Current Affairs September 25 2017 Questions And Answers:
1.Which campaign will be launched by Central Government to promote development and cleanliness in rural areas?
[A] Swachh Gram Samridh Bharat
[B] Gram Samridhi Evam Swachhta
[C] Bharat Gram Swachhta Samridhi
[D] Swachh Bharat Swachh Gram
Answer: B [Gram Samridhi Evam Swachhta]
The Central Government will launch a 15-day ‘Gram Samridhi Evam Swachhta’ campaign to promote development and cleanliness in rural areas on the 1st of October in partnership with state governments. The campaign will focus on educating villagers about hygiene and cleanliness through self-help groups, anganwadi centres and schools, and conducting training programmes.
2.Which Indian personality has been chosen for the 2017 Von Hippel Award?
[A] C.N.R. Rao
[B] Anil Kakodkar
[C] M. S. Swaminathan
[D] G. Madhavan Nair
Answer: A [C.N.R. Rao]
Prof C.N.R. Rao, the renowned scientist and Bharat Ratna awardee, has become the first Asian to be chosen for the prestigious 2017 Von Hippel Award for his immense contribution in materials research. The award is the US-based Materials Research Society’s (MRS) highest honour. The award, which includes a cash prize, trophy and a diploma, will be presented in Boston on November 29, 2017. It recognises those qualities most prized by materials scientists and engineers – brilliance and originality of intellect, combined with vision that transcends the boundaries of conventional scientific disciplines.
3.The Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) exercise ‘Pralay Sahayam’ was held in which state?
[B] Tamil Nadu
[D] Andhra Pradesh
Answer: C [Telangana ]
The 2-day Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) exercise “Pralay Sahayam” was held in twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad in Telangana on September 22, 2017. The exercise was for all agencies involved in search, rescue and relief operations during natural disasters, to interact and evolve a seamless and optimized disaster management strategy. The purpose of the exercise is to create public awareness about man-made and natural climate change and urban disasters including floodings.
4.Who is the newly appointed Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India?
[A] Rajiv Gauba
[B] Sunil Arora
[C] R.K. Raghavan
[D] Rajiv Mehrishi
Answer: D [Rajiv Mehrishi]
Rajiv Mehrishi, a 1978 batch IAS officer of the Rajasthan cadre, has taken charge as the new Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) on September 25, 2017 and will have tenure of about three years. He administered the oath of office and secrecy by President Ram Nath Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhavan. He succeeded Shashi Kant Sharma. The CAG is appointed for a term of six years or till the incumbent attains the age of 65 years, whichever is earlier. As a constitutional functionary, the CAG is primarily entrusted with the responsibility of auditing the accounts of the Union government and of the state governments. Prior to this post, Mehrishi was Home Secretary of Government of India (GoI). He had held several posts in both his state cadre Rajasthan and in the Centre. He also served as Economic Affairs Secretary and Chief Secretary of Rajasthan.
5.Arun Sadhu, who passed away recently, was the renowned writer of which language?
Answer: C [Marathi]
Arun Sadhu (75), the veteran Marathi writer and journalist, passed away in Mumbai on September 25, 2017. He was known for his work Mumbai Dinank, Kakasaheb Gadgil, Simhasan and many more novels in Hindi, English and Marathi, has also won the Sahitya Academy award. He has written on rise of Shiv Sena, Vietnam War and Chinese revolution and also written several short stories. As a journalist, he has won several awards including Bharatiya Bhasha Parishad, NC Kelkar and Acharya Atre award.
6.Which union minister has launched Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana ‘Saubhagya’ to supply electricity to poor households?
[A] J P Nadda
[B] Rajnath Singh
[C] Arun Jaitely
[D] Narendra Modi
Answer: D [Narendra Modi]
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana ‘Saubhagya’ to supply electricity to poor households to mark the birth anniversary of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya on September 25, 2017. The scheme will cover all rural families after electrification of all villages by December 2017. The Union government stated that states will be required to complete the household electrification by March 31, 2019. The scheme will be funded by a 60% grant from the government, with the states contributing 10% and the remaining amount will be covered by loans. For special category states, the government will grant 85% of the outlay, with the states contributing just 5%.
7.Who has clinched the women’s singles U-19 title at the Belgian Junior Open badminton tournament?
[A] Maneesha Arora
[B] Vaishnavi Reddy
[C] Arathi Sara
[D] Nikita Soni
Answer: B [Vaishnavi Reddy]
Indian shuttler Vaishnavi Reddy has clinched the women’s singles Under-19 title at the Belgian Junior Open badminton tournament. She defeated top seed Vivien Sandorhazi in a three-game final at Herstal, Belgium on September 25, 2017.