GK & Current Affairs: June 23, 24, 2015

1.

In which year the first India-Africa Forum Summit was held?
[A]2005
[B]2007
[C]2008
[D]2010

2008
The India–Africa Forum Summit is the official platform for the African-Indian relations. It was first held from April 4 to April 8, 2008 in New Delhi, India. It was the first such meeting between the heads of state and government of India and 14 countries of Africa chosen by the African Union. The third summit in a rotation basis is scheduled to be held in New Delhi, India from 26-30 October 2015.

2.

According to World Economic Forum, which is the world’s biggest employer?
[A]US Department of Defence
[B]Indian Railway
[C]Chinese military
[D]Indian Army

US Department of Defence
According to a research published by World Economic Forum, the US department of defence is the world’s biggest employer which claims over 3.2 million employees. Second is People’s Liberation Army (Chinese army) with 2.3 million, and third is supermarket giant Walmart with 2.1 million workers. Indian Railways ranked at the eighth place with 1.4 million staff followed by Indian Armed Forces with 1.3 million people.

3.

The proposed Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar (BCIM) corridor will link Kolkata to which part of China?
[A]Kunming
[B]Dongguan
[C]Wuhan
[D]Chengdu

Kunming
The Bangladesh–China–India–Myanmar Forum for Regional Cooperation (BCIM) is a sub-regional organisation of Asian nations aimed at greater integration of trade and investment between the four countries. The proposed Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar (BCIM) corridor project, will link Kolkata with Kunming, the capital of China’s Yunnan province, passing through Myanmar and Bangladesh, with Mandalay and Dhaka among the focal points.

4.

Who was conferred with Punyabhushan (Jewel of Pune) award?
[A]Vikram Simha
[B]Pratap Pawar
[C]Ashok Singhvi
[D]Murali Karthik

Pratap Pawar
Media personality Pratap Pawar was awarded Punyabhushan (Jewel of Pune) award. The award was presented by President Pranab Mukherji. The Punyabhushan is awarded every year to an eminent personality from the field of arts, music, culture, science, industry, social service or sports.

5.

What is India’s ranking in the Baseline Profitability Index (BPI) for investment?
[A]Second
[B]Third
[C]First
[D]Fourth

First
India was placed at First position in the Baseline Profitability Index (BPI) for investment among 110 countries. India was 6th in 2014 BPI and Hong Kong was ranked number one. The ranking is preferred on three that affect the ultimate success of a foreign investment: how much the value of an asset grows; the preservation of that value while the asset is owned; and the ease of repatriation of proceeds from selling the asset. In this edition China was place at the 65th position and US was placed at the 50th.

6.

India has decided to celebrate World Youth Skills Day on which date?
[A]June 30
[B]July 15
[C]August 12
[D]August 22

July 15
India will celebrate July 15 as the World Youth Skills Day. On this day major announcement on skills will be made by the Prime Minister.

7.

India is planning to launch a dedicated satellite for which organisation?
[A]ASEAN
[B]BRICS
[C]SAARC
[D]SCO

SAARC
India will launch a dedicated satellite for the eight SAARC countries by December 2016. The two tonne satellite will have 12 Ku band transponders, with each dedicated to one country in the region. The satellite will provide communication, education, tele-medicine, disaster monitoring and other need based services. At the last SAARC Summit in Kathmandu, heads of region agreed to PM Modi’s proposal for such a satellite on the lines of regional satellites in Europe and North America.

8.

Which is the world’s number one environment think tank in the 2014 Global Go To Think Tank Index?
[A]World Resource Institute
[B]The Energy and Research Institute
[C]Centre for Science and Environment
[D]Stockholm Environment Institute

World Resource Institute
World Resource Institute has been ranked number one environment think tank in the 2014 Global Go To Think Tank Index conducted by the University of Pennsylvania. WRI has been recognised for developing and implementing number of research-based global initiative focusing on the environment and sustainable development, producing tangible results. The Energy and Research Institute (TERI) and Centre for Science and Environment are ranked 12th and 17th respectively.

9.

The Nohkalikai Falls, tallest plunge type waterfall in the country, is in which state?
[A]Assam
[B]Kerala
[C]Meghalaya
[D]Karnataka

Meghalaya
Nohkalikai Falls is the tallest plunge waterfall in India. It is located near Cherrapunji, Meghalaya. Its height is 1115 feet (340) meters.

10.

Which among the following has been ranked the World’s highest paid celebrity couple-2015?
[A]Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris
[B]Beyonce and Jay Z
[C]Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert
[D]Kristen Stewart and Robert Beckham

Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris
Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris have been ranked world’s highest paid celebrity couple of 2015 Forbes. The pop star and Scottist DJ producer surpassed Beyonce and Jay Z for the top spot with combined earning of $ 146 million. This year, Beyonce and Jay Z are the second highest-paid celebrity couple in the world, with combined income of $ 110 million.

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