7th February 2017 G.K and Current Affairs

1.“Nasha Mukt campaign” has been launched by which state government to make state addiction-free?

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The Bihar government has recently launched a Nasha Mukti campaign to make the state addiction-free with formation of over 11,000 km long human chain across the state. The human chain covered all panchayats of the state and over two crore people participated in this human chain.

2.The India Innovation Index (III) will be developed by which international organization to measure innovation performance of Indian states?
[A]International Monetary Fund (IMF)
[B]World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
[C]Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)
[D]Asian Development Bank (ADB)

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World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
The India Innovation Index (III) will be developed by the World Economic Forum (WEF), NITI Aayog, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and Cornell University to measure innovation performance of Indian states. Each partnering organization will nominate a working group member to work on the index. The first ranking is expected to be released at the India Economic Summit (IEC) in New Delhi on October 4-6, 2017. The index will be based on key pillars of innovation and sub-indices that together will assist in tailoring policies that promote inclusive growth. The pillars include the strength of institutions, the capacity of human capital and research, supporting infrastructure and the level of business sophistication, among others.

3.Which of the following warships has become the India’s first-ever warship to have ATM on board?
[A]INS Vikramaditya
[B]INS Sindhughosh
[C]INS Arihant
[D]INS Viraat

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INS Vikramaditya
INS Vikramaditya, the largest warship and latest aircraft carrier of the Indian Navy, has become the India’s first-ever warship to have ATM on board. The ATM on the ship docked at the naval base at Karwar will be operated by the State Bank of India (SBI) and will cater to over 1,500 personnel and officers deployed on the ship. The facilities offered by the SBI to the ship include cash withdrawals, generation of mini-statements, access to bank balance details and change of PIN numbers. In future, the facility will be upgraded to a recycler machine with a cash deposit facility. Additionally, facilities like cash transfer, card-to-card transfer, credit card payment, mobile number registration and update would also be available. The Russian- built INS Vikramaditya was commissioned in Indian Navy in November 2013.

4.Which Indian personality has been appointed as a new member of FIFA’s Finance Committee for the period of 2017-2021?
[A]C R Viswanathan
[B]Larsing Sawyan
[C]Subrata Dutta
[D]Praful Patel

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Praful Patel
Praful Patel, the President of All India Football Federation (AIFF), has been appointed as a new member of FIFA’s Finance Committee for the period of 2017-2021. The FIFA finance committee monitors the financial management and advises the FIFA executive committee on financial matters and asset management. It also analyses the FIFA budgets and the financial statements prepared by the FIFA general secretary and submits them to the FIFA executive committee for approval.

5.The National Voters’ Day is celebrated on which date in India?
[A]January 25
[B]January 22
[C]January 23
[D]January 24

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January 25
The National Voters’ Day is celebrated every year in India on January 25 every year to mark the foundation day of Election Commission of India (ECI). The significance of this day is to encourage youngsters, who have reached the age of 18, of the country to participate in the electoral process, by enrolling or registering themselves in electoral rolls and to exercise their franchise.

6.Which Indian village has been conferred the UNWTO Award for Innovation in the category of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO)?
[A]Khandalavadi village
[B]Govardhan Eco village
[C]Dhasai village
[D]Akodra village

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Govardhan Ecovillage
Govardhan Eco Village (GEV) of International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) has been conferred the UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) Awards for Excellence and Innovation in Tourism, the highest honor given to an NGO for shaping global tourism through sustainable innovative initiatives. This is for the first time India has won such recognition from the UN in the NGO sector. The award was presented to HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj, the founder of GEV, at the annual UNWTO ceremony in Madrid, Spain. The headquarters of ISKON is located at Mayapur, West Bengal and its purpose is to spread the practice of bhakti yoga towards pleasing the Supreme Lord, Krishna.

7.Which Indian sportsperson will be conferred with the East Bengal football club’s highest honour “Bharat Gaurav”?
[A] Dhanraj Pillay
[B] Mary Kom
[C] Pusarla Venkata Sindhu
[D] Sachin Tendulkar

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Correct Answer: A [Dhanraj Pillay]
Answer Explanation:
Former India hockey captain Dhanraj Pillay will be conferred with the East Bengal football club’s highest honour “Bharat Gaurav” on their foundation day. The ceremony will be held on August 1, 2017. Pillay has played a huge role in reviving the Indian team and performed brilliantly during his 15-year career, representing the country in four Olympics, World Cups, Champions Trophy and Asian Games. He played total 339 matches for India, scoring 170 goals. He led India to Asian Games glory in 1998 and also won the Asia Cup in 2003. Pillay also received the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award for his remarkable performance in 1999-2000 and was later awarded the Padma Shri and civilian award in 2000.

8.What is the India’s rank in the 2017 Social Progress Index (SPI)?
[A] 88th
[B] 93rd
[C] 105th
[D] 65th

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Correct Answer: B [93rd]
Answer Explanation:
India has been ranked 93rd out of 128 countries in the 2017 Social Progress Index (SPI). The list is topped by Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Switzerland. The SPI is an aggregate index of social and environmental indicators that capture three dimensions of social progress: Basic Human Needs, Foundations of Wellbeing, and Opportunity. The 2017 SPI includes data from 128 countries on 50 indicators. The index is published by the nonprofit Social Progress Imperative, and is based on the writings of Amartya Sen, Douglass North, and Joseph Stiglitz.

9.The first-ever International MSME Day 2017 has celebrated on which day?
[A] June 28
[B] June 26
[C] June 27
[D] June 25

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Correct Answer: C [June 27]
Answer Explanation:
The International Trade Centre (ITC) has celebrated the first-ever International MSME Day on June 27, 2017 with theme ‘Small business – big impact’. The purpose of the day is to raise public awareness about the importance of MSMEs to economic growth and international development. The Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Day highlights the strong contribution of MSMEs worldwide to livelihoods, communities and economies and the need to support MSMEs towards their success. The ITC is the joint agency of the UN and the WTO supporting SMEs in developing countries and transition economies for sustainable and inclusive trade.

10.The Uttar Pradesh government has signed how much amount of ADB loan for improving roads in the state?
[A] Rs 2,550 crore
[B] Rs 2,750 crore
[C] Rs 1,150 crore
[D] Rs 1,950 crore

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Correct Answer: D [Rs 1,950 crore]
Answer Explanation:
The Uttar Pradesh Government has signed an agreement with Asian Development Bank (ADB) for a loan of Rs 1950 crore for strengthening of roads in different district. As per the agreement, 70% finances amounting to Rs 1,950 crore will be provided by the ADB as loan, while the state government will bear 30% cost of the project which comes to Rs 832 crore. The project, which will start from 2017 and end in 2024, will cover over 430 km roads in 12 districts.

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