GK & Current Affairs – July 2, 3, 2016

1.

Who is the newly appointed head of the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP)?
[A]Peter Thomson
[B]Delali Johnson Sakyi
[C]N Saibaba
[D]Per Gustaf Lodin

Per Gustaf Lodin
Major General Per Gustaf Lodin of Sweden is the newly appointed Chief Military Observer and Head of Mission for the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP). He succeeded Major General Delali Johnson Sakyi of Ghana. Prior to this appointment, he was Director of Procurement and Logistics for the Swedish Armed Forces. The UNMOGIP observes and reports on ceasefire violations along and across the Line of Control (LoC) and the working boundary between the nuclear-armed South Asian neighbors, India and Pakistan, in Jammu and Kashmir and also reports developments that could lead to ceasefire violations.

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2.

Which of the following state governments has recently banned e-cigarettes?
[A]Kerala
[B]Punjab
[C]Uttar Pradesh
[D]Odisha

Kerala
The Kerala Government has banned the manufacture, sale, marketing and advertising of e-cigarettes (or electronic cigarette) in the state, as its use could lead to cancer and heart diseases. With this, Kerala has become the 4th state in India to ban e-cigarette after Punjab, Maharashtra and Karnataka. E-cigarettes are handy devices that emit doses of vaporized nicotine. Nicotine is lethal, addictive and extremely harmful to children if they inhale or ingest it accidentally.

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3.

India’s first integrated Defense Communication Network (DCN) has been launched in which of the following cities?
[A]New Delhi
[B]Lucknow
[C]Ahmedabad
[D]Kochi

New Delhi
India’s first integrated Defense Communication Network (DCN) has been launched by Union Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar in New Delhi. The network will facilitate Indian Army, Indian Air force, Indian Navy and the Special Forces Command to share situational awareness for a faster decision-making process. The DCN is a strategic, exclusive, secure and state-of-the-art communication network and has a pan-India reach from Ladakh to the North East to island territories. The network provides converged voice, data and video services to the three services based on the secured system with adequate redundancy. It is built by HCL under a nearly Rs. 600 crore project and is capable of working on terrestrial as well as satellite mode of communication and has also been fixed onboard different military vehicles.

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4.

The Rapid Rural Police Response System (RRPRS) has recently launched in which state of India?
[A]Haryana
[B]Punjab
[C]Uttar Pradesh
[D]Rajasthan

Punjab
The Rapid Rural Police Response System (RRPRS) has been launched by Punjab police to ensure prompt and effective police response in villages to counter any crime or law and order situation in just 20 minutes. Under this response system, any resident from rural area would only have to make a call on police helpline “100” for any kind of assistance from the police force. The new system would be available for 24×7 hours to respond to all kinds of emergencies or ‘call-for-help’ from the citizens of the State.

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5.

“Animal-Human-Nature Continuum”, the first International Film, Arts and Animal Welfare Festival has started in which country?
[A]United States
[B]India
[C]Japan
[D]China

India
The first international film, arts and animal welfare festival “Animal-Human-Nature Continuum” has started at Liberty in Mumbai,India from July 1 and will continue till August 28, 2016. The focus of the unique festival is to highlight the relationship among animals, humans and nature. In it, over 150 films from more than 40 countries will be screened up.

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6.

India’s first Commercial Court & Commercial Disputes Resolution Centre has been opened in which state?
[A]Odisha
[B]Assam
[C]Chhattisgarh
[D]Kerala

Chhattisgarh
India’s first Commercial Court and Commercial Disputes Resolution Centre has been opened at Raipur, the capital of Chhattisgarh. The complex has ultra-modern facilities like Video-conferencing, E-Court, E-Library, E-Filing and E-Summons. These facilities will help the investors in their commercial dealings.

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7.

Which Indian bank has recently signed an agreement with the World Bank for $625-million credit facility to support grid connected rooftop solar programme in India?
[A]State Bank of India
[B]ICICI Bank
[C]Punjab National Bank
[D]Reserve Bank of India

State Bank of India
The State Bank of India (SBI) has signed agreements with the World Bank for a $625 million credit facility to support grid connected rooftop solar programme in India. This will help SBI in financing grid connected rooftop solar photovoltaic (GRPV) projects at very competitive rates. The eligible beneficiaries under the facility would be developers, aggregators and end-users, who wish to set up solar PV projects, mainly on commercial, industrial and institutional rooftops.

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8.

Which of the following cities is hosting the first meeting of BRICS Working Group on “Energy Saving and Energy Efficiency”?
[A]Brasília
[B]Pretoria
[C]Visakhapatnam
[D]Beijing

Visakhapatnam
The first meeting of the BRICS Working Group on “Energy Saving and Energy Efficiency” will be held in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh from July 4-5, 2016. In it, the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa ) countries would make presentations on measures taken by them in the field of energy saving and energy efficiency.India will also showcase its efforts in energy saving, energy efficiency, in particular the LED street lighting programme and PAT (Performance Achievement and Trade) programme for industrial energy efficiency. The five member-countries will also deliberate on a work plan on development of cooperation in energy saving and energy efficiency within the BRICS nations.

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9.

The book “Rustom and the Last Storyteller of Almora” has been authored by whom?
[A]Sheetal Vyas
[B]Kanika Dhillon
[C]Gaurav Parab
[D]Sowmya Sriram

Gaurav Parab
The book “Rustom and the Last Storyteller of Almora” has been authored by Gaurav Parab. The book is a scintillating debut about a man ready to embrace death to redeem his life.

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10.

Mohammad Shahid is associated with which sports?
[A]Hockey
[B]Badminton
[C]Wrestling
[D]Boxing

Hockey
The Union Sports minister Dr Jitendra Singh has recently granted Rs. 10 lakh to Olympic gold medallist Mohammed Shahid, who is undergoing treatment for serious liver and kidney disease at a hospital in Gurgaon. Shahid is known for his artistic stickwork and was a member of the Indian Hockey team that won the gold medal at the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow.

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