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A)
8%
B)
10%
C)
12%
D)
14%

Correct Answer : Option (D) - 14%


In a remarkable achievement, Delhi’s per capita income surged by over 14%, reaching Rs 4,44,768 in the current fiscal year. The latest Statistical Handbook-2023, released by the Economic and Statistics department of the Delhi government, highlights the capital’s outstanding socio-economic progress.


Key Economic Indicators :

* Per Capita Income Boom : Delhi’s per capita income experienced an impressive growth from Rs 3,89,529 to Rs 4,44,768, surpassing the national average by 158%.

* Public Services Milestones : The Kejriwal government achieved commendable benchmarks in the public services sector, with a notable enhancement in public transportation. An average of 41 lakh passengers daily commuted on buses in 2023.

* Electric Vehicle Leadership : Delhi is at the forefront of the electric vehicle revolution, boasting 7,200 buses on the streets, including 1,300 electric buses.

* Utilities Expansion : The number of electricity consumers increased by nearly 2.8 lakh, and over 1 lakh water connections were added in 2022-23.


Social Welfare Initiatives :

* Free Electricity Scheme : More than 3.41 crore electricity bills worth zero were generated, benefiting citizens under the free electricity scheme, offering free monthly usage up to 200 units.

* Minimum Wages Leadership : Delhi has the highest minimum wages in the country, with increases every six months – Rs 17,494 for unskilled, Rs 19,279 for semi-skilled, and Rs 21,215 for skilled workers.

* Social Care Prioritization : The Kejriwal government prioritizes care for seniors, daughters, and individuals with special needs, providing pensions, benefiting girls through the Ladli Scheme, and offering financial assistance to those with special needs.

* Covid-19 Financial Aid : In 2022-23, 11,570 individuals benefited from the Chief Minister’s Covid-19 Family Financial Assistance Scheme, showcasing the government’s commitment to citizens during challenging times.

Published On : January 8, 2024
A)
Nitin Gadkari
B)
Anurag Thakur
C)
Piyush Goyal
D)
Rajnath Singh

Correct Answer : Option (C) - Piyush Goyal


Union Minister of Commerce & Industry, Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution and Textiles, Shri Piyush Goyal inaugurated the ‘Indus Food 2024’, exhibition to showcase India's vibrant and diverse food ecosystem, being held in India Exposition Mart, Greater Noida. While delivering an inspiring address at the inauguration of the exhibition, the Minister praised India's diverse food industry, emphasizing its potential to captivate global markets.

Speaking on India's food processing sector, Shri Goyal highlighted the 150% growth in processed food exports over the last nine years. The Minister highlighted that India’s agricultural exports stood at an aggregate of about US$ 53 Billion. Shri Piyush Goyal quoted the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi and said that the time has come for a fusion of technology and taste. He emphasized the need for large-scale food processing, product branding, and export focus to provide better value to farmers, generate employment, and enhance the country's earnings.

The Minister recognized the burgeoning demand for Indian foods globally, he underscored the country's diverse agro-climatic zones, 158 food and agri Geographical Indications (GIs), and the identification of 708 unique food items across districts under the One District One Product (ODOP) initiative.


He lauded the success of food security initiatives of the government such as the 'Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana', providing free food grains to 81 Crore people and ensuring zero starvation deaths in the country. Additionally, he commended efforts to mitigate food inflation through strategic interventions like ‘Bharat Atta’ and ‘Bharat Dal’.

The Minister highlighted India's economic strengths as the fastest-growing large economy, attributing the success to solid macroeconomic foundations and a youthful demographic dividend. He credited social media and global influencers for promoting Indian culinary delights, leading to a surge in the popularity of diverse regional cuisines. Shri Piyush Goyal highlighted the richness of Indian cuisine, noting its distinctive flavors, spices, and aromas.

Shri Goyal stressed the vital role of women in the food sector and emphasized the need for industry-wide collaboration and cooperation while maintaining a competitive spirit. He urged the industry to focus on frozen, packaged, and ready-to-eat foods, encouraging skill development, university exchange programs, and startups in the sector. The Minister urged the industry to prioritize quality, nutrition, organic ingredients, and eco-friendly packaging, underscoring the significance of promoting food nutrition and sustainability.


