GK & Current Affairs: January 20, 2017

1. The CEPI has officially launched at 2017 World Economic Forum (WEF) to create new vaccines for emerging infectious diseases. What does “CEPI” stands for?
[A]Coalition for Epidemic Preacher Innovations
[B]Coalition for Epidemic Preparative Innovations
[C]Coalition for Epidemic Practicable Innovations
[D]Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations
Answer: Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations
The Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) has officially launched at 2017 World Economic Forum (WEF) to create new vaccines for emerging infectious diseases. The CEPI has been formed with initial funding of $460 million from the governments of Germany, Japan and Norway, as well as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Wellcome Trust. Initially, the CEPI group is targeting the 3 infectious diseases viz. Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS)-coronavirus, Lassa fever, and Nipah virus. All three have the potential to cause large outbreaks and the goal is to have two potential vaccines for each of these viruses ready before an epidemic hits. The group may also provide support for research on strains of the Ebola, Marburg and Zika viruses.
2. Where is the headquarters of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA)?
Answer: Mauritius
The Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) member-States has recently finalised MoU for cooperation in Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SME) sector in New Delhi. Around 29 delegates from 14 IORA attended the 2-day workshop to finalise the MoU. The member countries agreed to have a common MoU to help each other in the development in SMEs in the region. The focus areas of the MoU are to finalise linkages and alliances amongst SMEs organizations, associations and various institutions engaged in SME development in their countries. The IORA is an international organisation consisting of coastal states bordering the Indian Ocean. It is a regional forum, tripartite in nature, bringing together representatives of Government, Business and Academia, for promoting co-operation and closer interaction among them. The headquarters of the IORA is located at Ebene city, Mauritius.
3. Who has been sworn-in as the new President of Gambia?
[A]Dawda Jawara
[B]Adama Barrow
[C]Yahya Jammeh
[D]Saihou Sabally
Answer: Adama Barrow
Adama Barrow, a member of the United Democratic Party (UDP), has been sworn-in as the 3rd President of Gambia at a ceremony in the Gambian embassy in Dakar, Senegal on 19th January 2017 after winning the presidential election of 2016. Prior to his presidential campaign, he was the treasurer of the UDP and operated a real estate agency.
4. The book “Story of an Escape” was authored by whom?
[A]Konijeti Rosaiah
[B]Govind Singh Gurjar
[C]Surjit Singh Barnala
[D]P S Ramamohan Rao
Answer: Surjit Singh Barnala
The book “Story of an Escape” was authored by Surjit Singh Barnala, the former chief minister of Punjab, who recently passed away. The novel is about his experiences of living a disguised life in various locations of India.
5. Which of the following cities has topped the 2017 JLL City Momentum Index (CMI)?
[B]Ho chi Minh City
Answer: Bengaluru
India’s technology centre, Bengaluru has become the most dynamic city out of 137 cities as per the 4th annual edition of JLL City Momentum Index (CMI) 2017. The other cities that made to the top 10 list are: Ho chi Minh City (2-Vietnam ), followed by Silicon valley (USA), Shanghai (China), Hyderabad (India), London (UK), Austin (USA), Hanoi (Vietnam), Boston (USA) and Nairobi (Kenya). According to the index released by the Chicago-based cities research centre, JLL measures population, connectivity, technology, research & development, education, construction, real estate investment and property prices as the main criteria for choosing the most dynamic cities. Other Indian cities in the list are Hyderabad at 5th position, Pune (13), Chennai (18), Delhi (23) and Mumbai (25).
6. Who much amount has been sanctioned by the World Bank (WB) for Tripura Power Upgradation project?
[A]Rs 1,400 crore
[B]Rs 1,548 crore
[C]Rs 1,231 crore
[D]Rs 1,376 crore
Answer: Rs 1,376 crore
The World Bank (WB) has recently sanctioned Rs.1,376 crore for the complete upgradation and improvement of the power system network in Tripura. Under the project, the large number of 132KV and 33KV substations will be constructed and upgraded into 5 phases. The SPML Infra Ltd has got contract of the first phase and Rs 461 crore would be spent in it.
7. Which team has won the 2017 Pro Wrestling League (PWL)?
[A]Punjab Royals
[B]Haryana Hammers
[C]Mumbai Maharathi
[D]UP Dangal
Answer: Punjab Royals
Punjab Royals has bagged the Pro Wrestling League 2017 by defeating Haryana Hammers in the final by 5-4 in New Delhi.
8. Who will be the Chief Guest for the 2017 Republic Day of India?
[A]Mohammadin bin Zayed Al Nahyan
[B]Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan
[C]Mirza Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan
[D]Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahyan
Answer: Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan
Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces of United Arab Emirates (UAE), will be the Chief Guest for the 2017 Republic Day of India. He will be accompanied by a high-level delegation, including Ministers, senior officials and captains of industry.
9. The International Symposium on Medicinal and Aromatic plants of India has been held in which city?
[C]New Delhi
Answer: New Delhi
The 2-day International Symposium on Medicinal and Aromatic plants of India has been held in New Delhi on January 19, 2017. The international symposium has been organized by the Ministry of AYUSH and its purpose to identify major policy, institutional and regulatory issues covering production, consumption and marketing system (PCMS) with focus on environmental, legal, social, R&D, economic, trade, industry, infrastructure, cultivation and marketing aspects. Approx 300 prominent members of Medicinal & Aromatic Plants Community have attended the conference.
10. Where is the headquarters of the Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI)?
[B]New Delhi
Answer: Mumbai
The Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI) is a self-regulatory voluntary organization of the advertising industry in India. It is a non-Government body and it’s headquarters is located at Mumbai, Maharashtra. It is in news because Ministry of AYUSH and ASCI has recently signed MoU to co-regulate misleading advertisements in the AYUSH sector. .

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