GK & Current Affairs – August 10, 11, 2016

1. TKV Desikachar, who passed away recently, was related to which field?
[A]Yoga
[B]Film Industry
[C]Classical Dance
[D]Photography
Answer: Yoga
Notes:
TKV Desikachar (78), the well-known Yoga Guru, has recently passed away in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. He was known for transforming the way yoga was practiced and turned it into both a wellness concept and a therapy. Desikachar also founded the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram where today about 1000 students visit every month to learn yoga.
2. India’s first repository on tigers will be set up in which of the following cities?
[A]Ranthambore
[B]Panna
[C]Dehradun
[D]Kanpur
Answer: Dehradun
Notes:
India’s first repository on tigers will be set up by the Wildlife Institute of India (WII) under its new Tiger Cell at Dehradun, Uttarakhand. The cell will have a database of tigers from over 50 reserves around the country along with their DNA and stripes samples to keep a track on their numbers. If a tiger skin is recovered, the tiger cell will help in locating the area from where it came from. The purpose of the repository is to aid conservation efforts by keeping an update on tiger numbers as well as tracking poaching incidents throughout the country. The tiger cell will be funded by the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA), which is a statutory body under the Ministry of Environment. It will also give clearance to development projects in areas with tiger population.
3. Who has been appointed as the new Chairman of the Central Silk Board (CSB)?
[A]P Jyotimalini
[B]K M Hanumantharayappa
[C]M Shankarayappa
[D]N S Bissegowda
Answer: K M Hanumantharayappa
Notes:
K M Hanumantharayappa has been appointed as the new Chairman of Central Silk Board (CSB) for a period of 3 years. He succeeded N S Bissegowda. Hanumantharayappa is a senior political leader from BJP and hails from Doddaballapura, a traditional silk weaving cluster in Karnataka. The CSB is a statutory body under Union Ministry of Textiles and is a national organization for overall development of silk industry.
4. The book “What Lies Between Us” has been authored by whom?
[A]Kishlay Bhattacharya
[B]Govind Pansare
[C]Kartar Lalvani
[D]Nayomi Munaweera
Answer: Nayomi Munaweera
Notes:
The book “What Lies Between Us” has been authored by Nayomi Munaweera. It is a novel that sets out to explain one such crime and the possible causes behind it. It is the confession of a woman, driven by the demons of her past to commit a single and possibly unforgivable crime.
5. The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has recently signed pact with which IIT to develop technology to construct maintenance free highways in India?
[A]IIT-Bombay
[B]IIT-Madras
[C]IIT-Kharagpur
[D]IIT-Indore
Answer: IIT-Kharagpur
Notes:
The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has recently signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with IIT-Kharagpur for research project to develop technology to construct long lasting maintenance free highways in India. IIT-Kharagpur will develop ‘Paneled Cement Concrete Pavements’ for highways. The duration of the research project is 3 years.
6. Which union ministry has launched a social media campaign to mark Daughters’ Day on August 11?
[A]Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment
[B]Ministry of Home Affairs
[C]Ministry of Women and Child Development
[D]Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
Answer: Ministry of Women and Child Development
Notes:
The Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi has recently launched a social media campaign to mark Daughters’ Day on August 11, 2016. The entire week will be celebrated as Daughters’ Week as part of government’s ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ programme to check female foeticide, improve sex ratio and educate girls across India. The ministry has also invited people to tweet their pictures with their daughters-in-law and grand-daughters with #BBPDaughtersWeek.
7. Which committee will be set up by Union Government to review e-commerce rules?
[A]Sudarshan sen committee
[B]Shankar Acharya committee
[C]Amitabh Kant committee
[D]TSR Subramanian committee
Answer: Amitabh Kant committee
Notes:
The Union government will constitute a committee to review e-commerce rules.It will be headed by the NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant. The committee will look at all the issues including Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) norms pertaining to the fast-growing e-commerce industry in India. The committee would also suggest ways to further promote the growth of the sector.
8. “Gaofen-3” an earth observation satellite has been successfully launched by which country?
[A]France
[B]United States
[C]United Kingdom
[D]China
Answer: China
Notes:
China has successfully launched “Gaofen-3” an earth observation satellite into orbit by the Long March 4C rocket from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Centre in Shanxi Province. The Gaofen-3 is China’s first low-orbit remote sensing satellite and is capable of capturing high-resolution images accurate down to about 1m. It will be used for disaster warning, weather forecasting, water resource assessments and the protection of maritime rights. The satellite has a lifespan of 8 years and will operate as an all-weather 24-hour observation platform.
9. Panchu Arunachalam, who passed away recently, was related to which field?
[A]Film Industry
[B]Politics
[C]Sports
[D]Journalism
Answer: Film Industry
Notes:
Panchu Arunachalam (75), the well-known film producer, script and screenplay writer and lyricist, has recently passed away in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
10. Which committee was formed to restructure the Central Water Commission (CWC) and the Central Ground Water Board (CGWB)?
[A]NK Singh committee
[B]Divakar Reddy committee
[C]Mihir Shah committee
[D]Neeraj Gupta committee
Answer: Mihir Shah committee
Notes:
The Mihir Shah committee, which was formed to restructure the water agencies, is recently in news because of its recommendations to set up new National Water Commission (NWC). As per the recommendations, NWC will be an autonomous body and will have a countrywide base and mandate and greater human-power. The committee has also warned against the perils of interlinking of rivers and dependence on large dam projects. Beside this, the committee has also suggested that there is no need to restructure water agencies viz. Central Water Commission (CWC) and the Central Ground Water Board (CGWB). The committee was set up by the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, which has submitted its report in July 2016. .

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