GK & Current Affairs: January 27, 2017
1. “Dulari Kanya” scheme has been launched by which state government to check infant mortality?
Answer: Arunachal Pradesh
The Arunachal Pradesh government has launched a special scheme “Dulari Kanya” to check infant mortality in the state on the occasion of the 68th Republic Day on January 26, 2017. As per the scheme, the government will deposit Rs 20,000 in the bank account of a girl child, born in any government hospital. It would be paid along with the accrued interest after she attains 18 years of her age.
2. The 2017 Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) Partnership Summit has started in which of the following states?
Answer: Andhra Pradesh
The 2017 Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) Partnership Summit has started in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh on January 27 to focus on achieving sustained economic growth in the present global economic order. In the 2-day summit, about 2,000 delegates from 51 countries are taking part in the deliberations.
3. Which state government has recently organized Farmer’s Martyrs day to pay homage to the martyrs of 1894 farmers’ rising in the state?
For the first time, the Assam government has organized Farmer’s Martyrs day on January 27, 2017 at Patharughat in Darrang district to pay homage to the martyrs of 1894 farmers’ rising at Patharughat. In the 2-day event, various training programs, exhibitions, seminars will talk place and the Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal will also give awards to 22 progressive farmers on this occassion. On 28th January 1894, 140 innocent farmers were massacred and 150 others injured, when they rose in protest against the oppressive increase in land revenue by the then colonial British rulers. The farmers had risen against the British tyranny as a cohesive force and with this Assam emerged as one of the pioneers and forerunners of India’s struggle for independence.
4. India’s first Post Office Passport Seva Kendra (POPSK) has been inaugurated in which city?
India’s first Post Office Passport Seva Kendra (POPSK) has been inaugurated on January 25, 2017 at the Mysuru Head Post office in Karnataka to offer all passport related services on the lines of PSKs. It has been named as POPSK because the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has tied up with the postal department to offer passport related services through a network of post offices. The purpose of POPSK is to expand the passport services over a wide area and simplify the process to travel abroad.
5. What is the India’s rank in the list of “Eight Great Powers of 2017”, as per The American Interest magazine?
India has been ranked 6th in the list of “Eight Great Powers of 2017”, as per the latest annual report of the leading American foreign policy magazine “The American Interest magazine”. The list is topped by the US, whereas China and Japan are at second position, followed by Russia (4th) and Germany (5th). Iran is ranked 7th and Israel is on the 8th spot.
6. Shekhar Naik, who has been selected for 2017 Padma Shri award, is associated with which sports?
Shekhar Naik, the captain of Indian Blind Cricket team, has been selected for 2017 Padma Shri award. The announcement of Naik getting the honour came as India is all set to host the 2nd T20 Blind Cricket World Cup from January 29 to February 12 with 10 countries participating.
7. Which union ministry has instituted the “National Entrepreneurship Awards” to encourage a culture of entrepreneurship across India?
[A]Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship
[B]Ministry of Labour and Employment
[C]Ministry of Home Affairs
[D]Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation
Answer: Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship
The Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MoSDE) has instituted the “National Entrepreneurship Awards” to encourage a culture of entrepreneurship across India. These premier awards seek to recognise and honour young entrepreneurs and their entrepreneurship ecosystem builders for their outstanding efforts in the field of entrepreneurship development. The first Award Ceremony will take place on 30th January 2017 where awards in 11 categories will be given and in it, the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will be the chief guest. The awards also seek to highlight models of excellence for youth of India and encourage them to take entrepreneurship as a preferred career option.
8. What is the India’s rank in the 2016 Corruption Perception Index (CPI)?
India has been ranked 79th out of 176 nations by the Berlin-based corruption watchdog Transparency International (TI) in its latest Corruption Perception Index (CPI) for the year 2016. The list is topped by two nations “Denmark and New Zealand” and is followed by Finland, Sweden and Switzerland. The ranks are based on a scoring system that ranges between 0 (public sector perceived as highly corrupt) to 100 (public sector perceived as very clean). The index was complied by using World Bank data, the World Economic Forum (WEF) and other institutions.
9. Which state government has recently announced a total ban on polythene bags from May 2017?
Answer: Madhya Pradesh
The Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Shivraj Singh Chouhan has recently announced a total ban on polythene carry bags from May 1, 2017 across the state in a bid to conserve environment, protect cows and promote cleanliness.It was announced on the 68th Republic Day of India.
10. Who has been selected for the 2016 National Geoscience Award in the field of geo-environmental studies?
[A]Ashok Kumar Singhvi
[C]Vishnu Deo Sai
Answer: Keshav Krishna
Dr. A Keshav Krishna, a scientist at the National Geophysical Research Institute (NGRI), has been selected for 2016 National Geoscience Award by the Ministry of Mines in the field of Geo-environmental studies in applied geosciences. Presently, Krishna is involved in studies on environmental risk assessment related heavy metal contamination in soil, sediments and water in industrial areas, abandoned mine sites and their interactions with the environmental pollutants. Apart from him, N. Purnachandra Rao, who is the chief scientist at the NGRI, has been selected for National Geoscience Award in the field of Geophysics. .