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 Q .
The Godavari estuary in ________ has become a prime and safe habitat for the Indian skimmer (Rynchops albicollis).
A)
Tamil Nadu
B)
Karnataka
C)
Kerala
D)
Andhra Pradesh

Correct Answer : Option (D) - Andhra Pradesh

Note :

The Godavari estuary in Andhra Pradesh has become a prime and safe habitat for the Indian skimmer (Rynchops albicollis).

* On 10th January 2023, as many as 250 Indian Skimmers were sighted in the southern part of the Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary (Andhra Pradesh) in a day during the Asian Waterbird Census-2023.

* Indian Skimmer migrates to the Godavari estuary for feeding.

* It is found in the coastal estuaries of western and eastern India..

Source : The Hindu

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Published On : January 13, 2023
 Q .
Which Broadcaster Network signs Hyundai Ioniq 5, Samsonite as sponsors for Australian Open?
A)
Star Sports
B)
NEO Sports
C)
Sony Sports
D)
beIN SPORTS

Correct Answer : Option (C) - Sony Sports

Note :

Broadcaster Sony Sports Network, which will air the Australian Open this month (January 2023) across its channels and OTT app SonyLiv, said it has roped in sponsors like Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Samsonite as co-presenting sponsors and Panasonic as an associate sponsor for the upcoming open.
 
This will mark the return of the Sony Sports network’s live tennis studio show, ‘Extraaa Serve’, hosted by Arpit Sharma and the Hindi commentary for the tournament will be provided by Natekar, Manish Batavia & Atish Thukral.
 
The Extraaa Serve will feature Olympian, Commonwealth Games Gold Medalistand Indian tennis player, Somdev Devvarman, former tennis player Gaurav Natekar and Davis Cup player Purav Raja.

Sony Sports also launched its ‘Slam Of The Greats’ campaign, which pays homage to the ‘Greats of Tennis in this Era’, that includes Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams and Ashleigh Barty and highlights the rise of new young tennis stars...

Source : Mint

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Published On : January 13, 2023
 Q .
Who launched (11th Jan 2023) the shared school bus system, prime tourism vehicles, and agriculture response vehicle scheme in Meghalaya?
A)
Conrad Sangma
B)
N. Biren Singh
C)
Pema Khandu
D)
Himanta Biswa Sarma

Correct Answer : Option (A) - Conrad Sangma

Note :

Meghalaya Chief Minister "Conrad Sangma" launched the shared school bus system, prime tourism vehicles and agriculture response vehicle scheme.
 
The chief minister on Wednesday (11th Jan 2023) flagged off shared school buses and hoped that it will help to minimise traffic congestion in Shillong.
 
The buses are part of Sustainable Transport and Efficient Mobility Society (STEMS) programme focussed on mobility and overall transportation to decongest the city.
 
The chief minister said the prime tourist vehicles are a step to improve the overall tourism sector and to provide good transportation services to tourists and at the same time provide job opportunities to our entrepreneurs.
 
The Meghalaya government is providing financial assistance to tourism entrepreneurs to purchase premium tourist vehicles.
 
STEMS CEO Isawanda Laloo said the fleet of buses that is being introduced shall be used by multiple schools for school trips and the same buses maybe used by employees to commute to offices and on holidays or weekends by tourists thus creating more efficiency and ensuring that the operations of the buses are sustainable.
 
The buses are GPS enabled for real time tracking with a passenger information system and LED screens to show the routes. The NIC will develop a mobile application and website for tracking and booking of the buses while the transport department will be roped in for operations and maintenance of the buses.
 
The drivers and the caretakers of the buses will be trained by the Meghalaya Skills Development Society...

Source : Business Standard
 

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Published On : January 13, 2023
 Q .
Which Aerospace and Former cricketer, Mahendra Singh Dhoni have launched a surveillance drone named 'Droni.'?
A)
ARCH Drones
B)
Garuda Aerospace
C)
Brahmàstra Aerospace
D)
Vaayusastra Aerospace

Correct Answer : Option (B) - Garuda Aerospace

Note :

Garuda Aerospace and Former cricketer, Mahendra Singh Dhoni have launched a surveillance drone named ‘Droni.’
 
MS Dhoni is an investor-cum-ambassador of Garuda Aerospace.
 
