GK & Current Affairs: January 30, 2017
1. Who has won the 2017 Men’s singles Australian Open tennis tournament?
Answer: Roger Federer
The Swiss professional tennis player, Roger Federer has won his 18th Grand Slam trophy by winning the 2017 Men’s singles Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne by defeating Rafael Nadal of Spain by 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3. It was Federer’s first major title win after the 2012 Wimbledon. Beside this, Federer (35) has also become the second-oldest winner of a Grand Slam tournament in the Open Era after Australian Ken Rosewall won the Australian title at the age of 37 in 1972.
2. The 2017 National Immunization Day (NID) is celebrated on which date in India?
Answer: January 29
President Pranab Mukherjee has recently launched the country-wide 2017 Pulse Polio programme on the National Immunization Day (NID) by administering polio drops to children aged below five years at a function in Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi on January 29. The programme will cover around 17 crore children aged under five years in an effort to maintain the country’s polio-free status.
3. Who has won the 2017 Men’s singles Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament?
Answer: Sameer Verma
Sameer Verma, an Indian badminton player, has won the 2017 Men’s singles Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament by defeating his compatriot B Sai Praneeth in the final by 21-19, 21-16 at the Babu Banarasi Das Indoor Stadium in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. Apart from this, Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu has won her maiden women’s singles crown by defeating Indonesia’s Gregoria Mariska in the summit clash in straight games 21-13, 21-14. Beside this, India also claimed the Mixed Doubles title, when Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddy emerged winners by beating compatriots Ashwini Ponnappa and B Sumeeth Reddy in the final by 22-20 21-10.
4. Who has been appointed the interim Managing Director and CEO of India Post Payments Bank (IPPB)?
[C]S R Reddy
[D]A P Singh
Answer: A P Singh
A P Singh, a 1986 batch Indian Postal Service officer, has been appointed the interim Managing Director and CEO of India Post Payments Bank (IPPB). Earlier, he was the joint secretary in the Department of Investment and Public Asset Management (DIPAM). He has also served as the deputy director general in-charge of financial inclusion and payment systems in the founding team of UIDAI (Unique Identification Authority of India). The IPPB has recently received Reserve Bank of India (RBI)’s final nod to commence commercial operations.The IPPB will confine its activities to acceptance of demand deposits, remittance services and other specified services. It can accept deposits up to Rs. 1 lakh per account from individuals.
5. The world’s first-ever digital ambassador has been created by which country?
The world’s first-ever digital ambassador has been created by Denmark that will work on building ties with the global tech giants like Google, Apple, IBM and Microsoft. The new appointment will be a tech liaison and reflect a diplomatic power shift between the established nations and privately-owned unions.
6. Which national leprosy awareness campaign has been organised by the Union Government on 2017 Anti Leprosy Day (ALD)?
Answer: Sparsh campaign
The nationwide “Sparsh Leprosy Awareness Campaign (SLAC)” has been launched by the Indian Government on 30th January 2017, which is also marked as Anti-Leprosy Day. The day is observed every year on January 30 in the memory of Mahatma Gandhi who attained martyrdom on this day in 1948, to remember his selfless efforts and care for the people affected with Leprosy. The thrust of this campaign is to promote community participation in diagnosis and treatment of leprosy in its early stages, from centralised top-down delivery-driven approach to decentralised community-based demand-driven approach. Leprosy is a chronic infectious disease caused by Mycobacterium leprae and it usually affects the skin and peripheral nerves. The World Leprosy Day (WLD) is observed on the last Sunday of January that focuses on the target of zero cases of leprosy-related disabilities in children.
7. The 2017 North East Film Festival (NEFF) has started in which of the following cities?
The North East Film Festival (NEFF) has started at National Film Archive of India (NFAI) in Pune, Maharashtra to promote cinema in the North East. The purpose of the festival is to give an opportunity to young and emerging film makers from the north-east region to interact with the foreign delegates attending IFFI and also explore collaborations with international film production houses to ensure wider reach and audience for NE films.
8. Iris Mittenaere, who has been crowned the new Miss Universe 2016, is belonged to which country?
Iris Mittenaere, a dental student from France, has been crowned the new Miss Universe 2016 at the annual pageant at the Mall of Asia Arena in Metro Manila, Philippines on January 30, 2017. She is the 2nd Miss Universe from France after Christiane Martel, who won elected Miss Universe 1953.
9. The book “Mother Teresa: The Final Verdict” has been authored by whom?
Answer: Aroup Chatterjee
The book “Mother Teresa: The Final Verdict” has been authored by Aroup Chatterjee, a British Indian author and physician. The author accused Mother Teresa of unfairly damaging the reputation of the city of Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) and challenges the widespread regard of Mother Teresa as a symbol of philanthropy and selflessness.
10. Who has been appointed as the new Commissioner of Delhi Police?
[C]Y S Dadwal
Answer: Amulya Patnaik
Amulya Kumar Patnaik, the 1985 batch of IPS officer, has been appointed as the new Commissioner of Delhi Police. He succeeded Alok Kumar Verma, who has been appointed as the new chief of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). .