Current Affairs Interactive Quiz: 8 December – 14 December 2014

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  • 1. 

    The Union Cabinet on 10 December 2014 gave its approval for creation of five posts of Additional Solicitors General (ASG), one each for the High Courts of certain states. Which of the below is not a part for it?

    • A.

      Punjab & Haryana, Patna, Jharkhand

    • B.

      Karnataka, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu

    • C.

      Punjab & Haryana, Patna and Gujarat

    • D.

      Karnataka and Jharkhand

    Correct Answer
    B. Karnataka, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu
    Explanation
    The given answer, "Karnataka, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu," is not a part of the creation of five posts of Additional Solicitors General (ASG) for the High Courts of certain states. The question states that the Union Cabinet approved the creation of five ASG posts for specific states' High Courts. The options that include Karnataka, Gujarat, and Tamil Nadu are not part of the approved list. Therefore, the correct answer is Karnataka, Gujarat, and Tamil Nadu.

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  • 2. 

    Nine new species of bush frogs were discovered recently in the Western Ghats by scientists from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore. These bush frogs belong to the family of

    • A.

      Micrixalus

    • B.

      Raorchestes

    • C.

      Micrixalidae

    • D.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    B. Raorchestes
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Raorchestes" because the passage states that nine new species of bush frogs were discovered in the Western Ghats, and these frogs belong to the family of Raorchestes. Therefore, Raorchestes is the correct answer.

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  • 3. 

    Ebola fighters were collectively named as the TIME’s Person of the Year 2014. Who of the following was named as the TIME’s Person of Year 2013? 

    • A.

      Mark Zuckerberg

    • B.

      The Protester

    • C.

      Pope Francis

    • D.

      Barack Obama

    Correct Answer
    C. Pope Francis
    Explanation
    Pope Francis was named as the TIME's Person of the Year 2013. This recognition was given to him for his efforts to promote peace and social justice, as well as his humble and inclusive leadership style within the Catholic Church. Pope Francis has been known for his emphasis on helping the poor and marginalized, his focus on environmental issues, and his efforts to bridge gaps between different religious and cultural groups. His actions and message resonated with many people around the world, leading to his selection as the Person of the Year.

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  • 4. 

    Name the Indian bank that on 9 December 2014 launched two indices named Monthly Composite Index and Yearly Composite Index to track monthly and yearly economic trends.

    • A.

      Axis Bank

    • B.

      HDFC

    • C.

      IDBI

    • D.

      State Bank of India

    Correct Answer
    D. State Bank of India
    Explanation
    State Bank of India is the correct answer because on 9 December 2014, they launched two indices named Monthly Composite Index and Yearly Composite Index. These indices were designed to track monthly and yearly economic trends, indicating that State Bank of India took the initiative to provide a tool for monitoring and analyzing economic trends in India.

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  • 5. 

    Recently on 8 December 2014, World Economic Forum (WEF) released The 2013 Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index. What is the rank of India in the index? 

    • A.

      30

    • B.

      65

    • C.

      98

    • D.

      125

    Correct Answer
    B. 65
    Explanation
    India is ranked 65th in the 2013 Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index released by the World Economic Forum (WEF) on 8 December 2014. The index measures the competitiveness of countries in the travel and tourism sector based on various factors such as business environment, safety and security, infrastructure, cultural resources, and natural resources. This ranking suggests that India has a moderate level of competitiveness in the travel and tourism industry compared to other countries.

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  • 6. 

    The World Trade Organisation (WTO) on 9 December 2014 ruled against a country’s decision to impose high duty on imports of certain steel products from India. Name the country against which the verdict was given?

    • A.

      Germany

    • B.

      Russia

    • C.

      United States

    • D.

      China

    Correct Answer
    C. United States
    Explanation
    The correct answer is United States. The World Trade Organisation (WTO) ruled against the United States' decision to impose high duty on imports of certain steel products from India.

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  • 7. 

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel was re-elected unopposed as head of a party on 9 December 2014. Name the party?

    • A.

      Christian Social Union of Bavaria

    • B.

      German People's Party

    • C.

      Conservative Christian Democrats

    • D.

      People's National Reich Association

    Correct Answer
    C. Conservative Christian Democrats
    Explanation
    Angela Merkel was re-elected unopposed as the head of the Conservative Christian Democrats party on 9 December 2014. This indicates that there were no other candidates challenging her for the leadership position within the party. The fact that she was able to secure the position without any opposition suggests a strong level of support and confidence from within the party.

