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1) Who has been appointed as the Chief Scientist of World Health Organisation (WHO)?

A. Dr Jeremy Farrar
B. Joel Nathan
C. Samir Acharya
D. Pro. Joss Bland

A. Dr Jeremy Farrar

• On 13th December 2022, World Health Organisation (WHO) has appointed Dr Jeremy Farrar as its new Chief Scientist with effect from the 2nd quarter of 2023.
• He will be replacing Soumya Swaminathan, who resigned from the post after a 5-year stint.
• Jeremy Farrar is a clinician scientist. He is currently, the head of Wellcome Trust, which he joined in 2013.
• Soumya Swaminathan is serving as the Chief Scientist at WHO from 2019 to 2022.

2) Which country imposed a ban on Young people buying Cigarettes?

A. Australia
B. Canada
C. Norwegian
D. New Zealand

D. New Zealand

• New Zealand on 13th December, passed into law a unique plan to phase out tobacco smoking by imposing a lifetime ban on young people buying cigarettes.
• The law states that tobacco can’t ever be sold to anybody born on or after Jan 1, 2009.
• Retailers licensed to sell tobacco will be cut from 6,000 to 600 by the end of 2023.
• Goal: They have a stated goal of making New Zealand smoke-free by 2025.
• Only Bhutan, which banned cigarette sales in 2010, will have stricter anti-smoking laws

3) Who has been elected as the President of the Cardiological Society of India (CSI)?

A. Dr PC Rath
B. Kishor Reddy
C. Ramesh Kejriwal
D. Mansi Gulati

A. Dr PC Rath

• Senior cardiologist, Dr PC Rath was formally elected as the president of the Cardiological Society of India (CSI) for one year (2023-24), in an annual meeting held in Chennai.
• He is currently working as a senior consultant cardiologist and head of department of Cardiology at Apollo Hospitals, Jubilee Hills.
• CSI is a national body of cardiologists within India and those settled abroad.
• It was formed in 1948 under the supervision of Bharat Ratna Dr Vidhan Shankar Roy.

4) Who has been honoured with the “2022 WTA Player of the Year”?

A. Ruud Casper
B. Iga Swiatek
C. Nadal Rafael
D. Medvedev Daniil

A. Ruud Casper

• Polish Tennish player Iga Swiatek has been honoured with the 2022 WTA Player of the Year award for the first time for her achievements in 2022.
• She is currently ranked World No.1
• She has won a total of 67 matches in the 2022 season.

5) Who won ‘Safety Performer of the Year’ 2022 award by Delhi Airport?

A. Air India
B. SpiceJet
C. Go First
D. IndiGo

B. SpiceJet

• SpiceJet has been awarded the ‘Safety Performer of the Year’ award by GMR Delhi Airport Awards 2022 for being the top performer among the self-handling airlines.
• Recently, SpiceJet was audited by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), and its operations, safety processes, and systems were found to be strong and at par with the global best practices and safety standards.

6) Which state will host of the “Purple Fest: Celebrating Diversity” on January 2023?

A. Pune
B. Goa
C. West Bengal
D. Uttarakhand

B. Goa

• Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant unveiled the logo for the ‘Purple Fest: Celebrating Diversity’, to be held in Panaji in January 2023.
• It is a first-of-its-kind inclusive festival for persons with disabilities.
• The Goa State Commission for Persons with Disabilities will host the Purple Fest in association with the Directorate of Social Welfare and Entertainment Society of Goa.

7) Which state ranks first in providing medical consultation through Telecommunication?

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

B. Tamil Nadu

• Tamil Nadu has become the first in India by providing
medical advice to 22 lakh 58 thousand 739 people
through health centers operating in Tamil Nadu.
• The welfare for all scheme is currently in force to
ensure quality and free healthcare to all people in
the country.
• The objective of this project is to provide medical
advice through telecommunication devices.

8) India has signed $200 million Currency Swap Agreement with –

A. Maldives
B. Sri Lanka
C. Bangladesh
D. Myanmar

A. Maldives

• The Reserve Bank of India has signed a Currency Swap Agreement with the Maldives Monetary Authority (MMA) to enable MMA to make drawals in multiple tranches up to a maximum of $200 millionfrom the RBI.
• This agreement has been signed under the SAARC Currency Swap Framework.
• The word swap means exchange. A currency swap between two countries is an agreement or contract to exchange currencies with predetermined terms and conditions

9) 19th Handicraft trade fair was organized in which country?

A. India
B. Japan
C. Nepal
D. Bangladesh

C. Nepal

• The Federation of Handicraft Associations of Nepal (FHAN) has organised 19th Handicraft Trade Fair and 17th Craft Competition in Kathmandu from December 9 to 13.
• The objective of this trade fair is to promote the development and market of handicraft products.

10) Which player won the women’s air pistol gold in the 65th National Shooting Championship, 2022?

A. Sanskriti Bana
B. Divya T.S
C. Manu Bhaker
D. Rhythm Sangwan

B. Divya T.S

• Karnataka shooter, Divya T.S has secured her firstwomen’s 10m air pistol national title at the 65th National Shooting Championship Competitions in Pistol events, held in Bhopal from 20th Nov to 12 Dec 2022
• She defeated Sanskriti Bana from Uttar Pradesh by 16-14 and Rhythm Sangwan from Haryana has settled for bronze.
• Olympian, Manu Bhaker has won the junior women’s air pistol, after defeating Esha Singh (Telangana).
• Rhythm Sangwan has won the gold in the Youth category.

11) Which state forest department has launched ‘Vanikaran’ project to restore natural vegetation?

A. Tamil Nadu
B. Chhattisgarh
C. Kerala
D. Telangana

C. Kerala

• Kerala forest department has launched ‘Vanikaran’ project to restore natural vegetation.
• It is an afforestation project to root out invasive plants, especially Senna spectabilis.
• It is being executed in Sulthan Bathery forest range of Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary (WWS).
• Its pillars include planting saplings of Bamboo, fruit plants etc. and rainwater harvesting.

12) CJI DY Chandrachud has inaugurated the District Court Digitisation Hubs (DCDH) in 10 districts of

A. Maharashtra
B. Karnataka
C. Telangana
D. Odisha

D. Odisha

• Chief Justice of India (CJI) DY Chandrachud on 12 December virtually inaugurated District Court Digitisation Hubs (DCDH) in 10 districts of Odisha.
• The hubs at Angul, Bhadrak, Jharsuguda, Kalahandi, Keonjhar, Koraput, Malkangiri, Mayurbhanj, Nayagarh and Sonepur, will take care of digitisation work of all 30 districts of the state.
• Initially, four District Court Digitization Centres (DCDC) were set up on a pilot basis in Cuttack, Ganjam, Sambalpur and Balasore districts on April 30, 2021.
• The digitization work done by the Orissa High Court has emerged as a model for all the High Courts in the country.

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