GK & Current Affairs – May 7, 2016


Soor Sarovar Bird Sanctuary is located in which state of India?
[A]Uttar Pradesh

Uttar Pradesh
The Soor Sarovar Bird Sanctuary is located in Agra, Uttar Pradesh. It is home to more than 165 species of resident birds and migratory birds. The sanctuary also has the population of more than 300 of pythons. It is also one of the biggest bear resue centre of India for dancing bear.



The 2016 Malabar trilateral naval exercise will be hosted by which country?
[C]United States
[D]United Kingdom

The 2016 Malabar trilateral naval exercise will be hosted by Japan. In it, the naval ships of United States, India and Japan will participate to advance multi-national maritime relationships and mutual security issues.



NASSCOM has recently partnered with which social media major to build a ‘Product Design Initiative’ in India?
[C]Google Plus
[D]Bharat student

The trade body of Indian IT firms, National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) has recently signed a partnership agreement with Facebook, a social networking site, to build a ‘Product Design Initiative’ in India to encourage young entrepreneurs to become problem solvers and solution builders. The purpose of the initiative is to offer focused programmes to build awareness around product design, training on design tools, design lab, awards, design sprints and mentorship. This will be a flagship programme of the NASSCOM Product Council and aim at supporting over 500 product start-ups on product design. It will also focus on training over 5,000 product designers over a period of two years.



Soumyajit Ghosh is associated with which sports?
[C]Discuss throw
[D]Table tennis

Table tennis
Soumyajit Ghosh is an Indian table tennis player from Siliguri, West Bengal. As per the latest International Table Tennis Federation world rankings, he has been ranked 65 in the world and thus, became the No.1 Indian paddler. Beside this, he also booked his berth for the 2016 Rio Olympics.



Who is the author of the book “Incarnations : India in 50 lives”?
[A]Swapan Dasgupta
[B]N N Vohra
[C]Deepika Sharma
[D]Sunil Khilnani

Sunil Khilnani
The book “Incarnations : India in 50 lives” has been authored by Sunil Khilnani, a Professor of Politics and Director of the King’s College London (KCL) India Institute. The book explores the lives of 50 people who have shaped India, beginning with the spiritualist Lord Buddha and ending with the capitalist Dhirubhai Ambani.



Who has won the 2016 Commonwealth Short Story Prize for Asia Region?
[A]Lance Dowrich
[B]Faraaz Mahomed
[C]Parashar Kulkarni
[D]Tina Makereti

Parashar Kulkarni
Indian author Parashar Kulkarni has won the the 2016 Commonwealth Short Story Prize for Asia region for his politically grounded, funny fiction story ‘Cow and Company’. It’s a story about four men in search of a cow, which is adjudged as the ‘best piece of unpublished short fiction in English’ from Asia and will receive £2500 pounds.



“Shaurya”, an Indian Coast Guard Ship (ICGS), has been launched by which shipyard of India?
[A]Goa Shipyard Limited
[B]Mazagon Dock Limited
[C]Cochin Shipyard Limited
[D]Hindustan Shipyard Limited

Goa Shipyard Limited
The Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL) has recently launched “Shaurya”, an Indian Coast Guard Ship (ICGS) at Vasco, Goa. The vessel is capable of cruising at a speed of 23 knots and has a range of 6,000 nautical miles. It will be fitted with state-of-the-art machinery like the integrated machinery control system and integrated bridge system. The ICGS Shaurya will be commissioned into service in 2017.



What is the India’s position in the 2016 International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) Junior World Cup?

India has acquired 4th position at the 2016 International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) Junior World Cup in Suhl, Germany with 3 gold, 4 silver and 3 bronze medals. In this world cup, 48 countries had participated but only 24 nations made it to the medals table. Italy has topped the table with seven gold, four silver and one bronze, followed by Russia and Germany.



Which legendary filmmaker has been honoured with a special statue by the Switzerland government?
[A]Guru Dutt
[B]Yash Chopra
[C]Satyajit Ray
[D]Hrishikesh mukherjee

Yash Chopra
The legendary Indian filmmaker Yash Chopra, who shot most of his romantic dramas in the lush mountains of Switzerland, has been honoured with a special statue by the Swiss government. The bronze statue of the late filmmaker, which weighs about 250 kg, has been inaugurated by his wife Pamela Chopra and daughter-in-law Rani Mukherjee at the Kurssaal Garden in the central Swiss town of Interlaken, which is a prime and popular spot of tourists.



Which country will print its own version of US dollars to tackle cash shortage?

Zimbabwe will print its own version of US dollars i.e. “bond notes” in order to ease a cash shortage in the country. The specially-designed $2, $5, $10 and $20 bond notes will have the same value as their US dollar equivalents. The Central bank governor John Mangudya has stated that new currency notes, also known as bond notes, will be backed by $200m (£140m) support from the Africa Export-Import Bank. In 2009, due to prolonged hyperinflation, Zimbabwe had declared its own currency “Zimbabwean dollar” as defunct. Since then, Zimbabweans have been using US dollar, the South African rand, the British sterling and the Chinese yuan for their daily needs.


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