GK & Current Affairs : October 19-20, 2016

1.

The first-ever International Conference on Voter Education has started in which country?
[A]India
[B]United States
[C]United Kingdom
[D]Bhutan

India
The first-ever International Conference on Voter Education has started in New Delhi from October 20, 2016 and is organised by The Election Commission of India (ECI). The topic of the Conference is Voter Education for Inclusive, Informed and Ethical Participation. The 3-day Conference was inaugurated by the Chief Election Commissioner Dr.Nasim Zaidi. The purpose of the conference is to share best practices, policies and initiatives of voter education by election management bodies. The 27 countries and 5 international organizations are participating in the event. The Conference also aims to achieve a resolution to strengthen inclusive, informed and ethical electoral participation among member countries with the help of voter education and outreach.

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2.

Mewa Ramgobin, who passed away recently, was well-known Gandhian activist of which country?
[A]Bhutan
[B]South Africa
[C]Nepal
[D]Bangladesh

South Africa
Mewa Ramgobin (83), the South African struggle stalwart and former African National Congress (ANC) Member of Parliament, has recently passed away in Cape Town, South Africa. He was the husband of Mahatma Gandhi’s granddaughter Ela Gandhi, a human rights activist. Ramgobin was the founder of Centre for Learning of Ubuntu and Chairperson of Phoenix Settlement Trust‚ founded by Mahatma Gandhi in 1904.

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3.

The book “The Adivasi Will Not Dance” has been authored by whom?
[A]EV Ramakrishnan
[B]Pradeep Sebastian
[C]Hansda Sowendra Shekhar
[D]Manu Chakravarthy

Hansda Sowendra Shekhar
The book “The Adivasi Will Not Dance” has been authored by Hansda Sowendra Shekhar, which is shortlist for The Hindu Prize 2016. It is about a visit to Jharkhand by the President of India to inaugurate a thermal power station that is coming up on land from which Santhals have been evicted.

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4.

Which Water Jet Fast Attack Craft (WJFAC) Car Nicobar Class vessel has recently commissioned into the Indian Navy?
[A]INS Tarmugli
[B]INS Kalpeni
[C]INS Kabra
[D]INS Tahiyu

INS Tahiyu
The 315-tonne INS Tahiyu has been commissioned into the Indian Navy and is allotted to the Eastern Fleet of the Navy. INS Tahiyu is the 6th Water Jet Fast Attack Craft (WJFAC) Car Nicobar Class vessel, which is built by Kolkata-based shipyard Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE). It is an improved version of the earlier vessels and it can achieve a top operating speed of 35 knots/ hour.The ship will be commanded by Commander Ajay Kashov and will have four officers and 41 crew members.

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5.

The 28th edition of Accountants General Conference has started in which city of India?
[A]Kolkata
[B]New Delhi
[C]Chennai
[D]Bengaluru

New Delhi
The 28th edition of Accountants General Conference has inaugurated by President Pranab Mukherjee started in New Delhi. In the 2-day conference, accountants general from various places of India will participate and will review the international best practices prevalent in audit and accounting. The conference is organized by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG).

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6.

The 2nd joint tactical exercise “Sino-India Cooperation 2016” has been held in which city?
[A]Jaisalmer
[B]Ladakh
[C]Kutch
[D]Udaipur

Ladakh
The 2nd joint tactical exercise “Sino-India Cooperation 2016” has been held between India and China in the area of Border Personnel Meeting Hut at Chushul Garrison of Eastern Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K). During the day long exercise on Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief (HADR) a fictitious situation of earthquake striking an Indian Border village was painted. Afterwards, joint teams carried out rescue operations, evacuation and rendering of medical assistance. The Indian team for the exercise was led by Brigadier R S Raman and that of the Chinese was led by Sr Col Fan Jun.

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7.

Which city has topped the 2016 Global Power City Index (GPCI) ?
[A]Tokyo
[B]Rio de Janeiro
[C]London
[D]Mumbai

London
London has topped the 2016 Global Power City Index, as per 2016 GPCI report, which was recently released by the Japan-based Mori Memorial Foundation’s Institute for Urban Strategies. The report ranks 42 major cities of the world across six key measures of economy, research and development, culture, accessibility, environment and livability. Mumbai, the only Indian city, ranked 39th on the list of the world’s leading global cities for business, innovation and culture.

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8.

Which city has become the first Indian city to be officially declared as one of the venues for hosting the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup?
[A]Mohali
[B]Kochi
[C]Chennai
[D]Kolkata

Kochi
Kochi has become the first Indian city to be officially declared as one of the venues for hosting the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup. A 23-member high-level delegation consists of FIFA experts’ ratified Kochi as venue after visiting Jawarharlal Nehru International Stadium. This will be the first time India will host an international football competition at worldwide level.

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9.

The book “Driven: The Virat Kohli Story” has been authored by whom?
[A]Sandeep Bamzai
[B]Rajkumar Sharma
[C]Vijay Lokapally
[D]Pradeep Sangwan

Vijay Lokapally
The book “Driven: The Virat Kohli story” has been written by well-known journalist Vijay Lokapally, which is recently launch in New Delhi. It is on the life of the Indian Test captain Virat Kohli.

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10.

Who has been awarded with the first International Prize in Statistics?
[A]Ron Wasserstein
[B]William Johnson
[C]David Cox
[D]Susan Ellenberg

David Cox
Sir David Cox has been awarded with the first International Prize in Statistics, which will be presented to him in July 2017 at the World Statistics Congress in Marrakech. The award carries $75,000 and is considered the highest honor in its field. It recognizes an individual or team for major achievements using statistics to advance science, technology and human welfare. It also helps to raise media and public awareness of the growing importance of statistics to modern life and promotes understanding of the myriad and diverse ways statistics affects the lives of every person alive today.

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