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Correct Answer :   United Nations Security Council

The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on Monday, 16th January 2023, listed Pakistan-based terrorist Abdul Rehman Makki as a global terrorist under its ISIL (Da’esh) and Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee.
India has hailed the decision. In a press statement, MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said, “We welcome the decision of the UN Security Council’s ISIL and Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee to list Lashkar-e-Tayyiba (LeT) terrorist Abdul Rehman Makki, who is also the brother-in-law of LeT leader Hafiz Saeed.

The development comes after India last year slammed China after it blocked the proposal to list Makki under the Sanctions Committee. Makki, who has been involved in raising funds, recruiting, and radicalizing the youth to plan attacks in India, especially in Jammu and Kashmir, has already been listed as a terrorist by India and the United States. Makki has been in various leadership roles within the terrorist organisation.
The UN Security Council’s 1267 Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee added 68-year-old Makki, the brother-in-law of JUD/LeT Chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, to its list of designated terrorists after China withdrew its hold on a joint proposal by India and the US.
Who Is Abdul Rehman Makki :

Makki has been a long-time aide to LeT’s Amir Hafiz Saeed, and is considered crucial to the organization’s operations. In addition to being a member of the Jamaat-Ul-Dawa/top Lashkar-e-Taiba’s family, Makki has served as a member of the Shura and a member of the JuD’s central and proselytising teams.
His primary strength is in raising funds for the LeT’s operations. He was born in Bahawalpur, Punjab Province of Pakistan, and is the deputy chief of LeT and head of the political affairs wing of JUD/LeT.

Makki has occupied various leadership roles within Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), a US-designated Foreign Terrorist Organisation (FTO). He has also played a role in raising funds for LeT operations.
Makki is also said to have close links to Taliban. In 2012, he was close to Taliban’s Mullah Omar and al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri. In Pakistan, he is well-known for his anti-India speeches...

Source : AIR

Published On : January 17, 2023
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Correct Answer :   Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has shared snippets titled 'Your Exam, Your Methods-Choose Your Own Style' from Exam Warriors book and urged students to share how they prepare for exams.
In his message, the Prime Minister said that in the book Exam Warriors, one Mantra is ‘Your Exam, Your Methods - Choose Your Own Style. He urged all students to share their interesting experiences while preparing for the exams. The Prime Minister said, it will surely motivate Exam Warriors...

Source : AIR

Published On : January 17, 2023

Correct Answer :   Gandhinagar

As part of India’s G-20 presidency, a Business-20 (B-20) inception meeting will be organised at Gandhinagar in Gujarat between the 22nd to 24th of January 2023.

The meeting will be held to formulate policy recommendations to be submitted to G-20 ahead of the leaders' Summit.

This will be the first of 15 events that the State is set to organise as part of India's G-20 presidency.
The inaugural ceremony of the B-20 inception meeting will be attended by Union Ministers Piyush Goyal and Ashwini Vaishnaw, State Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel, India's Sherpa to G-20 Amitabh Kant and Tata Sons Chairman N Chandrasekaran.

More than 150 policy-makers, business executives, CEOs, and senior executives representing enterprises from G-20 countries will take part in the inaugural meeting...

Source : AIR

Published On : January 17, 2023
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Correct Answer :   Rs 951 Cr

Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Monday (16th Jan 2023) announced that Viacom 18 has won the bid for the media rights for the upcoming Women’s IPL for a whopping Rs 951 crore for five years.

The auction for the T20 League was conducted by the cricket board in Mumbai on Monday (16th Jan 2023).
“Viacom has committed Rs 951 cr which means per match value of INR 7.09 cr for next 5 yrs(2023-27)…After pay equity, today’s bidding for media rights for Women’s IPL marks another historic mandate,” tweets BCCI Secretary Jay Shah on Monday.
The Indian cricket board is expected to launch its ambitious franchise-based T20 league for women cricketers on the lines of the Indian Premier League in March 2023.

The BCCI, in December 2022, had floated the tender to invite media houses to bid for the broadcast rights of the competition that has been long in demand in Indian cricket...

Source : Indian Express

Published On : January 17, 2023
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Correct Answer :   12th Jan 2023

Mukarram Jah Bahadur, the titular eighth Nizam of Hyderabad, passed away on Thursday (12th Jan 2023) night in Istanbul, a statement issued by his office on behalf of the family said. 
He was 89. Jah, the successor and grandson of the last Nizam of Hyderabad Mir Osman Ali Khan Bahadur, was living in Turkey.
Born to Prince Azam Jah and Princess Durru Shehvar, the imperial princess of the Ottoman Empire, on October 6, 1933 in France, Mukarram Jah was coronated as Asaf Jah the Eighth on April 6, 1967, after the passing away of Mir Osman Ali Khan in February 1967.
“We are deeply saddened to inform you that Nawab Mir Barket Ali Khan Walashan Mukarram Jah Bahadur, H.E.H The Eighth Nizam of Hyderabad, passed away peacefully in Istanbul, Turkey late last night at 10.30 pm (IST),” the statement said..

