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A)
Ministry of Defence
B)
Ministry of Tourism
C)
Ministry of Finance
D)
Ministry of Rural Development

Correct Answer :   Ministry of Tourism


Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, is participating in the Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2023, being ‘eld from 01st to 04th May 2023 in Dubai, UAE.

* The Arabian Travel Market is one of the leading global events for the travel and tourism industry, attracting visitors and exhibitors from around the world.

* India's participation in the Arabian Travel Market 2023 is a significant step towards promoting India as a preferred travel destination among the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) markets.

* With its diverse culture, heritage, cuisine, and natural beauty, Adventure, MICE, luxury, wildlife, wellness, India is a popular destination for travellers seeking unique and authentic experiences.

* Ministry of Tourism, is showcasing "Incredible India" and launched Visit India Year 2023 campaign at the event, highlighting India's diverse tourism offerings and the country's commitment to sustainable tourism practices. The India Pavilion will showcase India's rich cultural and natural heritage, including its UNESCO World Heritage Sites, wildlife sanctuaries, and spiritual destinations.

* The event will also provide an opportunity for the Ministry to strengthen ties with the Middle East and North Africa tourism industry, including travel agents, tour operators, airlines, and media representatives. The delegation will participate in various networking events, B2B meetings, and media interactions to promote India as a tourism destination and establish partnerships with industry stakeholders.

* India's participation in the Arabian Travel Market 2023 underscores the country's commitment to promoting tourism as a driver of economic growth and employment generation. Government of India remains committed to enhancing India's tourism infrastructure and promoting India as a world-class tourism destination.

* The India pavilion was inaugurated on 1st May at the Arabian Travel Mart 2023 Dubai by the Indian Ambassador to UAE, H.E. Sunjay Sudhir in presence of Shri Gyan Bhushan, Sr. Economic Advisor, Ministry of Tourism, GOI,  Shri K. Lakshminaryanan Kannan, Tourism Minister of Puducherry, Shri Rohan Khaunte, Tourism Minister of State Government of Goa & Shri Arun Srivastava, Deputy Director General, Ministry of Tourism, GOI.

* A strong participation from India at Arabian Travel Mart 2023 Dubai, consisting of more than 65 State Tourism Departments/UTs, Tour Operators, Travel Agents, Hotel Chains, Airlines etc. is expected to boost inbound travel to India from the Middle East region. ATM provides a much needed opportunity for Indian Tourism industry stakeholders to connect with global travel trade and promote India...

Source : PIB

Published On : May 4, 2023
A)
Laxman Narasimhan
B)
Ajay Banga
C)
Arvind Krishna
D)
Shantanu Narayen

Correct Answer :   Ajay Banga


The World Bank's 25-member executive board on Wednesday (3rd May 2023) elected former Mastercard CEO "Ajay Banga" to a five-year term as president, effective 2nd June 2023, ushering in an Indian-born finance and development expert charged with revamping the lender to tackle climate change and other global crises.

Banga, 63, was nominated for the post by US President Joe Biden in late February and was the sole contender to replace departing World Bank chief David Malpass, an economist and former US Treasury official during the Trump administration.

The election came after World Bank board members interviewed Banga for four hours on Monday (1st May 2023). Malpass's last day at the bank will be June 1. The decision came in a vote by 24 of the board's members, with Russia abstaining, instead of the usual consensus-based process, a source familiar with the process said.

One of the sources called Banga a "true change maker" who will help accelerate reforms at the global development bank. It already loans out hundreds of billions of dollars to developing countries but is working to increase its lending to help them address global challenges such as climate change.

The Board looks forward to working with Mr. Banga on the World Bank Group Evolution process, as discussed at the April 2023 Spring Meetings, and on all the World Bank Group’s ambitions and efforts aimed at tackling the toughest development challenges facing developing countries..

Source : India Today

Published On : May 4, 2023
A)
1st May
B)
2nd May
C)
3rd May
D)
4th May

Correct Answer :   3rd May


World Press Freedom Day is observed each year on May 03. The day symbolizes the importance of press freedom and its role in the smooth and effective functioning of society.

* The growth of digital technologies and independent media in several countries has facilitated the unrestricted dissemination of information. Nonetheless, media freedom, the safety of journalists, and freedom of expression are facing threats, leading to an adverse impact on basic human rights.

* This day serves as an opportunity to address the global issues concerning the media including their freedom and accessibility, and acknowledge the contribution of journalists who lost their lives in this profession.

* The press is a critical component of the democratic setup of a country, it highlights and advocates the importance of human rights, good governance, and democracy.

World Press Freedom Day theme 2023 : The theme for World Press Freedom Day this year is "Shaping a Future of Rights: Freedom of Expression as a driver for all other human rights".

