GK & Current Affairs – January 29, 2016

1. Who has been selected for the 2016 Amnesty International Human Rights Award?
[A]Pradeep Hedau
[B]Monira Rahman
[C]Henri Tiphagne
[D]Abel Barrera
Answer: Henri Tiphagne
Indian lawyer and human rights defender, Henri Tiphagne has been selected for the 2016 Amnesty International Human Rights Award for his exceptional commitment to human rights. The award comes with 10000 Euros and will be given to him on 25 April 2016 at the Maxim Gorki Theatre in Berlin, Germany. Tiphagne is the first Indian to receive the Amnesty award. He is the founder of the organization People’s Watch, one of the most notable human rights organizations in India.
2. Who has become the India’s first civil servant to successfully scale Mount Vinson Massif?
[A]Pankaj Chauhan
[B]Aniket Darra
[C]Aparna Kumar
[D]Sudha Gupta
Answer: Aparna Kumar
Aparna Kumar, a 2002-batch IPS officer from Uttar Pradesh cadre, has become the India’s first civil servant to successfully scale Antarctica’s highest peak Mount Vinson Massif. She climbed the 17,000-feet-high peak and hoisted the Tricolour and the UP police flag there. Earlier, she had successfully scaled Carstensz Pyramid in Indonesia and Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.
3. Who has been conferred with the V Shantaram Life Time Acheivement Award at MIFF 2016?
[A]Neelam Singhi
[B]Mike Pandey
[C]Naresh Bedi
[D]Mukesh Sharma
Answer: Naresh Bedi
The noted wild life film maker Naresh Bedi has been conferred with the V Shantaram Life Time Acheivement Award at 14th edition of 2016 Mumbai International Festival (MIFF), Mumbai. He is the first Asian to receive a Wildscreen Panda Award and the first Indian to receive a nomination for the British Academy Film Awards.
4. Justice Sanjay Mishra is appointed as the Lokayukta of which state?
[B]Uttar Pradesh
Answer: Uttar Pradesh
Recently, the Supreme Court of India (SCI) has appointed Justice Sanjay Mishra as the Lokayukta of Uttar Pradesh. He is the former judge of the Allahabad High Court. Earlier, SCI has recalled its earlier order of appointing ex-Justice Virendra Singh as the anti-graft ombudsman.
5. Ishika Shah is related to which sports?
[D]Table Tennis
Answer: Snooker
Recently, Ishika Shah (14) has won the 12th Sub-Junior National Snooker championship title in Indore, Madhya Pradesh by defeating Anushi Sethby 50-2, 50-33 in the final match.
6. Which among the following pairs has won 2016 Australian Open women’s double title?
[A]Julia Gorges and Anna-Lena Gronefeld
[B]Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis
[C]Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka
[D]Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Lucie Safarova
Answer: Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis
Top ranked Indo-Swiss pair of Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis has won the 2016 Australian Open women’s double title. They beat 7th seeded Czech duo of Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka in the finals by 7-6, 6-3.
7. Who among the following is conferred with 2016 Padma Vibhushan award?
[A]Sushil Doshi
[B]Avinash Dixit
[C]Mannam Gopi Chand
[D]Prathibha Prahlad
Answer: Avinash Dixit
The Padma Vibhushan is the second-highest civilian award of the Republic of India i.e. given for the “exceptional and distinguished service”, without distinction of race, occupation, position, or sex. The following are the recipients of Padma Vibhushan award: Yamini Krishnamurthi, Rajinikanth, Girija Devi, Ramoji Rao, Dr. Viswanathan Shanta, Shri Ravi Shankar, Jagmohan, Dr.Vasudev Kalkunte Aatre, Avinash Dixit (Foreigner) and Dhiru Bhai Ambani (Posthumous). Mr. Avinash Dixit is an Indian-American economist and the author of a number of books in economics. Currently, he is John J. F. Sherrerd ’52 University professor of Economics Emeritus at Princeton University, distinguished adjunct professor of Economics at Lingnan University (Hong Kong) and senior research fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford.
8. Which of the following cities has topped the list of the first 20 cities to be developed as Smart Cities?
Answer: Bhubaneswar
Recently, the government of India has announced the list of first 20 cities to be developed as Smart Cities. Bhubaneswar in Odisha topped the city challenge competition. Pune and Jaipur were second and third. The other cities include Surat and Ahmedabad in Gujarat, Kochi (Kerala), Bhopal, Jabalpur and Indore in Madhya Pradesh, Visakhapatnam and Kakinada in Andhra Pradesh, Solapur (Maharashtra), Davanagere and Belagavi in Karnataka, the New Delhi Municipal Council in Delhi, Chennai and Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu, Udaipur (Rajasthan), Guwahati (Assam) and Ludhiana (Punjab).
9. Arindam Sengupta, who passed away recently, was related to which field?
[A]Freedom fighter
[B]Classical Dancer
Answer: Journalist
Noted journalist and The Times of India’s Managing Editor Arindam Sengupta (61), passed away recently. He had a long and distinguished association with the Times group, which he rejoined in 1991 after a previous stint from 1988 to 1990.
10. Who is heading the one-man judicial commission to investigate Rohith Vemula suicide case?
[A]V Eswaraiah
[B]V V Subba Rao
[C]Ashok Kumar Roopanwal
Answer: Ashok Kumar Roopanwal
A former Allahabad high court judge Ashok Kumar Roopanwal was appointed by the Centre to probe circumstances leading to suicide of Rohit Vemula, a Dalit scholar of Hyderabad Central University. The Commission has been asked to submit its report within 3 months. .

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