Most Important Current Affairs Questions and Answers, March 2024

Q1. What is the financial outlay of the project for the digital transformation of 18,000 PACS nationwide?

Answer: Rs 2,500 crore

Q2.          Which organization is supporting the ‘World’s Largest Grain Storage Plan in Cooperative Sector’?

Answer: NABARD

Q3. Which organization recently received final approval from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to operate as a payment aggregator?

Answer: Amazon Pay

Q4.           What was the fertility rate in South Korea in 2023?

Answer: 0.72

Q5.  What is the replacement level fertility rate for a stable population?

Answer: 2.1

Q6. How much did Adani Group invest in building two defence factories in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh?

Answer: $362 million

Q7.  What is the current weightage of India in the MSCI Global Standard (Emerging Markets) index as of February 29, 2024?

Answer: 18.2%

Q8. How many startups are featured on IIT Madras’ Investor Information and Analytics Platform?

Answer: Over 2,00,000

Q9.  What is the RBI’s directive regarding automation in data generation for filing returns?

Answer: Automation is mandatory for all entities.

Q10.  What legislation empowers the central government to declare the Muslim Conference factions in Jammu & Kashmir as unlawful associations?

Answer: Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967

Q11.  What is the estimated population of leopards in India according to the fifth cycle leopard population estimation report?

Answer: 13,874

Q12. What is the primary objective of the expert committee chaired by Finance Secretary T V Somanathan regarding uniform KYC norms?

Answer: To finalize and streamline uniform KYC norms across sectors

Q13. Which Indian state houses the largest population of leopards?

Answer: Madhya Pradesh

Q14. How many PM MITRA Parks does the government plan to establish across various states, as mentioned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Bharat Tex 2024?

Answer: Seven

Q15. Which core industry exhibited the highest weight in the Index of Eight Core Industries?

Answer: Petroleum Refinery Products

Q16. What was India’s GDP growth rate during the October-December quarter of FY 24?

Answer: 8.4%

Q17. Which component of the revised BBPS framework is responsible for managing end-to-end complaint resolution?

Answer: NBBL

Q18. Which entities are eligible to operate as Bharat Bill Payment Operating Units (BBPOUs) within the BBPS framework?

Answer: Banks, non-bank Payment Aggregators, and other authorized entities

Q19. What is the significance of the inauguration of the St James Jetty in Agalega Island?

Answer: Promoting maritime connectivity

Q20. What is the projected reduction in rail logistic costs targeted by the National Coal Logistics Plan and Policy, 2023?

Answer: 14%

Q21.       What was the purpose of the Poshan Utsav organized by the Ministry of Women and Child Development?

Answer: All of the above

Q22.       Which core industry witnessed the highest growth in cumulative index during April to January 2023-24 over the corresponding period of the previous year?

Answer: Steel

Q23. What constitutes an inoperative account according to the revised RBI guidelines?

Answer: Accounts with no transactions for two years

Q24. What is the primary focus of Vantara, the initiative launched by Reliance Industries and Reliance Foundation?

Answer: Animal rescue and rehabilitation

Q25.  Which tiger reserve or site boasts the highest leopard population?

Answer: Panna (Madhya Pradesh)

Q26. Who recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to promote Atmanirbhar Bharat and boost innovation in India’s telecom sector?

Answer: C-DOT and Qualcomm

Q27.  What is the ambitious target set by the government for GST collection in the current fiscal year?

Answer: Rs 9.57 lakh crore

Q28. Which Indian state houses the largest population of leopards?

Answer: Madhya Pradesh

Q29. What was the percentage increase in India’s GST collection in February 2024 compared to the same period in the previous year?

Answer: 12.5%

Q30. Which core industry exhibited the highest weight in the Index of Eight Core Industries?

Answer: Petroleum Refinery Products

Q31. What was India’s GDP growth rate during the October-December quarter of FY 24?

Answer: 8.4%

Q32.  Who has been appointed as the part-time chairman of Tamilnad Mercantile Bank Ltd. (TMB) by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI)?

Answer: S. Ravindran

Q33. What was India’s manufacturing PMI in February 2024?

Answer: 56.9

Q34. What was the highest amount India’s forex reserves reached in October 2021?

Answer: $645 billion

Q35. What penalty did FIU-IND impose on Paytm Payments Bank for PML Act violations?

Answer: ₹5.49 crore

Q36. What is the length of the border shared by India and Myanmar, and how much of it runs through Nagaland?

Answer: 1,643 km, 215 km

.                 Which core industry witnessed the highest growth in cumulative index during April to January 2023-24 over the corresponding period of the previous year? Answer: Steel

Q38.       What is the purpose of the Free Movement Regime (FMR) between India and Myanmar?

