GK & Current Affairs – May 1, 2016


Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana will be launched from which district of India?

The scheme will be launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.The scheme aims to provide LPG connections without security deposit to 50 million women from BPL households over the next three years, using the money saved from 1 crore 13 lakh cooking gas users voluntarily giving up their subsidies.



World’s first graphene electronic paper has been developed by which country?

China has recently developed the world’s first graphene electronic paper that will catapult the material to a new level. It is developed by The Guangzhou OED Technologies in partnership with a company in Chongqing Province of China. As compared to traditional e-papers, graphene e-paper is more flexible and has more intensity and has high-light transmittance, which means optical displays will be much brighter. The production cost of graphene e-paper (derived from carbon) will be much lower than the traditional e-papers, which use the rare, expensive metal indium.



Which state government has recently declared 10% reservation quota for Economically Backward Classes (EBCs) in general category?

The Gujarat Government has recently declared 10% reservation quota for Economically Backward Classes (EBCs) in general category for higher education and government jobs. The new category would cover all upper castes whose family income does not exceed Rs 6 lakh per annum. The reservation announced by the state government will cross 50% reservation limit set by the Supreme Court of India (SCI) and may face legal hurdles. The state government is already providing 50% reservation to SC/STs and OBCs.



India has recently signed MoU with which country to provide $100 million credit line for infrastructure fund?
[C]Papua New Guinea
[D]New Zealand

Papua New Guinea
India has recently signed four MoUs with Papua New Guinea (PNG) in areas of infrastructure, healthcare, information technology and agriculture. For this, India will provide $100 million credit line for development of infrastructure and will establish India-Papua New Guinea Centre for Excellence in IT in PNG.



Who has won the 2016 Civicus Nelson Mandela Graca Machel Innovation Award in individual activist category?
[A]Jerome Cowans
[B]Sunitha Krishnan
[C]Tabassum Adnan
[D]Malala Yousafzai

Tabassum Adnan
Tabassum Adnan, a women’s rights activist from Pakistan’s Swat valley, has won the 2016 Civicus Nelson Mandela Graca Machel Innovation Award in individual activist category at Bogota, Colombia. She is the founder of NGO Khwendo Jirga (Sister’s Council), the first women-only ‘jirga’ in Pakistan, to address issues of women’s right, including honour killings and acid attacks.



Who has been appointed as the new Director General (DG) of Railways Protection Force (RPF)?
[A]Sunil Rajput
[B]Mahendra Singh Rathore
[C]Rajiv Ranjan Verma
[D]Surender Kumar Bhagat

Surender Kumar Bhagat
Surender Kumar Bhagat, the 1982-batch IPS officer of the Uttarakhand cadre, has been appointed as the new Director General (DG) of Railways Protection Force (RPF). He will succeed Rajiv Ranjan Verma and will serve RPF till the date of his superannuation i.e. on June 30, 2017. Presently, he is working as Special Director General in the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF).



Who is the author of the book “Param Vir: A War Diary”?
[A]Nitish Ahujha
[B]Sandeep Jain
[C]Manju Lodha
[D]Navtej Sarna

Manju Lodha
The book “Param Vir: A War Diary” has been written by Manju Lodha, a well-known Indian social activist. It was recently launched in London by Navtej Sarna, Indian High Commissioner to United Kingdom. The book chronicles the lives of 21 Param Vir Chakra awardees, the highest military honour bestowed by India to those serving in the Indian armed forces.



‘Adi Praman’, an online app, has been launched by which state government of India for tribal caste validity certificate ?
[A]Madhya Pradesh
[C]Uttar Pradesh

The Maharashtra Government has recently launched ‘Adi Praman’’ a web-based application, which will facilitate the tribal populace of the state to get the caste validity certificates online. The validity certificate will be bar-coded with a unique identification number and enable authorities to directly verify the status of validity certificate using the unique barcode number. The portal “[email protected]” will show the real-time status of the applications through email and text messages. This initiative will make the entire process of securing caste validity certificate transparent, fast and easy and will effectively curb the menace of bogus certificates.



Which mobile app has been launched to inform traders, exporters and importers about Customs Rules of India?
[A]Indian Customs- Guide to Business People
[B]Indian Customs- Guide to Travellers
[C]Indian Customs- Guide to Finance
[D]Indian Customs- Guide to Tourism

Indian Customs- Guide to Travellers
The mobile app “Indian Customs- Guide to Travellers” has been launched by the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) to inform traders, exporters and importers about Customs Baggage Rules, 2016. The mobile App has been developed by Bengaluru Customs and is available on Android Play store, Apple Store and Windows Store. The app is user friendly and serves as a useful tool for quick and effective dissemination of information about baggage rules and entitlements and hence serves to clarify doubts and concern of International passengers and also ensure better compliance. The CBEC is the nodal national agency responsible for administering customs, central excise, service tax and narcotics in India.



Kerala-IMA (Indian Medical Association) has recently partenered with which international organisation to promote safe health practices?

The Kerala state branch of Indian Medical Association (IMA) has partnered with UNICEF to promote safe and healthy practices for improving maternal and child health in the state. The initiative will help Kerala to achieve world class level in reducing child mortality rate. As part of the partnership, IMA and UNICEF will orient all the 35,000 doctors of the association in the state, on the importance of prescribing good practices to their patients, besides medicine.



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