GK & Current Affairs – November 24, 2015

1. Who has won the recent presidential election in Argentina?
[A]Sergio Massa
[B]Mauricio Macri
[C]Daniel Scioli
[D]Carlos Zannini
Answer: Mauricio Macri
Argentina’s opposition candidate Mauricio Macri has won the presidential election. His victory marked an end to the left-leaning and often combative era of President Cristina Fernandez, who along with her late husband and predecessor, Nestor Kirchner, rewrote the country’s social contract.
2. Who among the following will be awarded with the Master Dinanath Mangeshkar Award in 2016?
[A]Aruna Irani
[B]Kiran Kumar
[C]Prashant Damle
[D]Mohan Joshi
Answer: Prashant Damle
Noted Marathi actor Prashant Damle will be awarded with the Master Dinanath Mangeshkar Award in 2016 for outstanding contribution in the field of theatre, film and music. The prestigious award is given to personalities from Marathi and Hindi theatre, music and films. The award was instituted in 1999 by Lata Mangeshkar and her family in the fond memory of her father. The award is given annually and it comprises of a cash prize of Rs one lakh, a moment and a citation. The award will be presented to Prashant Damle by Lata Mangeshkar in April next year on the occasion of the death anniversary of Master Dinanath.
3. T S Papola, who passed away recently, was related to which of the following fields?
Answer: Economy
T S Papola, a noted labour economist passed away recently. From 1987 to 1995, he was advisor with the erstwhile Planning Commission. He was a founder-member and former director at the Institute for Studies in Industrial Development (ISID) in Delhi; chairman of the Giri Institute of Development Studies, Lucknow, founder-member of the Institute for Human Development (IHD), Delhi, and chairman of the fourth state finance commission of Uttarakhand. He also worked in consultative and advisory capacities with international organisations such as ILO, UNDP, UNCTAD, UNIDO and UNICEF. Dr. Papola specialised in the areas of labour and employment, industrial economics, regional development, development planning and enterprise development.
4. Who among the following has won the 2015 ATP World Tour Finals title ?
[A]Rafael Nadal
[B]S Wawrinka
[C]Novak Djokovic
[D]Roger Federer
Answer: Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic form Serbia won a record fourth straight ATP World Tour Finals with victory against Roger Federer. It is the fifth time in his career and earlier he had won it in 2008, 2012, 2013 and 2014. With this win, Djokovic surpassed previous record of Ivan Lendl’s set in 1987 after he had won his third straight Tour Finals title. With this victory, he ends the 2015 tennis season with 11 titles including three Grand Slams, taking his total to 10 titles.
5. The headquarters of the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) are located in which city?
Answer: Madrid
The Madrid headquartered International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) is the worldwide association of national securities regulatory commissions, such as the Securities and Exchange Commission in the United States, the SEBI in India, and about 100 other similar bodies. The organisation’s role is to assist its members to promote high standards of regulation. It also act as a forum for national regulators to cooperate with each other and other international organisations.
6. The biggest pharmaceuticals merger deal in history of healthcare sector involves which of the following two drug makers?
[A]Abbott Laboratories and Allergan
[B]Pfizer and Allergan
[C]Pfizer and Amgen
[D]Abbott Laboratories and Amgen
Answer: Pfizer and Allergan
US drugs giant Pfizer Inc. has struck upon a deal to buy Ireland based Allergan for 160 billion dollars making it the biggest pharmaceuticals merger deal in history of healthcare sector. The blockbuster merger would create the world’s biggest drugmaker to be called Pfizer Plc with its headquarters in Dublin, Ireland. Currently Pfizer Inc is selling flagship pharmaceutical products like Viagra and cholesterol drug Lipitor, while Allergan is best known for selling anti-wrinkle treatment drug Botox, Alzheimer’s drug Namenda and dry-eye medication Restasis.
7. For what purpose, a web-based Portal “e-lala” was launched?
[A]To eradicate child labour
[B]To promote rural education
[C]To protect small traders
[D]To promote ancient languages
Answer: To protect small traders
‘e-lala’, an e-commerce portal of Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) was launched by the Union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu. It is aimed at promoting the interests of 5.77 crore small businesses in the context of rapid expansion of e-commerce in the country. The portal e-lala seeks to promote B2B and trader-to-customer transactions in a city and thereby eliminating middlemen and resulting in reduced cost of goods and services.
8. Who among the following has been nominated as the United States (US) director of the ADB?
[A]Sam Arora
[B]Swati Dandekar
[C]Bhagwan Dashairya
[D]Aruna Miller
Answer: Swati Dandekar
India-born Swati Dandekar has been appointed as the United States director of the Asian Development Bank (ADB). She was nominated to this position by US President Barack Obama and was designated with rank of an ambassador. She would replace Robert M Orr who has held this position since 2010. Swati Dandekar was born in Nagpur, Maharashtra. Along with her husband Arvind, she had migrated to the US in 1973. Dandekar was the first Indian-born American citizen to win a state legislature seat in the United States. She was a member of the Iowa House of Representatives from 2003 to 2009 and was also member of the Iowa Senate from 2009 to 2011. Later, she had served on the Iowa Utilities Board from 2011 to 2013 and member of the Vision Iowa Board of Directors from 2000 to 2003.
9. Which country has signed a deal to install first nuclear power plant in Egypt?
[C]United States
Answer: Russia
Recently, Russia has signed two agreements with Egypt to finance and build its first nuclear power plant at Dabaa on the Mediterranean coast in the northwest of the country. As per one of the agreement, Russia will extend a loan to Egypt to cover the cost of construction of the nuclear plant which is expected to be completed by 2022.
10. World’s largest animal cloning centre will come up in which country?
[A]United States
Answer: China
China is planning to build the world’s largest animal cloning centre in the Chinese coastal city of Tianjin in the first half of 2016. The 200 million yuan facility aims to produce up to one million cloned calves a year, as well as dogs and critically endangered species. To feed the China’s burgeoning demand for meat, the Tianjin facility also aims to clone racehorses, sniffer and pet dogs, and also help rescue endangered species from the brink of extinction.

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