GK & Current Affairs : June 12, 13, 2016

1. Which state government has recently abolished agriculture income tax?
Answer: Karnataka
Karnataka’s Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had made the announcement to abolish the tax on agricultural income while presenting the State Budget for 2016-17. This in turn will provide relief to many tea and coffee companies besides thousands of individual coffee growers. Plantation companies had to pay a 35 per cent tax on their net income.
2. Janani Sewa is a newly introduced scheme by which ministry?
[A]Ministry of AYUSH
[B]Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
[C]Ministry of Railways
[D]Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment
Answer: Ministry of Railways
The scheme has been introduced by Ministry of Railway. Under Janani Sewa, hot milk, hot water and baby food will be available at railway stations.
3. “Rajasva Gyan Sangam”, the annual conference of tax administrators 2016 will be held in which city?
[A]New Delhi
Answer: New Delhi
The annual conference of tax administrators 2016 “Rajasva Gyan Sangam” will be inaugurated by the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi in New Delhi on June 16, 2016. It is for the first time that two Revenue Boards “Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) & Central Board of Excise & Customs (CBEC)” are holding the conference simultaneously. The purpose of the conference is to motivate the revenue officers towards achieving high standards in taxpayer friendly services in view of fast paced changes in the world economy and to address some of the challenges that these Departments face in this scenario.
4. Which state has become the first Indian state to launch open government data portal to promote transparency?
Answer: Sikkim
Sikkim has become the first Indian state to launch open government data website to promote transparency. The data portal ‘Sikkim.data.gov.in’ and Open Government Data Platform (Sikkim) has been launched by Sikkim Government. On the open government data portal, the data produced or commissioned by the government or government controlled entities can be freely used, reused and redistributed by anyone.
5. Who won the 2016 Australian Open Super Series Women’s singles Badminton trophy?
[A]PV Sindhu
[B]Yihan Wang
[C]Saina Nehwal
[D]Sun Yu
Answer: Saina Nehwal
Saina Nehwal, an Indian badminton player, has won the 2016 Australian Open Super Series Women’s singles Badminton tournament by defeating Sun Yu in the final by 11-21, 21-14, 21-19 at Sydney, Australia.
6. Which of the following has been conferred with the national award for best performing central PSU for Green Energy initiatives?
[A]Reserve Bank of India
[B]Neyveli Lignite Corporation Limited
[C]Airports Authority of India
[D]Rail Vikas Nigam Limited
Answer: Airports Authority of India
The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has been conferred with the National Award for Best Performing Central PSU for Roof Top Solar Power initiatives. It has installed 4.8 megawatt peak power (MWp) rooftop solar plants at 13 airports, which are generating approximately 51 lakh units of solar energy. Further, 4.9 MWp solar plants are expected to be installed at 14 other airports by December 2016.
7. Who has won the 2016 International Dublin Literary Award?
[A]Akhil Sharma
[B]Shantanu Guha
[C]Nirmal Jain
[D]Preeti Kapoor
Answer: Akhil Sharma
Akhil Sharma, an Indian born-American author, has won the prestigious 2016 International Dublin Literary Award for his novel “Family Life”. The novel is the autobiography of the author, which mirrors the author’s own experience of emigrating from India to America as a child. The prize of €100,000 is awarded to the author of the winning book. Though, if the winning book is in English translation, €75,000 is awarded to the author and €25,000 to the translator.
8. Who has been ranked No.1 according to the Forbes’ 2016 list of world’s 100 highest-paid athletes?
[A]Roger Federer
[B]Novak Djokovic
[C]Cristiano Ronaldo
[D]Lionel Messi
Answer: Cristiano Ronaldo
According to the Forbes’ 2016 list of world’s 100 highest-paid athletes, soccer icon Cristiano Ronaldo, with earnings of $88 million, has topped the list, followed by Lionel Messi, LeBron James, Roger Federer, Kevin Durant and Novak Djokovic.The 100 top-earning athletes belong to 23 countries and compete in 10 sports.
9. Who has been appointed as a part-time member of the 21st Law Commission of India?
[A]Sobir Gokaran
[B]Satya Pal Jain
[C]Manoj Singh
[D]Akhilesh Srivastav
Answer: Satya Pal Jain
Satya Pal Jain, additional Solicitor General of India and former Parliamentarian, has been appointed as a part-time member of the 21st Law Commission of India. He is a noted constitution lawyer and senior BJP leader and has been a lawyer in many important civil and criminal cases, Liberhan Commission of Enquiry, Presidential election disputes, various election petitions and other important civil and criminal cases.
10. The book “India’s Wars: A Military History (1947-1971)” has been authored by whom?
[A]Shiv Kunal Verma
[B]T M P Mahadevan
[C]Srinath Raghavan
[D]Arjun Subramaniam
Answer: Arjun Subramaniam
The book “India’s Wars: A Military History (1947-1971)” has been authored by Air Vice Marshal Arjun Subramaniam. The author provides detailed accounts of the principal conflicts from Independence to 1971: the first India-Pakistan war of 1947-48, the liberation of Hyderabad and Junagadh, the campaign to evict the Portuguese from Goa in 1961 and the full-blown conventional wars against China and Pakistan. The book is laced with veterans’ exhilarating experiences in combat operations, India’s Wars fuses the strategic, operational, tactical and human dimensions of war with great finesse. Thus, book is deeply researched and offers a fresh perspective on modern Indian history. .

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