GK & Current Affairs – July 26, 2016

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How much insurance cover has been offered by the Indian Railways for passengers?
[A]Rs. 5 lakh
[B]Rs. 2 lakh
[C]Rs. 8 lakh
[D]Rs.10 lakh

Rs.10 lakh
The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) will offer the insurance cover of Rs.10 lakh at a premium of one rupee from September 2016 to those railway passengers who will book their tickets through IRCTC website. The insurance cover is besides the compensation given by the Railways in case of accidents to valid ticket holders. The insurance will provide coverage against death, injury and disabilities caused due to accidents. Though, it is the passengers’ choice to opt for the insurance as it is a voluntary offer.

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2.

Which country has the largest number of stunted children in the world, as per Water Grid’s latest report titled ‘Caught Short-How lack of toilets and clean water contribute to malnutrition’ ?
[A]India
[B]Nigeria
[C]Pakistan
[D]Bangladesh

India
As per latest report titled ‘Caught Short–How lack of toilets and clean water contribute to malnutrition’, India has the highest number of children suffering from stunting in the world. The report was released by WaterAid, an international development charity. As per the report, 48 million children in India, or two in every five children under the age of 5, suffer from stunted growth, affecting their physical as well as cognitive and emotional development. India is followed by Nigeria, Pakistan, Indonesia, China, Ethiopia, Bangladesh, DR Congo and Philippines.

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3.

Which of the following banks have become first Indian banks to join SWIFT’s global payments innovation initiative?
[A]ICICI Bank and Axis Bank
[B]SBI and Axis Bank
[C]ICICI Bank and SBI
[D]HDFC Bank and SBI

ICICI Bank and Axis Bank
ICICI Bank and Axis Bank have become first Indian banks to join SWIFT’s global payments innovation initiative.The purpose of the initiative is to increase cross-border payments by using SWIFT’s messaging platform. With the initiative, banks will be able to improve the payment experience by offering same day use of funds, more transparency in fees, tracking from one end to the other and more payment information. The initial phase of the global initiative will focus on business-to-business payments. The new service will enable corporates to receive an enhanced payments service directly from their banks.

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4.

Kargil Vijay Diwas is celebrated on which day?
[A]July 26
[B]July 27
[C]July 25
[D]July 28

July 26
The 17th anniversary Kargil Vijay Diwas is celebrated in India on July 26, 2016 to mark the success of Operation Vijay and in honour of the Kargil War’s Heroes. Every year, on this day, the Prime Minister of India pays homage to the soldiers at Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate, New Delhi.

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5.

Who will be bestowed with the 2016 Tilak Sanman Puraskar?
[A]Radha Mohan Singh
[B]Devendra Fadnavis
[C]M S Swaminathan
[D]Sharad Pawar

Sharad Pawar
Sharad Pawar, the former Union Agriculture Minister and NCP chief, will be bestowed with the 2016 Tilak Sanman Puraskar for his contribution to Green Revolution. The award will be presented to Pawar in Pune, Maharashtra on August 1, 2016. The award includes a citation and Rs. 1 Lakh.

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6.

The BRICS policy planning dialogue meeting has been held in which of the following cities?
[A]Pune
[B]Guwahati
[C]Lucknow
[D]Kochi

Patna
The BRICS policy planning dialogue meeting has been held in Patna, Bihar. It provided an opportunity for exchanges on strategic assessments of international situation and the regional situation of each country and trends therein.

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7.

Which Indian Arabic calligrapher has won second prize at Cairo International Festival for Arabic Calligraphy?
[A]Mohammad Baghdadi
[B]Muqtar Ahmed
[C]Mamoun Luthfi Sakkal
[D]Khalid Mohammad

Muqtar Ahmed
Muqtar Ahmed, an Indian Arabic calligrapher, has won the second prize at the Cairo International Festival for Arabic Calligraphy in Egypt. Out of 115 calligraphers, the first prize has been won by Khalid Mohammad of Egypt. The festival focuses on developing the artistic taste among participants and connecting new generations with their history through the public show and the workshops it organizes in this field.

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8.

Who has been appointed as the Director General (DG) of National Museum?
[A]Omita Paul
[B]N R Pillai‎
[C]Venu Vasudevan
[D]Budha Rashmi Mani

Budha Rashmi Mani
Dr. Budha Rashmi Mani, former Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) official, has been appointed as the Director General (DG) of National Museum, New Delhi. He will hold the post for 3 years or till the age of 70. The National Museum holds objects and artifacts worth 5,000 years of history of India and the sub-continent.

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9.

The first-ever meeting of BRICS Employment Working Group (BEWG) will be hosted by which country?
[A]India
[B]China
[C]South Africa
[D]Brazil

India
The first-ever meeting of BRICS Employment Working Group (BEWG) will be held in Hyderabad, India from July 27 to 28, 2016 to shape the agenda for labour and employment track in BRICS countries. The meeting is a prelude to the BRICS Labour and Employment Ministerial Meeting under the Indian Presidency, scheduled on September 27-28 at Agra, Uttar Pradesh.

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10.

The “How To Be a Bawse: A Guide to Surviving Conquering Life” has been authored by whom?
[A]Arjun Nath
[B]Lilly Singh
[C]Pramod Kapoor
[D]Ajai Mansingh

Lilly Singh
The book “How To Be a Bawse: A Guide to Surviving Conquering Life” has been authored by YouTube superstar Lilly Singh. The book is inspired by hilarious and honest stories from Lilly’s own experiences and life achievements and proves that becoming a ‘bawse’ requires hard work and dedication and there are no shortcuts to success. It will be published globally on March 28, 2017.

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