GK & Current Affairs: March 25, 26, 2015
1. Which country hosted the Africa Elephant Summit in March, 2015?
The Africa Elephant Summit was held in Kasane town of Botswana. Delegates from Europe, Africa and Asia attend the summit. The overall objective of the summit is to secure commitments at the highest political level to effectively protect the elephants and significantly reduce the trends of killings of elephants.
2. Which country has been constructing the controversial Grand Renaissance Dam project on Nile River?
The Grand Renaissance Dam is a gravity dam on the Blue Nile River in Ethiopia currently under construction. At 6,000 MW, the dam will be the largest hydroelectric power plant in Africa.
3. Recently, the Union government has given approval to set up Seafood Park is which state?
Union government has given approval to set up Seafood Park in Odisha. It will be set up by state-run Odisha Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation at Deras in Khurda district on 100 acres of land.
4. Who bagged the best actress award at the 62nd National Film Awards?
Answer: Kangana Ranaut
Kangana Ranaut has won the best actress award for the movie Queen at the 62nd National Film Awards. This is her second national award. In the past, Kangana has won a national award for her film Fashion.
5. Simona Halep, who has won the Indian Wells Open Tennis Women’s Singles Title 2015, hails from which country?
Simona Halep is a Romanian professional tennis player. Halep is currently ranked world Number 3. She won the Indian Wells Open Tennis Women’s Singles Title defeating Serbia’s Jelena Jankovic by 2-6, 7-5, 6-4 score. It was Halep’s third WTA titles in 2015 apart from Shenzhen Open and Dubai Open.
6. The protein CA-125 (Cancer Antigen-125) is used as biomarker for detection of which type of cancer?
Answer: Ovarian cancer
CA-125 (cancer antigen 125) also known as mucin 16 or MUC16 is a protein that in humans is encoded by the MUC16 gene. CA-125 is the most frequently used biomarker for ovarian cancer detection
7. Which city / country has been ranked top in the 2015 The Energy Productivity and Economic Prosperity Index?
Answer: Hong Kong
The Energy Productivity and Economic Prosperity Index report ranks countries based on their economic output per unit of energy consumed. Commissioned by Philips, the energy productivity index was authored by The Lisbon Council, Ecofys and Quintel Intelligence. Hong Kong special administrative region of China has been ranked top in the Index followed by Colombia, Singapore and Switzerland at second, third and fourth place respectively.
8. Who has been chosen for the 2015 Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement?
Answer: Madhav Gadgil
Madhav Gadgil, well known ecologist has been chosen for the prestigious 2015 Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement. He will share the $200,000 cash prize with noted American marine ecologist Dr. Jane Lubchenco for their work in changing policy and specifically for their “leadership and engagement in the development of conservation and sustainability policies in the United States, India and internationally”. The Tyler prize was instituted in 1973 and is awarded by the international Tyler Prize Executive Committee with the administrative support of the University of Southern California.
9. Which country has launched Operation Khyber-1 and Khyber-2 against militant groups?
A military operation titled ‘Khyber One’ and ‘Khyber Two’ was launched by Pakistan army and aimed at targeting militants in Khyber Agency. Khyber Agency is among Pakistan’s seven semi-autonomous tribal districts near the Afghan border, rife with homegrown insurgents and foreign militants.
10. Which movie has won the best film on environmental conservation/preservation at 62nd national film award?
[D]India’s Western Ghats
Malayalam movie Ottal has won the award for the best film on environmental conservation/preservation at 62nd National Film Awards.
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