GK & Current Affairs – April 25, 26, 2016

1. Who is the author of the book “Flying in High Winds: A Memoir”?
[A]Shirish Chindhade
[B]S.K. Mishra
[C]Bilal Siddiqi
[D]Ruskin Bond
Answer: S.K. Mishra
The book “Flying in High Winds: A Memoir” has been authored by S.K. Mishra.The book chronicles a life well lived, revealing unknown facets of the prominent personalities with whom author interacted, such as Jawaharlal Nehru, M.F. Husain, Prince Charles, Sanjay Gandhi and Ebrahim Alkazi and behind-the-scenes history of major events in which he played a key role.
2. Sandeep Tomar is associated with which sport?
Answer: Wrestling
Sandeep Tomar, wrestler from India, has recently secured the 2016 Rio Olympic quota place in the men’s 57kg freestyle category by clinching bronze-medal at the first World Olympic Qualifying tournament in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. With this, Sandeep has become the 4th Indian wrestler after Yogeshwar Dutt (men’s 65kg freestyle), Narsingh Yadav (men’s 74kg freestyle) and Hardeep Singh (Greco-Roman 98kg) booked a berth for the Rio Games 2016.
3. Who has won India’s first ever individual skeet medal at the 2016 ISSF World Cup?
[A]Sanjeev Rajput
[B]Gagan Narang
[C]Mairaj Ahmed Khan
[D]Raninder Singh
Answer: Mairaj Ahmed Khan
Indian shooter Mairaj Ahmed Khan has won the silver medal in men’s skeet event at the 2016 International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup (Rifle/Pistol/Shotgun) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. With this win, he has won the India’s first ever skeet medal at the 2016 ISSF World Cup. Before this, he also became India’s first skeet shooter to win 2016 Rio Olympic quota place.
4. The National Panchayati Raj Day (NPRD) is celebrated on which date in India?
[A]April 23
[B]April 24
[C]April 25
[D]April 26
Answer: April 24
The National Panchayati Raj Day (NPRD), also known as National Local Self-Government day, is celebrated every year on April 24 by the Ministry of Panchayati Raj in India. On this day, in 1993, the Constitution (73rd Amendment) Act, 1992 came into force that has institutionalized Panchayati Raj through the village, Intermediate and District level Panchayats. So far, NPRD was celebrated in New Delhi, but in 2016, as part of the ‘Gramoday se Bharat Uday’ Abhiyan, the NPRD has celebrated in all Gram Panchayats in the country (except in poll bound States), as Gram Sabhas were held between April 21-24, 2016 nationwide.
5. Which country is hosting the 2016 Heart of Asia – Istanbul Ministerial Process?
Answer: India
The 6th edition of Heart of Asia – Istanbul Ministerial Process 2016, a regional conference, will be held in New Delhi on April 26, 2016. The conference was established in 2011 to provide a platform to discuss regional issues, particularly encouraging security, political, and economic cooperation among Afghanistan and its neighbors.
6. The 2018 Commonwealth Judo Championships will be hosted in which city of India?
Answer: Jaipur
The 2018 Commonwealth Judo Championships will be hosted in Jaipur.
7. What is the theme for 2016 International Mother Earth Day?
[A]Unite for tomorrow
[B]Trees for the Earth
[C]Environmental teach-in
[D]Earth and its ecosystems
Answer: Trees for the Earth
The International Mother Earth Day is observed every year on April 22 to raise awareness among humans that they have a collective responsibility to promote harmony with nature and to balance the economic, social and environmental needs of present and future generations. The 2016 theme is ‘Trees for the Earth’, which signifies that trees are crucial for combating climate change as they absorb harmful levels of Carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere.
8. Which of the following schemes has been rechristened as Khelo India Programme?
[A]Rajiv Gandhi Khel Utsah (RGKU)
[B]Panchayat Yuva Krida aur Khel Abhiyan (PYKKA)
[C]Rajiv Gandhi Khel Parisars (RGKP)
[D]Rajiv Gandhi Khel Abhiyan (RGKA)
Answer: Rajiv Gandhi Khel Abhiyan (RGKA)
The Rajiv Gandhi Khel Abhiyan (RGKA) scheme has been rechristened as Khelo India Programme by the Union Government for development of sports. Beside this, two other sport projects launched under the Congress-led UPA government namely Urban Sports Infrastructure Scheme (USIS) and National Sports Talent Search Scheme (NSTSS) have been merged under Khelo India. The Khelo India scheme is based on Gujarat’s model of Khel Mahakumbh under which the schools and colleges from different parts of the country participate in about 27 disciplines.
9. Which bollywood actress has bagged the best actress in an International Narrative Feature at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival?
[A]Priyanka Chopra
[B]Radhika Apte
[C]Deepika Padukone
[D]Kangna Ranaut
Answer: Radhika Apte
The Bollywood actress Radhika Apte has bagged the best actress in an International Narrative Feature for her performance in anthology film “Madly” at the 15th edition of Tribeca Film Festival 2016 in New York, United States. With this, she has become the first Indian actress to won the best actress award at Tribeca. The movie is directed by Anurag Kashyap.
10. The Chithirai festival is celebrated in which state of India?
[B]Tamil Nadu
Answer: Tamil Nadu
The Chithirai festival is celebrated every year at the Meenakshi Temple in Madurai, Tamil Nadu during the month of April for symbolizing the unity of saivitism and vaishnavism. It does so by re-enacting the wedding of Lord Sundareswarar (Lord Shiva) and Goddess Meenakshi (Lord Vishnu’s sister). The festival includes a procession of Kallazhagar avtar of Lord Vishnu entering Vaigai river. He travels from his abode in Azhagarmalai to get his sister married to Lord Sundareshwarar. This journey from his abode to his sister’s wedding, on a golden chariot, is the legend behind celebrating the Chithirai Festival. .

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