GK & Current Affairs: October 7, 2016

1. Which Indian shooter has clinched silver in the 50 metre pistol event of the ISSF World Cup 2016 ?
[A]Gagan Narang
[B]Ronjan Sodhi
[C]Jitu Rai
[D]Abhinav Bindra
Answer: Jitu Rai
Jitu Rai, an ace Indian shooter, has clinched a silver medal in the 50 metre pistol category of the ISSF World Cup 2016 in the final at Bologna, Italy. In this event, Wei Pang of China has won gold and Giuseppe Giordano of Italy has won bronze medal.
2. The book “The Ministry of Utmost Happiness” has been authored by whom?
[A]Arundhati Roy
[B]Vikram Seth
[C]Kiran Desai
[D]Aravind Adiga
Answer: Arundhati Roy
The book “The Ministry of Utmost Happiness” has been authored by Arundhati Roy, which will release in June 2017. It is fiction-based novel and will be published by Hamish Hamilton UK and Penguin India.
3. Which of the following personalities has won the Nobel Peace Prize for 2016?
[A]Martti Ahtisaari
[B]Juan Manuel Santos
[C]Shinzo Abe
[D]Shirin Ebadi
Answer: Juan Manuel Santos
Juan Manuel Santos, the Colombian President, has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2016 for his resolute efforts to bring the country’s more than 50-year-long civil war to an end, a war that has cost the lives of at least 220 000 Colombians and displaced close to 6 million people. The award should also be seen as a tribute to the Colombian people who, despite great hardships and abuses, have not given up hope of a just peace and to all the parties who have contributed to the peace process.
4. The Commonwealth Finance Ministers Meeting 2016 has been held in which of the following cities?
[B]New Delhi
Answer: Washington
Arun Jaitley, the Union Finance Minister, has chaired the Commonwealth Finance Ministers’ Meeting at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) headquarters in Washington DC, United States. During the meeting, two important issues- the “Economics of Climate Change and Financing Climate Adaptation and Mitigation” and “International Taxation-a Commonwealth Conversation around the Panama Papers” were discussed and deliberated. Apart from this, Jaitley also chaired the Governing Council meeting of the BRICS’Contingent Reserve Arrangement (CRA). The CRA is a framework for the provision of support through liquidity and precautionary instruments in response to actual orpotential short-term balance of payments pressures.
5. Which state chief minister of India has been honoured with the 2016 Sustainable Development Leadership Award (SDLA)?
[A]Okram Ibobi Singh
[B]T R Zeliang
[C]Pawan Chamling
[D]Naveen Patnaik
Answer: Pawan Chamling
Pawan Chamling, the Chief Minister of Sikkim, has been honoured with the prestigious 2016 Sustainable Development Leadership Award (SDLA) of the The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) in recognition of his vision and leadership in environment and sustainable development leading to the establishment of Sikkim as the first and only organic state in India. Chamling was presented with the award by President Pranab Mukherjee during World Sustainable Development Summit (WSDS) at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi.
6. India’s First Medical Park will be set up at which of the following states?
[A]Uttar Pradesh
[B]Tamil Nadu
[D]Arunachal Pradesh
Answer: Tamil Nadu
Recently, the Union Government has approved HLL Lifecare (mini ratna Public Sector Undertaking (PSU) ) to sub-lease 330.10 acres of land to set up India’s first medical technology manufacturing park (Medipark) at Chengalpattu in Chennai,Tamil Nadu. The Medipark project will boost local manufacturing of hi-end products at a significantly lower cost, resulting in affordable healthcare delivery, particular in diagnostic services to a large section of people. It is expected to be completed over 7 years.
7. The Election Commission of India (ECI) has collaborated with which social networking site to register young voters?
Answer: Facebook
In a first-of-its-kind initiative, the Election Commission of India (ECI) has collaborated with Facebook to register young voters in 5 states, which are going to polls in 2017. The purpose of a voter registration drive is to encourage youth to participate in the democratic exercise. From October 6 to 9, Facebook users in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Goa, Manipur and Uttarakhand who are 18 years and above will receive a reminder in their News Feed to register to vote. By clicking on the ‘Register Now’ button, people will be directed to the National Voters’ Services Portal which will guide them through the registration process.
8. Which Indian city will host the 2016 Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR)?
[C]New Delhi
Answer: New Delhi
The 2016 Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) will be hosted by the Government of India (GoI) in New Delhi on November 2-3, 2016. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the conference that will be held in collaboration with the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR). The purpose of the conference is to transform the commitments of governments and stakeholders during the Sendai Conference into national and local action.
9. Which committee has been constituted to assess ground situation at Cauvery basin?
[A]MN Rao committee
[B]KK Paul committee
[C]GS Jha committee
[D]Raghuveer Bose committee
Answer: GS Jha committee
The Union Ministry for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation has constituted a high-level technical team to visit the river Cauvery basin area in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu to assess the ground situation. GS Jha, the Chairman of Central Water Commission (CWC), will head the Cauvery supervisory committee and will submit its report to the Supreme Court by October 17, 2016.
10. The 2016 BRICS Science & Technology Senior Official Meeting (SOM) has been held at which city of India?
[A]New Delhi
Answer: Jaipur
The 6th BRICS Science & Technology Senior Official Meeting (SOM) has held at Jaipur, Rajasthan on October 7, 2016 to provide an overarching vision and to set priorities for cooperation & joint action amongst BRICS countries in the fields of Science, Technology and Innovation. .

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