GK & Current Affairs: January 28-29, 2017

1. Who is the newly appointed Governor of Arunachal Pradesh?
[A]Banwarilal Purohit
[B]Vishwanath Shetty
[C]PB Acharya
[D]Krishan Kant Paul
Answer: PB Acharya
Recently President Pranab Mukherjee has accepted the resignation of V. Shanmuganathan as Governor of Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh, against whom allegations of seriously compromising the dignity of the gubernatorial office were leveled. Afterwards, President Mukherjee has appointed Banwarilal Purohit, the Governor of Assam, to discharge the functions of the Governor of Meghalaya and Padmanabha Balakrishna Acharya, the Governor of Nagaland, to discharge the functions of the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh, in addition to their own duties, until regular arrangements for the offices of the Governor of Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh are made.
2. The “India Pharma & India Medical Device-2017” conference will be held in which city?
Answer: Bengaluru
The 2nd International exhibition and conference on Pharmaceutical & Medical Device sector “India Pharma & India Medical Device-2017” with the Vision – “For Responsible Healthcare” will be held from 11th to 13th February 2017 in Bengaluru, Karnataka. The 3-day conference is based around the themes: Medical Devices- ‘Shaping the Future-Making the Right Choices’ and Pharma -‘Shaping the future of India Pharma’. This initiative will be a platform to give a push to the Indian Pharma & Medical Devices sector in becoming globally competitive.
3. Who has won the 2017 Women’s singles Australian Open tennis tournament?
[A]Simona Halep
[B]Serena Williams
[C]Venus Williams
[D]Angelique Kerber
Answer: Serena Williams
Serena Williams, an American professional tennis player, has won the 2017 Women’s singles Australian Open tennis tournament by defeating her sister Venus Williams in the final by 6-4, 6-4 to win her 23rd Grand Slam singles title. With this win, Serena stands just one Slam away from matching Margaret Court’s record of 24 Slams while eclipsing the record of Steffi Graf with 22.
4. The first-ever Brahmaputra Literary Festival has started in which of the following cities?
Answer: Guwahati
The first-ever Brahmaputra Literary Festival has started in Guwahati, Assam from January 28, 2017 as a platform for interaction and exchange of ideas between readers and litterateurs across India and abroad. The festival is organised jointly by the National Book Trust (NBT) and the Assam government and inaugurated by the Union Human Resources Development Minister Prakash Javadekar. The 3-day will host 60 panel discussions, book releases, readings and culture events, including screenings of films based on books, musical and dance performances. In it, approx 16-authors from 10 countries and many writers from India are participating.
5. “C25” India’s first indigenously developed high thrust cryogenic rocket engine has successfully ground-tested by the ISRO for which rocket vehicle?
Answer: GSLV-Mark-III
Recently, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has successfully ground tested India’s first indigenously developed high thrust cryogenic rocket engine “C25” for the rocket GSLV-Mark-III in its Propulsion Complex at Mahendragiri in southern Tamil Nadu. This cryogenic engine of C25 Stage operates on Gas Generator Cycle using extremely low temperature propellants – Liquid Hydrogen (LH2) at 20 Kelvin (-253 deg C) and Liquid Oxygen (LOX) at 80K (-193 deg C). The GSLV-Mark-III rocket fitted with the cryogenic upper stage is expected to lift off 4-tonne class communication satellite in mid-2017.
6. Who has been appointed as the new chancellor of Nalanda University?
[A]Vijay Bhatkar
[B]George Yeo
[C]Sugata Bose
[D]G S Reddy
Answer: Vijay Bhatkar
Vijay Pandurang Bhatkar, a technocrat who is considered the father of the Indian Supercomputer, has been appointed the new Vice-Chancellor of Nalanda University, Rajgir, in Bihar. He will hold the office for a 3-year period from the date of his appointment as per the Nalanda University Act, Sec 11(3). Bhatkar succeeded Gopa Sabharwal who resigned on November 2016, followed by the resignation of Chancellor George Yeo, after the dissolution of the Mentor Group which functioned as the governing body of the university.
7. Which Indian doctor has been selected for the 2017 Ophthalmology Hall of Fame?
[A]C P Thakur
[B]Gullapalli N. Rao
[C]Lakshmanaswami Mudaliar
[D]Aroup Chatterjee
Answer: Gullapalli N. Rao
Dr. Gullapalli N. Rao, the founder and chair of the LV Prasad Eye Institute (Hyderabad), has been selected to the 2017 Ophthalmology Hall of Fame instituted by the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS). He will be honoured at the induction ceremony in Los Angeles on May 6, 2017 at the annual meeting of the ASCRS. Currently, Rao is the President of the prestigious Academia Ophthalmologica International (AOI), a group of 80 eminent academicians in ophthalmology in the world and is a past Chair of the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB).
8. Which Target Olympic Podium (TOP) committee has been constituted by the Union Government to identify athletics for 2020 and 2024 Olympic Games?
[A]Anjali Bhagwat committee
[B]Karnam Malleshwari committee
[C]Abhinav Bindra committee
[D]Prakash Padukone committee
Answer: Abhinav Bindra committee
The Union Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports has reconstituted Target Olympic Podium (TOP) committee with the purpose of identifying and supporting potential medal prospects for 2020 and 2024 Olympic Games under the TOP scheme. The committee will be headed by Abhinav Bindra, an Olympic Gold Medalist. The committee will select elite athletes to provided financial assistance for their customized training at Institutes having world class facilities and other necessary support. It will decide on its own procedures and will be competent to invite subject experts as and when required. The initial tenure of the committee is one year.
9. The Government of India (GoI) has recently signed white shipping agreement with which country?
Answer: France
The Government of India (GoI) has recently signed White Shipping Agreement (WSA) with France to enable information sharing on maritime traffic and maritime domain awareness in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) amid China’s expanding naval forays in the area where India wants to establish itself as the net security provider. The WSA will be implemented over the next few months and will enable Navies of India and France to coordinate their roles in stabilizing Indo-Pacific region. It will enhance Indo-French maritime security cooperation in the region.
10. Sir John Hurt, who passed away recently, was the legendary actor of which country?
[B]United States
Answer: England
Sir John Vincent Hurt (77), the legendary English actor, has recently passed away at Cromer, England. He was known for his roles in movies such as Midnight Express (1978), Alien, the Harry Potter film series (2001–11), the Hellboy films (2004 and 2008) and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. His character’s final scene in Alien has been named by a number of publications as one of the most memorable in cinematic history. .

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