GK & Current Affairs: January 18, 2017
1. Which Indian cricketer has been inducted into Legends Club “Hall of Fame”?
Answer: Kapil Dev
Kapil Dev, the Cricket icon and former Indian skipper, has been inducted into Legends Club ‘Hall of Fame’ at the Cricket Club of India in Mumbai, Maharashtra. He was presented with a citation by former India player and Legends Club president Madhav Apte. Kapil Dev, who led India to the emphatic World Cup victory in 1983, is considered one of the India’s greatest all-rounders.
2. Antonio Tajani, who has been elected the new President of European Parliament, is belonged to which country?
Antonio Tajani, an Italian politician, has been elected president of the European Parliament. He succeeded Germany’s Martin Schulz and will head the parliament for the next two-and-a-half years. Before this, he was one of the fourteen vice-presidents of the European Parliament and the European Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship, and was also one of the vice-presidents of the European Commission.
3. Who of the following has won the prestigious award “The Hindu Prize 2016”?
Answer: Kiran Doshi
Kiran Doshi, a retired diplomat and educationist from Gujarat, has won the prestigious award “The Hindu Prize 2016” for his Partition-themed political novel “Jinnah Often Came to Our House”. The novel is set against the political turmoil of the subcontinent from the early part of the 20th century, ending with the Partition and Independence. The award carries a citation and a cash prize of Rs.5 lakh.
4. Which national award-winning filmmaker has recently passed away, who won the award for his movie “Limit to Freedom”?
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Answer: Deepak Roy
Deepak Roy (67), who was known for his movie “Limit to Freedom” which won a National award in 1996 under the category of best investigative film, has recently passed away in New Delhi. His best work includes “Limit to Freedom”, which depicted the miserable plight of women prisoners of Tihar Jail and their bleak protests for any future. Beside this, his another movie “Dhanna” based on the real-life story of a specially boy who bring water to his parched village in Madhya Pradesh, won the national award in the ‘best film on other social issues’ category in 1998.
5. The book “Kalkatta” has been authored by whom?
Answer: Kunal Basu
The book “Kalkatta” has been authored by Kunal Basu. The novel explores the world of the dispossessed and alienated. In simple words, it’s an overly populated novel that tries to cram in different shades of misery and exploitation.
6. Mawlynnong village, which is cleanest village in Asia, is located in which state?
Mawlynnong village, which is termed as Asia’s cleanest village, is located at the East Khasi Hills district of the Meghalaya. It is famous for its cleanliness and natural attraction. Mawlynnong was awarded the prestigious tag of ‘Cleanest Village in Asia’ in 2003 by Discover India Magazine. Approx 500 tourists across India and abroad visit the village daily. To maintain its reputation as clean village, all 550 villagers carry cleanliness drive on every Saturday. Through cleanliness, the villagers have created opportunities to earn money as the village has become tourists’ prime destination in North East.
7. Which country has recently become an associate member of European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)?
India has officially become an associate member of the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) after the Indian government completed internal approval procedures on the agreement it signed in November 2016. With this membership, India will enhance participation of young Indian scientists and engineers in various CERN projects and bring back knowledge for deployment in the domestic programmes. It will also open opportunities for Indian industries to participate directly in the CERN project. The CERN operates the largest particle physics laboratory in the world and the headquarters is located at Geneva, Switzerland.
8. What is the India’s rank in the World Economic Forum (WEF)’s Inclusive Development Index (IDI) for 2017?
India has been ranked 60th out of 79 developing economies in the World Economic Forum (WEF)’s Inclusive Development Index (IDI) for the year 2017. The list is topped by Lithuania, followed by Azerbaijan and Hungary. The IDI indicator determines the development and prosperity of a country based on 12 performance parameters and three major pillars – Growth and Development, Inclusion and Inter-generational Equity, and Sustainability.
9. What is the rank of Indian passport in the latest passport Index?
The Indian passport has been ranked 78th with a visa-free score of 46 in a list of the world’s strongest passports. In the list of 157 countries, the index is topped by Germany, followed by Singapore and Sweden. The latest passport Index devised by global financial advisory firm Arton Capital is based on cross-border access of national passports. It assigns a “visa-free score” according to the number of countries a passport holder can visit visa-free or with visa on arrival. The index was released by passportindex.org. In the list of 157 countries, the index is topped by Germany, followed by Singapore and Sweden.
10. Karang, which has become India’s first cashless island, is located in which state?
Manipur’s Karang has become the India’s first cashless island, which is recently announced by the Union Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology under its Digital India programme. This comes after campaigns on cashless transactions were held by the island’s boat association and other bodies from January 9-12, 2017.The Karang Island is located in the middle of Loktak Lake, the largest freshwater lake in the North Eastern part of India. .