GK & Current Affairs – January 9, 10, 2016
which of the following organisations publishes the report titled “Global Economic Perspectives”?
According to the recently released World Bank (WB) report titled “Global Economic Prospect”, Indian economy growth rate is projected at 7.8%in the Financial Year (FY)17, while it’s outlook for China’s growth in 2016 is 6.7%. For FY18, India is predicted to grow at 7.9% against China’s growth of 6.5% in 2017 and 2018. The WB also predicted that India will be the fastest growing economy in the world in the next three years and would outpace China.
Shakti 2016, is the joint military exercise of India with which country?
The 8-day counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency joint exercise ‘Shakti-2016’ has started between India and France in Jodhpur, Rajasthan. This is the 3rd edition in the series of bilateral exercises under this banner. The joint exercise will undergo a training schedule aimed at combating conditioning, infantry tactical operations in a counter-terrorism environment and planning of joint operations under the United Nations (UN) mandate. It will round off in a tactical exercise encompassing clearing of pockets of terrorists in rural and urban environment.
Which of the following is the India’s indigenously-built anti-submarine warfare corvette?
Recently, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral R.K. Dhowan commissioned INS Kadmatt, the second of the four indigenous stealth anti-submarine warfare corvettes, at the Naval Dockyard in Visakhapatnam. The ship, with about 90 per cent indigenisation, incorporates improvements over INS Kamorta. It is built by the Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Ltd.
Who is the first Indian to win a People’s Choice Awards?
Priyanka Chopra has won the Favourite Actress in a New TV series award at the People’s Choice Awards 2016 for her leading role in American TV thriller series ‘Quantico’. She is the first South Asian actress to win a People’s Choice Awards.
On which date, Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) is celebrated in India?
Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) is celebrated on January 9 every year in India. The day marks the return of Mahatma Gandhi from South Africa in the year 1915 on January 9. It also acknowledges the contribution of Indian community living abroad in the development of India. Last year, the government had decided to hold larger version of Pravasi Bhartiya Divas (PBD) after every two years and that limited version of the event will be organised in the intervening year. This year, the first limited edition of Pravasi Bhartiya Divas is launched.
According to the Hurun India Philanthropy List 2015, who is the most generous Indian of the year?
According to the Hurun India Philanthropy List 2015, Azim Premji, chairman of Wipro, is the most generous Indian of the year for the third time in a row. He is followed by Nandan Nilekani and wife, Rohini Nilekani, while Infosys co-founder N.R. Narayana Murthy stood third.
The IFSC Banking Units (IBUs) are allowed to open which of the following types of bank accounts?
[C]Foreign currency current accounts
[D]All the above
Foreign currency current accounts
Recently, the Reserve Bank has relaxed norms for the units of banks operating from International Financial Services Centres (IFSC) and permitted them to open foreign currency current accounts. As per the existing norms, IFSC Banking Units (IBUs) were not allowed to open any current or savings accounts. They cannot issue bearer instruments or cheques. All payment transactions must be undertaken via bank transfers.
Martina Hingis, the famous tennis player, hails from which country?
Martina Hingis hails from Switzerland. Recently, the Indo-Swiss pair of Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis clinched the women’s double title of the $1 million Brisbane International.
Yadgar-e-Taqseem, or the Memories of Partition museum will be opened in which of the following cities?
Yadgar-e-Taqseem, or the Memories of Partition museum, is the brainchild of Kishwar Desai, writer and former media professional. It will be opened in Amritsar in early 2017, the 70th anniversary of Independence. The collaborative effort will draw on individuals, institutions and resources in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and the U.K. The Arts and Cultural Heritage Trust, registered in India, will run the museum.
Who is heading the high-level panel set up by the union government to sort out the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train issues with Japan?
For fast track implementation of the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train, the centre has set up a high-level panel headed by NITI Aayog Vice-Chairman Arvind Panagariya to sort out bilateral issues with a similar committee set up by Japan.