GK & Current Affairs Quiz: August 28, 2017
First Published: August 28, 2017 | Last Updated:October 27, 2017
Which country has won the 2017 South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) under-15 football Championship?
Indian football team has won the 2017 South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) under-15 football Championship by defeating Nepal by 2-1 in the final at Kathmandu in Nepal on August 27. Vikram Pratap Singh was declared best player of the championship. India won all four matches in the championship. In the league matches, India beat Maldives by 9-0 and host Nepal by 2-1. In the semifinal India defeated Bhutan by 3-0. India scored 16 goals and conceded just two.
Who has won the 2017 women’s singles World Badminton championships (WBC)?
[B] Nozomi Okuhara
[C] Hsiao Huan Chen
[D] Xin Okuhara
Japanese shuttler Nozomi Okuhara has won the 2017 women’s singles World Badminton championships (WBC) by defeating P V Sindhu in the final by 12-21, 21-17, 21-10 at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow, Scotland. With this, Sindhu had to settle for silver in the championship. Earlier, Saina Nehwal ended her campaign with a bronze. The Badminton Association of India (BAI) has announced cash award of Rs 10 lakh for Sindhu and Rs five lakh for Saina following their medal winning performances at the world Championships. Sindhu, who had won bronze twice in the 2013 and 2014 editions, became only the second Indian to win a silver medal after Saina Nehwal had achieved the feat in the last edition at Jakarta in 2015.
Who has won 2017 Formulae 1 Belgian Grand Prix tournament?
[B] Sebastian Vettel
[C] Lewis Hamilton
[D] Max Verstappen
Lewis Hamilton, a British racing driver who races in Formula One for the Mercedes AMG Petronas team, has won the 2017 Belgian Grand Prix at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in Stavelot, Belgium on August 27, 2017.
The National Sports Talent Search Portal has officially launched in which city?
[D] New Delhi
Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu has officially launched the Union Sports Ministry’s much-awaited National Sports Talent Search Portal at a function in the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium in New Delhi on August 28, 2017. The portal will enable any person from across country to upload his information and as per that the Ministry will tap their talent and train them further in their respective disciplines. The portal will provide a three step simple process for registration, profile creation and upload of achievements. Around 1000 children will be selected and they will receive scholarships of Rs 5 lakh per year for eight years. The portal will be available in English and other regional languages so that any boy or girl can upload his or her achievements from any part of the country. The portal will also be available as App which can be downloaded on smart phones.
Who has been sworn-in as the new Chief Justice of India (CJI)?
[B] Dipak Misra
[C] Shekhar Gupta
[D] Nirmal Jain
Justice Dipak Misra has been sworn-in as the new Chief Justice of India (CJI) and will have tenure of nearly 13 months. He succeeded Chief Justice J S Khehar. Justice Misra was enrolled as an Advocate in 1977 and practiced in Constitutional, Civil, Criminal, Revenue, Service and Sales Tax matters in the Orissa High Court and the Service Tribunal. He was appointed as an Additional Judge of the Orissa High Court in 1996 and became permanent Judge in December, 1997. He also served as the Chief Justice of Patna and Delhi High Courts. In 2011, Justice Misra was elevated as a Judge in the Supreme Court.
Which country to host the 2017 Indian Ocean Conference (IOC)?
The 2nd edition of Indian Ocean Conference (IOC) will be held in Colombo, Sri Lanka on August 31, 2017 with theme “Peace, progress, and prosperity”. The 2-day conference is being co-hosted by the India Foundation, a Delhi-based think tank, in collaboration with RSIS, Singapore, and NIFS, Colombo — both research and study centers. The representatives from around 35 countries are expected to participate in the event. From India, External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj will participate in the conference. The conference will also be attended by officials from the USA, Australia and Germany among others.
Which Indian-origin boy has recently got top score in Mensa IQ in United Kingdom (UK)?
[B] Jayeesh Seth
[C] Dhruv Garg
[D] Nitin Das
Dhruv Garg, an Indian-origin boy from Wokingham in south east England, in the United Kingdom (UK) has got the highest possible score of 162 on a Mensa IQ test that placed him in the top 1% people in the world who achieved this feat. Garg, who goes to Reading School, a grammar in Berkshire, has also been developing an app to combat social isolation by helping lonely people meet up. The app connects people who live in the same area who want to meet new people. Mensa is believed to be the largest and oldest high IQ society in the world. Membership is open to anyone who can demonstrate an IQ in the top two per cent of the population, measured by a recognised or approved IQ testing process.
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has recently approved Spice Digital to process bill payments under BBPS. Where is the headquarters of the Spice Digital?
The Spice Digital Limited (SDL) has received the final licence from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), to process bill payments as a Bharat Bill Payment Operating Unit (BBPOU) in the Bharat Bill Payment System (BBPS). The BBPS is a RBI conceptualised system driven by National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI). It is a one-stop payment platform for all bills providing an interoperable and accessible “Anytime Anywhere” bill payment service to all customers across India with certainty, reliability and safety of transactions. The headquarters of the Spice Digital is located at Noida in National Capital Territory of Delhi (NCR). The company provides Telco Solutions, Value Added Services (MVAS), Enterprise Solutions, Financial technology, GSP and Digital transformation products and services. It is a subsidiary of listed entity S Mobility, which has diversified interests in telecom space.
Which of the following IIT institutes have developed biosensor to detect kidney disorders?
[B] IIT Kanpur and IIT Bombay
[C] IIT Indore and IIT Delhi
[D] IIT Delhi and IIT Kanpur
The Indian Institutes of Technology, Bombay and Indore, have jointly developed a biosensor that makes it possible to detect kidney disorders in less than 8 minutes. The biosensor can accurately measure both the pH and urea concentration with a single drop of urine. The researchers who developed it say that it will help make a point-of-care test to determine whether the kidneys are functioning normally. The biosensor is made by encapsulating an enzyme urease and a molecule FITC-dextran in alginate microspheres. The combination glows in response to a chemical reaction with urea and changes in pH when urine is added. The fluorescence reduces when the pH is acidic and increases when it is alkaline. The changes in fluorescence intensity are measured, which helps to calculate the values of pH and urea. Thus, it will help make a rapid and accurate point-of-care diagnostic test for kidney disorders.
The Abohar Wildlife Sanctuary (AWLS) is located in which state?
[B] Himachal Pradesh
[C] Uttar Pradesh
The Abohar Wildlife Sanctuary (AWLS) is located at a distance of 15 km from the city Abohar in the Fazilka district of Punjab and spread over 186.5 sq km area. It is a unique open sanctuary which encompasses 13 revenue villages. The sanctuary is known for highest number of black bucks, besides other protected species. Its 100-m diameter area is termed as Eco-Sensitive Zone (ESZ). It is home to several varieties of flora and fauna such as Acacia nilotica, Azadirachata indica, Blue Bull, Porcupines, Hare and Wild Boar.