GK & Current Affairs: September 18-20, 2015

1. Who among the following heads the expert group set up by NITI Aayog to draft land leasing law?
[A]R Mehrishi
[B]T Haque
[C]JP Mishra
[D]HS Meena
Answer: T Haque
The Agriculture Division of National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog constituted an expert group on Land Leasing. The expert group will be headed by former Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices (CACP) chairman Mr. T Haque. The committee consists of members from Andhra Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Maharashtra, Assam, Rajasthan, Meghalaya and Joint Secretary Mr. HS Meena from the Department of Land Resources. Mr. JP Mishra, the Adviser (Agriculture) in NITI Aayog will act as the member secretary.
2. Which of the following recently got the certificate by Limca Book of Records for the “Largest Yoga performance”?
Answer: NCC
The National Cadet Corps (NCC) got the certificate by the Limca Book of Records for the ‘Largest Yoga performance simultaneously by a single uniformed youth organisation’ at multiple venues on International Day of Yoga (June 21). The certificate was presented by Mr. Vijaya Ghose, Editor Limca Book of Records to Lt Gen A Chakravarty in the presence of Union Defence Minister Mr. Manohar Parrikar.
3. Which Indian organisation got SKOCH Awards for Smart Governance initiatives, recently?
Answer: EPFO
The Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) got SKOCH Award for Smart Governance.
4. Chennakesava temple is located at which state of India?
[C]Tamil Nadu
Answer: Karnataka
The Chennakeshava temple, dedicated to the Lord Vishnu, is located in Aralaguppe, a small town in the Tumkur district, Karnataka. The temple was built around 1250 A.D. During the rule of the Hoysala Empire King Vira Someshwara.
5. Which amongst the following automakers in India launched quadricycle ‘Qute’ recently?
[A]Tata Motors
[B]Marutu Suzuki
[D]Bajaj Auto
Answer: Bajaj Auto
The automaker Bajaj Auto launched its much-awaited RE60 quadricycle ‘Qute’ at a Free-on-Board (FoB) price tag of $2,000 (around Rs. 1.35 lakh). The vehicle is meant only for export markets for now, as the regulations for India are not yet in place because of an ongoing Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in the Supreme Court. Here, FoB refers to terms requiring the seller to deliver goods on board a vessel designated by the buyer. Depending on the duties and taxes of each country, the price will differ in each market.
6. Which amongst the following countries hosted the first ‘Bhagvad Gita’ conference recently?
[C]United Kingdom
[D]Sri Lanka
Answer: United Kingdom
The first conference on the contemporary relevance of the ‘Bhagvad Gita’ was held in London, United Kingdom. The conference was organised by Indian Council of Cultural Relations and High Commission of India. The purpose of the conference was to deal with the innumerable questions that exercise and confound through Bhagvad Gita and help to tap unique transformational energy. The ‘Bhagvad Gita’ is the most widely read and crucial one for the understanding of Eastern mysticism.
7. Which High Court of India ruled that the Prohibition of Child Marriage Act (PCMA), 2006 will apply on Muslims too?
[A]Rajasthan High Court
[B]New Delhi High Court
[C]Gujarat High Court
[D]Madras High Court
Answer: Gujarat High Court
The Gujarat High Court has held that the special law ” Prohibition of Child Marriage Act (PCMA), 2006″ will prevail over the Muslim Personal Law in cases where Muslims marry off their minor daughters. The promoters of such marriages will face legal proceedings. The ruling held that the Child Marriage Act is a Special Act and it will override the provisions of Muslim Personal Law, Hindu Marriage Act or any personal law. The ruling was made by Justice JB Pardiwala.
8. Which of the following is not located in Ladakh?
[A]Hemis Monastery
[B]Salt Valley
[C]Zanskar Pass
[D]Dibang Valley
Answer: Dibang Valley
Dibang Valley is in Arunachal Pradesh. Hemis Monastery is a Buddhist monastery of Drupka lineage. Salt Valley is in Rupshu region of Ladakh.
9. Which day has been proclaimed by United Nations as “International Genocide Commemoration Day”?
[A]December 9
[B]November 12
[C]October 25
[D]September 22
Answer: December 9
The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) adopted the resolutions that proclaimed December 9 as International Day of Commemoration & Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime. The day marks the anniversary of the signing of the 1948 Genocide Convention.
10. Which of the following countries was earlier known as Republic of Upper Volta?
[B]Burkina Faso
Answer: Burkina Faso
Burkina Faso is a land-locked West African state surrounded by six countries. It has a population of just over 17 million people. Formerly known as the Republic of Upper Volta, the official language is French. It is an important ally for the US and France in the fight against militants in the Sahel region. A military coup was held here recently. .

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