World Press Freedom Day History : World Press Freedom Day 2023 marks the 30th anniversary of this day. It was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in December 1993 after the recommendation of UNESCO's General Conference. Since then, May 03 is being celebrated as World Press Freedom Day.

World Press Freedom Day Significance : The press plays an important role in any democracy. It highlights the issues concerning the general public and works in the direction of the betterment of society. Freedom of expression is a fundamental human right. Everyone should have the right to freedom of opinion and expression. The World Press Freedom Day denounces censorship of the press and journalists. It stresses the need for an independent media to safeguard democracy.

The press serves as a medium of information through which the general public gets access to facts that help them make informed decisions about their lives and the government. With the expansion of digital media, the flow of misinformation has raised new challenges. The role of the press becomes more significant today, than ever before..

Source : Times of India

Published On : May 3, 2023
A)
30th April 2023
B)
1st May 2023
C)
2nd May 2023
D)
3rd May 2023

Correct Answer :   3rd May 2023


Tamil film industry veteran actor-director Manobala breathed his last on 3rd May 2023 in Chennai. He was taking treatment at his residence for liver-related problems for the past two weeks.

* He was known for his comedy timing and self-deprecating humour. In his career spanning over 35 years, he acted in over 900 films. He is survived by wife, Usha, and son, Harish.

Manobala Career :

* Manobala made his acting debut in 1979 with Bharathiraja's Puthiya Vaarpugal. Over the years, he acted in several hundred films in supporting roles. Reportedly, he joined as an assistant director to Bharathiraja under Kamal Haasan's reference. His last on-screen appearance was in Kajal Aggarwal's Ghosty. The talented star was known for his comedy roles.

* In 1982, he made his directorial debut with Agaya Gangai and helmed nearly 25 films. Some of his popular films include Pillai Nila, Oorkaavalan, En Purusshanthaan Enakku Mattumthaan, Karuppu Vellai, Mallu Vetti Minor and Paarambariyam, to name a few.

* Apart from appearing in serials, he also directed a handful of television serials. He also made his name in the industry as a producer. He appeared as one of the contestants on Cooku With Comali in 2022.

Born : 8 December 1953, Marungoor.
Died : 3 May 2023, Chennai.

Source : India Today

Published On : May 3, 2023
A)
Millets
B)
Oats
C)
Barley
D)
Quinoa

Correct Answer :   Millets


The  Ministry of Home Affairs announced on Wednesday (3rd May 2023) that millets would be included in the meals of personnel of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF).

* "The decision to introduce 30 per cent millets in the meals has been taken on the clarion call of the Union Home Minister Amit Shah, after detailed discussion with all the forces".

* The United Nations General Assembly, recognising the growing importance of millets, declared 2023-24 as the International Year of Millets.

* Millets are also called "super grain" due to it being rich in proteins, carbohydrates and fibre.

* In March, the Indian Army said it would make millets an integral part of the daily meals of all its personnel. Millets flour will now be included in the rations of soldiers, almost half a century after these were discontinued in favour of the wheat flour.

* The Army said the decision was taken to ensure that troops were supplied with native and traditional grains.

* The Army will procure millets flour not exceeding 25 per cent of the authorised entitlement of cereals (rice and wheat atta) in rations for troops commencing from the year 2023-24. Three popular varieties of millets flour -- Bajra, Jowar and Ragi -- will be issued to troops...

Source : ABP Live

Published On : May 3, 2023
A)
Neiphiu Rio
B)
Pema Khandu
C)
Prem Singh Tamang
D)
N Biren Singh

Correct Answer :   N Biren Singh


Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh Tuesday (2nd May 2023) launched the Facial Recognition System (FRS) for Inner Line Permit (ILP) system and flagged off two camera-mounted mobile FRS vehicles.

* Singh, while speaking during the event, said the newly-launched system will help in the effective checking of ILP holders whose validity has expired and in better management of the system.

* After seeking approval from the Union Home Ministry, engaged a reputed international firm for the installation of the FRS.

* The system has been implemented on a trial basis for some time now, he said, adding that even during the trial period, the system had managed to identify defaulters of the ILPS.

* Singh said the FRS system has been installed at various places, including at the Imphal airport, Jiribam, and efforts are on to install it at other places, including Khongsang Railway Station and Moreh among others.

* In addition, two mobile vehicles will be stationed at different locations in Imphal East and West districts to identify ILP defaulters, Singh said, adding that in the long run, the FRS will facilitate a smoother entry and exit system for permit applicants or holders from the state..

