One Word GK News: 13th May 2017

Name the ransomware launched on May 13 which affected systems in 99 countries.

Answer: WannaCry

Explanation: A large-scale cyberattack has spread across  99 countries, including the UK, US, China, Russia, Spain, Italy and India.It has been dubbed ‘WannaCry’.Unknown hackers apparently launched ‘ransomware’ attacks, which basically encrypt files and demands a Bitcoin payment to regain access.
Which Indian fighter aircraft successfully test fired Derby Air-to-Air Beyond Visual Range missile?

Answer: Tejas

Explanation: Tejas has successfully test fired Derby Air-to-Air Beyond Visual Range missile in RADAR guided mode.The objective was to assess the Derby integration with aircraft systems on-board Tejas including the aircraft avionics, fire-control radar, launchers and Missile Weapon Delivery System and evaluate its performance.The test was carried out in Chandipur, Odisha.
The SIMBEX naval exercise will be held between Singapore and _______.

Answer: India

Explanation: The Indian Navy will join the Singapore Navy next week in carrying out a mega maritime exercise in the Indian Ocean.The exercise is called SIMBEX.Held since 1994, this year would be the 24th edition of the annual maritime exercise between the two countries.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared an Ebola outbreak in ______ on May 12.

Answer: Congo

Explanation: World Health Organization (WHO) has declared an Ebola outbreak in Congo.WHO Congo representative Allarangar Yokouide said in a statement that at least one person has died after contracting the virus in the country's north-east.More than 11000 people died in the Ebola outbreak in West Africa in 2014-2015, mainly in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.
Which State has become the first one in India to introduce a logo for vehicles driven by deaf people?

Answer: Telangana

Explanation: Telangana has introduced a logo for identifying vehicles driven by persons with hearing impairment and has become the first state in the country to do so.The logo was designed by Hyderabad-based graphic designer Manikanta Annapragada, who incidentally is the first person to obtain a driving license in the ‘hearing impaired’ category.The logo was chosen from 8 designs submitted by Manikanta.
Who has been appointed as Undersecretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs?

Answer: Mark Lowcock

Explanation: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has appointed British humanitarian expert Mark Lowcock as the UN Humanitarian Chief.He will replace Undersecretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Stephen O'Brien in September.Lowcock is currently the top civil servant in the British Government's Department for International Development.
Name the Indian women wrestler who won the silver medal at the 2017 Asian Wrestling Championship.

Answer: Sakshi Malik

Explanation: Three Indian women wrestlers Sakshi Malik, Vinesh Phogat and Divya Kakran bagged silver medals in their respective categories in the Asian Wrestling Championship.Sakshi Malik lost her final bout against Japan’s Risako Kawai in 60kg category, Vinesh Phogat lost the final in women's 55kg category and Divya Kakran in 69 Kg to settle with silver medals. Ritu Phogat is playing for bronze.
Which country on May 12 joined China's One Belt, One Road(OBOR) initiative?

Answer: Nepal

Explanation: Nepal formally signed the One Belt One Road framework agreement. Nepal’s formal entry into the OBOR network will allow collaboration in construction of cross-border railways and highways, transmission grids, parks, special economic zones, airports and dry ports, and funds will be provided by the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) as well as the Silk Road Fund.
ISRO will launch the GSLV MARK _____ satellite in June 2017.

Answer: 3

Explanation: India plans to launch next month its most powerful rocket that is capable of transporting a heavier 4-tonne communications satellite.ISRO will launch the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle(GSLV) Mark-III in the first week of June.It will also enable ISRO to launch from India heavier communications spacecraft to geostationary orbits of 36,000 km.
Sir Creek is located in which state?

Answer: Gujarat

Explanation: Sir Creek is located in Gujarat. A day after six Pakistanis were caught in the Sir Creek region near Gujarat coast, the Border Security Force on May 12 caught another Pakistani fishing boat from the same region.
The Central government on May 12 exempted residents of how many states from making Aadhar mandatory for PAN card?

