GK & Current Affairs – July 14, 15, 2016
Who has been appointed as the new CEO of National Intelligence Grid (NATGRID)?
Ashok Patnaik, a 1983-batch Gujarat cadre IPS officer, has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Intelligence Grid (NATGRID) and will hold charge till December 31, 2018. He is the son-in-law of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Currently, Patnaik is posted as Additional Director in the Intelligence Bureau (IB). The NATGRID is an ambitious intelligence network project to strengthen counter-terror capabilities of law enforcement agencies.
Who is the newly appointed CMD of Jute Corporation of India Ltd. (JCI)?
[C]K V R Murthy
[D]K R Nigam
K V R Murthy
K V R Murthy has been appointed as the new Chairman-cum-Managing Director (CMD) of Jute Corporation of India Ltd. (JCI). His appointment is for a period of 5 years or till the date of his superannuation. Prior of this appointment, he was the Chief Commercial Manager of Eastern Railways. The JCI is an agency of the government of India that assists jute cultivators in states where this crop is grown and provides minimum price support. The headquarters is at Kolkata, West Bengal.
Which operation has been started by India to evacuate its citizens stranded from war-torn South Sudan?
[B]Operation Safe Homecoming
[D]Operation Sankat Mochan
Operation Sankat Mochan
The Indian Government has started the operation “Sankat Mochan” to evacuate Indian nationals from war-torn African country South Sudan. The operation is being headed by Minister of State for External Affairs General (Retd.) Vijay Kumar Singh. Two C-17 military transport aircrafts have been pressed in service to make the evacuation. There are around 600 Indians in South Sudan, of them 450 are in Juba (capital city of South Sudan) and nearly 150 are outside Juba.
Who is the new Prime Minister of United Kingdom (UK)?
Theresa May, the leader of the Conservative Party, is the new Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (UK). She succeeded David Cameron, who resigned after the outcome of the European Union membership referendum. She is the 2nd female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom after Margaret Thatcher.
The book “Ringside with Vijender” has been authored by whom?
The book “Ringside with Vijender” has been authored by Rudraneil Sengupta, the deputy editor of Lounge (the weekly feature magazine of Mint). The book throws light on the Beijing Olympics bronze medallist boxer Vijender Singh’s sudden decision to turn pro just a year ahead of the 2016 Rio Olympics. It also portrays the moment when Vijendra was awarded India’s highest sporting honour Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award. Beside this, it also contains his struggles, changes in his boxing style, training and his personal life.
The 41st edition of All India Electricity Board Kabaddi tournament has started in which state of India?
The 41st edition of All India Electricity Board Kabaddi tournament has started at St. Joseph’s College in Tiruchirapalli, Tamil Nadu. It is organized by Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (TANGEDCO ). In it, 18 teams from various states viz. Punjab, Haryana, New Delhi, Tamil Nadu, etc., will participate.
How much loan amount has been sanctioned by Asian Development Bank (ADB) for ‘Climate Adaptation in Vennar Subbasin of Cauvery Delta project’ in Tamil Nadu?
The Government of India (GoI) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) has recently signed a $100 million loan agreement for ‘Climate Adaptation in Vennar Subbasin of Cauvery Delta project’ in Tamil Nadu. The financing will be used to strengthen embankments of 6-major irrigation water channels in the Vennar system and rehabilitate 13 irrigation pumping schemes.
Which Indian bank has recently acquired Tamil Nadu-based Grama Vidiyal Microfinance to extend its rural banking services?
The IDFC bank Ltd has recently acquired 100% stake in Tamil Nadu-based Grama Vidiyal Microfinance, a leading Micro-Finance Institution (MFI) in India, to extend its rural banking services. After acquisition, Grama Vidiyal will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of IDFC Bank and will act as a dedicated Business Correspondent (BC) of the bank. It will expand the delivery mechanism for the services of IDFC Bank. The acquisition will help IDFC Bank to increase its network and reach to a large customer base in India. With this, IDFC Bank can access Grama Vidiyal’s network of 1.2 million households in 319 rural and semi-urban areas across 65 districts of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Pondicherry, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh.
The Zika health emergency has been declared in which of the following South American countries?
The Republic of Peru has recently declared a Zika health emergency across the northern half of the country after 102 people were infected with the virus. The 90-day health emergency was declared to prevent the spread of the disease, which is principally transmitted by daytime-active mosquitoes. Over 100 cases of Zika have been reported in Peru, more than 30 of the infected are pregnant women. The Zika virus has been linked to abnormally small heads and brain damage in newborns, known as microcephaly, in children born to infected mothers, as well as blindness, deafness, seizures and other congenital defects. In adults, the virus is linked to a form of temporary paralysis known as Guillain-Barre syndrome.
The Dampa Tiger Reserve is located in which state of India?
The Dampa Tiger Reserve is the largest wildlife sanctuary in Mizoram, which covers an area of approximately 550 km2. It is situated in the western part of Mizoram state, at the international border with Bangladesh about 127 km from Aizawl. It is the natural home of leopards, Indian bison, barking deer, sloth bear, gibbons, langurs, slow loris, rhesus macaque, Indian Python , wild boar and a variety of birds.