Today’s Current Affairs MCQs/ GK Quiz 7 th November 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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Bharat Botanics’ Cold Oil Production Facility (national)

  • Bharat Botanics has unveiled India’s largest wood-pressed Cold Oil processing facility in Gondal, Rajkot, Gujarat. 
  • This state-of-the-art, automated facility covers 16,000 square feet and is dedicated to producing natural, chemical-free edible oils, emphasizing hygiene and transparency. 
  • Bharat Botanics is renowned for its pure and chemical-free edible oils, reflecting a commitment to local communities, environmental responsibility, and a culture of wellness.

Inauguration of Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying Pavilion (national)

  • Shri Parshottam Rupala, the Minister for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry, and Dairying, inaugurated the Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying’s pavilion at the World Food India event 2023. 
  • The pavilion showcases the department’s major schemes, programs, new initiatives, and innovative technologies in the livestock and dairy sector.
  •  With participation from various stakeholders, including the National Dairy Development Board, start-ups, and companies dedicated to animal husbandry and dairy, the pavilion highlights the sector’s dynamism and progress.
  •  Visitors can engage with interactive displays and live demonstrations of innovative products, creating a hands-on experience.

India and Bhutan Strengthen Bilateral Ties (international)

  • During a meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bhutan’s King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, discussions revolved around trade, technology, and cross-border connectivity. 
  • Both countries have agreed to conduct a “final location survey” for a proposed rail link between Kokrajhar in Assam, India, and Gelephu in Bhutan, with Indian support. 
  • India will support the upgrade of the existing land customs station at Dadgiri in Assam into an integrated check post to facilitate trade, and similar improvements will be made at Gelephu on the Bhutanese side to enhance trade infrastructure.

IIT Madras’ International Campus in Zanzibar, Tanzania (international)

  • IIT Madras has made history by establishing its first international campus on the picturesque Zanzibar Island in East Africa.
  • The IIT Madras Zanzibar Campus offers Bachelor of Science (BS) and Master of Technology (MTech) programs, with a special focus on Data Science and Artificial Intelligence (AI). 
  • These programs are open to students from all nationalities, promoting a diverse learning environment that encourages global perspectives and cross-cultural collaboration.

Fitch Upgrades India’s Mid-Term GDP Growth Forecast to 6.2% (national)

  • Fitch, a prominent rating agency, has made a noteworthy update to India’s mid-term economic outlook. 
  • The agency has raised its GDP growth forecast for India to 6.2%, indicating a positive shift. 
  • This is a substantial increase, with the previous projection standing at 5.5%. Fitch’s forward-looking estimates for India’s economic performance in the 2023-24 period are also promising, forecasting a growth rate of 6.3%. 
  • This adjustment reflects continued optimism regarding India’s economic prospects.

RBI Introduces Phased Reduction of Incremental Cash Reserve Ratio (I-CRR) (banking)

  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has introduced a systematic plan to gradually eliminate the Incremental Cash Reserve Ratio (I-CRR). 
  • This move is in response to changing liquidity conditions and aims to ensure the stability of the financial system and smooth operations in money markets. 
  • RBI’s strategy involves releasing I-CRR funds in phases. On September 9, 25% of the I-CRR will be released, followed by another 25% on September 23. The remaining 50% of the I-CRR will be made available on October 7. 
  • The I-CRR was initially introduced by RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das, mandating that all scheduled banks maintain a 10% reserve ratio on the increase in their net demand and time liabilities (NDTL) between May 19, 2023, and July 28, 2023. 
  • The objective was to absorb excess liquidity arising from various factors, including the reintroduction of ₹2,000 notes into the banking system.

HSBC India Modernizes Trade Finance with E-Bank Guarantees (Banking)

  • HSBC India, in collaboration with the National E-Governance Services Ltd (NeSL), has launched a digital solution to modernize trade finance. 
  • This electronic bank guarantee service is designed to replace traditional and time-consuming paper-based bank guarantees.
  • It is accessible to both Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) and corporate clients. The primary goal is to digitize the trade finance sector, eliminating the need for paper-based bank guarantees. The digital transformation includes e-stamping and e-signing processes, providing a seamless digital experience for the issuance of guarantees. 
  • Applicants can instantly access their bank guarantees through the NeSL portal.

