GK & Current Affairs: January 25, 2017
1. What is the theme of the 2017 National Voters Day (NVD)?
[A]Empowering young and future events
[B]Inclusive and qualitative participation
[C]Easy Registration, Easy Correction
Answer: Empowering young and future events
The Election Commission of India (ECI) has celebrated the 7th National Voters’ Day (NVD) on January 25, 2017 across country with the theme of “Empowering young and future events” to enhance participation of citizens in the electoral process. The National level function was held in New Delhi. The NVD is celebrated every year in India on January 25 to mark the foundation day of ECI, which came into being on this day in 1950. The purpose of the NVD is to increase enrollment of voters, especially of the newly eligible ones. The Day is also utilized to spread awareness among voters regarding effective participation in the electoral process.
2. Which committee of Chief Ministers (CMs) has recently submitted report on preparing road map for rapid adoption of digital payment methods to the Union Government?
[A]Raman Singh committee
[B]Sarbananda Sonowal committee
[C]Chandrababu Naidu committee
[D]Nitish Kumar committee
Answer: Chandrababu Naidu committee
The Committee of Chief Ministers (CMs), which was formed to prepare the road map for rapid adoption of digital payment methods, has recently submitted its interim report to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The committee, which was headed by N Chandrababu Naidu, has suggested insurance for all digital transactions to safeguard the interest of people going cashless. The committee has recommended Rs 1,000 subsidy for purchase of smartphones by non-tax assesses and small merchants and abolishment of the Merchant Discount Rate (MDR) to make digital payments cheaper than cash. The committee has also suggested to levy Banking Cash Transaction Tax (BCTT) on transactions of Rs. 50,000 and above to curb use of cash for large transactions.
3. “Khelegi toh Khilegi” the pan-India initiative for girls football has been launched by which organisation?
[A]Nurturing Excellence in Sports Trust (NEST)
[B]Indian Football Association (IFA)
[C]All India Football Federation (AIFF)
[D]Football Players’ Association Of India (FPAI)
Answer: Nurturing Excellence in Sports Trust (NEST)
The Nurturing Excellence in Sports Trust (NEST) has recently launched “Khelegi toh Khileg” the pan-India initiative for girls football between the age of 10 to 15 years along with the National Yuva Cooperative Society (NYCS) in India. The purpose of the initiative is to empower the girl child and using football as a tool to break gender stereotypes, improve self-esteem and develop leadership skills. The first event was held at Thyagaraj Stadium in New Delhi where over 700 girls took part from across Delhi NCR. The programme was flagged off by Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas, and MP Meenakshi Lekhi. The NEST is a non-profit organization to support young talented athletes across India who did not have the required resources to compete favorably at the international level and to create sports icons for the future.
4. Which Indian airport has won the 2016 Golden Peacock Award for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in the transportation sector under the Aviation category?
[A]Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport
[B]Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport
[C]Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport
[D]Delhi International Airport Limited
Answer: Delhi International Airport Limited
The Delhi International Airport (Private) Limited (DIAL) has won the “Golden Peacock Award” for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in the transportation sector under the Aviation category for the year 2016. The Delhi Airport has also been adjudged the world’s number one airport in ACI ASQ survey in 25- 40 Million Passengers Per Annum (MPPA) category for two consecutive years – 2014 and 2015.
5. Which country has successfully launched its first-ever military communications satellite “Kirameki -2” into orbit?
Japan has successfully launched its first-ever military communications satellite “Kirameki -2” from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s (JAXA) Tanegashima Space Center with the help of H-2A carrier rocket to boost the broadband capacity of its Self Defence Forces (SDF). The purpose of the satellite is to improve communications infrastructure via providing a direct high-speed connection between the ground, naval and air forces of Japan. The satellite will cover the area of the Indian Ocean and is set to be used by the Japanese UN peacekeepers in South Sudan and against Somalian sea pirates. The Kirameki-2 is an X-band communications satellite with a 15-year lifespan built by DSN Corporation for the Japanese Ministry of Defense.
6. The world’s largest solar park has been built by which country?
The world’s largest solar park has been built at the Longyangxia Dam in the western province of Qinghai in China. The Longyangxia Dam Solar Park occupies 27 sq km and built at a cost of about 6bn yuan. The solar park can produce about 850 MW of power in Qinghai province.
7. The book “The Future of India” has been authored by whom?
[C]Y Venugopal Reddy
Answer: Margaret Moran
The book The Future of India” has been authored by Bimal Jalan, the former Governor of Reserve Bank of India (RBI). Through book, author argues that it is the interface between politics, economics and governance, and their combined effect on the functioning of Indian democracy, which will largely determine India’s future.
8. Who has been bestowed with the first-ever Hugo Chavez Prize for Peace and Sovereignty of Venezuela?
[D]Juan Manuel Santos
Answer: Vladimir Putin
Vladimir Putin, the President of Russia, has been bestowed with the Venezuela’s first-ever Hugo Chavez Prize for Peace and Sovereignty for his fight for peace. Putin received miniature replica of Chavez statue. The new peace prize was created by the president of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro in honour of the late socialist leader Hugo Chavez.
9. Ronnie O’Sullivan, who has recently won a record 7th Dafabet Masters title, is belonged to which country?
Answer: United Kingdom
British snooker professional, Ronnie O’Sullivan has won a historic seventh Dafabet Masters title by defeating Joe Perry by 10-7 at Alexandra Palace in London, United Kingdom (UK). With this win, O’Sullivan surpassed Stephen Hendry’s tally of six Masters Trophies. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest players in the sport’s history. He is noted for his rapid playing style, mercurial temperament and his ambivalent relationship with the sport, from which he has taken prolonged sabbaticals and repeatedly threatened to retire.
10. “Ababeel” ballistic missile has been successfully launched by which country?
Pakistan has successfully conducted the first flight test of a new nuclear-capable surface-to-surface ballistic missile “Ababeel” on 24th January 2017, which has a maximum range of 2,200 km. The missile can carry both conventional and nuclear warheads and is claimed to use Multiple Independently Targetable Reentry Vehicles (MIRV).The purpose of Ababeel is to ensure survivability of Pakistan’s ballistic missiles in the growing regional Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) environment in reference to the Indian Prithvi and Ashwin BMD systems. .