GK & Current Affairs : August 22, 23, 2015

1.

Who became the first Indian to win Ladies British amateur stroke-play Championship 2015?
[A]Aditi Ashok
[B]Aditi Bhandari
[C]Aditi Jain
[D]Aditi Kumari

Aditi Ashok
Ace Indian golfer Aditi Ashok (17) became the first woman and youngest player from India to won the prestigious Ladies British amateur stroke-play Championship 2015 at Leeds, United Kingdom.

2.

As per recently released Red List of IUCN which of the following species has been classified as an endangered animal?
[A]Lion-tailed macaque
[B]Asiatic Wild Ass
[C]Nicobar flying fox
[D]White-bellied musk deer

Asiatic Wild Ass
As per the recently released Red List of International Union For Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Asiatic Wild Ass has been classified as an endangered animal. The IUCN has moved the Asiatic wild ass from the ‘vulnerable’ to ‘endangered’ category and indicates the need for heightened protection measures. The Asiatic Wild Ass is locally known as ghudkhar and found only in the Little Rann of Kutch in Gujarat. ( Scientific name of Asiatic Wild Ass : Equus hemionus).

3.

Which women’s safety app has been launched by Indian Railways, recently?
[A]R-Sahayak
[B]R-Jagruk
[C]R-Mitra
[D]R-Sahyog

R-Mitra
The Railway Minister Mr. Suresh Prabhu launched a mobile-based application system ” R-Mitra” to ensure women’s safety. The basic functionality of R-Mitra (Railway Mobile Instant Tracking Response and Assistance) is to alert the nearest RPF inspector and divisional security control room in case of any emergency with the press of a button only. The app works both online and offline in SMS mode by using the helpline number 56161. It is introduced by Eastern Railway in Kolkata.

4.

The Rajiv Gandhi Illuminating Scheme for Hill Town Advancement (RISHTA) project has been launched by which state government?
[A]Uttarakhand
[B]Himachal Pradesh
[C]Assam
[D]Sikkim

Himachal Pradesh
The state government of Himachal Pradesh launched RISHTA project, an efficient smart LED based street lighting project. The RISHTA project stands for Rajiv Gandhi Illuminating Scheme for Hill Town Advancement. It is also known as Centralized Control and Monitoring System (CCMS) and will be implemented by collaboration of state Urban Development Department and Energy Efficient Services Limited (EESL). This project will replace approx 63,484 street lights with LEDs in all the Urban Local Bodies to achieve 45 to 55 % energy savings.

5.

Which of the following is the venue for India International Seafood show in January 2016?
[A]Visakhapatnam
[B]Chennai
[C]New Delhi
[D]Ahmedabad

Chennai
To boost the trade and commerce in seafood sector, the Government of India (GoI) will organise the ‘India International Seafood’ show in Chennai on January, 2016.

6.

With which telecom company, taxi aggregator Uber cabs has tied up to set up WiFi hotspots in each of its cabs?
[A]Vodafone
[B]BSNL
[C]MTNL
[D]Airtel

Airtel
The US-based online taxi aggregator, Uber cabs tied up with Airtel to set up WiFi hotspots in each of its cabs. As part of partnership, consumers using Uber cabs can pay through Airtel’s mobile wallet service “Airtel Money” and would also get to use free 4G speed, Wifi in the cabs. Mumbai will be the first city in India to enjoy free high-speed internet from Uber, powered by Airtel 4G and will be rolled out in other cities soon.

7.

Which company has launched three new-age IT services viz. design thinking, platforms and knowledge-based IT, through an umbrella offering called Aikido?
[A]Infosys
[B]Tech Mahindra
[C]Tata Consultancy Services
[D]Wipro

Infosys
The IT services company, Infosys launched the three new-age IT services viz. design thinking, platforms and knowledge-based IT, through an umbrella offering called Aikido. Aikido is a combination of three words viz. Ai, Ki and Do, which in Japanese mean combining, spirit and path/way. To simplify the complexity of technologies and to create innovative solutions, these new IT services are are as follows:
a) ‘Ki’ stands for knowledge-based management and evolution of landscapes which captures the knowledge within an organisation.
b) Do’ refers to services offering on design thinking and design-led initiatives that would help in understanding and defining a client’s problems.
c) ‘Ai’ refers to platforms and platforms-as-a-service to build intelligent solutions.

8.

Ghirmay Ghebreslassie became the first teenager to win the 2015 World Championships in Athletics in Beijing, China. He belongs to which country?
[A]Eritrea
[B]Ethiopia
[C]Kenya
[D]Chicago

Eritrea
Ghirmay Ghebreslassie (19) became the the first teenager to won the 2015 World Championships in Athletics in Beijing, China. He is an Eritrean long distance runner who specialises in the marathon.

9.

Chengalikodan, which has been recently accorded Geographical Indication (GI) status; is a variety of__?
[A]Orange
[B]Coconut
[C]Banana
[D]Mango

Banana
The Chengalikodan banana variety from Thrissur district of Kerala has been accorded Geographical Indication (GI) status by the Chennai based Central GI registry. This banana variant is uniquely grown in Chowannur, Pazhayannur, Wadakkanchery, Puzhakkal and Ollukkara block panchayats in Thrissur district of Kerala. It is known for its unique shape, size, colour and taste.

10.

The Government of India (GoI) has recently launched a new health initiative “SEHAT”. What does “SEHAT” stands for?
[A] Social Enactment for Health And Telemedicine
[B] Social Enabler for Health And Telemedicine
[C] Social Enactor for Health And Telemedicine
[D] Social Endeavour for Health And Telemedicine

Social Endeavour for Health And Telemedicine
To boost telemedicine in rural parts of India, “SEHAT”, a health care initiative has been launched by the Union Minister for Information Technology and Telecom, Mr. Ravi Shankar Prasad at the India Habitat Centre in New Delhi. As part of the inititive, people in rural areas can consult doctors online and also order generic drugs.This Social Endeavour for Health And Telemedicine (SEHAT) venture with the Apollo Hospitals is expected to connect 60,000 Common Service Centres (CSCs) across the country to a common network and provide healthcare access to millions of citizens irrespective of geographical location or connectivity.

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