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  • 8. 

    Four European nations, namely Germany, France, Luxembourg and Belgium on 6 December 2014 decided to suspend marketing authorisations for 25 drugs of a pharmaceutical company from India. Name the company

    • A.

      Novartis

    • B.

      GVK Biosciences

    • C.

      Roche

    • D.

      Merck & Co.

    Correct Answer
    B. GVK Biosciences
    Explanation
    In December 2014, Germany, France, Luxembourg, and Belgium collectively decided to suspend marketing authorizations for 25 drugs produced by a pharmaceutical company from India. The correct answer is GVK Biosciences. This decision was likely made due to concerns or issues related to the safety or effectiveness of the drugs produced by GVK Biosciences, prompting these European nations to temporarily halt their marketing.

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  • 9. 

    Name the web-based taxi service company that was recently banned from providing services in the national capital?

    • A.

      Uber

    • B.

      Ola

    • C.

      Taxi for Sure

    • D.

      TaxiPixi

    Correct Answer
    A. Uber
    Explanation
    Uber was recently banned from providing services in the national capital.

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  • 10. 

    Hockey Olympian Grihanandan Singh alias Nandy Singh died on 7 December 2014 in New Delhi. He was a part of the National Hockey team that won the Olympic Gold in which years?

    • A.

      1932 and 1936

    • B.

      1944 and 1948

    • C.

      1948 and 1952

    • D.

      1952 and 1956

    Correct Answer
    C. 1948 and 1952
    Explanation
    Grihanandan Singh, also known as Nandy Singh, was a part of the National Hockey team that won the Olympic Gold in 1948 and 1952.

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  • 11. 

    The United States (US) and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) recently ended their combat mission in Afghanistan. The combat mission formally came to end on

    • A.

      8 December 2014

    • B.

      10 December 2014

    • C.

      12 December 2014

    • D.

      11 December 2014

    Correct Answer
    A. 8 December 2014
    Explanation
    The correct answer is 8 December 2014. This is the date on which the combat mission of the United States and NATO formally ended in Afghanistan.

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  • 12. 

    Delhi Court on 8 December 2014 convicted three Anandmargis and an advocate for the charges of murder and criminal conspiracy for killing a former Railway Minister. Name the leader?

    • A.

      Lalit Narayan Mishra

    • B.

      Beant Singh

    • C.

      Gopinath Munde

    • D.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    A. Lalit Narayan Mishra
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Lalit Narayan Mishra. The question states that three Anandmargis and an advocate were convicted for the murder and criminal conspiracy of a former Railway Minister. Therefore, the leader being referred to in the question is Lalit Narayan Mishra.

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  • 13. 

    Indian Blind Cricket team on 7 December 2014 won the 2014 Blind Cricket World Cup (BCWC) by defeating

    • A.

      Pakistan

    • B.

      South Africa

    • C.

      Australia

    • D.

      New Zealand

    Correct Answer
    A. Pakistan
    Explanation
    The Indian Blind Cricket team won the 2014 Blind Cricket World Cup by defeating Pakistan. This victory showcases the team's skill and determination in overcoming their opponents. It also highlights the talent and abilities of visually impaired cricketers, proving that they can compete at the highest level of the sport. The win against Pakistan, a strong cricketing nation, adds to the significance of the achievement and solidifies India's position as a formidable team in blind cricket.

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  • 14. 

    Nedanuri Krishnamurthy who died on 8 December 2014 in Visakhapatnam was?

    • A.

      Carnatic vocalist

    • B.

      Politician in Andhra Pradesh

    • C.

      Chirographer

    • D.

      Writer

    Correct Answer
    A. Carnatic vocalist
    Explanation
    Nedanuri Krishnamurthy, who passed away on 8 December 2014 in Visakhapatnam, was a Carnatic vocalist.

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  • 15. 

    The Competition Commission of India (CCI) on 5 December 2014 approved the proposed 4 billion dollars merger of Ranbaxy with which pharmaceutical company ?

    • A.

      Abbott Laboratories

    • B.

      Sun Pharmaceutical

    • C.

      Pfizer

    • D.

      GlaxoSmithKline

    Correct Answer
    B. Sun Pharmaceutical
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Sun Pharmaceutical. The Competition Commission of India (CCI) approved the proposed 4 billion dollars merger of Ranbaxy with Sun Pharmaceutical. This merger would create one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in India and would have a significant impact on the pharmaceutical industry.

