GK & Current Affairs Quiz: October 16, 2019
Published: October 16, 2019
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1. Who has become the first black woman to won the 2019 Man Booker Prize for Fiction?
[A] Eleanor Catton
[B] Margaret Atwood
[C] Anne Enright
[D] Bernardine Evaristo
Correct Answer: D [Bernardine Evaristo]
In London, Margaret Atwood and Bernardine Evaristo have jointly won the prestigious 2019 Man Booker Prize for Fiction for their novels – ‘The Testament’ and ‘Girl, Woman, Other’, respectively. The pair will split the literary award’s £50,000 prize money equally. The Booker rules say the prize must not be divided, but the judges insisted they “couldn’t separate” the two works. Atwood (79) is the oldest-ever Booker winner, while Evaristo is the first black woman to win since its creation in 1969.
2. Which airline has become the world’s first airline to use Taxibot on A-320 aircraft?
[A] Alaska Airlines
[B] Air India
[D] Hawaiian Airlines
Correct Answer: B [Air India]
Air India has become the first airline in the world to use a Taxibot on a A-320 aircraft with passengers on board. Taxibot is a robot-used aircraft tractor for taxiing an aircraft from parking bay to runway and vice-versa. Air India CMD Ashwani Lohani flagged off flight AI665 and it was carried to runway using Taxibot at Terminal 3 of the Delhi Airport – to Mumbai. It is a pilot controlled semi-robotic towbar-less aircraft tractor used as alternate taxiing equipment.
3. Which Indian shuttler clinched the men’s singles title at the 2019 Bahrain International Series Badminton?
[A] Lakshya Sen
[B] Priyanshu Rajawat
[C] Venkat Gaurav Prasad
[D] Kidambi Srikanth
Correct Answer: B [Priyanshu Rajawat]
Indian shuttler Priyanshu Rajawat has won the men’s singles title at the 2019 Bahrain International Series Badminton at Isa Town. He beat top-seed Jason Anthony Ho-Shue from Canada in the finals 16-21, 21-7, 21-12 in the summit clash. Top-seeded Indian mixed double pair of Juhi Dewangan and Venkat Gaurav Prasad also finished at the top. In women’s singles, Ira Sharma finished second best.
4. On which date, the 2019 edition of International Day of Rural Women is observed?
[A] October 15
[B] October 19
[C] October 17
[D] October 16
Correct Answer: A [October 15]
The International Day of Rural Women is celebrated every year on 15th of October to recognize the critical role and contribution of rural women (including indigenous women) in increasing agricultural and rural development, improving food security and eradicating rural poverty”. The 2019 theme is “Rural women and girls building climate resilience”.
5. Alexei Leonov, who passed away recently, was the legendary cosmonaut of which country?
[A] South Korea
[C] United States
Correct Answer: D [Russia]
Alexei Leonov (85), the legendary Soviet Russian cosmonaut, has passed away in Moscow on October 11, 2019. On 18th March 1965, he created history by becoming the first human to conduct a spacewalk for 12 minutes and 9 seconds during the Voskhod 2 mission.
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