16-17 October 2019 Current Affairs

2019 Booker Prize | 2019 Global Hunger Index | Sewa Service trains | TaxiBot robot | Bajaj Chetak |

Posted on Oct 17, 2019 12:38 IST in Current Affairs.

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1) Which two women writers shared the 2019 Booker Prize, as was announced on 15 October 2019? - Margaret Atwood and Bernardine Evaristo (In a surprising announcement, Canadian writer Margaret Atwood and British author Bernardine Evaristo were declared the joint winners of 2019 Booker Prize. While Atwood won the award for “The Testaments”, Evaristo shared the prize for “Girl, Woman, Other”. It is worth mentioning that Booker Prize rules clearly state that the Booker prize, given to the best novel written in English each year, may not be divided or withheld. The judges stated that they were not in the position to declare one winner)

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2) What is India’s place in the Global Hunger Index (GHI) for 2019 that was released on 16 October 2019? - 102 out of 117 countries (India was placed at 102nd place out of 117 countries in the 2019 edition of Global Hunger Index, that is jointly published by Ireland's Concern Worldwide and Germany's Welthungerhilfe. India is behind its neighbours Nepal, Pakistan and Bangladesh in the list with Pakistan at 94, Bangladesh at 88 and Nepal at 73rd place. GHI scores countries on a 100-point severity scale, where zero is the best score (no hunger) and 100 is the worst. India was ranked 55 out of 76 nations in 2014)

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3) Indian Railway on 15 October 2019 launched 10 new trains with the primary objective of last-mile connectivity for people travelling between small towns and major cities. What is the name given to this series of trains? – “Sewa Service” (“Seva Service” is the new train series that were pressed into service from 15 October 2019. The primary objective of this train series is to provide better connectivity between smaller towns and important cities. The new daily “Sewa Service” trains have been started between Delhi and Shamli, Bhubaneswar and Nayagarh town, Murkongselex and Dibrugarh, Kota and Jhalawar City and Coimbatore and Palani while 5 6-days-a-week trains have been started between Vadnagar to Mahesana, Asarya to Himmatnagar, Karur to Salem, Yesvantpur to Tumkur, Coimbatore to Pollachi)

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4) Which airline made history by becoming world’s first to use TaxiBot robot to tow a commercial aircraft on 15 October 2019? – Air India (Indian national carrier Air India made history on 15 October 2019 by becoming the first airline in the world to use a pilot-controlled semi-robotic aircraft tractor as alternate taxiing equipment on a commercial Airbus A320 aircraft. Called TaxiBot, the tractor was developed by Israel Aerospace Industries, in partnership with a French company, and successfully towed a commercial Air India flight carrying passengers from Delhi to Mumbai to the runway for take-off at Terminal 3 of Indira Gandhi International Airport)

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5) Bajaj Auto on 16 October 2019 announced to re-launch which of its iconic scooter brands in a new electric version? – Chetak (Bajaj Auto MD Rajiv Bajaj announced that the company will re-launch the electric version (EV) of its iconic scooter Chetak. The production of Chetak EV started at company’s Chakan plant in Pune from 25 September 2019. It is worth mentioning that Bajaj Chetak was a very popular scooter Brand of Bajaj Auto that was launched in 1972 and was discontinued on 2006. The company exited the scooter market in 2010 with Kristal being its last scooter)

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