The Harry Potter series is written by
A) Charles Dickens
B) J. R. R. Tolkien
C) J K Rowling
D) George R. R. Martin
The headquarter of Asian Development Bank is located at which in the below list of places?
C) Hong Kong
1. Finance Ministry notified the revised pay grades for all Central government employees based on the recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission. With these, all of them are expected to get higher salary from August 2016 onwards. The revised pay grades, which will be applicable from January 1, 2016 will be reflected in the salaries of August and the arrears will be paid by end of this financial year.
2. Two Indians, human rights activist Bezwada Wilson and south Indian classical musician TM Krishna , have been conferred with the Ramon Magsaysay Award for 2016.
Bezwada Wilson , who was born to a dalit family in Karnataka, has been lauded for his efforts towards “asserting the inalienable right to a life of human dignity .” The Chennai-born Carnatic musician TM Krishna has been awarded for ” ensuring social inclusiveness in culture.”
The four other awardees for 2016 are Conchita Carpio-Morales from the Philippines, Indonesin Dompet Dhuafa, Vientiane Rescue from Laos and the Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers.
3. First death anniversary of former President Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam is being observed across the nation today. Union Ministers Venkaiah Naidu, Manohar Parikkar, Pon Radhakrishnan laid down the foundation stone of Dr Kalam National memorial at Rameswaram today.
4. The Lok Sabha has passed the Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Amendment Bill which prohibits employment of children below 14 years in all occupations except in family business, with the provision for the imprisonment of up to two years for any violation. The Bill also provides enhanced punishment for violators. The penalty for employing a child has been increased to imprisonment between 6 months and two years or a fine of Rs 20,000 to Rs 50,000 or both.
5. Former diplomat Arundhati Ghose has passed away. She was 76. She was also the first Indian Permanent Representative in the United Nations offices in Geneva and was also a member of the UN Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters from 1998 to 2001.
1. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton secured the Democratic Party’s 2016 nomination for the Presidential election to be held in November this year. With this, she also became the first woman to head the ticket of a major party in US history.
2. Former French Foreign Minister Michel Barnier has been appointed to lead the European Union’s negotiations with Britain over Brexit. Recently UK voted in favor of Brexit which will see United Kingdom leaving European Union.
3. The UK economy grew by 0.6% in the three months to the end of June compared to previous quarter, when the country voted to leave the EU. This is much better than 0.4% growth in the previous quarter.
4. Sri Lankan Spinner Muttaiah Muralitharan will be the first Sri Lankan to be included in the ICC’s Hall of Fame. Australia’s Arthur Morris and Karen Rolton along with England’s George Lohmann are the other three players who were also chosen for the same.
The Government has set up a committee to recommend the framework for cloud computing services under the Chairmanship of?
A) Adi Godrej
B) Azim Premji
C) S. Gopalakrishnan
D) Vineet Nayar
The government has set up an expert committee to review institutional framework of Prasar Bharti which is headed by?
A) Sam Pitroda
B) Nandan Nilekai
C) Shashi Tharoor
D) None of These
1. The water resources, river development and Ganga rejuvenation ministry formed a committee headed by Madhav Chitale, member of National Ganga River Basin Authority to prepare guidelines for distillation of Ganga River from Bhimgauda (Uttarakhand) to Farakka (West Bengal). The committee will submit its report in 3 months.
2. Kolkata-based FMCG and Cigarette Company ITC Ltd has named Sanjiv Puri as Chief Operating Officer of the company who will succeed its longest serving Chairman YC Deveshwar. Mr. Deveshwar is all set to step down from his post in February 2017 and he will continue as a non-executive chairman for three years.
3. The Reserve Bank of India has imposed a penalty of Rs 5 crore on Bank of Baroda for its involvement in an alleged Rs. 6,000 crore forex related irregularities last year. In its investigation, the RBI had found weaknesses and failures in the bank’s internal control mechanisms including transaction monitoring, and assigning of Unique Customer Identification Code.
4. India’s leading IT services company Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has been ranked as the top employer in the Indian IT industry as per report published by industry body Nasscom. TCS was followed by Infosys, Cognizant, Wipro and Capgemini in the first 5 places.
5. Indian Online buy-sell platform Quikr has acquired Bengaluru-based online recruitment firm Hiree for an undisclosed amount. Post the deal, Hiree will be merged with the startup’s jobs vertical QuikrJobs. Founded in 2014 by former Yahoo executives Manjunath Talwar and Abhijit Khasnis, Hiree is an online hiring platform focused on white collar jobs.
6. Famous violinist A Kanyakumari has awarded with 2016 Sangita Kalanidhi award, also became first female violinist to receive this award. A Kanyakumari is the exponent of Carnatic music who has created seven ragas under the title Saptadri, seven names of Lord Venkateswara of Tirupati.
7. 17th Kargil Vijay Diwas is observed today (26th July) in honour of the Kargil War Heroes. Defence Minister Manohar Parikar and three Service Chiefs paid homage to Kargil martyrs at Amar Jawan Jyoti, India Gate in New Delhi this morning.
8. Civil rights activist Irom Sharmila has decided to end her fast on 9th of next month and contest Assembly elections as an Independent candidate. She has been on hunger strike for the last sixteen years demanding repeal of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act.
9. The 44-year-old activist, who has been forcibly fed through a nasal tube since 2000, said she would join politics as she no longer believes that her fast will lead to the repeal of what she tearmed as “draconian” AFSPA. Assembly elections in Manipur are scheduled early next year. In the past, many political leaders have met Sharmila and tried to cajole her into joining politics but she has rejected all offers.
