Current Affairs Interactive Quiz: 1 December – 07 December 2014

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  • 1. 

    Who was recently awarded with the Asian of the Year 2014 by The Straits Times?

    • A.

      Chinese President Xi Jinping

    • B.

      Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

    • C.

      Myanmar President Thein Sein

    • D.

      Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi

    Correct Answer
    D. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi
    Explanation
    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was recently awarded with the Asian of the Year 2014 by The Straits Times. This recognition was given to him due to his significant achievements and contributions to the development and progress of India. Modi's leadership and reforms have had a positive impact on the country's economy, foreign relations, and social development. His efforts to improve infrastructure, promote digitalization, and attract foreign investment have been widely acknowledged. This award acknowledges Modi's influence and importance not only within India but also on the global stage.

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  • 2. 

    The first Adaptation Gap Report on Climate Change was recently released by

    • A.

      World Bank

    • B.

      United Nations Development Organisation

    • C.

      United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

    • D.

      United Nations Environment Programme

    Correct Answer
    D. United Nations Environment Programme
    Explanation
    The correct answer is the United Nations Environment Programme. The Adaptation Gap Report on Climate Change was recently released by this organization. This report assesses the difference between the current level of adaptation to climate change and the level that is needed to protect vulnerable communities and ecosystems. It provides valuable insights and recommendations for policymakers and stakeholders to bridge this gap and enhance adaptation efforts worldwide.

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  • 3. 

    Name the places that will be connected by the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor which was inaugurated by Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on 29 November 2014

    • A.

      Lahore in Pakistan and Xinjiang in China

    • B.

      Gwadar Port in Pakistan and Xinjiang in China

    • C.

      Xinjiang in China and Gilgit in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir

    • D.

      Lahore in Pakistan with Shanghai in China

    Correct Answer
    B. Gwadar Port in Pakistan and Xinjiang in China
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Gwadar Port in Pakistan and Xinjiang in China. The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is a network of infrastructure projects that aims to connect Gwadar Port in southwestern Pakistan to China's northwestern region of Xinjiang, via a network of highways, railways, and pipelines. This corridor will provide China with a shorter and more secure route for its energy imports from the Middle East, while also providing Pakistan with improved transportation infrastructure and economic development opportunities.

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  • 4. 

    Who on 30 November 2014 won the 2014 presidential elections of Uruguay?

    • A.

      Jose Mujica

    • B.

      Luis Lacalle Pou

    • C.

      Tabare Ramon Vazquez Rosas

    • D.

      Juan Pedro Bordaberry Herran

    Correct Answer
    C. Tabare Ramon Vazquez Rosas
    Explanation
    Tabare Ramon Vazquez Rosas won the 2014 presidential elections of Uruguay on 30 November 2014.

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  • 5. 

    Recently American geologists discovered the most abundant mineral on earth's lower mantle known as

    • A.

      Calcite

    • B.

      Aragonite

    • C.

      Muscovite

    • D.

      Bridgmanite

    Correct Answer
    D. Bridgmanite
    Explanation
    Bridgmanite is the correct answer because it is the most abundant mineral found in the earth's lower mantle. American geologists recently made this discovery, highlighting the significance of bridgmanite in the composition of the earth's interior.

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  • 6. 

    Indian Navy in the first week of December 2014 selected a company to fulfill the service’s Multi-Role Helicopter requirement for anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare among other maritime roles. Name the company.

    • A.

      Finmeccanica

    • B.

      AgustaWestland

    • C.

      Sikorsky Aircraft Corp

    • D.

      Rafael

    Correct Answer
    C. Sikorsky Aircraft Corp
    Explanation
    The Indian Navy selected Sikorsky Aircraft Corp to fulfill its Multi-Role Helicopter requirement for anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare among other maritime roles.

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  • 7. 

    State Government of Gujarat on 5 December 2014 declared 353 villages of a district as completely or partially scarcity affected. Name the district?

    • A.

      Bhuj

    • B.

      Kutch

    • C.

      Mandvi

    • D.

      Adipur

    Correct Answer
    B. Kutch
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Kutch. The State Government of Gujarat declared 353 villages of Kutch district as completely or partially scarcity affected on 5 December 2014.

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  • 8. 

    Mahaparinirwan Diwas was observed across India on 6 December 2014. The day is observed to pay tribute to whom of the following?

    • A.

      Lord Buddha

    • B.

      Dr BR Ambedkar

    • C.

      Lal Bahadur Shastri

    • D.

