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  1. In January 2023, the first “G20 International Financial Architecture Working Group Meeting”, under the G20 (Group of Twenty) Indian Presidency, was held in _______.
    1) Gujarat
    2) Chandigarh
    3) Puducherry
    4) Maharashtra
    5) Delhi
    Answer-2) Chandigarh
    On January 30 – 31, 2023, the first “G20 International Financial Architecture Working Group Meeting” under the G20 (Group of Twenty) Indian Presidency was held in the Union Territory of Chandigarh.
    • India assumed the G20 Presidency for a year, from December 1, 2022 to November 30, 2023.
    • The “International Financial Architecture Working Group” is focused on addressing ways to strengthen the international financial architecture, improve finance for development, and address vulnerabilities in the global financial system.
    i. First G20 International Financial Architecture Working Group Meeting (2023) was inaugurated by Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare (MoA&FW) and Union Minister Pashupati Kumar Paras, Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI).

  2. According to the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) data (released in Jan ‘23), the Digital Payments Index was increased to ________ in September 2022 from 349.30 in March 2022.
    1) 409.21
    2) 420.12
    3) 377.46
    4) 382.91
    5) 399.14
    Answer-3) 377.46
    The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) – Digital Payments Index (DPI), a measure of the extent of digitisation of payments across the country for September 2022 increased to 377.46 as against 349.30 in March 2022 and 304.06 in September 2021 (100 in March 2018-Base).
    i. As per the index, Digital payments across the country registered a growth of 24.13 % in a year.
    ii. The RBI-DPI has increased across all parameters with significant growth in payment infrastructure and payment performance.

  3. Name the personality from India who was recently (in Jan’ 23) honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Honour at the 2023 edition of the India-United Kingdom (UK) Achievers Honours.
    1) Manmohan Singh
    2) Amartya Kumar Sen
    3) Raghuram Rajan
    4) Raja Chelliah
    5) Shankar Acharya
    Answer-1) Manmohan Singh
    Dr Manmohan Singh, former Prime Minister (PM) of India and Member of Parliament (MP) Rajya Sabha (constituency- Rajasthan), was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Honour at the 2023 edition of the prestigious India-United Kingdom (UK) Achievers Honours, a first-of-its-kind celebration of the UK’s Indian alumni, held on 25th January 2023 in London, UK, for his contribution to economic and political life.
    • British Indian peer Lord Karan Bilimoria received the Living Legend Honour.
    • Virendra Sharma MP from Ealing Southall, who chairs the Indo-British All Party Parliamentary Group, was also bestowed with the Living Legend Honour.
    i. The India-UK Achievers Honours was organised by the National Indian Students and Alumni Union UK (NISAU UK) in partnership with the British Council in India and supported by the UK Government’s Department for International Trade and the UK Higher Education Sector.

  4. As per the Asian Waterbird Census 2023, conducted in January 2023, which state/UT the 52 avian species were observed?
    1) Gujarat
    2) Jammu and Kashmir
    3) Maharashtra
    4) Ladakh
    5) Madhya Pradesh
    Answer-4) Ladakh
    52 avian species were observed in the Asian Waterbird Census-2023, which was conducted in the union territory of Ladakh between 17th and 19th January 2023.
    • The observations were recorded on the eBird app, an online bird observations database that offers real-time data about bird distribution and abundance to scientists, researchers, and amateur naturalists.
    i. The census was organised by the Himalaya project and the Department of Wildlife Protection of Ladakh in collaboration with the Ladakh Biodiversity Council, a statutory body of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC).
    • Himalaya project, a joint project by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and MoEFCC.
    ii. The Asian Waterbird Census-2023 was organised in and around Chumathang, and Puga (the two major hot springs in eastern Ladakh), and major birding sites like Tso Kar, and Shey and Phey villages along the banks of the Indus River.
    • The waterbird census was led by Padma Gyalpo, a known birder (person who observes or identifies wild birds in their habitats) from Shey.

  5. Shanti Bhushan, Former Union Minister of __________ from 1977 to 1979, passed away in January 2023.
    1) Law and Justice
    2) Home Affairs
    3) Finance
    4) Rural Development
    5) Health and Family Welfare
    Answer-1) Law and Justice
    Shanti Bhushan, former Minister of Law (1977-1979) and eminent Jurist, passed away in New Delhi, Delhi, at the age of 97.
    i. Shanti Bhushan served as the Union Minister of Law from 1977 to 1979 under the premiership of Morarji Desai and he was a member of Rajya Sabha (1977 to 1980).
    ii. He introduced the 44th Amendment to the Indian Constitution, officially known as the Constitution (Forty-fourth Amendment) Act, 1978, which reversed many of the provisions of the 42nd Amendment (The Constitution (Forty-second Amendment) Act, 1976) approved by the Indira Gandhi government when he served as the Law Minister.
    iii. His son, Prashant Bhushan has authored a book titled “The Case that Shook India: The Verdict That Led to the Emergency” about India’s historic case Raj Narain vs Indira Nehru Gandhi handled by Shanti Bhushan.

