GK & Current Affairs – May 13, 2016
Which Indian-American personality has been honored with the 2016 Texas Elementary Teacher of the Year?
Revathi Balakrishnan, an Indian-American woman elementary teacher from Texas, has been honored by US President Barack Obama at the White House for her excellent work in the field of education. Beside this, she has been named as the 2016 Texas Elementary Teacher of the Year and Texas Teacher of the Year.
Which denomination banknotes with insert ‘R’ will be issued by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI)?
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) will issue banknotes of Rs. 1000 denominations with inset letter ‘R’ in both the number panels. The banknotes will have on the obverse, all the other security features, including ascending size of numerals, bleed lines and enlarged identification mark. The banknotes bearing signature of RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan, will also have the year of printing ‘2016’ printed on the reverse.
Tony Cozier, who passed away recently, was a renowned cricket commentator of which country?
Tony Cozier (75), the legendary West Indies commentator, has recently passed away in Barbados. He covered almost every West Indies series since 1962 and is one of the most respected cricket writer, broadcaster and historian. He was described as having an encyclopaedic knowledge of cricket.
Ravinder Khatri is associated with which sports?
Indian Wrestler Ravinder Khatri has recently secured the 2016 Rio Olympic berth in the Greco-Roman 85 kg category after Kenzheev Zhanarbek of Kyrgystan failed the dope test at the Asian Olympic qualifier. Apart from him, Babita Kumari has also booked a ticket to 2016 Rio Olympic after Sumiya Erdenechimeg failed the test in 53kg freestyle division. With this, 8-Indian wrestlers from India has booked their berth in 2016 Olumpics.This is the first time that India will be represented in all three formats -men’s freestyle, female wrestling and Greco-Roman at the Olympics.
Who is the newly elected chairman of International Cricket Council (ICC)?
Shashank Manohar, the former President of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), has been appointed as the new independent chairman of the International Cricket Council (ICC) for a tenure of two years.
Which city has been named as the world’s most polluted city, as per recently released urban air quality database of World Health Organization (WHO)?
As per recently released urban air quality database of World Health Organization (WHO), “Zabol” an eastern Iranian city, has been ranked first among the most polluted cities in the world. Based on readings of fine particulate pollution in the air (PM 2.5), the four Indian cities are among the world’s 10 most polluted cities. These are Gwalior (2nd), Allahabad (3rd) , Patna (6th), and Raipur (7th). The National Capital of India “New Delhi” has been ranked 11th among 3,000 cities in 103 countries in terms of PM 2.5 and 25th in terms of PM 10 (coarse pollution particles) levels. In 2014, New Delhi was ranked the most polluted city.
The NDTV Ethnic Retail Ltd has tied up with which union ministry to promote India Handloom among youth?
[A]Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises
[B]Ministry of Rural Development
[C]Ministry of Textiles
[D]Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship
Ministry of Textiles
The Union Ministry of Textiles has recently signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with NDTV Ethnic Retail Ltd. for popularizing India Handloom textiles as a fashionable product for youth at Udyog Bhawan, New Delhi. The joint venture will promote and launch NDTV’s Indianroots Fashion Accelerator (IFA) project, to support fresh talent and to support new and innovative ventures in fashion industry
Praveen Rashtrapal, who passed away recently, was the Rajya Sabha MP from which state of India?
Praveen Rashtrapal (76), an Indian National Congress (INC) leader and a Rajya Sabha member from Gujarat, has recently passed away in New Delhi . Following his demise, Rajya Sabha was adjourned for the day on May 12, 2016. He was a distinguished Parliamentarian, a noted trade unionist and a dedicated social worker. Rashtrapal was elected to the 13th Lok Sabha (1999-2004) and was a member from the Upper House from April 2006 to April 2012 and was re-elected in April 2012. He was the Assistant Commissioner of Income Tax and was also associated with the trade union movement of Income Tax employees.
The International Nurses Day is observed on which date?
The International Nurses Day is observed every year on May 12 to commemorate the birth anniversary of the Florence Nightingale and to mark the contribution of nurses towards the society. The 2016 theme is “Nurses: A Force for Change: Improving Health Systems’ Resilience”.
The International Vichaar Mahakumbh is hosted by which state of India?
The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Chief Mohan Bhagwat has recently inaugurated the 3-day International Vichaar Mahakumbh conference at Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh. The conference will hold discourses on various aspects of human welfare viz. values, religion, spirituality, environment, science and women’s empowerment. The people from all walks of life and society will participate in the Vichar Mahakumbh. It is an effort to discover the solutions to various national and global problems from the perspective of traditional values of life.