GK & Current Affairs – March 24, 2016

1.

Who has been appointed as the Chairman of Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT)?  
[A]Amit Bhosle  
[B]Permod Kohli  
[C]Nikhil Sharma  
[D]Mayuri Saxena  

Permod Kohli
 Permod Kohli, the retired Chief Justice of Sikkim High Court Justice, has been appointed as the Chairman of Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) for a period of 5 years with effect from the   date of assumption of charge of the post, or till attaining the age of 68 years, whichever is earlier.  

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2.

ICGS Arnvesh has been commissioned by the Indian Coast Guard in which state?
[A]Tamil Nadu
[B]Kerala
[C]West Bengal
[D]Andhra Pradesh

Andhra Pradesh
ICGS Arnvesh, a fast patrol vessel (FPV) of the Indian Coast Guard, has been commissioned at Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh. Chiefly, the ship will focus on surveillance at sea, coastal patrol, anti-smuggling and anti-piracy operations. It is equipped with the most-advanced navigational and communication sensors and equipment, including night vision capabilities and is fitted with 40/60 Bofors gun onboard as main armament. It is built by the Cochin Shipyard Ltd.

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3.

Who has been appointed as an Asia-Pacific member of the International Coordinating Committee Bureau of NHRI-ICC?
[A]Arun Jaitley
[B]HL Dattu
[C]R M Lodha
[D]H L Narayanaswamy

HL Dattu
HL Dattu, the Chairperson of National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and former Chief Justice of India, has been appointed as an Asia-Pacific member of the International Coordinating Committee Bureau (ICCB) of National Human Rights Institutions (NHRI-ICC) Bureau in Geneva. His role in the ICC Bureau is to strengthen the ICC and also to enhance the role of NHRIs in the UN mechanisms.

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4.

Johan Cruyff, who died recently, was a football legend of which country?
[A]Germany
[B]Netherlands
[C]France
[D]Spain

Netherlands
Johan Cruyff (68), the Holland football legend, passed away in Barcelona. He was one of the most famous exponents of the football philosophy known as “Total Football” explored by Rinus Michels and is widely regarded to be one of the greatest players in football history.

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5.

Who has won the 2016 FIFA Interactive World Cup (FIWC)?
[A]Adam Johnson
[B]Mohamad Al-Bacha
[C]Sean Allen
[D]Abdulaziz Alshehri

Mohamad Al-Bacha
Mohamad Al-Bacha (17) from Denmark has won the 2016 FIFA Interactive World Cup (FIWC) in New York, United States. He defeated Sean Allen from England in the final to win the $20,000 top prize and a chance to visit the Ballon d’Or-2016 ceremony in Switzerland. The FIWC is an annual international competition of football video games held under the auspices of FIFA with partnership from EA Sports and Sony Computer Entertainment Europe. Notably, this was the first time the tournament was played on both X-Box and PlayStation consoles.

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6.

Which of the following countries have recently become dialogue partners of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO)?
[A]Nepal and Azerbaijan
[B]India and Nepal
[C]Tajikistan and Uzbekistan
[D]Iran and Afghanistan

Nepal and Azerbaijan
Nepal and Azerbaijan have officially become dialogue partners of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), a Beijing-based regional security grouping. The member states of SCO include China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. SCO observer states include Afghanistan, Belarus, Iran, and Mongolia. SCO dialogue partners include Armenia, Azerbaijan, Cambodia, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Turkey. India and Pakistan are on the way to become full members of SCO.

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7.

The United Nations World Meteorological Day (WMD) is observed on which date?
[A]April 25
[B]May 22
[C]March 23
[D]June 21

March 23
The United Nations World Meteorological Day (WMD) 2016 is observed across the world on March 23. The 2016 theme is “Hotter, Drier, Wetter. Face the Future”. It highlights that, without urgent action to cut green gas emissions, the trend of increasing temperatures and the frequency and intensity of extreme events will accelerate.

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8.

Which is the India’s oldest paramilitary force?
[A]Indian Coast Guard
[B]Special Frontier Force
[C]Assam Rifles
[D]None of the above

Assam Rifles
Assam rifles is India’s oldest paramilitary force, raised originally in 1835 as Cachar Levy. They perform many roles including the provision of internal security under the control of the army through the conduct of counter insurgency and border security operations. Assam Rifles is known as “Sentinels of the Northeast”. Its headquarters are located at Laitkor (Shillong). The motto of Assam Rifles is “Friends of the Hill People”. While Assam Rifles functions under the Ministry of Defence, its administrative control is under the Ministry of Home Affairs.

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9.

What is the theme of the 2016 World Down syndrome Day?
[A]Build an inclusive society for all
[B]Let Us In – We Want to Work!
[C]My friends, My Community
[D]Neighbours and My Country

My friends, My Community
The World Down syndrome Day (WDSD) is observed every year on March 21 to raise public awareness about the syndrome and well being of people with Down syndrome. The 2016 theme is “My friends, My Community”.

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10.

The World Tuberculosis Day is observed on which date?
[A]February 10
[B]March 24
[C]March 28
[D]April 5

March 24
The World Tuberculosis (TB) Day is observed every year on March 24 in order to create public awareness about the global epidemic of tuberculosis (TB) and efforts to eliminate the disease. The 2016 theme is “Unite to End TB”.

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