GK & Current Affairs – June 20, 2016
1. What is the theme of the first-ever “National Yoga Olympiad”, which has been organized by the NCERT?
[A]Yoga for Peace and Dhyana
[B]Yoga for Health and Harmony
[C]Yoga for Kriya and Harmony
[D]Yoga for Emotional and Mental development
Answer: Yoga for Health and Harmony
The first-ever ‘National Yoga Olympiad’ has been organized by the NCERT for all government and government-aided schools students from June 18 to 21, 2016. The following Yogic practices will be covered in the Olympiad: Asanas, Pranayama, Kriya (Cleansing Process), Bandha(Secondary stage only) and Surya Namaskar (optional). The theme of the Olympiad is ‘Yoga for Health and Harmony’. In it, the Union Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani would be the chief guest of Award ceremony of National Yoga Olympiad in New Delhi.
2. Shiv Pal Singh is associated with which sports?
Answer: Javelin Throw
India has recently bagged two gold and two silver medals in men’s and women’s categories of Javelin throw at the 2016 Budapest Open Athletics meet. In men’s section, Shiv Pal Singh won the gold with a javelin throw of 76.74 meters while Rajinder Singh won silver. In women’s section, national record-holder Annu Rani won gold with a throw of 57.24 meters. Suman Devi, a South Asian Games champion, won the silver with a throw of 55.38 meters.
3. “Maitree Ek Gyan Yatra” initiative has been launched by which state government of India to link primary schools to high schools to colleges?
A unique initiative ‘Maitree Ek Gyan Yatra’ has been launched by Assam government in Sivsagar district to link primary schools to high schools to colleges. Under the initiative, college teachers will take classes in high schools and high schools teachers will teach in primary schools voluntarily. The purpose of the programme is to change the mindset of the teachers, as in some places subject teachers of a school considered it below their dignity to teach the lower level students. The basic idea of implementing the initiative was to improve quality of school students and create better synergy in education sector.
4. Who of the following have become the first women fighter pilots to be formally commissioned by the Indian Air Force?
[D]All of the above
Answer: All of the above
India’s first three women fighter pilots – Avani Chaturvedi of Madhya Pradesh, Mohana Singh of Rajasthan and Bhawana Kanth of Bihar, has been commissioned into the Indian Air Force (IAF) by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar at the Air Force Academy in Dundigal, Hyderabad. The trio will go to Bidar in Karnataka for their stage-III training for a year on Hawk advanced jet trainers, before they get to fly supersonic warplanes like Sukhoi and Tejas.
5. India’s first AYUSH university will be set up in which state of India?
The Haryana government has recently given its approval to set up an AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy) University, the first-of-its-kind in India. The university will be formed by upgrading Shri Krishna Government Ayurvedic College in Kurukshetra and would offer undergraduate and postgraduate courses in all the AYUSH systems.
6. Which mobile app has been launched by the IRCTC for flight ticket booking?
Answer: IRCTC Air
The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has launched ‘IRCTC Air’ , an android mobile app, which enables booking of air tickets for travel within India and abroad at lower prices. Beside this, existing IRCTC login credentials of passengers are accepted on this app too and there is no need to create a separate user name and password. A maximum of 9 passengers can be booked on one PNR through net banking, for only Rs. 10 per PNR.
7. Which state has become the first Indian state to provide free treatment to confirmed cases of Hepatitis C?
The Punjab government has launched a special fund “Mukh Mantri Punjab Hepatitis C Relief Fund” to provide free treatment for patients affected by Hepatitis C. With this initiative, Punjab has become the first Indian state to provide free treatment to confirmed cases of Hepatitis C.
8. Which Assamese novel has won the 2016 Sahitya Akademi Yuva Puraskar award?
The Assamese novel “Zantadhari” has won the 2016 Sahitya Akademi Yuva Puraskar award. It has been authored by Prarthana Saikia.
9. Which state tourism of India has won awards at ‘FilmAT’ International film festival in Poland?
The Kerala Tourism has won four awards at the 11th edition of the ‘FilmAT’, which is one of the biggest international film festivals dedicated to tourism, art and ecology in Poland. The ‘Responsible Tourism’ initiative started by Kerala Tourism has won three awards under categories of the Best Promotional Social Campaign, Protection of Nature, and Eco-Food categories respectively. The tourism board’s ad film “The Great Backwaters of Kerala” has won the ‘Best Editing Award’, which showcased life in and around the legendary backwaters. The FilmAT festival is associated with the International Committee of Tourism Film Festivals.
10. Sampoor power plant is a joint venture between NTPC of India and:
[A]Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB), Sri Lanka
[D]Duke Energy, USA
Answer: Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB), Sri Lanka
Sampoor power plant is a joint venture between NTPC of India and Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) and the NTPC of India on 50:50 basis..
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