GK & Current Affairs: May 21, 22, 2015
1. In which state India’s first Zinc fortified rice variety was launched, recently?
Scientists in Chhattisgarh have developed a high zinc-enriched variety of rice. The new paddy seed, called “Chhattisgarh Zinc Rice-1”, the first zinc biofortified rice variety in India. The new variety is expected to play a crucial role in fighting malnutrition in tribal-dominated Chhattisgarh where nearly seven lakh children are still malnourished. Reference
2. Gandak canal is a joint irrigation and power project between India and which country?
Gandak Canal is a joint irrigation and power project between India and Nepal.
3. The United Nations Dag Hammarskjöld Medal is a posthumous award given to the ____?
Answer: Military persons
The Dag Hammarskjöld Medal is a posthumous award for presentation to the families of personnel, both military and civilian, who lose their lives while in the service of the United Nations. The award is made of crystal, bearing the United Nations emblem on one side, with the name of the deceased and date of death on the other side. The name of the award ‘The Dag Hammarskjöld Medal’ is engraved around the edge, above the inscription ‘In the Service of Peace’. Two Indian peacekeepers Lance Naik Nand Ram and Raju Joseph have been chosen posthumously for the award recently.
4. Diesel Exhaust Fluid is an aqueous solution of ____?
Diesel Exhaust Fluid is an aqueous solution of Urea. Diesel Exhaust Fluid is used in transportation to reduce the amount of nitrogen oxides (Nox) emitted into the air by diesel engines. DEF is a high purity chemical, comprised of 32.5% urea and 67.5% de-ionized water. Reference
5. India has won how many gold medals at Doha International Boxing Tournament?
Indian boxers have won four gold, one silver and two bronze medals at Doha International Tournament. Commonwealth Games silver medallist L Devendro Singh (49kg), Shiva Thapa (56kg), Manish Kaushik (60kg), and Manoj Kumar (64kg) won the gold medals. The silver medal went to Gaurav Bidhuri (52kg), while Mandeep Jangra (69kg) and Vikas Krishan (75kg) bagged bronze medals. Reference
6. Who is the chairman of the committee that submitted its report on health insurance framework?
[A]U K Sinha
Answer: M Ramprasad
IRDA member M Ramprasad is the chairman of the committee constituted to examine the health insurance framework. The committee consists of 11 members with representatives from Irda, life insurance and general insurance companies, academicians in the field of insurance and general insurance council. The committee had submitted its report to Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (Irdai). In its report, it recommended insurers have a category of closed-end products (termed pilot products) for this much time. These would cover risks that are otherwise generally declined or excluded, where they have the option to renew or not after five years. This is to encourage new and innovative products. Reference
7. Which of the following causes Ground Level Ozone?
[B]Oxides of nitrogen
Answer: Oxides of nitrogen
Ground level ozone is created by chemical reactions between oxides of nitrogen (Nox) and volatile organic compounds (VOC) in the presence of sunlight. Emissions from industrial facilities and electric utilities, motor vehicle exhaust, gasoline vapors, and chemical solvents are some of the major sources of Nox and VOC. Breathing ozone can trigger a variety of health problems, particularly for children, the elderly, and people of all ages who have lung diseases such as asthma. Ground level ozone can also have harmful effects on sensitive vegetation and ecosystems.
8. Highest contribution to India’s agriculture & allied sector GDP comes from which state?
Answer: Uttar Pradesh
Uttar Pradesh is the biggest contributor to India’s agriculture & allied sectors as of 2013-14 with a share of about 13%. (ASSOCHAM)
9. Which movie has won the Palme d’Or top prize at the Cannes Film Festival?
[B]Son of Saul
French director Jacques Audiard movie Dheepan has won the Palme d’Or top prize at the Cannes Film Festival. The harrowing Holocaust drama Son of Saul, by Hungarian newcomer Laszlo Nemes, claimed the Grand Prize, runner-up for best picture. The Lobster, a surreal, pitch-black comedy about modern love by Greece’s Yorgos Lanthimos and starring Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz, bagged the third-place Jury Prize.
10. Mrinal Datta Choudhuri, who passed away recently, was a noted ___?
Mrinal Datta Choudhuri was an eminent economist, policy advisor and noted academic. His numerous prescient papers on Indian planning had an enormous impact on former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh.Dr. Chaudhuri was a policy advisor in the former Congress-led UPA governments and had served on many committees and advisory bodies of Union Government. He was part of the unofficial think tank that had helped usher in the policy of economic reforms of 1991.