GK & Current Affairs: May 27, 28, 2015

1. Which country unveiled the world’s first facial recognition ATM?
[A]USA
[B]China
[C]Japan
[D]Russia
Answer: China
Notes:
China has unveiled the world’s first facial recognition ATM. The new cash machine was developed by Tsinghua University, a research university in Beijing, and Tzekwan Technology, a Hangzhou-based company specialising in financial security protection. The ATM works by mapping facial data and matching it against an ID database. The technique, commonly used in surveillance, is called biometric authentication and uses facial feature and iris recognition.
2. Which is the India’s first semi high speed train completed trial run, recently?
[A]Gatimaan Express
[B]Govardhan Express
[C]Taj Express
[D]Indraprastha Express
Answer: Gatimaan Express
Notes:
Gatimaan Express is the India’s first semi high-speed train. The train runs between Delhi and Agra.The trials of the semi-high speed train have already been conducted twice on the 200-km-long tracks between the two destinations and awaited now is the mandatory clearance from the Commissioner of Railway Safety (CRS). The train will run at a maximum speed of 160 kmph and is expected to cover the 200-km distance in about 105 minutes.
3. Who among the following will be conferred with Friends of Bangladesh Liberation War Award?
[A]L K Advani
[B]Atal Bihari Vajpayee
[C]Murali Manhor Joshi
[D]Man Mohan Singh
Answer: Atal Bihari Vajpayee
Notes:
Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee will be conferred with Friends of Bangladesh Liberation War Award by Bangladesh government. He will be bestowed this award for his outstanding support for the Bangladesh’s independence from Pakistan in 1971 when he was member of Lok Sabha. Bangladesh Government will hand over this award to Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his upcoming visit to the country from June 6, 2015.
4. India’s oldest Muslim shrine “Cheraman Juma Masjid” is located in which state?
[A]Madhya Pradesh
[B]Gujarat
[C]Kerala
[D]Maharashtra
Answer: Kerala
Notes:
The Cheraman Juma Masjid is a mosque in Methala, Thrissur district, Kerala. The Cheraman Masjid is the very first mosque in India, built in 629 AD by Malik lbn Dinar, an Arab propagator of Islam and a follower and contemporary of Islamic Prophet Muhammad. It is believed that this mosque was first renovated and reconstructed in the 11th century AD.
5. World Milk Day is observed on which of the following dates?
[A]29th May
[B]30th May
[C]1st June
[D]2nd June
Answer: 1st June
Notes:
World Milk Day is celebrated all across the world on annual basis on 1st of June. It is celebrated to increase the common public awareness about all aspects of the natural milk such as its natural origin, milk nutritional value and various milk products including its economic importance throughout the globe. World milk day celebration was initiated by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization in 2001 in order to encourage common social public about the milk and dairy products consumption as their daily diet.
6. Which state has been ranked no.1 in the mutual fund landscape in the country?
[A]Karnataka
[B]Delhi
[C]Maharashtra
[D]West Bengal
Answer: Maharashtra
Notes:
Maharashtra dominated the mutual fund landscape in the country with an assets base of Rs1.21 lakh crore at the end of April. Maharashtra is followed by Delhi which stood second in place. In terms of state-wise equity assets, Maharashtra led with Rs 1.21 lakh crore, taking up a 35 per cent share of the market. Other states which are ranked top 5 in the list are Karnataka, Gujarat and West Bengal.
7. The Jal Marg Vikas (National Waterway-1) does not pass through which state of India?
[A]Odisha
[B]West Bengal
[C]Jharkhand
[D]Bihar
Answer: Odisha
Notes:
National Waterway-1 (NW-1) is a waterway passing through Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal, potentially serving the major cities of Haldia, Howrah, Kolkata, Bhagalpur, Patna, Ghazipur, Varanasi, Allahabad and their industrial hinterlands including several industries located along the Ganga basin. The ‘Jal Marg Vikas’ (National Waterway-1) project, which envisages developing a fairway between 1,620 km Allahabad and Haldia stretch, has taken off with a $3.5 million funding from the World Bank.
8. Who is the chairman of the Panel on Net neutrality that submitted its report recently?
[A]A K Bhargava
[B]Rajiv Prasad
[C]A R Shukla
[D]Ravi Karthik
Answer: A K Bhargava
Notes:
A K Bhargava is the chairman of the six-member committee that was set up to look into the Net Neutrality issue. The committee has submitted its report to the telecom ministry and the report will be made public in few days. Net neutrality gained national attention after Internet activists and experts flagged telecom giant Bharti Airtel’s ‘Airtel Zero’ platform to be in violation of the principle.
9. Which one of the following pairs is not correctly matched?
[A]Volkswagen – Germany
[B]Nissan – Japan
[C]Hyundai – North Korea
[D]Chevrolet- America
Answer: Hyundai – North Korea
Notes:
The Hyundai Motor Company is a South Korean multinational automotive manufacturer headquartered in Seoul, South Korea.
10. The production of latex in rubber trees is closely related to which of the following?
[A]Atmospheric pressure
[B]Rainfall
[C]Atmospheric temperature
[D]Soil moisture content
Answer: Atmospheric temperature
Notes:
The production of latex in rubber trees is closely related to the atmospheric temperature. The productivity of the crop decreases as the atmospheric temperature goes up beyond a threshold level. Earlier studies clearly indicated that the increase in atmospheric temperature would adversely affect the rubber production in the traditional rubber growing regions in India.

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