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Foreign Secretary
Indian Ambassador to the US
India’s Permanent Representative to the UN
Official Spokesperson and Joint Secretary of MEA

Correct Answer : Option (A) - Foreign Secretary

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet extended the tenure of "Foreign Secretary" Vinay Mohan Kwatra till April 30, 2024.

Mr. Kwatra, who took charge on May 1, 2022, was earlier scheduled to retire on December 31. Mr. Kwatra (IFS 1988 batch) had succeeded Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla, who is now serving as the Chief Coordinator of the upcoming G-20 summit that will be held here in 2023.
The next year is expected to be heavy with diplomatic events. In January 2023, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi will be the ‘chief guest’ at the Republic Day celebrations.

Besides this, a number of preparatory events consisting of all the G-20 member states and the ‘guest countries’ like Bangladesh, Singapore, UAE, Nigeria, Spain, Egypt, Netherlands, Mauritius and Oman, are expected to take place during the coming months.
Moreover, two of India’s immediate neighbours, Nepal and Bangladesh are expected to complete democratic transition within the next year. Election has already been completed in Nepal, where Mr. Kwatra had served as India’s ambassador before taking over as the Foreign Secretary. He is credited with playing a key role in stabilising India-Nepal relation during his stint in Kathmandu following the eruption of the Kalapani territorial dispute between India and Nepal..

Source : The Hindu

Published On : November 29, 2022
Pinarayi Vijayan
O. Panneerselvam
M K Stalin
Edappadi K. Palaniswami

Correct Answer : Option (C) - M K Stalin

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin inaugurated the SIPCOT Industrial Park at Eraiyur in Perambalur district, and laid the foundation stone for the Phoenix Kothari Footwear Park there on Monday(28th Nov 2022).
This is the first SIPCOT (State Industries Promotion Corporation of Tamil Nadu Limited) industrial park in the industrially backward district of Perambalur.

The park established on 243.49 acre in Eraiyur on the Chennai-Tiruchy national highway follows the announcement of the government for 2022-23 to promote industrial development in the districts of Coimbatore, Perambalur, Madurai, Vellore, and Tiruvallur.
“Tamil Nadu is one of the leading States in the country in terms of economic and industrial development. The State government is strengthening its economy by attracting massive investments and providing employment opportunities to lakhs of youth, especially women, from the State”.

The measures are aimed at meeting the Chief Minister’s goal of achieving US $1-trillion economy by 2030-31.
The Guidance Tamil Nadu – State nodal agency for investment promotion and single window facilitation – signed 10 MoUs with the Phoenix Kothari Footwear and its 10 affiliated companies including those from Taiwan for an investment of Rs 740 crore. These would ensure jobs for 4,500 people.
Already, two MoUs committing an investment of Rs 1,700 crore were signed with Kothari Phoenix company on August 23, 2022, after the government unveiled a separate policy for footwear and leather goods manufacturing. Thus, the 12 MoUs for a total investment of Rs 2,440 crore would ensure employment opportunities for 29,500 people...

Source : The Print

Published On : November 29, 2022
November 30
November 29
November 28
November 27

Correct Answer : Option (B) - November 29

Every year, the International Day of Solidarity with Palestinian People is observed on November 29. It is a day to inform the public about the issues related to Palestine. There is also extended support for a peaceful settlement between Israelis and Palestinians. The day carries lots of importance in the lives of the Palestinian people.

In the year 2008, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) was keeping a record of the number of casualties in the Israeli and Palestinian conflicts.
International Day of Solidarity with Palestinian People History : The United Nations General Assembly declared November 29 as International Day for Solidarity with Palestinian people in the year 1977. It adopted the resolution on the partition of Palestine on May 14, 1948, and the state of Israel was formed.
The eight-month war between the country and the Arab states led the Israeli forces to destroy more than 400 Palestinian villages. This resulted in 760,000 Palestinian refugees moving to the West Bank, Gaza, and neighboring Arab nations.
International Day of Solidarity with Palestinian People 2022 Significance : The day plays a significant role in the international community focusing on the issues that are still unresolved for the Palestinian people.
People still need to attain the inalienable rights defined by the General Assembly, which include the right to self-determination without external interference, the right to national independence and sovereignty, and the right to return to their homes and property, from which they have been displaced..

