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  • Persons - Latest Current Affairs
1. 

Who has been awarded with the Japan's second highest national award The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star?

A. Shivshankar Menon
B. Shyam Saran
C. Nirupama Rao
D. Gopalaswami Parthasarathy

Answer: Option B

Explanation:

Former foreign secretary Shyam Saran is to be awarded Japan's second highest national award The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star. He will be awarded in 2019 Spring Imperial Decorations for his contributions to strengthen strategic ties and enhancing mutual understanding between India and Japan. Saran was India's Foreign Secretary from 2004 to 2006. He had played an important role to elevate Japan-India relationship to a strategic partnership.

2. 

Name the first black African woman to conquer Mt. Everest in the fourth attempt, recently.

A. Evelina Tshabalala
B. Cathy O'Dowd
C. Saray Khumalo
D. Deshun Deysel

Answer: Option C

Explanation:

Saray Khumalo aged 47 became the first black African woman to conquer Mt. Everest in her fourth attempt. She climbed the 8,848-metre mountain after three previous attempts as she was affected by bad weather, injury, and tragedy. She was born in Zambia and now is a Johannesburg resident, South Africa. She has also conquered Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa, Aconcagua in Argentina and Mount Elbrus in Russia. She is on a hunt to conquer the highest peaks on each continent. In 2003, South African park ranger Sibusiso Vilane became the first black person to reach the top of Mount Everest. Sir Edmund Hillary and Nepalese Sherpa mountaineer Tenzing Norgay were the first people to scale Mt. Everest on May 29, 1953.

3. 

Who become the country's first woman fighter be qualified to undertake to missions by day on a fighter aircraft in the IAF?

A. Shubhangi Swaroop
B. Avani Chaturvedi
C. Bhawana Kanth
D. Anny Divya

Answer: Option C

Explanation:

Flight Lieutenant Bhawana Kanth has become the country's first woman fighter be qualified to undertake to missions by day on a fighter aircraft in the IAF. This comes after she completed her day operational syllabus as a fighter pilot on the MiG-21 Bison supersonic aircraft. Bhawana, from Darbhanga in Bihar, has become the first of the three in her batch of women fighter pilots to successfully complete her day operational syllabus on the MiG-21s at the Nal airbase in Bikaner. The other two women fighter pilots in the batch are Flight Lieutenants Avani Chaturvedi and Mohana Singh.

4. 

Who deciphered the world's most mysterious 600-year old manuscript named 'Voynich Manuscript'?

A. Dr. Gerard Cheshire
B. David Adjaye
C. Sonia Boyce
D. Roger Zogolovitch

Answer: Option A

Explanation:

The world's most mysterious 600-year old manuscript named 'Voynich Manuscript' was finally deciphered by Bristol academician Dr. Gerard Cheshire and it took him just 2 weeks. The Voynich Manuscript contains information about astrological sex tips, parenting and psychology, abortion advice and herbal remedies. According to Dr. Gerard Cheshire' paper published in Romance Studies journal, the manuscript was written in a dead language - proto-Romance.The book written in Voynich Manuscript was compiled by Dominican nuns as a source of reference for Maria of Castile, Queen of Aragon.The manuscript was written around mid-15th century and contains Catholic and Roman pagan religious beliefs. The book was discovered in 1912 by an antiquarian named Wilfrid Voynich.

5. 

Name the Oman Author who won a Man Booker International Prize.

A. Saif al-Rahbi
B. Qaboos bin Said al Said
C. Abdullah Habib
D. Jokha Alharthi

Answer: Option D

Explanation:

An author from Oman, Jokha Alharthi has won the prestigious Man Booker International Prize for "Celestial Bodies", the story of three sisters of a desert country confronting its slave-owning past and a complex modern world. Jokha Alharthi, the first Arabic-language writer to take the prize, will split the 50,000 pounds or 64,000 US dollar purse with her UK-based translator, Marilyn Booth. The prize is a counterpart to the Man Booker Prize for English-language novels and is open to books in any language that has been translated into English.