GK & Current Affairs – July 21, 2016


Who has been appointed as the new chairman of Airports Authority of India (AAI)?
[A]Guruprasad Mohapatra
[B]J P Alex
[C]R K Srivastava
[D]Arun Kumar

Guruprasad Mohapatra
Guruprasad Mohapatra, a 1986 batch Gujarat cadre IAS officer, has been appointed as the new chairman of Airports Authority of India (AAI). Prior to this appointment, he was posted as the Joint Secretary in Union Ministry of Commerce.



Who will be the new Chief Economist and Senior Vice-President of the World Bank (WB)?
[A]Justin Yifu Lin
[B]Martin Ravallion
[C]Paul Romer
[D]Justin Yifu Lin

Paul Romer
Paul Romer, the American economist, will be the new Chief Economist and Senior Vice-President of the World Bank (WB). He will succeed Kaushik Basu, a former Indian government economics adviser, on September 2016. Presently, Romer is a professor at New York University (NYU) and director of NYU’s Marron Institute of Urban Management.



Who is the newly elected Prime Minister of Australia?
[A]Sally Young
[B]Tanya Plibersek
[C]Peter Cosgrove
[D]Malcolm Turnbull

Malcolm Turnbull
Malcolm Turnbull, the leader of the Liberal Party, is the newly elected Prime Minister of Australia after the 2016 Australian federal election. The election was the first double dissolution election to all 226 members of the 45th Parliament of Australia since the 1987 election.



The book “Who Moved My Interest Rate?” has been authored by whom?
[A]C. Rangarajan
[B]Bimal Jalan
[C]D Subbarao
[D]Y. V. Reddy

D Subbarao
The book “Who Moved My Interest Rate?: Leading the Reserve Bank of India Through Five Turbulent Years” has been authored by Duvvuri Subbarao. The book is an insider’s account of the problems and complexities Subbarao confronted while leading the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) through the extraordinary economic and political challenges. This is also a compelling chronicle of Subbarao’s attempts to demystify the RBI and explain to the public its impact on their everyday lives.



Didi Akinyelure, who has won the 2016 BBC World News Komla Dumor Award, is a journalist of which country?

Didi Akinyelure, a Nigerian business journalist and presenter, has won the 2nd edition of BBC World News Komla Dumor Award 2016. As part of the award, she will join the BBC’s News team in London and begin a 3-month placement from September 2016. This placement will provide her an opportunity to gain skills and experience by attending a course with the BBC Academy. She will also have an opportunity to travel to a country in Africa, with a top BBC producer, to report on a story for a global audience. Currently, Akinyelure is a prime-time news anchor in Nigeria and presents business news for CNBC, which broadcasts across the continent.



Who has become the first-ever Indian to won the Mr. World title, recently?
[A]Gautham Karthik
[B]Rohit Khandelwal
[C]Ajith Kumar
[D]Puneeth Rajkumar

Rohit Khandelwal
Rohit Khandelwal from India has won the prestigious Mr. World 2016 title at a grand ceremony at Southport in England and won a cash prize of $ 50,000. With this, he became the first-ever Indian to win the title. Khandelwal is a popular actor, television personality and model from Hyderabad. Previously, he won the Mr. India 2015 contest.



Mohammad Shahid, who passed away recently, was the legendary player of which sports?

Mohammed Shahid (56), the legendary Indian hockey player, has recently passed away in Gurugram, Haryana. He was known for his dribbling skills and was considered one of India’s greatest hockey players. Shahid was a member of the V Baskaran-led Indian team that won a gold medal at the 1980 Moscow Olympics. He was also a part of the national team that won a silver medal at the Delhi Asian Games (1982) and bronze at the 1986 Seoul Asian Games.



NITI Aayog has recently partnered with which technical giant to set up Atal Tinkering Labs (ATLs) in India?
[B]Intel India

Intel India
The NITI Aayog has recently signed a Statement of Intent (SoI) with Intel India to set up 10 Atal Tinkering Laboratories (ATLs) in India to promote curiosity, creativity and imagination among young innovators. The ATL initiative is a part of the government’s flagship programme “Atal Innovation Mission (AIM)”. The purpose of the ATL is to build relevant skill sets among youngsters and to provide access to technology that will help to create solutions for social impact. These laboratories intend to impact 250,000 youth with innovation skills & skills for the future across 500 communities & schools. As part of the initiative, Intel India will facilitate ideation, design thinking and prototyping workshops through industry experts and co-lead an innovation festival.



The BRICS Policy Planning Dialogue will be hosted by which city of India?
[B]New Delhi

The BRICS Policy Planning Dialogue will be hosted by India in Patna, Bihar on July 26, 2016. The dialogue will provide an opportunity for exchange on strategic assessments of international situation and the regional situation of each country. This will be the first time that Union External Affairs Ministry will host an official foreign policy related engagement in Patna.



What is the motto of the Election Commission of India (ECI) for year 2016?
[A]Voter is at highest priority
[B]Healthy support for citizens
[C]None is above than polls
[D]No voter to be left behind

No voter to be left behind
The Election Commission of India (ECI) has recently launched National Electoral Roll Purification (NERP) 2016 to improve health of electoral rolls and optimize the polling station location and area. Beside this, the 2016 motto of the ECI is “No voter to be left behind”.


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