GK & Current Affairs: April 19, 20, 2015

1.

Which country generates highest per capita e-waste?
[A]Singapore
[B]Norway
[C]Iceland
[D]Denmark

Norway
As per a report by United Nations University, Norway topped the world’s electronic waste mountain in 2014, generating 28.4kgs per inhabitant. It was followed by Switzerland (26.3kg per capita), Iceland (26.1kgs), Denmark (24kgs), Britain (23.5kgs), the Netherlands (23.4kgs), Sweden (22.3kgs), France (22.2kgs) and the US and Austria (22.1kgs per person each).

2.

Which of the following is Indian navy’s biggest guided missile destroyer?
[A]INS Visakhapatnam
[B]INS Paradip
[C]INS Marmagoa
[D]INS Kolkata

INS Visakhapatnam
INS Visakhapatnam is the India’s largest guided missile destroyer. The ship is being built at the MDL (Mazagon Dock Limited) in Mumbai, and was designed completely indigenously at the Directorate of Naval Design in Delhi. It is designed to be stealthy to prevent detection by the enemy at sea and operate under NBC (Nuclear, Biological and Chemical) strike. A total of four ships of the Project 15B class will be built beginning with INS Visakhapatnam. Two follow on ships have been named INS Paradip and INS Marmagoa and will be commissioned in 2020 and 2022 respectively. The fourth one, due in 2024, is yet to be named.

3.

Who among the following has won the 2015 Bahrain Grand Prix?
[A]Lewis Hamilton
[B]Kimi Raikkonen
[C]Nico Rosberg
[D]Valtteri Bottas

Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton has won the 2015 Bahrain Grand Prix. Kimi Raikkonen came at second place.

4.

Which is the highest e-waste generating country in Asia?
[A]India
[B]Japan
[C]China
[D]North Korea

China
The top three Asian nations with the highest e-waste generation in absolute quantities are China (6.0Mt), Japan (2.2Mt) and India (1.7Mt). As per UN report, India is the fifth biggest producer of e-waste in the world, discarding 1.7 million tonnes (Mt) of electronic and electrical equipment in 2014.

5.

Karot hydroelectric project is located in which country?
[A]Pakistan
[B]Bhutan
[C]Bangladesh
[D]Nepal

Pakistan
The Karot Hydropower Project is one of the largest foreign investment and infrastructure projects in Pakistan. China agreed to invest $1.65 billion in the project. The Karot hydropower project has a designed installed capacity of 720,000 kw and generates power of 3.213 billion kw-hours each year.

6.

E-Samiksha is an online project monitoring system launched by ____?
[A]Indian Railways
[B]NHAI
[C]RBI
[D]FIPB

Indian Railways
Indian railway has launched the E-Samiksha an online project monitoring system with an aim of monitoring implementation of various ongoing projects including Rail Budget proposals. Apart from budget-related projects, the E-Samiksha can also be used for monitoring the infrastructure target and board meeting follow-up.

7.

In which country a boycott Andaman and Nicobar Island campaign was launched?
[A]India
[B]Britain
[C]Switzerland
[D]Russia

Britain
A boycott “Andaman and Nicobar Islands campaign” was begun in Britain. Under the campaign more than 12,300 people from around the world pledge not to visit India’s pristine island destination over the treatment of its Jarawa tribes. UK based Survival International has put together a major signature boycott campaign that asks people not to visit the Andaman Islands until the human safaris are stopped.

8.

The NTCA has recently declared which two national parks as tiger reserves?
[A]Kudremukh and Rajaji
[B]Ratapani and Sunabeda
[C]Guru Ghasidas and Rajaji
[D]Rajaji and Sunabeda

Kudremukh and Rajaji
The NTCA has accorded final approval to Kudremukh National Park in Karnataka and Rajaji National Park in Uttarkhand for being declared as tiger reserves by respective states.

9.

India is implementing “Capacity Building for Industrial Pollution Management (CBIPM)” project with the support of __?
[A]Asian Development Bank
[B]Japan Central Bank
[C]World Bank
[D]Reserve Bank of India

World Bank
The Government of India, through its Ministry of Environment & Forests, is implementing a project titled “Capacity Building for Industrial Pollution Management” under the assistance of World Bank. The project objectives are strengthening the environmental management capacity of central and state level regulatory authorities with emphasis on rehabilitation of polluted sites and for undertaking area-based demonstration projects on remediation of contaminated sites. The project also aims at developing a “National Program for the Rehabilitation of Polluted Sites” to reduce or eliminate the environmental and health risks associated with legacy pollution.

10.

The campaign Call to Action for TB free India aims to make country Tuberculosis free in how many years?
[A]Three
[B]Five
[C]Eight
[D]Ten

Five
Government launched a campaign Call to Action for TB free India to make the country Tuberculosis (TB) free in the next five years. The campaign aims to reach the undetected patients and provide free and full treatment.

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