Current Affairs For 19th September 2023


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Q1.Who inaugurated ‘Udaan Bhawan’ at Delhi’s Safdarjung Airport?

  1. Prime Minister of India
  2. Chief Minister of Delhi
  3. Union Minister of Civil Aviation
  4. Minister of State for Civil Aviation

Ans:-3) Union Minister of Civil Aviation

  • Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya M. Scindia inaugurated ‘Udaan Bhawan,’ a modern integrated office complex located within Delhi’s Safdarjung Airport.
  • Udaan Bhawan is equipped with contemporary facilities, including advanced conference rooms, state-of-the-art AV systems, robust IT infrastructure, an efficient parking management system, a tranquil Yoga room, a convenient creche facility, and electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, among others.
  • Having earned a prestigious GRIHA-5 rating, this building incorporates a range of sustainable features in line with eco-friendly principles. Its design maximizes the use of natural daylight, integrates efficient LED fixtures, employs a glazed curtain-wall assembly, and utilizes a double-skin Façade System to reduce heat gain. Furthermore, it emphasizes the recycling of wastewater and effective wastewater management as notable environmentally friendly aspects.


Q2.Which temples have been designated as India’s 42nd UNESCO’s World Heritage Site?

  1. Ellora Caves
  2. Hoysala Temples
  3. Sun Temple, Konark
  4. Sanchi Stupa

Ans:-2)Hoysala Temples

  • The Sacred Ensembles of the Hoysala, comprising the renowned temples of Belur, Halebid, and Somananthpura in Karnataka, have achieved recognition as the 42nd UNESCO World Heritage Site in India. This prestigious acknowledgment follows closely on the heels of Santiniketan, associated with Rabindranath Tagore, receiving a similar honor.
  • Constructed between the 12th and 13th centuries, the Hoysala temples at Belur, Halebid, and Somnathapura showcase a distinctive blend of Dravidian architectural elements. While rooted in Dravidian design principles, these temples also exhibit notable influences from the Bhumija style prevalent in Central India, the Nagara traditions of northern and western India, and the Karnataka Dravida modes favored by the Kalyani Chalukyas.


Q3.What is the new name proposed for the Old Parliament Building?

1. Sansad Bhawan

2.Rashtrapati Bhavan

3.Lok Kalyan Bhavan

4.Samvidhan Sadan

Ans:-4) Samvidhan Sadan

  • The Old Parliament Building, a historic landmark designed by British architects Sir Edwin Lutyens and Herbert Baker and completed in 1927, will now be known as “Samvidhan Sadan” or “Constitution House”. This announcement was made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a special ceremony as the Indian Parliament shifts to a new, modern building. This renaming is a tribute to the pivotal role this iconic structure played in Indian history, especially during the drafting and passing of India’s constitution. It is an effort to ensure that future generations remain connected to the significant events that took place within its walls.


Q4.What was the name of the coastal security drill conducted by the Indian Coast Guard along the west coast?

1. Operation Sentinel

2.Operation Sajag

3.Operation Vigilant

4.Operation Guardian

Ans:-2)Operation Sajag

  • “Operation Sajag,” a comprehensive coastal security drill, took place along the west coast on September 18, 2023. This operation is a crucial component of India’s coastal security framework, involving all relevant stakeholders and emphasizing awareness among sea-bound fishermen.
  • The operation entailed a thorough examination and validation of documents and crew passes for fishing boats, barges, and crafts at sea. The sheer scale of this undertaking is evident in the participation of 118 ships, which included vessels from Customs, Marine Police, Ports, and the Indian Navy. This united endeavor showcases the dedication of multiple agencies towards safeguarding India’s coastal territories.
  • To expedite the identification process, biometric card readers have been furnished to security agencies. This technological advancement enables swift and effective verification of fishermen, further fortifying the security measures in place.


Q5.What is the name of the seminar conducted by the Indian Navy for naval innovation and indigenisation in 2023?

1.Naval Innovation Summit 2023


3.Indigenous Naval Tech Expo

4.NavyTech Innovate Seminar


  • The Indian Navy is gearing up to host the second edition of the Naval Innovation and Indigenisation (NIIO) Seminar, titled ‘Swavlamban 2023’, slated to occur on October 4th and 5th, 2023. Following the inaugural seminar in July 2022, this event signifies a significant stride in the Navy’s pursuit of innovation and self-reliance.
  • The forthcoming ‘Swavlamban 2023′ seminar, to be held in New Delhi, will showcase 75 prototypes. Attendees can anticipate live demonstrations of various promising technologies, underlining the Indian Navy’s and its partners’ dedication to driving innovation, indigenisation, and self-reliance in the defense sector.
  • During the inaugural ‘Swavlamban’ in 2022, the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India launched the ‘SPRINT’ initiative. Since then, it has been instrumental in propelling the Indian Navy’s endeavors towards adopting indigenous technology. ‘SPRINT’ stands for Supporting Pole-Vaulting in R&D through Innovations for Defence Excellence (iDEX), NIIO, and Technology Development Acceleration Cell (TDAC). This collaborative endeavor aims to foster innovation and indigenisation in the defense sector.


