Current Affairs Questions and Answers - August 21, 2015Q1.With which of the following organisations, the Union Transport Ministry is in collaboration to work on developing cost-effective battery technologies to make electric buses economically viable?
D. BHELView Answer / Hide Answer
Q2. On 20th Aug’15 with which country, the agreement for exchange of information with respect to taxes has been approved by the Cabinet?
ANSWER: A. ISRO
This initiative will also help in cutting down on the carbon emissions especially in the urban areas. A meeting was held on 20th Aug’15 in this regard between the officials from the Road and Highways Ministry, the Science and Technology Ministry and ISRO. The road ministry will within a week submit all its documents with regard to battery-specification requirement to ISRO. ISRO will develop a time-bound programme for the development of these commercial batteries.
D. UAE View Answer / Hide Answer
Q3. Name the country that will host ‘Call To Action Summit’ on 27th Aug’15, aimed at ending preventable child and maternal deaths?
ANSWER: B. Seychelles
The cabinet has approved the signing and ratification agreement between India and Seychelles for exchange of information with respect to taxes. The Agreement will stimulate the flow of exchange of information between India and Seychelles for tax purposes, which will help curb tax evasion and tax avoidance. The Union Cabinet also gave its approval for the signing of the revised Air Services Agreement (ASA) between India and Seychelles to modernize and update the existing ASA signed in 1978.
D. IndiaView Answer / Hide Answer
Q4. Who has been appointed as Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of national carrier Air India for three years?
ANSWER: D. India
The programme--Call To Action Summit-- will be attended by Health Ministers from 24 countries, state health ministers from India and International academic experts. It will provide a platform to deliberate upon the importance of systems, innovations, convergence and evidence in ending preventable maternal and child deaths.
A. Rajeev Lohati
B. Ashwani Lohani
C. R K Singh
D. Rohit NandanView Answer / Hide Answer
Q5. Which country’s scientists have found a way to take carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air and make carbon nanofibres, a valuable manufacturing material?
ANSWER: B. Ashwani Lohani
On 20th Aug’15 Ashwani Lohani was appointed as Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of national carrier Air India for three years. He will be replacing Rohit Nandan, whose extended tenure ends on 21st August. The Appointments Committee of Cabinet has approved appointment of Lohani, a 1980 batch Indian Railway Service of Mechanical Engineers (IRSME) officer, as CMD, Air India Ltd. He is presently working as Managing Director of Madhya Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation in Bhopal.
B. United States
D. SingaporeView Answer / Hide Answer
Q6. Name the port where a Greek government chartered ferry has arrived near Athens, after picking up almost 2,500 migrants from islands near the Turkish coast?
ANSWER: B. United States
Scientists in the U.S. have found a way to take carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air and make carbon nanofibres, a valuable manufacturing material. Their solar-powered system runs just a few volts of electricity through a vat full of a hot, molten salt; CO2 is absorbed and the nanofibres gradually assemble at one of the electrodes. It currently produces 10g in an hour. The team suggests it could be scaled up and makes an impact on CO2 emissions, but other researchers are unsure. Nonetheless, it could offer a cheaper way of making carbon nanofibres than existing methods.
B. Cape Matapan
D. CycladesView Answer / Hide Answer
Q7. In which state an efficient smart street lighting project ‘RISHTA’ was launched on 20th Aug’15?
ANSWER: A. Piraeus
The migrants, most of them Syrian refugees, boarded the Eleftherios Venizelos car ferry in Kos, Kalymnos, Leros and Lesvos in the past few days. The influx of migrants in Greece has increased dramatically in the past month to around 50,000. Greece has become the main transit point for migrants into the European Union in the past few months, with UN officials estimating that almost 160,000 have arrived on its shores since January.
A. Himachal Pradesh
C. Madhya Pradesh
D. KarnatakaView Answer / Hide Answer
Q8. To marked the anniversary of which leader ‘Sadbhavna Diwas’ observed by the Meghalaya along with the rest of the country?
