Today’s Current Affairs MCQs/ GK Quiz 6th December 2023

These current affairs today are a part of our daily current affairs. We cover a wide range of topics from state, national, and international news that are relevant and important for competitive exams. Our team prepares today’s current affairs after going through many newspapers, such as The Hindu, Indian Express, PIB, PRS, etc.

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Government’s Novel Approach: Affordable Staple Food Outlets to Grace Delhi Metro Stations

  • In an endeavor to counter the escalating costs of indispensable food items, the central government is poised to inaugurate retail establishments at key metro stations in Delhi. 
  • This innovative initiative seeks to furnish metro commuters with subsidized access to kitchen essentials, encompassing onions, pulses, and atta.
  • The inaugural store is earmarked for Central Delhi’s Rajiv Chowk metro station, signaling the launch of this ambitious endeavor. 
  • The National Cooperative Consumer Federation of India (NCCF) will oversee the establishment and operation of this store.
  • The core objective of this initiative is to alleviate the heightened prices of essential food items, offering respite to consumers amid economic challenges. 
  • By strategically sitting these outlets at metro stations, the government aims to ensure convenient access for a substantial number of commuters.

Panchayati Raj Ministry Introduces ‘Gram Manchitra’ GIS App

  • In a move to empower Gram Panchayats and enhance grassroots spatial planning, the Ministry of Panchayati Raj has introduced tools like the GIS app “Gram Manchitra” and the mobile solution “mActionSoft.”
  • Leveraging geo-spatial technology, these tools provide an integrated platform for visualizing and planning developmental initiatives, facilitating the formulation of the Gram Panchayat Development Plan (GPDP).
  • The Gram Manchitra application serves as a singular and unified Geo-Spatial platform. This platform plays a pivotal role in streamlining decision-making processes related to the GPDP, allowing Gram Panchayats to visualize developmental projects across diverse sectors comprehensively.
  • mActionSoft, a mobile-based solution, streamlines the capture of photos with Geo-Tags (GPS Coordinates) for projects generating assets. This mobile application simplifies the recording of vital information at three key stages: before the commencement of work, during the work, and upon completion.

Andhra Pradesh Grapples with Cyclone Michaung’s Impact: From Severe Cyclonic Storm to Depression

  • Cyclone Michaung, initially a severe cyclonic storm, made landfall on the southern coast of Andhra Pradesh, causing havoc and leaving destruction in its wake.
  • As it traversed the coast, the storm weakened into a depression, centered in Central Coastal Andhra Pradesh. Presently, it is located approximately 100 km north-northwest of Bapatla and 50 km southeast of Khammam.
  • The Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) reported significant consequences, impacting nearly 40 lakh people in 194 villages and two towns. The aftermath of Michaung includes the inundation of 25 villages, damage to 770 kilometers of roads, uprooting of 35 trees, and the unfortunate loss of three livestock.

Japan Unveils JT-60SA: Pinnacle of Nuclear Fusion Research

  • In a monumental achievement for nuclear fusion research, Japan has revealed the JT-60SA, the world’s largest and most advanced experimental nuclear fusion reactor, officially commencing operations in Ibaraki Prefecture.
  • Developed through a collaboration between the European Union and Japan, the JT-60SA marks a significant leap forward in harnessing the potential of nuclear fusion as a clean and sustainable energy source.
  • Standing six stories high within a hangar in Naka, north of Tokyo, the JT-60SA reactor features a doughnut-shaped “tokamak” vessel designed to contain swirling plasma heated to an extraordinary 200 million degrees Celsius.
  • This state-of-the-art facility serves as a precursor to the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) in France, embodying the collaborative spirit in the global pursuit of fusion energy.

Kenyan President’s Diplomatic Sojourn in India: A Three-Day State Visit

  • Kenyan President William Samoei Ruto embarked on a three-day state visit to India, underscoring the enduring friendship between the two nations dating back to 1948. 
  • The visit aims to fortify diplomatic ties and explore opportunities for collaboration across various sectors.
  • President Ruto outlined key areas of collaboration, including rural development, agriculture, vaccine manufacturing, and genomics. 
  • Memorandums of understanding (MoUs) are anticipated to be signed to foster cooperation in these domains. 
  • The focus also extends to bolstering business relationships to enhance economic ties between India and Kenya.

India Extends $250 Million Line of Credit to Kenya for Agricultural Modernization

  • India has provided a $250 million Line of Credit to Kenya for the modernization of its agricultural sector. 
  • Prime Minister Modi highlighted the shared agricultural heritage of both nations and announced the Line of Credit to facilitate the modernization of Kenya’s agricultural sector.
  • In an effort to strengthen security ties, both nations announced joint military exercises and collaboration on counter-terrorism projects. 
  • The bilateral cooperation extends to cyber security, anti-money laundering, small arms and light weapons, as well as efforts to combat drugs and human trafficking. 
  • The leaders directed the bilateral joint Defense Coordination Committee to convene at an early date to further these initiatives.

