18th January Current Affairs 2023

1) Who has won the bid for the media rights for the Women’s IPL?

A. Disney Star
B. Jio
C. Star Sports
D. Viacom18


• Viacom18 has won the bid for the media rights for the Women’s IPL for a whopping Rs 951 crore for five years.
• The auction for the T20 League was conducted by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in Mumbai.
• BCCI will launch the Women’s Indian Premier League in March 2023.

2) ‘VARUNA’ is the bilateral naval exercise between India and –

A. France
B. Spain
C. Switzerland
D. Germany


• The 21st edition of the bilateral naval exercise between India and France ‘VARUNA’ was organized on the Western Seaboard from 16-20 January 2023.
• It will witness advanced air defense exercises, tactical manoeuvres, surface firings, underway replenishment, and other maritime operations.
• It was initiated in 1993 and was christened ‘VARUNA’ in 2001.

3) Which state has become 4th state to restore the Old Pension Scheme?

A. Rajasthan
B. Karnataka
C. Himachal Pradesh
D. Gujarat


• Himachal Pradesh on 13th January, restored the Old Pension Scheme (OPS) for its 1.4 lakh government employees, fulfilling Congress’s poll promise.
• Himachal Pradesh became the fourth state to restore the Old Pension Scheme.
• Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, and Punjab are others states where the Old pension scheme (OPS) have rolled out by the state governments for their government employees. Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan both have been led by Congress.

4) Who has bagged the first-ever Federal Bank Literary Award 2022?

A. Madhav
B. K Venu
C. S Chaari
D. V N Vaasu


• Noted writer K Venu has bagged the first-ever Federal Bank Literary Award 2022 for his autobiography ‘Oranweshananthinte Katha’.
• The award was presented by the chairman and independent director of the Federal Bank, Balagopal Chandrasekhar.
• It was presented at an event held as part of the ongoing sixth edition Kerala Literature Festival, Kozhikode beach.

5) WPI inflation has been eased to 22-month low in December 2022 by –

A. 4.82%
B. 4.95%
C. 5.33%
D. 5.89%


• According to the Ministry of Commerce and Industry data, the Wholesale Price-based Inflation (WPI) for December 2022 has been eased to 22-month low of 4.95%.
• Reason: Due to falling in prices of food articles, especially vegetables, and oilseeds
• The WPI inflation was 5.85% in November 2022 and 14.27% in December 2021.

6) “Yonex- Sunrise India Open 2023” tournament was organized in –

A. Kolkata
B. Mumbai
C. New Delhi
D. Hyderabad


• The India Open, officially known as Yonex- Sunrise India Open 2023 has been organized in New Delhi from 17th January to 22nd January 2023.
• The tournament organized at the KD Jadhav Indoor Hall.
• Since 2008, it will be the first time when India Open is organized in the super 750 status category.

7) How much percent have won 40% of total wealth in India?

A. 1%
B. 1.5%
C. 2%
D. 2.5%


• According to a recent report by Oxfam International, more than 40% of India’s total wealth is held by just 1% of the country’s richest people.
• While 50% of the population has only 3% of the country’s total wealth.
• The total number of billionaires in the country has increased from 102 in 2020 to 166 in 2022.
• According to the report, the total wealth of the 100 richest people of India has increased to US$ 660 billion i.e. about Rs 54.12 lakh crore.

8) Who has won the men’s singles Malaysia Open title 2023?

A. Viktor Axelsen
B. Srikanth Kidambi
C. Lin Dan
D. Kento Momota


• Denmark badminton player, Viktor Axelsen won the men’s singles Malaysia Open title 2023, after defeating Kodai Naraoka from Japan.
• While Akane Yamaguchi (Japanese player) lifted the title in the women’s final, after beating South Korea’s An Seyoung.
• Other winners:
• Men’s doubles: Fajar Alfian and Muhammad Rian Ardianto (Indonesia)
• Women’s doubles: Chen Qingchen and Jia Yifan (China)
• Mixed doubles: Zheng Siwei and Huang Yaqiong (China)

9) Indian Railways has announced to run the “Bharat Gaurav Deluxe AC” tourist train between India and which country?

A. Bangladesh
B. Nepal
C. Pakistan
D. Bhutan


• Indian Railways is going to run Bharat Gaurav Deluxe AC tourist train “Shri Ram-Janaki Yatra: Ayodhya to Janakpur”, which will cover two most important pilgrimage sites of neighbouring India and Nepal, Ayodhya and Janakpur.
• The initiative aims to strengthen bilateral relations between India and Nepal and promote cultural ties between the two countries.
• The first Indo-Nepal Bharat Gaurav tourism train was flagged off from Safdarjung Railway Station in Delhi in June 2022.

