GK & Current Affairs – July 27, 2016

1.

The book “Those Pricey Thakur Girls” has been authored by whom?
[A]Neelam Kumar
[B]Anuja Chauhan
[C]Vikram Seth
[D]Twinkle Khanna

Anuja Chauhan
The book “Those Pricey Thakur Girls” has been authored by Anuja Chauhan, an Indian author and advertiser. The novel is about pre-liberalisation New Delhi, plagued by a state-censored media.

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2.

Who has/have been conferred with the 2016 Ramon Magsaysay Award?
[A]Conchita Carpio Morales
[B]TM Krishna
[C]Bezwada Wilson
[D]All of the above

All of the above
From India, Carnatic musician Thodur Madabusi Krishna and human rights activist Bezwada Wilson has been conferred with the 2016 Ramon Magsaysay Award. Other 2016 winners are Conchita Carpio-Morales from Philippines, Dompet Dhuafa from Indonesia, Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers and Vientiane Rescue from Laos. The Ramon Magsaysay Award is an annual award to honour greatness of spirit in selfless service to the peoples of Asia.

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3.

How much amount has been sanctioned by the Union Government for Jammu and Kashmir’s skill development program ‘Himayat’?
[A]Rs. 1,500 crore
[B]Rs. 1,601 crore
[C]Rs. 1,745 crore
[D]Rs. 1,561 crore

Rs. 1,601 crore
The Union Government has recently sanctioned Rs. 1,601 crore for Jammu and Kashmir’s skill development programme ‘Himayat’ to train local youths in vocational courses. Under the reanimated Himayat programme, 1.24 lakh local youths from both rural and urban areas of the state would be imparted training in various job-intensive vocational courses over the next 3 years. They will be given training for 6-months, 9-months and 1- year job-oriented courses.

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4.

Parveen Rana is associated with which sports?
[A]Table Tennis
[B]Wrestling
[C]Boxing
[D]Swimming

Wrestling
As per Indian Olympic Association (IOA), Parveen Rana will replace dope-tainted wrestler Narsingh Yadav in the 74kg men’s freestyle category as a provisional entry for 2016 Rio Olympics.

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5.

Which expert committee has been constituted to explore alternatives to pellet guns as non-lethal weapons?
[A]Rajesh Kumar committee
[B]Rajeev Krishna committee
[C]T V S N Prasad committee
[D]Tushar Tripathy committee

T V S N Prasad committee
The Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has constituted 7-member expert committee to explore the other possible alternatives to pellet guns as non-lethal weapons. The committee will be chaired by T V S N Prasad and will submit its report within 2 months.

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6.

Which commodity exchange of India has won the best commodity exchange award at the 2016 Bullion Federation Global Convention ?
[A]National Commodity and Derivatives Exchange (NCDEX)
[B]National Spot Exchange Limited (NSEL)
[C]Multi Commodity Exchange of India Ltd (MCX)
[D]National Multi-Commodity Exchange of India Ltd (NMCE)

Multi Commodity Exchange of India Ltd (MCX)
The Multi Commodity Exchange of India Ltd (MCX) has won the ‘Best Commodity Exchange’ award at the 2016 Bullion Federation Global Convention organized by the Bullion Federation in Agra, Uttar Pradesh. The award recognizes MCX’s commitment towards developing a vibrant commodity futures market in India by providing a robust and efficient platform for price discovery and risk management across a diverse range of precious metal, energy, base metal and agriculture products. The Bullion Federation is a national level apex body of bullion industry.

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7.

Which of the following will be inducted into the 2016 ICC Cricket Hall of Fame?
[A]Sachin Tendulkar
[B]Anil Kumble
[C]Muttiah Muralidaran
[D]Saurav Ganguly

Muttiah Muralidaran
Muttiah Muralidaran, Sri Lankan spin legend, will become the first Sri Lankan player to be inducted into the into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame for year 2016, along with the late England fast bowler George Lohmann, the late Australia opener Arthur Morris and former Australia Women captain Karen Rolton.

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8.

“Prime” premium service has been launched by which e-commerce firm in India?
[A]Amazon
[B]Snapdeal
[C]Flipkart
[D]Myntra

Amazon
The e-commerce firm Amazon has launched Amazon Prime premium service in India. The service will be available to customers in 100 Indian cities. With this, Indian customers in over 100 cities can enjoy unlimited free one-day and two-day delivery on lakhs of eligible products. Currently, Amazon Prime is available for a free 60-day trial after which the annual subscription will be available at a special introductory price of Rs 499.

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9.

Which high-level committee has been constituted for restructuring the University Grants Commission (UGC) and All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE)?
[A]Amit Mitra committee
[B]M L Mehta committee
[C]Arvind Panagariya committee
[D]K R Laxman committee

Arvind Panagariya committee
The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has constituted a high-level committee to prepare a road map for restructuring the University Grants Commission (UGC) and the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). The committee is chaired by Niti Aayog Vice Chairman Arvind Panagariya. Apart from this, Arvind Panagariya committee , which is working on restructuring of Medical Council of India (MCI), has recommended replacing MCI with the National Medical Commission (NMC).

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10.

Which country has been officially declared measles free by the World Health Organisation (WHO)?
[A]Brazil
[B]China
[C]India
[D]South Africa

Brazil
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has officially declared Brazil free of measles, after no case of the disease was registered in 2015.

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