GK & Current Affairs: March 7, 8, 2015

1. The first ever film personality to receive the national award for creating awareness about the child trafficking is __?
[A]Madhuri Dixit
[B]Rani Mukerji
[C]Amir Khan
[D]Deepika Padukone
Answer: Rani Mukerji
Bollywood actress Rani Mukerji was awarded the national award for creating awareness about the child trafficking by the National Institute of Gender Justice (NIGJ). She became the first ever film personality to be felicitated with this prestigious award. Some of the past awardees in this category are Anna Hazare, Pratibha Patil, Pandit Jasraj and Mahashweta Devi.
2. The Shree Singaji Thermal Power Plant is located in which state?
[A]Andhra Pradesh
[B]Madhya Pradesh
Answer: Madhya Pradesh
Shree Singaji Thermal Power Project is a coal-fired power plant located in Khandwa District in Madhya Pradesh state of India. This project is owned by MPPGCL (Madhya Pradesh Power Generating Company limited). The first phase consists of 2 units with a generation capacity of 600 MW each. The Stage-1 (2x600MW) was recently dedicated to the nation by Prime Minister Modi.
3. Which one of the following has been awarded with the 2015 ‘European Car of the Year’?
[A]Volkswagen Passat
[B]Mercedes C class
[C]BMW 2 Series Active Tourer
[D]Ford Mondeo
Answer: Volkswagen Passat
The Volkswagen Passat sedan won the 2015 European Car of the Year award. Passat won the award by beating off the challenge of seven other contenders, which included the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer and the Mercedes C class. The award was initiated 1964, since than Fiat won nine times when it was famous for producing unreliable rust buckets. BMW has never won. Mercedes has won only once. VW has three previous victories, two with the Golf and one with the little Polo.
4. Cricket legend Martin Crowe belongs to which country?
[B]New Zealand
[C]South Africa
[D]West Indies
Answer: New Zealand
Martin Crowe is a former New Zealand cricketer, recently inducted into ICC Hall of Fame. Crowe is the third New Zealander to achieve the honour after Richard Hadlee and Debbie Hockley and 79th in the World. Crowe dedicated his award to his parents who supported the game for 40 years.
5. The venue of 2015 Asian Wrestling Championships is __?
[A]Jalandhar, India
[B]Doha, Qatar
[C]Astana, Kazakhstan
[D]Gumi, South Korea
Answer: Doha, Qatar
The 2015 Asian Wrestling Championships is scheduled to be held on May 6 to 10 in Doha, Qatar.
6. Gramin Gaurav Path is a major road construction project of which state?
Answer: Rajasthan
Gramin Gaurav Path programme is a major road construction project of Rajasthan. Under the project government aims to build about 2,048 km of roads in 33 districts.
7. Lavkumar Khachar, who passed away recently, was a renowned ___?
[D]Social worker
Answer: Ornithologist
Lavkumar Khachar was a renowned conservationist, ornithologist and pioneer of environmental education in the country. Khachar will be remembered as environmental educationist who brought thousands of common people close to nature and inspired them to take up the nature and wildlife conservation across the country. He has done pioneering work in bird watching and teaching ornithology to armatures. As member of the National and Gujarat State Wildlife Boards, Khachar was the first to insist on seeking people’s opinion on lion translocation. As education officer of World Wildlife Fund-India, he is best known for initiating a lot of programs for environmental education in the country way back in 1970s.
8. Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal clinched the 2015 Argentina Open title by defeating ___?
[A]Juan Monaco
[B]Roger Federer
[C]Novak Djokovic
[D]Andy Murray
Answer: Juan Monaco
Rafael Nadal lifted his first title in 2015 by winning the Argentina Open. Rafael defeated the Argentina tennis player Juan Monaco with a score of 6-4,6-1, to clinch the title. It was Rafael Nadal’s 46th title in clay.
9. Tharsis quadrangle, which contains group of large volcanoes is found on which planet?
Answer: Mars
Tharsis quadrangle is on planet Mars. The plateau is about as high as Earth’s Mount Everest and about as big in area as all of Europe. Tharsis contains a group of large volcanoes. Olympus Mons is the tallest.
10. On which date, World Wildlife Day is observed?
[A]March 2
[B]March 3
[C]March 4
[D]March 5
Answer: March 3
March 3 designated as World Wildlife Day to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild fauna and flora. The date is the day of the adoption of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in 1973, which plays an important role in ensuring that international trade does not threaten the species’ survival.

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