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Correct Answer :   Visakhapatnam

Indian Navy’s multi-national exercise, MILAN 24 is all set to be held in  Visakhapatnam from 19-27 Feb 2024.

Earlier 11th edition of this exercise was held in Feb-Mar 22 in Visakhapatnam under the Eastern Naval Command with the theme ‘Camaraderie-Cohesion-Collaboration’.

MILAN is a biennial multi-national naval exercise which started in 1995 with participation of four foreign countries (Indonesia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand) in consonance with India’s ‘Look East policy’.

The MILAN Exercise flourished under the aegis of Andaman and Nicobar command till its 10th edition. Visakhapatnam is chosen as the preferred venue for future MILAN exercises.

MILAN 24 exercise would comprise two phases - ‘Harbour phase’ and ‘Sea phase’. The harbour phase, aims to promote cultural sharing amongst the participating Nations and the Sea phase includes ships with Maritime Patrol aircraft and submarines of Friendly Foreign Countries.

The MILAN is demonstration of India’s commitment towards promoting maritime cooperation and security in the Indian Ocean region and becomes platform for nations to build partnerships, exchange ideas and enhance maritime security to build up maritime power..

Source : AIR

Published On : January 11, 2024
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Correct Answer :   January 31

The Parliament Budget session is scheduled to take place from 31st January to 9 February 2024, according to media reports. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will present the Interim Budget for FY25 on February 1, 2024.

* President Droupadi Murmu will address both houses on the opening day, which officially marks the beginning of the budget session in the parliament.

* In the interim budget, there might be a proposal to double PM Kisan Samman Nidhi for female farmers which might cost the government an extra ₹12,000 crore. It is anticipated to be revealed in the budget on February 1, the report said.

* This budget, in contrast to previous years, will be an interim budget instead of a complete one because the Lok Sabha elections are scheduled for two or three months from now.

* The ruling government presents the interim budget to parliament in an election year or when there isn't enough time for a full budget. The entire yearly budget will be drafted by the new government that takes office following the elections.

* This year (2024), instead of a lengthy Economic Survey like previous years, a brief report on the status of India's economy is anticipated to be presented for 2024–25 before the interim budget on February 1.

* The finance ministry has sought expenditure proposals for the second and final batch of Supplementary Demands for Grants from various ministries and departments ahead of the Budget session likely to commence in the last week of January.

* This would be the last session of the 17th Lok Sabha before the general elections and the government would seek expenditure approvals of Parliament for four months till July 2024 through a vote on account.

* The second batch of Supplementary Demands for Grants for 2023-24 is proposed to be placed before Parliament in the ensuing Budget session, the finance ministry said in an office memorandum.

* The cases that would be eligible to be incorporated under such demands include those where advances from the Contingency Fund have been granted..

Source : Live Mint

Published On : January 11, 2024
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Correct Answer :   Viacom18

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) on Tuesday (9th Jan 2024) announced that it has signed a major media rights agreement with Viacom18. This agreement runs for a four-year cycle (2023-2027) and includes all FIH events, except the FIH Nations Cup.

Indian hockey fans will be able to watch on Viacom18 channels the upcoming FIH Hockey Olympic Qualifiers, the first ever FIH Hockey5s World Cup, the FIH Hockey Pro League, the 2026 FIH Hockey World Cup and many more events.

Matches will be available on OTT platform JioCinema and Viacom18’s linear channels Network Sports18.

“Hockey has been one of the most loved, followed and storied sports in India. The recent success of the Indian Men’s and Women’s National Team bodes well for the continuous growth of Hockey, and we are excited to bring unbridled access to millions of sports fans in India,” said Viacom18 Sports Head of Strategy, Partnerships & Acquisitions Hursh Shrivastava. “The addition of world-class Hockey coverage reiterates our commitment to provide fans all-inclusive offerings of globally-acclaimed sports events.”

Commenting on the agreement, FIH President Tayyab Ikram said: “As we’re enhancing our commercial and broadcast approach, this agreement with Viacom18 is a major step forward. It’s a great support to be partnering with such a strong broadcaster in a country where hockey is so fundamentally and historically anchored, and where we continuously want to develop the game. On behalf of FIH, I would like to thank Viacom18 for joining our efforts to promote hockey in India even further.”..

