GK & Current Affairs: March 27, 28 2015
1. A Snickometer is associated with which sports?
Snickometer is the name of a computer and camera system used in Cricket matches.This technology is used in televised cricket matches to graphically show the video of the ball passing the bat at the same time the audio of any sounds at the time. It is only used to give the television audience more information and to show if the ball did or did not actually hit the bat.
2. Which among the following states instituted the National Kavi Pradeep Samman?
Answer: Madhya Pradesh
Gopaldas Neeraj, a well noted Hindi poet, has been awarded the first National Kavi Pradeep Samman.About Kavi PradeepThe National Kavi Pradeep Samman has been instituted by the Madhya Pradesh government in the memory renowned poet Kavi Pradeep. He is best known for his patriotic song ‘Aye Mere Watan Ke Logo’ written as a tribute to the soldiers who had died defending the country during the Sino-Indian War. Kavi Pradeep was born in Badnagar town of Ujjain district on February 6, 1915. His real name was Ramchandra Narayanji Dwivedi. He died on December 11, 1998.
3. Which state has become first to fix minimum educational qualification for panchayat polls?
Rajasthan state legislative assembly passed the Panchayati Raj Amendment Bill 2015 fixing minimum educational qualifications for contesting Panchayat polls in the state. With this Rajasthan becomes the only state to have mandatory minimum educational qualifications to contest for Panchayat polls. The two amendments to the Bill stipulates minimum educational qualifications and construction of toilets in their homes as mandatory for contesting polls to the panchayati raj institutions in the state. Candidates contesting Zila Parishad and Panchayat Samiti polls will have to be Class X pass and those contesting Sarpanch elections will have to be Class VIII pass and in Scheduled Areas the eligibility has been fixed at Class V pass.
4. Which country was chosen to chair Partnership in Population and Development (PPD) for the year 2015?
China was selected to head the Partnership in Population and Development (PPD), an inter-governmental body promoting South-to-South collaboration in the fields of reproductive health, population and development. India chaired the PPD last year.
5. As on March 2015, how many Prime Ministers of India have been awarded the Bharat Ratna?
So far Seven Prime Ministers of India have been awarded the Bharat Ratna. Atal Bihari Vajapayee is the seventh Prime Minister to receive the award, after (1) Jawaharlal Nehru, (2) Indira Gandhi, (3) Rajiv Gandhi, (4) Morarji Desai, (5) Lal Bahadur Shastri and (6) Gulzarilal Nanda.
6. Prime Minister Modi has launched the “Give It Up” campaign for voluntarily giving up ___?
[A]Use of tobacco products
[C]Use of incandescent bulbs
[D]Use of plastics
Answer: LPG subsidy
Prime Minister has launched the Give it Up campaign for voluntarily giving up LPG subsidy. Through this campaign Modi appealed to well-to-do sections of Indian society to voluntarily give up LPG subsidy, so that the benefit of the same could be shared more widely with poor sections of the society.
7. Which country is the host for the Arab League Summit-2015?
Egypt is the venue for the Arab League Summit 2015, will be held on 28-29 March. The Arab League summit is held annually to discuss the current developments in, and relations between, the member states. This year, national security is the key issue to be addressed, especially the situation in Syria, Libya, Yemen, Palestine and Israel. The Arab League currently consists of 22 countries.
8. Who is the winner of Abel Prize 2015?
[B]Kirsti Storm Bull
Answer: John Nash
American mathematicians John F. Nash, Jr and Louis Nirenberg are chosen for the Abel Prize for 2015. They have chosen for their “for striking and seminal contributions to the theory of nonlinear partial differential equations and its applications to geometric analysis.” The Abel Prize was established on 1 January 2002. The purpose is to award the Abel Prize for outstanding scientific work in the field of mathematics. The prize amount is 6 million NOK (about 750,000 Euro) and was awarded for the first time on 3 June 2003.
9. Project Varsha, India’s new naval base under construction near which of the following cities?
India is developing new naval base under the code name Project Varsha. This base will be home for its new fleet of nuclear submarines. The base is now being developed at Rambilli, which is 50 km from Visakhapatnam.
10. Which country unveiled the Izumo, the largest warship since World War II?
Izumo is the largest warship of Japan. It is the largest warship unveiled by Japan since World War II. The Izumo has a crew of 470, and with a standard displacement of 19,500 tones (27,000 tonnes at full load), it is as large as the storied Yamato-class battleships which fought U.S. Naval forces in the Pacific theater of World War II.
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