GK & Current Affairs – December 29, 30, 2015
1. Haskell Wexler, who passed away recently, was related to which of the following fields?
The Oscar-winning cinematographer and documentary filmmaker, Haskell Wexler (93) passed away in California, USA. He was best known for his work in films like Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Days of Heaven, Bound for Glory, In the Heat of the Night, American Graffiti, etc. Wexler was one of the film history’s most influential cinematographers in a survey of the members of the International Cinematographers Guild.
2. Which of the following teams has clinched the 2015-16 Vijay Hazare Trophy?
Gujarat has won its first Vijay Hazare Cricket Trophy by defeating Delhi in the finals by 139 runs at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore. The 2015-16 Vijay Hazare Trophy is the 14th season of this tournament, that was hosted by Karnataka from December 10 to 28, 2015. The trophy is a List A cricket tournament in India, is also known as the Ranji One Day Trophy and is named after the famous Indian cricketer Vijay Hazare.
3. Who of the following has been honoured with the 2015 Jnanpith award?
Answer: Raghuveer Chaudhary
The noted Gujarati litterateur, Raghuveer Chaudhary (76) has been selected for the 51st Jnanpith award for his contribution to Indian literature. He wrote more than eighty books including novels, poetry, plays and literary criticism. Some of them are Trijo Purush, Purvarang, Laagni, Sikandar Sani, Tamasa, Akasmik Sparsh, etc. Chaudhary is the fourth Gujarati writer to won this prestigious award after Uma Shankar Joshi (1967), Pannalal Patel (1985) and Rajendra Shah (2001).
4. Gaofen-4 satellite has been successfully launched by which of the following countries?
Recently, China has successfully launched its most sophisticated Earth-observation satellite, Gaofen-4. It is China’s first geosynchronous orbit HD optical imaging satellite and the world’s most sophisticated HD geosynchronous orbit remote sensing satellite. It was launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre in the southwestern province of Sichuan through a Long March-3B carrier rocket. The data collected by Gaofen-4 will be used for disaster prevention and relief, surveillance of geological disasters and forest disasters and meteorological forecast.
5. The second edition of the All Light India International Film Festival (ALIIFF) will be held in which city?
The second edition of the All Light India International Film Festival (ALIIFF) and Indywood Film Market will be held at Ramoji Film City in Hyderabad from August 17 to 21, 2016. The film festival will witness participation from more than 70 countries, 1,000 international delegates, 3,000 film market delegates and more than 1,500 film submissions.
6. Which of the following committees suggested initiatives on Medium-term Path on Financial Inclusion?
[A]Kishor P. Kharat Committee
[B]Deepak Mohanty Committee
[C]Y. K. Gupta Committee
[D]Arun Pasricha Committee
Answer: Deepak Mohanty Committee
The Reserve Bank of India has released Deepak Mohanty committee report on medium-term path on financial inclusion. The committee noted that after the launch of the JanDhanYojana substantial progress has been made in terms of access of financial products and services. However, the panel said that much need to be done for inclusion of women, small and marginal farmers, and micro & small enterprises.
7. Who has been designated as the new Prime Minister of Georgia?
Answer: Giorgi Kvirikashvili
Recently, Giorgi Kvirikashvili has been designated as the 12th Prime Minister of Georgia by the Parliament of the country. Prior to this, he was the Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development. Kvirikashvili was elected by the Parliament after then Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili had resigned from the post on December 29, 2015 without explaining his decision.
8. Which is of the following countries is hosting the 2015 South Asian Football Federation Cup?
The 2015 South Asian Football Federation Cup (SAFF Championship) is the 11th edition of the SAFF Championship, the biennial international men’s football championship of South Asia organized by SAFF. It is being held in India from 23 December 2015 to 3 January 2016.
9. In context to India’s defence system, “Varunastra” refers which one of the following?
[A]Intercontinental Ballistic Missile
[B]Autonomous Underwater Vehicle
[C]Advanced heavy weight Torpedo
[D]Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
Answer: Advanced heavy weight Torpedo
The Varunastra is an advanced heavyweight anti-submarine torpedo of India. It is developed by Naval Science and Technological Laboratory (NSTL) of the DRDO for the Indian Navy. Its weight is 1500 kg.
10. Asia’s largest underground railway station is located in which country?
Asia’s largest underground railway station has been opened in China’s southern city of Shenzhen. The three-storey ‘Futian High-speed Railway Station’ would cover an area of 147,000 square meters and have seating for 3,000 passengers. It is also the world’s second largest underground railway station, only after the Grand Central Station in New York, the USA.
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