Q1. In April 2023, the State Energy Efficiency Index (SEEI) 2021-22 was released recently, the index was developed by which institute?
(a) Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE)
(b) National Institute of Solar Energy (NISE)
(c) The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)
(d) International Energy Agency (IEA)
(e) Central Power Research Institute (CPRI)
Q2. In April 2023, which tiger reserve was adjudged the best-managed in the country in the Management Effectiveness Evaluation (MEE)?
(a) Jim Corbett Tiger Reserve
(b) Kanha Tiger Reserve
(c) Periyar Tiger Reserve
(d) Bandipur Tiger Reserve
(e) Kaziranga Tiger Reserve
Q3. The Special 301 report is published by USTR every year. It is an annual review of what?
(a) Economic forecasts in developing countries
(b) Global climate change trends
(c) Intellectual property rights enforcement
(d) International trade regulations
(e) Cultural exchange programs
Q4. Who was the first woman from Jammu & Kashmir to receive an award for efforts towards wildlife conservation in the region?
(a) Samira Malik
(b) Aisha Rahman
(c) Zara Khan
(d) Aliya Mir
(e) Leila Ahmed
Q5. The Foundation of SAARC Writers and Literature (FOSWAL) presented a unique literary award to whom for his trilogy ‘The Unfinished Memoirs,’ ‘The Prison Diaries,’ and ‘The New China 1952’?
(a) Sheikh Mujibur Rahman
(b) Gotabaya Rajapaksa
(c) K. P. Sharma Oli
(d) Sheikh Hasina
(e) Mahinda Rajapaksa
Q6. Which state in the northeast region has been awarded the Best State Award by the center for successful implementation of e-procurement?
Q7. Dr S. Jaishankar virtually inaugurated the Buzi Bridge, which is a part of the 132 km Tica-Buzi-Nova-Sofala Road project. The bridge, constructed by India, has been built in which country?
Q8. In August 2023, which state government has recently announced a plan to establish India’s first Common Testing Centre for Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) (drones) under the Defence Testing Infrastructure Scheme (DTIS)?
(b) Andhra Pradesh
(c) Uttar Pradesh
(d) Tamil Nadu
Q9. IPO refers to the process by which a company offers its shares to the public for the first time. What does the ‘O’ stand for in the term IPO?
Q10. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a USD 40.5 million loan for an integrated project focusing on Early Childhood Development (ECD) and Maternal Mental Health in which of the following states?
S1. Ans. (a)
Sol. The index was developed by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), a statutory body under the Ministry of Power, in association with the Alliance for an Energy-Efficient Economy (AEEE).
In SEEI 2021-22, 5 states – Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Rajasthan, and Telangana – are in the Front Runner category (>60 points) while 4 states – Assam, Haryana, Maharashtra, and Punjab – are in the Achiever category.
S2. Ans. (c)
Sol. The Periyar Tiger Reserve (PTR) was once again adjudged the best-managed tiger reserve in the country.
The reserve topped the list with a management effectiveness evaluation (MEE) score of 94.38% among the 51 reserves that were evaluated. Satpura and Bandipur came second (93.18%), while Nagarhole was ranked third (92.42%) in the 2022 cycle of MEE.
S3. Ans. (c)
Sol. The Special 301 report, published by the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) annually, reviews and evaluates intellectual property rights protection and enforcement practices in various countries.
This report aims to identify trade barriers related to intellectual property and encourages countries to enhance their intellectual property rights enforcement.
S4. Ans. (d)
Sol. Aliya Mir is the first woman from Jammu and Kashmir to work for Wildlife SOS and is the first woman in the region to receive this honour.
Her dedication and contributions to preserving the local wildlife and ecosystem have been recognized through this award.
Aliya Mir became the first woman from Jammu & Kashmir to receive an award for her efforts towards wildlife conservation in the region.
S5. Ans. (a)
Sol. The Foundation of SAARC Writers and Literature (FOSWAL) presented a unique literary award to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman of Bangladesh for his trilogy of books, which includes The Unfinished Memoirs, The Prison Diaries, and the New China 1952.
FOSWAL acknowledged Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s exceptional literary skills and awarded him for his outstanding literary excellence in the trilogy, according to the citation provided by the organization.
In a citation issued by the Foundation of SAARC Writers and Literature, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman is compared to Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, and it is stated that no force on the planet can erase him from history.
S6. Ans. (e)
Sol. Tripura has been given the best state award in the northeastern region by the Centre for successful implementation of e-procurement, Finance Minister.
S7. Ans. (b)
Sol. The bridge has been constructed in Mozambique.
The bridge has been constructed by India and is a symbol of the solidarity and friendship between India and Mozambique.
According to the Indian High Commission in Mozambique, the bridge will make a difference to the lives of many people in Mozambique.
The Buzi Bridge is an essential project that demonstrates India’s commitment to the development of Mozambique’s infrastructure.
India has been a reliable partner in Mozambique’s growth journey, and this bridge is another instance of India’s contribution to the Country’s Progress.
S8. Ans. (d)
Sol. Tamil Nadu (TN) is set to establish India’s first Common Testing Centre for Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) (drones) under the Defence Testing Infrastructure Scheme (DTIS).
The centre will be established at a cost of Rs 45 crore over an area of 2.3 acres at the State Industries Promotion Corporation of Tamil Nadu Limited (SIPCOT) Industrial Park, Vallam Vadagal near Sriperumbudur in Kanchipuram district, TN.
S9. Ans. (a)
Sol. IPO stands for “Initial Public Offering,” whereas the ‘O’ stands for “Offering.
S10. Ans. (d)
Sol. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a USD 40.5 million loan for an integrated project focusing on Early Childhood Development (ECD) and Maternal Mental Health in Meghalaya.