GK & Current Affairs – October 16, 17, 2015
1. Which programme was launched by USA to promote, attract, retain and expand business investments to and within the USA?
Answer: Select USA
Select USA is a programme under which the Department of Commerce seeks to highlight the many advantages the US offers as a location for business and investment.
2. Who has won the men’s single title at the 2015 Vietnam Open?
Answer: Saketh Myneni
Saketh Myneni won the singles title at the 2015 Vietnam Open by defeating Australia’s Jordan Thompson. The victory marks Myneni’s second singles title at the Challenger level, having also won the Indore Open.
3. Richard Heck, who died recently, was a Nobel laureate in which field?
Richard Heck won the Nobel Prize in chemistry in 2010. He won the award along with Japanese Ei-ichi Negishi and Akira Suzuki for inventing new ways to bind carbon atoms that were used in research to fight cancer and produce thin computer screens.
4. Which country is set to become the first ever cashless country in the world?
Sweden is set to become the first ever cashless country in the world. As per the study by the KTH Royal Institute of Technology, today five of six major banks in Sweden are already refusing to operate cash. As a result, and considering the latest Authority guidelines, Bitcoins has the potential to become a commonly used currency in Sweden.
5. As per the latest survey, which country has been ranked top in terms of the business optimism?
According to the Grant Thornton International Business Report (IBR), Ireland has been ranked no.1 in terms of the business optimism. India Inc has emerged as the second most optimistic in terms of the business optimism. As per the survey, 86 per cent Indian businesses are optimistic about an increase in revenue compared to 83 per cent last quarter.
6. Which Indian film has won the best short film award at the 2015 London Film Festival?
[A]An Old Dog’s Dairy
[B]The Missed Class
[D]The Pink Mirror
Answer: An Old Dog’s Dairy
Indian short film An Old Dog’s Dairy directed by Shai Heredia and Shuman Goel has won the best short film at the 2015 London Film Festival. The film was earlier showcased in the Wavelengths category at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.
7. Syed Zahoor Qasim, who died recently, was a prominent personality in which field?
Syed Zahoor Qasim was a renowned scientist and leader of India’s first expedition to Antarctica. Apart from his Antarctica mission in 1981-81, he also successfully organised and guided the next seven expeditions. Qasim won many awards including Padma Shiri, Padma Bhushan, Lifetime Achievement Award, Indian Science Congress and first National Ocean Science and Technology award.
8. Who among the following has won the women’s single title at 2015 Denmark Open Badminton?
[A]P V Sindhu
Answer: Xuerui Li
China’s Xuerui Li has won the prestigious 2015 Denmark Open Badminton title. Li defeated India’s P V Sindhu in the final to clinch the title. It was Li’s second title of Denmark Open and earlier she had won it in 2014. In the men’s single category, China’s Chen Long has won the title.
9. In which place, world’s first online hotel reference tool dedicated to Muslim travellers has been launched?
Answer: Abu Dhabi
The world’s first online hotel reference tool dedicated to Muslim travellers has been launched in Abu Dhabi. Salam Standards provides Muslims travellers with a one-of-a-kind reference tool, enabling them to choose Muslim-friendly accommodation that adheres to their Islamic principles.
10. Which South African cricketer has been appointed as brand ambassador of MRF?
[B]J P Duminy
[C]AB de Villiers
[D]Faf du Plessis
Answer: AB de Villiers
South African batsman AB de Villiers was appointed as brand ambassador of tyre manufacturing giants MRF limited. As per company norms, this association is for a period of three years and de Villiers will endorse the company’s products and services through advertising campaigns and other such promotional programmes during the term of agreement.
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