GK & Current Affairs: September 13-14, 2015
1. To ensure 24×7 power supply to every house, the Integrated Power Development Scheme (IPDS) has recently launched in which state of India?
The Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi launched the National Integrated Power Development Scheme (IPDS) in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh to provide 24×7 power supply to every house. The key features of the IPDS scheme are as follows: a) IT enablement of distribution sector and strengthening of distribution network. B) Strengthening of sub-transmission and distribution network in the urban areas. C) Metering of distribution transformers /feeders / consumers in the urban areas.
2. Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) comes under which of the following?
[B]Ministry of Science and Technology
[C]Ministry of Information and Broadcasting
[D]Ministry of Communications and Information Technology
Answer: Ministry of Communications and Information Technology
The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has been shifted to the administrative control of the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology from Niti Aayog. The Cabinet Secretariat has amended Government of India (Allocation of Business) Rules, 1961 and put it under Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeITy), Ministry of Communication and Information Technology. Earlier, UIDAI was the part of Planning Commission. Aadhaar is a 12-digit individual identification number issued by UIDAI.
3. Which Indian cricketer has joined an anti-poaching campaign to save the wild animals in Kenya?
Answer: Rohit Sharma
The Indian cricketer Mr. Rohit Sharma has joined an anti-poaching campaign to save the wild animals of Africa in Kenya. Mr. Sharma along with Hollywood actors Matt Le Blanc and Salma Hayek will be involved in taking care of the last surviving Northern White Rhinoceros of the rare species. He is the member of PETA (People for Ethical Treatment of Animals).
4. Which Indian organization recently commissioned two new ships viz. Apoorva and C-421?
[C]Indian Coast Guard
[D]Special Frontier Force
Answer: Indian Coast Guard
The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) commissioned two indigenously built ships Fast Patrol Vessel (FPV) ICGS “Apoorva” and Interceptor Boat “C-421” at the Naval Dock in Mumbai, Maharashtra. ICGS Apoorva is the 14th fast patrol vessel in a series of 20, is a 50-metre long and can achieve a top speed of 33 knots and displaces 317 tonnes. C-421 is a water jet propelled vessel, 27th in the series of Ibs constructed by L & T Limited and can achieve a maximum speed of 45 Knots.
5. Which of the following personalities is known as “Metro Man”?
[D]Man Mohan Sharma
Answer: Elattuvalapil Sreedharan
The “Metro Man” Mr. E Sreedharan has been invited to the United Nations’ High Level Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport (HLAG-ST). The service is for a period of 3 years and Mr. Sreedharan has accepted the offer. He was given the nickname of Metro Man by the Indian media for his grand success in executing the completion of the Delhi Metro on time and with stipulated budget.
6. Which drug/ painkiller has been responsible for large scale decline in the vulture population?
On the request of Union Environment Ministry, the Union Health Ministry banned the sale of multiple-dose vials of a painkiller “diclofenac” whose use in the veterinary sector has pushed vultures in India to the brink of extinction. The commonly-used anti-inflammatory drug for cattle is considered the chief cause for the steep decline in the number of vultures in recent years. The drug is harmless to the cattle it is administered to, but is fatal for the vultures, who routinely feed on the carcass of dead cattle. Studies have shown that the drug causes kidney and liver failure in vultures.
7. The Hybrid Vacuum Toilets in Indian Railway system has been developed by which Indian Organisation, recently?
[D]Indian Organic Chemicals Ltd
Answer: Indian Railways
The Development cell of Indian Railways has developed a “Hybrid Vacuum Toilet” design that combines the advantages of Vacuum toilets and Bio toilets. It will help to maintain hygiene and cleanliness in toilets or tracks of Indian Railways as there will have no direct evacuation of human waste. This newly developed toilet facility has been fitted on trial basis in Dibrugarh Rajdhani. The concept of a hybrid vacuum toilet is a first ever system of its kind to have been developed and built by any railway system in the world.
8. Which among the following banks bagged the first prize under the All India Rajbhasha Kirti Puraskar Scheme of Government of India (GoI)?
[A]State Bank of India (SBI)
[B]Bank of Baroda (BoB)
[C]Punjab National Bank (PNB)
Answer: Bank of Baroda (BoB)
The Bank of Baroda (BoB) bagged the first prize under the All India Rajbhasha Kirti Puraskar Scheme of Government of India (GoI). The PSU has bagged the award for outstanding performance in official language implementation under the category of nationalized banks in the linguistic region – B for the year 2014-15.
9. The Supreme Court of India launched which portal to track cases pending at district courts?
[A]National Judicial Data Grid
[B]National Judicial Public Access Grid
[C]National Judicial Track Grid
[D]National Judicial District Grid
Answer: National Judicial Data Grid
The Supreme Court of India launched a public access portal of the National Judicial Data Grid (NJDG) for district courts to demystify the judicial process for the ordinary citizen. The public access portal will disseminate national, state, district and court-wise information about institution and disposal of cases on a monthly basis. The NJDG will also provides daily statistics on case pendency before the courts under the e-courts projects.
10. Which mobile app has been launched by the state government of Madhya Pradesh for teachers?
The state government of Madhya Pradesh launched M-Shiksha-Mitra mobile app to provide various services and teaching-related work to teachers in simple and easy way. With this, Madhya Pradesh became the first state to develop such mobile for teachers. The key features of this app are as follows:
a) Teachers can use this app to browse salary slips, funds sent to school under various heads, scholarships, different circulars and GPF statement.
b) They can send SMS about their problems and know status of their redressal.
c) The app will also be used for applying for leave and e-attendance.
d) Facility of free 200 SMSs has been given in the app.
e) Developed by NIC that carries several facilities can be downloaded from Google Play Store in android mobile phone. .
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