GK & Current Affairs – February 16, 17, 2016
1. Which city has been declared cleanest city in Swachh Sarvekshan survey 2016?
Under the Swachh Sarvekshan 2016, 73 cities has been surveyed by the Quality Council of India on the basis of cleanliness and sanitation. Mysuru city from Karnataka has topped the list followed by Chandigarh, Tiruchirapalli, New Delhi Municipal Council, Visakhapatnam, Surat, Rajkot, Gangtok, Pimpri-Chindwad and Greater Mumbai, etc., and Dhanbad from Jharkhand has ranked the lowest. The survey has been conducted to measure the impact of efforts under Swachh Bharat Mission for construction of toilets, solid waste management and service delivery level.
2. LAMITYE 2016, is the joint military exercise of India with which country?
The 14-day joint military training exercise “LAMITYE 2016” has started between the Indian Army and the Seychelles People’s Defence Forces (SPDF) at Seychelles Defence Academy (SDA), Victoria from February 15 that will be continue till February 28, 2016. The purpose of the exercise is to enhance military cooperation and interoperability between the two countries. This is the 7th edition in the series of bilateral exercises under this banner. The meaning of ‘Exercise Lamitye’ is friendship in Creole (local dialect).
3. Which subsidiary of Tata Teleservices has tied up with IRCTC for easy payment?
The subsidiary of Tata Teleservices “mRUPEE” has tied up with Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) to provide an additional payment gateway which will enable users to successfully complete ticket bookings through one-tap payments.
4. The 2016 Outreach International Radio Fair has been held in which city of India?
The two day annual International Radio Fair ‘Outreach International Radio Fair-2016’ has been held in Bhubaneswar, Odisha on February 13, 2016. The Radio Fair is an event which is first of its kind in India. The event had focussed on the role of radio in emergencies and disasters. The purpose of the fair was to sensitize station owners, executives and broadcasters about gender-related policies and strategies for radio.
5. The Mahamaggam festival is celebrated in which state of India?
Answer: Tamil Nadu
The Mahamaham festival is celebrated once in twelve years is going to happen again on February 22, 2016 at Kumbakonam in Thanjavur District, Tamil Nadu. Here, thousands of devotees take a holy dip at the Mahamaham tank on the day of Mahamaham as sacred. The festival that come once in 12 years is often termed as equivalent to the grand religious event in Allahabad.
6. Which bank has launched ‘Japan Desk’ to facilitate Japanese corporates investing in India?
[A]State Bank of India
[B]Punjab National Bank
[C]Bank of Baroda
Answer: State Bank of India
The State Bank of India (SBI) has launched ‘Japan Desk’, a first-of-its-kind initiative to facilitate Japanese corporates looking to invest in India with banking and advisory services. The Japan Desk, to be based in New Delhi, will serve as an one-point comprehensive and reliable information support source for India-bound investments of Japanese companies. With this launch, SBI aims to be the window for inbound Japanese investments in India and vice-versa.
7. India’s largest coal washery will be set up in which state?
The South Eastern Coalfields Limited (SECL), a subsidiary of the Coal India Limited (CIL), will set up India’s largest coal washery with a capacity of 25 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) in Korba district of Chhattisgarh. The project will be known as Kusmunda coal washery. The washery would be built in 41.23 hectare area in villages Durpa and Jarhajel in Korba, about 250 km from Raipur. The existing largest coal washery is also located in Korba district.
8. Who has won the ATP Argentina Open 2016?
Answer: Dominic Thiem
Dominic Thiem of Australia has won the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) Argentina Open 2016 by defeating Nicolas Almagro in the final. Thiem reached the final after beating former No. 1 Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals. With this win, he claimed his fourth ATP singles title.
9. Who has won the Grammy award in the Best Music Film section?
Answer: Asif Kapadia
Indo-British filmmaker Asif Kapadia has won Grammy Award for Best Music Film for his documentary ‘Amy’. The award was presented at the 58th annual awards ceremony that was held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, the USA. His documentary ‘Amy’ is on the life of British singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse who died in 2011 at a young age of 27. The film also won the award in Best Documentary category at the 69th British Academy Films Awards (BAFTAs) in London. It is also nominated for an Oscar in the Best Documentary Feature category which will be announced on February 28, 2016.
10. Who has been conferred with the Knight of the Legion of Honour, France’s highest civilian honour?
Answer: Manish Arora
Fashion designer Manish Arora has been conferred with the Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur (Knight of the Legion of Honour) for recognition of his inspired creations and significant contribution to the fashion world as well as his longstanding ties with France. The Chevalier de laA Legion d’Honneur is France’s premier award to recognize eminent accomplishments of service to France. It is bestowed on both citizens of France as well as foreigners. .