GK & Current Affairs: May 23, 24, 2015
1. On which date International Day for Biodiversity is observed?
Answer: May 22
International Day for Biological Diversity is observed on 22 May every year. The United Nations has proclaimed May 22 as the International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues. The theme of 2015 International Day for Biodiversity is Biodiversity for Sustainable Development.
2. Which country has become first in the world to legalise same sex marriage and its constitutional protection?
Ireland became the first country in the world to legalise gay marriage and its constitutional protection. Ireland has voted by a huge majority to legalise same-sex marriage by popular vote in a move hailed as a social revolution and welcomed around the world.However, we note that Denmark was the first country in the world to legally recognize same-sex unions as back as October 1, 1989.
3. Who has won the 2015-Monaco Grand Prix title?
Answer: Nico Rosberg
Nico Rosberg won the Monaco Grand Prix for the third straight year. It was Rosberg’s second win of the season following his victory two weeks ago at the Spanish GP, and he became the first driver since Ayrton Senna to win the Monaco race three straight times. The others to do it were Frenchman Alain Prost and Briton Graham Hill.
4. Which Indian movie has won International Federation of Film Critics award at 68th Cannes festival?
[D]Messenger of God
Neeraj Ghaywan’s Masaan movie has won the International Federation of Film Critics award at 68th Cannes International Film Festival. Masaan” is set in Varanasi and follows the stories of four people from a small town and how they fit in to the moralities.
5. Who has emerged as most run scorer (orange cap) in Indian Premier League-2015?
Answer: David Warner
Sunrisers Hyderabad captain David Warner was the most run scorer in Indian Premier League-2015. Warner scored 562 runs at an average of 43 and strike rate 157. He was followed by Rajasthan Royals player Ajinkya Rahane (540 runs).
6. Who is the chairman of the committee constituted to study the public private partnership mode of infrastructure development?
[D]S B Nayar
Answer: Vijay Kelkar
Former finance secretary and economist Vijay Kelkar is the chairman of the committee set up study the public private partnership mode of infrastructure development. The Kelkar committee will review the PPP policy and suggest a better risk-sharing mechanism between private developers and the government after analysing such projects in different sectors and the existing framework of risk-sharing. It will also propose design changes to contractual arrangements of the PPP in line with the review and international best practices and suggest measures to improve capacity-building in government for implementation of the PPP projects. The committee will submit its report in three months.
7. Which bank has launched a voice password facility service to its customer on May 26, 2015?
Answer: ICICI Bank
Country’s largest private sector bank ICICI has launched a voice password facility service to its customer. By this facility customers can make transactions using just their voice, without using other means of authentication like a password. The voice recognition service authenticates customers based on their speech patterns and allows them to execute banking transactions through the bank’s call centre. 33 million savings bank and credit card customers will be able to use the service.
8. Andrzej Duda has been elected as new president of which country?
The Conservative party leader Andrzej Duda has been elected as president of Poland. Mr Duda defeated the incumbent, Bronislaw Komorowski. Duda won 51.5% of votes in the run- off, while Mr Komorowski polled 48.5%.
9. If a person wants to enrol for the Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana his/her age must be between ___?
Answer: 18-70 years
Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana is available to people in age group 18 to 70 years with bank account. Minimum premium is Rs 12 per annum. The premium will be directly auto- debited by the bank from the subscribers account.
10. The Bhubaneswar declaration is associated with which organization?
The Bhubaneswar declaration was adopted by Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA). The Bhubaneswar Declaration was made at the end of the three-day International Conference on “India and the Indian Ocean: Renewing the Maritime Trade and Civilisational Linkage”. The declaration covered areas ranging from history and culture and cooperation for energy security to strategic issues, trade, economic and sectoral cooperation. Reference