GK & Current Affairs – November 21, 2015
1. What is the India’s rank in the Global Terrorism Index (GTI) 2015?
According to the 3rd edition of the Global Terrorism Index (GTI) 2015, India ranked as 6th most affected national by terrorism in India. In India, the two deadliest Islamic terrorist groups in 2014 were Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Hizbul Mujahideen. The other five countries that were most affected by terrorism in 2014 are Iraq, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Pakistan and Syria.
2. On which date, World Fisheries Day is observed?
Answer: November 21
The World Fisheries Day is celebrated every year on November 21. It was started to draw attention to overfishing, habitat destruction an other threats to the sustainability of the freshwater and marine resources.
3. In context to the Indian defence system, ‘Nishant’ refers to which one of the following?
[A]Torpedo Defence System
[B]Intercontinental Ballistic Missile
[C]Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
[D]Autonomous Underwater Vehicle
Answer: Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
Nishant is an indigenously-developed Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) of the Indian Army. Recently, it was crashed near Pokhran in Rajasthan. It was second such incident in 15 days. Now the Indian Army decided not to purchase any more Nishant.
4. Which country hosted the 2015 ASEAN summit?
The 2015 ASEAN summit was held in Malaysia on November 21. The ASEAN group includes ten countries of south-east Asia. First ASEAN summit was held in 1976 in Bali, Indonesia. The 10 member states of ASEAN group are Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. ASEAN+3 group member states are ASEAN + Japan, China and South Korea.
5. Who has won the 2015 Reporters without Borders Prize?
Answer: Zaina Erhaim
Syrian woman journalist Zaina Erhaim has won the prestigious 2015 Reporters without Borders Prize for her defence of press freedom. She was singled out for this prestigious award for her determination and courage covering news in in civil war and conflict ravaged Syria which is deemed the most dangerous country in the world for journalists. Presently, Zaina Erhaim lives and works in Aleppo (Syria). She has trained about 100 citizen reporters (third of them are women) from Syria in past two years. She also has helped in establishing new, independent newspapers and magazines in the war-torn country. Reporters without Borders Prize is an annual award established in 1992 by Paris (France) based NGO Reporters Without Borders (RWB). It is bestowed upon journalists who have made a significant contribution to the defence and promotion of press freedom.
6. Which among the following will be awarded with Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development for 2015?
[A]African Development Bank
[D]Red Cross Society
Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development for 2015 will be awarded to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). The prize carries a cash award of Rs. 25 lakh and a citation. It was first awarded in 1986.UN General Assembly established UNHCR on December 14, 1950 initially to help people displaced by World War II. Since then it became the principal agency that has helped displaced persons the world over.
7. Who is the chairman of the Seventh Central Pay Commission?
[A]R M Lodha
Answer: A.K Mathur
Recently, Seventh Central Pay Commission, headed by Justice A K Mathur has submitted its report to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. The main recommendations of the commission include 23.55 per cent increase in pay and allowances, 24 per cent hike in pensions, minimum pay fixed at Rs 18,000 per month and maximum pay at Rs 2.25 lakh.
8. Which among the following states is the host for the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) 2015?
The International film festival of India was first started in 1952. It is considered as the most significant film festival of Asia. It is celebrated annually from 20 to 30 November in Goa State of India.
9. Who is the chairman of the committee on Revisiting & Revitalizing the PPP model of Infrastructure Development?
[D]Montek Singh Ahluwalia
Answer: Vijay Kelkar
Recently, the Vijay Kelkar committee, set up to review the public-private partnership (PPP) model in India has presented its report to finance minister Arun Jaitley. The committee looked into measures to improve capacity building in the government for effective implementation of PPP projects, review of experience of PPP policy, analysis of risks involved in such projects in different sectors and an existing framework of sharing of such risks between project developers and the government.
10. Which one of the following were asked to burden with ‘high tax’ in the latest G20 Summit?
[A]Sugar and its Products
[C]Nicotine and Tobacco Products
Answer: Sugar and its Products
Sugar and its product was termed as ‘Sweet Poison’ by International Diabetes federation in G20 summit. It was urged to impose high taxes on Sugar and its related product to prevent people from few commonly spreading diseases such as diabetes and Obesity.
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