GK & Current Affairs: July 10, 11, 2015
1. Who won the 2015 Wimbledon Women’s Single title?
Answer: Serena Williams
Serena Williams won the 2015 Wimbledon champion after defeating Garbine Muguruza in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4. Williams, 33, wins her 21st Grand Slam title and becomes the oldest female winner of a major in the Open Era. Williams has now won the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon in 2015. Williams has now won the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon in 2015.
2. Which state is the site for Malabar river festival, touted as Asia’s biggest white water competition?
Malabar River Festival, touted as Asia’s biggest white water competition is an initiative of Department of Tourism under the aegis of Kerala Adventure Tourism Promotion Society (KATPS) in association with District Tourism Promotion Council and Madras Fun Tools. The festival aim is to promote the sport of whitewater Kayaking in South India and display the incredible, unexplored rivers that Kerala has to offer the international paddling community. The first edition of the Malabar River Festival, held in August 2013 was a smashing success. The third edition of the 2015 Malabar River Festival scheduled to start on July 23 at Thusharagiri in Kerala.
3. Omar Sharif, who died recently, was a famous ____?
Omar Sharif was an Egyptian actor. He began his career in his native country in the 1950s, but is best known for his appearances in both British and American productions. His films included Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Doctor Zhivago (1965) and Funny Girl (1968). He was nominated for an Academy Award. He won three Golden Globe Awards and a César Award.
4. Which university was ranked top in the QS Universities Ranking: BRICS 2015?
[A]Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru
[B]Tsinghua University, Beijing
[C]Lomonosov State University, Moscow
[D]University of Science and Technology China
Answer: Tsinghua University, Beijing
Tsinghua University is a research university located in Beijing, China. Tsinghua University was ranked top in the Britain’s leading education and research institutions QS “2015 BRICS University”, followed by Beijing University, Fudan University and moved up to third. Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru ranked fifth in the list.
5. Khanjar 2015, is a joint special exercise held between India and which country?
Khanjar 2015 is a joint special exercise between India and Kyrgyzstan. The second edition of exercise was held in Kyrgyzstan in March. India hosted the first edition in 2011. Recently, both the countries decided to hold joint exercises on an annual basis.
6. Which two countries have granted full membership in Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO)?
[A]India and Sri Lanka
[B]India and Belarus
[C]India and Pakistan
[D]India and Turkey
Answer: India and Pakistan
The Shanghai Cooperation Organisaiton (SCO) granted full membership status to Pakistan and India during its Ufa summit.
7. Martina Hingis and Sania Mirza pair won the Wimbledon Woman’s double title by defeating which pair?
[A]Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina
[B]Elena Vesnina and Maria Sharapova
[C]Maria Sharapova and Ekaterina Makarova
[D]Elena Vesina and Radwanska
Answer: Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina
Martina Hingis and Sania Mirza pair won the Wimbledon Woman’s double title. The pair defeated Russians Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina to clinch the title. For Mirza, it was her first Grand Slam women’s doubles crown; for Hingis, it was her third at Wimbledon, but first in an astonishing 17 years. By this success Sania Mirza created history by becoming the first female player from the country to win a women’s doubles Grand Slam trophy.
8. As on July 2015, what is India’s Total Fertility Rate (TFR)?
Total Fertility Rate (TFR) is a measure of population growth. The TFR of a population is the average number of children that a woman bears over her lifetime. India’s TFR today is 2.6 children per woman.
9. Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) is a proposed free trade agreement between the member countries of _____?
Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) is being negotiated amongst the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) trading bloc – Singapore, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Laos, Cambodia, Brunei, Myanmar, Bangkok and Philippines with six of its partner countries – China, Japan, India, Australia, New Zealand and South Korea. RCEP negotiations were formally launched in November 2012 at the ASEAN Summit in Cambodia.
10. Recently, ISRO’s PSLV-28 has successfully launched five satellites of which country?
India successfully put into orbit five British satellites with its Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle’s XL variant (PSLV-XL). This was the first commercial mission for Isro in 2015. It was the heaviest commercial mission for the PSLV rocket till date though its total carrying capacity for such a mission is around 1,750 kg. Of the five British satellites, three are identical DMC3 optical earth observation satellites weighing 447 kg. Of the other two satellites, CBNT-1 weighs 91 kg and also is an optical earth observation technology demonstration microsatellite, while the De-OrbitSail weighs 7 kg. This is an experimental nano satellite for demonstration of large thin membrane sail and drag deorbiting.
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