GK & Current Affairs – October 24, 2015

1. India has recently signed pact with which country on digital preservation and conservation of rare written treasures?
Answer: France
India and France has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to conserve, develop and publicize written heritage, at the National Library in Kolkata. Both the countries will also share expertise viz. description of Indian manuscripts in Sanskrit and Tamil. The MoU will assist a programme on digitization of old manuscripts and documents which had begun in France 7 years ago. On completion, the National Virtual Library (NVL) will share and link all knowledge resources lying within the possession of various government institutes and other organizations of both the countries. The MoU was signed between Ms. Sreya Guha, Joint Secretary (Library) in the Union Ministry of Culture and Bruno Racine, President of the Bibliotheque Nationale de France (BNF), the National Library of France.
2. Who has been appointed as the chairman of Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC)?
[A]Ananya Ray
[B]Vanaja N Sarna
[C]Najib Shah
[D]Ram Tirath
Answer: Najib Shah
The senior IRS officer, Mr. Najib Shah has been appointed as the Chairman of Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC). Mr. Shah, a 1979 batch officer of Indian Revenue Service (Customs and Central Excise), will serve the office till March 2017.
3. Who is the first Woman President of Nepal?
[A]Bidhya Devi Bhandari
[B]Krishna Prasad Bhattarai
[C]Onsari Gharti Margi
[D]Kul Bahadur Gurung
Answer: Bidhya Devi Bhandari
The Communist leader, Ms. Bidhya Devi Bhandari (54) has been elected as the first woman President of Nepal,. Ms. Bhandari succeeded Mr. Ram Baran Yadav who was elected as the country’s first President in 2008 after Nepal was declared a Republic following the abolition of a 240-year-old monarchy. Previously, Ms. Bhandari was the vice-chairperson of the Unified Marxist–Leninist party of Nepal and chair of the All Nepal Women Association.
4. The 2015 National Seed Congress is hosted by which city of India?
[D]New Delhi
Answer: Hyderabad
The 8th National Seed Congress 2015 has been organized at Hyderabad International Convention Centre to deliberate latest challenges of global seed scenario and cutting edge technologies in the Indian seed industry. The event was organised by Union Agriculture Ministry was formally inaugurated by the Telangana state Agriculture Minister, Mr. Shrinivasa Reddy. The theme of this forum is “Quality Seed for Farmers’ Prosperity”.
5. Which railway station is set to become the first visually challenged-friendly station in India?
Answer: Mysuru
The Mysuru railway station is set to become the first visually challenged-friendly station in India. The tactile layout maps of the station, with distances in paces toutilities viz. toilets, platforms, staircases and washrooms, will be displayed. The following facilities will be made available for Visually challenged people viz. navigation maps in Braille would be made available on the railway station premises further the tactile layout maps of the station, with distance in paces to utilities viz. toilets, platforms, staircase and washrooms will be displayed. The platform numbers in Braille will be written on the railings of staircases. The menu cards at the canteen and the schedule of the trains will also be made available in Braille.
6. In which of the following cities of India, tsunami early warning system was tested successfully, recently?
Answer: Mumbai
Mumbai has successfully tested its first Tsunami early warning system siren in South Mumbai. The siren system has a digital electronic board that gives out data about the approaching tsunami. The siren has a radical range of 3 kms in all directions and it gives continuous hoot for one minute. The system is installed at the Meteorology Office of Western Naval Command by Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS), an autonomous organisation under Ministry of Earth & Sciences (MoES), GoI. The siren will be connected to and remotely controlled by INCOIS, Hyderabad. India started its own interim tsunami warning centre in the first quarter of 2005 after the devastating tsunami of December 26, 2004.
7. Recently, who has won the silver medal in Archery World cup final in Mexico city? [A]Jayanta Talukdar [B]Rahul Banerjee [C]Deepika Kumari [D]Tarundeep Rai
Deepika Kumari has bagged the Silver medal in recurve event at the Archery World Cup Final in Mexico City.
8. The 12th South Asian Federation (SAF) Games 2016 will be hosted by which state of India?
[C]Arunachal Pradesh
Answer: Meghalaya
The Indian states, Assam and Meghalaya will jointly host the 12th edition of South Asian Federation (SAF) Games 2016 from January 10 to 20, 2016. It is confirmed by the Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports, Mr. Sarbananda Sonowal. This is the first time that such a mega event of International level is taking place in North East India. Out of 23 sports disciplines in the 12th SAF Games, 8 disciplines will be held in Shillong while the other 15 disciplines will be held at Guwahati, Assam. The SAG would see participation of around 2,500 athletes from the 8 member-countries viz. Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, the Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.The 2019 South Asian Games will be hosted by Kathmandu, Nepal. The last edition of the SAG was held in Dhaka, Bangladesh in 2010.
9. Which of the following banks will set up Kukuza Project Development Company (KFDC) in Africa?
[A]State Bank of India
[B]United Bank of India
[C]Exim Bank of India
[D]Punjab National Bank
Answer: Exim Bank of India
The Exim Bank of India will set up the Kukuza Project Development Company (KPDC) in Africa to facilitate Indian participation in infrastructure projects across the continent. The other shareholders in the company are the IL&FS Group, African Development Bank and the State Bank of India (SBI). The purpose of this firm is to strengthen every partner, who will complement each other in building Indian project exports while simultaneously aiding the furtherance of economic and political ties between India and Africa.The KPDC will provide the entire gamut of project development expertise to such projects viz. project identification, pre-feasibility or feasibility studies, preparation of detailed project reports, environmental and social impact assessment, etc.
10. Who has been appointed as the chair of the IGN of UNSC reforms?
[A]Samiran Chakraborty
[B]Gulam Noon
[C]Courtenay Rattray
[D]Sylvie Lucas
Answer: Sylvie Lucas
The Luxembourg envoy to the United Nations (UN), Ms. Sylvie Lucas has been appointed as the next chair of the Inter-Governmental Negotiations (IGN) on United Nations Security Council (UNSC) reforms. Ms. Lucas was appointed by 70th UN General Assembly President Mr.Mogens Lykketoft and replaced Jamaican Ambassador to UN Courtenay Rattray. Luxembourg was a non-permanent member of the 15-nation Security Council for the 2013-14 term.

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