Answer: To enable people from both sides to travel 16 km into each other’s territory without paperwork

Q39.       Which countries are participating in Exercise Samudra Laksamana 2024?

Answer: India and Malaysia

Q40.       Which tiger reserve or site boasts the highest leopard population?

Answer: Panna (Madhya Pradesh)

Q41. What is the main objective of the National Urban Co- operative Finance and Development Corporation Limited (NUCFDC) launched by Amit Shah?

Answer: To modernize and strengthen Urban Cooperative Banks

Q42.  What is the approximate date range of the child burial site discovered in Chettimedu Pathur village, Tamil Nadu?

Answer: 2500 BCE to 3000 BCE

Q43.       What is the significance of Policybazaar’s upgrade to a composite insurance broker?

Answer: It allows selling reinsurance products alongside general and life insurance.

Q44.       Which organization developed the ASTDS Tug ‘Ocean Grace’?

Answer: Cochin Shipyard Limited

Q45.  What is the replacement level fertility rate for a stable population?

Answer: 2.1

Q46.  How many houses will be approved in the first phase of the Indiramma Housing Scheme per Assembly constituency in Telangana?

Answer: 3,500 houses

Q47. What is the current weightage of India in the MSCI Global Standard (Emerging Markets) index as of February 29, 2024?

Answer: 18.2%

Q48.       What is the primary capability of Google’s Genie AI? Answer: Creating interactive 2D video games from image prompts or text descriptions

Q49.       How many languages is the Haj Guide-2024 published in for wider accessibility?

Answer: 10 languages

Q50. Where was the new species of Amazon anaconda discovered?

Answer: Yasuni Region, Ecuador

Q51. What is the length of the border shared by India and Myanmar, and how much of it runs through Nagaland?

Answer: 1,643 km, 215 km

Q52. What is the scientific name of the newly discovered Amazon anaconda species?

Answer: Eunectes akiyama

Q53. What is the total number of installments in the Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana (PMMVY)?

Answer: 3

Q54.       Where was the “Pars 1” satellite launched from?

Answer: Vostochny Cosmodrome, Russia

Q55.       What is the total length of the India-Pakistan border?

Answer: 3,200 kilometers

Q56. Which of the following countries is NOT a member of BIMSTEC?

Answer: Pakistan

Q57. What is the maximum amount Nepali citizens can send per transaction to Nepal under the new RBI guidelines?

Answer: Rs 2 lakh

Q58. What is Moody’s upgraded GDP forecast for India in 2024?

Answer: 6.8%

Q59. Under which section of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949 is the merger of banks sanctioned?

Answer: Section 44A

Q60. Which core industry exhibited the highest weight in the Index of Eight Core Industries?

Answer: Petroleum Refinery Products

Q61. What was India’s GDP growth rate during the October-December quarter of FY 24?

Answer: 8.4%

Q62. Which regulatory body approved the merger of Fincare Small Finance Bank with AU Small Finance Bank before RBI’s approval?

Answer: CCI

Q63. What was India’s manufacturing PMI in February 2024?

Answer: 56.9

Q64. What prompted the RBI to impose a ban on IIFL Finance’s gold loans?

Answer: All of the above.

Q65.  What was the total value of UPI transactions in India in February 2024?

Answer: Rs 18.28 trillion

Q66. What was the performance trend of FASTag transactions in February 2024 compared to the previous year?

Answer: 12% higher in volume and 19% higher in value

Q67. How many new moons were discovered in the outer reaches of our solar system according to the International Astronomical Union?

Answer: Three

Q68.  How many moons are now known to orbit Uranus and Neptune respectively, following the recent discovery?

Answer: Uranus: 28, Neptune: 16

Q69. Who is recognized as the first woman sniper of the Border Security Force (BSF)?

Answer: Sub-Inspector Suman Kumari

Q70.       What is the primary objective of the ADITI scheme launched during DefConnect 2024?

Answer:      Provide      grants      for      research      and development in critical defence technologies

Q71.       What was the Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) for India’s services sector in February 2024?

Answer: 60.6

Q72. What is the phased-in approach for including Indian FAR bonds in Bloomberg’s EM Local Currency Government Index?

Answer: Over ten months

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Q73. Who was elected as Hungary’s new president following the resignation of the previous head of state?

Answer: Tama´s Sulyok

Q74.       Which organization developed the ASTDS Tug ‘Ocean Grace’?

Answer: Cochin Shipyard Limited

Q75. What was the amount of the interim dividend received by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman from LIC?