Shri Piyush Goyal praised the significant success and outstanding achievements of the seventh edition of Indus Food, hailing it as the epicenter for food and beverage excellence in South Asia. He highlighted the international prominence of the event, revealing plans for India Global Culinary Exchange, welcoming 20 top international chefs to experience the country's culinary excellence firsthand.

Expressing confidence in India's capacity to host the world's largest fairs, the Minister emphasized Delhi's potential as a global hub for various expos. He shed light on the ongoing Aatmanirbhar Bharat Utsav at Bharat Mandapam and announced the upcoming Bharat Mobility in the following month, followed by Bharat Tex at the end of February 2024. He shared his vision for these events to lay the groundwork for even larger exhibitions in the coming years. Envisioning 2025 as the year for multi-venue, large-scale shows, he aspired for India to host the world's largest food fair, setting global benchmarks..

Source : PIB

Published On : January 8, 2024
A)
Pulicat Lake
B)
Mansarovar Lake
C)
Chilika Lake
D)
Sardar Sarovar Lake

Correct Answer : Option (C) - Chilika Lake


Ministry of Tourism (MoT) in collaboration with Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change (MoEF&CC) launched the fifth training under the Amrit Dharohar Capacity Building Scheme on 6th January 2024 for local community members, boat owners, and Forest department officials of Chilika Lake in the presence of Dr Sagnik Chowdhury, Regional Director (East), Ministry of Tourism, Dr M Ramesh, Scientist ‘E’, MoEF&CC, Dr Md Sabir Hussain, Nodal officer and Head, IITTM Bhubaneswar, Dr Amlan Naik, DFO Chilka Wildlife Division and Addl CEO, Chilika Development Authority (CDA), and other officials from CDA, and Forest Department, Govt of Odisha.

Under this initiative, two training programmes of 15 days each namely Alternative Livelihood program (ALP), and Paryatan Navik Certificate (PNC) will be conducted. With the help of the Chilika Development Authority (CDA) a total of 60 participants (30 for each course) were identified from the local communities in and around Chilika Lake to impart trainings and subsequently certifying them as nature-guides.


This is part of the ongoing effort of enhancing livelihood opportunities for local communities through harnessing the nature-tourism potential of the Ramsar Sites across the country under the Amrit Dharohar Initiative of the MoEF&CC.

In the first phase of this programme, five priority Ramsar sites were identified namely Sultanpur National Park, Sirpur wetland, Yashwant Sagar, Bhitarkanika National Park, and Chilika Lake. The first three training programmes for Sultanpur National Park, Sirpur wetland, and Yashwant Sagar have been successfully completed in December 2023 and the fourth training that was inaugurated on 5th January 2024 is currently undergoing..


Source : PIB

Published On : January 8, 2024
A)
Tamil Nadu
B)
Telangana
C)
Karnataka
D)
Andhra Pradesh

Correct Answer : Option (A) - Tamil Nadu


Tata Power announced (8th Jan 2024) a ₹70,000-crore investment to develop 10 gigawatts (GW) of solar and wind power capacity in Tamil Nadu over the next five to seven years. This ambitious project aligns with the power giant's vision of achieving 70 per cent clean and green energy production by 2030 and complete carbon neutrality by 2040, according to a report by Economic Times.

Tata Power CEO and MD Praveer Sinha unveiled the plan at the Tamil Nadu Global Investors Meet (GIM) in Chennai on January 8. Sinha emphasised the crucial role of renewable energy in mitigating climate change and securing a sustainable future for India.


Tata Power's Renewable Energy Portfolio :


Tata Power has an installed capacity of 982 MW wind power generation with plants spread across seven states of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, and Madhya Pradesh, leading in promoting wind power generation in India, according to the company's website.


Additionally, Tata Power Solar has a portfolio of more than 11.5 GWp of ground-mount utility-scale, over 1.7 GW of rooftop and distributed ground-mounted systems, and over 1 lakh solar water pumps in India.

The stocks of Tata Power were trading in the green, up 0.13 per cent at ₹341.15, on BSE at 2:18 pm on January 8, 2024.

Tata Power's share price bottomed out at around ₹185 apiece level on the NSE at the end of March 2023, and since then, it has remained an ideal 'buy on dips' stock for investors. In the last two months, Tata Power's share price has been touching new highs regularly, and the share has delivered over 80 per cent return to its long-term investors in the current fiscal, as reported by Livemint earlier.

