GK & Current Affairs – September 10, 2016

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India’s first Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) laboratory will be set up in which state?
[A]Uttar Pradesh
[B]Maharashtra
[C]Andhra Pradesh
[D]Tamil Nadu

Maharashtra
India’s first Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) laboratory will be set up in Aundh in Hingoli district of Maharashtra. LIGO-India will bring wide opportunities in cutting edge technology for Indian industries as they will be engaged in the construction of 8 km-long beam tube at ultra- high vaccuum on a levelled terrain.It will be 3rd such laboratory in the world and first outside the United States. The existing laboratories are located in Hanford, Washington and in Livingston, Louisiana.

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2.

Mariyappan Thangavelu, who won gold medal at 2016 Rio Paralympics Games, is associated with which sports?
[A]Sprint
[B]High jump
[C]Swimming
[D]Javelin Throw

High jump
Mariyappan Thangavelu has won India’s first gold medal in the men’s high jump T-42 event with jump of 1.89 metres at the 2016 Rio Paralympics. With this, Thangavelu became the first Indian high jumper to win Paralympics gold. His compatriot Varun Singh Bhati clinched the bronze medal in the same event. Thangavelu is also the 3rd Indian to win gold at Paralympics after Murlikant Petkar, who won in swimming, at Heidelberg 1972 and Devendra Jhajharia who won at Athens 2004 in javelin throw.

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3.

Which state government has recently launched pension scheme for construction workers?
[A]Uttar Pradesh
[B]Odisha
[C]Tamil Nadu
[D]Madhya Pradesh

Odisha
The Odisha government has recently launched the pension scheme for construction workers, which will benefit 25 lakh beneficiaries in phased manner. As per the scheme, the construction workers above 60 years of age will get pension of Rs 300 per month while workers above 80 years of age will get pension of Rs 500 per month. The widow and disabled construction workers are also eligible to get the benefit of the pension scheme. This is the 3rd scheme has been launched by the state government within a month after the Mahaprayan scheme for taking bodies from hospital to the deceased’s house and Biju Kanya Ratna scheme that aims to improve child sex ratio.

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4.

Which state government has recently signed MoU with Ministry of Civil Aviation to boost regional air connectivity?
[A]Punjab
[B]Gujarat
[C]Chhattisgarh
[D]Kerala

Chhattisgarh
The Chhattisgarh Government has signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Civil Aviation to boost regional air connectivity within the state. As per the MoU under the Centre’s Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS), small airports and airstrips will be developed in phased manner in different cities to facilitate intra-state flight services. This scheme will cover those cities where flight services have been either discontinued for a long time or could not be started. The Union Government will also provide an opportunity to various aviation companies to start flights on subsidised rates within the state.

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5.

The book “Six Machine” is the autobiography of which cricketer?
[A]Yuvraj Singh
[B]Chris Gayle
[C]Virender Sehwag
[D]AB de Villiers

Chris Gayle
The book “Six Machine: I Don’t Like Cricket … I Love It” is the autobiography of Chris Gayle, a Jamaican cricketer who plays international cricket for the West Indies. The book chronicles how a shy, skinny kid from a tin-roofed shack in the back streets of Kingston became one of the most well-known stars in the global cricketing arena. The story tells of more than just sporting genius; it is a compelling narrative of Chris’ struggle, of battling prejudices and still emerging unscathed with a broad smile on his face.

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6.

Which state is the cleanest state in India, as per the latest National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) sanitation survey?
[A]Manipur
[B]Mizoram
[C]Nagaland
[D]Sikkim

Sikkim
As per the latest National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) sanitation survey in rural areas, Sikkim has been adjudged the cleanest state in India, followed by Kerala, Mizoram, Himachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Haryana, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Manipur, etc. The ranking is given on the basis of percentage of households having sanitary toilets and using them (either household or community toilets). The results of survey have been released by Union Rural Development Minister Narendra Singh Tomar in New Delhi.

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7.

Which state has become the first Indian state to roll out “Twitter seva”?
[A]Gujarat
[B]Tripura
[C]Uttar Pradesh
[D]Karnataka

Uttar Pradesh
Uttar Pradesh has become the first Indian state to roll out “Twitter seva”. A total of 122 Twitter handles were launched in one go in Lucknow. The Twitter Seva will works as a source of direct point of contact for entrepreneurs seeking funding, support or government assistance of any kind. All the handles will be maintained by the state’s police department. With the launch of the new service, citizens can now tweet their query and post a complaint on UP police’s twitter account (@uppolice). Under the norms of the service, the complaint/request will be addressed in real time.

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8.

Which state has won “Best Horticulture State” award of the Indian Council of Food and Agriculture (ICFA)?
[A]West Bengal
[B]Haryana
[C]Assam
[D]Odisha

Haryana
Haryana has won the “Best Horticulture State” award of the Indian Council of Food and Agriculture (ICFA) at the 9th Agricultural Leadership Summit 2016 in New Delhi for its concerte efforts made to increase the income of the farmers in horticulture. Beside this, the 2016 Best Agriculture State award was bestowed upon Odisha in recognition of state’s efforts towards development of agriculture and bringing rural prosperity.

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9.

The “Scooty for College Girls Scheme” has been launched by which state government of India?
[A]Himachal Pradesh
[B]Punjab
[C]Haryana
[D]Jammu and Kashmir

Jammu and Kashmir
The “Scooty for College Girls Scheme” has been launched by the Jammu and Kashmir government to make women independent in terms of mobility. As per the scheme, the eligibility for a scooty is based on minimum percentage and the annual family income of 65 % and Rs.4 lakh respectively. In it, college going girl students will be given a 50 % subsidy on purchase of a Scooty.

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10.

Which state chief minister of India has won the 2016 Pangkor Dialogue Award?
[A]Lal Thanhawla
[B]T R Zeliang
[C]Sarbananda Sonowal
[D]Pema Khandu

T R Zeliang
T R Zeliang, the Chief Minister of Nagaland, has won the 2016 Pangkor Dialogue Award in Malaysia for the efforts made by the people of the state for environmental preservation and promotion. Zeliang was awarded by the organisers- Institute Darul Rudzuan and the Malaysian government.

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