GK & Current Affairs for Banking/ SSC Examinations – September 28, 2016
1. Where are the headquarters of Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPR&D)?
Answer: New Delhi
The headquarters of Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPR&D) is located in New Delhi. It is in news because the 5th National Conference of Heads of Prisons of States and UTs on Prison Reforms will be organize by BPR&D on September 29, 2016 in New Delhi and Hansraj Gangaram Ahir, the Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, will inaugurate the conference. The 2-day conference will provide a platform to the stakeholders to exchange ideas and learn from each other’s experience. It will also provide them an opportunity to showcase their best practices and innovations. For the first time, the superintendents of jails from central jails and district jails will share their views and experiences.
2. The 2016 Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) will be hosted by which country?
The 2016 Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) will be hosted by the Government of India (GoI) in New Delhi on November 2016. The conference will be held in collaboration with the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR). The AMCDRR is a biennial conference in the Asia region to ensure political and stakeholder’s commitment towards Disaster Risk Reduction implementation.
3. The book “Kunjamma Ode to a Nightingale: M.S. Subbulakshmi” has been authored by whom?
Answer: Lakshmi Vishwanathan
The book “Kunjamma Ode to a Nightingale: M.S. Subbulakshmi” has been authored by Lakshmi Vishwanathan. The author has provided an unbiased account of Dr. M.S.Subbulakshmi’s life, her music, her bhakti, and most important of all, her charisma. The book narrates the musical life of M.S. elaborately and with an interesting touch to it.
4. The 2017 FiFA U-17 World Cup will be hosted by which country?
India will host the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup in October 2017, which is first-ever FIFA tournament in India. It is in news because the Local Organising Committee (LOC) of the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 has recently launched the official emblem for the world cup at Margao, Goa. The emblem is designed as a celebration of the India’s rich and diverse culture, with its main elements being the Indian Ocean, the banyan tree, the kite and the starburst, which is an interpretation of the Ashoka Chakra, an integral part of the national identity.
5. What is the theme of 2016 World Rabies Day (WRD)?
[A]Rabies: Defeat this horrifying disease
[B]Rabies- Educate, Vaccinate, Eliminate
[C]End Rabies by campaigning
[D]End Rabies Together
Answer: Rabies- Educate, Vaccinate, Eliminate
The World Rabies Day (WRD) is observed every year on September 28 to raise awareness about rabies prevention and to highlight progress in defeating this horrifying disease. The day also marks anniversary of Louis Pasteur’s death, the French chemist and microbiologist, who developed the first rabies vaccine. The theme for 2016 is “Rabies- Educate, Vaccinate, Eliminate”.
6. The 2016 BRICS Labour & Employment Ministerial Meet has been held in which city of India?
Answer: New Delhi
The 2016 BRICS Labour & Employment Ministerial Meet 2016 has been held in New Delhi on September 27- 28, 2016 to deliberate on issues including job creation and social security for workers. The meeting had dedicated sessions on employment generation, social security, inclusive development and formalization.
7. What is the India’s position in the 2016-17 Global Competitiveness Index (GCI)?
India has been ranked 39th out of 138 countries in the 2016-17 Global Competitiveness Index (GCI), which is released by the World Economic Forum (WEF). As per the GCI report, due to improved monetary, fiscal policies and lower oil prices, the Indian economy has stabilized and now boasts the highest growth among G20 countries. The report has also stated that India still needs to cover a lot of ground in the areas like labour, financial market, tax regulations, manufacturing, infrastructure and technological readiness. The list has been topped by Switzerland, followed by Singapore, United States, the Netherlands and Germany
8. Which Indian airport has become the first airport in the Asia-Pacific region to achieve carbon neutral status?
[A]Veer Savarkar International Airport
[B]Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport
[C]Indira Gandhi International Airport
[D]Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport
Answer: Indira Gandhi International Airport
The Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport in New Delhi has become the first airport in the Asia-Pacific region to achieve carbon neutral status. With this, the airport carbon accreditation has upgraded Delhi Airport to “Level 3+, Neutrality”, which is the highest level of achievement available to airports across the world. The carbon neutral status to IGI airport was given by Airports Council International (ACI) during the Airport Carbon Accreditation certificate presentation ceremony held in Montreal, Canada on September 27, 2016. The carbon neutrality status is granted if the net carbon emission over an entire year is zero. This means the airport absorbs or offsets the same amount of emission that is generated. The Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) is a GMR Group-led consortium which manages and operates IGI airport.
9. Syed Shamsul Haq, who passed away recently, was well-known poet of which country?
Syed Shamsul Haq (81), the prolific Bangla poet, playwrite and essayist, has recently passed away in Dhaka, Bangladesh. His notable works include Ekoda Ek Rajjey, Boishakhey Rochito Ponktimala, Birotihin Utsab, Protidhwonigon and Opor Purush. He also wrote innumerable patriotic songs of immense beauty which inspired the 1971 Liberation War fighters.
10. Shimon Peres, who died recently, was the former Prime Minister and President of which country?
Shimon Peres (93), the former Israeli PM and President, has recently passed away in Ramat Gan, Israel. Peres was Israel’s most eminent elder statesman, who shared the Nobel Peace Prize with the late former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat for reaching, in 1993, an interim peace deal which never hardened into a lasting treaty. He was part of almost every major development from the country’s founding in 1948. .
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