GK & Current Affairs – June 24, 2016

1. Who has been appointed as the new coach of the Indian Cricket Team?
[A]Lalchand Rajput
[B]Ravi Shastri
[C]Kapil Dev
[D]Anil Kumble
Answer: Anil Kumble
Anil Kumble, former Indian captain and leg-spinner, has been appointed as the new coach of the Indian Cricket Team for one-year tenure. His tenure will begin from the upcoming West Indies’s tour which starts on July 9, 2016. With this, Kumble has become the first Indian to be appointed as the head coach of the national team since Kapil Dev in 1999-2000.
2. Vikas Krishan, who has qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympic, is associated with which sports?
Answer: Boxing
The Asian Games champion Vikas Krishan (75kg) and Commonwealth Games gold-medalist Manoj Kumar (64kg) has recently booked their berth for 2016 Rio Olympic after advancing to the semifinals of the International Boxing Association’s (AIBA) World Qualifying Tournament in Baku, Azerbaijan. Apart from them, Shiva Thapa (56 kg) has already booked his ticket to Rio Olympics 2016 during the Asian Qualifiers in March 2016 and is the Indian boxer to qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympics.
3. International Olympic Day is observed on which date?
[A]June 23
[B]June 22
[C]June 21
[D]June 24
Answer: June 23
The International Olympic Day is observed every year on June 23 to promote participation in sport across the globe regardless of age, gender or athletic ability.
4. The International Conference on Social Statistics was hosted by which city of India?
[A]New Delhi
Answer: Patna
The Vice President of India M Hamid Ansari has inaugurated “The International Conference on Social Statistics in India” in Patna, Bihar. The conference has been organised by Asian Development Research of India.
5. The book “Chandigarh is in India” has been authored by whom?
[A]S.S. Kohli
[B]Vikram Seth
[C]Shanay Jhaveri
[D]Arun Shourie
Answer: Shanay Jhaveri
The book “Chandigarh is in India” has been authored by Shanay Jhaveri. The book is the first-ever compilation of works of art on Chandigarh, presenting a unique perspective on the city. It tells the stories of the city of Chandigarh through the works of Indian and Western artists.
6. SK Roy, who recently resigned, was the chairman of which government-owned corporation?
[A]Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority
[B]Life Insurance Corporation of India
[C]Telecom Regulatory Authority of India
[D]Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited
Answer: Life Insurance Corporation of India
S K Roy, the chairman of Life Insurance Corporation of India, has recently resigned from the post two years before his term end. The reasons for his resignation are not known. Roy, who took charge as chairman of the India’s largest insurer on June 29, 2013, was appointed by the previous United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government. Under his leadership, LIC has stuck to its traditionally cautious investment approach. The state-run insurer is the largest single investor in stocks in India and holds close to 18 trillion rupees ($267.25 billion) in assets.
7. India’s first pilot programme to run two wheelers on CNG has been launched in which city of India?
[C]New Delhi
Answer: New Delhi
India’s first pilot programme to run two wheelers on Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) has been launched by the Union Government in New Delhi to curb air pollution in cities. The pilot project was launched by Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar and is being implemented by Indraprastha Gas Limited (IGL) and one of its parent companies, GAIL (India) Limited.
8. Who has been bestowed with the GD Birla Award for Scientific Research for 2016?
[A]Sanjay Mittal
[B]Arunesh Jindal
[C]Nikhil Arora
[D]Manju Singh
Answer: Sanjay Mittal
The 25th edition of G. D. Birla Award for Scientific Research for 2016 has been awarded to Prof. Sanjay Mittal for his contribution in the area of Mechanics. Mittal is a professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT),Kanpur. He has made significant contribution in development of finite element algorithms for High Performance Computing (HPS).
9. Which Indian social entrepreneur has been named among the ten ‘2016 UN Global Compact SDG Pioneers’?
[A]Ela Bhatt
[B]Zubaida Bai
[C]Nand Kishore Chaudhary
[D]Dina Sherif
Answer: Zubaida Bai
Zubaida Bai, an Indian social entrepreneur, has been named among the ten ‘2016 Global Compact SDG Pioneers’, an initiative launched by UN to search for “entrepreneurs” who can play a pivotal role. Zubaida is the founder of ‘ayzh’, a for-profit social venture providing health and livelihood solutions to impoverished women worldwide. The UN Chief Ban Ki-moon has announced the 10 pioneers at the 2016 UN Global Compact (UNGC) Leaders Summit in New York, United States. The UNGC is the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative that supports companies to do business responsibly by aligning their strategies and operations with ten principles of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption; and to take strategic actions to advance broader societal goals, such as the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with an emphasis on collaboration and innovation.
10. What is the theme of the 2016 International Widows’ day?
[A]Live Happy
[B]Have right to live happy
[C]Forgotten Sufferers
[D]Never Alone
Answer: Never Alone
The International Widows day is observed every year on June 23 to address the poverty and injustice faced by millions of widows and their dependents in many countries. The 2016 theme is “Never Alone”. This day was established by ‘The Loomba Foundation’ to raise awareness of the issue of widowhood. .

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