Answer: ₹2,441.44 crore

Q76.       Where was LIC’s new international business center inaugurated?

Answer: GIFT City, Gujarat

Q77.       Who has been authorized by RBI to implement the interoperable net banking payment system?

Answer: NPCI Bharat BillPay Ltd.

Q78.       What is the primary capability of Google’s Genie AI? Answer: Creating interactive 2D video games from image prompts or text descriptions

Q79.       Where is       the     location     of      IN-SPACe’s    newly inaugurated technical center?

Answer: Ahmedabad

Q80.       How much were the unclaimed deposits in the banks as of March 2023?

Answer: Rs 42,270 crore

Q81.       How many banks are currently part of the UDGAM portal?

Answer: 30

Q82.  Who has been appointed as the Managing Director and CEO of Future Generali India Life Insurance, effective April 1st, pending regulatory approval?

Answer: Alok Rungta

Q83. What is the total number of installments in the Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana (PMMVY)?

Answer: 3

Q84. What is the name of the groundbreaking initiative announced by Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Sukhvinder Sukhu aimed at empowering women in the state?

Answer: Indira Gandhi Pyari Behna Sukh Samman Nidhi Yojna

Q85. Who inaugurated India’s pioneering underwater metro train service in Kolkata, marking a significant achievement in the nation’s infrastructure and urban development?

Answer: Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Q86. What is the budget allocation for the NAMASTE Scheme?

Answer: 349.73 crores

Q87. Which ministry is jointly involved in initiating the NAMASTE Scheme?

Answer: Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment

Q88.       What is Moody’s upgraded GDP forecast for India in 2024?

Answer: 6.8%

Q89.       Under which section of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949 is the merger of banks sanctioned?

Answer: Section 44A

Q90. What is the percentage increase in Dearness Allowance (DA) and Dearness Relief (DR) sanctioned by the Union Cabinet for central government employees and pensioners?

Answer: 4%

Q91. What milestone did Infibeam Avenues achieve on March 4, 2024?

Answer: Obtained final authorization from RBI to operate as a payment aggregator

Q92.  With whom did the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to promote the use of local currencies for cross-border transactions?

Answer: Bank of Indonesia

Q93. What was India’s manufacturing PMI in February 2024?

Answer: 56.9

Q94. What is the allocated budget for the IndiaAI Mission approved by the Indian Cabinet?

Answer: Rs. 10,371.92 crore

Q95. What is the total financial outlay for the UNNATI – 2024 scheme for a period of 10 years?

Answer: Rs. 10,037 crore

Q96. Which country formally joined NATO as its 32nd member?

Answer: Sweden

Q97. What is the expected annual financial impact on the exchequer due to the Dearness Allowance (DA) and Dearness Relief (DR) hike?

Answer: Rs 12,869 crore

Q98.  How many moons are now known to orbit Uranus and Neptune respectively, following the recent discovery?

Answer: Uranus: 28, Neptune: 16

Q99. Where is the regional center of the Bharat Semiconductor Research Centre (BSRC) being established?

Answer: Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology Thiruvananthapuram

Q100. Who inaugurated the Sansad Khel Mahakumbh 3.0 at the Luhnu Cricket Ground in Bilaspur on March 5, 2024?

Answer: Union Minister Anurag Singh Thakur

Q101. What is the projected real GDP growth rate for India in fiscal year 2025 according to UBS?

Answer: 7.2%

Q102. What was the unemployment rate in rural areas of India in 2023?

Answer: 2.4%

Q103. Where is the joint maritime exercise ‘Sea Defenders- 2024’ taking place?

Answer: Port Blair

Q104. What per capita income level is considered as the threshold for upper-middle-income countries by the World Bank?

Answer: $4,000 – $12,000

Q105. How many districts does Arunachal Pradesh have after the creation of Bichom?

Answer: 27

Q106. Who has collaborated for cross-border UPI transactions between India and Nepal?

Answer: NIPL and Fonepay

Q107. How much of Nepal’s tourists are estimated to be Indian?

Answer: 30%

Q108. What does MATH stand for in the context of the AI- ML Hub launched in Hyderabad?

Answer: Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence Technology Hub

Q109. Which companies have been appointed as brokers to facilitate the OFS deal for NLC India?

Answer: ICICI Securities and DAM Capital Advisors

Q110. What was the total value of UPI transactions in India in February 2024?

Answer: Rs 18.28 trillion

Q111. Which ministry is organizing the digital exhibition “Subhash Abhinandan”?

