GK & Current Affairs : October 18, 2016
1. How much fund will be provided by World Bank to Bangladesh to fight child malnutrition?
Answer: $1 billion
The World Bank will provide US $1 billion aid to Bangladesh over the next three years to fight child malnutrition. The fund will support programmes to ensure sufficient child nutrition and include a conditional cash transfer scheme targeted at six lakh poor families in 43 sub-districts.
2. Which Indian sportsperson has been appointed as a member of the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Athletes’ Commission?
Answer: Saina Nehwal
Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal has been appointed as a member of the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Athletes’ Commission. The Athletes’ Commission is chaired by Angela Ruggiero and it comprises nine vice presidents and 10 other members. Saina’s appointment to the prestigious panel has come just when she is set to resume practice after recovering from a knee injury.
3. The National SC/ST hub and zero effect on environment scheme for MSME sector has been launched in which of the following cities?
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched the national SC/ST hub and zero effect on environment scheme for MSME sector in Ludhiana, Punjab on October 18, 2016. This hub has been set up under Prime Minister’s Employment Generation scheme to provide support to entrepreneurs from the SC/ST community. He will also present national MSME awards to 225 industrialists and will also distribute 150 spinning wheels to the women of weaker sections to make them able to earn their livelihood.
4. The first National Tribal Carnival will be launch in which of the following cities?
Answer: New Delhi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch first National Tribal Carnival in Delhi on October 25, 2016. The main purpose of this carnival is to promote a sense of inclusiveness amongst the tribals. The carnival will showcase and promote various facets of tribal culture on a large scale. Approx 1600 tribal artists and around 15000 tribal delegates from across the country are expected to take part in the carnival.
5. Who has been appointed as the Ambassador of India to the United Nations Conference on Disarmament (CD)?
[B]Amandeep Singh Gill
[C]Vinod K Dasari
Answer: Amandeep Singh Gill
Amandeep Singh Gill, an Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer of 1992 batch, has been appointed as the Ambassador/PR of India to the United Nations Conference on Disarmament (CD) in Geneva, Switzerland.
6. The first ‘Made in India’ electric bus has been launched by which Indian company?
[B]Mahindra & Mahindra
[D]Fiat India Automobiles Limited
Answer: Ashok Leyland
Ashok Leyland Ltd has launched India’s first made-in-India electric bus “Circuit” in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. The Circuit series vehicles are all exclusively engineered on India-specific platforms that can tackle varied topography, gradients and usage conditions. The bus is a zero-emission, non-polluting vehicle, created specifically for Indian road and passenger conditions. It is built on a simple, mass-market platform that will enable the operator to cater to customers in city centres with minimal operational and maintenance costs. These vehicles are integrated with a fire detection and suppression system (FDSS) and can travel 120 kilometers on a single charge.
7. Who has been selected for the 2015 Mathrubhumi Literary award?
[A]Pala Narayanan Nair
[D]M T Vasudevan Nair
Answer: C Radhakrishnan
C Radhakrishnan, the well-known writer, has been selected for the Mathrubhumi Literary Award in recognition of his contribution to the field of literature.The award carries a cash prize of Rs. 2 lakh, a citation and a statuette.
8. Which bank has become the first Indian lender to execute banking transaction via blockchain technology?
[A]State Bank of India
Answer: ICICI bank
ICICI Bank has become the first Indian lender to complete a banking transaction using blockchain technology. This remittance transaction has been completed in partnership with Emirates NBD, a lender from the West Asia. Blockchain is a digital ledger which keeps real-time record of each and every transaction and is shared among a distributed network of computers, more like a shared spreadsheet.
9. The book “Jinnah Often Came To Our House” has been authored by whom?
Answer: Kiran Doshi
The book “Jinnah Often Came To Our House” has been authored by Kiran Doshi and is shortlisted for The Hindu Prize 2016. It provides a glimpse on the personal life of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan.
10. The National Summit on Fortification of Food has been held in which city?
Answer: New Delhi
The 2-day National Summit on Fortification of Food has been held in New Delhi to address the issue of micronutrient malnutrition. The summit was launched by Anupriya Patel, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, and was conducted by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI). .
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