GK & Current Affairs – July 22, 2016
The Petrapole Integrated Check Post (ICP) has been launched between India and which of the following neighboring countries?
The Petrapole Integrated Check Post (ICP) has been launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina through video conferencing at Petrapole, West Bengal to boost India-Bangladesh trade ties. The purpose of the Petrapole ICP is to provide better facilities on the security, customs and immigration front. It will also support facilities for smooth cross-border movement of persons, goods and transport. The Petrapole ICP is the 2nd ICP on the India-Bangladesh border after the Agartala ICP at the Agartala (India)-Akhaura (Bangladesh) land border.
The book “In the Name of Democracy: JP Movement and the Emergency” has been authored by whom?
The book “In the Name of Democracy: JP Movement and the Emergency” was authored by Bipan Chandra, an Indian historian. The book is a valuable contribution to our understanding of those turbulent years of emergency of 1975-77 and JP movement. Through the book, we can looks at these happenings sequentially and can understand their character and the nature of the challenge they (Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and Jayaprakash Narayan) posed to our democracy.
The first annual meeting of the Board of Governors of BRICS New Development Bank has been held in which country?
The first annual meeting of the Board of Governors of BRICS New Development Bank (NDB) has been held at Shanghai, China. The 2016 meeting marks the commencement of the phase of immense work for realization of NDB’s vision of providing catalytic resources for sustainable infrastructure to the founder members and other emerging and developing economies. India will be the Chair of the Board of Governors of the Bank and the 2nd annual meetings of NDB will be held in India in 2017.
Which state/union territory of India has launched online payment system for licensing & registration of Food Business Operators (FBOs)?
The Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (NCT) has recently launched an online payment system for licensing and registration of Food Business Operators (FBOs). Applicants can now make payments through credit and debit card and net banking, which will eliminate delay in collection of fees and simplify processes for applicants. Beside this, the Delhi Government has also introduced a credit note system in dealings between the food safety officers and the FBOs, which used to be in cash. In the new practice no cash dealings will be done. Such measures will ensure transparency and also check corruption.
The Social Security Agreement (SSA) has been signed between India and with which country, recently?
The Social Security Agreement (SSA) has been signed between India and Japan, which will come into force on October 1, 2016. As per the pact, an Indian worker on a short-term contract in Japan will be exempt from making a social security contribution there. The same applies to Japanese workers in India. This exemption will be provided only if the Indian worker is covered under the social security system of India and continues to pay his or her contribution during the period of overseas contract.
The world’s first Zika vaccine test on humans will be conducted by which country?
The world’s first Zika vaccine test on humans will be conducted by Canadian University to counter the explosively spreading virus. The researchers from Laval University, based in Quebec City, will conduct the test. Till date, vaccines have been tested on mice. Mainly, the Zika virus is transmitted by mosquitoes and there is no existing treatment or vaccine for it.
What is the India’s rank in the 2016 Natixis Global Retirement Index?
India has been ranked 43rd out of 43 countries in the 2016 Global Retirement Index (GRI). The list is topped by Norway, followed by Switzerland, Iceland, Sweden and Germany. The index is compiled by Natixis Global Asset Management with support from CoreData Research, a U.K.-based financial research firm. The purpose of the index is to provide a global benchmark for retirees and future retirees so that they can evaluate and compare the suitability of various nations, and plan their retirement according to their expectations and needs.
Who has been appointed as the Managing Director of the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup?
Steve Elworthy, the former South Africa fast bowler, has been appointed as the Managing Director of the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup, which will be held in England and Wales. He will also oversee the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 and the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017.
The Baisipalli Wildlife Sanctuary is located in which state of India?
The Baisipalli Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Nayagrh, Odisha. It is 168.35 square kilometres and is home to bears, elephants, leopards, Sambar Deer and spotted deer.
India’s first-ever SAARC Tourism Summit will be hosted by which city?
India’s first-ever SAARC Tourism Summit will be hosted by Aurangabad, Maharashtra in October 2016. The purpose of the 2-day summit is to tap Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) under “Make in India” and “Make in Maharashtra” schemes. The Ministry of External Affairs has chosen Aurangabad for the summit because 2017 will be celebrated as “Visit Maharashtra Year” and in 2018, the 200th anniversary of the discovery of the world heritage Ajanta caves will be celebrated by the state.