Source : India Today

Published On : November 29, 2022
Johnson & Johnson
Serum Institute of India
Bharat Biotech

Correct Answer : Option (D) - Bharat Biotech

iNCOVACC, the world's first intranasal vaccine by Bharat Biotech has received both primary series and Heterologous booster approval, the Hyderedab-based company said on Monday(28th Nov 2022).
In a release regarding the same, Bharat Biotech said, iNCOVACC (BBV 154), has received approval from the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) under Restricted Use in Emergency Situation for ages 18 and above, in India, for heterologous booster doses.
The intranasal vaccine had earlier received approval under Restricted Use in Emergency Situation for ages 18 and above for the primary 2-dose schedule. Phase III trials were conducted for safety, immunogenicity in~3100 subjects, at 14 trial sites across India.
Meanwhile, the heterologous booster dose studies were conducted for safety and immunogenicity in ~875 subjects, with BBV154 intranasal vaccine administered post 2 doses of the two commonly administered COVID-19 vaccines. The trials were conducted at 9 trial sites across India.
Dr. Krishna Ella, Chairman & Managing Director, Bharat Biotech, said, “This is a great achievement for us and the global scientific community to enable nasal administration of COVID vaccines. Despite the lack of demand for COVID vaccines, we continued product development in intranasal vaccines to ensure that we are well-prepared with platform technologies for future infectious diseases. 
“We thank the Ministry of Health, CDSCO, Dept of Biotechnology, Govt of India, Technology Development Board, and Washington University, St. Louis, for their support and guidance, " he added. 
All that you need to know about iNCOVACC?

The iNCOVACC is a recombinant replication-deficient adenovirus vectored vaccine with a pre-fusion stabilized spike protein. This vaccine candidate was evaluated in phase I, II and III clinical trials with successful results.
This vaccine has been specifically formulated to allow intranasal delivery through nasal drops. The nasal delivery system has been designed and developed to be cost-effective in low and middle-income countries..

Source : Mint

Published On : November 29, 2022

Correct Answer : Option (D) - SEBI

* Markets regulator SEBI on Monday(28th Nov 2022) approved the appointment of Sundararaman Ramamurthy as the Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of leading stock exchange BSE.
* In a regulatory filing, BSE said the appointment is subject to acceptance of the offer made to him and fulfillment of terms and conditions including approval from the shareholders.
* The Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) through a letter on November 28 has approved the name of Ramamurthy as the MD & CEO of BSE, the filing said.
* The approval comes more than four months after Ashishkumar Chauhan resigned as the MD & CEO of the exchange with effect from July 25..

Source : Zeebiz

Published On : November 29, 2022

Correct Answer : Option (A) - Hawaii

The world’s largest active volcano has erupted in Hawaii for the first time in nearly four decades.
Mauna Loa erupted at 11:30 p.m. local time Sunday (4:30 a.m. ET Monday), the U.S. Geological Survey said. It was the first eruption since 1984, according to its Hawaii Volcano Observatory daily update.
The eruption began in Moku’āweoweo, the summit caldera of Mauna Loa, inside Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, the agency said, as it upgraded the volcano’s alert level from an “advisory” to a “warning.”
“At this time, lava flows are contained within the summit area and are not threatening downslope communities,” the USGS said in a news release. “Winds may carry volcanic gas and possibly fine ash and Pele’s hair downwind,” it said, referring to a type of lava..

Source : CNBC

Published On : November 29, 2022
5th Edition
6th Edition
7th Edition
8th Edition

Correct Answer : Option (C) - 7th Edition

The seventh edition of the Global Technology Summit will be held from Tuesday till the 1st of December 2022 in New Delhi in a hybrid format. The Summit is India’s annual flagship event on Geotechnology and is co-hosted by the Ministry of External Affairs and Carnegie India. The inaugural session of the Summit would be a conversation of External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar on geo-digital and its effects.
* External Affairs Ministry said that over the course of three days, the world’s leading minds in technology, government, security, space, startups, data, law, public health, climate change, academics, economy will gather and debate the vital questions related to technology and its future.
* The theme for this year’s(2022) Summit is Geopolitics of Technology.

* GTS 2022 will see participation from more than 100 speakers across over 50-panel discussions, keynote addresses, book launches, and other events.

* Ministers and senior government officials from the US, Singapore, Japan, Nigeria, Brazil, Bhutan, the European Union, and other countries will also participate in the Summit.

* More than 5000 participants from all over the world have registered to attend the Summit. A large number of participants would be joining the conversations through the GTS Summit website and Carnegie India’s YouTube and social media pages..

