GK & Current Affairs – September 18, 19, 2016

1. What is the India’s rank in the 2016 World Economic Freedom Index?
Answer: 112
India has been ranked 112 out of 159 countries in the 2016 World Economic Freedom Index. As per the 2016 annual report of the Economic Freedom of the World, Hong Kong has the highest level of economic freedom worldwide, followed by Singapore, New Zealand, Switzerland, Canada, Georgia, Ireland, Mauritius, the UAE, Australia and the UK.The report is based on data from 2014 and measures the economic freedom by analyzing the policies and institutions of all 159 countries and territories.
2. Which of the following countries will be partner country in the 2017 Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit?
[A]United States
[C]United Kingdom
Answer: United States
The United States will be partner country in the 8th edition of Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit-2017, which will be held at Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar in January 8-9. The central focus of the summit is “Sustainable Economic and Social Development”. The purpose of the summit is to bring together heads of states and governments, ministers, leaders from the corporate world, senior policy makers, heads of international institutions and academia from around the world to further the cause of development and to promote cooperation.
3. The 2016 National conference on labour will be hosted by which city of India?
Answer: Bhubaneswar
The Odisha government in association with International Labour Organisation (ILO) will host the 2016 National conference on labour in Bhubaneswar from September 20. The focus of a 2-day conference is to discuss several issues related to organized and unorganized labourers in India.
4. The book “Democrats and Dissenters” has been authored by whom?
[A]Upamanyu Chatterjee
[B]Ramchandra Guha
[C]Vikram Seth
[D]Amish Tripathi
Answer: Ramchandra Guha
The book “Democrats and Dissenters” has been authored by Ramchandra Guha. The book comprises 16 essays on a wide range of issues like India’s relation with its neighbours, freedom of expression, discrimination against the tribals among others.
5. The current chairman of UPSC is Sh. Arvind Saxena .Arvind Saxena is a 1978-batch Indian Postal Service officer. On 10 June 2018, President of India appointed him acting UPSC chairman. He takes charge from incumbent Vinay Mittal who completes his term at UPSC on June 19, 2018.Shri Arvind Saxena has also worked in the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) after he joined it in 1988. He is specialised in the study of strategic developments in neighbouring countries.
6. “Joint Sea-2016” the joint naval exercise has been conducted between which of the following countries?
[A]India and Russia
[B]India and China
[C]China and Russia
[D]India and United States
Answer: China and Russia
China and Russia have conducted a joint naval drill exercise with codenamed “Joint Sea-2016” in the disputed South China Sea in September 12-19. The purpose of drill exercise was to defend out common interests, ensure security across all areas of the world’s oceans and cooperation in the fight against piracy and in support of navigation.
7. Subhankar Pramanick is associated with which sports?
Answer: Shooting
Subhankar Pramanick, an Indian shooter from Bengal, has clinched gold medal in 50-metre rifle prone event at the 2016 ISSF Junior World Cup for pistol, rifle and shotgun in Gabala, Azerbaijan. Apart from him, Sambhaji Patil also bagged gold for India by winning the junior men’s 25-metre standard pistol event. Patil also won the team gold in the event along with compatriots Gurmeet and Rituraj Singh.
8. Who has been chosen for the 2016 Mohanan Suvarna Mudra Award?
[A]N S Madhavan
[B]MT Vasudevan Nair
[C]M Leelavathi
[D]O N V Kurup
Answer: M Leelavathi
Dr. M Leelavathi, the famous Malayalam critic and academician, has been chosen for the prestigious 2016 N Mohanan Suvarna Mudra Award for her remarkable contribution to Malayalam language and literature. The award was instituted in memory of well-known short story writer N Mohanan, which comprises a gold medal of one sovereign.
9. Who has been appointed as the new chairman of Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC)?
[A]Usha Pal
[B]Usha Sangwan
[C]VK Sharma
[D]Nitin Srivastav
Answer: VK Sharma
V.K. Sharma has been appointed as the new chairman of Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC). He succeeded SK Roy, who recently resigned from the post. Prior to this appointment, Sharma was the managing director of the LIC.
10. Which Indian-origin personality has been appointed as the head of International Society for Blood Transfusion (ISBT)?
[A]Abhishek Krishnan
[B]Ravi Reddy
[C]Kaduvakulam Antony
[D]Balachandran Chullikkadu
Answer: Ravi Reddy
Ravi Reddy, an Indian-origin South African, has been appointed as the head of International Society for Blood Transfusion (ISBT), a global organization of medicine professionals working for the safety of blood transfusion worldwide. With this, Reddy became the first person from the African continent to head ISBT. Presently, Reddy is the Chief Operations Officer (COO) of the South African National Blood Service (SANBS). The purpose of ISBT is to promote the study of blood transfusion and has its headquarters at Amsterdam, Netherlands. .

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