GK & Current Affairs: August 24, 25, 2015

1.

Which of the following is the host country for World Hindi Conference in September, 2015?
[A]Nepal
[B]India
[C]SriLanka
[D]Bangladesh

India
India will host the 10th World Hindi Conference in Bhopal on September 10-12, 2015. The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Hindi Jagat: Vistar avm sambhavnai (the world of Hindi: expansion and possibilities)’. The 1st World Hindi Conference was held in Nagpur in 1975. Afterwards, the nine other conferences have been held in various parts of the world. The last conference was held in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2012.

2.

Who has been appointed as the chairman of India’s Oscar jury?
[A]Amol Palekar
[B]Shekhar Kapoor
[C]Mira Nair
[D]Mani Ratnam

Amol Palekar
The veteran actor-director Mr. Amol Palekar has been appointed as the chairman of India’s Oscar jury by Mumbai based Film Federation of Indiaof India (FFI). Mr. Palekar will head the 17-member jury panel, which will select the country’s official entry in the Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscar awards 2016.

3.

Which panel was recently making news for its recommendations regarding Minimum Alternate Tax (MAT)?
[A]AP Shah Panel
[B]V V Daga Panel
[C]HR Khan Panel
[D]Ajay Shankar Panel

AP Shah Committee
The Justice AP Shah Committee has recommended that the Foreign Institutional Investors (FIIs) must be granted relief on Minimum Alternate Tax (MAT) for the period before April 1, 2015. As per the Finance Act, 2015 proposed in the union budget, the 20 % MAT on capital gains made by FIIs is waived off from the financial year 2015-16. Though, the issue of imposing MAT for past years till 2014-15 has become controversial. If this recommendation is accepted, it would mean a significant relief for FIIs facing several years of levies on capital gains made by them.

4.

Recently demolished “Temple of Baalshamin” was located in __?
[A]Afghanistan
[B]Syria
[C]Turkey
[D]Iraq

Syria
The Temple of Baalshamin was an ancient temple in the city of Palmyra, Syria, dedicated to the Canaanite deity Baalshamin. On August 2015, the temple was demolished by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) after the capture of Palmyra during the Syrian Civil War.

5.

Who among the following is/are the winners of the prestigious 2015 Dhyan Chand Award?
[A]Romeo James
[B]Shiv Prakash Mishra
[C]T.P.P. Nair
[D]All of the above

All of the above
India’s highest award for lifetime achievement in sports and games, Dhyan Chand Award is given by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India. The award is named after the legendary Indian hockey player Dhyan Chand. It carries a cash prize of Rs.500,000, a plaque and a scroll of honour. It is given to honour those sportspersons who have contributed to sports by their performance and continue to contribute to the promotion of sports even after their retirement from active sporting career. The 2015 Dhyan Chand Award winners are Romeo James (Hockey), Shiv Prakash Mishra (Tennis) and T.P.P. Nair (Volleyball).

6.

The Union minister Mr. Ravi Shankar Prasad has recently released a postal stamp on which of the following Maurya Kings?
[A]Chandragupta Maurya
[B]Ashoka
[C]Bindusar
[D]None of them

Ashoka
The Union Telecom Minister Mr. Ravi Shankar Prasad released a Rs.5 postal stamp in honour of Ashoka, the Great, the great Indian emperor of Mauryan dynasty.

7.

Recently, who has assumed charge as new DG of Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR)?
[A]Girish Sahni
[B]Samir Brahmachari
[C]M.O. Garg
[D]None of the above

Girish Sahni
Dr. Girish Sahni has assumed charge as the next Director General of the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) and Secretary, Department of Scientific & Industrial Research (DSIR). Previously, he was the Director of CSIR-Institute of Microbial Technology (CSIR-IMTECH), Chandigarh.

8.

Which country will host the World’s First International Controlled Bank of low-enriched Uranium?
[A]Russia
[B]Kazakhstan
[C]Turkmenistan
[D]Australia

Kazakhstan
To ensure fuel supplies for power stations and prevent nuclear proliferation, the world’s first International Controlled Bank of low-enriched Uranium will be hosted by the ex-Soviet nation, Kazakhstan.

9.

ISRO has successfully launched communication GSAT-6 satellite by using which rocket vehicle, recently?
[A]GSLV-D7
[B]GSLV-D8
[C]GSLV-D5
[D]GSLV-D6

GSLV-D6
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has successfully launched India’s communication satellite GSAT-6 using its heavy rocket Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-D6) from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota. The ekey points about GSAT-6 are as follows- a) It will provide communication through five spot beams in S-band and a national beam in C-band for strategic users. b) The S-Band Unfurlable Antenna of six metre diameter is one of the advanced features of GSAT-6 satellite. c) Spot beams exploit the frequency reuse scheme to increase frequency spectrum utilisation efficiency. d) Satellite’s life expectancy : 9 years.

10.

The 8th International Conference on “Indian Civil Aviation & Tourism” was held in__?
[A]New Delhi
[B]Chennai
[C]Bangalore
[D]Mumbai

New Delhi
The 8th International Conference on “Indian Civil Aviation and Tourism” was held in New Delhi. The event was organized by Ministry of Civil Aviation and ASSOCHAM. The purpose of this conference is to hold deliberations on various issues affecting the aviation sector and invite suggestions from the stakeholders to meet these challenges.

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