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    1. Which Ministry has recently (in March ‘23) signed an MoU with the Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD) for skilling of rural youth and empowering women?
      1) Ministry of Women and Child Development
      2) Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy
      3) Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship
      4) Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare
      5) Ministry of Commerce and Industry
      Answer-2) Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy
      On 16th March 2023, the Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy (Ministry of Ayush) and the Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate in developing skilled personnel by providing training to rural poor youth and women’s for the Ayush Healthcare system under the Deen Dayal Upadhyaya-Grameen Kaushalya Yojana (DDU-GKY).
      • The signed MoU is valid for 3 years. This MoU is a historic step to make Lakhpati Didis (women with annual earnings of Rs. 1 lakh and more) from the Self-Help Groups (SHGs).
      i. The collaboration between the MoRD and Ayush Ministry will also ensure the training of 22,000 rural poor youth under National Skills Qualifications Framework (NSQF)-compliant courses under DDU-GKY and their placement in 1st phase.

    2. Which wildlife sanctuary has recently (in March ‘23) been identified as a suitable location for relocating 40 adult and sub-adult Asiatic lions from Gir National Park?
      1) Barda Wildlife Sanctuary
      2) Jambughoda Wildlife Sanctuary
      3) Shoolpaneshwar Wildlife Sanctuary
      4) Kutch Desert Wildlife Sanctuary
      5) Balaram Ambaji Wildlife Sanctuary
      Answer-1) Barda Wildlife Sanctuary
      According to a report entitled “Lion at 2047: A Vision for Amrutkal” prepared by the Wildlife Institute of India (WII) for the Gujarat government, the Barda Wildlife Sanctuary (WLS) has been identified as a suitable location for relocating a population of 40 adult and sub-adult Asiatic lions from Gir National Park (NP).
      i. Experts have recommended the translocation of lions, in order to prevent the lion population from going extinct in the event of diseases like the Canine Distemper Virus.
      Note: It should be noted that 8 cheetahs from Namibia were brought to Kuno National Park in August 2022, and the park welcomed 12 more from South Africa in February 2023.

    3. The Indian Navy’s ‘A P8I aircraft’ is participating in the __________edition of anti-submarine warfare (ASW) exercise SEA DRAGON 23, which is held from March 15 to 30, 2023 in waters off Guam of USA.
      1) 2nd
      2) 6th
      3) 4th
      4) 3rd
      5) 5th
      Answer-4) 3rd
      The Indian Navy is participating in the 3rd edition of anti-submarine warfare (ASW) exercise SEA DRAGON 23 with A P8I aircraft. The Exercise is scheduled to be held from March 15 to 30, 2023 in waters off Guam, USA (United States of America).
      • SEA DRAGON 23 is an annual, multinational ASW exercise for Long Range MR (Maritime Reconnaissance) ASW aircraft conducted by the United States Navy.
      i. Other countries participating in the exercise SEA DRAGON 23 include Japan, Canada, and South Korea
      ii. Indian Navy’s A P8I aircraft is participating in the exercise along with the US Navy’s P8A, Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force’s P1, Royal Canadian Air Force’s CP 140, and Republic of Korea Navy’s (RoKN) P3C.

    4. _____________ has recently (in March ‘23) launched a bank-independent Unified Payments Interface(UPI )facility with its own UPI handle @OMNI.
      1) OmniEngine
      2) OmniCard
      3) OmniWallet
      4) OmniLayer
      5) OmniCore
      Answer-2) OmniCard
      OmniCard, India’s first omnichannel Payment Platform for end-to-end Spending Solutions, has launched Unified Payments Interface (UPI) services with its own UPI handle, @OMNI for its users which do not require them to link a bank account.
      • OmniCard is a prepaid payment instrument (PPI) licenced by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) that provides India’s first omnichannel spending platform with UPI services for individuals as well as businesses.
      i. The development follows after the RBI approved and the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) authorized PPIs to offer UPI services, making UPI more inclusive and convenient.
      ii. Users can use their OmniCard wallet balance to make payments to any UPI QR (Quick Response) code or UPI ID without disclosing their bank account details. OmniCard holders can also withdraw cash from any ATM in India.

    5. Which bank was recently (in march ‘23) honoured with the ‘Innovation in Consumer Tech’ award for its India’s 1st visual-voice-vernacular banking app at the 13th Aegis Graham Bell Awards (AGBA)?
      1) Suryoday Small Finance Bank
      2) Ujjivan Small Finance Bank
      3) Equitas Small Finance Bank
      4) Capital Small Finance Bank
      5) ESAF Small Finance Bank
      Answer-2) Ujjivan Small Finance Bank
      On 15th March 2023, Ujjivan Small Finance Bank Limited was honoured with the ‘Innovation in Consumer Tech’ award at the 13th Aegis Graham Bell Awards (AGBA) for its Hello Ujjivan app, India’s 1st visual-voice-vernacular banking app.
      The 13th edition of the annual Aegis Graham Bell Awards is supported by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology; NITI Aayog (National Institution for Transforming India) and Skill India.
      i. Hello Ujjivan App provides banks’ MicroBanking and Rural customers with access to banking financial services despite having limited reading and writing skills.
      ii. Hello Ujjivan, co-created with Navana.AI, is available in 8 regional languages, including Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Tamil, Gujarati, Kannada, Oriya, and Assamese.

