GK & Current Affairs: January 16, 2015

Current Affairs Questions and Answers for January 15, 2015 on Current Affairs with explanations for Banking, SSC, Bank PO, Bank Clerical, Railways etc. competitive examinations.

1. Which one of the following is the venue for the 30th Africa Cup of Nations?
[A]Ivory Coast
[C]Equatorial Guinea
Answer: Equatorial Guinea
Equatorial Guinea is hosting the 30th edition of Africa Cup of Nations. Sixteen teams will compete in the event from 17 January to 8 February in venues across Equatorial Guinea.
2. Recently, which one of the following countries has commissioned the “Huanggang”, a new missile destroyer?
Answer: China
Huanggang is a new missile destroyer commissioned by China. The new 4,000-tonne guided missile destroyer which can attack ships and submarines. It was named after a city in central China’s Hubei province. It is one of the new generations of battle warships with long-range detection and air-defence capabilities.
3. Hari Shankar Brahma is the ___ Chief Election commissioner of India. Fill the blank with correct option?
Answer: 19th
Election Commissioner Hari Shankar Brahma has been appointed as the Chief Election Commissioner. Brahma is the 19th Chief Election Commissioner of India.
4. The e-Panchayat project, which has won the National Award for e-Governance for the best district-level initiative is a project of which state?
[A]Jammu & Kashmir
Answer: Jammu & Kashmir
The e-Panchayat is a project in Jammu and Kashmir to strengthen 147 Panchayats. It was launched in 2013-14. Under the project, a decentralised regime of Panchayats has been established with service delivery shifted from block level to Panchayat level. Jammu and Kashmir has bagged the award first time in 18 years since the institution of awards in 1997
5. Prabhu Nath Dwivedi, who has been named as the winner of the 2014-Sahitya Akademi Award, is an eminent scholar in ___?
Answer: Sanskrit
Prabhu Nath Dwivedi is an eminent Sanskrit scholar. Dwivedi has been conferred the prestigious Sahitya Akademi Award for 2014 for his “Kanakalochanaha” collection of short stories. The collection comprises of 16 short-stories that touch upon various social issues eroding the system.
6. Who among the following is the author of the book “India Shastra: Reflections On The Nation In Our Time”?
[A]Arvind Kejriwal
[B]Manmohan Singh
[C]Shashi Tharoor
[D]L K Advani
Answer: Shashi Tharoor
7. Which one of the following states is organising the “International Conference on Buddhist Heritage” (Febraury-2015)?
[C]West Bengal
Answer: Odisha
Odisha will host the International Conference on Buddhist Heritage from February 6, 2015. A three-day International Buddhist Conference would be attended by the Ambassador of Thailand, High Commissioner of Sri Lanka and many other dignitaries along with tour operators from New Delhi and senior executives from hotel groups to draw a plan to attract tourists.
8. World Congress on Information Technology-2018, a biennial event will be held in ___?
Answer: Hyderabad
9. With which one of the following countries India has not implemented Free Trade Agreements (FTAs)?
[B]South Korea
Answer: USA
India has implemented Free Trade Agreements with Japan, South Korea, Singapore, and Malaysia.
10. As per the latest report, India-ASEAN free trade agreement (FTA) in services and investments will come into force from ____?
[A]1st April, 2015
[B]1st July, 2015
[C]1st April, 2016
[D]1st July, 2016
Answer: 1st July, 2015
India’s free trade agreement (FTA) in services and investments with 10-member ASEAN grouping will come into force from July 2015.

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