GK & Current Affairs – June 1, 2016

1. Which Indian banker has been honoured with the 2016 Green Economy Visionary award?
[A]Raghuram Rajan
[B]Chanda Kochhar
[C]R Seetharaman
[D]Arundhati Bhattacharya
Answer: R Seetharaman
Dr. R Seetharaman, Group CEO of Doha Bank, has been honoured with the 2016 Green Economy Visionary at the 2016 Union of Arab Banks (UAB) International Banking Summit, Rome. He has been awarded for his contribution in environment-friendly activities and for promoting green economy for nearly two decades.
2. Who has been appointed as the new member of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)?
[A]Alka Saxena
[B]Arvind Sirohi
[C]A P Singh
[D]B S Bassi
Answer: B S Bassi
B S Bassi, the former Delhi Police commissioner, has been appointed as the new member of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), a Constitutional post. He will have tenure of about 5 years till February 2021. Bassi is a 1977-batch IPS officer of Arunachal Pradesh-Goa-Mizoram and Union Territories (AGMUT) cadre. The UPSC is headed by a chairman besides maximum of ten members. Under the Constitution, a member of the UPSC can have a maximum of six years tenure or till he attains age of 65 years.
3. Bedabahal power project is located in which state of India?
[D]Madhya Pradesh
Answer: Odisha
Bhedabahal is a proposed ultra mega power project (UMPP) near Sundargarh in Odisha.
4. The world’s longest and deepest rail tunnel has recently opened in which country?
[C]United Kingdom
Answer: Switzerland
The world’s longest and deepest rail tunnel has been opened in Switzerland. The 57 km (35-mile) twin-bore Gotthard Base Tunnel (GBT) will provide a high-speed rail link under the Swiss Alps between Northern and Southern Europe. The tunnel has overtaken Japan’s 53.9 km Seikan rail tunnel as the longest rail tunnel in the world. The full service will begin in December 2016. The tunnel has taken 17 years to build at a cost of 12.2 billion Swiss francs (£8.4 billion).
5. The India-Morocco Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IMCCI) has been launched in which of the following cities?
[A]Beni Mellal
Answer: Rabat
The India-Morocco Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IMCCI) has been launched by Vice President of India Mohammad Hamid Ansari and Moroccan Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane in Rabat, Morocco. The Chamber is a new initiative taken by the two countries to strengthen their relations in trade and investment. The motto of IMCCI is “Shake hands, strengthen ties, go with IMCCI”.
6. “Computex 2016”, the Asia’s largest technology trade show has started in which country?
Answer: Taiwan
The Asia’s largest technology trade fair “Computex Taipei 2016” has started at the Taipei World Trade Centre, Taiwan. The purpose of the fair is to promote internet computing ecosystems. The highlight of 2016 trade show is Virtual Reality (VR). In it, more than 1,600 companies from 30 countries will showcase their latest products in robotics, virtual reality, innovation, business solutions and games. The trade show will end on June 4, 2016 and organisers expect the event to attract more than 130,000 visitors.
7. “Ziyuan III 02” a new civilian high-resolution mapping satellite has been successfully launched by which country?
Answer: China
China has successfully launched “Ziyuan III 02”, a new civilian high-resolution mapping satellite from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Centre in Shanxi province. Ziyuan III 02 will be used in land resource surveys, natural disaster prevention, agricultural development, water resources management and urban planning, among other tasks. It is the second satellite in the remote-sensing mapping system which China plans to build by 2030. Along with Ziyuan satellite, the two NewSat satellites from Uruguay were also successfully launched.
8. The Hindi Journalism Day is celebrated on which day in India?
[A]May 30
[B]May 31
[C]June 1
[D]June 4
Answer: May 30
The Hindi Journalism Day (or Hindi Patrakarita Diwas ) is celebrated every year on May 30 in India to mark the beginning to journalism in Hindi language. On this date, in 1826, the first Hindi-language newspaper of India “Udant Martand” was published from Calcutta by Pt. Jugal Kishore Shukla. Though, due to financial problems, the newspaper couldn’t publish for long. In 2016, the Hindi Journalism has completed its 190 years in India.
9. India has recently signed agreement with which international organisation for ‘Efficient and Sustainable City Bus Service Project’?
[A]World Bank (WB)
[B]International Monetary Fund (IMF)
[C]New Development Bank (NDB)
[D]Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)
Answer: World Bank (WB)
The Government of India (GoI) has recently signed a $9.2-million grant agreement with the World Bank (WB) for the ‘Efficient and Sustainable City Bus Service Project’. The agreement has been signed under the World Bank-Global Environment Facility (GEF) Program. The International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) will be the implementing agency of the GEF for the project. The purpose of the project is to improve the efficiency and attractiveness of city bus transport and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the demonstration cities of Bhopal, Chandigarh, Jaipur and Mira Bhayandar municipality in the Thane district of Maharashtra.
10. What is the India’s rank in the IMD’s world competitiveness rankings 2016?
Answer: 41st
India has been ranked 41 out of 61 countries in the IMD’s world competitiveness rankings 2016. The survey has been conducted by the Switzerland-based International Institute for Management and Development (IMD)’s World Competitiveness Center (WCC). Hong Kong has topped the list, followed by Switzerland, the US, Singapore, Sweden, Denmark, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway and Canada. The IMD measures how well countries manage all their resources and competencies to facilitate long-term value creation. The overall ranking is based on an analysis of over 340 criteria derived from four principal factors—economic performance, government efficiency, business efficiency and infrastructure. .

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