GK & Current Affairs: August 26-28, 2015

1.

Which Indian organisation released Amar Chitra Katha & Aan Comics on inspirational stories of war heroes, recently?
[A]Indian Navy
[B]Indian Air Force
[C]Indian Army
[D]National Security Guard

Indian Army
The Indian Army released Amar Chitra Katha and Aan Comics on inspirational stories of war heroes. India’s favorite storyteller, Amar Chitra Katha has presented a book on inspirational stories of 21 Param Vir Chakra Awardees, as a tribute to the recipients of the highest gallantry award in India. Four Aan Comics were also released based on the heroics of four war heroes who fought in 1965 Indo Pak war and were awarded Maha Vir Chakra. They were Maj Asaram Tyagi, Maj Bhaskar Roy, Sub Ajit Singh and Sub Tika Bahadur Thapa.

2.

Recently, the Government of India (GoI) launched e-payment module to deposit compensatory levies into CAMPA Funds. What does CAMPA stans for?
[A]Compensatory Affordable Fund Management and Planning Authority
[B]Compensatory Affectable Fund Management and Planning Authority
[C]Compensatory Affectation Fund Management and Planning Authority
[D]Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority

Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority
The Government of India (GoI) launched e-payment module to deposit compensatory levies into CAMPA Funds. The module was launched by Minister of State (Independent Charge) of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Mr. Prakash Javadekar. This e-payment module will cut delays and bring transparency in the system. The payment through the e-payment module has to be made to the designated account, depending on the State in which the forest land, proposed to be diverted, is located. The CAMPA stands for Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority.

3.

The 6th Joint Military Training Exercise “Ekuverin-VI” will be held between which of the countries?
[A]Pakistan and China
[B]India and Maldives
[C]USA and Israel
[D]Russia and India

India and Maldives
The 6th Joint Military Training Exercise “EXERCISE EKUVERIN – VI” will be conducted between the Indian Army and the Maldives National Defence Forces at Pangode Military Station, Trivandrum, Kerala from August 31 to September 13, 2015.

4.

The Onam festival is celebrated to commemorate the Vamana avatara of Vishnu. The Vaman avatara was Vishnu’s __:
[A]Third Avatara
[B]Second Avatara
[C]Fifth Avatara
[D]Sixth Avatara

Fifth Avatara
The 10-day-long Hindu festival, Onam is celebrated with a great enthusiasm throughout Kerala between August and September. It is celebrated to honour King Mahabali, who according to legend ruled the state once, under whom the people were equal, prosperous and happy. As per the mythology, people believe that it was on this particular day of Thiruvonam in the Malayalam calender month of Chingam when Lord Mahavishnu took his fifth avatar as Vaamana, appeared in the kingdom of King Mahabali and sent him to the netherworld. So, as per the legends, on this day, the spirit of King Mahabali visits the people of Kerala and to welcome him, people decorate their homes with flowers, etc.

5.

Which among the following countries has been officially declared as maternal and neonatal tetanus free country by World Health Organisation (WHO) recently?
[A]Bhutan
[B]India
[C]Sri Lanka
[D]Bangladesh

India
The World Health Oraganistion (WHO) has officially declared India as Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus free country, i.e. mothers and newborns are free from tetanus at the time of birth. Before that, India was declared polio free country in 2014.

6.

Who has been appointed as new Chairman of National Highways Authority of India?
[A]Rohit Nandan
[B]Raghav Chandra
[C]Vinod Zutshi
[D]Shaktikanta Das

Raghav Chandra
Mr. Raghav Chandra has been appointed as the Chairman of National Highways Authority of India (NHAI). Mr. Chandra is a 1982 batch IAS officer from Madhya Pradesh cadre.

7.

Which of the following banks launched the “IndPay” mobile app service recently?
[A]Indian Bank
[B]Dena Bank
[C]Punjab National Bank
[D]Indian Overseas Bank

Indian Bank
The public sector bank, Indian Bank launched a mobile application service ” IndPay” that enables its customers to operate their bank accounts at any point of time.This mobile application can be operated through smartphones compatible with Android, Windows and iOS mobile operating systems. The customers can use the transactions viz. transfer of cash, checking for balance, getting mini statements and also transactions to other accounts.

8.

India has gifted which Indian Coast Guard (ICG) Ship to Sri Lanka?
[A]Varaha
[B]Sindhukirti
[C]Arihant
[D]Vikrant

Varaha
India has gifted its former Indian Coast Guard (ICG) Ship Varaha to Sri Lanka. The patrol ship was in the service of the island nation since 2006 and it was rechristened ‘Sagara’ by Sri Lanka. Now, it will help Sri Lanka to maintain maritime security in the region. ICG Varaha is 75 m in length and 11 m in width.

9.

Which open source web based tool has been launched by NITI Aayog, recently?
[A]IESS 2022
[B]IESS 2019
[C]IESS 2036
[D]IESS 2047

IESS 2047
The second version of an open source web based tool, India Energy Security Scenarios 2047 calculator (IESS 2047) has been launched by the National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog. It’s purpose is to explore wide range of potential future energy scenarios for India including for its diverse energy supply and demand sectors leading up to 2047. In this project, United Kingdom’s Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) is the initiative partner with NITI Aayog.

10.

Recently, who has been chosen for the first Sunhak Peace Prize 2015?
[A]Narendra Modi
[B]Abdul Kalam Azad
[C]Pranab Mukherjee
[D]Modadugu Vijay Gupta

Modadugu Vijay Gupta
The first Sunhak Peace Prize 2015 was awarded to President of Kiribati Islands Mr. Anote Tong and noted Indian agricultural scientist Dr. Modadugu Vijay Gupta with a certificate, a medal and shared $ 1 million prize money. This award is given to eminent individuals from around the world for their contribution to peace and development of the world.

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