GK & Current Affairs – March 12, 13, 2016

1.

The Kakrapar atomic power station is located in which of the following states?
[A]Rajasthan
[B]Gujarat
[C]Maharashtra
[D]Karnataka

Gujarat
Recently, a power generation unit at Kakrapar atomic power station in Gujarat was shut down after leakage of heavy water. This atomic station is located in vear Vyara in Gujarat and has two 220 MW pressurised water reactors with heavy water as moderator (PHWR).

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2.

What is the approximate contribution of real estate in India’s national GDP?
[A]7%
[B]9%
[C]12%
[D]15%

9%
Recently, the Rajya Sabha passed the Real Estate Bill to protect the home buyers. Real estate contributes nine per cent to the national GDP.

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3.

What is the main objective of the recently launched pilot project on Highway Advisory Services?
[A]To advise prospective companies about investment opportunities in Highways
[B]To advise the government on investment in highways
[C]To provide traffic related information to commuters
[D]None of the above

To provide traffic related information to commuters
The Union Road Transport and Highways ministry has launched a pilot project called Highway Advisory Services to give trafic updates to commuters on the 256-km Delhi-Jaipur National Highway-8. The objective of this radio channel project is to provide information to the highway commuters about travel tips, safety tips, traffic updates, including information on accidents and diversions.

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4.

Which of the following satellites was placed in orbit via the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV C-32)?
[A]IRNSS-1C
[B]IRNSS-1D
[C]IRNSS-1E
[D]IRNSS-1F

IRNSS-1F
On 12 March, the ISRO has successfully put into orbit India’s sixth dedicated navigation satellite, the IRNSS-1F. The Independent Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) is designed to provide accurate position information service to users in India and the region extending up to 1,500 km from the border.

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5.

Who is the first Indian classical musician to perform at United Nations?
[A]Pt. Bhimsen Joshi
[B]Pt. Jasraj
[C]Ustad Jakir Hussain
[D]MS Subbulakshmi

MS Subbulakshmi
In 1966, MS Subbulakshmi was invited by Secretary-General of the United Nations, U Thant to give a special concert at the United Nations. This was the first performance by any Indian classical musician at the UN.

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6.

Which of the following two seas surround the Crimean Peninsula?
[A]Black Sea and Sea of Azov
[B]Wadden Sea and Black Sea
[C]Caspian Sea and Sea of Azov
[D]Black Sea and Mediterranean Sea

Black Sea and Sea of Azov
Crimean Peninsula is surrounded by two seas — Black Sea and Sea of Azov. It is a land mass towards the north of the Black Sea and has Ukrainian region of Kherson to the south and Russian region of Kuban to the west. Crimea and adjacent territories were united in the Crimean Khanate before becoming part of Russia during 1783. Its economy primarily depends on tourism and agriculture, but since Russian annexation of Crimea in 2014, there has been a considerable drop in the number of people visiting it. With an area of 27,000 square kilometres, Crimea has a population of 2.2 million people.

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7.

Recently, which neighbour of India passed a resolution to convert its Parliament into Constitutional Assembly?
[A]Myanmar
[B]Nepal
[C]Sri Lanka
[D]Bangladesh

Sri Lanka
The Sri Lankan Parliament has recently adopted a resolution to convert itself into a Constitutional Assembly.

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8.

Google’s computer programme AlphaGo is related to which of the following?
[A]Search Engine algorithms
[B]A board game of China
[C]Music and Media search
[D]Live video streaming

A board game of China
AlphaGo is a computer program developed by Google DeepMind in London to play the Chinese board game Go. It has defeated human champions of the game and is considered a breakthrough in the field of artificial intelligence.

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9.

Which of the following is the world’s largest cruise ship currently (in 2016)?
[A]Harmony of the Seas
[B]Legend of the Seas
[C]Splendour of the Seas
[D]Grandeur of the Seas

Harmony of the Seas
Harmony of the Seas is an Oasis-class cruise ship With a gross tonnage of 227,700 GT, she is the largest passenger ship in the world, surpassing her older sisters MS Oasis of the Seas and MS Allure of the Seas by some 2,000 gross tons. In March 2016, it went on its first sea trial from Saint-Nazaire, western France, with just two months to go to delivery.

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10.

Which of the following is not a correct statement about Infrasound?
[A]Infrasound has a frequency lower than 50 hertz
[B]Infrasound is produced / detected by elephants and whales
[C]Infrasound can travel longer distances than high frequency sound waves
[D]All are correct

Infrasound has a frequency lower than 50 hertz
Infrasound has a frequency lower than 20 hertz . Though it cannot be heard by humans, animals such as elephants, rhinos, alligators and whales produce infrasound. One interesting feature of these sound waves is that they can travel longer distances than high frequency waves. Avalanches and earthquakes also produce infrasound.

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