GK & Current Affairs – February 28, 29, 2016

1.

Which is the India’s first digital state?
[A]Odisha
[B]Tamil Nadu
[C]Kerala
[D]Karnataka

Kerala
The President of India Pranab Mukherjee has declared Kerala as India’s first digital state during the launch of digital empowerment campaign at Kozhikode, Kerala. The campaign aims to develop better digital communication across the state by 2020. Kerala is the first Indian state to successfully link its villages with broadband connectivity under the National Optical Fibre Network (NOFN) programme.

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2.

The National Science Day is celebrated on which date in India?
[A]March 1
[B]April 21
[C]February 28
[D]June 23

February 28
The National Science Day is celebrated in India on February 28 every year to mark the discovery of the Raman effect by Indian physicist C V Raman. The 2016 theme is “Scientific Issues for Development of the Nation” that aims at raising public appreciation.

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3.

Who has been appointed as the first Chairman of the Banks Board Bureau (BBB)?
[A]Rupa Kudwa
[B]Anil K Khandelwal
[C]Vinod Rai
[D]H N Sinor

Vinod Rai
Ex-CAG Vinod Rai has been appointed as the first Chairman of the Banks Board Bureau (BBB) that would advise the Government of India (GoI) on top-level appointments at public sector lenders and ways to address the bad loans problem among other issues. The bureau would also give recommendations on appointment of directors in public sector banks, advise on ways to raise funds and mergers and acquisitions to the lenders.

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4.

Who has bagged the best sound award at the 63rd annual Golden Reel Awards 2016?
[A]Emmanuel Lubezki
[B]Leslee Udwin
[C]Resul Pookutty
[D]Brie Larson

Resul Pookutty
The Oscar-winning sound designer Resul Pookutty has bagged the best sound award for documentary “India’s Daughter” at the Motion Picture Sound Editors’ 63rd annual Golden Reel Awards. With this, he becomes the first Asian to win the coveted award from the Motion Picture Sound Editors’ (MPSE) of United States for best sound. The BBC documentary is directed by Leslee Udwin, which is banned in India.

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5.

Which is the best picture award winner at the 88th annual Academy Awards 2016?
[A]Revenant
[B]Spotlight
[C]Bridge of Spies
[D]Mad Max: Fury Road

Spotlight
At the 88th annual Academy Awards 2016, “Spotlight” has won best picture award. The film, directed by Tom Maccarthy, is about the Boston Globe’s investigation into priest abuse. Leonardo DiCaprio has bagged the best actor award for “The Revenant” and Brie Larson has bagged the best actress award for “Room”.

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6.

Who has won 2016 Dubai ATP Tennis title?
[A]Rafael Nadal
[B]Nick Kyrgios
[C]Stan Wawrinka
[D]Marcos Baghdatis

Stan Wawrinka
Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland has won the Dubai Duty Free Tennis ATP Championships by defeating Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus in the final in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

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7.

India’s first IT co-operative UL CyberPark has been set up in which state?
[A]Kerala
[B]Gujarat
[C]Arunachal Pradesh
[D]Tamil Nadu

Kerala
The President of India Pranab Mukherjee has inaugurated India’s first IT co-operative UL CyberPark in Kozhikode, Kerala. The IT Park has been set up by a labour cooperative society, Uralungal Labour Contract Cooperative Society (ULCCS). The Rs. 270-crore IT park is expected to provide direct employment to 4,500 people in the first phase and indirect employment to 20,000.

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8.

B K Garudachar, who died recently, was related to which sports?
[A]Chess
[B]Badminton
[C]Tennis
[D]Cricket

Cricket
The legendary pre-independence cricketer and skipper of Mysore (now Karnataka) Bindiganavile Krishnaswamy Garudachar (99) passed away in Bengaluru, Karnataka. He was the India’s oldest living first-class cricketer.

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9.

Who has been appointed as the Chairperson of the Governing Council of International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD)?
[A]Naveen Jadeja
[B]Nikhil Kohli
[C]Dinesh Sharma
[D]Chandra Gupta

Dinesh Sharma
Dinesh Sharma, India’s governor to Rome-based IFAD, has been unanimously elected as the Chairperson of the Governing Council of International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) for a period of two years in its 39th Session held in Rome, Italy. IFAD was set-up in 1977 as the 13th Specialised Agency of the United Nations and work towards removing poverty and hunger in rural areas all over the world.

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10.

Who of the following NASA astronaut has visited India recently?
[A]Eric A Boe
[B]Sunita Williams
[C]Shannon Walker
[D]Joseph M Acaba

Sunita Williams
Captain Sunita Williams, the Indian-origin American astronaut, has visited India recently.

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