      Rajendra Prasad

    Correct Answer
    B. Dr BR Ambedkar
    Explanation
    Mahaparinirwan Diwas is observed to pay tribute to Dr BR Ambedkar. Dr BR Ambedkar was a prominent Indian jurist, economist, and social reformer who played a significant role in the drafting of the Indian Constitution. He is also known for his efforts in the eradication of social discrimination and inequality in India. Therefore, observing Mahaparinirwan Diwas on 6 December is a way to honor and remember his contributions to the nation.

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  • 9. 

    Union Government on 5 December 2014 sent five Indian Air Force (IAF) transport aircraft and one naval vessel carrying a large consignment of potable water to a country which was facing a national water crisis. Name the country?

    • A.

      Pakistan

    • B.

      Maldives

    • C.

      Afghanistan

    • D.

      Myanmar

    Correct Answer
    B. Maldives
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Maldives. The Union Government of India sent five Indian Air Force transport aircraft and one naval vessel carrying potable water to Maldives, which was facing a national water crisis. This suggests that Maldives was in urgent need of water due to a shortage or some other water-related issue.

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  • 10. 

    A State Government on 5 December 2014 decided to ban health camps without prior approval of district civil surgeons. Name the state that banned health camps?

    • A.

      Punjab

    • B.

      Chhattisgarh

    • C.

      Bihar

    • D.

      Meghalaya

    Correct Answer
    A. Punjab
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Punjab. The state government of Punjab decided to ban health camps without prior approval of district civil surgeons on 5 December 2014.

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  • 11. 

    Air India on 4 December 2014 signed an MoU for implementation of the monetisation of assets of Air India at various locations on joint venture basis with

    • A.

      National Buildings Construction Corporation Limited

    • B.

      Tata Realty and Infrastructure Ltd

    • C.

      Star Alliance

    • D.

      Boeing

    Correct Answer
    A. National Buildings Construction Corporation Limited
    Explanation
    Air India signed an MoU with National Buildings Construction Corporation Limited for the implementation of the monetization of its assets at various locations. This suggests that Air India will be partnering with National Buildings Construction Corporation Limited to jointly venture into the process of monetizing its assets. This partnership will likely involve the sale or lease of Air India's assets to generate revenue for the company.

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  • 12. 

    Justice V. R. Iyer died on 4 December 2014 at the age of 100. Which of the following statement is/are true in context of this personality?I. He was born in 1914 at Vaidyanathapuram near Palakkad, in Malabar region of Kerala in a Tamil Brahmin familyII. He is the last but one Supreme Court judge who have previously served as a politicianIII. He served as the Home Minister in the first Communist Ministry in Kerala.IV. He never served as a Law Commission Chairman

    • A.

      Only Statement I is only true

    • B.

      Only Statement IV is only true

    • C.

      Only Statement I, II and III are true

    • D.

      All four statements are true

    Correct Answer
    C. Only Statement I, II and III are true
    Explanation
    Justice V. R. Iyer was born in 1914 at Vaidyanathapuram near Palakkad, in the Malabar region of Kerala, in a Tamil Brahmin family (Statement I). He is the last but one Supreme Court judge who previously served as a politician (Statement II). He served as the Home Minister in the first Communist Ministry in Kerala (Statement III). However, there is no information given about whether he served as a Law Commission Chairman or not. Therefore, Only Statement I, II and III are true.

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  • 13. 

    Raninder Singh an accomplished international level trap shooter was in news in December 2014 for

    • A.

      Becoming the first Indian to get elected as a member of the executive committee of ISSF

    • B.

      Being elected as the President of Sports Authority of India

    • C.

      Becoming the first Indian to get elected to the executive committee of International Olympics Committee.

    • D.

      Being elected as the President of Badminton Association of India

    Correct Answer
    A. Becoming the first Indian to get elected as a member of the executive committee of ISSF
    Explanation
    Raninder Singh made history by becoming the first Indian to be elected as a member of the executive committee of ISSF (International Shooting Sport Federation) in December 2014. This achievement highlights his accomplishments and recognition in the field of trap shooting at an international level.

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  • 14. 

    Infosys on 4 December 2014 appointed a Stanford Professor as an Independent member on its Board of Directors (BoD). Name him?

    • A.

      Ashton Carter

    • B.

      John W. Etchemendy

    • C.

      John L Hennessy

    • D.

      Condoleezza Rice

    Correct Answer
    B. John W. Etchemendy
  • 15. 

