GK & Current Affairs: May 3, 4, 2015
1. In which state BHEL has commissioned Bijlee Utpadan’s thermal unit, recently?
BHEL has commissioned Bijlee Utpadan’s thermal unit in Bihar. This is the first 195 MW unit to be commissioned by Bhel at the 2×195 MW Muzaffarpur thermal power station. KBUNL is a joint venture of NTPC and Bihar State Power Generation Company Limited. Reference
2. Which state has launched free medicine scheme ‘Niramaya’ on May 02, 2015?
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has launched free medicine scheme ‘Niramaya’ at Capital Bhubaneswar. Under the scheme 570 different medicines will be provided free in government hospitals. The state government has made a budgetary allocation of Rs.200 crore for distribution of free medicine. Hospital consumables and surgical items and medicines for serious ailments such as cancer and diabetes are also part of the free drugs scheme. The entire procurement and distribution process will be done online. Reference
3. Which one of the following is often called “Twitter of China”?
Answer: Sina Weibo
Sina Weibo is often called twitter of China. Launched in 2009, just about three years after Twitter, it is by far the most popular microblogging platform in China. Similar to Twitter, Sina Weibo allows users to post 140-character messages, and users can follow friends and find interesting comments posted by others.
4. Author Michael Blake, who died recently, was best known for his novel ___?
[B]In the Cold Desert
[C]Winds of Sand
[D]Dances with Wolves
Answer: Dances with Wolves
Michael Blake was an American author, best known for the film adaptation of his novel Dances with Wolves. The novel “Dances With Wolves,”became a major hit movie and earned Blake an Academy Award for the screenplay. Blake, who wrote several novels, also passionately advocated for many causes, including literacy, Native American history and the disappearing of wild horses in the West.
5. Which country has unfurled the world’s largest flag?
Tunisians have unfurled the world’s largest flag. The national flag has size of 19 football pitches. In a bid to set a Guinness world record and promote patriotism in the face of Islamist extremism. As per the report it took 80 kilometres (50 miles) of fabric to make the 104,544 square metre (1,125,302 square foot) flag which weighed in at 12.6 tonnes. Reference
6. Which of the following cities has highest vehicle density in India?
Chennai has highest vehicle density in the country. Chennai tops the list with 2093 followed by Pune with 1260, Mumbai with 1014, Hyderabad with 723, Kolkata with 355 and Delhi with 245. In terms of vehicle population Delhi ranks first followed Chennai, Hyderabad, Pune, Mumbai and Kolkata.Reference
7. The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is an ethnic conflict between which two countries?
[A]Armenia and Azerbaijan
[B]Iran and Azerbaijan
[C]Turkey and Iran
[D]Armenia and Iran
Answer: Armenia and Azerbaijan
The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is an ethnic conflict between the Republic of Armenia and Azerbaijan over the self-declared Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, a region in Azerbaijan populated primarily by ethnic Armenians. It has its origins in the early 20th century, although the present conflict began in 1988 and escalated into a full-scale war in the early 1990s.
8. Which scientist of India has been awarded Japan’s highest Civilian Award, the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star?
[A]C N R Rao
Answer: C N R Rao
Eminent scientist C.N.R. Rao was conferred with the Japan’s highest civilian award the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star for his contribution to promoting academic interchange and mutual understanding in science and technology between Japan and India. Professor Rao is a National Research Professor, Linus Pauling Research Professor and Honorary President of the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bengaluru , an autonomous institution supported by the Ministry of Science and technology, Government of India.
9. Who won the inaugural BNP Paribas Istanbul Open Tennis men’s single title?
Answer: Roger Federer
Roger Federer has the won inaugural TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Open Tennis men’s single. It is Federer’s 85th ATP World Tour title. Federer defeated third seed Pablo Cuevas 6-3, 7- 6(11) to won the title. Reference
10. Journalist Mazen Darwish, who won 2015 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize, is from which country?
Syrian journalist Mazen Darwish won the 2015 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize. Darwish is Syrian journalist and human rights activist, currently imprisoned. An independent international jury of media professionals recommended Mazen Darwish in recognition of the work he has carried out in Syria for more than ten years at great personal sacrifice, enduring a travel ban, harassment, as well as repeated detention and torture. Darwish, a lawyer and press freedom advocate, is the president of the Syrian Centre for Media and Freedom of Expression (CMFE), founded in 2004, and one of the founders of the Voice newspaper and syriaview.net, an independent news site banned by the Syrian authorities. In 2011, Darwish established Media Club, the first Syrian magazine about media affairs.Reference
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