One Word GK News: 21st November 2016
Answer: VisakhapatnamExplanation: The second India-England Test was held in Visakhapatnam. Inddia won the match by 246 runs. Indian captain Virat Kohli was announced as the Man of the Match. India now lead the five-match series 1-0 - the third Test will be played in Mohali. With the win over England, India has now remained unbeaten in consecutive 15 test matches.
Answer: GOES-RExplanation: NASA has successfully launched the “next generation” US advanced weather satellites GOES-R. The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-R (GOES-R) will reach its final designated orbit in the next two weeks,. GOES-R will provide more accurate and timely forecasts about hurricanes and storms.
Answer: Faraaz Ayaaz HossainExplanation: Faraaz Ayaaz Hossain was awarded the Mother Teresa Memorial International Award for Social Justice for 2016. He was one of the three Bangladeshi hostages killed in the terrorist attack on the Holey Cafe in Dhaka’s Gulshan diplomatic zone on July 1. The award was conferred posthumously by the Harmony Foundation in Mumbai. This is the first time the award has been conferred posthumously.
Answer: ChinaExplanation: China has launched a quantum communication line of 712 kilometers in length that is meant to safely transmit sensitive information. It is expected to be extended to 2,000 kilometers soon. The line connecting Hefei, the capital of Anhui Province, and Shanghai, a coastal trade hub. It transmitted a secure video conference between the two cities in one of its first test communications.
Answer: Angela MerkelExplanation: Germany's centre-right Chancellor Angela Merkel has announced that she will run for a fourth term in office. General elections are expected in Germany next year. Mrs Merkel's poll ratings have slipped since the height of her popularity but she retains wide support. The chancellor, who has been in office since 2005, is being challenged by the populist right-wing AfD party.
Answer: Ravi ShankarExplanation: Spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravishankar was honoured with an international peace prize for his efforts in ensuring world peace. Home Minister Rajnath Singh gave away the "Dr Nagendra Singh International Peace Award" to the spiritual leader. The award has been instituted in the memory of Dr Nagendra Singh, first Indian judge at International Court of Justice, Hague.
Answer: INS ChennaiExplanation: Defence minister Manohar Parrikar commissioned INS Chennai, the third indigenously designed guided missile destroyer in the Kolkata class, in Mumbai. The shilp was built at the Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd in Mumbai. INS Chennai is one of the largest destroyers in the Indian Navy’s fleet.
The ship is armed with supersonic surface-to-surface BrahMos and Barak-8 missiles.
Answer: PrithviExplanation: India successfully test-fired its indigenously developed nuclear capable Prithvi-II missile twice in quick succession. This was part of a user trial by the army from a test range at Chandipur in Odisha. The two surface-to-surface missiles have a strike range of 350 km and are capable of carrying 500 kg to 1,000 kg of warheadThe missile is thrusted by liquid propulsion twin engines.
Answer: PehchaanExplanation: Union textile minister Smriti Irani has launched a scheme of textile ministry 'pehchan' identity cards to artisans in Ahmedabad. She distributed 'pehchan' cards to artisans from five clusters of Gujarat namely Jamnagar, Naroda, Surendranagar, Amreli and Kalol. The upgraded Pehchan cards for the artisans will be linked with their Aadhar Card numbers as well as their bank accounts.
Answer: 47thExplanation: The 47th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) 2016 begins at Panaji in Goa. Information and Broadcasting Minister Venkaiah Naidu inaugurated the festival. Veteran Korean filmmaker Im Kwon Taek will be honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the opening ceremony. Polish drama film Afterimage directed by Andrzej Wajda will be the opening film.
Answer: AgraExplanation: PM Modi has launched his flagship housing scheme Pradhan Mantri Gramin Awas Yojna in Agra. Designed entirely for the rural masses, the ambitious scheme aims to provide affordable houses to all those living below the poverty line by the year 2022. The scheme aims to provide about 3 cr new housing units countrywide. The PM also distributed allotment letters to 50 beneficiaries of the scheme.
Answer: Charley HullExplanation: England's Charley Hull has won the CME Group Tour Championship by two shots to earn her first LPGA title. The 20-year-old finished on a tournament record 19 under par to beat South Korea's Ryu So-yeon. World number one Lydia Ko was tied for 10th, while England's Jodi Ewart Shadoff finished tied for 36th. It Hull's second title since turning professional in 2013.
Answer: Andy MurrayExplanation: Britain's Andy Murray win his first ATP World Tour Finals title and end 2016 as the world number one. Britain's Andy Murray beat five-time champion Novak Djokovic to win his first ATP World Tour Finals title and end 2016 as the world number one. The victory also ends Djokovic's four-year run of success at the tournament and the Serb's bid to equal Roger Federer's record of six titles.
Answer: Eliud KipchogeExplanation: Reigning Olympic marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya won the men's race of Delhi Half Marathon. Ethiopia's Worknesh Degefa clinched the women's title. Kipchoge clocked 59 minutes and 44 seconds to cover the 21.097km distance. Degefa clocked one hour, seven minutes and 42 seconds to clinch the title ahead of fellow Ethiopian Ababel Yeshaneh and Helah Kiprop of Kenya.
Answer: Manavjit Singh SandhuExplanation: Former world champion Manavjit Singh Sandhu clinched the gold medal in men's trap event at the 60th National Shooting Championship for Shotgun in Jaipur. He shot 117 in qualifying to reach the six-man final rounds in fourth spot. He then shot 12 out of 15 birds in the semi-final stage to make it to the gold medal match. He defeated silver winner Raninder Singh to seal the top spot.
Answer: 5Explanation: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu commissioned a 5 MW solar power plant on the Polavaram right canal bund at Gollagudem village in West Godavari district. The plant will produce 8.06 million units of power annually. The Centre has extended a capital subsidy of Rs 7.50 crore for this plant. AP has currently has an overall installed capacity of 1000 MW of solar energy.
Answer: Mahesh BhallaExplanation: Mahesh Bhalla, former Executive Director of Dell’s Consumer & SMB business in India, has been appointed as Chief Mentor of StartupsClub India. StartUpsClub is the largest community for such ventures in India with over 10,000 plus entrepreneurs on its board. It is an initiative that helps entrepreneurs build an ideal platform to create a conducive environment for starting an enterprise.
Answer: Boral Ltd.Explanation: Boral Ltd , Australia's biggest supplier of building materials, said it would buy Headwaters Inc for $1.8 billion in cash. It will double its U.S. presence. The combined entity would become the largest U.S. supplier of fly ash, a key ingredient in concrete. Trump has said infrastructure spending will be a priority and aims to spend $1 trillion over 10 years.
Answer: Rs 5,681 croreExplanation: State Bank of India said it proposes to raise Rs 5,681 crore by issuance of preferential shares to the central government, its majority shareholder. The bank will take fresh approval to raise up to Rs 15,000 crore from various means, including public offer & overseas issuance of shares. The funds raised will help the bank meet global risk norms, Basel III, which will kick in from March 2019.
Answer: ShimlaExplanation: Leading stock exchange BSE opened its regional investor service centre in Shimla. It was part of its efforts to expand its operations and in line with Sebi’s directives. The exchange now has presence in 24 cities across the country. The centre will facilitate query handling, redressal of grievances against trading members and arbitration mechanism.