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A)
Gujarat
B)
Karnataka
C)
Madhya Pradesh
D)
Maharashtra

Correct Answer :   Maharashtra


The Ajanta Ellora International Festival 2023 was held from 25th February to 27th February in Aurangabad, Maharashtra.

The Ajanta Ellora International Festival 2023 festival is a celebration of the cultural heritage and diversity of the region and promises to be a feast for the senses.

The festival showcases the Ellora and Ajanta caves‘ artwork and architecture, as well as performances by local and international artists.

Key Points :

* The Ajanta Ellora International Festival 2023 featured a range of events, including live music performances, dance shows, art exhibitions, and food festivals.

* Visitors will be able to explore the rich history and culture of the region through a series of guided tours, workshops, and talks.

* One of the major attractions of the festival was the nightly light and sound show that was at the Ajanta and Ellora caves.

* The festival also featured a range of traditional arts and crafts, including pottery, weaving, and embroidery. Visitors will have the opportunity to learn about these traditional techniques from skilled artisans, and even take home some unique souvenirs.

* The Ajanta Ellora International Festival attracted visitors from around the world and was a great opportunity for people to experience the rich culture and history of the region.

* The festival was organized by the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation and supported by the state government.

* Chief Minister of Maharashtra informed that the Ajanta Ellora International Festival is a celebration of the rich cultural heritage, and an opportunity to showcase the diversity and vibrancy of the region..

Published On : February 26, 2023
A)
Bihar
B)
Rajasthan
C)
Gujarat
D)
Madhya Pradesh

Correct Answer :   Madhya Pradesh


Union Home Minister and Minister of Cooperation, Shri Amit Shah addressed the 'Kol Janjati Mahakumbh' organized on the occasion of Shabri Mata Janm Jayanti at Satna, Madhya Pradesh, 24th Feb 2023.

Shri Amit Shah offered prayer at Maa Sharda Shaktipeeth. Many dignitaries including Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh "Shri Shivraj Singh Chauhan" were present on the occasion.

* Union Home Minister Shri Amit Shah said that the foundation stone of 70 development works worth Rs 507 crore and many other works of Rs 26 crore inaugurated here 24th February 2023, under the leadership of Shri Shivraj Singh Chauhan, Government of Madhya Pradesh has done many works for the welfare of Kol community and tribal brothers and sisters.

* The Union Home minister noted that Antyodaya means to pave the way to live with dignity for the poor of the society.

* He noted that after Narendra Modi became Prime Minister in 2014, his government is the government of Tribals, Dalits, and backward and poor people.

* Fulfilling every promise, PM Modi has worked to implement poor welfare schemes at the grassroots level.

* Amit Shah also informed that the Kol community significantly contributed to the freedom movement.

* The government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi is establishing tribal freedom fighters’ museums across the country for 200 crores, the bravery of 1831’s Kol rebel is engraved in all the museums.

* Whether it is the bravery of Gond Maharani Durgavati, the sacrifice of Rani Kamalapati, or freedom Fighters Buddha Bhagat and Jova Bhagat, all of them have been revered and commemorated by the government of Madhya Pradesh under the leadership of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan.

* The union home minister and Minister of Cooperation informed that during the previous government, Rs 24,000 crore were given to the Tribal community in the budget, which was increased to around Rs. 90,000 crores by PM Modi...

Source : PIB

Published On : February 26, 2023
A)
Sri Lanka
B)
Maldives
C)
Bangladesh
D)
Bangladesh

Correct Answer :   Sri Lanka


Sri Lanka's Board of Investment on Wednesday (22nd Feb 2023) approved two wind power plants by India's Adani Green Energy Ltd with a total investment of $442 million.

* The two wind power plants of 350 MW are scheduled to be commissioned in two years and accordingly, they will be added to the national grid by 2025.

