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Daily Practice Quiz – 29 April 2016

Posted by Manas on April 29th, 2016

In which year Sikkim was included in the North Eastern Council?
A) 1991
B) 1996
C) 2002
D) 2006


In which year SMERA (small & medium enterprises rating agency) was established?
A) 2002
B) 2005
C) 2008
D) 2010

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Current Affairs India – 28 April 2016

Posted by Manas on April 28th, 2016

1. India has successfully put into orbit its seventh and final navigation satellite called IRNSS-1G today as the PSLV C33 rocket carried the seventh satellite. With this landmark achievement, India now joins the small group of nations which have their own regional satellite navigation system or GPS.

2. The central government has increased the minimum wage for contract workers to Rs. 10,000 per month, as announced by Union Minister Bandaru Dattatreya. The wage hike has been done based on a Supreme Court verdict and the decision has been taken to make changes to rule 25 of the Contract Labour (Regulation and Abolition) Central Rules.

3. The Union Government has constituted 8-member committee to prepare a blueprint for doubling farmers’ income by 2022. The committee will be headed by Additional secretary at the Union Agriculture Ministry Ashok Dalwai and is expected to submit the report in two months. 

4. The committee headed by renowned film-maker Shayam Benegal has submitted its report with suggestions for the revamp of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC). The panel also includes actor-filmmaker Kamal Hassan, filmmaker Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, ad guru Piyush Pandey and film journalist Bhawana Somayaa, among others.

Some of the recommendations of the panel are, Two more categories of U/A be added; one plus 12 years of age and one plus 15 years of age and two categories of adult-normal adult and adult with caution. Also the CBFC can refuse certification if a film contains content that breaches the provisions of Section 5B (1) of the Cinematograph Act, 1952 or content in a film crosses the ceiling laid down in the highest category of certification.

5. The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has identified Mumbai as the noisiest city in the country followed by Delhi, Chennai, and Bengaluru, as its report published this week. The CPCB has analyzed the noise levels in nine metro cities using data from 35 monitoring stations which helped them to prepare the final report.

6. The Department of Telecommunications has notified that all mobile phones sold in India should have a dedicated ‘panic button’ and the Global Positioning System facility in it from next year onwards. These facility can be used to send out a signal in case of distress which aims to improve the safety of women and ensuring a quick response from security agencies or to send out distress signal to a family member or the police authorities so that they can be rescued. 

7. A research scholar from IIT-Kharagpur Ashok Kumar won the famous International Plant Nutrition Scholar Award which is given by the US-based International Plant Nutrition Institute. The award carries a certificate and cash prize of USD 2000. He has been pursuing his PhD on nutrition management of rice-chickpea production system in laterite soil which will help use of organic fertiliser in the right quantity and timing to rice crop so that yield of rice-chickpea cropping system rises by 10%.

8. Famous Indian badminton player Nandu Natekar became the first non-Cricketer to be inducted into the Legends Club founded by the late Cricket Club of India (CCI) president Raj Singh Dungarpur this month. He was inducted into the club along with 1983 World Cup-winning captain Kapil Dev, who became the sixth cricketer to be inducted in the club.

9. Indian striker Jeje Lalpekhlua won the ‘Indian Player of the Year’ award by the Football Players Association of India (FPAI) at its annual awards function held this week. He played a crucial role in India winning the SAFF Championships in January 2016 and won the Indian Super League (ISL) title with Chennaiyin FC where he scored six goals. He defeated other players including India captain Sunil Chhetri, Bikash Jairu, David Lalrinmuana and Dhanachandra Singh, to win the prestigious award.

10. Indian archer Deepika Kumari has equalled the world record in Women’s Recurve event at the qualifying stage of Archery World Cup held in Shanghai.She recorded a score of 686 out of 720 to finish 1st in qualifiers and equal the world record set by South Korea’s Ki Boe Bae at the World University Games in Gwangju last year.She has already qualified for the Rio Olympics with her performance at the Copenhagen World Championships last year.

12. V T Thomas a.k.a Cartoonist Toms, famous for his renowned characters Boban and Molly, passed away this week. He was 86. He drew cartoons for Malayala Manorama for nearly four decades.


Current Affairs International – 28 April 2016

Posted by Manas on April 28th, 2016

1. The World Intellectual Property Day was observed on 26th April across the world to increase our understanding of the role intellectual property rights (patents, trademarks, industrial designs, copyright) have in promoting creativity. The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) designated 26 April as the annual World Intellectual Property Day in 2000. The theme of 2016 was ‘Digital Creativity: Culture Re-imagined’.

2. The World Day for Safety and Health at Work was observed on 28th April across the world by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) to promote occupational safety, health and decent work. The theme of 2016 was ‘Workplace Stress: a collective challenge”.

3. The Tibetan government-in-exile has re-elected Lobsang Sangey as the Prime Minister for a second consecutive term today. He defeated his only rival – Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament Pempa Tsering by 9,012 votes.

4. The International Cricket Council (ICC) has suspended the Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) due to excessive government interference which means it has violated Article 2.9 of the ICC’s Articles of Association, which prohibits government interference and requires free and fair elections.

