GK & Current Affairs – July 9, 10, 2016


Which web portal has been launched by Government of India (GoI) for monitoring farm centres?
[A]Krishi Saras Kendra
[B]Krishi Gyan Kendra
[C]Krishi Nagar Kendra
[D]Krishi Vigyan Kendra

Krishi Vigyan Kendra
The Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh has recently launched Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) web portal in New Delhi to monitor nearly 645 Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs), known as farm science centres, in the country. The KVK portal will provide information related to all schemes, market development and weather updates, besides advisory to farmers. The portal “http://kvk.icar.gov.in” will also provide agriculture related information of the districts to the farmers.



Abdul Sattar Edhi, who died recently, was the well-known philanthropist of which country?

Abdul Sattar Edhi (92), the well-known Pakistani humanitarian and philanthropist, has recently passed away in Karachi, Pakistan. He was the founder and head of the Edhi Foundation in Pakistan. The Edhi Foundation provides a broad range of free social services, including ambulances, orphanages and support for the elderly and disabled.



India’s first Centre of Excellence on Internet of Things (CoE– IoT) has been launched in which city of India?

India’s first Centre of Excellence on Internet of Things (CoE– IoT) has been launched in Bengaluru, Karnataka. The centre, which can house 40 startups, is jointly set up by software industry grouping National Association of Software and Service Company (NASSCOM), Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DEITY) and Education and Research Network (ERNET). The IoT centre, which allows startups to build a prototype and test them, will focus on building solutions for applications such as agriculture, automobile, telecom, healthcare and consumer goods.



India has recently signed MoU with which African country in areas of drug trafficking, pulse trading and sports?
[A]South Africa

India has recently signed three Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Mozambique in areas of drug trafficking, pulse trading and sports.The excerpts of MoUs are on reduction of drug trafficking and psychotropic substances and related materials, cooperation in the field of youth affairs and sports and long term agreement for purchase of pulses. In it, Mozambique will focus on the production of tur daal (Pigeon Peas) to facilitate the long term trade goals with India.



The world’s first digital incubator for student start-ups “SV.CO” will be launched in which state of India?
[A]Tamil Nadu
[C]Himachal Pradesh
[D]Uttar Pradesh

The world’s first digital incubator for student start-ups “SV.CO” will be launched at Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala on July 13, 2016. With this, students can form teams and apply for admission to the digital incubator. Once selected, they will be guided right from selecting an idea to building a prototype and its launch to early customers within 6 months. Based on whether customers like the product, teams can then graduate to incubators, accelerators, raise Angel Funding, and even get acqui-hired as a team or hired to other start-ups or go for higher studies.



SIDBI has tied up with which Indian bank for World Bank energy efficiency initiative?
[A]Sate Bank of India
[B]Yes Bank
[C]HDFC Bank

Yes Bank
The Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) has partnered with Yes Bank under the Partial Risk Sharing Facility (PRSF) for financing energy efficiency projects programme sponsored by the World Bank. As per the agreement, SIDBI will guarantee 75% of loans of up to Rs. 15 crore extended to the energy efficiency projects. SIDBI is the project execution agency whereas YES Bank is empanelled for the programme.



The book “Ace against Odds” is the autobiography of which Indian tennis player?
[A]Leander Paes
[B]Somdev Devvarman
[C]Sania Mirza
[D]Mahesh Bhupathi

Sania Mirza
The book “Ace against Odds” is the autobiography of Sania Mirza, which she penned with her father Imran Mirza. The book chronicles her rise to the top and is peppered with anecdotes where she talks about the difficulties and hardships as well as the joys and triumphs that came her way. The autobiography also contains some memorable encounters of the player on and off the court and the people and relationships that have contributed to her growth as a person and a sportsperson.



The National E –Vidhan Academy will be set up in which state of India?
[C]Himachal Pradesh

Himachal Pradesh
The National E-Vidhan Academy will be set up in Tapovan, where Himachal Vidhan Sabha is situated in Dharamshala. The academy in Dharamsala will train MPs, MLAs and the staff of such institutions from different states in the country.



Who will become the first woman in the world to receive the 2016 IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea?
[A]Mehak Fanifau
[B]Janick Gilbert
[C]Christopher Leon
[D]Radhika Menon

Radhika Menon
Captain Radhika Menon from India, Master of the oil products tanker Sampurna Swarajya, will become the first woman in the world to receive the 2016 International Maritime Organisation (IMO) Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea for her role in the dramatic rescue of seven fishermen from a sinking fishing boat in tumultuous seas. The award ceremony will take place at IMO Headquarters in London on November 2016. The annual award was established by IMO to provide international recognition for those who, at the risk of losing their own life and perform acts of exceptional bravery.



Who is the newly appointed Controller General of Defence Accounts (CGDA)?
[A]Nirmal Kumar
[B]S K Kohli
[C]M J Tiwari
[D]Narendra Singh Rathore

S K Kohli
S K Kohli, the senior bureaucrat, has been appointed as the new Controller General of Defence Accounts (CGDA). The CGDA is mandated to audit, payment and accounting of all charges pertaining to the armed forces, including bills for supplies and services rendered and for construction and repair works, pay and allowances and pensions, among others.


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