GK & Current Affairs : October 27-28, 2016

1. Which judicial committee on One Rank One Pension (OROP) has submitted its report to Ministry of Defence ?
[A]H Devraj committee
[B]Ramanujam committee
[C]Prof. NR Madhava committee
[D]L Narasimha Reddy committee
Answer: L Narasimha Reddy committee
The one-man judicial committee on One Rank One Pension (OROP) has submitted its report to Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar. The Centre had appointed the committee, under the Chairmanship of retired Chief Justice of Patna High Court L Narasimha Reddy, to look into the anomalies, if any, arising out of implementation of OROP.
2. Who has been appointed as the Director of Enforcement Directorate (ED)?
[A]Mahendra Verma
[B]Karnal Singh
[C]Bimal Gautam
[D]Bibek Debroy
Answer: Karnal Singh
Karnal Singh, a 1984-batch IPS officer of the Union territories cadre, has been appointed as the Director of Enforcement Directorate (ED). He will be in office till August 31, 2017. Prior to this appointment, he was holding additional charge as Director of ED for over a year. The post had fallen vacant after the government had in August last year curtailed the tenure of Rajan S Katoch, the previous Director of ED. The Directorate General of Economic Enforcement is an economic intelligence and law enforcement agency responsible for enforcing economic laws and fighting economic crime in India.
3. Who has been appointed as the new chairman of Global System Mobile Association (GSMA)?
[A]Azim Premji
[B]Sunil Mittal
[C]Dilip Sanghvi
[D]Mukesh Ambani
Answer: Sunil Mittal
Sunil Mittal, the founder and chairman of Bharti Enterprises, has been appointed as the chairman of global telecom body Global System Mobile Association (GSMA) for a two-year term, starting from January 2017. He will succeed current GSMA Chairman Jon Fredrik Baksaas. Mittal is the first Indian to be elected as the Chairman of GSMA , who will oversee the strategic direction of GSMA, which represents nearly 800 of the world’s mobile operators and more than 300 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem.
4. What is the theme of the 2016 World Day for Audio Visual Heritage?
[A]Teach & Protect Your Story
[B]Archives at Risk: Protecting the World’s Identities
[C]Making World Audio Visual Heritage
[D]It’s your story – don’t lose it
Answer: It’s your story – don’t lose it
The World Day for Audio Visual Heritage is observed every year on October 27 to raise general awareness of the need for urgent measures to be taken and to acknowledge the importance of audiovisual documents as an integral part of national identity. The 2016 theme is “It’s your story – don’t lose it”. The purpose of the day is to highlight the importance of audiovisual documents such as films, radio and television programmes.
5. Which committee has been constituted to monitor bird flu situation?
[A]G N Bajpai committee
[B]Munialappa committee
[C]KV Kamath committee
[D]Anant Mashelkar committee
Answer: Munialappa committee
The Union Agriculture Ministry has constituted Dr. Munialappa committee to monitor bird flu situation and help the state governments in taking steps to contain the spread of avian influenza (H5N8). Dr. Munialappa is the Joint Commissioner in the Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairy and Fisheries (DADF). The committee will have representatives from Ministry of Health, Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Department of Agriculture Research and Extension (DARE) and the Delhi government. Apart from this, the ministry has established a control room with telephone numbers — 011-23384190 and 09448324121.
6. Which of the following personalities have been honoured with the 2016 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought?
[A]Jafar Panahi and Nasrin Sotoudeh
[B]Raif Badawi and Malala Yousafzai
[C]Nadia Murad and Lamiya Aji Basha
[D]Hu Jia and Salih Mahmoud Osman
Answer: Nadia Murad and Lamiya Aji Basha
Nadia Murad Basee and Lamiya Aji Bashar have been honoured with the 2016 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, the won the European Union’s prestigious human rights award. Both are survivors of sexual enslavement by Islamic State (IS) and have become spokespersons for women afflicted by the terrorist group’s campaign of sexual violence. They are also public advocates for the Yazidi community in Iraq, a religious minority that has been the subject of a genocidal campaign by IS militants. The Sakharov award will be presented to them in a ceremony that will be held in Strasbourg, France on December 14, 2016. The annual Sakharov prize for freedom of thought, established in 1988, is named after the Soviet physicist and outspoken dissident Andrei Sakharov and is awarded to individuals who have made an exceptional contribution to the fight for human rights across the globe.
7. By which theme the first National Ayurveda Day is celebrated in India?
[A]Ayurveda: Cure and Protect Our Lives
[B]Live happily with Ayurveda
[C]Ayurveda for Prevention and Control of Diabetes
[D]Mission Madhumeha through Ayurveda
Answer: Ayurveda for Prevention and Control of Diabetes
The first National Ayurveda Day is celebrated on October 28 with the theme “Ayurveda for Prevention and Control of Diabetes” to create awareness on people’s health. The Ministry of AYUSH has also launch “Mission Madhumeha through Ayurveda”, which will be a protocol for treating diabetes through Ayurveda and will be implemented throughout India. The Government of India (GoI) has declared that the National Ayurveda Day will be celebrated every year on the occasion of Dhanwantari Jayanti, popularly known as Dhanteras.
8. Antartica’s which sea has been declared as world’s largest marine protected area?
[A]Caspian Sea
[B]Black Sea
[C]Ross Sea
[D]Dead Sea
Answer: Ross sea
Antartica’s Ross Sea has been declared as world’s largest Marine Protected Area (MPA) after the landmark international agreement among 24 countries and the European Union in the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) meeting in Hobart, Australia. The Ross Sea is one of the last intact marine ecosystems in the world, which covers 1.6 million square kilometers. It is home to penguins, seals, Antarctic toothfish and whales.
9. Raj Begum, who recently passed away, was the legendary singer of which state?
[A]Uttar Pradesh
[C]Andhra Pradesh
[D]Jammu & Kashmir
Answer: Jammu & Kashmir
Legendary Kashmiri singer and Padma Shri awardee, Raj Begum (89) has recently passed away in Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir. She was also called the “Nightingale of Kashmir”, whose captivating voice has ruled generations of Kashmiri music lovers. She was one of the most recognized female singers in the Kashmir Valley, who rendered thousands of songs from Radio Kashmir in Srinagar and in live concerts at other places in India and abroad.
10. The book “Family Life” has been authored by which author?
[A]Shantanu Guha
[B]Akhil Sharma
[C]Amrish Tripathi
[D]Mrinal Jain
Answer: Akhil Sharma
The book “Family Life” has been authored by Akhil Sharma, an Indian born-American author. The novel is the autobiography of the author, which mirrors the author’s own experience of emigrating from India to America as a child. The 2016 International Dublin Literary Award has been awarded to him for his novel “Family Life”. .

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