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A)
J. P. Nadda
B)
Narendra Modi
C)
Shivraj Singh Chouhan
D)
Jyotiraditya Scindia

Correct Answer :   Shivraj Singh Chouhan


Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Saturday (4th Mar 2023) made an announcement to make Mauganj tehsil a separate district.

Four tehsils which fall in the limits of Rewa district, Mauganj, Hanumana, Naigarhi and Dev Talab will be merged to form the new district Mauganj of the state.

The Chief Minister announced while addressing a public welfare program organised at Mauganj in Rewa district on Saturday (4th Mar 2023).

He added that the process of making the district would start from Saturday itself and the National Flag would be hoisted at the district headquarters on August 15.

On the occasion Chouhan transferred an ex-gratia amount of Rs 605 crore to 27,310 labour families of the state with a single click in their accounts under Mukhyamantri Jan-Kalyan (Sambal) Yojana 2.0. Besides, he performed bhoomi-pujan and inaugurated development works worth Rs 738.92 crore.

Addressing the program CM Chouhan said, “Sambal is a scheme for the welfare of the poor. In this, poor families are given various types of help from birth to education etc. Rs 4 lakh is given to the family in case of accidental death, Rs 2 lakh in case of normal death and Rs 1 lakh in case of disability.

The previous government had stopped this scheme and struck off the names of a large number of beneficiaries. Our government has started the scheme again and has also done the work of adding names. So far 13 lakh deleted names have been added.”..

Source : The Print

Published On : March 7, 2023
A)
Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu
B)
Mukesh Agnihotri
C)
Bhupendrabhai Patel
D)
Harshwardhan Chauhan

Correct Answer :   Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu


Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu has announced a nearly five-fold increase in the monetary award under the Himachal Pradesh Mahila Vikas Protsahan Puraskar.

Presiding over a state-level event for International Women's Day (8th March), Sukhu on Monday (6th Mar 2023) said the monetary award for the Mahila Vikas Protsahan Puraskar has been hiked to Rs 1 lakh from the current Rs 21,000.

The allowance for district-level awards has been raised from Rs 5,000 to Rs 25,000..

Source : Ptinews

Published On : March 7, 2023
A)
Manoj Sinha
B)
Jitendra Singh
C)
Piyush Goyal
D)
Mansukh L. Mandaviya

Correct Answer :   Jitendra Singh


Dr Jitendra Singh informed (6th March 2023) that the Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare has decided that all the pension portals like Pension Disbursing Bank portals, ANUBHAV, CPENGRAMS, CGHS etc. will be integrated in a single portal in the form of the newly created “Integrated Pensioners’ Portal” (https://ipension.nic.in) to ensure “Ease of Living for the elder citizens”.

* Addressing the Bankers Awareness Workshop in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, Dr Jitendra Singh said, in tune with Vision of Prime Minister for an “Integrated Approach to bring Ease of Living”.

* The move will mitigate the problems faced by the pensioners with the banks like Change of bank, Submission of life certificate, Submission of death certificate of pensioners, Pension slip and retrieval of pension slip, Income tax deduction data/form 16, Pension receipt information, the websites of Pension Disbursing Banks will also be integrated with the Integrated Pensioners Portal.

* The Minister also pointed out that the task of Integration of Pension Seva Portal of SBI and Canara Bank with Bhavishya portal have been completed.

* With this integration, the pensioners can now get their pension slip, status of submission of Life Certificate and Form-16 through the Integrated Pensioners’ Portal.

* He also informed that all 18 Pension disbursing banks will be integrated in Integrated Pensioners’ Portal.

* Dr Jitendra Singh said, DoPPW will take care of not only serving/retiring employees but also work for the Ease of Living of our pensioners and Digital Life Certificate is another step towards this direction.

* He pointed out that in November 2014, an Aadhar based scheme for online submission of digital life certificate, “Jeevan Pramaan” was launched by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi to ensure transparency and “Ease of Living” for pensioners while submitting their life certificate...

Source : PIB

Published On : March 7, 2023
A)
ICICI Bank
B)
HDFC Bank
C)
Axis Bank
D)
Kotak Mahindra Bank

Correct Answer :   HDFC Bank


HDFC Bank on Saturday (4th March 2023) announced that it's board of directors have recommended the re-appointment of "Sashidhar Jagdishan" as managing director and CEO for a period of three years with effect from 27 October,2023.