Answer: Ministry of Culture

Q112. How many Atal Tinkering Labs (ATLs) have been established across India by AIM till date?

Answer: 10,000

Q113.  What is the theme for No Smoking Day 2024?

Answer: Protecting children from tobacco industry interference

Q114. CISF falls under which ministry of the Indian government?

Answer: Ministry of Home Affairs

Q115.  Poshan Pakhwada is organized by which ministry?

Answer: Ministry of Women and Child Development

Q116. When was the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) established?

Answer: 1960

Q117. What is the altitude of the Sela Tunnel located in Arunachal Pradesh?

Answer: 13,000 feet

Q118. Who designed and constructed the bronze statue of Lachit Borphukan in Assam?

Answer: Ram Vanji Sutar

Q119. What is the monthly financial benefit provided under the Mahtari Vandan Yojana?

Answer: Rs. 1,000

Q120. In which district of Jammu and Kashmir is North India’s first Government Homeopathic College being established?

Answer: Kathua

Q121. Which government schemes did Union Minister Arjun Munda urge farmers to take advantage of?

Answer: PM Fasal Bima and PM Kisan Samridhi

Q122.  What is the total length of the Dwarka Expressway?

Answer: 29 km

Q123. Where does the Dwarka Expressway start and end? Answer: Starts from Shiv-Murti and ends at Kherki Daula toll plaza

Q124.  Which type of license does CRED hold from NPCI?

Answer: Third Party Application Provider (TPAP)

Q125. What is the typical commission charged by fintechs for facilitating credit card payments for rent?

Answer: 1.5-3%

Q126. Which regulatory body defines credit cards as payment instruments with pre-approved revolving credit limits?

Answer: Reserve Bank of India (RBI)

Q127. How many member states currently belong to the European Free Trade Association (EFTA)?

Answer: 4

Q128. What is the primary objective of Operation Kamdhenu?

Answer: To dismantle cattle smuggling networks and hold masterminds accountable.

Q129. What prestigious recognition has Majuli, the largest river island in the world, recently received from the Indian government?

Answer: Geographical Indication (GI) tags for mask making and manuscript painting

Q130. What per capita income level is considered as the threshold for upper-middle-income countries by the World Bank?

Answer: $4,000 – $12,000

Q131. What is the total fund allocation for development projects under the Dilli Gramodaya Abhiyan?

Answer: Rs 960 crore

Q132. What is the primary objective of the Dilli Gramodaya Abhiyan?

Answer: Addressing gaps in rural infrastructure and civic amenities

Q133. What historical milestone did Asif Ali Zardari achieve with his inauguration as Pakistan’s 14th President? Answer: First civilian to hold the presidency twice

Q134. Who administered the oath to Asif Ali Zardari during his inauguration as Pakistan’s 14th President?

Answer: Chief Justice Qazi Faez Isa

Q135. What prestigious award has Delhi Airport won for the sixth consecutive year in 2023, solidifying its position as a leader in the Asia-Pacific region?

Answer: ACI-ASQ’s Best Airport in Asia-Pacific

Q136. What organization collaborates with ACI World to administer    the                              ASQ     Awards,                       ensuring       a comprehensive evaluation of airport performance? Answer: Amadeus

Q137. How many territorial sea baselines has China disclosed prior to the recent announcement in the Gulf of Tonkin?

Answer: Three

Q138. Which agreement buffered Vietnam’s economic interests from potential harm due to China’s new baseline announcement?

Answer: 2000 Gulf of Tonkin demarcation treaty

Q139. How many African countries were represented by their health ministers in the Yaounde´ conference?

Answer: 11

Q140. How many sectors are covered under the PLI Scheme?

Answer: 14

Q141. Which naval base served as the operational center for the all-women maritime surveillance mission?

Answer: INS Utkrosh

Q142. Which aircraft replaced the Islander aircraft in the INAS 318 squadron?

Answer: Dornier

Q143. How many options are available in the Indus PayWear range?

Answer: Three

Q144. What percentage of global exports of goods does India contribute according to the recent WTO report? Answer: 1.8%

Q145. What percentage of global malaria cases and deaths were accounted for by Africa in 2022?

Answer: 94%

Q146. What was the growth rate of India’s Index of Industrial Production (IIP) in January 2024 compared to December 2023?

Answer: 3.8%

Q147. How many industries, at the 2-digit level, had a production level higher than the pre-Covid period in January 2024?

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Answer: 13

Q148.  What was the retail inflation rate in February 2024?

Answer: 5.09%

Q149. What was the inflation rate in the food basket in February 2024?

Answer: 8.66%

Q150. What percentage of weight does the food basket hold in the Consumer Price Index (CPI)?

