GK & Current Affairs – September 23, 2016

1. Who of the following Indians have been selected for the 2016 Clark R. Bavin Wildlife Law Enforcement Awards?
[A]Madhav Jain and Murli Karthik
[B]Prakash Sarja and Vijay Kumar
[C]M Balasubramany and Nagesh Sarkar
[D]Sanjay Dutta and Ritesh Sarothiya [toggles][toggle title=”Answer”]

Sanjay Dutta and Ritesh Sarothiya
Sanjay Dutta and Ritesh Sarothiya have been selected for the 2016 Clark R. Bavin Wildlife Law Enforcement Awards, which honours individuals engaging in exemplary law enforcement actions to protect wildlife. Sarothiya is the Assistant Conservator of Madhya Pradesh State Forest Service and Dutta is the range officer of Belakoba Forest Range Jalpaiguri in West Bengal. The award ceremony will be held on 3rd October 2016 at the 17th Conference of the Parties (CoP) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in Johannesburg, South Africa.

2. Who has been sworn-in as the new Chief Justice of Kerala High Court?
[A]R S Garg
[B]Navin Sinha
[C]P Sathasivam
[D]Mohan M Shantanagoudar [toggles][toggle title=”Answer”]

Mohan M Shantanagoudar
Justice Mohan M Shantanagoudar has been sworn in as the new Chief Justice of Kerala High Court. He was administered oath by the Governor Justice (Retd) P. Sathasivam at a function held at Raj Bhavan. Prior to this appointment, he served as the acting chief justice of the Kerala High Court.

3. Reoti Saran Sharma, who passed away recently, was related to which field?
[D]Science [toggles][toggle title=”Answer”]

Reoti Saran Sharma (92), the well-known Hindi and Urdu writer, has recently passed away in New Delhi.He was pioneer in radio plays in All India Radio and was conferred with Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for 2007 for his contribution to theatre. He was also awarded Sahitya Kala Parishad and Ghalib Award.

4. The book “Citizen and Society” has been authored by whom?
[A]Pranab Mukherjee
[B]Mohammad Hamid Ansari
[C]Sushma Swaraj
[D]Manmohan Singh [toggles][toggle title=”Answer”]

Mohammad Hamid Ansari
The book “Citizen and Society” has been authored by Mohammad Hamid Ansari, the Vice President of India. It is recently launched by President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi. The book describes Ansari’s life as that of a perfect citizen and the theme of the book is that a citizen cannot be apolitical and has to take part in politics to build the society.

5. Which of the following has been appointed as members of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI)?
[A]Ravindra Dholakia
[B]Pami Dua
[C]Chetan Ghate
[D]All of the above [toggles][toggle title=”Answer”]

All of the above
The Union Government has appointed three outside experts as members of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), which will set interest rates. The appointees are Indian Statistical Institute professor Chetan Ghate, Delhi School of Economics director Pami Dua and Ravindra H Dholakia of IIM-Ahmedabad. The experts will serve for four years and are not eligible for re-appointment. In the six-member MPC- the other 3 members are from RBI – will conduct its first monetary policy review on October 4, 2016. These are RBI governor Urjit Patel, deputy governor R. Gandhi, who is also in charge of the monetary policy, and executive director Michael Patra.The RBI governor will have a casting vote in case of a tie.

6. Who has been bestowed with the 2016 Clinton Global Citizen Award?
[A]Adi Godrej
[B]Mukesh Ambani
[C]Rahul Bajaj
[D]Azim Premji [toggles][toggle title=”Answer”]

Adi Godrej
Industrialist Adi Godrej, the Chairman of Mumbai-based Godrej Group, has been bestowed with the 10th edition of Clinton Global Citizen Award-2016 for leadership in business and philanthropy. The award recognizes Godrej’s leadership in transforming the intersection of business and philanthropy and making the Godrej Group a global example of what can be achieved through inclusive, sustainable business strategies.

7. “Indra-2016” the joint military exercise has started between India and which country?
[D]Australia [toggles][toggle title=”Answer”]

The 8th edition of India-Russia Joint Military Exercise “INDRA-2016” has started in the Ussiriysk District in Vladivostok, Russia. The main focus of this joint exercise is on “Counter-Terrorism Operations in semi mountainous and jungle terrain under United Nations Mandate”.

8. “Mission Parivar Vikas” will be launched by which union ministry for improved family planning services?
[A]Ministry of Rural Development
[B]Ministry of Women and Child Development
[C]Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation
[D]Ministry of Health and Family Welfare [toggles][toggle title=”Answer”]

Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare will launch “Mission Parivar Vikas” in 145 high focus districts for improved family planning services. The districts are from 7 states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Assam which have high Total Fertility Rates (TFR) and constitute nearly 50 % of the India’s population. The purpose of mission is to accelerate access to high quality family planning choices based on information, reliable services and supplies within a rights-based framework.

9. The National SC/ST Hub will be launched in which city of India?
[D]New Delhi [toggles][toggle title=”Answer”]

The National SC/ST Hub under the Ministry of MSME will be launched in Ludhiana, Punjab on October 8, 2016 to promote the SC/ST entrepreneurs. The ministry has made an initial allotment of allocation of Rs. 490 crore for the period 2016-2020 for the National SC/ST Hub. The hub would operate from National Small Industries Corporation (NSIC) Headquarters in Delhi, supported by a special cell created for this purpose. The hub would primarily aid in strengthening market access/linkage, monitoring, capacity building,leveraging financial support schemes and sharing industry best practices, etc.

10. The first-ever childhood cancer awareness exhibition will be held at which city of India?
[D]Gandhinagar [toggles][toggle title=”Answer”]

The first-of-its-kind exhibition on childhood cancer awareness will be held at the iconic Taj Mahal in Agra from September 25 to 27, 2016. The exhibition ‘CanKids-Kidscan’ will be organized by National Society for Change for Childhood Cancer in India. The exhibition will include ‘Chalo Chalein Taj programme’ under which around 1,500 cancer-affected children and their families will visit the Taj Mahal. The street play by childhood cancer survivors will also be shown at the function.

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