GK & Current Affairs – August 4, 2016

1. The World Economic Forum (WEF) India Economic Summit will be hosted by which city of India?
[A]New Delhi
[B]Chennai
[C]Kolkata
[D]Mumbai
Answer: New Delhi
Notes:
The World Economic Forum (WEF) India Economic Summit will be held in New Delhi on October 6-7, 2016. The theme of the summit is “Fostering an Inclusive India through Digital Transformation” and it will be attended by over 500 business and political leaders.
2. The Shaurya Home Loan for Defence Personnel has been launched by which of the following banks?
[A]ICICI Bank
[B]State Bank of India
[C]Axis Bank
[D]HDFC Bank
Answer: State Bank of India
Notes:
The State Bank of India (SBI) has recently launched cheaper home loan schemes for defence and other government employees with installment tenure extending up to 75 years of age. It will offer two new home loan products ‘SBI Privilege Home Loan’ for government employees and ‘SBI Shaurya Home Loan’ for defence personnel without any processing fee. Under the new SBI scheme, there will be a lower EMI burden post retirement and 0.05 % concession over the home loan interest for 7th Pay Commission beneficiaries.
3. Angela Ruggiero, who has been elected as the new chairperson for the International Olympic Committee (IOC)’s Athletes’ Commission, is associated with which sports?
[A]Basketball
[B]Ice hockey
[C]Football
[D]Sprint
Answer: Ice hockey
Notes:
Angela Ruggiero, the former Olympic ice hockey gold medalist from United States, has been elected as the new chair of the International Olympic Committee (IOC)’s Athletes’ Commission. She will succeed Claudia Bokel,whose 4-year term is expiring at the end of the 2016 Rio Olympics. Currently, Ruggiero is the Vice-Chair of the Commission. The IOC Athletes’ Commission is a body maintained by the International Olympic Committee for the purpose of representing athletes.
4. India’s first underground museum will be opened in which of the following cities?
[A]Patna
[B]Ahmedabad
[C]New Delhi
[D]Jaipur
Answer: New Delhi
Notes:
India’s first underground museum will be opened at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on October 2, 2016. The museum showcases a collection of relics associated with each of the past presidents of India along with a range of vestiges reflecting upon the history of India’s freedom struggle. Approx Rs. 80 crores were spent in creating this museum, which took almost two years to complete.
5. The world’s tallest girder rail bridge will come up in which state of India?
[A]Sikkim
[B]Manipur
[C]Himachal Pradesh
[D]Jammu & Kashmir
Answer: Manipur
Notes:
Indian Railways will build India’s longest tunnel and world’s tallest girder rail bridge on the Jiribam-Tupul-Imphal new broad gauge railway line in Manipur. The 111-km long line already has 37 tunnels on it. The new tunnel will be 11.55 km long, more than the famous Pir Panjal tunnel on the Banihal-Qazigund line. The rail bridge with height of 141m will surpass the existing tallest bridge in Europe which has a height of 139m.
6. Who has won the 2016 World Martial Arts championship (WMAC)?
[A]Mohit Suri
[B]Rohit Khandelwal
[C]Vivek Teja
[D]Matthew Rose
Answer: Vivek Teja
Notes:
Cherupalli Vivek Teja, an International Martial artist from India, has won the World Martial Arts Championships (WMAC) in Sydney, Australia and became the World Karate Champion (All Styles). He defeated Australian taekwondo Matthew Rose in the final to clinch the title.
7. Who is the newly appointed Prime Minister of Tunisia?
[A]Mehdi Jomaa
[B]Habib Essid
[C]Youssef Chahed
[D]Beji Caid Essebsi
Answer: Youssef Chahed
Notes:
Youssef Chahed, the former local and regional affairs minister, has been appointed as the new Prime Minister of Tunisia by the Tunisia’s President Beji Caid Essebsi. He succeeded Habib Essid, who lost vote of no-confidence in the parliament because of his handling of economic reforms and security. Chahed nomination is likely to be approved by a Parliamentary vote, as required. If Chahed wins the backing of parliament, he will be the Tunisia’s youngest premier since it won independence from France in 1956. He would also be Tunisia’s 7th Prime Minister in less than 6 years since the 2011 uprising that toppled longtime dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.
8. The festival titled “Amazing North-East…Paradise Unexplored” will be held in which city of India?
[A]Imphal
[B]New Delhi
[C]Guwahati
[D]Agartala
Answer: New Delhi
Notes:
The festival titled “Amazing North-East…Paradise Unexplored” will be held at the India International centre in New Delhi to promote the rich folk culture of North-East India. The festival will showcase the various music and dances of North-East India and will also serve as a medium to draw the audience’s attention to the hardships faced by the people living in the region and encourage more support from the citizens of the rest of the country. The festival will be organised by the city-based NGO Life of Vision Foundation.
9. Who will be flag bearer from India in the 2016 Rio Olympics?
[A]Sania Nehwal
[B]Abhinav Bindra
[C]Leander Paes
[D]Sania Mirza
Answer: Abhinav Bindra
Notes:
Abhinav Bindra, the 2008 Beijing Olympic gold medallist, will be flag bearer from India in the opening ceremony of the 2016 Rio Olympics on August 5 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It is his 5th appearance at the Olympic Games. Apart from this, Bindra is also one of the India’s goodwill ambassadors for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Others are Cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar, Bollywood actor Salman Khan and music maestro AR Rahman.
10. Which portal has been launched by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to curb illegal money pooling by firms?
[A]Tez
[B]Savdhan
[C]Chetavani
[D]Sachet
Answer: Sachet
Notes:
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has recently launched “Sachet” portal to curb illegal and unauthorized pooling of funds by unscrupulous firms. The portal “sachet.rbi.org.in” will help public to obtain information about entities allowed to collect deposits. The portal will facilitate filing, tracking of complaints, besides providing information about whether any particular entity is registered with any regulator or is permitted to accept deposits. .

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