Answer: 50%

Q151. When was Kochrab Ashram established by Mahatma Gandhi?

Answer: May 25, 1915

Q152. What was the original name of Sabarmati Ashram, where Kochrab Ashram was relocated?

Answer: Satyagraha Ashram

Q153. What is the total number of submarine cables currently landing in India?

Answer: 10

Q154. How many protection zones were declared by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) under the Cable Protection Zone regime?

Answer: Three

Q155. Which principle allows India to exercise prescriptive jurisdiction over undersea cables under the High Seas?

Answer: Protective Jurisdiction

Q156. When did the Green Climate Fund (GCF) approve SIDBI’s ASF project?

Answer: 38th board meeting in Rwanda

Q157. Which type of technology is the iCashpro+ platform built on?

Answer: Cloud

Q158. What architectural approach does the iCashpro+ platform utilize?

Answer: Microservices-based

Q159. The USOF, Prasar Bharati, and ONDC signed an MoU to extend affordable digital services in rural India. Who signed the MoU on behalf of Prasar Bharati?

Answer: Shri A K Jha

Q160. What is ecological carrying capacity in the context of tourism and infrastructure development?

Answer: The maximum number of tourists a destination can accommodate without negative impacts on the environment.

Q161.  What does “PM-SURAJ” stand for?

Answer: Pradhan Mantri Samajik Utthan evam Rozgar Adharit Jankalyan

Q162.  What does “NAMASTE” program focus on?

Answer: Mechanized sanitation

Q163. Under which scheme will the OSAT facility in Sanand, Gujarat, be set up?

Answer: Modified Scheme for Semiconductor Assembly, Testing, Marking, and Packaging (ATMP)

Q164. What is the estimated cost of setting up India’s first semiconductor fabrication facility in Dholera, Gujarat?

Answer: Rs 91,000 crore

Q165. Who unveiled the logo for ‘Aakanksha’ under the ‘Vocal for Local’ initiative?

Answer: CEO of NITI Aayog

Q166. Which platform has established a dedicated window for promoting ‘Aakanksha’ products from Aspirational Blocks?

Answer: Government e-Marketplace (GeM)

Q167. Which company will develop the Outsourced Semiconductor Assembly and Test (OSAT) facility in Morigaon, Assam?

Answer: Tata Electronics

Q168. Under which theme was Yoga Mahotsav-2024 celebrated?

Answer: Yoga for Women Empowerment

Q169. Under which agreement did India and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) sign a loan for peri-urban development in Ahmedabad?

Answer: India-ADB Loan Agreement for Ahmedabad Peri-Urban Development

Q170. Which category of electric vehicles is included in the target support of EMPS 2024?

Answer: Electric two-wheelers (e-2W)

Q171.  Under which ministry was PB-SHABD launched?

Answer: Ministry of Information and Broadcasting

Q172. Under which authority did the RBI impose a monetary penalty on Bank of India?

Answer: Reserve Bank of India Act, 1934

Q173. Under which scheme has Bank of Baroda announced the launch of the bob Earth Green Term Deposit Scheme?

Answer: bob Earth Green Term Deposit Scheme

Q174. What is the maximum interest rate offered under the Bob’s new Term Deposit Scheme launched recently? Answer: 7.15% p.a.

Q175. Under which initiative was the Friendship Pipeline Project jointly inaugurated?

Answer: India-Bangladesh Energy Cooperation

Q176. What was the final Wholesale Price Index (WPI) inflation rate for December 2023?

Answer: 0.86%

Q177. Which major group witnessed the highest inflation rate based on the WPI in February 2024?

Answer: Primary Articles

Q178.  What was the retail inflation rate in February 2024?

Answer: 5.09%

Q179. What is the revised GDP growth forecast for India in FY25 according to Fitch Ratings?

Answer: 7.0%

Q180. What percentage of weight does the food basket hold in the Consumer Price Index (CPI)?

Answer: 50%

Q181. What is Fitch Ratings’ inflation expectation for India by the end of the current year?

Answer: 4%

Q182. How much is the loan agreement signed between the Union Government of India and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to strengthen the fintech ecosystem in India?

Answer: $23 million

Q183. What is the total number of submarine cables currently landing in India?

Answer: 17

Q184. Who is the Minister for Law and Justice of India who participated in the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding with Singapore?

Answer: Minister Mr. Arjun Ram Meghwal

Q185. What was India’s unemployment rate for individuals aged 15 and above in 2023 according to the Periodic Labour Force Survey (PLFS)?

