GK & Current Affairs – February 6, 7, 2016

1. The Brahmaputra Cracker and Polymer Limited (BCPL) is located in which state?
[A]West Bengal
[D]Arunachal Pradesh
Answer: Assam
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has recently dedicated the Brahmaputra Cracker and Polymer Limited (BCPL), a petrochemical complex, at Lepetkata, near Dibrugarh, Assam. The BCPL is the first ever petro-chemical plant located in the entire North-Eastern region of India. It has been built at cost of Rs.10000-crore and shall be producing raw material for manufacturing plastic.
2. The National Organic Farming Research Institute will come up in which state?
[D]West Bengal
Answer: Sikkim
The Union Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare has decided to establish the National Organic Farming Research Institute in Sikkim by upgrading the Regional Centre of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research in Gangtok.
3. Who has won the IIFL Wealth Mumbai International Open Chess Tournament 2016?
[A]Himal Gusain
[B]Swapnil Dhopade
[C]Shardul Gagare
[D]Stany G A
Answer: Swapnil Dhopade
Grandmaster Swapnil Dhopade from Maharashtra has won the IIFL Wealth Mumbai International Open Chess Tournament 2016.
4. Which of the following countries cricket boards have lost their permanent member status in International Cricket Council (ICC)?
[A]India, Australia, and South Africa
[B]India, Australia, and England
[C]South Africa, Pakistan, and West Indies
[D]Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa
Answer: India, Australia, and England
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has removed the national cricket boards of India (BCCI), England (ECB) and Australia (CA) as the permanent members of its decision-making executive committee. The decision in this regard has been taken due to the widespread criticism received by ICC suggesting that these countries would take over cricket at the expense of other member nations.
5. Which institute has become the India’s first fully solar-powered educational institute?
[A]Sri Aurobindo International Centre for Education (SAICE), Puducherry
[B]Manipal Institute of Technology, Manipal
[C]Delhi College of Engineering, New Delhi
[D]Malviya National Institute of Technology, Jaipur
Answer: Sri Aurobindo International Centre for Education (SAICE), Puducherry
The Sri Aurobindo International Centre for Education (SAICE), Puducherry has become India’s first fully solar-powered educational institute. The institute generates 3 times the electricity it consumes through solar power plants installed on the roofs of the dining room, primary school, library and high school in the campus. The school has been using solar power to meet its energy needs since September 2014.
6. The International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is observed on which date?
[A]January 23
[B]February 6
[C]February 8
[D]March 11
Answer: February 6
The International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is a UN-sponsored awareness day that takes place February 6 each year. Under the 2016 theme “Mobilizing to Achieve the Global Goals through the Elimination of FGM by 2030”, the day was observed to raise awareness of the practice and work towards its elimination.
7. Astronaut Edgar Mitchell, who passed away recently, hails from which country?
[A]United Kingdom
[B]United States
Answer: United States
NASA Astronaut Edgar Mitchell (85), one of just 12 human beings who walked on the moon, passed away in West Palm Beach, Florida. As the Lunar Module Pilot of Apollo 14, he spent 9- hours working on the lunar surface in the Fra Mauro Highlands region that made him the 6th person to walk on the Moon.
8. The Indo-Nepal military exercise ‘Surya Kiran 2016’ will be held in which of the following location?
[D]Salijhandi, Nepal
Answer: Pithoragarh
The 9th Indo-Nepal Combined Battalion level Military Training Exercise ‘Surya Kiran’ will be conducted from February 8 to 21, 2016 at Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand. The aim of the exercise is to enhance inter-operability between Indian and the Nepalese Army units. The training will also focus on Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief including medical and aviation support. Both the Armies will stand to benefit mutually from shared experiences.
9. Which of the following places is associated with the traditional Nada Kusti (wrestling)?
Answer: Mysuru
Mysuru is known for conducting the traditional Nada Kusti (wrestling). It is organised as part of Dasara festivities. Recently, it has made it to the cover page of an international publication, ‘Beyond the Body’.
10. Balram Jakhar, who passed away recently, was related to which field?
Answer: Politics
The former Lok Sabha Speaker and veteran Congress leader, Dr. Balram Jakhar (92) passed away recently. He served as Speaker of Lok Sabha from 1980 to 1989 during which he contributed to the establishment of Parliament Museum. He was also the Madhya Pradesh governor from June 30, 2004 to May 30, 2009 and also served as the union agriculture minister during former prime minister PV Narasimha Rao-led Congress government. .

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