Mundra Port Achieves Landmark by Handling 16.1 Million Tonnes of Cargo (National)

  • Mundra Port, which serves as the flagship of Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone (APSEZ), has reached a significant milestone by becoming India’s first port to handle 16.1 million tonnes of cargo. 
  • This remarkable achievement underscores the port’s strategic location, superior infrastructure, and consistent growth. 
  • Notably, Mundra Port achieved this milestone in just 210 days, surpassing its previous record of 231 days from the previous year. 
  • The port’s growth isn’t limited to tonnage alone; it has also seen double-digit growth in container handling, with a 10% increase, as well as a 14% increase in handling liquids and gas. 
  • These accomplishments highlight the port’s versatility and efficiency in handling various types of cargo.

 IndiaFirst Life Marks a Milestone as the First Life Insurance Company to Gain GIFT City IFSC Registration (National)

  • IndiaFirst Life, a Mumbai-based life insurance company, has achieved a significant milestone by becoming the first life insurance company to secure registration within the GIFT City International Financial Services Centre (IFSC). 
  • This accomplishment follows approvals from the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) in August 2023 and subsequent registration from the International Financial Services Centre Authority (IFSCA) in September 2023. 
  • GIFT City in Gujarat operates as the sole entity in India functioning as an International Financial Services Centre (IFSC), operating similarly to a special economic zone tailored for financial services. 
  • This strategic registration opens up new opportunities for IndiaFirst Life in the international financial landscape.

National Cancer Awareness Day (National)

  • National Cancer Awareness Day is observed every year in India on November 7th. 
  • This day serves as a reminder of the importance of early cancer detection, prevention, and effective treatment. 
  • It was first introduced in 2014 to address the growing cancer epidemic and emphasize the need for prompt action in terms of early diagnosis, preventive measures, and medical intervention. National Cancer Awareness Day plays a vital role in mobilizing society to combat this life-threatening disease.

The Conclusion of Global AI Safety Summit 2023

  • The inaugural Global AI Safety Summit 2023 recently concluded at Bletchley Park, Buckinghamshire, on November 1 and 2. 
  • This global event was organized under the leadership of the British Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, with the primary objective of assessing the potential risks associated with cutting-edge AI models. 
  • The summit aimed to devise strategies for policymakers and stakeholders to enhance AI safety for the benefit of the public.
  •  One of the key focuses of the AI Safety Summit was to establish international coordination and standards in the field of AI safety. 
  • This landmark event led to the historic signing of the “Bletchley Declaration” by 28 countries, including major global players like the US, UK, and China. 
  • The declaration outlines plans for greater transparency from AI developers regarding safety practices and encourages scientific collaboration to gain a better understanding of AI’s potential risks.

AIFF honored with AFC President’s Recognition Bronze Award (sports)

  • The All India Football Federation (AIFF) has been honored with the AFC President’s Recognition Bronze Award for its commendable efforts in promoting grassroots football. 
  • This is the second time AIFF has received this Grassroots Football award, with the first accolade earned in 2014. 
  • AIFF’s commitment to fostering football at the grassroots level is evident through various innovative initiatives and special projects. These initiatives include the AIFF Blue Cubs program, Blue Cubs Coaching Courses, Blue Cubs Leagues, Blue Cubs Football Schools, AIFF Grassroots Awards, AIFF Institutional League for Non-Professional Entities, AIFF Project Diamond, and numerous other grassroots projects. 
  • The AFC Diamond of Asia was posthumously awarded to Saoud Al Mohannadi of Qatar, while the AFC Player of the Year went to Salem Al Dawsari from Al Hilal SFC and KSA. 
  • The AFC Asian International Player of the Year was conferred upon Kim Min-jae, who has been associated with Fenerbahce, SSC Napoli, FC Bayern Munchen, and KOR. 
  • Additionally, the AFC Youth Player of the Year (Men’s) was presented to Kuryu Matsuki, who has been linked with Aomori Yamada High School, FC Tokyo, and JPN.

