General Knowledge India:August 17 Interactive Quiz

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  • 1. 

    Which Indian state is the largest producer in the world of the golden coloured 'Muga' silk ?

    • A.

      Assam

    • B.

      Orissa

    • C.

      West Bengal

    • D.

      Karnataka

    Correct Answer
    A. Assam
    Explanation
    Assam is the correct answer because it is the largest producer of the golden coloured 'Muga' silk in the world. Muga silk is a unique variety of silk produced only in Assam and is known for its natural golden color and durability. The state of Assam has a conducive climate and natural resources that support the growth of the silkworms and the production of Muga silk. Additionally, the traditional weaving techniques and skills of the people of Assam contribute to the high-quality production of Muga silk.

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  • 2. 

    Which Indian freedom fighter was popularly called 'Mahamana' ?

    • A.

      Bal Gangadhar Tilak

    • B.

      Jai Prakash Narain

    • C.

      Gopal Hari Deshmukh

    • D.

      Madan Mohan Malaviya

    Correct Answer
    D. Madan Mohan Malaviya
    Explanation
    Madan Mohan Malaviya was popularly called 'Mahamana' because of his immense contribution to the Indian freedom struggle and the education sector. He was a prominent leader, social reformer, and educationist who played a significant role in the Indian National Congress and the freedom movement. He was the founder of the Banaras Hindu University and worked tirelessly for the upliftment of education in India. His dedication and commitment towards the nation earned him the title 'Mahamana', which means 'great soul'.

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  • 3. 

    Which Indian state would you be in if you were watching birds at Ranganathittu Birds Sanctuary, situated on an island in the Kaveri river ?

    • A.

      Karnataka

    • B.

      Maharashtra

    • C.

      Tamil Nadu

    • D.

      Andhra Pradesh

    Correct Answer
    A. Karnataka
    Explanation
    Ranganathittu Birds Sanctuary is located on an island in the Kaveri river. Since the Kaveri river flows through the state of Karnataka, if someone were watching birds at Ranganathittu Birds Sanctuary, they would be in the state of Karnataka.

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  • 4. 

    'Anandmath', 'Durgeshnondini' and 'Kapalkundala' novels were authored by which Bengali writer ?

    • A.

      Rabindranath Tagore

    • B.

      Sharat Chandra Chatterjee

    • C.

      Bankim Chandra Chatterjee

    • D.

      Bibhuti Bhushan Bandopadhyay

    Correct Answer
    C. Bankim Chandra Chatterjee
    Explanation
    Bankim Chandra Chatterjee is the correct answer because he is the author of the novels 'Anandmath', 'Durgeshnondini', and 'Kapalkundala'. Bankim Chandra Chatterjee was a prominent Bengali writer and is considered one of the key figures in the literary renaissance of Bengal in the late 19th century. His works played a significant role in shaping modern Bengali literature and he is particularly known for his nationalist novel 'Anandmath', which gave birth to the famous patriotic song 'Vande Mataram'.

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  • 5. 

    Baglihar Dam, also known as Baglihar Hydroelectric Power Project, in Jammu & Kashmir is built across which river ?

    • A.

      Beas

    • B.

      Chenab

    • C.

      Jhelum

    • D.

      Sutlej

    Correct Answer
    B. Chenab
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Chenab. Baglihar Dam, also known as Baglihar Hydroelectric Power Project, is built across the Chenab River in Jammu & Kashmir.

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  • 6. 

    Where was the first Indian Institute of Management (IIM) established in 1961 ?

    • A.

      Kolkata

    • B.

      Bengaluru

    • C.

      Ahmedabad

    • D.

      Lucknow

    Correct Answer
    A. Kolkata
    Explanation
    The first Indian Institute of Management (IIM) was established in Kolkata in 1961.

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  • 7. 

    On 28 May 2008, the Indian Air Force attained the Airborne Warning And Control System (AWACS) capability by procuring the Phalcon radar (mounted on Russian plane IL-76) from which country ?

    • A.

      France

    • B.

      Israel

    • C.

      Russia

    • D.

      Germany

    Correct Answer
    B. Israel
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Israel. On 28 May 2008, the Indian Air Force acquired the Phalcon radar system, which is mounted on a Russian plane IL-76, from Israel. This purchase gave the Indian Air Force the capability of Airborne Warning And Control System (AWACS).

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  • 8. 

    Which India born physicist invented the 'Optical Fibre' ?

    • A.

      C.V. Raman

    • B.

      Satyendra Nath Bose

    • C.

      Homi J. Bhabha

    • D.

      Narinder Singh Kapany

    Correct Answer
    D. Narinder Singh Kapany
    Explanation
    Narinder Singh Kapany is credited with inventing the 'Optical Fibre'. He was born in India and is known for his work in the field of fiber optics. Kapany's research and experiments led to the development of optical fibers, which are now widely used for telecommunications and data transmission. Optical fibers are thin strands of glass or plastic that can carry light signals over long distances with minimal loss of signal quality. Kapany's invention revolutionized the field of communication technology and laid the foundation for the modern internet and other optical communication systems.

