GK & Current Affairs – August 30, 2016

1. Which committee has recently submitted report on border protection to Union Government?
[A]H R Nagendra committee
[B]N K Singh committee
[C]Madhukar Gupta committee
[D]Shailesh Nagar committee
Answer: Madhukar Gupta committee
The Madhukar Gupta committee on border protection has submitted its report to the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh. The committee was formed to strengthen border protection and to address the issue of gaps and vulnerability in border fencing along Indo-Pakistan Border. The panel has made a detailed study on threat perception, field visits and made a detailed recommendations pertaining to strengthening of border protection on Indo-Pakistan Border.
2. Which expert committee has submitted its report on alternatives to pellet guns?
[A]J P Mehta committee
[B]T V S N Prasad committee
[C]Neeraj Kumar Gupta committee
[D]D B Shekatar committee
Answer: T V S N Prasad committee
The T V S N Prasad expert committee on alternatives to pellet guns has submitted its report to Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi in New Delhi. The committee was formed in the backdrop of casualties and serious injuries caused by pellet guns during the ongoing unrest in Kashmir valley. It was set up to explore the possible alternatives to pellet guns as non-lethal weapons.
3. The 2016 BRICS Convention on Tourism will be hosted by which state of India?
[A]Himachal Pradesh
[B]Andhra Pradesh
[C]Uttar Pradesh
[D]Madhya Pradesh
Answer: Madhya Pradesh
The 2016 BRICS Convention on Tourism will be held at Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh from September 1 to promote intra-regional tourism. The 2- day event will consists of inter- Governmental exchange of views and ideas, panel discussions on technology, innovation in Tourism, and cooperation between the BRICS countries for promoting intra-regional tourism.
4. “KBL-SMARTz” UPI-based mobile app has been launched by which of the following banks?
[A]State Bank of India
[B]Bank of Baroda
[C]Karnataka Bank
[D]Vijaya Bank
Answer: Karnataka Bank
The Karnataka Bank has recently launched “KBL-SMARTz”, a mobile application (app) built on the Unified Payments Interface (UPI) platform of the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI). The UPI is a new initiative from NPCI in the digital payments ecosystem. The interface is designed to enable customers across UPI member banks to pay and collect money from their smartphones without entering any bank account information.
5. Who has been awarded with the prestigious Saraswati Samman for the year 2015?
[A]Govind Mishra
[B]Padma Sachdev
[C]Sugatha kumari
[D]A. A. Manavalan
Answer: Padma Sachdev
The well-known author Padma Sachdev has awarded the prestigious Saraswati Samman for the year 2015 for her autobiography ‘Chitt-Chete’ in Dogri language. She was felicitated by Delhi’s Lt Governor Najeeb Jung in New Delhi. The award is given every year for an outstanding literary work written in any Indian language by an Indian citizen, published during the last 10 years. The award carries a sum of Rs 15 lakh besides a citation and a plaque.
6. The United Nations’ (UN) International Day against Nuclear test is observed on which day?
[A]August 28
[B]August 29
[C]August 27
[D]August 30
Answer: August 29
The United Nations’ (UN) International Day against Nuclear Tests is observed every year on August 29 to raise public awareness and education about the effects of global nuclear weapon tests. The day aims to end nuclear testing and to promote peace and security.
7. India’s first military heritage website has launched by which organisation?
[A]Magic Bus India Foundation
[B]Glory Foundation
[C]Sports Coaching Foundation
[D]Subroto Mukerjee Sports Education Society
Answer: Glory Foundation
India’s first military heritage website “coloursofglory.org” has recently launched by Glory Foundation. The foundation will conduct various awareness programs throughout major cities in India to educate the people about the Nation’s military history and heritage. The programs will be in the nature of exhibitions, films, seminars and talks.
8. The Velankanni festival has started in which state of India?
[B]Andhra Pradesh
Answer: Tamilnadu
The world famous Velankanni our lady of health basilica annual feast has started on August 29, 2016 at Vellankan shrine, near Nagapattinam in Tamil Nadu. In the 10-day long festival, lakhs of devotees are expected to throng the shrine. Velankanni attracts millions of people throughout the year. It was some 550 years ago, the Our Lady appeared with the infant Jesus in her arms to a poor and innocent boy who was carrying milk to Nagapattinam. Ever since, millions of people irrespective of their caste, creed, colour and nationality visit the shrine and pray.
9. What is the India’s GDP growth forecast for FY 17, as per the Reserve Bank of India (RBI)’s latest annual report 2015-16?
[A]7.8 %
[B]7.9 %
[C]8.0 %
[D]7.6 %
Answer: 7.6 %
As per the Reserve Bank of India (RBI)’s annual report 2015-16, India’s GDP growth forecast for FY 17 is 7.6 %. The report highlights that the passage of Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill will mark a new era in co-operative fiscal federalism and a growing political consensus for economic reforms.
10. Which country is hosting the 2016 meeting of heads of SAARC Statistical Organizations (SAARCSTAT)?
Answer: India
The 8th edition of meeting of Heads of SAARC Statistical Organizations (SAARCSTAT) 2016 has started in New Delhi on August 29. The theme of this meeting is “Trade Statistics – Merchandise & Services”. .

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