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    1. For which organisation, the Ministry of Defence (MOD) approved the creation of a new branch, called the Weapon Systems (WS) Branch in October 2022?
      1) Border Security Force
      2) Indian Army
      3) Indian Air Force
      4) Indo-Tibetan Border Police
      5) Central Reserve Police Force
      Answer & Explanation
      Answer-3) Indian Air Force
      The Ministry of Defence (MOD) has approved the creation of a new branch, called the Weapon Systems (WS) Branch, in a historic move for the Indian Air Force (IAF), in honour of the 90th anniversary of the IAF on October 8, 2022.
      i. This is the first time since India’s independence that a new operational branch has been established.
      ii. The establishment of a WS branch would imply the consolidation of all weapon system operators into a single entity committed to the operational use of all ground-based and specialized airborne weapon systems.
      • Four specialized streams included in the branch: Surface-To-Surface Missiles; Surface-To-Air Missiles; Remotely Piloted Aircraft & Weapon System Operators in Twin or Multi-Crew Aircraft.

    2. Name the bank that recently (in Oct ‘22) entered into the World Book of Records for staging and swinging 101 ‘Oonjals’ (swings).
      1) South Indian Bank
      2) Axis Bank
      3) ICICI Bank
      4) RBL Bank
      5) IndusInd Bank
      Answer & Explanation
      Answer-1) South Indian Bank
      South Indian Bank bagged a world record for organizing a first-of-its-kind category event ‘Onnichirikkam Oonjaladam’ (sit together and swing) by staging and swinging 101 ‘Oonjals’ (swings) simultaneously at Marine drive in Kochi, Kerala.
      i. The World Book of Records team presented the Award to Murali Ramakrishnan Managing Director (MD) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of South Indian Bank and other bank officials.

    3. Who was recently (in Oct ‘22) awarded the Shanmugha Arts, Science, Technology & Research Academy (SASTRA) Ramanujan Prize for 2022?
      1) Jack Thorne
      2) Shai Evra
      3) Will Sawin
      4) Yunqing Tang
      5) Adam Harper
      Answer & Explanation
      Answer-4) Yunqing Tang
      The Shanmugha Arts, Science, Technology & Research Academy (SASTRA) Ramanujan Prize for 2022 will be awarded to Yunqing Tang, Assistant Professor with the University of California, Berkeley, United States of America (USA), for displaying a remarkable combination of sophisticated techniques in arithmetic and geometry of modular curves and Shimura varieties.
      i. The Prize will be conferred at the International Conference on Number Theory, which will be held from 20 to 22 December 2022 at SASTRA University, Thanjavur district, Tamil Nadu.

    4. Which country recently (in Oct ‘22) launched the GLONASS-K navigation satellite using the Soyuz-2.1b rocket?
      1) Russia
      2) United States of America
      3) China
      4) Japan
      5) Indonesia
      Answer & Explanation
      Answer-1) Russia
      The GLONASS-K navigation satellite was successfully launched by Russia using a Soyuz-2.1b rocket from the State Testing Cosmodrome of the Russian Defence Ministry (the Plesetsk spaceport).
      i. The GLONASS-K satellite was launched aboard the medium-class Soyuz-2.1b rocket at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome, roughly 800 kilometres (500 miles) north of Moscow, Russia.
      ii. The GLONASS-K is a third-generation Russian Global Navigation Satellite System satellite (GLONASS) and it was designed and developed by the Reshetnev Information Satellite Systems Company, a division of Roscosmos, the Russian State Space Corporation.

    5. Who recently (in Oct ‘22) won his 90th Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) title by winning the singles’ title in 3rd Astana Open 2022?
      1) Rafael Nadal
      2) Novak Djokovic
      3) Roger Federer
      4) Carlos Alcaraz
      5) Alexander Zverev
      Answer & Explanation
      Answer-2) Novak Djokovic
      Novak Djokovic (Serbia) clinched his 90th ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) title, and 4th title of 2022 after winning the singles’ title of 3rd Astana Open 2022 by defeating Stefanos Tsitsipas (Greece) with 6-3, 6-4.
      i. Astana Open 2022 was held at Astana, Kazakhstan, and was part of the ATP Tour 500 Series of the 2022 ATP Tour.

