GK & Current Affairs – November 26, 2015
1. Who is the new President of ASSOCHAM?
Answer: Sunil Kanoria
Sunil Kanoria, Vice-chairman of SERI Infrastructure Finance Ltd., has taken the charge as President of ASSOCHAM. Kanoria has succeeded Rana Kapoor, Yes Bank Managing Director and CEO. Sunil Kanoria is also the joint Managing Director of SREI BNP Paribas, a joint-venture between SREI Infrastructure Finance Limited and BNP Paribas Leasing Group, France. He has also worked as Member of the Working Group on Construction for the Tenth Five-Year Plan (2002-07) of the Planning Commission, Government of India.
2. Which among the following union ministries has launched the scheme titled – ‘SAMBHAV’?
[A]Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment
[B]Ministry of Power
[C]Ministry of Railways
[D]Ministry of Rural Development
Answer: Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment
Recently, the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment has launched several schemes for disabled persons in the country. The schemes are : DISHA (Early Intervention and School Readiness Scheme); VIKAAS (Day Care); GHARAUNDA (Group Home for Adults); SAMARTH (Respite Care); NIRAMAYA (Health Insurance Scheme); GYAN PRABHA (Educational support); SAHYOGI (Caregiver training scheme); PRERNA (Marketing Assistance); SAMBHAV (Aids and Assisted Devices) and BADHTE KADAM (Awareness and Community Interaction). SAMBHAV is a scheme to setup additional resource centres, one each in each city of the country (apart from Delhi where there is currently a Sambhav centre) with population greater than 5 million(As per 2011 census), to collate and collect the Aids, software and other form of assistive devices developed with a provision of display and demonstration of the devices.
3. Which country will host the 12th South Asian Games in 2016?
The 12th South Asian Games (SAG) will be held in Guwahati, Assam and Shillong, Meghalaya, India in 2016. The Government of India in consultation with the Indian Olympic Association has formed the Organising Committee and Executive Committee for the planning, management and execution of the Games. The first South Asian games were held in Nepal in 1983 with eight countries participating. The Games are held every two years except for some occasions.
4. The World Robot Conference 2015 was hosted by which country?
The World Robot Conference 2015 was held in Beijing, China from 23rd to 25th of November. The conference focussed on collaborative innovation and the building of an intelligent society. The event was organized by the China Association for Science and Technology and the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT).
5. The headquarters of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) are located in which country?
The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) is an intergovernmental organization with its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, and is a member of the United Nations Development Group. It has a membership of 191 member states and territories. The current Secretary-General of WMO is Michel Jarraud and the current president is David Grimes. The recent analysis of WMO pointed that 2015 year is very likely to be the hottest year on record worldwide.
6. What amount of insurance is provided for Rupay classic card holders?
Answer: Rs. 1,00,000/-
The Rupay classic card holders are provided with Rs. 1,00,000/- insurance coverage for death due to accidental injury and permanent disability. RuPay (Rupee + Payment) is India’s first locally designed and developed debit card offered by National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI). Recently, the government of India has extended the usage criterion of the RuPay debit cards in order to avail of the in-built insurance cover. Earlier, cardholders had to use the card within 45 days prior to claim the insurance claim. This has now been extended to 90 days.
7. On which date, the World Milk Day is observed?
Answer: June 1
World Milk Day, established by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations is observed annually on 1st June to recognise the importance of milk as a global food. It has been observed on June 1st each year since 2001. In India, the National Milk Day is observed on November 26. November 26 marks the birth anniversary of India’s most successful dairy entrepreneur Varghese Kurien, the founder of dairy firm Amul.
8. The Asia’s Longest Beach Festival will be held in which state/union territory of India?
[C]Daman and Diu
Answer: Daman and Diu
The Union Territory of Daman and Diu will host the world’s longest beach festival starting December 1. The 75-day festival `Festa Di Diu’ will go on till February 2016.
9. The idea of ‘Solar Alliance’ has been mooted by which country?
The idea of solar alliance was mooted by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the India-Africa Forum Summit held in October month. The alliance is to be named the International Agency for Solar Policy and Application (InSPA) and is aimed at a host of African nations and others located between Tropic of Cancer and Tropic of Capricorn. InSPA will act as a platform for countries to share technologies as opposed to relying on costly transfers from the EU and US.
10. Which country is the manufacturer of the Rafale fighter aircrafts?
The Indian government is considering the plan to buy 36 Rafale fighter aircrafts from France. The deal was announced during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Paris in April 2015. India and France are set to sign the deal for 36 Rafale fighter aircrafts on the eve of French President Francois Hollande’s visit to India for the Republic Day celebrations.
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