GK & Current Affairs: January 7-8, 2017
1. Who has won the 2017 Qatar Open Men’s singles tennis tournament?
Answer: Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic, a Serbian professional tennis, has won the Qatar Open Men’s singles tennis tournament by defeating Andy Murray in the final by 6-3 5-7 6-4 at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex in Doha, Qatar. It was the 36th contest between the two and Murray lost for the 25th time against his old rival.
2. Who has been sworn-in as the new President of Ghana?
Answer: Nana Akufo-Addo
Nana Akufo-Addo has been sworn-in as the new president of Ghana on January 7, 2017. Earlier, Akufo-Addo served as attorney general and then as foreign minister in the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government, which held power in 2001.
3. Which tennis pair has won the 2017 WTA Brisbane International Women’s doubles Tennis trophy?
[A]Elena Vesnina and Sania Mirza
[B]Elena Vesnina and Martina Hingis
[C]Sania Mirza and Bethanie Mattek-Sands
[D]Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis
Answer: Sania Mirza and Bethanie Mattek-Sands
The top-seeded Indo-American duo, Sania Mirza and her American partner Bethanie Mattek-Sands have won the 2017 WTA Brisbane International Women’s doubles Tennis trophy by defeating Russian team of Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina in the final by 6-2 6-3 at the Queensland Tennis Centre in Brisbane, Australia.
4. The book “The Untold Vajpayee: Politician and Paradox” has been authored by whom?
[B]Chaudhary Devi Lal
[C]Lal Krishna Advani
Answer: Ullekh NP
The book “The Untold Vajpayee: Politician and Paradox” has been authored by journalist Ullekh NP. It is in news because of making controversial statements about Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Lal Krishna Advani. The book also provides some additional details on a significant moment in the party’s and the nation’s history — the aftermath of the Gujarat riots of 2002. According to the book, Vajpayee, after the Godhra train burning and the riots that followed, was resolute that (then Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra) “Modi has to go” but Advani said that Gujarat would descend into chaos if that happened.
5. Where is the headquarters of the Islamic Military Alliance to Fight Terrorism (IMAFT)?
The Islamic Military Alliance to Fight Terrorism (IMAFT) is an intergovernmental military alliance of 39 muslim countries, united around military intervention against ISIL and other counter-terrorist activities. Recently, it is in news because General Raheel Sharif , the recently retired Chief of Army Staff (CoAS) of Pakistan, has been appointed the new chief of IMAFT. The headquarters of the military alliance is at Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
6. Which country will become the world’s first country to switch off FM radio?
Norway will become the world’s first country to switch off FM radio network. The shutdown of the Frequency Modulation (FM) network, which was introduced in the 1950s, will begin on January 11, 2017 in the northern city of Bodo. By the end of the year, all national FM broadcasts will cease. According to the Norwegian government, the switch to radio digital will save money and allow national radio stations to invest more in radio content. The digitization will also improve the emergency preparedness system, facilitate increased competition and offer new opportunities for innovation and development.
7. Who has been honoured with the Life Time Achievement (LTA) award at the 2017 Jaipur International Film Festival (JIFF)?
Answer: Ramesh Prasad
The 9th edition of Jaipur International Film Festival (JIFF) has started in Jaipur on January 7, 2017.The purpose of the 5-day event is to promote emerging directors, encourage exchange of knowledge, information, ideas and culture between India and the participating nations. The festival will witness participation by 250 filmmakers and artistes from the fraternity. The festival will have 17 workshops and seminars on various aspects of cinema. This year’s Life Time Achievement Award was presented to internationally acclaimed cine-visionary Ramesh Prasad, who is said to have created specialized post production facilities and established the Prasad Film Laboratory with advanced equipment.
8. Which insurance company has tied up with Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) for capital support to enterprises?
[A]National Insurance Company Ltd (NICL)
[B]Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC)
[C]Oriental Insurance Company Ltd (OICL)
[D]New India Assurance Company Ltd (NIACL)
Answer: Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC)
The Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) has recently tied up with the Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) for augmenting capital support to enterprises in India. The purpose of the MoU is to give a boost to the venture capital ecosystem for MSMEs.
9. The 2017 All India Conference of Waqf Boards has started in which city?
Answer: New Delhi
The 2017 All India Conference of Chairpersons and Chief Executive Officers of State/UT Waqf Boards has started in New Delhi on January 8, 2017. The conference was inaugurated by Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, the Minister of State (I/C), Minority Affairs and Parliamentary Affairs. Various relevant issues including review of progress under the schemes relating to grant of financial assistance to the State Waqf Boards for computerization of waqf properties, strengthening of waqf boards and development of waqf properties by National Waqf Development Corporation Ltd.
10. The Chitwan National Park is located in which country?
The Chitwan National Park is the first national park in Nepal. It was established in 1973 and granted the status of a World Heritage Site in 1984. It is a rich natural area in the Terai, the subtropical southern part of Nepal, and covers an area of 932 km2. A total of 68 species of mammals, 544 species of birds, 56 species of herpetofauna and 126 species of fish have been recorded in the park. The park is especially renowned for its protection of One Horned Rhinoceros, Royal Bengal Tiger and Gharial Crocodile. It was in news recently because the park hosted the 13th edition of Chitwan Elephant Festival from December 26-30, 2016 to promote tourism. The festival attracted about 20,000 domestic and foreign tourists. The 5-day event showcased elephant walk, elephant polo, elephant calf football, elephant beauty contest, elephant picnic and elephant painting. .