  6. The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) Day was observed across India on 1st February 2023 to commemorate its _________ Raising Day of the ICG.
    1) 45th
    2) 47th
    3) 43rd
    4) 46th
    5) 48th
    Answer-2) 47th
    Indian Coast Guard (ICG) Day is annually observed across India on February 1 to commemorate its Raising Day, operating under the Ministry of Defence (MoD), Government of India (GoI).
    • 1st February 2023 marks the observance of the 47th Raising Day of the ICG.
    i. Indian Coast Guard is the 4th largest coast guard in the world, with approximately 158 ships and 70 aircraft in its inventory.
    ii. The interim Indian Coast Guard (ICG) was established on 1st February 1977 to prevent the sea-borne smuggling of goods.
    • The ICG was established by the Coast Guard Act, 1978 of the Parliament of India.

  7. Which city was recently (in Jan ‘23) declared as the capital of Andhra Pradesh by the Chief Minister (CM) of Andhra Pradesh, YS Jagan Mohan Reddy?
    1) Guntur
    2) Amaravati
    3) Kurnool
    4) Visakhapatnam
    5) Tirupati
    Answer-4) Visakhapatnam
    Chief Minister (CM) of Andhra Pradesh, YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, stated that Visakhapatnam will be declared as the new capital of Andhra Pradesh during the International Diplomatic Alliance Meet, a curtain-raiser event for the Global Investors Summit, held in New Delhi, Delhi.
    • He also announced that the government of AP will be organising the Global investor Summit in Visakhapatnam on 3rd-4th March 2023.
    • Note: He also described AP as one of the fastest-growing Indian states with 11.43% Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP).
    i. In 2019, after YS Jagan Mohan Reddy took charge as the CM, the government decided to develop 3 capitals – Visakhapatnam as the executive capital, Amaravati as the legislative capital and Kurnool as the judicial capital.
    ii. In March 2022, the AP High Court ruled against 3 capitals and directed the government to develop Amaravati as AP’s capital.

  8. Name the state that has recently (in Jan ‘23) launched the “Aarohini Initiative Training Programme” for the safety and security of girls in all 746 Kastuba Gandhi Balika Vidyalayas (KGBV).
    1) Uttar Pradesh
    2) Gujarat
    3) Maharashtra
    4) Madhya Pradesh
    5) West Bengal
    Answer-1) Uttar Pradesh
    Yogi Adityanath, Chief Minister (CM) of Uttar Pradesh (UP), launched the “Aarohini Initiative Training Programme” for the safety and security of girls in all 746 Kastuba Gandhi Balika Vidyalayas (KGBV) in UP.
    i. Under the newly launched campaign, the Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan will work to ensure the safety and security of girls in all 746 KGBV.
    ii. The Aarohini Initiative was established in 2011. It is a girls’ empowerment and education program rooted firmly in the philosophy that girls and boys must receive an education.

  9. In January 2023, Union minister of Ports, Shipping and Waterways and AYUSH, Sarbananda Sonowal hosted the “Me-Dam-Me-Phi” festival in New Delhi, Delhi.
    In which state, the Me-Dam-Me-Phi festival is annually observed on 31st January?

    1) Manipur
    2) Sikkim
    3) Assam
    4) Tripura
    5) Nagaland
    Answer-3) Assam
    Sarbananda Sonowal, Minister of Ports, Shipping and Waterways & Minister of AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy), hosted “Me-Dam-Me-Phi”, a festival of Assam’s Tai Ahom community to worship and pay respect to the ancestors in New Delhi, Delhi.
    • Along with hundreds of members of the Assamese community living in Delhi-NCR (National Capital Region), the ceremony was attended by several Union Ministers, MPs, and ambassadors from Thailand and Laos.
    i. The Me-Dam-Me-Phi festival is annually observed across Assam on January 31.

  10. Which state Government has recently (in Jan ‘23) signed an MoU with Patanjali Foods Limited for development and area expansion under palm oil cultivation?
    1) Nagaland
    2) Kerala
    3) Andhra Pradesh
    4) Karnataka
    5) Mizoram
    Answer-1) Nagaland
    Nagaland Government and Patanjali Foods Limited (formerly known as Ruchi Soya Industries Limited) signed an MoU for development and area expansion under oil palm cultivation and processing for Zone-II (Mokokchung, Longleng and Mon districts) in Nagaland under the National Mission on Edible Oil- Oil Palm (NMEO-OP).
    i. This MoU is for the development and area expansion of palm oil cultivation and processing for Zone II of Nagaland.
    ii. Patanjali Foods Ltd is already working in the states of Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Tripura in the North East.