Daily Current Affairs 19th December 2023

1. With the recent approval of Rs 2800 Crore, the Indian Defence Ministry, what weapon system does it hope to improve the artillery capabilities of the Indian Army?

Ans. Pinaka Weapon System

2. Which penalties have operators found guilty of overcharging for Aadhaar services faced from the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI)?

Ans. Rs.50,000

3. Which city came in top on Mercer’s 2023 Quality of Living Index?

Ans. Vienna

4. Which state hosted the launch of the “Bhagwant Mann Sarkar, Tuhade Dwaar” scheme, which aimed to deliver 43 citizen services to people’s doorsteps?

Ans. Punjab

5. Which multinational steel giant has agreed to contribute a sizeable sum of ₹100 crore toward the creation of the London-based Center for Innovation in Sustainable Design and Manufacturing in partnership with Imperial College London?

Ans. Tata Steel

6. In the next two years, how many new airports is Uttar Pradesh expected to see based on the plans that Union Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia unveiled?

Ans. Nine

7. Which Indian state is Foxconn planning to invest an extra $1.67 billion in to support iPhone production and diversification?

Ans. Karnataka

8. Which company recently had Moody’s Investors Service reaffirm its Baa2 rating?

Ans. Reliance Industries

9. Which nation recently saw the approval of the Extended Fund Facility (EFF) second tranche, totaling approximately $337 million, from the International Monetary Fund (IMF)?

Ans. Sri Lanka

10. Which men’s doubles badminton team is the favorite to win the Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award?

Ans. Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty

11. Which bank is working with Reliance Industries to provide funding for crop residue-based compressed biogas (CBG) production?

Ans. DBS Bank

12. Who was just appointed to the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) as a part-time member?

Ans. Parama Sen

13. Which bank has been given permission by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to provide retired Ministry of Railways employees with their pension payments via electronic Pension Payment Orders (e-PPOs)?

Ans. Bandhan Bank

14. What is the main objective of the €70 million Line of Credit (LoC) between the German Development Bank KfW and the State Bank of India (SBI)?

Ans. Solar projects

15. Which Indian state recently launched the ‘Maha Lakshmi Scheme,’ providing free bus transportation for women, girls, and transgender people?

Ans. Telangana

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