GK & Current Affairs – April 24, 2016

1.

Who has been appointed as the new Director of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII)?
[A]V Ravi Rama Krishna
[B]Prashant Pathrabe
[C]Bhupendra Kainthola
[D]D J Narain

Bhupendra Kainthola
Bhupendra Kainthola, an Indian Information Service (IIS) officer of 1989 batch, has been appointed as the new Director of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII). He succeeded Prashant Pathrabe. FTII is the India’s premier institute that provides training for acting, film making, video editing, direction and production.

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2.

Asola Bhatti Wildlife Sanctuary is located in which city of India?
[A]Delhi
[B]Bikaner
[C]Chandigarh
[D]Pathankot

Delhi
The Asola Bhatti Wildlife Sanctuary is located at Asola near Tughlaqabad in the Delhi, National Capital Territory of India. It is in news recently because the Haryana Government has proposed to declare a 100-metre Eco-Sensitive Zone (ESZ) in Gurgaon and a 1-km ESZ in Faridabad along the boundary of the sanctuary and regarding to it, environment activists have opposed the state government’s move to reduce the eco- sensitive zone of the sanctuary from 10 kilometres to 100 metres.

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3.

The IRNSS-1G will be launched from which satellite vehicle in orbit on April 28, 2016?
[A]PSLV-C32
[B]PSLV-C31
[C]PSLV-C30
[D]PSLV-C33

PSLV-C33
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will launch the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS)-1G in orbit using Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle PSLV-C33 on April 28, 2016 at Sriharikota, ?Andhra Pradesh.The 1,425-kg spacecraft, IRNSS-1G, will be the 7th spacecraft to be placed in orbit.

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4.

Who is the author of the book “Hindutva or Hind Swaraj”?
[A]Agha Shahid Ali
[B]U.R. Ananthamurthy
[C]Rohinton Mistry
[D]Amrish Tripathi

U.R. Ananthamurthy
The book “Hindutva or Hind Swaraj” was penned by Udupi Rajagopalacharya Ananthamurthy, a contemporary writer and critic in the Kannada language. This was the very last work of the Ananthamurthy. The book examines two directions that were open to India at the time of Independence, comparing Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) founder V.D. Savarkar’s idea of Hindutva with Mahatma Gandhi’s concept of Hind Swaraj.

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5.

Khongjom Day is celebrated in which state of India?
[A]Arunachal Pradesh
[B]Tripura
[C]Manipur
[D]Himachal Pradesh

Manipur
The Khongjom Day is celebrated every year on April 23 by the Government of Manipur to pay tribute to the war heroes of Anglo-Manipur War 1891 who had sacrificed their lives fighting against the British to protect freedom of Manipur.

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6.

Which committee has been constituted to sort out issue on central excise duty on jewellery?
[A]Girish Shah committee
[B]Gautam Ray committee
[C]Ashok Lahri committee
[D]A P Shah committee

Ashok Lahri committee
The Union Government has recently constituted Dr. Ashok Lahri committee to interact with the trade and industry on the imposition of Central Excise Duty on jewellery.

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7.

The United Nations’ World Book and Copy Right day is observed on which date?
[A]April 22
[B]April 23
[C]April 24
[D]April 25

April 23
The United Nations’ World Book and Copy Right day is observed every year on April 23 to mark the anniversary of the birth or death well-known writers such as Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, Manuel Mejía Vallejo, Vladimir Nabokov, William Shakespeare, etc. The purpose of this day is to encourage everyone to discover the pleasure of reading and gain a renewed respect for the irreplaceable contributions of those, who have furthered the social and cultural progress of humanity.

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8.

Which committee has been constituted by the Union Government to suggest ways for doubling farmers’ income by 2022?
[A]Arvind Panagariya committee
[B]Ashok Dalwai committee
[C]Amitabh Kant committee
[D]Bibek Debroy committee

Ashok Dalwai committee
The Union Government has recently constituted 8-member committee to prepare a blueprint for doubling farmers’ income by 2022. The committee will be headed by Ashok Dalwai, who is the additional secretary at the Union Agriculture Ministry. The committee will identify potential areas of agriculture where more investment should happen and suggest ways to reduce the risk of farming by diversifying to horticulture and allied activities like livestock and fisheries to boost income.

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9.

Which Indian company has become the first to join a global energy productivity campaign “EP100”?
[A]Reliance Communications Ltd.
[B]Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd.
[C]Tata Global Beverages Ltd.
[D]Adani Enterprises Ltd.

Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd.
Indian automobile giant Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. has become the first Indian company to sign up for “EP100”, a global energy productivity campaign. The campaign is a brainchild of the “Climate Group”, an international non-profit organization, which helps businesses from all over the world to increase their energy productivity and thereby lessen their carbon footprints. By joining this campaign, the Indian company has committed to double their energy productivity by 2030, which is a core requirement for any business signing on to the campaign.

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10.

Who has been named as the goodwill ambassador for the Indian contingent in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games?
[A]John Abraham
[B]Salman Khan
[C]Amitabh Bachhan
[D]Priyanka Chopra

Salman Khan
The bollywood actor Salman Khan has been named as the goodwill ambassador for the Indian contingent in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. This is the first time that a Bollywood superstar has been chosen to as a Goodwill Ambassador for the games.

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