GK & Current Affairs – June 30, 2016


Where are the headquarters of the Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI)?

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has signed pact with the Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI) to proactively curb misleading or unsubstantiated advertisements in the food and beverage sector. As per the MoU, FSSAI has given a ‘suo moto’ mandate to ASCI to process complaints against misleading ads by food companies. ASCI will actively monitor advertisements across various media for this. Additionally, ASCI will also report to FSSAI companies which do not comply with its directions after it has received complaints through the GAMA Portal set up by the Consumer Affairs Ministry. The headquarters of ASCI is located at Mumbai, Maharashtra.



Which of the following has become the official sponsor of Indian contingent to the Rio Olympics 2016?

India’s largest food products marketing organization Amul has become the official sponsor of Indian contingent to the 2016 Rio Olympics. The purpose of Amul is to engage with youth and leverage the connection between the energy of milk and sports. The company will launch a series of advertising campaigns for milk and various dairy products to promote this association. Amul has embarked upon an “Eat Milk with Every Meal” campaign to highlight the importance of milk and dairy products like cheese, yogurt, butter, ghee, paneer, etc.



Which of the following Indian-Americans has been honoured with the 2016 “Great Immigrants: The Pride of America” award?
[A]Bharati Mukherjee
[B]Vikram Malhotra
[C]Sunder Pichai
[D]All of the above

All of the above
The four Indian-Americans viz. Hari Sreenivasan (anchor of PBS NewsHour), Vikram Malhotra (Chairman of the McKinsey & Co.) and Bharati Mukherjee (National Book Critics Circle Award-winning author) and Google CEO Sunder Pichai, are among 42 individuals who has been honoured with the 2016 “Great Immigrants: The Pride of America” award in New York, United States. It the annual award of the Carnegie Corporation.



Which university has signed pact with National Institute of Animal Welfare (NIAW) to start courses on animal welfare activities?
[A]Amity University
[B]Jawaharlal Nehru University
[C]Aligarh Muslim University
[D]Homi Bhabha National Institute

Jawaharlal Nehru University
The Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with National Institute of Animal Welfare (NIAW) to start courses on development of animal welfare sciences at Ballabgarh campus of NIAW. These courses will help in preparing competent manpower to man various posts in zoos, municipalities, slaughter houses and veterinary hospitals. The NIAW is a division of the Ministry of Environment and Forests in India.



Which teacher education portal for District Institutes of Education and Training (DIETs) has been launched?

The Minister of Human Resource and Development (HRD) Smriti Irani has recently launched the teacher education portal ‘Prashikshak’ for District Institutes of Education and Training (DIETs) in New Delhi. The purpose of Prashikshak is to help DIETs make informed decisions about their institutes, compare the performance of their institute against other DIETs and help aspiring teachers make informed decisions about which institute to join. The Portal has been developed by the HRD Ministry in collaboration with Central Square Foundation.



Jinson Johnson is associated with which sports?
[B]Table Tennis

Half-miler Jinson Johnson from Kerala has won the gold medal in the 800 m race at the 56th National Inter-State Senior Athletics Championships at the GMC Balayogi Stadium in Hyderabad. Though, he missed the Rio Olympics qualification standard narrowly. He clocked 1:46.43 while the Rio Games qualification mark stands at 1:46.00.



Who is the newly appointed Governor of Arunachal Pradesh?
[A]Mridula Sinha
[B]Balram Das Tandon
[C]Padmanabha Acharya
[D]Tathagata Roy

Tathagata Roy
Tathagata Roy, the Governor of Tripura, has been given the additional charge of Arunachal Pradesh in the absence of Arunachal Pradesh Governor Jyoti Prasad Rajkhowa. It has been announced by the President of India Pranab Mukherjee.



What is the theme of 2016 National Statistics Day?
[A]Social development
[B]Trees and their calculative lives
[C]Human empowerment
[D]Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare

Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare
The National Statistics Day is celebrated every year in India on June 29 to mark the birth anniversary of late Professor Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis, the Father of Indian Statistics, in recognition of his valuable contribution in the fields of statistics and economic planning. The purpose of this day is to create public awareness, especially among the younger generation about the role and importance of statistics in socio-economic planning and policy formulation. The 2016 theme is “Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare”.



What is the India’s rank in the 2016 Global Human Capital Index?

India has been ranked 105th out of 130 nations in the 2016 Global Human Capital Index, which is recently released by the World Economic Forum (WEF). The 2016 index measures countries’ ability to nurture, develop and deploy talent for economic growth. The report presents an analysis by focusing on a number of key issues that can support better design of education policy and future workforce planning. The list is topped by Finland, followed by Norway, Switzerland, Japan, Sweden and New Zealand.



KG Subramanyan, who passes away recently, was a famous personality of which field?

KG Subramanyan (92), one of the pioneers of Indian modern art, has recently passed away in Vadodara, Gujarat. He was famous for his terracotta murals, glass paintings, illustrated children’s books and works on canvas that drew upon myth, memory and tradition.


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