GK & Current Affairs: October 3, 2015
1. India’s first court to be powered by solar energy has been recently inaugurated at __?
Kurti district court in Jharkhand became the first court in the country to operate on solar energy. The court is equipped with 180KW grid connected to a rooftop solar plant, out of which the court is expected to be using around 64Mws and the rest will be diverted to other government offices.
2. The President Cup is associated with which one of the following sports?
The Presidents Cup is a series of men’s golf matches between a team representing the United States and an International Team representing the rest of the world minus Europe. The Presidents Cup has been held biennially since 1994.
3. Lyudmila Mikhailovna Alexeyeva, who has been awarded 2015 Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize, hails from which country?
Lyudmila Mikhailovna Alexeyeva is Russian human right activist. She was awarded The third Václav Havel Human Rights Prize which honours outstanding civil society action in defence of human rights. Ludmilla Alexeeva, now aged 88, is a veteran human rights defender in her native Russia. In her youth, she gave up a promising academic career to join the Soviet dissident movement, going on to become a founding member of the Moscow Helsinki Group. Forced to emigrate to the US in 1977, she returned to Russia in 1989 to continue her work, becoming President of the International Helsinki Foundation and later joining the Russian President’s Commission on Human Rights.
4. Which city is the venue for 13th World Spice Congress, which is to be held in February, 2016?
The 13th World Spice Congress (WSC) will be held here from February 27 to 29, 2016. The theme of the biennial global event will be ‘Target 2020: Clean, Safe and Sustainable Supply Chain’. The 13th WSC seeks to hammer out a credible and actionable roadmap to further push the growth of spices industry and address its challenges across the globe. The event is being jointly organised by the Spices Board, The Cochin Hill Produce Merchants’ Association, and India Pepper and Spice Trade Association (IPSTA).
5. Who was adjudged Best CEO of a Multi National Company for 2015 at the Forbes India Leadership Awards?
[C]R C Bharghava
Answer: Uday Shankar
Uday Shankar, CEO of Star India was adjudged Best CEO of a Multi National Company for 2015 at the Forbes India Leadership Awards. Other prominent winners wereAdi Godrej, Chairman of the Godrej Group and R S Sodhi, MD of Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation Ltd (Amul) who received the ‘Conscious Capitalist Company for the Year Award’ shared this year by Godrej Consumer Products Ltd and GCMMF; while R C Bhargava of Maruti-Suzuki received a Lifetime Achievement Award.
6. Which state has maximum solar potential capacity in India?
According to a National Institute of Solar Energy estimate, India has solar potential of 750GW. Rajasthan has the maximum capacity of 142GW, followed by Jammu and Kashmir at 111GW.
7. Which one of the following is not a mandate crop of The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT)?
Answer: Green Gram
The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) is an international organization which conducts agricultural research for rural development, headquartered in Patancheru, Hyderabad, Telangana. ICRISAT performs crop improvement research, using conventional as well as methods derived from biotechnology, on the following crops (mandate crops): sorghum, pearl millet, chickpea, pigeonpea and groundnut. Recently, ICRISAT has made finger millet its mandate crop.
8. The CORPAT is a bilateral maritime exercise between which countries?
[A]India and Sri Lanka
[B]Sri Lanka and China
[C]India and Indonesia
[D]Pakistan and China
Answer: India and Indonesia
CORPAT is a bilateral maritime exercise between India and Indonesia. Both countries have been carrying out maritime exercise twice a year since 2002. The CORPAT exercise between the two navies carries search and rescue operations, institutes measures for vessels indulged in unlawful activities as well as control pollution. The 26th edition of the CORPAT will be held in the Andaman Sea on October 17-18.
9. Angria Bank, where new coral reef site has been discovered recently, is in ___?
[D]Bay of Bengal
Answer: Arabian Sea
The scientists of the National Institute of Oceanography have discovered new coral reef site in Arabian Sea, some 100-110 kms of the coastal districts of Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg of Maharashtra. The place is known as Angria Bank, named after famous Maratha Admiral Kanhoji Angre, who is known to have fought a battle there. “The peculiarity of Angria Bank corals is that it is in the middle of the sea. Unlike other corals which are either coastal in nature like the Gulf of Mannar or the Andaman and Nicobar corals which are island corals, the Angria Bank is in the middle of the sea.
10. By defeating which country China has clinched the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship title?
China defeated Philippines to capture the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship title. The triumph earns the Chinese national team direct qualification into the basketball tournament at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil. Iran finished 3rd in the tournament.