GK & Current Affairs: August 15, 16, 2014 - General Knowledge Today

GK & Current Affairs: August 15, 16, 2014

1. What is the India’s ranking in the Global Peace Index-2014, published by the Institute for Economics and Peace?
[A]112
[B]165
[C]143
[D]76

143
India was ranked at 143th position in the Global Peace Index-2014. In 162 countries list Iceland, Denmark and Austria were ranked first, second and third respectively.


2. Recently, “Gaofen-2” a most advanced high-definition Earth observation satellite was launched by which country?
[A]Russia
[B]China
[C]Japan
[D]Pakistan

China
China launched the most advanced high-definition earth observation satellite “Gaofen-2”, which could clearly show small objects with clarity in color. It will be used for geographic and resources surveys, environment and climate change monitoring, precision agriculture, disaster relief and city planning.


3. Which among the following cities has topped the list of most preferred overseas destination for Indian traveller according to Hotel Price Index survey?
[A]London
[B]Dubai
[C]Zurich
[D]Las Vegas

Dubai
UAE’s populous city Dubai has topped the list of most preferred overseas destination for Indian travellers in first half of 2014 in Hotel Price Index survey. As per the recent survey, Dubai has topped the chart moving ahead of Bangkok, which ranked number one consecutively for two years being the preferred overseas destination in the first half of the year 2012 and 2013.


4. BKS Iyengar, who died recently, was a world-renowned ___?
[A]Yoga Guru
[B]Artist
[C]Folk Singer
[D]Film Director

Yoga Guru
BKS Iyengar was a world-renowned Yoga guru and founder of the Iyengar school of Yoga. Iyengar was considered one of the foremost yoga teachers in the world and had written many books on yoga practice and philosophy including “Light on Yoga”, “Light on Pranayama” and “Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali”.


5. The “Bardarbunga” one of the largest volcanic systems located in ____?
[A]Fiji
[B]Iceland
[C]Japan
[D]Cuba

Iceland
Bardabunga is a stratovolcano located under the Vatnajokull glacier in Iceland. It rises to 2,009 metres above sea level, making it the second highest mountain in Iceland and part of its largest volcanic system, considered to be close to 200 kilometres long and up to 25 kilometres wide.


6. “Sakari Momoi”, a 111 year-old man, who has been recognised as the world’s oldest living man recently, belongs to which country?
[A]Japan
[B]USA
[C]Argentina
[D]China

Japan
Sakari Momoi, a 111 year-old retired Japanese educator, has been recognised as the world’s oldest living man. He succeeds Alexander Imich of New York, who died in June at the age of 111 years, 164 days.


7. Recently, in which of the following countries world’s first green Hindu temple has been opened?
[A]Nepal
[B]UK
[C]USA
[D]France

UK
A Hindu temple claimed to be world’s first “eco-temple” featuring solar panels and rainwater harvesting system, has been opened in northwest London in the UK. The ornate 20 million pounds “Shree Swaminarayan Mandir” in Kingsbury combines traditional Indian architecture and carving with green technology. It also features solar panels on the rood and rainwater harvesting system.


8. The “Indian Super League” is related to ___?
[A]Hockey
[B]Badminton
[C]Tennis
[D]Football

Football


9. As per the 2011 census, the per capita availability of water in the country is _____?
[A]1450 cubic meters
[B]1454 cubic meters
[C]1545 cubic meters
[D]1670 cubic meters

1545 cubic meters
The per capita availability of water in the country is 1545 cubic meters as per the 2011 census.


10. Recently, which among the following atomic power stations set a world record for continuous operation for 740 days?
[A]Tarapur Atomic Power Station
[B]Kudankulam Atomic Power Station
[C]Rajasthan Atomic Power Station
[D]Kalpakkam Atomic Power Station

Rajasthan Atomic Power Station
Rajasthan atomic power station (RAPS) unit 5 on set a world record for continuous operation for 740 days. The 220MW unit has generated 4,120 million units during the continuous operation.


Last Updated: August 21, 2014

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