GK & Current Affairs – April 8, 2016

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What is the theme of 2016 World Health Day (WHD)?
[A]Healthy heart beat, Healthy blood pressure
[B]Beat Diabetes
[C]Healthy blood pressure
[D]Save lives: Make hospitals safe in emergencies

Beat Diabetes
The World Health Day (WHD) is observed every year on April 7 to raise awareness on different health topics.The 2016 theme is “Beat Diabetes” to scale up diabetes prevention, strengthen care and enhance surveillance.

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2.

Which country has won the 2016 Asian Nations Cup Chess tournament?
[A]India
[B]Sri Lanka
[C]Indonesia
[D]Malaysia

India
India has won the 2016 Asian Nations Cup Chess tournament by defeating Vietnam with a 3-1 victory in the final round in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE). Previously, India won the event in Esfahan, Iran (2005) and Kolkata, India (2009).

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3.

The 2016 International Conference on the “Zero” was recently hosted by which country?
[A]Russia
[B]Vietnam
[C]France
[D]Brazil

France
The 2016 International Conference on the “Zero” has recently held at UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France. On this occasion, a bronze bust of the ancient Indian mathematician-astronomer Aryabhata has gifted by India to UNESCO as its tribute to the world of mathematics and science. From India, the Union Minister of Human Resource Development, Smriti Zubin Irani has addressed the conference.

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4.

Who is the newly appointed Prime Minister of Iceland?
[A]Sigrun Magnusdottir
[B]Bjarni Benediktsson
[C]Sigmundur Gunnlaugsson
[D]Sigurdur Ingi Johannsson

Sigurdur Ingi Johannsson
Sigurdur Ingi Johannsson is the newly elected Prime Minister of Iceland. Previously, he was the Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture and deputy leader of the Progressive Party. Johannsson succeeded Sigmundur Gunnlaugsson, who stepped down in the wake of the leaked Panama Papers incident.

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5.

Which Union Ministry has recently launched the International Standard Book Number (ISBN) portal?
[A]Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship
[B]Ministry of Information and Broadcasting
[C]Ministry of Human Resource Development
[D]Ministry of Science and Technology

Ministry of Human Resource Development
The Union Ministry of Human Resource Development has recently launched the International Standard Book Number (ISBN) portal in New Delhi to facilitate publishers and authors to register for ISBN online. The ISBN is a 13-digit unique International Publisher’s Identifier number, which is meant for monograph publications. It will provide access to bibliographic data bases used by the book industry and libraries to provide information. The Raja Ram Mohan Roy National Agency for ISBN is responsible for ISBN registration in the India and is affiliated to UK based International Agency. The ISBN Nos. are allotted free of cost.

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6.

“Maa Annapurna Yojna” has been launched in which state of India?
[A]Odisha
[B]Tamil Nadu
[C]Gujarat
[D]Kerela

Gujarat
The Gujarat Government has launched the state-wide “Maa Annapurna Yojna (Scheme)” at Sanand, Ahmedabad to provide cereals at concessional rates to poor and middle class families under the National Food Security Act (NFSA). This scheme will cover BPL, Antyodaya and APL families.

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7.

Which railway zone has become the largest freight loading railway zone of Indian Railways in FY 2015-16?
[A]West Central Railway
[B]North Central Railway
[C]East Coast Railway
[D]South Central Railway

East Coast Railway
The East Coast Railway (ECoR) has become the largest freight loading zone of Indian Railways in FY 2015-16 by achieving record revenue loading performance. It has loaded 173.49 million tonnes of freight as compared to 161.91 million tonnes in FY 2014-15. The EoCR has headquarters in Bhubaneswar, Odisha.

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8.

The 2016 National Tribal Carnival will be held in which city of India?
[A]Delhi
[B]Lucknow
[C]Jaipur
[D]Bhopal

Delhi
The first National Tribal Carnival will be held in Delhi from April 29 to May 02, 2016 to preserve and promote various facets of the tribal life relating to culture, tradition, customs and their skills and to expose it to the general population with a view to utilizing the potential for overall holistic development of the Scheduled Tribes.

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9.

The first-ever North East-ASEAN Business Summit was hosted by which city of India?
[A]Agartala
[B]Imphal
[C]Kolkata
[D]Shillong

Imphal
The first-ever North East-ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Business Summit 2016 was held at Imphal, Manipur with the focus on road connectivity, trade and tourism. It is organised by the Union ministry of development of NE region in association with the Manipur government in Imphal from April 7 to 9, 2016.

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10.

Who has been appointed as the new chairman of NASSCOM?
[A]Parasmal Parekh
[B]CP Gurnani
[C]Raman Roy
[D]BVR Mohan Reddy

CP Gurnani
CP Gurnani has been appointed as the chairman of National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) for 2016-17. He succeeded BVR Mohan Reddy.

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