* The Bank further said that it is subject to the approval of Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and the shareholders.

* This is to inform you that the Board of Directors of the Bank, at their meeting held today, has recommended the re-appointment of Mr. Sashidhar Jagdishan (DIN: 08614396) as the Managing Director and CEO of the Bank, to the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), for a further period of three years w.e.f. October 27, 2023, subject to approval of RBI and shareholders.

* In April last year (2022), HDFC Bank announced that parent HDFC will merge with the bank to enable seamless delivery of home loans and leverage on the large base of over 68 million customers of HDFC Bank and inter alia improve the pace of credit growth in the economy.

* Under the scheme, HDFC shareholders will receive 42 shares of HDFC Bank having a face value of Re 1 each for 25 shares of HDFC having a face value of ₹2 each. Further, HDFC shareholding in HDFC Bank will be extinguished as per the scheme of amalgamation.

* Post the merger, HDFC Bank will be 100% owned by public shareholders and existing shareholders of HDFC will own 41% of the former.

* Sashidhar Jagdishan joined the Bank in 1996 and was appointed as chief financial officer in 2008, after which he was appointed as the MD and CEO.

* HDFC Bank Ltd reported 18.5% year-on-year (YoY) rise in net profit for the quarter ended December 2022 to ₹12,259 crore. This is against net profit of ₹10,342.20 crore in the year ago period..

Source : Mint

Published On : March 6, 2023
A)
NATO
B)
World Trade Organization (WTO)
C)
World Health Organization (WHO)
D)
United Nations (UN)

Correct Answer :   United Nations (UN)


The United Nations (UN) inked the first ‘High Seas Treaty’ in a bid to protect the ocean bodies of the world that lie outside the national boundaries and form almost two-thirds of the world's oceans.

* The treaty is an outcome of a decade of talks on this environmental concern. The agreement was reached on Saturday (4th Mar 2023) evening, after 38 hours of talks, at UN headquarters in New York.

* The previous negotiations failed to conclude due to disagreements on funding and fishing rights. The last international agreement on ocean protection was signed 40 years ago in 1982 - the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.

* The UN High Seas Treaty now brings 30 percent of the world's oceans into the protected domain, puts more money into marine conservation and sets new rules for mining at sea.

* Previously these water bodies were open for fishing, shipping and to conduct research and only about 1 percent of these waters also known as high seas were under protection which left the marine lives in these waters at high risk of exploitation from threats including climate change, overfishing and shipping traffic.

* As per the red data book of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), nearly 10 percent of marine species, were found to be at risk of extinction. Further, the IUCN estimates that 41 percent of the threatened species are also affected by climate change.

* The High Seas Treaty now places 30 percent of the world's international waters into protected areas (MPAs) by 2030. The treaty aims to protect against potential impacts like deep sea mining.

* This is the process of collecting minerals from the ocean bed. The treaty amongst other things will put a restriction on how much fishing can be done on the high seas.

* According to the International Seabed Authority that oversees licensing any future activity in the deep seabed will be subject to strict environmental regulations and oversight to ensure that they are carried out sustainably and responsibly...

Source : AIR

Published On : March 6, 2023
A)
86th
B)
95th
C)
108th
D)
117th

Correct Answer :   108th


India ranks 108th in the Electoral Democracy Index of the V-dem Democracy report 2023. The country ranks way below countries such as Tanzania, Bolivia, Mexico, Singapore and Nigeria.

* India has also been named in the top 10 autocratising countries in the last 10 years in the report released on Thursday (2nd March 2023).

* India's ranking dipped from the 100th position in 2022 to 108th this year in the report's Electoral Democracy Index (EDI) while it was 97th in the Liberal Democracy Index (LDI). Pakistan slipped two steps lower at 106th in the LDI and 110th in the EDI.

* The Liberal Democracy Index captures both liberal and electoral aspects of democracy based on 71 indicators such as free and fair elections, political and civil rights and more.

* No 1: Denmark | The country was ranked first with the highest comprehensive score of 0.89 in the LDI.

* The US ranked 23 in the LDI while Canada and the UK occupied 24th and 20th spots, respectively. The Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) report is based on the global dataset on democracy with over 31 million data points for 202 countries from 1789 to 2022. Here's a look at the top 10 democracies in the world..

