GK & Current Affairs – June 15, 2016

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Which country has been elected for the first time to chair the UN’s legal affairs committee ?
[A]Ukraine
[B]Israel
[C]Uruguay
[D]Senegal

Israel
The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) has recently elected Israel to chair its Legal Committee, also known as the sixth Committee, for the first time in the world body’s 71-year history. The Israeli Ambassador Danny Danon has won the chairmanship of the UN’s legal affairs committee with 109 votes from the 193 member states. The legal Committee overseas UN activities related to international laws. The UN’s five other standing committees oversee the areas of disarmament, economic and financial issues, human rights, decolonization and the UN budget.

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2.

“Delta IV Heavy” the world’s most powerful rocket is belong to which country?
[A]Japan
[B]China
[C]United States
[D]France

United States
Recently, the United States has successfully launched its secret spy satellite “NROL-37” to space by the United Launch Alliance’s (ULA) Delta IV Heavy rocket, the world’s most powerful rocket, at Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) is responsible for designing, building and operating the United States’ fleet of spy satellites.

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3.

Who has won the 2016 Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix?
[A]Daniel Ricciardo
[B]Sebastian Vettel
[C]Lewis Hamilton
[D]Nico Rosberg

Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton, a British Formula One racing driver from England and racing for the Mercedes AMG Petronas team, has won the 2016 Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Canada.

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4.

The book “Goa Undercover” has been authored by whom?
[A]Shazia Khan
[B]Vish Dhamija
[C]Madhumita Bhattacharyya
[D]Kanishka Gupta

Madhumita Bhattacharyya
The book “Goa Undercover” has been authored by Madhumita Bhattacharyya. The story is a Pan McMillan masala thriller. In it, both the criminal and the sleuths are Indian to the core and not raised on gun culture. They would bomb a village, or a safe house only as a last resort, but would not kill a fly unless they were forced too. The man on the run or rather the persons on the run, are not really bad but merely grey.

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5.

Who of the following is the only player to represent India in chess and cricket?
[A]K L Rahul
[B]Karun Nair
[C]Yuzvendra Chahal
[D]Ambati Rayudu

Yuzvendra Chahal
Yuzvendra Chahal is the only player to represent India in chess and cricket. His name is listed in World Chess Federation’s official site. Beside this, he is playing for Indian national cricket team, which is touring Zimbabwe to play 3-ODIs and 3-Twenty20 Internationals(T20Is). In it, India clinched ODI series against Zimbabwe with 8 wickets win in 2nd ODI at Harare and the man of the match was awarded to Yuzvendra Chahal, who was the most successful bowler, with 3- wickets for 25 runs.

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6.

The Deepor Beel Wildlife Sanctuary (DBWS) is located in which state of India?
[A]Odisha
[B]Assam
[C]Nagaland
[D]Manipur

Assam
The Deepor Beel Wildlife Sanctuary (DBWS) is located at Kamrup district in Guwahati, Assam. It is home to Wild Asian elephants, leopard, jungle cat and the protected barking deer, Chinese porcupine, Spot-billed pelican, sambar, etc.

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7.

India has recently removed which country from prior referral category status?
[A]China
[B]Pakistan
[C]Russia
[D]Iraq

China
India has recently removed China out from prior referral category status. In 2015, Iran was also removed out from prior referral category status from India. When a country is removed from prior referral status it facilitates easy and quick visa for its nationals.

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8.

President Pranab Mukherjee has become the first Indian president to visit Republic of Ghana and _?
[A]Cote d’Ivoire
[B]Morocco
[C]Nambia
[D]Zambia

Cote d’Ivoire
President Pranab Mukherjee has become the first Indian president to visit Republic of Ghana and Republic of Cote d’Ivoire after both countries established diplomatic relations. In his 3-nation African tour to Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire and Namibia, Mr. Mukherjee visited Ghana on June 12, 2016 and signed 3-pacts on exemption of visa requirement for holders of diplomatic and official passports, for cooperation between the Foreign Service institutes of the two countries and for the establishment of a joint commission to periodically review various aspects of the multi dimensional relationship and in the second leg of his visit starting June 14, he would visit Cote d’Ivoire and then Nambia.

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9.

“S4A” new scheme has been introduced by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) for resolution of stressed assets. What does S4A stands for?
[A]Scheme for Susceptible Structuring of Stressed Assets
[B]Scheme for Sensible Structuring of Stressed Assets
[C]Scheme for Suitable Structuring of Stressed Assets
[D]Scheme for Sustainable Structuring of Stressed Assets

Scheme for Sustainable Structuring of Stressed Assets
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has recently introduced a new scheme “Scheme for Sustainable Structuring of Stressed Assets (S4A)” for resolution of bad loans of large projects. The S4A will cover those projects which have started commercial operations and have outstanding loan of over Rs.500 crore. The purpose of the S4A is to strengthen the lenders’ ability to deal with stressed assets and put real assets back on track by providing an avenue for reworking the financial structure of entities facing genuine difficulties. The scheme is an optional framework for resolution of large stressed accounts.

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10.

The United States has recently reopened its embassy in which country after a bit controversy?
[A]Greece
[B]Nigeria
[C]Gambia
[D]Algeria

Gambia
The US Embassy in Gambian capital Banjul has reopened for normal operations after the Gambian government redeployed police guards it withdrew last week. Though, the Gambian and US authorities have not explained the circumstances leading to the redeployment of the police guards. The dispute comes in the midst of controversy over Gambia’s arrest and trial of a US citizen who was under arrest while visiting relatives in the country.

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