GK & Current Affairs – December 27, 28, 2015

1.

Shiva Keshavan is related to which of the following sports?
[A]Rugby
[B]Luge
[C]Polo
[D]Table Tennis

Luge
Recently, the Indian luger, Shiva Keshavan has clinched a silver medal at the 2015 Asian Luge Championship held in Nagano, Japan. The first place was grabbed by Japan’s Hidenari Kanayama and the third place is grabbed by South Korea’s Dong Hyeon Kim. Shiva Keshavan is a five time Olympian and the first Indian representative to compete in luge at the Winter Olympic Games.

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2.

Who of the following has been awarded with the Best Player of the Year at the 2015 Globe Soccer Awards?
[A]Lionel Messi
[B]Cristiano Ronaldo
[C]Frank Lampard
[D]Yasser Al-Shahrani

Lionel Messi
In the 2015 Globe Soccer Awards, the Best player of the Year 2015 has been given to the Argentine footballer Lionel Messi. The other awardees are as follows: Barcelona (Best Club), Josep Maria Bartomeu (Best President), Frank Lampard (Player Career Award) etc.

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3.

Who of the following has been bestowed with the 2015 Atal Samman Award?
[A]Nilesh Mishra
[B]Girish Shankar
[C]Achyutanand Mishra
[D]Shabbir Kumar

Achyutanand Mishra
Recently, Achyutanand Mishra has been bestowed with 2015 Atal Samman Award for his outstanding contribution to the society. The award has been given by the cultural organisation ‘Abhiyan’ on the occasion of the former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s 91st birthday at Mumbai, Maharashtra on December 25, 2015.

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4.

The 12th National Ice-Skating Championship will be held in which state?
[A]Himachal Pradesh
[B]Jammu and Kashmir
[C]Punjab
[D]Sikkim

Jammu and Kashmir
Jammu and Kashmir will host the 12th National Ice-Skating Championship at the ski-resort of Gulmarg from December 30, 2015 for five days. Almost 17 teams from various states like Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu are going to participate in the championship under the sponsorship of national ice skating association. Around 150 athletes will take part in the ice skating championship which will include Short Track Speed Skating, Dancing and Figure Skating.

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5.

George Clayton Johnson, who passed away recently, was related to which of the following fields?
[A]Politician
[B]Journalist
[C]Marine Scientist
[D]Fiction Writer

Fiction Writer
The renowned American science fiction and fantasy writer, George Clayton Johnson (86) passed away in Los Angeles, US. He was best known for co-writing the novel Logan’s Run with William F. Nolan. Johnson was also known for his television scripts for The Twilight Zone (including “Nothing in the Dark”, “Kick the Can”, “A Game of Pool”, and “A Penny for Your Thoughts”) and the first telecast episode of Star Trek, entitled “The Man Trap”.

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6.

Who will be the new CEO of NITI Aayog?
[A]Shanti Kanta
[B]Anjuly Chib Duggal
[C]Amitabh Kant
[D]Rohit Nandan

Amitabh Kant
The senior IAS officer of Kerala cadre, Amitabh Kant has been given additional responsibility of being Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of NITI Aayog from December 31, 2015. He will succeed the incumbent NITI Aayog CEO Sindhushree Khullar whose extended tenure will end on December 31, 2015. Currently, Kant is serving as Secretary, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) and is expected to retire on February 28, 2016.

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7.

Which of the following is the first bank to tie up with Indian railways to sell rail tickets through its website?
[A]State Bank of India
[B]ICICI Bank
[C]Axis Bank Ltd
[D]Punjab National Bank

ICICI Bank
Recently, the largest private sector lender, ICICI Bank has tied up with Indian Railway’s e-ticketing platform IRCTC to sell rail tickets through its website. With this, ICICI Bank’s website and mobile app have become the first non-IRCTC platform which can now book train tickets. Soon, the facility to book rail tickets on its mobile banking application and prepaid digital wallet will be launch. To avail the facility, the users will have to first register themselves on the website of Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC). Once this is done, passengers need to complete a one-time registration with ICICI Bank in order to book train tickets via their website and mobile app.

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8.

Which of the following is the second state in India to set up the Zoroastrian jury?
[A]Maharashtra
[B]Telangana
[C]Gujarat
[D]Kerala

Telangana
Telangana has become the second State after Maharashtra to set up the Zoroastrian jury. The 15-member Zoroastrian jury will aid the settlement of marriage and divorce of the Parsi people in the State within their community.

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9.

The first ever Iranshah Udvada Utsav(IUU) was organized in which of the following states?
[A]Maharashtra
[B]Telangana
[C]Gujarat
[D]Rajasthan

Gujarat
The first ever Iranshah Udvada Utsav(IUU) was organised in Udvada, Navasari of Gujarat from December 25-27. Udvada is the holiest place for Paris from across the world. The plan is to develop Udvavda as pilgrim centre. Iranshah Udvada Utsav is the brainchild of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The IUU was jointly organised by the Foundation for Development of Udavada (FDU) and the Udavada Samast Anjuman (USA), which have eminent Parsi leaders as members.

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10.

Which of the following teams has won 2015 Pro Wrestling League title?
[A]Uttar Pradesh Warriors
[B]Bengaluru Yodhas
[C]Mumbai Garuda
[D]Haryana Hammers

Mumbai Garuda
In the 2015 Pro Wrestling League final, Mumbai Garuda team beat the Haryana Hammers. Pro Wrestling League (PWL) India 2015 is the first wrestling league in India which is owned by Pro Sportify. In the present season, a total of 6 teams each with 9 players have participated.

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