One Word GK News: 12th May 2017

The Indian Army is planning to re-introduce which military tactic to counter terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir?

Answer: Cordon and search

Explanation: Indian Army has planned to re-introduce cordon and search operations (CASO) as a part of its counter terrorism operations after a gap of 15 years.The major objective behind the reintroduction of combing operations is to bring the situation in the Kashmir Valley under control.The decision to re-introduce CASO comes against the backdrop of the recent killing of  Army officer Ummer Fayaz.
Consider the following statements:
(i) The Election Commission has launched the National Contact Centre with a toll-free No. 1800111940.
(ii) Any citizen from any part of the country can call on the toll-free in English or Hindi with any query or complaint at any time of the day.
(iii) The National Contact Centre is operated on a National Grievance Redressal System Software.
Which of the above statement/s is/are true?

Answer: All of the above

Explanation: The Election Commission has added another feather to its cap with the launch of National Contact Centre with a toll-free No. 1800111950.Now any citizen from any part of the country can call on the toll-free in English or Hindi with any query or complaint at any time of the day.The National Contact Centre is operated on a National Grievance Redressal System Software.
Water has been discovered on which planet by NASA on May 12?

Answer: HAT- P-26b

Explanation: With the help of NASA telescopes, scientists have detected a water signature on the atmosphere of a distant Neptune-sized planet that could help in exploring more about the birth and development of planetary systems.Scientists detected hydrogen and helium on HAT- P-26b.It is located 437 light-years away.
______ has launched a facility to link Aadhar card with PAN card.

Answer: None of the above

Explanation: The Income Tax department has launched a new e-facility to link a person's Aadhaar with the Permanent Account Number (PAN).The department's e-filing website has created a new link on its homepage making it easy to link the two unique identities of an individual.Taxpayers should ensure that the date of birth and gender in PAN and Aadhaar are exactly the same.
The 28th meeting of the Northern Zonal Council was held in _______.

Answer: Chandigarh

Explanation: ​The 28th meeting of the Northern Zonal Council was held in Chandigarh. It was chaired by Rajnath Singh.
Which country on May 12 declared an end to the Zika emergency?

Answer: Brazil

Explanation: Brazil has declared an end to a national emergency over the Zika virus. It was detected in the Latin American country late in 2015 before becoming a global concern.The World Health Organization lifted its own international emergency in November 2016.The Zika scare was at its peak before Rio de Janeiro held the 2016 Olympics.
Who has been elected as head of FIFA's governance committee?

Answer: Mukul Mudgal

Explanation: Justice (Retd) Mukul Mudgal was elected as head of FIFA's governance committee at the world football governing body's 67th Congress in Bahrain's capital city of Manama.His name was proposed by the FIFA Council for the vacant position of the governance chief after Miguel Maduro was reportedly fired.He was appointed deputy chairman of the governance committee in May 2016.
Who won the bronze medal at the Asian Wrestling Championship on May 11?

Answer: Anil Kumar

Explanation: After Harpreet Singh was the only silver lining on the opening day of the Asian Wrestling Championship, Anil Kumar and Jyoti brought home two more medals.They both bagged bronze medals in their respective categories to keep the interest level alive in the competition.
On May 11 the genetically modified mustard, _____ was given approval.

Answer: DMH-11

Explanation: A genetically-modified variety of mustard, developed by a Delhi-based institute, has been cleared for commercial cultivation by the GEAC, or Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee.The mustard is called DMH-11.GM mustard is the only other food crop which has made it to this last stage, after prolonged debate and several rounds of regulatory checks.
Coastal land upto ____m from the High Tide Line comes under the Coastal Regulation Zone(CRZ)

Answer: 500

Explanation: The Environment min. and Forests has given its final clearance to certain relaxations sought in the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) norms.The coastal land up to 500m from the High Tide Line and a stage of 100m along banks of creeks, estuaries, backwater and rivers subject to tidal fluctuations, is called the CRZ.CRZ along the country has been placed in 4 categories-CRZ-1, CRZ-2, CRZ-3,CRZ-4.
Which company has been given the task to conduct a survey to connect trains to the Chardham Yatra?

