GK & Current Affairs – May 14, 2016

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“e-MMS Project” has been launched by which Indian Armed Force?
[A]Indian Air Force
[B]Indian Army
[C]Indian Navy
[D]Both a & b

Indian Air Force
The Indian Air Force (IAF) has recently launched its Electronic Maintenance Management System (e-MMS) Project, an automated military maintenance system at the Air Force Station in Pune, Maharashtra. The project is one of the largest Maintenance Repair Overhaul (MRO) IT implementation in the world, which would help IAF to transform from a paper-based legacy maintenance system to an online system. The e- MMS system has been designed and developed by the Indian IT giant Wipro.

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2.

Which Indian-American personality has been appointed as the member of President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships (PACFBNF) in United States?
[A]Ranjit Kumar
[B]Manjit Singh
[C]Rituraj Mishra
[D]Manju Lodha

Manjit Singh
Manjit Singh, co-founder of the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund, has been appointed as the member of President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships (PACFBNF) by the US President Barack Obama. Singh is the President of Agilious, a software technology consulting firm he founded in 2013.

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3.

Who is the author of the book “Chaos and Caliphate: Jihadis and the West in the Struggle for the Middle East”?
[A]Robert Nilson
[B]James Giblin
[C]Patrick Cockburn
[D]Michael Clark

Patrick Cockburn
The book “Chaos and Caliphate: Jihadis and the West in the Struggle for the Middle East” has been authored by Patrick Cockburn, an Irish Journalist. The book exposes how millions of people were killed by a series of disastrous Western interventions in West Asia. It communicates the author’s experiences in these places and it provides much context for these events at a personal level. The largest part of the book deals with Iraq. He is best at explaining the motives of people in those areas.

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4.

Who has been appointed as the Deputy Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG)?
[A]Priyank Sharma
[B]Rishabh Jain
[C]Hindupur Pradeep Rao
[D]A K Mittal

Hindupur Pradeep Rao
Hindupur Pradeep Rao, the 1981 batch officer of Indian Audit and Account Service, has been appointed as the Deputy Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) with effect from July 1, 2016.

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5.

India’s first contactless business credit card has been launched by which financial institution?
[A]State Bank of India
[B]NABARD
[C]ICICI Bank
[D]Exim Bank of India

ICICI Bank
India’s first contactless business credit card has been launched by ICICI bank in association with Jet Airways, India premier international airline,, for Small and Mid-sized Enterprises (SMEs) and their employees. The card has been christened as the ‘Jet Airways ICICI Bank Business Advantage Card’, which helps customers to save on their business expenses. The card is powered by the ‘VISA payWave’ contactless technology that enables the cardholder to make payments by simply tapping the card at contactless enabled terminals in more than 48 countries, including India. The card can also be used by dipping or swiping at non-contactless merchants.

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6.

Who has become the acting President of Brazil?
[A]Jose Alencar
[B]Michel Temer
[C]Fernando Cardoso
[D]Lula da Silva

Michel Temer
Michel Temer, the former vice president of Brazil, has assumed the presidential powers and duties as Acting President of Brazil following the suspension of President Dilma Rousseff during her impeachment trial. He played an important role in the effort to impeach Dilma Rousseff, the first woman Brazilian President. On May 12, 2016, she has been suspended from office, with her presidential powers and duties removed until her Senate trial ends, but she retains the title, official residence and staff.

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7.

Who has been appointed as the chairman of the ICC Cricket Committee?
[A]Anil Kumble
[B]Rahul Dravid
[C]Saurav Ganguly
[D]VVS Laxman

Anil Kumble
Former India captain Anil Kumble has been re-appointed as the chairman of the ICC Cricket Committee for 3 years. Kumble, the all-time highest wicket-taker for India, was appointed as the chairman for his first term in 2012 and will now continue to head the panel until 2018. The ICC Cricket Committee is representative of all stakeholders in the game, including players and umpires. It is empowered to make recommendations on cricket playing issues.

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8.

“JioMoney Wallet service” has been launched by which Indian company?
[A]TCS
[B]Reliance
[C]Flipkart
[D]BSNL

Reliance
Reliance Jio Infocomm, a subsidiary of Reliance Industries Limited (RIL), has launched “JioMoney Wallet” , a digital wallet service, for Indian consumers. The service will enable customers to make bill payments, mobile recharges and insurance premium payments, as well as do online shopping. It also allows users to send and receive money to and from family and friends. The wallet service, which allows consumers to use barcode scan to pay at physical stores, will also offer deals, coupons and cashback directly to customers on their mobile phone from local merchants. Additionally, the service will enable easy transfer of JioMoney balance into the customer’s bank account.

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9.

Which mobile app has been launched by Islamic State (IS) for children to teach them Arabic?
[A]Jannat
[B]Gaafil
[C]Huroof
[D]Nasheed

Huroof
The terrorist group Islamic State (IS), also known as Daesh or ISIS or ISIL, has recently launched its first mobile app “Huroof” for children to teach them the Arabic alphabet and it has full of references to weapons and jihad. The app has games for memorizing and how to write the Arabic letters in addition to including a nasheed (a cappella Islamic songs) designed to help teach the alphabet. The lyrics in the nasheed are littered with jihadist terminology, while other games within the app also include militaristic vocabulary with basic words like tank, gun, rocket, etc.

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10.

Shweta Rathore is associated with which sports?
[A]Wrestling
[B]Boxing
[C]Golf
[D]Body Building

Body Building
Shweta Rathore, silver medal winner at the prestigious Asian Body Building and Physique Championship in 2015, will be first Indian to compete in the World Championship to be held in Hungary in October 2016.

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