GK & Current Affairs – October 13, 2015

1. Which country has won Sultan Johor Cup Hockey-2015?
Answer: Britain
Britain defeated defending champions India to won the Sultan Johor Cup Hockey-2015.
2. Who has been emerged as has been chosen as ‘Finance Minister of the Year, Asia’ by Emerging Markets?
[A]Lou Jiwei
[B]Arun Jaitley
[C]Taro Aso
[D]Isaq Dar
Answer: Arun Jaitley
India’s Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has been chosen as ‘Finance Minister of the Year, Asia’ by London-based publication Emerging Markets. The magazine said that Mr Jaitley too deserves ‘some recognition’ for India’s relative economic success over the last 18 months. Earlier the magazine had chosen Pranab Mukherjee as ‘Finance Minister of the Year, Asia’ in 2010.
3. Which bank confers the Maharaja Sayajirao Bhasha Samman to a person who made significant contribution to Hindi language?
[A]Bank of India
[B]Canara Bank
[C]Bank of Baroda
[D]State Bank of India
Answer: Bank of Baroda
Bank has introduced an award “Maharaja Sayajirao Bhasha Samman” in the memory of its great founder Maharaja Sir Sayajirao Gaekwad – III, who had played vital role in economic growth of the country and propagating the use of Hindi. This award will be conferred upon such a personality every year that has made significant contribution for creating awareness and spreading Hindi among public at large. The award, consist of cash amount of Rs. 1.01 lac and a citation/memento. Prasoon Joshi has won this year’s award.
4. Which state is the largest producer of walnut in India?
[C]Jammu and Kashmir
Answer: Jammu and Kashmir
Walnut (Juglans sp.) is the most important temperate nut fruit of the country. The major growing area is Jammu and Kashmir, Uttaranchal, Himachal Pradesh and Arunachal Pradesh, with Jammu and Kashmir occupying the largest share in total area and production.
5. Who is the author of the book “Advantage India: From Challenge to Opportunity”?
[A]Pranab Mukherji
[B]A P J Abdul Kalam
[C]Manmohan Singh
[D]Sushma Swaraj
Answer: A P J Abdul Kalam
Advantage India: From Challenge to Opportunity is one of the last books written by late president APJ Kalam along with his aide Srijan Pal Singh.
6. Which country commissioned the world’s high altitude hydropower station, recently?
Answer: China
China commissioned the world’s high altitude hydropower station on Brahmaputra river. The Zam Hydropower Station is considered the world’s highest-altitude hydropower station and the largest of its kind in Tibet. The Zangmu dam, on which construction began in 2010, raised attention in India as the first major hydropower project on the middle reaches of the Brahmaputra, which has its source in Tibet, where it is known as the Yarlung Tsangpo (or Zangbo in Chinese).
7. With which country Pakistan signed a major agreement to build a 1,100 kilometre gas pipeline?
Answer: Russia
Pakistan signed a major agreement with Russia to build a 1,100 kilometre gas pipeline from Lahore to Karachi. The 1,100 kilometre pipeline with a capacity of 12.4 billion cubic metre per annum will connect Karachi’s liquefied natural gas terminals with those in Lahore. Russia will invest 2 $ billion in the project, the first phase of which is expected to conclude by December 2017.
8. Recently, Onsari Gharti Magar became first woman parliament speaker of which country?
[A]Sri Lanka
Answer: Nepal
Onsari Gharti Magar has become the first woman parliament speaker of Nepal after she was unanimously elected by the parliament. Gharti was earlier served as Deputy Speaker in parliament.
9. Recently, which of the following missions launched by the Odisha government to provide affordable houses to urban poor?
[A]Mission Uthan
[B]Mission Abaas
[C]Mission Sahayata
[D]Mission Simile
Answer: Mission Abaas
The Mission Abaas has been launched by the Odisha Government to provide affordable houses to Economically Weaker Sections (EWS), Low Income Groups (LIG) and slum dwellers. The purpose of the scheme is to fulfill the promise of protection and welfare of slum dwellers by providing affordable housing along with basic amenities viz. Piped water supply, electricity, concrete roads, drainage and community centre.
10. The Andes Mountains does not pass through which one of the following countries?
Answer: Switzerland
The Andes Mountains line the western edge of South America, from Venezuela all the way along Chile to South America’s southern tip (about 9,000 km in all), making them the longest mountain range in the world. Along that route, they cross through Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia. By width, they cross into Argentina, which borders with Chile. The Andes are one of the tallest mountain ranges, too, trailing only the Himalayas of Asia in height. Many summits (tops of the mountains) reach higher than 20,000 feet.

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