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 Q .
When is Sashastra Seema Bal's raising day celebrated?
A)
December 17
B)
December 18
C)
December 19
D)
December 20

Correct Answer : Option (D) - December 20

Note : Sashastra Seema Bal celebrates its '59th Raising Day' on December 20 with a dedication to a safe, secure, and prosperous India.

* Sashastra Seema Bal, or SSB, is an Indian border security organization that patrols the country's borders with Nepal and Bhutan.

* It is one of the five Central Armed Police Forces and is overseen by the Ministry of Home Affairs.

* In the aftermath of the 1962 India-China conflict, it was thought that the frontiers of India should need an extra force along with the Tri-Forces (Indian Army, Indian Navy, and Indian Air Force)..

Source : News on Air

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Published On : December 20, 2022
 Q .
Lance Naik Bhairon Singh Rathore, 1971 India-Pakistan War hero, when did passes away?
A)
15th Dec 2022
B)
17th Dec 2022
C)
19th Dec 2022
D)
20th Dec 2022

Correct Answer : Option (C) - 19th Dec 2022

Note :

Bhairon Singh Rathore, a BSF veteran and hero of the 1971 India-Pakistan War, died in Jodhpur Monday(19th Dec 2022) at the age of 81.
 
* The Border Security Force (BSF) tweeted a condolence message on the passing of Lance Naik Rathore who served in the 14th BSF unit during the war and retired from service in 1987.
 
* He was awarded the Sena Medal in 1972 for his bravery.

* The Border Security Force’s tweet reads: “DG BSF & all ranks condole the passing of Naik (Retd) Bhairon Singh, Sena Medal, the hero of #Longewala battle during 1971 War. BSF salutes his intrepid bravery, courage & dedication towards his duty. Prahari parivar stands by his family in these trying times. #JaiHind.”.

Source : Indian Express

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Published On : December 20, 2022
 Q .
Nirmala Sitharaman has informed that 'note in circulation (NiC)' has witnessed an annual growth of ______ to Rs 31.92 lakh crore as of December 2, 2022.
A)
5.73%
B)
6.29%
C)
7.98%
D)
8.65%

Correct Answer : Option (C) - 7.98%

Note :

Finance Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman has informed that note in circulation (NiC) has witnessed an annual growth of 7.98% to Rs 31.92 lakh crore as of December 2, 2022.

The demand for currency depends upon several macroeconomic factors, including economic growth and level of interest rates.

The quantum of cash or banknotes in the economy depends on the requirement for meeting the demand for banknotes due to GDP growth, inflation, and replacement of soiled banknotes..

Source : Economic Times

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Published On : December 20, 2022
 Q .
Which government has made mandatory of Aadhaar number for all eligible for benefits under various government schemes?
A)
Kerala
B)
Tamil Nadu
C)
Telangana
D)
Andhra Pradesh

Correct Answer : Option (B) - Tamil Nadu

Note :

Tamil Nadu government has announced that all those who are eligible for benefits (other than minor children) under various government schemes are required to submit proof of possession of an Aadhaar number or undergo Aadhaar identification.
 
* An order, issued by Finance Secretary N. Muruganandam on 15th December 2022, contended that “Aadhaar as an identity document for delivery of services or benefits or subsidies simplifies the government delivery process...it brings in transparency and efficiency, and enables beneficiaries to get their entitlements directly in a convenient and seamless manner by obviating the need to produce multiple documents to prove one’s identity.”

* According to the order, Aadhaar is mandatory for government employees, government pensioners and beneficiaries of various schemes implemented by the State government through various Departments by their implementing agencies.
 
* Any individual desirous of availing himself of benefits, but does not possess an Aadhaar number or has not yet enrolled for Aadhaar, shall be required to make an application for Aadhaar enrolment before registering for the “Scheme.”.

Source : The Hindu

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Published On : December 20, 2022
 Q .
Who took charge as General Officer Commanding (GOC) of of Army's Kilo Force on 20th Dec 2022?
A)
Mohit Seth
B)
Sanjay Kumar
C)
Gaurav Jaiswal
D)
Sanjiv Singh

Correct Answer : Option (A) - Mohit Seth

Note :

Major General Mohit Seth on Tuesday(20th Dec 2022) took over as the General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the Indian Army’s counter-insurgency Kilo Force.
 
He took over from Major General Sanjiv Singh Slaria who has been moved to Northern Command headquarters in Udhampur..
 
Major General Slaria’s tenure saw the Kilo Force take distinctive steps towards peace and stability in North Kashmir..
 
Major General Seth was commissioned into the 3 MADRAS Regiment in December 1991. An alumnus of the National Defence Academy, the General Officer has attended the prestigious NDC in New Delhi.
 
In his distinguished military career spanning over three decades, the General Officer has held various prestigious staff and command appointments in Jammu and Kashmir, the northeast and at the Army headquarters..
 
