GK & Current Affairs – September 6, 7, 2016
1. The 2016 ASEAN Summit has started in which of the following countries?
The 28th edition of ASEAN Summit 2016 has started in Vientiane, Laos. In the summit, the ASEAN leaders will review the progress of implementation of ASEAN Community Blueprints 2025.
2. “Nuakhai” the agrarian mass festival has celebrated in which state of India?
Nuakhai, the agrarian mass festival of Kosali people, has celebrated in western Odisha on September 6, 2016 to welcome the new rice of the season. Every year, the festival is observed on panchami tithi, the day after Ganesh Chaturthi. It is a festival for the worship of food grain.
3. Who has won the 2016 Heritage Heroes Award of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)?
Answer: Bibhuti Lahkar
Dr. Bibhuti Lahkar, an ecologist and conservation activist from India, has won the prestigious 2016 Heritage Heroes Award of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) at the IUCN’s World Conservation Congress in Honolulu, Hawaii. With this, he became the first Asian and the first individual from Assam to win this prestigious environmental award. The award is aimed to recognize the outstanding efforts of conservationists around the world in making a difference in the conservation of World Heritage sites in challenging situations. Dr.Lahkar has been working to save the grasslands, flora and fauna of Manas National Park area for the past two decades and is currently engaged as Manas Landscape Administrator for Aaranyak, an NGO working for biodiversity conservation in North East India.
4. Which state will become the first Indian state to link exam forms with Aadhaar card?
In a bid to clean up the examination system after the toppers scam, the Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) will link exam forms with Aadhaar card to avoid duplication.This new initiative is the first to be implemented by any state board in India. As per the new initiative, when the students will apply for examinations, they will have to specify their Aadhar card number. In case any student is unable to provide Aadhar number along with the examination form, he or she will have to put forward a strong reason for not doing so before the school principal. The move will not only add to greater transparency in the exam process but also facilitate easy access to documents.
5. Who has won the 2016 Italian Grand Prix Formula One World Championship?
Answer: Nico Rosberg
Nico Rosberg, a German Formula One driver for Mercedes Formula One team, has won the 2016 Italian Grand Prix Formula One World Championship in Monza, Italy.
6. Which film has bagged the best film award at the 2016 BRICS Film festival?
Thithi has bagged the best film award at the first edition of BRICS Film Festival 2016. It is a Kannada-language dramatic comedy movie, which is co-written and directed by Raam Reddy. The movie is about how three generations of sons react to the death of the oldest in their clan, a man named Century Gowda: a locally renowned, highly cantankerous 101-year-old man.
7. “Bubble Pin” a one-step offline payments mode has been launched by which digital payment company?
MobiKwik has recently launched “Bubble Pin” a one-step offline payments mode, which allows users to make payments even without data connection. The MobiKwik app will generate a pin with a 60-second validity when the ‘Pay at store’ option is clicked. Then,users need to share the unique pin with the retailer to make the payment. The pin is a combination of numbers and alphabets. Bubble pin also makes the transaction more secure as no phone number is required to be shared. Users will soon use MobiKwik ‘Bubble Pin’ in over 25,000 offline stores across India.
8. “NIDHI” has launched by the Union Government for nurturing ideas & innovation into start ups. What does “NIDHI” stands for?
[A]National Imitation for Developing and Harnessing Innovations
[B]National Immigration for Developing and Harnessing Innovations
[C]National Initiative for Developing and Harnessing Innovations
[D]National Implementation for Developing and Harnessing Innovations
Answer: National Initiative for Developing and Harnessing Innovations
The Union Government has recently launched an umbrella program “National Initiative for Developing and Harnessing Innovations (NIDHI)” for nurturing ideas and innovation into successful start ups. The purpose of the program is to provide technological solutions not only to the pressing needs of the society but also targets to create new avenues for wealth and job creation. The programme will focus on helping startups to meet their funding, infrastructure and other mentorship needs.
9. Who has been appointed as the part-time chairperson of Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI)?
[C]Ajay Bhushan Pandey
Answer: J Satyanarayana
J Satyanarayana, the former IAS officer, has been appointed as the part-time chairperson of Unique Identification Authority of India(UIDAI). The post has been lying vacant following resignation of Infosys co-founder Nandan Nilekani’s resignation in 2014. Besides him, technocrats Rajesh Jain and Anand Deshpande have been appointed as part-time members of the UIDAI.
10. Which country has been declared free from Yaws and Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus (MNT) by the World Health Organization (WHO)?
India has been declared free from Yaws and Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus (MNT) by the World Health Organization (WHO). Recently, India has received WHO’s certificates for MNTE & Yaws-free India at the 69th session of Regional Committee of WHO at Colombo, Sri Lanka. India is the first country under the 2012 WHO Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) roadmap to eliminate yaws, a disease known to affect the most underserved population. India had eliminated maternal and neonatal tetanus, which the WHO had termed a major public health feat. .
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