bengal, Pakyong in Sikkim, Kannur in Kerala and Hollongi (Itanagar) in Arunachal Pradesh across the country.

Out of these, 11 Greenfield airports viz. Durgapur, Shirdi, Kannur, Pakyong, Kalaburagi, Orvakal (Kurnool), Sindhudurg, Kushinagar, Itanagar, Mopa and Shivamogga have been operationalised.

State Government of Tamil Nadu has submitted an application to Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) for grant of first stage clearance i.e. 'Site-Clearance' for development of a Greenfield airport at Parandur, Kancheepuram District, Tamil Nadu.

As per GFA Policy, the proposal has been sent to Airports Authority of India (AAI), Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and Ministry of Defence (MoD) for their comments. After completion of this consultation with stakeholders, the proposal is required to be placed before the Steering Committee on Greenfield Airports for their recommendation, with respect to award of Site Clearance.

As per the GFA Policy, 2008, the responsibility of implementation of airport projects including funding of the project, land acquisition, R&R etc rests with the concerned airport developer including the respective State Government (in case the State Government is the project proponent). The timeline for construction of airports depends upon various factors such as land acquisition, mandatory clearances, removal of obstacles, financial closure etc. by the respective airport developers.

This information was given by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Civil Aviation Gen. (Dr) V. K. Singh (Retd) in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha 24th July 2023..

Source : PIB

Published On : July 25, 2023
A)
Justice Prasanna B. Varale
B)
Justice Michael Zothankhuma
C)
Justice Dhiraj Singh Thakur
D)
Justice Sandeep Mehta

Correct Answer :   Justice Dhiraj Singh Thakur


The Central government has cleared the elevation of Justice Dhiraj Singh Thakur as Chief Justice of the Andhra Pradesh High Court.

The Union Minister of State for Law and Justice Arjun Ram Meghwal tweeted the development on Monday (24th July 2023).

On July 5, the Supreme Court Collegium had Supreme Court Collegium had recommended the appointment of Justice Thakur as the Chief Justice of the Andhra Pradesh High Court.


About Justice Dhiraj Singh Thakur :

Born on April 25, 1964, Thakur enrolled as an advocate in 1989 with Bar Council of Delhi and subsequently with Bar Council of Jammu & Kashmir.

He was designated a Senior Advocate in 2011 and appointed as permanent judge of High Court of Jammu & Kashmir on March 8, 2013.

Thakur was transferred to the Bombay High Court on June 10, 2022.

Justice Akula Venkata Sesha Sai is presently the acting Chief Justice of the Andhra Pradesh High Court.

The Andhra Pradesh High Court which has a sanctioned strength of 37 judges is currently functioning with 30 judges, a vacancy position of 7.


Source : Bar and Bench

Published On : July 25, 2023
A)
China
B)
USA
C)
India
D)
Russia

Correct Answer :   Russia


Russian President Vladimir Putin signed new legislation Monday (24th July 2023) which marked the final step in outlawing gender-affirming procedures, a crippling blow to Russia’s already embattled LGBTQ+ community.

The bill, which was approved unanimously by both houses of parliament, bans any “medical interventions aimed at changing the sex of a person,” as well as changing one’s gender in official documents and public records. The only exception will be medical intervention to treat congenital anomalies.

It also annuls marriages in which one person has “changed gender” and bars transgender people from becoming foster or adoptive parents.

The ban is said to stem from the Kremlin’s crusade to protect what it views as the country’s “traditional values.” Lawmakers say the legislation is to safeguard Russia against “Western anti-family ideology,” with some describing gender transitioning as “pure satanism.”

Russia’s crackdown on LGBTQ+ people started a decade ago when Putin first proclaimed a focus on “traditional family values,” supported by the Russian Orthodox Church.

In 2013, the Kremlin adopted legislation that banned any public endorsement of “nontraditional sexual relations” among minors.

In 2020, Putin pushed through constitutional reform that outlawed same-sex marriage, and last year signed a law banning “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations” among adults as well.

Source : India Today

Published On : July 25, 2023