GK & Current Affairs – October 14, 15, 2015
1. On 14 October, 2015, which one has become world’s fastest stock exchange?
[A]Bombay Stock Exchange
[B]National Stock Exchange
[C]Kolkata Stock Exchange
[D]Bengaluru Stock Exchange
Answer: Bombay Stock Exchange
Bombay Stock Exchange on 14 October has become the world’s fastest stock exchange clocking a median trade speed of six micro seconds.
2. What is the rank of India in 2015 WEF’s Global Competitiveness Index?
As per the World Economic Forum (WEF) 2015 Global Competitiveness Index, India ranked 55th position among 140 economies of the world. The list is topped by Switzerland, followed by Singapore, the U.S., Germany, the Netherlands, Japan, Hong Kong, Finland, Sweden and the UK. Among the larger emerging markets, South Africa (49), China (28), Indonesia (37) and Brazil (75).
3. Who has been appointed as the MD and CEO of Bank of Baroda?
Answer: PS Jayakumar
Mr. PS Jayakumar appointed as the Managing Director (MD) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of state-owned Bank of Baroda (BoB). He has taken the charge when the bank is under the scanner for an alleged black money transactions worth over Rs. 6000 crore. Mr. Jayakumar will serve till September 2018.
4. Which state government of India banned Ketoprofen drug in an attempt to save vultures?
Answer: Tamil Nadu
To save critically endangered vulture population, the state government of Tamil Nadu banned Ketoprofen drug in the three western districts viz. Erode, Coimbatore and Nilgiris. This Non-Steroid Anti-Inflammatory Drug (NSAID) is used extensively for veterinary purposes and as an alternative to banned veterinary painkiller Diclofenac. It is believed that Ketoprofen causes same effect on the vulture population caused by Diclofenac.
5. Who among the following personalities won the Central Bank Governor of the Year 2015 for Asia?
Answer: Atiur Rahman
The Bangladesh Bank Governor, Dr. Atiur Rahman won the ‘Central Bank Governor of the Year 2015 for Asia’ for his contribution to the maintenance of macroeconomic stability. The award was given at the annual meeting of the World Bank and IMF at Lima, Peru.
6. Who among the following personalities became the first Indian to won the 2015 Harvard Humanitarian award?
Answer: Kailash Satyarthi
The Nobel Laureate, Mr. Kailash Satyarthi became the first Indian to won the 2015 Harvard Humanitarian award by the Harvard Foundation. He is recognised for his continuing contribution to the cause of children’s rights and abolition of child slavery.The Harvard Foundation has been rewarding individuals whose “works and deeds have served to improve the quality of lives” with the humanitarian award since 1984.
7. Which of the following European countries has become the first to sign the MoU on establishment of Nalanda University?
Portugal became the first European country to sign the MoU on establishment of Nalanda University at Rajgir, Bihar. With this, Portugal became the 17th country overall and the fourth outside the East Asia Summit to do so. The ancient Nalanda University was established in 427 AD during the reign of Gupta king Sakraditya. The revived university is located at Rajgir in Nalanda District in Bihar.
8. The online Fashion Store Abof.com has been launched by which company, recently?
[C]Aditya Birla Group
[D]Hindustan Liver Group
Answer: Aditya Birla Group
The Aditya Birla Group launched Abof.com, a new online fashion store. This portal ” www.abof.com” will offer shoppers brands from both the Aditya Birla Group and other companies. The new portal will be targeted at the young and have a curated collection focusing on quality and not give discounts.
9. Which of the following city / state is host of first National Tribal Carnival?
The first National Tribal Carnival will be held between February 12 to 17, 2016 in Delhi. The purpose of this carnival is to showcase and promote various facets of tribal culture on a large scale. The events at the carnival will include a mix of live musical and dance performances, exhibitions, display of craft, a fashion show, panel discussion, book fair, etc. A film festival of tribal films has been planned alongside the carnival.This carnival will be inaugurated by the Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi.
10. To support victims of various attacks, CVCF fund has been set up by Union Government, recently. What does CVCF stands for?
[A]Core Victim Compensation Fund
[B]Central Victim Compensation Fund
[C]Center Victim Compensation Fund
[D]Capital Victim Compensation Fund
Answer: Central Victim Compensation Fund
The Union Ministry of Home Affairs set up a Central Victim Compensation Fund (CVCF) with an initial amount of Rs. 200 crore. The purpose of this scheme is to support the victims of various attacks viz. Rape, acid attacks, human trafficking and women killed or injured in the cross border firing. The key objectives of the scheme are: to support and supplement the existing victim compensation schemes notified by state governments and Union Territory administrations, to reduce disparity in quantum of compensation amount notified by different states and Uts for victims of similar crimes. The fund will encourage states and Uts to effectively implement the Victim Compensation Scheme (VCS) notified by them under the provisions of Section 357A of CrPC and continue financial support to victims of various crimes especially sexual offences viz. Rape, acid attacks, crime against children, human trafficking, etc.
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