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  • 9. 

    Which was the only session of Indian National Congress (INC) presided over by Mahatma Gandhi ?

    • A.

      Surat (1907)

    • B.

      Belgaum (1924)

    • C.

      Lahore (1929)

    • D.

      Tripuri (1939)

    Correct Answer
    B. Belgaum (1924)
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Belgaum (1924). Mahatma Gandhi presided over the session of Indian National Congress in Belgaum in 1924. This session was significant as it marked the return of Gandhi to active politics after a brief period of retirement. Gandhi used this platform to address various issues such as untouchability, women's rights, and the promotion of Khadi (handspun cloth). The session also saw the adoption of the famous "Belgaum Resolution" which emphasized the importance of non-violence and constructive work in the struggle for independence.

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  • 10. 

    On account of its numerous temples, which city is also known as the 'Cathedral City of India' ?

    • A.

      Madurai (Tamil Nadu)

    • B.

      Haridwar (Uttarakhand)

    • C.

      Bhubaneswar (Orissa)

    • D.

      Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh)

    Correct Answer
    C. Bhubaneswar (Orissa)
    Explanation
    Bhubaneswar is known as the 'Cathedral City of India' because it is home to numerous temples. The city is famous for its ancient and architecturally stunning temples, including the Lingaraja Temple, which is one of the largest and most important temples in India. The presence of these temples has earned Bhubaneswar the nickname of the 'Cathedral City of India'.

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  • 11. 

    Which Indian state does not have any scheduled tribe community ?

    • A.

      Sikkim

    • B.

      Haryana

    • C.

      Gujarat

    • D.

      Tamil Nadu

    Correct Answer
    B. Haryana
    Explanation
    Haryana is the correct answer because it is the only Indian state that does not have any scheduled tribe community. Scheduled tribes are indigenous communities in India that are recognized by the government and have certain legal protections and benefits. While Sikkim, Gujarat, and Tamil Nadu have scheduled tribe communities, Haryana does not.

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  • 12. 

    Which Ramon Magsaysay award winner founded the 'Asha for Education', a secular organisation dedicated to bring socio-economic change in India by focusing on basic education ?

    • A.

      Sandeep Pandey

    • B.

      Lakshmi Chand Jain

    • C.

      Pandurang Shastri Athavale

    • D.

      Mahesh Chandra Mehta

    Correct Answer
    A. Sandeep Pandey
    Explanation
    Sandeep Pandey is the correct answer because he is the founder of 'Asha for Education', a secular organization that focuses on basic education to bring about socio-economic change in India. The Ramon Magsaysay award winner has dedicated his work to improving education and empowering marginalized communities in India.

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  • 13. 

    In which city would you come across 'Deeksha Bhoomi', where Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar had embraced Buddhism along with thousand of his Dalit followers on 14 October 1956 ?

    • A.

      Bodh Gaya (Bihar)

    • B.

      Sarnath (Uttar Pradesh)

    • C.

      Kushinagar (Uttar Pradesh)

    • D.

      Nagpur (Maharashtra)

    Correct Answer
    D. Nagpur (Maharashtra)
    Explanation
    Deeksha Bhoomi is located in Nagpur, Maharashtra. It is a significant historical site where Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar, along with thousands of his Dalit followers, embraced Buddhism on 14 October 1956. This event marked a major turning point in the Dalit movement and had a lasting impact on the social and political landscape of India.

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  • 14. 

    The weapon based Dravidian martial art 'Silambam' is native of which south Indian state ?

    • A.

      Kerala

    • B.

      Tamil Nadu

    • C.

      Karnataka

    • D.

      Andhra Pradesh

    Correct Answer
    B. Tamil Nadu
    Explanation
    Silambam is a weapon-based Dravidian martial art that originated in Tamil Nadu, a state in South India. It is a traditional form of combat that involves the use of long sticks or staffs as weapons. Silambam has been practiced for centuries in Tamil Nadu and is an integral part of the state's cultural heritage. It is known for its fluid movements, intricate techniques, and emphasis on both offense and defense.

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  • 15. 

    Which Indian lady writer authored Onasis award winning play 'Harvest', highlighting the controversial issue of organ trading in poverty-stricken areas ?

    • A.

      Kiran Desai

    • B.

      Jhumpa Lahiri

    • C.

      Manjula Padmanabhan

    • D.

      Arundhati Roy

    Correct Answer
    C. Manjula Padmanabhan
    Explanation
    Manjula Padmanabhan is the correct answer because she is an Indian lady writer who authored the play "Harvest." This play won the Onasis award and focuses on the controversial issue of organ trading in poverty-stricken areas.

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