GK & Current Affairs – May 18, 19, 2016

1.

Laxmirani Majhi is associated with which sports?
[A]Boxing
[B]Wrestling
[C]Archery
[D]Wushu

Archery
Recently, a 3-member Indian women’s archery team consists of Deepika Kumari, Bombayla Devi and Laxmirani Majhi has been named for the Rio Olympics after a series of selection trials in the last 3-months. The women’s trio will compete in the individual events as well as team event at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

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2.

Swachh Office drive has been launched by which Union ministry?
[A]Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation
[B]Ministry of Rural Development
[C]Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change
[D]Ministry of Urban Development

Ministry of Urban Development
The Urban Development Minister Muppavarapu Venkaiah Naidu has recently launched a 15-day special initiative ‘Swachh Office Drive’ for ensuring cleanliness at all Government offices across the country under the Swachh Bharat Mission. The Ministry also issued a Swachh Office Manual suggesting standard procedures to all central ministries and state governments to ensure sanitation.The Manual enables self-assessment framework for improving Swachh Office Ratings, identification of gaps in sanitation infrastructure for correctional interventions.

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3.

The first Maritime Security Dialogue between India and United States was held in which city?
[A]New Delhi
[B]Ahmedabad
[C]Varanasi
[D]Pune

New Delhi
The first Maritime Security Dialogue between India and the United States was recently held at Jawaharlal Nehru Bhawan, New Delhi. The discussion focused on strategic maritime security issues such as Asia-Pacific maritime challenges, naval cooperation and multilateral engagement. Both the sides agreed for “white shipping” technical arrangement to improve data sharing on commercial shipping traffic and Navy-to-Navy discussions on submarine safety and anti-submarine warfare.

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4.

The first World Conference on Tourism for Development will be held in which country?
[A]India
[B]Malaysia
[C]China
[D]Vietnam

China
The first World Conference on Tourism for Development will be held in Beijing, China from May 18-21, 2016 under the theme ‘Tourism for Peace and Development’ to advance the contribution of tourism to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). The event will be jointly organized by the Government of the People’s Republic of China and the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). Beside this, China, as chair of the G20, will also host the 7th G20 Tourism Ministers’ Meeting under the theme “Sustainable Tourism – An Effective Tool for Inclusive Development”.

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5.

Who has won the 2016 Man Booker International Prize?
[A]Han Kang
[B]Marlon James
[C]Orhan Pamuk
[D]Elena Ferrante

Han Kang
Han Kang, the South Korean author, has won the 2016 Man Booker International Prize for her novel ‘The Vegetarian’. A novel is about a woman who wants to reject human brutality and gives up eating meat. With this, she became the first South Korean to win this prestigious award. As per new format, the prize, worth $72,000, will be shared equally between Han and her translator Deborah Smith.

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6.

“Veer Yatra”, the first-of-its-kind military tourism initiative in India has been launched in which city?
[A]Kochi
[B]Mumbai
[C]Delhi
[D]Pune

Pune
The first-of-its-kind military tourism initiative in India “Veer Yatra” has been launched by Maharashtra Ex-servicemen’s Corporation (MESCO) in Pune, Maharashtra to strengthen the bond between the military establishment and the civilian population. It is a nationwide tour of Indian Military camps, colleges, memorials and museums. The initiative would also provide meaningful and gainful employment to ex-servicemen and army widows.

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7.

Who has been sworn-in as the new Chief Justice of the Chhattisgarh High Court?
[A]Justice Naveen Sinha
[B]Justice Deepak Gupta
[C]Justice Tinlianthang Vaiphei
[D]Justice SK Mittal

Justice Deepak Gupta
Justice Deepak Gupta has been sworn-in as the new Chief Justice of the Chhattisgarh High Court. Previously, he was the Chief Justice of the Tripura High Court.

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8.

What is the theme of 2016 World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD)?
[A]ICT: Drivers of innovation
[B]ICT: Entrepreneurship for social impact
[C]ICTs and improving road safety
[D]Women and Girls in ICT

ICT: Entrepreneurship for social impact
The World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD) is observed every year on May 17 to mark the anniversary of International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and to raise awareness of the possibilities that the use of the Internet and other Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) can bring to societies and economies, as well as of ways to bridge the digital divide. The 2016 theme is “ICT: Entrepreneurship for social impact”.

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9.

Who is the author of the book “Making It Big: The inspiring Story of Nepal’s first billionaire in his own words”?
[A]Duncan Clark
[B]Bidhya Devi
[C]Binod Chaudhary
[D]Anil Rai Gupta

Binod Chaudhary
The book “Making It Big: The inspiring Story of Nepal’s first billionaire in his own words” has been authored by Binod Chaudhary,Nepal’s first billionaire. It is the inspiring story of the author, who is behind the iconic Wai Wai noodles brand. The story offers lessons on turning dreams into reality and is a must-read for all upcoming entrepreneurs.

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10.

Which Indian researcher has won the European Materials Research Society’s (E-MRS’s) Young Scientist Award?
[A]Rahul Sisodiya
[B]Nidhi Jha
[C]Preeti Rajput
[D]Nandini Bhandaru

Nandini Bhandaru
Nandini Bhandaru , a doctoral researcher at IIT-Kharagpur, has won the European Materials Research Society’s (E-MRS’s) Young Scientist Award at the 2016 EMRS Spring Meeting in Lille, France for her outstanding contribution to materials science and nanotechnology, particularly nano-patterning of soft films and surfaces.

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