GK & Current Affairs – May 6, 2016

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Which Indian power company has recently received in-principle approval for LNG-based power plant in Bangladesh?
[A]NTPC Limited
[B]Reliance Power
[C]Jindal Steel and Power
[D]Tata Power

Reliance Power
The Reliance Power has recently received in-principle approval from the Government of Bangladesh for the first phase of a 3,000 MW Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)-based power plant. As per the approval, the first phase of 750 MW power plant will be set up at Meghnaghat (Narayanganj district), around 40 km South-East of Dhaka along with the Floating Storage and Re-gasification Unit (FSRU) terminal at Maheshkhali Island in Cox’s Bazar district of Bangladesh.

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2.

Who is the author of the book “The Great Swindle”?
[A]Richard Willson
[B]Sebastien Japrisot
[C]Pierre Lemaitre
[D]Humphrey Cobb

Pierre Lemaitre
The book “The Great Swindle” has been authored by Pierre Lemaitre, which has won the 2013 Prix Goncourt Prize, France’s most prestigious literary award. It’s an engrossing, densely plotted, richly detailed and exciting novel that begins in the last days of World War I and follows three main characters: Albert ( a humble bank clerk), Lieutenant d’Aulnay Pradelle (an ambitious and dishonest officer) and Edouard Pericourt ( an aspiring artist from a wealthy family). The three might never have met in peacetime, but the war brings them into the same world. It’s a tale of widespread corruption and exploitation in which everyone is concerned, in which the dead are sacred and the living people are aimless.

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3.

The 2016 World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) prize in e-Agriculture category has been won by which state of India?
[A]Kerala
[B]Andhra Pradesh
[C]Punjab
[D]Odisha

Andhra Pradesh
The Andhra Pradesh’s agriculture project “Harita-Priya” has won the 2016 World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) prize in e-Agriculture category. The project “Harmonized Information of Agriculture, Revenue and Irrigation for a Transformation Agenda – Precision Technology for Agriculture (Harita-Priya) is meant to collect very specific climate data from farms by using wireless sensor networks and give farmers personalized information regarding alerts on irrigation schedules, pests and plant diseases, etc., through SMS.

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4.

In which ratio, the AP Disaster Recovery Project (APDRP) will be funded jointly by the World Bank and the Andhra Pradesh government?
[A]55:45
[B]60:40
[C]68:32
[D]69:31

68:32
The AP Disaster Recovery Project (APDRP) will be funded jointly by the World Bank and the Andhra Pradesh government in the ratio 68:32. As a result, the World Bank’s arms International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and International Development Association (IDA) will finance Rs.1,550 crore and the state government would spend Rs. 670 crore) as its share. The purpose of the project is to increase the capacity of the state units to respond promptly and effectively to an eligible crisis or emergency.

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5.

Who will be the new Chief of Naval Staff of the Indian Navy?
[A]M D Suresh
[B]Sunil Lanba
[C]D K Joshi
[D]PP Khandekar

Sunil Lanba
Vice-Admiral Sunil Lanba, a specialist in Navigation and Direction, has been appointed as the new Chief of Naval Staff of the Indian Navy. He will succeed Admiral Robin K.Dhowan, who retires on May 31, 2016. Currently, Lanba is serving as Flag Officer Commanding in chief in the Western Naval command in Mumbai. He will be the 23rd chief of Indian Navy and will have the full 3-year tenure as the Navy Chief.

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6.

Who is the newly appointed chairperson of National Statistical Commission (NSC)?
[A]Mahendra Dev
[B]Rajiv Mehta
[C]Rahul Mukherjee
[D]Radha Binod Barman

Radha Binod Barman
Dr. Radha Binod Barman, a well-known statistician, is the newly appointed part-time Chairperson in the National Statistical Commission (NSC). The NSC is an advisory body on all statistical matters, set up to increase public trust in official statistics.

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7.

What is the India’s rank in access to electricity, as per SocialCops’ analysis of World Bank data?
[A]189th
[B]166th
[C]137th
[D]98th

137th
As per SocialCops’ analysis of World Bank data, India ranks 137th out of 210 countries on electrification with 78.7% of its population having access to electricity. There are 87 countries with 100% access to electricity, 40 countries with 90-99%, and 6 countries with 80-89%.

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8.

The report titled ‘Protecting people through nature’ has been released by which international organisation?
[A]International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD)
[B]International Monetary Fund (IMF)
[C]World Wildlife Fund (WWF)
[D]SAARC Development Fund (SDF)

World Wildlife Fund (WWF)
The report titled “Protecting People through Nature: Natural World Heritage Sites as Drivers of Sustainable Development” has been released by the World Wildlife Fund for nature (WWF). As per the study, 114 natural and mixed World Heritage sites out of 229 in 96 countries around the world, including Western Ghats, have oil, gas or mining concessions overlapping them or are under threat from at least one other harmful industrial activity. For example, Indian sites viz. Manas Wildlife Sanctuary, Great Himalayan National Park Conservation Area, Kaziranga National Park, Sundarbans National Park, the serial sites of Western Ghats, etc., are threatened by harmful activities such as mining.

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9.

Who has been appointed as the chief of Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS)?
[A]Shrenik Jain
[B]Kumar Rajesh Chandra
[C]G S Malhi
[D]Ramesh Mishra

Kumar Rajesh Chandra
Kumar Rajesh Chandra, a 1985 batch IPS officer of Bihar cadre, has been appointed as the chief of Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS), the aviation security wing of the government. He succeeded G S Malhi, who had completed his tenure as BCAS chief in November 2012. The post was lying vacant since then. Previously, Chandra was working as the Additional Director General (Modernisation), Bihar Police

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10.

Keoladeo National Park is located in which state of India?
[A]Rajasthan
[B]Uttar Pradesh
[C]Madhya Pradesh
[D]West Bengal

Rajasthan
Keoladeo National Park (also known as Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary) is a World Heritage Site, located at Bharatpur, Rajasthan. It is famous as one of Asia’s finest birding areas, with over 380 resident and migrant species, including the Common, Demoiselle and the rare Siberian Cranes. It is also an excellent place to watch mammals like Golden Jackal, Striped Hyaena, Fishing Cat, Jungle Cat, Nilgai, Sambar, Blackbuck and wild Boar.

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