GK & Current Affairs – March 16, 17, 2016

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The world’s first fully electric-powered double-decker bus has been launched in which country?
[A]India
[B]United Kingdom
[C]Japan
[D]Unites States

United Kingdom
The world’s first fully electric-powered double-decker bus has been launched in London, United Kingdom. It is built by Chinese manufactures BYD and will be able to travel 180 miles on a  single charge.

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2.

Who has become the youngest person to climb the Mt. Kangchenjunga base camp in Sikkim?
[A]Vasay Kumari
[B]Suryassangyini Chaudhary
[C]Vaasangyan Reddy
[D]Mansi Chopra

Suryassangyini Chaudhary
Ms. Suryassangyini Chaudhary (6) has become the youngest girl to climb the 16,300 feet high Mt. Kangchenjunga base camp at Goechala, Sikkim. She is from Baraut in Baghpat district, Uttar Pradesh.

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3.

The 2016 Maritime India Summit (MIS) will be held in which city?
[A]Mormugao
[B]Visakhapatnam
[C]Mumbai
[D]Panaji

Mumbai
The 2016 Maritime India Summit (MIS) will be organized at Bombay Convention and Exhibition Centre, Goregaon, Mumbai from April 14-16, 2016. It is a maiden flagship initiative of Union Ministry of Shipping that will provide a unique global platform for investors to explore potential business opportunities in the Indian Maritime Sector.

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4.

Who has won the first prize in UN #LinksSDGs Data Visualization Challenge?
[A]Sandeep Konam
[B]Wouter Eekhout
[C]Abdulqadir Rashik
[D]Jorge Martinez Navarrete

Abdulqadir Rashik
Abdulqadir Rashik, founder of India-based Miavy Systems, has won the first prize in UN #LinksSDGs Data Visualization Challenge. He has been awarded for his submission “Links to Sustainable Cities”, an interactive visualization that identifies and maps the links between Sustainable Development Goal 11, Sustainable Cities and Communities, and the other 16 Goals.

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5.

The 2016 Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development meeting has been held in which country?
[A]UAE
[B]Iran
[C]India
[D]Sri Lanka

UAE
The 13th meeting of Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development has been held on March 14, 2016 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). The meeting was held to promote the power of broadband networks and services for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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6.

The first-ever World Sufi Forum (WSF) has been hosted by which city of India?
[A]New Delhi
[B]Hyderabad
[C]Lucknow
[D]Kanpur

New Delhi
The first-ever World Sufi Forum (WSF) has been inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi on March 17, 2016. The 4-day event is focused on finding constructive ways to spread the Islamic message of peace and tolerance as a counter to rising global violent extremism. It is organized by All India Ulama and Mashaikh Board (AIUMB), the apex body of Sufi Dargahs in India.

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7.

Who has been named as Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)?
[A]Tyler Ritter
[B]Ashley Judd
[C]Wynonna Judd
[D]Booboo Stewart

Ashley Judd
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) appointed actor and activist Ashley Judd as its Goodwill Ambassador.

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8.

Ustad Ali Ahmad Hussain Khan, who passed away recently, was exponent in which musical instrument?
[A]Sarangi
[B]Shehnai
[C]Sitar
[D]Tabla

Shehnai
The renowned Shehnai exponent Ustad Ali Ahmad Hussain Khan (77) passed away in Kolkata, West Bengal. He hailed from a family of renowned Shehnai exponents from Benaras. He was known for his innovative style and mastery over the classical, semi-classical and folk music repertoire.

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9.

What is India’s rank in the United Nations’ World Happiness Index 2016?
[A]101
[B]112
[C]118
[D]129

118
India has been ranked 118th out of 156 countries on the United Nations’ World Happiness Index (WHI) 2016. According to the World Happiness Report 2016, published by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), Denmark has topped the list, followed by Iceland, Norway, Finland, Canada, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Australia and Sweden.

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10.

India’s first contact-less mobile payment solution “iTap” has been launched by which bank?
[A]State Bank of India
[B]HDFC Bank
[C]Axis Bank Ltd
[D]ICICI Bank

ICICI Bank
India’s first contact-less mobile payment solution “iTap” has been launched by ICICI Bank. Through “iTap” its customers will be able to make payments by waving their cell phones near an NFC- enabled merchant terminal. In it, ICICI bank has used the Host Card Emulation (HCE) technology which creates ‘virtual’ cards for ‘physical’ credit or debit cards (Visa/MasterCard) of the bank, as selected by the customer.

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