    Indian Oil on 4 December 2014 won the 119th Beighton Cup after defeating Punjab National Bank in tie-breaker at the SAI Eastern Centre in Kolkata. Beighton Cup is associated with which game?

    • A.

      Kho Kho

    • B.

      Hockey

    • C.

      Football

    • D.

      Kabbadi

    Correct Answer
    B. Hockey
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Hockey. The Beighton Cup is a prestigious hockey tournament held in India. Indian Oil emerged as the winners of the 119th edition of the cup after defeating Punjab National Bank in a tie-breaker. This victory highlights Indian Oil's prowess in the sport of hockey.

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  • 16. 

    Deodhar Trophy of cricket for the season 2014-15 was won by?

    • A.

      East Zone

    • B.

      West Zone

    • C.

      South Zone

    • D.

      North Zone

    Correct Answer
    A. East Zone
    Explanation
    The Deodhar Trophy of cricket for the season 2014-15 was won by the East Zone team.

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  • 17. 

    Supreme Court constituted a Social Justice Bench, comprising of two judges for delivery of speedy justice in a range of social issues. The bench will be headed by?

    • A.

      Justice T.S. Thakur

    • B.

      Justice Madan B Lokur

    • C.

      Justice U U Lalit

    • D.

      Justice Anil R. Dave

    Correct Answer
    B. Justice Madan B Lokur
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Justice Madan B Lokur. The question asks about the head of the Social Justice Bench constituted by the Supreme Court. Out of the four options, Justice Madan B Lokur is the only judge mentioned who could potentially be the head of the bench. Therefore, he is the correct answer.

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  • 18. 

    Name the author of the book titled Prince of Gujarat: The Extraordinary Story of Prince Gopaldas Desai (1887-1951)?

    • A.

      Rajmohan Gandhi

    • B.

      Sundarajan Padmanabhan

    • C.

      Madhav Khosla

    • D.

      Rajdeep Sardesai

    Correct Answer
    A. Rajmohan Gandhi
    Explanation
    Rajmohan Gandhi is the author of the book titled Prince of Gujarat: The Extraordinary Story of Prince Gopaldas Desai (1887-1951).

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  • 19. 

    Name the head of the 15-member Committee that was formed by State Government of Meghalaya on 3 December 2014 to speed up the process of getting Khasi included in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution of India?

    • A.

      R C Laloo

    • B.

      Rowell Lyngdoh

    • C.

      Prestone Tynsong

    • D.

      Deborah C Marak

    Correct Answer
    A. R C Laloo
  • 20. 

    Name the person who was recently appointed as the new Director of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI)

    • A.

      Acharya Shivpoojan Sahay

    • B.

      Ranjit Sinha

    • C.

      Anil Kumar Sinha

    • D.

      Sharad Kumar

    Correct Answer
    C. Anil Kumar Sinha
    Explanation
    Anil Kumar Sinha was recently appointed as the new Director of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

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  • 21. 

    The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 2 December 2014 approved Regional Rural Banks (Amendment) Bill, 2013. The Bill seeks to amend the Regional Rural Banks (RRBs) Act passed in?

    • A.

      1975

    • B.

      1976

    • C.

      1977

    • D.

      1979

    Correct Answer
    B. 1976
    Explanation
    The correct answer is 1976. The Regional Rural Banks (Amendment) Bill, 2013 seeks to amend the Regional Rural Banks (RRBs) Act passed in 1976.

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  • 22. 

    Recently, second-generation asteroid explorer Hayabusa 2 was launched by which country?

    • A.

      The US

    • B.

      Japan

    • C.

      Russia

    • D.

      United Kingdom

    Correct Answer
    B. Japan
    Explanation
    Hayabusa 2, a second-generation asteroid explorer, was launched by Japan. This answer is supported by the fact that Hayabusa 2 is a Japanese spacecraft, developed and operated by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). The mission aims to study and collect samples from the asteroid Ryugu, providing valuable insights into the formation of the Solar System and the origin of life on Earth.

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  • 23. 

    Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) on 3 December 2014 issued Press Note 10 of 2014 series to relax FDI norms for which sector of Indian economy?

    • A.

      Defence

    • B.

      Railways

    • C.

      Insurance

    • D.

      Construction development

    Correct Answer
    D. Construction development
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Construction development. The Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) issued Press Note 10 of 2014 series to relax FDI norms for the construction development sector of the Indian economy. This means that foreign direct investment (FDI) restrictions were eased, allowing more foreign investment in the construction development sector.

