RAPID GK SERIES 74

7/21/2017
  1. In which city is the dargah (tomb) of sufi saint Moinuddin Chishti located ?
  2. With with musical instrument is Pt. Ravi Shankar associated ?
  3. In 1953, who became the first woman President of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) ?
  4. Which lake seprates the Hyderabad, capital of Andhra Pradesh, from its twin city Secunderabad ?
  5. What is the name of India's first nuclear reactor ?
  6. At which place did Mahatama Gandhi start his first Satyagraha in India ?
  7. 'Wings of Fire' and 'Ignited Minds' books are authored by which Indian scientist ?
  8. The Gir Forest National Park (Sasan Gir), the only home of the Asiatic Lions, is situated in which state ?
  9. Which Mughal emperor assumed the title of 'Alamgir' (Conqueror of the world) ?
  10. What is the common name of Acetylsalicylic Acid ?
Answers :
  1. Ajmer
  2. Sitar
  3. Vijay Laxmi Pandit
  4. Hussain Sagar Lake
  5. Apsara
  6. Champaran (Bihar)
  7. A.P.J.Abdul Kalam
  8. Gujarat
  9. Aurangzeb
  10. Aspirin

India's first Eco-bridges for the movement of tigers in Telangana

7/21/2017
  • In a first of its kind, Telangana State will have eco-friendly bridges over a canal cutting across the tiger corridor linking the Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR) in the Chandrapur district of Maharashtra with the forests in Telangana's Kumram Bheem Asifabad district. 
  • The ‘eco-bridges’ will be constructed at key spots along the 72 km-long, and at some places over a kilometre wide, right flank canal of the Pranahita barrage in the Bejjur and Dahegaon mandals.

Neil Armstrong Moon Bag sold for USD 1.8 million in New York

7/21/2017
Neil Armstrong bag containing traces of moon dust was sold at an auction for USD 1.8 million in New york. The bag was sold to an anonymous buyer following a sluggish five-minute bidding war on the telephone. The collection bag was used by astronaut Neil Armstrong to collect the first dust samaples from the Moon during the 48th anniversary of that mission. During the Apollo 11 mission, Armstrong collected nearly 500 grams of material finer than 1 cm, as well as 12 rock fragments larger than one cm ffrom five different locations at th Sea of Tranquility.

FM formally launched Pradhan Mantri Vaya Vandana Yojana

7/21/2017
  • The Union Minister for Finance, Defence and Corporate Affairs has formally launched the Pradhan Mantri Vaya Vandana Yojana (PMVVY) in the national capital.
  • PMVVY is a Pension Scheme announced by the Government of India exclusively for the senior citizens aged 60 years and above which is available from 4th May, 2017 to 3rd May, 2018.
  • The Scheme can be purchased offline as well as online through Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) of India which has been given the sole privilege to operate this Scheme.
  • Scheme provides an assured return of 8% p.a. payable monthly (equivalent to 8.30% p.a. effective) for 10 years.

SEBI inks pact with ESMA for information exchange on CCPs

7/21/2017
  • Markets regulator SEBI has entered into a pact with the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) for exchange of information concerning Central Counterparties (CCPs). CCPs are entities that help facilitate clearing and settlement activities.
  • The MoU establishes cooperation arrangements, including exchange of information regarding CCPs which are established and authorised or recognised in India by SEBI and which have applied for EU recognition under EMIR.