20th January Current Affairs 2023

1) Which film has been named as the best film at the Ajanta-Ellora Film Festival?

A. Naanera
C. Kantara
D. Shankhnaad


• A Rajasthani film “Naanera” directed by Dipankar Prakash was awarded the ‘Golden Kailasha’ award for the best film at the Ajanta-Ellora Film Festival.
• The eighth edition of the film festival was organised in Aurangabad from 11 to 15 January.
• ‘Nanera’ has also received the award for Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Editing.
• Apart from this, Akshata Pandavapura of Kannada film ‘Koli Isru’ (Chicken Curry) won the Best Child Artist and Best Actress award.
• Jeetu Kamal was awarded the best actor award for the
• Bengali film ‘Aparajito’ at the film festival.

2) Which country will reduce its military to half by 2030?

A. Sri Lanka
B. Pakistan
C. Nepal
D. Bangladesh


• Sri Lanka has announced to cut short its military to half by 2030.
• In addition to this, it has planned to modernise its defence force by making it technically and tactically sound.
• The Army’s strength is to be reduced to 100,000 by the year 2030, down from the current figure of 200,783.

3) Which state has emerged as the top location for Mobile gamers, as per India Mobile Gaming Report 2022?

A. Uttar Pradesh
B. Maharashtra
C. Rajasthan
D. Bihar


• Uttar Pradesh (UP) has emerged as the top location for mobile gamers, followed by Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Bihar, and West Bengal, according to the India Mobile Gaming Report 2022 issued by the gaming platform Mobile Premier League (MPL).
• Among the most popular games played by participants were Ludo Dice, Snakes and Ladders, Carrom, Fruit Dart, Block Puzzle, and Poker.
• India overtook Japan as the top user of mobile games in 2016.
• The Indian gaming market was worth $2.6 billion in the fiscal year 2022 with over 15 billion downloads, and with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 27%, it would increase to $8.6 billion by 2027.

4) World’s first agricultural satellite called “AgriSAT1 /ZA 008” was launched by –

A. South Africa
B. Zimbabwe
C. Brazil


• South Africa has launched the World’s first agriculturefocused satellite, “AgriSAT-1 /ZA 008”.
• It is expected to generate over $100 million in revenue for South Africa.
• It was launched by Dragonfly Aerospace on a Space X Falcon 9 rocket.

5) Which state made its language compulsory for State Government jobs?

A. Maharashtra
B. Karnataka
C. Kerala
D. Tamil Nadu


• On 13th January 2023, The Tamil Nadu Assembly passed amended legislation to make securing a pass in Tamil language paper compulsory for recruitment to State government services.
• The Statement of Objects and Reasons of the Bill to amend The Tamil Nadu Government Servants (Conditions of Service) Act, 2016, said that as per Section 21 of this Act, no person shall be eligible for appointment to any service by direct recruitment unless he has an adequate knowledge of the official language of the state, that is Tamil.

6) World’s oldest person, Lucile Randon dies at 118. She was from –

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


• World’s oldest person, Lucile Randon, died on 17 January at the age of 118.
• She also known as Sister André, was a French supercentenarian. Living to the age of 118 years and 340 days, she had been the world’s oldest verified living person since 19 April 2022.
• In the year 2022, the world’s oldest person Ken Tanaka of Japan died. He was 119 years old.

7) Sibi George has been appointed as the next ambassador of India to –

A. Finland
B. Norway
C. Marshall Islands
D. Cook Islands


• Sibi George (IFS: 1993), has been concurrently accredited as the next Indian Ambassador to the Republic of the Marshall Islands, with residence in Tokyo.
• He is presently Ambassador of India to Japan.

8) Who is the authored of the book titled “Odalam Vanga”?

A. Faggan Singh Kulaste
B. Ma. Subramanian
C. Bharati Pawar
D. Anupriya Patel


• The English version of the book titled ‘Come! Let’s Run’ by Tamil Nadu Health and Family Welfare Minister, Ma. Subramanian was released by Krishnamachari Srikkanth, former Captain of the Indian Cricket team.
• The Tamil version of the same book titled ‘Odalam Vanga’ was released on March 8, 2021.
• The book was published by Emerald Publishers and the English translation was done by Geeta Padmanaban (a teacher) along with J. Joicy and Sharon.
• This book is a fascinating account of the physical, emotional, and historical journey taken by Thiru Subramanian during the course of running his marathons in Tamil Nadu, in India, and all over the world.

9) Which Indian actor has won the International Press Academy (IPA) award?

A. Parzaan Dastur
B. Sarika Thakur
C. Bhavin Rabari
D. Parikshit Sahni


• Bhavin Rabari is the lead child actor in Pan Nalin’s Gujarati film Chhello Show (The Last Film Show).
• Bhavin Rabari has won the International Press Academy (IPA) award in the ‘Best Breakthrough Performance’ category at the 27th Satellite Awards held in the United States.
• SS Rajamouli’s film RRR was given the Honorary Satellite Award by the International Press Academy.

10) India and which country has organized the 5th Foreign Policy and Security Dialogue?

A. Japan
B. North Korea
C. South Korea
D. Taiwan


• The 5th Foreign Policy and Security Dialogue between India and South Korea was held in Seoul on 16th & 17th January 2023.
• India and South Korea agreed to work to make global supply chains more resilient and robust.
• Both the countries agreed to take bilateral trade to US$ 50 billion by 2030 from an all-time high of US$ 28 billion at present.

11) 2nd edition of Hackathon named “Sainya Ranakshetram 2.0” was organised by –

B. Indian Air Force
C. Indian Navy
D. Indian Army


• The Indian Army under the aegis of HQ Army Training Command (ARTRAC) organised the second edition of Hackathon aptly named “SAINYA RANAKSHETRAM 2.0” from October 2022 to January 2023.
• Aim: to seek solutions to operational cyber challenges and to jump start and telescope the development time for innovative solutions in the field of Cyber Security.

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