GK & Current Affairs – September 22, 2016
1. How much amount has been allotted by the Tamil Nadu government for Thaaliku Thangam scheme under marriage assistance programme?
[A]Rs. 289 crore
[B]Rs. 204 crore
[C]Rs. 323 crore
[D]Rs. 333 crore [toggles][toggle title=”Answer”]
The Tamil Nadu government has allotted Rs. 204 crore for ‘Thaaliku Thangam’ (Gold for Mangalsutra) scheme under a marriage assistance programme scheme for the year 2016-17 to benefit 12,500 women.
2. The world’s largest solar power plant has been installed in which state of India?
[D]Haryana [toggles][toggle title=”Answer”]
The world’s largest solar power plant with an installed capacity of 648MW has been commissioned at Kamudhi in Ramanathapuram district of Tamil Nadu. The plant was set up by Adani Group on an area of around 5,000 acres at a total cost of Rs 4,550 crore.
3. The 2016 International Association of Science Parks and Areas of Innovation (IASP) world conference is hosted by which country?
[D]Berlin [toggles][toggle title=”Answer”]
The 33rd edition of International Association of Science Parks and Areas of Innovation (IASP) World Conference is hosted by Moscow, Russia from September 19-22, 2016. The theme of IASP 2016 is “The Global Mind: Linking Innovation Communities for Internationalization, Sustainability and Growth”. IASP is the largest worldwide network of science parks and areas of innovation, uniting technology parks and institutions and it has a Special Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). The 2017 IASP will be held in Istanbul, Turkey.
4. Which Indian film has been selected as the official entry to Oscar Awards 2017 in the foreign language film category?
[D]Anjali [toggles][toggle title=”Answer”]
The Tamil film “Visaranai” has been selected as the official entry to Oscars 2017 in the Foreign Language Film category. The film is directed by Vetrimaran and is based on M.Chandrakumar’s novel Lock Up. It is story about autorickshaw driver, who shares his experience after he and three of his friends are arrested on false charges.
5. Who has been sworn-in as the new Chief Justice of Calcutta High Court?
[C]Arun Kumar Mishra
[D]Girish Chandra Gupta [toggles][toggle title=”Answer”]
Justice Girish Chandra Gupta has been sworn-in as the new Chief Justice of Calcutta High Court. Justice Gupta would have a short tenure as Chief Justice of the High Court as he is due to retire in December 2016. He was administered oath by West Bengal Governor Kesari Nath Tripathi.
6. Who will get the first-ever Jesse Owens Olympic Spirit Award-2016?
[D]Michael Phelps [toggles][toggle title=”Answer”]
The first-ever Jesse Owens Olympic Spirit Award-2016 will be posthumously bestowed to Olympic champion Muhammad Ali, who passed away on June 3, 2016. It will be accepted by his wife Lonnie Ali. The annual award will recognize an individual(s) who has served as a powerful force for good in society, inspiring others by contributing to a better world, uniting people or leading a cause.
7. Who will be honoured with the 2016 Lalit Arpan Samman?
[D]Yamini Krishnamurthy [toggles][toggle title=”Answer”]
Shubha Mudgal, the Hindustani classical singer will be honoured with the 2016 Lalit Arpan Samman. She is known for her singing in genres of Khayal, Thumri and Dadra. The 15th edition of Lalit Arpan festival 2016 will also acknowledge artist couple Paramjit and Arpita Singh. The 2016 festival is dedicated to dance.
8. The book “The Sellout” has been authored by whom?
[D]Paul Beatty [toggles][toggle title=”Answer”]
The book “The Sellout” has been authored by Paul Beatty, which is shortlisted for 2016 Man Booker prize.It is a satire on United States constitution, urban life, the civil rights movement, the father-son relationship and the holy grail of racial equality.
9. Who has been appointed as the new Indian Ambassador to the United States?
[C]Taranjit Singh Sandhu
[D]Yash Sinha [toggles][toggle title=”Answer”]
Navtej Sarna, an Indian Foreign Service officer of the 1980 batch, has been appointed as the new Indian Ambassador to the United States. Prior to this appointment, he was serving as Secretary (West) in the Ministry of External Affairs before he was posted in London in January 2016. He will succeed Arun Singh, who is due for retirement. Apart from this, the Union Government has also appointed Taranjit Singh Sandhu as the next High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka. Sandhu will replace Yash Sinha.
10. The first meeting of Goods and Service Tax (GST) Council has been held in which of the following cities?
[D]Bengaluru [toggles][toggle title=”Answer”]
The first meeting of Goods and Service Tax (GST) Council has held in New Delhi and is chaired by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. The two-day meet of the GST Council council will decide on long pending issues of threshold limit for applicability of the tax as well as the limit for dual control between Centre and states. The GST is a single indirect tax which will subsume most of the central and state taxes such as VAT, excise duty, service tax and central sales tax.
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