GK & Current Affairs – October 26, 2015

1. Which is the largest leather producing state in the country?
[B]Tamil Nadu
[C]West Bengal
Answer: Tamil Nadu
Tamil Nadu is the largest leather producing state in India. It accounts for 40 per cent of the country’s leather production. Chennai, Ambur, Ranipet, Vaniyambadi, Vellore, Trichy, Dindigul and Erode are major leather producing centres in Tamil Nadu. Kolkata, Kanpur, Jalandar, Bengaluru, Delhi and Hyderabad are the other important places involved in leather manufacturing and exports in the country.
2. Who among the following has been appointed as chief coach of Indian women’s hockey team?
[A]Neil Hawgwood
[B]Roger Van Gent
[C]Terry Walsh
[D]W A Diamond
Answer: Neil Hawgwood
Hockey India appointed Neil Hawgwood as chief coach of Indian women’s hockey team. Hawgwood had earlier also served as the chief coach of the women’s national team. It was during Hawgwood’s regime that the team won the Hockey World League Round 2 in 2013, silver in the Asian Champions Trophy, bronze medal at Asian Games 2014 and bagged 5th position at Commonwealth Games in 2014.
3. Which country is planning to build world’s most powerful particle collider?
Answer: China
China is planning to design of a super giant particle collider which will be bigger and more powerful than any particle accelerator on earth. Chinese scientists have completed an initial conceptual design of collider. With a circumference of 50 to 100 km, the proposed Chinese accelerator Circular electron Positron Collider will generate millions of Higgs bosons particles, allowing a more precise understanding.
4. Who among the following has won the Tanzania’s Presidential election, recently?
[A]John Magufuli
[B]Samia Suluhu Hassan
[C]Edward Lowassa
[D]Ruth Nesoba
Answer: John Magufuli
Tanzania’s ruling party candidate John Magufuli has won the presidential elections with 58% of the vote. He defeated his closet rival, Edward Lowassa, a former prime minister and opposition leader.
5. Which country has over taken the US to become the world’s largest online retail market?
Answer: China
China over took the US to become the world’s largest online retail market as its e-commerce revenues grossed $439 million last year constituting 7% of its GDP. According to US journal Statista, US online sales last year accounted to about $290 billion. In 2014, the number of online shoppers in China climbed to 361 million, representing 55.7% of the nation’s shoppers.
6. Who was awarded the outstanding Olympic performance award by the Association of National Olympic Committees?
[A]Bob Beamon
[B]Mike Powell
[C]Ryan Lochte
[D]Katie Ledecky
Answer: Bob Beamon
Long jump great Bob Beamon was awarded special Olympic award by the Association of National Olympic Committees. Bob Beamon had set a world record with a stunning jump at the 1968 Mexico City games. On October 18, 1968, Beamon soared 29 feet, 2-1/2 inches on his first jump, shattering world record by 21-3/4 inches in one of the iconic moments in Olympic history. The world record stood for 22 years before Mike Powell broke it in 1991, but Beamon’s jump still stands as the Olympic record.
7. Which of the following was ranked top in the JD Power 2015 India Customer Service Index (CSI) study?
[A]Hyundai Motor
[B]Tata Motors
[C]Maruthi Suzuki
[D]Honda Cars
Answer: Maruthi Suzuki
As per global market research firm JD Power 2015 India Customer Service Index (CSI) study, Maruthi Suzuki India has topped the after-sales customer service satisfaction among mass market brands for a record 16th consecutive year. Maruthi Suzuki with a score of 906, on a scale of 1,000 performs well across all factors with greatest improvements in service initiation followed by service facility. Honda Cars India, with a score of 880 ranked second. Hyundai Motor India and Tata Motors are tied at third position.
8. Narmada Nidhi, is a newly developed breed of disease-resistant ____?
Answer: Chicken
Narmada Nidhi is a new breed of disease-resistant chicken developed by Nanaji Deshmukh veterinary university in Madhya Pradesh. The new protein rich rooster carries genes of fowl breeds – Kadaknath and Jabalpur colour. Kadaknath is a local breed of chicken found in tribal dominated Jhabua and Alirajur district of Madhya Pradesh. The new breed is cheaper and rich in nutrition values and has been developed for the weaker section of the rural society.
9. Which two countries will host the Asian Cup cricket in 2016 and 2018, respectively?
[A]Bangladesh and Sri Lanka
[B]Sri Lanka and India
[C]Bangladesh and India
[D]Pakistan and India
Answer: Bangladesh and India
The 2016 Asia Cup T20 tournament will be held in Bangladesh in February. India will host 2018 edition of Asia Cup.
10. Who has won the European Union’s prize for human rights and freedom of thought?
[A]Syed Kamal
[B]Raif Badawi
[C]Edward Snowden
[D]Malala Yousafzai
Answer: Raif Badawi
Saudi blogger Raif Badawi has been chosen for the prestigious European Union’s prize for human rights and freedom of thought. Badawi was well known for insulting Islam and for cyber crime. Named in honour of Soviet scientist and dissident Andrei Sakharov, the prize has been awarded by the European Parliament annually since 1998. The first recipients were Nelson Mandela and Russian author and dissident Anatoly Marchenko.

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