GK & Current Affairs – May 2, 2016

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Which high court of India has termed reservation in promotions in the state as unconstitutional?
[A]Delhi High Court
[B]High Court of Madhya Pradesh
[C]Bombay High Court
[D]Himachal Pradesh High Court

High Court of Madhya   Pradesh
The Madhya Pradesh High Court has termed reservation in promotions in the state as unconstitutional. The Chief Justice Ajay Manikrao   Khanwilkar bench has stated that the reservation to underprivileged during appointments is logical but reservation in promotions   frustrate talented people. It is injustice to give priority to reserved categories over general classes in promotions.

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2.

SIDBI has recently signed MoU with which SAARC regional centre for mutual cooperation and collaboration?
[A]SAARC Forestry Centre (SFC)
[B]SAARC Disaster Management Centre (SDMC)
[C]SAARC Development Fund (SDF)
[D]SAARC Tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS Centre (STAC)

SAARC Development Fund (SDF)
The Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) has signed MoU with SAARC Development Fund (SDF) for mutual cooperation and collaboration. Both will work together in co-funding of projects in Indian MSMEs on risk sharing basis in identified sectors and for development of suitable financial products for SME financing for MSMEs of other SAARC nations. In it, technology transfer and software of loan tracking systems will be available to MFIs in other SAARC nations and capacity development of SDF/SIDBI and SME funding institutions in SAARC nations.

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3.

Which Indian-American journalist has won the 2016 Edgar A Poe award?
[A]K.P. Bagchi
[B]Rina Khan
[C]Kalyani Mukherjee
[D]Neela Banerjee

Neela Banerjee
Indian-American journalist Neela Banerjee and three of her colleagues from Inside Climate News – John Cushman Jr, David Hasemyer and Lisa Song – has won the prestigious 2016 Edgar A Poe award. The annual award by the White House Correspondents Association (WHCA) honours journalistic work of national or regional significance.

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4.

What is theme of 2016 International Labour Day?
[A]Celebrating the international labour movement
[B]Support prospective entrepreneurs
[C]Let’s value work
[D]Create peace, solidarity and decent work

Celebrating the international labour movement
International Labour Day, also known as International Worker’s Day or May Day, observed every year to promote and encourage the international labour associations. The day marks the victory of workers’ movement for 8 hours of work. It also aims to pay tribute to workers sacrifices in achieving economic and social rights all over the world. The 2016 theme is “Celebrating the international labour movement”.

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5.

Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary is located in which state of India?
[A]Karnataka
[B]Kerala
[C]Odisha
[D]Telangana

Odisha
The Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary is located at the Kendrapara District, Odisha. The park is home to the endangered Saltwater Crocodile, White Crocodile, Indian python, King Cobra, black ibis, darters and many other species of flora and fauna.

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6.

Which country is hosting the ADMM-Plus Exercise on Maritime Security and Counter Terrorism (Ex MS & CT)?
[A]Malaysia
[B]Indonesia
[C]Maldives
[D]Brunei

Brunei
The ADMM-Plus (ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting Plus) Exercise on Maritime Security and Counter Terrorism (Ex MS & CT) has started at Brunei on May 1, 2016 and will end at Singapore on May 9, 2016. To strengthen the strong bilateral ties and extensive maritime interactions between India and ASEAN countries, Indian warship INS Airavat is participating in the martime exercise. The Indian Naval Ship (INS) Airavat is a Landing Ship Tank, indigenously designed and built in India. The ship has a lift capability of 500 troops, 10 tanks and 11 combat trucks.

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7.

The book “Great Acceleration: How the World is Getting Faster, Faster” is authored by whom?
[A]Jiya Mahadevan
[B]Aparna Dandekar
[C]Robert Colvile
[D]David Mitchell

Robert Colvile
The book “Great Acceleration: How the World is Getting Faster, Faster” is authored by Robert Colvile. It is the story about how technology is speeding up the pace of life. It explains how technology is transforming the media, politics and the financial markets and asks whether our bodies and the natural environment can cope.

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8.

Which state is set to become India’s first state to make all of its urban areas ‘Open Defecation Free’ by October 2016?
[A]Kerala
[B]Andhra Pradesh
[C]Odisha
[D]Sikkim

Andhra Pradesh
Andhra Pradesh is set to become India’s first State to make all of its urban areas ‘Open Defecation Free’ by October 2, 2016 that marks the two years of the launch of Swachh Bharat mission by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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9.

“UJALA”, the National LED programme has been recently lauched in which city of Madhya Pradesh?
[A]Bhopal
[B]Jabalpur
[C]Gwalior
[D]Indore

Bhopal
The Union Government has recently launched “Unnat Jyoti by Affordable LEDs for All (UJALA)” the National LED programme in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. The scheme is being implemented by Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a joint venture of PSUs under the Union Ministry of Power. Under the scheme, 3 crore LED Bulbs will be distributed in Madhya Pradesh in the next 6 months. Under it, people of Madhya Pradesh will get subsidiesed 9W energy efficient LED bulbs by paying just Rs.85 per LED bulb. UJALA will not only help reduce consumers their electricity bills but also contribute to the energy security of India.

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10.

Which is India’s first Scorpene-class submarine which was recently launched for sea trials?
[A]INS S52
[B]INS Khanderi
[C]INS SSQ
[D]INS Kalvari

INS Kalvari
INS Kalvari, also known as Tiger Shark (or S50), Indian Navy’s first indigenous Scorpene-class stealth submarine, has recently launched for the first sea trial in the Mumbai naval dockyard. It is a diesel-electric attack submarine which is built by Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL) in collaboration with French naval defence and energy company DCNS under Project 75 in Mumbai, Maharashtra.

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