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  • 24. 

    Navy Day was observed on 4 December 2014. It is observed to commemorate?

    • A.

      The success of India over Pakistan in 1971 war

    • B.

      The participation of Royal Indian Navy in World War-II

    • C.

      The success of Operation Trident of Indian Navy in 1971

    • D.

      The establishment day of Royal Indian Navy in 1945

    Correct Answer
    C. The success of Operation Trident of Indian Navy in 1971
    Explanation
    Navy Day is observed on 4 December to commemorate the success of Operation Trident of the Indian Navy in 1971. Operation Trident was a strategic naval attack launched by the Indian Navy against Pakistan during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971. The Indian Navy successfully executed this operation, which resulted in significant damage to the Pakistani Navy and played a crucial role in India's victory in the war. Therefore, Navy Day is observed to honor and remember this important military achievement of the Indian Navy.

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  • 25. 

    RBI on 4 December 2014 notified norms to set up Trade Receivables Discounting System (TReDS). The TReDS will facilitate the financing of bills of which sector of Indian economy?

    • A.

      MSME sector

    • B.

      Khadi and Rural sector

    • C.

      Agriculture sector

    • D.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    A. MSME sector
    Explanation
    The Trade Receivables Discounting System (TReDS) was set up by RBI to facilitate the financing of bills in the MSME sector of the Indian economy. This system allows MSMEs to sell their trade receivables to financial institutions at a discounted rate, providing them with immediate funds to meet their working capital requirements. TReDS aims to address the liquidity issues faced by MSMEs and promote their growth and development.

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  • 26. 

    Researchers led by Professor Gene K Beare developed World’s fastest 2D camera at the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, Washington University. Which new technique is used in this 2D camera?

    • A.

      Compressed ultrafast photography

    • B.

      Compressed imaging photography

    • C.

      Both (a) and (b)

    • D.

      None of these

    Correct Answer
    A. Compressed ultrafast photography
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Compressed ultrafast photography." This technique, developed by Professor Gene K Beare and his team, allows for the capture of images at an incredibly high speed. It involves compressing the data from each frame of the image, allowing for the capture of multiple frames in rapid succession. This technology has the potential to revolutionize various fields, such as biomedical imaging and scientific research, by enabling the visualization of ultrafast phenomena that were previously inaccessible.

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  • 27. 

    Recently, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) relaxed FDI norms for the construction development sector. In this context consider the following statements.I. 100 percent of FDI is allowed through the automatic routeII. The minimum floor area requirement IS 20000 square metres in construction development projects.Which is/are correct?

    • A.

      I only

    • B.

      II only

    • C.

      Both I and II

    • D.

      Neither I nor II

    Correct Answer
    C. Both I and II
    Explanation
    The given answer, "Both I and II," is correct. The explanation for this is that the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) has recently relaxed the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) norms for the construction development sector. Statement I states that 100 percent of FDI is allowed through the automatic route, which means that foreign investors can invest in the sector without requiring prior approval from the government. Statement II states that there is a minimum floor area requirement of 20,000 square meters in construction development projects. Both these statements accurately reflect the relaxed FDI norms in the construction development sector.

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  • 28. 

    The US President Barack Obama on 5 December 2014 nominated the next defence secretary of US. Name the personality

    • A.

      Ashton Carter

    • B.

      Chuck Hagel

    • C.

      James V Forrestal

    • D.

      Robert M Gates

    Correct Answer
    A. Ashton Carter
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Ashton Carter. On December 5, 2014, US President Barack Obama nominated Ashton Carter as the next defense secretary of the US.

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  • 29. 

    Recently, International Criminal Court withdrew the charges of crimes against humanity against the President of a country of African continent. Name the country

    • A.

      Kenya

    • B.

      Ethiopia

    • C.

      Nigeria

    • D.

      South Sudan

    Correct Answer
    A. Kenya
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Kenya because the International Criminal Court recently withdrew charges of crimes against humanity against the President of Kenya. This suggests that the President of Kenya was initially accused of committing crimes against humanity but the charges were later dropped by the International Criminal Court.

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  • 30. 

    United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation observed the World’s First Soil Day on which date of the year 2014?

    • A.

      1 December

    • B.

      30 November

    • C.

      4 December

    • D.

      5 December

    Correct Answer
    D. 5 December
    Explanation
    The correct answer is 5 December. The United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation observed the World's First Soil Day on this date in 2014.

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