GK & Current Affairs – February 4, 2016

1. What is the theme of World Wetlands Day 2016?
[A]Forests and Wetlands
[B]Wetlands and Tourism
[C]Wetlands for our Future – Sustainable Livelihoods
[D]Wetlands and Agriculture
Answer: Wetlands for our Future – Sustainable Livelihoods
The World Wetlands Day is observed annually on February 2 to mark the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands in the city of Ramsar in Iran in 1971. The 2016 theme is ” Wetlands for our Future – Sustainable Livelihoods”. It highlights the value of wetlands in securing local livelihoods through activities as fishing, rice farming, tourism and water provision. The day is observed to promote, create awareness and ensure positive and affirmative action for conservation of wetlands.
2. Who was crowned Miss Asia at the World Miss University 2016 pageant in China?
[A]Mia Hasanagic
[B]Karina Stephania
[C]Rewati Chetri
[D]Suchitra Sen
Answer: Rewati Chetri
Rewati Chetri from India has been crowned Miss Asia (Best in Asia Continent) at the 2016 World Miss University pageant, held in Beijing, China. Miss Rewati is a student of Guwahati Law College and had won Miss Popular and Miss Multimedia titles in Femina Miss India 2015. The World Miss University is an international beauty contest held annually since 1986. Beside her, Miss Kelly Poldy Rivera Kroll from Peru has been crowned Miss World University (WMU) 2016.
3. Who has been appointed as the head of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF)?
[A]Rajinder Singh
[B]G D Bakshi
[C]Purna Chandra Thapa
[D]Jai Shanker Menon
Answer: Jai Shanker Menon
Major General Jai Shanker Menon of India has been appointed as the Head of Mission and Force Commander of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. He will succeed Lt Gen Purna Chandra Thapa of Nepal, who will complete his assignment on February 7, 2016. Till now, Jai Shanker Menon was Additional Director General Equipment Management in the Indian Army.
4. Who is the chairman of the recently created Tax Policy Council (TPC) in India?
[A]Union Finance Minister
[B]Secretary of Department of Financial Services
[C]Secretary of Department of Economic Affairs
[D]Chairman of Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT)
Answer: Union Finance Minister
To bring consistency in taxation policy, Finance Ministry has set up two committees – one under Finance Minister and other under Revenue Secretary. While the Tax Policy Council (TPC) under the Finance Minister will take important policy decisions, the Tax Policy Research Unit (TPRU) under Revenue Secretary will be a multi disciplinary body. The two committees would start functioning from April 1, 2016.
5. Sanjeev Rajput is associated with which sports?
Answer: Shooting
Two-time Olympian Sanjeev Rajput has recently secured India’s 12th Olympic quota berth from shooting for the upcoming Rio Games by finishing fourth in men’s 50m rifle 3 positions at the Asian Olympic Qualifying Competition in New Delhi.
6. Who has been chosen for Bhimsen Joshi Classical Music Award for 2015-2016?
[A]Pandit Jasraj
[B]Prabha Atre
[C]Pandit Ram Narayan
[D]Kishori Amonkar
Answer: Pandit Ram Narayan
Sarangi maestro Pandit Ram Narayan has been chosen for the prestigious Bharat Ratna Pandit Bhimsen Joshi Classical Music Award for 2015-2016. The annual award, instituted by the Maharashtra government, is given to individuals who have excelled in classical vocal or instrumental music. The award comprises Rs. 5 lakh in cash, a citation and a memento.
7. The World Cancer day is observed on which date?
[A]February 4
[B]February 12
[C]March 17
[D]April 9
Answer: February 4
The World Cancer day is observed on February 4, 2016 with the theme “We can. I can.” as a step to fight the deadly disease that is prominent these days. The day is observed worldwide in order to raise awareness about cancer and to apprise governments of the importance of taking action to prevent its rate of increase in the society.
8. Who has been appointed as Vice-President of Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)?
[A]Kamal Vatta
[B]D J Pandian
[C]Mitali Saran
[D]Sreenivasan Kumar
Answer: D J Pandian
D J Pandian, a retired Gujarat cadre IAS officer, has been appointed as the vice-president and chief investment officer of the newly-created Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). He is the former chief secretary of Gujarat, who also worked on deputation with the World Bank in Washington. Beside this, he was the MD of Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation (GSPC) when Narendra Modi was the state chief minister.
9. Intizar Husain, who passed away recently, was related to which field?
[B]Nuclear Science
[D]Novel Writing
Answer: Novel Writing
Legendary Urdu fiction writer, novelist, columnist and poet Intizar Husain (93) passed away in Lahore, Pakistan. He was the first Pakistani and the first Urdu writer ever to be nominated for the prestigious literally award Man Booker International Prize for fiction. He was conferred the ‘Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters’ by France in 2014. He was born on December 7, 1923 at Dibai in Bulandshahr district of Uttar Pradesh in India and in 1947 he migrated to Lahore.
10. Who is the author of the book titled “Nathuram Godse – The Story of an Assassin”?
[A]Damodar Naik
[B]Deepankar Kukrehjha
[C]Anup Ashok Sardesai
[D]Vijai Sardesai
Answer: Anup Ashok Sardesai
The book titled “Nathuram Godse – The Story of an Assassin” authored by Anup Ashok Sardesai has been released on the death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi on January 30, 2016. The book narrates the story of Nathuram Vinayakrao Godse who died an untimely death and his brother suffered a life of immense mental torture. It also speaks of the family of Godse who faced countless abuses and humiliations. .

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