Source : Indian Express

Published On : January 16, 2023
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Correct Answer :   K Venu

Noted writer K Venu has bagged the first-ever Federal Bank Literary Award 2022 for his autobiography ‘Oranweshananthinte Katha’.

The award was presented by the chairman and independent director of the Federal Bank, Balagopal Chandrasekhar.

It was presented at an event held as part of the ongoing sixth edition Kerala Literature Festival, Kozhikode beach.

The prize money was handed over by Nandakumar V (executive vice-president of the bank).

Source : The Print

Published On : January 16, 2023
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Correct Answer :   Tamil Nadu

The bull taming sport began in the Avaniyapuram village of Madurai district, Tamil Nadu, on Sunday (15th Jan 2023). The season for the legendary sport began earlier this month in Tamil Nadu with the first event taking place in Pudukkottai district last week.
“For Avaniyapuram, we have made all arrangements for the smooth conduct of Jallikattu. Ensuring the safety of bulls as well as players. Three levels of barricading are put in to ensure that bulls play in the play arena and spectators are also protected," said Madurai District Collector Aneesh Sekhar.

Source : News18

Published On : January 16, 2023
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Correct Answer :   Khashaba Dadasaheb Jadhav

Tech giant Google Inc on Sunday (15th January 2023) celebrates the 97th birthday of Indian wrestler, Khashaba Dadasaheb Jadhav through its Google Doodle.
Khashaba became independent India’s first individual athlete to win an Olympic medal at the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki.
Google in its tribute to Indian wrestling legend said, “Happy Birthday to Khashaba Dadasheb Jadhav (aka the “Pocket Dynamo”)!”
Khashaba Dadasheb Jadhavor was born on this day in 1926, in the village Goleshwar in Maharashtra, India. His father was one of the village's best wrestlers, and Jadhav inherited his athleticism.

A 10-year-old Jadhav started training as a wrestler with his father after shining as a swimmer and runner,  
Although Jadhav only grew to 5’5”, his skillful approach and light feet made him one of the best wrestlers at his high school, the tech giant said in its blog while explaining about KD Jadhav...

Source : Zeebiz

Published On : January 16, 2023
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Correct Answer :   ₹170.11 crores

Indian Railway's wholly owned subsidiary, RailTel Corporation of India Ltd has received an order worth ₹170.11 crores from the Puducherry government.

Agenda : To design, develop, supply, install, test, commission, and operations, and maintenance of integrated command control centre (ICCC) and other associated activities for the smart city.

The contract is for five years and will be completed in 10 months.

The Smart Cities Mission was launched by PM Modi in 2015...

Source : Mint

Published On : January 16, 2023
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Correct Answer :   World Economic Forum

World Economic Forum (WEF) has released Global Risk Report 2023

Key findings :
* In the next 2 years: Cost of living; Natural disasters and extreme weather events; Geoeconomic confrontation

* In the next 10 years: Failure to mitigate climate change; Biodiversity loss and ecosystem collapse

* Major risks to India: Digital inequality; geopolitical confrontation for resources, the rising cost of living, debt crisis, natural disasters and extreme weather events

* Technologies such as AI, Quantum and Biotechnology are going to exacerbate the inequalities and digital divide ( if no action is taken to mitigate it)

* Economic and geopolitical risks :

* Covid-19 and Ukraine war has resulted in rising inflation, rapid normalization of monetary policies, low-growth and low-investment era

* A miscalibration between monetary and fiscal policies will raise the likelihood of liquidity shocks, signalling a more prolonged economic downturn and debt distress on a global scale.

* Geopolitical fragmentation will drive geoeconomic warfare and heighten the risk of multi-domain conflicts

* g. data regarding Russia’s boreal forests –the biggest land-based carbon store on the planet – is no longer available for international scientific research because of the war in Ukraine.

* Concurrent shocks, deeply interconnected risks and eroding resilience are giving rise to the risk of polycrises ( one crisis leading to another and the overall impact far exceeds the sum of each part)

Food, fuel and cost crises exacerbate societal vulnerability while declining investments in human development erode future resilience
As volatility in multiple domains grows in parallel, the risk of polycrises accelerates

Recommendations :
* Strengthening global risk preparedness and cooperation
* Risk identification and foresight of coming risks and ways to solve it
* Investment in risk preparedness
* Rethinking ‘future’ risks
About Global risk report :
The Global Risks Report is an annual study published by the World Economic Forum ahead of the Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland. Based on the work of the Global Risk Network, the report describes changes occurring in the global risks landscape from year to year.
About WEF :
It was established in 1971 as a not-for-profit foundation (HQ: Geneva, Switzerland). The World Economic Forum brings together decision-makers from across society to work on projects and initiatives that make a real difference.
Some major reports published by WEF are :
* Energy Transition Index.
* Global Competitiveness Report.
* Global IT Report
* WEF along with INSEAD, and Cornell University publishes this report.
* Global Gender Gap Report.
* Global Risk Report.
* Global Travel and Tourism Report.

Published On : January 16, 2023