GK & Current Affairs – November 19, 2015
1. What is the India’s rank in Global Gender Gap Index for 2015?
World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Index 2015 has ranked India at 108 out of 145 countries. Last year India’s rank was 114. India has moved up six spots. The Index is constructed on the basis of the gap between men and women in each country across four sub-indices, namely, economic participation and opportunity, educational attainment, health and survival, and political empowerment. Iceland, Norway and Finland ranked the first, the second and the third respectively.
2. National Resource Facility for Bio-medical Research (NARF) will come up in which city?
Recently, the Union Cabinet has approved the proposal of the Department of Health Research in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare for setting up of a National Resource Facility for Bio-medical Research (NARF) at Genome Valley in Hyderabad by the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR). It will be the first of its kind for quality laboratory animals for basic and applied biomedical research in the country.
3. What percent of disinvestment in Coal India has been approved by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs?
[A]6 per cent
[B]10 per cent
[C]14 per cent
[D]18 per cent
Answer: 10 per cent
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has approved the disinvestment of 10 percent paid up equity capital of Coal India (CIL). After the disinvestment, the Government of India’s shareholding in CIL would come down to 68.65 percent. The disinvestment will be by way of an Offer for Sale (OFS) of shares by the Promoters through the Stock Exchange Mechanism method as per the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) Rules and Regulations.
4. ICFT- UNESCO Fellini Prize is related to which one of the following fields?
The ICFT- UNESCO Fellini Prize is awarded to a film which reflects the ideals promoted by UNESCO. After the death of Italian film director Federico Fellini in 1993, UNESCO member states adopted a resolution to safeguard the cinematographic heritage. The Fellini medal was first unveiled at the Cannes Film Festival in May 1995.
5. Satellite EKS Kosmos-2510 was launched by which one of the following countries?
Recently, Russia has launched a satellite called EKS Kosmos-2510 as the first satellite in a new fleet of 10 EKS military satellites to be launched by 2018 to form a new defence system to detect enemy missile heading towards Russian territory. The EKS (Integrated Space System) satellites fleet will replace Russia’s previous Oko early warning system which had its last satellite launch in 2012.
6. International Centre of Excellence in Investigation (ICEI) will be set up in which city?
The government of India is setting up an International Centre of Excellence in Investigation (ICEI) at CBI Academy, Ghaziabad. The center will train not only CBI and other State and Central officers but also officers from ASEAN and SAARC countries.
7. India’s largest single location greenfield steel project has been commissioned in which state?
Recently, Tata Steel has commissioned India’s largest single location greenfield steel project at Kalinga Nagar in Odisha’s Jajpur district. Tata Steel’s 6 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) plant is being set up in two phases of 3 million tonnes each over 2200 acre of land. In the first phase of the project, more than Rs 25,000 crore has been invested and the facility will provide direct employment to about 3000 people and more than 22,000 have got indirect employment.
8. What is GJ1132b?
Recently, one of the astronomer at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has found a rocky planet similar to Venus that will open opportunities to study planets outside of the Milky Way. It is named as GJ1132b. GJ1132b is roughly Earth-sized and the closest exoplanet ever discovered. It is called exoplanet as it orbits a star other than the sun.
9. Who was the author of the book ‘Inside IB and RAW: The Rolling Stone That Gathered Moss’?
[D]K C Verma
Answer: Shankaran Nair
Shankaran Nair was the author of the book ‘Inside IB and RAW: The Rolling Stone That Gathered Moss’. He passed away recently. He was former chief of the country’s external intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW). Mr. Nair succeeded R N Kao, as the chief of RAW in 1977. Shankaran Nair was credited with the success of the 1971 Bangladesh war. Under his leadership, RAW helped find the guerrilla fighters troupe Mukti Bahini and train them.
10. Who is the present Secretary-General of Interpol?
[A]Sir Richard Jackson
[D]Ronald K Noble
Answer: Jurgen Stock
Jurgen Stock is the present Secretary-General of Interpol. Recently, he was in India for attending sixth Global Focal Point Conference on Asset Recovery at New Delhi. Interpol coordinates with the law enforcement agencies of the all member nations. It’s headquarter is in Lyon, France. Currently, 190 countries are its members.
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