Answer: Rail Vikas Nigam Limited

Explanation: The Indian Railways will commence this week the final location survey for providing rail connectivity to the four important Hindu shrines in the hills of Uttarakhand at an estimated cost of over Rs 40000 cr.The Rail Vikas Nigam Limited (RVNL) has been entrusted with the task of undertaking the final survey for rail connectivity to Chardham – Gangotri, Yamunotri, Badrinath and Kedarnath
Who has been appointed as the Chancellor of Jawaharlal Nehru University(JNU)?

Answer: Vijay Kumar Saraswat

Explanation: V K Saraswat, was appointed as Chancellor of Jawaharlal Nehru University on May 11.He succeeds former ISRO chairman K Kasturirangan, who completed his term on March 30 this year.Apart from being a member of the JNU court, he will be the competent authority to sanction leave to the vice-chancellor. He, however, will play little role in the day-today administration of the university.
How many banks will mange the IPO of SBI Life Insurance Co Ltd?

Answer: 8

Explanation: SBI Life Insurance Co Ltd is set to hire 8 banks including Citigroup, Deutsche Bank and BNP Paribas to manage its up to $1 billion initial public offering of shares.The life insurance arm of top Indian lender State Bank of India will hire 5 local banks - Axis Capital, ICICI Securities, JM Financial, Kotak and SBI Capital Markets.SBI Life now plans to offer a 12% stake in the IPO.
Name the Chinese  research facility which has created "Cabins" to see if humans can live on the Moon.

Answer: Yuegong-1

Explanation: Eight Chinese volunteers will live in “Yuegong-1,” a simulated space “cabin” in Beijing for the next year to check sustainability on moon.The first four stepped into Yuegong-1 on May 10.The two men and two women will stay in the cabin for 60 days, then be replaced by the second group, also two men and two women, who will stay there for 200 days.
Snapdeal will merge with which company?

Answer: Flipkart

Explanation: SnapDeal is finally ready to merge with Flipkart.The deal valuing Snapdeal at around $1 billion, a steep fall from its peak of $6.5 billion last year, signals the biggest consolidation in the sector and fierce competition between Amazon and Flipkart.The transaction is through, sources in the know confirmed, and an announcement could come anytime within the next 72 hours.
Which telecommunications company has launched its new Snapdragon 630 and 660 mobile platforms?

Answer: Qualcomm

Explanation: Qualcomm has introduced Snapdragon 660 and 630 mobile platforms, designed to improve performance, enhance photography and gaming as well as provide longer battery life in smartphones.
Who will Chair the 47th Indian Labour Conference?

Answer: Bandaru Dattatreya

Explanation: Providing social security cover to the entire workforce will likely be the central theme of the 47th Indian Labour Conference to be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi later this year.The Standing Labour Committee, chaired by Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya, will meet on May 11 to decide the agenda.The central trade unions have proposed discussing universal social security cover.
Which financial regulatory agency has has allowed investors to buy mutual fund schemes through digital wallets?

Answer: SEBI

Explanation: Markets regulator Sebi allowed investors to buy mutual fund schemes for up to Rs 50,000 through digital wallets, making it easier for them -- especially the young generation -- to purchase these instruments. Besides, MF houses or asset management companies (AMCs) have been allowed to provide instant online access facility to resident individual investors in liquid schemes.
India's permanent research station ______ in Antarctica will be replaced by another one.

Answer: Maitri

Explanation: What's so unique about the pin code 403001? It is the pin code you would use to write a letter to India's permanent research station Maitri in Antarctica.It has been revealed that it will be replaced after by a new station in the next three to four years.Maitri is India's second permanent research station in Antarctica as part of the Indian Antarctic Programme.It was constructed in 1989.
Dalma Wildlife Sanctuary is located in __________.

Answer: Jharkhand

Explanation: ​Dalma Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Jharkhand. Recently, the annual hunting festival of the tribal community was observed in a 'bloodless and symbolic' manner in and around the sanctuary. The 2017 hunting festival ‘Bishu Parv' of the tribal community was observed in Jharkhand.To observe fest peacefully, the awareness campaign was launched by the forest department.