GK & Current Affairs for Banking/ SSC Examinations – September 24, 25, 2016

1. Velavan Senthilkumar is associated with which sports?
Answer: Squash
Velavan Senthilkumar, Indian player from Chennai, has won the Under-19 Asian Junior Individual squash championship title in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on September 24, 2016. He defeated Jordan’s Mohammad Al-Sarraj by 12-14, 9-11, 11-6, 11-8, 11-7 to claim the title. With this, he became the 2nd Indian to win the title after Ravi Dixit in 2010.
2. Which parliamentary committee has been constituted to examine merger of budgets?
[A]Kamal Nath committee
[B]Ramesh Jigajinagi committee
[C]Veerappa Moily committee
[D]Ashok Chavan committee
Answer: Veerappa Moily committee
The parliamentary committee headed by the Congress MP M Veerappa Moily, has been constituted to review the all budgetary reforms. Besides the budget, the committee will also review the disinvestment policy, banking sector in India, RBI’s emerging role and its framework. The committee will also review the performance of regulatory bodies – Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), Competition Commission of India (CCI) and Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA), Stock Holding Corporation of India Ltd (SHCIL), National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI), Investor Education and Protection Fund (IEPF) and Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO). The committee will also evaluate the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO), Central Statistical Office (CSO) and streamlining of statistics collection machinery in India.
3. Which national committee has been constituted for commemoration of birth centenary of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay?
[A]Narendra Modi committee
[B]R C Lahoti committee
[C]Rajnath Singh committee
[D]Mahesh Sharma committee
Answer: Narendra Modi committee
To commemorate the birth centenary of Jana Sangh ideologue Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will chair the 149-member national committee. The committee includes several Governors, Chief Ministers, scientists, journalists, academicians, social Workers and spiritual leaders. Beside this, the 23-member executive committee has also constituted for this purpose that will be headed by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh.
4. What is the India’s rank in the 2016 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)?
Answer: 143rd
India has been ranked 143rd out of 188 countries in the 2016 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). The index is the first global analysis that assesses countries on SDG health performance was published online in The Lancet and launched at a special event at the UN General Assembly in New York. The list is topped by Iceland, followed by Singapore, Sweden, Andorra and UK. The SDGs are 17 universal goals, 169 targets and 230 indicators set by the United Nations in 2015 to guide a range of pressing problems including food and water security, poverty and climate change up to 2030. The SDGs follow and expand on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which expired at the end of 2015.
5. “Druzhba-2016” the joint military exercise has started between which of the following counties?
[A]Nepal and India
[B]India and Russia
[C]China and Pakistan
[D]Pakistan and Russia
Answer: Pakistan and Russia
The first-ever Druzhba-2016 (or Friendship-2016) joint military drill exercise has started between Russia and Pakistan in the Army High Altitude School in northern Pakistan’s Rattu and at a special forces training center in Cherat on September 24 and will continue till October 7. The drill will involve experience sharing and will aim to develop coordination in carrying out practice combat tasks in a mountainous environment, including operations against illegal armed groups.
6. Who has been appointed as the new chairman of Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (IBBI)?
[A]M S Sahoo
[B]Ashish Arya
[C]P V Gokhale
[D]S K Banerjee
Answer: M S Sahoo
Madhusudan Sahoo has been appointed as the new chairman of Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (IBBI) for a period of 5 years or until further orders, whichever is the earliest. Currently, Sahoo is a member at anti-trust regulator Competition Commission of India (CCI). The board will regulate the functioning of insolvency professionals, insolvency professional agencies and information utilities.
7. Who is the newly elected President of the Indian Statistical Institute (ISI)?
[A]Y V Reddy
[B]D. Subbarao
[C]Vijay Kelkar
[D]C Rangarajan
Answer: Vijay Kelkar
Vijay Kelkar, the former petroleum secretary, has been elected as the new President of the prestigious Indian Statistical Institute (ISI). He succeeded former RBI governor C Rangarajan. The ISI functions under the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation.
8. Which country will host first-ever BRICS Young Scientists Conclave 2016?
Answer: India
The first-ever BRICS Young Scientists Conclave 2016 will be hosted by India in Bengaluru from September 26-30. The meet would provide a platform for engaging, connecting and networking among young scientists to hold discussions and find solutions to some of the common challenges and problems being faced in BRICS countries. The focus of the conclave would be on three thematic topics – Computational Intelligence, Energy Solutions and Affordable Healthcare.
9. Who has been appointed as the Additional Secretary in the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council?
[A]Vinayak Bhonsle
[B]Arun Goyal
[C]Nagendra Laguri
[D]Ranjit Chaudhary
Answer: Arun Goyal
Arun Goyal, a 1985 batch IAS officer of Union Territory cadre, has been appointed as the Additional Secretary in the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council. Presently, Goyal is working as Additional Secretary in Project Monitoring Group of Cabinet Secretariat. The GST Council is mandated to decide on tax rate exempted goods and the threshold limit.
10. Who has won 2016 Women’s double Toray Pan Pacific Open Tennis trophy?
[A]Sania Mirza and Barbora Strycova
[B]Garbine Muguruza and Carla Suarez Navarro
[C]Liang Chen and Yang Zhaoxuan
[D]Andreja Klepac and Katarina Srebotnik
Answer: Sania Mirza and Barbora Strycova
Sania Mirza and her Czech partner Barbora Strycova has won the 2016 Toray Pan Pacific Open trophy women’s doubles event in Tokyo, Japan by defeating Chinese pair of Chen Liang and Zhaoxuan Yang in the final by 6-1, 6-1. .

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