Source : CNBC

Published On : March 6, 2023
A)
Rs 1,72,000
B)
Rs 1,79,000
C)
Rs 1,87,000
D)
Rs 1,94,000

Correct Answer :   Rs 1,72,000


According to National Statistical Office (NSO), the estimated annual per capita (net national income) at current prices for 2022-23 is Rs 1,72,000, showing a growth of around 99 per cent from Rs 86,647 in 2014-15.

However, after adjusting for inflation (constant prices), the per capita income has risen by approximately 35 per cent from Rs 72,805 in 2014-15 to Rs 98,118 in 2022-23.

"You are looking at GDP in current prices, but if you account for inflation, the increase is much less," Development economist Jayati Ghosh was quoted as saying.

* She further said distribution is critical.

* "Most of this increase has accrued to the top 10 per cent of the population. By contrast, median wages are falling, and possibly even lower in real terms," said the former JNU professor.

* According to the NSO, the per capita income in both real and nominal terms experienced a decline during the Covid period. Nonetheless, it has shown an improvement in the fiscal years 2021-22 and 2022-23.

* Pinaki Chakraborty, the former director of the esteemed economic research institute NIPFP, cited the World Development Indicator database and stated that India's per-capita income had an average growth rate of 5.6 per cent per annum in real terms during the period from 2014 to 2019.

* "This growth is significant. We have seen improvements in outcome related to health, education, and economic and social mobility. Covid impacted us badly. However, we have seen significant economic recovery after Covid. Sustaining per-capita income growth at 5 to 6 per cent per annum with appropriate redistributive policies will help sustain this momentum..

Source : India Today

Published On : March 6, 2023
A)
Narendra Modi
B)
Amit Shah
C)
Droupadi Murmu
D)
Nirmala Sitharaman

Correct Answer :   Droupadi Murmu


President Droupadi Murmu has launched the ‘Catch the Rain-2023’ on Saturday(4th Mar 2023) as part of efforts to turn conservation of water into a mass campaign in the run-up to the monsoon season.

Theme 2023 : The theme of this year’s campaign will be ‘Source Sustainability for Drinking Water’, an official said.

During Jal Shakti Abhiyan : Catch the Rain-2023, the significant role that water plays in the empowerment of women has been acknowledged with the theme 'Jal Shakti se Nari Shakti'.

The president will also confer 18 awards under Swachh Bharat Mission – Grameen, Jal Jeevan Mission and National Water Mission under various categories and release a compendium of case stories titled ‘Swachh Sujal Shakti Ki Abhivyakti’.

Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Union Ministers Devusinh Chauhan, Prahlad Singh Patel and Bishweswar Tudu will be present at the event..

Source : The Print

Published On : March 6, 2023
A)
RBI
B)
World Bank
C)
New Development Bank
D)
Asian Development Bank

Correct Answer :   World Bank


* The World Bank will lend up to $1 billion to India to strengthen its health infrastructure.

* The lending will be divided into two complementary loans of $500 million each.

* The bank will support India’s flagship Pradhan Mantri-Ayushman Bharat Health Infrastructure Mission (PM-ABHIM) which was launched in October 2021.

* The loans will prioritize health service delivery in Seven States - Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Meghalaya, Odisha, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, and Uttar Pradesh.

Published On : March 6, 2023
A)
Ajay Mathur
B)
Yogesh Sachan
C)
Pankaj Awasthi
D)
Pankaj Gupta

Correct Answer :   Pankaj Gupta


Pramerica Life Insurance Limited has appointed Pankaj Gupta as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer(CEO) of the Pramerica Life Insurance. Gupta will succeed Kalpana Sampat.

The appointment has been approved by the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI). Pankaj has replaced Kalpana Sampat. Prior to this, Pankaj held various senior positions at Citigroup, ICICI Bank and TCS.

Pramerica Life Insurance Limited is a joint venture between DIL, a wholly owned subsidiary of Piramal Capital and Housing Finance Limited and Prudential International Insurance Holdings, Ltd. (PIIH), a fully owned subsidiary of Prudential Financial, Inc. (PFI).

Incorporated in September 2008, the company has assets under management of Rs 7,148 crore as of 31 January, according to the company’s website...

Source : Economic Times

Published On : March 6, 2023