GK & Current Affairs – January 8, 2016
1. Who has been appointed as the new chairman of Competition Commission of India (CCI)?
Answer: DK Sikri
The former Gujarat cadre IAS officer, Devender Kumar Sikri has been appointed as the new chairman of Competition Commission of India (CCI). He succeeded Ashok Chawla. The main objective of CCI is to make market work for the benefit and welfare of consumers and also prevent activities that have adverse effect on competition in India.
2. In which of the following cities the world’s first slum museum will be set up?
The World’s first slum museum will be set up in Dharavi, Mumbai. The museum will showcase some of the myriad of objects that are produced every year in Dharavi, one of Asia’s biggest slums and the setting for Danny Boyle’s hit 2008 movie.
3. Who has been conferred with the 2016 Global and Asia-Pacific Central Bank Governor of the Year?
Answer: Raghuram Rajan
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Raghuram Rajan has been conferred with the 2016 Central Banker of the Year Award (Global and Asia Pacific) by the Financial Times Group’s monthly publication ‘The Banker’. This award has been given to Rajan in recognition of RBI’s contribution towards India weathering the capital outflow and currency storms in emerging markets, rupee remaining stable and a clear financial market liberalisation path in attracting foreign and making the country’s financial markets more sophisticated.
4. Who has been honoured with the second Harikrishna Devsare Baalsahitya Award 2015?
Answer: Balkrishna Garg
Veteran poet Balkrishna Garg was honoured with the second Harikrishna Devsare Baalsahitya Award 2015 for his collection of poems for children, titled ‘BaalGeet’. Harikrishna Devsare was one of the foremost writers of Hindi children’s literature, devoted his entire life in creating children’s literature in Hindi. He passed away in 2013.
5. Who has been appointed as Registrar General and Census Commissioner?
The senior IAS officer of Assam-Meghalaya cadre, Sailesh has been appointed as Registrar General and Census Commissioner for a period till July 28, 2017. He succeeded C Chandramouli. Prior to this, he was the additional secretary in the Home Ministry.
6. Which of the following countries is the guest of honour country at the 2016 New Delhi World Book Fair?
China is the Guest of Honour country at the 2016 New Delhi World Book Fair. The 43rd edition of the New Delhi World Book Fair, touted as the largest in Asia, is hosting about 30 countries in which a series of programmes including panel discussions, dramas, classical and folk dances, workshops, discussions, authors’ meets, conferences, seminars and cultural programmes will be held. The fair is held from 9th January to 17th January.
7. The NABARD has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with which of the following organisations for web-based monitoring of watershed projects?
[A]National Remote Sensing Center (NRSC)
[B]Geological Survey of India (GSI)
Answer: National Remote Sensing Center (NRSC)
Recently, the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with National Remote Sensing Center (NRSC) for web- based monitoring of watershed projects. Under the MoU, the Hyderabad-based NRSC will create a separate page for NABARD on Bhuvan web-portal and develop customised software tool and mobile application for real time monitoring, online comparison and visualisation with respect to activities implemented in the projects sanctioned by NABARD. The web-based monitoring of Indo-German Watershed Development (IGWDP) projects will happen in three states, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Telangana.
8. Who has been reappointed as RBI deputy governor for 3 more years?
[A]H R Khan
[D]S S Mundra
Answer: Urjit Patel
The Union Government has reappointed Urjit Patel as Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) for a second time for a three-year term. He looks after the critical function of monetary policy at the central bank of India. Patel is a doctorate from Yale University, also had a stint at IMF. He is the 4th deputy governor, the other three being HR Khan, R Gandhi and SS Mundra. The re-appointment of Patel assumes significance as in recent past, none of the deputy governors got a second term.
9. The Kohala Hydropower Project will be developed in which of the following countries?
Chinese state-owned power company Three Gorges Corporation (CTGC) will develop the Kohala Hydropower Project in Pakistan. It is part of the implementation of $ 46 billion China—Pakistan Economic Corridor connecting the two countries through Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK).
10. Jallikattu, a version of bull fighting is popular in which of the following states?
Answer: Tamil Nadu
Recently, the union government has issued a notification to permit jallikattu, Tamil Nadu’s traditional bull-taming sport, ahead of the Pongal festival. The notification overturns a 2011 notification that prohibited the exhibition or training of bulls, and some other animals, as performing animals. The Supreme Court had in 2014 upheld the 2011 government order. The present order permits jallikattu and bullock cart races in Maharashtra, etc.
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