Q6.Who developed the P-7 Heavy Drop Parachute System?

1.HAL (Hindustan Aeronautics Limited)

2.ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation)

3.DRDO (Defence Research and Development Organisation)

4.IAF (Indian Air Force)

Ans:-3)DRDO (Defence Research and Development Organisation)

  • India’s defense capabilities have received a substantial upgrade with the development of the P-7 Heavy Drop Parachute System. This homegrown marvel is designed to augment the paradropping capabilities of the country’s Armed Forces. The innovative system, entirely conceived and produced within India, is poised to transform the way military supplies are paradropped onto the battlefield.
  • The P-7 Heavy Drop Parachute System, engineered by the P7 Heavy Drop System, boasts the capability to para-drop military supplies weighing up to 7 tons from IL 76 aircraft. It is constructed entirely from indigenous Ferrous/Non-Ferrous Materials.
  • With an impressive maximum load-bearing capacity of 8,500 kg and a sanctioned payload limit of 7,000 kg, the system operates within drop speeds ranging from 260 to 400 kph, demonstrating its versatility in various scenarios. This parachute ensures the secure delivery of heavy cargo, even in the most challenging conditions.


Q7. Which bank is implementing this innovative approach to prevent loan default?

  1.  HDFC Bank
  2. ICICI Bank
  3. State Bank of India (SBI)
  4. Axis Bank

Ans:-3)State Bank of India (SBI)

  • In a bid to address the challenge of borrowers who plan to default and tend to ignore reminder calls, State Bank of India (SBI) has adopted a proactive strategy. SBI personnel are now making surprise visits to borrowers’ residences without prior notice, presenting them with a package of chocolates. This innovative approach is designed to bolster loan collections, particularly in light of the significant surge in SBI’s retail lending.
Q8.Who are the primary beneficiaries of the SHREYAS scheme?
1. Senior Citizens
2.Women Entrepreneurs
3.SC and OBC Students
4.Urban Professionals
Ans:-3)SC and OBC Students
  • The SHREYAS scheme, a composite of four central sector sub-schemes, has been pivotal in empowering numerous students belonging to Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Other Backward Classes (OBCs) since its establishment in 2014. These four components include the “Top Class Education for SCs,” the “Free Coaching Scheme for SCs and OBCs,” the “National Overseas Scheme for SCs,” and the “National Fellowship for SCs.”
  • This comprehensive initiative is designed to provide high-quality coaching to economically underprivileged SC and OBC candidates, enabling their participation in competitive examinations and facilitating admission to esteemed technical and professional higher education institutions. Eligibility for this scheme extends to families with a total annual income of up to 8 lakhs.


Q9.What is the main objective of the PM Vishwakarma Scheme?

1.Empowering Farmers

2.Promoting Science and Technology

3.Empowering Traditional Artisans

4.Enhancing Sports Infrastructure

Ans:-3)Empowering Traditional Artisans

  • Promoting Science and TechnologPrime Minister Narendra Modi has introduced the ‘PM Vishwakarma’ scheme on the auspicious occasion of ‘Vishwakarma Jayanti’. This initiative is crafted to extend vital support to traditional craftsmen and artisans by providing them low-interest loans without the need for collateral.


Q10.What is the significance of Dhananjay Joshi’s appointment?

1.Financial Regulation

2.Telecom Industry Advocacy

3.Digital Infrastructure Leadership

4.Data Privacy Advocacy

Ans:-2)Telecom Industry Advocacy

  • Dhananjay Joshi, the MD and CEO of Summit Digitel, has been appointed as the Chairman of the Digital Infrastructure Providers Association (DIPA). He takes over from Akhil Gupta, Chairman of Bharti Enterprises, who had held the position since 2011. Alongside, Sandeep Girotra, the CEO of American Tower India, has been named as the new Vice Chairman of the association. These leadership changes will be effective from October 1, 2023.
  • Initially established as the Tower and Infrastructure Providers Association (TIPA) in 2010, DIPA is a non-profit industry body that represents the digital infrastructure sector in India. In 2020, it was rebranded as DIPA to encompass a broader spectrum of its membership. DIPA’s members comprise a diverse array of companies involved in the development, construction, ownership, and operation of digital infrastructure in India.