GK & Current Affairs: September 7, 8, 2015
1. Kalamandalam Satyabhama who passed away recently was a classical dancer of which form of India?
The Well-known Mohiniyattam dancer and Padmashree-awardee choreographer, Ms. Kalamandalam Satyabhama (77) passed away due to illness at Pallakad, Kerala. She was known for her experimental reforms in Mohiniyattam as she helped to make the traditional art form popular among dance buffs in the state.
2. The bilateral maritime exercise “AUSINDEX15” was recently conducted between which of the following countries?
[A]Australia & India
[B]Australia and Japan
[C]Australia and Taiwan
[D]Australia and UK
Answer: Australia & India
The first bilateral maritime exercise “AUSINDEX15” has been conducted between Australia and India. In it, the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) consists of HMAS Sirius (fleet tanker), HMAS Arunta (Anzac class frigate) and one submarine HMAS Sheean (Collins class submarine) while Indian Navy represented by INS Shivalik (stealth frigate), INS Ranvijay (guided missile destroyer) and INS Shakti (fleet tanker).
3. Who has been appointed as the Chairman of the Press Trust of India (PTI)?
[A]Hormusji N Cama
[B]Mahendra Mohan Gupta
Answer: Hormusji N Cama
Mr. Hormusji N Cama appointed as the Chairman of the Press Trust of India (PTI). Mr. Cama is the director of Bombay Samachar, which is the oldest continuously-published newspaper in India since 1855. He succeeded Mr. Mahendra Mohan Gupta, Chairman and Managing Director of the Jagran Prakashan. Apart from him, Mr. Riyad Mathew (Director of Malayala Manorama) was unanimously elected as the Vice Chairman of the PTI.
4. To restructure water agencies which of the following committees formed by Government of India (GoI), recently?
[A]K.G. Karmakar Committee
[C]Mihir Shah Committee
Answer: Mihir Shah Committee
The Ministry for Water Resources constituted a 7-member committee led by former Planning Commission member Mr. Mihir Shah to restructure the Central Water Commission (CWC) and the Central Ground Water Board (CGWB) to encourage optimal development of water resources in India. This committee will work on water resource planning, augmenting and budgeting in an integrated manner.
5. Kalaripayattu is the martial art dance of which state of India?
Kalarippayattu is the traditional martial art dance of Kerala and the mother of all martial arts. A kalari is the school (or training hall) where martial arts are taught.The weapons used in it are strikes, kicks, etc. Footwork patterns is the most important key in this martial art dance. Recently, Union Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports has recognized the Indian Kalarippayattu Federation (IKF) as Regional Sports Federation (RSF). This decision was taken with a view to promote and provide due acknowledgement and importance to sports having regional spread. This recognition also grants major role to the IKF for promotion and development of Kalarippayattu sport in India.
6. As per the World Bank report titled “Assessment of State Implementation of Business Reforms” which state of India is the most investor-friendly State?
The World Bank report titled “Assessment of State Implementation of Business Reforms” is the first ever ranking of States on the ease of doing business in India. Gujarat is at the top position followed by Andhra Pradesh, Jharkhand, Chattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh.
7. The Government of India (GoI) approved the purchase of 10 Heron TP drones from which country, recently?
The Government of India (GoI) approved the purchase of 10 Heron TP drones from Israel. This $ 400 million deal to buy armed missile-armed drones from Israel is expected to enhance India’s cross-border military strike capability. These drones will be operated by the Indian Air Force (IAF), which has a fleet of reconnaissance drones. IAF also has a fleet of Harpy UAVs from Israel, which are self destructing systems primarily tasked with taking out enemy radar positions.
8. The mobile banking app “LIME” has been launched by which of the following banks, recently?
Answer: Axis Bank
The mobile banking app “LIME” has been launched by Axis Bank. The app will allow customers in both account and non-account holders to compare and shop, split bills, transfer money and even share their mobile banking wallets. This app can also be used to pool money to buy gifts or for group travel by friends.
9. Which among the following banks has recently launched “SimplyCLICK” card for online shopping?
The State Bank of India (SBI) launched the the SimplyCLICK SBI Card for online shopping. For this new credit card, SBI Card has partnered Amazon India,Book My Show, Cleartrip, FabFurnish, Food Panda, Lens Kart and Ola Cabs. The card has been inspired by the needs and aspirations of the generation that is always online.
10. Which city of China will host the 2022 Asian Games?
Hangzhou, the capital city of Zhejiang Province in east China has been chosen by the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) to host the 2022 Asian Games. It will be the third time that the Asian games will be held in a Chinese city after Beijing in 1990 and Guangzhou in 2010. Hangzhou is best known for the West Lake, a placid and tourist attraction and is also home base of Chinese Internet (ecommerce) giant Alibaba. .
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