Revanth Reddy Assumes Office as Telangana’s New Chief Minister

  • In a landmark decision, the Congress central leadership has formally appointed A. Revanth Reddy as the new Chief Minister of Telangana. 
  • This announcement signifies a significant milestone for the party, as Mr. Reddy is set to become the first Congress Chief Minister of the state since its formation in 2014.
  • The decision received endorsement from Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge, who relied on a comprehensive report submitted by the party’s poll observers. 
  • This move sets the stage for Mr. Reddy to take the oath of office on December 7, ushering in a new era in Telangana’s political landscape.

Kolkata Secures its Position as the Safest City for the Third Consecutive Year: NCRB Report

  • In the most recent report by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), Kolkata has once again been declared the safest city in India for the third consecutive year. 
  • The city has recorded the lowest number of cognisable offences per lakh population among metropolises, showcasing an outstanding achievement in ensuring public safety.
  • According to NCRB data, Kolkata reported 86.5 cases of cognisable offences per lakh people in 2022, marking a significant decrease from the previous year’s count of 103.4 cases. 
  • This consistent decline indicates a positive trend in crime reduction, especially compared to the higher number of 129.5 cases in 2020.
  • Following Kolkata in the rankings were Pune, with 280.7 cases, and Hyderabad, with 299.2 cases, of cognisable offences per lakh population. 
  • The rankings were based on a comparison of 19 cities with over 20 lakh population, emphasizing Kolkata’s significant achievement in maintaining its status as the safest city.

India’s Stock Market Surpasses the $4 Trillion Mark, Closing in on Hong Kong

  • India’s stock market has reached a remarkable milestone by surpassing a market value of over $4 trillion. 
  • This achievement underscores the rapid growth of the world’s fifth-largest equity market, closing the gap with a struggling Hong Kong. 
  • In less than three years, the market capitalization of companies listed on India’s exchanges has surged by $1 trillion.
  • India, having surpassed China as the world’s most populous nation, has also emerged as the fastest-growing major economy. 
  • The nation’s political stability and robust domestic growth potential position it as an attractive investment destination. 
  • Ongoing efforts to boost global investment in both capital markets and industrial production further contribute to India’s economic prowess.

SBI Card Integration with Bharat BillPay for Credit Cards

  • The National Payments Corporation of India’s (NPCI) wholly-owned subsidiary, NPCI Bharat BillPay (NBBL), achieves a significant milestone by integrating SBI Card into the credit card category of Bharat BillPay. 
  • Bharat BillPay, already hosting major players, is becoming the go-to platform for streamlined credit card bill payments.
  • With approximately 1.68 crores in its customer base, SBI Card brings a massive user community into the Bharat BillPay ecosystem. 
  • This integration promises to empower SBI Cardholders with enhanced accessibility and seamless handling of credit card bill payments across a wide array of Bharat BillPay-supported payment channels.

SBI’s Strategic Move: Acquiring 20% Stake in SBI Pension Fund

  • The State Bank of India (SBI) unveils plans to strengthen its position in the financial landscape by acquiring an additional 20% stake in SBI Pension Funds. 
  • Already holding a majority 60% stake, SBI aims to increase its ownership to 80% through a transaction valued at ₹229.52 crore.
  • The remaining 20% stake in SBI Pension Funds is currently held by SBI Funds Management. 
  • The acquisition plan has received approval from both the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA).

Mahaparinirvan Diwas 2023: Commemorating Dr. B.R. Ambedkar’s Legacy

  • December 6, 2023, marks Mahaparinirvan Diwas 2023, commemorating the death anniversary of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, a towering figure in Indian history. 
  • The term Mahaparinirvan derives its significance from Buddhism’s fundamental concept of Parinirvana, symbolizing the attainment of nirvana, freedom both in life and after death.
  • In the context of Dr. Ambedkar, his embrace of Buddhism and renunciation of Hinduism align with the principles of Parinirvana. 
  • The use of the term Mahaparinirvan Diwas to mark his death underscores his stature as a revered Buddhist leader. This article sheds light on the historical and philosophical underpinnings of Mahaparinirvan.

International Cheetah Day 2023

  • International Cheetah Day, an annual observance on December 4, serves as a global initiative to heighten awareness about cheetah conservation, acknowledging them as the fastest land animals.
  • This date holds significance as the birthday of Khayam, a cheetah raised by Dr. Laurie Marker, marking the inception of a journey towards cheetah conservation. Dr. Laurie Marker established International Cheetah Day in 2010, rooted in the memory of Khayam, nurtured at Wildlife Safari in Oregon in 1977.
  • During a research project in Namibia, Marker witnessed the threats cheetahs faced due to conflicts with farmers, motivating her to dedicate her life to cheetah conservation.
  • December 4, Khayam’s birthday, was chosen globally to celebrate the fastest land mammal.

