Current Affairs Quiz - February, 2023
1. Which city is the host of the 15th BRICS summit 2023?
[A] New Delhi
Correct Answer: B [Durban]
The 15th BRICS summit will take place this year in late August in South Africa’s Durban. The announcement was made by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei in Eritrea.
In 2013, the fifth annual BRICS summit was held in Durban, South Africa. BRICS was formed in 2006. In April 2011, for the first time, South Africa participated in the 3rd BRICS Summit.
2. Baidu, which was seen in the news, is the Internet search major based in which country?
Correct Answer: B [China]
Chinese internet search major Baidu is planning to launch an artificial intelligence (AI) chatbot service similar to OpenAI’s ChatGPT.
The firm plans to launch the service as a standalone application and merge it into its search engine. ChatGPT’s technology works by learning from vast amounts of data how to answer prompts by users in a human-like manner, offering information like a search engine. Microsoft has a USD 1 billion investment in San Francisco-based OpenAI.
3. Which sportsperson is the brand ambassador of the mining PSU NMDC?
[A] Mary Kom
[B] Nikhat Zareen
[C] Sania Mirza
[D] P V Sindhu
Correct Answer: B [Nikhat Zareen]
World Boxing Champion Nikhat Zareen has been chosen to represent mining PSU NMDC as its brand ambassador.
NMDC is the National miner and India’s largest producer of iron ore. Nikhat Zareen is the gold medal winner of Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.
4. Which Union Ministry issued advisory on Obligation of Public Service Broadcasting?
[A] Ministry of Information and Broadcasting
[B] Ministry of Communication
[C] Ministry of Home Affairs
[D] Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs
Correct Answer: A [Ministry of Information and Broadcasting]
Ministry of Information and Broadcasting issued advisory on Obligation of Public Service Broadcasting.
Earlier, private broadcasters were asked to undertake public service broadcasting for 30 minutes every day. As per the advisory, relevant content embedded in the programmes being telecast can be accounted for Public Service Broadcasting.
5. Which Department of the Finance Ministry prepares the Economic Survey?
[A] Department of Economic Affairs
[B] Department of Financial Services
[C] Department of Expenditure
[D] Department of Revenue
Correct Answer: A [Department of Economic Affairs]
The Economic Division of the Department of Economic Affairs (DEA) under the guidance of the Chief Economic Adviser (CEA) prepares the Economic Survey.
The Chief Economic Adviser released the Economic Survey for the current financial year (2022-23). The survey is always presented a day before the presentation of the Union Budgets. Economic Survey is a detailed report of state of national economy in the financial year.
6. What is the sanctioned judicial strength of the Supreme Court of India?
Correct Answer: D 
The five-member Supreme Court collegium led by Chief Justice of India D.Y. Chandrachud recommended to the government two High Court Chief Justices for appointment as apex court judges.
The Supreme Court has seven vacancies now while it has a sanctioned judicial strength of 34. The central government is expected to clear the names of three high court chief justices and two HC judges. With this, the working strength of the Supreme Court will go up to 32. Currently, it is 27.
7. Which European country has invited Indian techies offering work opportunities?
Correct Answer: B [Finland]
Finland has invited Indian tech employees to migrate there for work, offering opportunities as global tech companies lay off thousands of employees. Over 10,000 Indians live in Finland for work and education.
Finland aims to double work-based migration and triple study-based migration by 2030. Business Finland, a government organisation for innovation funding and trade, travel and investments signed MoU with the Confederation of Indian Industry for talent mobility, in December 2022.
8. What is the agricultural credit target for the current fiscal year 2023-24, as per the Union budget?
[A] Rs 15 lakh core
[B] Rs 20 lakh crore
[C] Rs 25 lakh core
[D] Rs 30 lakh crore
Correct Answer: B [Rs 20 lakh crore]
As per the Union budget 2023-24, the government proposed to increase the agricultural credit target to ₹20 lakh crore with a focus on animal husbandry, dairy and fisheries.
The target has been increased from Rs 18 lakh crore, with an increase of 11.11% year on year. An Agriculture Accelerator Fund will be set up to encourage agri-startups by young entrepreneurs. The agriculture sector has been growing at an average annual growth rate of 4.6 per cent in the last six years.
9. Which institution conducted the ‘G20 Cyber Security Exercise and Drill’?
[C] NITI Aayog
Correct Answer: B [CERT-In]
The Secretary, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), inaugurated the G20 Cyber Security Exercise and Drill.
The Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) conducted the Cyber Security Exercise and drill in hybrid mode under India’s G20 presidency. Over 400 domestic and international participants attended the drill.
10. Upper Bhadra Project, which was mentioned in the Union Budget, is located in which state?
[A] Andhra Pradesh
[C] Tamil Nadu
[D] West Bengal
Correct Answer: B [Karnataka]
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced a grant of ₹5,300 crore for the Upper Bhadra Irrigation Project in Karnataka in the Union Budget 2023.
The fund will be used to provide sustainable micro irrigation and filling up of surface tanks for drinking water. Karnataka was the only state mentioned in the budget.
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