Source : AIR

Published On : November 29, 2022
Dr. Vikas Bhatia
Gurdeep Singh
Manoj Kumar
Sivasubramanian Ramann

Correct Answer : Option (C) - Manoj Kumar

KVIC Chairman Shri Manoj Kumar inaugurated the ambitious Re-Hab Project (Reducing Human Attacks using Honey Bees) by Khadi and Village Industries Commission (Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Government of India) at village Chausla, in Forest Range Fatehpur, Haldwani, District Nainital 28th Nov 2022, where he also distributed 330 Bee-boxes, bee-colonies and toolkits along with the honey extractors to the rural beneficiaries in Chausla village, free of cost.
On this occasion chairman of KVIC informed the gathering that Khadi & Village Industries Commission (KVIC), under the valuable guidance of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, is running this project called Re-Hab in 7 states of the country, namely in Karnataka, Maharashtra, West Bengal, Assam and Orissa, where attacks of the elephants is more common, and under this project fencing of bee boxes is installed in such areas from where elephants move towards the human settlements and farmers' agriculture. 
Fencing of Bee-boxes on the routes of movement of elephants blocks the path of wild elephants. In this way, through honey-bees, elephants can be prevented from attacking humans and destroying farmers' crops.
As a new initiative, the Re-Hab project will be run by KVIC at selected locations for a period of one year.
Chairman also informed that in order to realize the call of “Sweet Revolution” by our Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and to provide self-employment opportunities to the unemployed youth of the country, and to increase the income of the farmers, the Honey Mission program is implemented under the Khadi and Gramodyog Vikas Yojana, in the entire country from the year 2018-19.
The beneficiaries of this scheme are provided with 10 bee-boxes, bee-colonies and toolkits after completion of the beekeeping training provided by KVIC.
Under the Honey Mission program in the state of Uttarakhand, from the year 2018-19 to 2021-22 a total of 7120 Bee-boxes, Bee-colonies and toolkits, and other equipments have been distributed to a total of 712 unemployed and farmers, out of which 3910 Bee-boxes have been distributed to 391 Scheduled Caste beneficiaries, 790 Bee-boxes to 79 Scheduled Tribe beneficiaries, and 2420 Bee-boxes to 242 general category beneficiaries..

Source : PIB 

Published On : November 29, 2022
Ministry of Home Affairs
Ministry of Rural Development
Ministry of Food Processing Industries
Ministry of Labour and Employment

Correct Answer : Option (B) - Ministry of Rural Development

‘Nai Chetna’, is a month-long campaign envisioned as a ‘Jan Andolan’ or people’s movement. The ‘Nai Chetna’ campaign is launched by the Ministry of Rural Development and involves sensitizing women, especially in rural areas.

It seeks to enable women to acknowledge, prepare, and take support in situations of comprise.
‘Nai Chetna’ Gender Campaign Launched by Ministry of Rural Development :

* The Union Minister described that the ‘Nai Chetna’ campaign focuses on women.

* Women in rural areas are unaware of the various mechanisms available to raise their concerns.

* The campaign has an idea to bring the issue of gender-based violence into focus and make women aware of their rights and the mechanism available to help redress their grievances.

* The ‘Nai Chetna’ campaign was launched on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against women on 25th November 2022.

* The campaign aims to raise awareness about the institutional mechanisms available for women to fight gender-based violence..

Source : The Hindu

Published On : November 29, 2022
Gurjit Singh
Sujatha Singh
Parvathaneni Harish
Gurdeep Singh Randhawa

Correct Answer : Option (D) - Gurdeep Singh Randhawa

Berlin Gurdeep Singh Randhawa, an Indian-origin German citizen has been appointed to the Thuringia state Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party Presidium.

It is the first time that an Indian-origin German national has been appointed to a state presidium in Germany by the CDU.
Randhawa has been an active member of the CDU and has worked for the party for several years. Notably, the Christian Democratic Union is a political party in Germany and Friedrich Merz has been federal chairman of the CDU since 31 January 2022.

Earlier in August, Gurdeep Singh Randhawa was elected as the first representative of the Indian community in Germany.
As a representative of the Indian community, Randhawa’s work was to make the concerns of the Indian community heard. His task was also to encourage Indians to become politically active. Randhawa continues to have business ties with India and is also involved in humanitarian work, especially for the rights of Sikhs and the people of Punjab.
After being appointed as the first representative of the Indian community in Germany in August, Gurdeep Singh Randhawa said, “It is important to me that there is genuine togetherness in society. This also applies to the different cultures and origins that are united in our country.”.

Source : Hindustan Times

Published On : November 29, 2022