GK & Current Affairs – June 19, 2016

1. Which technology giant has been selected as the technical partner for HRD ministry’s SWAYAM platform for open online courses?
Answer: Microsoft
The Union Human Resource Ministry has selected Microsoft as their technical partner for it’s “SWAYAM” platform to launch 2,000 massive open online courses for about three crore students. These courses will be available on SWAYAM platform by partner institution the National MOOCs coordinator. For this, UGC (Credit Framework for online learning courses through SWAYAM) Regulation, 2016 has been finalized by the ministry for successful launch of the app. Using this app and portal, students of various streams including science and technology will be able to access and download very high quality UGC approved course content free of cost for their studies. To accomplish the task, a deal of Rs. 38 crore has been signed between Microsoft and All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE). The SWAYAM stands for Study Webs of Active- learning for Young Aspiring Minds.
2. Which of the following is the India’s indigenous basic trainer aircraft, which has recently made its maiden flight successfully ?
Answer: HTT-40
India’s indigenous basic trainer aircraft “Hindustan Turbo Trainer-40 (HTT-40)” has successfully made its maiden flight recently in Bangalore. The two-seater aircraft designed and developed by the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). HTT-40 will be used for the first-stage training for all flying cadets of the three services. The programme aims to achieve its operational clearance by 2018.
3. Which Indian movie has won the best film and best script writers award at the Asia New Talent Awards in the 2016 Shanghai International Film Festival?
[A]Detective Chinatown
[B]Land of the Little People
[D]One Night Only
Answer: Thithi
The Kannada film “Thithi” has won the best film and best script writers award at the Asia New Talent Awards in the 19th edition of Shanghai International Film Festival 2016. It is the only film from India that has been selected and screened in the festival. The movie is a dramatic comedy about how three generations of sons react to the death of the oldest in their clan. The movie is directed by debutante filmmaker Raam Reddy. Beside this, the movie has recently won the 2016 National Award for Best Feature film in Kannada.
4. Through which platform Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) can open national pension system accounts online?
Answer: e-NPS
The Union Finance Ministry has stated that by using “eNPS” platform, the Non-resident Indians (NRIs) can now open National Pension Savings (NPS) accounts online if they have Aadhaar Card or PAN card. The NPS accounts can be opened both on repatriable and non-repatriable basis. On a repatriable basis, an NRI will have to remit the amount through his/her NRE/FCNR/NRO account. For non-repatriable scheme, NRIs will be able to join NPS through their NRE/FCNR/NRO accounts at the time of maturity or during partial withdrawal. The NPS funds would be deposited only in their NRO accounts. Earlier, NRIs have been allowed to open NPS account by personally approaching banks.
5. The 2016 Men’s Hockey Champions Trophy has been won by which country?
Answer: Australia
The 36th edition of Men’s Hockey Champions Trophy 2016 has been won by Australia by defeating India in a penalty shoot-out to clinch their 14th Champions Trophy in London, United Kingdom.
6. ‘URJA’ mobile app has been launched by:
[A]Power Finance Corporation
[B]Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd
[C]Bureau of Energy Efficiency
[D]Central Electricity Regulatory Commission
Answer: Power Finance Corporation
Urban Jyoti Abhiyaan Mobile app has been developed by Power Finance Corporation on behalf of Ministry of Power for Urban Power Distribution Sector to enhance consumer connect with the Urban Power Distribution sector by providing information of IT enabled towns.
7. The “Ganges-Danube Cultural Festival of India” has been organized in which country?
Answer: Hungary
The “Ganges-Danube Cultural Festival of India” has been organized by Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State for Culture & Tourism (I/C) and Civil Aviation on June 17, 2016 at Vigado Theatre in Budapest, Hungary. The 3-day festival will showcase Indian culture, i.e. dance, music, yoga, film and exhibitions. Beside this, Indian martial art experts, puppet artists, Hungarian artists (proficient in Indian art forms) will also participate in the programme.
8. Which platform has been launched by India and South Korea to promote investments?
[A]India Korea friendship zone
[B]Korea Plus
[C]ISK Invest
[D]Korean line
Answer: Korea Plus
The special platform “Korea Plus” has been launched by India and South Korea in New Delhi to promote and facilitate Korean investments in India. The platform will act as a mediator in arranging meetings, assisting in public relations and research/evaluation and provide information and counseling to Korean companies investing in India. It covers the entire investment spectrum including supporting Korean enterprises entering the Indian market for the first time, looking into issues faced by Korean companies doing business in India and policy advocacy to the Indian Government on their behalf.
9. “Rajswa Gyansangam” has been launched in which of the following cities?
[B]New Delhi
Answer: New Delhi
The Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched the two-day ‘Rajswa Gyansangam’, an annual conference of tax administrators, in New Delhi on June 16, 2016. It is for the first time that two revenue boards – the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) and the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC), has hold the conference simultaneously. In the conference, the five-point charter for tax administrators “RAPID” has also outlined by Mr. Modi to bring reform to country’s outdated revenue administration. The “RAPID” stands for revenue, accountability, probity, information and digitization.
10. Who is the author the book “Dark Horse – Ek Anakahi Dastan”?
[A]Raka Dasgupta
[B]Bijit Gayari
[C]Nilotpal Mrinal
[D]Ankit Trivedi
Answer: Nilotpal Mrinal
The book “Dark Horse – Ek Anakahi Dastan” has been authored by Nilotpal Mrinal. For it, the author has won the 2016 Sahitya Akademi Yuva Puraskar award in Hindi language. .

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