GK & Current Affairs: October 1, 2015
1. Cotopaxi, a beautiful snow covered volcano is located in which country?
Cotopaxi is an active stratovolcano in the Andes Mountains, located in the Latacunga canton of Cotopaxi Province, Ecuador, in South America. It is the second highest summit in Ecuador, reaching a height of 5,897 m (19,347 ft).
2. In which year, India will chair the prestigious G20 forum?
India will chair the G20 forum in 2018 and New Delhi could host the prestigious annual G20 summit. China is chairing the G20 this time, following which Germany will in 2017 and then the Chair will pass on to India for 2018. One of the G20 countries is selected to hold the Chair in rotation, also known as ‘G20 presidency’.
3. The ARSAT2 is a communication satellite launched by which country?
ARSAT2 is a second communication satellite launched by Argentina on 1 October 2015. The country’s previous telecommunications satellite, ARSAT1, was sent up nearly a year ago, when Argentina became the first Latin American country to develop and launch a telecommunications satellite into orbit.
4. Recently, which country has been severely affected by Super typhoon Dujuan?
Super typhoon Dujuan has caused heavy losses in China’s coastal provinces of Zhejiang and Fujian. Dujuan, the 21st typhoon of the year, made landfall in Fujian on Tuesday morning. It killed two people and injured 324 in Taiwan previously. In Fujian, Dujuan affected over a million people, with 430,200 evacuated. Four-hundred houses were destroyed and about 31,000 hectares of crops were damaged across seven cities and 51 counties in the province.
5. Who among the following has been crowned the prestigious UK Crime Writer’s Association Gold Dagger award?
Answer: Michael Robotham
Australian author Michael Robotham has won the year’s best crime writer after he received the prestigious UK Crime Writer’s Association Gold Dagger award. Robotham’s novel, titled ‘Life or Death’, beat other shortlisted authors that included The Silkworm by JK Rowling, and sci-fi writer Stephen King’s Mr Mercedes. ‘Life or Death’ tells the story of a Texan prisoner who escapes jail a day before he is due to be released.
6. Which country has been ranked number one in the recently launched ICC women’s team ranking?
Australia is ranked number one in the recently launched ICC women’s team ranking following its success in the ICC Women’s World Cup 2013 in India and the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 2014 in Bangladesh. England is ranked second in the 10-team table, 10 points behind Australia, followed by New Zealand (109), India (105), West Indies (99), South Africa (92), Pakistan (81), Sri Lanka (74), Bangladesh (57) and Ireland (26).
7. Which state is the venue for Fourth International Tourism Mart (ITM) which is scheduled to be held in October, 2015?
Sikkim’s capital Gangtok will host the Fourth International Tourism Mart (ITM) from October 14 to 16. International buyers and media delegates from 27 countries are participating in this year’s ITM. In a bid to showcase the largely untapped tourism potential of the north-eastern region, the union tourism ministry has been organising the ITM in association with the different states of the region on a rotation basis. The first, second and third ITMs were organised, respectively, in Guwahati, Tawang and Shillong.
8. Who among the following Indian-American associate professor won the 2015 MacArthur Genius grant?
Answer: Kartik Chandran
Kartik Chandran, an Indian-American associate professor of earth and environmental engineering at Columbia Engineering, has been named a 2015 MacArthur Fellow with a “genius grant” of $625,000. Chandran, an IIT Roorkee graduate, has won the fellowship for his work in “transforming wastewater from a pollutant requiring disposal to a resource for useful products, such as commodity chemicals, energy sources, and fertilisers.”He joins a distinguished group of 24 talented people who have all demonstrated exceptional originality and dedication to their creative pursuits, as well as a marked capacity for self-direction.
9. Who won the Lata Mangeshkar Award for Lifetime Achievement?
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Answer: Prabhakar Jog
The noted violinist and music composer, Mr. Prabhakar Jog will be awarded the 2015 Lata Mangeshkar Award for Lifetime Achievement for his contributions in the field of music by the Maharashtra government. The award carries a cash reward of Rs. 5 lakh, a citation, a trophy and a shawl.
10. With reference to the fourth bi-monthly Monetary Policy Report 2015-16, what is the current repo rate in India?
The key points of Fourth Bi-monthly Monetary Policy Report of Reserve Bank of India (RBI):- a) reduced the policy repo rate under the Liquidity Adjustment Facility (LAF) by 50 basis points from 7.25 % to 6.75% with immediate effect. B) kept the Cash Reserve Ratio (CRR) of scheduled banks unchanged at 4.0 % of Net Demand and Time Liability (NDTL). C) continue to provide liquidity under overnight repos at 0.25 % of bank-wise NDTL at the LAF repo rate and liquidity under 14-day term repos as well as longer term repos of up to 0.75 % of NDTL of the banking system through auctions. D) continue with daily variable rate repos and reverse repos to smooth liquidity.
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