GK & Current Affairs – August 18, 19, 2016

1. Who has won India’s first medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics?
[A]PV Sindhu
[B]Babita Kumari
[C]Sakshi Malik
[D]Geeta Phogat
Answer: Sakshi Malik
Freestyle wrestler Sakshi Malik has won India’s first medal at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games by clinching the bronze in the 58kg category. With this victory, she created history by becoming the first Indian woman wrestler to win an Olympic medal.
2. “Airlander 10” the world’s largest aircraft has successfully makes its first flight, is belonged to which country?
[A]United States
[B]United Kingdom
Answer: United Kingdom
The world’s largest (longest) aircraft the Airlander 10 has successfully made its first flight at an airfield in Cardington in central England. It is a hybrid airship made by Hybrid Air Vehicles in United Kingdom. The 92-metre-long and helium-filled aircraft can fly at up to 4,880 m and reach speeds of 148 km/hr. It can stay airborne for more than 2 weeks unmanned and up to 5 days if manned and can also be used for commercial purpose.
3. Which mobile app has been launched by Union Government to monitor execution of the under construction power transmission projects?
Answer: Tarang
The Union Power Ministry has recently launched Transmission App for Real Time Monitoring and Growth (TARANG) mobile app to monitor execution of the under construction power transmission projects in New Delhi. The mobile app is a powerful monitoring tool that tracks upcoming transmission projects and monitor the progress of Inter-State and Intra-State transmission systems in India. Apart from this, the Union Power Ministry has launched “e-Trans” & “DEEP” e-bidding web portals a portal for electronic bidding and e-reverse auction of tariff-based electricity transmission projects to increase transparency in transmission sector. The portal is launched to mark a shift from present manual auction process to electronic mode for determining the lowest bidder for the projects.
4. Gobind Tej, who passed away recently, was related to which field?
[A]Film Industry
Answer: Film Industry
Gobind Tej (88), the noted actor and director, has recently passed away in Bhubaneswar, Odisha. In a career of over 50 years, he has contributed in many Odia feature films either as an actor, director or producer. His notable works include Kedar Gouri,Bandhan, Krushna Sudama, Dharitri, Bandhu Mohanty, Mana Akasha, Gouri, etc.
5. Which country is hosting the 2016 World Trauma Congress (WTC)?
Answer: India
India is hosting the 3rd edition of World Trauma Congress (WTC), which is recently inaugurated by Union Health Minister J P Nadda at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi on August 18, 2016. The main purpose of the WTC is to exchange ideas, experiences and lessons learned about the role of internationally accepted systems and protocols in the field of trauma care, mass causality incidents and disasters.
6. India has recently signed a short-term route agreement with which neighboring country for the movement of petroleum goods?
Answer: Bangladesh
The Government of India has recently signed a short-term route agreement with Bangladesh for the movement of petroleum goods from Assam to Tripura on humanitarian grounds through the territory of Bangladesh, as the normal Indian roads for oil transportation have been badly damaged by the recent flood. With this pact, India can easily carry Petroleum Goods viz. Motor Spirit, High Speed Diesel, Superior Kerosene Oil and Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) from Assam to Tripura till September 2016.
7. The 2016 Mountain Echoes Literary Festival will be held in which of the following cities?
Answer: Thimpu
The 7th edition of Mountain Echoes Literary Festival 2016 will be held in Thimpu, Bhutan from August 26 to August 28. This year, the focus is on climate change, women’s voices and travel writing. It will feature a range of themes like climate change, women’s voices, travel writing and love and relationships in the form of exhibitions, workshops and cultural performances. It is an initiative of India-Bhutan Foundation in association with Siyahi, a literary organization.
8. The book “The Orphanage of Words” has been authored by whom?
[A]Amitav Ghosh
[B]Shinie Antony
[C]Chetan bhagat
[D]Antara Dev Sen
Answer: Shinie Antony
The book “The Orphanage of Words” has been authored by Shinie Antony. It is about loss and the mechanisms to cope with it.
9. Which union ministry has been launched the web Portal for Star Rating of major mineral mines?
[A]Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
[B]Ministry of Textiles
[C]Ministry of Mines
[D]Ministry of Labour and Employment
Answer: Ministry of Mines
The Ministry of Mines has recently launched web portal for Star Rating of major mineral mines. The scheme of star Rating will be a vital step for ensuring compliance of environmental protection and social responsibility by the mining sector and has given a deadline for Star Rating of all mines by December 31, 2016. The main purpose of this system is to bring all mines to a minimum standard of Star Rating in the shortest possible time frame to adopt sustainable practices. The positive impact of getting higher Star Rating will drive miners to quickly adopt sustainable mining practices. A web enabled online system for evaluation of measures has been developed with the help of National Institute of Smart Governance (NISG), Hyderabad.
10. The world’s longest and highest glass-bottomed bridge will open to which of the following countries?
[A]Unied States
[B]United Kingdom
Answer: China
The world’s highest and longest glass-bottomed bridge will open to visitors at Zhangjiajie in Hunan province, China. The 430 m long, 6 m wide bridge, concreted with 99 panes of three-layer transparent glasses and connects two mountain cliffs of Avatar Mountain and stands 300m above ground. A maximum of 8,000 visitors are allowed to cross the bridge every day and a reservation must be made one day prior to visiting. The bridge has set 10 world records for its design and construction. .

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