GK & Current Affairs – July 11, 2016

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Who has won the 2016 Women’s Singles Wimbledon Championship?
[A]Simona Halep
[B]Serena Williams
[C]Angelique Kerber
[D]Garbine Muguruza

Serena Williams
Serena Williams has won the 2016 Women’s Singles Wimbledon Championship by defeating Angelique Kerber in the final by 7–5, 6–3 in London, United Kingdom. With this win, Williams equaled Steffi Graf’s Open Era record of 22 major singles titles.

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2.

Who has won the 2016 Computer History Museum Book Prize?
[A]Manoj Bhudholia
[B]Yogesh Sen
[C]Dinesh Sharma
[D]Mayank Jain

Dinesh Sharma
Dinesh C. Sharma, the Indian columnist and author, has won the 2016 Computer History Museum Book Prize for his book “The Outsourcer: The Story of India’s IT Revolution”. The book is a panoramic history of development of software and information technology in India spanning almost half a century. The prize of $1,000 is awarded by the Special Interest Group for Computers, Information and Society (SIGCIS ) for the History of Technology.

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3.

DRDO has signed pact with which IITs for Centre for Propulsion Technology (CoPT)?
[A]IIT Bombay and IIT Madras
[B]IIT Indore and IIT Mandi
[C]IIT Delhi and IIT Bhubaneswar
[D]IIT Kharagpur and IIT Madras

IIT Bombay and IIT Madras
The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) have recently signed an agreement with IIT-Bombay and Madras to establish a bi-nodal Centre of Propulsion Technology (CoPT) at the two institutions. The purpose of the agreement is to achieve synergy between DRDO and IITs for channelizing research efforts towards developing products and aerospace technologies. The CoPT will facilitate and undertake multidisciplinary directed research in the focused areas of futuristic aero engines, hypersonic propulsion for long duration flights, solid propellant combustion modelling and morphing aircraft technologies. It will also undertake advanced collaborative research in the areas of critical defence technologies.

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4.

Who has won the 2016 Men’s Singles Wimbledon Championship?
[A]Rafael Nadal
[B]Milos Raonic
[C]Novak Djokovic
[D]Andy Murray

Andy Murray
Andy Murray from Great Britain has won the 2016 Men’s Singles Wimbledon Championship by defeating Milos Raonic in the final by 6-4, 7-6,7-6 at centre court in London, United Kingdom. With this, he clinched a 2nd Wimbledon title and third Grand Slam crown of his career.

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5.

The 2016 Mountain Echoes literary festival will be held in which country?
[A]Nepal
[B]Bhutan
[C]India
[D]Myanmar

Bhutan
The 7th edition of Mountain Echoes literary festival 2016 will be held in Thimpu, Bhutan on August 26 to 28, 2016. It is an initiative of India-Bhutan Foundation in association with Siyahi, a literary organization. The festival aims to provide a platform for the greatest literary minds to engage in a cultural dialogue. In 2016, the festival will focus on climate change, women’s voices and travel writing. Beside this, the festival will also announced the first edition of ‘Bonfire Tales’: A cultural journey that travels via motorcycle to the Phobjikha valley in the impressive Black Mountains of Bhutan and then onto the warm climes of Punakha.

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6.

What is the theme of 2016 United Nations World Population Day?
[A]Investing in teenage girls
[B]Equality empowers
[C]Be counted: say what you need
[D]Vulnerable populations in emergencies

Investing in teenage girls
The United Nations World Population Day is observed every year on July 11 to focus attention on the urgency and importance of population issue. The 2016 theme is “Investing in Teenage Girls” that calls for action to address the vast challenges faced by teenage girls across the world. As per the theme, if a teenage girl has the power, the means and the information to make her own decisions in life, she is more likely to overcome obstacles that stand between her and a healthy, productive future. This will benefit her, her family and her community.

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7.

The Gangajal delivery scheme has been started from which city of India?
[A]Patna
[B]Ranchi
[C]Dehradun
[D]Bhubaneswar

Patna
The Gangajal delivery scheme has been launched at General Post Master office in Patna, Bihar. The initiative to deliver ‘Gangajal’, a holy water from the river Ganga, from Indian Postal Services has been launched by Union Minister of Law and Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad and Minister of State for Communications Manoj Sinha. Under the scheme, the pious Gangajal, brought from Gangotri and Rishikesh, would be delivered at the doorsteps of people at nominal prices.

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8.

Who has won the 2016 Formulae One British Grand Prix championship?
[A]Kimi Raikkonen
[B]Lewis Hamilton
[C]Max Verstappen
[D]Nico Rosberg

Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton from England has won the 2016 Formulae One British Grand Prix championship in Silverstone, United Kingdom. It is his 4th title of the 2016 season after Monaco Grand Prix, Canadian Grand Prix, and Austrian Grand Prix.

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9.

The book “One Part Woman” has been authored by whom?
[A]Nanda Devi
[B]Perumal Murugan
[C]Arundhati Roy
[D]Gautam Bhatia

Perumal Murugan
The book “Mathorubhagan ( or One Part Woman )” has been authored by tamil writer Perumal Murugan. The novel’s focus is on recording the travails of a childless couple subjected to community ridicule. Recently, the novel is in news because the Madras High Court has invalidated the settlement, dismissed the criminal complaints and dismissed the petition seeking a ban on the book. The issue was that some Hindu groups took offence to this book and alleged that the author portrayed the Kailasanathar temple in Tiruchengode and its women devotees in bad light. They demanded that the book should be ban.

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10.

Which national football team has won the 2016 UEFA European football championship?
[A]France
[B]Portugal
[C]Germany
[D]Spain

Portugal
Portugal has won the 15th edition of UEFA European football championship 2016 (or Euro Cup 2016) by defeating host France by 1-0 at Saint-Denis in Paris. It is Portugal’s first UEFA Euro Cup title. With this, Portugal has earned the right to compete at the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia.

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