GK & Current Affairs – December 2, 2015
1. Which of the following countries has the world’s largest pension fund?
Japan’s $1.2 trillion Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF) is the world’s largest pension fund. It was originally set up in 2001. In 2006, there was organisational change and it was reset up as an independent administrative institution with mission to manage and invest the reserve funds of the employees pension.
2. Who of the following has been elected as the new President of Burkina Faso?
[D]Roch Marc Christian Kabore
Answer: Roch Marc Christian Kabore
Mr. Roch Marc Christian Kabore (58) has won the 2015 Presidential elections of the West African country, Burkina Faso. Earlier Mr. Kabore had served as Prime Minister and head of the National Assembly under President Mr. Blaise Compaore, who was toppled by an uprising in October 2014 after 27 years in power. Burkina Faso is a landlocked country and is one of the smaller economies in the region highly dependent on mining and commodities, particularly gold.
3. Which of the following organisations has launched an initiative titled “Anticipate, Absorb, Reshape” to build climate resilience?
Answer: United Nations
Recently, the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon along with 13 agencies of the UN system has launched the new initiative titled “Anticipate, Absorb, Reshape” to build climate resilience in the world’s most vulnerable countries. The 13 UN organisations participating in the Initiative are FAO, UNEP, UNFCCC, UN-Habitat, UNFPA, UNICEF, UNESCO, UNOPS, UNISDR, WFP, OCHA, WHO, and WMO. The initiative has been launched during the United Nations climate change conference (COP21) in Paris. The initiative will enhance the ability of the countries to anticipate climate hazards, absorb consequences and reshape development to reduce risks from climate hazards. The initiative will also work on mobilizing finance and knowledge and to create and operationalize partnerships to fight against climate change.
4. Robert Lewandowski is related to which of the following sports?
The Polish professional footballer, Mr. Robert Lewandowski awarded with four separate official Guinness World Record certificates for scoring five goals in 9-minutes for German Football Club Bayern Munich against Wolfsburg.
5. On which date, the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery is observed?
Answer: December 2
The International Day for the Abolition of Slavery is observed on December 2 every year with an objective to raise awareness about slavery and its impact on the society. According to the International Labour Organization (ILO) presently there are an estimated 21 million forced labour victims worldwide, who creates US$ 150 billion in illegal profits in the private economy each year. On 2 December 1949, the United Nations (UN) General Assembly approved the resolution ‘Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Persons and of Exploitation of the Prostitution of Others’.
6. Who among the following is the CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation?
Answer: Susan Desmond-Hellmann
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is the largest private foundation in the world. It was founded by Bill and Melinda Gates in 2000. Its headquarters are located in Seattle, Washington. It is controlled by its three trustees Bill Gates, Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett. Susan Desmond-Hellmann is the present CEO of the foundation. The main aim of the foundation are enhancing healthcare and reduction of extreme poverty at the global level and also expanding educational opportunities and access to Information Technology in United States.
7. Which of the following banks is the world’s largest bank by assets?
[A]Bank of America
[B]Industrial & Commercial Bank of China (ICBC)
[D]Bank of China
Answer: Industrial & Commercial Bank of China (ICBC)
The Industrial & Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) is the world’s largest bank by assets. It is one of the China’s ‘Big Four’ state-owned commercial banks. It was founded in 1984. Its present assets worth US$3616 billion. By market capitalization, it is the second largest in the world. The other three China’s state-owned commercial banks are the Bank of China, Agricultural Bank of China, and China Construction Bank.
8. Margi Sathi, who passed away recently, was related to which of the following fields?
Answer: Theatre artist
Margi Sathi(50), who recently passed away was one of the finest exponents of Koodiyattom, the 2000 year old classical Sanskrit theatre and Nangiarkoothu, a woman-only offshoot of the Koodiyattom. She was recognised by the UNESCO as a unique artistic heritage of entire humanity. Sreeramacharitham and Kannakicharitham are the original choreographed texts by her.
9. Which of the following organisations has launched the Transformative Carbon Asset Facility (TCAF)?
Answer: World Bank
The World Bank has launched a $500 million Transformative Carbon Asset Facility (TCAF) to help developing countries pay for emission reductions and combat climate change. The Transformative Carbon Asset Facility (TCAF) will establish the world’s first programmatic carbon market. The scheme will reward countries for reducing emissions by paying a fee for each tonne of carbon dioxide (CO2) reduced. The facility will help countries implement their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs).
10. Which of the following metropolitan development authorities has won the E-India award at E-India Summit 2015?
[A]Delhi Development Authority (DDA)
[B]Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority
[C]Bangalore Development Authority
[D]Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority
Answer: Delhi Development Authority (DDA)
The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) was awarded with the E-India award at the E-India Summit 2015 for adopting technology to serve the public better and using manpower and resources efficiently through mobile applications. The award was received by the Mr. V.S. Tomar, Director (Systems) DDA in Mumbai.
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