GK & Current Affairs Quiz: December 23, 2017
First Published: December 23, 2017 | Last Updated:March 16, 2018
[B] Gange Swachata Abhiyan
[C] Gange Mahadev
[D] Ganga Gram
The Union Government has formally launched ‘Ganga Gram’ project at Ganga Gram Swachata Sammelan in New Delhi on December 23, 2017. As part of its clean Ganga mission – Namami Gange, Ganga Gram project is an integrated approach for holistic development of villages situated on the banks of the holy river with active participation of villagers. In August 2017, the Union Government declared all 4,470 villages on the banks of the Ganges, located in Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal, Open Defecation-Free (ODF). Of these villages, the Centre and the state governments have identified 24 villages to be taken up under a pilot project to transform them into Ganga Grams. The project envisages solid and liquid waste management, renovation of ponds and water resources, water conservation, organic farming, horticulture and promotion of medicinal plants.
[D] Arunachal Pradesh
The 2nd edition of the Iranshah Udvada Utsav, a cultural festival of Parsi community, has started in Gujarat on December 23, 2017. The festival is organized by Foundation for Development of Udvada along with Gujarat Tourism and the Udvada Samast Anjuman. The highlights of the festival include a screening of the new ‘Jiyo Parsi’ film, a discussion on the relevance of Zoroastrianism in modern times, and a performance in memory of Freddie Mercury. More than 2,000 Parsis from all across the world will participate in the festival. During the course of the festival, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, Information & Broadcasting minister Smriti Irani and the industrialist Pallonji Shapoorji Mistry, who is the chief guest of the festival, will participate in various programmes. The festival was the brainchild of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The 32nd Indian Engineering Congress (IEC-2017) was held in Chennai, Tamil Nadu from December 21 to 23, 2017. President Ram Nath Kovind gave valedictory address at the IEC-2017, which was organised by the Institution of Engineers. The congress offered great opportunity to young engineers to benefit from the experience of experts & veterans from industry, research institutions and institutions of higher academic excellence.
[B] Madhya Pradesh
The Parvati Arga Bird Sanctuary (PABS) is located in in Gonda district of Uttar Pradesh and covers an area of 10.84 square kilometers. It is home to 212 species of angiosperms, belonging to 152 genera and 57 families, and three 3 species of pteridophytes, belonging to 3 genera and 3 families. The sanctuary harbours a number of birds including Sarus crane, Northern pintail, Bar-headed goose, Little grebe, Eurasian wigeon, Mallard, Red-crested pochard, etc.
Jatilshwar Mukhopadhyay (82), the acclaimed Bengali singer has passed away in Kolkata, West Bengal on December 21, 2017. Mukohpadhyay, who had learnt music under the guidance of doyens of Bengali light classical music Chinmoy Lahiri and Sudhin Dasgupta, carved his own individual style, which enriched Bengali music in the 70s-80s. Among his popular numbers were E kon sakal, Tomar Sange Dekha Na Hole, Aamar Swapan Kinte Paare and Bondhuya Amar Chokhe Jal Enechhe. The state government had conferred him with the Sangeet Samman award in 2012.
[B] Manoj Kumar Unni
[C] N.P.S. Hira
[D] B S Sahrawat
Lieutenant General B S Sahrawat has taken charge as new Director General (DG) of National Cadet Corps (NCC). He is a third generation army officer and is alumnus of the National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla & Indian Military Academy, Dehradun. The General Officer was commissioned in Dec 1980 in 13th Battalion (REZANG LA), the KUMAON Regiment. The Gen Officer has done all professional courses to include the prestigious NDC Course. He holds a Masters degree in Management Studies from Osmania University, Hyderabad and M. Phil from Madras University. He has been awarded the Sena Medal during the floods of Kosi River in Bihar in 2008.
[B] M. Subbarayudu
[C] T.P. Seetharam
[D] Navtej Sarna
M. Subbarayudu, an Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer of the 1994 batch, has been appointed as the new Ambassador of India to the Republic of Peru. Presently, he is joint secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA). He is expected to take up his assignment shortly.
[B] December 22
[C] December 20
[D] December 24
The National Mathematics Day (NMD) is celebrated every year in India on December 22 to commemorate the birth anniversary of great mathematical genius Srinivasa Ramanujan and to recognize his contribution to mathematics. It was in 2012 that then Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh declared December 22 as National Mathematics Day. In 1917, Ramanujan was elected to be a member of the London Mathematical Society. In 1918 he also became a Fellow of the Royal Society, becoming the youngest person to achieve the feat. He passed away on April 6, 1920.
The 7th edition of the India International Coffee Festival (IICF) will be held in Bengaluru, Karnataka from January 16-19, 2018. It is being organised by the India Coffee Trust and State-run Coffee Board. The purpose of IICF 2018 is to promote the Indian coffees globally and is expected to attract over 100 companies, 600 delegates and some 10,000 visitors.
[B] December 21
[C] December 22
[D] December 23
The National Farmer’s Day (NFD), popularly known as Kisan Diwas, is celebrated every year in India on December 23 to acknowledge the role of farmers in India’s socio-economic development and to mark the birth anniversary of 5th Prime Minister Late Chaudhary Charan Singh. He used to be referred to as the ‘champions of India’s peasants’ for his strive for the betterment of farmer’s lives in the country.