GK & Current Affairs – November 11, 2015

1. Which day is celebrated as National Legal Services Day (NLSD) in India?
[A]5 November
[B]7 November
[C]9 November
[D]11 November
Answer: 9 November
The 9th of November of every year is celebrated as the Legal Services Day in India. It was first started by Supreme court of India in the year 1995 to provide help and support to poor and weaker sections of the society. On the occasion of NLSD, the union government declared its commitment towards towards Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, and added that an intrinsic part of this commitment is Sabka Nyay or Justice for all.
2. What is the range of India’s strategic missile – Agni-IV?
[A]2500 KM
[B]3000 KM
[C]3500 KM
[D]4000 KM
Answer: 4000 KM
Recently, Agni-IV missile with strike range of 4,000 km was successfully test-fired from the Wheeler Island, off the Odisha coast. This was the fifth trial of Agni-IV missile. The indigenously developed surface-to-surface Agni-IV missile is a two-stage weapon system. It is 20 metres long and weighs 17 tonnes. Agni-I, II and III and Prithvi missiles are already in the arsenal of the armed forces, giving them reach of over 3,000 km.
3. Who is appointed as the first Ombudsman at BCCI?
[A]S K Kapur
[B]K.S. Hedge
[C]A P Shah
[D]H.R. Khanna
Answer: A P Shah
BCCI has appointed retired Justice AP Shah as its first-ever Ethics officer (Ombudsman) with one year tenure. Justice AP shah was former chief justice of Delhi high court. The BCCI also removed former president and ICC chairman N Srinivasan as its representative at the world body. BCCI also appointed former captain Sourav Ganguly was appointed Chairman of the Technical Committee.
4. Who is the author of the book titled – ‘To the Brink and Back: India’s 1991 Story’?
[A]C Rangarajan
[B]Jairam Ramesh
[C]Mani Subramanian
[D]Manmohan Singh
Answer: Jairam Ramesh
Former Union Environment and Forest Minister (Independent Charge) Jairam Ramesh authored the book titled – ‘To the Brink and Back: India’s 1991 Story’. The book was published on first week of September 2015. The book discussed about the economic policy changes introduced by late P V Narasimha Rao and Manmohan Singh in 1991.
5. Recently, which partially recognized states’s proposal for membership was rejected by UNESCO?
[A]Somaliland
[B]Palestine
[C]Sahrawi
[D]Kosovo
Answer: Kosovo
Kosovo’s proposal for membership was narrowly rejected by the UNESCO members. According to UNESCO rules, the support of two—thirds of those voting was required to allow membership for a new state. Kosovo’s proposal got less than two-thirds of votes. Kosovo has been recognized by 111 countries since it declared independence from Serbia in 2008. Russia backed Serbia in Kosovo’s 1998—99 war for independence. Russia has used its U.N. Security Council veto to block Kosovo from becoming a full U.N. member.
6. Which among the following countries will host the World Humanitarian Summit in 2016?
[A]France
[B]Russia
[C]Germany
[D]Turkey
Answer: Turkey
The first World Humanitarian Summit will be held in early 2016 in Istanbul of Turkey. The summit aimed at setting a forward-looking agenda for humanitarian action to collectively address future humanitarian challenges. It also aimed to build a more inclusive and diverse humanitarian system committed to humanitarian principles.
7. First Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav was held in which city?
[A]Kolkata
[B]New Delhi
[C]Chennai
[D]Ahmedabad
Answer: New Delhi
Ministry of Culture, Government of India has organised the ‘First Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav’ at IGNCA, Janpath, New Delhi. The event presented a cultural confluence with 150 Art forms, 32 forms of Paintings, Visual arts, 400 Master Craftsmen and Cuisine by traditional Master chefs. The 8 days festival witnessed live performances by a number of renowned Indian artists like Gurdas Maan, Sharda Sinha, Sandeep Mahavir etc.
8. What is the name of India’s maiden indigenous massive online open courseware for students?
[A]Swayam
[B]Mythri
[C]Vidyam
[D]Sakshar
Answer: Swayam
Study Webs of Active-Learning for Young Aspiring Minds (SWAYAM) is a web portal where massive open on-line courses (MOOCs) will be available on all kinds of subjects. Swayam, India’s maiden indigenous massive online open courseware for students was launched by the human resource development ministry.
9. Which of the following global companies bagged the contracts for setting up of locomotive factories in Bihar?
[A]Alstom and Siemens
[B]GE and Alstom
[C]Bombardier Inc. and Siemens
[D]GE and Siemens
Answer: GE and Alstom
US based General Electric and French engineering company Alstom have bagged $5.6 billion ( Rs 37,000 crore) worth of contract from the Indian Railways to build diesel and electric locomotive factories in Marhora and Madhepura in Bihar. It is the first major foreign direct investment (FDI) in rail projects after the limit was raised by the government in select railways sectors.
10. Which of the following holds the sobriquet “City of Letters”?
[A]Kottayam
[B]Madurai
[C]Mysuru
[D]Patna
Answer: Kottayam
Kottayam is called Akshata Nagari which means the City of Letters considering its contribution to print media and literature. Kottayam town is the first town in India to have achieved 100% literacy.

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