Meanwhile, India's renewable energy capacity crossed the 179.5 GW mark, making the country the 4th largest player globally in wind and solar power. This rapid green surge isn't just powering homes and industries; it's electrifying stock markets and driving India's ambitious climate goals, according to the REN21 Renewables 2022 Global Status Report.

Published On : January 8, 2024
A)
Ajay Kumar
B)
Ashwani Gupta
C)
Bharat Saxena
D)
Ravichandran Reddy

Correct Answer : Option (B) - Ashwani Gupta


Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone (APSEZ), India’s premier ports and logistics company, has announced significant changes in its leadership structure, marking a new era in its corporate journey.


Karan Adani Ascends to Managing Director
In a strategic move, APSEZ has promoted its CEO Karan Adani to the role of Managing Director. This move signifies a shift in responsibilities, with Karan Adani stepping into a role previously held by Gautam Adani, Chairman of the Adani Group. Gautam Adani will now serve as the ‘Executive Chairman’ of APSEZ, reflecting a focus on strategic oversight and global growth.


Karan Adani’s Impactful Tenure as CEO :

Karan Adani’s leadership as CEO has been a period of remarkable growth and expansion for APSEZ. Since joining the Adani Group in 2009 and taking over as CEO in 2016, he has been instrumental in expanding the APSEZ portfolio. This includes the addition of four ports and terminals in India, as well as expansions in Sri Lanka and Israel, significantly enhancing the nation’s infrastructure capabilities.


Ashwani Gupta Takes the Helm as CEO :

In a notable appointment, Ashwani Gupta, former global Chief Operating Officer at Nissan Motors, has been named the new Chief Executive Officer of APSEZ. Gupta brings a wealth of nearly three decades of experience across various sectors, including automotive, retail, and manufacturing.


Gupta’s Global Expertise and Vision :

Ashwani Gupta’s global perspective and leadership have been recognized in fostering key international partnerships. His expertise in electrification, autonomous driving, and digital transformation technologies positions him as a forward-thinking leader. Known for his focus on sustainability, innovation, and customer-centric approaches, Gupta’s leadership is expected to drive APSEZ towards new heights of industry relevance and energy transition.

Published On : January 8, 2024
A)
Marine Drive
B)
Marina Beach
C)
Cox's Bazar Beach
D)
Ghoghala Beach

Correct Answer : Option (D) - Ghoghala Beach


In Diu, Union Sports Minister Anurag Singh Thakur inaugurated the Beach Games held at the Ghoghala Beach of the Union Territory 4th Jan 2024. He said that by organising this festival, new dimensions will be established and the culture and tourism will get a boost.

Due to this festival, beach sports will also be promoted in other beach-bearing States and Union Territories of the country. Earlier, Mr. Thakur attended the ‘My Bharat’ programme at the Malala Auditorium in Diu. He said that, so far, 45 lakh youth have registered their names in the Mera Bharat platform.
 
Mr. Anurag Thakur says, The Beach Games are being organised from 4th Jan 2024 to the 11th of January at the Ghoghala Beach of the Union Territory. More than 1200 players are participating in this sports festival. A total of eight different sports are included in the Beach Games, including beach volleyball, pencak silat, beach boxing, beach soccer, and sea swimming along with traditional sports such as Malakhambah, beach kabaddi, and tug of war, more than 20 in the beach games.

Players from States and Union Territories are participating in the Beach festival. As its subject theme is dolphins, the picture of Dolphins has also been placed in various game paintings and banners. The closing ceremony will be held at the INS Khukhri Memorial. Administrator, Union territory Praful Patel, Member of Parliament Daman & Diu Lalubhai Patel also remained present in the event..

Source : AIR

Published On : January 6, 2024
A)
West Bengal
B)
Bihar
C)
Kerala
D)
Maharashtra

Correct Answer : Option (A) - West Bengal


As a part of the National GI Drive Mission, West Bengal has acquired a Geographical Indication (GI) tag for some products which include Sundarban honey, Black Nunia rice from Jalpaiguri district and Tangail, Gorod and Kadiyal sarees.

* The Central Government has already uploaded the names of the products in the designated portal.

* West Bengal Forest Development Corporation Limited (WBFDCL)  applied for an exclusive GI tag for Sunderban honey.

