GK & Current Affairs: August 20, 21, 2015

1.

What does “NCRB” stands for__?
[A]National Criminal Records Bureau
[B]National Cricket Records Bureau
[C]National Control Records Bureau
[D]National Crime Records Bureau

National Crime Records Bureau
The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) is an Indian government agency responsible for collecting and analysing crime data as defined by the Indian Penal Code (IPC). It is part of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), Government of India. (Headquartered: New Delhi).

2.

For what purpose, a web-based Portal “Vidya Lakshmi” has been launched by Union Government?
[A]Direct subsidy for farmers
[B]Women Empowerment
[C]Medical loans
[D]Educational Loans

Educational Loans
To provide single window access for students to apply for education loans and government scholarships, a web-based portal “Vidya Lakshmi (www.vidyalakshmi.co.in)” has been launched by the Union Government. The portal will provide information about educational loan schemes of banks, common educational loan application form for students, facility to apply to multiple banks for educational loans and facility for banks to download students’ loan applications.The portal also has facility for banks to upload loan processing status, facility for students to email grievances/queries relating to educational loans, dashboard facility for students to view status of their loan applications for government scholarships. The Vidya Lakshmi Portal is developed and maintained by NSDL e-Governance Infrastructure Limited (NSDL e-Gov) under the guidance of Department of Financial Services, Ministry of Finance, Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development and Indian Banks’ Association (IBA).

3.

Which of the following became the first Indian crew to won the ‘World of Dance’ championship in Los Angeles, recently?
[A]Crystal Hoppers
[B]Chilli Hoppers
[C]Desi Hoppers
[D]Ville Hoppers

Desi Hoppers
The ‘Desi Hoppers’ became the first Indian crew to won the ‘World of Dance’ championship in Los Angeles, California. The group of seven young dancers led by Shantanu Maheshwari, Macedon Dmello and Nimit Kotian. The Indian crew defeated 14 countries across 34 performances in the finals and also won “Crowd Favourite” title.

4.

Recently, the Union Finance Ministry launched India Aspiration Fund (IAF) to boost start-ups in India. Who will be the partner and co-investor in the IAF?
[A]LIC
[B]SIDBI
[C]NABARD
[D]RBI

LIC
The Union Finance Minister Mr. Arun Jaitley launched India Aspiration Fund (IAF) as a fund of funds under the Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) in order to boost the startup ecosystem. It will invest Rs 2,000-crore in this fund and India’s largest insurance company, Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) will be the partner and co-investor in the IAF.

5.

As per the latest NCRB crime chart report, which of the following states has highest crime rate?
[A]Bihar
[B]Madhya Pradesh
[C]Uttar Pradesh
[D]Odisha

Madhya Pradesh
As per the NCRB Report, Madhya Pradesh has highest crime rate among the states. The state has recorded a total of 2,72,423 cognisable crimes in 2014 under the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

6.

The NASA’s spacecraft which discovered the presence of neon on the moon’s atmosphere is__?
[A]LADEE
[B]LADER
[C]LADAE
[D]LADSE

LADEE
The NASA’s spacecraft, Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) founded the presence of glowing neon gas on the moon’s atmosphere. Neon gas commonly used in electric signs on Earth because of its intense glow.

7.

Which is the first country to receive funds from the United Nations (UN) for Solar Home Systems?
[A]South Korea
[B]Srilanka
[C]Bangladesh
[D]Singapore

Bangladesh
Bangladesh became the first country to receive funds from the United Nations (UN) for its fast growing solar home systems. The UNFCCC (UN Framework Convention for Climate Change) has issued carbon credits worth $ 3.56 million to two Bangladeshi organisations viz. Grameen Shakti and Infrastructure Development Company Ltd (IDCOL).

8.

Who has been given an additional charge of the post of director of Enforcement Directorate (ED)?
[A]Rajan S. Katoch
[B]Karnal Singh
[C]Aryan Mehta
[D]Kamal Singh

Karnal Singh
The 1984-batch IPS officer, Mr. Karnal Singh has given an additional charge as the chief of Enforcement Directorate (ED) for a period of 3 months or until further orders for a regular appointment. Currently, Mr. Singh is an ED Special Director. The Directorate of Enforcement (ED) is a specialized financial investigation agency under the Department of Revenue, Ministry of Finance. It is mandated to investigate cases of money laundering and foreign exchange rule violations.

9.

India has signed pact with which country in August 2015 for exchange of information on taxes?
[A]Seychelles
[B]Comoros
[C]Brazil
[D]France

Seychelles
To curb black money generation, India approved pact with the Seychelles for exchange of information on taxes. The agreement will stimulate the information exchange between India and Seychelles for tax purposes, which will help curb tax evasion and avoidance.

10.

The 2015 James Tait Black Award has been won by Zia Haider Rahman, recently. He belongs to which country?
[A]Bangladesh
[B]Sri Lanka
[C]Iran
[D]Pakistan

Bangladesh
The Bangladesh Novelist Zia Haider Rahman won the UK’s oldest literary award, James Tait Black Award 2015, for his debut novel “In the Light of What We Know”. The novel is based on a disillusioned banker who is reunited with an old friend before embarking on an epic journey.

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