GK & Current Affairs - July 4, 2016
First Published: July 6, 2016 | Last Updated:May 31, 2017
1. Who has won the 2016 Formula One Austrian Grand Prix?
Lewis Hamilton, a British Formula One racing driver from England, has won the 2016 Austrian Grand Prix title of Formula One. It is his third title of the 2016 season after Monaco Grand Prix and Canadian Grand Prix.
2. Who has won 2016 Men’s Singles Canada Open Grand Prix Badminton tournament?
[C]H. S. Prannoy
Sai Praneeth from India has won the 2016 Men’s Singles Canada Open Grand Prix Badminton tournament by defeating South Korean Lee Hyun-il in final by 21-12 21-10 at the Markin MacPhail Centre, in Calgary, Canada.
3. Elie Wiesel, who passed away recently, had won the Nobel prize in which category?
Elie Wiesel (87), the Nobel Peace Prize laureate and human rights activist, has recently passed away in Manhattan, United States. He was best known for his major role in promoting Holocaust education and for perpetuating the memory of the Holocaust in the post-World War II era with his book “Night”, which was based on his experience as a prisoner in the Auschwitz and Buchenwald concentration camps.
4. Which of the following countries will host the 2016 BRICS Urban Forum meeting?
The 3rd edition of BRICS Urban Forum meeting 2016 will be host by Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh from September 14 to 16, 2016. The conference will throw light on the challenges faced by the cities and the emergence of new urban spaces with rapid urbanization. It would also provide a platform for each participant country to learn the best practices of other BRICS countries and adapt them in making their cities smart at their backyard. BRICS is an acronym of the five emerging economies in the world viz. Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.
5. What is the theme of the 2016 BRICS Youth Summit?
[A]BRICS Youth Council for skill development
[B]Youth: Power to enhance
[C]Youth as bridge for Intra-BRICS Exchanges
[D]To develop BRICS youth for governance
Youth as bridge for Intra-BRICS Exchanges
The 2nd edition of BRICS Youth Summit 2016 was organized at Guwahati, Assam from 1st to 3rd July, 2016. The 2016 theme is “Youth as bridge for Intra-BRICS Exchanges”. The summit adopted the ‘Guwahati BRICS Youth Summit 2016 Call to Action’ and urged the youth of the five member nations to come together for working towards this goal. The 1st BRICS Youth Summit held in Kazan, Russia in 2015.
6. Which Indian personality has been conferred with the 2016 Bharat Gaurav award?
[C]Sunil Bharti Mittal
Neerja Bhanot, the senior flight purser on a Pan Am flight, has been conferred with the 2016 Bharat Gaurav Award in London, United Kingdom (UK) for her distinguished services to the nation and outstanding individual achievements. Neerja (22) gave up her life to save passengers during a terrorist hijack of a Pan-Am flight at Karachi international airport in Pakistan on September 5, 1986. The award was instituted by Sanksriti Yuva Sanstha, a Jaipur-headquartered NGO. Akhil and Aneesh Bhanot, brothers of Neerja, received the award at the Westminster Parliament building in London.
7. What is the theme of 2016 United Nations (UN)’ International Day of Cooperatives (IDC)?
[A]Co-operatives for Fair Globalisation: Creating Opportunities for All
[B]Cooperatives and the Globalization of the Economy
[C]Co-operatives: The power to act for a sustainable future
[D]Society and Co-operatives: Concern for Community
Co-operatives: The power to act for a sustainable future
The United Nations (UN)’ International Co-operative Day (IDC) is observed every year on the first Saturday of July to recognize and reaffirms the role of cooperatives in economic, social and cultural development and in the achievement of social policy objectives. This year it is observed on July 2, 2016 with the theme “Co-operatives: The power to act for a sustainable future”.
8. “Mingle”, a social media banking platform for Facebook and Twitter users has been launched by which of the following banks?
[B]State Bank of India
[C]Punjab National Bank
State Bank of India
The State Bank of India (SBI) has recently launched a social media banking platform for Facebook and Twitter users “SBI Mingle”, which will allow its customers to access various banking services via these social platforms. The customers have to register for this service through a simple one time registration process using either their account number or their ATM/Debit Card details. Currently, balance enquiry, mini statement, funds transfer within SBI as well as inter-bank and beneficiary management services are available for Facebook. On Twitter, using hashtags the customers can find out their account balance and view mini statements.
9. The world’s first Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) ‘Super Fight League’ will be hosted by which country?
The world’s first Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) ‘Super Fight League’ will be hosted by India from August 26 to October 1, 2016. The championship will have an equal stage for women as a total of 96 fighters will be involved in both men and women combined. The franchise-based league will feature 8 teams – Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Mumbai, Haryana, Bangalore, Punjab, Pune and Goa. Each team will comprise of 12 players, both male and female, with 9 Indian fighters and 3 international players.
10. The State Bank of India(SBI) has tied-up with which e-commerce firm to offer pre-approved EMI facility to shop online?
The State Bank of India (SBI) has recently tied up with e-commerce giant Flipkart to offer new pre-approved Equated Monthly Installment(EMI) facility for SBI account holders. Under the tie-up, SBI will provide overdraft facility to its customers purchasing goods worth Rs. 5,000 and above on Flipkart for a tenor of 6, 9, and 12 months without any processing fees. The customer will be charged an interest for the purchase, which will be as per the bank’s personal loan policy. Personal loan interest (14%) will apply for the purchase. The purpose of this facility is to provide finance to credit worthy individuals through an end-to-end online facility without having to go through the process of applying for a personal loan for simple purchases.
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