GK & Current Affairs: June 1, 2, 2015


The Delhi-Mumbai Industrial corridor (DMIC) project covers how many states?

DMIC covers six states – Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Maharashtra. It is a State-Sponsored Industrial Development Project of the Government of India. The $100 billion ambitious project aimed at developing Industrial zones spanning across the above six states which would spur economic development in the region and develop industries.


Who has been conferred with the Asian Athletics Association President Award?
[A]Suresh Kalmadi
[B]Lalith Soori
[D]Sharad Pawar

Suresh Kalmadi
Suresh Kalmadi has been conferred with the Asian Athletics Association President’s award. Kalmadi won the award for his contribution towards the development of athletics in the continent at the Asian Athletics Association. Kalmadi served as president of AAA for 13 years from 2000 to 2013 and was also credited with the introduction of top events like Asian Grand Prix series, Asian Indoor Championships and Asian All Star Meet, besides other competitions. He was also named Life President of Asian Athletics Association.


Which among the following is the theme of World Environment Day-2015?
[A]Give Earth a Chance
[B]Our Earth, Our Habitat, Our Home
[C]Seven Billion Dreams, One Planet, Consume with Care
[D]Forests: Nature at your Service

Seven Billion Dreams, One Planet, Consume with Care
World Environment Day is celebrated on 5 June every year. It has been started celebrating as an annual event on every 5th of June since 1973 in order to raise the global awareness about the importance of the healthy and green environment in the human lives, to solve the environmental issues by implementing some positive environmental actions as well as to make aware common public worldwide. The theme of this year world environment day is Seven Billion Dreams, One Planet, Consume with Care.


Government of India has launched Modified Special Incentive Proposal Scheme (M-SIPS) for which of the following sectors?
[A]Textile sector
[B]Electronic sector
[C]Automobile sector
[D]Agriculture sector

Electronic sector
The Government of India launched the Modified Special Incentive Proposal Scheme (M-SIPS) to promote expansion of manufacturing, diversification and modernization in the Electronic System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) sector. The scheme has a provision of providing 20% subsidy for investments in capital expenditure within SEZs and 25% in non-SEZs.


Which is the most common chemical used in cloud seeding?
[A]Potassium bromide
[B]Silver iodide
[C]Potassium chloride
[D]Magnesium iodide

Silver iodide
The most common chemicals used for cloud seeding include silver iodide, potassium iodide and dry ice (solid carbon dioxide). Cloud seeding process involved a furnace in which coal is burnt at 1,350 degrees Celsius in which powdered Silver Iodide is sprinkled. These particles rise in the air to cloud level in 10-12 minutes. After these particles travel upwards, they crystallize at minus-five degrees and since clouds have both ice and water crystals, the particles attract the water, its weight increases and they fall down in the form of rain within a couple of hours.


Panama disease is a destructive fungal disease of which crop?

Fusarium wilt of banana, popularly known as Panama disease, is a lethal fungal disease caused by the soil-borne fungus Fusarium oxysporum f. Sp. Cubense (Foc). The fungus enters the plant through the roots and colonizes the xylem vessels thereby blocking the flow of water and nutrients. Disease progression results in the collapse of leaves at the petiole, the splitting of the pseudostem base and eventually plant death. Once established in a field, the fungus persists in soil for an indefinite period of time and cannot be managed using chemical pesticides. The solution best adapted to the continued production of bananas in infested soils is replacing susceptible cultivars by resistant ones. Fusarium wilt is the first disease of bananas to have spread globally.


The Jamdani style is the famous traditional sari of which country?
[A]Sri Lanka

Jamdani is one of the famous muslin textiles produced in Bangladesh for centuries. The traditional art of weaving jamdani has been declared by UNESCO as a Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.


As on June 2015, which is the leading state in the country in terms of solar installed capacity?
[C]Tamil Nadu
[D]Madhya Pradesh

India’s total solar installed capacity has crossed the 4,000Mw. Rajasthan with 1,128 Mw of projects has taken the lead ahead of all other states. Rajasthan surpassed Gujarat, which has 957 Mw of solar power projects. Reference


In which state, India’s first eco-friendly police station was commissioned, recently?
[C]New Delhi

New Delhi
India’s first eco-friendly police station was opened at Maurice Nagar in North Delhi. This police station has Medieval Indian Construction Methodology of applying coating of fresh lime,that will increase ‘Albedo’ and reduce the heat which helps to save electrical power. “The police station is a unique blend of modern technology and ancient practices used in palaces of Orcha in MP and Jaisalmer in Rajasthan. The police station has biodegradable toilets, LED lights, five-star rated electrical equipment and a dose of medieval Indian techniques aiming at bringing the carbon footprint down to zero. Reference


Which team has won the 2015 UEFA Champion League title?
[A]F C Barcelona
[B]Real Madrid

F C Barcelona
F C Barcelona has won 2015 UEFA champion league little. Barcelona defeated Juventus in 3-1 to clinch the title. The victory gives FC Barcelona their fourth Champions League title in the last 10years after their 2006, 2009 and 2011 triumphs.

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