GK & Current Affairs – June 16, 17, 2016

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What is the theme of 2016 World Blood Donor Day (WBDD)?
[A]Blood connects us all
[B]More blood, more life
[C]Every blood donor is a hero
[D]Thank you for saving my life

Blood connects us all
The World Blood Donor Day (WBDD) is observed every year on June 14 to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products and to thank blood donors for their voluntary, life- saving gifts of blood. The 2016 theme is “Blood connects us all”, which aims to motivate more people to donate blood globally.

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2.

The United Nations’ World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) is observed on which date?
[A]June 16
[B]June 11
[C]June 15
[D]June 13

June 15
The United Nations’ World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) is observed every year on June 15 to focus global attention on the problem of physical, emotional, and financial abuse of elders and to create awareness on the need of taking care of elders.

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3.

Who of the following will represent India at the St Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF)?
[A]Arun Jaitley
[B]Dharmendra Pradhan
[C]Prakash Javadekar
[D]Narendra Modi

Dharmendra Pradhan
Dharmendra Pradhan, the Minister of State (I/C) for Petroleum and Natural Gas, will represent India at the St Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) in St Petersburg, Russia, which is scheduled from June 16-17, 2016. The SPIEF is an annual international conference dedicated to economic and business issues. It attracts over thousands of participants, including political and business leaders, leading scientists, public figures, and members of the media from all over the world. The forum mainly discusses the most pressing issues facing Russia and the world.

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4.

Which committee has been constituted to shortlist candidates for RBI Governorship?
[A]Anand Kumar committee
[B]HR Khan committee
[C]S S Mundra committee
[D]P K Sinha committee

P K Sinha committee
The Union Government has constituted a selection committee headed by cabinet secretary P.K. Sinha for shortlisting candidates for RBI governorship, after Raghuram Rajan’s term comes to an end in September 2016.

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5.

Who has been elected as the new President of the 71st session of United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 71)?
[A]Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama
[B]Peter Thomson
[C]John Ashe
[D]Andreas Mavroyiannis

Peter Thomson
Peter Thomson, Fiji’s ambassador to the United Nations, has been elected as the new President of the 71st session of United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 71). He will replace current General Assembly President Mogens Lykketoft and will begin his tenure in September 2016 at the commencement of the UNGA 71. With this, Thomson will become the first representative of the Small Islands and Developing States (SIDS) group to hold the position. Thomson will oversee the process of searching for a new U.N. secretary-general to replace Ban Ki-moon of South Korea, who will finish his second five-year term in the post at the end of 2016.

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6.

The report titled “The Rise of Environmental Crime” has been released by which environmental organization?
[A]Partnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia (PEMSEA)
[B]United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
[C]International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
[D]Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
The report titled “The Rise of Environmental Crime” has been released by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and INTERPOL. As per the report, environmental crimes grew up by 26 % larger than previous estimates. The environmental crime is the world’s 4th largest criminal enterprise after drug smuggling, counterfeiting and human trafficking. The environmental crime includes the illegal trade in wildlife, corporate crime in the forestry sector, the illegal exploitation and sale of gold and other minerals, illegal fisheries, the trafficking of hazardous waste and carbon credit fraud. The report has recommended strong action, legislation and sanctions at national and international levels to stop crime.

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7.

Who among the following has won the 2016 Pen Pinter Prize?
[A]Maureen Freely
[B]Margaret Atwood
[C]Zia Haider Rahman
[D]Antonia Fraser

Margaret Atwood
Margaret Atwood, Canadian poet and environmental campaigner, has been awarded the prestigious 2016 Pen Pinter Prize for her work championing environmental causes. She will receive award at a public British Library event on October 13, 2016. The Prize is awarded annually to British, Irish or Commonwealth writer to define the real truth of our lives and our societies.

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8.

Which of the following is the official slogan for the 2016 Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games?
[A]Welcome home
[B]A New World
[C]Love and save nature
[D]Inspire a generation

A New World
The official slogan for the 2016 Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games is “A New World”. For Rio 2016, the core values of the slogan and the manifesto are unity, respect for diversity and the will for change. The motto of Rio 2016 is to promote the concepts of transformation through sport and changing the world for the better.

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9.

Which state government has recently launched the Child Labour Tracking System (CLTS)?
[A]Bihar
[B]Madhya Pradesh
[C]Jharkhand
[D]Uttar Pradesh

Bihar
The Bihar government has recently launched the Child Labour Tracking System (CLTS) in Patna to keep a track of rescued child labour for their proper rehabilitation. A committee headed by Chief Secretary for implementation of children’s demands will also be set up. Beside this, every rescued child will be given Rs. 25000 from Chief Minister’s Relief Fund. The money will directly go to children’s bank account. The money will be given to all those children who will be registered under the tracking system.

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10.

Where are the headquarters of International Seabed Authority (ISA)?
[A]Berlin
[B]Paris
[C]New York
[D]Kingston

Kingston
The International Seabed Authority (ISA) is an intergovernmental body to organize, regulate and control all mineral-related activities in the international seabed area beyond the limits of national jurisdiction, an area underlying most of the world’s oceans. It is in news recently because India will soon sign a 15 years contract with the ISA, which will give exclusive rights to India to mine for precious metals in the Indian Ocean seabed. The ISA, under the United Nations Convention on Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), governs non-living resources of the seabed of international waters. Presently, the ISA has 167 members and the European Union, composed of all parties to the Law of the Sea Convention. The headquarters of ISA is located at Kingston, Jamaica.

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