GK & Current Affairs – June 5, 6, 2016

1.

Who is the author of the book “The Other Side of Silence: Voices from the Partition of India”?
[A]Khushwant Singh
[B]Yasmin Khan
[C]Sathya Sothanai
[D]Urvashi Butalia

Urvashi Butalia
The book “The Other Side of Silence: Voices from the Partition of India” has been authored by Urvashi Butalia. The book is the product of more than 70 interviews that Butalia conducted with survivors of the Partition and emphasises particularly the role of violence against women in the collective experience of the tragedy. It tells the stories of real people, the laymen who were affected during this period, which most books on this period have not done.

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2.

Avtar Singh, who recently qualified for olympics 2016, is related to which of the following?
[A]Judoka
[B]Archery
[C]Cycling
[D]Wrestling

Judoka
Avtar Singh, has become the first Indian judoka to qualify for the Olympics under 90kg weight since 2004. He is South Asian Games gold medallist.

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3.

Who won the French open 2016 in Men’s Single category?
[A]Novak Djokovic
[B]Andy Murray
[C]Tomas Berdych
[D]Rafael Nadal

Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic is a Serbian professional tennis player who is currently ranked world No.1 in men’s singles category. He defeated World number one Britain’s Andy Murray to win his first French Open title and complete the career Grand Slam.

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4.

According to 2016 Global Retail Development Index (GRDI), what is India’s rank globally in terms of ease of doing business in the country?
[A]Second
[B]Third
[C]Fourth
[D]Fifth

Second
India has been ranked second position as per 2016 Global Retail Development Index (GRDI). India has jumped 13 positions from last year to rank second among 30 developing countries this year on ease of doing business. Sharp pick up in GDP growth and better clarity regarding FDI regulations have helped India achieve a second ranking.

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5.

The Asia’s first “Gyps Vulture Reintroduction Programme” has been launched by which state of India?
[A]Goa
[B]Haryana
[C]Gujarat
[D]Rajasthan

Haryana
The Haryana government has recently launched Asia’s first ‘Gyps Vulture Reintroduction Programme’ at Jatayu Conservation Breeding Centre, Pinjore.

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6.

Which of the following countries has recently joined the Hague Code of Conduct (HCoC), a global initiative to prevent ballistic missile proliferation?
[A]Palestine
[B]Israel
[C]India
[D]Iran

India
India has recently joined the Hague Code of Conduct (HCOC), a global initiative to prevent ballistic missile proliferation. With this, India has become the 138th country in the world to subscribe to an international code of conduct against the proliferation of ballistic missiles. The HCoC is a voluntary, legally non-binding international confidence building and transparency measure that seeks to prevent the proliferation of ballistic missiles that are capable of delivering weapons of mass destruction.

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7.

Which of the following Indian-origin women have been named in the Forbes’ 2016 list of America’s Richest Self-Made Women?
[A]Khusbu Gupta and Surubhi Jain
[B]Mamta Kumari and Milki Seth
[C]Neerja Sethi and Jayshree Ullal
[D]Nidhi Arusia and Sangam Singh

Neerja Sethi and Jayshree Ullal
Neerja Sethi and Jayshree Ullal, the Indian origin techies, have been named in the Forbes’ annual list of America’s 60 wealthiest and most successful self-made women entrepreneurs. The list is topped by ABC Supply’s Diane Hendricks, followed by Oprah Winfrey, Doris Fisher, etc.

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8.

Which of the following has been named as the official mascot for South Korea’s 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics?
[A]Bely Mishka
[B]Soohorang
[C]Willie
[D]Vinicius

Soohorang
A cheerful white tiger cub “Soohorang” has been named as the official mascot for South Korea’s 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. Traditionally, tigers represent the shape of the Korean peninsula and especially the white tiger is considered a sacred guardian animal. The mascot’s white colour represents snow and ice of winter sports. It also symbolizes the close link between the Olympic Winter Games and the natural environment. The name “Soohorang” is a combination of several meanings in the Korean language. “Sooho” is the Korean word for “protection” meaning that it protects the athletes, spectators and all participants of the Olympic Games. “Rang” comes from the middle letter of “ho-rang-i” which means “tiger” and also from the last letter of “Jeongseon Arirang”, a traditional folk music of Gangwon Province, where the host city is located.

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9.

Which committee has been constituted for financial sector research and recruitment?
[A]Nk Mittal committee
[B]RS Lodha committee
[C]MN Mishra committee
[D]PK Sinha committee

PK Sinha committee
The Union government has recently constituted the Financial Sector Search and Recruitment Committee headed by cabinet secretary P K Sinha to decide on members and heads of financial regulatory agencies. The head of the regulatory body, whose members are to be selected, will be a special invitee to the panel.

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10.

Which of the following has been named as the official mascot for South Korea’s 2018 Pyeongchang Paralympic Winter Games?
[A]Mukmuk
[B]Bandabi
[C]Lyo and Merly
[D]Tom

Bandabi
“Bandabi”, an Asiatic black bear, has been named as the mascot for the South Korea’s 2018 Pyeongchang Paralympic Winter Games. Bandabi was picked as the Paralympic mascot because bears to Koreans represent strong will and courage, and also because the Asian black bear is the symbolic animal of the Gangwon Province, the region that governs Pyeongchang. In the name “Bandabi”, “banda” comes from “bandal” meaning “half-moon”, indicating the white crescent on the chest of the Asiatic Black Bear, and “bi” has the meaning of celebrating the Games.

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