GK & Current Affairs – May 11, 2016


Ankush Dahiya is associated with which sports?

Indian Boxers viz. Ankush Dahiya (60kg), Ashish Kulhirya (64kg) and Reyal Puri (81kg) has won silver medals and Manjeet Singh (+91kg) has won bronze medal in the 7th edition of Asian Youth Championships 2016 held at Pavlodar, Kazakhstan. With this, India has acquired third position after Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan in the tournament.



Who is the author of the book “Who killed Swami Laxmanananda?”
[A]Bijaya Shyamseth
[B]Rajendra Tosh
[C]Anto Akkara
[D]Kuldip Nayar

Anto Akkara
The book “Who killed Swami Laxmanananda?” has been authored by Anto Akkaraa, a rights advocate and journalist with international media. The book gives details about sequence of events that demolishes the ?theory of Christian conspiracy in the killing of the hindu monk in Kandhamal District of Odisha on August 23, ??2008. In the rioting that followed nearly 50 Christians were officially confirmed killed.



Which Indian scientist has been awarded the Singapore’s National Research Foundation (NRF) fellowship?
[A]Manvendra K Singh
[B]Dilip Saxena
[C]P S Upadhyay
[D]Vijendra Galgotia

Manvendra K Singh
Dr. Manvendra K Singh, an Indian scientist from Uttar Pradesh’s Gorakhpur city, has been awarded the Singapore’s National Research Foundation (NRF) fellowship of SGD 3mn (about Rs. 14.7 crore) to pursue research in the field of congenital and adult cardiovascular diseases. He is working as an assistant professor in the cardiovascular and metabolic disorders programme at Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore. The NRF is responsible for developing strategies, policies and plans for research, innovation and enterprise.



What is the theme of 2016 World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD)?
[A]Stop the Illegal Killing, Taking and Trade of Migratory Birds
[B]Networking for migratory birds
[C]Destination Flyways: Migratory Birds and Tourism
[D]Energy – make it bird-friendly!

Stop the Illegal Killing, Taking and Trade of Migratory Birds
The World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) is observed every year on the second weekend of May across the world to raise awareness and highlight the need for the protection of migratory birds and their habitats. The 2016 WMBD is observed on May 10 with the theme “Stop the Illegal Killing, Taking and Trade of Migratory Birds”.



Which committee has been constituted to frame policy for app-based taxi aggregators and other transport operators?
[A]Ashok Dalwai committee
[B]Ashok Lahri committee
[C]Madhukar Gupta committee
[D]Sanjay Mitra committee

Sanjay Mitra committee
The Union Government has recently constituted Sanjay Mitra committee to prepare a policy framework for app-based taxi aggregators and other transport operators. The 3-member committee will look into the issues of Supreme Court’s order dated December 2015 and Environmental Pollution Prevention and Control Authority (EPCA) directions dated April 29, 2016 on banning diesel taxis in Delhi-NCR and the various problems the operators are facing as a result of the ban.



Who has been appointed as the Additional Solicitor General (ASG) in the Supreme Court of India?
[A]Rajdeep Mehta
[B]Ashok Rastogi
[C]Atma Ram Nadkarn
[D]Sanjay Jain

Atma Ram Nadkarn
Atma Ram Nadkarni, Bombay High Court senior advocate, has been appointed as the Additional Solicitor General (ASG) in Supreme Court of India for a period of 3 years. An ASG acts as law officer to advice the Government of India (GoI) on various legal matters. The headquarters of ASG may be at New Delhi or Mumbai or Chennai or Allahabad as the GoI may specify from time to time.



The Rural Sanitation Initiatives for Ganga Rejuvenation has been launched in which state of India?
[B]Uttar Pradesh

The Union Ministery for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation has recently launched 9-projects for rural sanitation initiatives under Namami Gange Programme for conservation of river Ganga in Sahibganj, Jharkhand. The purpose of the projects is to improve the health and quality of life of 78 villages of the Ganga River basin in Jharkhand through improved sanitation practices, quality of waste water and storm water runoff flowing from the villages into the river Ganga.



Who is the newly appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Multi Commodity Exchange (MCX)?
[A]Ashok Chauhan
[B]Mrugank Paranjape
[C]Meeran Borwankar
[D]Surendra Bhagwat

Mrugank Paranjape
Mrugank Paranjape has been appointed as the new Managing Director (MD) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Multi Commodity Exchange (MCX), country’s largest commodity exchange.



The term “Green Zone”, which was recently in news, is related to which country?

The Green Zone is the most common name for the International Zone of Baghdad.



Which commemorative coin has been released on the 475th birth anniversary of Maharana Pratap?

The Union Minister of State for Culture and Tourism Dr. Mahesh Sharma has recently released a commemorative coin of Rs 100 and a circulation coin of Rs 10 as a part of 475th Birth Anniversarycelebrations of Maharana Pratap in New Delhi. Maharana Pratap was the ruler of Mewar, a province in modern day Rajasthan. He was a brave warrior, successful organizer and ingenious strategist, who fearlessly fought the Mughals and protected his people until his death.


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