Current Affairs Interactive Quiz: 22 December – 28 December, 2014

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  • 1. 

    Name the first non-tribal Chief Minister of Jharkhand who was sworn-in as tenth Chief Minister of the State on 28 December 2014?

    • A.

      Louis Marandi

    • B.

      Neelkanth Singh Munda

    • C.

      Chandra Prakash Choudhary

    • D.

      Raghubar Das

    Correct Answer
    D. Raghubar Das
    Explanation
    Raghubar Das is the correct answer because he was the first non-tribal Chief Minister of Jharkhand. He was sworn in as the tenth Chief Minister of the state on 28 December 2014.

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  • 2. 

    Pompadour Green Pigeon, a native of the Western Ghats and Sri Lanka was spotted on 28 December 2014 over a Bar tree (Ficus bengalensis) of Barkheda village in Rajasthan. What is the scientific name of Pompadour Green Pigeon?

    • A.

      Treron pompadora

    • B.

      Ectopistes migratorius

    • C.

      Columba livia

    • D.

      Zenaidura macroura

    Correct Answer
    A. Treron pompadora
    Explanation
    The scientific name of the Pompadour Green Pigeon is Treron pompadora.

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  • 3. 

    Name the photojournalist who died on 26 December 2014? He was acclaimed for chronicling Indo-US relations from Washington DC, for more than half-a-century.

    • A.

      Ritam Banerjee

    • B.

      Pablo Bartholomew

    • C.

      Darogha Ubbas Alli

    • D.

      Rajan Devadas

    Correct Answer
    D. Rajan Devadas
    Explanation
    Rajan Devadas is the correct answer to the question. He was a photojournalist who died on 26 December 2014. He was well-known for his documentation of Indo-US relations from Washington DC for over 50 years.

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  • 4. 

    Operation All Out was in news on 23 December 2014. What is it?

    • A.

      International army operation against ISIS militants

    • B.

      International operation to discover Air Asia flight that went missing

    • C.

      Indian Army operation to flush out Bodo militants in Assam

    • D.

      Cricket operation to ban players suspected of betting and fixing

    Correct Answer
    C. Indian Army operation to flush out Bodo militants in Assam
  • 5. 

    Name the former left handed batsman of England who died on 25 December 2014 at the age of 79?

    • A.

      Geoff Pullar

    • B.

      Fred Spofforth

    • C.

      Herbert Sutcliffe

    • D.

      Arthur Mailey

    Correct Answer
    A. Geoff Pullar
    Explanation
    Geoff Pullar was a former left-handed batsman of England who passed away on 25 December 2014 at the age of 79.

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  • 6. 

    Board of Control for Cricket in India on 28 December 2014 banned an Indian bowler from bowling in competitive matches after his bowling action was found illegal. Name the bowler who was banned?

    • A.

      Abhinav Bali

    • B.

      Pragyan Ojha

    • C.

      Sreesanth

    • D.

      Amit Yadav

    Correct Answer
    B. Pragyan Ojha
    Explanation
    Pragyan Ojha was banned by the Board of Control for Cricket in India on 28 December 2014 because his bowling action was found to be illegal.

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  • 7. 

    India observed National Mathematics Day on 22 December 2014 to commemorate birth anniversary of

    • A.

      Nilakantha Somayaji

    • B.

      Satyendra Nath Bose

    • C.

      Srinivasa Ramanujan

    • D.

      Aryabhata

    Correct Answer
    C. Srinivasa Ramanujan
    Explanation
    India observed National Mathematics Day on 22 December 2014 to commemorate the birth anniversary of Srinivasa Ramanujan. Ramanujan was an Indian mathematician who made significant contributions to the field of mathematics, particularly in number theory, mathematical analysis, and infinite series. He had an extraordinary ability to intuitively discover new mathematical theorems and formulas, despite having no formal training in mathematics. Ramanujan's work continues to inspire and influence mathematicians around the world, making him a fitting choice to be honored on National Mathematics Day in India.

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  • 8. 

    Which country on 20 December 2014 won the men’s title of the fifth edition of Kabaddi World Cup 2014 held in Punjab?

    • A.

      Pakistan

    • B.

      New Zealand

    • C.

      India

    • D.

      Denmark

    Correct Answer
    C. India
    Explanation
    India won the men's title of the fifth edition of Kabaddi World Cup 2014 held in Punjab on 20 December 2014.

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  • 9. 

    To bring transparency and curb irregularities in the state administration, State Government of Maharashtra on 18 December 2014 decided to make e-tendering compulsory for projects over what amount?

    • A.

      3 lakh rupees

    • B.