Major General Mohit Seth has also served as Indian Army Liaison Officer, High Commission of India, United Kingdom..

Source : The Print

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Published On : December 20, 2022
 Q .
Who has informed in Lok Sabha, that Gaya and Nalanda in Bihar have been selected for development under Swadesh Darshan 2.0?
A)
Meenakshi Lekhi
B)
Anurag Thakur
C)
Nirmala Sitharaman
D)
G Kishan Reddy

Correct Answer : Option (D) - G Kishan Reddy

Note :

Gaya and Nalanda in Bihar have been selected for development under Swadesh Darshan 2.0, Parliament was informed on Monday(19th Dec 2022).
 
Union Tourism Minister G Kishan Reddy in response to a question in the Lok Sabha also said the Punaura Dham site in the Sitamarhi district of Bihar has been identified for development under the Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual Heritage Augmentation Drive (PRASHAD) Scheme of the ministry.
 
The ministry under its Swadesh Darshan, PRASHAD and Assistance to Central Agency for Tourism Infrastructure Projects schemes provides support to state governments, Union Territory administrations and central agencies for the development of tourism infrastructure in the country..

Source : The Print

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Published On : December 20, 2022
 Q .
Who has informed that the Rajya Sabha, that govt has accorded in-principle approval for setting up '21 Greenfield Airports' across the India?
A)
V. K. Singh
B)
Kiren Rijiju
C)
Nitin Gadkari
D)
Hardeep Singh Puri

Correct Answer : Option (A) - V. K. Singh

Note : V. K. Singh (MoS Civil Aviation) has informed that the Rajya Sabha, that govt has accorded in-principle approval for setting up 21 Greenfield Airports across the India.

So far nine Greenfield airports have already been operationalized and the tenth Greenfield airport at Mopa, Goa has been inaugurated on 11th of this month.
 
The Minister said that during pre-covid period, in the year 2018-19 the number of passengers footfall at airports across the country had increased by 11.6 per as compared to 2017-18.

Passenger footfall had decreased during the pandemic era. However, post-covid, in the year 2021-22, the trend shows an increase of 63.7 percent over the year 2020-21..

Source : AIR

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Published On : December 20, 2022
 Q .
'Rythu Bandhu' is a flagship scheme of which Indian state/UT?
A)
Gujarat
B)
Madhya Pradesh
C)
Telangana
D)
Andhra Pradesh

Correct Answer : Option (C) - Telangana

Note : The 'Rythu Bandhu' initiative is being implemented by the state of Telangana. The government offers crop investments to farmers through this programme at a rate of ₹10,000 per acre for both the Kharif and rabi seasons.

The State government would deposit ₹7,600 crore in the bank accounts of farmers, by January this year before the Sankranti festival.

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Published On : December 20, 2022
 Q .
Union Minister Nitin Gadkari launches one of India’s first-ever 'Surety Bond Insurance products' with which organization?
A)
ICICI
B)
Bajaj Allianz
C)
Sahara
D)
Reliance

Correct Answer : Option (B) - Bajaj Allianz

Note :

Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Shri Nitin Gadkari launched one of India’s first-ever Surety Bond Insurance product from Bajaj Allianz.
 
Commenting on the product launch, Shri Gadkari said India is well on its path to becoming a $5 Trillion economy and achieving the dream of our honourable Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi Ji; insurance will play an important role in this growth.

To realize Modi Ji’s dream, it is important that infrastructure projects are executed at a faster speed; infrastructure, and notably roads, are vital to the economic and social growth of our country.

With this new instrument of Surety Bonds, the availability of both liquidity and capacity will definitely be boosted; such products stand to strengthen the sector. We are confident that expanding our road network will lead to more prosperity, increased employment opportunities, and increased social connectivity..

Source : PIB

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Published On : December 20, 2022
 Q .
Which country is the host of the 'UN Biodiversity Conference- COP15' on 7th December to 19 December 2022?
A)
India
B)
China
C)
Canada
D)
Russia

Correct Answer : Option (C) - Canada

Note :

The United Nations Biodiversity Conference, often known as COP15, was held in Montreal, Canada on 7-19 December 2022. 
 
Canada, governments from around the world came together to agree on a new set of goals to guide global action through 2030 to halt and reverse nature loss.
 
Nature is critical to meeting the Sustainable Development Goals and limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees. Adoption of a bold global biodiversity framework that addresses the key drivers of nature loss is needed to secure our own health and well-being alongside that of the planet.
 
What took place at COP 15 :
 
* Adoption of an equitable and comprehensive framework matched by the resources needed for implementation

* Clear targets to address overexploitation, pollution, fragmentation and unsustainable agricultural practices

* A plan that safeguards the rights of indigenous peoples and recognizes their contributions as stewards of nature

* Finance for biodiversity and alignment of financial flows with nature to drive finances toward sustainable investments and away from environmentally harmful ones..

Source : unep

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Published On : December 20, 2022