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30 November 2016

The 47th edition of International Film Festival of India recently concluded in Goa. With reference to it, which of the following statements is correct?

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Iranian film “Daughter”, directed by Reza Mirkarimi, has won the coveted Golden Peacock award. Best Actor Male award was given to Farhad Aslani (Iran) for Daughter, while Best Actor Female award was given to Elina Vaska (Latvia) for Mellow Mud. Best Director award was Jointly-shared by Soner Caner and Baris Kaya for Turkish film ‘Rauf’. ICFT UNESCO Gandhi Medal Prize: Turkish director Mustafa Kara for his film “Cold of Kalandar”. Centenary Award for the Best Debut Feature of the director: Pepa San Martin for the film “Ra Ra”.

Which state launched rural Wi-Fi services in 11 gram panchayats to foster digital inclusion in the state?

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On the sidelines of the inauguration of Bengaluru ITE.Biz 2016, an annual IT event, Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah launched rural Wi-Fi services in 11 gram panchayats to foster digital inclusion that will give village-level entrepreneurs ready access to online market place for their products and services. 11 gram panchayats include two each in Mysuru, Tumkuru, Gadag, Ballari and Kalburgi and one in Bagalkot district. 

What is the name of the gene whose variations has been found to regulate alcohol consumption behavior in humans?

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In a recent study, published in Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), researchers recently found variations of a gene called β-Klotho that were related to the amount of alcohol people were consuming, indicating that this gene may regulate drinking behavior. This less frequent variant was associated with a decreased desire to drink alcohol.

Akodara village in Sabarkantha district of Gujarat recently became the first digital village of India. Which of the following banks adopted this village under Digital Village Project?

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Akodara village in Sabarkantha district of Gujarat becomes the first digital village of India. The village was adopted by ICICI Bank under its Digital Village Project in January 2015 and made cashless by adopting digital technology. The project was launched in January 2016 by Narendra Modi and ICICI Bank MD and CEO Chanda Kochar to mark 60-year-celebration of the ICICI group’s existence.

Consider the following statements about Davis Cup that concluded recently in Zagreb, Croatia:

I. The 105th edition of the Davis Cup was won by Croatia.

II. Australia has won the Davis Cup for maximum 28 times since 1900.

III. Davis Cup is an all-men tennis tournament.

Choose the correct option

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Statements I and II are wrong because 105th edition of Davis Cup was won by Argentina for the first time. It defeated Croatia. The US has won the Cup for the maximum 32 times and it is followed by Australia (28) and Great Britain (10).

Businessman Jovenel Moise won the presidential election of ______ with 55.67% votes, well ahead of his closest rival Jude Celestin's 19.52%.

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Jovenel Moise has won Haiti's presidential election with 55.67% votes, well ahead of his closest rival Jude Celestin's 19.52%.Following Jovenel and Celestin, Jean-Charles Moise and Maryse Narcisse have secured 11.04% and 8.99% votes respectively. Moise will replace Acting President Jocelerme Privert.  

Utkarsh Micro Finance received final license from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to start operations as Small Finance Bank (SFB). When was it incorporated?

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Utkarsh Micro Finance has received final license from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to start operations as Small Finance Bank (SFB). Govind Singh is the MD & CEO, Utkarsh Micro Finance. Incorporated in 2009, Utkarsh Micro Finance is among the top 10 micro finance company in the country with operations in 10 states. It will start banking operations in early 2017. 

Who among the following was given the Additional Charge of Chairman of National Authority Chemical Weapons Convention? 

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The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the additional charge of the post of Chairman, National Authority Chemical Weapons Convention to Asha Ram Sihag. He will be replacing Gurdial Singh Sandhu. Sihag is currently the Secretary of Coordination & Public Grievance.

Which state has levied five percent cess on all online transactions by amending state Value Added Tax Rules, 2005?

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Himachal Pradesh Cabinet cleared an amendment in the Himachal Pradesh Value Added Tax Rules, 2005. The new amendment allows the state to levy five percent cess on all online transactions to restrict heavy evasion from taxes by the tax payers.

The Princeton University researchers recently developed a computational model for creating a "perfect glass." Which one of the following is not one of the features of "Perfect Glass"?

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Option (d) is wrong because the perfect glass were made by expanding the interactions between 2-, 3-, and 4-body, thus suppressing the crystallization. The Kauzmann paradox highlighted the "entropy crisis" resulting from the supercooling of a glass-forming liquid beyond a certain temperature. 

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley introduced the Taxation Laws (Second Amendment) Bill, 2016 in Lok Sabha. In this context, which one of the following statements is incorrect?

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Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has introduced the Taxation Laws (Second Amendment) Bill, 2016 in Lok Sabha. The bill proposes a Taxation and Investment Regime for Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana, 2016’ (PMGKY). Under the scheme, Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Cess’ at the rate of 33% of tax is also proposed to be levied.

Ministry of State for Electronics and IT (MeitY) has recently issued the draft of the India’s first ever National Software Policy. Who among the following is currently heading this ministry?