      5 lakh rupees

    • C.

      10 lakh rupees

    • D.

      15 lakh rupees

    Correct Answer
    A. 3 lakh rupees
    Explanation
    The State Government of Maharashtra decided to make e-tendering compulsory for projects over 3 lakh rupees in order to bring transparency and curb irregularities in the state administration. This means that any project with a budget exceeding 3 lakh rupees must go through the e-tendering process, which involves submitting bids electronically and conducting the entire tendering process online. By implementing e-tendering, the government aims to eliminate corruption and ensure fair competition among contractors bidding for state projects.

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  • 10. 

    The Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) on 19 December 2014 announced that it had partnered with a company to transform Surat into a smart city. Name the company/institution?

    • A.

      Infosys

    • B.

      Tata Consultancy Services

    • C.

      Mindtree

    • D.

      Microsoft India

    Correct Answer
    D. Microsoft India
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Microsoft India. The Surat Municipal Corporation announced a partnership with Microsoft India to transform Surat into a smart city. This collaboration suggests that Microsoft India will provide the necessary technology and expertise to implement smart city solutions in Surat.

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  • 11. 

    The women’s title of the fifth edition of the Kabaddi World Cup 2014 was won by India on 20 December 2014. India defeated which country to win the title?

    • A.

      Spain

    • B.

      Pakistan

    • C.

      New Zealand

    • D.

      Australia

    Correct Answer
    C. New Zealand
    Explanation
    India won the women's title of the fifth edition of the Kabaddi World Cup 2014 by defeating New Zealand.

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  • 12. 

    US and NATO on 28 December 2014 officially ended their combat mission in Afghanistan and replaced it with training and support mission under the name

    • A.

      Resolute Support

    • B.

      Resolute Peace

    • C.

      Enduring Support

    • D.

      Enduring Peace

    Correct Answer
    A. Resolute Support
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Resolute Support. The US and NATO ended their combat mission in Afghanistan and transitioned to a training and support mission. This new mission is called Resolute Support, indicating the determination and commitment to assist Afghanistan in maintaining security and stability.

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  • 13. 

    What was the level of Foreign Exchange Reserves in India on 26 December 2014 as revealed by RBI Data on Foreign Exchange?

    • A.

      320 billion US dollars

    • B.

      295 billion US dollars

    • C.

      330 billion US dollars

    • D.

      272 billion US dollars

    Correct Answer
    A. 320 billion US dollars
    Explanation
    The correct answer is 320 billion US dollars. This means that on 26 December 2014, as revealed by RBI Data on Foreign Exchange, the level of Foreign Exchange Reserves in India was 320 billion US dollars.

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  • 14. 

    As revealed by Union Ministry of Law and Justice on 28 December 2014, how many States have ratified the National Judicial Appointments Commission Bill, 2014?

    • A.

      14

    • B.

      15

    • C.

      16

    • D.

      17

    Correct Answer
    C. 16
    Explanation
    The correct answer is 16. This means that 16 states have ratified the National Judicial Appointments Commission Bill, 2014 as revealed by the Union Ministry of Law and Justice on 28 December 2014.

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  • 15. 

    Dubai Customs on 28 December 2014 released the trade data for the first nine months of 2014. In this context.consider the following statementsI. India is the second largest trading partner of Dubai after ChinaII. Among Arab nations, India is the largest trading partner with trade volume of 10 billion US dollarsWhich 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
    Both statements I and II are correct. The given information states that India is the second largest trading partner of Dubai after China, indicating that statement I is correct. Additionally, it is mentioned that among Arab nations, India has the largest trading volume of 10 billion US dollars, confirming statement II. Therefore, both statements are true.

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  • 16. 

    Name the country where first municipal elections were held in 60 years on 27 December 2014.

    • A.

      Cuba

    • B.

      North Korea

    • C.

      China

    • D.

      Myanmar

    Correct Answer
    D. Myanmar
    Explanation
    Myanmar is the correct answer because it held its first municipal elections in 60 years on 27 December 2014. This marked a significant milestone for the country, as it transitioned towards a more democratic system after decades of military rule. The elections allowed the citizens of Myanmar to participate in local governance and have a voice in decision-making processes at the municipal level.

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  • 17. 

    The gecko gripper to grab space debris being developed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California was in news on 19 December 2014. In this context, consider the following statements.I. Gecko grippers are adhesive gripping tool with characteristic feature of permanent stickinessII. These grippers will grab space debris by using the van der Waals forceWhich is/are correct?

    • A.

      I Only

    • B.

      II Only

    • C.

      Both I and II

    • D.