Global Investors Summit In Dehradun: December 8-9, 2023

  • The Uttarakhand government is preparing to host the Global Investors Summit in Dehradun from December 8-9, emphasizing over 15 investor-friendly policies.
  • The summit aims to showcase good governance, a supportive regulatory framework, and sustainable practices to attract potential investors.
  • The summit provides a platform for exhibitors to showcase advanced technologies, innovations, and emerging trends. 
  • Sectoral sessions will facilitate in-depth discussions on industry challenges and opportunities.
  • The agenda includes Business-to-Business (B2B) and Government-to-Business (G2B) meetings, fostering collaboration between exhibitors, private enterprises, and government organizations.

Captain Geetika Koul Becomes First Woman Medical Officer Deployed At Siachen

  • In a historic development, Captain Geetika Koul, a woman army doctor, has been deployed at Siachen, the world’s highest battlefield, marking a significant stride towards gender inclusivity in India’s armed forces.
  • This follows the deployment of Captain Shiva Chouhan from the Corps of Engineers at the same location almost a year ago. Captain Geetika Koul’s deployment exemplifies expanding opportunities for women in challenging environments, building on Captain Shiva Chouhan’s precedent in January 2023.

Jithesh John Assumes Role As IBBI Executive Director

  • The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (IBBI) has confirmed that Jithesh John, a seasoned Indian Economic Service Officer from the 2001 batch, has taken on the position of Executive Director.
  • Possessing a postgraduate degree in Economics, John brings over 21 years of experience within the Government of India, having served in various capacities. 
  • Prior to this appointment, John served as an economic adviser in the Ministry of Power, showcasing versatility across different sectors.
  • The leadership transition at IBBI underscores a commitment to ensuring robust governance and expertise at the helm.
  • In October, IBBI had announced Sandip Garg’s appointment as a Whole Time Member, further strengthening the organization’s leadership team.

Amazon India’s Recognition for Empowering Individuals with Disabilities:

  • Amazon India was honored with the National Award for Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities.
  • The award was presented by President Smt. Droupadi Murmu on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.
  • Amazon India demonstrated a significant increase in onsite representation of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs), achieving a 2X increase in off-roll representations (2400+) and an 8X increase in on-roll representations (85+).

Ranveer Singh’s Prestigious Honor at Red Sea International Film Festival:

  • Bollywood actor Ranveer Singh was honored at the Red Sea International Film Festival for his substantial contributions to cinema.
  • The award was presented by Hollywood actress Sharon Stone, adding glamour to the event attended by luminaries like Johnny Depp.
  • The Red Sea Film Festival, running from November 30 to December 9, showcased diverse films, with the opening featuring the fantasy film “HWJN” by Iraqi filmmaker Yasir Al-Yasiri.

Huma Qureshi’s Debut Novel ‘Zeba: An Accidental Superhero’:

  • Bollywood actor Huma Qureshi launched her first novel, ‘Zeba: An Accidental Superhero,’ during the Bangalore Literature Festival.
  • The fantasy fiction novel unfolds in a make-believe kingdom, focusing on the character Zeba, a young girl with extraordinary superpowers.
  • The narrative spans the years between 1992 and 2019, portraying a battle against an evil king and emphasizing the triumph of goodness over evil.

Akshata Krishnamurthy’s Milestone as the First Indian to Operate Mars Rover:

  • Dr. Akshata Krishnamurthy became the First Indian to operate the Mars Rover, showcasing her expertise from a special degree at MIT.
  • Her work at NASA, particularly with the Perseverance rover, highlights her dedication to space exploration.
  • The Perseverance rover’s mission involves collecting samples from Mars to enhance understanding of the red planet.

Passing of Former Mr. Universe Bodybuilder Shaun Davis:

  • Former Mr. Universe bodybuilder Shaun Davis passed away at the age of 57, leaving behind a legacy of bodybuilding achievements.
  • Davis, hailing from Derbyshire, had a distinguished career, winning titles like Mr Britain, Mr Europe, and eventually, Mr. Universe in 1996.
  • Health challenges, particularly kidney issues, led to the conclusion of Shaun Davis’s illustrious bodybuilding career.

Google Doodle Celebrates Ahmed the Elephant with Big Tusks:

  • Google Doodle pays tribute to Ahmed, the Elephant, known for his big tusks, born in 1919 in the forests of Mount Marsabit, Kenya.
  • Ahmed gained global recognition as “The King of Marsabit” in the 1960s due to his massive tusks.
  • The doodle features illustrations honoring Ahmed’s legacy and the efforts to protect him from poachers.