Shri Heeralal Samariya appointed as the new Chief Information Commissioner.

  • Shri Heeralal Samariya was officially appointed as the new Chief Information Commissioner in the Central Information Commission. 
  • This appointment was announced on November 6, 2023, and he promptly assumed his new role on the same day. 
  • A swearing-in ceremony took place in the Central Information Commission to mark the assumption of office by the newly appointed Information Commissioners. 
  • During the ceremony, Shri Heeralal Samariya administered the oath of office to his fellow Information Commissioners. 
  • Before joining the Central Information Commission in the capacity of an Information Commissioner, Smt. Anandi Ramalingam held the position of Chairman & Managing Director at Bharat Electronics Ltd., which operates under the Ministry of Defence, Government of India. She holds a Bachelor’s degree with Honors in Electronics & Communication Engineering.

APEDA Collaborates With Lulu Hypermarket to Boost Indian Agri-Product Exports (national)

  • The Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) in India has joined hands with the renowned global retail giant, Lulu Hypermarket LLC. 
  • They have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to enhance the export of Indian agricultural products, with a special focus on Millets, to the Gulf Cooperation Countries (GCCs).
  • Lulu Group International (LLC), the partner in this initiative, has a strong presence in the GCC, Egypt, India, and the Far East, with 247 LuLu stores and 24 shopping malls in its network. 
  • The MoU also includes plans to explore opportunities for exporting agricultural products through LuLu Group’s global network of stores, making Indian agri-products more accessible worldwide.

Max Verstappen Triumphs in Brazilian Grand Prix 2023 (Sports)

  • Max Verstappen, a three-time champion, secured victory in the Brazilian Grand Prix 2023. The thrilling race took place at the Interlagos Circuit in São Paulo, delighting Formula 1 fans worldwide.
  • Representing Red Bull Racing, Max Verstappen showcased remarkable skill and control, leading the race from start to finish. 
  • His exceptional performance reaffirmed his status as one of the top drivers in the sport. 
  • Verstappen’s teammate, Sergio Perez, also of Red Bull Racing, finished fourth, increasing his lead over Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in the championship.

India Dominates the FIDE Grand Swiss Chess Event (sports)

  • On November 5, India celebrated a historic moment as both Vidit Gujrathi and R. Vaishali emerged as winners at the Grand Swiss tournament held in the Isle of Man. 
  • Their victories earned them coveted spots in the upcoming Candidates tournament in Toronto next year.
  • The Grand Swiss tournament is prestigious in the world of chess and offers highly sought-after qualifying spots. 
  • Vidit Gujrathi, seeded 15th in the open tournament, displayed exceptional resilience and strategic brilliance. 
  • In the women’s section, R. Vaishali’s victory was equally impressive despite her lower Elo rating.

IIT Kanpur Launches ATMAN to Monitor Air Quality (science and tech)

  • The Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITK) has established a Center of Excellence (CoE) called ATMAN (Advanced Technologies for Monitoring Air-quality Indicators). 
  • This CoE represents a significant step toward achieving self-reliance in air quality monitoring and management.
  • ATMAN combines indigenous air quality sensor production with artificial intelligence and machine learning models to provide accurate air quality information. 
  • The institute is dedicated to evaluating health risks related to air pollution and reviewing air quality standards.

Leela Omchery, Renowned Musician and Scholar, Passes Away at 94 (international)

  • The world of Indian classical and folk music mourns the loss of Leela Omchery, a distinguished musician and musicologist, who passed away at the age of 94. 
  • Leela Omchery was known for her versatility in various music traditions, including Carnatic and Hindustani music, Sopana Sangeetham, and folk songs.
  • In 2005, she received the Padma Shri, one of India’s highest civilian honors, for her significant contributions to music. Her dedication and pioneering work made her a revered figure in Indian classical arts.

