GK & Current Affairs – October 20, 21, 2015
1. The Indian Police Institute (IPI) has been established at which state/ union territory of India, recently?
Answer: New Delhi
The Indian Police Foundation (IPF) and Indian Police Institute (IPI) has been inaugurated by Union Home Minister Mr. Rajnath Singh in New Delhi. The institute is registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 as an All India Society. The Society has two divisions viz. IPF (a think tank) and IPI (a professional institute for research, knowledge management and training).The agencies will bring together the police professionals, academia and other stake holders and provide a platform to research, ideate, discuss and seek the answers. The purpose of these agencies is to embark a culture of research and evidence-based policing in India and to avoid subjectivity, personal biases and errors in decision-making.
2. First World Indigenous Games were held in __?
The first edition of World Indigenous Games 2015 are a multi-sport event that took place from October 23 to November 1, 2015 in Palmas, Brazil. Approx, two thousand athletes from many indigenous ethnic groups and 30 countries are taking part in the first World Indigenous Games. The Games are governed by the Inter Tribal Council, a Brazilian indigenous peoples NGO that has staged Brazil’s national Indigenous Games since 1996.
3. Recently, Robert Mugabe won the 2015 Confucius Peace Prize. He is the President/Prime Minister of which country?
The President of Zimbabve, Mr. Robert Gabriel Mugabe (91) won the 2015 Confucius Peace Prize by China for working tirelessly to build the political and economic stability of his country, bringing peace to the people of Zimbabwe, strongly supporting pan-Africanism and African independence and making unparalleled contributions for the renaissance of African civilisation. The Prize is a Chinese alternative to the Nobel Peace Prize established in 2010 by the Association of Chinese Indigenous Arts. The award is bestowed for promotion of world peace from the 21st-century interpretation of Confucianism i.e. Universal harmony in the world.
4. Who has been appointed as the first male member of National Commission for Women (NCW)?
Answer: Alok Rawat
The former Cabinet Secretary, Mr. Alok Rawat has been appointed as the first male member of the National Commission for Women (NCW). In the 5 -member body of NCW, he is the fourth member, the other members are Lalitha Kumaramangalam (Chairperson), Sushma Sahu and Rekha Sharma. Mr. Rawat is a 1977 batch Sikkim cadre IAS officer, who served as Director/Joint Secretary in Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, Secretary (UPSC), Secretary (Coordination and Public Grievances) in the Cabinet Secretariat and Secretary in Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation.
5. The Gold Monetisation Scheme (GMS) 2015 will replace which Gold Deposit Scheme?
[A]Gold Deposit Scheme (2011)
[B]Gold Deposit Scheme (2004)
[C]Gold Deposit Scheme (1999)
[D]Gold Deposit Scheme (1983)
Answer: Gold Deposit Scheme (1999)
To mobilise gold held by households and institutions of the country, the 2015 Gold Monetisation Scheme (GMS) will replace the existing Gold Deposit Scheme (GDS),1999 and Gold Metal Loan (GML) Scheme,1998. The deposits outstanding under the GDS will be allowed to run till maturity unless the depositors prematurely withdraw them. As per the directions of Reserve Bank of India (RBI), all Scheduled Commercial Banks (excluding Regional Rural Banks) will implement GMS 2015.The excerpts of GMS 2015 are as follows: a) Resident Indians viz. Individuals, HUFs (Hindu undivided Families), trusts including mutual funds/exchange traded funds registered under Sebi (mutual fund) regulations and companies can make deposits. B) Minimum deposit at any one time shall be raw gold viz. Bars, coins, jewellery excluding stones and other metals, equivalent to 30 grams of gold of 995 fineness. C) No maximum limit. D) Tenure: Banks will accept gold deposits under the Short Term (1-3 years) Bank Deposit (STBD), Medium (5-7 years) and Long (12-15 years) Term Government Deposit Schemes. E) Principal and Interest of the deposit will be denominated in gold and banks are free to fix the interest rates.
6. In which city India’s first dedicated mobile handset manufacturing facility will be set up?
The Shri Venkateswara Mobile and Electronics Manufacturing Hub, India’s first dedicated mobile handset and electronics manufacturing facility, will be set up in Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh. In this hub, Foxconn, world’s largest contract manufacturer of electronics, already has started its operations for manufacturing brands viz. Xiomi and Gionee. The other important mobile brands viz. Micromax, UTL (Karbonn), Lava and Celkon will also start their manufacturing operations in this hub. The honorable Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi has laid the foundation stone of this manufacturing unit.
7. Which of the following banks is/ are not eligible to implement the Gold Monetisation Scheme (GMS) 2015?
[A]Public Sector Banks
[C]Regional Rural Banks
[D]Private Sector Banks
Answer: Regional Rural Banks
As per the 2015 Gold Monetisation Scheme (GMS), all Scheduled Commercial Banks excluding Regional Rural Banks (RRBs) will be eligible to implement the scheme. The 2015 GMS will replace the existing Gold Deposit Scheme (GDS),1999 and Gold Metal Loan (GML) Scheme,1998. The deposits outstanding under the GDS will be allowed to run till maturity unless the depositors prematurely withdraw them. The excerpts of GMS 2015 are as follows: a) Resident Indians viz. Individuals, HUFs (Hindu undivided Families), trusts including mutual funds/exchange traded funds registered under Sebi (mutual fund) regulations and companies can make deposits. B) Minimum deposit at any one time shall be raw gold viz. Bars, coins, jewellery excluding stones and other metals, equivalent to 30 grams of gold of 995 fineness. C) No maximum limit. D) Tenure: Banks will accept gold deposits under the Short Term (1-3 years) Bank Deposit (STBD), Medium (5-7 years) and Long (12-15 years) Term Government Deposit Schemes. E) Principal and Interest of the deposit will be denominated in gold and banks are free to fix the interest rates.
8. The Tunnel Technology Institute will be established in which state of India?
The Tunnel Technology Institute will be established by Konkan Railway Corporation Limited (KRCL) at Goa’s Margao town. The institute will be named as ‘George Fernandes Institute of Tunnel Technology’, after former Railway Minister George Fernandes (the driving force behind the Konkan Railway). The purpose of this upcoming institute will be to serve as a depository of knowledge, experience and data for tunnels and underground structures, to provide training of tunnel technology and consultancy services for tunnels and underground construction.
9. Which of the following banks is the first Public Sector Bank (PSU) to join Chillr platform?
[A]State Bank of India
[B]Punjab National Bank
[D]Bank of Baroda
Answer: Bank of Baroda
The Bank of Baroda (BoB) became the first Public Sector Bank (PSU) and second bank after HDFC Bank to join the Chillr payment platform, that enables peer-to-peer payment through a mobile application. Only those whose banks are integrated with Chillr can use the application for remitting funds. Though, customers of any bank can receive funds using Chillr. The Chillr app is developed by Kerala based start up named Mobme Wireless. This was formed into a separate firm by Sony Joy, founder and CEO Chillr.
10. Who has been designated as the new Lokayukta of Delhi?
Answer: Reva Khetrapal
The Former Delhi High Court judge, Ms. Reva Khetrapal (63) has been designated as the 4th Lokayukta (or anti-graft ombudsman) of Delhi. The post was lying vacant since 2013 after retired Justice Manmohan Sarin had relinquished office after completing 5-year term. The Lokayukta is an anti-corruption ombudsman organization in the Indian states.
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