GK & Current Affairs: March 3, 2015

1.

Which of the following movies has won the Oscar for best Foreign Language Film?
[A]Ida
[B]Leviathan
[C]Big Hero 6
[D]Feast

Ida
Ida is a Polish drama film directed by Pawel Pawlikowski and written by Pawlikowski and Rebecca Lenkiewicz. The movie has won the Oscar for best foreign language film, defeating the much-fancied Russian anti-Putin satire Leviathan, and becoming the first Polish film to win the award.

2.

Greece and Turkey are working to resolve their dispute over sovereignty and related rights in the area of which sea?
[A]Black Sea
[B]Sea of Marma
[C]Aegean Sea
[D]Mediterranean Sea

Aegean Sea
The Aegean is a common sea between Turkey and Greece. Turkey and Greece being the two littoral states have legitimate rights and interests in the Aegean Sea. These involve their security, economy and other traditional rights recognized by international law. The fundamental source of tension between Turkey and Greece is the Greek perception to regard the entire Aegean as a Greek sea in total disregard of Turkey’s rights and interests as one of the coastal states.

3.

The controversial Kanhar dam project is associated with ______?
[A]Bihar
[B]Uttar Pradesh
[C]Uttarkhand
[D]Himachal Pradesh

Uttar Pradesh
Kanhar dam project is located downstream of the confluence of River Pagan with Kanhar near village Sugawan in Tehsil Dudhi of District Sonebhadra, Uttar Pradesh. It was originally approved by the Central Water Commission in September, 1976 and has been in abeyance since last 25 years. The inauguration of construction of the dam was held on 5th December, 2014, however the National Green Tribunal (NGT) had stayed any further construction on the dam site after a petition was filed, stating that the environment clearance granted to the project was not valid anymore.

4.

Which one of the following is considered as inexpensive future energy option?
[A]Dimethyl ether
[B]Dimethoxyethane.
[C]Dimethyl sulphate
[D]Polyethylene glycol

Dimethyl ether
DME (dimethyl ether) is a clean-burning, non-toxic, potentially renewable fuel. Its high cetane value and quiet combustion, as well as its inexpensive propane-like fuelling system, make it an excellent, inexpensive diesel alternative that will meet strict emissions standards. DME has been used for decades as an energy source in China, Japan, Korea, Egypt, and Brazil, and it can be produced domestically from a variety of feedstock, including biogas and natural gas.

5.

According to latest survey, which is the most profitable Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSE)?
[A]ONGC
[B]BSNL
[C]Coal India
[D]NTPC

ONGC
ONGC has emerged as most profitable Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSE) in 2013-14. ONGC incurred a net profit of Rs 22,094.81 crore, followed by Coal India (Rs 15,008 crore), NTPC (Rs 10,975 crore); Indian Oil Corporation (Rs 7,019 crore), NMDC Ltd (Rs 6,420 crore); Power Finance Corporation (Rs 5,418 crore). Telecom major BSNL remained the biggest loss-making enterprise during 2013-14 as well with losses mounting to over Rs 7,019 crore.

6.

Which among the following countries is building the world’s largest methanol plant?
[A]Iran
[B]Pakistan
[C]Italy
[D]UAE

Iran
Iran is building the world’s largest methanol plant. The Kaveh mega methanol project is coming up in the Persian Gulf city of Bandar Dayyer. The facility is being built to produce two million tons of methanol per annum or 7,000 tons per day. Methanol has been tipped as alternative fuel in ships. The fuel is already used in light aircraft and racing cars and its global demand is rising. Beside being a green fuel, it is cheaper and more abundant than diesel.

7.

Aloysius Vincent, who passed away recently, was a famous ____?
[A]Environmentalist
[B]Cinematographer
[C]Author
[D]Musician

Cinematographer
Aloysius Vincent was a noted director and cinematographer. He began his career as cinematographer with his first Telugu movie “Chandi Rani” in the year 1953. He then started to handle camera work for many Tamil, Malayalam and Hindi movie. In the year 1964, Vincent debuted as the director with Malayalam film “Bhargavi Nilayam”. He had won the Filmfare Award for the Best Cinematographer for his film “Prem Nagar”, an Honorary Membership Award by Indian Society of Cinematographers (ISC) in the year 2003 along with KK Mahajan and VK Murthy.

8.

As on February March, 2015, India has how many operational satellites?
[A]25
[B]28
[C]29
[D]31

28
As of March, 2015 India has 28 operational satellites which comprises 11 communication satellites, 12 earth observation satellites, four navigational satellites and one Mars orbiter mission are currently working nearly perfect and are much in place. Latest one is IRNSS-1D, that was launched on 29th march by ISRO.

9.

According to the latest report, what is the per capita of income of India in the year 2014-15?
[A]64, 316
[B]71, 593
[C]88,533
[D]80,388

88,533
India’s per capita income in the year 2014-15 is Rs 88,533. The per capita income rose by 37.6 per cent to Rs 88,533 in the last four years to 2014-15. The per capita income was at Rs 64,316 in 2011-12, Rs 71,593 in 2012-13, Rs 80,388 in 2013-14 and Rs 88,533 in the year 2014-15.

10.

Which state is the site for the annual Kawant fair that feature tribal art and culture from various communities?
[A]Gujarat
[B]Rajasthan
[C]Madhya Pradesh
[D]Maharashtra

Gujarat
Kavant is a colorful and vibrant fair celebrated in Chota Udaipur region, Gujarat. This ancient celebration goes on annually. The tribal people from all districts around the town of Kavant gather up in this village before five days. It is celebrated in month of March after Holi.

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