GK & Current Affairs – July 29, 2016

1. What is the theme of recently launched “Mission Harita Andhra Pradesh” ?
[A]Forest and our deeds
[B]Green cover for a happy living
[C]Plant trees to protect earth
[D]Greenery for peaceful life
Answer: Green cover for a happy living
N Chandrababu Naidu, the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, has recently launched ‘Mission Harita Andhra Pradesh’, with the theme “Green cover for a happy living”, by planting saplings at Sunkollu village under Nuzividu mandal in Krishna district. The purpose of the mission is to increase the green cover in the state to 50 % by the year 2029. Currently, Andhra Pradesh has 23 % green cover (forest area) and another 3 % non-forest, besides 13 lakh hectares of degraded forest. The mission was a pet project of late chief minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy but Naidu has made it a mission with a new slogan “Vanam-Manam (forest and we)”.
2. The International Tiger Day is observed on which date?
[A]July 28
[B]July 29
[C]July 30
[D]July 26
Answer: July 29
The International Tiger Day, also known as Global Tiger Day, is observed every year on July 29 to raise worldwide attention to the reservation of tigers.
3. Mahasweta Devi, who recently passed away, was the well-known personality of which field?
[C]Classical Dancer
Answer: Literature
Mahasweta Devi, the well-known author and social activist, has recently passed away in Kolkata, West Bengal. Her writings were focused on the marginalized communities in India and served as the voice of the oppressed. Her famous works include ‘Hazaar Chaurasi ki Ma’, Aaranyer Adhikar, Agnigarbha, Bashai Tudu and Rudaali.
4. Who has won the 2015 Navlekhan award of Bharatiya Jananpith ?
[A]Amlendu Tiwari
[B]Tasneem Khan
[C]Balram Kawant
[D]All of the above
Answer: All of the above
The 11th edition of Navlekhan award 2015 of Bharatiya Jnanpith has been awarded to Amlendu Tiwari and Balram Kawant for their novels ‘Parityakt’, ‘Sara Morila,’ while Om Naagar and Tasneem Khan were awarded for their non-fictions ‘Nib Ke Chire Se’ and ‘Yeh Mere Rahnuma’ respectively.
5. Who has been sworn-in as the new Chief Justice of Patna High Court?
[A]Subhro Kamal Mukherjee
[B]Iqbal Ahmed Ansari
[C]Ajay Kumar Mittal
[D]Awadhesh Narain Singh
Answer: Iqbal Ahmed Ansari
Justice Iqbal Ahmed Ansari has been sworn-in as the 39th Chief Justice of Patna High Court and will retire on October 29, 2016. Justice Ansari had worked twice as Acting Chief Justice of Patna High Court since December 2014.
6. Which committee will be constituted by Union Government for timely implementation of Central Schemes?
Answer: Disha
The Union Government will constituted the District Development Coordination and Monitoring Committee (DDCMC), which will be known as “Disha”, for effective development and coordination of Central Government’s programme. Disha will monitor the implementation of 28 schemes and programmes of Ministry of Rural Development and other Ministries to promote synergy and convergence for greater impact. The main purpose of the committee is to coordinate with Central and State and local Panchayat Governments.The first meeting of DISHA will be held on August 13, 2016.The Chairperson of the committee will be the senior most Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha) elected from the district, nominated by the Ministry of Rural Development.
7. The World Nature Conservation Day (WNCD) is observed on which date?
[A]July 26
[B]July 27
[C]July 28
[D]July 29
Answer: July 28
The World Nature Conservation Day (WNCD) is observed every year on July 28 to raise awareness about protecting nature and conserving our natural resources. The day recognizes that a healthy environment is the foundation for a stable and productive society and to ensure the well-being of present and future generations, we all must participate to protect, conserve, and sustainably manage our natural resources.
8. The 2015 All India Coordinated Rice Improvement Project Award has won by which state of India?
[A]West Bengal
[C]Tamil Nadu
Answer: West Bengal
West Bengal has been selected for the 2015 All India Coordinated Rice Improvement Project Award by the 51st committee from the Indira Gandhi Krishi Bikash Kendra. This is the first time the state will be receiving this award.The state has been selected for the award for its achievement in 4 key areas that include scientific research for seeds. The West Bengal Government has also bagged the award of the 2nd position for participating in International Agriculture and Horticulture Expo at Pragati Maidan in Delhi in July 2016.
9. “INSAT-3DR” an Indian weather satellite will be put into orbit from which launch vehicle?
[D]GSLV-Mark V
Answer: GSLV-Mark II
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will launch weather satellite “INSAT-3DR with its Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) Mark II in August 2016 from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh. The satellite is the replacement for Insat-3D launched in 2013 on atop of Ariane 5 ECA.
10. The novel “The Village by the Sea: an Indian family story” has been authored by whom?
[A]Amrish Tripathi
[B]Anita Desai
[C]Ananth Kumar
[D]Uma Dasgupta
Answer: Anita Desai
The novel “The Village by the Sea: an Indian family story” has been authored by Anita Desai. It is a short novel for children, which is based on the poverty, hardships and sorrow faced by a small rural community in India. .

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