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  1. Which ministry has organised the “Global IndiaAI Summit” from July 3 to 4, 2024, in New Delhi, Delhi?
    1) Ministry of Education (MoE)
    2) Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE)
    3) Ministry of Communications (MoC)
    4) Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY)
    5) Ministry of Science and Technology(MoST)
    Answer-4) Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY)
    The Government of India (GoI) hosted the “Global IndiaAI Summit” from July 3rd to 4th July at Bharat Mandapam, New Delhi, Delhi. The summit was organised by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), GoI.
     The summit aimed to foster collaboration and the knowledge exchange among global AI stakeholders, which reflects India’s unwavering commitment to the responsible development, deployment, and adoption of Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies.
     Also, India as the lead chair of the Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence (GPAI), hosted the 6th Global Partnership in Artificial Intelligence (GPAI) Ministerial Council meeting in a hybrid mode.
     In March 2024, the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi approved IndiaAi mission and has allocated budget outlay of Rs 10,371.92 crore(USD 1.25 Billion).

  2. Which of the following has recently (in July ‘24)  launched a three-month Campaign named ‘Sampoornata Abhiyan’ to achieve 100% saturation of 12 key social sector indicators across all 500 Aspirational Blocks and 112 Aspirational Districts in India?
    1) NITI Aayog
    2) Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW)
    3) Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD)
    4) Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA)
    5) Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB)
    Answer-1) NITI Aayog
    NITI Aayog (National Institution for Transforming India) launched the ‘Sampoornata Abhiyan (Completeness Campaign)’, a 3-month campaign, with an aim to achieve 100% saturation of 12 key social sector indicators across all Aspirational Districts and Aspirational Blocks (6 each).
     Campaign Period:  4th July 2024 to 30th September 2024.
     Launch Event: The Sampoornata Abhiyan’s launch events were organised across all the 112 Aspirational Districts and 500 Aspirational Blocks across India.
     Objective: To accelerate the development in under developed districts and blocks by achieving saturation in selected indicators of Aspirational Districts Programme (ADP) and Aspirational Blocks Programme(ABP).Click here to read more

  3. At which Air Force Station (AFS), did Air Chief Marshal Vivek Ram Chaudhari recently (in July ‘24) inaugurate the Weapon Systems School (WSS)?
    1) Ambala, Haryana
    2) Amritsar, Punjab
    3) Begumpet, Telangana
    4) Leh, Ladakh
    5) Palam, Delhi
    Answer-3) Begumpet, Telangana
    Air Chief Marshal Vivek Ram Chaudhari, Chief of the Air Staff (CAS) of the Indian Air Force (IAF), inaugurated the Weapon Systems School (WSS) at Air Force Station (AFS) Begumpet, Hyderabad (Telangana), to recalibrate and transform the IAF into a future-oriented force.
     This follows the approval of the Weapon System (WS) branch, a new branch of officers in the IAF, in 2022.
     The WSS aims to provide contemporary, effect-based training for the officers of the newly formed WS branch.

  4. According to Mercer’s 2024 “Cost of Living City Ranking” report, which city was identified as the most expensive in India?
    1) Delhi
    2) Mumbai
    3) Chennai
    4) Bengaluru
    5) Hyderabad
    Answer-2) Mumbai
    According to Mercer’s latest ”Cost of Living City Ranking 2024” report, Mumbai (Maharashtra) emerged as the costliest city in India, compared to all the Indian cities featured in the report.
     Overall, Mumbai has secured the 136th spot in the report, up by 11 spots compared to 2023.
     Hong Kong, Special Administrative Region (SAR) (China), Singapore (Singapore) and Zurich (Switzerland) ranked at 1st, 2nd and 3rd spot respectively, emerged as the world’s top3 Costliest Cities in 2024 for 2nd consecutive year.
     As per the report, Abuja, Nigeria (226th), Lagos, Nigeria (225th ) and Islamabad, Pakistan (224th ) are the top 3 least expensive cities in the world.Click here to read more

  5. Name the country that was recently visited by Admiral Dinesh Kumar Tripathi, Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS) of the Indian Navy (IN), from July 1 to 4, 2024.
    1) Philippines
    2) Bhutan
    3) Sri Lanka
    4) Indonesia
    5) Bangladesh
    Answer-5) Bangladesh
    Admiral Dinesh Kumar Tripathi, Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS), Indian Navy (IN) made an official 4-day visit to Bangladesh from 1 to 4 July 2024, to consolidate the bilateral defence engagement and explore new areas of maritime cooperation.
     This is Admiral Tripathi’s 1st official foreign visit since assuming command as the 26th CNS in April 2024.
     He met with the newly-appointed Chief of Army Staff of the Bangladesh Army, General Waker–Uz-Zaman in Dhaka, Bangladesh during his visit.

