GK & Current Affairs – August 9, 2016


What is the current repo rate, as per the recently released RBI’s monetary policy review?

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has kept policy rates unchanged in the recently released 6th bi-monthly monetary policy review. The repo rate at which RBI lends to the system has been retained at 6.25 %, while the reverse repo rate which is paid to banks has been maintained at 5.75 %.Current Policy Rates are as follows:Updated: 8
2.2017 at 4.38

2. Kalikho Pul, who passed away recently, was the former Chief Minister of which state of India?
[C]Arunachal Pradesh
Answer: Arunachal Pradesh
Kalikho Pul (47), the former Arunachal Chief Minister, has recently found dead at the chief minister’s official residence which he was yet to vacate in Itanagar.
3. What is the theme of the 2016 International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples?
[A]Indigenous Peoples’ Right to Education
[B]Educational needs of indigenous peoples
[C]Ensuring indigenous peoples’ health and well-being
[D]A Decade for Action and Dignity
Answer: Indigenous Peoples’ Right to Education
The International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples is observed every year on August 9 to promote and protect the rights of the world’s indigenous population. The 2016 theme “Indigenous Peoples’ Right to Education” is devoted to the right to education of indigenous people as a critical education gap exists between indigenous peoples and the general population.
4. The theme song “70 Saal Azadi Yaad Karo Kurbani” for Tiranga Yatra has been composed by whom?
[A]Sonu Nigam
[B]Asha Bhosle
[C]Kesiraju Srinivas
[D]Lata Mangeshkar
Answer: Kesiraju Srinivas
To mark the 70th anniversary of India’s Independence from the British rule, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has released a theme song “70 Saal Azadi Yaad Karo Kurbani” for Tiranga Yatra, which will be organised from August 16 to 23, 2016 across the country. The theme song has been composed by Dr. Kesiraju Srinivas, who is popularly known as Ghazal Srinivas. The yatra will be the symbol of social harmony and unity in India and will also highlight the contributions of freedom fighters and martyrs among the school children during the celebration.
5. “Quit India 2-from Swaraaj to Suraaj” initiative has been launched by which state government to mark the 75th anniversary of Quit India Movement?
[A]Uttar Pradesh
[C]Madhya Pradesh
[D]West Bengal
Answer: Maharashtra
The Maharashtra Government has recently launched “Quit India 2-from Swaraaj to Suraaj” initiative at the historic August Kranti Maidan (or Gowalia Tank ) in Mumbai to mark the Platinum Jubilee celebration of the 1942 Quit India Movement. The initiative would emphasize on freedom from illiteracy, farmer suicide, wastage of water, addiction among youth and corruption.The August Kranti Maidan is the same park where Mahatma Gandhi launched the movement of disobedience on August 8 ,1942 and gave the clarion call of ‘Do or Die’ for independence from Britishers.
6. The first National Conference of Investigation Agencies will be held in which city of India?
[B]New Delhi
Answer: New Delhi
The first National Conference of Investigation Agencies will be held on August 12-13, 2016 at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi. The conference will be organized by the Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPR&D) in coordination with National Investigation Agency (NIA). The purpose of the conference is to provide an annual national platform to all the officers of law enforcement agencies engaged in investigation tasks to discuss the latest laws and judgments and their implications for investigation and prosecution and to deliberate on new legislation/ criminal law amendments and systematic changes for meeting new challenges in investigation.
7. Which Indian company has become the first-ever Indian quasi-sovereign to issue a Masala bond on London Stock Exchange (LSE)?
[A]Neyveli Lignite Corporation Limited (NLC)
[B]Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL)
[C]National Thermal Power Corporation Limited (NTPC)
[D]Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL)
Answer: National Thermal Power Corporation Limited (NTPC)
The National Thermal Power Corporation Limited (NTPC), an Indian public sector company, has recently listed the world’s first Indian green Masala bond on the London Stock Exchange (LSE). With this, NTPC has become the first-ever Indian quasi-sovereign to issue a Masala bond on LSE. The bond is Climate Bonds Initiative certified and will be listed on London Stock Exchange’s green bonds segment. NTPC will invest the proceeds of the green Masala bond in the renewable energy market as it seeks to add more wind and solar power projects to its portfolio to support the Indian government’s ambition to generate 175GW of renewable energy by 2022.
8. Which Indian personality will be honoured at the United Nations on India’s 70th Independence Day?
[A]S. G. Thakur Singh
[B]M. S. Subbulakshmi
[C]Amrita Sher Gil
[D]Sayed Haider Raza
Answer: M. S. Subbulakshmi
M. S. Subbulakshmi, legendary Indian carnatic vocalist, will be honoured at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on India’s 70th Independence Day (August 15, 2016). To pay homage to Subbulakshmi’s birth centenary, Oscar-winning composer A.R. Rahman will perform at UNGA in New York, United States. With this, Rahman will become only the 2nd Indian artist after Subbulakshmi to perform at the UN after she was invited for a performance 50 years ago. The concert will be organized by the Indian mission in co-ordination with Chennai-based Sankara Nethralaya, a not-for-profit eye institution, at the UNGA.
9. Which country will host the first-ever SAARC Young Parliamentarians Conference (YPC)?
[C]Sri Lanka
Answer: Pakistan
The first-ever SAARC Young Parliamentarians Conference (YPC) on ‘Peace and Harmony for Development’ will be held from August 16 to 18, 2016 in Islamabad, Pakistan. The SAARC YPC 2016 intends to offer young parliamentarians’ narrative as a prelude to the 19th SAARC summit that Pakistan will be hosting in November 2016. From India, a 3-member Parliamentary delegation will attend the SAARC YPC 2016.
10. Tomorrow’s India Global Summit will be held in which of the following countries?
[B]South Korea
Answer: South Korea
The 5-day event “Tomorrow’s India Global Summit” will be held in Seoul, South Korea. It is an initiative of the Global Social India Foundation to provide a platform to offer expansion and investment opportunities for Indian start-up community, MSMEs and corporate businesses. It also helps students and educationists to learn, adapt and discover the global education system. The agenda for the summit includes panel discussions, sector specific company presentations, case study by various global conglomerates and networking dinners for the business delegates. .

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