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1) Who has been elected as the 15th Chief Minister of Gujarat?

A. Anandiben Patel
B. JP Nadda
C. Bhupendra Patel
D. Vijay Rupani

C. Bhupendra Patel

• Bhupendra Patel has been unanimously elected as the Chief Minister of Gujarat for the second consecutive term.
• He has administered oath as 18th Chief Minister of the state by Governor Acharya Devvrat in Gandhinagar on 12th December 2022.
• The BJP has created history in Gujarat with a landslide victory in the 2022 election and its 7th consecutive win.
• The BJP has bagged 156 seats in the 182-member Assembly, its highest-ever poll tally in the state

2) Which country launched the first-ever ArabBuilt lunar spacecraft?

A. Qatar
B. Bahrain
D. Saudi Arabia


• On December 11, 2022, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket
sent the first Arab-built moon probe into orbit.
• It was launched from Florida’s Cape Canaveral Space
Force Station.
• The “Rashid Rover” was manufactured by Dubai’s
Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) in the
United Arab Emirates (UAE) and is being delivered by
the Japanese lunar exploration corporation ispace’s
HAKUTOR lander.
• The mission is due to arrive at Moon around April

3) World’s First commercial moon lander “HAKUTOR” has been launched by

C. SpaceX
D. ispace

D. ispace

• Japanese space startup, ispace has launched the
world’s first commercial moon lander, “HAKUTO-R”
on 11th December 2022 after several delays.
• This mission was took off from Cape Canaveral,
Florida, after two postponements caused by
inspections of its SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.
• HAKUTO refers to the white rabbit that lives on the
moon in Japanese folklore.
• The national space agencies of the United States,
Russia and China have already achieved the soft
landings on moon.

4) Which state government has launched Sanitation Workers’ Development Programme?

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

A. Tamil Nadu

• TN CM, MK Stalin has launched Sanitation Workers’ Development Programme across the state and distributed safety equipment to a few workers.
• Aim: Improve the living standard of sanitation workers and economy
• Under the scheme, safety kits like gloves and boots will be distributed to 53,301 sanitary workers in the state.
• He also launched a mobile app “SHWAS” (Sanitation Workers Health Welfare and Safety)
• It will ensure proper education for the children of conservancy workers

5) Which Himalayan medicinal plant has been assessed as ‘critically endangered’ in the IUCN Red List?

A. Meizotropis pellita
B. Fritilloria cirrhosa
C. Dactylorhiza hatagirea
D. All of those

A. Meizotropis pellita

• Three medicinal plant species (Meizotropis pellita, Fritilloria cirrhosa, Dactylorhiza hatagirea) have been listed in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, after a recent assessment.
• Reason: The biodiversity hotspot shows deforestation, habitat loss, forest fires, illegal trade and climate change
• Meizotropis pellita has been assessed as ‘critically endangered’, Fritilloria cirrhosa as ‘vulnerable’, and Dactylorhiza hatagirea as ‘endangered’.

6) Which edition of the India-Indonesia Coordinated Patrol (IND-INDO CORPAT) is being conducted from 8th – 19th December 2022?

A. 38th
B. 39th
C. 40th
D. 41st

B. 39th

• The 39th edition of India-Indonesia Coordinated Patrol (IND-INDO CORPAT) between the Indian Navy and the Indonesian Navy is being conducted from 08 – 19 December 2022.
• INS Karmuk, an indigenously built Missile Corvette participated in the pre-deployment briefing at Belawan, Indonesia
• Along with India’s INS Karmuk, L-58 and Dornier Maritime Patrol Aircraft are participating in the CORPAT.
• India and Indonesia have been carrying out CORPATs twice a year since 2002.

7) What is the theme of the 20th Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival?

A. Height Matter
B. Climbs
C. Everest – Everest
D. Sustainable Summits

D. Sustainable Summits

• The 20th Edition of the Kathmandu International
Mountain Film Festival kicked off on 8 December 2022 in
Kathmandu, Nepal.
• The festival was organised from December 8 to 12, 2022.
• Hindi film Ayena, directed and produced by Siddhant Sirin,
showcased at the 20th edition of Kathmandu
International Mountain Film Festival.
• 55 films in Nepali, Korean, Hindi, Spanish, Russian, French,
Dioula, Italian and lLbanese language have been
• This year the theme of the film fest is ‘Sustainable
Summits’ and it showcased documentaries, fiction, shorts
as well as experimental and animated films

8) Government of India has extended the “PM SVANidhi” scheme till –

A. December 2024
B. August 2024
C. December 2025
D. August 2026

A. December 2024

• The Government of India has extended the PM Street
Vendor’s AtmaNirbhar Nidhi (PM SVANidhi) Scheme
beyond March, 2022.
• The extension of the lending period will be till December
• Introduction of 3rd loan of upto ₹50,000 in addition to 1st
& 2nd loans of ₹10,000 and ₹20,000 respectively.
• PM Svanidhi Yojana was launched on June 1, 2020.
• This scheme was started with the aim of providing
financial support to small shopkeepers and hawkers.
• So far 53.7 lakh applications have been received under
this scheme, out of which 36.6 lakh applications have
been approved and 33.2 lakh loans have been disbursed.

9) Which country printed the first banknotes with women’s signatures?

A. Germany
B. Indonesia
D. Bhutan


• The U.S. The Treasury (United States of America’s
Finance Ministry) has printed the first US banknotes
(currency notes) with two women’s signatures.
• The new currency notes of $1 and $5 value carry the
signature of the Secretary of Treasury (American
Finance Minister) Janet Yellen and Lynn Malerba.
• The United States currency notes are popularly called
as Greenback.
• Lynn Malerba is Native American and is the chief of
the Mohegan Tribe, who holds the position of
Treasurer of the United States within the Department
of Treasury, United States government.

10) ISRO has successfully tested the Hot Test of Scramjet Engine in –

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

B. Tamil Nadu

• The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has
successfully tested the Hot Test of Scramjet Engine at
ISRO’s Propulsion Research Complex at Mahendragiri in
Tirunelveli district of Tamil Nadu.
• The Hot Test System is a 100% production test used to
check all operating parameters of the engine as they
would function in real time.
• The test lasted for 11 seconds.
• The scramjet is a more advanced version of the ramjet
engine and can operate efficiently at hypersonic speeds.
• India is the fourth country to demonstrate the flight
testing of a Scramjet Engine.

11) Tourism Ministry has set up a 24×7 MultiLingual Tourist Info-Helpline in –

A. 6 languages
B. 8 languages
C. 10 languages
D. 12 languages

D. 12 languages

• The Ministry of Tourism has set up a 24×7 MultiLingual Tourist Info-Helpline on the toll free number
1800111363 or on a short code 1363
• Aim: to provide support service in term of
information relating to Travel in India and to offer
appropriate guidance to tourists in distress while
traveling in India.
• The toll free service was introduced in 12 Languages
including 10 international languages (German,
French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Russian,
Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Arabic), Hindi and English
for domestic and foreign tourists

12) Shishupal hillock will be developed as a Tourist Destination in

A. Jharkhand
B. Odisha
C. Chhattisgarh
D. Telangana

C. Chhattisgarh

• Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel
announced that Shishupal hillock in Mahasamund
district will be developed as a Tourist Destination.
• He also said that an interstate bus stand will be also
built and a tap water scheme will be also launched in
Saraipali town.
• He said that the Bhadra pond will be deepened and
the rural haat market will be also upgraded.
• Baghel inaugurated the new Baloda police station.
• It will cover an area of 60 villages.

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