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    1. Name the Union Minister who has recently (in March ‘23) launched the South Asia Distribution Utility Network (SADUN) to modernize distribution of utilities in South Asia.
      1) Ashwini Vaishnaw (Union Minister of Communications)
      2) Amit Shah (Union Minister of Home Affairs)
      3) RK Singh (Union Minister of Power)
      4) Anurag Singh Thakur (Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting)
      5) Jitendra Singh (Union Minister of Science and Technology)
      Answer-3) RK Singh (Union Minister of Power)
      The Union Minister Raj Kumar (RK) Singh, Ministry of Power launched the South Asia Distribution Utility Network (SADUN) to modernize distribution of utilities in South Asia via knowledge sharing among the region’s discoms (Distribution Companies), and to enable utility-to-utility (U2U) connect.
      About SADUN:
      i. Conceptualized by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in January 2020, it is a joint initiative of India’s Ministry of Power, USAID and Power Finance Corporation Ltd (PFC).
      ii. It will benefit the member nations through the creation of synergies, sharing of experiences and visions, and enhancing focus on distribution issues at the regional-level.

    2. In March 2023, Union Minister of Youth Affairs & Sports and Information & Broadcasting, Anurag Singh Thakur launched the Yuva Utsava-India@2047 from ______________ Indian Institute of Technology (IIT).
      1) IIT Ropar
      2) IIT Kanpur
      3) IIT Delhi
      4) IIT Madras
      5) IIT Roorkee
      Answer-1) IIT Ropar
      Anurag Singh Thakur, Union Minister of Youth Affairs & Sports and Information & Broadcasting, launched the Yuva Utsava-India@2047 from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Ropar in Punjab.
      • Anurag Thakur also unveiled the Yuva Utsava Dashboard during the event.
      i. “Yuva Utsav India @2047” is being held in all Indian districts by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports (MoYAS) through its flagship youth organisation, Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan (NYKS).
      ii. Yuva Utsava will be held in 150 districts across India by March 31, 2023, as part of the 1st phase, to celebrate youth power.

    3. Which country has recently (March ‘23) signed an MoU with India on research, technology, and innovation collaborations?
      1) Germany
      2) Australia
      3) Indonesia
      4) Mexico
      5) Japan
      Answer-4) Mexico
      A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was inked between India and Mexico on research, technology and innovation collaborations.
      i. It was signed in the presence of Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Dr Jitendra Singh, Ministry of Science and Technology; Marcelo Ebrard, Mexico’s Minister of Foreign Affairs; and High-Level Delegations from both the sides at the India Science Centre, Lodhi Road in New Delhi, Delhi.
      ii. Through this MoU, India’s Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and Mexican Agencies can provide their effective inputs to the global society with Research and Innovation Partnerships for technology development, upscaling of each other’s Intellectual Property for commercialization, and Research Infrastructure Development & Sharing.

    4. In March 2023, the world’s 1st 200-meter-long Bamboo Crash Barrier named “Bahu Balli” has been installed on the Vani-Warora Highway in Vidarbha, ______________.
      1) Telangana
      2) Andhra Pradesh
      3) Maharashtra
      4) West Bengal
      5) Uttar Pradesh
      Answer-3) Maharashtra
      The world’s first 200-meter-long Bamboo Crash Barrier named “Bahu Balli” has been installed on the Vani-Warora Highway in Vidarbha, Maharashtra. This offers an alternative to steel and addresses environmental concerns and their aftermath. This marks an accomplishment towards achieving AatmanirbharBharat.
      i. Bahu Balli underwent rigorous testing at various government-run facilities, including the National Automotive Test Tracks (NATRAX) in Pithampur, Indore (Madhya Pradesh), and was given a Class 1 rating during the Central Building Research Institute (CBRI) in Roorkee’s (Uttarakhand) fire rating test.
      • Bahu bali barrier is made of Bambusa Balcoa bamboo, which has been coated with recycled High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE) and treated with creosote oil.

    5. Which life insurance company has recently (in Mar ‘23) partnered with Ujjivan Small Finance Bank to provide life insurance products?
      1) SBI Life Insurance
      2) HDFC Life Insurance
      3) Max Life Insurance
      4) Tata AIA Life Insurance
      5) Bajaj Allianz Life Insurance
      Answer-3) Max Life Insurance
      Max Life Insurance Company Limited (Max Life) has partnered with Ujjivan Small Finance Bank (Ujjivan SFB) to provide comprehensive life insurance products to the bank’s customers.
      i. Max Life’s new product offerings include innovation in a variety of consumer segments, including homemakers, NRIs (Non-Resident Indians), and the self-employed.
      ii. The company has been using digital and Artificial Intelligence (AI) at scale to provide a better customer experience with seamless onboarding, manage risk, and build a digital enterprise.

