GK & Current Affairs – July 13, 2016

1. Which country is hosting the 2016 Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Summit?
Answer: Mongolia
The 11th edition of Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Summit 2016 will be held at Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia from July 14 to 16, 2016. The theme of the bi-annual Summit is “20 Years of ASEM: Partnership for the Future through Connectivity”. The ASEM is a unique platform that serves to bridge the two continents of Asia and Europe for constructive partnership and exchange, under the three key pillars of political dialogue, economic collaboration and socio-cultural exchanges. From India, Vice President Mohammed Hamid Ansari will lead the Indian delegation to the ASEM summit.
2. Which new Marine Commandos Naval Base has been commissioned at Visakhapatnam?
[A]INS Varun
[B]INS Karna
[C]INS Abhimanyu
[D]INS Arjun
Answer: INS Karna
An independent base of Marine Commandos (MARCOS) “INS Karna” has been commissioned by Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba at Bheemunipatanam Naval Base in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh. Captain Varun Singh will be the Commanding Officer of INS Karna. The MARCOS was established in February 1987 at INS Abhimanyu in Mumbai as the Indian Marine Special Force (IMSF). They are known to be very secretive elite soldiers and are capable of operating in all three mediums namely sea, air and land.
3. Sushila Chanu is associated with which sports?
Answer: Hockey
Sushila Chanu Pukhrambam, an Indian field hockey player, will lead the 16-member Indian women’s hockey team at the forthcoming Olympic Games to be held at Rio de Janeiro in Brazil from August 5 to 21, 2016. This will be the first time in 36 years that Indian women’s hockey team will be participating at the Olympic Games, after stellar show at the Hockey World League Semifinals in 2015. On the other side, Goalkeeper Parattu Raveendran Sreejesh has been named as the captain of the 16-member Indian men’s hockey team for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
4. What is the theme of the Indian Languages Festivals (ILF) “Samanvay 2016”?
[A]Insider/Outsider: Languages are for Unity
[B]Language as Public Action
[C]The Languages of a Union
[D]Writing India’s Dreams and Realities
Answer: Language as Public Action
The 6th edition of the Indian Languages Festivals (ILF)- Samanvay 2016 will be held in New Delhi on November 2016 to explore the idea of language beyond the purview of the literary word. The 2016 theme is “Language as Public Action”. The purpose of the festival is to blur the existing distinctions between a major and a minor language.
5. The book “Beyond NJ 9842: The Siachen Saga” has been authored by whom?
[A]Siddhartha Mukherjee
[B]Nitin Gokhale
[C]Vinay Sitapati
[D]Gautam Kumar Beva
Answer: Nitin Gokhale
The book “Beyond NJ 9842: The Siachen Saga” has been authored by Nitin A. Gokhale. The author has portrayed the longstanding dispute between India and Pakistan through the eyes of the veterans who had served there, with the help of their personal stories and anecdotes. The book also contains photographs from private albums from the soldiers who fought there. It is a part of history that speaks volumes of the courage and patriotism of the Indian Army, fighting for their country from a unfriendly place “Siachen”.
6. The world’s first Snoopy Museum has recently opened in which country?
[B]United States
Answer: Japan
The world’s first Snoopy Museum has opened at Roppongi in Tokyo, Japan. It is organized by Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center and is dedicated to the cartoon beagle.
7. Who is the newly appointed Union Minister of Minority Affairs?
[A]Kalraj Mishra
[B]Babul Supriyo
[C]Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi
[D]G.M. Siddeshwara
Answer: Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi
Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi has been appointed as the new Union Minister of Minority Affairs. He succeeded Dr. Najma Heptulla, who recently resigned from the post as she had crossed 75 years.
8. Which of the following banks has signed MoU with IIT Bombay to promote startups in financial sector?
[A]Axis Bank
[B]State Bank of India
Answer: State Bank of India
The IIT-Bombay’s technology business incubator “Society for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (SINE)” has recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the State Bank of India (SBI) to promote innovation by startups in the financial sector. As per the MoU, both the parties will identify FinTech startups that have products or applications to cater to the financial sector and can help SBI to explore opportunities to increase the synergy for their banking services. SBI will provide a platform for testing/ piloting financial products/applications and also check for any specific business linkages.
9. The 2016 Hemis festival will be held in which state of India?
[A]Jammu and Kashmir
[B]Himachal Pradesh
[D]Arunachal Pradesh
Answer: Jammu and Kashmir
The 2016 Hemis festival will be held at the Hemis Monastery in Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) from July 14, 2016 to celebrate the birthday of Lord Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche), who is believed to be the local savior who banished demons and evil spirits. It is said that he introduced Buddhism in the Himalayan Kingdom as early as the 8th century. The 2-day festival will be unique this year because the famous silk thangka of Guru Rinpoche will be unfurled, which takes place once in every 12 years, as 2016 is the Tibetan Year of the Monkey.
10. Who has won the first-ever Wimbledon wheelchair tennis men’s singles title?
[A]Gustavo Fernandez
[B]Stefan Olsson
[C]Alfie Hewett
[D]Gordon Reid
Answer: Gordon Reid
Gordon Reid, the British Paralympian, has won the first-ever Wimbledon wheelchair tennis men’s singles champion 2016 by defeating Sweden’s Stefan Olsson in the final by 6-1, 6-4 at Wimbledon, London. Beside this, Gordon Reid has also won the 2016 Wimbledon wheelchair men’s doubles title with his compatriot Alfie Hewett by defeating Stephane Houdet and Peifer in the final by 4-6, 6-1 and 7-6. .

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