GK & Current Affairs: February 5, 6, 2015
Current Affairs Questions and Answers for February 5, 6, 2015 with questions on IRENA, States in India with sea coast, Black Pagoda, Highest incidence of cancer, three parent babies, Saloni Dalal, Father of Indian Software Industry, largest deposit of ilmenite mineral in India
1. According to latest survey, which of the following countries has largest area planted under GM (Genetically Modified) crops?
According to the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA) United States has largest area planted under GM (Genetically Modified) crops with 73.1 million hectares. With 11.6 million hectares, India has the fourth largest area planted under genetically modified (GM) crops.
2. On which among the following dates, the International Holocaust Remembrance day is observed?
Answer: January 27
International Holocaust Remembrance Day is observed on 27 January every year. It commemorates the genocide that resulted in the death of an estimated 6 million Jews and others by the Nazi regime.
3. Which among the following states has the largest deposit of ilmenite mineral in the country?
Answer: Andhra Pradesh
According to a 2011 report of ministry of mines, Andhra Pradesh has the biggest deposit followed by Kerala and Tamil Nadu at the second spot. Odisha has third largest deposit of ilmenite in the country.
4. Who among the following is referred to as the Father of Indian Software industries?
[A]M C Prahalnad
[B]Faqir Chand Kohli
Answer: Faqir Chand Kohli
Padma Bhushan Faqir Chand Kohli is popularly known as the Father of Indian Software sector due to his significant contribution in Indian IT industry. He was the founder and first CEO of Tata Consultancy Services, India’s largest software consultancy company.
5. Saloni Dalal, who became the youngest medallist at the 35th National Games in Kerala, is associated with which sports/events?
Saloni Dalal became the youngest medallist at the ongoing National Games in Kerala. She won the bronze in the 200 m breaststroke event.
6. The first country to introduce laws to allow the creation of so called three-parent babies is ?
Britain became the first country in the world to allow the creation of so-called “three-parent” babies as MPs voted overwhelmingly in favour of the controversial technique of mitochondrial donation. The mitochondrial donation technique involves procedure replaces a small amount of faulty DNA in a mother’s egg with healthy DNA from a second woman, so that the baby would inherit genes from two mothers and one father. The idea is to prevent certain genetic diseases being passed on to children.
7. Which state of India is known for highest incidence of cancer?
As per the government data Mizoram has the highest cancer incidence in the country. Mizoram has a very high incidence of stomach, oesophagus, lung and cervix cancer. The data shows at least 3,137 people died due to cancer in the state during the past five years while 5,888 people suffered from cancer during the same period.
8. Which among the following temples of India is known as Black Pagoda?
[A]Sun Temple, Konark
[B]Brihadeeswara Temple, Tanjore
[C]Lord Jagannath Temple, Puri
[D]Meenakshi Temple, Madurai
Answer: Sun Temple, Konark
Konark Sun Temple is a 13th century temple of Odisha, built by Narasimhadeva I of the Eastern Ganga Dynasty. It is also known as Black Pagoda. It’s a World Heritage Site. It is considered as architectural marvel for which Odisha, best known worldwide.
9. How many states and union territories of India have sea coast?
[A]9 States and 5 Union Territories
[B]8 States and 3 Union Territories
[C]9 States and 4 Union Territories
[D]7 States and 3 Union Territories
Answer: 9 States and 4 Union Territories
The states which have a sea-line running along their borders are nine viz. Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and West Bengal. Two Union territories with sea-line are Daman & Diu and Puducherry, while Andaman & Nicobar Islands and Lakshadeweep Islands are island territories.
10. The headquarters of International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) are located at __?
Answer: Abu Dhabi
International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is an intergovernmental organization to promote adoption and sustainable use of renewable energy. It is the global hub for renewable energy cooperation and information exchange within its member nations. It was founded in 2009 and its statute entered into force on 8 July 2010. Its headquarters are at Abu Dhabi. In total it has 138 Members. India is one of the 33 Permanent members of IRENA.
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