GK & Current Affairs – May 29, 2016

1.

Which Indian businessman has received Harvard Business School Alumni Achievement Award for the year 2016?
[A]Sunil Bharti Mittal
[B]Mukesh Dhirubhai Ambani
[C]Ratan Naval Tata
[D]Azim premji

Sunil Bharti Mittal
Bharti Enterprises founder and Chairman Sunil Bharti Mittal has received Harvard Business School Alumni Achievement Award for the year 2016. The award is presented annually since 1968.

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2.

Mount Sinabung volcano, which erupted recently, is located in which country?
[A]Indonesia
[B]Japan
[C]Mexico
[D]United States

Indonesia
Mount Sinabung volcano is a stratovolcano of andesite and dacite inthe Karo plateau of Indonesia. It recently erupted on 22 May, killing nearly 7 people in Gembar village in the western province of North Sumatra.

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3.

Who has won the 2016 Scholastic Asian Book Award (SABA)?
[A]Golda Mowe
[B]Aditi Krishnakumar
[C]Varsha Seshan
[D]Tina Cho

Aditi Krishnakumar
Aditi Krishnakumar, an Indian author, has won the 2016 Scholastic Asian Book Award (SABA) in Singapore for her manuscript “Codex: The Lost Treasure Of The Indus”. The SABA is the joint initiative of the National Book Development Council of Singapore and Scholastic Asia.

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4.

The Pakke Tiger Reserve is located in which state of India?
[A]Himachal Pradesh
[B]Andhra Pradesh
[C]Arunachal Pradesh
[D]Madhya Pradesh

Arunachal Pradesh
The Pakke Tiger Reserve is located in the foothills of the Eastern Himalaya in the East Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh. It is in news recently because, it has won the ‘2016 India Biodiversity Award”

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5.

Which Indian-American student has won the 2016 National Geographic Bee championship?
[A]Aadith Moorthy
[B]Kapil Nathan
[C]Rishi Nair
[D]Saketh Jonnalagadda

Rishi Nair
Rishi Nair (12) has won the 28th edition of National Geographic Bee championship 2016 at National Geographic headquarters in Washington DC, United States. He won the $50,000 college scholarship, a lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society and a Lindblad expedition to south-east Alaska.

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6.

“Desert Eagle – II” is the bilateral air combat exercise between India and _?
[A]Oman
[B]Iran
[C]UAE
[D]Israel

UAE
The 10-day bilateral air combat exercise “Ex Desert Eagle – II” has started between Indian Air Force (IAF) and United Arab Emirates Air Force (UAEAF) at Al-Dhafra Air Base, UAE from May 24, 2016 that will be continued till June 3, 2016. These air combat exercises provide exposure towards mission planning and execution in a simulated high threat combat environment, apart from building bonhomie with friendly Air Forces of India and United Arab Emirates (UAE).

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7.

Which of the following has become the first Union Territory (UT) to sign “24×7 Power for All” document?
[A]Daman and Diu
[B]Puducherry
[C]Chandigarh
[D]Lakshadweep

Lakshadweep
Lakshadweep has become the first Union Territory (UT) to sign “24×7 Power for All” document. The document chalks out a plan to increase solar capacity of the region from 2.15 MW to 8.45 MW. The plan also envisions reduction of AT & C losses from current level of 21% to 6.7% till 2019 by increasing the collection efficiency up to 99 %.

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8.

Which union ministry has launched India’s first integrated web portal to promote Net Zero Energy Buildings (NZEB)?
[A]Ministry of Urban Development
[B]Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare
[C]Ministry of AYUSH
[D]Ministry of Power

Ministry of Power
India’s first integrated web portal “www.nzeb.in” has been launched by the Union Ministry of Power in collaboration with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to promote and mainstream Net Zero Energy Buildings (NZEB). The portal will provide complete information about NZEB, those that generate as much energy as they use, and also how to achieve near-zero energy status through the use of efficient lighting and equipment, integration of renewable energy technologies and best practice design strategies. Additionally, the portal hosts the NZEB Alliance, an industry-wide body setup to drive the Indian markets toward highly energy-efficient buildings.

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9.

Who is the author of the book “Green Signals: Ecology, Growth and Democracy in India”?
[A]Parimarjan Sethi
[B]AK Antony
[C]Jairam Ramesh
[D]MS Swaminathan

Jairam Ramesh
The book “Green Signals: Ecology, Growth and Democracy in India” has been authored by Jairam Ramesh, the former Union Environment and Forest Minister (Independent Charge). The book provides a view on the functioning of a minister who believed in taking a pro-active approach. It also addresses the challenges involved in trying to ensure economic growth with ecological security. It is written to serve as a record for posterity and supported by facts and figures, hence making it a good reference for scholars and students.

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10.

Which committee has recently submitted its report on New Education Policy?
[A]Ashok Dalwai committee
[B]JS Rajput committee
[C]T S R Subramanian committee
[D]Sudhir Mankad committee

T S R Subramanian committee
The expert committee headed by T S R Subramanian set up to formulate the new National Education Policy has recently submitted its report to the Union Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry. The committee made the report after a thorough examination over 29,000 online suggestions and going through deliberations on 33 themes with various stakeholders from the education sector.

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