GK & Current Affairs – January 13, 2016

1.

Which of the following panels has been set up to study 7th Pay Commission’s recommendations?
[A]N K Mittal panel
[B]M Raghuveer panel
[C]P K Sinha panel
[D]K Kishore panel

P K Sinha panel
Recently, the union government has set up a high-powered panel headed by Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha to process the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission which will have bearing on the remuneration of 47 lakh central government employees and 52 lakh pensioners.

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2.

On which date, the Indian Army Day is celebrated?
[A]January 15
[B]January 21
[C]February 11
[D]March 19

January 15
The Indian Army Day is celebrated on 15 January every year in India. It is celebrated in recognition of Lieutenant General K. M. Cariappa who took over as the first Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army from General Sir Francis Butcher, the last British Commander-in-Chief of India, on January 15, 1949.

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3.

What is the name of the new crop insurance scheme approved by the union cabinet?
[A]Mahatma Gandhi Fasal Bima Yojana
[B]Atal Fasal Bima Yojana
[C]Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana
[D]Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Fasal Bima Yojana

Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana
Recently, the Union Cabinet has approved the crop insurance scheme ‘Pradhan Mantri Fasal Beema Yojna’ to boost the farming sector. The scheme will offer more insurance with less premium and lead to rise of purchasing capacity of farmers. The new Crop Insurance Scheme replaced the existing National Agricultural Insurance Scheme. Under the new scheme, farmers will have to pay a uniform premium of two per cent for all kharif crops and 1.5 per cent for all rabi crops. For annual commercial and horticultural crops, farmers will have to pay a premium of 5 per cent. The remaining share of the premium will continue to be borne equally by the Centre and the respective state governments.

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4.

Which of the following organisations has won the National Award on e-Governance 2015-16 for launching the Universal Account Number (UAN)?
[A]Exim Bank
[B]SIDBI
[C]Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation
[D]NABARD

Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation
The Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) has won the National Award on e-Governance 2015-16 for launching the Universal Account Number (UAN). The organisation won the gold award in the ‘innovative use of technology in e-governance’ category and the retirement body will get a cash prize of Rs 2 lakh. The UAN facility enables workers to transfer their provident fund deposits while switching jobs anywhere in India easily.

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5.

The Nagjee International Club Football Tournament will be held in which state?
[A]Nagaland
[B]Kerala
[C]West Bengal
[D]Arunachal Pradesh

Kerala
The Brazilian football legend Ronaldinho Gaucho will inaugurate the Nagjee International Club Football Tournament in Kerala, which is being revived after a gap of 21 years. The tournament will kick off on February 5, 2016 and the final is scheduled to be on February 21.

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6.

Jacob-Farj-Rafael, who passed away recently, was associated with which of the following events?
[A]Sino-Indian war of 1962
[B]Goan Liberation Movement
[C]Indo-Pakistan war of 1971
[D]Kargil war in 1999

Indo-Pakistan War of 1971
Indian Army Lieutenant General (retired) Jacob-Farj-Rafael (JFR) Jacob (92), who was one of India’s most celebrated military officers, passed away recently. He is best remembered for his role in India’s victory in the Indo-Pakistan War of 1971 and the liberation of Bangladesh. Later, he served as the governor of the Indian states of Goa and Punjab.

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7.

Who has been bestowed with the Mohammedan Sporting Club life-time membership?
[A]Amitabh Bachchan
[B]Shahrukh Khan
[C]Sachin Tendulkar
[D]Rahul Dravid

Amitabh Bachchan
The Mohammedan Sporting Football Club has bestowed life-time membership to Amitabh Bachchan. The football club is one of the oldest and leading football clubs in India. It was founded in 1891 at Kolkata.

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8.

Which of the following cities is the host for the 66th Senior National Basketball Championship for Men and Women?
[A]Allahabad
[B]Mysuru
[C]Ludhiana
[D]Kolkata

Mysuru
The 66th Senior National Basketball Championship for Men and Women is hosted by Mysuru from 9-16 January. The championship returned to Mysuru after a gap of 29 years.

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9.

Who has received the World Peace and Prosperity Foundation Award for the year 2016?
[A]Mamata Banerjee
[B]Devendra Fadnavis
[C]Mohammed Mahmood Ali
[D]N N Vohra

Mohammed Mahmood Ali
Telangana Deputy Chief Minister Mohammed Mahmood Ali received the World Peace and Prosperity Foundation Award for the year 2016 from Prince Mohsin Ali Khan, Founder-Chairman of World Peace and Prosperity Foundation, London. The foundation said Md.Mahmood Ali displayed exemplary leadership in bringing about change in the lives of the underprivileged populations and propagating peace and harmony in the Telangana State.

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10.

Which of the following countries rated number one in A T Kearney’s 2016 Global Services Location Index (GSLI)?
[A]China
[B]India
[C]Brazil
[D]Japan

India
A T Kearney’s 2016 Global Services Location Index (GSLI) rated India as number one out of the total 55 countries analysed. According to the study, India is the world’s biggest outsourcing destination in terms of financial attractiveness and business environment. India is followed by China, Malaysia, Brazil, Indonesia, Thailand, and The Philippines. The GSLI, launched in 2004, helps companies make key location decisions for offshoring and industry development projects with objective guidance.

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