GK & Current Affairs : November 18-19, 2016
1. The 2016 World Travel Market (WTM) has started in which city?
The 2016 World Travel Market (WTM), the leading global event for the travel industry, has started in London, United Kingdom (UK). The 3-day business-to-business exhibition for the worldwide travel and tourism industry will be attended by almost 50,000 senior travel industry professionals, government ministers and international press. Ministry of Tourism, Government of India (GoI) has participated as Official Premier Partner at WTM London 2016.
2. Which of the following has been named as the world’s fastest supercomputer, as per recently released Top500 list of supercomputers?
Answer: Sunway Taihulight
Sunway Taihulight has been named as the world’s fastest supercomputer title, as per recently released semiannual Top 500 list of supercomputers. It is developed by the China’s National Research Centre of Parallel Computer Engineering and Technology (NRCPC). Taihulight can perform 93 quadrillions calculations per second (petaflop/s). It is intended for use in research and engineering including climate, weather, life sciences, advanced manufacturing and data analytics. The TOP 500 list is considered one of the most authoritative rankings of the world’s supercomputers. It is compiled on the basis of the machines’ performance on the Linpack benchmark by experts from U.S. and Germany.
3. Which state government has signed a MoU with the Microsoft India for digital initiatives?
The Telangana government has recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Indian unit of Microsoft Corporation for digital Telangana programme. Under the MOU, Microsoft India will work with the state government to support the development of cloud and mobile-based solutions and support the use of machine learning and advanced visualization to help solve challenges in the fields of education, agriculture and healthcare.
4. The 2016 Great Indian Film and Literature Festival (GIFLIF) will be held in which state?
The 2016 Great Indian Film and Literature Festival (GIFLIF) will be held at DLF Cyber Hub in Gurugram, Haryana from December 2 to showcase the vernacular spirit of Indian film and literature. The 3-day-festival will include panel discussions on an array of themes ranging from filmmaking, digital media, advertising, to publishing, literature, script writing and film screenings, besides a play and a music concert.
5. Sonam Wangchuk, who has been chosen for the 2016 Rolex Awards for Enterprise, is belonged to which country?
Dr.Sonam Wangchuk, the famous educationist and social scientist from Ladakh, has been awarded the prestigious 2016 Rolex Awards for Enterprise at Los Angelis for remedying water scarcity in Western Himalayas by building artificial glaciers- Ice Stupas to store water for irrigation purpose and afforestation of desert land. The Rolex Award funds will support his Ice-stupas project and promote ice stupas as a climate-change adaptation and desert-greening technique.
6. The National Institute of Sowa Rigpa will be established in which state?
[B]Jammu & Kashmir
Answer: Jammu & Kashmir
The National Institute of Sowa Rigpa will be established at Leh in Jammu & Kashmir, which is approved by Government of India (GoI). The Tibetan Medicine system is known as Sowa Rigpa (Amchi). The System of Sowa Rigpa is practiced in many parts of India viz. Ladakh, Sikkim, Darjeeling, Mon Tawang and West Kameng regions of Arunachal Pradesh, etc. The medicine has been recognized by Government of India (GoI) by amending the Indian Medicine Central Council (IMCC) Act, 2010.
7. Where is the headquarters of the Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO)?
Answer: New Delhi
Recently, the Ministry of AYUSH has decided to set up a central regulatory structure for AYUSH drugs as a part of Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO) to enforce the provisions for Ayurvedic, Siddha, Unani and Homoeopathic drugs in coordination with the State regulatory authorities. The CDSCO is the national regulatory body for Indian pharmaceuticals and medical devices and is headquarters is located at New Delhi.
8. The book “A Season of Ghosts” has been authored by whom?
Answer: Ruskin Bond
The book “A Season of Ghosts” has been authored by Ruskin Bond. It is an entertaining book, which have interesting short stories about the mists and mellow magic of Bond’s beloved mountains.
9. The 2016 Global Citizen India festival has started in which city?
The 2016 Global Citizen India festival has started at MMRDA Grounds in Mumbai, Maharashtra that will bring together popular culture and public policy in one of the largest gatherings for a social cause. Global Citizen India is a social action platform for a generation that wants to solve the world’s biggest challenges. The festival will conclude a two-month long campaign in support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. It will mark the beginning of a 15-year-long journey to activate and mobilize young Indians to ensure India leads the fight against extreme poverty.
10. Which Indian company has been named as the 2016 Digital Innovator of the Year by GE Digital?
[D]Tata Consultancy Services
Answer: Tata Consultancy Services
Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has been awarded 2016 Digital Innovator of the Year by GE Digital in the Ecosystem Excellence award category at GE’s Minds + Machines event in San Francisco, California. The award recognizes TCS’ innovation and excellence in developing the TCS Digital Store, an expanding suite of ready-to-use digital solutions that deliver superior customer experience, real time data analytics and organizational agility across multiple industry segments. .