“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
Q1. In which city was the operation known as ‘Operation Muskaan,’ recently making headlines, carried out?
Under ‘Operation Muskaan,’ a project initiated by the Ministry of Home Affairs, the Mumbai Police have successfully rescued over 5,000 minors this year. The primary objective of this operation is to locate missing children and subsequently rescue and provide them with rehabilitation. The number of children rescued by the Mumbai Police up to August of this year surpasses the combined total of rescues made in the past five years.
Q2. As of September 2023, what is the maximum transaction amount permitted for small-value digital payments in offline mode?
2. Rs 200
3. Rs 500
4. Rs 100
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has disclosed its decision to elevate the transaction threshold for small-value digital payments in offline mode to ₹500, a substantial increase from the previous limit of ₹200. These transactions can be conducted through various channels or instruments, including cards, wallets, and mobile devices, but exclusively in a face-to-face setting. While the maximum transaction amount for offline payments is set at ₹500, the cumulative limit on a payment instrument is capped at ₹2,000 at any given moment.
Q3. Which company is responsible for creating the world’s first car that exclusively runs on 100 percent ethanol fuel?
3. Mahindra and Mahindra
4. Tata Motors
Nitin Gadkari, the Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways, recently revealed the prototype of the world’s first car compliant with Bharat Stage (BS)-VI standards and capable of flex-fuel electrification. This innovative vehicle, developed by Toyota Kirloskar Motor, is adapted from the Toyota Innova HyCross. It operates using 100 percent ethanol (E100) and has the capability to travel 40 percent of its journey using ethanol, while the remaining 60 percent is covered using electric power, with the petrol engine completely turned off.
Q4. What is the designation of India’s inaugural space-based observatory, scheduled for launch in September 2023?
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is poised to launch Aditya-L1 on September 2, with the objective of studying the sun. This mission, known as Aditya-L1, represents India’s maiden solar mission in the observatory-class category, aimed at investigating the Sun. It will be positioned in a halo orbit situated around the Lagrangian point (L1) within the Sun-Earth system.
Q5. On which date is National Sports Day observed in India?
- August 21
- August 23
- August 22
- August 29
Annually, on August 29th, India observes National Sports Day in honor of the birth anniversary of the renowned hockey icon, Major Dhyan Chand. This day is also known as Rashtriya Khel Divas and serves as a dedicated occasion to recognize the accomplishments and commitment of the nation’s sports heroes and champions in bringing glory to the country. Furthermore, it seeks to promote the significance of sporting values and principles.
Q6. In which city did the most recent Western Zonal Council meeting take place?
Union Home Minister Amit Shah presided over the 26th gathering of the Western Zonal Council, held in Gandhinagar, Gujarat. During the meeting, he also inaugurated an e-Resource web portal administered by the Inter State Council Secretariat, Ministry of Home Affairs, which will enhance the operations of Zonal Councils. Notably, the meeting witnessed the presence of Chief Ministers from Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa, as well as the Administrator of Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu.
Q7. In which sport is Kishore Jena, who recently made headlines, involved?
- Javelin Throw
- Table Tennis
Kishore Jena, the javelin sensation from Odisha, achieved a historic milestone by becoming the first athlete from the state to represent India in the finals of the World Athletics Championship. During the championship held in Budapest, he secured the fifth position with an impressive personal best throw of 84.77 meters.
Q8. Which nation has recently experienced the impact of tropical storm Idalia?
- South Africa
Tropical storm Idalia struck western Cuba and is expected to intensify into a significant hurricane as it approaches Florida’s Gulf Coast. Authorities have issued evacuation orders. Idalia was situated approximately 80 miles off the western tip of Cuba.
Q9. In which state is the ‘Mukhyamantri Chiranjeevi Swasthya Bima Yojana’ implemented?
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has granted approval for raising the daily minimum wage for laborers by Rs 26, beginning January 1, 2023. Furthermore, he declared that registered employees covered by the Employees State Insurance (ESI) Scheme in Rajasthan, along with their dependent families, will now be eligible for the advantages of the Mukhyamantri Chiranjeevi Swasthya Bima Yojana within the ESI category.
Q10. According to the annual lightning report, which state had the highest number of lightning flashes in the year 2022-23?
- Madhya Pradesh
Madhya Pradesh has been identified as the lightning capital of India, registering the highest number of lightning flashes, totaling 987,095 during the year 2022-23, along with the highest annual death toll of 340, as revealed by the fourth annual lightning report.The report also underscores that the country recorded over 20 million lightning strikes in the 2022-23 period, marking a significant 60% increase in cloud-to-ground lightning compared to 2019-20. The Lightning Resilient India Campaign represents a collaborative initiative involving the Climate Resilient Observing Systems Promotion Council (CROPC) and the India Meteorological Department (IMD).