GK & Current Affairs – November 29, 2015
1. Who has won the 2015 Macau Open Grand Prix Gold Badminton tournament?
[B]P V Sindhu
Answer: P V Sindhu
Indian shuttler P V Sindhu has won the 2015 Macau Open Grand Prix Gold Badminton tournament in the women’s single category. She has won this title for the third consecutive time after she had won it in 2013 and 2014. Overall this was PV Sindhu’s fifth title of in her career and first title of the 2015 season. Her other four individual titles are Indonesia International (2011), Malaysia Masters (2013) and Macau Open for consecutive two times in 2013 and 2014.
2. Who is the author of the book titled-‘Vanessa and Her Sister’?
[A]Raj Kamal Jha
Answer: Priya Parmar
Indian-origin author Priya Parmar’s novel – ’Vanessa and Her Sister’ has been named by New York Times in its annual prestigious list of 100 most notable books of 2015. The novel is about acclaimed painter Vanessa Bell and her more famous sister English writer Virginia Woolf. The novel is constructed around an invented diary and letters.
3. Who among the following is honoured with the Mahatma Phule Samata Award 2015?
Answer: Arundhati Roy
The Mahatma Phule Samata Award 2015 was given to author Arundhati Roy. The award is instituted by the Mahatma Phule Samata Parishad (MPSP). Arundhati Roy is best known for her novel The God of Small Things, which won the Man Booker Prize for Fiction in 1997. She is also a political activist involved in human rights and environmental causes.
4. Which country will host the BRICS Media Summit 2015?
China will host the BRICS Media Summit 2015 from December 1. The theme for the meeting is ‘Innovation, Development, Cooperation and Trust’ and it will be attended by leaders of 25 media groups from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS). The meeting was proposed by the Xinhua news agency of China. The summit will be jointly organised by Brazil Communication Company, Russia Today International News Agency, Xinhua news agency, The Hindu Group and South Africa’s Independent Media.
5. The headquarters of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) are located at which city?
The International Maritime Organisation (IMO), formed in 1959, is the specialized agency of United Nations responsible for improving maritime safety and preventing pollution from ships. Its headquarters are located at London, United Kingdom. The IMO has 171 Member States and three Associate Members.
6. Which among the following organisations has launched the programme-‘Enable Makeathon’?
[A]Global Interfaith WASH Alliance (GIWA)
[B]Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
[C]International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
Answer: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
The Enable Makeathon is a project initiated by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and its partners to develop affordable assistive devices for persons with disabilities living in rural areas. It is a 60-day programme from November 2015 to January 2016. ‘Accessible India Campaign’ is also one of the partners in the programme.
7. Which among the following organisations has released the report titled-‘Lived Anomaly’?
[C]Centre for Science and Environment (CSE)
Answer: Centre for Science and Environment (CSE)
The ‘Lived Anomaly’ is released by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE). The report highlighted the problems faced by the Indian agriculture system. The ‘Lived Anomaly’ report also highlighted the need for urgent reforms in the agrarian sector as there is an expected increase in the frequency of extreme weather events. Sunita Narain is the present Director- General of the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE).
8. The second International Conference on Ramlila was held in which city?
[C]Port of Spain
Answer: New Delhi
The “Second International Conference on Ramlila : A Festival Celebrating the Masterpieces of Intangible Heritage of Humanity” was organised by the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) under Ministry of Culture in New Delhi from November 23 – 29, 2015. The ‘First International Conference on Ramlila’ was held in Trinidad & Tobago in 2013. The festival was organised under the IGNCA’s ongoing programme titled-‘Living Traditions of Ramkatha and Mahabharata’.
9. In context to Indian defence system, ‘INS Kadmatt’ belongs to which type?
[A]Guided missile frigate
[C]Offshore patrol vessel
[D]Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Corvette
Answer: Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Corvette
Recently, the second Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Corvette INS Kadmatt was handed over to Indian Navy at Kolkata. It is a Kamorta class Corvette and is built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Limited (GRSE). The name of the ship is derived from Kadmat island located in the Lakshadweep group of Islands. GRSE is tasked to build 4 ASW Corvette class ships for Indian Navy under the strategic P-28 Project. INS Kamorta was the first in this class to be handed over to the Indian navy in 2014.
10. The Bharat Stage (BS)-V norms will be implemented from which year?
The government has advanced the dates for implementation of the BS-V and BS-VI norms for the automobile sector by three years to address the deteriorating air quality. The BS-V norms will come into effect from April 2019 as against the earlier timeline of April 2022 and BS-VI norms will come into effect from April 2021, as against April 2024. Currently, India follows BS-IV norms in many cities and BS IV will be extended to the entire country by April 2017. Bharat stage (BS) norms, based on European regulations, are emission standards decided by the government to regulate the amount of air pollutants from vehicles.