  6. Which country has recently(in July ‘24) become the 10th member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation(SCO)?
    1) Panama
    2) Belarus
    3) Comoros
    4) Timor-Leste
    5) Indonesia
    Answer-2) Belarus 
    The Republic of Belarus officially became the 10th permanent member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), a Eurasian political, economic, international security, and defence organization.
    i.The other permanent member of SCO are: China, Russia, India, Iran(9th), Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.
    ii. The Republic of Kazakhstan, the 2024 Chair of the SCO, hosted the 24th SCO-CHS Summit in Astana, capital city of Kazakhstan from 3rd to 4th July, 2024.
     Theme: “Strengthening Multilateral Dialogue- Striving for Sustainable Peace and Development”.
     Union Minister Dr. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) represented India at the summit.

  7. Which bank celebrated its 69th foundation day on 1st July 2024?
    1) Canara Bank
    2) Yes Bank
    3) State Bank of India
    4) Bank of Maharashtra
    5) Indian Bank
    Answer-3) State Bank of India 
    On the occasion of its 69th foundation day (1st July 2024), the State Bank of India (SBI) announced 11 new initiatives to enhance the banking experience for its customers and widen the bank’s accessibility. These initiatives span digital advancements, improved customer services, and specialized products for different segments.i.SBI has launched the UPI Tap-and-Pay feature on the BHIM SBI Pay app, which uses Near Field Communication (NFC) technology for swift and effortless digital payments.Transactions under Rs 500 can be completed without a PIN using Unified Payments Interface (UPI) Lite.
    ii.SBI has established 35 new Agricultural Centralized Processing Cells (Agri CPCs) to streamline agricultural loan processing and mitigate risks.
    iii.To better serve its NRI (Non-Resident Indian) clients, SBI’s Chairman Dinesh Kumar Khara inaugurated its second Global NRI Centre (GNC) in Patiala, Punjab.Click here to read more

  8. Name the insurance company that has recently (in July 2024) launched the Artificial Intelligence (AI)-powered health insurance product ‘Elevate’.
    1) ICICI Lombard General Insurance Company Limited
    2) TATA AIG General Insurance Company Limited
    3) Life Insurance Corporation of India
    4) FutureGenerali India Life Insurance Company Limited
    5) Bajaj Allianz Life Insurance Company Limited
    Answer-1) ICICI Lombard General Insurance Company Limited
    ICICI Lombard General Insurance Company Limited launched ‘Elevate’, a first-of-its-kind revolutionary health insurance product powered by Artificial intelligence (AI).
     This aims to provide customized solutions for diverse healthcare needs.
     Infinite Sum Insured – addresses the concern of limited coverage and sum insured and ensures that policyholders gets access to infinite coverage.
     Infinite Claim Amount – offers comprehensive financial protection with an infinite claim amount for one-time claims during the policy lifetime.

  9. Who has recently (in July ‘24) sworn in as the 13th Chief Minister (CM) of Jharkhand?
    1) Mohan Charan Majhi
    2)  Prem Singh Tamang
    3) Pema Khandu
    4) Bhajan Lal Sharma
    5) Hemant Soren
    Answer-5) Hemant Soren
    On 4 July 2024, Hemant Soren, the Executive President of the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) party was sworn in as the 13th Chief Minister (CM) of Jharkhand for the 3rd time.
     The Governor, CP Radhakrishnan, administered the oath of office and secrecy to Soren at a ceremony organised at Raj Bhavan in Ranchi, Jharkhand.
     Champai Soren resigned as CM of Jharkhand on 3 July 2024, and he was served as Jharkhand’s 12th CM for 5 months since February 2024.

  10. Who has been recently (in June ‘24) appointed as the Chairman of the National Medical Commission (NMC) by the Appointment Committee of the Cabinet (ACC)?
    1) Meenesh kumar Champaklal Shah
    2) Nalin Prabhat
    3) B.N. Gangadhar
    4) Anil Kumar Lahoti
    5) Sanjay Behari
    Answer-3) B.N. Gangadhar
    The Appointment Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) appointed Dr. B.N. Gangadhar,as the Chairman of the National Medical Commission (NMC). He has been the officiating interim Chairman of the NMC since September 2023. Prior to this appointment, he was served as the President of the Medical Assessment and Rating Board (MARB).
    i.Dr Sanjay Behari, Director of Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology (SCTIMST), Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala), was appointed as the new President of the MARB.