GK & Current Affairs : October 29-30-31, 2016

1. Kristalina Georgieva, who has been appointed chief executive of the World Bank (WB), is belonged to which country?
Answer: Bulgaria
Kristalina Georgieva, a former head of EU humanitarian affairs, has been appointed chief executive of the World Bank.She will succeed Sri Mulyani Indrawati on January 2017. Georgieva is a Bulgarian economist and administrator and currently serving as European Commission Vice President for Budget and Human Resource.
2. “Madhubabu Aain Sahayata Sibir (MASS)” scheme has been launched by which state government to provide legal assistance to deprived sections?
[B]Tamil Nadu
Answer: Odisha
The Odisha government has launched new scheme “Madhubabu Aain Sahayata Sibir’ (MASS)” to provide legal assistance to the deprived sections of the society at the grassroots level in all its 6,812 gram panchayats across the state. The scheme was named after great Odia lawyer Madhu Babu, who is considered as the first lawyer of Odisha. The legal assistance will be given in the shape of free legal aid to ensure that opportunities for securing justice are not denied to any citizen for economic and other reasons. The legal assistance lawyer, who would receive Rs 500 per sitting as remuneration, would help people especially the women, children, senior citizens, SC, ST and socially and educationally backward to resolve long pending litigations.
3. What is the India’s position at the 2016 Global Youth Development Index (YDI)?
Answer: 133rd
India has been ranked 133rd out of 183 countries in the 2016 Global Youth Development Index (YDI), which is compiled by the Commonwealth Secretariat on the countries’ prospects for young people in employment, education, health, civic and political spheres. The list is topped by Germany, followed by Denmark, Australia, Switzerland and United Kingdom(UK).
4. India’s first ‘Design Yatra’ has started in which state?
[B]West Bengal
[D]Uttar Pradesh
Answer: Kerala
India’s first “Design Yatra” has started in Kozhikode, Kerala on October 29 to spread awareness and take designs to the masses. The yatra will travel to 29 cities across the country by February 2017, covering 15,000 kms in three cars. It is launched by the Institute of Indian Interior Designers (IIID). The purpose of the yatra is to inspire people to design houses, schools, hospitals and public places in such a way that they present local culture, consider convenience of people and save the environment.
5. Which country has won the 2016 Asian Men’s Hockey Champions Trophy?
Answer: India
India has won the gold medal at the 2016 Asian Men’s Hockey Champions trophy by defeating arch-rivals and defending champions Pakistan by 3-2 in the final at Kuantan, Malaysia. This is the second time India have won the title of this tournament.
6. Who is the newly elected Prime Minister of Spain?
[A]Javier Arenas
[B]Mariano Rajoy
[C]Alfredo Perez
[D]Maria Dolores
Answer: Mariano Rajoy
Mariano Rajoy Brey , the leader of conservative Popular Party (PP), is the newly re-elected Prime Minister of Spain, after winning a parliamentary vote. Till date, he was the acting Prime minister of Spain.
7. Which state has been declared India’s second ‘Open Defecation Free (ODF)’ state?
[C]Himachal Pradesh
Answer: Himachal Pradesh
Himachal Pradesh has been declared India’s second “Open Defecation Free (ODF)” state after Sikkim.The state has successfully achieved 100% coverage and total rural sanitation coverage in the state, with all 12 districts in the state achieving both these feats. With this newly acquired status, Himachal Pradesh will entitle to receive World Bank funding under Rs 9,000 crore projects to sustain sanitation campaign.
8. What is the theme of 2016 National Unity Day (NUD) of India?
[A]Growth and Unity of India
[B]Integration of India
[C]Bound to develop peaceful India
[D]Peace: Soul purpose of India
Answer: Integration of India
The National Unity Day (or Rashtriya Ekta Diwas) is observed every year in India on October 31 to mark the occasion of the birth anniversary of Independent India’s first Deputy Prime Minister Sardar Vallabhai Patel. The 2016 theme is “Integration of India”. The day would provide an opportunity to re-affirm the inherent strength and resilience of our nation to withstand the actual and potential threats to the unity, integrity and security of our country.
9. Vikram Ingale is associated with which sports?
[B]Roller Skating
Answer: Roller Skating
India has won its first-ever medal in an international team roller skating racing event at the Asian Championships in Lishui, China.The trio of Dhanush Babu, Vikram Ingale and Nikhilesh Tabhane have won the bronze in the 3,000-metre team relay event.
10. Shashikala Kakodkar, who passed away recently, was the first woman chief minister of which Indian state?
Answer: Goa
Shashikala Kakodkar (81), who passed away recently at Panaji, was the first woman chief minister of Goa. She was the daughter of the former Goa chief minister Dayanand Bandodkar. Kakodkar was active in social and cultural fields and had headed the Bhartiya Bhasha Suraksha Manch (BBSM), a front demanding mother tongue be made medium of instruction in elementary education. .

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