GK & Current Affairs: January 11, 2017
1. “Global Risks Report 2017” has been released by which international organisation?
[A]United Nations (UN)
[B]International Monetary Fund (IMF)
[C]Asian Development Bank (ADB)
[D]World Economic Forum (WEF)
Answer: World Economic Forum (WEF)
The World Economic Forum (WEF) has recently released its 12th edition of the Global Risks Report 2017, which highlights the most significant long-term risks worldwide. This year’s report will provide an outlook on the threats facing the world in 2017 and examines some of their root causes: rising inequality, political polarization and nationalism, and disruptive technological change.
2. Shreyas Mehta is associated with which sports?
The U-13 squash player of India, Shreyas Mehta has recently won the 2017 Scottish Junior Open Squash championship by defeating Colombia’s Juan Jose Torres Lara in the final at Edinburgh, Scotland.
3. The book “My Odyssey: Memoirs of the Man behind the Mangalyaan Mission” has been authored by whom?
[A]G Madhavan Nair
[D]A S Kiran Kumar
Answer: K Radhakrishnan
The book “My Odyssey: Memoirs of the Man behind the Mangalyaan Mission” has been authored by Dr. K Radhakrishnan, the former chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).
4. What is the India’s GDP growth rate in FY 17, as per the latest report of World Bank (WB)?
The World Bank has recently decelerated India’s growth for fiscal FY 17 (2016-17 ) to 7.0% from its previous estimate of 7.6% due to demonetization, in its latest report. As per the report, an immediate withdrawal of a large volume of currency in circulation and subsequent replacement with new notes in November 2016 contributed to slowing growth. Further, the report stated that India would regain momentum in the subsequent years with 7.6 and 7.8% growth and various reform initiatives are expected to unlock domestic supply bottlenecks and raise productivity.
5. The Nobel Prize Series India 2017 has recently started in which state?
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has recently inaugurated the Nobel Prize Series India 2017 at the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit in Gandhinagar, Gujarat to stimulate innovation and creative thinking. The Nobel Prize Series will feature a 5-week long Science Exhibition, which is organized by the Department of Science and Technology (DST/DBT) and Nobel Media. It is the first-of-its-kind conclave of Nobel laureates to be held in India and approx 9 Nobel laureates are expected to attend the exhibition. This unique programme combines an exhibition, conference, lectures, roundtables and other meeting spaces.
6. Which state government will launch e-wallet “Tokapoisa.in” for cashless transaction in local language?
The Assam government will launch its indigenously-developed e-Wallet “Tokapoisa.in” to enable the people of the state for hassle-free online transactions in local language. Apart from an e-Wallet, it will be a virtual payment terminal and will also enablegovernment-related transactions. The e-wallet is developed by the Assam Electronics Development Corp. Ltd and is powered by Amrton and ICICI Bank. Traders and merchants, including small shop-keepers, would be able to use the app to keep record of their transaction, with a feature of ‘accounting package’ for such small traders who cannot engage full-time accountants to keep their financial records.
7. The 2017 World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting will be held in which country?
The 2017 World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting will be held in Davos, Switzerland from January 17th to 20th under the theme “Responsive and Responsible Leadership”. The purpose of the meeting is to improve the state of the world and discuss the most pressing issues facing the world. In this summit, filmmaker Karan Johar has been invited as one of the cultural leaders on this prolific platform.
8. The Jigme Dorji National Park is located in which country?
The Jigme Dorji National Park is the 2nd largest National Park of Bhutan, which was named after Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, the 3rd Druk Gyalpo of Bhutan. The park stretches over 4316 km² and provides sanctuary for 37 known species of mammals viz. Snow leopard, clouded leopard, Bengal tiger, bharal or Himalayan blue sheep, etc. It is also the only park in Bhutan where the national animal (takin), flower (blue poppy), bird (raven) and tree (cypress) exist together.
9. The World Hindi Day (WHD) is observed on which date?
Answer: January 10
The World Hindi Day (WHD) is observed every year on January 10 to promote Hindi across the world and to mark the anniversary of first World Hindi Conference (WHD)which was held in 1975.
10. Peter Sarstedt, who passed away recently, was the well-known singer-songwriter of which country?
Peter Eardley Sarstedt (75), the well-known English singer-songwriter, has recently passed away in Sussex, England. He was born in Delhi in 1941, when India was part of the British Raj, where his parents were civil servants in the British administration. .