5. Leicester City club footballer Riyad Mahrez became the first-ever African to bag the Professional Footballers’ Association Player of the Year award after scoring 17 goals and making 11 assists in 34 games which positioned his club in the top of the English Premier League. Sunderland striker Beth Mead won ‘Women’s Young Player of the Year’ and Dele Alli of MK Dons won ‘Young Player of the Year’ award.

6. Former PM of Thailand Banharn Silpa-archa passed away this week. He was 83. He served as Thailand’s prime minister in 1995-96 during which he made made his home province of Suphanburi, one of the nation’s most developed regions.

7. Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) founder Amanullah Khan passed away at a Rawalpindi hospital. He was 82. He was also the co-founder of the Kashmir Independent Committee in 1963. He was elected secretary general of the JK Plebiscite Front (PF) in 1965 and co-founded the JK National Liberation Front (NLF) with Maqbool Bhat.


Daily Practice Quiz – 28 April 2016

Posted by Manas on April 28th, 2016

In which year Nawab of Bengal Sirajuddaula, attacked British Factory in Calcutta?
A) 1751
B) 1756
C) 1757
D) 1759


In which year Negotiable Instruments act came into force?
A) 1880
B) 1881
C) 1882
D) 1885

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Daily Practice Quiz – 27 April 2016

Posted by Manas on April 27th, 2016

In which year Kendriya Vidyalayas were established?
A) 1956
B) 1965
C) 1969
D) 1972


In which year Kendriya Vidyalayas were established?
A) 1956
B) 1965
C) 1968
D) 1972

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Daily Practice Quiz – 26 April 2016

Posted by Manas on April 26th, 2016

In which year Government of India started Navratna category for its PSUs?
A) 1991
B) 1997
C) 1999
D) 2002


In which year Government of India started Navratna category for its PSUs?
A) 1991
B) 1997
C) 1999
D) 2002

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Current Affairs India – 25 April 2016

Posted by Manas on April 25th, 2016

1. The Central government has approved an interest rate of 8.7% on the Employee Provident Fund (EPF) for 2015-16 compared to 8.75% in 2014-15, as per announced by the Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya today. Finance Minister has also approved the proposal.

2. Bhupendra Kainthola, an Indian Information Service (IIS) officer of 1989 batch, has been appointed as the new Director of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), based in Pune. He is currently working as Director of  Doordarshan and will replace replace Prashant Pathrabe.

3. Cadbury India, part of Mondelez International, has inaugurated its USD 190 million factory in Sri City SEZ, on the border of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh which is the largest plant of the company in Asia Pacific region. This plant will have an initial capacity of about 60,000 tonnes per year, which will be increased to 250,000 tonnes by 2020.

4. Bollywood actor Manoj Bajpayee has been chosen for the Dadasaheb Phalke Award for the movie Aligarh. The actor will receive the award in the best actor category of Critics Choice. In the movie ‘Aligarh’ directed by Hansal Mehta, Manoj Bajpayee has played a role of Professor ‘Ramchandra Siras’. 

5. Bollywood actress Radhika Apte won the best actress in an international narrative feature honour at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival for her performance in anthology film ‘Madly‘. The 30-year-old actress starred in ‘Clean Shaven‘, which is a segment of ‘Madly‘. Madly is a mixture of six short stories, directed by different directors.

6. Indian shooter Mairaj Ahmed Khan won the silver medal in the Men’s Skeet event of the ISSF Shooting World Cup held in Rio De Janerio. With this, Mairaj gave India its first skeet medal at a World Cup.Earlier in the year, he became India’s first ever skeet shooter to win an Olympic quota place after finishing at sixth place in last year’s ISSF Shotgun World Cup in Italy.

7. India will host the 2018 Commonwealth Judo Championships in Jaipur, as announced by the Judo Federation of India in a press release in New Delhi today. With this, it will be the first time that Commonwealth Judo Championships will be held in India. India will also play host to the 10th Asian Cadet Judo Championships & 17th Asian Junior Judo Championships from September 6th to 12th in Kerala.


Current Affairs International – 25 April 2016

Posted by Manas on April 25th, 2016

1. World Malaria day was observed today (25th April) across the world to create awareness among the people about this vector borne disease. The theme for 2016 World Malaria Day is “End Malaria For Good” which reflects the vision of a malaria-free world set out in the Global technical strategy for malaria 2016-2030.

2. Former Finance Minister of Congo Mouamba Clement has been appointed as the new Prime Minister of Congo by Congo’s President Denis Sassou Nguesso. He will form the new government of the African country.


Daily Practice Quiz – 25 April 2016

Posted by Manas on April 25th, 2016

In which year Ceylon was renamed as Sri Lanka?
A) 1965
B) 1970
C) 1972
D) 1979


In which year Competition Commission of India was established?
A) 2001
B) 2003
C) 2005
D) 2007

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Daily Practice Quiz – 24 April 2016

Posted by Manas on April 24th, 2016

In which year a new ” Liberalized Industrial Policy ” in India was announced for the first time?
A) 1981
B) 1991
C) 1992
D) 1999


In which year a new ” Liberalized Industrial Policy ” in India was announced for the first time?
A) 1981
B) 1991
C) 1992
D) 1999

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