GK & Current Affairs: June 13, 14, 2015

1. Which Asian country parliament has recently passed a bill to lower the voting age from 20 to 18 years?
[A]South Korea
Answer: Japan
Japan’s parliament passed a bill to lower the voting age from 20 to 18. The decision will result in adding 2.4 million new voters to the nation’s current voting population of 104 million. The legislation will come into effect in time for next year’s upper house election. The last time Japan’s voting age was revised was in 1945, when the voting age was lowered from 25 to 20, and women were given the right to vote. The new law puts Japan in line with nearly 90% of the world’s countries in setting the minimum voting age at 18.
2. Bibek Debroy committee report is related to which of the following?
[A]Financial inclusion
[B]Restructuring the railways
[C]Road safety issues
[D]Coastal area management
Answer: Restructuring the railways
Bibek Debroy committee was set up to suggest a roadmap for restructuring the Railways. The committee submitted its final report to the government. The committee has set a five- year timeframe for implementing its recommendations and has suggested doing away with the Railway Budget.Reference
3. Who has been elected as UN general assembly president of its 70th anniversary session?
[A]Sam Kutesa
[B]Mogens Lykketoft
[C]Karl Ritter
[D]John Higgines
Answer: Mogens Lykketoft
The United Nations General Assembly unanimously elected Denmark’s former parliament speaker Mogens Lykketoft as president of its 70th anniversary session. Lykketoft will assume the office in September. He will replace Sam Kutesa of Uganda, the present president of UN general assembly.
4. Which city is the venue for the Global Editors Network (GEN) Summit-2015?
Answer: Barcelona
The fifth Global Editors Network (GEN) Summit will be held in Barcelona 17-19, 2015. The 3 days GEN Summit will bring together the brightest minds in the industry to discuss and challenge the future of media.Reference
5. Who became the first Indian footballer to score fifty international goals?
[A]Sunil Chhetri
[B]Subrata Pal
[C]Robin Singh
[D]Gurpreet Singh Sandhu
Answer: Sunil Chhetri
Sunil Chhetri became the first Indian footballer to score 50 international goals. Chhetri achieved the feat during his team’s 2018 World Cup qualifying match. Former captain Bhaichung Bhutia stays at the second spot with 42 goals in 107 matches while IM Vijayan has 40 goals from 79 games.Reference
6. Who is the Chairman of Kendriya Hindi Samiti?
[A]President of India
[B]Prime Minister
[C]Union Minister of Culture
[D]Vice President of India
Answer: Prime Minister
The Kendriya Hindi Samiti was constituted in the Year 1967. It is chaired by the Prime Minister. It is the apex policy making body for the propagation and progressive use of Hindi as Official Language of the Union.
7. Charles Correa, who passed away recently, was related to which of the following fields?
Answer: Architect
Charles Correa was a noted Indian Architect, urban planner and activist. He played a defining role in developing architecture of post-Independence India and has designed some of the most outstanding structures. He was the man behind the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial in Ahmedabad and Madhya Pradesh Assembly building. He had been awarded the Padma Shri in 1972, and second highest civilian honour, the Padma Vibhushan in 2006, given by Government of India. He was also awarded the 1984 Royal Gold Medal for architecture, by the Royal Institute of British Architects.
8. The International Date Line runs through which of the following two oceans?
[A]Pacific and Indian Oceans
[B]Indian Ocean and Atlantic
[C]Pacific and Arctic Oceans
[D]Atlantic and Pacific Oceans
Answer: Pacific and Arctic Oceans
The International Date Line passes through Pacific and Arctic Oceans.
9. Ron Clarke, who died recently, was a Runner known for world records from which country?
[C]South Africa
Answer: Australia
Ron Clarke was an Australian middle- and long-distance runner who broke 17 world records, some by huge margins, in the mid-1960s. From 1963 through 1970 he won 202 of 313 races, ranging from a half-mile to the marathon (26.2 miles). His most remarkable feat came in 1965, when, on a 44-day tour of Europe, he broke 12 world records in 18 races. The records included, four days apart, the first three miles under 13 minutes and the first 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) under 28 minutes.
10. Which Indian Ocean country celebrates National Day on 18 June?
Answer: Seychelles
The Republic of Seychelles comprises 115 islands in the western Indian Ocean. June 18th is known as National Day in Seychelles. This national holiday commemorates the implementation of a multiparty democracy. Seychelles gained independence from Britain in 1976 and became a republic within the commonwealth. The republic was under single party rule until December 4, 1991, when President France Albert RenÉ announced a return to the multiparty system of government. On June 18, 1993, a new constitution was approved, and the first multiparty presidential and legislative elections were held in July.

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