GK & Current Affairs – July 25, 2016

1. The Startup India States Conference has been held in which of the following cities?
[B]New Delhi
Answer: New Delhi
The Start-up India States’ Conference has been organized by the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) in New Delhi on July 23, 2016 to give momentum to start-up India initiative. The conference was presided by Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. As per the conference, under the ‘Start-up India’ action plan, 3-year tax holiday and other benefits will be granted by the Union Government to the entrepreneurs. Beside this, a start-up would now require only a certificate of recognition from the DIPP to avail Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) benefits.
2. Which state government has recently launched pilot project of e-complaint system?
[A]Tamil Nadu
Answer: Maharashtra
The Maharashtra government has recently launched a pilot project of e-complaint system on an experimental basis in Pune. Now, citizens can register a police complaint online at any city police station from anywhere. To register online complaint, a citizen will have to first create a user name and password on “www.mhpolice.maharashtra.gov.in”. According to the police, people can write their complaints in up to 12,000 words and send it online. It will be analyzed by the police station concerned and if it is found to becognizable in nature, the person will be called to the police station for registration of the FIR. Also, a new SMS gateway has been launched wherein people get acknowledgement of the FIR on phone through a system generated SMS and also when accused are arrested, chargesheet/final report submitted in the court. As per current laws, FIRs have to be registered at the police station only.
3. India’s first green rail corridor has been launched in which of the following states?
[B]Tamil Nadu
Answer: Tamil Nadu
India’s first green rail corridor ” has recently launched by Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu in Tamil Nadu to mark the first discharge free route in railways. It is a 114-km long Rameswaram-Manamadurai stretch in Tamil Nadu which ensures zero toilet discharge on rail tracks.
4. The 2016 International Minjar fair has started in which state of India?
[C]Himachal Pradesh
Answer: Himachal Pradesh
The 2016 International Minjar fair has started in Chamba town, Himachal Pradesh. This 8-day long fair is a symbol of national integration and is organized to thank god and his blessings for a good yield. As per tradition, the idol of Lord Raghuvira is brought in a chariot in procession to the Chogan Maidan and people offer Minjar to Lord Raghuvira. This Minjar is made up of maize and wrapped in red fabric to offer to the deities. In it, hundreds of deities from Chamba district took part in the procession amid cultural songs.
5. Manavaditya Rathore is associated with which sports?
Answer: Shooting
Indian shooter Manavaditya Rathore has won the trap bronze medal in the ‘Champion of Champions’ match at the Junior World Cup in Porpetto, Italy. He is son of Athens Olympics silver medallist Col. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore. Apart from Rathore, Anant Naruka bagged a bronze in ‘Champion of Champions’ battle in skeet. In the Champion of Champions event, the medallists of the three Junior World Cups of the year compete against each other.
6. India’s first-ever Water Metro project has been launched in which of the following cities?
[A]New Delhi
Answer: Kochi
India’s first-ever Water Metro project “Kochi Water Metro project” has been launched by the Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan at Kochi. The purpose of the project is to provide water connectivity to people living between islands in the Kochi agglomeration area and the city. The new boats which will be procured for this project will provide the same transportation experience as the Metro, and will be called ‘Water Metros’. The financing for this project is being done by the Indo-German Bilateral Cooperation, under the climate-friendly urban mobility plan. The project will implemented by the Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL) and will become operational in 2 years.
7. Neeraj Chopra, who has become the first-ever Indian to hold a world record in athletics (junior or senior), is related to which sports?
[A]Long jump
[B]Discus throw
[D]Javelin throw
Answer: Javelin throw
Neeraj Chopra from Haryana, the Javelin thrower, has become the first-ever Indian to hold a world record in athletics (junior or senior). He achieved this feat by throwing javelin at a record distance of 86.48m at the 2016 IAAF World U20 Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland and won gold in the event. His effort of 86.48m brought India’s first World record and the country’s first-ever gold in any World athletics championships in any category. Despite this performance, he failed to qualify for the 2016 Summer Olympics as the cutoff date was July 11, 2016.
8. Who has been chosen for the 2016 Sangita Kalanidhi Award of the Madras Music Academy?
[A]R.N. Tharanathan
[B]Avasarala Kanyakumari
[C]K. Venkataramanan
[D]R.N. Thyagarajan
Answer: Avasarala Kanyakumari
Avasarala Kanyakumari, the well-known violinist from south India, has been chosen for the prestigious 2016 Sangita Kalanidhi Award of the Madras Music Academy. With this, she became the first female violinist to get the award in the history of the Music Academy. The award will be conferred to her on January 1, 2017 at the Sadras. This honour is considered one of the highest awards in Carnatic music.
9. Who won the 2016 Formula One Hungarian Grand Prix?
[A]Sebastian Vettel
[B]Lewis Hamilton
[C]Daniel Ricciardo
[D]Nico Rosberg
Answer: Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton, a British Formula One racing driver from England, has won the 2016 Formula One Hungarian Grand Prix at the Hungaroring in Mogyorod, Hungary. It is his 5th title of the 2016 season after Monaco Grand Prix, Canadian Grand Prix, Austrian Grand Prix and British Grand Prix.
10. Which committee has been formed to probe into Bhagwant Mann’s live streaming of security arrangements in Parliament of India?
[A]Goutam Ghose committee
[B]Kirit Somaiya committee
[C]AT Nana Patil committee
[D]Abhishek Singh committee
Answer: Kirit Somaiya committee
Sumitra Mahajan, the Lok Sabha Speaker, has set up a Kirit Somaiya committee to probe into live streaming of a video of Parliament House complex by Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MP Bhagwant Mann on his Facebook page. The 9-member committee will do its inquiry into the serious security implications and related aspects arising out of the audio visual recording around the Parliament House complex. The Somaiya committee will also suggest remedial measures so that such episodes will not be repeated in future. The committee will submit its report on August 3, 2016. Till the decision is made on this matter, Bhagwant Mann has been suspended from Lok Sabha. .

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