GK & Current Affairs – May 23, 2016

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Which Indian Non-profit organization has been awarded with the “The Intercultural Innovation Award (IIA) 2016”?
[A]Smile Foundation
[B]Routes 2 Roots
[C]Nanhi Kali
[D]Goonj

Routes 2 Roots
Routes 2 Roots, a Delhi-based Non-profit organization (NGO), has been awarded the “The Inter-cultural Innovation Award 2016” for their unique Student Exchange Program, which allowed children in schools from India and Pakistan to connect through written, audio and visual recordings that share history before partition and thus eliminating misunderstandings about each other’s cultures. This engagement also facilitates the students to ask each other questions, thereby discovering common interests. The award has been given by United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) in Baku, Azerbaijan.

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2.

Who is the author of the book “Firaq Gorakhpuri: The Poet of Pain and Ecstasy”?
[A]Ajai Mansingh
[B]Gopi Chand Narang
[C]Krishna Seth
[D]Aditi Sen

Ajai Mansingh
The book “Firaq Gorakhpuri: The Poet of Pain and Ecstasy” has been authored by Ajai Mansingh. It’s the biography of Firaq Gorakhpuri, who was known for his ghazals, nazms, rubaais and qataa. The book reveals how the poet’s loveless marriage found its way into his melancholic poetry. It tells the compelling tale of the poet’s life, inspiration and struggles.

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3.

Who is the newly elected President of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)?
[A]Ratnakar Shetty
[B]Ajay Shirke
[C]Anurag Thakur
[D]Sourav Ganguly

Anurag Thakur
Anurag Thakur has been elected as the new president of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). He succeeded Shashank Manohar, who stepped down from the position to become the first independent chairman of the International Cricket Council (ICC). Thakur is a BJP MP in the Lok Sabha and was the former secretary of the BCCI.

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4.

Which of the following has been appointed by United Nations (UN) as special envoys for El Nino and climate?
[A]Mary Robinson
[B]Macharia Kamau
[C]Mansoor Ali
[D]Both a & b

Both a & b
The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has recently appointed former Irish President Mary Robinson and Kenyan diplomat Macharia Kamau as special envoys for El Nino and climate. Both the envoys will provide the leadership required to tackle these challenges by raising the profile and sounding the alarm. The El Nino weather phenomenon, which occurs every two to seven years, affects rainfall patterns and causes both drought and flooding.

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5.

Which state government of India has recently launched an artificial propagation programme for rehabilitation and conservation of Golden Mahseer fish?
[A]Andhra Pradesh
[B]Himachal Pradesh
[C]Karnataka
[D]Gujarat

Himachal Pradesh
The Himachal Pradesh government has recently launched an artificial propagation programme for rehabilitation and conservation of Golden Mahseer fish. A hatchery with an outlay of Rs. 6 crore has been set up at Machhial near Jogindernagar town in Mandi district to rear mahseer, to breed the fish and release its fingerlings into the wild. The Golden mahseer is known as the tiger of Indian rivers. The population of the golden mahseer is declining in the state due to various reasons viz. construction of dams, barrages, pollution, indiscriminate fishing of brood and juvenile fish, introduction of exotic species and habitat deterioration. It has been declared endangered by the Washington-based International Union of Conservation of Natural Resources (IUCN).

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6.

Which Indian organization has recently made it mandatory for Participatory Notes (P-Notes) users to follow Indian anti-money laundering laws?
[A]Reserve Bank of India (RBI)
[B]Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI)
[C]Export-Import Bank of India (EXIM Bank)
[D]Industrial Finance Corporation of India (IFCI)

Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI)
The market watchdog Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has recently made mandatory for Participatory Notes (P-Notes) users to follow Indian anti-money laundering laws and report any suspicious transactions immediately. The issuers of P-Notes would have to conduct periodic review and report the complete transfer trail of P-Notes to SEBI on a monthly basis in addition to the present requirement of reporting details of their holders. The P-Notes are typically instruments issued by registered foreign institutional investors to overseas investors, who wish to invest in Indian markets without registering themselves directly in India to save on time.

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7.

The National Anti Terrorism Day is celebrated on which day in India?
[A]May 27
[B]May 21
[C]May 23
[D]May 25

May 21
The National Anti Terrorism Day is celebrated every year on May 21 in India to raise awareness among all sections of people, about the danger of terrorism, violence and its dangerous effect on the people, the society and the nation as a whole. On this day, in 1991, the former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated by a suicide squad of Liberation of Tamil Tigers Eelam (LTTE), while attending a rally in Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu.

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8.

Who has been appointed as the Principal Adviser for social sector in Niti Aayog?
[A]Vijay Kelkar
[B]K. G. Ambegaokar
[C]Rajiv Mehrishi
[D]Ratan P Watal

Ratan P Watal
Ratan P Watal, the former finance secretary, has been appointed as the Principle Adviser for social sector in Niti Aayog for a period of 3 years.

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9.

Who will be sworn-in as the new Chief Minister of Assam?
[A]Hagrama Mohilary
[B]‎Biswajit Daimary
[C]Sarbananda Sonowal
[D]Atul Bora

Sarbananda Sonowal
Sarbananda Sonowal will be sworn-in as the new Chief Minister of Assam at Khanapara field in Guwahati on May 24, 2016. In the 126-member assembly, BJP along with its allies, Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) and Bodo Peoples Front (BPF) has won 60 , 14 and 12 constituencies respectively. Sonowal is a Member of Parliament (MP) of the 16th Lok Sabha from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) representing Lakhimpur Lok Sabha constituency in Assam. Presently, he is the Union Minister for Sports & Youth Affairs.

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10.

Which of the following football clubs has won the 2016 Indian Federation Cup football tournament?
[A]Sporting Clube de Goa
[B]Aizawl FC
[C]Mohun Bagan AC
[D]Bengaluru FC

Mohun Bagan AC
Mohun Bagan Athletic Club has clinched the 2016 Indian Federation Cup football tournament by defeating Aizawl FC in the final by 5-0 at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium in Guwahati, Assam. It is the record 14th time that Mohun Bagan has won the title and became the most successful club in the history of the competition.

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