GK & Current Affairs – March 20, 2016

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According to the IRCTC survey, which railway station has been named the cleanest in India?
[A]Varanasi railway station
[B]Surat railway station
[C]Rajkot railway station
[D]Bilaspur railway station

Surat railway station
According to an Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) survey, the Surat railway station has been named the cleanest in India in the A1 category, followed by Rajkot, Bilaspur (Chhattisgarh), etc. The survey, conducted across 407 stations and based on the feedback of around 1.34 lakh passengers, classified the stations into ‘A’ and ‘A1′ categories based on their traffic. For A category railway stations, the Beas railway station topped the list followed by Gandhidham in Ahmedabad, Vasco-da-Gama, Jamnagar, etc.

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2.

Which state government has launched India’s first state-wide broadband project?
[A]Tamil Nadu
[B]Andhra Pradesh
[C]Gujarat
[D]Maharashtra

Andhra Pradesh
India’s first state-wide broadband project “AP FiberNet” has been launched by Andhra Pradesh government in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh. Under the project, Internet connections would be provided at cheap rate in the districts of Visakhapatnam, Srikakulam and Vizianagaram by April 2016 and after that the rest of the state will be recovered. Andhra Pradesh government has tied up with Cisco to roll out the project.

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3.

Which union ministry is hosting “The Everlasting Flame International Programme”?
[A]Ministry of Home Affairs
[B]Ministry of Finance
[C]Ministry of Minority Affairs
[D]Ministry of Railways

Ministry of Minority Affairs
The Union Ministry of Minority Affairs is hosting a cultural spectacle “The Everlasting Flame International Programme” in New Delhi from March 19 to 29, 2016 under its scheme “Hamari Dharohar” in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture and the Parzor Foundation. It is a celebration of the history, beliefs, practices, and contribution of Parsis, the micro-minority community whose contribution surpasses its numbers. It will encompass all the elements of the contribution of Zoroastrians and Parsis to the world culture, philosophy and art.

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4.

Which is the first bank to commence the sale of Indian Gold Coin (IGC) in the domestic market?
[A]State Bank of India
[B]Indian Overseas Bank
[C]Punjab National Bank
[D]Bank of Baroda

Indian Overseas Bank
The Indian Overseas Bank (IOB) has become the first bank to commence the sale of Indian Gold Coin (IGC) in the domestic market. The bank has tied up with Metals and Minerals Trading Corporation (MMTC) for the sale of IGC of 24 carat purity. IGC is the first ever national gold offering by the Centre. The IGC has the national emblem, the Ashok Chakra, engraved on one side and the face of Mahatma Gandhi on the other. The coin carries advanced anti-counterfeit features and comes in tamper-proof packaging. The current denominations available are 5, 10 and 20 gm.

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5.

Which organisation is providing loan support for “Madhya Pradesh Citizen Access to Responsive Services Project”?
[A]World Bank (WB)
[B]International Monetary Fund (IMF)
[C]Asian Development Bank (ADB)
[D]Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)

World Bank (WB)
India has recently signed a loan agreement of $35 Million with the World Bank (WB) for “Madhya Pradesh Citizen Access to Responsive Services Project”. The purpose of the project is to improve access and quality of public services in Madhya Pradesh through implementation of the 2010 Public Service Delivery Guarantee Act. The duration of project is 5 years.

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6.

Who is the author of the book titled “Gandhi: An Illustrated Biography”?
[A]Pramod Kapoor
[B]Arundhati Roy
[C]Ambrish Tripathi
[D]Aarathi Prasad

Pramod Kapoor
The book titled “Gandhi: An Illustrated Biography” has been authored by Pramod Kapoor. The book seeks to decode Gandhi for modern generation.

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7.

Exercise Iron Fist 2016 has conducted by the Indian Air Force in which state?
[A]Maharashtra
[B]Rajasthan
[C]West Bengal
[D]Kerala

Rajasthan
The Iron Fist Exercise 2016 has conducted by the Indian Air Force on March 18, 2016 at Air Force Firing Range, Pokhran, Rajasthan. It is a day-night exercise that showcased the firepower capacity of the Indian Air Force.

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8.

The 2016 Global Bamboo Summit will be hosted by which city of India?
[A]Udaipur
[B]Rajkot
[C]Panaji
[D]Indore

Indore
The 2016 Global Bamboo Summit will be held in Indore, Madhya Pradesh from April 8, 2016. It will be organized by Madhya Pradesh Government with National Bamboo Mission, Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India and Indian Federation of Green Energy (IFGE).

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9.

Frank Sinatra Junior, who died recently, was a singer of which country?
[A]France
[B]Germany
[C]South Africa
[D]United States

United States
The renowned Singer Frank Sinatra Junior has passed away recently in Florida, United States.

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10.

World Sparrow Day is observed on which date?
[A]February 15
[B]March 10
[C]March 20
[D]April 12

March 20
World Sparrow Day is observed on March 20. The day designated to raise awareness of the house sparrow and other common birds.

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