GK & Current Affairs – January 17, 18, 2016

1.

Who has won the 2016 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature?
[A]Anuradha Roy
[B]Akhil Sharma
[C]KR Meera
[D]Mirza Waheed

Anuradha Roy
Indian writer Anuradha Roy has won the prestigious 2016 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature for her novel ‘Sleeping on Jupiter’ at the Galle Literary Festival in Sri Lanka. Ms. Roy was awarded the $50,000 prize and a unique trophy by Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in the ceremony.

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2.

Who has been elected as the first female President of Taiwan?
[A]Tsai Ghi-wen
[B]Vei-Mi-kuo
[C]Mao Chi-kuo
[D]Tsai Ing-wen

Tsai Ing-wen
Tsai Ing-wen (59) has been elected as the first female President of Taiwan. She is the leader of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) which favours independence from China. Her victory is the biggest mandate ever won by a DPP president and is only the second-ever victory for the DPP since Taiwan split with China in 1949.

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3.

The theater festival ‘Nandi Natakotsavam’ is celebrated in which state?
[A]Himachal Pradesh
[B]Andhra Pradesh
[C]Karnataka
[D]Tamil Nadu

Andhra Pradesh
The Nandi Natakotsavam’, the prestigious state-organised theater festival, has begin at Mahati auditorium in Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh from January 18, 2016. The 12-day event will have 43 plays and play lets will be performed in social and mythological themes.

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4.

The Indira Gandhi Zoological Park (IGZP) is located in which state?
[A]Andhra Pradesh
[B]Mizoram
[C]Tripura
[D]Sikkim

Andhra Pradesh
The Indira Gandhi Zoological Park (IGZP) is located in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh. To reconstruct the park as it got heavily damaged during cyclone Hudhud 2014, World Bank in- principle has sanctioned $250 million. The fund is used for its restoration and development as a world-class international ecological park. This is for the first time that the World Bank is funding a zoo.

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5.

What is the India’s GDP growth forecast for 2016 as per the United Nations (UN)?
[A]7.1%
[B]7.5%
[C]7.9%
[D]8.2%

7.5%
As per the report by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), India’s GDP growth forecast for 2016 has been downgraded to 7.5 % from 8.2 % estimated earlier, due to slow progress in implementing reform policies. In ESCAP report, China is expected to grow at 6.5 % in 2016, lower from 6.8 % estimated earlier.

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6.

Who has won The Hindu Literary Prize 2015?
[A]Janice Pariat
[B]Easterine Kire
[C]Amitav Ghosh
[D]Siddharth Chowdhury

Easterine Kire
A poet, novelist and children’s writer, Easterine Kire from Nagaland has won The Hindu Literary Prize 2015 for her novel ‘When the River Sleeps’. The book is about a lone hunter seeking a heart stone in a faraway sleeping river and fighting all odds to get it.

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7.

Who has been elected from India to the board of directors of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)?
[A]Rahul Mishra
[B]Dinesh Sharma
[C]VK Singh
[D]Arun Jaitley

Dinesh Sharma
Dinesh Sharma, Additional Secretary of Union Ministry of Finance, has been elected to the 12-member board of the China-sponsored Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). This is the first board of directors of AIIB in which 57 nations are founding members including India. The inaugural meeting of the board of the governors of the AIIB also held in Beijing after its formal launch by Chinese President Xi Jinping. The Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is the designated governor of the AIIB from India.

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8.

The NITI Aayog has collaborated with which organisation for conducting a survey of manufacturing firms?
[A]State Bank of India
[B]Punjab National Bank
[C]IDFC Bank
[D]ICICI bank

IDFC Bank
The National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog has collaborated with the IDFC Bank Ltd to conduct an enterprise survey of manufacturing firms including start-ups, across India to assess the ease of doing business. The primary objective of this survey is to assess the business regulatory environment in each State and Union Territories (Uts) and identify policy and regulatory hurdles faced by businesses in the States/Uts.

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9.

The Global Risks Report 2016 is published by which one of the following organisations?
[A]UNCTAD
[B]IMF
[C]World Economic Forum (WEF)
[D]World Bank

World Economic Forum (WEF)
The World Economic Forum says large-scale involuntary migration and extreme weather events are top two risks for world in 2016. The Global Risks Report 2016 has been published ahead of its major annual meeting between January 20 and January 23 this year in Davos, Switzerland.

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10.

The largest single-site solar power project in the world will come up in which Indian state?
[A]Telangana
[B]Madhya Pradesh
[C]Rajasthan
[D]Gujarat

Madhya Pradesh
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group has announced a tie-up with the Madhya Pradesh government to set up a 750-Mw Rewa ultra-mega solar power project. This will be the largest single-site solar power project in the world.

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