GK & Current Affairs: January 21-22, 2017

1. “Nasha Mukt campaign” has been launched by which state government to make state addiction-free?
Answer: Bihar
The Bihar government has recently launched a Nasha Mukti campaign to make the state addiction-free with formation of over 11,000 km long human chain across the state. The human chain covered all panchayats of the state and over two crore people participated in this human chain.
2. The India Innovation Index (III) will be developed by which international organization to measure innovation performance of Indian states?
[A]International Monetary Fund (IMF)
[B]World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
[C]Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)
[D]Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Answer: World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
The India Innovation Index (III) will be developed by the World Economic Forum (WEF), NITI Aayog, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and Cornell University to measure innovation performance of Indian states. Each partnering organisation will nominate a working group member to work on the index. The first ranking is expected to be released at the India Economic Summit (IEC) in New Delhi on October 4-6, 2017. The index will be based on key pillars of innovation and sub-indices that together will assist in tailoring policies that promote inclusive growth. The pillars include the strength of institutions, capacity of human capital and research, supporting infrastructure and the level of business sophistication, among others.
3. Which of the following warships has become the India’s first-ever warship to have ATM on board?
[A]INS Vikramaditya
[B]INS Sindhughosh
[C]INS Arihant
[D]INS Viraat
Answer: INS Vikramaditya
INS Vikramaditya, the largest warship and latest aircraft carrier of the Indian Navy, has become the India’s first-ever warship to have ATM on board. The ATM on the ship docked at the naval base at Karwar will be operated by the State Bank of India (SBI) and will cater to over 1,500 personnel and officers deployed on the ship. The facilities offered by the SBI to the ship include cash withdrawals, generation of mini-statements, access to bank balance details and change of PIN numbers. In future, the facility will be upgraded to a recycler machine with a cash deposit facility. Additionally, facilities like cash transfer, card-to-card transfer, credit card payment, mobile number registration and updation would also be available. The Russian- built INS Vikramaditya was commissioned in Indian Navy in November 2013.
4. Which Indian personality has been appointed as a new member of FIFA’s Finance Committee for the period of 2017-2021?
[A]C R Viswanathan
[B]Larsing Sawyan
[C]Subrata Dutta
[D]Praful Patel
Answer: Praful Patel
Praful Patel, the President of All India Football Federation (AIFF), has been appointed as a new member of FIFA’s Finance Committee for the period of 2017-2021. The FIFA finance committee monitors the financial management and advises the FIFA executive committee on financial matters and asset management. It also analyses the FIFA budgets and the financial statements prepared by the FIFA general secretary and submits them to the FIFA executive committee for approval.
5. The National Voters’ Day is celebrated on which date in India?
[A]January 25
[B]January 22
[C]January 23
[D]January 24
Answer: January 25
The National Voters’ Day is celebrated every year in India on January 25 every year to mark the foundation day of Election Commission of India (ECI). The significance of this day is to encourage youngsters, who have reached the age of 18, of the country to participate in the electoral process, by enrolling or registering themselves in electoral rolls and to exercise their franchise.
6. Which Indian village has been conferred the UNWTO Award for Innovation in the category of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO)?
[A]Khandalavadi village
[B]Govardhan Eco village
[C]Dhasai village
[D]Akodra village
Answer: Govardhan Ecovillage
Govardhan Eco Village (GEV) of International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) has been conferred the UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) Awards for Excellence and Innovation in Tourism, the highest honour given to an NGO for shaping global tourism through sustainable innovative initiatives. This is for the first time India has won such recognition from the UN in the NGO sector. The award was presented to HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj, the founder of GEV, at the annual UNWTO ceremony in Madrid, Spain. The headquarters of ISKON is located at Mayapur, West Bengal and it’s purpose is to spread the practice of bhakti yoga towards pleasing the Supreme Lord, Krishna.
7. Which Indian personality will become judge in the 2017 Miss Universe pageant?
[A]Sushmita Sen
[B]Priyanka Chopra
[C]Aishwarya Rai
[D]Roshmitha Harimurthy
Answer: Sushmita Sen
Sushmita Sen, the former Miss Universe and Bollywood actress, will be on the judging panel at the 65th edition of Miss Universe pageant-2017 pageant. Sen was the first Indian to win the crown. This year, Roshmitha Harimurthy will represent India at this prestigious contest, which will take place on January 30, 2017 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines.
8. The book “60 Indian Poets” has been authored by whom?
[A]Amitav Ghosh
[B]Vikram Seth
[C]Jeet Thayil
[D]Arun Kolatkar
Answer: Jeet Thayil
The book “60 Indian Poets” has been authored by Jeet Thayil, which is pure pleasure put together with a poet’s love of his craft and its masters. The book spans 55 years of Indian poetry in English and bridged continents and generations, and seeks to expand the definition of ‘Indian- ness’.
9. The 2017 Combined Commanders’ Conference (CCC) has been held in which state of India?
[B]Andhra Pradesh
Answer: Uttarakhand
The 2017 Combined Commanders Conference (CCC) has been held at the Indian Military Academy (IMA) in Dehradun, Uttarakhand to focus on the surgical strikes across the Line of Control, the prevailing situation on the LoC, terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir and the emerging security situation. The day-long conference was addressed by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and was attended by all army commanders and their equivalents from the Air Force and the Navy. This was the first CCC for the three military chiefs since taking over as head of their services in 2016.
10. “[email protected]” a novel programme has been launched by which gramin bank to propagate financial literacy among school children?
[A]Uttarbanga Kshetriya Gramin Bank
[B]Kerala Gramin Bank
[C]Assam Gramin Vikash Bank
[D]Rajasthan Gramin Bank
Answer: Kerala Gramin Bank
The Kerala Gramin Bank (KGB) has launched a novel programme “[email protected]” to propagate financial literacy among school children. Under the project, every branch of the bank has to identify and enter into a virtual tie up with a school in its locality preferably an upper primary school to organise various programmes such as formation offinancial literacy clubs, account opening camps at schools, junior debit card distribution, financial literacy related classes, distribution of financial literacy booklets, competition on financial literacy, etc. .

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