Droni is a battery-operated quadcopter surveillance drone.
 
Garuda Aerospace recently became the first-ever drone company in India to get dual DGCA approvals for both drone manufacturing type certificate and RTPO.
 
In 2022, he unveiled the camera drone called Droni at the Global Drone Expo in Chennai..

Source : India Times

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Published On : January 13, 2023
 Q .
Who has been appointed as the new chief executive officer of Cognizant with immediate effect on 12th January 2023?
A)
Aiman Ezzat
B)
Ravi Kumar
C)
Punit Renjen
D)
Arun M. Kumar

Correct Answer : Option (B) - Ravi Kumar

Note :

Cognizant on 12 January 2022 announced the appointment of former Infosys president Ravi Kumar as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) effective immediately.
 
Ravi Kumar succeeds outgoing CEO Brian Humphries, who will be departing from the company on March 15, 2023.
 
The IT Giant Cognizant had previously announced the appointment of Ravi as President of Cognizant Americas, which will be given to Cognizant veteran Surya Gummadi.
 
Ravi Kumar S, most famous for his vibrant tenure at Infosys, served the company for 20 years in different leadership roles.

As the former President of Infosys from January 2016 to October 2022, Kumar led the Infosys Global Services Organisation across all global industry segments.

This included driving digital transformation services, engineering services, data and analytics, cloud and infrastructure and so on..

Source : Outlook India

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Published On : January 13, 2023
 Q .
A british linguist and educator specialised in Dravidian languages, Ronald E. Asher has passed away at the age of ______.
A)
88 Years
B)
90 Years
C)
93 Years
D)
96 Years

Correct Answer : Option (D) - 96 Years

Note :

Ronald E. Asher, a British linguist and educator specialised in Dravidian languages, has died (26 December 2022) of old age in London, his family sources said on Wednesday. He was 96.
 
A fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society, London, Asher won a gold medal from Kerala Sahitya Akademi, Trichur, in 1983 and was honoured by the Royal Society, Edinburgh in 1991. He was also a recipient of a medal from College de France, Paris in 1970.
 
Asher was born on July 23, 1926 in Gringley-on-the Hill, England.
 
His relationship with Kerala began during his days at the University of London where V K Krishna Menon, well-known diplomat and political thinker from Kerala, famed to have been the right hand of Jawaharlal Nehru, had delivered one of his prolonged, passionate and provocative speeches.
 
Asher at that time was pursuing his studies in comparative linguistics at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University.

It was obligatory to learn a new language as part of the course. He first took up Tamil that gradually led him to Malayalam with its well-known kinship with Tamil.
 
He has spoken passionately of his sweet intimacy with Malayalam that he developed during his postgraduate days.
 
His longing to learn Malayalam did not find easy fulfillment as there were no proper tools that would help a foreigner to learn the language. He got an opportunity to spend a few months in Kerala in 1963 when he could avail study leave to do research on the spoken forms of Tamil and Malayalam.

Born : 23 July 1926, Gringley on the Hill, United Kingdom

Died : 26 December 2022.

Source : The Print

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Published On : January 13, 2023
 Q .
Who has been appointed as the First Woman Chief Secretary of Telangana on 11th January 2023?
A)
Vasudha Mishra
B)
Rani Kumudini
C)
Anita Rajendra
D)
Santhi Kumari

Correct Answer : Option (D) - Santhi Kumari

Note :

Senior IAS officer A. Santhi Kumari has become the first woman Chief Secretary of Telangana State. The state government on Wednesday (11th January 2023 ) issued a GO appointing the 1989 batch IAS officer to the top post.

She will be in service for two years and four months as she is due for retirement in April 2025.
 
She succeeded Somesh Kumar, a day after the Telangana High Court quashed a 2015 order of the Central Administrative Tribunal that allowed Somesh to work in the Telangana cadre although he was allotted to the Andhra Pradesh cadre in 2015 and Centre's DoPT issuing orders within hours after HC verdict directing him to join AP cadre by January 12, 2022.
 
A. Santhi Kumari is currently serving as special chief secretary in the forest and environment department.
 
Official sources in the CMO said that the Chief Minister zeroed in on Santhi considering her impressive career graph as an IAS officer, sincerity, dedication and commitment in her previous stint in Chief Minister's Office for four years as secretary.