      Neither I nor II

    Correct Answer
    B. II Only
    Explanation
    The gecko gripper being developed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory is a gripping tool that uses the van der Waals force to grab space debris. This means that statement II is correct. However, statement I is incorrect because the gecko gripper does not have permanent stickiness, but rather relies on the van der Waals force to create temporary adhesion. Therefore, the correct answer is II Only.

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  • 18. 

    Union Government announced on 24 December 2014 to confer the Bharat Ratna on which two personalities?

    • A.

      P V Narasimha Rao and Deen Dayal Upadhayay

    • B.

      Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Madan Mohan Malaviya

    • C.

      Deen Dayal Upadhayay and Atal Behari Vajpayee

    • D.

      Madan Mohan Malaviya and Deen Dayal Upadhayay

    Correct Answer
    B. Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Madan Mohan Malaviya
    Explanation
    The Union Government announced on 24 December 2014 to confer the Bharat Ratna on Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Madan Mohan Malaviya. This means that these two personalities were chosen to receive the highest civilian award in India, the Bharat Ratna.

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  • 19. 

    Name the country which on 22 December 2014 launched the construction of an inter-oceanic canal linking the Atlantic Ocean with the Pacific Ocean?

    • A.

      Panama

    • B.

      Costa Rica

    • C.

      Nicaragua

    • D.

      Canada

    Correct Answer
    C. Nicaragua
    Explanation
    Nicaragua is the correct answer because on 22 December 2014, the country launched the construction of an inter-oceanic canal that would connect the Atlantic Ocean with the Pacific Ocean. This project aimed to create an alternative to the Panama Canal and boost Nicaragua's economy by facilitating international trade and increasing maritime traffic in the region.

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  • 20. 

    Consider the following statements on global Arms Trade Treaty that came into force on 24 December 2014.I. It aims to regulate the industry and keep weapons out of the hands of human rights violators worldwideII. It is the first major arms accord since the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty in 1996III. The treaty has been signed by 130 countries and ratified by 60 countries, including IndiaWhich is/are correct?

    • A.

      I and II

    • B.

      II and III

    • C.

      I and III

    • D.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    A. I and II
    Explanation
    The correct answer is I and II. Statement I is correct because the global Arms Trade Treaty aims to regulate the industry and prevent weapons from falling into the hands of human rights violators worldwide. Statement II is correct because it is the first major arms accord since the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty in 1996. Statement III is not correct because the treaty has been signed by 130 countries and ratified by 110 countries, not 60 countries including India.

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  • 21. 

    What is the name of the Committee constituted by Union government on 23 December 2014 to examine the possibility of constitution of Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe anti-Sikh riots of 1984?

    • A.

      Justice Nanavati Commission

    • B.

      Justice Mathur Committee

    • C.

      Justice Khosla Committee

    • D.

      Justice V K Iyer Committee

    Correct Answer
    B. Justice Mathur Committee
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Justice Mathur Committee. This committee was constituted by the Union government on 23 December 2014 to examine the possibility of constituting a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the anti-Sikh riots of 1984.

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  • 22. 

    Nepal on 23 December 2014 signed agreement with which country to expand the use of local currency for border trade?

    • A.

      India

    • B.

      Bangladesh

    • C.

      Bhutan

    • D.

      China

    Correct Answer
    D. China
    Explanation
    Nepal signed an agreement with China on 23 December 2014 to expand the use of local currency for border trade. This agreement suggests that Nepal and China aim to enhance their economic cooperation and trade relations by eliminating the need for foreign currency in their border trade transactions. This move can potentially boost trade activities between the two countries and strengthen their bilateral ties.

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  • 23. 

    As per the announcement of the Union government on 22 December 2014, which State is going to host the 13th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) in January 2015?

    • A.

      Kerala

    • B.

      Gujarat

    • C.

      Chhattisgarh

    • D.

      Delhi

    Correct Answer
    B. Gujarat
    Explanation
    Gujarat is going to host the 13th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) in January 2015, as announced by the Union government on 22 December 2014.

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  • 24. 

    Consider the following statements on STAP technique of stem cells which was in news due to resignation of Japanese stem cell scientists on 19 December 2014.I. STAP stands for Stimulus-triggered acquisition of pluripotencyII. It requires neither nuclear transfer nor the introduction of transcription factorsIII. In this pluripotent stem cells are generated by subjecting ordinary cells to certain types of stressIV. The stress includes either the application of a bacterial toxin or submersion in a weak acid or physical squeezingWhich is/are correct?

    • A.

      I, II and III

    • B.

      II, III and IV

    • C.

