GK & Current Affairs: March 19, 20, 2015

1.

Who is the author of the book “Indian Parliamentary Diplomacy – Speaker’s Perspective”?
[A]Abdul Kalam
[B]Meira Kumar
[C]Sumitra Mahajan
[D]Pranab Mukherji

Meira Kumar
Former Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar is the author of “Indian Parliamentary Diplomacy – Speaker’s Perspective”. The book features an account of the parliamentary diplomacy and its role in furthering foreign policy and strengthening international relations. It is also a collection of select speeches and reports by Kumar during her stint as Lok Sabha speaker and as leader of Indian parliamentary delegations at several international fora.

2.

Sir Venkatraman Ramakrishnan had won the Nobel Prize for his work on ___?
[A]Ribosomes
[B]Cell Division
[C]Plant Hormones
[D] DNA recombination

Ribosomes
Nobel laureate Sir Venkatraman (Venki) Ramakrishnan has been recently confirmed as President Elect of the Royal Society. He will take up the post of President on 1 December 2015. He was awarded Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2009 with Tom Steitz and Ada Yonath and was awarded a knighthood in 2012. His ward was for studies on how genetic information is translated by the ribosome to make proteins, and the action of antibiotics on this process.

3.

The recently unveiled World’s heaviest book is of which among the following religions?
[A]Buddhism
[B]Jainism
[C]Hinduism
[D]Islam

Buddhism
World’s heaviest book “Buddha and his Dhamma”, weighing 2,000 kg was inaugurated in Agra. A book in English on the Buddha`s life by Dr B R Ambedkar, which was translated into Hindi and etched into a stainless steel tome weighing a whopping 2,000 kg. The 24-page book has the whole text of the 400-page `Buddha and His Dhamma` and inauguration was done during an event called `Dhamma Kaarvan`. Dhamma Kaarvan is organized every year on March 18 to commemorate Ambedkar`s visit to Agra in 1956.

4.

Singhi Chham is the folk dance of which among the following states?
[A]Arunachal Pradesh
[B]Sikkim
[C]Tripura
[D]Nagaland

Sikkim
Singhi Chham is a folk dance which is also known as Loin Dance is native to Sikkim. It is especially associated with the Bhutias of Sikkim. It is mostly performed in the month of September to show their gratitude towards the third highest peak Kanchenjunga. This mountain range looks like a white loin in the snowy season which guards the state form unwanted hazards.

5.

Who has been chosen as head of the Kaya Kalp, a new innovative council of Indian Railways?
[A]Ratan Tata
[B]Narayana Murthy
[C]Anil Kakodkar
[D]Azim Premzi

Ratan Tata
Noted industrialist Ratan Tata has been chosen as head of the Kaya Kalp a new innovative council of Indian Railways. Apart from Ratan Tata, the Kaya Kalp council will also have two railway union leaders Shiv Gopal Mishra and M Raghuvaiah.

6.

Which country has been ranked best on UN’s Disaster Risk and Age Index launched at third world conference on disaster risk reduction?
[A]Malta
[B]Finland
[C]Singapore
[D]Norway

Malta
Malta has been ranked the best on UN’s Disaster Risk and Age Index. The Index has been developed by HelpAge with support from UN’s Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) as a pilot. Somalia has ranked worst, followed by Central African Republic, Afghanistan, Sudan and Iraq among others. All these countries are affected by civil war and ongoing conflict. India has been ranked 28th in the list. Among best countries Malta followed by Finland, Sao Tome e Principe, Singapore, Norway, Sweden, Luxembourg, Denmark and Netherlands.

7.

Which ministry is implementing the Technology Development for Indian Languages (TDIL) programme?
[A]Ministry of Communication & Information Technology
[B]Ministry of Culture
[C]Ministry of Home
[D]Ministry of Science and Technology

Ministry of Communication & Information Technology
Technology Development for Indian Languages (TDIL) Programme initiated by the Department of Electronics & Information Technology (DeitY), Ministry of Communication & Information Technology (MC&IT), Govt. Of India. The objective of TDIL is developing Information Processing Tools and Techniques to facilitate human-machine interaction without language barrier; creating and accessing multilingual knowledge resources; and integrating them to develop innovative user products and services.

8.

Who was the Prime Minister of India, when the Indo-Sri Lanka Peace Accord signed?
[A]Indira Gandhi
[B]Rajiv Gandhi
[C]Morarji Desai
[D]P V Narasimha Rao

Rajiv Gandhi
The Indo-Sri Lanka Peace Accord was an accord signed in Colombo on 29 July, 1987, between Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and Sri Lankan President J. R. Jayewardene. Under the terms of the agreement, Colombo agreed to devolution of power to the provinces, the Sri Lankan troops were to be withdrawn to their barracks in the north and the Tamil rebels were to surrender their arms.

9.

Recently, launched “National Judicial Reference System (NJRS)” is a computerized repository for all judgements and pending cases related to __?
[A]Banking Fraud
[B]Direct Tax
[C]Insurance Claims
[D]Pensions

Direct Tax
National Judicial Reference System (NJRS)” is a computerized repository for all judgements and pending cases related to direct tax cases at (Income Tax Appellate Tribunal’s) ITATs, High Court and the Supreme Court. The NJRS project is being undertaken by the Directorate General of Income Tax, Income Tax Department.

10.

According to SIPRI report, which of the following are the world’s top three arm exporters?
[A]USA, Russia and Germany
[B]USA, Germany and Russia
[C]USA, Russia and China
[D]USA, China and Russia

USA, Russia and China
United States, Russia and China are the world’s top three arm exporters as per the latest report from Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). China has overtaken Germany to become the world’s third biggest arm exporter. The US retained a 31 per cent share of the global arms market, exporting to at least 94 recipients. Russia was second with a 27 per cent global share, 39 per cent of which went to India.

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