GK & Current Affairs – July 18, 19, 2016

1.

“The Great India Run” India’s first multi-city marathon has started from which city of India?
[A]New Delhi
[B]Mumbai
[C]Ahmedabad
[D]Jaipur

New Delhi
India’s first multi-city marathon “The Great India Run” has started from New Delhi on July 17, 2016. The run will pass through Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Dadra and Nagar Haveli and will end at Mumbai in Maharashtra on August 6, 2016.

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2.

The Khangchendzonga National Park is located in which state of India?
[A]Himachal Pradesh
[B]Sikkim
[C]Assam
[D]Odisha

Sikkim
The Khangchendzonga National Park is located in Sikkim. It is home to musk deer, snow leopard, Himalayan tahr, etc. It is in news recently because the Capitol Complex of Chandigarh, Khangchendzonga National Park of Sikkim and Nalanda Mahavihara of Bihar are recently listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites at the 40th session of the World Heritage Committee meeting in Istanbul, Turkey.This is the first time that any country got 3-sites inscribed in the Word Heritage List at a single session of the committee meeting. A World Heritage Site is a place (such as a building, city, complex, desert, forest, island, lake, monument, or mountain) that is listed by the UNESCO as being of special cultural or physical significance.

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3.

“e-marketplace” web portal has been launched by which union ministry for goods procurement?
[A]Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises
[B]Ministry of Communications and Information Technology
[C]Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change
[D]Ministry of Commerce and Industry

Ministry of Commerce and Industry
Nirmala Sitharaman, the Union Minister of State (MoS) Commerce and Industry, has recently launched an “e-marketplace” web portal for online purchase of goods and services by various central government ministries and departments in New Delhi. The purpose of the portal is to bring more transparency and streamlining the government procurement of goods and services. The portal has developed by Directorate General of Supplies and Disposals (DGS&D).

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4.

What is the India’s rank on business optimism index for June quarter 2016, as per the latest Grant Thornton International Business Report (IBR)?
[A]1st
[B]2nd
[C]4th
[D]3rd

3rd
India has been ranked 3rd on the business optimism index for April-June quarter of 2016, as per the latest Grant Thornton’s latest International Business Report (IBR). After remaining on top globally for the two preceding quarters, India’s rank has dropped due to delays in key reforms such as Goods and Services Tax (GST), non-resolution of tax disputes, banking issues due to NPAs and the banking sector’s performance .

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5.

Who has won the 2016 WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight title?
[A]Sunil Siwach
[B]Sumit Rangi
[C]Vijender Singh
[D]Dibagh Thakran

Vijender Singh
Vijender Singh, an Indian professional boxer, has won the 2016 WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight title after defeating former WBC European champion Kerry Hope in a 10-round bout in New Delhi.

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6.

Which of the following states are the first states in India where Integrated Criminal Justice System (ICJS) will be launched?
[A]Punjab and Haryana
[B]Telangana and Andhra Pradesh
[C]Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh
[D]Bihar and Jharkhand

Telangana and Andhra Pradesh
Telangana and Andhra Pradesh are the first states in India where Integrated Criminal Justice System (ICJS) will be launched. The system will integrate the courts, police stations, prosecution, forensic science laboratories and jails.

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7.

Which event has been organised by the Union HRD Ministry to felicitate Class XII achievers who braved difficult circumstances?
[A]Man Vishvas
[B]Gun Gaurav
[C]Udaan
[D]Tarang Sansar

Gun Gaurav
Prakash Javadekar, the Union Minister of Human Resource Development (HRD), has organised “Gun Gaurav” event to felicitate 46 students who achieved high marks in their XII exams, despite hailing from economically weakest of weaker sections and secured admission in top Delhi colleges. The Gun Gaurav, the first of its kind event, has been held at Minister’s residence to acknowledge the consistent efforts and merit of these students.

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8.

Which train safety system will be launched by the Indian Railways to avoid train accidents?
[A]Tri-Safety
[B]Tri-Netra
[C]Tri-Network
[D]Tri-Veil

Tri-Netra
The Terrain Imaging for Diesel Drivers- Infrared Enhanced Optical and Radar Assisted (Tri-NETRA) system will be launched by the Indian Railways to avoid train accidents. The device uses infrared and radar technology to collect signals up to a distance of 2-3 km and displays the information on a screen fitted inside the locomotive. This will give ample time for the driver to apply the brakes. The tri-netra device will alert the drivers of any physical obstruction on railway tracks ahead and thus prevent train accidents. It will be very useful during fog, heavy rain and nights, when drivers have to constantly look outside the locomotive to judge the condition.

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9.

“TalkToAK”, the live interactive programme has been launched by which union territory/state of India?
[A]Delhi
[B]Uttar Pradesh
[C]Gujarat
[D]Puducherry

Delhi
Arvind Kejriwal, the Chief Minister of Delhi, has recently launched a live interactive programme “TalkToAK” at the Delhi Secretariat, which aims at direct communication with Delhi people. The first programme was an hour-long session and people asked questions by logging on to ‘talktoak.com’ or on 011-2339299. In it, the Chief Minister answered a wide variety of questions based on education, youth and city administration.

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10.

Which Union Territory (UT) of India will form “Swach Bal Senas” to build it as a garbage-free UT?
[A]Daman and Diu
[B]Puducherry
[C]Lakshadweep
[D]Chandigarh

Puducherry
The Puducherry government will form ‘Swachh Bal Senas’ to make sure that children function as watchdogs of cleanliness and prevent elders from littering streets in the union territory. It’s a novel initiative to ensure a garbage-free Puducherry. The children will be given yellow coloured whistles, which they will blow whenever they see elder throwing garbage. By this way, the young children will also gain knowledge of healthy style of living. With this, Puducherry will become the first union territory of India to have such senas.

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