GK & Current Affairs – February 9, 10, 2016
1. What is the name of the genetically-modified (GM) mustard developed in India?
A research team led by Deepak Pental at Centre for Genetic Manipulation of Crop Plants of Delhi University have developed a GM Mustard known as DMH-11. Recently, the Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC) has asked for additional clarifications on various data related to GM mustard from its developers. The GEAC has not yet approved using GM Mustard in the country.
2. Which of the following airports is the first one in India to develop a color-coded map?
[A]Indira Gandhi International Airport
[B]Jaipur International Airport
[C]Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport
[D]Kempegowda International Airport
Answer: Jaipur International Airport
The Indian government is easing rules for granting construction permits around airports and monuments by developing colour-coded maps in a bid to give fillip to urban growth. Jaipur International Airport is the first one to develop a colour-coded map. All the other civilian airports across India, including 28 defence airports that are being used for civilian purposes, will have their maps ready by December 2016.
3. The famous Araku coffee is produced in which of the following states?
Answer: Andhra Pradesh
Araku valley is a famous hill station located in Vishakhapatnam district of Andhra Pradesh. The valley is also famous for its rich coffee plantations.
4. Sushil Koirala, who died recently, belongs to which country?
The former Prime Minister of Nepal, Sushil Koirala (79) passed away in Kathmandu, Nepal. He spent his life in politics fighting for democracy in Nepal and led protests in 2006 that ended a centuries old monarchy system and turned Nepal into a republic country.
5. Who has been appointed as the President of the South Asian Wrestling Federation (SAWF)?
[B]Brij Bhushan Singh
Answer: Brij Bhushan Singh
Brij Bhushan Singh, who is the President of Wrestling Federation of India (WFI), has been appointed as the President of South Asian Wrestling Federation (SAWF).
6. India observes the National Deworming Day on which date?
Answer: February 10
The National Deworming Day is observed every year on February 10 to combat parasitic worm infections among preschool (anganwadi) and school-age children across India. The day was launched by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW).
7. Which state government has launched an initiative “School on wheels” for tribal children?
The Rajasthan state government has launched an initiative “School on Wheels” in Jaipur. Under the initiative, a van, which houses a library, has been set up by an NGO ‘Taabar Society’. The initiative has been introduced for spreading awareness about education among the tribal and nomadic children. The mobile school will use audio/video mediums to teach children in Jaipur district.
8. “Udyam Aakansha” scheme has been launched by which state for promotion of SMEs?
The Chhattisgarh government has launched Udyam Aakansha Scheme for promoting micro, small and medium enterprises in the state. The scheme would facilitate free online registration and self-certification to the investors interested in investment on micro, small and medium enterprises and service businesses.
9. India’s first-ever Aviation Park will come up in which state?
The Gujarat government has planned to set up the country’s first-ever Aviation Park near Ahmedabad having a slew of facilities including an airstrip, training school, helipad and space for setting up small manufacturing units among others. There are hardly 3 or 4 such parks in the world.
10. Who is the President of International Grown Diamond Association (IGDA)?
Answer: Vishal Mehta
Indian-origin Singaporean, Vishal Mehta has been appointed as the President of the newly-formed International Grown Diamond Association (IGDA). He is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Iia Technologies, which grows diamonds at its state-of-the-art facility in Singapore. The purpose of IGDA to represent the grown diamond industry, to promote grown diamonds as a new choice in diamonds and to educate about various unique qualities and applications of grown diamonds. .