GK & Current Affairs: January 26, 2017

1.

Alexander Kadakin, who passed away recently, was the ambassador of which country to India?
[A]Brazil
[B]Russia
[C]Indonesia
[D]Singapore

Russia
Alexander Kadakin, who recently passed away in New Delhi on 26th January 2017, was a Russian diplomat and the Russian Ambassador to India from 2009 until his death in 2017.He was the longest-serving Russian Ambassador to India and to any nation in the Indian subcontinent.

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2.

Which state government has launched e-health program “Jeevan Rekha” to provide a centralised database of healthcare information?
[A]Chhattisgarh
[B]Tamil Nadu
[C]Kerala
[D]Assam

Kerala
The Chief Minister of Kerala, Pinarayi Vijayan has recently launched e-health program “Jeevan Rekha” to create electronic health records of a population in Thiruvananthapuram. It is a first-of-its-kind initiative in India to provide a centralised database of healthcare information and efficient service delivery to the people. The new system would help in creating a good hospital management system and patient-friendly atmosphere in hospitals. Once data of a patient is centralised, it would help the person get continuous treatment at all hospitals in the state. Under the program, 7 out of 14 districts will be covered in the first phase of the Centrally-aided project undertaken at a cost of Rs.92.12 crore.

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3.

“Chief Minister’s Award” has been launched by which state government to reward districts adopting digital payments?
[A]Madhya Pradesh
[B]Assam
[C]Rajasthan
[D]Kerala

Assam
The Chief Minister of Assam, Sarbananda Sonowal has recently launched the ‘Chief Minister’s Award’ to promote digital transaction in Assam, while inaugurating the Digi Dhan Mela in the state. The Chief Minister’s Award would be given to the best performing district of the state that adopts digital payment methods and also educate larger section of the society about the cashless transaction. The winning district’s Deputy Commissioner would be presented a prize of Rs 50,000 at the end of financial year 2016-2017 after March 31, 2017.

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4.

The book “The Island of Lost Girls” has been authored by whom?
[A]Kiran Doshi
[B]Anil Menon
[C]Manjula Padmanabhan
[D]Hansda Sowendra Shekhar

Manjula Padmanabhan
The book “The Island of Lost Girls” has been authored by Manjula Padmanabhan. This is the story of Meiji – the only girl who has remained untouched and un-mutilated in a country that has savaged its entire female population.

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5.

Which online travel portal has launched India’s first social luxury travel magazine “Luxury Travel Times”?
[A]Cleartrip
[B]Goibibo
[C]Ixigo
[D]MakeMyTrip

MakeMyTrip
An Indian online travel company, MakeMyTrip has launched India’s first-ever social luxury travel magazine ‘Luxury Travel Times’. The mobile-only magazine is targeted at luxury travellers and is released through innovative ad platforms like Facebook Canvas & Instagram-Stories.

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6.

Mary Tyler Moore, who passed away recently, was the famous Emmy award-winning actress of which country?
[A]United States
[B]Norway
[C]Portugal
[D]France

United States
Mary Tyler Moore (80), the Emmy award-winning US actress, has recently passed away at Greenwich, United States. She was best known for her television roles in the 1960s sitcom The Dick Van Dyke Show and the eponymous The Mary Tyler Moore Show in the 1970s. Moore was active in charity work and various political causes, particularly the issues of animal rights and diabetes.

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7.

“Beat Marshall Monitoring Mobile App” has been launched by which city police to map real-time locations of patrolling teams?
[A]Bhopal City Police
[B]Shillong City Police
[C]Hyderabad City Police
[D]Pune City Police

Pune City Police
The Pune City Police has launched the “Beat Marshall Monitoring Mobile App” on experimental basis to map the real-time locations of patrolling teams from police stations. The application will be installed on the cell phones of Beat Marshals or patrolling cops so their movements can be mapped real-time by the control room staffers. The data collected would then be used for effective response during the emergencies. The app would make the dispatch of patrolling parties easier in times of emergency.

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8.

Lalchungnunga, who has been chosen to train at Germany’s top division football league “Bundesliga”, is belonged to which Indian state?
[A]Mizoram
[B]Nagaland
[C]Tripura
[D]Arunachal Pradesh

Mizoram
Lalchungnunga (15), the football player from Mizoram, has been chosen to train at Germany’s top division football league “Bundesliga” for six years. Lalchungnunga is one of the state’s many budding footballers whose talent has received a boost from the Tata Trust’s football academies in the region. The footballer was scouted to train with the Bundesliga from one of these institutes, set up as part of a special MoU between Tata Trust and the Mizoram government to enhance local sports talents.

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9.

The 2017 T20 Blind Cricket World Cup will be hosted by which country?
[A]India
[B]South Africa
[C]England
[D]New Zealand

India
The 2017 T20 Blind Cricket World Cup will be hosted by India from January 29 to February 12, 2017. Besides India, teams from Pakistan, Australia, Bangladesh, England, Nepal, New Zealand, South Africa, Sri Lanka and West Indies would be taking part in the tournament. The former Indian Cricketer and Captain, Rahul Dravid is the brand ambassador for the tournament. On this occasion, Dravid will also launched the ‘Support Blind Cricket by buying a Cricket Ball’ campaign. Students and general public can purchase a cricket ball online www.blindcricket.in to support the cause of cricket for the blind.

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10.

Who has been bestowed with the highest peace time gallantry decoration “Ashok Chakra” on the 68th Republic Day of India?
[A]Nirbhay Singh
[B]Harpreet Sandhu
[C]Hangpan Dada
[D]Kapil Yadav

Hangpan Dada
Havaldar Hangpan Dada has been bestowed with the highest peacetime military decoration award “Ashok Chakra” posthumously by the President Pranab Mukherjee on the 68th Republic Day of India for his selfless service to the nation. He was killed at Naugam sector in Jammu and Kashmir in May 2016 while fighting terrorists. The award was received by his wife Chasen Lowang Dada.

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