GK & Current Affairs: February 24, 25, 2015
1. Garuda Shakti III is the military exercise between India and which country?
Garuda Shakti-III is the military exercise concluded recently between India and Indonesia. It was conducted at Counter Insurgency and Jungle Warfare School in Vairengte, Mizoram from 09 to 21 Feb 15. The exercise was aimed at building & promoting positive military to military relations between the armies of the two nations. The exercise was sharing experience in counter terrorism and conduct of joint counter insurgency training at platoon level aimed at neutralizing of terrorist threat. It was also aimed at enhancing the knowledge of each other’s military experience, skills and techniques and thereby enhancing the aspect of interoperability and responsiveness to a common threat in the future.
2. Puerto Toro, world’s southernmost permanently inhabited community is located in which country?
Puerto Toro, the southernmost permanently inhabited community on the globe, is in Chile. It is the only such community on Earth that is situated below the 55th parallel south. Puerto Toro is inhabited by 36 people according 2002 census, including fishermen and their families.
3. The Islands of Tasmania is a part of the _____?
Tasmania is an island state, part of the Commonwealth of Australia. Island of Tasmania is the 26th largest island in the world.
4. The Wallace Line is a boundary that separates the ecozones of ______?
[A]Asia and Europe
[B]Europe and Africa
[C]Asia and Australia
[D]North America and South America
Answer: Asia and Australia
The Wallace Line is an imaginary boundary that runs between Australia and the Asian islands and mainland. This boundary marks the point where there is a difference in species on either side of the line. To the west of the line, all of the species are similar or derived from species that are found on the Asian mainland. To the east of the line, there are many species that of Australian descent.
5. Who among the following has been elected as president of Board of Cricket Control for India (BCCI)?
[D]T C Mathew
Answer: Shashank Manohar
Jagmohan Dalmiya has been elected as president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India. Dalmia was unanimously elected at its annual general meeting held in Chennai. Jharkhand Cricket Association’s Amitabh Choudhary was elected joint-secretary.
6. Hifikepunye Pohamba, who won the prestigious Mo Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership-2014, is the president of which country?
Namibia’s president, Hifikepunye Pohamba, has won the $5m African leadership prize awarded by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation. Pohamba was chosen for the prestigious award for his contribution to boosting governance, media freedom and human rights in the southern African country.
7. The Lapis Lazuli Trade Corridor does not pass through which of the following countries?
Lapis Lazuli Corridor is created toward transit and trade cooperation among Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey. The trade route intended to reduce barriers facing transit trade and develop a Custom Procedure Integration in the region. The Lapis Lazuli begins from Aqina in northern Faryab province and Turqundi in western Herat province of Afghanistan and continues to Turkmenbashi of Turkmenistan and after passing Caspian Sea, arrives Baku, the Azerbaijan’s capital and then it connects Baku to Tbilisi, Georgia’s capital and also to the ports of Polti and Batumi of Georgia. And then get cities of Kars and Istanbul of Turkey and finally ends Europe.
8. The Ufa city, where annual BRICS summit-2015 is scheduled to be held is in which country?
The BRICS summit-2015 will be held in the Russian city of Ufa in Bashkortostanth. The 7th annual BRICS summit will be held on 8-9 July, 2015.
9. Who among the following has won the men’s single title at Dubai ATP Tennis championship-2015?
Answer: Roger Federer
Roger Federer has won record seventh Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships. Roger Federer defeated Novak Djokovic 6-3, 7-5 in the final. He previously lifted the trophy in 2003-05, 2007, 2012 and 2014 and finished runner-up in 2006 and 2011.
10. The “Ease of Doing Business Index” is prepared and published by _____?
[A]World Trade Organisation
[B]World Bank Group
Answer: World Bank Group
The ease of doing business index is prepared by World Bank Group. The index ranks economies from 1 to 189, with first place being the best. A high ranking means that the regulatory environment is conducive to business operation. The index averages the country’s percentile rankings on 10 topics covered in the World Bank’s Doing Business.
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