GK & Current Affairs – November 13, 2015
1. In which among the following sectors, 100% FDI is allowed under automatic route in India?
[A]Duty Free Shops
Answer: Duty Free Shops
The government has allowed 100% FDI in Duty Free Shops under automatic route. In the Defence sector, 49 per cent foreign investment has been allowed under the automatic route and anything beyond require the approval of Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB). In the private banking sector, the government has introduced full fungibility of foreign investment with sectoral limit of 74 per cent, provided there is no change of control and management of the investee company. In the broadcasting sector, 100 per cent FDI has been allowed in DTH, teleports, mobile TV and cable networks. Of this, 49 per cent will be allowed under automatic route and beyond that will need FIPB nod.
2. Who among the following is appointed as Executive Director at International Monetary Fund (IMF)?
[B]K C Chakrabarty
Answer: Subir Gokarn
Former Reserve Bank of India Deputy Governor Subir Gokarn was appointed as an Executive Director on the board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). He replaced Mr. Rakesh Mohan at the IMF. Gokarn will represent India, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Sri Lanka on the IMF’s Executive Board, which is responsible for conducting the day-to-day business of the multilateral institution.
3. Which country hosted the International Summit on Migration between EU and African leaders ?
Recently, an international summit on migration between EU and African leaders was held in Valleta, Malta. The summit was held to ease the Europe’s migration crisis. The summit was attended by 63 European and African heads of state and government, as well as representatives of international and regional organizations.
4. Which educational institute in India placed in world’s top 100 universities for engineering and technology?
Answer: IISC, Bangalore
The Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore has made its entry into the world’s top 100 universities for engineering and technology. ‘Times Higher Education (THE) Ranking for Engineering & Technology’ placed IISc at 99th position. The list is dominated by US institutions with Stanford, CalTech and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the top three positions.
5. What is the aim of recently launched initiative called ‘Project ASMAN’ in India?
[A]To reduce Infant Mortality rate
[B]To increase literacy rate
[C]To provide internet connectivity in rural areas
[D]To increase Indian Exports in Service sector
Answer: To reduce Infant Mortality rate
In an initiative to reduce infant, neonatal and maternal mortality in India, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, MSD India, Reliance Foundation, Tata Trusts and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) formed an alliance to launch Project ASMAN.
6. The first International Conference on Gender Equality (ICGE) was held in which among the following countries?
Kerala Government along with UN Women has organised the first International Conference on Gender Equality (ICGE) near Kovalam, Kerala from November 12-14. The conference included plenary sessions, presentations and discussions by gender experts from around the world. Kerala’s draft policy on transgender rights is also discussed.
7. Who presented with the 2015 Aditya Vikram Birla Kala Shikhar Award for lifetime achievement?
[C]Amjad Ali Khan
Answer: Shivkumar Sharma
Santoor maestro Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma was presented with this year’s Aditya Vikram Birla Kala Shikhar Award for life time achievement . Lata Mangeshkar, Pt Bhimsen Joshi, Pt Jasraj, Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra, Pt Ram Narayan, M F Hussain, Habib Tanvir, Ms Gangubai Hangal, Dr Girija Devi are few of the past recipients of the award. The award has been instituted by the Sangit Kala Kendra headed by Rajashree Birla. The Sangit Kala Kendra was founded by late industrialist Mr Aditya Vikram Birla in 1973 to encourage and nurture the various visual and performing arts. The awards were instituted in 1996.
8. Who among the following Indians are listed in an inaugural ‘Global Diversity List’?
[A]Anna Hazare and Medha Patkar
[B]Bindeshwar Pathak and Purnima Mehta
[C]Aruna Roy and Anna Hazare
[D]Bindeshwar Pathak and Aruna Roy
Answer: Bindeshwar Pathak and Purnima Mehta
Bindeshwar Pathak, founder of NGO Sulabh and Purnima Mehta, director general of the American Institute of Indian Studies are the Indians, whose names are list in an inaugural ‘Global Diversity List.’ The list supported by ‘The Economist’ magazine include 50 global personalities who have used their position in public life to make an impact on diversity. Others in the list include US President Barak Obama, Microsoft’s Bill Gates, Spiritual guru The Dalai Lama and Pakistani Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai
9. Who is the winner of the 2015 International Children’s Peace Prize?
[A]Om Prakash Gurjar
[B]Abraham M Keita
Answer: Abraham M Keita
Abraham M Keita (17) of Liberia was awarded with the prestigious International Children’s Peace Prize 2015. He won the prize for his role in demanding justice for children who are victims of physical or sexual violence. The International Children’s Peace Prize is awarded annually to a child who has made a significant difference in improving children’s rights. The prize was launched by KidsRights during the 2005 World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates at the Capitol in Rome, chaired by Mikhail Gorbachev. Since then, the prize has been presented every year by a Nobel Peace Laureate.
10. Who is the first cricketer to complete 10000 runs in Ranji Tropy?
Answer: Wasim Jaffer
Wasim Jaffer became the first cricketer to complete 10000 runs in Ranji Tropy. He reached the milestone in his 126 match. He is followed by Amol Muzumdar and Mithun Manhas. Presently, Wasim Jaffer is playing for Vidarbha team.
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