Answer: 3

Explanation: The Centre exempted residents of Assam, Jammu and Kashmir, Meghalaya, and citizens above 80 years from mandatory quoting of Aadhaar to obtain PAN cards and file income tax returns.The announcement has been made by the government at a time when a case challenging mandatory use of Aadhaar is pending in Supreme Court.This was done under Section 139AA of the Income-tax Act, 1961.
The SPYDER missile defence system has been developed by ________.

Answer: Israel

Explanation: The SPYDER missile defence system has been developed by Israel. Spyder (Surface-to-air PYthon and DERby) is a low-level, quick-reaction surface-to-air missile system capable of engaging aircraft, helicopters, unmanned air vehicles, drones, and precision-guided munitions.
Which social science institute has released the 2016 Indian Exclusion Report?

Answer: Centre for Equity Studies

Explanation: According to the 2016 Indian Exclusion Report released by the Centre for Equity Studies, in terms of exclusion from access to public goods, Dalits, Adivasis and Muslims continue to remain the worst-hit communities.The report determines exclusion by taking into account four public goods, namely, pensions for the elderly, digital access, agricultural land, and legal justice for undertrials.
Which online facility has been launched by the Union Government to provide direct solution to problem of agriculture sector? 

Answer: e-Krishi Samvad

Explanation: Radha Mohan Singh, the Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, has recently launched an online interface “e-Krishi Samvad” in New Delhi to provide direct solution to the problem faced by farmers in the agriculture sector. The e-Krishi Samvad is an internet-based interface and is a unique platform that will provide direct and effective solutions to the problems faced by farmers and stakeholders.
As per the Savills Tech Cities Index, which Indian city has been named the world’s most affordable tech city?

Answer: Bengaluru

Explanation: Bengaluru has been named the world’s most affordable tech city in the new Savills Tech Cities Index.The Indian technology hub is the most affordable out of 22 cities that were graded on different parameters.While the per-week rent is $236 (roughly Rs 15000) in the city as compared to the global average of $368 (almost Rs 24000), the city ranked 20th overall.Austin,Texas,USA is ranked 1st.
Name the Indian women banker who has won the 2017 Woodrow Wilson Award.

Answer: Chanda Kochhar

Explanation: ICICI Bank chief Chanda Kochhar has become the first Indian woman to be conferred with the prestigious Woodrow Wilson Award for Global Corporate Citizenship.She has joined the league of former Indian recipients-- former President and space scientist APJ Abdul Kalam and IT honcho Narayana Murthy.The award was instituted in 1998 by the prestigious Wilson Center.
Which Housing finance company has launched a new housing scheme called, ‘Griha Siddhi’?

Answer: LIC Housing Finance

Explanation: LIC Housing Finance has come up with a new home loan product ‘Griha Siddhi’ to match State Bank of India’s recent move to cut interest rate on homes loans in the affordable housing segment by up to 25 basis points.A special segment for women borrowers for loans up to Rs 25 lakh at an interest rate of 8.35% per annum. For other borrowers, the interest rate will be 8.4%.
As per the new index of industrial production(IIP) series declared on May 12. India's IIP in March 2017 was ______%.

Answer: 2.7

Explanation: The new-look index of industrial production and the wholesale price index, which were declared on May 12.The series has been revised after eight years.Calculated in accordance with the new series, while the IIP rose 2.7% in March, against 1.9% in February, the WPI inflation rate declined to a four-month low of 3.85%in April, against 5.29% in the previous month.
As per a recent RBI audit, which bank under-reported FY16 bad loan?

Answer: YES

Explanation: Yes Bank Ltd said that its non-performing asset classification as of March 2016 varied from that of the RBI to the tune of Rs 4176 crore.Yes Bank had reported gross bad loans of Rs 748.98 cr.A higher bad loan classification would have necessitated higher provisions. The bank’s actual provisions of Rs 464.5 crore fell short of RBI’s calculation of Rs 1322. 5 crore.
Which state government has proposed a "no school bag" day on Saturdays?

Answer: Uttar Pradesh

Explanation: The Uttar Pradesh government is considering a proposal to declare "no school bag day" on Saturdays in state-run schools.School kids will be allowed to come to school without their school bags on Saturdays so that they can enjoy themselves in creative activities.From the new session in July, students will be seen in new uniforms will be given to students.