GK & Current Affairs: August 16, 17, 2015

1.

India has imposed Anti-dumping duty on potassium carbonate imports from which of the following countries?
[A]China and South Korea
[B]Singapore and Taiwan
[C]Taiwan and China
[D]South Korea and Taiwan

South Korea and Taiwan
India has imposed definitive anti-dumping duty for period of 5 years on Potassium Carbonate imports from Taiwan and South Korea. The duty was imposed by Union Finance Ministry based on the recommendations of the Directorate General of Anti-Dumping Duty (DGAD) that works under the aegis of Union Commerce Ministry.

2.

Who among the following personalities bestowed with the 2015 Gujar Mal Modi Award recently?
[A]Prof. Mustansir Barma
[B]N. Valarmathi
[C]Jothimani Gowthaman
[D]T K Anuradha

Prof. Mustansir Barma
Prof. Mustansir Barma won the 2015 Gujar Mal Modi Award for his commendable contribution in the field of Science and Technology.

3.

Who is the first recipient of Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Award, instituted by Government of Tamil Nadu in 2015?
[A]Prof. Mustansir Barma
[B]N. Valarmathi
[C]Jothimani Gowthaman
[D]T K Anuradha

N. Valarmathi
The ISRO scientist, Ms. N. Valarmathi has conferred with the first Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Award 2015. The award is instituted by the Government of Tamil Nadu in honour of the former president Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam in 2015. It carries Rs. 5 lakh, a gold medal and a certificate of appreciation. The annual award is for a person from Tamil Nadu striving for scientific advancement, humanities or students welfare. Ms. Valarmathi is the project director of India’s first indigenously-developed Radar Imaging Satellite RISAT-1.

4.

The “Accessible India” campaign is associated with which of the following fields?
[A]Tourism
[B]Child Education
[C]Empowerment of Gram Panchayats
[D]Physically disabled persons

Physically disabled persons
To make India Disabled-Friendly, the Accessible India Campaign (or Sugamya Bharat Abhiyaan) will soon launched by the Union Government. The joint venture of Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD) and the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment is set to launch Accessible India Campaign in 7 cities viz. New Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Assam, Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Haryana. The programme will focus on grievances of people with disabilities and the problems they face in mobility.

5.

In context of banking, what does ‘BBB’ stands for__?
[A]Bank Broadcast Bureau
[B]Bank Beneficial Bureau
[C]Bank Blogger Bureau
[D]Bank Board Bureau

Bank Board Bureau
The Union Government has decided to set up Bank Board Bureau (BBB) for Public Sector Banks (PSBs), where each bank would be monitored on the basis of key performance indicators. The Bank Board Bureau will recommend appointment of directors in PSBs and advise on ways for raising funds and mergers and acquisitions to the lenders.

6.

Who has been appointed as the Chairman of the Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB)?
[A]Gauri Kumar
[B]Atul Chaturvedi
[C]Anshuman Das
[D]Ajit Kumar Seth

Ajit Kumar Seth
Mr. Ajit Kumar Seth has been appointed as the Chairman of the Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB).

7.

Which of the following has recently acquired Bengaluru-based HomeBuy360?
[A]Housing.com
[B]SoftBank
[C]Indian Real Estate Forum (IREF)
[D]None of the above

Housing.com
The Online property search portal, Housing.com has acquired Bengaluru-based HomeBuy360 (HB360), a customer relationship management software company, for $2 million or Rs 13 crore. The HB360 is a cloud-based sales lifecycle management platform that connects developers, agents and buyers. With this acquistion, Housing.com became the only online real estate listing platform to own a developer CRM company. In it, developers and agents can streamline the entire sales lifecycle, by tracking inventory, managing customer relations and in effect drives efficiencies in their sale operations.

8.

Who has became the first Indian shuttler to win silver medal in 2015 World Badminton Championship?
[A]PV Sindhu
[B]Jwala Gutta
[C]Saina Nehwal
[D]Kidambi Srikanth

Saina Nehwal
Saina Nehwal has became the first Indian to win silver medal in the 2015 World Badminton Championship.

9.

Which state government has launched “Grama Jyothi” Scheme to empower gram panchayats?
[A]Telangana
[B]Bihar
[C]Odisha
[D]Tripura

Telangana
To empower gram panchayats, the Telangana Chief Minister Mr. K. Chandrasekhar Rao launched a flagship programme “Grama Jyothi” at Gangadevipally, a village in Warangal district. The purpose of the scheme is to strengthen villages in areas viz. water and sanitation, health and nutrition, education, social security and poverty eradication, natural resources management, agriculture and infrastructure. It will ensure inclusive and holistic development of villages through people’s participation in planning and collective decision-making. Each village will be allocated Rs.2 crore to Rs.6 crore depending on their population.

10.

The mobile wallet app “Buddy” launched by which bank recently?
[A]PNB
[B]ICICI
[C]HDFC
[D]SBI

SBI
The country’s largest lender, the State Bank of India (SBI) launched a mobile wallet app “SBI Buddy” in collaboration with Accenture and MasterCard. The ‘SBI Buddy’ application will be available for all customers irrespective of the bank the customer is banking with or card customer is using. The application will be available on the Google Play Store and Apple App Store. It has many features viz. can be used to send money to registered and new users, recharge and pay bills instantly also book for movie tickets and flights.

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