Source : First Post

Published On : January 11, 2024
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Correct Answer :   Samir Kumar Sinha

Senior IAS officer Samir Kumar Sinha has been appointed as Additional Secretary and Director General (Acquisition) in the Defence Ministry, as part of a bureaucratic reshuffle effected by the Centre.

Sinha, a 1994-batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer, is currently working in his Assam-Meghalaya cadre.

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved his appointment as Additional Secretary and Director General (Acquisition), Department of Defence, a Union Personnel Ministry order said.

Bharat Harbanslal Khera, a 1995-batch IAS officer of the Himachal Pradesh cadre, has been appointed as Additional Secretary in the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution.

Chandra Bhushan Kumar will be Additional Secretary as well as Mission Director for the Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation's Jal Jeevan Mission.

Puja Singh Mandol, currently Joint Director General in the Directorate General of Civil Aviation, has been appointed as Additional Secretary in the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, the order said.

Sanjeev Kumar Jindal, at present a Joint Secretary in the Home Ministry, will now be Additional Secretary.

Asit Gopal, Commissioner of Eklavya Model Residential School of tge National Educational Society for Tribal Students under the Ministry of Tribal Affairs, has been named as Additional Secretary and Financial Advisor in the Ministry of Textiles.

Senior bureaucrat Tripti Gurha will be Additional Secretary in the Ministry of Women and Child Development..

Source : Business Standard

Published On : January 11, 2024
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Correct Answer :   Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka’s Education minister Dr. Susil Premajayantha has said that a new campus of IIT Madras would be started in Kandy in Sri Lanka.

Speaking exclusively to Prasar Bharati Special Correspondent, the minister said that the proposal was part of the Budget 2024 presented by Sri Lanka President Ranil Wickremasinghe in his capacity as Finance Minister. He added that he held discussions with Director and Deans of faculties at IIT Madras during his visit last month.

Dr. Premajayantha added that a team of academics would be sent by his ministry to IIT Madras before the team from IIT would visit Sri Lanka for starting the Campus...

Source : AIR

Published On : January 11, 2024

Correct Answer :   Germany

Franz Beckenbauer – one of Germany’s greatest football players, who captained the country’s team to World Cup victory in 1974 then won the tournament again as manager in 1990 – has died at the age of 78, his family said.

“It is with deep sadness that we announce that my husband and our father, Franz Beckenbauer, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Sunday (7th Jan 2024), surrounded by his family,” his family said in a statement on Monday (8th Jan 2024).

Known in football-obsessed Germany as “the Kaiser” meaning “the Emperor”, Beckenbauer played a central role in some of the country’s greatest sporting achievements.

Born in Munich in 1945, he helped establish Bayern Munich as his country’s strongest club.

He was a classy, dominant presence on the pitch for West Germany and Bayern Munich in the 1960s and 70s, using the calmness on the ball and effortless distribution that marked his midfield performances to virtually invent the central defensive sweeper role where he found most success.

He collected 103 caps for West Germany, winning the 1972 European championship and then the World Cup on home soil.

His Bayern Munich team was the best club side in the world during the mid-1970s, winning three successive European Cups and three successive Bundesliga titles, and Beckenbauer himself was twice named European footballer of the year.

When he was national team manager, his West Germany team lost in the 1986 World Cup final to Argentina but triumphed four years later in Italy as a combined German team.

After coaching, Beckenbauer moved into football administration. But in 2016 he was fined by FIFA’s ethics committee for failing to co-operate with an inquiry into corruption over the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

Over the next few years, he was engaged in tending to health issues, and the last time he appeared at Bayern Munich’s Allianz Arena was in August 2022, when he attended a match of Bayern Munich against Borussia Monchengladbach...

Source : Aljazeera

Published On : January 10, 2024
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Correct Answer :   Gabriel Attal

Gabriel Attal has been named France's next prime minister, as Emmanuel Macron aims to revive his presidency with a new government.

