GK & Current Affairs – October 25, 2015
1. The Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao (BBBP) campaign has been launched by Union Government in partnership with which company recently?
[B]Celltick mobile media
Answer: Celltick mobile media
The Union Ministry of Women and Child Development has launched a new initiative to spread awareness about the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (BBBP-Save the girl child, Educate the girl child) Scheme of the Ministry. The initiative has been launched in partnership with Celltick Mobile Media India Pvt. Ltd. To generate awareness about BBBP Scheme to an estimated 100 million mobile users in India. The purpose of this campaign is to promote gender equality and to educating girls. With the help of Celltick mobile media, the user is able to get messages that they can interact with on the homescreen of their device, enabling ease of use in accessing information about BBBP. The platform provides a means to reach users based on their location as well as their language of preference.
2. Who has won the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, 2015?
Answer: Raif Badawi
The Saudi Arabian blogger and author of the website Free Saudi Liberals, Mr. Raif Badawi won 2015 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought for courageously expressing his ideas and openly raising his doubts on the rules of his country which he deemed overtly restrictive. Currently, he is serving a 10-year sentence and 1,000 lashes for insulting Islam. The Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought has been awarded by the European Parliament since 1988 to individuals or organisations for their contribution to the fight for human rights and democracy.
3. Who is the new President of Tanzania?
[D]John Pombe Magufuli
Answer: John Pombe Magufuli
Dr. John Pombe Magufuli (56) is the fifth President of Tanzania, who won the 2015 Tanzanian general election. He was the candidate from ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party.
4. As per the WEF’s Global Shapers Annual Survey 2015, who is the most admired leader in the world?
Answer: Nelson Mandela
As per World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Shapers Annual Survey 2015, late South African President Mr. Nelson Mandela is the most admired leader of the world followed by Pope Francis(2nd), Tesla Motors’ CEO Elon Musk (3rd) , Mahatma Gandhi (4th), Microsoft Founder Bill Gates(5th), US President Barack Obama (6th), Virgin Group Founder Mr. Richard Barson (7), Apple Founder Mr. Steve Jobs (8), Nobel laureate Mohammad Yunus (9), Prime Minister of India Mr. Narendra Modi (10th) and US investor Mr.Warren Buffett (11).
5. As per the report titled “Freedom on the Net (FOTN) 2015, what is the status of internet freedom in India?
Answer: Partly Free
As per the Freedom on the Net (FOTN) report 2015, the Internet freedom is partly free in India. Among 65 countries, India scored 40 points (the score has improved by 2 points to 40 from 42 in 2014). The FOTN 2015 scores are based on a scale of 0 to 100 with 0 representing the best level of freedom on the net progress and 100 the worst. The 2015 ratings reflect the period January 1 through December 31, 2014. Iceland is the most Internet free country with 6-points followed by Estonia (7), Canada, Germany and USA. The world’s worst abuser of Internet freedom is China with 88 points was followed by Syria (87) and Iran (87).
6. By which name India’s first airport radio has been launched in New Delhi, recently?
Answer: Mirchi T3
The radio broadcaster, Radio Mirchi in association with Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) launched a 24×7 custom-produced airport radio “MIRCHI T3 “. MIRCHI T3 is India’s first and one-of-its kind airport radio that will transform and enhance the travel experience of passengers at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport’s Terminal 3. The passengers will get a chance to hear a melange of songs co-curated by Bollywood composer trio Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy without using any gadgets and also, free of cost.
7. To review University Grants Commission (UGC) fellowships which committee has been appointed by the Union Government, recently?
Answer: Gautam Barua
To review University Grants Commission (UGC) fellowships, the Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry has set up a 5-member committee headed by ex-director of IIT- Guwahati, Mr. Gautam Barua. The fellowships include National Eligibility Test (NET) based junior research fellowship and the non-NET ones. The committee’s members include Central University of Gujarat vice-chancellor Syed Bari, Central University of Himachal Pradesh vice-chancellor Kuldeep Agnihotri and Karnataka State Women’s University vice-chancellor Meena Rajiv Chandawarkar. The committee has to submit its report by December 2015.
8. Who among the following Indians has been selected for the US humanitarian award 2016, recently?
Answer: Bindeshwar Pathak
The Indian social activist and founder of the New Delhi-based Sulabh Sanitation Movement, Mr. Bindeshwar Pathak (72) has been named the recipient of the New York Global Leaders Dialogue (NYGLD) Humanitarian Award for 2016 for his contribution to sanitation and enhancing the quality of life for millions of manual scavengers. The NYGLD will be presented to Pathak on April 12, 2016 in New York. Mr. Pathak is a great humanist and known as a social reformer for his 42 years long campaign against untouchability in different parts of India.
9. As per the Global Tuberculosis Report 2015 which country has the largest cases of Tuberculosis (TB) in the world?
The 12th Global Tuberculosis Report 2015 is published by the World Health Organization (WHO). As per the report, India, Indonesia and China had the largest number of cases: 23%, 10% and 10% of the global total, respectively. India is among 9 high-burden countries viz. Brazil, Cambodia, China, Ethiopia, India, Myanmar, the Philippines, Uganda and Vietnam, where all 2015 targets for mortality, prevalence and incidence were met.
10. The Union Government has decided to set up which body for implementing tribal welfare schemes, recently?
[A]National Tribal Visionary Council
[B]National Tribal Advisory Council
[C]National Tribal Cultural Council
[D]National Tribal Community Council
Answer: National Tribal Advisory Council
The Union Government has decided to set up National Tribal Advisory Council (NTAC) for real time monitoring of the ongoing programmes and schemes aimed at welfare of tribal people and development of tribal areas.The council will be chaired by the Prime Minister and will meet once or twice in a year.
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