GK & Current Affairs: May 7, 8, 2015
1. The winner of World Welterweight title of Boxing is __?
[A]Floyd Mayweather Jr
Answer: Floyd Mayweather
American boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. Has won the unified World Welterweight title of World Boxing Council, World Boxing Organisation and World Boxing Association. To win this title he defeated Manny Pacquiao from Philippines on a unanimous decision with Judges Scores of 118-110, 116-112 and 116-112 in 12 rounds of intense boxing. The legendary bout termed as ‘Fight of the Century’ was played at iconic MGM Grand, Las Vegas. This fight was also the highest watched and most revenue generating with almost 400 million dollars of all time.
2. Which airport has been adjudged as adjudged the world’s best airport for the year 2014?
[A]Kempegowda International Airport
[B]Rajiv Gandhi International Airport
[C]Indira Gandhi International Airport
[D]Kochi International Airport
Indira Gandhi International Airport Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) has been honoured with the world’s best airport for the year 2014. It was adjudge best airport under the category of handling 25 to 40 million passengers per annum. IGIA received the Airport Service Quality (ASQ) from Airports Council International (ACI) at a ceremony of the ACI Asia-Pacific/World Annual General Assembly on April 28 in Jordan. The Delhi airport scored 4.90 on a scale of 5 points measured by 300 members of the ACI ASQ benchmarking programme. IGIA bettered its ranking from second position for the years 2011, 2012 and 2013 to emerge on top in 2014. Reference
3. Which committee was set up to review of deep-sea fishing Policy and Guidelines?
[B]Santhosh Anand committee
[C]Krishna Mohan committee
[D]Kirthi Parekh committee
Answer: Meenakumari committee
The seven-member committee headed by Dr B. Meenakumari, Deputy Director General (Fisheries), Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), was appointed to review India’s marine fishing policy and the existing guidelines for deep-sea fishing in the country’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). The committee has submitted its report, but it is yet to be approved by the Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries of the Ministry of Agriculture. One of the most controversial recommendations is the creation of a buffer zone between the near-shore and offshore regions (waters between 200 m and 500 m in depth) along the coast and to regulate fishing there “in order to augment resources in the near-shore areas as well as the deep-sea regions in the EEZ. Reference
4. Lag Baomer festival is associated with which religion?
Lag Baomer, the 33rd day of the Omer count is the festive day of the Jewish. This year the festival is celebrated on May 7, 2015. It is celebrated with outings (on which children traditionally play with bows and arrows), bonfires, and other joyous events. Many visit the resting place of the great safe and mystice Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, the anniversary of whose passing is on this day. Reference
5. Which is the most common fish in the Indian Coast?
Answer: Oil sardines
Oil sardines are the most common fish in the Indian coasts and dominant item in the nets of Indian fishermen. As per the data released by the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute Oil sardines at 5.45 lakh tonnes and Indian mackerel at 2.37 lakh tonne were the top two fishes based on the landings in nine maritime states and two union territories.
6. Ruth Rendell, who died recently, was a well known __?
Answer: Crime writer
Ruth Rendell was one of Britain’s best-loved authors, who delighted fans for decades with her dark, intricately plotted crime novels. Rendell was the creator of Inspector Wexford and author of more than 60 novels. Rendell’s novels included the Inspector Wexford crime series and the psychological thrillers she wrote as Barbara Vine. Her debut, From Doon with Death, introduced the world to Wexford in 1964. Reference
7. Which state is site to the India’s first hydro-engineering college?
Answer: Himachal Pradesh
India’s first hydro-engineering college is coming up at Bilaspur, Himachal Pradesh. The college is being set up jointly by National Hydropower Corporation (NHPC) and National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC). Reference
8. Which country is the largest supplier of natural gas to European Union?
Currently, Russia is the largest supplier of natural gas to European Union. Russia currently supplies around a third of Europe’s gas needs.
9. Which continent has the lowest average total fertility rate?
Europe is the continent with the lowest average “total fertility rate” (TFR), at 1.5 children per woman. Fertility decline was especially rapid in Southern Europe: Spain and Italy have 1.2 children per woman.
10. On which date, World Press Freedom Day is observed?
Answer: May 3
May 3 is celebrated as World Press Freedom Day every year to evaluate press freedom around the world, to defend the media from attacks on their independence and to pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the exercise of their profession. The international day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 1993 following a Recommendation adopted at the 26th Session of UNESCO’s General Conference in 1991. Let Journalism Thrive! Towards Better Reporting, Gender Equality, & Media Safety in the Digital Age is the theme of 2015 World Press Freedom Day.
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