* Adani Green Energy is the renewable energy unit of the embattled Adani Group, whse seven listed companies have lost some $125 billion in market value after a US short seller last month alleged improper use of tax havens and stock manipulation by the apples-to-airports conglomerate.

* The island nation hiked power prices by a hefty 66% last week, part of effortsto nail down a $2.9 billion bailout from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), as it struggles to find a way out of its worst financial crisis in more than seven decades.

* A group of Adani officials are in Colombo to evaluate multiple projects with Sri Lanka. The conglomerate is also involved in building a $700 million terminal project at Sri Lanka's largest port.

* The Sri Lankan Board of Investment statement said the Adani wind power project will generate 1,500 to 2,000 new job opportunities..

Source : India Times

Published On : February 26, 2023
A)
Soyarabai Chhatrapati Nagar and Naikwadi
B)
Chhatrapati Sambhaji Nagar and Dharashiv
C)
Jijabai Nagar and Tanaji Malusare Nagar
D)
Saibai Bhonsale Chhatrapati Nagar and Maharana Pratap Nagar

Correct Answer :   Chhatrapati Sambhaji Nagar and Dharashiv


* The Centre on 24 February 2023 approved the renaming of two Maharashtra cities - Aurangabad and Osmanabad.

* Aurangabad will now be renamed as `Chhatrapati Sambhajinagar' while Osmanabad will be called `Dharashiv'.

* On Friday(24 February 2023), the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) approved the proposal and said the central government had "no objection" to changing the names of both districts of Maharashtra.

* Aurangabad derives its name from Mughal emperor Aurangzeb, while Osmanabad was named for a 20th century ruler of the princely state of Hyderabad.

* Chhatrapati Sambhaji who was the eldest son of warrior king Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, was the second ruler of the Maratha state founded by his father. Sambhaji Maharaj was executed on Aurangzeb's orders in 1689.

* Dharashiv, the name of a cave complex near Osmanabad, dates back to the 8th century as per some scholars.

* The Hindu right-wing organisations had been demanding renaming of the two cities since a long time. As per the letters, the Centre had no objection to the change in the names of these two central Maharashtra cities.

* Notably, to rename Aurangabad as Sambhajinagar and Osmanabad as Dharashiv was the last cabinet decision of the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress government which collapsed last June 2022 following Shinde's rebellion against Uddhav Thackeray..

Source : Mint

Published On : February 26, 2023
A)
N. V. Ramana
B)
Uday Lalit
C)
DY Chandrachud
D)
Sharad Arvind Bobde

Correct Answer :   DY Chandrachud


Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dhananjaya Yeshwant Chandrachud on Thursday (23rd Feb 2023) announced launch of ‘neutral citations’ which would ensure a uniform pattern of citing the decisions of the Supreme Court.

* The apex court had earlier said that steps have been taken for introduction and implementation of a uniform, reliable and secure methodology for identifying and citing decisions in the apex court, namely the ‘neutral citations system’, to ensure a uniform pattern of citing all the decisions of the top court.

* As soon as a bench headed by the CJI assembled on Thursday(23rd February 2023) to hear mentioning of matters for urgent listing, Justice Chandrachud announced that all judgements of the apex court will have neutral citations.

* “We have launched neutral citations. All judgements of this court will have neutral citations,” the CJI said, adding around 30,000 verdicts of the apex court will have neutral citations.

* Justice Chandrachud said the apex court is also employing machine learning tools which would translate its verdicts from English to Indian languages..

Source : The Print

Published On : February 25, 2023
A)
Amit Shah
B)
Narendra Modi
C)
Droupadi Murmu
D)
Nirmala Sitharaman

Correct Answer :   Narendra Modi


The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated the ‘Barisu Kannada Dim Dimava’ cultural festival at Talkatora Stadium in New Delhi on 25th February 2023.

* He also took a walkthrough of the exhibition. The festival is held under the aegis of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav and celebrates Karnataka's culture, traditions and history.

