GK & Current Affairs – July 24, 2016

1.

Who has been appointed as the new chairperson of Joint Committee of Parliament (JPC) on land acquisition bill?
[A]Radheshyam Biswas
[B]Ganesh Singh
[C]Ram Prasad Sarmah
[D]Gourav Gogoi

Ganesh Singh
Ganesh Singh, the Lok Sabha member of BJP, has been appointed as the new chairperson of the Joint Committee of Parliament (JPC) on land acquisition bill. He succeeded SS Ahluwalia, who became the Minister of the State for Parliamentary Affairs.

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2.

Which committee has been constituted to prepare a draft plan on Ganga river?
[A]D B Shekatar committee
[B]Mukesh Kumar Singla committee
[C]Shankar Acharya committee
[D]Girdhar Malviya committee

Girdhar Malviya committee
The Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation has recently constituted a committee to prepare a draft plan on Ganga river. The committee headed by Justice (Retd)Girdhar Malviya will have the responsibility of preparing the draft act that should have provisions to ensure cleanliness and uninterrupted e-flow of Ganga. It will submit its report within 3 months.

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3.

Which committee has been constituted to prepare guidelines for de-silting of the river stretch between Bhimgauda (Uttarakhand) and Farakka (West Bengal)?
[A]AK Gosain committee
[B]Nayan Sharma committee
[C]Madhav Chitale committee
[D]Mukesh Sinha committee

Madhav Chitale committee
The Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation has recently constituted Madhav Chitale committee to prepare guidelines for de-silting of the river stretch between Bhimgauda (Uttarakhand) and Farakka (West Bengal). Chitale is a member of the National Ganga River Basin Authority (NGRBA). The 4-member committee has been formed to establish difference between de-silting and sand mining and also to establish need for de-silting for (ensuing) ecology and e-flow of the river Ganga. The tenure of the committee will be 3 months.

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4.

The State Technical Advisory Group on Immunization (STAGI) has been formed by which state government of India?
[A]Tamil Nadu
[B]Kerala
[C]Odisha
[D]Andhra Pradesh

Kerala
The Kerala government has recently constituted a State Technical Advisory Group on Immunization (STAGI) to advise it on the policies and practices to be adopted and implemented under the National Immunization Programme (NIP). It is formed on the lines of the National Technical Advisory Group on immunization (NTAGI). The STAGI will provide technical and academic inputs and leadership in the State’s immunization efforts.

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5.

Which state government of India has imposed an unconditional ban on Chinese manja and other non-biodegradable threads used to fly kites?
[A]Karnataka
[B]Kerala
[C]Gujarat
[D]Odisha

Karnataka
The Karnataka government has recently imposed an unconditional ban on the sale and possession of Chinese manja and other non-biodegradable threads used to fly kites.The threads, coated with finely crushed glass and other harmful substances, are responsible for causing injuries and claiming lives of birds.

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6.

How much amount India has contributed to UN trust fund set up for victims of sexual exploitation and abuse?
[A]$ 100,000
[B]$ 150,000
[C]$ 175,000
[D]$ 200,000

$ 100,000
The Government of India (GoI) has recently contributed $ 100,000 to UN trust fund set up for victims of sexual exploitation and abuse by peacekeepers. With this, India has become the first country to make a contribution to the Trust Fund in Support of Victims of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA). India is one of the largest troop-contributing countries in UN peacekeeping operations and is currently ranked as the 2nd largest contributor of military and police personnel.

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7.

Which state tourism of India has won gold in the Marketing Media category of the 2016 Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Gold Award?
[A]Himachal Pradesh
[B]Sikkim
[C]Kerala
[D]West Bengal

Kerala
The Kerala Tourism has recently won two gold awards at the 2016 Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) awards in recognition of its trend-setting marketing initiatives. The two PATA gold awards for ‘Marketing Media’ are in the categories of Visit Kerala’s Travel Advertisement Broadcast Media and Kerala Tourism’s E-Newsletter. Beside this, SOTC’s Luxury Travel division Perfect Moments has also won PATA Gold Award for India in the Marketing Media -Consumer Travel Brochure category. The awards will be presented at the PATA Gold Awards Luncheon and Presentation on September 2016 in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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8.

Sayed Haider Raza, who passed away recently, was the well-known personality of which field?
[A]Painting
[B]Classical Dance
[C]Sports
[D]Journalism

Painting
The legendary painter Sayed Haider Raza (94), who popularized globally Indian concepts and iconography and built a towering legacy of modern art, has recently passed away in New Delhi. Raza was an internationally acclaimed painter, whose works are mainly abstracts in oil or acrylic, with a very rich use of color, replete with icons from Indian cosmology as well as its philosophy.

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9.

Indian Railways has recently signed MoU with which of the following banks to promote rail ticketing?
[A]State Bank of India
[B]ICICI Bank
[C]Axis Bank
[D]HDFC Bank

State Bank of India
The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has recently signed MoU with the State Bank of India (SBI) to promote rail ticketing including internet ticketing and unreserved ticketing system.

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10.

The book “One Last Drink at Guapa” has been authored by whom?
[A]Deepankar Sharma
[B]Sheila Kumar
[C]Saleem Haddad
[D]Krishna Sobti

Saleem Haddad
The book “One Last Drink at Guapa” has been authored by Saleem Haddad. The novel is the story of Rasa, a young gay man living in an unnamed Arab country and trying to carve out a life for himself in the midst of political and religious turmoil.

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