GK & Current Affairs: January 9, 2017
1. The book “Bose: The Indian Samurai – Netaji and the INA Military Assessment” has been authored by whom?
[C]G D Bakshi
Answer: G D Bakshi
The book “Bose: The Indian Samurai – Netaji and the INA Military Assessment” has been authored by Major General (retd) G D Bakshi. The author claimed that Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose did not die in a plane crash, but during interrogation and torture by the British at a prison in the former Soviet Union.
2. Which of the following is the world’s largest street light replacement programme of India?
[A]Street Lighting National Programme (SLNP)
[B]Energy Efficiency National Programme (EENP)
[C]Single Phase National Programme (SPNP)
[D]Energy Efficiency Street Programme (EESP)
Answer: Street Lighting National Programme (SLNP)
The Union Power Minister, Piyush Goyal has recently dedicated the Street Lighting National Programme (SLNP) to the nation at South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) area in New Delhi on January 9, 2017. Beside this, Goyal has also launched a mobile app “Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) Complaint App” for SDMC, wherein users can now lodge complaints about faulty street lights. The SLNP is the world’s largest street light replacement programme, which is being implemented by the Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a joint venture under the Ministry of Power, Government of India. Presently, the SLNP programme is running in more than 14 states. A total of 15.36 lakh street lights have already been replaced in the country with LED bulbs. This programme save energy of over 20 crore kWh, avoiding capacity of nearly 51 MW and reducing around 1.7 lakh tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions per annum.
3. Which film has won the best motion picture award at the 2017 Golden Globes awards?
[A]La La Land
[C]Hell or High Water
“Moonlight”, written and directed by Barry Jenkins, has won the best motion picture award at the 2017 Golden Globes awards in Beverly Hills, California. Beside this, “La La Land” a romantic musical comedy-drama film has won the seven awards and became the most winning film in Golden Globe Awards history and 6th overall to win each award including Best Director, Best Screenplay for Damien Chazelle and Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy. Isabelle Huppert won the best actress in a motion picture – drama for “Elle” which was named the best foreign film. Actor Casey Affleck won the best actor in a motion picture for his moving performance in “Manchester By the Sea”. The Golden Globe Awards is a major part of the film industry’s awards season, which culminates each year with the Academy Awards or Oscars.
4. Which Indian personality has been honoured by US Embassy for Tuberculosis (TB) awareness?
[A]Sri Sri RaviShankar
Answer: Amitabh Bachchan
Megastar Amitabh Bachchan has been honoured by the US Embassy to acknowledge his immense contribution to the India-US ties on Tuberculosis (TB). The award was presented on January 8, 2017 by US Ambassador to India Richard R Verma to Amitabh Bachchan, who himself is a TB survivor and brand ambassador for the cause.
5. India’s first international stock exchange “India International Exchange” has been launched in which city?
India’s first international stock exchange “India International Exchange” has been set up by the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) at the Gujarat International Finance Tec (GIFT) city in Gandhinagar, Gujarat, which is recently inaugurated by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi.The new international exchange will provide electronic trading platform for companies that are going multinational. The domestic companies can now raise capital in foreign currency by issuing foreign currency dominated bonds and to trade in such securities. The new stock exchange will trade in all the products like the other exchanges in the world such as Singapore, Hong Kong, London, New York in currency, equities, commodities derivatives. Every day, this exchange at GIFT City will start trading activities at 4 am, when the exchanges in Japan open, and will stop only at 2 am the next day, when the exchanges in USA close.
6. The 2017 National Conference for e-Governance has started in which city?
The 20th Edition of the National Conference for e-Governance 2016-17 has started in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh. The theme of conference is ‘Internet of Things and e-Governance’ and will cover newly evolving areas of e-Governance across five plenary sessions such as ‘IoT and Data Analytics’, ‘Cyber Security policy for the future’, ‘Digital Connectivity to the last mile’, etc. This year’s conference will feature an event based application which features a Virtual Assistant for attending delegates and a Virtual Reality video to showcase Andhra Pradesh’s pioneering initiatives in the field of e-Governance. It is organized by the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) and the Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG), Government of India in partnership with Information Technology, Electronics and Communication (ITE&C) Department, Government of Andhra Pradesh.
7. Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, who passed away recently, was the former President of which country?
Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani (82), the former President of Iran, has recently passed away in Tehran, Iran. He was the founding father of the Iranian revolution and also served as the president from 1989 to 1997. He was regarded as a pragmatic conservative open to improving ties to the West.
8. Which tennis pair has won the 2017 Aircel Chennai Open men’s doubles tournament?
[A]Rohan Bopanna and Purav Raja
[B]Saketh Myneni and Ramkumar Ramanathan
[C]Rohan Bopanna and Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan
[D]Purav Raja and Divij Sharan
Answer: Rohan Bopanna and Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan
The Indian team of Rohan Bopanna and Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan has won the 2017 Aircel Chennai Open men’s doubles tournament by defeating compatriots Purav Raja and Divij Sharan in the final by 6-3, 6-4 at the SDAT Tennis Stadium in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. In this ATP event, a doubles history was created even before the first ball was hit, as it was the first time in the ATP event’s 22-year existence that four Indians featured in the finals.
9. The 2017 National conference “Jal Manthan-III” will be held in which city?
Answer: New Delhi
The 3rd edition of National conference “Jal Manthan-III” will be held on January 13, 2017 in New Delhi to discuss various issues of water sector. The conference will be inaugurated by Uma Bharti, the Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation. The focus of the conference will be on refining policies of the Ministry to make them more people friendly and responsive to the needs of the states.
10. Mario Soares, who passed away recently, was the former President of which country?
Mario Alberto Nobre Lopes Soares (92), the former President and prime-minister of Portugal, has recently passed away in Lisbon, Portugal.He was one of the founding fathers of democracy in Portugal and as a world figure, deeply appreciated for his contribution to human rights and world peace. For India, he played a central role in the re-establishment of diplomatic relations between Portugal and India in 1974. .