GK & Current Affairs – September 14, 2016

1. The world’s longest bullet train network has been established in which country?
[C]United States
Answer: China
The world’s longest bullet train (or High-Speed Rail (HSR)) network with over 20,000 km of track has established in China. The network is part of the network of passenger-dedicated lines (PDLs) in service. The HSR in China refers to any railway in China with commercial train service at the speed of 200 km/h or higher.
2. What is the theme of 2016 World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD)?
[A]Suicide Can Be Prevented!
[B]Connect, Communicate, Care
[C]Stigma: A Major Barrier to Suicide Prevention
[D]Light a candle near a Window
Answer: Connect, Communicate, Care
The World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) is observed every year on September 10 to provide worldwide commitment and action to prevent suicides, with various activities around the world. The 2016 theme is “Connect, Communicate, Care”.
3. The book “Anything but Khamoshi” is the biography of which famous personality?
[B]Bharathi Pradhan
[C]Shatrughan Sinha
[D]LK Advani
Answer: Shatrughan Sinha
The book “Anything but Khamoshi: The Shatrughan Sinha Biography” is authored by Bharathi S Pradhan. It is a rivetingly honest read that retraces the hurrahs and heartaches of India’s most popular Bihari Babu.
4. Who has been honoured with 2016 Tamil Ratna award in United States?
[A]Lalit Modi
[B]Subramanian Swamy
[C]Narendra Modi
[D]Lata Mangeshkar
Answer: Subramanian Swamy
Subramanian Swamy, the senior BJP leader and Rajya Sabha MP, has been honoured with Tamil Ratna award by America Tamil Sangam (ATS) in New York for fighting corruption and working for more transparency in the functioning of the government. Previous Tamil Ratna awardees include Oscar-winning composer AR Rahman and movie director Bharathi Raja.
5. Which country is hosting the 2016 Track Asia Cup cycling competition?
[D]Sri Lanka
Answer: India
India is hosting the 2016 Track Asia Cup cycling competition at the Indira Gandhi Sports Complex velodrome in New Delhi. The event, recognised by the International Cycling Federation, is part of the World Championship qualifier with the points earned here adding up to the ranking of an athlete. India would be fielding a strong 29-member contingent in the competition which would see more than 150 athletes participate from 11 other countries including Pakistan.
6. The book “His Bloody Project” has been authored by whom?
[A]Paul Beatty
[B]Graeme Macrae Burnet
[C]Roger Brunyate
[D]James Robertson
Answer: Graeme Macrae Burnet
The book “His Bloody Project” has been authored by Graeme Macrae Burnet. It is a story of poverty in the tiny crofting community of Culduie in the Scottish Highlands. The book is shortlisted for 2016 Man Booker prize.
7. Which state tourism department will host the 2016 Vintage Bike and Car Festival?
[C]Tamil Nadu
Answer: Goa
The Goa Tourism department will host the first-of-its-kind Vintage Bikeand Car Festival-2016 on October 1. In the festival, the vintage two-wheelers and four wheelers dated from 1921 to 1970 will be on display. The vintage cars such as Chevrolet, Mercedes, Volkswagen and bikes like Norton, BSA and BMW will be centre of attraction in the festival.
8. Which Indian-origin scientist has won the 2016 Lemelson-MIT Prize?
[A]Mandeep Kaur
[B]Kirti Singh
[C]Ramesh Raskar
[D]Varsha Patil
Answer: Ramesh Raskar
Ramesh Raskar, an Indian-origin scientist, has bagged the prestigious 2016 Lemelson-MIT Prize worth $ 5 lakh for his groundbreaking inventions to create solutions to improve lives globally. He is founder of the Camera Culture research group at the MIT Media Lab and an Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences. He has more than 75 patents to his name and having written more than 120 reviewed publications. Raskar is also the co-inventor of radical imaging solutions including Femto-photography, an ultra-fast imaging system that can see around corners. He is also inventor of low-cost eye-care solutions for the developing world and a camera that allows users to read pages of a book without opening the cover.
9. On which date the National Hindi Divas is celebrated in India?
[A]September 15
[B]September 14
[C]September 16
[D]September 13
Answer: September 14
The National Hindi Divas is celebrated every year on September 14 in India. On this day, the President of India presented the Rajbhasha awards at Rashtrapati Bhawan to recognize the excellent contribution of Ministries, Departments and Nationalized Banks in the field of Hindi. On this day, in 1949, the Constituent Assembly of India had adopted Hindi language as the official language of India.
10. Devendra Jhajharia, who has won gold at the 2016 Rio Paralympics, is associated with which sports?
[A]Shot Put
[B]Javelin throw
Answer: Javelin throw
Devendra Jhajharia has clinched gold in the men’s javelin throw F46 event at the 2016 Rio Paralympics. This is the 2nd paralympic gold that Jhajharia has won. Previously, he had won gold at the 2004 Athens Paralympics with a throw of 62.15 metres with which he set a world record. With this, he is the first Indian to win two Paralympic gold medals. .

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