GK & Current Affairs – December 15, 2015

1. Who of the following has been awarded the 2016 Genesis prize?
[A]Jonathan Zalman
[B]Michael Bloomberg
[C]Michael Douglas
[D]Itzhak Perlman
Answer: Itzhak Perlman
The renowned Israeli-US violinist Itzhak Perlman has been awarded the 2016 Genesis prize for his contribution as a musician, teacher and advocate for people with disabilities. The $1m prize is also known as Jewish Nobel Prize. It is established by Russian philanthropists and is given annually to an individual who has achieved professional success, contributed to humanity and shown a strong commitment to Jewish causes and the state of Israel
2. Who of the following has been declared as Sports Illustrated’s 2015 Sportsperson of the Year?
[A]Madison Bumgarner
[B]Peyton Manning
[C]Serena Williams
[D]Tiger Woods
Answer: Serena Williams
The USA Tennis player, Serena Williams has been honoured with the 2015 Sports Illustrated’s Sportsperson of the Year. During 2015 season, she won five titles, including the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon and was at No. 1 in the WTA rankings. She became the first female athlete honoured on her own by the Sports Illustrated magazine in more than 30 years. The award recognizes the athlete or team whose performance that year embodies the spirit of sportsmanship and achievement.
3. Who of the following has been named as the 2015 European Tour Golfer of the Year?
[A]Phil Mickelson
[B]Justin Rose
[C]Rory McIlroy
[D]Jordan Spieth
Answer: Rory McIlroy
The World No. 3 Golfer, Rory McIlroy has won the 2015 European Tour player of the Year award for the third time. He became only the seventh player in European Tour history to be crowned European No 1 in consecutive campaigns.
4. India’s first National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organization (NOTTO) has been set up in which city?
[B]New Delhi
Answer: New Delhi
India’s first National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organization (NOTTO) has been set up at Safdarjung hospital in New Delhi. The organisation works for ensuring increased availability of organs/tissues retrieved from deceased donors and save lives of many persons suffering from end stage organ failure.
5. Pravin Gordhan, is related to which of the following fields?
Answer: Politician
Recently, South African government has appointed Indian-origin politician Pravin Gordhan as the South Africa’s new Finance Minister. He succeeded Mr. David van Rooyen. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Godhran was the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs. He also held the role of South Africa’s finance minister from between 2009 and 2014.
6. Who of the following has been honoured with the Lifetime Achievement awards by the West Bengal government?
[A]Ajoy Chakrobarty and Dwijen Mukhyopadhyay
[B]Shantanu Moitra and Shibaji Chattopadhyay
[C]Kumar Sanu and Bappi Lahiri
[D]Shantanu Moitra and Ajoy Chakrobarty
Answer: Kumar Sanu and Bappi Lahiri
The veteran music composer Bappi Lahiri and singer Kumar Sanu has been honoured with the Lifetime Achievement awards by the West Bengal government. The Bishesh Sangeet Samman was awarded to Dwijen Mukhyopadhyay, Ajoy Chakraborty and Sandhya Mukherjee. The Bollywood musician Shantanu Moitra was honoured with Maha Sangeet Samman along with Mohammad Aziz, Kumar Bose and Shibaji Chattopadhyay. Sriradha Bandyopadhyay, Dileep Kumar Bose, Fakir Alamgir and Nachiketa were given Special Sangeet Samman.
7. Galkynysh natural gas field is located in which of the following countries?
Answer: Turkmenistan
The Galkynysh natural gas field located in Turkmenistan is the world’s second largest gas field. The gas field will provide the gas for the upcoming 1,814-km TAPI pipeline. The TAPI pipeline is the joint venture of Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. Recently, Turkmenistan has started work on its part of the pipeline.
8. Which of the following stock exchange companies of India has launched the CSR platform ‘Sammaan’?
[A]National Stock Exchange of India Ltd.
[B]Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE)
[C]MCX Stock Exchange
[D]Bangalore Stock Exchange
Answer: Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE)
Sammaan, a platform to help companies find agencies for carrying out social welfare activities, has become operational on stock exchange BSE. As of now, more than 600 projects requiring funds of about Rs 2,000 crore listed on it. The CSR platform is launched by BSE along with industry body CII and think tank IICA.
9. Who of the following has received the prestigious International Human Rights Award for the year 2015?
[A]John Carol
[B]Leo Cornelio
[C]Maria Stephen
[D]Fulton Sheen
Answer: Leo Cornelio
Leo Cornelio SVD, the Archbishop of Bhopal, received the prestigious International Human Rights Award for the year 2015 at the India Islamic Centre, New Delhi in a ceremony organised by All India Council of Human Rights, Liberties and Social Justice. The Award titled ‘Ambassador of peace’ was presented in the presence of various dignitaries from all over India as well as globally.
10. Who of the following is the author of the book titled – ‘flood of Fire’?
[A]Jhumpa Lahiri
[B]Anita Desai
[C]Amitav Ghosh
[D]Vikram Seth
Answer: Amitav Ghosh
Flood of Fire is written by Indian novelist Amitav Ghosh. It is the last volume of the Ibis trilogy. The other two novels of the trilogy are Sea of Poppies (2008), River of Smoke (2011).

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