GK & Current Affairs: March 31, 2015
First Earth Hour event was organized in which year? [A]2005 [B]2008 [C]2007 [D]2010
Earth Hour is a worldwide grassroots movement uniting people to protect the planet, and is organised by WWF. The first Earth Hour event was observed on March 31 2007, Sydney, Australia.
Adoor Gopalakrishna is a famous filmmaker in which of the following languages? [A]Marathi [B]Malayalam [C]Telugu [D]Hindi
Moutatthu Gopalakrishnan is an Indian film director, script writer, and producer. He had a major role in revolutionizing Malayalam cinema and is regarded as one of the finest filmmakers of India. He was honoured the Bishwaratna Dr Bhupen Hazarika International Solidarity Award by Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi.
Which country has awarded highest number of death sentence in 2014? [A]Egypt [B]Nigeria [C]Iraq [D]Japan
Egypt and Nigeria accounted for well over 1,000 of the death sentences announced last year, more than a third of the world’s total, as per Amnesty International annual report. Nigeria announced 659 death sentences, mostly for murder and armed robbery. Egypt announced at least 509 death sentences last year, many of them in the mass trials that have been held since the ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi in 2013. The countries with the most recorded executions last year were Iran with at least 289, Saudi Arabia with at least 90, Iraq with at least 61 and the United States with at least 35.
The ISRO has developed a “Flood Hazard Atlas” by mapping flood prone and vulnerable areas in which state? [A]Kerala [B]Maharashtra [C]Assam [D]Tripura
The Indian Space Research Organization has developed a Flood Hazard Atlas by mapping flood prone and vulnerable areas in Assam. As per report all flood prone areas have been divided into 3 categories and accordingly district administrations will prepare action plan on relief and evacuation in advance. Lakhs of people are rendered homeless in Assam due to flood almost every year.
Which country has developed an anti-ballistic missile system called “David’s Sling”? [A]Japan [B]Israel [C]Mexico [D]Italy
David’s Sling also known as the Magic Wand is the short range ballistic missile defence system being developed by Israel. David’s sling is meant to bolster the second tier of Israel’s theatre missile defence system.
Which of the following is not insured by Deposit Insurance and Credit Guarantee Corporation (DICGC)? [A]Commercial Banks [B]Cooperative Banks [C]Primary Co-operative societies [D]Foreign Banks functioning in India
Primary Co-operative societies
Primary Co-operative societies are not insured by the Deposit Insurance and Credit Guarantee Corporation (DICGC).
Which one of the following countries is not a member of Gulf Cooperation Council? [A]Bahrain [B]Iraq [C]Kuwait [D]Saudi Arabia
Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) is a political and economic alliance of six Middle East countries viz., Bahrain, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman and UAE. The headquarters is in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
What is the name of new capital of Andhra Pradesh? [A]Amaravathi [B]Badrachala [C]Krishna Nagar [D]Varshavathi
Andhra Pradesh government approved Amaravathi as the name of the new capital city. The capital city is coming up between Vijayawada and Guntur cities. The place called Amaravathi in Andhra Pradesh is known for its ancient Buddhist settlements.
Which country is at top slot in the 2015 FM Global Business Resilience Index? [A]Switzerland [B]Norway [C]Ireland [D]Netherland
Norway has been ranked top on the 2015 FM Global Resilience Index that measures business resilience of nations based on economic, risk quality and supply chain factors. Norway is followed by Switzerland (2), Netherland (3), Ireland (4) and Luxembourg. India has been ranked low 119 out of 130 countries, dropping seven notches from last year. Venezuela is ranked last on the list.
Sir Richard Hadlee medal is the highest cricketing honour of which country? [A]Australia [B]England [C]New Zealand [D]South Africa
Sir Richard Hadlee medal is the New Zealand’s highest cricketing honour. New Zealand cricket team captain Brendon McCullum was awarded the Sir Richard Hadlee Medal for this year.