GK & Current Affairs: April 11, 12, 2015

1.

Where is India’s first International Financial Service Centre (IFSC)?
[A]Bangalore
[B]Mumbai
[C]Ahmadabad
[D]Kolkata

Ahmadabad
India’s first International financial Service Centre (IFSC) was commissioned at the Gujarat International Financial Tec (GIFT) City, Ahmedabad. With an IFSC in India, India now compete against global financial hubs like Dubai and Singapore to attract foreign investors who are willing to trade in foreign currencies. Earlier, there was no such option in India.

2.

Who has been named leading cricketer in the world in the 2015 Wisden Cricketers Almanack?
[A]M S Dhoni
[B]Kumara Sangakkara
[C]Virat Kohli
[D]Shane Watson

Kumara Sangakkara
Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara has been named as the ‘Leading Cricketer in the World’ in the 2015 Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack. Australia’s Meg Lanning has been chosen as the cricket ‘bible’s’ inaugural ‘Leading Woman Cricketer in the World’ the first time the England-based annual has bestowed such an award in 152 editions of continuous publication dating back to 1864. Sangakkara joined India’s Virender Sehwag as the only two players to be named as Wisden’s Leading Cricketer in the World for a second occasion.

3.

Who is the winner of Chinese Grand Prix held in 2015?
[A]Lewis Hamilton
[B]Nico Rosberg
[C]Sebastian Vettel
[D]Kimi Raikkonen

Lewis Hamilton
World champion Lewis Hamilton has won the Chinese Grand Prix beating Nico Rosberg. Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen finished third and fourth.

4.

Which country clinched the 2015 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup?
[A]South Korea
[B]Australia
[C]New Zealand
[D]Malaysia

New Zealand
New Zealand men’s hockey team celebrated a penalty shoot-out win over Australia to claim the 2015 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in Malaysia. It was the first time in the tournament’s history that the winner has been decided in a shoot-out, and also the first time the final has been an all-Oceania affair. The tournament has been held since 1983 with New Zealand’s only other success coming in 2012. Australia is eight-time champions.

5.

Which word topped the list of 50 business buzzword globally?
[A]Content
[B]Guru
[C]Net-net
[D]Big data

Guru
The word content ‘topped the list of 50 business buzzword globally for the second consecutive year. Indian-origin term “guru” has retained its place among the top 50 business buzzwords globally. Guru, a Sanskrit-origin term which means teacher or master, has moved down to 15th position in 2014 from 6th slot a year ago on the latest annual list for top business buzzwords compiled by Global Language Monitor (GLM). After “content”, which topped the chart for 2014, the most popular used words by the business world were “net-net”, “big data”, “at the end of the day” and “social media”.

6.

India has signed an agreement with France to buy which aircraft?
[A]Rafale
[B]Hawk-1
[C]Jupiter
[D]Mig-17

Rafale
India signed a deal with France to procure 36 Rafale aircrafts. In the initial phase of the deal with France, 36 Rafale fighters will be bought off the shelf by India and negotiations will continue for manufacturing more in India at a later stage. The aircraft is said to have the ability to track targets, generate real time three-dimensional maps. ‘It also offers features such as ‘look-down detection’ and tracking of multiple air targets for close combat and long-range interception, in all weather conditions.

7.

Torah is the holy book of which of the following religions / faiths?
[A]Jews
[B]Judaism
[C]Zoroastrians
[D]Shinto

Jews
The Torah is the holy book of Jewish (the first five books of the Hebrew Bible) which was revealed by God to Moses on Mount Sinai over 3,000 years ago.

8.

What is the upper limit of GNI per capita for low-income economies as per World Bank?
[A]$1,045
[B]$945
[C]$860
[D]$1200

$1,045
Each year on July 1, the World Bank revises analytical classification of the world’s economies based on estimates of gross national income (GNI) per capita for the previous year. As of 1 July 2014, low-income economies are defined as those with a GNI per capita, calculated using the World Bank Atlas method, of $1,045 or less in 2013; middle-income economies are those with a GNI per capita of more than $1,045 but less than $12,746; high-income economies are those with a GNI per capita of $12,746 or more.

9.

The famous Nabakalebara festival belongs to which of the following states?
[A]Rajasthan
[B]Odisha
[C]West Bengal
[D]Bihar

Odisha
Nabakalebara festival is an ancient ritual that is observed in most of the Jaganath temples, Odisha. In this festival, the idols of Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra and Sudarshan are replaced by new idols. Nabakalebara is usually comes in every twelve to nineteen years based on the auspicious two months of Ashadha as per the Hindu calendar.

10.

Which organization has established the Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela Prize?
[A]African Union
[B]United Nations
[C]European Union
[D]World Trade Organisation

United Nations
The Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela Prize was established by United Nations in June 2014. The award was established to pay tribute to the achievements and contributions of the late South African leader.

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