Current Affairs For 23rd October 2023

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Q1. Which country is set to host the world’s largest textiles event, Bharat Tex 2024?

  1. China
  2. India
  3. United States
  4. Brazil

Ans:-2) India

  • India is gearing up to host the highly anticipated Bharat Tex 2024 Expo, scheduled to be held from February 26 to 29 next year. This grand event is poised to demonstrate India’s prowess as a dependable supplier of textile products, covering the entire value chain, all within a single venue.
  • Spanning an impressive 200,000 square meters of exhibition space, the Bharat Tex 2024 Expo has been conceptualized as the largest textile fair globally in terms of exhibition area. Minister Goyal emphasized that this expo will serve as a vital platform for weavers, craftsmen, and the handloom sector to showcase their talents on an international platform. He also underscored that this event will not only establish a new standard for future endeavors but also spotlight India’s genuine capabilities and strengths as a prominent global player.

 

Q2. Why did the US impose sanctions on three Chinese firms?

  1. Alleged involvement in illegal trade
  2. Alleged supply of missile components to Pakistan
  3. Violation of international copyright laws
  4. Alleged cyber-espionage activities

Ans:-2) Alleged supply of missile components to Pakistan

  • The United States has imposed sanctions on three Chinese firms due to their alleged participation in providing missile components to Pakistan. These sanctions have been enacted in accordance with Executive Order 13382, which targets entities engaged in the spread of weapons of mass destruction and their delivery systems.
  • The three Chinese companies that have been sanctioned are:

1. General Technology Limited
2. Beijing Luo Luo Technology Development
3. Changzhou Utek Composite Company

  • The US State Department has clarified that these sanctions are aligned with the global nonproliferation efforts and are designed to thwart the spread of weapons of mass destruction, along with their associated means of delivery and concerning procurement activities. The US government remains resolute in disrupting networks involved in procurement that support activities linked to proliferation.

 

Q3. What is the objective of Project Nilgiri Tahr in Tamil Nadu?

  1. To promote tourism in the Nilgiri Hills
  2. To conserve an endangered species
  3. To develop a new agricultural technique
  4. To construct a wildlife sanctuary

Ans:- 2)To conserve an endangered species

  • Tamil Nadu’s Chief Minister, M.K. Stalin, has inaugurated “Project Nilgiri Tahr,” a venture dedicated to the preservation and safeguarding of the endangered Nilgiri Tahr species. This initiative, backed by a budget of ₹25 crore, aims to gain a comprehensive understanding of the Nilgiri Tahr’s population, distribution, and ecological needs, while also addressing immediate threats to their survival.
  • A key goal of Project Nilgiri Tahr is to enhance our knowledge of the Nilgiri Tahr’s population, distribution, and ecological necessities, which is pivotal for their conservation. The project strives to reintroduce Nilgiri Tahr to their historical habitats, thereby aiding in the restoration of their natural range and safeguarding their populations.
  • To oversee the various aspects of Project Nilgiri Tahr, the Forest Department has established a dedicated project office in Coimbatore. A full-time Project Director and a Senior Scientist, supported by four Senior Research Fellows, have been appointed to lead and execute the project’s activities.

 

Q4. Who inaugurated the Indian Military Heritage Festival in New Delhi?

  1. Prime Minister of India
  2. Defence Minister
  3. President of India
  4. Chief of Army Staff

Ans:- 2) Defence Minister

  • At the Manekshaw Centre in New Delhi, the spotlight shone on the Indian Military Heritage Festival. The inauguration ceremony was led by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, accompanied by Chief of Army Staff General Manoj Pande.
  • The annual ‘Indian Military Heritage Festival’ was organized by the United Service Institution of India (USI), the nation’s oldest tri-service think tank, which has been actively engaged since 1870. This grand event served as a tribute to India’s illustrious military history and aimed to ignite a sense of inspiration among the nation’s youth.
  • Headquartered in New Delhi, India, the United Service Institution of India (USI) is a think tank committed to matters of national security and defense services. Its mission is to foster and advance interest and knowledge in the realms of defense services, encompassing various aspects like arts, sciences, and literature related to this sphere. The institution was established by Major General Sir Charles MacGregor in 1870 in Shimla.

 

Q5. Who launched Project ‘Udbhav’ to promote “Indianisation”?

  1. Prime Minister of India
  2. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh
  3. Chief of Army Staff
  4. President of India

Ans:-2)Defence Minister Rajnath Singh

  • The Indian Army has recently introduced ‘Project Udbhav’ with the objective of rediscovering the deep-rooted Indian heritage of statecraft and strategic wisdom found in ancient Indian texts.
  • Initiated by the military, ‘Project Udbhav’ seeks to draw insights on statecraft, strategy, diplomacy, and warfare from ancient Indian treatises such as Chanakya’s Arthashastra, Kamandaka’s Nitisara, and the Thirukkural by the Tamil poet-saint Thiruvalluvar.
  • This project serves as a vital link between age-old wisdom and contemporary military methodologies, empowering India to effectively tackle the evolving security challenges of the 21st century. It embodies the belief that ancient scriptures and writings, spanning centuries in the past, hold profound knowledge that can greatly enhance modern military strategies.