GK & Current Affairs – September 8, 2016

1. Which campaign has been launched by Union Government to promote the use of natural gas in India?
[A]GasoneIndia campaign
[B]Gas4India campaign
[C]GasinIndia campaign
[D]GasallIndia campaign
Answer: Gas4India campaign
Dharmendra Pradhan, the Union Minister of State (I/C) for Petroleum and Natural Gas, has recently launched #Gas4India campaign in New Delhi to promote the use of natural gas in India. Beside this, he also launched the website, twitter handle, facebook page and theme song of the campaign. The #Gas4India is a unified cross-country, multimedia, multi-event campaign to communicate the national, social, economic and ecological benefits of using natural gas as the fuel of choice to every citizen who uses, or will use in the near future. The campaign includes social engagement via Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, LinkedIn, and its official blogsite, as well as hyper local, offline events to directly connect with consumers through discussions, workshops and cultural events.
2. Who has won the prestigious 2015 J.C. Daniel Award?
[A]Rani George
[B]K G George
[C]Balu Mahendra
[D]V Sasi
Answer: K G George
K.G. George, the famous film director, has won the prestigious 2015 J.C. Daniel Award for his outstanding contribution to the Malayalam film industry. He is noted for the deep psychological analysis and character study of the human mind in his films. The award carries a purse of Rs.1 lakh and a citation and will be given by the State government in the State Film Awards at Palakkad, Kerala.
3. The 2016 BRICS Wellness Workshop will be held in which city of India?
Answer: Bengaluru
The 2016 BRICS Wellness Workshop will be held in Bengaluru, Karnataka from September 10-13. It will be organize by Ministry of AYUSH, in collaboration with Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS). Apart from this, the Ministry of AYUSH will also organize a 4-day AROGYA Fair, a comprehensive Health and Wellness Fair to showcase strengths of traditional systems/wellness sector in India and BRICS partner countries.
4. The Union Government has launched which pan-India helpline for power outages?
[A]Urja Power Helpline
[B]Urja Mitra Helpline
[C]Urja Nihit Helpline
[D]Urja Kendra Helpline
Answer: Urja Mitra Helpline
The Department of Telecom (DoT) has launched “Urja Mitra Helpline” through which customers can get information on power outages from distribution companies by dialing 14401. The helpline is for pan-India usage to send information through voice calls and SMSes to apprise customers about power situation in their area so that they can plan accordingly. It is a mandatory service, which will be provided by all the telecom operators.
5. The world’s first driverless bus service has started in which country?
Answer: France
The world’s first daily driverless bus service has started in Lyon, France. The buses can hold up to 15 passengers and features like LIDAR radar technology and motion sensors will help to avoid accidents.
6. The book “Imagine Me Gone” has been authored by whom?
[A]Adam Haslett
[B]Boris Kachka
[C]Maddie Crum
[D]Don Oldenburg
Answer: Adam Haslett
The book “Imagine Me Gone” has been authored by Adam Haslett. The novel is about how love and frustration shape the family dynamics of those affected by psychological instability.
7. What is the theme of 2016 United Nations’ International Literacy Day (ILD)?
[A]Literacy for the 21st Century
[B]Reading the past, writing the future
[C]Literacy and sustainable development
[D]Literacy and sustainable societies
Answer: Reading the past, writing the future
The International Literacy Day (ILD) is observed every year on September 8 to emphasize the importance of literacy to individuals, society and communities. The theme of 50th edition of ILD 2016 is “Reading the Past, Writing the Future”. The day was established in 1966 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
8. The first edition of “IoT (Internet of Things) India Congress-2016” has started in which of the following cities?
[B]New Delhi
Answer: Bengaluru
The first edition of “IoT (Internet of Things) India Congress-2016” has started in Bengaluru, Karnataka. The purpose of 3-day event is to bring together key stakeholders across the value chain and verticals to collaborate, ideate and share a common roadmap for IoT implementation. It was inaugurated by Ravi Shankar Prasad, the Union Information Technology (IT) and Electronics Minister.
9. India has recently signed an open skies agreement with which of the following countries?
[A]South Africa
Answer: Greece
India has recently signed an open skies agreement with Greece that proposes to allow unlimited number of flights from India to Greece while Greek carriers have been granted unlimited traffic rights to six Indian metro cities. With this, Greece has become the first country with which India has inked an open sky arrangement under its new civil aviation policy. As per the civil aviation policy, the government can enter into an ‘open sky’ air services agreement on a reciprocal basis with SAARC nations as well as countries with territory located entirely beyond a 5,000 kilometre radius from New Delhi.
10. “PRABAL DOSTYK-16” the bilateral military exercise has started between India and which country?
Answer: Kazakhstan
The 14-day bilateral military exercise “PRABAL DOSTYK-16” has started between India and Kazakhstan at Karaganda region of Kazakhstan, which will be concluded on September 17, 2016). The purpose of the bilateral exercise is to enhance interoperability while undertaking counter terrorism & counter insurgency operations in rural & semi-urban environment under the umbrella of United Nations. .

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