GK & Current Affairs – August 26, 27, 2016
1. Who has been bestowed with the UEFA Best Player in Europe Award for 2016?
Answer: Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo, the Portuguese footballer who plays for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Portugal national team, has won the UEFA Best Player in Europe award for the year 2016. This is 2nd time he has won this award after 2014. In 2015, he had scored 35 goals for Real Madrid and 16 goals in Champions League competition. He scored 3 goals for Portugal national team at Euro 2016.
2. “POCSO e-box” has been launched by which Union Ministry for protection of children from sexual offenses?
[A]Ministry of Human Resource Development
[B]Ministry of Women and Child Development
[C]Ministry of Home Affairs
[D]Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment
Answer: Ministry of Women and Child Development
Maneka Sanjay Gandhi, the Union Women and Child Development Minister, has recently launched Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses (POCSO) e-box in New Delhi. POCSO e-box is an online complaint management system for easy and direct reporting of sexual offences against children and timely action against the offenders under the POCSO Act, 2012. It is an initiative of National Commission for Protection of Child Rights, for direct online reporting of child sexual Abuse.
3. The 2016 Mother Teresa International Film Festival (MTIFF) has started in which of the following cities?
The 4th edition of Mother Teresa International Film Festival (MTIFF) 2016 has started in Kolkata, West Bengal on August 26. The 4-day-long movie carnival at the state-run Nandan multiplex is screening a selection of 23 best foreign and Indian films ever made on or inspired by Teresa. It is organized by the Archdiocese of Kolkata, Missionaries of Charity and SIGNIS India (Indian chapter of World Catholic Association for Communication). The Roman Catholic nun Mother Teresa, who passed away in 1997 after serving the poor and sick on the streets of Kolkata for 45 years, will be declared a saint by Pope Francis in the Vatican City on September 2016.
4. Who led Indian delegation at the 2016 SAARC Finance Ministers conference?
Answer: Shaktikanta Das
Shaktikanta Das, an Economic affairs secretary, has represented India at the 2016 South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) finance ministers’ conference on 25-26 August at Islamabad, Pakistan.
5. “Operation Euphrates Shield” has been launched by which country in Syria to end Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) rule?
Turkey has recently launched a major military operation “Euphrates Shield” against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) to liberate the strategic Syrian city of Jarablus on the border with Turkey. The Euphrates Shield operation is considered to be the first Turkish ground intervention in Syria since the Syrian crisis started in 2011.
6. The Durand Cup is associated with which sports?
The 128th edition of Durand Football Cup Tournament 2016 will be started from August 28, 2016 and will continue till September 11, 2016. In the current edition, 8 teams from Indian League of All India Football Federation and four Services teams will participate. The cash prizes of Rs 45 lakh and Rs 20 lakh is instituted for the winners and runners up teams respectively and the teams reaching the semi-finals will also receive a cash prize of Rs 5 lakh each. The Durand Cup is a prestigious football tournament of India and is the oldest tournament in Asia and 3rd oldest in the world after Football Association Cup of England and Scotland Football Association Cup.
7. What is the India’s rank on the 2016 World Risk Index?
India has been ranked 77th out of 171 countries on the World Risk Index 2016. The list is topped by Island state of Vanuatu. The index is part of the World Risk Report 2016, which is recently released by the United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) and Bundnis Entwicklung Hilft in cooperation with the University of Stuttgart in Germany. The index assessed the risk of disaster in 171 countries through the combined analysis of natural hazards and societal vulnerabilities.
8. What is the theme of the 2017 Pravasi Bharatiya Divas?
[A]Engaging Diaspora – The Indian Growth Story
[B]Redefined Engagement With Indian Diaspora
[C]Apna Bharat Apna Gaurav: Connecting Across Generations
[D]Connecting for a Shared Future: The Indian Diaspora, India and the Pacific
Answer: Redefined Engagement With Indian Diaspora
Karnataka will host the 15th edition of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBS) 2017 in Bengaluru for 3 days from January 7, 2017. The theme of 2017 PBS is “Redefined Engagement With Indian Diaspora”. The PBS convention is held on January 9th each year to commemorate the return of Mahatma Gandhi from South Africa in 1915. It is celebrated to mark the contribution of the overseas Indian community to the development of the country.
9. The world’s first self-driving taxi service has been launched in which of the following countries?
The world’s first self-driving taxi service has been launched by Singapore-based nuTonomy, an autonomous vehicle software startup. The company has started this service with small 6 cars. During the trial, the cars – modified Renault Zoe and Mitsubishi i-MiEV electrics – have a driver in front who is prepared to take back the wheel and a researcher in back who watches the car’s computers. Each car is fitted with six sets of Lidar – a detection system that uses lasers to operate like radar – including one that constantly spins on the roof. There are also two cameras on the dashboard to scan for obstacles and detect changes in traffic lights.
10. Which country will host the 19th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit 2016?
The 19th edition of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Summit 2016 will be held in Islamabad Pakistan on November 9 and 10. The leaders of SAARC member states and 9 observers countries will attend the summit. To successfully hold the summit, a SAARC Summit Cell has recently constituted by the Pakistan government. The SAARC Summit Cell will closely work with all stakeholders and concerned authorities in Pakistan and is headed by Ambassador Amjad Sial, who is a senior diplomat and Pakistan’s nominee for the next SAARC Secretary General. .
Question Category: Current Affairs
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