GK & Current Affairs: September 30, 2016
1. The National Mission on Bioeconomy has launched in which city of India?
The National Mission on Bioeconomy has launched in Shillong, Meghalaya by the Institute of Bio-resources and Sustainable Development (IBSD) under the Ministry of Science and Technology. The purpose of the mission is to boost rural economy by utilizing bio-resources. The mission focuses on sustainable utilization of renewable biological resources for food, bio-based products and bio-energy through knowledge-based approaches.
2. Who is the newly elected President of the Boxing Federation of India (BFI)?
[D]Rohit Jainendra Jain
Answer: Ajay Singh
Ajay Singh, the Chairman and Managing Director of Spicejet Airlines, is the newly elected president of Boxing Federation of India (BFI).
3. By which rocket vehicle ISRO has successfully launched weather satellite SCATSAT-1?
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has successfully launched its weather satellite SCATSAT-1 for ocean and weather related studies into orbit by Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV)-C35 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh. This was the first mission of PSLV in which it launched its payloads into two different orbits. The expected lifespan of SCATSAT-1 is to be 5 years. Beside SCATSAT-1, 3 small satellites from Algeria meant for earth observation, remote sensing and technology demonstration, a commercial high resolution imaging micro-satellite of an US agency, the nano-satellite NLS-19 of Canada to experiment on reduction of space debris and two nano-satellites of IIT- Bombay and the PES University, Bengaluru are also launched.
4. “Tianyan” the world’s largest filled aperture radio telescope has built by which country?
The world’s largest filled aperture radio telescope “Tianyan” has been built by China in Guizhou Province. The radio telescope is also known as Five-hundred-metre Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST). The purpose of FAST is to discover the laws of the development of the universe. It will be used to study stellar radio emissions, gravitational waves and potentially signals from extraterrestrial civilizations.
5. Pinky Balhara is associated with which sports?
Pinky Balhara from India has won bronze medal in women’s 52kg category of kurash at the 5th Asian Beach Games 2016 at Da Nang, Vietnam. She won the medal after she lost to Nguyen Thi Thanh Thuy of Vietnam in the semifinals. Vietnam’s Nguyen Thi Thanh Thuy won the gold medal in this event while another Vietnamese Nguyen Thi Quynh won the silver medal. Kurash is an ancient form of wrestling i.e. originated from Uzbekistan.
6. The first BRICS U-17 Football Tournament will be held in which state of India?
The first BRICS U-17 Football Tournament will be held in Goa on October 2016. The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs and Sports has recently launched the tagline of the BRICS U-17 Football tournament logo i.e. “India for Football”, which aptly symbolizes the impetus being given to the game.
7. Where are the headquarters of International Seabed Authority (ISA)?
Recently, the Union Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) has signed a 15-year contract with the International Seabed Authority (ISA) for exploration of Poly-Metallic Sulphides (PMS) in Indian Ocean. By signing the 15-year contract, India’s exclusive rights for exploration of PMS in the allotted area in the Indian Ocean will be formalized. It will increase India’s presence in the Indian Ocean where other players like China, Korea and Germany are active. The ISA is an institution set up under the Convention on Law of the Sea to which India is a Party. The headquarters of ISA are at Kingston, Jamaica.
8. The 2026 Asian Games will be hosted by which country?
The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) has recently declared that 2026 Asian Games will be hosted by Japan. The 2018 Asian Games have already been awarded to Indonesia while the 2022 edition will be held in the Chinese city of Hangzhou.
9. Arnold Palmer, who passed away recently, was related to which sports?
The golfing legend Arnold Palme (87) has recently passed away in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was known as the king of golf and was part of “The Big Three” in golf during the 1960s, along with Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player, who are widely credited with popularizing and commercializing the sport around the world.
10. Who has been appointed as the new Director General (DG) of Central Industrial Security Force (CISF)?
[B]R K Pachnanda
[C]O P Singh
[D]Kumar Shakti Shekhar
Answer: O P Singh
O P Singh, a 1983-batch officer of Uttar Pradesh cadre, has been appointed as the new Director General (DG) of Central Industrial Security Force (CISF). He will remain at post till January 2020. The CISF is a paramilitary force tasked to secure vital civil airports and nuclear and aerospace installations in India. Previously, he was the DG of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF). .
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