GK & Current Affairs – June 25, 2016

1. Dutee Chand, who recently qualified for 2016 Rio Olympics, is associated with which sports?
Answer: Sprint
Dutee Chand, an Indian professional sprinter, has recently qualified for 2016 Rio Olympics in the women’s 100 metre event at the 26th International Meeting G.Kosanov Memorial in Almaty, Kazakhstan. With this, she became the first Indian woman to qualify for the event since qualification started for the event.
2. The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has recently approved $509 million to finance four projects of which of the following countries?
[A]Azerbaijan, Egypt, Finland and Iceland
[B]India, Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh
[C]Myanmar, Iran, Philippines and Sri Lanka
[D]Pakistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia and Tajikistan
Answer: Pakistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia and Tajikistan
The China-based Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has recently approved four loans worth $509 million to finance four projects in Bangladesh, Pakistan, Indonesia and Tajikistan. The projects approved by the bank included a $ 165 million loan for a Power Distribution System Upgrade and Expansion Project in Bangladesh, $ 216.5 million loan for a National Slum Upgrading Project in Indonesia, $ 100 million loan to finance the Shorkot-Khanewal Section of National Motorway M-4 in Pakistan and a $ 27.5 million loan for the Dushanbe-Uzbekistan Border Road Improvement Project in Tajikistan. The loan would have an interest rate of London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) plus 1.15 % and a repayment period of 25 years with 5 years in grace period.
3. Where are the headquarters of the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM)?
[B]New Delhi
Answer: Pune
The Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM) is a scientific institution based in India for expanding research in meteorology of the tropics in general with special reference to monsoon meteorology of India. Its’ headquarters is at Pune, Maharashtra. It is in news recently because it is working with the U.S. National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to develop high resolution seasonal and long-term climate forecasts to prepare for the monsoons. Beside this, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and United States’ space agency National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) are also working together to develop a synthetic aperture radar satellite to observe and measure ecosystem disturbances, ice-sheet collapses and natural hazards. The data gathered from this mission will help build climate resilience and potentially save lives.
4. Which Indian-origin lawyer has been appointed to chair panel on human rights in South Sudan?
[A]Narayanan Krishnan
[B]Godfrey Musila
[C]Kenneth Scott
[D]Yasmin Sooka
Answer: Yasmin Sooka
Yasmin Sooka, the South African Indian-origin lawyer and long-time human rights activist, has been appointed to chair a UN commission to monitor the human rights situation in South Sudan and make recommendations for their improvement. She has vast experience in global human rights matters and will serve together with Kenneth Scott from the US and Godfrey Musila of Kenya on the Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan.
5. What is the theme of the 2016 United Nations’ (UN) International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking?
[A]Listen First
[B]Let’s develop without drugs
[C]Say NO to drugs
[D]Don’t drink and drive – Arrive Alive!
Answer: Listen First
The United Nations’ (UN) International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking is observed every year on June 26 to raise awareness of the major problem that illicit drugs represent to society and particularly to young people. The 2016 theme is “Listen First”, which is an initiative to increase support for prevention of drug use that is based on science and is thus an effective investment in the well-being of children and youth, their families and their communities.
6. The book “Once Upon a Time in India: The Marvelous Adventures of Captain Corcoran” was authored by whom?
[A]E L James
[B]Sam Miller
[C]Alfred Assollant
[D]Vaisahna Roy
Answer: Alfred Assollant
The novel “Once Upon a Time in India: The Marvelous Adventures of Captain Corcoran” was written in the 1860s, by a Frenchman Alfred Assollant, about India, which has been translated into English for the first time by Sam Miller. It is a wacky, madcap tale of intrigue and romance set during the days of the India’s First War of Independence in 1857. It was a wild hit of its times and translated into six languages, including Russian and Polish, but was so relentlessly rude about the British that it was never translated into English.
7. The Day of the Seafarer is observed on which date?
[A]June 22
[B]June 24
[C]June 25
[D]June 26
Answer: June 25
The Day of the Seafarer is observed on June 25 to recognize the unique contribution made by sefarers to international seaborne trade, the world economy and to global society as a whole. The 2016 campaign theme is “At Sea For All”, which emphasis that seafarers serve at sea not just for the shipping industry or for their own career purposes but for all of us.
8. India’s first sunken museum will be set up in which of the following cities?
[B]New Delhi
Answer: New Delhi
India’s first sunken museum will be set up at the World Heritage Site of Humayun’s Tomb in New Delhi. The interactive museum will open to the public in early 2018 and will display a mix of artifacts that have been locked up in the reserve collections of the National Museum, National Archives and museums of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). It will focus on bringing alive the 7-centuries of pluralistic cultural traditions and architectural history of the Nizamuddin area.
9. The Padma Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park (PNHZP) is located in which state of India?
[A]Himachal Pradesh
[B]Jammu & Kashmir
[D]West Bengal
Answer: West Bengal
The Padma Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park (PNHZP) is located in Darjeeling, West Bengal. It is the largest high altitude zoo in India and specializes in breeding animals adapted to alpine conditions and has successful captive breeding programs for the snow leopard, the critically endangered Himalayan wolf and the red panda. Recently, it is news because the snow leopard named Makalu from Dudley Zoological Gardens (DZG) in Britain has been brought to Darjeeling zoo for a global conservation breeding programme. The DZG will financially support Makalu for the next five years.
10. How much loan amount has been approved by Asian Development Bank (ADB) to construct a bridge across the Ganga River in Bihar?
[A]$ 500 million
[B]$ 550 million
[C]$ 600 million
[D]$ 750 million
Answer: $ 500 million
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $500 million loan to construct a bridge across the Ganga River in Bihar. The project is expected to complete by December 2020. Once built, the 9.8 km road bridge in Bihar will be India’s longest river bridge and will provide vital transport link between the northern and southern parts of the state and neighboring Nepal. .

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