GK & Current Affairs – May 25, 26, 2016

1.

Which Indian company has recently signed MoU with Iran government to set up smelter plant in Chabahar?
[A]Central Mine Planning and Design Institute
[B]Bharatiya Nabhikiya Vidyut Nigam
[C]Bharat Aluminium Company Ltd. (BALCO)
[D]National Aluminium Company Limited (NALCO)

National Aluminium Company Limited (NALCO)
The National Aluminium Company Limited (NALCO) has recently signed a MoU with Iranian Mines and Mining Industries Development and Renovation Organization to explore the possibility of setting up smelter- cum-gas based power plant on joint venture in Iran for the proposed smelter plant in Chabahar Free Trade Zone. For the proposed smelter plant NALCO will supply alumina from its refinery in India.

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2.

Neeraj Chopra is associated with which sports?
[A]Table Tennis
[B]Racing
[C]Chess
[D]Javelin Throw

Javelin Throw
India’s Javelin Thrower Neeraj Chopra has clinched the silver medal at the Zygmunta Selesta Memorial in Warsaw, Poland by his throw of 79.3 m. Though, he missed the Olympic qualification mark of 83 metres.

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3.

Which country’s women badminton team has won the 2016 Uber Cup tournament?
[A]Thailand
[B]India
[C]South Korea
[D]China

China
The Chinese women national badminton team has won the 26th edition of Uber Cup Badminton tournament 2016 by defeating South Korea in the final by 3-1 at the Kunshan Sports Centre Gymnasium in Beijing, China. With this, China have won three-straight Uber Cups and 14 in total since the team first started competing in the tournament in 1984.

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4.

Which country’s ex-President has been granted political refugee status in the United Kingdom (UK)?
[A]Vietnam
[B]Maldives
[C]Cyprus
[D]Georgia

Maldives
Mohamed Nasheed, the former president of the Maldives, has been granted political refugee status in the United Kingdom (UK). He is a prominent human rights campaigner and Maldives first democratically elected president, who served for 4 years before he was toppled in what he called a coup backed by the military and police. He was jailed in 2015 after a trial that drew widespread international criticism for being part of a slide to authoritarianism in the country. In January 2016, he was allowed to go to Britain on medical grounds.

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5.

Which indigenously built highly maneuverable Fast Attack Craft has been commissioned into Indian Navy?
[A]INS Hope
[B]INS Tarmugli
[C]INS Bhavani
[D]INS Diviseema

INS Tarmugli
The Indian Navy has recently commissioned “INS Tarmugli”, an indigenously built highly maneuverable Fast Attack Craft, at Naval Dockyard in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh. INS Tarmugli will be based in Visakhapatnam under the Naval Officer-in-Charge (Andhra Pradesh). It would be deployed for coastal patrol and surveillance operations along the East Coast of India. The ship is named after an island in the Andaman group and is capable of operating in shallow waters at high speeds and is equipped with enhanced fire power.

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6.

Who has been appointed as the new Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL)?
[A]Subhash Rai
[B]S K Sharma
[C]Sundaram Kumar
[D]Neel Singh

S K Sharma
The well-known scientist S K Sharma has been appointed as the Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) for a period of 5 years. He will be responsible for design, construction, commissioning and operation of nuclear power reactors. Presently, he is working as Distinguished Scientist and Director (Operations) in NPCIL.

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7.

The Mukurthi National Park is located in which state of India?
[A]Kerala
[B]Karnataka
[C]Tamil Nadu
[D]Odisha

Tamil Nadu
The Mukurthi National Park is located in the western corner of the Nilgiris Plateau west of Ootacamund hill station in the northwest corner of Tamil Nadu state in the Western Ghats mountain range of South India. It is home to an array of endangered wildlife viz. royal Bengal tiger, Asian elephant, Nilgiri tahr, etc. The park is a part of Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, India’s first International Biosphere Reserve.

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8.

Who is the author of the book “The Bones of Grace”?
[A]Selina Hossain
[B]Monica Ali
[C]Tahmima Anam
[D]Taslima Nasrin

Tahmima Anam
The book “The Bones of Grace” has been authored by Tahmima Anam, a British Bangladeshi writer, novelist and columnist. It is the story of Zubaida, and her search for herself. The novel is the final part of Anam’s Bengal trilogy, which chronicles three generations of the Haque family from the Bangladesh war of independence to the present day.

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9.

Which state government has recently banned disposable foam food containers?
[A]Himachal Pradesh
[B]Sikkim
[C]Odisha
[D]Tamil Nadu

Sikkim
For effective waste management in an eco-friendly manner, the Sikkim government has recently banned the use and sale of disposable foam food containers like cups, plates, spoons, containers, etc., and has restricted the use of mineral water bottles in government programmes all over the state.

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10.

The Indian citizens have been barred from travelling to which country recently by the Government of India (GoI)?
[A]Syria
[B]Libya
[C]Greece
[D]Hungary

Libya
The Government of India (GoI) has recently imposed a complete ban on Indian citizens travelling to war-torn Libya, irrespective of the purpose of the visit, in view of the prevailing security situation in that country.The travel ban is effective from May 3, 2016 till further orders.

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