Answer: 3.1%

Q186. How did the Labour Force Participation Rate (LFPR) change in urban areas from October – December 2022 to October – December 2023 according to the PLFS?

Answer: Increased from 48.2% to 49.9%

Q187. Which type of institution is Shivalik Small Finance Bank, the partner of Arya.ag in facilitating agricultural financing?

Answer: Small Finance Bank

Q188. With which country is Paramount Global associated in the acquisition of its stake in Viacom18 Media by Reliance Industries?

Answer: United States

Q189. During SpaceX’s third Starship test flight, where did the spacecraft disintegrate upon re-entry?

Answer: Indian Ocean

Q190. With which country is the archaeological discovery of a vast cemetery of human skeletons in Nuremberg associated?

Answer: Germany

Q191.  What is the octane rating range of Ethanol 100 fuel?

Answer: 100-105

Q192. What is the target percentage of ethanol blending in petrol by 2025-26 according to the initiative?

Answer: 20%

Q193. Where is the headquarters of the V-Dem Institute located?

Answer: Gothenburg

Q194.  Who founded the V-Dem Institute?

Answer: Staffan Lindberg

Q195. How many shark species have been granted the highest protection status under the amended Wild Life (Protection) Act of 1972 in India?

Answer: 26

Q196. Which organization has distributed 3D-printed replica fins to aid law enforcement agencies in identifying dried and unprocessed shark fins?

Answer: TRAFFIC

Q197. What is India’s ranking on the United Nations Human Development Index (HDI) for 2022?

Answer: 134

Q198. What is India’s Gender Inequality Index (GII) value for the year 2022?

Answer: 0.437

Q199. How many jails across India have been certified as ‘Eat Right Campus’ by FSSAI?

Answer: Nearly 100 jails

Q200. Which state has the highest number of certified jails under the ‘Eat Right Campus’ initiative?

Answer: Uttar Pradesh

Q201. What is the total capacity of the wind power project operationalised by Adani Green Energy in Gujarat? Answer: 300 MW

Q202. Who was awarded the PV Narasimha Rao Memorial Award for outstanding philanthropic contributions? Answer: Ratan Tata

Q203. What percentage of the total millet production in India does Rajasthan contribute?

Answer: 26%

Q204. With which country is the archaeological discovery of a vast cemetery of human skeletons in Nuremberg associated?

Answer: Germany

Q205. Which country is the world’s largest producer of 16 critical minerals, including cobalt and rare earth elements?

Answer: China

Q206. According to the DHL Global Connectedness Report 2024, which country ranks first in global connectedness?

Answer: Singapore

Q207. How many terms has Vladimir Putin secured as President of Russia?

Answer: Five

Q208. What is the estimated number of startups expected to attend Startup Mahakumbh 2024?

Answer: 1,000

Q209. Statement I: Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the ‘Pradhan Mantri Samajik Utthan and Rozgar Adharit Jankalyan’ (PM-SURAJ) national portal.

Statement II: The PM-SURAJ portal aims to provide credit support and empower one lakh entrepreneurs from disadvantaged communities.

Answer: Both statements are true, and statement II is the correct explanation of statement I.

Q210. Statement I: Under the NAMASTE program, the Ministry distributed Ayushman health cards to sewer and septic tank workers (Safai Mitras).

Statement II: Ayushman health cards provide beneficiaries access to cashless healthcare services at empanelled hospitals under the Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY).

Answer: Both statements are true, and statement II is the correct explanation of statement I.

Q211. What term does Kotak Mahindra Bank use to describe its internal framework for inter-Group synergies and cross-selling opportunities?

Answer: One Kotak

Q212. What was the total value of India’s foreign exchange reserves as of March 8, 2024?

Answer: $636.1 billion

Q213. What unique item will be carried by the Europa Clipper spacecraft as part of its message to Europa? Answer: A triangular metal plate with a poem

Q214. What scheme is introduced by J&K Bank to cater to the financial needs of prospective SANY equipment buyers as mentioned in the collaboration?

Answer: Construction Equipment Finance scheme

Q215. In what year was the Diana Award charity established?

Answer: 1994

Q216. Which project is among those supported by Axis Bank’s contribution to the National Cancer Grid?

Answer: National Tumour Biobank

Q217. Who has been appointed as the new Managing Director & CEO of Poonawalla Fincorp?

Answer: Arvind Kapil

Q218. What is the approximate height of Noctis Volcano on Mars?

Answer: 29,600 feet

Q219. Where is Noctis Volcano located in relation to Mars’ equator?

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Answer: South of the equator

Q220. How many polling stations are targeted under the “Mission 414” campaign in Himachal Pradesh?

