GK & Current Affairs: August 3, 4, 2015

1.

Which of the following banks have launched ‘Dhanchayat’, an educational film to raise awareness on the dangers of borrowing money from unorganised sources?
[A]State bank of India
[B]Bhartiya Mahila Bank
[C]HDFC Bank
[D]Axis Bank

HDFC Bank
The HDFC Bank Ltd. Launched ‘Dhanchayat’ an educational film to raise awareness on the dangers of borrowing money from unorganised sources. As part of Swachch Banking, Dhanchayat video vans will cover 5000 villages in phase I and encourage the local public to join the organized banking sector in line with the government’s vision for financial inclusion. The vans will stop at assembly points viz. Haats, bazaars, melas and village panchayats and will also have micro-ATMs with biometric facility fitted in them to enable instant e-KYC and Re-KYC using Aadhar.

2.

Aadiperukku festival is celebrated in which of the following states?
[A]Telengana
[B]Kerala
[C]Tamil Nadu
[D]Andhra Pradesh

Tamil Nadu
The Aadiperukku festival has been organised in Tamil Nadu with traditional gaiety on August 3, 2015. This Hindu Tamil festival celebrated on the 18th day of the Tamil month of Adi (mid-July to mid-August) in gratitude to water bodies especially Cauvery River.

3.

Which among the following countries became the first Asian country to become Associate member of CERN?
[A]India
[B]Pakistan
[C]Myanmar
[D]Israel

Pakistan
Pakistan became the first Asian country to get European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) membership. Now, Pakistan can participate in the governance of CERN, by attending meetings of its council. It will also allow the Pakistani industry to bid for CERN contracts. Presently, India has observer status in CERN.

4.

Traditional Knowledge Digital Library (TKDL) is a unit of __?
[A]CSIR
[B]NCERT
[C]UGC
[D]None of them

CSIR
Recently, Traditional Knowledge Digital Library (TKDL), a unit of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), has been successful in protecting its traditional knowledge by preventing an attempt made by British firm Pangaea Laboratories Ltd., to take patent on a medicinal composition containing turmeric, pine bark and green tea for treating hair loss. Till date, CSIR-TKDL has prevented approx 200 firms from acquiring patent rights on products grown and nurtured in India.

5.

Which of the following countries / territories has become 206th member of the Olympic family?
[A]South Sudan
[B]Palestine
[C]North Korea
[D]Laos

South Sudan
After the approval by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the African country, South Sudan became the 206th member of the Olympic family. Now, South Sudan will compete at 2016 Rio de Janeiro summer Olympics under its own flag.

6.

Which of the following countries is the leading exporter of Information and communication technology (ICT) services in the world?
[A]India
[B]United States
[C]Ireland
[D]Germany

Ireland
Ireland, which benefit from the presence of transnationals, is the leading exporter of computer and information services, followed by India.

7.

Which of the following Health Insurance companies had launched “Dengue Care”, first health insurance policy to cover dengue related expenses?
[A]Star Health Insurance
[B]Apollo Munich Health Insurance
[C]AEGON Religare
[D]ICICI Prudential

Apollo Munich Health Insurance
Apollo Munich Health Insurance has introduced Dengue Care, the first exclusive over-the-counter health policy to cover dengue related expenses. It is available at an one-time premium of Rs. 444 and provides Rs. 50,000 in-patient and Rs. 10,000 OPD coverage.

8.

Which of the following ministry has recently launched the ‘SAMANVAY’ portal?
[A]Ministry of Tribal Affairs
[B]Ministry of Rural Development
[C]Ministry of Panchayati Raj
[D]Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

Ministry of Rural Development
The Union Minister of Rural Development, Mr. Birender Singh Chaudhary launched the web portal ‘SAMANVAY’ to monitor progress and implementation of the Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY) for development of Gram Panchayats.The purpose of this portal is to help Member of Parliament’s (MPs) to utilise relevant schemes in the planning and implementation of SAGY. Beside, the web portal, ‘Panchayat Darpan’ magazine also launched to monitor the progress of the SAGY. It will act as a mirror of all the development activities in the village panchayats.

9.

Who has been chosen for the Bharat Bharti literacy award 2014?
[A]Govind Mishra
[B]Kailesh Bajpai
[C]Kashinath Singh
[D]Doodnath Singh

Kashinath Singh
The notable Hindi litterateur Kashinath Singh has been chosen for the Uttar Pradesh’s highest literary award Bharat Bharti for the year 2014. The award is given by UP Hindi Sansthan every year, carries a cash prize of Rs. 5 Lakh. His famous novel ‘Kashi ka Assi’ has been adapted into upcoming movie ‘Mohalla Assi’.

10.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has officially recognized which sport as an Olympic sport recently?
[A]Floorball
[B]Finswimming
[C]Frisbee
[D]Fistball

Frisbee
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has officially recognized ‘ Frisbee’ as an Olympic sport.

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