* Addressing the gathering, the Prime Minister said that the Delhi-Karnataka Sangh is taking forward the glorious heritage. He remarked that the 75th-anniversary celebrations of the Delhi Karnataka Sangh are taking place at a time when the country is celebrating the Amrit Mahotsav of 75 years of independence.

* The Prime Minister said that one can witness the immortal soul of India when we analyse the circumstances from 75 years ago.

* Establishment of Karnataka Sangh is proof of people’s determination to strengthen the nation during its first few years and today, at the start of Amrit Kaal that dedication and energy are visible in the same measure.

* He complimented everyone who was part of this 75-year journey of Karnataka Sangh.

* The Prime Minister lauded the people of Karnataka for living the mantra of Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat. He talked about ‘Naada Geethe’ by the Poet Kuvempu and praised the national feelings beautifully expressed in the revered song.

* In this song, the civilization of India is depicted and the roles and importance of Karnataka are described. When we understand the spirit of this song, we also get the crux of Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat..

* The key aim of Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat is to promote the Indian ideology of “Unity in Diversity” India.

* It aims to build the interest of people in their neighboring states and UTs, and also encourages them to promote their culture. It also aims to foster a sense of common identity among the people of the country, the rich heritage, culture, customs, and traditions of the states must be encouraged..

Source : PIB

Published On : February 25, 2023
A)
Karnataka
B)
Maharashtra
C)
Uttar Pradesh
D)
Kerala

Correct Answer :   Kerala


The Kerala government on Friday (24th Feb 2023) launched robotic scavenger, Bandicoot, to clean sewages in this temple town, becoming the first state in the country to use robotic technology to clean all its commissioned manholes.

* Water Resources Minister, Roshi Augustine, launched Bandicoot under the Guruvayur Sewerage Project in Thrissur district by the Kerala Water Authority (KWA), as part of the 100-day action plan of the state government.

* The robotic Tron Unit, which is the major component of Bandicoot, enters the manhole and removes sewage using robotic hands, similar to a man's limbs, the release, adding that the machine has waterproof, HD vision cameras and sensors that can detect harmful gases inside the manholes.

* Bandicoot, developed by Kerala-based Genrobotics, had recently bagged 'Kerala Pride' award at the Huddle Global 2022 conclave organised by Kerala Startup Mission (KSUM).

* Inaugurating the robotic scavenger in Guruvayur Municipality, Augustine said it was a major step towards use of technology-driven solutions for manhole cleaning across the state.

* Bandicoot robots are currently deployed in few towns across 17 states in India and three Union Territories. In 2018, KWA started using Bandicoot to clean the manholes in Thiruvananthapuram. Later, it was introduced in Ernakulam also, the release said.

* Genrobotics, a Technopark-based company, have developed "the world's first robotic scavenger" Bandicoot in an effort to eliminate manual scavenging providing respite for workers engaged in manhole cleaning..

Source : Business Standard

Published On : February 25, 2023
A)
Singapore
B)
Canada
C)
Brazil
D)
India

Correct Answer :   India


* According to HedgewithCrypto research, India emerged as 7th biggest nation ready to adopt crypto in 2023.

* Australia is the biggest country when it comes to the adoption of cryptocurrency in 2023 with a score of 7.37 out of 10. The sale of cryptocurrency and other digital assets is legal and regulated in Australia.

* Following this, USA ranks as the second biggest country in crypto adoption with a score of 7.07 out of 10. Currently, there 33,630 crypto ATMs throughout the country.

* Ranking wise, Brazil comes third with a score of 6.81/10 and has seen a huge increase in average monthly searches for crypto of 355%. A new bill signed in December 2022 legalizes cryptocurrency throughout Brazil.

