GK & Current Affairs: January 12, 2017
1. Which Indian hockey player has become a member of International Hockey Federation (FIH) Athletes’ Committee?
[A]V R Raghunath
Answer: PR Sreejesh
The Indian hockey team captain, PR Sreejesh has become a member of International Hockey Federation Athletes’ Committee. The committee consists of a total of 8 current and former hockey players who have the responsibility to act as a liaison between the FIH and the athletes to make sure the players have voice in the FIH decision making process. The FIH Athletes’ Committee will also get to develop, collate, provide and promote resources for athletes on topics of direct concern including athlete health and welfare, career preparation and management, anti-doping, betting and match-fixing.
2. Which country has become the world’s first country to cease FM radio broadcasting?
Norway has become the world’s first country to shutdown the Frequency Modulation (FM) radio broadcasting network and started its’ switching to Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) that offers a wider range of broadcasting options and greater sound quality. The main reason behind this technological shift is to offer a better radio service to the whole population. The digitization will also improve the emergency preparedness system, facilitate increased competition and offer new opportunities for innovation and development. The change is occurring county by county, starting with Nordland, in the north of Norway. Capital Oslo will turn off FM broadcasting in September 2017 and the process will be completed nationwide by December 2017.
3. Who has been sworn as the new President of Nicaragua?
Answer: Daniel Ortega
Daniel Ortega, a former rebel fighter, has been sworn-in for a 3rd consecutive term as President of Nicaragua with his wife Rosario Murillo as the new Vice President.
4. The 2017 International Conference on Disability Communication (ICDC) was held in which country?
The International Conference on ‘Disability Communication: Perspectives and Challenges in the 21st Century (ICDC-2017)’ was held at Rambhau Mhalgi Prabodhini in Mumbai, Maharashtra from January 9-11, 2017. The purpose of the ICDC-2017 was to establish a forum for dialogue on the study of interaction, learning and identity formation. The main aim of the conference is to build a foundation for the master’s degree in Dis/Ability communication and the main area of interest is accessibility for those who want to deal with dis/ability communication and explore in this field. The ICDC-2017 conference was organized by the Department of Communication and Journalism, University of Mumbai, in collaboration with AYJNISHD (D) Mumbai and the research group Communication, Culture & Diversity (CCD) at Jonkoping University, Sweden.
5. “Festival of India” will be organised by which of the following countries?
The “Festival of India” will be organised by Ghana from January 25 to March 16, 2017. The activities of the Festival include amalgamation of Indian classical dances, Sufi & Folk Music, and Saptarang – confluence of seven classical dance forms culminating in Vande Matram. To complete the experience, a Food Festival, Yoga and Meditation, Film Festival will also be organised during the Festival. The Festival events are being showcased in four cities of Accra, Kumasi, Cape Coast, Takoradi in Ghana.
6. Which of the following Kalvari-class Scorpene stealth submarines has been launched recently for sea trials?
India’s second Kalvari-class Scorpene stealth submarine “INS Khanderi” has been launched at the Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited in Mumbai, Maharashtra. It has superior stealth and the ability to launch a crippling attack with torpedoes as well as tube-launched anti-ship missiles whilst underwater or on surface. Khanderi is named after the Island fort of Maratha forces, which played a vital role in ensuring their supremacy at sea in the late 17th century. Khanderi is also the name for Tiger Shark. The submarine is expected to be delivered to Indian Navy by the year end.
7. Roman Herzog, who passed away recently, was the former President of which country?
Roman Herzog (82), the former President of Germany, has recently passed away at Bad Mergentheim, Germany. He was the first President of Germany to be elected to office after the reunification of Germany. Herzog is best remembered for urging a jolt of political and social reform in Germany.
8. Who has won the 2016 Kolkata Open National Invitation Snooker Championship?
Answer: Pankaj Advani
Indian cueist, Pankaj Advani has won the 3rd edition of Kolkata Open National Invitation Snooker Championship 2017 by defeating Aditya Mehta by 5-1 and wins the 3rd Kolkata Open National Invitation Snooker Championship 2017 at the Bengal Rowing Club in West Bengal. The tournament was organised by the West Bengal Billiards Association.
9. Which country has become the world’s first country to officially recognise parkour as a sport?
Answer: United Kingdom
The United Kingdom has become the first country in the world to officially recognise parkour as a sport. Parkour, also known as freerunning, involves negotiating terrain using only the natural strength of one’s body, principally through running, jumping and climbing surrounding features. Withthis, the organisations that are involved in the sport can now apply for funding from the Government and National Lottery.
10. The book “The Untold Story of Talking Books” has been authored by whom?
Answer: Matthew Rubery
The book “The Untold Story of Talking Books” has been authored by Matthew Rubery. The book focuses on the social impact of audio- books. .