Source : Indian Express

Published On : May 3, 2023
A)
7.02%
B)
8.11%
C)
8.72%
D)
9.64%

Correct Answer :   8.11%


India's unemployment rate surged to a four-month high in April 2023 at 8.11 percent, compared to 7.14 percent in March 2023 according to the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE).

* However a closer look at the data shows that the jobs situation is improving. The rise is in unemployment rate came on the back of higher labour participation, which has risen to 41.9 percent from 39.7 percent in March 2023.

* Rural India : 20.3 million people entered the workforce and 95% of them got jobs.

* Urban India : 5.2 million people entered the workforce, but only half of them got jobs..

Source : CNBC

Published On : May 3, 2023
A)
Justice V.K. Bali
B)
Justice Bhaskar Raj Pradhan
C)
Justice TS Sivagnanam
D)
Justice Sanjaya Kumar Mishra

Correct Answer :   Justice TS Sivagnanam


Justice TS Sivagnanam, the acting Chief Justice of the Calcutta High Court has been appointed as the Chief Justice of the Calcutta High Court by notification of the Central Government on Monday (1st May 2023).

* Born to  Dr.T.S.Subbiah and Smt. Nalini Subbiah in September 16, 1963, Justice Sivagnanam completed his B.Sc. from Loyola College, Chennai and LL.B.(H) degree from Madras Law College.

* He served as a junior to R. Gandhi, Senior Advocate. Later in his career, he was appointed as the Additional Government Standing Counsel for the Union of India in 2000, as Southern Railway Counsel in 2003, Sr. Panel Counsel, Union of India in 2004, AICTE Panel Counsel for 2005 and Counsel for the Registrar Generals, Officer and Judicial Office on appointment by the then Chief Justice of Madras High Court.

* He was appointed as an additional judge of the Madras High Court on March 31, 2009, and became a permanent judge on March 29, 2011. In October 2021, he was transferred to the Calcutta High Court where he has been serving since then.

* He is scheduled to retire on September 15, 2025.

Published On : May 3, 2023
A)
BIFC
B)
IFSCA
C)
GIFTCG
D)
FICGujarat

Correct Answer :   IFSCA


International Financial Services Centres Authority (IFSCA) and IHub-Data, IIIT Hyderabad signed an MoU at IIIT Hyderabad campus on 2nd May 2023.

This MoU aims to put in place a framework for cooperation and understanding between IFSCA and IHub-Data, IIIT Hyderabad to collaborate in supporting and facilitating FinTech and TechFin entities.

IFSCA is responsible for the development and regulation of international financial services, including that of the insurance sector, in the IFSC, which is treated as a separate international financial jurisdiction, distinct from the rest of India.

IFSCA Aim : To develop a strong global connect and focus on the needs of the Indian economy as well as to serve as an international financial platform at the regional/ global level.

* IHub-Data is a Technology Innovation Hub for Data Banks, Data Services, and Data Analytics (IHub-Data) at IIIT Hyderabad which was established by IIIT Hyderabad under the National Mission on Interdisciplinary Cyber-Physical Systems (NM-ICPS) scheme funded by DST, Govt of India with an objective to bring closer different stakeholders – research community, academics, government officials, NGOs, industry leaders, incubating start-ups and social science critics -for enhancing or exploring mutual collaboration.

* The cornerstone development for IHub-Data lies at the interdisciplinary boundaries of science, engineering, and sociology that promises to have an impact on the larger society as such.

* This MoU will enable cooperation and collaboration on diverse initiatives regarding FinTech. FinTechs and TechFins registered with IHub-Data, IIIT Hyderabad may be facilitated to access IFSCA’s Regulatory and Innovation Sandbox and apply to the IFSCA (FinTech Incentive) Scheme 2022..

Source : Telangana Today

Published On : May 3, 2023
A)
4.6%
B)
4.9%
C)
5.2%
D)
5.5%

Correct Answer :   4.6%


Growth in the dynamic Asia-Pacific region is projected to increase to 4.6% in 2023 from that of 3.8% recorded in 2022, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) which stated that the growth will be largely led by India and China.

In its Regional Economic Outlook - Asia and Pacific report released on Tuesday (2nd May 2023), the Washington-based fund said the region would contribute around 70% of global growth.

"Asia and Pacific will be the most dynamic of the world's major regions in 2023, predominantly driven by the buoyant outlook for China and India," the IMF report said, adding that the two largest emerging market economies of the region are expected to contribute around half of global growth this year, with the rest of Asia and Pacific contributing an additional fifth.

Meanwhile, IMF said 2023 looks to be a challenging year for the global economy, with global growth decelerating as the effects of monetary policy tightening (through consistent interest rate hikes) and Russia's war in Ukraine continue to weigh on economic activity..

Source : Times of India

Published On : May 3, 2023