Answer: 414

Q221. Where       is      the      World      Gold      Council      (WGC) headquartered?

Answer: London

Q222. How much did the RBI’s gold holdings increase by from December 2023 to January 2024?

Answer: 9.72 tonnes

Q223. With which Sri Lankan conglomerate is Elephant House affiliated?

Answer: John Keells Holdings PLC

Q224. Which constitutional amendments would be required to implement the One Nation One Election policy in India?

Answer: Articles 83, 85, 172, 174, and 356

Q225. Statement I: The credit assistance program initiated through an MoU between SIDBI and PMBI aims to provide project loans for Jan Aushadhi Kendra operators up to Rs 2 lakhs.

Statement II: Minister Mandaviya praised the Union Government’s efforts in providing financial assistance to individual operators, particularly in remote areas, to promote entrepreneurship and enhance access to affordable healthcare.

Answer: Statement I is true, and Statement II is false.

Q226. What was the growth rate of Gross Direct Tax collections in the Financial Year 2023-24?

Answer: 18.74%

Q227. What was the total Advance Tax collection for FY 2023-24?

Answer: Rs. 9,11,534 crore

Q228. What is the estimated number of startups expected to attend Startup Mahakumbh 2024?

Answer: 1,000

Q229. What was the value of India’s outward Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in February 2024?

Answer: $3.47 billion

Q230.  Which report confirmed 2023 as the warmest year on record?

Answer: WMO State of the Global Climate 2023 report

Q231. Which greenhouse gas witnessed the second-highest rate of increase in 2023?

Answer: Methane (CH4)

Q232. What was the total value of India’s foreign exchange reserves as of March 8, 2024?

Answer: $636.1 billion

Q233. Who announced the establishment of an India- specific Elections Operations Centre to combat AI- generated fake content during the 2024 Lok Sabha elections?

Answer: Meta

Q234. What milestone will be achieved with the launch of Agnibaan SOrTeD by Agnikul Cosmos Private Limited?

Answer: All of the above

Q235. Who has been appointed as the new Director General of Police (DGP) of West Bengal by the Election Commission of India, replacing Vivek Sahay?

Answer: Sanjay Mukherjee

Q236. What is the daily transaction limit using the Airtel Payments Bank Smart Watch?

Answer: Rs 25,000

Q237. Which technology supports the contactless payment feature of the Airtel Payments Bank Smart Watch?

Answer: NFC

Q238. Which technology powers Enparadigm’s talent intelligence platform for skill profiling?

Answer: Artificial Intelligence

Q239. How many states witnessed a decline in the CPI for Agricultural Labourers in February 2024?

Answer: Eight

Q240. What was the month-to-month inflation rate based on CPI for Rural Labourers in February 2024?

Answer: 7.36%

Q241. Which ministry in India has actively supported UA Day alongside NIXI?

Answer: Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY)

Q242. What is the theme of the upcoming Universal Acceptance (UA) Day event?

Answer: BhashaNet: Impetus Towards Universal Acceptance

Q243. What was the percentage increase in the index of mineral production in the mining and quarrying sector from January 2023 to January 2024?

Answer: 5.9%

Q244. What is the credit rating of DBS Bank India’s corporate credit facility according to CRISIL Ratings in 2024?

Answer: CRISIL AA-/Stable

Q245. What is the recent status conferred upon GRID-INDIA by the Ministry of Power, Government of India?

Answer: Miniratna Category-I CPSE

Q246. What is the name of India’s first Reusable Launch Vehicle (RLV) that recently landed successfully?

Answer: Pushpak

Q247. Which experiment showcased the autonomous landing capabilities of India’s Reusable Launch Vehicle (RLV)?

Answer: RLV-LEX-02

Q248. Where was the 4th Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Startup Forum organized?

Answer: New Delhi

Q249. What was the value of India’s outward Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in February 2024?

Answer: $3.47 billion

Q250. Who was elected as the co-chair of ITU’s Digital Innovation Board during the visit to Geneva?

Answer: Dr. Neeraj Mittal

Q251. Which greenhouse gas witnessed the second-highest rate of increase in 2023?

Answer: Methane (CH4)

Q252. Who led the Brazilian delegation at the India-Brazil ‘2+2’ Dialogue?

Answer: Marcelo Camara

Q253. Which year was the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) enacted in India?

Answer: 2002

Q254. With whom did SBI Cards collaborate to launch the Titan SBI Card?

Answer: Titan Company Ltd

Q255. Which regulatory body’s approval is required for PB Pay Private Limited to commence operations in the payment aggregation domain?

