GK & Current Affairs: December 11-12, 2016
1. “100 Million for 100 Million” campaign for child rights has been launched by whom?
[D]Raj Nath Singh
Answer: Pranab Mukherjee
President Pranab Mukherjee has launched a “100 Million for 100 Million” campaign organized by the Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi. The campaign is a global initiative that seeks to support 100 million youth to be the voice of the 100 million children and youth across the world who have been denied basic rights and freedom. The campaign is with the objective to mobilise 100 million youth and children for the upliftment of 100 million underprivileged children across the world.
2. The Narmada Seva Yatra has been launched by which of the following states?
Answer: Madhya Pradesh
The chief minister of Madhya Pradesh, Shivraj Singh Chouhan has recently launched Narmada Seva Yatra at Amarkantak. The purpose of the 5-months long Yatra is to turn the Narmada river pollution free and unceasing river. The Narmada Sewa Yatra will create awareness about the conservation of the river. It will cover more than 1900 km in 16 districts. All the villages along the river will have Narmada Sewa Samiti to take follow up action on measures to be undertaken for its preservation. The trees will be planted along the banks of the Narmada and sewage water will be treated before it flows into the river.
3. Who has been bestowed with the Golden Jubilee Lifetime Achievement Award by the Sports Journalists’ Association of Mumbai (SJAM)?
Answer: Sunil Gavaskar
Sunil Gavaskar has been bestowed with the Golden Jubilee Lifetime Achievement Award by the Sports Journalists’ Association of Mumbai (SJAM) at the Cricket Club of India in Mumbai, Maharashtra. Gavaskar was presented with a citation and a certificate which has details of all his 34 centuries.
4. Who has been elected new President of 90th Akhil Bharatiya Marathi Sahitya Sammelan?
[A]Vasant Abaji Dahake
[C]F M Shinde
[D]Akshay kumar M Kale
Answer: Akshay kumar M Kale
Dr. Akshay kumar M Kale, who is well-known writer and scholar, has been elected as the President of the 90th Akhil Bharatiya Marathi Sahitya Sammelan, which is scheduled to be held from February 3 to 5, 2017. The 3-day annual conference is expected to be attended by Marathi litterateurs from Maharashtra and other parts of the country. In the field of criticism of modern Marathi poetry, Kale’s contributions have attracted the attention of scholars of Marathi language and literature throughout the state. The first Marathi Sahitya Sammelan was held in Pune in 1878 under the chairmanship of Justice Mahadev Govind Ranade.
5. Who has been named as the new Prime Minister of Italy?
Answer: Paolo Gentiloni
Paolo Gentiloni has been appointed as the new Prime Minister of Italy by President Sergio Mattarella, after Matteo Renzi’s resignation due to the results of the 2016 Italian constitutional referendum, in which voters rejected constitutional reform. Previously, Gentiloni was Minister of Communications from 2006 to 2008, during the second government of Romano Prodi.
6. Who has become the first Indian to win medal at the Mr. Olympia Amateur Asia 2016’s Classic Bodybuilding category?
Answer: Iqbal Sayed
Iqbal Sayed from Mumbai, who works as a civil engineer with Reliance Infrastructure and Mumbai Metro, has become the first Indian to win a medal at the Mr. Olympia Amateur Asia 2016’s classic bodybuilding category in Hong Kong. He won silver medal in the event after beating participants from 20 countries in the classic bodybuilding category.
7. Which state has become the first Indian state to launch crop insurance claim distribution programme?
Answer: Madhya Pradesh
The Madhya Pradesh government has become the first Indian state to launch the biggest and first-ever crop insurance claim distribution programme worth Rs 4,416 crore in Ujjain. With this, Madhya Pradesh has become the first Indian state where the claims under Prime Ministers Crop Insurance schemes are being disbursed. Under the Crop Insurance Scheme, the farmers who lost Kharif Crop in the year 2015 due to natural calamities will be benefited. The insurance claim amount will be provided to the farmers in their bank accounts through online procedure.
8. The first India-China think tank forum has been held in which of the following cities?
Answer: New Delhi
The first India-China think-tank forum has been held in New Delhi on December 9-10, 2016. The forum was jointly organized by the Institute of Chinese Studies, the Indian Council of World Affairs, and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. The theme of the forum was “Towards a Closer India-China Developmental Partnership” in which in-depth discussion on various issues such as country relations between India and China, strengthening India-China strategic communication, promoting economic ties, deepening people-to-people cooperation, and regional economic and security architecture took place. The 2nd India-China think-tanks forum will be held in Beijing in 2017.
9. What is the theme of 2016 International Mountain Day (IMD)?
[A]Mountain cultures: Celebrating diversity and strengthening identity
[B]Mountain minorities and indigenous peoples
[C]Managing mountain biodiversity for better lives
[D]Mountain biodiversity for better lives
Answer: Mountain cultures: Celebrating diversity and strengthening identity
The International Mountain Day (IMD) is observed every year on December 11 to create awareness about the importance of mountains to life, to highlight the opportunities and constraints in mountain development and to build alliances that will bring positive change to mountain peoples and environments around the world. The 2016 theme is “Mountain cultures: Celebrating diversity and strengthening identity”.
10. Which technological giant has tied up with union government for online River Water and Air Quality Monitoring (WAQM) systems?
The Government of India (GoI) has tied up with Intel to form a public-private partnership to conduct research on water and air pollution monitoring. The Department of Science and Technology (DST)- Intel collaborative research for real-time river Water and Air Quality Monitoring (WAQM) initiative would consider proposals from academic and research institutions in the area of such online monitoring systems and provide grant-in-aid support to the selected projects. The aim of the initiative is to develop key technologies for sensing, communication and analysis of large-scale data collected from autonomous networks of perpetual/long-lived sensor nodes, followed by integration and deployment for water and air quality monitoring in real-time. .
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