10) Which state/UT government has launched a virtual mega book fair for its schools?

A. Maharashtra
B. Delhi
C. Ladakh
D. Kerala


• Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi Manish Sisodia has inaugurated a virtual mega book fair for Delhi government schools.
• The online platform will enable schools under the Directorate of Education to purchase books for their libraries and to ensure that library books reach the school’s doorstep.
• Delhi is the first in the country where teachers and children of all government schools participate in the virtual fair and select books for their library.

11) India will be covered by Doppler weather radar network by which year?

A. 2024
B. 2025
C. 2026
D. 2027


• Union Minister of State for Earth Sciences, Dr Jitendra Singh on 15 January informed that by 2025, the entire country will be covered by Doppler weather radar network so that extreme weather events can be predicted more accurately.
• The number of Doppler radars in the country has increased from 15 in 2013 to 37 in 2023.
• India will set up 25 more radars in the next two to three years, taking the number to 62.
• What is Doppler Weather Radar? It is a special type of radar that uses the Doppler effect to generate velocity data about objects at a distance.

12) The renowned bull-taming competition “Jallikattu 2023” begans in –

A. Tamil Nadu
B. Andhra Pradesh
C. Telangana
D. Karnataka


• The renowned bull-taming competition, Jallikattu, began on 15th January 2023 in the village of Avaniyapuram in Tamil Nadu.
• The third day of Pongal is devoted to cattle, an essential agricultural partner; the Tamil term “mattu” means “bull.”
• About Jallikattu Celebrations: A bull (Bos indicus), such as the Pulikulam or Kangayam breeds, is released into a crowd of people during the traditional event known as jallikattu (or sallikkattu), also known as eru thazhuvuthal and mancuvirattu.

13) Ministry of Culture has organized ‘Music in the Park’ series, under the name of –

B. Shruti Amrut
C. Kesariya
D. Shubhi


• The Society for Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture amongst youth (SPIC MACAY) is proud to announce the return of its popular ‘Music in the Park’ series, now under the name ‘Shruti Amrut’ in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture and the New Delhi Municipal Council.
• In this series, the first event of 2023 was held on 15 January in Nehru Park, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi.

14) 1000-year-old Viking Hall has been unearthed in which country?

A. Poland
B. Belarus
C. Denmark
D. Netherlands


• A 1000-Year-Old Viking Hall has been recently unearthed in Denmark.
• The Viking hall was up to 131 feet long and 26-33 feet wide. The building had 10-12 oak posts that supported the roof.
• This is the largest Viking Age find of this nature in more than 10 years.

15) Which Indian pair have won the Bangkok Open title?

A. Rohan & Somdev
B. Yuki & Saketh
C. Vijay & Sumit
D. Vishnu & Diviji


• Top seeded Indian pair of Yuki Bhambri and Saketh Myneni won the Bangkok Open title at Nonthaburi, Thailand on 15th January 2023.
• This is their sixth title together on the ATP Challenger Tour.
• Bhambri-Saket, playing their seventh final as a pair, beat Indonesian Christopher Rungkat and Australian Akira Santillan 2-6, 7-6, 14-12.
• With this win, the 28-year-old Yuki can achieve a careerbest ATP ranking of 90 in doubles, while the 35-year-old Saketh can move up to 74.

16) Which company has planned to set up 25000 EV charging points across India?

A. Adani Power
B. Reliance Power
D. Tata Power


• Tata Power said it has started a nationwide plan of setting up 25,000 electric vehicle (EV) charging points across the country to support faster adoption of emobility over the next five years.
• Tata Power currently provides 3,600 public or semipublic chargers and more than 23,500 residential chargers.

17) In 2022, India’s trade has reached $100 billion for the first time with which country?

A. China
C. Russia


• The bilateral trade between India and China has reached highest value- $ 135.98 billion in 2022.
• It has surpassed the 2021 record.
• However, India’s exports to China has declined from $28.1 billion to $17.48 billion.
• China’s total foreign trade has hit a record high of $6.25 trillion.
• ASEAN is the largest trading partner of China, followed by European Union and USA.
• As of 2022, USA is India’s largest trading partner followed by China and UAE.

18) Which state approved an annual plan of ₹1,086 crore for 2023-24 to reduce man-animal conflict?

A. Chhattisgarh
B. Odisha
C. Jharkhand
D. West Bengal


• The Odisha government’s State-level steering committee for the Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority (CAMPA) has approved an annual plan of INR 1,086 crore for the 2023-24 fiscal year, with a focus on reducing mananimal conflicts.
• The plan was approved during a meeting chaired by Chief Secretary S. C. Mohapatra on January 11th, where various issues related to wildlife management and afforestation were discussed.

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