GK & Current Affairs : October 21, 2016
1. The first-ever global conference to strengthen Arbitration and Enforcement in India has started in which city?
Answer: New Delhi
The first-ever global conference to strengthen Arbitration and Enforcement in India has started in New Delhi. The 3-day conference titled “National Initiative on Strengthening Arbitration and Enforcement” is going on to change the face of dispute resolution in India. The conference has inaugurated by President Pranab Mukherjee, which will provide impetus to commercial arbitration in the country.
2. The Police Commemoration Day is celebrated on which day in India?
Answer: October 21
The Police Commemoration Day is celebrated every year on October 21 in all Police Lines throughout India to commemorate the sacrifices of ten policemen while defending the borders with China in 1959. On 21st October 1959, Chinese Army personnel opened fire and threw grenades at the police party of 20 personnel. Ten of them died, seven were taken prisoners by the Chinese and the remaining managed to escape. Since 1961, more than 33,000 police personnel have sacrificed their lives for security of the nation and service to the society.
3. The powerful Typhoon Haima has recently hit which of the following countries?
The very strong Typhoon Haima has recently hit the Philippines that cause widespread destruction. The houses are destroyed as communities take shelter from sustained winds of more than 225km/h. After Philippines, Haima made landfall over Haifeng County, Shanwei in the Guangdong province of China.
4. Which union ministry has signed MoU with Indian Railways for smart railway stations?
[A]Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports
[B]Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
[C]Ministry of Power
[D]Ministry of Urban Development
Answer: Ministry of Urban Development
The Ministry of Urban Development has signed MoU with the Ministry of Railways to develop smart railway stations. As per the MoU, the railway stations and surrounding areas will be redeveloped on smart city lines for better passenger amenities, easy access to stations, enabling optimal utilization of land at railway stations. This means that the station and an adjoining area of around 300 to 800 acres in each smart city and AMRUT city will be redeveloped. The validity of the MoU is 5 years and can be extended with the consent of both the Ministries.
5. The Kaushalya SETU initiative has been launched by which state government for students?
The Maharashtra government has launched ‘Kaushalya SETU (Self-Employment and Talent Utilisation)’, a skill development programme for students. Under the Kaushalya Setu initiative, students of Maharashtra State Board of Secondary & Higher Secondary Education, who fail to clear Class X or SSC exam, would be accommodated in the skill development courses, so that they do not lose a year.
6. The book “The Sleepwalker’s Dream” has been authored by whom?
Answer: Dhrubajyoti Borah
The book “The Sleepwalker’s Dream” has been authored by Dhrubajyoti Borah, a Guwahati-based Assamese writer and novelist. It narrates the journey of a group of militants towards an elusive freedom and an uncertain future.
7. Who is the newly elected President of the International Gymnastics Federation (IFG)?
Answer: Morinari Watanabe
Morinari Watanabe from Japan has been elected as the new President of the International Gymnastics Federation (IFG) at the world governing body’s congress in Tokyo, Japan. He will succeed Bruno Grandi, who is stepping down as FIG president in December 2016 after 20 years in charge.With this, Watanabe has become the first Asian to head IFG and is the first Japanese President of an Olympic international federation since Ichiro Ogimura was President of the International Table Tennis Federation from 1987 to 1994. The headquarters of IFG is at Lausanne, Switzerland.
8. Which Italian city has recently honoured the Dalai Lama with an honorary Citizenship award?
Lamberto Bertole has honoured the Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso, Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader with the Milan Honorary Citizenship award at a ceremony held at the Arcimboldi Theatre in Milan, Italy. Bertole is the Chairman of the Council of Milan.
9. Which country has won the World Railway Shooting Championship cup?
Indian Railways have won the World Railway Shooting Championship Cup at Saint Mandrier, France. This is the first time that Railways have won this competition. Indian Railways team won a total 10 medals – 5 Gold, 3 Silver and 2 Bronze to bag the Overall Championship at the 15th USIC- the International Shooting World Championship. The USIC is the International railway sports association, whose purpose is to encourage the practice of amateur sport among railway employees all over the world.
10. Which union minister has launched the Regional air Connectivity Scheme (RCS) to enable more people to fly in smaller towns?
[B]Raj Nath Singh
[C]Ashok Gajapathi Raju
Answer: Ashok Gajapathi Raju
Ashok Gajapathi Raju Pusapati, the Union Civil Aviation Minister, has launched the Regional air Connectivity Scheme (RCS) in New Delhi that seeks to get more people to fly in the smaller towns. The RCS schemes is also called as “Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik (UDAN) (Let the common man of the country fly)”. Under the RCS scheme, airlines will have complete freedom to enter into code sharing with larger airlines for connectivity and they will be exempted from various airport charges. Airlines will get exclusive rights for 3 years to fly on a particular regional route. Airfares will be capped at 2,500 rupees for an hour’s flight for regional flights. The scheme is expected to be rolled out by January 2017. .
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