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    1. According to the data of Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), Which of the following Cultural Sites in India has been added to the provisional list of UNESCO World Heritage sites in December 2022?
      1) Rock-cut Sculptures and Reliefs of the Unakoti, Telangana
      2) Vadnagar, a multi-layered Historic town, Gujarat
      3) Sun Temple, Gujarat
      4) Only 1 & 2
      5) Only 2 & 3
      Answer & Explanation
      Answer-5) Only 2 & 3
      Explanation:
      According to the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), 3 new Cultural Sites in India have been added to the provisional list of United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage sites. They are as follows:
      • Sun Temple, Modhera, Gujarat and its adjoining monuments
      • Vadnagar – A multi-layered Historic town, Gujarat, which is also the birthplace of Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi
      • Rock-cut Sculptures and Reliefs of the Unakoti, Unakoti Range, Unakoti District, Tripura.
      i. The UNESCO tentative list is a “inventory of those properties which each State Party intends to consider for nomination,” and it highlights India’s immense natural and cultural heritage diversity.
      ii. With this addition, India currently has 52 sites on the UNESCO Tentative List.

    2. Name the institute that has recently (in Dec ‘22) launched a programme to create ‘Impact Leaders’ in the areas of Environmental-Social-Governance (ESG).
      1) Indian Institute of Technology Delhi
      2) Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad
      3) Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs
      4) Indian Institute of Management Bangalore
      5) Indian Institute of Technology Bombay
      Answer & Explanation
      Answer-3) Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs
      Explanation:
      The Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs (IICA), an autonomous institution under the aegis of the Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA), Government of India (GoI) has launched a programme to create ‘Impact Leaders’ in the areas of Environmental-Social-Governance (ESG).
      i. Leena Nandan, Secretary of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, GoI, was the Chief Guest at the launch.

    3. According to the UI Green Metric World University Rankings 2022 released by the Universitas Indonesia (UI) in December 2022, __________ ranked No. 1 in India and 121st worldwide for being the most sustainable university.
      1) Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Karnataka
      2) Mangalore University, Karnataka
      3) Chettinad Academy of Research and Education, Tamil Nadu
      4) NIT Silchar, Assam
      5) IIT Madras, Tamil Nadu
      Answer & Explanation
      Answer-1) Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Karnataka
      Explanation:
      According to the UI Green Metric World University Rankings 2022 released by The Universitas Indonesia (UI) on 12th December 2022, the Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE) in Manipal (town within Udupi), Karnataka, is ranked No. 1 in India and 121st worldwide for being the most sustainable university.
      i. MAHE is followed by Mangalore University, Mangaluru, Karnataka, and S R M University (Institute of Science and Technology) Chengalpattu, Tamil Nadu are ranked 2nd & 3rd in India.
      ii. Wageningen University & Research of the Netherlands topped the list followed by the United Kingdom (UK)’s Nottingham Trent University and University of Nottingham in 2nd and 3rd place respectively.

    4. Which of the following organisations/companies has recently (in Dec ‘22) launched FIT Rank for Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) under Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) Mentorship?
      1) TransUnion CIBIL Limited
      2) Online PSB Loans Limited
      3) Equifax Inc.
      4) Both 1 & 2
      5) Both 2 & 3
      Answer & Explanation
      Answer-4) Both 1 & 2
      Explanation:
      The credit bureau TransUnion CIBIL Limited in collaboration with Online PSB Loans Limited (OPL), under the mentorship of the Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) launched FIT Rank – a comprehensive ranking model for Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).
      i. FIT Rank will rate around 6 crore MSMEs by drawing inputs from their current accounts, Income Tax Returns (ITR) and Goods and Service Tax (GST) returns, after taking consent to draw the relevant data, to arrive at a score between 1-10 to rate a borrower.
      ii. Using FIT rankings, SIDBI has launched a new Express loan Product for MSMEs to provide loans up to Rs 50 lakh for the purchase of machinery and roof top solar through straight through processes.

    5. Which bank has recently (in Dec ‘22) won IBS Intelligence (IBSi) Global FinTech Innovation Awards 2022 along with BUSINESSNEXT?
      1) HDFC Bank
      2) South Indian Bank
      3) RBL Bank
      4) Karnataka Bank
      5) ICICI Bank
      Answer & Explanation
      Answer-3) RBL Bank
      Explanation:
      RBL Bank (formerly known as Ratnakar Bank), one of India’s leading private sector banks, along with BUSINESSNEXT won IBS Intelligence (IBSi) Global FinTech Innovation Awards 2022 for Most Impactful Project & Best Customer Relationship Management (CRM) System Implementation.
      i. The IBSi Global FinTech Innovation Awards identifies and honours technology companies and banks for their outstanding work in implementing and innovating financial technology using emerging technologies.