* At 34, he is the youngest PM in modern French history, outranking even Socialist Laurent Fabius who was 37 when he was appointed by François Mitterrand in 1984.

* Mr Attal replaces Élisabeth Borne, who resigned after 20 months in office.

* Throughout that time she struggled with a lack of a majority in parliament.

* Gabriel Attal, who is currently education minister, certainly makes an eye-catching appointment.

* He will now have the task of leading the French government into important European Parliament elections in June.

* His rise has been rapid. Ten years ago he was an obscure adviser in the health ministry, and a card-carrying member of the Socialists.

* He will also be the first openly gay occupant of Hôtel Matignon. He has a civil partnership with another Macron whizz-kid, the MEP Stéphane Sejourné.

* Welcoming him to his new role, President Macron wrote on social media: "I know I can count on your energy and your commitment to implement the project of revitalisation and regeneration that I announced."

* "France will never rhyme with decline, France rhymes with transformation, France rhymes with audacity," Mr Attal declared outside his new residence.

* But given the difficulties of the president's second term - and the growing challenge from the nationalist right - is "eye-catching" alone going to cut it?

* Handsome, youthful, charming, popular, cogent, Mr Attal certainly comes to office trailing clouds of glory - much, let it be said, like his mentor and role-model the president himself.

* But like many go-getters of his generation, he was inspired by Emmanuel Macron's idea of breaking apart the old left-right divide and re-writing the codes of French politics.

* In the wake of Macron's 2017 election, Mr Attal became a member of parliament, and it was there that his brilliance as a debater - easily the best of the neophyte Macronite intake - brought him to the president's attention.

* At 29, he became the youngest ever minister in the Fifth Republic with a junior post at education; from 2020 he was government spokesman and his face began to register with the voters; after President Macron's re-election, he was briefly budget minister and then took over at education last July.

* It was in this post that Mr Attal confirmed to the president that he has what it takes, acting with no-nonsense determination to end September's row over Muslim abaya robes by simply banning them in schools.

* He led a campaign against bullying - he himself was a victim, he says - at the elite École alsacienne in Paris, and took on the education establishment with his proposal to experiment with school uniform..

Source  : BBC

Published On : January 10, 2024
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Correct Answer :   10 January

Vishwa Hindi Diwas 2024 : Hindi is a widely spoken language not just in India but also in several parts of the world. It is Hindi is the third most spoken language worldwide by number of speakers, after English and Mandarin Chinese. Every year, January 10 is celebrated as ‘Vishwa Hindi Diwas’, or World Hindi Day.

World Hindi Day History :

* Hindi, declared the official language of the Union of India in 1950, was first spoken in the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on January 10, 1949. As per Article 343 of the Constitution, Hindi in Devanagari script is the official language of the Union.

* The Centre hosts the 'World Hindi Conference' to promote Hindi, as promoting the language in foreign countries is a matter of high priority for it. It was organised for the first time in 1975 in Nagpur and was attended by 122 representatives from 30 nations.

Vishwa Hindi Diwas (World Hindi Day) 2024 theme :

* A unique theme is designated to World Hindi Day every year. In 2024, the theme of the World Hindi Day is “Hindi–Bridging Traditional Knowledge and Artificial Intelligence”.

* World Hindi Day Importance : The World Hindi Day honours the contributions of Hindi speakers, understands the significance of the language, and educates people about its importance.

Why is the World Hindi Day celebrated?

World Hindi Day is celebrated every year to spread awareness about the use of the Indian language and the issues with Hindi usage and promotion. The day also emphasises the importance of valuing the contributions of Hindi speakers.

How is the World Hindi Day celebrated?

* The Ministry of External Affairs organises various events worldwide on this day to spread awareness about the language. Besides, schools, colleges and government offices organise various special programmes on this day.

* The Vishwa Hindi Diwas differs from the Hindi Diwas, which is observed on September 14 every year.

Did you know the Oxford Dictionary has adopted a string of Hindi words?