    6. Who has been recently (in Mar ‘23) re-appointed as the Prime Minister (PM) of Kuwait?
      1) Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah
      2) Sheikh Ahmad Nawaf Al Ahmad Al Sabah
      3) Nasser Al-Mohammed Al-Sabah
      4) Saad Al-Salim Al-Sabah
      5) Abdullah Al-Salim Al-Sabah
      Answer-2) Sheikh Ahmad Nawaf Al Ahmad Al Sabah
      In March 2023, the Crown Prince of Kuwait, Sheikh Meshal al-Ahmad al-Sabah, issued the decree re-appointing Sheikh Ahmad Nawaf Al Ahmad Al Sabah as Prime Minister (PM) of the state of Kuwait Government. The decree also assigned Sheikh Ahmed to nominate members of the new government.
      i. In January 2023, Prime Minister Sheikh Ahmad Nawaf al-Sabah submitted the resignation of his cabinet to the crown prince due to friction with parliament.
      ii. He has been the First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior in March 2022.

    7. In February 2023, the Indian Air Force (IAF) received the third squadron of the S-400 `Triumf’ Surface-to-air defence missile system from which country?
      1) United States
      2) Israel
      3) Germany
      4) Russia
      5) France
      Answer-4) Russia
      In February 2023, the Indian Air Force (IAF) received the third squadron of the S-400 `Triumf’ Surface-to-air defence missile system from Russia which will be deployed along the western sector, bordering Pakistan.
      i. In October 2018, India and Russia signed a deal of $5.43 billion for the procurement of 5 units of S-400 air defence systems to India by 2025.
      ii. India has made the payment of a 15% advance of the $5.43 billion through the rupee-rouble exchange method.
      iii. In December 2021, IAF received the first squadron of the S-400 air defence missile system. Out of the five S-400 defence missile systems, three have reached India and the balance two are expected to be delivered before the end of 2023.

    8. Name the personality who has recently (in Mar ‘23) won the “2023 Season-Opener Bahrain Grand Prix”.
      1) Max Verstappen
      2) Lewis Hamilton
      3) Fernando Alonso
      4) Sergio Perez
      5) Sebastian Vettel
      Answer-1) Max Verstappen
      On 5th March 2023, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, a Belgian-Dutch motorsports racing driver, won the 2023 Season-Opener Bahrain Grand Prix, which was held at the Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir, Bahrain (officially the Kingdom of Bahrain).
      • This marks Verstappen’s 36th career win and also his maiden season-opening victory and first win at the Sakhir circuit.
      • Max Verstappen and Red Bull are now in the pole position for the 3rd consecutive championship.
      i. Sergio Perez and Fernando Alonso finished 2nd and 3rd consecutively and Carlos Sainz of Ferrari finished 4th.

    9. Padma Shri Awardee ‘Kanak Yatindra Rele’, passed away in February 2023.
      In which field did she receive the ‘Padma Shri Award’ in 1990?

      1) Sports
      2) Civil Service
      3) Art
      4) Literature & Education
      5) Social Work
      Answer-3) Art
      Padma Shri & Padma Bhushan Awardee Dr Kanak Yatindra Rele, a world-renowned Indian dancer and Mohiniyattam exponent, passed away in Mumbai, Maharashtra, at the age of 85. She was born on 11th June 1937 in Gujarat, British India.
      i. Books by Dr Kanak Rele: “Mohinī Āțțam: The Lyrical Dance”, “Bhaava Niroopanna”, and “A Handbook of Indian Dance Terminology”. “Me and My Mohini Attam” by Kanak Rele is one of the biography/autobiographies by dancers. The biographical narrations are by her niece, Radha Khambati
      ii. The Government of India honoured Kanak Yatindra Rele with Padma Shri (1990) for Art and Padma Bhushan (2013) for arts.
      iii. She is also a recipient of the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award (1994) for dance.

    10. Which state government has recently (in Feb ‘23) launched a scheme ‘Mukhyamantri Ladli Bahna Yojana’ to make women financially independent?
      1) Odisha
      2) West Bengal
      3) Gujarat
      4) Madhya Pradesh
      5) Arunachal Pradesh
      Answer-4) Madhya Pradesh
      The state Government of Madhya Pradesh (MP) has launched a scheme namely ‘Mukhyamantri Ladli Bahna Yojana’ at Jamboree Maidan Bhopal (MP) under which each native woman of 23-60 years will be given Rs 1000 per month.
      i. Applications will be filled out for the scheme from March 15 to April 30 and the distribution of money will start from June 10.
      ii. Eligibility: Women who are not Income Tax payers and their families’ annual income is below Rs 2.50 lakh.