GK & Current Affairs – May 27, 2016


India has recently signed loan agreement with which International financial institution for Karnataka Urban Water Supply Modernization project?
[A]Asian Development Bank (ADB)
[B]World Bank (WB)
[C]New Development Bank (NDB)
[D]Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)

World Bank (WB)
India has recently signed loan agreement with World Bank (WB) for IBRD loan of $ 100 million for ‘Karnataka Urban Water Supply Modernization project’. The purpose of the project is to provide city-wide access to a continuous piped water supply in the eligible cities in Karnataka and to strengthen the service delivery arrangements across the city.



Who has been sworn-in as the new Chief Minister of Kerala?
[A]Pinarayi Vijayan
[B]T.P. Ramakrishnan
[C]V S Achuthanandan
[D]Mercykutty Amma

Pinarayi Vijayan
Pinarayi Vijayan, the veteran leader of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), has been sworn-in as the new Chief Minister of Kerala. In 2016 Kerala Legislative Assembly election, he won the Dharmadom assembly constituency in Kannur by getting 87329 votes with a huge lead of 36905 votes against the opposing candidate.



The first-ever World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) has been held at which country?

The first-ever United Nations World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) has been held at Istanbul, Turkey. The purpose of the summit is to better coordinate support for and drive investment in education for children and youth affected by humanitarian emergencies and protracted crises.



K Anirudhan, who passed away recently, was related to which political party?
[A]Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)
[B]Indian National Congress (INC)
[C]Communist Party of India (Marxist)
[D]Biju Janta Dal (BJD)

Communist Party of India (Marxist)
K Anirudhan (92), the well-known communist leader and parliamentarian, has recently passed away at Vazhuthacaud in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. He was known for his significant contribution to build the Communist party movement in southern parts of the Kerala state.



Who among the following has won the 2016 Millennium Technology Prize?
[A]Bill Gates
[B]Tim Berners-Lee
[C]Stuart Parkin
[D]Frances Arnold

Frances Arnold
Prof. Frances Hamilton Arnold, an American scientist and engineer, has won the 2016 Millennium Technology Prize in recognition of her discoveries that launched the field of ‘directed evolution’, which mimics natural evolution to create new and better proteins in the laboratory. With this, she became the first woman to win the €1m prize. The Millennium Technology Prize is awarded once every two years by Technology Academy Finland (TAF) and presented by the President of Finland to promote technological research and Finland as a high-tech Nordic welfare state.



Who has been appointed as the new commandant of Indian Military Academy (IMA)?
[A]Thakur Mahadeo Singh
[B]L.P. Collins
[C]M.M. Khanna
[D]SK Saini

SK Saini
Lieutenant General S K Saini has been appointed as the new commandant of the prestigious Indian Military Academy (IMA) in Dehradun. He is an alumni of National Defence Academy (NDA) and IMA. The IMA is the officer training Academy of the Indian Army, established in 1932 in Dehradun, Uttarakhand.



The National Meet on Mining Sector will be held at which city of India?

The National Meet on Mining Sector will be held at Jaipur, Rajasthan on 27 May to provide an appropriate platform to discuss, review and firm up the way-ahead in expediting the pace of reforms initiated by the MMDR (Amendment) Act. The high-level meeting will be organized by the Union Ministry of Mines that provide an effective platform to showcase the recent policy initiatives of the Government of India (GoI) and also facilitate thorough discussion on the issues, challenges and opportunities in the mining sector. It will also help the Central Government to take feedback on further improvements in the policy environment in the mining sector.



Which of the following student tracking system will be launched by Union HRD ministry?

The Union Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) will launch “ASMITA”, a student tracking system in June 2016. The acronym “ASMITA” stands for All School Monitoring, Individual Tracing Analysis. It will be launched under Shala Asmita Yojana (SAY). The system will be an online database which will carry information of student attendance and enrolment, mid-day meal service, learning outcomes and infrastructural facilities, among other things, on one platform for both private and government schools. The students will be tracked through their Aadhaar numbers and in case those not having unique number will be provided with it.



The Pandemic Emergency Finance Facility (FEP) has been launched by which international organization?
[A]United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
[B]International Labour Organization (ILO)
[C]World Bank (WB)
[D]Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

World Bank (WB)
The World Bank (WB) has recently launched the Pandemic Emergency Finance Facility (PEF), a new financing mechanism to quickly mobilise funds to tackle global disease outbreaks and create a new insurance market for pandemic risk. The new facility will accelerate both global and national responses to future outbreaks with pandemic potential. It was built and designed in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the private sector. The major epidemics covered under the facility include new influenza pandemic virus A, B and C, SARS, MERS, Ebola, Marburg, Crimean Congo, Rift Valley, Lassa fever, etc.



“Bharatavani ” the multilingual knowledge portal has been launched by which union ministry?
[A]Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
[B]Ministry of Culture
[C]Ministry of Human Resource Development
[D]Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship

Ministry of Human Resource Development
The Union Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) has recently launched the multilingual knowledge portal “Bharatavani ( www.bharatvani.in )” at Baba Saheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University at Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. The portal has more than 130 dictionaries, glossaries and terminology books in text and PDF formats. It has been launched in 22 Indian languages which will be extended to 100 within a year. Along with the portal, the ministry has also launched the Bharatavani Multi-lingual App which will enable users to search for one language text in another as well as get meanings in different languages. The purpose of the Bharatavani is to foster national integration by emphasizing on multilingual and cross-lingual learning tools and technologies. The portal and app has been developed by Central Institute of Linguistics Mysore.


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