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  • 16. 

    The International Cricket Council (ICC) on 7 December 2014 suspended an off-spinner from bowling in international cricket with immediate effect for illegal bowling action. Name him?

    • A.

      Sachitra Senanayake

    • B.

      Mohammad Hafeez

    • C.

      Saeed Ajmal

    • D.

      Marlon Samuels

    Correct Answer
    B. Mohammad Hafeez
    Explanation
    Mohammad Hafeez was suspended from bowling in international cricket with immediate effect for illegal bowling action by the International Cricket Council (ICC) on 7 December 2014.

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  • 17. 

    China on 7 December 2014 rejected the UN arbitration to resolve the South China Sea maritime dispute with its neighbors. The UN mediation to resolve the dispute was demanded from which country?

    • A.

      Brunei

    • B.

      Taiwan

    • C.

      Philippines

    • D.

      Japan

    Correct Answer
    C. Philippines
    Explanation
    China rejected the UN arbitration to resolve the South China Sea maritime dispute with its neighbors, specifically the Philippines. The Philippines demanded the UN mediation to resolve the dispute. This suggests that the Philippines sought international intervention to address the ongoing conflict with China over territorial claims in the South China Sea.

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  • 18. 

    India on 7 December 2014 set the Guinness Record for largest human formation of a national flag in the world. The previous record was held by?

    • A.

      Pakistan

    • B.

      United States

    • C.

      China

    • D.

      Australia

    Correct Answer
    A. Pakistan
    Explanation
    India set the Guinness Record for the largest human formation of a national flag in the world on 7 December 2014. This means that a large number of people came together to form the shape of the Indian national flag. The previous record for this achievement was held by Pakistan.

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  • 19. 

    Name the NASA’s spacecraft mission that came out of hibernation on 6 December 2014 for its long-awaited 2015 encounter with the Pluto system?

    • A.

      Cassini

    • B.

      Opportunity

    • C.

      Apollo-Soyuz

    • D.

      New Horizons

    Correct Answer
    D. New Horizons
    Explanation
    New Horizons is the correct answer because it is the NASA spacecraft mission that came out of hibernation on 6 December 2014 for its long-awaited 2015 encounter with the Pluto system. The mission was launched in 2006 with the goal of studying Pluto, its moons, and other objects in the Kuiper Belt. After a long journey, New Horizons successfully flew by Pluto in July 2015, providing valuable data and images of the dwarf planet and its moons.

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  • 20. 

    Which Indian Company on 8 December 2014 commissioned the Nyaborongo Hydro Electric Project in Rwanda?

    • A.

      Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited

    • B.

      Coastal Projects Limited

    • C.

      Tata Hydroelectric Power Supply Company

    • D.

      Jaiprakash Power Ventures Limited

    Correct Answer
    A. Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited
    Explanation
    Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited commissioned the Nyaborongo Hydro Electric Project in Rwanda on 8 December 2014.

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  • 21. 

    Which organisation on 9 December 2014 translated the Indian Constitution into Arabic language?

    • A.

      International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance

    • B.

      National Democratic Institute

    • C.

      Institute for Democracy and Cooperation

    • D.

      Institute for Democratic Education in America

    Correct Answer
    A. International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance
    Explanation
    The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance is the correct answer because it is an organization that works to support democracy and democratic processes around the world. Translating the Indian Constitution into Arabic language aligns with their mission of promoting democracy and ensuring that citizens have access to important legal and political documents in their own language.

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  • 22. 

    The Union Government recently divested its 5 percent stake in which company?

    • A.

      Oil And Natural Gas Corporation

    • B.

      Coal India Limited

    • C.

      Steel Authority of India Limited

    • D.

      National Thermal Power Corporation

    Correct Answer
    C. Steel Authority of India Limited
    Explanation
    The Union Government recently divested its 5 percent stake in Steel Authority of India Limited. This means that the government sold a portion of its ownership in the company, reducing its stake by 5 percent. Divestment is a common strategy for governments to raise funds or promote private sector participation in state-owned enterprises.

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  • 23. 

    Which organisation on 10 December 2014 banned the sale of 80 generic drugs produced in India on the grounds that their clinical trials were insufficient?

    • A.

      Central Drugs Standard Control Organization

    • B.

      Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency

    • C.

      International Generic Drug Regulators

    • D.

      Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices

    Correct Answer
    D. Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices
    Explanation
    The Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices banned the sale of 80 generic drugs produced in India on 10 December 2014 due to insufficient clinical trials.

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  • 24. 

    Name the person who died recently and had developed the Brown Box console video game system

    • A.

      Michel Ancel

    • B.

      Ed Averett

    • C.

      Ralph Henry Baer

    • D.

      Richard Bartle

    Correct Answer
    C. Ralph Henry Baer
    Explanation
    Ralph Henry Baer is the correct answer because he recently passed away and he was the person who developed the Brown Box console video game system.

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  • 25. 

    Consider the following statements in context of Web Index 2014 that was released on 10 December 2014.I. The Web Index measures the internet's contribution to social, economic and political progress in the world.II. India ranks at the 48th with 48.6 score in the index.Which is the correct statement(s)?

    • A.

      Only I

    • B.

      Only II

    • C.

      Both I & II

    • D.

      Neither I nor II

    Correct Answer
    A. Only I
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Only I. This is because statement I accurately describes the purpose and scope of the Web Index, which is to measure the internet's impact on social, economic, and political progress. Statement II, on the other hand, provides a specific ranking and score for India in the index, which is not mentioned or supported in the question.

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  • 26. 

    Consider the following statements in reference to Amendments to Insurance Laws (Amendment) Bill 2008 that was recently approved by a Parliamentary Standing Committee.I.    The bill allows a composite cap of 49 percent on foreign direct investment in insurance.II.    The bill aims to dissolve the defaulting insurance companies.III.    The bill allows insurer to challenge life insurance policy for any reasons.Which statement is/are correct?

    • A.

      I and II

    • B.

      II and III

    • C.

      I Only

    • D.

      III Only

    Correct Answer
    C. I Only
    Explanation
    The correct answer is I Only. This is because statement I states that the bill allows a composite cap of 49 percent on foreign direct investment in insurance, which is true. However, statement II is incorrect as the bill does not aim to dissolve defaulting insurance companies. Statement III is not mentioned in the given information, so it cannot be determined if it is correct or not.

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  • 27. 

    Who won the Confucius Peace Prize 2014 recently which is also considered as Chinese Nobel Prize?

    • A.

      Yi Cheng

    • B.

      Malala Yousafzai

    • C.

      Vladimir Putin

    • D.

      Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz

    Correct Answer
    D. Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz
    Explanation
    Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz won the Confucius Peace Prize 2014, which is considered as the Chinese Nobel Prize.

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  • 28. 

    Who on 11 December 2014 succeeded Anthony Banbury as the head of UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response?

    • A.

      Marat Aldangorovich Sarsembaev

    • B.

      Boutros Boutros-Ghali

    • C.

      Javier Perez de Cuellar

    • D.

      Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed

    Correct Answer
    D. Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed
    Explanation
    Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed succeeded Anthony Banbury as the head of UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response on 11 December 2014.

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  • 29. 

    The 2013 Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index was released on 8 December 2014 by World Economic Forum (WEF) under which theme?

    • A.

      Reducing Barriers to Economic Growth and Job Creation

    • B.

      Environmental sustainability

    • C.

      Safety and security

    • D.

      Health and hygiene

    Correct Answer
    A. Reducing Barriers to Economic Growth and Job Creation
    Explanation
    The 2013 Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index was released under the theme of "Reducing Barriers to Economic Growth and Job Creation." This suggests that the focus of the index was on analyzing and evaluating the factors that hinder or promote economic growth and job creation in the travel and tourism industry. The index likely assessed various aspects such as government regulations, infrastructure, business environment, and policies that affect the competitiveness of countries in the travel and tourism sector.

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  • 30. 

    Which Indian cricket commentator was recently appointed by Tourism Australia as brand ambassador?

    • A.

      Harsha Bhogle

    • B.

      Ravi Shastri

    • C.

      Sunil Gavaskar

    • D.

      Saurav Ganguly

    Correct Answer
    A. Harsha Bhogle
    Explanation
    Harsha Bhogle was recently appointed by Tourism Australia as brand ambassador. He is a well-known Indian cricket commentator and has been associated with the sport for many years. His expertise and knowledge in cricket make him a suitable choice for promoting Australian tourism to the Indian audience. Bhogle's appointment as brand ambassador will help in attracting more Indian tourists to Australia and promoting the country as a desirable travel destination.

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