GK & Current Affairs – March 4, 5, 2016

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Who will be conferred with the 47th Dadasaheb Phalke Award for the year 2015?
[A]Rishi Kapoor
[B]Jaya Bachhan
[C]Manoj Kumar
[D]Kamal Hassan

Manoj Kumar
The veteran Film Actor and Director Manoj Kumar will be conferred with the 47th Dadasaheb Phalke Award for the year 2015 for his outstanding contribution to the growth and development of Indian Cinema. He is known for his iconic roles in movies such as, Purab Aur Paschim, Himalaya Ki God Mein, Patthar Ke Sanam, Neel Kamal, Kranti and Upkaar.

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2.

Exercise FORCE 18 has started in which city?
[A]Pune
[B]Ahmedabad
[C]Bengaluru
[D]Kolkata

Pune
Multinational Field Training Exercise (FTX) – Exercise FORCE 18, involving ASEAN Plus countries has started in Pune. This is the largest Ground Forces Exercise ever conducted on Indian soil and would be conducted from 02 to 08 March 2016 with themes based on ‘Humanitarian Mine Action’ and ‘Peacekeeping Operations’. In its first phase, over 28 foreign trainers were trained by the Indian Army from 24 Feb to 01 Mar 2016. These trainers will form the training backbone for the conduct of ‘Exercise FORCE 18’.

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3.

When will the Indian government set to digitally connect all post offices in rural areas in the country?
[A]December, 2016
[B]March, 2017
[C]August, 2017
[D]December, 2017

March, 2017
The Indian government is digitally connecting all 1,29,323 gramin dak sewak post offices in rural areas across the country by March 2017.

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4.

Chapchar Kut festival is celebrated in which state?
[A]Odisha
[B]West Bengal
[C]Mizoram
[D]Kerala

Mizoram
The traditional festival Chapchar Kut of the Mizos is celebrated across the north-eastern state of Mizoram and also in the Mizo-inhabited areas in the neighbouring states. It is a spring festival celebrated during March after completion of their most arduous task of Jhum operation i.e., jungle-clearing (clearing of the remnants of burning) with great fervor and gaiety.

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5.

Paramesh Krishnan Nair, who died recently, was related to which field?
[A]Banking
[B]Film Industry
[C]Photography
[D]History

Film Industry
India’s pioneering film archivist and film scholar Paramesh Krishnan Nair (82) passed away in Pune, Maharashtra. He was the founder and former director of the National Film Archive of India (NFAI), Pune. He had dedicated his life to preservation of films and building the collection of films at the NFA. He was instrumental in archiving several landmark Indian films like Dadasaheb Phalke’s Raja Harishchandra and Kaliya Mardan, Bombay Talkies films such as Jeevan Naiya, Bandhan, Kangan, Achhut Kanya and Kismet, S.S. Vasan’s Chandralekha and Uday Shankar’s Kalpana.

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6.

Who of the following Indian-American investor took charge as Alternate Executive Director at International Monetary Fund (IMF)?
[A]Nikhil Chopra
[B]Sunil Sabharwal
[C]Vikrant Singh
[D]Dheerendra Payasi

Sunil Sabharwal
Independent investor Sunil Sabharwal has become the first Indian-American to take charge as an Alternate Executive Director at International Monetary Fund (IMF).

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7.

Which Indian umpire has been promoted as the International Outdoor Umpire by the International Hockey Federation (FIH)?
[A]Kumar Dixit
[B]Jitendra Rai
[C]Nepoleon Singh
[D]Mahendra Singh

Nepoleon Singh
Hockey India national-level umpire Nepoleon Singh has been promoted to the International Outdoor Umpire by the International Hockey Federation (FIH). He has been selected after seeing his performance in the recently-concluded 12th South Asian Games 2016. Nepoleon started his career as an umpire from Manipur in the third Hockey India Junior Women National Championship 2013 held at Ranchi, Jharkhand.

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8.

The world’s most expensive train station has been opened in which city?
[A]Washington
[B]Berlin
[C]Tokyo
[D]New York

New York
The world’s most expensive train station has been opened in New York, Unites States. The station is designed by Santiago Calatrava, the Spanish-Swiss architect, who called it a gift of love to the city.

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9.

Who has won Gold medal in the 50m pistol men event at the International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF) World Cup 2016?
[A]Abhinav Bindra
[B]Karam Lehal
[C]Jitu Rai
[D]Ronjan Sodhi

Jitu Rai
Ace Indian shooter Jitu Rai has won Gold medal in the 50m pistol men final event at the International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF) World Cup held in Bangkok, Thailand.

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10.

The Setu Bharatam project has been launched for which purpose?
[A]To create free apps for Swatch Bharat Mission
[B]To make all national highways free of Railway crossings
[C]To boost Swatch Bharat Abhiyan
[D]To encourage entrepreneurship among youth

To make all national highways free of Railway crossings
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has recently launched Setu Bharatam project to make all national highways free of Railway crossings by 2019. This project will be implemented by the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways and more than Rs. 50 thousand crore will be spent on the project.

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