GK & Current Affairs – August 3, 2016

1. Who will be honoured with the Lifetime Achievement award at the 2016 Goa State Film Festival?
[A]Mrinal Kulkarni
[B]N Chandra
[C]Sachin Pilgaonkar
[D]Bardroy Baretto
Answer: N Chandra
N Chandra, the bollywood film-maker, will be honoured with the Lifetime Achievement award at the 8th edition of Goa State Film Festival 2016, which is scheduled to be held on August 5-8, 2016. Chandra is known for his films such as Ankush, Pratighaat, Tezaab and Narsimha.
2. Which of the following countries has been hit by severe tropical Typhoon Nida?
[B]United States
Answer: China
The severe tropical typhoon Nida, also called Tropical Storm Carina in Philippines, has recently hit the China’s Guangdong Province. The gale-force wind with up to 150 km/hr has caused heavy rain followed the tropical typhoon. This is the strongest typhoon to hit the Pearl River Delta since 1983. It was caused by a tropical depression that had developed about 1,020 km to the east-southeast of Manila, Philippines. The cyclonic system was located within a favorable environment for development of cyclone with low vertical wind shear and very warm sea surface temperatures.
3. Who is the newly elected Prime Minister of Nepal?
[A]Khadga Prasad Oli
[B]Pushpa Kamal Dahal
[C]Khil Raj Regmi
[D]Baburam Bhattarai
Answer: Pushpa Kamal Dahal
Pushpa Kamal Dahal, also known as Prachanda, is the newly elected Prime Minister of Nepal. He is the chairman of Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist-Centre).
4. Ahmed Zewail, who died recently, was the Nobel Laureate in which field?
Answer: Chemistry
Prof. Ahmed Zewail (70), Egyptian Chemist and Nobel Laureate, has recently passed away in United States. Zewail won the Nobel Chemistry Prize in 1999 for his pioneering work in femtochemistry, the study of chemical reactions in ultra-short time scales. He was professor at the California Institute of Technology and a Science Advisor to President Barack Obama and was the first Arab scientist to win the Nobel Prize.
5. Which union ministry has launched Twitter Sewa for addressing the complaints of common man in the telecom and postal sectors?
[A]Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
[B]Ministry of Communications
[C]Ministry of Human Resource Development
[D]Ministry of Science and Technology
Answer: Ministry of Communications
Manoj Sinha, Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Communications, has recently launched Twitter Sewa service to address the common man’s complaints regarding telecom and postal services. The complaints will be lodge through Twitter handle “@manojsinhabjp”. People can use 4 commands to escalate their complaints viz.#DoTSewa, #BSNLSewa, #MTNLSewa, #PostalSewa. The platform will also address the grievances that are raised against private players.
6. Which state has become the first Indian state to approve sewage and waste water policy?
[A]Madhya Pradesh
[B]Uttar Pradesh
Answer: Rajasthan
Rajasthan has become the first Indian state to approve sewage and waste water policy. As per the policy, all district headquarters, heritage cities and cities in the state which have more than one lakh population will be included. In it, treated waste water will be used in irrigation and agricultural work. The requirement of next 30 years will be covered in this policy. It will be compulsory for every house in the state to connect with sewage system in those cities which have 100% sewage system in next 5 years.
7. Who has been appointed as the new President of Microsoft India?
[A]Kamal Jain
[B]Anant Maheshwari
[C]Rishikesh Bose
[D]Bawa Singh
Answer: Anant Maheshwari
Technocrat Anant Maheshwari has been appointed as the new President of Microsoft India, a subsidiary of US based software giant Microsoft Inc. He will succeed Bhaskar Pramanik in March 2017. Maheshwari will be responsible for Microsoft’s entire product, service and support offerings across India.
8. Which Indian artist has won the 2016 PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grants?
[A]Anita Gopalan
[B]Prashant Dixit
[C]Rishabh Kumar
[D]Mahima Gugalia
Answer: Anita Gopalan
Anita Gopalan, the translator and artist, has won the 2016 PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grants for her English translation of Hindi novel “Simsim” by Geet Chaturvedi. Gopalan will be honoured at the 2017 PEN Literary Awards Ceremony in New York in February 2017. PEN America is a renowned literary organization of the United States.
9. Which state government has launched citizen governance mobile App “HIM TCP”?
[A]Himachal Pradesh
[B]Jammu & Kashmir
Answer: Himachal Pradesh
The Town and Country Planning (TCP) department of Himachal Pradesh government has recently launched citizen governance mobile App “HIM TCP” to take different vital services online. The App ensures easy and single point access to the services and other functions of the department. With this, the TCP department would be able to process new and pending applications, no objection certificates, handling payments, issuing notifications and scheduled inspections speedily. The citizens would also check the status of their applications and pay fees online.
10. The book “Until the Lions: Echoes from the Mahabharata” has been authored by whom?
[A]Bibek Debroy
[B]Anjan Sundaram
[C]Hansda Sowendra
[D]Karthika Nair
Answer: Karthika Nair
The book “Until the Lions: Echoes from the Mahabharata” has been authored by Karthika Nair. It is a poetic retelling of the Mahabharata from the perspective of many of its minor characters. .

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