GK & Current Affairs – January 14, 2016
1. Who has honoured with the Danny Kaye Humanitarian Leadership award?
Answer: David Beckham
The former England football captain, David Beckham has been honoured with the Danny Kaye Humanitarian Leadership award at the sixth edition of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Ball in Los Angeles for his tireless work to save and improve the lives of children around the world. He is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador since 2005 and also launched “7: The David Beckham UNICEF Fund” to create a personal commitment to use his voice, influence and connections to raise vital funds and rally for lasting change for children.
2. Which state has become the India’s first fully organic state?
Sikkim has become India’s first fully organic state by implementing organic practices on around 75,000 hectares of agricultural land. The organic cultivation is free of chemical pesticides and chemical fertilisers as it tries to strike a harmonious balance with a complex series of ecosystems. In the long term, organic farming leads in subsistence of agriculture, bio-diversity conservation and environmental protection. The sustainable farming will also help in building the soil health resulting in sustainable increased crop production. Besides, it will also boost the tourism industry in the state.
3. Alan Rickman, who passed away recently, was related to which field?
The renowned Hollywood actor Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman (69), who was a classically trained stage star and screen villain, passed away in London, England. He was known for his movies viz. Harry Potter, Die Hard, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Galaxy Quest, etc.
4. Who has been conferred with the 2015 Sree Chithira Tirunal national award?
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Answer: T.P. Sreenivasan
Recently, the Vice president Hamid Ansari has conferred the Sree Chithira Tirunal National Award to T.P. Sreenivasan, who is former Ambassador and vice chairman of the Kerala Higher Education Council . The award was set up by the Sree Chithira Thirunal Trust in the memory of the Maharajah Sree Chithira Thirunal Balarama Varma in 2006. It carries a purse of Rs. 1 lakh and a citation and honours those individuals who have made exceptional contributions in fields such as science, technology, literature, art, medicine, cinema and education.
5. Which state has been conferred with the 2014-15 Krishi Karman award?
Answer: Madhya Pradesh
Madhya Pradesh has been conferred the Centre’s prestigious Krishi Karman Award for the 4th consecutive year in maximum food grains production category for year 2014-15. The state had also received this award in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. The state will get an amount of five crore rupees along with Krishi Karman award.
6. Which Indian state is set to fly the world’s largest tricolour on republic day?
Jharkhand is set to make a mark by flying the world’s largest Tricolour atop the India’s tallest flagpole at the Pahari temple in Ranchi. The 293 feet tall flag pole will be 53 feet taller than the Qutub Minar.
7. Who has been honoured with Neerja Bhanot Bravery award?
Answer: Subhashini Vasanth
The renowned bharatnatyam dancer Subhashini Vasanth has been honoured with the 2015 Neerja Bhanot Bravery Award. Subhashini Vasanth is the founder trustee of Vasantharatna Foundation, started in the memory of her husband, Colonel Vasanth V, who was awarded the Ashok Chakra (Posthumous) in 2008 after he lost his life fighting terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir. The Neerja Bhanot Award was instituted in 1991 in the memory of the brave Senior Flight Purser Neerja Bhanot, who saved hundreds of lives while sacrificing her own, during a Pan Am plane hijack at Karachi Airport in September 1986. The award consists of Rs 1.50 lakh in cash, a citation and a trophy and is given every year to those women who show extraordinary courage and bravery.
8. Who is the author of the book titled ‘Creating Leadership’?
Answer: Kiran Bedi
Kiran Bedi’s latest book ‘Creating Leadership’ has illustrations from her top cop years.
9. How much cropped area in India is presently covered under crop insurance scheme?
Currently, the cropped area covered under crop insurance scheme in India is 23%. The Prime Minister Fasal Bima Yojana aims to increase it to 50% cover in the next few years.
10. Which of the following organisations has published the 2016 World Development Report?
Answer: World Bank
World Bank has published the 2016 World Development Report. The report discusses the importance of advances in information communication technology (ICT) for overall development.
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