ANSWER: A. Himachal Pradesh
It makes Himachal Pradesh the first state in North India to do so. Known as LED based Energy, Efficient and CCMS (Centralized Control and Monitoring System) Smart Street Lighting Scheme for Urban Local bodies and named as Rajiv Gandhi Illuminating Scheme for Hill Town Advancement (RISHTA). The Urban Development Department has taken this innovative in collaboration with EESL (Energy Efficient Services Limited), a joint venture company formed by 4 power sectors-National Thermal Power Corporation, Power Grid Corporation of India, Power Finance Corporation Ltd. and Rural Electrification Corporation. Under the scheme, the EESL will invest all the capital upfront.
A. Lala Lajpat Rai
B. Subhash Chandra Bose
C. Rajeev Gandhi
D. Sardar Vallabhbhai PatelView Answer / Hide Answer
Q9. On 20th Aug’15 which of the following badminton players regained the first rank in the world badminton rankings?
ANSWER: C. Rajeev Gandhi
The birth anniversary of Rajeev Gandhi was observed on 20th Aug’15.
A. Carolina Martin
B. Saina Nehwal
C. Ashwini Poppanna
D. Jwala GuttaView Answer / Hide Answer
Q10. Who has been appointed as the President of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) on 19th Aug’15?
ANSWER: B. Saina Nehwal
Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal regained the number one spot in world badminton rankings by toppling Spaniard Carolina Martin to whom she had lost in the summit clash of the just-concluded World Championships. Olympic bronze medallist Saina, who was beaten by Carolina at Jakarta on 16th Aug’15, dethroned the Spaniard in the latest Badminton World Federation ranking released on 20th Aug’15.
A. Lamine Diack
B. David Russel
C. Sebastian Coe
D. None of theseView Answer / Hide Answer
Q11. With effect from which day, the Ministry of Road, Transport and Highways issued a notification to introduce the Bharat Stage IV' compliant four wheeler vehicles throughout the country?
ANSWER: C. Sebastian Coe
The world government body of athletics, the International Association of Athletics Federations - the IAAF, has chosen the British former Olympic champion Sebastian Coe as its new president. His election comes at a time, when the organisation is facing allegations of widespread doping in the sport. He succeeds Senegalese Lamine Diack, 82, who has led the IAAF for 16 years.
A. 31st Dec’15
B. 1st Jan’16
C. 1st Apr’17
D. 31st Mar’16 View Answer / Hide Answer
Q12. Name the Bollywood actor who has been named as an advocate for United Nations’ campaign on gender equality?
ANSWER: C. 1st Apr’17
The sale and registration of vehicles not meeting the new emission norms won't be allowed in the country from April 2017 and only Bharat Stage compliant four-wheeler vehicles will be manufactured. BS-IV norm was first introduced in the country in April 2010.
A. Amitabh Bachchan
B. Salman Khan
C. Arshad Warsi
D. Anupam KherView Answer / Hide Answer
Q13. Name the person who became the first-ever Indian to be chosen as one of the members of the prestigious Council of the IAAF, the global governing body of athletics on 19 July 2015?
ANSWER: D. Anupam Kher
Anupam Kher has been appointed as the UN ambassador of the 'HeForShe' campaign for gender equality. The 'HeForShe' campaign has been initiated by UN Women. Its goal is to engage men as agents of change for the achievement of gender equality and women's rights, by encouraging them to take action against inequalities faced by women and girls.
A. Amrinder Gill
B. Lala Amarnath
C. Adille Sumariwalla
D. Aditya DasView Answer / Hide Answer
Q14. Name the writer awarded the prestigious ‘Maharashtra Bhushan’ award on 20th Aug’15 by the Maharashtra Government?
ANSWER: C. Adille Sumariwalla
He is an Olympian 100m runner and President of the Athletics Federation of India (AFI), was elected as one of the nine individual members of the all-powerful IAAF Council at the IAAF’s 50th Congress held at Beijing.
A. Balasaheb Nemade
B. Dudh Nath Singh
C. Babasaheb Purandre
D. Ram NaikView Answer / Hide Answer
ANSWER: C. Babasaheb Purandre
Babasaheb Purandare is a well-known writer and theatre personality from Maharashtra, known for his ballads and writing on Maratha warrior Shivaji.