GK & Current Affairs – December 14, 2015
1. Who of the following will head the Judicial Committee on One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme?
[A]Y V Reddy
[B]L Narasimha Reddy
Answer: L Narasimha Reddy
The government of India has appointed a Judicial Committee to look into the implementation of One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme for the ex-Servicemen. The committee will headed by the Justice (Retd) L. Narasimha Reddy, former Chief Justice of Patna High Court. The Committee, with headquarters in Delhi, has been given a 6-month deadline for submission of its recommendations. The Terms of Reference for the committee is to examine and make recommendations on the removal of anomalies that may arise in the implementation of the OROP as notified by the Government on November 7, 2015.
2. What is the mascot of the 2016 South Asian Games?
The 12th South Asian Games 2016 will be jointly hosted by Guwahati and Shillong from February 6-16, 2016. “TIKHOR”, a one-horned rhino, is the mascot of the games. It carries the message and aspiration of peace, stability, amity and progress in the South Asian region. Tikhor is a popular character from Burhi Aair Sadhu (Grand Mother’s Tales). The book is the first compilation of children’s folk stories by Sahityarathi Lakshminath Bezboruah, a doyen of modern Assamese literature. The logo of the event is a flower with eight petals representing the 8- participating nations. The theme song of the games is ‘Ei prithivi ekhan krirangan/krira hol shantir prangan’ (This world is a playground and sports is a symbol of peace). The song was written by Bhupen Hazarika in 1995.
3. For what purpose, Operation Smile-II will be launched across India?
[A]To track missing children
[B]To eliminate child labour
[C]To reduce malnutrition in children
[D]To improve education facilities to children
Answer: To track missing children
Operation Smile-II is a nation-wide campaign to rescue and rehabilitate the missing children. It will start from January 1, 2016 and will end on January 31, 2016. During this one month operation, all children residing in shelter homes, platforms, bus stands, roads, religious places, etc. are to be screened by trained police personnel. The particulars of such identified children will be uploaded on the ‘Missing child’ portal of the Ministry of Women and Child Development by the respective State Police. Rehabilitation measures whenever needed are to be taken up in coordination with the other line Departments like Department of Women & Child Development, Police, Labour, etc, so that scope of re-victimization is eliminated.
4. For what purpose, ‘E-Pathshala’ web portal has been launched the Union HRD Ministry?
[A]To evaluate performance of schools
[B]To host educational resources for students
[C]To identify areas of improvements in students
[D]All of the above
Answer: To host educational resources for students
The Union HRD Ministry has launched ‘e-pathshala’ web portal to host educational resources for students, teachers, parents, researchers and educators. It is a single point repository of e- resources containing NCERT text-books and various other learning resources. Beside e-pathshala, Saaransh and National Programme on School Standards and Evaluation Framework (Shala Siddhi) web portals/mobile apps were also launched by the Union HRD Ministry. The Saransh portal will help the schools to identify areas of improvement in students, teachers and curriculum to facilitate and implement change. The Shala Siddhi web-portal will help all schools to assess themselves and the results can be seen by all enabling them to provide feedback.
5. Which of the following has been presented with the 2015 Asian Tour’s Order of Merit crown?
Answer: Anirban Lahiri
Indian professional golfer Anirban Lahiri (28) has been presented with the 2015 Asian Tour’s Order of Merit crown. He is the 4th Indian golfer to win the region’s biggest award. The earlier Indian winners are Jeev Milkha Singh (2006,2008), Arjun Atwal (2003) and Jyoti Randhawa (2002). The Asian Tour is the principal men’s professional golf tour in Asia except for Japan. It is administered from offices in Singapore.
6. Which of the following countries has hosted the International Neutrality Conference?
To mark the 20th anniversary of Turkmenistan’s status of permanent neutrality, the International conference on policy of neutrality has been hosted by Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. The importance of this conference is to highlight the neutrality of Turkmenistan for strengthening peace and security with a high quality of life. From Indian side, Vice-President Mr. Hamid Ansari has attended the conference.
7. Who of the following Indians have won the 2016 Queen’s Young Leaders award?
[A]Ramesh Kapil & Sudha Madhavi
[B]Ramesh Kapil & Neha Swain
[C]Kartik Sawhney & Neha Swain
[D]Kartik Sawhney & Sudha Madhavi
Answer: Kartik Sawhney & Neha Swain
Two Indians, karthik Sawhney (21) and Neha Swain (28) have won the 2016 Queen’s Young Leaders award for their exceptional work in transforming the lives of others and making a lasting difference in their communities. The award will be presented by the British monarch at a gala ceremony in Buckingham Palace in June next year. Kartik, who was born blind, has been acknowledged for his exceptional work highlighting universal access to education for all. Neha is co-founder of NGO Rubaroo, which provides an inclusive space for young people, irrespective of their socio-economic background, to develop their leadership skills through interactive workshops.
8. As per the 2015 Human Development Report (HDR), what is the India’s rank in Human Development Index (HDI) for 2014?
According to the 2015 Human Development Report (HDR) released by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), India’s rank on Human Development Index (HDI) rose by a notch in 2014 — to 130 th from 131st a year earlier. The list is topped by Norway followed by Australia, Switzerland, Denmark and Netherlands. The Human Development Index (HDI) is an average measure of basic human development achievements in a country. It is a summary measure for assessing long-term progress in three basic dimensions of human development – a long and healthy life, access to knowledge and a decent standard of living.
9. On which date, the National Energy Conservation Day is observed in India?
Answer: December 14
In India, the National Energy Conservation Day is observed every year on December 14. The day is observed to raise awareness about the importance of energy and its conservation.
10. Which of the following countries has been hit by the powerful Typhoon Melor, recently?
Recently, the central region of Philippines has been hit by the powerful Typhoon Melor. Locally it is also known as Nona. Every year, Philippines is hit by an average of 20 tropical storms, most of them many are deadly.
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