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    1. In October 2022, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) extended the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA), 1958 in 9 districts of Nagaland from 1st October 2022 to __________.
      1) 30th March 2023
      2) 1st February 2023
      3) 31st January 2023
      4) 1st April 2023
      5) 31st December 2022
      Answer & Explanation
      Answer-1) 30th March 2023
      Explanation:
      The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has extended the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA), 1958 in 9 districts of Nagaland including Dimapur, Niuland, Chumukedima, Mon, Kiphire, Noklak, Phek, Peren and Zunheboto w.e.f. October 1, 2022 to March 30, 2023.
      i. These districts are declared as disturbed areas under Section 3 of AFSPA, 1958.
      ii. In addition, the Government of India (GoI) has also extended AFSPA in the areas falling within the jurisdiction of 16 police stations in four districts of Nagaland.

    2. Name the company that recently (in Oct ‘22) signed an MoU with the Small Farmers Agri-Business Consortium (SFAC) to form & promote 50 specialised Farmer Producer Organisations (FPOs).
      1) Insecticides India
      2) Coromandel International
      3) United Phosphorus Ltd
      4) PI Industries Ltd.
      5) Bayer CropScience Limited
      Answer & Explanation
      Answer-5) Bayer CropScience Limited
      Explanation:
      The Small Farmers Agri-Business Consortium (SFAC) and Bayer CropScience Limited have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to form and promote 50 specialised Farmer Producer Organisations (FPOs).
      i. In collaboration with SFAC, Bayer will set up 50 FPOs and it already has recognized clusters in 10 states that helps the smallholder farmers in enterprise planning, identification of key enablers, creation of market linkages and data switch.
      ii. This MoU is aligned in the direction of attaining the objective of the Central Sector Scheme (CSS) launched by the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare of forming and selling 10,000 FPOs

    3. In which city did Adani Green Energy Limited (AGEL) commission 600 MW world’s largest wind-solar power plant?
      1) Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
      2) Kadapa, Andhra Pradesh
      3) Tumkur, Karnataka
      4) Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh
      5) Patan, Gujarat
      Answer & Explanation
      Answer-1) Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
      Explanation:
      Adani Green Energy Limited (AGEL) has commissioned the world’s largest wind-solar power plant of 600 MW capacity in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan.
      i. The power plant has a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) at Rs 2.69 per kilowatt hour (kwh) for 25 years.
      ii. This project consists of 600 MW solar plant and 150 MW wind plants which helps in optimal utilisation of transmission network and also reduces intermittency of renewable energy power.

    4. Name the operation that was recently (in Oct ‘22) launched by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to dismantle an illicit drug trafficking network.
      1) Operation Vijay
      2) Operation Garuda
      3) Operation Mahila Suraksha
      4) Operation Yatri Suraksha
      5) Operation Meri Saheli
      Answer & Explanation
      Answer-2) Operation Garuda
      Explanation:
      The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) launched a multi-phase ‘Operation Garuda’ against the illicit drug trafficking network, registering 127 new cases, arresting 175 people and seizing huge quantities of narcotics drugs.
      i. The operation aims to degrade and dismantle drug networks with international linkages through the rapid exchange of criminal intelligence on drug trafficking and coordinated law enforcement actions across international jurisdictions through Interpol.

    5. Name the bank that recently (in Oct ‘22) opened an Analytical Centre of Excellence (ACoE).
      1) HDFC Bank
      2) South Indian Bank
      3) RBL Bank
      4) Karnataka Bank
      5) ICICI Bank
      Answer & Explanation
      Answer-4) Karnataka Bank
      Explanation:
      Karnataka Bank Limited (KBL) opened an Analytical Centre of Excellence (ACoE) in Bengaluru, Karnataka.
      i. The ACoE was developed in association with Ernst and Young (EY) as project partner, which will also help in accelerated incubation of Artificial Intelligence (AI)/Machine Learning (ML) models along with their integration to business, on a scalable analytical data platform.