How many such words can you recall? Some of the words now included in the Oxford Dictionary are ‘jhuggi’, ‘fanda’, ‘nivas’, ‘gulli’, ‘natak’, ‘sevak’, ‘sevika’, ‘desh’, ‘diya’, ‘shadi’, ‘abba’, ‘accha’, ‘chal’, ‘mirch masala’, ‘keema’ and ‘funda’...

Source : Zeebiz

Published On : January 10, 2024

Correct Answer :   Nashik

In celebration of National Youth Day on the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to inaugurate the 27th National Youth Festival in Nashik, Maharashtra, on the 12th of January 2024. The event, organized by the Department of Youth Affairs, will witness the active participation of more than 88,000 enthusiastic volunteers from across the country.

This year’s (2024) National Youth Day celebrations will extend to every district, with collaboration from various government departments and youth organizations. Under the theme ‘MY Bharat,’ volunteers, including those from NSS units, NYKS, and educational institutions, will engage in diverse activities aimed at fostering a sense of unity and volunteerism.

Volunteers are leveraging the MY Bharat digital platform ( for registration and coordination. A key focus of the activities includes road safety awareness events to be held simultaneously in major cities and 750 district headquarters on the 12th of January. Trained Road Safety volunteers will take charge, emphasizing the importance of a safer tomorrow through a comprehensive awareness campaign and traffic management.

In addition to road safety initiatives, volunteers will visit Anganwadi centers for storytelling sessions for children and disseminate information about various government schemes.

The National Youth Day program is not confined to Nashik alone; it will unfold across 763 districts nationwide. Each district will kickstart the day with a floral tribute to Swami Vivekananda, followed by a cultural program showcasing the diverse heritage and talents of the youth.

Partner ministries and their district-level offices will set up stalls with exhibitions, activities, and awareness drives, focusing on key themes such as Traffic Awareness, Nutrition & Diet, Products of KVIC startups, and PMEGP beneficiaries. The events, meticulously planned on the digital MY Bharat platform, aim to connect with the youth at the grassroots level, ensuring the unique characteristics and aspirations of each district are well-reflected in the celebrations.

Furthermore, youth across India are encouraged to express their interest in participating in activities closest to them through the MY Bharat platform. The platform also allows them to share photos and media capturing their active involvement in the National Youth Day celebrations.

As the nation commemorates the ideals of Swami Vivekananda, the 27th National Youth Festival promises to be an inclusive and empowering event, engaging the vibrant energy of India’s youth from every corner of the country..

Source : News Station

Published On : January 10, 2024
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Correct Answer :   Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday inaugurated (10th Jan 2024) the 10th edition of the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit in Gandhinagar, alongside several global leaders. The three-day event is witnessing the participation of 34 partner countries and delegates from over 130 countries. It will also celebrate ‘20 years of Vibrant Gujarat as the Summit of Success’.

About Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit :

The concept of the Vibrant Gujarat Summit was started in 2003 under the leadership of PM Modi when he was the chief minister of the state. The first edition of the Summit was held during the Navratri festival with more than 1,000 delegates and dignitaries spanning 45 countries attending the event.

Being held from January 10 to 12, this year's Summit's theme is ‘Gateway to the Future’. As a part of the Summit, several programmes have been organised at Mahatma Mandir, Sector-17 Exhibition Center, and GIFT City, in the state capital Gandhinagar. United Arab Emirates (UAE) President "Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan" is the chief guest for today's inaugural event, along with other global dignitaries.

What to expect from the 3-day summit?

* According to an official release, the Summit will host various events including seminars and conferences on globally relevant topics including - industry 4.0, technology and innovation, sustainable manufacturing, green hydrogen, electric mobility and renewable energy, and transition towards sustainability.

* The event will see a large number of projects and Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) signed between the government and global companies, advancing industrial and technological growth in Gujarat.

* This year, the ministry of development of North-Eastern Region is aiming to use the platform to showcase investment prospects in the North-Eastern regions.

* During the Summit, the Innovations for Defence Excellence-Defence Innovation Organization (iDEX-DIO) will exhibit futuristic technologies in unmanned solutions, artificial intelligence, cyber security, and advanced materials..

Source : Hindustan Times

Published On : January 10, 2024