GK & Current Affairs – October 11, 2015

1. Valfajr is a smart torpedo system design and develop by which country?
Answer: Iran
Valfajr is a smart torpedo system that was design and develop by Iran. Torpedo has high speed and destructive explosive warheads approximately 220 kg. Valfajr can destroy naval targets in different weather and depth.
2. Who among the following topped the list of “Best-Performing CEOs in the World’?
[A]Lars Rabien Sorenson
[B]Ajaypal Banga
[C]Jeff Bezos
[D]Satya Nadella
Answer: Lars Rabien Sorenson
Lars Rabien Sorenson, CEO of Danish pharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk topped the list of Harvard Business Review’s (HBR’s) ‘Best-Performing CEOs in the World’. Cisco Systems’ John Chambers and Inditex’s Pablo Isla were ranked second and third, respectively. Mastercard Chief Executive Ajaypal Banga is the only Indian among the world’s 100 top CEOs.
3. In which country is located Peninsula Valdes, an important and significant natural habitats for the in-situ conservation of several threatened species of outstanding universal value?
Answer: Argentina
The Valdes Peninsula is a peninsula on the Atlantic coast in the Viedma Department in the north east of Chubut Province, Argentina. Is a site of global significance for the conservation of marine mammals. It is home to an important breeding population of the endangered southern right whale as well as important breeding populations of southern elephant seals and southern sea lions.
4. Jioji Konrote, has been elected as President of which country?
Answer: Fiji
Jioji Konrote, has been elected as President of Fiji. Konrote was Fiji’s minister for employment, productivity and industrial relation. He was elected by a margin of 31-14, with the three National Federation Party members abstaining from the vote.
5. The Sendai framework is a global blueprint for ____?
[A]Wildlife conservation
[B]Biodiversity preservation
[C]Disaster reduction
[D]Bioterrorism mitigation
Answer: Disaster reduction
The Sendai Framework is a 15-year non-binding agreement which recognizes that the State has the primary role to reduce disaster risk but that responsibility should be shared with other stakeholders including local government and the private sector. It aims for the following outcome: The substantial reduction of disaster risk and losses in lives, livelihoods and health and in the economic, physical, social, cultural and environmental assets of persons, businesses, communities and countries.
6. The prestigious J C Daniel award is conferred annually in recognition of an individual’s outstanding achievements and contributions to which film industry?
Answer: Malayalam
J. C. Daniel Award is an annual award given by the Government of Kerala. The Department of Cultural Affairs, Government of Kerala instituted the award in honour of J. C. Daniel in 1992. The 2014 J C Daniel award was given to celebrated filmmaker I V Sasi.
7. Recently, which state has banned Ketoprofen drug to save vulture population?
[B]Tamil Nadu
[C]Andhra Pradesh
Answer: Tamil Nadu
Tamil Nadu state government has withdrawn Ketoprofen, a non-steroid anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) used extensively for veterinary purposes to save the vulture population in the three western districts. The Directorate of Animal Husbandry has decided to discontinue the use of Ketoprofen in Erode, Coimbatore and The Nilgiris, where the vulture population was in danger. Ketoprofen, which came as an alternative to Diclofenac, causes the same effect on the vulture population.
8. The Sampoor thermal power project is a joint venture involving Sri Lanka and which country?
Answer: India
The Sampur Coal Power Station is a large coal-fired power station currently under construction in Sri Lanka. It is a joint venture involving Sri Lanka and India. The MoU for the first 500 MW phase was signed on the 2006 between the Government of Sri Lanka, Ceylon Electricity Board and the National Thermal Power Corporation.
9. Who is the chairman of the panel constituted to push mega innovation projects?
[A]K M Chandrashekar
[B]P Shankar
[C]Arvind Panagariya
[D]K Subramanium
Answer: Arvind Panagariya
Government has set up a committee to push innovative collaboration joint ventures involving investment of over Rs 2,000 crore with a view to create jobs, promote exports and increase the potential of revenue to the exchequer.The Empowered Committee for Innovative Collaborations will be headed by NITI Aayog vice-chairman Arvind Panagariya and its members would include Economic Affairs Secretary and Industry Secretary.The committee’s mandate would be to fast track innovation joint ventures, involving joint venture of over Rs 2,000 crore.
10. In context to latest astronomical findings, what is KIC 8462852?
Answer: Asteroid
KIC 8462852 is an F-type main-sequence star located in the constellation Cygnus approximately 454 parsecs (1,480 ly) from Earth. In September 2015, several astronomers published a paper analyzing the unusual light fluctuations of the star as measured by the kepler space telescope, a probe that records changes in the brightness of distant orbiting stars to detect exoplanets. The star’s large irregular changes in brightness is consistent with a large mass (or many small masses together) orbiting the star in “tight formation”.

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