GK & Current Affairs – December 11, 2015

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Who of the following has been honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2015 Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF)?
[A]Sanjay Leela Bhansali
[B]Shyam Benegal
[C]Naseerudin Shah
[D]Lata Mangeshkar

Naseerudin Shah
The renowned Bollywood actor, Mr. Naseerudin Shah (66) has been honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 12th edition of Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) in Dubai.  Along with him, Egyptian actor Ezzat Al Alayli, award-winning French-Tunisian actor Sami Bouajila and French actress Catherine Deneuve were also honoured with a Lifetime Achievement  Award at the DIFF.

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2.

Which of the following cities of India have been designated as members of UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network (UCCN)?
[A]Varanasi and Jaipur
[B]Hyderabad and Dharmashala
[C]Mysore and Agra
[D]Haridwar and Jaisalmer

Varanasi and Jaipur
For first time, the Indian cities of Varanasi and Jaipur have been designated as members of UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network (UCCN). In the UCCN, Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh) has been added in the City of Craft category of network and Jaipur (Rajasthan) has been added in the City of Music category of network. These cities are among the 47 cities from 33 countries that have been designated as new members of UCCN. The next meeting of the Creative Cities Network is scheduled for September 2016 in Ostersund (Sweden).

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3.

Who of the following has been conferred with the 2015 Mailer Prize for Lifetime Achievement?
[A]Don Delillo
[B]Salman Rushdie
[C]Laurie Anderson
[D]Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini

Salman Rushdie
The Indian-born author, Mr. Salman Rushdie (68) has been honoured with the prestigious 2015 Mailer Prize for Lifetime Achievement. The prize honours those writers who fully exercise their freedom of creativity and thrive on dialogue and debate. The American experimental performance artist, Laurie Anderson presented the award to Mr. Rushdie at a ceremony held at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York City. Rushdie is the author of many novels viz. Grimus, Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights, Booker Prize winner Midnight’s Children, The Satanic Verses, etc.

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4.

‘On My Terms: From the Grassroots to the Corridors of Power,’ is the autobiography of who of the following?
[A]Lal Thanhawla
[B]Ram Jethmalani
[C]Sharad Pawar
[D]Okram Ibobi Singh

Sharad Pawar
“On My Terms: From the Grassroots to the Corridors of Power” is an autobiography of Sharad Pawar. The book has been released by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 10 December 2015. The book was released on the 75th birthday of Pawar, who is the Maratha strongman and the leader of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP).

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5.

Who has been appointed as the Chairman of 2016 World Travel & Tourism Council, India Initiative (WTTCII)?
[A]Nikhil Verma
[B]Kapil Chopra
[C]Manav Thadani
[D]Ashwani Lohani

Kapil Chopra
The president of the Oberoi Group, Mr. Kapil Chopra has been appointed as the chairman of 2016 World Travel & Tourism Council, India Initiative (WTTCII). Mr. Chopra, who served as the Vice-Chairman of 2015 WTTCII, has succeeded Mr. Manav Thadani (Chairman of HVS,South Asia). The Air India Chairman & Managing Director Ashwani Lohani has been appointed as the Vice-Chairman of WTTCII for 2016.

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6.

Which of the following countries will host the 2016 ICC Women’s World Twenty20?
[A]India
[B]England
[C]South Africa
[D]West Indies

India
Recently, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced the groups and schedule of the ICC World Twenty20 India 2016, which will be staged across eight venues in India from 8 March to 3 April. The men’s event will carry a total prize money of $5.6million, while the total prize money for the women’s event is $400,000.

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7.

Inle Lake, is the first UNESCO Biosphere Reserve of which of the following countries?
[A]Nepal
[B]Bhutan
[C]Myanmar
[D]Maldives

Myanmar
Myanmar has launched its first UNESCO Biosphere Reserve – Inle Lake in Shan state. The Inle Lake was designated as UNESCO Biosphere reserve in Paris in June 2015. With this, Myanmar fulfilled its commitment to bio-diversity and eco-system conservation under the UNESCO’s Man and Biosphere Programme.

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8.

Which of the following companies has become the global partner of the International Cricket Council (ICC) from 2016 to 2020?
[A]Movilnet
[B]Digicel
[C]OPPO
[D]Cellcom

OPPO
Recently, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has declared a new global partnership with OPPO on a 4-year deal which runs from 2016 until 2020. The OPPO Electronics Corp. is a Chinese electronics manufacturer based in Dongguan, Guangdong province of China. It is a young and dynamic company and is one of the world’s leading electronic and technology service providers. It has a strong presence in more than 20 countries and a significant number of regions worldwide, including Australia, China, USA and right across Africa, Europe, the Middle East, South Asia and Southeast Asia.

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9.

On which date, the International Day for Victims of Genocide is observed?
[A]December 6
[B]December 9
[C]December11
[D]December 21

December 9
The UN has observed the first-ever International Day of Remembrance of Genocide on December 9. The day marks an anniversary of the signing of the 1948 genocide Convention. This convention was one of the 1st United Nations (UN) conventions to address humanitarian issues. The International Day is established pursuant to the UNGA Resolution 69/323 of September 11, 2015, which calls for a manifestation of a collective sense of a duty before all victims of the crime of genocide.

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10.

What is the India’s position in the Global Illicit Financial Flows Report 2004-13?
[A]Second
[B]Third
[C]Fourth
[D]Fifth

Fourth
The Global Illicit Financial Flows Report 2004-13 is released by Global Financial Integrity (GFI), a research and advisory group based in Washington. The report ranked India as the fourth- biggest source of black money. According to the report, China tops the list for 2004-2013, with $139 billion average illicit financial flow per annum, followed by Russia ($104 billion per annum) and Mexico ($52.8 billion per annum).

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