GK & Current Affairs – August 23, 2016

1. Who has been appointed as the new independent director on the board of India Post Payment Banks (IPPB)?
[A]M L Lodha
[B]R S Sodhi
[C]G S Bhatti
[D]P K Kumar
Answer: R S Sodhi
Notes:
R S Sodhi, the Managing Director of Amul, has been appointed as the new independent director on the board of India Post Payment Banks (IPPB), the payments bank arm of postal department. He is one of the 5 independent members to be appointed on the board, which is set to be operational in March 2017. The payments bank allows mobile firms, supermarket chains and others to cater to banking requirements of individuals and small businesses. It will be set up as a differentiated bank and will confine its activities to acceptance of demand deposits, remittance services, Internet banking and other specified services.
2. The novel “One Indian Girl” has been authored by whom?
[A]Kiran Desai
[B]Jhumpa Lahiri
[C]Chetan Bhagat
[D]Amitav Ghosh
Answer: Chetan Bhagat
Notes:
The novel “One Indian Girl” has been authored by Chetan Bhagat. The new novel of Chetan is about an Indian girl who is intelligent and successful, because of which she finds it difficult to get love.
3. Who was the flag bearer from India at the closing ceremony in the 2016 Rio Olympics?
[A]P V Sindhu
[B]Lalita Babar
[C]Sakshi Malik
[D]Leander Paes
Answer: Sakshi Malik
Notes:
Freestyle wrestler Sakshi Malik was the flag bearer from India in the closing ceremony of the 2016 Rio Olympics on August 21 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She won India’s first medal at the Rio Olympic Games by clinching the bronze in the 58kg category and created history by becoming the first Indian woman wrestler to win an Olympic medal.
4. Which state has become the first Indian state to draft its own internal security act?
[A]Tamil Nadu
[B]Maharashtra
[C]Odisha
[D]Kerala
Answer: Maharashtra
Notes:
Maharashtra has become the first Indian state to draft its own internal security act “2016 Maharashtra Protection of Internal Security Act (MPISA)”. The draft act has defined internal security as a situation posing threat to state within its borders, either caused or provoked, prompted, or proxy by a hostile foreign power, perpetrated even by such groups that use a failed, failing or weak hostile foreign power, causing insurgency, terrorism or any other subversive act targeting innocent citizens, causing animosity between groups, violence, destroy, or attempt to destroy public and private establishments.
5. Who has been sworn-in as the new Governor of Punjab?
[A]Najma Heptulla
[B]VP Singh Badnore
[C]Jagdish Mukhi
[D]Kaptan Singh Solanki
Answer: VP Singh Badnore
Notes:
VP Singh Badnore has been sworn-in as the new Governor of Punjab and also as the Administrator of Chandigarh. He was administered the oath of office by Punjab and Haryana High Court Chief Justice SJ Vazifdar at Punjab Raj Bhawan, Chandigarh. He succeeded Kaptan Singh Solanki, who is also the Governor of Haryana and was holding additional charge of Punjab Governor and Administrator of Chandigarh since January 2015.
6. The 2016 Kabaddi World Cup will be hosted by which state of India?
[A]Rajasthan
[B]Haryana
[C]Odisha
[D]Gujarat
Answer: Gujarat
Notes:
The 2016 Kabaddi World Cup will be held in Ahmedabad, Gujarat from October 7 to 22. In it, 12 Kabaddi teams from around the world viz. India, USA, Canada, UK, Australia, Iran, Poland, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Korea, Japan and Kenya will participate. Star Sports will be the official broadcaster of the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup and the matches will be aired exclusively on the Star Sports network and HotStar.
7. Who of the following will be conferred with the 2016 Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna?
[A]PV Sindhu
[B]Jitu Rai
[C]Dipa Karmakar
[D]All of the above
Answer: All of the above
Notes:
The 2016 Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna will be conferred on 4 athletes viz. Olympic medallists P.V. Sindhu and Sakshi Malik, ace gymnast Dipa Karmakar and shooter Jitu Rai.This is for the first time the India’s highest sporting award has been conferred on 4 athletes. The awards will be distributed by President Pranab Mukherjee on August 29,2016.
8. Bishweshwar Nandi, who has been chosen for the 2016 Dronacharya Award, is associated with which sports?
[A]Cricket
[B]Gymnastics
[C]Hockey
[D]Boxing
Answer: Gymnastics
Notes:
The 2016 Dronacharya Award will be conferred on 6 coaches viz. Dipa Karmakar’s coach, Bishweshwar Nandi (Gymnastics), India Test team captain Virat Kohli’s mentor Raj Kumar Sharma (Cricket), Nagapuri Ramesh (Athletics), Sagar Mal Dhayal (Boxing), S. Pradeep Kumar (swimming) and Mahabir Singh (wrestling). Beside this, 15 sportspersons will be honoured with the Arjuna Award and 3 with the Dhyan Chand Award. The awards will be distributed by President Pranab Mukherjee on August 29, 2016.
9. O P Jaisha is associated with which sports?
[A]Boxing
[B]Rowing
[C]Athlete
[D]Swimming
Answer: Athlete
Notes:
O P Jaisha, an Indian track and field athlete from Kerala, is recently in news because of her allege allegation against Indian officials, who did not arrange for water and energy drinks during her race in the 2016 Rio Olympics run under scorching heat. To investigate on this matter, The Union Sports Ministry has constituted 2-member committee consisting of Onkar Kedia, Joint Secretary (Sports) and Vivek Narayan, Director (Sports) to inquire into the allegations of Marathon runner O.P.Jaisha. The committee will submit its report in 7 days.
10. Indian Railways has partnered with which technology giant to showcase its heritage digitally?
[A]Snapdeal
[B]Flipkart
[C]Microsoft
[D]Google
Answer: Google
Notes:
Indian Railways has partnered with Google for digitizing and showcasing its heritage on digital platforms. Beside this, Google will also help Indian Railways to create a digital repository for universal online access free of cost. Regarding to this, an agreement will be signed between National Rail Museum and Google Cultural Institute (GCI). The GCI is a non-profit organization that partners with cultural organisations to bring world’s cultural heritage online. Currently, Google is working with the railways in providing free Wi-Fi service at 100 stations. .

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