GK & Current Affairs: May 1, 2, 2015
1. What is the authorised capital of each Regional Rural Bank (RRB) as per the recent amendments in Regional Rural Bank (Amendment) Bill 2014?
Parliament has passed Regional Rural Banks (Amendment) Bill, 2014. It was first passed in Lok Sabha on December 22, 2014 and later in Rajya Sabha on April 28, 2015. This bill amends Regional Rural Banks Act, 1976 and aims to strengthen the Regional Rural Banks (RRBs) and deepen their financial inclusion. This amendment bill increases the authorised capital of each Regional Rural Bank (RRB) from Rs 5 crore to Rs 2000 crore divided into Rs 200 crore of fully paid share of Rs 10 each. As per the parent Act the Rs 5 crore share capital of RRBs is split into 5 lakh shares of Rs 100 each. Reference
2. On which date, International Dance Day is observed?
Answer: April 29
International Dance Day is observed annually on April 29. It was introduced since 1982 by the International Dance Council (CID, Conseil International de la Danse), a UNESCO partner NGO. The date marks the birthday of Jean-Georges Noverre (1727-1810), who is regarded as the founder of modern ballet. The main purpose of Dance Day events is to attract the attention of the wider public to the art of dance.Reference
3. Which of the following journalists has been conferred with the RedInk Award for lifetime achievement?
Answer: Prannoy Roy
Dr Prannoy Roy, the executive co-chairman of NDTV, was honoured with the RedInk Award for lifetime achievement. Sreenivasan Jain of NDTV was presented ‘Journalist of the Year’ award. Times Now Editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami, was honoured with ‘Impact Editor of the Year’ award. News website Scroll.in was given ‘the news start-up of the year’ award. Reference
4. Who has been conferred with the Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters for his contribution to the fashion industry?
Answer: Wendell Rodricks
Fashion designer Wendell Rodricks was bestowed the Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters. He was awarded for his contribution to the fashion industry and for incorporating French charm in his creations. The French government distinction, Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters) is conferred on persons who have distinguished themselves by their creativity in the field of art, culture and literature or for their contribution to the influence of arts in France and throughout the world. Reference
5. Rural Theatre form “Kattaikkuttu” is from which state?
Answer: Tamil Nadu
Kattaikkuttu is a rural theatre form practised in Tamil Nadu. The performers by tradition only men sing, act and dance and the musicians accompany them on the harmonium, the mridangam and the mukavinai. Kattikkuttu is usually performed in a religious setting and performance take place overnight: they start around 10pm and run until 6 am the next morning. Reference
6. Which region has become first in the world to declare Rubella (German measles) free?
North and South America region have become the first region of the world to eradicate Rubella. There are no home-grown cases in five years. Rubella (German measles) is caused by a virus and spreads when infected person coughs or sneezes. It causes a rash, a slight fever, aching joints, headaches, runny nose and red eyes. The virus spread by sneezes or coughs can lead to serious birth defects if contracted by pregnant woman.Reference
7. Who has been appointed as chairperson of the Children Film Society of India (CFSI)?
[C]Ram Gopal Verma
Answer: Mukesh Khanna
Mukesh Khanna was appointed as the new chairperson of the Children Film Society of India. The veteran actor has taken over the charge from actor-director Amole Gupte, who resigned in June 2014. Mukesh Khanna has won the hearts of children with his popular superhero TV series Shaktimaan.
8. Which district of West Bengal has been declared country’s first open defecation free district?
West Bengal’s Nadia district became the first open defecation free district in the country.
9. Which of the following two Indians have recently won the Whitley award for their contribution to wildlife conservation?
[A]Ananda Kumar and Pramod Patil
[B]Ullas Karanth and Anil Kumar
[C]Pramod Patil and Ullas Karanth
[D]Krishna Singh and Navin Patil
Answer: Ananda Kumar and Pramod Patil
Ananda Kumar and Dr Pramod Patil were awarded with the prestigious Whitley awards for their contribution to wildlife conservation. Ananda Kumar won the award for his work using innovative communication systems to enable human-elephant coexistence in southern India. Dr Pramod Patil has been awarded for his work to protect the iconic great Indian bustard in the Thar Desert.Reference
10. What is India’s current global ranking in terms of electricity generation from nuclear source?
At present India has been 13th in terms of electricity generation from nuclear source and seventh in terms of having operational nuclear reactors. India has installed capacity of 5,780MW. The department of atomic energy has set target of reaching an installed generation capacity of 63,000MW by the year 2031-32. Reference
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