GK & Current Affairs – June 18, 2016
1. “India Chem 2016” will be hosted which city of India?
The 9th edition of the mega event “India Chem 2016” will be held at Bombay Exhibition Centre in Mumbai, Maharashtra from September 1-3, 2016. The purpose of the event is to develop the Indian Chemical and Petrochemical Industry and to increase trade between India & Foreign Chemical and Petrochemical industry and “Swachh Bharat (Clean India)” campaign of Government of India (GoI). It will be jointly organized by Department of Chemicals and Petrochemicals of the Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers, along with the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI). Currently, India has 6th position in the world and 3rd in Asia in chemical sector.
2. Who has been appointed as the new Director General (DG) of Doordarshan (DD)?
Answer: Supriya Sahu
Supriya Sahu, a 1991 batch IAS officer, has been appointed as the new Director General (DG) of Doordarshan for 3 years. The post was lying vacant since July 2014, after the then DG, Tripurari Sharan, completed his tenure. Earlier, she has worked as Director and Joint Secretary in Information and Broadcasting Ministry, nodal authority for the national broadcaster Doordarshan.
3. Who of the following will be conferred with the 2016 Mohun Bagan Ratna?
Answer: Syed Nayeemuddin
Syed Nayeemuddin, the legendary Indian footballer and coach, will be conferred with the 2016 Mohun Bagan Ratna (Mohun Bagan Jewel) at the Netaji Indoor Stadium in Kolkata, West Bengal on July 29, 2016 for his overall contribution to the club and the country both as a player and as a coach. He is the only sports-person to win both the Arjuna and Dronacharya Awards for football. The Mohun Bagan Ratna is awarded every year on 29th July, which is celebrated as Mohum Bagan Day, to recognize and lauds indispensable contribution of football greats to the club over the years.
4. What is the theme of the United Nations’ World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought (WDCDD) 2016?
[A]Combating land degradation for sustainable agriculture
[B]Inclusive cooperation for achieving Land Degradation Neutrality
[C]Social Dimensions of Desertification: Migration and Poverty
[D]The Beauty of Deserts – The Challenge of Desertification
Answer: Inclusive cooperation for achieving Land Degradation Neutrality
The United Nations’ World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought (WDCDD) is observed every year on June 17 to highlight the urgent need to curb the desertification process. It also aims to strengthen the visibility of the dry land issues on the international environmental agenda. The 2016 theme is “Inclusive cooperation for achieving Land Degradation Neutrality” and its slogan is “Protect Earth. Restore Land. Engage People”.
5. “IT Innovation Start-up Fund” has been launched by which Indian bank to invest in financial technology startups?
[B]Bank of India
[C]State Bank of India
Answer: State Bank of India
The State Bank of India (SBI) has recently launched “IT Innovation Start-up Fund” with a corpus of Rs. 200 crore to empower startups in the financial technology (fintech) space. The fund will consider assistance of up to Rs. 3 crore to an Indian registered company for promoting their business innovations using IT in India for banking and related technology.
6. Who is the newly elected chairman of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)?
[D]Sunil Bharti Mittal
Answer: Sunil Bharti Mittal
Sunil Bharti Mittal, the chief executive of Bharti Group, has been elected as the new Chairman of International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) in Sao Paolo, Brazil. Mittal succeeded Terry McGraw, Chairman Emeritus of S&P Global, who becomes ICC’s Honorary Chairman. With this, Mittal has become the 3rd Indian business leader to hold this position in ICC’s near 100 years history. The ICC is the world’s largest business organization which represents private-sector views to national governments and intergovernmental bodies around the world. It advocates for free trade and the market economy, working through a network of national committees and direct members in over 130 countries. The headquarters of ICC is at Paris, France.
7. Who has become the first Indian to participate and win International tournaments in sport of Racketlon?
[A]Narendra Singh Rathore
Answer: Ashutosh Pednekar
Cdr Ashutosh Pednekar of Indian Navy has become the first Indian to participate and win International tournaments in sport of Racketlon. He clinched gold medal in the men’s amateur and the veterans (plus 45) categories at the Nordic Racket Games held at Vejen, Denmark on May 28-29, 2016. Then, he won gold in plus 45 and silver in men’s amateur category at the prestigious Super World Tour- King of Rackets tournament held at Oudenaarde Belgium on June 3-5, 2016. Racketlon is a racket sport quadrathlon where players compete to become the best all-round racket player. It is modelled on the lines of decathlon/triathlon and is a combination sport comprising four racket games namely table tennis, badminton, squash and lawn tennis. It is an internationally popular sport, but in India, it is still young and unknown.
8. Who has won the 2016 Sahitya Akademi Bal Puraskar award (English)?
Answer: Rashmi Narzary
Rashmi Narzary has won the 2016 Sahitya Akademi Bal Puraskar award (English) for her collection of short stories “His Share of Sky”, which covers various stories keeping Barsau (a little tribal Bodo boy) in center. The stories narrate the different situations – sometimes very funny and at other times emotional – in which Barsau lands himself, along with his two brothers and many friends. Every child will relate to witty and smart Barsau. Though, he lives in a rural setting in the north-east of India, his charm and sense of mischief remains universal and timeless. The author is among the list of 21 writers across 21 languages recognized by the Sahitya Akademi for 2016 Bal Puraskar award. The winners will receive a copper-plaque and a cheque of Rs. 50,000 at a special function on November 14, 2016.
9. The “Farthest Field: An Indian Story of the Second World War” has been authored by whom?
Answer: Raghu Karnad
Raghu Karnad, a journalist and contributing editor at The Wire, has won the 2016 Sahitya Akademi Yuva Puraskar (English) for his debut non-fiction epic “Farthest Field: An Indian Story of the Second World War”, which tells the story of war through the lives and deaths of a single family. He is among the list of young award-winners across 24 languages recognized by the Sahitya Akademi for 2016 Yuva Puraskar. The winners will receive a plaque and a cash reward of Rs. 50,000.
10. Who has won the 2016 Sahitya Akademi Yuva Puraskar award (Tamil)?
Answer: Saravana Kumar
Lakshmi Saravana Kumar, Tamil writer and filmmaker, has won the 2016 Sahitya Akademi Yuva Puraskar award (Tamil) for his novel “Kaanakan”, which depicts the life of Paliar tribe in the Western Ghats and hunting practices. It deals with the Paliar tribes’ struggle against ganja plantations and the attempt to appropriate their land for the purpose in the 1980s. Beside him, the 23 writers of all 23 languages recognized by the Sahitya Akademi are also selected for 2016 Yuva Puraskar. The winners will receive a plaque and a cash reward of Rs 50,000. .
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