GK & Current Affairs: January 15-16, 2017
1. “Digital Dakiya” scheme has been launched in which state government to encourage cashless transactions?
Answer: Madhya Pradesh
The Madhya Pradesh government has recently launched “Digital Dakiya or Digital Postman” scheme in Indore district to encourage cashless transactions. It is first of its kind scheme in India in which Digital Postman will visit different places of state to teach and encourage people about cashless transactions and its benefits. The state government will also provide identity cards to the volunteers deployed in this programme.
2. Which cricket team has won the 2016-17 Ranji Trophy tournament?
The Gujarat cricket team has won their first-ever Ranji Trophy title in the 2016–17 season after defeating Mumbai by 5 wickets in the final at the Holkar stadium in Indore, Madhya Pradesh. The 2016–17 Ranji Trophy was the 83rd season of the Ranji Trophy, the premier first-class cricket tournament in India.
3. The International conference for peace talks between Israel and Palestinians will be held in which city?
The International conference for peace talks between Israel and Palestinians will be held in Paris, France. The delegates from 70 nations are expected to re-affirm support for a two-state solution to the decades-old conflict. Palestinians welcomed the conference, but Israel called it rigged. Neither side was invited to participate in the day-long summit, which was attended by 70 nations, but they were invited to hear the conclusions. Israel and the Palestinians have been invited to hear the conclusions of the conference, but not to participate in the summit itself. The last round of direct peace talks collapsed amid acrimony in April 2014. The conference comes at a time of tension between Israel and the international community after the UN passed a resolution in December 2016 to denounce Israel’s settlement activity on occupied land.
4. The Khelo India National Level Competitions has inaugurated in which of the following cities?
Answer: New Delhi
The Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports, Vijay Goel has recently inaugurated the Khelo India National-level competitions for various sports for Under-14 and Under-17 children at Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Swimming Pool Complex at Talkatora in New Delhi. The purpose of the competition is to provide a platform to the budding talents to compete at national level. Approx 1000 participants from more than 25 states and union territories are taking part in the competitions. Khelo India National level Competitions will be conducted in different disciplines in January and Febuary, 2017. The competitions in Delhi have been organized by Sports Aunthority of India (SAI) in Swimming, Cycling and Wrestling. The events of Kabbadi , Kho Kho and wushu would be held in Nellore , Weightlifting Boxing and Table Tennis in Guwahati, Athletics Hand Ball and Hockey in Gandhi Nagar, Taekwondo , Volleyball and Football in Chennai, Badminton , Gymnastic , Basketball and Lawn Tennis in Hyderabad and Archery and Judo in Jaipur.
5. The first-ever Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) International Dance festival has been held in which city?
The first-ever Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) International Dance festival was held at Shilpa Kala Vedika Terracotta Auditorium and Convention Centre in Hyderabad on January 15, 2017 with the support of Telengana State Government. Nearly 100 performers from 9 countries showcased their traditional and contemporary dance nuances. Countries including Maldives, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Philippines, Fiji, Indonesia, Azerbaijan, Malaysia and India took part in the festival.
6. Which committee has recently recommended quota for girl students in IITs?
[A]Abhijit Sen committee
[B]Timothy Gonsalves committee
[C]D M Dharmadhikari committee
[D]Sumit Bose committee
Answer: Timothy Gonsalves committee
The committee under the chairmanship of professor Timothy Gonsalves has recently recommended reservation for girl students in IITs to address the issue of slump in the number of female students entering the prestigious institutes. The recommendation of the committee will be taken up in the meeting of the Joint Admission Board (JAB) for a final decision, which will decide whether the reservation will come in effect from 2017 or from 2018. The number of seats for male candidates will not be affected and this will help IITs achieve the one lakh target by 2020. Also, only candidates who have already qualified in JEE-Advanced will be considered.
7. Surjit Singh Barnala, who passed away recently, was the former chief minister of which state?
Surjit Singh Barnala (91), the former chief minister of Punjab, has recently passed away in Chandigarh. He was the first Governor of Uttarakhand from its creation in 2000. Beside this, he holds the post of Governor in many states viz. Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, etc. He also served with distinction as member of the Union Council of Ministers and will be always remembered for the strong stance he took against the forces of extremism and the struggle he waged against terrorists and anti national forces in India.
8. Which team has won the 2017 Vodafone Premier Badminton League (PBL)?
Answer: Chennai Smashers
Chennai Smashers have won the 2017 Vodafone Premier Badminton League (PBL) tournament by defeating Mumbai Rockets in the final by 4-3 at the Siri Fort Complex in New Delhi.
9. The book “The Karachi Deception” has been authored by whom?
Answer: Shatrujeet Nath
The book “The Karachi Deception” has been authored by Shatrujeet Nath. The novel is about an audacious plot Project Abhimanyu, hatched by RAW and Indian army intelligence to assassinate Mumbai’s underworld don, Irshad Dilawar. Major Imtiaz Ahmed is assigned to lead the special ops mission. But the mission runs into roadblocks as Project Abhimanyu is compromised and Imtiaz and his men are led into a death trap.
10. ‘SEZ India’ mobile app has been launched by which union ministry for special economic zones?
[A]Ministry of Labour and Employment
[B]Ministry of Finance
[C]Ministry of Commerce and Industry
[D]Ministry of Corporate Affairs
Answer: Ministry of Commerce and Industry
The Ministry of Commerce and Industry has recently launched a mobile app “SEZ India” which provides detailed information related to special economic zones. The app would help the SEZ units and developers to find information easily and track their transactions on SEZ Online System. The app has four sections — SEZ Information, SEZ Online Transaction, Trade Information and Contact details. The SEZ online transaction is a dynamic submenu that tracks the Bill of Entry/Shipping Bill processing status and also does verification.The app also helps the importers/exporters to track the status of Bill of Entry/Shipping Bill integration and processing in the EDI system of the ICEGATE. .