GK & Current Affairs – September 21, 2016

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What is the theme of 2016 United Nations’ International Day of Peace?
[A]Who Will You Make Peace With?
[B]Partnerships for Peace – Dignity for All
[C]Long live absolute world peace
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The Sustainable Development Goals: Building Blocks for Peace
The United Nations’ International Day of Peace is observed every year on September 21 to strengthening the ideals of world peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. The 2016 theme is “The Sustainable Development Goals: Building Blocks for Peace”.

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The 2016 North East Connectivity Summit has started in which city of India?
[A]Guwahati
[B]Agartala
[C]Itanagar
[D]Imphal [toggles][toggle title=”Answer”]

Agartala
The 2016 North East Connectivity Summit has started in Agartala, Tripura and will conclude on September 23. The 2-day summit will focus deliberations on development of an economic corridor connecting North East with South East Asia, market linkages, energy and transport infrastructure requirements in the region, etc.In the summit, delegations from different countries such as; Singapore, Bangladesh, Myanmar are participating.

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3.

“Param-Ishan” supercomputing facility has launched by Union Government in which IIT college recently?
[A]IIT Indore
[B]IIT Bombay
[C]IIT Guwahati
[D]IIT Madras [toggles][toggle title=”Answer”]

IIT Guwahati
Praksh Javadekar, the Union Human Resource Development Minister, has recently launched “PARAM-ISHAN” supercomputing facility at IIT Guwahati. The high-performance “Param-Ishan” has computing speed of 250 Teraflops and capacity of 300 Tera Bites (TB). It can be used in the application areas like Computational Chemistry, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Computational Electromagnetic, Civil Engineering Structures, Nana-block Self Assemble, Optimization etc.

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4.

How much loan amount has been approved by Asian Development Bank (ADB) to build India’s first coastal industrial corridor?
[A]$543 million
[B]$826 million
[C]$631 million
[D]$497 million [toggles][toggle title=”Answer”]

$631 million
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved $631 million loan to build India’s first coastal industrial corridor between Visakhapatnam and Chennai. The fund will help develop the first key 800-km section of the planned 2,500-km long East Coast Economic Corridor and provide impetus to development on India’s eastern coast. It will also facilitate seamless trade links with other parts of South and Southeast Asia.

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5.

Priyesha Deshmukh is associated with which sports?
[A]Wushu
[B]Swimming
[C]Boxing
[D]Shooting [toggles][toggle title=”Answer”]

Shooting
Deaf Indian shooter Priyesha Deshmukh has won the bronze medal in the 10m air rifle category at the first World Deaf Shooting Championship held in Kazan, Russia from September 7-15, 2016. It was her first-ever international competition.

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6.

Which Indian stock exchange has tied up with Twitter to provide live stock updates?
[A]OTC Exchange of India
[B]Multi Commodity Exchange of India
[C]Bombay Stock Exchange
[D]National Stock Exchange [toggles][toggle title=”Answer”]

Bombay Stock Exchange
The Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) has partnered with Twitter to provide live updates of S&P BSE Sensex levels, stock prices and opening and closing figures of Sensex companies to millions of investors. It is Asia’s first such collaboration between a stock exchange and a social media platform.

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7.

The 2016 BIRAC Innovators Meet will be held in which city of India?
[A]New Delhi
[B]Mumbai
[C]Chennai
[D]Guwahati [toggles][toggle title=”Answer”]

New Delhi
The 5th edition of Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC) 2016 Innovators Meet will be held in New Delhi on September 22-23. The theme of the meet would be “Biotech Innovation Ecosystem – Strategizing the Next Leap”. BIRAC is a non-profit Public Sector Enterprise (PSE) under the aegis of Department of Biotechnology (DBT) and its purpose is to foster innovation and entrepreneurship in all places of research.

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8.

The 2016 Incredible India Tourism Investment Summit (IITIS) has started in which city of India?
[A]Ahmedabad
[B]Dehradun
[C]New Delhi
[D]Bhopal [toggles][toggle title=”Answer”]

New Delhi
The 2016 Incredible India Tourism Investment Summit (IITIS) has started at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi from September 21 to 23. IITIS is a platform for domestic and international investors to meet project owners from across Indian states and the private sector. It is an initiative of the Union Ministry of Tourism in association with Tourism Finance Corporation of India (TFCI) and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).

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9.

Which country is hosting the conference of top security experts of SAARC countries?
[A]Pakistan
[B]India
[C]Bangladesh
[D]Maldives [toggles][toggle title=”Answer”]

India
India is hosting the second conference of the high level group of security experts from the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries from September 22-23, 2016 in New Delhi. It is hosted by Director of Intelligence Bureau (IB) Dineshwar Sharma and intelligence chiefs of all other SAARC nations — Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Maldives besides India — will participate in it. The purpose of the conference is to strengthen the SAARC anti-terror mechanism.

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10.

The book “Do Not Say We Have Nothing” has been authored by whom?
[A]Madeleine Thien
[B]Paul Beatty
[C]Deborah Levy
[D]David Szalay [toggles][toggle title=”Answer”]

Madeleine Thien
The book “Do Not Say We Have Nothing” has been authored by Madeleine Thien, which is shortlisted for 2016 Man Booker prize. It is a story on classical music in revolutionary China.

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