GK & Current Affairs – February 1, 2016
1. India’s first Defence Industrial Park will come up in which state?
The Indian government has approved setting up of India’s first Defence Industrial Park at Ottappalam in Palakkad district of Kerala. The Rs. 231 crore park will be established with the help of Central and State governments. The Union government will invest Rs. 50 crore while the rest of the amount would be met by the State government. The defence park will help to bridge the gap of 15 % between demand and supply.
2. Which state is the theme state for the 30th Surajkund International Crafts Mela?
The 30th Surajkund International Crafts Mela-2016 has started at Faridabad, Haryana. It is celebrated during 1-15 February. The state of Telangana has been chosen as the theme state at the mela. The mela is organized by the Surajkund Mela Authority and Haryana Tourism in collaboration with Union Ministries of Tourism, Textiles, Culture and External Affairs.
3. Who has won the 2016 Australian Open men’s singles title?
Answer: Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic of Serbia has won the 2016 Australian Open men’s singles title in Melbourne by defeating Andy Murray in the final match. With this win, he claimed his 11th grand slam title and also equalled the record of Roy Emerson’s record of six Australian Open singles titles.
4. On which date, the Uttar Pradesh government has decided to celebrate its “State Tourism Day”?
Answer: February 14
The Uttar Pradesh Government has decided to celebrate its “State Tourism day” annually on February 14 to highlight its tourism potential. The first “State Tourism Day” will be celebrated in Lucknow but the venue will change to other cities in coming years.
5. Which of the following companies is set to build the world’s tallest free-standing clock tower?
[C]Tata Consultancy Services
Software giant Infosys has set to build the world’s tallest free-standing clock tower at its global education centre in Mysuru. The proposed 135-metres tall will be taller than Big Ben (96 m) in London, Hoover Tower (87 m) in California and McGraw Tower (53 m) in Cornell.
6. Who has won the 2016 Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold Badminton championship title in men’s singles category?
Answer: Kidambi Srikanth
Ace Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth has won the 2016 Syed Modi International Grand prix Gold Championship title of Badminton in men’s singles category at Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. He defeated China’s Huang Yuxiang to win his fifth title overall.
7. Which of the following states is set to launch ‘Gender Taxi’, owned and operated by transgenders?
After launching the first Transgender Policy in the country, the Kerala government is now getting ready to launch ‘Gender Taxi’, owned and operated by transgenders. The state-run Gender Park, under the Department of Social Justice, has drawn up a programme to roll out G-Taxi on the model of its successful all-women cab network She-Taxi.
8. Who is the first woman to be appointed as Director General of Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB)?
[C]K Durga Devi
Answer: Archana Ramasundram
The senior IPS officer Archana Ramasundram has been appointed Director General of Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB), that guards India’s frontiers with Nepal and Bhutan. With this, she became the first woman to head a paramilitary force. At present, she is the special director of National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB). Besides her, IPS officer K Durga Prasad has been appointed Director Generals of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and IPS officer K K Sharma will be new Chief of the Border Security Force (BSF).
9. Which country will host the 2021 FINA World Aquatics Championships?
The Japanese city of Fukuoka will host the 2021 World Aquatics Championships and the Qatari capital Doha has been chosen to host the event in 2023. It has been announced by the International Swimming Federation (FINA).
10. World’s first ‘robot-run’ farm is set to come up in which country?
A Japanese company announced that it would open world’s first ‘robot-run’ farm. The farm, measuring about 4,400 square metres, will have floor-to-ceiling shelves where the produce is grown. Seed planting will still be done by people, but the rest of the process, including harvesting, will be done by industrial robots. .