GK & Current Affairs: September 29, 2016
1. The book “Karachi, You’re Killing Me!” has been authored by whom?
Answer: Saba Imtiaz
The book “Karachi, You’re Killing Me!” has been authored by Pakistani journalist-writer Saba Imtiaz. It is a comedy crime-thriller novel, which revolves around the life of a young protagonist, Ayesha and about several events of violence and disturbance that take place in Karachi due to poor security measures. It is a treatise on the state of journalism in Karachi, where law and order is taken for granted. The upcoming Bollywood film “Noor” is based on the novel in which Sonakshi Sinha is playing a journalist role.
2. The India Sanitation Conference (INDOSAN) will be held in which of the following cities?
Answer: New Delhi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the India Sanitation Conference (INDOSAN) in New Delhi on September 30, 2016. The conference is meant for taking stock of the progress under the mission, deliberating on related issues and renewing the commitment to ensure Swachh Bharat. The individuals and organisations who have made significant contribution for generating awareness about sanitation and motivating people in this regard would be honoured during the conference.
3. The ‘Progress Panchayat’ for minorities has been launched from which state of India?
Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, the Union Minority Affairs Minister, has launched the “Progress Panchayat” programme for minorities from Mewat region of Haryana to reach out to the minority communities and publicize the various welfare measures taken by the NDA government for their betterment. The programme will be organized in 100 places in India where Union Ministers will interact with people about the several schemes.
4. “Skava Commerce” an e-commerce platform for retailers, has been launched by which Indian company?
Infosys has recently launched “Skava Commerce” a new standard for modern, mobile-first and modular e-commerce platform for retailers. The platform can help brick-and-mortar retailers to quickly launch new offerings, improve conversion rates of traffic coming from digital channels, amongst other things, without making large investments upfront. The platform can integrate with existing technologies, while providing a future-ready architecture that will enable next generation shopping experiences leveraging Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning, natural language processing and virtual reality (VR).
5. Which state has become the first Indian state to adopt Center’s Street Lighting National Programme (SLNP) in all its urban local bodies (ULB)?
Rajasthan has become the first Indian state to adopt centre’s Street Lighting National Programme (SLNP) in all its urban local bodies (ULB). Almost 5 lakh conventional street lights have been replaced with LED street lights across the state. The project has been funded by Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a Public Energy Services Company under the administration of Ministry of Power, Government of India (GoI), at no cost to the state.
6. Which country’s women’s kabaddi team has won gold in 2016 Asian Beach Games?
Indian women’s kabaddi team has won gold medal at the 5th Asian Beach Games-2016 by defeating Thailand in the final by 41-31 in Danang, Vietnam. India is winning the gold since the inception of the biennial Games in 2008 and it is fifth time in a row Thailand had lost to India in a final.
7. Max Walker, who died recently, was the former cricketer of which country?
Max Walker (81), an Australian cricketer and Australian rules football player, has recently passed away in Melbourne, Australia. His unorthodox cricket bowling action earned him the nickname “Tangles” and his larrikin character made him a much-loved figure with the Australian public.
8. What is the theme of 2016 World Maritime Day (WMD)?
[A]IMO: shipping safety & security
[B]Shipping: indispensable to the world
[C]IMO conventions: effective implementation
[D]Maritime education and training
Answer: Shipping: indispensable to the world
The United Nations’ World Maritime Day (WMD) is observed every year on September 29 to highlight the importance of shipping safety, maritime security and the marine environment. The 2016 theme “Shipping: indispensable to the world” has been chosen to focus on the critical link between shipping and global society and to raise awareness of the relevance of the role of IMO as the global regulatory body for international shipping.
9. Which state government has signed a MoU with Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) to promote education?
The Telangana government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) to improve services of Mana TV, an educational channel for students in Telangana. The channel will launch coaching programmes for the students preparing for EAMCET, the common entrance test for admissions to engineering and medical courses, Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS) and other competitive examinations. It will telecast daily a 4-hour programme for candidates preparing for the examination.
10. What is the theme of 2016 World Heart Day (WHD)?
[A]Create heart-healthy environments
[B]Light your heart, empower your life
[C]Care the heart, love your life
[D]One home, one world, one heart
Answer: Light your heart, empower your life
The 2016 World Heart Day (WHD) is observed every year on September 29 to raise awareness about the four main factors that affect the human heart — use of tobacco, improper diet, lack of physical exercise and excess consumption of alcohol. The 2016 theme is “Light Your Heart, Empower Your Life”. .
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