GK & Current Affairs – January 19, 2016

1. What is India’s rank in the Global Talent Competitiveness Index (GTCI) 2015-16?
Answer: 89
India has been ranked 89 out of 109 countries in the 2015-16 Global Talent Competitiveness Index (GTCI). The list is topped by Switzerland i.e. followed by Singapore, Luxembourg, the United States and Denmark . The other countries in the list are China (48), South Africa (57), Sri Lanka (83), Iran (98), Pakistan (103), etc. The theme ‘Talent Attraction and International Mobility’ has focused on the significant correlation between movement of talent and economic prosperity. The GTCI is released by INSEAD business school in partnership with Adecco Group and the Human Capital Leadership Institute of Singapore.
2. Which of the following European country has declared a state of economic emergency, recently?
[C]United Kingdom
Answer: France
The French President Francois Hollande has recently declared a state of economic and social emergency to redefine country’s economic and social model. To tackle the emergency, he has set out a €2bn (£1.5bn) job creation plan. France’s unemployment rate is 10.6%, against a European Union average of 9.8% and 4.2% in Germany. To revive long-stagnant economic growth and reduce chronic unemployment, the government has proposed series of economic measures. Under a two-year scheme, firms with fewer than 250 staff will get subsidies if they take on a young or unemployed person for six months or more. Additionally, approx. 500,000 vocational training schemes will be created.
3. Ajit Chandila is related to which sports?
Answer: Cricket
Haryana off-spinner, Ajit Chandila has been given a life ban from all forms of cricket by the BCCI for his involvement in 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal, while Mumbai batsman Hiken Shah has given a 5-year suspension for making a corrupt approach to a fellow player. Though, the committee, headed by BCCI president Shashank Manohar has deferred a decision on Chandila’s co- accused Pakistani umpire Asad Rauf till February 12, giving him a final deadline of February 9, 2016 to file his reply.
4. Who is the author of the book titled “She Will Build Him A City”?
[A]Akhil Sharma
[B]KR Meera
[C]Mirza Waheed
[D]Raj Kamal Jha
Answer: Raj Kamal Jha
The book titled ” She Will Build Him A City” has been authored by Raj Kamal Jha, who is the Chief Editor of the daily newspaper The Indian Express and an internationally acclaimed novelist. The book is concerned with the metropolitan coexistence of health and sickness, poverty and wealth.
5. Aroon Tikekar, who passed away recently, was related to which field?
[A]Classical dancer
Answer: Journalist
The noted journalist, author and historian, Dr. Aroon Tikekar (72) passed away in Mumbai, Maharashtra. He authored over 20 books in Marathi and English. He is the recipient of several literary and journalism awards, and was a adjunct professor in the Department of Journalism and Communications, University of Pune.
6. In which state, the 4th All India Police Archery Championship has started?
[B]Uttar Pradesh
Answer: Nagaland
The 4th All India Police Archery Championship has started at Nagaland Armed Police Training Centre, NAPTC Stadium, Chumukedima in Nagaland. In the 5 day event, total of 24 state police and central police organization teams are participating.
7. Burkina Faso, which is in news for terrorists attacks, is located in which part of the World?
[A]Central America
[B]Sothern Africa
[C]South America
[D]Western Africa
Answer: Western Africa
In a recent terrorist attack at a Burkina Faso hotel, several people are killed. Burkina Faso is a Western Africa nation. Its capital city is Ouagadougou.
8. What is the India’s economic growth forecast for current fiscal as per International Monetary Fund (IMF)?
Answer: 7.3%
In the updated report on ‘World Economic Outlook (WEO)’ , the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has kept India’s growth projection unchanged at 7.3 % in the current fiscal and 7.5 % in the FY17. Though, the neighbour China’s growth would slow to 6.3 % in 2016 and further to 6 % in 2017. The IMF has also forecasted the world economic growth at 3.4 % for 2016 and 3.6 % for 2017.
9. The Lalitpur Super Thermal Power Project is located in which state?
[B]West Bengal
[C]Uttar Pradesh
Answer: Uttar Pradesh
Recently, state-run BHEL has commissioned the second 660 MW supercritical unit of Lalitpur Super Thermal Power Project (STPP) in Uttar Pradesh. The main plant of the 3×660 MW Lalitpur STPP is being executed by BHEL. Located in Lalitpur in Bundelkhand district of Uttar Pradesh, Lalitpur STPP is being developed by Lalitpur Power Generation Company Limited (LPGCL)- promoted by the Bajaj Hindustan group.
10. Lakshman Rao Mohite, who passed away recently, hails from which state?
[C]Andhra Pradesh
Answer: Karnataka
The veteran Kannada filmmaker and lyricist, Lakshman Rao Mohite, was better known by his pen-name ‘Geethapriya’ (84) passed away in Bengaluru, Karnataka. He has penned lyrics for over 250 songs and directed 40 films including one in Hindi movie ‘Anmol Sitaare’.

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