GK & Current Affairs : November 1, 2016

1. Which of the following states have topped the 2016 all-India State/Union Territory-wise Ease of Doing Business rankings?
[A]Andhra Pradesh and Telangana
[B]Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh
[C]Bihar and Jharkhand
[D]Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan
Answer: Andhra Pradesh and Telangana
Andhra Pradesh and Telangana have jointly topped the 2016 all-India State/Union Territory-wise Ease of Doing Business rankings, conducted by the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) and the World Bank. The rankings are on the basis of a 340-point business reform action plan and their implementation by the States. This covers the period from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016. Gujarat has acquired 3rd position in the 2016 DIPP-World Bank rankings, followed by Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh.
2. What is the theme of the 2016 Vigilance Awareness Week?
[A]Combating Corruption – Technology as an enabler
[B]Public participation in promoting integrity and eradicating Corruption
[C]Preventive Vigilance as a tool of Good Governance
[D]Promoting Good Governance: Positive contribution of vigilance
Answer: Public participation in promoting integrity and eradicating Corruption
The 2016 Vigilance Awareness Week is observed every year from October 31 across India to promote probity in public life and achieve a corruption free society. The observance of week commenced with pledge taking by public servants in the Ministries, Departments, PSUs, Banks and all other Organizations. The 2016 theme of the week is “Public participation in promoting integrity and eradicating Corruption”. During the week, several functions will be organized by the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) to create awareness among the people about the corrupt practices as it adversely affects the development of the country.
3. What is the theme of the 2016 United Nations’ World Cities Day?
[A]Designed to Live Together
[B]Promoting a better urban future
[C]Inclusive Cities, Shared Development
[D]Better City, Better Life
Answer: Inclusive Cities, Shared Development
The United Nations’ World Cities Day is observed every year on October 31 with the commitment to work together for a planned and sustainable urban life in the wake of rapid growth of population and problems. The 2016 theme is “Inclusive Cities, Shared Development” to highlight the role of urbanization as a source of global development and social inclusion.
4. India has signed a MoU with which country for setting up of Techo Park in Ramallah?
Answer: Palestine
India has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Palestine for setting up of Palestine-India Techo Park at Ramallah in Palestine. The Technopark will serve as an IT hub in Palestine with complete IT facilities offering a one-stop solution to all IT-related service requirements. It will also provide state-of-the-art technology, host IT companies and foreign companies benefiting local business, universities and other institutions. The assistance is part of India’s strong commitment to Palestinian cause. The project will help job creation, business and other opportunities for young Palestinians.
5. Which state government has observed November 1 as ‘No Tobacco Day’?
Answer: Punjab
The Punjab government has observed November 1 as ‘No Tobacco Day’ in an effort to discourage tobacco use in the State. The purpose of the campaign is to reduce prevalence of Tobacco/Nicotine use in Punjab in order to reduce prevalence of Non Communicable diseases and to increase public awareness about preventing various non-communicable diseases such as Cancer and Cardiovascular diseases by pledging not to use Tobacco, Nicotine, Scented, processed, flavoured chewable tobacco products.
6. How much amount startups can raise via External Commercial Borrowings (ECBs) annually, as per new norms of Reserve Bank of India (RBI)?
[A]$ 4 million
[B]$ 3 million
[C]$ 2 million
[D]$ 5 million
Answer: $ 3 million
According to new norms for ECB route for startups, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has permitted startups to raise External Commercial Borrowings (ECBs) of up to $ 3 million in a financial year, with an aim to boost innovation and promote job creation. Under this, funds can be raised with a minimum maturity of 3 years and the borrowing should be denominated in any freely convertible currency or in Indian Rupees (INR) or a combination of both. The borrowing can be in the form of loans or non-convertible, optionally convertible or partially convertible preference shares and the minimum average maturity period will be 3 years. ECBs can be raised from a country which is either a member of Financial Action Task Force (FATF) or FATF-Style Regional Bodies.
7. Jhulan Goswami is associated with which sports?
Answer: Cricket
Jhulan Goswami, the Indian women’s cricket team captain, has recently acquired No.1 spot in the ICC Women’s ODI bowling rankings, followed by Australia’s Shelly Nitschke and Lisa Sthakelar.
8. Which state has topped the NITI Aayog’s 2016 Agricultural Marketing and Farmer Friendly Reforms Index?
Answer: Maharashtra
The state of Maharashtra has been ranked first out of 29 Indian states, according to NITI Aayog’s 2016 Agricultural Marketing and Farmer Friendly Reforms Index. As per the states’ score in the Index, Gujarat ranked second, followed by Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Telangana, Goa and Chhattisgarh. The purpose of the Index is to help the states to identify and address problems in the farm sector, which suffer from low growth, low farm income and agrarian distress.
9. “Surya Kiran-X” the Indo-Nepal Joint Military Exercise has started in which city?
[A]Saljhandi, Nepal
[B]Kutch, Gujarat
[C]Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
[D]Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand
Answer: Saljhandi, Nepal
The Indo-Nepal Joint Military Exercise “Surya Kiran-X” has started at Army Battle School, Saljhandi, Nepal from October 31 which will continue till November 13, 2016. The purpose of the exercise is to conduct battalion level joint training with emphasis on Counter Terrorism in mountainous terrain. It is an ideal platform for the contingent of both nations to share their experience and gain mutually.
10. Kylie Verzosa, who has been crowned Miss International 2016, is belonged to which country?
Answer: Philippines
Kylie Verzosa from Philippines has been crowned Miss International 2016 at the Tokyo Dome City Hall in Tokyo, Japan. She is the 6th Filipino to win the crown of Miss International. .

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