      I, III and IV

    • D.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    D. All of the above
    Explanation
    The given answer "All of the above" is correct because all of the statements I, II, III, and IV are true. Statement I is correct as STAP stands for Stimulus-triggered acquisition of pluripotency. Statement II is correct as STAP technique does not require nuclear transfer or the introduction of transcription factors. Statement III is correct as pluripotent stem cells are generated by subjecting ordinary cells to certain types of stress. Statement IV is correct as the stress can include the application of a bacterial toxin, submersion in a weak acid, or physical squeezing.

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  • 25. 

    Who headed the Advisory Group for Integrated Development of Power, Coal and Renewable Energy which submitted its report to the Union Ministry of Power and Coal on 22 December 2014?

    • A.

      Suresh Prabhu

    • B.

      Pratyush Sinha

    • C.

      Partho Bhattacharya

    • D.

      Vallabh Bhansali

    Correct Answer
    A. Suresh Prabhu
    Explanation
    Suresh Prabhu headed the Advisory Group for Integrated Development of Power, Coal and Renewable Energy which submitted its report to the Union Ministry of Power and Coal on 22 December 2014.

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  • 26. 

    Which one is the incorrect definition of Non-Cooperative Borrower as defined in the RBI Guidelines on Non-Cooperative Borrower issued on 22 December 2014?

    • A.

      Who does not engage constructively with his lender by defaulting in timely repayment of dues while having ability to pay

    • B.

      Who thwarts lenders’ efforts for recovery of their dues by not providing necessary information sought

    • C.

      Who have aggregate fund-based and non-fund based facilities of 10 crore rupees from the concerned bank/financial institution (FI)

    • D.

      All of the above definitions are incorrect

    Correct Answer
    C. Who have aggregate fund-based and non-fund based facilities of 10 crore rupees from the concerned bank/financial institution (FI)
    Explanation
    The given answer is incorrect because it states that "who have aggregate fund-based and non-fund based facilities of 10 crore rupees from the concerned bank/financial institution (FI)" is an incorrect definition of Non-Cooperative Borrower. However, according to the RBI Guidelines on Non-Cooperative Borrower, this is actually one of the criteria for defining a Non-Cooperative Borrower.

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  • 27. 

    Name the space mission that has been named as the Breakthrough of the Year 2014 by Journal Science on 19 December 2014

    • A.

      New Horizon

    • B.

      Rosetta

    • C.

      Mangalyaan

    • D.

      Hayabusa 2

    Correct Answer
    B. Rosetta
    Explanation
    Rosetta was named the Breakthrough of the Year 2014 by Journal Science on 19 December 2014. Rosetta was a space mission led by the European Space Agency (ESA) that successfully landed a probe on a comet for the first time in history. This achievement was considered a breakthrough in space exploration and garnered significant attention and recognition from the scientific community. The mission provided valuable data and insights into the composition and origins of comets, contributing to our understanding of the solar system's formation.

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  • 28. 

    What is the name of the world’s smallest hearing aid developed by an international team of researchers in the fourth week of December 2014?

    • A.

      Atomicplug

    • B.

      Marinoviplug

    • C.

      Nanoplug

    • D.

      Zivicplug

    Correct Answer
    C. Nanoplug
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Nanoplug. In the fourth week of December 2014, an international team of researchers developed the Nanoplug, which is the world's smallest hearing aid.

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  • 29. 

    Who on 22 December 2014 won the Tunisian Presidential Elections?

    • A.

      Moncef Marzouki

    • B.

      Beji Caid Essebsi

    • C.

      Habib Bourguiba

    • D.

      Zine El Abidine Ben Ali

    Correct Answer
    B. Beji Caid Essebsi
    Explanation
    Beji Caid Essebsi won the Tunisian Presidential Elections on 22 December 2014. He was elected as the President of Tunisia, defeating the incumbent President Moncef Marzouki. Essebsi was a prominent politician and served as the Prime Minister of Tunisia from 2011 to 2014. He played a significant role in the country's transition to democracy after the Tunisian Revolution in 2011. Essebsi's victory in the presidential elections marked an important milestone in Tunisia's political history, as it was the first free and fair presidential election held in the country.

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  • 30. 

    India exported first warship to Mauritius on 20 December 2014. What is the name?

    • A.

      CGS Barracuda

    • B.

      INS Sukanya

    • C.

      INS Sumitra

    • D.

      CGS Varaha

    Correct Answer
    A. CGS Barracuda
    Explanation
    CGS Barracuda is the correct answer because it is stated that India exported the first warship to Mauritius on 20 December 2014. The other options, INS Sukanya, INS Sumitra, and CGS Varaha, are not mentioned in the given information and therefore cannot be considered as the correct answer.

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