    6. Name the company that has recently (in Dec’ 22) signed an agreement with Switzerland-based E2S Power to operate a 250 kilowatt-hour (kWh) pilot thermal energy storage unit in India.
      1) Torrent Power Limited
      2) Reliance Infrastructure Limited
      3) Adani Power Limited
      4) Tata Power Renewable Energy Limited
      5) India Power Corporation Limited
      Answer & Explanation
      Answer-5) India Power Corporation Limited
      Explanation:
      Switzerland-based E2S Power, a leading developer of thermal energy storage solutions, and India Power Corporation Limited (IPCL), one of the leading power utilities in India, have signed an agreement for a 250 kilowatt-hour (kWh) pilot thermal energy storage unit to be operated in India.
      i. The Pilot unit was engineered, built, and tested at the E2S Power facility in less than 9 months.
      ii. The pilot thermal energy storage unit passed the Factory Acceptance Tests and is to be delivered in the 1st quarter of 2023.

    7. Which company has recently (in Dec ‘22) signed an agreement with the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) to provide training and digital certification to thousands of new employees?
      1) Flipkart
      2) Tata Consultancy Services
      3) Urban Company
      4) HouseJoy
      5) Wipro
      Answer & Explanation
      Answer-3) Urban Company
      Explanation:
      The online home services platform Urban Company signed an agreement with the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) to provide training and digital certification to thousands of new employees.
      i. Under the programme, new employees will receive skill development training from Urban Company in the categories of salon, spa & massage, electrician, plumber, carpenter, appliance repair, and cleaning & pest control.
      ii. All the partners who will join the platform under the Scheme for Market Led Fee-Based Services program by NSDC will also be available on the Skill India portal (SIP).

    8. Name the Indian personality who has recently (in Dec ‘22) become the only Indian to feature on 50 Greatest Actors of All Time List of Empire Magazine, a British monthly film magazine.
      1) Amitabh Bachchan
      2) Shah Rukh Khan
      3) Hrithik Roshan
      4) Akshay Kumar
      5) Salman Khan
      Answer & Explanation
      Answer-2) Shah Rukh Khan
      Explanation:
      Indian Actor and Bollywood superstar, Shah Rukh Khan (57 years old) has become the only Indian to be named on the 50 Greatest Actors of All Time List of Empire Magazine, a British monthly film magazine.
      i. Shah Rukh Khan made his film debut with the commercially successful Deewana (1992). His career lasted for over 4 decades with unbroken hits.
      ii. Shah Rukh Khan’s notable works include, “Devdas”, “My Name Is Khan”, “Kuch Kuch Hota Hai”, “Jab Tak Hai Jaan” and “Swades”.

    9. Name the 5th Scorpene-class conventional submarine of “Project 75” that was recently (in Dec ‘22) delivered to the Indian Navy by Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) in Mumbai, Maharashtra.
      1) Khanderi
      2) Vela
      3) Vagir
      4) Vagsheer
      5) Kalvari
      Answer & Explanation
      Answer-3) Vagir
      Explanation:
      The fifth Scorpene-class conventional submarine, “Vagir (S25)”, of “Project 75”, Kalvari Class submarines, Yard 11879, was delivered to the Indian Navy by Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) in Mumbai, Maharashtra.
      i. It will be commissioned into the Indian Navy in January 2023 as “Indian Naval Ship (INS) Vagir,” a fully combat-worthy submarine capable of operation in all modes and deployment regimes.

    10. Name the bank that has recently (in Dec ‘22) signed an MoU with the Administration of Ladakh Union Territory (UT) as the “preferred banker” for all banking-related services.
      1) Axis Bank
      2) Jammu and Kashmir Bank
      3) ICICI Bank
      4) HDFC Bank
      5) YES Bank
      Answer & Explanation
      Answer-2) Jammu and Kashmir Bank
      Explanation:
      Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) Bank signed an MoU with the Administration of Ladakh Union Territory (UT), conferring preferential status to each other.
      i. Under this MoU, the Administration of Ladakh UT will nominate J&K Bank as the ‘preferred banker’ for all its banking-related services, while as, J&K Bank would give the ‘most favoured client’ status to Ladakh UT Administration and its active permanent employees who maintain a salary account with J&K Bank.
      ii. The Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) Administrative Council, under the chairmanship of Manoj Sinha, Lieutenant Governor (LG) of J&K, approved the Rehabilitation Policy for Children in Street Situation (CiSS) in order to safeguard them from different hazards.





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