Here’s 10 countries ready for crypto adoption :

Rank Country Crypto adoption rate (%) Crypto ATMs Increase in google searches since 2020 (%) Crypto ready score out of 10
1 Australia 18 240 196 7.37
2 USA 16 33,639 166 7.07
3 Brazil 24 25 355 6.81
4 United Arab Emirates 34 6 261 6.41
5 Hong Kong 16 146 209 6.4
6 Taiwan 14 40 278 6.2
7 India 25 2 316 6.12
8 Canada 14 2,640 185 6.1
9 Turkey 40 14 123 6.07
10 Singapore 25 0 234 6.02


Source : Mint

Published On : February 25, 2023
A)
Uttarakhand
B)
Uttar Pradesh
C)
Himachal Pradesh
D)
Arunachal Pradesh

Correct Answer :   Uttarakhand


On February 23, 2023, in the presence of Chief Minister "Pushkar Singh Dhami" and Tourism Minister "Satpal Maharaj", a contract was signed between the tourism department of the state and the private construction company 'SRM Engineering and FIL Industry Private Limited' for the Yamunotri ropeway project.

Important Key points :

* Proposed 3.38 km from Jankichatti (Kharsali) to Yamunotri Dham. Clearance has already been received from the Forest Ministry for the construction of long ropeway. The ropeway will be operated on PPP mode. About 167 crore rupees will be spent on this ropeway.

* Due to the construction of this ropeway, the devotees going to Yamunotri Dham will get six(6) km. You will not have to climb on foot.

* You can reach Yamunotri in just 15 to 20 minutes by ropeway. It takes about three(3) hours for the devotees to reach Yamunotri Dham situated at a height of about 11 thousand feet through the Jankichatti (Kharsali) pedestrian route.

* On this occasion, the Chief Minister said that after the completion of the rope-way project, Yamunotri Dham will be connected to its winter residence Kharsali, and the devotees will be able to reach Maa Yamuna easily and take advantage of pollution-free natural beauty. Along with providing facilities to the devotees, the employment resources of the people will increase at the local level as well.

* State Tourism Secretary Sachin Kurve said that this 3.38 km long ropeway to be built on PPP mode will be of monocable detachable type, which will be constructed according to European standards on the lines of France and Switzerland.

* The tourism secretary said that the passenger capacity of this ropeway would be to carry about 500 people in an hour while eight passengers would be able to go in one coach at a time. The lower terminal of the ropeway will be built on 1.787 hectares of land at Kharsali while the upper terminal will be built on 0.99 hectares of land at Yamunotri..

Source : Indian Express

Published On : February 25, 2023
A)
Tshering Yangdon
B)
Jigme Singye Wangchuck
C)
Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck
D)
Dasho Jigme Dorji Wangchuck

Correct Answer :   Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck


* Bhutan has taken a step towards modernising its digital infrastructure. The Himalayan kingdom has just found its first-ever digital citizen.

* The Bhutan National Digital Identity (NDI) mobile wallet, Royal Highness The Gyalsey (Prince) "Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck" has become the first digital citizen of Bhutan.

* The system in question uses cutting-edge technology to provide citizens with safe and verifiable credentials that can prove their identity.

* The Bhutan NDI is based on the “self-sovereign identity" model, which in turn relies on the framework provided by the Decentralised Identity (DID) technology.

* It has been designed to accord people greater control over their personal information, allowing them to limit who can access it. ensuring their privacy and protection.

* The development of Bhutan NDI was made possible through a partnership between GovTech Bhutan and Bhutan-based DHI InnoTech. The company’s director, Ujjwal Dahal described the project as “important" and “pioneering."

* According to media report, India has been consistently supporting Bhutan’s efforts to establish a digital infrastructure. The two nations are collaborating on various technology initiatives.

* This includes the construction of Bhutan’s third international internet gateway, with the Indian government facilitating a concessional rate to reduce the cost of its operation.

* Under Bhutan’s flagship programme ‘Digital Drukul,’ an optical fibre backbone has been provided at the village level across all 20 districts of the country. As the country continues to expand its digital capabilities, this latest development marks a major milestone in Bhutan’s journey towards a digital future..

Source : News18

Published On : February 25, 2023