1. What recognition did Amazon India receive recently, and who presented the award?

  1. National Award for Cinema Excellence, presented by Johnny Depp
  2. National Award for Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, presented by President Smt. Droupadi Murmu
  3. International Award for Corporate Responsibility, presented by Sharon Stone
  4. National Award for Technological Innovation, presented by the Prime Minister

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Correct Answer: National Award for Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, presented by President Smt. Droupadi Murmu

Amazon India received the National Award for Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, and it was presented by President Smt. Droupadi Murmu.

2. Which Bollywood actor was honored at the Red Sea International Film Festival, and who presented the award?

  1. Shah Rukh Khan, presented by Sharon Stone
  2. Ranveer Singh, presented by Johnny Depp
  3. Deepika Padukone, presented by Angelina Jolie
  4. Aishwarya Rai, presented by Brad Pitt

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Correct Answer: Ranveer Singh, presented by Johnny Depp

Bollywood actor Ranveer Singh was honored at the Red Sea International Film Festival, and the award was presented by Hollywood actress Sharon Stone.

3. What is the title of Huma Qureshi’s debut novel, and where was it launched?

  1. ‘The Accidental Superpower,’ launched at Cannes Film Festival
  2. ‘Zeba: An Accidental Superhero,’ launched at Bangalore Literature Festival
  3. ‘Fantasy Chronicles,’ launched at Hollywood Film Festival
  4. ‘The Enchanted Kingdom,’ launched at London Book Fair

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Correct Answer: ‘Zeba: An Accidental Superhero,’ launched at Bangalore Literature Festival

Huma Qureshi’s debut novel is titled ‘Zeba: An Accidental Superhero,’ and it was launched at the Bangalore Literature Festival.

4. Who became the First Indian to operate the Mars Rover according to recent news?

  1. Dr. Akshay Kumar
  2. Dr. Akshata Krishnamurthy
  3. Dr. Priya Patel
  4. Dr. Vikram Singh

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Correct Answer: Dr. Akshata Krishnamurthy

Dr. Akshata Krishnamurthy became the First Indian to operate the Mars Rover.

5. What titles did Shaun Davis, the bodybuilder, achieve during his career?

  1. Mr. India and Mr. Asia
  2. Mr. Britain, Mr. Europe, and Mr. Universe
  3. Mr. Muscle and Mr. Fitness
  4. Mr. Body and Mr. Powerlifting

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Correct Answer: Mr. Britain, Mr. Europe, and Mr. Universe’

Shaun Davis achieved the titles of Mr. Britain, Mr. Europe, and Mr. Universe during his bodybuilding career.

6. Which elephant was recently celebrated in a Google Doodle, and what was distinctive about the elephant?

  1. Babar, known for his intelligence
  2. Ahmed, known for his big tusks
  3. Dumbo, known for his flying ability
  4. Kavi, known for his trumpet sound

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Correct Answer: Ahmed, known for his big tusks

Ahmed, known for his big tusks, was recently celebrated in a Google Doodle.

7. What is the significance of December 4th in relation to International Cheetah Day?

  1. Foundation day of Cheetah Conservation Society
  2. Commemoration of the first cheetah conservation project
  3. Global Cheetah Awareness Day
  4. Birthday of Dr. Laurie Marker

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Correct Answer: Birthday of Dr. Laurie Marker

December 4th marks the birthday of Khayam, a cheetah raised by Dr. Laurie Marker, leading to the establishment of International Cheetah Day. Therefore, option (is correct.

8. What is the primary focus of the Global Investors Summit in Dehradun from December 8-9, 2023?

  1. Environmental conservation
  2. Showcasing advanced technologies
  3. Highlighting cultural diversity
  4. Emphasizing investor-friendly policies

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Correct Answer: Emphasizing investor-friendly policies

The summit aims to showcase over 15 investor-friendly policies. Therefore, option (is correct.

9. Who is Captain Geetika Koul, and what historic milestone has she achieved?

  1. First woman deployed in a combat role
  2. First woman deployed at Siachen
  3. First woman pilot in the Indian Air Force
  4. First woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest

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Correct Answer: First woman deployed at Siachen

Captain Geetika Koul is the first woman army doctor deployed at Siachen, marking a significant stride towards gender inclusivity in India’s armed forces. Therefore, option (is correct.

10. What role has Jithesh John assumed, as per the news about IBBI?

  1. Chief Economic Advisor
  2. Chairman of RBI
  3. Executive Director of IBBI
  4. Minister of Finance

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Correct Answer: Executive Director of IBBI

Jithesh John has assumed the position of Executive Director at the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (IBBI).

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