GK & Current Affairs – July 5, 2016

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Which Indian para-swimmer has won 8 medals in the 2016 International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports (IWAS) U-23 World Games?
[A]Bharat Kumar
[B]Niranjan Mukundan
[C]Sharath Gayakwad
[D]Prasana Karmakar

Niranjan Mukundan
Bengaluru para swimmer Niranjan Mukundan has won 8 medals at the 2016 International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports (IWAS) U-23 World Games in Prague, Czech Republic. He has bagged gold medals in 200m freestyle, 50m butterfly and 50m breaststroke, silver in 100m fly and 50m freestyle, and bronze in 100m freestyle, 100m breaststroke and 100m backstroke events.

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2.

Who of the following pairs has won 2016 Men’s doubles Canada Open Grand Prix Badminton tournament?
[A]Pranaav Jerry Chopra and Akshay Dewalkar
[B]Adrian Liu and Toby Ng
[C]Manu Attri and Sumeeth Reddy
[D]Setyana Mapasa and Gronya Somerville

Manu Attri and Sumeeth Reddy
The top seed doubles Indian pair Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy have won the 2016 Men’s doubles Canada Open Grand Prix Badminton tournament by defeating Adrian Liu and Toby Ng in the final by 21-8 21-14 at the Markin MacPhail Centre in Calgary, Canada. Both Attri and Reddy are the first Indian men’s doubles pair to qualify for the Rio Olympics 2016.

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3.

The recently released 2016 “State of the World’s Children” report is the annual flagship report of which international organisation?
[A]United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF)
[B]Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
[C]International Labour Organization (ILO)
[D]World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF)
The recently released 2016 “State of the World’s Children” report is the annual flagship report of United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF). As per the report, global under-five mortality rates have been more than halved since 1990 globally. It also points out that based on current trends, 69 million children under the age of 5 will die from mostly preventable causes, 167 million children will live in poverty and 750 million women will have been married as children by 2030. The report calls for more attention from governments, donors, businesses and international organizations to accelerate their efforts in order to achieve Sustainable Development Goals.

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4.

Which mobile app has been launched by Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) to measure mobile internet speed?
[A]SpeedAxis
[B]WhatSpeed
[C]MySpeed
[D]MobileSpeed

MySpeed
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has recently launched ‘MySpeed’ mobile app, which allow users to measure their internet speed on their smart phone and send results to a TRAI analytics portal. The application will also send coverage, data speed and network information along with device and location of the customer.

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5.

Who has been appointed as the new Executive Director of Reserve Bank of India (RBI)?
[A]Deepak Singhal
[B]Sudarshan Sen
[C]Meena Hemchandra
[D]Milind Sharma

Sudarshan Sen
Sudarshan Sen has been appointed as the new Executive Director of Reserve Bank of India (RBI) in place of N S Vishwanathan, who has been elevated as Deputy Governor at the central bank. Sen will look after Department of Banking Regulation, Department of Co-operative Bank Regulation and Department of Non-Banking Regulation. Earlier, he was in-charge of the Department of Banking Regulation. He also served as the Regional Director of Ahmedabad office of the RBI.

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6.

Which country will host the 2016 meet of BRICS anti-narcotics heads?
[A]Russia
[B]India
[C]Brazil
[D]China

India
India will host the 2016 meet of BRICS anti-narcotics heads on July 8, 2016 to discuss issues related to narco-terrorism and money laundering among the BRICS member-nations. The one-day meeting will be hosted by Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) and the agenda of the high-level meeting is expected to revolve around illicit drug trafficking including diversion of precursors and chemicals, usage of new psychoactive substances, maritime drug trafficking, narco terrorism and drug money laundering. All the BRICS nations (Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa) will discuss ways to increase cooperation to effectively deal with these issues and keep an effective monitoring on illegal narcotics transport happening between these nations.

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7.

Who has become the first Indian footballer to play in the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) Europa league?
[A]Syed Rahim Nabi
[B]Sandesh Jhingan
[C]Gurpreet Singh Sandhu
[D]Sunil Chhetri

Gurpreet Singh Sandhu
Gurpreet Singh Sandhu has become the first Indian footballer to play in the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) Europa League. He achieved this feat when he plays for the Norwegian club Stabaek FC as the goalie against Connah’s Quay FC in a qualifying match in Rhyl, Wales. Previously, he made history by becoming the first Indian player to appear in a top-division European league game for Stabaek in Norwegian Tippiligaen, which is the Norway’s national league, in May 2016. The Europa League is a prestigious European club competition, only one rung below the Champions League.

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8.

The Renuka Wildlife Sanctuary is located in which state of India?
[A]Sikkim
[B]Himachal Pradesh
[C]Haryana
[D]Madhya Pradesh

Himachal Pradesh
The Renuka Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Sirmour district, Himachal Pradesh. The area is well recognized by its religious, aesthetic and cultural value. Renuka is an abode of temples of the mother-and-son duo of Renukaji and Lord Parshuram. It is home to lepopard, samber, spotted deer, barking deer jackal, porcupine, blue jay, black partridge, hill crow, bulbul, geenm pigeons, etc.

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Which port has become the first Indian port to implement logistics data bank tagging system of containers?
[A]Kandla Port Trust
[B]Paradip Port
[C]Visakhapatnam Port
[D]Jawaharlal Nehru Port

Jawaharlal Nehru Port
The Jawaharlal Nehru Port (JNPT) has become the first port in India to implement the logistics data bank tagging of containers. It is first of its kind facility, which will help importers/exporters to track their goods in transit through logistics data bank service. The facility would be operated by a Radio Frequency Identification Tag (RFID), which will be attached to each container and will be tracked through RIFD readers installed at different locations. This would help in reducing the overall lead time of the container movement across the western corridor and lower the transaction costs incurred by shippers and consignees. The JNPT is located at Nhava Sheva in Raigad District, Maharashtra.

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10.

The book “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End” has been authored by whom?
[A]Chetan Bhagat
[B]Amrish Tripathi
[C]Atul Gawande
[D]Kavita Sharma

Atul Gawande
The book “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End” has been authored by Atul Gawande. The book is a masterful exploration of aging, death and the medical profession’s mishandling of both. It states that medicine can comfort and boost our experience even to the end, providing not only a good life but also a good end.

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