GK & Current Affairs: July 1, 2015

1.

Who is the author of the book “Kashmir: The Vajpayee Years”?
[A]A K Sinha
[B]Shyam Mukherji
[C]A S Dulat
[D]P J Nayak

A S Dulat
Former Research and Analysis Wing chief AS Dulat is the author of Kashmir: The Vajpayee Years.

2.

Which of the following countries are top three largest shareholders in Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)?
[A]China, India and Australia
[B]China, Australia and Canada
[C]China, India and Russia
[D]China, Russia and India

China, India and Russia
The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) is an international financial institution proposed by the government of China. China will be the largest shareholder (at 30.34 per cent), followed by India (8.52 per cent) and Russia (6.66 per cent).

3.

Which among the following is the theme of the 9th National Statistics Day?
[A]Social Development
[B]Financial Inclusion
[C]Digital India
[D]e-governance

Social Development
In recognition of the notable contributions made by Late Professor Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis in the fields of statistics and economic planning, Government of India has designated 29th June every year as the “Statistics Day”. The theme selected for 9th Statistics Day was ‘Social Development’ in view of the contribution and importance of this sector to Indian economy.

4.

As per Wealth-X list, who is the wealthiest jeweller in India?
[A]Nirav Modi
[B]T S Kalyanaraman
[C]M P Ahammed
[D]B Govindan

T S Kalyanaraman
Kalyan Jewellers’ chairman and managing director T S Kalayanaraman, is the wealthiest jeweller in India with a personal fortune of USD 1.3 billion, as per the Wealth-X report. Kalayanaraman opened his first jewellery shop in Thrissur City in 1993 with only USD 100,000 capital, and his business has now expanded to 32 showrooms across South India. Nirav Modi was ranked second on the list with an estimated net worth of USD 1.1 billion. The third on the list is M P Ahammed, with a personal fortune of USD 1 billion. Bima Jewellers’ B Govindan with a personal wealth of USD 620 million, Kiran Gems’ Vallabhbhai S Patel (USD 590 million), Laxmi Diamond’s Vasant Gajera (USD 580 million), Dharmanandan Diamonds’ Laljibhai Patel (USD 480 million), Kiran Gems’ Babubhai Lakhani (USD 470 million), Kiran Gems’ Mavji Bhai Patel (USD 410 million) and Rajesh Exports’ Rajesh Mehta (USD 310 million) are in the top ten.

5.

Who won the Commonwealth Chess Championship title-2015?
[A]Arghyadip Das
[B]Abhijeet Gupta
[C]Lalith Babu
[D]Mukund Pal

Abhijeet Gupta
Abhijeet Gupta, the former world junior champion has won the Commonwealth Chess Championship title-2015. Gupta won the title of Commonwealth Chess Championship by defeating his opponent Arghyadip Das in the final round. Arghyadip Das, who lost in the finals and secured second place winning the silver medal while the bronze medal is won by M.R.Lalith Babu. In the women’s section, Padmini Rout won the gold medal while Vijayalakshmi has won silver medal and finally Meenakshi bagged the bronze medal.

6.

In which place the world’s first office building constructed using 3-D printer is set to come up?
[A]Tokyo
[B]London
[C]Dubai
[D]Paris

Dubai
The world’s first office building constructed using 3-D printer is set to come up in Dubai, UAE. The Office will be approximately 2,000 square feet in size and will be printed layer-by-layer using a 20-foot tall 3-D printer, then assembled on site in Dubai. The idea of 3-D printing technology can reduce the production time of buildings by 50 to 70 per cent, reduce labour costs by 50 to 80 per cent, and can save between 30 and 60 per cent of construction waste.

7.

Matti Makkonen, who died recently, was known as _____?
[A]Father of Smartphone
[B]Father of SMS
[C]Father of MMS
[D]Father of Voice calling

Father of SMS
Matti Makkonen was a Finnish engineer in the field of mobile communications. He was known as the father of SMS after developing the idea of sending messages via mobile networks.

8.

Sampada is a facility for e-registration of property documents launched by which state?
[A]Madhya Pradesh
[B]Karnataka
[C]Maharashtra
[D]Kerala

Madhya Pradesh
Madhya Pradesh government has launched a programme for e-registration of property documents. Samapada is name of the software used for e-registration of property documents of Madhya Pradesh. Under this facility, people can obtain e-stamp through internet banking or service provider. They may also obtain information about market value of their property and registration fees to be payable on its purchase or sale through internet.

9.

Who among the following is often called Warren Buffet of Arabia?
[A]Prince Alwaleed bin Talal
[B]Mohammed Al Amoudi
[C]Iskander Makhmudov
[D]Mohamed Bin Issa Al Jaber

Prince Alwaleed bin Talal
Prince Alwaleed bin Talal is a Saudi business magnate and investor. In 2005 he was worth $10 billion and earned the nickname “Buffett of Arabia” after American business magnate Warren Buffett.

10.

Which Indian American has won the United States prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching?
[A]Tilak Bhushan
[B]Darshan Jain
[C]Mahendra Singh
[D]Ashok Madhavan

Darshan Jain
Darshan Jain, an Indian American teacher was chosen for prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. He is one of the 108 teachers named by President Barack Obama as recipients of the prestigious award. Jain, who has taught mathematics at Adlai E. Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, Illinois for eight years where he currently serves as the director of mathematics, and other winners will receive a $10,000 award each from the National Science Foundation. The president award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching is awarded annually to outstanding K-12 (kindergarten through 12th grades) science and mathematics teachers from across the country.

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