GK & Current Affairs – January 22, 2016
1. Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy is related to which sports?
Recently, Uttar Pradesh team has clinched Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy with a thumping 38-run win over two-time champions Baroda in the final under lights at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai.
2. Which state has granted 180 days of maternity leave for women government employees in surrogacy cases?
Maharashtra has become the first state in the country where women employees in government jobs can avail up to 180 days maternity leave, while having a baby through surrogacy.
3. Which of the following teams has won the 2016 Premier Badminton League (PBL)?
Answer: Delhi Acers
Delhi Acers team won against Mumbai Rockets in the summit clash to clinch the revamped Premier Badminton League (PBL) title. The season was held from 2–17 January 2016. This is second edition of the Premier Badminton League. The second edition was renamed from the Indian Badminton League to the Premier Badminton League.
4. Who has won the 2016 Oscar award for technical achievement?
Answer: Rahul Thakkar
Rahul Thakkar, the Person of Indian Origin (PIO), has won the 2016 Scientific and Technical achievement award given by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, famously known as Oscar Awards. He will share the honour with Richard Chuang for “ground breaking design” of the DreamWorks Animation Media Review System. He will receive the award at the Academy’s annual Scientific and Technical awards presentation on February 13, 2016 in Beverly Hills. With this, he joined the club of other PIOs who have won Oscar Awards. They are Bhanu Athaiya, Satyajit Ray, Resul Pookutty, A.R. Rahman and Gulzar.
5. The 19th edition of National Conference on e-Governance has started in which city?
The 19th edition of National Conference on e-Governance has started in Nagpur, Maharashtra. This edition of conference has been organised by Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG) in in association with the Government of Maharashtra.
6. Which company has launched India’s first social mobile wallet ‘Udio’?
The leading digital payments company, TranServ has launched ‘Udio’ India’s first Social Mobile Wallet. The Udio Wallet integrates a social, community-driven aspect with anytime, anywhere accessibility to digital P2P (peer-to-peer) transactions via its secure and seamless payment structure, creating a ubiquitous ecosystem for both consumers and brands. It enables squaring of dues, sharing dinner bills or a cab ride a hassle free task.
7. Who has been named as the new CEO of Tata Motors?
Answer: Guenter Butschek
Tata Motors has appointed Guenter Butschek as chief executive and managing director of all its operations in the country and international markets. Butschek, formerly with Airbus, the world’s second largest aircraft manufacturer, will succeed Karl Slym at Tata Motors, who passed away in January 2014. Butschek was chief operating officer at Airbus before he quit in December 2014.
8. Who has been appointed as the new executive director of Green peace India?
Answer: Ravi Chellam
The noted environmentalist Ravi Chellam has been appointed as the executive director of Green peace India. He has succeeded Samit Aich, who had resigned in June 2015 following an internal review of the organisation’s handling of two sexual harassment cases. Chellam is a wildlife biologist and conservation scientist by training.
9. Under the Start-up Action Plan, how many years of tax holiday is provided to start-up companies on their profits?
Answer: 3 years
To give boost to the start-up companies in India, the union government announced Start-up Action Plan. Under the plan, Start-up profits to be tax-free for 3 years and also no labour inspections for 3 years of launch of the venture. Tax exemption to be provided on capital gains if money is invested in another start up.
10. Giriputrika Kalyana Pathakam Scheme is launched by which state?
Answer: Andhra Pradesh
Andhra Pradesh Government has launched Giriputrika Kalyana Pathakam Scheme to support the tribal women in their quest for livelihood. The scheme seeks to reduce rampant infant mortality and child marriages among tribal people. The scheme is designed to provide a onetime financial assistance of 50,000 rupees to each tribal woman who gets married.