    6. Who was recently (in Oct’22) conferred with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award for 2020 by Droupadi Murmu, President of India?
      1) Tapan Sinha
      2) Soumitra Chatterjee
      3) Asha Parekh
      4) Vinod Khanna
      5) Manoj Kumar
      Answer & Explanation
      Answer-3) Asha Parekh
      Explanation:
      The President of India, Droupadi Murmu, presented the 68th edition of the National Film Awards for the year 2020 in various categories in New Delhi, Delhi.
      i. President Droupadi Murmu presented renowned actor Asha Parekh with the esteemed Dadasaheb Phalke Award for the year 2020 during the 68th National Film Awards for the year 2020 ceremony in Delhi.
      • She is the 52nd recipient of the prestigious award given to artists in the Indian film industry.
      ii. Droupadi Murmu, the President of India, presented the Rajat Kamal for the year 2020 to two documentaries named “Wheeling the Ball” and “Pabung Syam” under non-feature film category, which was produced by the Films Division, MIB.
      • Mukesh Sharma’s Wheeling the Ball – Best Exploration (including Sports) /Adventure Film
      • Paban Kumar’s Pabung Syam – Best Biographical Film

    7. Who was recently (in Oct ‘22) elected as the Vice-President (VP) of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF)?
      1) Roopa Venkatesh
      2) A K Anil Kumar
      3) Ritu Karidhal
      4) A. S. Kiran Kumar
      5) Maheshkumar Boda
      Answer & Explanation
      Answer-2) A K Anil Kumar
      Explanation:
      Dr A K Anil Kumar, Senior Scientist in Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), was elected as the Vice-President (VP) of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) during Annual Conference International Astronautical Congress (IAC) 2022 held in Paris (France) on 18-22 September 2022.
      i. He is one of the 12 vice-presidents recently elected by the IAF.
      ii. Saudi Arabia’s aerospace engineer Mishaal Ashemimry is also one of the 12 VPs, she was elected along with Anil Kumar and became the first Saudi woman to hold the leadership position in Federation.

    8. Name the personality who was recently (in Oct’22) appointed as the Secretary of the Department of Commerce.
      1) Subrahmanyam
      2) Anupriya Patel
      3) Sunil Barthwal
      4) Aman Mittal
      5) Samkit Shah
      Answer & Explanation
      Answer-3) Sunil Barthwal
      Explanation:
      Sunil Barthwal, Indian Administrative Service (IAS) Officer 1989 batch of Bihar Cadre appointed as the Secretary of Department of Commerce, under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry in New Delhi, Delhi.
      i. He succeeded Subrahmanyam, IAS officer of 1987-batch of the Chhattisgarh cadre.
      ii. Subrahmanyam was appointed as Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO) on a contract basis for a period of two years following his superannuation.

    9. What is the theme of the United Nations (UN)’s International Day of Older Persons (IDOP) 2022 that was observed across the globe on 1st October 2022?
      1) The Journey to Age Equality
      2) Resilience of Older Persons in a Changing World
      3) Celebrating Older Human Rights Champions
      4) Pandemics: Do They Change How We Address Age and Aging
      5) Digital Equity for All Ages
      Answer & Explanation
      Answer-2) Resilience of Older Persons in a Changing World
      Explanation:
      The United Nations (UN)’s International Day of Older Persons (IDOP) 2022 was observed across the globe on 1st October 2022 with the theme of “Resilience of Older Persons in a Changing World.”
      i. 1st October 2022 marks the observance of the 32nd anniversary of the IDOP
      ii. Elderly India Report-2021 states that, In 2021, Kerala has the maximum proportion of elderly people in its population (16.5%) followed by Tamil Nadu , Himachal Pradesh, Punjab and Andhra Pradesh.
      • Bihar followed by Uttar Pradesh and Assam has the least population of elderly.

    10. The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (IBBI) observed its ______ Annual Day on 1st October 2022 to commemorate the establishment of the IBBI.
      1) 3rd
      2) 2nd
      3) 5th
      4) 4th
      5) 6th
      Answer & Explanation
      Answer-5) 6th
      Explanation:
      The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (IBBI) observed its Sixth Annual Day on 1st October 2022 to commemorate the establishment of the IBBI.
      i. The IBBi was established on 1st October 2016, under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC) 2016.
      ii. An annual publication titled “IBC: Idea, Impressions and Implementation” was also released during the event.
      About Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (IBBI):
      Chairperson- Ravi Mital
      Established- 1st October 2016





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