She is known as a 'non-controversial' and a 'no-nonsense officer' in bureaucratic circles...

Source : Deccan Chronicle

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Published On : January 13, 2023
 Q .
China's Alibaba Group sold a 3.1% stake in Indian digital payments firm Paytm for a total of _______ Million through a block deal on 12th Jan 2023.
A)
$125 Million
B)
$138 Million
C)
$152 Million
D)
$167 Million

Correct Answer : Option (A) - $125 Million

Note :

China's Alibaba Group sold a 3.1% stake in Indian digital payments firm Paytm worth $125 million through a block deal on Thursday (12th Jan 2023), a source with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters.
 
Alibaba, which held a 6.26% stake in Paytm as at end-September, sold the stake at 536.95 rupees apiece.
 
Paytm's stock fell as much as 8.8% to 528 rupees in afternoon trading, and was last down 5.8% as of 2:37 p.m. IST.
 
Morgan Stanley advised Alibaba on the deal..

Source : Money Control

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Published On : January 13, 2023
 Q .
Which State Tourism Board signed a MoU with chapters of 8 countries of the Global Organization of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO)?
A)
Gujarat
B)
Karnakata
C)
Madhya Pradesh
D)
Uttar Pradesh

Correct Answer : Option (C) - Madhya Pradesh

Note :

Madhya Pradesh Tourism Board signed MoUs with chapters of eight countries of the Global Organisation of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO) at the MP Tourism Pavilion of Brilliant Convention Centre in Indore at the 17th Pravasi Bhartiya Divas Convention.
 
These MoUs were signed with France Metropole Paris, Mauritius, Reunion Island, Martinique, Sri Lanka, GOPIO International, Malaysia, and Mauritius.
 
The MoUs were signed by Principal Secretary Tourism and Culture and Managing Director Tourism Board Shri Sheo Shekhar Shukla on behalf of the Tourism Board and presidents of eight countries of GOPIO.

Principal Secretary Shri Shukla said that these MoUs have been executed with the aim of boosting cooperation in the development of the Tourism sector of the State, and promotion, and publicity of tourist places..

Source : AIR

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Published On : January 13, 2023
 Q .
'Sur Sarita'-Symphony of Ganga' on the launch event of the world's longest river cruise at ________.
A)
Rishikesh
B)
Varanasi
C)
Ayodhya
D)
Kedarnath

Correct Answer : Option (B) - Varanasi

Note :

The Ministry of Culture has organized a grand curtain raiser cultural program ‘Sur Sarita’-Symphony of Ganga’ on the launch event of the world’s longest river cruise at Varanasi.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off the cruise on 13th January 2023. The grand concert named ‘Sur Sarita’-Symphony of Ganga’ was led by the renowned Indian singer Shankar Mahadevan at Kashi Vishwanath Corridor.
 
On the occasion, Union Minister of Ports, Shipping, and waterways and AYUSH, Sarbananda Sonowal noted that the world’s longest river cruise is going to be launched with the inauguration of the MV Ganga Vilas which will create new history in the waterways sector of India and will mark the beginning of a new era of river cruise tourism.
 
Key Points of 'Sur Sarita-Symphony of Ganga' Organised in Varanasi : 

* At the launch event, Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath informed that Kashi will launch itself for a new era with the help of a river cruise.

* Kashi is known as the cultural and spiritual capital of the world and under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Kashi has established itself on the global stage while maintaining its ancient soul.

* Uttar Pradesh CM also added that along with land and sky, Kashi is now going to be connected through waterways as well.

* During the concert, other dignitaries including tourists traveling on Ganga Vilas Cruise got acquainted with the importance of Mother Ganga and their responsibilities towards her, along with enjoying the Sur Taranginis.

* Ganga Vilas Cruise will cross Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Bangladesh, and Assam in a journey of 51 days.

* These places have their history of mythology and legends associated with the river. Songs for the concert were chosen from different states to give different flavors to the concert.

* Folk musicians from Assam, Bihar, and Bengal joined popular singer Shankar Mahadevan to pay homage to the rivers Ganga, Yamuna, and Brahmaputra....

Source : India Times

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Published On : January 13, 2023