1. What is the main objective of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between APEDA and Lulu Hypermarket?

  1. To increase the import of agricultural products to India.
  2. To enhance the export of Indian agricultural products to the Gulf Cooperation Countries (GCCs).
  3. To promote the sale of Indian agricultural products within India.
  4. To establish a retail chain in India.

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Answer: To enhance the export of Indian agricultural products to the Gulf Cooperation Countries (GCCs).

The main objective of the MoU is to boost the export of Indian agricultural products, particularly focusing on Millets, to the Gulf Cooperation Countries.

2. Which retail giant has collaborated with APEDA to boost Indian agri-product exports?

  1. Walmart
  2. Amazon
  3. Lulu Hypermarket
  4. Tesco

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Answer: Lulu Hypermarket

Lulu Hypermarket has partnered with APEDA to promote the export of Indian agricultural products.

3. In which country did Max Verstappen win the Brazilian Grand Prix 2023?

  1. Brazil
  2. Italy
  3. Spain
  4. Brazil

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Answer: Brazil

Max Verstappen won the Brazilian Grand Prix 2023, which took place in Brazil.

4. Which Formula 1 team does Max Verstappen represent?

  1. Ferrari
  2. Mercedes
  3. Red Bull Racing
  4. McLaren

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Answer: Red Bull Racing

Max Verstappen represents the Red Bull Racing team.

5. What is the primary goal of the Center of Excellence ATMAN?

  1. To promote air pollution
  2. To maximize citizen satisfaction
  3. To evaluate health risks associated with air pollutants
  4. To develop air quality standards

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Answer: To evaluate health risks associated with air pollutants

The primary goal of the Center of Excellence ATMAN is to evaluate health risks associated with air pollutants and review air quality standards.

6. What did Fitch recently do regarding India’s mid-term GDP growth forecast?

  1. Downgraded it to 6.0%
  2. Maintained it at 5.5%
  3. Upgraded it to 6.2%
  4. Revised it to 6.3%

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Answer: Upgraded it to 6.2%

Fitch upgraded India’s mid-term GDP growth forecast to 6.2%.

7. What is the purpose of the RBI’s Incremental Cash Reserve Ratio (I-CRR)?

  1. To increase liquidity in the financial system
  2. To reduce the net demand and time liabilities of banks
  3. To absorb surplus liquidity in the banking system
  4. To promote digital banking services

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Answer: To absorb surplus liquidity in the banking system

The RBI introduced I-CRR to absorb surplus liquidity in the banking system.

8. What is the primary focus of National Cancer Awareness Day in India?

  1. Celebrating the advancements in cancer treatment
  2. Raising awareness about early cancer detection and prevention
  3. Promoting the importance of healthy lifestyles
  4. Recognizing the achievements of cancer research

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Answer: Raising awareness about early cancer detection and prevention

National Cancer Awareness Day is observed to emphasize the importance of early cancer detection and prevention.

9. Where was the Global AI Safety Summit 2023 held, and what was its central objective?

  1. London; Celebrating AI achievements
  2. Bletchley Park, Buckinghamshire; Enhancing AI safety
  3. Silicon Valley; Promoting AI startups
  4. Geneva; Setting AI regulations

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Answer: Bletchley Park, Buckinghamshire; Enhancing AI safety

The Global AI Safety Summit 2023 took place at Bletchley Park in Buckinghamshire and aimed to enhance AI safety.

10. Which organization received the AFC President’s Recognition Bronze Award for Grassroots Football, and what is it recognized for?

  1. AIFF; For promoting grassroots football
  2. FIFA; For organizing international football tournaments
  3. UEFA; For supporting youth football development
  4. Indian Super League; For promoting professional football in India

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Answer: AIFF; For promoting grassroots football

The All India Football Federation (AIFF) received the AFC President’s Recognition Bronze Award for its efforts in promoting grassroots football.

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