GK & Current Affairs: June 25, 26, 2015

1.

Who is the chairman of the committee set up monitor Yamuna Clean-up project?
[A]Anil Goswamy
[B]Chandrashekar Javed
[C]Shashi Shekar
[D]Murali Manohar

Shashi Shekar
Shashi Shekar, secretary ministry of water resource is the chairman of the committee set up to monitor Yamuna Clean-up project. The committee was formed by the NGT to monitor Rs 4,000-crore Yamuna clean-up project. The committee in its report submitted to the NGT has recommended ensuring fresh water flow in the river.

2.

Who has been chosen for the 28th Moortidevi Award for 2014?
[A]Virendra Hegde
[B]S L Byrappa
[C]Vishwanath Tripathi
[D]Suryanath Chandrapathi

Vishwanath Tripathi
Noted Hindi writer Vishwanth Tripathi was selected for the 28th Moortidevi Award for 2014. He won the award for his work Vyomkesh Darvesh. The fictional biography ‘Vyomkesh Darvesh’ is of noted Hindi critic Hazariprasad Dwivedi, considered a doyen of Hindi language. The Moortidevi Award constituted by the Bhartiya Jnanpith is presented annually for a “contemplative and perceptive work which expresses, underlines and illumines human values rooted in the broad vision of Indian philosophy and cultural heritage.” Books written in English and all Indian languages are considered for the Prize, which comprises a cash award of Rs four lakhs, a statue and a citation plaque.

3.

Who among the following have won the Canada Open Women double?
[A]Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa
[B]Eefje Muskens and Selena Piek
[C]Brigitte Yeo and Lisa Menard
[D]Lisa Menard and Selena Piek

Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa
India’s Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa pair won the Canada open women’s doubles title. They defeated Dutch pair of Eefje Muskens and Selena Piek scoring a 21-19, 21-16.

4.

Which state has provisionally selected as venue for FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017?
[A]Goa
[B]Manipur
[C]Karnataka
[D]Tamil Nadu

Goa
Goa has been provisionally selected as a venue for the FIFA under 17 World Cup 2017. Delhi, Kolkata, Navi Mumbai, Guwahati, and Kochi have already been provisionally selected for the tournament.

5.

Which country is hosting the 16th World Sanskrit Conference?
[A]Thailand
[B]Bangladesh
[C]China
[D]Sri Lanka

Thailand
The 16th World Sanskrit Conference was inaugurated in Bangkok, Thailand. Sanskrit scholars from 60 countries will attend the five-day conference. The World Sanskrit Conference, which was organised first in Delhi in 1972, has been held in different countries since then. It is held once after every three years.

6.

Which country has highest Jewish population in the world?
[A]USA
[B]Israel
[C]France
[D]Canada

Israel
Israel and the United States account for 82% of the Jewish population, while a total of 18 countries host 98%. United States has the world’s second largest Jewish population, at 5.7 million. France is a distant third with about 475,000 Jews, followed by Canada.

7.

As per 2015 TripIndex, which is the most budget friendly city in the world?
[A]Warsaw
[B]Bangkok
[C]Hanoi
[D]Sharm I Sheikh

Hanoi
According to 2015 TripIndex, Hanoi in Vietnam is the most budget friendly city in the world for tourist. India’s financial capital Mumbai has been ranked as the fifth most budget- friendly city among 40 key tourists countries of the world. The top five budget friendly cities are Hanoi (Vietnam), Warsaw (Poland), Sharm el Sheikh (Egypt) and Bangkok (Thailand). The most expensive destination in the world is Cancun, Mexico, Zurich in Switzerland was ranked at the second spot, followed by New York City (USA), London (UK) and Punta Cana (Caribbean).

8.

In which state Bajaj Allianz has launched a weather-based crop insurance scheme?
[A]Karnataka
[B]Tamil Nadu
[C]Maharashtra
[D]Kerala

Maharashtra
Private insurer Bajaj Allianz has launched a weather-based crop insurance scheme for orange crops in Nagpur, Hingoli and Washim districts of Maharashtra. The index-based insurance policy will cover losses incurred by orange fruit-growing farmers due to deviation in weather conditions and has been approved by the central and state governments.

9.

Yevgeny Primakov, who died recently, was a former Prime Minister of which country?
[A]South Korea
[B]Russia
[C]China
[D]Japan

Russia
Yevgeny Primakov was a Russia’s former Prime Minister. Primakov launched his career under Leonid Brezhnev, sided with Gorbachev during the 1991 coup, served as prime minister under Boris Yeltsin in 1998-1999. Primakov also served as foreign minister between 1996 and 1998 and headed the country’s external intelligence agency SVR between 1991 and 1996.

10.

As per latest report, the per capita emission of greenhouse gases is highest in which country?
[A]China
[B]USA
[C]Russia
[D]India

China
China is the largest emitter of greenhouse gases in terms of per capita emission accounting for 25.26% of global emission. India is fourth largest carbon emitter in the world in terms of per capita emission accounting for 6.6 % of global emissions as per World Resource Institute. Top 10 emitters are China (25.26%), US (14.4%), European Union (10.16%), India (6.69%), Russia (5.36%), Japan (3.11%), Brazil (2.34%), Indonesia (1.76%), Mexico (1.67%) and Iran (1.65%).

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