GK & Current Affairs – September 17, 2016

1.

Which Indian cricketer has been conferred Arjuna Awards for year 2016?
[A]Yuvraj Singh
[B]Mahendra Singh Dhoni
[C]Ajinkya Rahane
[D]Rohit Sharma

Ajinkya Rahane
Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma have been conferred with the coveted Arjuna Award for year 2016 and 2015 at a function held at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi.Earlier, both the players could not receive the Arjuna Awards from the President of India, as they were participating in international tournaments.

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2.

The 2016 Naropa festival has started in which state of India?
[A]Himachal Pradesh
[B]Jammu and Kashmir
[C]Sikkim
[D]Uttarakhand

Jammu and Kashmir
The Naropa festival is a grand Buddhist festival which occurs in every 12 years, has started at the 17th century Hemis Monastery in Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir. The main event of the festival is the celebration of the 1,000th birth anniversary of spiritual Saint Naropa. In it, the six bone ornaments of Naropa will display, which are said to provide liberation on sight to all those who witness it. Beside this, the ancient silk Thangka (Tibetan Buddhist painting) of Buddha Amitabha will also unfurl.

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3.

Who has been appointed as the Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking of the UNODC?
[A]Samantha Khan
[B]Niharica Raizada
[C]Nadia Murad
[D]Malala Yousafzai

Nadia Murad
Nadia Murad Basee Taha, a young Yazidi woman who survived trafficking and gang-rape by the Islamic State terrorists, has been appointed as the Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Nadia is a fierce and tireless advocate for the Yazidi people and victims of human trafficking everywhere and is also the nominee of Nobel Peace Prize.

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4.

Which country will host the 2017 annual meetings of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group?
[A]China
[B]Nepal
[C]India
[D]Sri Lanka

India
Recently, the Government of India (GoI) has signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the African Development Bank (AfDB) for hosting the Bank’s Annual Meetings at Mahatma Gandhi Convention Centre in Ahmedabad, Gujarat on May 22-26, 2017. The 2017 AfDB meeting will be a mega international event to be attended by more than 5000 delegates from 80 member countries of the African Development Bank including the Governors, Alternate Governors, Executive Directors, policy makers and businesses.

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5.

Edward Albee, who passed away recently, was related to which field?
[A]Journalism
[B]Science
[C]Sports
[D]Playwright

Playwright
US playwright Edward Albee (88), the author of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, has recently passed away in New York. He was considered America’s greatest living playwright after Arthur Miller and August Wilson. Albee was awarded 3 times Pulitzer Prize for his book viz. A Delicate Balance, Seascape and Three Tall Women.

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6.

Which Indian American has won the 2016 Marconi Society Paul Baran Young Scholar Award?
[A]Nandan Murudar
[B]Priyanka Chernow
[C]Dinesh Bharadia
[D]Abraham Verghese

Dinesh Bharadia
Dinesh Bharadia, an Indian-origin MIT scientist, has won the prestigious 2016 Marconi Society Paul Baran Young Scholar Award for his contribution to send and receive radio (wireless) signals, including mobile telephony and data on the same channel (wave). By his research on radio waves, he disproved a long-held assumption of 150 years that it is not possible for a radio to receive and transmit on the same frequency band because of the interference that results. The award is equivalent to the Nobel Prize in science and technology domain and carries a cash prize of $ 4,000. He will receive the award at a ceremony at Mountain View in California on November 2, 2016.

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7.

Which country has successfully launched the Tiangong-2 space laboratory?
[A]China
[B]Taiwan
[C]Japan
[D]Vietnam

China
China has successfully launched the Tiangong-2 space laboratory into orbit to test space technology and conduct medical and space experiments. The space station was put into orbit by Long March 2-F T2 rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in northwestern Gobi desert. The Tiangong 2 module will be used for testing systems and processes for mid-term space stays and refueling and will house experiments in medicine and various space-related technologies.

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8.

The 2016 Engineer’s Day is celebrated on which date in India?
[A]September 17
[B]September 18
[C]September 16
[D]September 15

September 15
The Engineer’s Day is celebrated every year on September 15 in India in memory of the Bharat Ratna Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya. Visvesvaraya was the chief engineer responsible for the construction of the Krishna Raja Sagara dam in Mysore and also the chief designer of the flood protection system for the city of Hyderabad. The theme of the 49th edition of Engineers’ Day 2016 is “Skill Development for Young Engineers to Reform the Core Sector: Vision 2025”.

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9.

Which of the following countries has recently hit by the powerful Typhoon Meranti?
[A]China
[B]Vietnam
[C]Malaysia
[D]India

China
Typhoon Meranti, also known as Typhoon Ferdie in the Philippines, has recently badly hit China’s Fujian Province with winds of 173 km/h. It is the world’s strongest typhoon in 2016. Before that, the typhoon had hit the southern part of Taiwan and then slammed into the southeastern part of China with strong winds and lashing rains. Nearly 2 million homes were powerless in Fujian. The typhoon also brought heavy rainfall as it moved to lash China’s Zhejiang Province. More than 63,000 people in Zhejiang were relocated.

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10.

The book “One & A Half Wife” has been authored by whom?
[A]Advaita Kala
[B]Meghna Pant
[C]Rajiv Seth
[D]Madhuri Banerjee

Meghna Pant
The book “One & A Half Wife” has been authored by Meghna Pant, an Indian literary fiction author and financial journalist. It is a story of an Indian girl “Amara”, who will give you inner courage and hope to move on despite the odds and the realization that every time we cross a difficult hurdle and fall, we grow new ways and methods to cross it without falling again.

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