GK & Current Affairs : June 5, 6, 2015
1. India’s first exclusive hospital for elephant will come up in which state?
India’s first exclusive hospital for elephant will be set up in Kerala. The hospital will have an in-patient treatment facility for 10 elephants at a time. The hospital will also have state- of-the-art laboratory facilities. The proposed hospital will come up on a five-acre plot in the Kerala veterinary and animal science university, Mannuthy.
2. What was India’s rank in the medal tally at the 21st Asian Athletics Championship?
India finished third position at the 21st Asian Athletics Championship. India secured a medal haul of 4 gold, 5 silver and 4 bronze in the championships behind China (15, 13, 13) and Qatar (7, 2, 1). Japan (4, 3, 11) and Bahrain (3, 3, 2) finished fourth and fifth respectively. This was India’s best finish after 2007 in Amman, Jordan where country was placed second.
3. Which of the following two states of India have bus connectivity with Bangladesh currently (June 2015)?
[A]Tripura and Manipur
[B]West Bengal and Assam
[C]Tripura and West Bengal
[D]Odisha and West Bengal
Answer: Tripura and West Bengal
At present West Bengal and Tripura has direct bus connectivity with Bangladesh. The Kolkata–Dhaka Bus (1999) and the Dhaka–Agartala Bus (2001) are the primary road links between the two countries. Recently, Prime Minister Modi and his Bangladeshi counterpart Shiekh Hasina flagged off the Kolkata-Dhaka-Agartala and Dhaka-Shillong-Guwahati bus services in Dhaka. The Kolkata-Dhaka-Agartala service will reduce the travel time between the capitals of India’s West Bengal and Tripura states by one-third.
4. Which movie has won the top honors at 16th International India Film Academy awards?
Vikas Bahl’s directional Queen movie has won top honors at 16th edition of International India Film Academy awards. Queen, a coming-of-age story of a woman’s self discovery won awards in the best picture, best story and best performance in leading role female category at the three day long IIFA awards function. In the leading role male category, Shahid Kapoor won the award for his performance in Haider.
5. Lipulekh is a Himalayan pass between India and which two countries?
[A]Nepal and Bhutan
[B]Bhutan and China
[C]China and Nepal
[D]Pakistan and China
Answer: China and Nepal
Lipulekh is a Himalayan pass between Nepal, India and China. It has been used since ancient times by traders, mendicants and pilgrims transiting between Nepal and Tibet. This is used by Manasarovar pilgrims. After the Indian prime minster’s visit to China in 2015, India and China agreed to open a trading post in Lipulekh, which was not welcomed by Nepal.
6. As per World Bank, which country has highest investment commitment in 2014?
According World Bank report, Brazil has highest investment commitment in 2014. India has figured in top five emerging economies for highest investment commitments in private sector, infrastructure sectors – energy, transport and water. The top five countries with the highest investment commitments in 2014 are Brazil, Turkey, Peru, Colombia and India.
7. Dasaradhi Rangacharya, who passed away recently, was a famous writer of which language?
Dasaradhi Rangacharya was a well known poet and writer in Telugu. H is also called as a freedom fighter. He is an active member of the Telanagana Movement against the autocratic rule of the Nizams. He went underground and took part in the Telangana Armed Struggle till Hyderabad was liberated. In 1969, his pen attracted the spotlight with ‘Chillara Devullu’ (The Lesser Deities). He followed it up, writing ‘Modugu Poolu’ (Fire Flowers) in 1971, a chronicle of the history of Telangana. Chillara Devullu brought him Central Sahitya Akademi award. Jeevanayanam was his autobiography.
8. Which space body has won the 2015 space pioneer award for science and engineering?
Indian Space Research Organisation has won the 2015 space pioneer award for science and technology. The United States Space Society presented the award in recognition of ISRO’s effort in accomplishing the Mars mission in its very first attempt. The award consists of a silvery pewter Moon globe cast by the Baker Art Foundry in Placerville, California, from a sculpture originally created by Don Davis, the well known space and astronomical artist.
9. Who is the chairman of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)?
[A]President of India
[B]Vice-President of India
[D]Minister of Science & Technology
Answer: Prime Minister
Prime Minister of India is the chairman of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research. Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) established in 1942, is an autonomous body and India’s largest research and development (R&D) organisation, with 37 laboratories and 39 field stations or extension centres spread across the nation, with a collective staff of over 17,000. It operates as an autonomous body registered under the Registration of Societies Act of 1860.
10. Which country is the “Country of honour” at China’s South Asia Expo June 2016?
India will be the country of honour at China’s annual five-day South Asia Expo to be held from June 12 in Kunming city, capital of southwest Yunnan Province. This is the third consecutive year that the South Asia Expo is being held by China to expand its trade and business footprints in South Asia where it is looking to firm up influence with huge investments in different countries. Each year, one South Asian country is made the country of honour to highlight the business potential. India is the ‘country of honour’ at this year’s expo, and Thailand is the guest of honour of the Import and Export Fair.
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