    6. Name the personality who has recently (in March ‘23) re-elected as the president of the International Federation of Football Association (FIFA).
      1) Vittorio Montagliani
      2) Alejandro Dominguez
      3) Sepp Blatter
      4) Issa Hayatou
      5) Gianni Infantino
      Answer-5) Gianni Infantino
      On 16th March 2023, Gianni Infantino(52-year-old) Swiss football administrator, was re-elected as the president of the International Federation of Football Association (FIFA – Fédération Internationale De Football Association) for the 3rd time at the 73rd FIFA Congress held in Kigali, Rwanda.
      • He has been re-elected as president of FIFA for a 4 year term from 2023 to 2027 after running unopposed at the 73rd FIFA Congress.
      i. Rwanda hosted 211 FIFA Football Associations members and partners for the 73rd FIFA congress.
      ii. He was first elected as the President of FIFA in February 2016 replacing Joseph Sepp Blatter. In 2019 he was re-elected for a 2nd term as President of FIFA.
      iii. In 2019, He was honoured with the Order of Friendship medal by Vladimir Putin, President of Russia, after the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

    7. Who has recently (in March ‘23) appointed as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) designate of Tata Consultancy Services?
      1) N. Chandrasekaran
      2) K. Krithivasan
      3) Rajesh Gopinathan
      4) N. Ganapathy Subramaniam
      5) Aarthi Subramanian
      Answer-2) K. Krithivasan
      The Board of Directors of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has appointed K. Krithivasan as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) designate, effective March 16, 2023. He will be appointed as Managing Director (MD) and CEO in the fiscal year 2023-24, subject to shareholder approval.
      • Krithivasan will succeed Rajesh Gopinathan, the current MD and CEO, who unexpectedly resigned and whose request was accepted by the board.
      i. Krithivasan is currently President and Global Head of the Banking, Financial Services, and Insurance (BFSI) Business Group, which accounts for the majority of the company’s revenue (31.5%).
      ii. Krithivasan also serves on the boards of directors of TCS Iberoamerica, TCS Ireland, and the supervisory board of TCS Technology Solutions AG.

    8. Which cricket team recently (in March ‘23) won the 59th edition of Z R Irani Cup 2022-2023?
      1) Vidarbha
      2) Saurashtra
      3) Rest of India
      4) Madhya Pradesh
      5) Gujarat
      Answer-3) Rest of India
      Rest of India cricket team captained by Mayank Agarwal won the Z R Irani Cup 2022-2023(59th edition of Irani Cup) defeating Madhya Pradesh, 2021-2022 Ranji Trophy Champions, captained by Himanshu Mantri, in the final day of the season-ending match held in Captain Roop Singh Stadium, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh from 1st to 5th March 2023.

    9. Who authored the book “Bipin: The Man Behind the Uniform” was released in March 2023?
      1) Joy Pachuau
      2) Rachna Biswat Rawat
      3) Sumit Sarkar
      4) Tanika Sarkar
      5) Praveen Kumar Jha
      Answer-2) Rachna Biswat Rawat
      Rachna Biswat Rawat, an Indian journalist and writer, has authored a new book titled “Bipin: The Man Behind the Uniform” which is the story of General Bipin Rawat’s personality, his personal life and his principles. The book is published by Penguin Veer, an imprint of Penguin Random House.
      i. This book is a befitting tribute to General Bipin Rawat, India’s 1st Chief of Defence Staff and one of India’s greatest military leaders, who was killed in a chopper crash in 2021.

    10. What was the theme of 16th annual World Sleep Day 2023 that was observed on 17th March 2023?
      1) Healthy Sleep, Healthy Aging
      2) Sleep is Essential for Health
      3) Quality Sleep, Sound Mind, Happy World
      4) Better Sleep, Better Life, Better Planet
      5) Regular Sleep, Healthy Future
      Answer-2) Sleep is Essential for Health
      World Sleep Day is annually observed across the globe on Friday before Spring Vernal Equinox to celebrate sleep and acts as a call to action on major issues related to sleep, including medicine, education, social aspects and driving.
      • World Sleep Day 2023 was observed on 17th March 2023 marks the 16th annual World Sleep Day . The Spring Vernal Equinox of 2023 was observed on 21st March 2023.
      • The theme of World Sleep Day 2023 is “Sleep is Essential for Health” and the Slogan of World Sleep Day 2023 is “Heard Around the World”.
      i. World Sleep Day is annually organised by the World Sleep Day Committee of the World Sleep Society (WSS). The 1st ever World Sleep Day was observed on 14th March 2008.