GK & Current Affairs – May 24, 2016

1. Which committee has been constituted to relook defense spending?
[A]Bipin Rawat committee
[B]Sarath Chand committee
[C]D B Shekatkar committee
[D]DS Hooda committee
Answer: D B Shekatkar committee
The Central Government has recently constituted 11 members committee to recommend measures to increase India’s combat capabilities of the armed forces and re-balance the overall defense expenditure. The committee will be headed by Lt Gen D B Shekatkar (retd).
2. Which of the following is the India’s first reusable space shuttle, which has been successfully launched from Sriharikota?
Answer: RLV-TD
The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has successfully launched India’s first reusable space shuttle “RLV-TD” from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) at Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh.The purpose of Re-Usable Launch Vehicle – Technology Demonstrator (RLV-TD) is to put satellites into orbit around earth and then re-enter atmosphere. The 6.5 meter long RLV-TD has aeroplane like structure which weighs about 1.75 tons. The RLV-TD is a series of technology demonstration missions that have been considered as a first step towards realizing a Two Stage To Orbit (TSTO) fully re-usable vehicle. The cost of this project is Rs. 95 crore.
3. Which country’s national badminton team has won the 2016 Thomas Cup tournament?
Answer: Denmark
The Denmark national badminton team has won the 29th edition of the Thomas Cup badminton tournament 2016 by defeating Indonesia by 3-2 in the final at the Kunshan Sports Centre in Kunshan, Jiangsu province, China. With this, Denmark has become the first European country to win the Thomas Cup.
4. Who is the newly elected Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu?
[A]Edappadi K Palaniswami
[C]M.K. Stalin
[D]P Thangamani
Answer: Jayalalithaa
The AIADMK chief Ms. J Jayalalithaa has been sworn-in as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu for record 6th time after winning 2016 state assembly election. This is her historical 2nd consecutive term after her mentor M G Ramachandran set the record in 1984.
5. Who is the author of the book “To Cancer, With Love: My Journey of Joy”?
[A]Yuvraj Singh
[B]Neelam Kumar
[C]Anita Moorjani
[D]Preeti Shenoy
Answer: Neelam Kumar
The book “To Cancer, With Love: My Journey of Joy” has been authored by Neelam Kumar, a cancer survivor. The book is an anti-soppy, hilarious, cancer-wrestling memoir on life and its side-effects. It increases our understanding about the disease and will leave us wondering at the resilience of the human spirit. This book is a serious attempt to help us victorious over anything that life throws. It is an exclusive and unique interactive section will guide us through our personal challenges in a step-by-step and rational manner.
6. Which state government of India has recently launched ‘Smart Village’ program to improve public facilities in the villages?
[C]Madhya Pradesh
[D]Uttar Pradesh
Answer: Gujarat
The Gujarat Government has recently launched a novel initiative “Smart Village” program to improve public facilities in the villages. Under the program, 300 villages will be selected and will get Rs. 80 lakh to Rs. 2 crore cash assistance from the state government. The smart village is one of the platform that brings the state and church together to make thedifference in the lives of poor tribal people in unreached villages. It is building up of a complete village, self-reliant by mobilizing renewable energy and complete participation of people in all development towards a smart village or a model village among Indian villages.
7. The World Biodiversity Day is observed on which day?
[A]May 25
[B]May 22
[C]May 23
[D]May 26
Answer: May 22
The International Biodiversity Day (IDB) (or World Biodiversity Day) is observed every year on May 22 to promote conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. The 2016 theme is “Mainstreaming Biodiversity; Sustaining People and their Livelihoods”.
8. Who has been appointed as the new Lieutenant Governor (LG) of Puducherry?
[A]Iqbal Singh
[B]K.C. Tyagi
[C]Virendra Kataria
[D]Kiran Bedi
Answer: Kiran Bedi
Kiran Bedi, the BJP leader and former IPS officer, has been appointed as the new Lieutenant Governor (LG) of Puducherry. She will succeed Lieutenant General (Retd.) Ajay Kumar Singh, who is currently been appointed as the LG of Andaman and Nicobar islands. Singh was given the additional charge as the LG of Puducherry after the former LG for the Union Territory Virendra Kataria from the UPA regime was kick out by the BJP government at the Centre in July 2014.
9. Which Indian personality has been conferred with the Yug Kavi Siddhicharan Award, Nepal’s literary award?
[A]Kalikho Pul
[B]Okram Ibobi Singh
[C]Pawan Chamling
[D]T. R. Zeliang
Answer: Pawan Chamling
Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Chamling has been conferred with the “Yug Kavi Siddhicharan Award”, one of the Nepal’s prestigious literary award, by the Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli for his commendable contributions in promoting Nepali literature in India. The award carries a certificate of appreciation and a sum of NRs 100,000. His works in Nepali include Prarambhik Kavita (poems), Antyaheen Sapana: Mero Bipana (poems), Ma Ko Hoon! (poems), etc.
10. Who has won 2016 Asian 6-Red Snooker Championship?
[A]Manan Chandra
[B]Pankaj Advani
[C]Kamal Chawla
[D]Aditya Mehta
Answer: Pankaj Advani
India’s most successful cueist Pankaj Advani has won the 2016 Asian 6-Red Snooker Championship by defeating top seeded Malaysian Keen Hoh Moh by 7-5 in Abu Dhabi . With this, he became the first in the world to hold both world and continental titles in 6-red snooker at the same time..

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