GK & Current Affairs: January 23, 2017

1. Who has won the 2017 Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Gold Badminton tournament?
[A]Saina Nehwal
[B]P V Sindhu
[C]Beatriz Corrales
[D]Hsu Ya-ching
Answer: Saina Nehwal
Indian ace shuttler Saina Nehwal has won the 2017 Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Gold Badminton tournament by defeating Thailand’s Pornpawee Chochuwong in the final by 22-20, 22-20 at the Sibu Indoor Stadium in Sarawak, Malaysia.
2. Who has been appointed as the new Prime Minister of Mauritius?
[A]Navin Ramgoolam
[B]Pravind Jugnauth
[C]Anerood Jugnauth
[D]Cassam Uteem
Answer: Pravind Jugnauth
Recently, Mauritian Prime Minister Sir Jugnauth (86) has officially handed his resignation from the post to President Ameenah Gurib Fakim due to his advanced age and handed over power to his son Pravind despite anger from the opposition which has called for new elections in the island nation. With this, Pravind Jugnauth has become the new Prime Minister of Mauritius on January 23, 2017. Pravind is the leader of the Mouvement Socialiste Militant (MSM), which is the largest party in the National Assembly since December 2014.
3. The National Girl Child Day is celebrated on which day in India?
[A]January 22
[B]January 23
[C]January 24
[D]January 25
Answer: January 24
The National Girl Child Day is celebrated every year on January 24 in India to raise the awareness among people about all the inequalities faced by the girl child in the society.
4. Jaswant Rai Sharma, who passed away recently, was the renowned poet of which language?
Answer: Urdu
Jaswant Rai Sharma (89) was the renowned Urdu poet and lyricist, who recently passed away in Mumbai, Maharashtra. He was known to the world by his pen name “Naqsh Lyallpuri”. Some of his best songs include: “Main to har modh par”, “Na Jane kya hua, jo tune chhu liya” and “Ulfat me zamane ki har rasm ko thukroa”.
5. Which stadium will become the first Indian stadium to have stands named after war heroes?
[A]Eden Gardens stadium, Kolkata
[B]Feroz Shah Kotla Ground, Delhi
[C]M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore
[D]Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Answer: Eden Gardens stadium, Kolkata
The iconic Eden Gardens stadium at Kolkata will become the first Indian stadium to have stands named after the war heroes. The Cricket Association of Bengal President Sourav Ganguly stated that two stands will be dedicated to soldiers and will be renamed after the India and England final ODI on January 22, 2017. Indian Army, which owns the land on which the stadium is located, is yet to finalise the names, which will be unveiled before the next international match.
6. Which company has been named as the most innovative company of 2016, as per Boston Consulting Group (BCG) 2016 analysis?
Answer: Apple
The technology giant Apple has been named as the most innovative company of 2016, as per Boston Consulting Group (BCG) 2016 analysis. In the list of world’s 50 most innovative companies, Google has been ranked second, followed by Tesla Motors, Microsoft, Amazon, Netflix, Samsung, Toyota, Facebook and IBM. The 11th annual survey of BCG underscores how the world’s most innovative companies have learned how to create entirely new business models faster than competitors, translating that speed into global scale.
7. The book “Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life” has been authored by whom?
[A]Junot Diaz
[B]Markus Zusak
[C]William Finnegan
[D]Sunil Khilnani
Answer: William Finnegan
The book “Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life” has been authored by William Finnegan. The novel is an old-school adventure story, an intellectual autobiography, a social history, a literary road movie and an extraordinary exploration of the gradual mastering of an exacting, little-understood art.
8. “Wave N Pay” contactless card has been launched by which of the following banks?
[A]State Bank of India (SBI)
[C]Axis Bank
[D]Punjab National Bank (PNB)
Answer: Punjab National Bank (PNB)
The Punjab National Bank (PNB) has recently launched a contactless credit card “PNB Wave N Pay” in New Delhi. This card could be used by just waving it across the terminal and the transaction will be through. There is no need to enter any PIN for transactions up to Rs. 2,000. The cardholder also has full Charge Back rights on its misuse. This contactless credit card has been launched on Visa Platinum platform.
9. “Aoba Velox-III” satellite, which has been successfully launched into orbit from the International Space Station (ISS), is belonged to which country?
[A]United States
[C]United Kingdom
Answer: Singapore
The satellite “Aoba Velox-III” has become the first Singapore satellite which has successfully been launched into space from the International Space Station (ISS). The Aoba Velox-III is a joint project between Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and Japan’s Kyushu Institute of Technology (Kyutech). It is a 110-metre habitable human-made satellite that orbits the Earth and can stay in space for 6 months. The satellite will be used to conduct several tests, including on a made-in-NTU micro-propulsion system, a new wireless communication system developed by Kyutech and consumer-grade electronic components in space.
10. The 2017 Pakke-Paga Festival has been held in which state?
[A]Arunachal Pradesh
[B]Andhra Pradesh
[C]West Bengal
Answer: Arunachal Pradesh
The 2nd edition of the Pakke-Paga Festival-2017 has been held at Seijosa in East Kameng District of Arunachal Pradesh from January 17, 2017 and was inaugurated by the Union minister of state for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju. The purpose of the 3-day festival is to popularise the role played by the community in conserving the endangered species. The festival allowed visitors to adopt a hornbill nest with a minimum annual contribution of Rs 5,000. The 16 wildlife conservation NGOs supported the event, which was organised by the state department of environment and forests and residents of Seijosa. Paga means hornbill in Nyishi language. .

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