GK & Current Affairs: June 21, 22, 2015
1. Which country is the largest recipient of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in 2014?
As per the UNCTAD world investment report, China became the largest recipient of FDI in 2014 with $129 billion inflows. China is followed by Hong Kong (China) that received $103 billion and the U.S. With $92 billion. India jumped to the ninth rank in 2014 with a 22 per cent rise in FDI inflows to $34 billion. India was at the 15th position in the previous two years.
2. Thumri Singer Girija Devi belongs to which among the following Gharanas?[A]Banaras Gharana[B]Agra Gharana[C]Kirana Gharana[D]Lucknow Gharana
Girija Devi belongs to Banaras gharana. She performs classical and light classical music and has helped elevate the profile of thumri.
3. Which two countries kicked off Silk Route-2015 military exercise, recently?
[A]Sri Lanka and Pakistan
[B]Pakistan and China
[C]China and Sri Lanka
[D]India and China
Answer: China and Sri Lanka
The 2nd joint military training exercise code named ‘Silk Route- 2015′ between China and Sri Lanka has begun at Buttala in Central Sri Lanka. It is three-week long joint military training exercise will be conducted in three phases. Phase 1 will be held June 22-28, 2015; Phase 2 will be held from June 28-July 5, 2015 and Phase 3 will be held from July 5 – July 13, 2015. In the first phase of the 2nd joint exercise involves Sri Lankan Army and People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of China have participated. This training will focus on weapon handling, live firing, VIP protection study and other warfare and battle skills related fields. The first stage of the ‘Silk Route – 2015′ exercise was conducted in China earlier between March 29 and April 17, 2015 following successful negotiations between armies of both nations.
4. Praful Bidwai, who died recently, was well known personality in which field?
Praful Bidwai, was a well know journalist and commenter. He was a founding member of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament Peace, the group set up after the 1998 Pokhran tests. Praful Bidwai was the author of several books, including the 1999 South Asia on a Short Fuse. Nuclear Politics and the Future of Global Disarmament, co-authored with the political scientist and activist Achin Vanaik, and the Politics of Climate Change and Global Crisis. Bidwai worked in the Times of India for many years as a Senior Assistant Editor. He wrote a regular column for Frontline and Hindustan Times for several years.
5. In which place India’s first modernised anganwadi centre was launched?
Answer: Sonepat, Haryana
The union government launched the country’s first modernised anganwadi centre (AWC) at Hasanpur village, Somepat, Haryana. The facility is built in partnership with private mining firm Vedanta at a cost of Rs 12 lakh. It is a part of central government’s Nand-Ghar Yojna that aims at transforming the anganwadis centers, which accommodate around 50 children in daytime everyday, by making them equipped with latest facilities.
6. Which NASA mission aims to send group of sends groups of astronauts, engineers and scientists to live in Aquarius underwater laboratory?
NEEMO or NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations, is a NASA analog mission that sends groups of astronauts, engineers and scientists to live in Aquarius underwater laboratory, the world’s only undersea research station, for up to three weeks at a time in the in preparation for future space exploration. Aquarius is an underwater habitat located 3.5 miles (5.6 kilometers) off Key Largo, Florida in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. It is deployed on the ocean floor next to deep coral reefs 62 feet (19 meters) below the surface.
7. Who is the highest paid CEO of Indian Banks currently (June 2015)?
Answer: Aditya Puri
Aditya Puri, the Managing Director of HDFC Bank, is currently the highest paid bank chief in the country. In financial year 2015, Puri earned a salary of Rs 7.39 crore compared to Rs 6.07 crore last year, up 21.74%. Chanda Kochhar, MD and Chief Executive Officer of ICICI Bank, the largest private sector lender in the country drew a salary Rs 5.85 crore, up 12% compared to her remuneration of Rs 5.23 crore in FY14. Shikha Sharma, the MD & CEO of Axis Bank got a salary hike of about 11.20% in FY15 to draw Rs 4.17 crore. In FY14, Sharma had drawn a salary of Rs 3.75 crore.
8. Who became the first India born basketball player to picked in National Basketball Association (NBA)?
Answer: Satnam Singh
Punjab born Satnam Singh became the first basketball player from India to be drafted by an NBA team. Satnam Singh was selected by the Dallas Mavericks with the 52nd pick in the draft.
9. Who has been recently chosen for Columbia’s highest civilian award?
[B]Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
Answer: Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
Spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar was chosen for Columbia’s highest civilian award. He is recognised for the award for his contribution in spreading the message of peace in society, inter-mediation in war, reducing stress and combating violence through yoga and breathing exercises.
10. Who is author of the book “Nehru: A Troubled Legacy”?
[B]R N P Singh
Answer: R N P Singh
Former intelligence officer R N P Singh is the author of Nehru: A Troubled Legacy. The book, “Nehru: A Troubled Legacy”, has been published by Wisdom Tree and includes letters written by Mahatma Gandhi, Nehru, Patel and others.