GK & Current Affairs – December 22, 2015

1.

Anwesha scheme is launched by which of the following state governments?
[A]Karnataka
[B]Odisha
[C]Telangana
[D]Andhra Pradesh

Odisha
Recently, the Odisha Government has launched Anwesha scheme to provide free education to SC/ST students from remote areas in urban area public schools. As per the scheme, every year 5000 children from backward castes will pursue quality education in leading English medium schools. In the first phase, the scheme will be operational in 17 tribal-dominated districts of Odisha. The state government will bear all expenses of the children like school fees, uniform, books, hostel, transportation, etc. In future, the facility will be extended to two lakh more students.

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2.

Which of the following inquiry commissions has been appointed to probe Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) scam?
[A]More Commission
[B]Sisodiya Commission
[C]Subramaniam Commission
[D]Mukti Commission

Subramaniam Commission
Recently, the Delhi Government has appointed a one-member commission of inquiry to probe the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) scam in which Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is also under lens. The commission of inquiry will be headed by former solicitor general Gopal Subramaniam.

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3.

Which of the following countries has launched the DAMPE satellite?
[A]China
[B]Russia
[C]Japan
[D]USA

China
Recently, China has launched the Dark Matter Particle Explorer (DAMPE) satellite to shed light on mysterious dark matter. The purpose of the satellite is to search for smoking-gun signals of dark matter, invisible material. It was China’s first space telescope and launched on a Long March 2-D rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre. The satellite would be place in a sun- synchronous orbit at a height of 500 kilometres to observe the direction, energy and electric charge of high-energy particles in space. It has a nicknamed “Wukong” after the Monkey King with penetrating eyes in the Chinese classical fiction Journey to the West.

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4.

Who of the following is the first Indian to score Pro-Boxing hat-trick?
[A]Akhil Kumar
[B]Vijender Singh
[C]Jitender Kumar
[D]Sushil Kumar

Vijender Singh
Star Indian boxer Vijender Singh, who is the former Olympic and World Championships bronze-medallist, continued his dominant position in the professional circuit by winning a third successive knockout against Bulgaria’s Samet Hyuseinov in less than two rounds in England. He is the first Indian to score Pro-Boxing hat-trick.

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5.

On Which date, National Mathematics Day is observed in India?
[A]March 21
[B]June 8
[C]October 23
[D]December 22

December 22
The Indian mathematical genius Srinivasa Ramanujan was born on 22 December 1887. In recognition of his contribution to Mathematics, December 22 has been observed as the National Mathematics Day in India since 2012.

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6.

The headquarters of National Institute of Mental Health And Neurological Sciences (NIMHANS) are located at which city?
[A]Bangalore
[B]Ahmedabad
[C]Chandigarh
[D]Kolkata

Bangalore
Recently, the National Institute of Mental Health And Neurological Sciences (NIMHANS) has been declared as an Institute of National Importance by an act of parliament. It is a medical institution located in Bangalore to provide state of art and specialized care in the areas of mental health, neurological and neurosurgical problems.

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7.

Salma Dam project is being under reconstruction in which of the following countries?
[A]Nepal
[B]Bhutan
[C]Afghanistan
[D]Bangladesh

Afghanistan
Recently, the Union Cabinet has approved the reconstruction and completion of Salma Dam Project in Afghanistan at a revised cost estimate of Rs 1,775.69 crore. The dam project is situated on the upper reaches of Hari Rud River in Herat province, it involves construction of a 107.5 metre high earth and rock fill dam and a 42 MW powerhouse with three units of 14 MW each. It also has provision for releasing water for irrigation of 75,000 hectares of land. The project is scheduled to be completed by June, 2016. M/s. WAPCOS, a central public sector unit under the Ministry of Water Resources, is executing the project. The availability of power and water through the project is expected to lead to the overall economic development of the western region of Afghanistan and generate goodwill for India.

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8.

Which of the following is the India’s first licenced shipyard to make LNG ships?
[A]Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers
[B]Mazagon Dock Limited
[C]Cochin Shipyard Limited
[D]Goa Shipyard Limited

Cochin Shipyard Limited
The Cochin Shipyard Ltd (CSL) has became the first licensed shipyard in India to build Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) ships for any client worldwide. The certification / license has been given by the French Company, Gaztransport et Technigaz (GTT). Now, the CSL is authorised to use the membrane type technologies of GTT for any liquid gas carriers, more particularly the LNG carriers. With this nod, India has joined the league of South Korea, Japan and China to build LNG transportation ships. The GTT France is the world leader in design engineering and technology provider of membrane type containment systems for transportation and storage of LNG.

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9.

In which of the following states, ‘Kambala’ (annual Buffalo race in muddy fields) events are conducted?
[A]Telangana
[B]Odisha
[C]Karnataka
[D]Tamil Nadu

Karnataka
Recently, the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) has written to Karnataka Chief Secretary and Deputy Commissioners of Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts to take immediate steps to stop the ‘Kambala’ (annual Buffalo race in muddy fields) events in the current season. The AWBI said that the Supreme Court judgement of May 7, 2014, banning all bull races in the country was still in force. Kambala season in the coastal region of Karnataka begins in November and lasts till March. Five events have already been held this year starting with Surya Chandra Kambala at Bangadi in Dakshina Kannada on November 21.

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10.

Who of the following are named as 2015 women’s doubles World champions by the International Tennis Federation (ITF)?
[A]Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Elena Vesnina
[B]Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Lucie Safarova
[C]Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis
[D]Sania Mirza and Elena Vesnina

Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis
Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis are named as women’s doubles World champions by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) in recognition of their great success in season 2015. Hingis is an ITF World champion 15 years after last being named World champion in singles in 2000. In 2015, the pair has won two Grand Slam titles at Wimbledon and the US Open, and seven other tournaments. The ITF also announced American Serena Williams and Serbian Novak Djokovic as the 2015 ITF World champions.

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