Answer: Reserve Bank of India (RBI)

Q256. What was the annual growth rate of services exports from India in 2023, according to the UNCTAD report? Answer: 14%

Q257. How many nuclear-powered submarines does Australia plan to have operational by the 2050s under the SSN-AUKUS program?

Answer: Eight

Q258. Who is set to become Ireland’s youngest ever prime minister?

Answer: Simon Harris

Q259. How many prominent media organizations are included in the Digital News Publishers Association (DNPA)?

Answer: 18

Q260. What is the primary focus of the SSN-AUKUS submarines’ capabilities?

Answer: Undersea warfare

Q261. Who has been appointed as the chairperson of the Digital News Publishers Association (DNPA) for a two-year term starting from April 1, 2024?

Answer: Mariam Mammen Mathew

Q262. Who has been appointed as the Executive Director of Europol?

Answer: Catherine De Bolle

Q263.  Which concept is the Synergy Lounge built upon?

Answer: Hex-I Concept

Q264. Who has been honored with the Aviation Week Laureates Award?

Answer: ISRO

Q265. What do the ancient galactic streams Shiva and Shakti signify in Hindu philosophy?

Answer: Destruction and Creation

Q266. Which city overtook Beijing as Asia’s billionaire capital in 2024?

Answer: Mumbai

Q267. Who topped the Hurun rich list in China for the fourth consecutive year in 2024?

Answer: Zhong Shanshan

Q268. Who has launched the ‘Flash Pay’ RuPay smart key chain?

Answer: Federal Bank

Q269. Who appointed the expert committee to address the endangerment of the Great Indian Bustard (GIB) population?

Answer: Supreme Court of India

Q270. What was the month-to-month inflation rate based on CPI for Rural Labourers in February 2024?

Answer: 7.36%

Q271. What is the primary cause of endangerment for the Great Indian Bustard (GIB) population?

Answer: Collisions with high-powered power cables

Q272. Who is eligible to vote from home according to the Election Commission’s recent announcement?

Answer: Citizens aged 85 and above.

Q273. What was the percentage increase in the index of mineral production in the mining and quarrying sector from January 2023 to January 2024?

Answer: 5.9%

Q274. What is the projected GDP growth rate for India in FY24 according to S&P Global?

Answer: 7.6%

Q275. Who collaborated to develop the Integrated Drone Detection and Interdiction Systems (IDD&IS) deployed by the Indian Army along the northern borders?

Answer: DRDO and Bharat Electronics

Q276. What is the percentage increase in brand value for NRMA Insurance, as per the Brand Finance Insurance 100, 2024 report?

Answer: 82%

Q277. What was the monetary penalty imposed by the RBI on Navsarjan Industrial Co-operative Bank Ltd for non-compliance?

Answer: ?7 lakh

Q278. How many entities received payment aggregator licences from the RBI in 2024, including Innoviti Payments and Concerto Software?

Answer: 13

Q279. Where did the Francis Scott Key Bridge collapse occur?

Answer: Baltimore

Q280. What are the RBI’s inflation projections for the first quarter of fiscal year 2024-25?

Answer: 5.2 percent

Q281. What is the projected average consumer inflation rate for India in fiscal year 2025 according to S&P Global Ratings?

Answer: 4.5 percent

Q282. Who has been authorized by RBI to implement the interoperable net banking payment system?

Answer: NPCI Bharat BillPay Ltd.

Q283. What was the current account deficit of India in Q3: 2023-24?

Answer: US$ 10.5 billion

Q284. What was the net inflow of foreign direct investment (FDI) in India during Q3: 2023-24?

Answer: US$ 4.2 billion

Q285. Who is the newly appointed Prime Minister of Portugal?

Answer: Luis Montenegro

Q286. When is Good Friday 2024 observed by Christians worldwide?

Answer: March 29th

Q287. Who has been appointed as the Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer (MD & CEO) of the Bank of Maharashtra?

Answer: Nidhu Saxena

Q288. Who is chairing the first Army Commanders’ Conference for the year 2024?

Answer: General Manoj Pande

Q289. The physical mode of the Army Commander’s Conference will take place in                                                                        on 1st and 2nd April 2024.

Answer: New Delhi

Q290.  Where was the Kannada inscription discovered?

Answer: Gangapuram, Jadcherla mandal

Q291. Where is the world’s first-ever temple designed in the iconic Om shape located?

Answer: Jadan, Pali district of Rajasthan

Q292. Who has been appointed as the new Assistant Secretary-General and Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction by the United Nations?

Answer: Kamal Kishore

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