GK & Current Affairs: January 24, 2017
1. Which state will become the Indian state to opt for electronic transmission of postal ballot to service voters?
Goa will become the first Indian state to opt for electronic transmission of postal ballot to service voters in the upcoming elections. The returning officers will transfer the postal ballots to service voters by electronic means so that the service voters can download it, fill it and send it via e-mail to returning officer. Notably, Goa has 822 service voters working in defence, paramilitary or diplomatic missions. Apart from this, Goa would also be the first Indian state where all assembly constituencies will be covered by Voter-Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machines.
2. The National Tourism Day is celebrated on which day in India?
Answer: January 25
The National Tourism Day is celebrated every year in India on January 25 to raise awareness of the importance of tourism for the country’s economy.
3. “e-health project” will be launched by which state government with support of World Bank (WB)?
The Kerala government will officially launch the World Bank-aided “e-health” project across the state on January 25, 2017 that envisages the development of Electronic Health Records (HER) of the population and end-to-end automation of all government healthcare institutions, along with the integration of an electronic demographic database. On pilot basis, the project is already running in 12 healthcare institutions in Thiruvananthapuram district that will be scaled up across the state.
4. Which committee has recently submitted report on Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management (FRBM) act to the Union Government?
[A]N K Singh committee
[B]H R Khan committee
[C]N R Madhav committee
[D]H Devaraj committee
Answer: N K Singh committee
The N K Singh committee has recently submitted its report on revising the Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management (FRBM) act to the Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in his office in North Block in New Delhi. The Union Government will examine the report and take appropriate action. The committee examined the need and feasibility of having a ‘fiscal deficit range’as the target in place of the existing fixed percentage of GDP and make specific recommendations. It also examined the need and feasibility of aligning the fiscal expansion or contraction with credit contraction or expansion respectively in the economy.
5. What is the theme of 2017 Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF)?
[A]Freedom to Love: India at 70
[B]Freedom to Dream: India at 70
[C]Freedom to Space: India at 70
[D]Freedom to Life: India at 70
Answer: Freedom to dream: India at 70
The 10th edition of the Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF)-2017 was held in Jaipur, Rajasthan from January 19, 2017 with the theme is “Freedom to dream: India at 70”. The festival offered lively debates around modern India in the context of its history and future. In the 5-day festival, approx 250 authors, thinkers, politicians, journalists and popular culture icons participated.
6. The 2017 Varishtha Pension Bima Yojana (VPBY) will be implemented through which insurance company?
[A]ICICI Prudential Life Insurance
[B]Life Insurance Corporation of India
[C]New India Assurance
[D]HDFC Standard Life Insurance
Answer: Life Insurance Corporation of India
Recently, the Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given its post-facto approval for launching of 2017 Varishtha Pension Bima Yojana (VPBY). It is a part of Government’s commitment for financial inclusion and social security. The scheme will be implemented through Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) during the current financial year to provide social security during old age and protect elderly persons aged 60 years and above against a future fall in their interest income due to uncertain market conditions. The scheme will provide an assured pension based on a guaranteed rate of return of 8% per annum for ten years, with an option to opt for pension on a monthly / quarterly / half-yearly and annual basis.
7. Who will be the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Khadi & Village Industries Commission (KVIC)?
[D]Arun Kuma Jha
Answer: Anshu Sinha
Anshu Sinha, IAS (MH:99), will be the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Khadi & Village Industries Commission (KVIC). She will be appointed for a period upto January 29, 2019. KVIC is a statutory body established by the Khadi and Village Industries Commission Act, 1995 under the Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises. Presently, Arun Kumar Jha is the CEO of KVIC.
8. What is the theme of 2017 National Girl Child Day?
[A]End child marriage
[B]Safety and Development of girl child
[C]Adolescent Girls: Issues and Challenges
[D]Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao
Answer: Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao
The Ministry of Women and Child Development has celebrated the National Girl Child Day at a special function in New Delhi with the theme “Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao (BBBP)” on January 24, 2017. The event culminated by regional performances in Hindi, Punjabi, Rajasthani and Malayalam languages by professional troupes of Song and Drama Division. The day is celebrated every year on January 24 in India to raise the awareness among people about all the inequalities faced by the girl child in the society.
9. The book “You Got Magic” has been authored by whom?
[A] Neel Madhav
[D]T D Ramakrishnan
Answer: Neel Madhav
The book “You Got Magic” has been authored by Neel Madhav, an illusionist and mentalist. Through book, the author brought to you wacky and extraordinary tricks with which you can amaze your friends and family.
10. The Nagarhole National Park is located in which state?
The Nagarhole National Park is a national park located in Kodagu district and Mysore district in Karnataka. It is also known as Rajiv Gandhi National Park. The park has rich forest cover, small streams, hills, valleys and waterfalls and has a healthy predator-prey ratio, with many tigers, Indian bison and elephants. .