    6. Name the personality who recently (in Oct ‘22) won the Formula 1 (F1) Honda Japanese Grand Prix 2022.
      1) George Russell
      2) Sergio Perez
      3) Carlos Sainz
      4) Max Verstappen
      5) Charles Leclerc
      Answer & Explanation
      Answer-4) Max Verstappen
      Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, a Belgian-Dutch motorsports racing driver, won the Formula 1 Honda Japanese Grand Prix 2022 and his 2nd Formula 1 World Championship 2022 at Suzuka International Racing Course in Suzuka (Suzuka Circuit), Japan in October 2022.
      i. Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc came 2nd and was given a 5-second penalty for cutting the chicane on the final lap dropping him to 3rd behind Red Bull’s Sergio Perez.

    7. Who recently (in Oct ‘22) won the Women’s singles title of J&T Banka Ostrava Open 2022 by defeating Iga Swiatek?
      1) Maria Sakkari (Greece)
      2) Daria Kasatkina (Russia)
      3) Anett Kontaveit (Estonia)
      4) Barbora Krejcikova (Czech Republic)
      5) Paula Badosa (Spain)
      Answer & Explanation
      Answer-4) Barbora Krejcikova (Czech Republic)
      Barbora Krejcikova from Czech Republic won the Women’s singles tennis title at J&T Banka Ostrava Open 2022 by defeating Iga Swiatek of Poland in Ostrava, Czech Republic, from 3rd to 9th October 2022.
      i. This marks her second successive WTA (Women’s Tennis Association) title. Earlier she won the 2022 Tallinn Open held in Tallinn, Estonia. She became the first woman to beat Iga Swiatek in a tour-level final of 2022.
      ii. The 2022 Ostrava Open was held in Ostrava, Czech Republic, from 3 through 9 October 2022.

    8. Padma Shri Awardee ‘Dr Temsula Ao’ recently (in Oct ‘22) passed away. In which field did he receive Padma Shri award in 2007?
      1) Literature and Education
      2) Medicines
      3) Science and Engineering
      4) Art
      5) Social service
      Answer & Explanation
      Answer-1) Literature and Education
      Dr Temsula Ao, a renowned Indian English poet from Nagaland and a Padma Shri Awardee passed away in Dimapur, Nagaland at the age of 77.
      i. In 2007, Dr Temsula Ao received the Padma Shri Award for Literature and Education. She was a recipient of the Nagaland Governor’s Award for Distinction in Literature

    9. What is the theme of World Mental Health Day (WMHD) 2022 that was observed across the globe on 10th October 2022?
      1) Young people and mental health in a changing world
      2) Mental Health in an Unequal World
      3) Make Mental Health For All a Global Priority
      4) Mental Health for all
      5) Mental Health Promotion and Suicide Prevention
      Answer & Explanation
      Answer-3) Make Mental Health For All a Global Priority
      The United Nations (UN)’s World Mental Health Day (WMHD) 2022 was observed across the globe on 10th October 2022 with the theme of “Make Mental Health For All a Global Priority.”
      i. World Mental Health Day was observed for the first time on 10 October 1992.

    10. What is the theme of the United Nations(UN) World Post Day 2022 that was observed across the globe on 9th October 2022?
      1) Post for Planet
      2) Innovate to recover
      3) We Have Always Delivered
      4) Innovation, Integration and Inclusion
      5) Imagine you are a letter travelling through time
      Answer & Explanation
      Answer-1) Post for Planet
      United Nations(UN) World Post Day 2022 was observed across the globe on 9th October with the theme of “Post for Planet” to mark the establishment of the Universal Postal Union (UPU) in 1874 in Bern, Switzerland.
      i. National Post Week is annually observed across India from 9th to 13th October to highlight the roles and activities of the India Post and the importance of postal services across India. India Post is the largest postal system in the world.

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