GK & Current Affairs – January 12, 2016

1.

In which Indian state, the Nati folk dance is celebrated?
[A]Andhra Pradesh
[B]Rajasthan
[C]Himachal Pradesh
[D]Karnataka

Himachal Pradesh
The Nati folk dance of Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh had made it to the Guinness World Records Book as the largest folk dance in the world. Kullu Dussehra is a centuries-old festival i.e. dedicated to the girl child. It begins on Vijaya Dashami, the day when the festivities end in rest of the country. In the colourful Kullu folk dance (Nati), 20,000 dancers performed at Dhalpur ground during Kullu Dussehra festival on October 26, 2015 to spread the message of ‘Beti Hai Anmol’ (Girl child is precious).

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2.

Which of the following states is the host for the National Youth Festival 2016?
[A]Karnataka
[B]Bihar
[C]Chhattisgarh
[D]Assam

Chhattisgarh
The 20th National Youth Festival has started in Naya Raipur, the new capital city of Chhattisgarh. The mascot for the event is the state animal of Chhattisgarh – Wild Buffalo, in famous dancing pose of Bastar tribals. The mascot symbolises strength, gives message of physical fitness to youth of nation and its dancing pose signifies festive zeal. The mascot has been named as ‘Sangi’, which means “friend”. The National Youth Festival is celebrated to mark the commemorate the birth anniversary of youth icon Swami Vivekananda. It is held in a different state each year during National Youth Week, 12 to 16 January every year.

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3.

Which state has become the first state to achieve 100 percent primary education status?
[A]Mizoram
[B]Manipur
[C]Kerala
[D]Assam

Kerala
Kerala has become the first Indian state to achieve 100% primary education. This has been achieved through the primary education equivalency drive of the state literacy mission “Athulyam”. The programme was meant to provide primary school education to people aged between 15 and 50. The mission also focused on deprived sections viz. the financially weak, scheduled caste, scheduled tribe, physically and mentally disabled among others.

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4.

Vijay Chaudhari is related to which of the following sports?
[A]Boxing
[B]Wrestling
[C]Cricket
[D]Chess

Wrestling
Wrestler Vijay Chaudhari has won the 2016 Maharashtra Kesri title by winning the 59th Maharashtra Kesri Wrestling Championship in Nagpur, Maharashtra. The Maharashtra Kesari, an Indian-style wrestling championship, was established in 1961.

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5.

Who is the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Flipkart?
[A]Nikhil Saxena
[B]Sachin Mehra
[C]Binny Bansal
[D]Nitin Sharma

Binny Bansal
Sachin Bansal, who is the co-founder of Flipkart, has stepped down as CEO to take on the role of Executive Chairman of the company. Other co-founder Binny Bansal, will take the reins from Sachin as the Chief Executive Officer of Flipkart. He was earlier the COO of the company.

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6.

Who has won the 2015 FIFA Ballon d’Or award?
[A]Christiano Ronaldo
[B]Luis Suarez
[C]Neymar
[D]Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi
Barcelona FC forward Lionel Messi has won the 2015 Ballon d’Or award for the world’s best football player for a record fifth time. Earlier, he won the award in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. The USA’s World Cup-winning midfielder Carli Lloyd won the women’s world player of the year award.

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7.

The Flamingo Festival-2016 is organised in which state?
[A]Tamil Nadu
[B]Odisha
[C]Andhra Pradesh
[D]Kerala

Andhra Pradesh
Andhra Pradesh government has organised the Flamingo Festival from 9-10 January. The State government has been organising the festival for the past 10 years aiming at creating awareness on conservation of these rare species. The festival provides a good opportunity for the people, environmentalists and bird watchers to study the bio-diversity of Pulicat lake and Nellapattu Bird Sanctuary and initiate measures to conserve the bio-zones for future generations. Pulicat lake, which is spread over an extent of 460 square km, and thousands of birds (nearly 240 species) visit the lake during winter.

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8.

Hopman Cup is associated with which sports?
[A]Tennis
[B]Badminton
[C]Golf
[D]Hockey

Tennis
The Hopman Cup is an annual international team indoor tennis tournament held in Perth, Western Australia in early January every year. It was founded in 1989. In the recently held tournament, Australia won the cup for the first time in 17 years.

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9.

Who is the winner of the 2016 Chennai Open title of tennis?
[A]Somdev Devvarman
[B]Stan Wawrinka
[C]Lukas Rosol
[D]Borna Coric

Stan Wawrinka
Stan Wawrinka from Switzerland has won the 2016 Chennai Open title of tennis. In the final match at Nungambakkam tennis stadium in Chennai, he defeated the Borna Coric (World No. 33) of Croatia by 6-3, 7-5 score. This was his third consecutive ATP Chennai Open title for Wawrinka (won in 2014, 2015 and 2016) and overall fourth, first won it in 2011.

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10.

Operation Cold, is launched by the which of the following police forces?
[A]Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF)
[B]Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP)
[C]Border Security Force (BSF)
[D]Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB)

Border Security Force (BSF)
Border Security Force (BSF) has launched ‘Operation Cold’ along the international border in Rajasthan covering Sriganganagar, Bikaner, Barmer and Jaisalmer. It will continue till January 30. It was launched to contain any infiltration or intrusion from Pakistan in fog and cold wave weather conditions in the western desert.

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