GK & Current Affairs – August 24, 2016

1. Which state has become the first Indian state to sign an agreement with the Union Ministry of Civil Aviation to develop 10 non-functional regional airports?
[A]Madhya Pradesh
[D]Andhra Pradesh
Answer: Maharashtra
Maharashtra has become the first Indian state to sign an agreement with the Union Ministry of Civil Aviation to develop 10 non-functional regional airports/ airstrips.The fully subsidized Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS) seeks to cap ticket prices so as to make flying more affordable and accessible to the common man. The RCS is part of the ambitious National Civil Aviation Policy 2016 cleared by the Cabinet on June 2016. The 10 airports to be developed under the plan are Kolhapur, Shirdi, Amravati, Gondia,Nashik, Jalgaon, Nanded, Solapur, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg. The state will contribute 20 % cost of viability gap funding and the rest will be borne by the Centre. These airports will be provided with roads, rail, metro and waterway connectivity.
2. India has recently signed pact with which country on vocational training?
[D]United States
Answer: Germany
India has recently signed pact with Germany on vocational training, which aims to foster conditions to create and improve workplace-based vocational training in India’s industrial clusters. As per the pact, German technical assistance will be used to increase industry institute partnerships between Indian and German organizations, build capacity of local training institutions and foster industry linkages which will help adapt elements of the German dual system into the Indian context.
3. S R Nathan, who passed away recently, was the former President of which country?
Answer: Singapore
The former Singaporean President S R Nathan (92) has recently passed away in Singapore. He was the 6th and longest-serving president in President of Singapore and was in office for two terms from 1999 to 2011.
4. “Yongzin” the Tibetan-language search engine has been launched by which country?
Answer: China
China has recently launched its first Tibetan-language search engine ‘Yongzin’. In the Tibetan language, Yongzin means “master” or “teacher”. The search engine will serve as a unified portal for all major Tibetan-language websites in China. It has 8 sections for news, websites, images, videos, music, encyclopedia, literature and forums.
5. Lalita Babar is associated with which sports?
Answer: Sprint
Recently, the Maharashtra government has offered a government job to steeplechase athlete Lalita Babar, who became the first Indian after P T Usha to reach the final of any track event at the Olympics in 32 years. In the 2016 Rio Olympics, Babar who hails from Satara district of Maharashtra, finished 10th in the final of 3000m woman steeplechase with a time of 9:22
6. World’s largest indoor theme park will open in which of the following cities?
[B]New York
Answer: Dubai
The world’s largest indoor theme park will open in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) to lure back some of the tourists and residents who often flee abroad during the scorching desert summer.
7. The first Asian Science and Technology (S&T) Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) has been held in which country?
Answer: Thailand
The first Asian Science and Technology (S&T) Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) was held at Bangkok in Thailand on August 23-24, 2016. The purpose of the conference was to discuss the key issues, challenges, needs and opportunities in application of science in policy making and share good practices from the regionFrom India, Union Minister of Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju, a UN designated DRR Champion for the Asia Region, addressed the conference.
8. The first BRICS Film Festival will be hosted by which of the following countries?
Answer: India
The first BRICS Film Festival will be held at the Sirifort Auditorium Complex, New Delhi from September 2 to 6, 2016. The film festival will be act as a platform for people of the film industry of member countries to explore areas of cooperation in the domain of cinema, culture and cuisine. The festival will also celebrate the excellence of cinema by rewarding film makers, actors, producers and directors.
9. The book “Theatres of Democracy” has been authored by whom?
[A]K. Satchidanandan
[B]Romila Thapar
[C]Amitav Ghosh
[D]Shiv Visvanathan
Answer: Shiv Visvanathan
The book “Theatres of Democracy: Between the Epic and the Everyday – Selected Essays” has been authored by Shiv Visvanathan. It provides fascinating insights into science and religion, politics and society, cricket and film in contemporary India.
10. Which e-Library has been launched by the Union government for divyang?
[B]Divya Pustakalaya
[C]Sugamya Pustakalaya
[D]Nirvirodh Pustakalaya
Answer: Sugamya Pustakalaya
The Union government has recently launched Accessible E-Library ‘Sugamya Pustakalaya’ for Divyang in New Delhi under Prime Minister’s Sugamya Bharat Abhiyan. It is an online library for Divyang and houses publications across diverse subjects and languages and multiple accessible formats. The books are available in Accessible formats for people with visual impairment and other print disabilities. Over 2 lakhs books in diverse languages will be there. The online library has been created in collaboration with National Institute of Visually Handicapped, member organisations of Daisy Forum of India and Bookshare. .

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