GK & Current Affairs : November 9-10, 2016
1. The Healthy India Initiative magazine has been launched by which union minister?
[A]Jagat Prakash Nadda
[B]Raj Nath Singh
Answer: Jagat Prakash Nadda
The Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Jagat Prakash Nadda has recently launched the “Healthy India Initiative” magazine and “No More Tension” mobile App for promotion of health and to strengthen the health communications programmes in New Delhi. The Healthy India is a quarterly magazine and will cater to health related information and raise awareness about healthy living. The magazine will cover different aspect of health including women and child health, elderly health, seasonal ailments, daily nutritional needs, safe medication practices and home remedies for healthy living. The app helps users to manage stress and will also provide information regarding stress, symptoms and its management. The application allows the user to measure their stress level and learn various techniques like yoga and meditation to reduce stress from their lives.
2. The 2018 International Competition Network (ICN) annual conference will be hosted by which country?
The 2018 International Competition Network (ICN) annual conference will be hosted by Competition Commission of India (CCI) at New Delhi in March –April 2018. ICN is an international body consists of 132 members from 120 competition jurisdictions exclusively devoted to international competition enforcement. The 2017 ICN Annual Conference will be hosted by Portuguese Competition Authority.
3. Which state government has launched “Lakshya Bhagirathi” campaign to complete the irrigation projects?
The Chhattisgarh government has launched “Lakshya Bhagirathi” campaign to complete the irrigation projects that could not be completed. Under the campaign, the water resources department had identified 108 projects that could not be completed. For the last three decades, the projects were pending for required clearances.
4. Who is the newly elected director-general of the International Labour Organization (ILO)?
Answer: Guy Ryder
Guy Ryder Guy Ryder has been re-elected Director-General of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) for a second five-year term that will start officially on October 1,2017. Ryder, who is the 10th ILO Director-General, has some 35 years of experience in the world of work. The headquarters of ILO is at Geneva, Switzerland.
5. Who will be honoured with the Tata Literature Live! Lifetime Achievement Award for 2016?
[B]Sir VS Naipaul
[D]MT Vasudevan Nair
Answer: Amitav Ghosh
Amitav Ghosh, an acclaimed Indian-American fiction author, will be honoured with the Tata Literature Live! Lifetime Achievement Award for 2016 in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the Indian literary space. The award will be presented to him at Tata Literature Live!’s annual awards ceremony to be held on November 20, 2016 at the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), Nariman Point, Mumbai.
6. India’s first-ever Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) driven bus has been launched in which state?
India’s first-ever Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) driven bus has been jointly launched by Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan in Thiruvanthapuram, Kerala. The first pilot eco-friendly bus is a joint effort of Petronet LNG Limited (PLL), Indian Oil Corporation Ltd and Tata Motors Ltd to introduce LNG as a fuel in commercial vehicles in the state capital. LNG is considered to be a cleaner and safer fuel which emits 50 % less carbon for mass transportation.
7. The 2016 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) will be hosted by which country?
The 2016 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) will be held in Lima, Peru from November 19-20.The theme of the summit is “Quality Growth and Human Development” and the official logo of the APEC summit is the architecture of the ancient city of Caral.
8. “Smart India Hackathon 2017” has been launched by which union minister?
[A]Ravi Shankar Prasad
[D]Dr. Harsh Vardhan
Answer: Prakash Javadekar
The Union Minister of Human Resource and Development, Prakash Javadekar has launched the world’s largest digital national building initiative “Smart India Hackathon 2017” in New Delhi to harness creativity & technical expertise of over 30 lakh students from technology institutes in remotest parts of India. The purpose of this initiative is to find digital solutions to problems in the areas of power, education, health, water, finance, agriculture, energy, etc. The ‘Smart India Hackathon 2017’ is a pan-India 36-hour nonstop digital programming competition which will take place in more than 20 centres simultaneously. The initiative will help institutionalize a model for harnessing the creativity and skills of youth for nation-building. It is the first initiative of this kind that has been ever launched in India.
9. The Pradhan Mantri YUVA Yojana has been launched by Union Government for what purpose?
[B] Women Education
[D] SC/ST Education
The Pradhan Mantri YUVA Yojana has been launched by Rajiv Pratap Rudy, who is the Minister of State (I/C) for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship. It is the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE)’s flagship scheme on entrepreneurship education and training. The scheme spans over five years (2016-17 to 2020-21) with a project cost of Rs. 499.94 crore, and will provide entrepreneurship education and training to over 7 lakh students in 5 years through 3050 institutes. It will also include easy access to information and mentor network, credit, incubator and accelerator and advocacy to create a pathway for the youth.
10. The 2016 BRICS Communication Ministers meeting has started in which city of India?
The second-edition of BRICS Communication Ministers meeting has started in Bengaluru, Karnataka on November 10, which is chaired by Minister of State for Communication Manoj Sinha. The High Level delegation from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa will deliberate for greater cooperation in Telecommunication and ICT sectors. The 2-day conference will draw course of action on creating new frameworks of cooperation and collaboration among BRICS countries. The meeting will discuss ways to improve collaboration in the field of digital economy, future communications, mobile technology among other things. .
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