* WBFDCL had to compete with a Pune-based entity to win the case. This honey was collected by the 'Mouli' community from the Sunderban forest.  WBFDCL collects and processes the honey and sells it with the brand name Mouban.

* The Black Nunia rice is called Prince of Rice and is cultivated in the Jalpaiguri district of the State. It is an indigenous variety of rice. Kadiyal saree is produced only at Mirzapur of Murshidabad district of West Bengal. Tangail and Gorod saree are also famous in this field..


Source : AIR

Published On : January 6, 2024
A)
S Jaishankar
B)
Rajnath Singh
C)
Jagdeep Dhankhar
D)
Narendra Modi

Correct Answer : Option (C) - Jagdeep Dhankhar


Vice President Shri Jagdeep Dhankhar has lauded the NCC for heralding a new era of youth development and national progress by channelising the youth's energy for positivity. Describing NCC cadets as important stakeholders in the rise of Bharat, the Vice President said that they are role models for the nation's youth.

* Addressing the gathering during formal inauguration of NCC Republic Day Camp 2024 in New Delhi on January 05, 2024, Shri Dhankhar fondly recalled his days as an NCC cadet underlining that “the cadet spirit is eternal and lasting”.

* Urging the cadets to maintain the highest standards of dignity, he exhorted them to work with the enthusiasm, valor, and dedication to make our Bharat a truly developed nation & a world leader by 2047. “The qualities of discipline and patriotism must remain alive in your hearts, this is the greatest tribute we can pay to our motherland,” he told them.


* Recollecting a piece of advice tendered by him to the NCC Cadets last year, Shri Dhankhar was delighted to note their impactful involvement in Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, digital transactions, Beti Bachao Beti Padhao, and environmental contribution. “NCC ensures your organic growth as ambassadors for national awareness campaigns, fostering integration across cultural, religious, and geographical lines,” he observed.

* Commending the increased female participation within the NCC, Shri Dhankhar stated that female cadets will proudly march down the Kartavya Path in two exclusive contingents with two female bands on this Republic Day. “Pro-women change is taking place very impactfully within the NCC,” he added.

* During the inauguration of NCC Camp, Shri Dhankhar also visited flag area which displayed tableaus of different NCC directorates. Thereafter he visited the NCC’s ‘Hall of Fame’ and witnessed mesmerising cultural performance by the cadets.

* DG NCC Lieutenant General Gurbirpal Singh, senior officials from tri-services, NCC cadets from across the country participated in the ceremony..


Source : PIB

Published On : January 5, 2024
A)
Michael J. Robb
B)
Amit Agarwal
C)
Binny Bansal
D)
Shashi Singh

Correct Answer : Option (D) - Shashi Singh


The All India Rubber Industries Association (AIRIA) on Wednesday (3rd Jan 2024) said Shashi Singh has been elected as the president during its Annual General Meeting.

Further, Zafar Ahmed has been elected as the Senior Vice-President and Indra Parekh as the Vice President of AIRIA, a statement said.

"Alongside the highly capable team of professionals at AIRIA, we will strive to strengthen the standing of the rubber industry in the Indian business market," Shashi Singh said in a statement..

Source : Devdis Course

Published On : January 5, 2024
A)
Mamata Banerjee
B)
Amit Shah
C)
Arvind Kejriwal
D)
Arvind Kejriwal

Correct Answer : Option (B) - Amit Shah


Union Cooperation Minister Amit Shah on Thursday (4th Jan 2024) urged farmers to cultivate pulses on a large scale to reduce dependency on imports. He assured them that the two cooperatives, the National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India Limited (NAFED) and the National Cooperative Consumers’ Federation of India Limited (NCCF) would procure produce at a minimum support price or the market price.

* Mr. Shah inaugurated a "tur dal procurement portal" through which farmers can register and sell their produce to NAFED and NCCF. A similar facility will be launched in future for urad and masoor farmers as well as maize farmers, he said.


* The Minister also transferred via Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) about ₹68 lakh to 25 farmers towards payment for sale of tur via the portal.

* After the launch, the Minister said that before the sowing operation, tur farmers can register on the portal to sell their produce to NAFED and NCCF.

* The country is still dependent on the import of some varieties of pulses except for chana and moong, the Minister said. “By December 2027, the country should become self-reliant in pulses. We will not import even one kilo of pulses from January 2028,” he added..

Source : The Hindu

Published On : January 5, 2024