Current Affairs and Gk -March 2013
1. Which among the following ministries have recently launched the Rajiv Rinn Yojana (RRY)?
[A]Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment
[B]Ministry of Rural Development
[C]Ministry of Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation (HUPA)
[D]Ministry of Panchayat Raj
Ministry of Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation (HUPA)
In order to overcome the constraints faced during the pilot phase of implementation of the
Interest Subsidy Scheme for Housing the Urban Poor (ISHUP), the government has proposed for revamp and relaunch as Rajiv Rinn Yojana (RRY). The amount of
loan is proposed to be increased up to Rs. 5.00 lakhs for EWS and Rs.8.0 lakhs for LIG beneficiaries with an interest subsidy up to a maximum Rs. 5.0lakhs
for both categories of beneficiaries and with suitable modifications to address other concerns.
2. Tagore Award for Cultural Harmony for the year 2012 was conferred on ____________?
[B]Pandit Ravi Shankar
[D]Amjad Ali Khan
Pandit Ravi Shankar
The Tagore Award for Cultural Harmony has been instituted as a part of the commemoration of the 150th Birth Anniversary of Gurudev
Rabindranath Tagore and an announcement to this effect was made by the then Finance Minister in his Budget Speech on 28th February, 2011. It is an
International Award with prize money of Rs. 1 Crore for promoting values of Cultural Harmony. The Jury constituted for the selection of Tagore Award for the
year 2012 under the Chairmanship of the Prime Minister of India selected Pandit Ravi Shankar, the Indian Sitar Maestro, to be the first recipient of the
Tagore Award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to Cultural Harmony and Universal Values.
3. Key Resolve 2013 is the joint military exercise of __:
[A]United States and Japan
[B]United States and South Korea
[C]Japan and Indonesia
[D]South Korea and Indonesia
United States and South Korea
The US and Republic of Korea (ROK) militaries have started the annual computerised command post exercise, Key Resolve
2013, on the Korean Peninsula, despite North Korea declaring the armistice agreement to be invalid. More than 3,000 US personnel are participating along with
10,000 South Korean troops during the combined land, air and naval exercise, which is scheduled to conclude on 21 March. The exercise will also witness
participation from five UN Command states, Australia, Canada, Colombia, Denmark and the UK. North Korea has repeatedly called for cancellation of the US-ROK
annual joint exercises, arguing that they are a provocation and a prelude to an invasion, despite US maintaining that the drills are aimed at enhancing the
alliance’s operational readiness.
4. Ganesh Pyne, who recently passed was a well-known ________?
Legendary painter Ganesh Pyne passed away recently. Pyne was born in Kolkata in 1937 and in his long career of five decades his paintings were
exhibited round the world – Paris, London, Washington and Germany. Described famously as ‘an artist’s artist, a philosopher’s philosopher and master
fantasist of them all’, Pyne had received several awards and accolades for his works. He was known for his small tempera paintings, rich in imagery and
symbols and acknowledged the influence of great painters like Abanindranath Tagore, Hals Rembrandt and Paul Klee. But it was his exposure to Walt Disney’s
cartoons and his own experience as a young animator in Calcutta that finally liberated him and helped him develop two important stylistic features –
distortion and exaggeration which he used to explore the deep recesses of his fantastical imagination to create uncanny images of disquieting creatures.
5. The world’s largest biogas plant was inaugurated in __________?
The world’s largest biogas plant was inaugurated on Finland’s western coast as the country seeks to limit its use of foreign coal. Built near
an existing coal-fired power plant in Vaasa, central Finland, the 140 MW biomass gasification factory is expected to cut coal use by up to 40 per cent.
Fuelled mainly with wood residue from Finland’s large forestry sector, the plant is expected to reduce carbon-dioxide emissions by 2,30,000 tonnes a year
while providing both heating and electricity for Vaasa’s approximately 61,000 residents.
6. Barauni Thermal Power Project is located in ___:
Barauni Thermal Power Project is one of the major projects undertaken by Bihar State utility to reduce dependence on the central sector.
7. Recently, which among the following ministries has launched e-PPS scheme?
[A]Union Ministry for Finance
[B]Union Ministry for Corporate Affairs
[C]Union Ministry for Rural Development
[D]Union Ministry for Communications and IT
Union Ministry for Communications and IT
Union Minister for Communications and IT, Kapil Sibal has launched the ‘Electronics Project Proposal System
(e-PPS), developed by the Department of Electronics and Information Technology, through the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC). The e-PPS
system will initially operate on a pilot basis. The Electronic Project Proposal System (e-PPS) is a web-based system that encompasses the complete life-cycle
of funding of R&D projects, beginning with online submission of project proposals for funds, to monitoring and management of funded projects. E-PPS
replaces the existing manual system of project funding wherein the Project Investigators (PI) submit hard copies of R&D proposals, which are presented to
a Working Group and based on the recommendations of the Working Group the proposals are further processed in DeitY. It is a One-Go Dash-Board to see the
projects from initiation to completion. It reduces the total processing time of proposals and aids easy dissemination of project information.
8. Recently, who among the following was re-elected for a second term as IAEA chief?
Japan’s Yukiya Amano was re-elected for a second term as the director general of the U.N.’s International Atomic Energy Agency amid
international concerns about Iran’s development of a nuclear program.
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