GK & Current Affairs – July 23, 2016

1.

Michelle Kakade, who has become the first person to complete the Indian Golden Quadrilateral on foot, is belonged to which city of India?
[A]Pune
[B]Kochi
[C]Chennai
[D]Bengaluru

Pune
Michelle Kakade from Pune has become the first person to complete the Indian Golden Quadrilateral on foot. It took her 193 days, 1 hour & 9 minutes to cover 5968.4 kms of the Golden Quadrilateral that connects the 4- major metros of India. With this, she booked her name in the Guinness Book of World Records for “Fastest time to travel the Indian Golden Quadrilateral on foot (female)” across 57 major cities in India and on the India’ most valuable and largest highway project.

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2.

What is the India’s rank in the 2016 Sustainable Development Goal Index?
[A]110th
[B]88th
[C]63rd
[D]129th

110th
India has been ranked 110th out of 149 nations in the 2016 Sustainable Development Goal Index. The new index is launched by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and the Bertelsmann to provide a report card for tracking Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) progress and ensuring accountability.The index is topped by Sweden, followed by Denmark and Norway. The index helps countries to identify priorities for early actions and shows that every country faces major challenges in achieving the SDGs.

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3.

Which state government has constituted judicial panel for reforms in Sri Jagannath temple management?
[A]Tamil Nadu
[B]Odisha
[C]Gujarat
[D]Kerala

Odisha
The Odisha government has recently constituted a judicial commission to study the functioning of the Sri Jagannath Temple, which has recently witnessed major controversies over mismanagement of rituals by unruly servitors. The commission will be headed by retired judge of Orissa High Court Justice Bimal Prasad Das. The one-man commission will recommend reforms for smooth management of the Sri Jagannath Temple and propagation of the Jagannath culture.

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4.

Which of the following Indian companies has/have been listed in the 2016 Fortune 500 list of the world’s biggest corporations in terms of revenue?
[A]Indian Oil Corporation
[B]Bharat Petroleum Corp. Ltd
[C]Hindustan Petroleum Corp. Ltd
[D]All of the above

All of the above
In the 2016 Fortune 500 list of the world’s biggest corporations in terms of revenue, 7 Indian companies are listed. These are Indian Oil Corporation (161st), Reliance Industries Ltd (215th), Tata Motors Ltd (226th), State Bank of India (232nd), Bharat Petroleum Corp. Ltd (358th), Hindustan Petroleum Corp. Ltd (367th), and Rajesh Exports (423rd). The list is topped by Walmart, followed by State Grid and China National Petroleum.

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5.

The Ghatampur Thermal Power Station (GTPS) is located in which state of India?
[A]Odisha
[B]Rajasthan
[C]Madhya Pradesh
[D]Uttar Pradesh

Uttar Pradesh
The Ghatampur Thermal Power Station (GTPS) is an upcoming coal-based thermal power plant located in Ghatampur in Kanpur district, Uttar Pradesh (UP). Recently, it is in news because the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has given its approval for installation of 1980 MW Ghatampur Thermal Power Project (GTPC) through a Joint Venture Company “Neyveli Uttar Pradesh Power Limited (NUPPL)”, which is formed jointly by Neyveli Lignite Corporation Limited (NLC) and Uttar Pradesh Rajya Vidyut Utpadan Nigam Limited (UPRVUNL).

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6.

Who has been appointed as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI)?
[A]Khushal Mangal
[B]Ajay Bhusan Pandey
[C]Nandan Kishore
[D]Neelam Sharma

Ajay Bhusan Pandey
Ajay Bhusan Pandey, a 1984 batch IAS officer of Maharashtra cadre, has been appointed as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI). Prior to this, he was the director general of UIDAI.

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7.

Which country has recently declared a 3-month state of emergency in the aftermath of coup attempt?
[A]Iraq
[B]Libya
[C]Turkey
[D]Tunisia

Turkey
The Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has recently declared a 3-month state of emergency in the aftermath of coup attempt. As per Article 121 of the Turkish constitution, the state of emergency allows the president and cabinet to bypass parliament when drafting new laws and to restrict or suspend rights and freedoms.

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8.

The Mother Teresa International Film Festival (MTIFF) will be started from which city of India?
[A]Kochi
[B]Chennai
[C]Kolkata
[D]Bellary

Kolkata
The Mother Teresa International Film Festival (MTIFF) will be started from Kolkata, West Bengal on August 26, 2016 , after which it will travel all over the world for the next 6 months to mark the canonisation of Mother Teresa on September 4,2016. The Roman Catholic nun Mother Teresa, who passed away in 1997 after serving the poor and sick on the streets of Kolkata for 45 years, will be declared a saint by Pope Francis in the Vatican City on September 2016. The film festival will be organised by the World Catholic Association for Communication’s India chapter and will focus on her life and teachings.

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9.

The book “Sleep Revolution” has been authored by whom?
[A]Sherry Turkle
[B]Sheryl Sandberg
[C]Shawn Stevenson
[D]Arianna Huffington

Arianna Huffington
The book “Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night at a Time” has been authored by Arianna Huffington. Through the book, author draws a remarkable breadth and depth of science, literature, spirituality and story to remind us that sleep is not just a restorative, but a threshold to the resources of life that wait below our noise.

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10.

Which Indian teenager has won the 2016 Google Community Impact Award from Asia?
[A]Advay Ramesh
[B]Riya Sharma
[C]Aadil Khan
[D]Priyanka Chaturvedi

Advay Ramesh
Advay Ramesh (14) from Chennai has won the prestigious Google Community Impact Award from Asia for creating a device that enhances fishermen’s safety and productivity. It is a theme based award part of Google Science Fair 2016. Ramesh’s “FishErmen Lifeline Terminal (FELT)” hand-held terminal uses the Standard Position Services (SPS), an open service without encryption provided by the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) to increase fishermen’s safety and productivity at the sea. The Google Community Impact Award honors a project that makes a practical difference in the innovator’s community by addressing an environmental, health or resources challenge.

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