GK & Current Affairs – April 22, 23, 2016

1.

The Cheraman Juma Masjid is located in which state of India?
[A]Karnataka
[B]Telangana
[C]Kerala
[D]Andhra Pradesh

Kerala
The Cheraman Juma Masjid is a mosque in Methala, Kodungallur Taluk, Thrissur District in the Indian state of Kerala Built in 629 AD, it is the first mosque in India.

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2.

Which of the following countries have recently signed an agreement for the launch of “PRSS-1” satellite to monitor CPEC projects?
[A]India and Iran
[B]Pakistan and China
[C]India and United States
[D]Japan and United States

Pakistan and China
Pakistan and China have recently signed an agreement for the launch of a special satellite “Pakistan Remote Sensing Satellite (PRSS-1) System” in June 2018 to monitor the development of the $46 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects. The CPEC project has launched with the help of China to connect western China to southern Pakistan’s port city of Gawadar that gives China an opening to the Arabian Sea. India has been protesting the corridor’s passing through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir ever since the project was started by President Xi Jinping during his visit to Islamabad 2015.

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3.

What is the India’s rank in the 2016 World Press Freedom Index (WPFI)?
[A]135th
[B]137th
[C]133rd
[D]130th

133rd
India has been ranked 133rd out of 180 countries listed in the 2016 World Press Freedom Index (WPFI), released by NGO Reporters Without Borders (RSF). The list is topped by Finland followed by Netherlands, Norway, Denmark and New Zealand. Among India’s neighboring countries, Bhutan has ranked 94, Nepal (105), Afghanistan (120), Sri Lanka (141), Bangladesh (144), Pakistan (147) and China (176).

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4.

Vishnu Vardhan is associated with which sports?
[A]Badminton
[B]Tennis
[C]Hockey
[D]Football

Tennis
Vishnu Vardhan, former national champion, has become the first champion of the Asian Tennis Tour (ATT) after defeating Sidharth Rawat by 7-6(7), 6-3 in the final of the $5,000 event at Delhi Lawn Tennis Association (DLTA) Complex, Delhi.

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5.

Who is the author of the book “The Story of Kashmir through the Ages”?
[A]Nehan Singhal
[B]Arjan Nath Chaku
[C]Amitabh Matoo
[D]Leher Sethi

Arjan Nath Chaku
The book “The Story of Kashmir through the Ages” has been authored by Arjan Nath Chaku and Inder K Chaku. Its’ a two volume encyclopedia on Kashmir, which was recently launched in New Delhi.

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6.

Who has won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for fiction?
[A]T J Stiles
[B]Lin-Manuel Miranda
[C]Viet Thanh Nguyen
[D]Peter Balakian

Viet Thanh Nguyen
Viet Thanh Nguyen, the Vietnamese American professor at the University of Southern California and editor of diaCRITICS, has won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for fiction for his 2015 novel “The Sympathizer”. The novel is the story of a man of two minds, someone whose political beliefs clash with his individual loyalties.

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7.

The National Civil Services Day is celebrated on which date in India?
[A]April 19
[B]April 20
[C]April 21
[D]April 22

April 21
The National Civil Services Day is celebrated every year on April 21, when civil servants rededicate themselves to the cause of the citizens and renew their commitment to public service. On this day, “PM Awards for Excellence in Public administration” have been instituted with a view to acknowledge, recognize and reward the extraordinary and innovative work done by officers of the Central and State Governments for the welfare of common citizen. This day coincides with the date on which Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel had addressed the first batch of probationers at the All India Administrative Service Training School at Metcalfe House, New Delhi in 1947.

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8.

Which Union Territory (UT) of India has got the Jan Dhan Yojana Award on 2016 National Civil Services Day?
[A]Dadra and Nagar Haveli
[B]Chandigarh
[C]Lakshadweep
[D]Puducherry

Chandigarh
The 10th edition of Civil Services Day 2016 has been celebrated at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi on April 21, 2016. On this occasion, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has released a book titled “Transforming India” and gave away awards for good governance. For the priority programme Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJSY), Chandigarh was awarded in Union Territories (Uts), Nagaon, Assam in North East and Hill States category, and North 24 Parganas, West Bengal in Other States group.

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9.

As per recently released World Malaria Report 2015 of WHO, which continent has become first in the world to end malaria?
[A]North America
[B]Europe
[C]Australia
[D]Africa

Europe
As per recently released World Malaria Report 2015 of World Health Organization (WHO), Europe has become the world’s first region to wipe out malaria with zero cases reported in the year 2015. The report has stated that the number of malaria cases fell from 90,712 to zero between 1995 and 2015 in the countries of European region.

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10.

Which Chinese professor has been honoured with the 2013 Dr. George Grierson prize for promoting Hindi?

[A]Yang Lian

[B]Xu Jinglei

[C]Ge Fuping

[D]Zhao Wei

Ge Fuping

Ge Fuping, the Chinese professor, has been honoured with the 2013 Dr. George Grierson prize by the President of India Pranab Mukherjee for his remarkable works done for the propagation of Hindi in foreign. Besides him, Alka Dunputh (from Mauritius) and Shichiro Soma (from Japan) were also given the George Grierson award for 2012 and 2014 by the honourable President.

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