1. Who has been selected for the prestigious 2016 Jnanpith Award?
[D]Shankha Ghosh Ans:Shankha Ghosh
Shankha Ghosh, the well-known Bengali poet, critic and academician, has been selected for the prestigious 52nd edition of the Jnanpith Award (2016) by the Government of India (GoI) for his poetic idiom and experiments with various poetic forms mark his greatness as a creative talent. With this, Ghosh has become the 6th Bengali author to win India’s highest literary award after Mahasweta Devi, Tarashankar Bandopadhyay, Ashapurna Devi, Subhash Mukhopadhyay and Bishnu Dey. The Jnanpith Award is presented every year to a literary figure for their outstanding contribution in literature. The award carries a citation, prize money of Rs. 12 lakh and a bronze replica of Goddess Saraswati.
1. Which of the following islands in India was once named “New Denmark”?
[D]Andaman & Nicobar Island Ans: Andaman & Nicobar Island
In 1759, the Nicobar Islands were made a Danish colony, first named New Denmark and later as Frederick’s Islands.
1. Who has been conferred with the ICFA’s 2016 Global Agriculture Leadership Award?
[D]Ratan Tata Ans: Ratan Tata
The Indian Council of Food and Agriculture (ICFA) has conferred the 2016 Global Agriculture Leadership Award to Tata Sons interim Chairman Ratan Tata in Mumbai, Maharashtra for his transformational role in scaling Tata Group as the globally admired group during his stint of two decades as Chairman. The ICFA is an apex body of India that act as think tank, policy research, trade facilitation, development catalyst and monitor centre for food and agriculture sector and serve as global platform for partnerships.
1.Which international personality has topped the 2016 World’s Most Powerful People list of Forbes?
[D]Angela Merkel Ans: Vladimir Putin
Russian President Vladimir Putin has been ranked first among the 2016 World’s Most Powerful People annual list of Forbes for a fourth straight year. In the list of 74 international personalities, US President-elect Donald Trump has stood at second position, followed by Angela Merkel, Xi Jinping and Pope Francis. Apart from this, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been ranked 9th among the top 10 most powerful people in the world by Forbes. Forbees stated that Modi has emerged as a key figure in the international effort to tackle climate change. It also took note of Prime Minister Modi’s demonetisation decision.