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Union Government issued the draft of the India’s first ever National Software Policy. It has been unveiled by PP Chaudhary, Minister of State for Electronics and IT (MeitY).

Union Government issued the draft of the India’s first ever National Software Policy. The policy seeks a tenfold increase in share of the global software product market by ______.

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Union Government issued the draft of the India’s first ever National Software Policy. It aims to create conducive environment for creation of 10,000 technology start-ups to develop software products that are globally competitive. The policy seeks a tenfold increase in share of the global software product market by 2025 by promoting easy access to local domestic/international market for software product and create 3.5 million direct and indirect jobs by 2025.

29 November 2016

Formula One driver Nico Rosberg clinched his maiden world title after finishing second in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. He belongs to which country?

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German Formula One driver Nico Rosberg clinched his maiden world title after finishing second in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. He defeated Lewis Hamilton of England. With this win, he also became Germany’s third F1 champion.

Ng Ka-long Angus became the first ever local Men's Singles Champion in 28 years to win the Hong Kong Open Badminton Championship. Whom has he defeated?

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For the third time in badminton history, Indian shuttlers made to both the men’s and women’s singles in the finals of Hong Kong Open Badminton Championships. Ng Ka-long Angus became the first ever local Men's Singles Champion in 28 years history of the event after defeating Sameer Verma, while the Women's Singles title went to Tai Tzu-ying, who defeated P.V. Sindhu. Japan's Takeshita Kamura and Sonoda Keigo were crowned the Men's Doubles Champions. 

Giant landing craft utility (LCU) L-57 of Indian Navy was recently launched by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Ltd (GRSE). With reference to it, which of the following statements is correct?

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Giant landing craft utility (LCU) L-57 of Indian Navy was launched by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Ltd (GRSE) in Kolkata, West Bengal. LCU L-57 is the world’s largest ship of this kind. It is the seventh vessel in the series of eight LCU Ships being designed and built by GRSE for the Indian Navy. It is built for the protection of India’s island territories of Lakshadweep islands in the Arabian Sea as well as Andaman and Nicobar in the Bay of Bengal.

George Yeo, the Chancellor of Nalanda University, resigned from his post, stating that the University has lost its autonomy. He is a former politician of ________.

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George Yeo, the Chancellor of Nalanda University resigned from his post, stating that the University has lost its autonomy. He is a former Singaporean politician. He has also served as the member of the governing People's Action Party (PAP).

Upma Chowdhary was appointed as the Director of Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA), Mussoorie. Who did she replace?

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Upma Chowdhary, a 1983 batch IAS officer of Himachal cadre, was appointed as the Director of Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA) at Mussoorie. With this, she became the first woman to be named for the post. She will be replacing Rajeev Kapoor. The LBSNAA is a research and training institute for IAS, IPS and IFS officers. It was established in 1959.

Which country's voters have recently rejected an effort to hasten the process of phasing out the country's nuclear power plants?

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Swiss voters rejected an effort to hasten the process of phasing out the country's nuclear power plants. The referendum was held to accelerate the retirement of five nuclear plants to close at the age of 45. Nuclear power provides 35 percent electricity and is the second largest source of electricity in Switzerland.

Who was nominated as the National President of Trade body Indo-American Chamber of Commerce for the period 2016-17?

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Trade body Indo-American Chamber of Commerce nominated N V Srinivasan as its National President for the period 2016-17. The Indo-American Chamber of Commerce (IACC), established in 1968, is the apex bi-lateral Chamber synergizing India-US Economic Engagement. It was started by Ambassador Chester Bowles along with the then Industry leaders and visionaries.  

Which of the following sports and cultural festivals will be hosted by Haflong, Assam?  

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Haflong, the only hill station in Assam, will host sports and culture festival 'Judima’ on December 18-20, 2016. The theme of the festival will be centered on preservation, promotion and nurturing of ethnic culture of Dimasa tribals living in Dima Hasao district of the state.

Which state government decided to launch Annapurna Rasoi Programme to provide quality meal at cheap and affordable price to the weakers section and labourers?

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Rajasthan Government has decided to start Annapurna Rasoi Programme to provide quality meal at cheap and affordable price to people belonging to the weakers section and labourers. This scheme will target rickshaw pullers, labourers, auto drivers, students, working women, elders and other weaker section.

India defeated Malaysia to win the Bronze medal at the Four Nations Invitational Tournament. Where was this tournament held?

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India defeated Malaysia 4-1 to win the Bronze medal at the Four Nations Invitational Tournament in Melbourne, Australia. This tournament was held from November 23 to 27, 2016. Australia won the Gold medal, while New Zealand bagged the Silver.

The world’s largest metal moveable structure was unveiled over the Chernobyl nuclear power plant’s doomed fourth reactor. Where is Chernobyl nuclear power plant located?

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The world’s largest metal moveable structure will be unveiled over the Chernobyl nuclear power plant’s doomed fourth reactor in Ukraine to ensure the safety of future generations all around Europe. The construction work had started in April 2014 on the 28th anniversary of Chernobyl disaster. The disaster struck on April 26, 1986.

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