10. The Central government has appointed Dr. Buddha Rashmi Mani as the Director General of the National Museum for three years or till attaining the age of 70 years. He worked for Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and was part of the team that had discovered remains of a likely temple during excavation at the disputed site in Ayodhya.
11. Online marketplace Myntra has acquired its rival Jabong from Global Fashion Group to create India’s biggest fashion eCommerce site. Jabong is among India’s major fashion multi-brand e-store with more than 1,500 international brands.
12. Indian offspinner Ravichandran Ashwin has been ranked as No 1 Test bowler again, after taking 7 wickets in the 1st Test against West Indies recently. In the rankings for Test batsmen, Australian captain Steve Smith has been ranked at the top followed by England’s Joe Root.
1. Before the non-confidence vote in Nepal’s parliament, Prime Minister K P Oli has resigned from his office. He became Prime Minister of Nepal in October 2015 but has been facing a no-trust motion after the Maoists withdrew support from the coalition government.
2. China has unveiled AG600, the world’s largest aircraft which can land on both water and land and can be used to fight forest fires and perform marine rescues. The aircraft is around the size of a Boeing 737 which is much larger than any other amphibious plane. It has a maximum flight range of 4,500 km and can collect 12 tonnes of water in 20 seconds during emergencies.
3. American telecoms giant Verizon Communications acquired US Internet company Yahoo for around USD 5 billion in an all cash deal. Post this deal, Verizon plans to combine this with AOL which it bought last year. The deal, which does not include Yahoo’s valuable stake in Chinese online giant Alibaba, is expected to close by the first quarter of next year.
4. Swedish mobile telecoms telecom company Ericsson has announced resignation of its Chief Executive Officer Hans Vestberg from his post with immediate effect. He has been the company’s CEO since 2010. Current Chief Financial Officer Jan Frykhammar will be the acting CEO, with group treasurer Carl Mellander as acting CFO.
5. Formula one driver Lewis Hamilton won the Hungarian Grand Prix held on 24th July to top the drivers’ championship table for the first time this season.His teammate Nico Rosberg secured second place and Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo secured third place in the race. This is Hamilton’s fifth win at the Hungarian circuit, making him the most successful driver at the same track.
The Forest Research institute is located in?
The Fundamental Duties were incorporated in the Constitution of India by the
A) Tenth Amendment
B) Forty-second Amendment
C) Thirty-second Amendment
D) Thirty-eighth Amendment
The first reasonably valid IQ test in the world was developed by ______.
A) Alfred Binet
B) Théodore Simon
C) Lewis Terman
D) Francis Galton
The first Secretary-General of the U.N.O was
A) Dag Hammerskjold
B) Trygve Lie
C) Perez De Ceullar
D) Rex Roberts
1. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has chosen Tim Kaine, a seasoned politician and a Senator from the battleground-state of Virginia, to be her vice presidential running mate. Kaine is a former Governor of Virginia and he was elected to the US Senate on 2013.
2. Roger Ailes, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Fox News Channel has resigned from his post. Rupert Murdoch, Head of parent company 21st Century Fox, will succeed him.
3. Former French cyclist Dominique Arnaud has passed away in Aquitaine, France due to cancer. He was 60. He won three stages in the Vuelta and a stage in the Midi Libr and Tour du Limousin in 1983, which is a 4-day road bicycle race held annually in Limousin, France.
1. India has been ranked at 110th position in the list of 149 nations in terms of Sustainable Development index formed by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and the Bertelsmann Stiftung. The index is topped by the Sweden followed by Denmark and Norway.
2. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has launched a pilot project of e-complaint system on an experimental basis in Pune post which the system will be launched across the state within 8 months.With this new system in place, Citizens can now register a police complaint online at any city police station from anywhere.
3. The Central Government has formed a committee, headed by the retired Justice Giridhar Malviya, to prepare Draft Bill on Ganga to deal with all the issues related to the River. The committee will submit its report within three months.
4. Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan has reformed the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) for Land Acquisition Bill and appointed Ganesh Singh as the Chairperson of the Joint Committee of Parliament to examine the Land Acquisition Bill. He replaced S S Ahluwalia, who became Minister of the State for Parliamentary Affairs in reshuffle of the council of ministers on 5 July 2016.
5. Kerala Tourism has secured two Gold Awards at the prestigious Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) awards for its trendsetting marketing initiatives. The two gold medals for ‘Marketing Media’ are in the categories of ‘Travel Advertisement Broadcast Media’ and ‘E-Newsletter’, which were won by the successful ‘Visit Kerala’ television commercial campaign and the popular Kerala Tourism E-Newsletter respectively.
6. The Central Government has appointed Ajay Bhushan Pandey as the Chief Executive Officer of Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) with effective from this month. His role will be to deal with the legal cases involving privacy and parliamentary issues that Aadhaar has been embroiled in.
7. Famous Journalist and Doordarshan News Correspondent in Hyderabad, Sanjiv Thomas passed away. He was 59. He joined Doordarshan Hyderabad Kendra as a Research Officer in 1985 and served the Public Broadcaster as a News Correspondent since 1986.
8. Modern Indian artist S H Raza has passed away after a prolonged illness. He was 94. He is an internationally acclaimed painter and was awarded with the Padma Shri by the Indian government. He was elected as a fellow of the Lalit Kala Akademi in 1983.
9. India test team captain Virat Kohli has become the first Indian captain to score a double century outside India after he scored 200 runs during first test against West Indies.
10. Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra won the gold medal in the IAAF Under-20 World Athletics Championship at Bydgoszcz in Poland and also created history this week by becoming first Indian Junior athlete to create a World Record. He created a new U-20 world record by throwing the javelin a distance of 86.48 m and broke the old mark of 84.69 metres held by Latvian Zigismunds Sirmais.