GK & Current Affairs Quiz: February 13, 2018
First Published: February 13, 2018 | Last Updated:March 17, 2018
Who will be the first female Hindu lawmaker in Pakistan since 1947?
[B] Chandra Prabha
[C] Pallavi Lachhani
[D] Shivani Prasad
Krishna Kumari will be the first female Hindu lawmaker in Pakistan since 1947, when Pakistan gained independence from Britain. Nasir Shah, the spokesman in the provincial government of Sindh Province, stated that Kumari is poised to become lawmaker in the 3rd March 2018 elections for the Upper House of Parliament after the country’s Opposition party nominated her for the Senate’s upcoming elections. Kumari has worked as a social worker and also for a Pakistani charity seeking to create awareness among people about the importance of education and the struggle to achieve basic human rights, guaranteed under Pakistan’s constitution but often trampled upon by landowners and tribal chieftains.
Who has been honored with the 2018 Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership?
[B] Pedro Pires
[C] Joaquim Chissano
[D] Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, former Liberian President, has been honored with the 2018 Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership for excellence in African leadership. The $5 million African Leadership prize is awarded by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation which honors role models on a continent where many leaders have stayed in power for decades. Sirleaf, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate and Africa’s first female president, is also the first female and only the fifth person to receive the Ibrahim leadership award since it was established in 2007.
Who has become the first Indian golfer to qualify for the China Ladies PGA Tour?
[B] Gaurika Bishnoi
[C] Sharmila Nicollet
[D] Saaniya Sharma
Sharmila Nicollet from Bengaluru has become the first Indian golfer to qualify for the China Ladies PGA Tour. She fought her way back into the tournament in the last two rounds to earn a card for the Tour, which had Women’s World rankings points also. Sharmila, who played on the Ladies European Tour before losing her full card, played her three rounds in the CLPGA Tour Qualifying School in 77-73-72 to finish in tied 21st and pick one of the 30 cards available in the 88-player field.
Johann Johannsson, the renowned musician has passed away. He hailed from which country?
Johann Johannsson (48), the acclaimed Icelandic musician, has passed away in Berlin, Germany on February 8, 2018. He was known for giving background scores to films such as “Arrival”, “Sicario” and “The Theory of Everything”. He won a Golden Globe in 2015 for his score to the Stephen Hawking biopic. His work is stylised by its blending of traditional orchestration with contemporary electronic elements
What is the theme of the 2018 World Radio Day (WRD)?
[B] Radio and Peace
[C] Radio and World
[D] Radio is You
The World Radio Day (WRD) is observed every year on February 13 to remember the unique power of radio which touches lives and brings people together from every corner of the globe. It is the day, in 1946, United Nations Radio was established. The 2018 theme ‘Radio and Sports’ will promote the inseparable relationship between sports and gender, as well as how improved gender equality in sports broadcasting can lead to greater freedom of expression for all..
Which Indian city has been named in the list of 15 wealthiest cities globally, as per latest report by New World Wealth?
India’s financial capital Mumbai, with a total wealth of $950 billion, has been named 12th wealthiest city among the top 15 wealthiest cities globally. Mumbai also features among the top 10 cities in terms of billionaire population. The city is home to 28 billionaires, individuals with $1 billion or more in net assets. According to a new report by New World Wealth, the list was topped by New York with a total wealth of $3 trillion. London ranked second in the list with $2.7 trillion, followed by Tokyo ($2.5 trillion), and San Francisco Bay area ($2.3 trillion). Total wealth, refers to the private wealth held by all the individuals living in each city. It includes all their assets (property, cash, equities, business interests) less any liabilities. Government funds are excluded from the figures.
K P Ramanunni has been conferred with the 2017 Sahitya Akademi Award for Malayalam literature. He hails from which state?
[C] Tamil Nadu
K P Ramanunni from Kerala has been conferred with the 2017 Sahitya Akademi Award for Malayalam literature for his novel “Daivathinte Pusthakam”, which deals with India’s communal situation, at a function in New Delhi on February 12, 2018. He received a casket containing an engraved copper-plaque, a shawl and a cheque of Rs 1 lakh. However, the highlight of the event was that Ramanunni donated his prize money of Rs 1 lakh to the mother of Junaid Khan, the teen stabbed to death on a Mathura-bound train from New Delhi in June 2017. Junaid Khan from Haryana was lynched to death while he was returning home after Eid shopping.
Parbati Ghose, who passed away recently, was the first female filmmaker of which state?
Parbati Ghose (85), the first female filmmaker of Odisha, has passed away in Bhubaneswar on February 11, 2018. She was a symbol of women’s empowerment when an idea like empowerment was unheard of. Her other important works include short film ‘Pitei Nani’ on women emancipation, biopic on the noted philanthropist and freedom fighter Malati Choudhury, serial ‘Pura Puri Parabarika’ for Doordarshan, telefilm ‘Paribartan’ on tribal health in their local dialect and telefilm ‘Pratibha’ based on the famous novel by Utkal Kesri Dr. Hare Krushna Mahtab to mark the celebrations of 50 years of Independence.
The Central Institute of Agricultural Engineering (CIAE) is located in which city?
The Central Institute of Agricultural Engineering (CIAE) is located in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.. It is a higher seat of learning, research and development in the field of agriculture. The CIAE is an autonomous body, an Indian Council of Agricultural Research subsidiary, under the Union Ministry of Agriculture.
Who has been conferred with the 2017 Sahitya Akademi Award for Assamese literature?
[B] Urmi Ghanshyam Desai
[C] Afsar Ahmed
[D] Jayant Madhab Bora
Jayant Madhab Bora has been conferred with the 2017 Sahitya Akademi Award for Assamese literature for his novel “Moriahola”. The annual Sahitya Akademi awards for 2017 were presented at a function in New Delhi on February 12, 2018. The awards were given in 24 languages. The awarded works includes Seven novels, five collections each of poetries and short stories, five works of literary criticism, a play and a book of essays. Excerpts are as follows: Afsar Ahmed received the award for his Bengali Novel ‘Sei Nikhonj Manusta’ and in Bodo language Rita Boro was presented the honours for her Novel ‘Thwisam’. While in Dogri, Shiv Mehta received the award for his short stories ‘Banna’, Urmi Ghanshyam Desai got the award for her literary criticism Gujarati Vyakaranna Baso Varsh. The awardee received a casket containing an engraved copper-plaque, a shawl and a cheque of Rs 1 lakh.