GK & Current Affairs – May 30, 31, 2016

1. The 42nd G7 summit in 2016 was held in which country?
Answer: Japan
The 42nd G7 summit was held on May 26–27, 2016 in Kashiko Island, Shima, in Japan. The summit aimed to address challenges affecting the growth of the world economy, like slowdowns in emerging markets and drops in price of oil.
2. Which state has been ranked first in overall performance for implementation of MGNREGA?
Answer: Tripura
MGNREGA was tested on basis of three performance indicator Firstly, through efficiency of a state in providing the guaranteed 100 days of employment. Second, on basis of regular wage payment, as MGNREGA requires the wages to be paid within 15 days of closing the muster roll. Third, on basis of work completion rate refers to the number of works completed compared to works started, in percentage terms. Tripura was ranked first in overall performance index.
3. What is the range of advanced version of BrahMos missile, which was recently successfully tested by Indian Air Force(IAF)?
[A]290 km
[B]320 km
[C]450 km
[D]250 km
Answer: 290 km
The Indian Air Force (IAF) has successfully tested an advanced version of BrahMos land-attack supersonic cruise missile system at Pokaran, Rajasthan.The missile is the fastest in the world and has a flight range of up to 290 km and carries a conventional warhead of 200 to 300 kg, thus delivering with high-precision, devastating power at supersonic speed. This state- of-the-art missile system has empowered all three wings of the armed forces with impeccable anti-ship and land attack capability.
4. Which committee has been constituted to boost cashless transaction?
[A]Nachiket Mor committee
[B]Shanta Kumar committee
[C]HR Khan committee
[D]Neeraj Kumar Gupta committee
Answer: Neeraj Kumar Gupta committee
The Neeraj Kumar Gupta committee has been constituted by the Union government and the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to boost cashless transaction. The purpose of the 7-member committee is to increase card acceptance infrastructure and fix interchange fee for credit cards. The taskforce will also work at ways in which cardpayers needn’t pay a surcharge for fuel, utility bills and railway bookings.
5. The Valmiki National Park is located in which state of India?
[B]Madhya Pradesh
Answer: Bihar
The Valmiki National Park is located in the West Champaran district of Bihar. It is home to many species such as tiger, rhinoceros, black bear, leopard, wild dog, wild buffalo, wild boar, python, cobra, King cobra, krait, banded krait, Nepal kaleej pheasant, three-toed quail, flycatcher, etc.
6. What is the theme of 2016 International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers?
[A]UN2045: Green and Healthy World
[B]Peacekeeping is a global partnership
[C]UN Peacekeeping: Past, Present, and Future
[D]Honouring our Heroes
Answer: Honouring our Heroes
The International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers is observed every year on May 29 to pay tribute to all the men and women who have served and continue to serve in United Nations peacekeeping operations for their high level of professionalism, dedication, and courage and to honor the memory of those who have lost their lives in the cause of peace. The 2016 theme is “Honouring our Heroes”.
7. The book “Gujarat Files: Anatomy of a Cover Up” has been written by which author?
[A]SK Mishra
[B]Hari More
[C]Amrish Tripathi
[D]Rana Ayyub
Answer: Rana Ayyub
The book “Gujarat Files: Anatomy of a Cover Up” has been authored by Rana Ayyub, which is recently launched in New Delhi. The book is an account of an 8-month long undercover investigation by journalist Rana Ayyub, who is a filmmaker from the American Film Institute Conservatory to investigate the Gujarat riots. The book, also describes the story of fake encounters and the murder of state Home Minister Haren Pandya. She also quoted IPS officer Rajan Priyadarshi as linked Modi and Shah to the communal violence in the state.
8. Which Indian-American scientist has won the 2016 Springer Theses Award?
[A]Arnab De
[B]PV Bhokanal
[C]Bhikaram Bose
[D]AK Singhal
Answer: Arnab De
Arnab De, an Indian-American scientist, has won the prestigious 2016 Springer Theses Award for his outstanding research in which he developed transgenic mice to study a critical tumour-suppressor “A20”. De has dedicated his PhD thesis to cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar and his alma mater Kolkata’s Presidency University. The Springer Theses Award is awarded by Springer, a leading global publisher of renowned scientific journals and books, to recognize outstanding PhD research.
9. India has recently signed MoU with which country to boost horticulture research?
[D]South Africa
Answer: Australia
The Public Sector Enterprise of Government of India (GoI), Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC) has recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Horticulture Innovation Australia (Hort Innovation) for launching a joint funding call to support Research and Development (R&D) organizations and other eligible entities to undertake novel and cutting-edge strategic translational research in horticulture at affordable costs. The focus of the joint call is to carry out horticultural research in order to develop and deploy modern tools of plant biotechnology to improve crop productivity. The funding commitment from BIRAC and Hort Innovation is upto AUD 6 Million over a period of 3 years.
10. The 2016 Indian Premier League (IPL) has been won by which of the following cricket teams?
[A]Rising Pune Supergiants
[B]Sunrisers Hyderabad
[C]Royal Challengers Bangalore
[D]Mumbai Indians
Answer: Sunrisers Hyderabad
The Sunrisers Hyderabadhas has won the 2016 Indian Premier League (IPL) by defeating Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in final by 8 runs at the Chinnaswamy stadium, Bangalore. Ben Cutting (Sunrisers Hyderabad) has been declared the Man of the Match for his all round performance and Player of the series has been awarded to Virat Kohli (RCB). It is the 9th season of the IPL, a professional Twenty20 cricket league established by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in 2007. .

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