GK & Current Affairs: September 29, 30, 2015
1. Who has won the PGA of American Player of the year award?
Answer: Jordan Spieth
American golfer Jordan Spieth has been awarded the PGA of America Player of the Year award and the Vardon Trophy for the lowest scoring average. Spieth has become the second youngest player after Tiger Woods to capture both awards in the same year. The 22-year-old, who also won Masters and US Open this season, recaptured his world number one rank when he recently clinched the FedEX Cup title in the Tour Championship at Atlanta.
2. Viren Dangwal, who passed away recently, was a famous poet in which language?
Viren Dangwal was a renowned Hindi poet and Sahitya Academy recipient. His famous write up was Kavi Ne kaha besides his collection ‘ Dushchakra me Shrista’ earned him the Sahitya Academy award in 2004 and Shamsher Samman in 2002. In 1992 he got the Raghuveer Sahay Smriti Award for his poem Duniya. In 1993 he received the Srikant Verma Smriti Award.
3. Which among the following is the first made in India sports car?
The DC Avanti is a sports car produced by DC Design, an Indian design firm headed by Dilip Chhabria. Its name was based on the Studebaker Avanti and it is a reference to The Adventures of Tintin comics. It was unveiled at the 2012 Auto Expo in Delhi. The DC Avanti is powered by a Renault-sourced, 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine producing 250 bhp with a six-speed dual-clutch transmission.
4. Who has won the prestigious 2015 SASTRA-Ramanujan Prize?
[C]R K Dawan
Answer: Jacob Tsimerman
Jacob Tsimerman of the University of Toronto, Canada has been chosen for the prestigious 2015 SASTRA-Ramanujan Prize for his contribution in the field of Mathematics. Tsimerman is one of the few mathematicians to have complete mastery over two very different areas of mathematics, analytic number theory and algebraic geometry. Much of Tsimerman’s research stems from his spectacular doctoral thesis entitled “Towards an unconditional proof of the Andre-Oort conjecture and surrounding problems” that he wrote at Princeton University in 2010 under the direction of Prof Peter Sarnak. Born The prize will be awarded in December, 2015 at the International Conference on Number Theory at SASTRA University in Kumbakonam, Ramanujan’s hometown.
5. Frank Tyson, who died recently, was a well known cricketer belongs to which country?
Frank Tyson was the former England fast bowler, and renowned as one of the quickest to have ever played the game. Earning the nickname ‘Typhoon’ for his extreme pace, Tyson played 17 Tests for England between 1954 and 1959, taking 76 wickets at an average of 18.56. His demanding action put huge strain on his body and he retired at the age of 30. One of Tyson’s most memorable performances came in the 1954-55 Ashes in Australia, in which he picked up 28 wickets in five Tests, at an average of 20.82, helping England achieve a 3-1 win and formed a potent new-ball partnership with Brian Statham in the series.
6. India’s Ayonika Paul represents which of the following sport/event?
Ayonika Paul is an Indian shooter who competes in the 10 metre air rifle event. She won the silver medal in the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. She had earlier won Bronze in ISSF World Cup 2014 in Slovenia. She won bronze medal at Asian Air Gun championship 2015.
7. Who is the author of the book “Rebooting Government”?
Answer: Nandan Nilekani
Nandan Nilekani, the former chairman of Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) is the author of Rebooting Government. The book is co-authored with former UIDAI colleague Viral Shah and to be released in November 2015.
8. Which of the following automaker is in news for emission cheating scandal?
The German car giant Volkswagen is in news for emission cheating scandal. The automaker has admitted cheating emissions tests in the US. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), some cars being sold in America had devices in diesel engines that could detect when they were being tested, changing the performance accordingly to improve results. This resulted in a major discrepancy between the measured emissions and those produced during real-world driving—where the affected vehicles emitted up to 35 times the legal limit of nitrogen oxides (Nox). The offending programming was included in Volkswagen and Audi models between model years 2009 and 2015; it was included on 500,000 vehicles in the United States, and an estimated eleven million cars worldwide.
9. On which of the following days International Day of Older Persons is celebrated?
Answer: October 1
International Day of Older Persons is observed on 1 October every year. On 14 December 1990, the United Nations General Assembly designated 1 October the International Day of Older Persons. This was preceded by initiatives such as the Vienna International Plan of Action on Ageing which was adopted by the 1982 World Assembly on Ageing and endorsed later that year by the UN General Assembly. The theme of the 2015 commemoration is “Sustainability and Age Inclusiveness in the Urban Environment”.
10. The Champions of the Earth award is the highest environmental award given by which organization?
[C]World Trade Organisation
Answer: United Nations
The Champions of the Earth award is the United Nations highest environmental honour recognizing visionary people and organisations all over the world that exemplify leadership and advocate action on sustainable development, climate change and a life of dignity for all. The award was established in 2004.