GK & Current Affairs – February 5, 2016
1. Which film has won the Golden Conch Award for the best documentary at Mumbai International Film Festival 2016?
[B]My Name Is Salt
Answer: Phum Shang
Manipuri documentary film ‘Phum Shang’ has won the coveted Golden Conch Award for the best documentary at the 14th Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF) 2016. The 52-minute documentary Phum Shang is directed by Hao Bam Pabankumar, which critically examines the serious environmental problems faced at the Loktak lake. The largest fresh water lake in North East India, characterised by its unique floating biomass known as ‘Phumdi’, is today considered a dying lake due to unchecked human activity. Beside this film, the Swiss film ‘My Name Is Salt’ and an Indian film ‘Placebo’ shared the Gold Conch Award for the best feature length documentary film.
2. Which is the India’s first anti-diabetic ayurvedic drug for Type-2 diabetes mellitus?
The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has launched India’s first anti-diabetic ayurvedic drug “BGR-34” for Type-2 diabetes mellitus. BGR-34 stands for Blood Glucose Regulator and offers effective, safe, patient-friendly solution for managing type two Diabetes. The drug is jointly developed by National Botanical Research Institute (NBRI) and Central Institute for Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (CIMAP), the Lucknow-based research units of CSIR.
3. Who has won the 2016 National Snooker Championship?
Answer: Aditya Mehta
Aditya Mehta has won the 83rd National Snooker Championship 2016 by defeating Manan Chandra by 6-3 in the men’s final round at Indore, Madhya Pradesh.
4. The headquarters of the European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO) are located in which city?
Recently, India has officially become the associate member state of European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO). With this, after Singapore, India has become the second country outside the European region to sign the agreement with European Molecular Biology Conference (EMBC). The headquarters of EMBO is at Heidelberg, Germany i.e. a professional organization of life scientists in Europe. Its goal is to promote research in life science and enable international exchange between scientists.
5. Who has bagged the Global Filmmaking award at the Sundance Film Festival 2016?
Answer: Geetu Mohandas
Malayalam actress and film director, Geetu Mohandas from India has won the 2016 Global Filmmaking award at the Sundance Film Festival 2016 for the script of her upcoming film ‘Insha Allah’. The film is about a boy from Lakshadweep searching for his brother, is an adventure drama. The award is a recognition and support from Sundance for independent filmmakers from across the globe.
6. Which company has been rated as the world’s most powerful brand in IT Services?
[A]Tata Consultancy Services
Answer: Tata Consultancy Services
India’s top multinational IT company Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has been rated as the world’s most powerful brand in Information Technology Services by Brand Finance, the world’s leading brand valuation firm. As per Brand Finance’s 2016 survey, TCS has earned an impressive AA+ rating with a score of 78.3 points within the IT services niche, which makes them the most powerful and most valuable brand in this sector. Beside this, Disney has been rated as the most powerful brand and Apple as the most valuable brand for 2016.
7. Which of the following city is hosting the International Fleet Review (IFR) 2016?
The International Fleet Review (IFR) 2016 is an International Military Exercise hosted and conducted by Indian Navy in Vishakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh from February 4 to 8, 2016 . On the theme “United through Oceans”, the IFR’s objective is to enhance mutual trust and confidence with neighbouring navies by inviting their ships to participate in the event. The last IFR was conducted in 2001 at Mumbai.
8. Who has been honoured with the lifetime achievement at the NDTV Indian of the Year 2015 awards?
Answer: Amitabh Bachchan
Megastar Amitabh Bachchan has been honoured with the lifetime achievement at the NDTV Indian of the Year 2015 awards in New Delhi for defining and redefining superstardom.
9. Which country has topped the Global Go to Think Tank Index Report (GGTTI) 2015?
The Global Go to Think Tank Index Report (GGTTI) 2015 has been topped by United States of America (USA) followed by China, UK, India and Germany. The six Indian think tanks figured in the global top 175 list viz. Centre for Civil Society (CCS), Institute For Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), Observer Research Foundation (ORF) and Development Alternatives.
10. In which country the 2016 Cobra Gold military exercise will be held?
Cobra Gold is an annual Thai-U.S. co-sponsored joint and multinational military exercise. Recently, India confirmed its participation in the 2016 Cobra Gold exercise. .