GK & Current Affairs – August 2, 2016

1. Indian Railways has recently tied up with which mobile wallet company to ensure food delivery in train coaches with e-cash payments?
[A]Citrus Pay
[B]Paytm
[C]MobiKwik
[D]Oxigen
Answer: MobiKwik
Notes:
The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has recently tied up with MobiKwik, the Gurgaon-based mobile wallet company, to enable railway passengers to make e-cash payments on the IRCTC’s e-catering app “Food on Track”. The app allows passengers to book and get food from their preferred restaurants, delivered right at their train coaches. Apart from this, MobiKwik is also powering payments for IRCTC Connect Android App, which allows users to book railway tickets instantly. MobiKwik is a mobile wallet and online payment system where a user can store money to make mobile and DTH recharge, pay utility bills and shop using wallet with over 50,000 merchants.
2. The Andhra Pradesh government has recently signed pact with which country to develop food value chain in the state?
[A]Germany
[B]Japan
[C]France
[D]United States
Answer: Japan
Notes:
The Andhra Pradesh government has recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Japan to develop a food value chain in the state. Under the MoU, Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) will encourage direct investments by Japanese companies in the fields of agriculture and food-related industry in Andhra Pradesh. Apart from this, MAFF will also establish food industrial parks and develop cold chains.
3. Who has been conferred with the 2016 Mohun Bagan Ratna (jewel)?
[A]Syed Nayeemuddin
[B]Arumoynaigam
[C]Wriddhiman Saha
[D]Jeje Lalpekhlua
Answer: Syed Nayeemuddin
Notes:
Syed Nayeemuddin, the former India football team captain, has been conferred with the Mohun Bagan FC’s prestigious Mohun Bagan Ratna (jewel) for 2016. With this, he became the 16th recipient of the prestigious award, which is bestowed upon a person for making a seminal contribution to the success of the club. Nayeemuddin is the only athlete to won the Arjuna Award and Dronacharya Award for his contribution to football both as a player and coach.
4. Who is the newly appointed chairman of the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB)?
[A]Dilip Rath
[B]Milind Rathore
[C]T Nandakumar
[D]K S Mishra
Answer: Dilip Rath
Notes:
Dilip Rath is the newly appointed chairman of the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB). He will be on the post until the appointment of a regular incumbent. He succeeded T Nandakumar, who recently resigned before his 5-year term ended. Currently, Rath is the managing director of NDDB.
5. Who has been appointed as the new Secretary to Prime Minister Narendra Modi?
[A]Ajit Doval
[B]P. K. Mishra
[C]Nripendra Misra
[D]Bhaskar Khulbe
Answer: Bhaskar Khulbe
Notes:
Bhaskar Khulbe, a 1983 batch IAS officer of West Bengal cadre, has been appointed as the new Secretary to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Previously, he was the additional secretary in Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).
6. The book “India Rising: Fresh Hope, New Fears” has been authored by whom?
[A]Shiv K. Kumar
[B]Ravi Velloor
[C]Preeti Shenoy
[D]Vishal Anand
Answer: Ravi Velloor
Notes:
The book “India Rising: Fresh Hope, New Fears” has been authored by Ravi Velloor, an associate editor of Singapore newspaper The Straits Times. It chronicles India’s journey in the decade before Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rise. The book captures the notable events of the years under former India Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and examines how the country dealt with those issues.
7. The 2016 SAARC Home Ministers’ conference will be held in which of the following cities?
[A]New Delhi
[B]Dhaka
[C]Islamabad
[D]Kathmandu
Answer: Islamabad
Notes:
The 2016 SAARC Home Ministers’ conference will be held in Islamabad, Pakistan. The focus of the conference is on strengthening networking among police authorities of SAARC member-countries and increasing information-sharing among law enforcement agencies. It also focus on issues of a coordinated fight against terrorism, illegal trafficking in narcotic drugs and small arms. From India, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will attend the conference.
8. The Aadi Perukku festival has recently celebrated in which state of India?
[A]Tamil Nadu
[B]Kerala
[C]Chhattisgarh
[D]Odisha
Answer: Tamil Nadu
Notes:
The Aadi Perukku festival, the thanksgiving festival to rivers, has celebrated with traditional gaiety in Tamil Nadu. The festival is celebrated on 18th of Aadi month in Tamil calendar year in gratitude to water bodies especially Cauvery river. The Cauvery River, the lifeline of delta farmers, is worshipped with traditional gaiety in Salem Erode Trichy and Thanjavur. The river is considered as the bride and the Sea bridegroom and rituals are conducted with great fanfare in delta region including Poompuhar.
9. Who has won the 2016 Rogers club title in the men’s single category?
[A]Roger Federer
[B]Juan Martin Del Potro
[C]Novak Djokovic
[D]Kei Nishikori
Answer: Novak Djokovic
Notes:
Novak Djokovic from Serbia has won the 2016 ATP Toronto Masters, also known as the Rogers club title in the men’s single category, in Toronto by defeating Kei Nishikori by 6-3, 7-5 in the final to clinch his 66th career title and 4th Canadian title. With this, he became the first player to clinch 30 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles.
10. The Farm festival of Hareli has recently celebrated in which state of India?
[A]Punjab
[B]Haryana
[C]Chhattisgarh
[D]Jharkhand
Answer: Chhattisgarh
Notes:
The traditional farm festival of Hareli has celebrated in Chhattisgarh on August 2, 2016. The festival marks the beginning of Shravan month (the holy month of Hindus). The farmers across the state worship their equipments and cows on this festival. During this festival, the Goddess ‘Kutki Dai’ is the presiding deity worshiped for good crops. The day also marks the beginning of famous Bastar Dussehra Mahaparv, a 75-day unique festival of tribal heartland of Chhattisgarh. The unique rituals of this more than 500- year-old festival creates bonhomie between people in the region. .

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