GK & Current Affairs: January 27, 28, 2015
Current Affairs Questions and Answers for January 27 and 28, 2015 with latest MCQs on Shekhar Sen, Iguazu Falls, PACE program, Operation Ice Bridge, meow meow, Jaswant Singh Rajput, National Cyclone Risk Mitigation Project, smart cities1. Recently, India and United States have signed an agreement to develop three smart cities in India. Which one of the following is not one of that?
India and United States has signed pacts under which the three cities viz., Allahabad, Ajmer and Vishakhapatnam will be developed as smart cities with the help of United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA).
2. Proposed Kowada Nuclear Power Plant is located in which of the following states of India?
Answer: Andhra Pradesh
Kowada Nuclear Power Plant is a proposed power project is in Srikakulam district of Andhra Pradesh. The project will be developed under the Indo-US agreement.
3. With the assistance of which of the following bodies, the National Cyclone Risk Mitigation Project (NCRMP) was launched in India?
[B]Asian Development Bank
Answer: World Bank
The National Cyclone Risk Mitigation Project (NCRMP) has been drawn up with a view to address the cyclone risks in the country, with World Bank assistance. The main objectives of the project are to minimize risk and vulnerabilities to cyclones, to strengthen the structural and non-structural cyclone mitigation efforts and to build capabilities and capacities of people for cyclone risk mitigation in harmony with the conservation of coastal ecosystems in coastal cyclone hazard prone States and Union Territories.
4. Jaswant Singh Rajput, who passed away recently, was associated with which sports?
Jaswant Singh Rajput (c. 1926 – 28 January 2015) was an Indian hockey player. Rajput was part of the gold medal winning teams in 1948 London and 1952 Helsinki Olympics.
5. Which among the following countries ranks first in terms of per capita emission of carbon dioxide?
[A]Trinidad and Tobago
Qatar with per capita emissions of 10.94 metric tonnes ranks first, followed by Trinidad and Tobago (10.30 metric tonnes) and Kuwait (9.34 metric tonnes).
6. Which among the following drugs is popularly known as “meow meow”?
Mephedrone, also known as 4-methylmethcathinone (4-MMC) or 4-methylephedrone, is a synthetic stimulant drug of the amphetamine and cathinone classes. It is popularly called by name M-CAT and meow meow.
7. The Operation Ice Bridge, is the largest airborne survey of Earth’s polar ice ever flown was launched by ____?
The Operation Ice Bridge is a six-year NASA mission. It is the largest airborne survey of Earth’s polar ice ever flown. It will yield an unprecedented three-dimensional view of Arctic and Antarctic ice sheets, ice shelves and sea ice.
8. The PACE is the flagship program between the U.S. and India to work jointly on which of the following?
[A]Energy security and clean energy
[B]Greenhouse gases emission
Answer: Energy security and clean energy
PACE or Partnership to Advance Clean Energy was launched in 2009 under India-US energy dialogue to strengthen energy co-operation between both the countries. PACE focuses on accelerating the transition to high-performing, low emissions, and energy-secure economies. It aims to bolster joint efforts to demonstrate the viability of existing clean energy technologies as well as identify new technologies that can increase energy access and security.
9. The Iguazu Falls, which is listed in seven wonders of nature, is located in which country?
Iguazu Falls, in Iguazu River, are one of the world’s largest waterfalls. They extend over 2,700 m (nearly 2 miles) in a semi-circular shape. Iguazu Falls are on the border between the Brazilian state of Paraná and the Argentine province of Misiones
10. Who among the following has been appointed as the new chairman of Sangeet Natak Akademi in January 2015?
Answer: Shekhar Sen
Padma Shri awardee music composer-singer-lyricist and actor Shekhar Sen, has been appointed Chairman of the prestigious Sangeet Natak Akademi for a period of five years. This post was vacant since October 2014, after then Chairman Leela Samson had resigned. Sen is known for his devotional albums as well as mono act musical plays, such as Tulsi, Kabeer, Vivekananda, Sanmanti, Saahab and Soordas. He has also undertaken research- oriented musical programmes, such as “Dushyant Ne Kaha Tha”, “Madhya Yugeen Kaavya”, “Pakistan Ka Hindi Kavya”, “Meera Se Mahadevi Tak”.
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