Current Affairs Quiz February 2014, February 17 - February 23

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  • 1. 

    The Indian flag was unfurled on 17 February 2014 at the Winter Olympics Village at Sochi, Russia at a special ceremony held at International Plaza of the Mountain Village. India was suspended by International Olympic Committee (IOC) from participation in the games for how long?

    • A.

      12-months long suspension

    • B.

      14-month long suspension

    • C.

      16-month long suspension

    • D.

      22-months long suspension

    Correct Answer
    B. 14-month long suspension
    Explanation
    India was suspended by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) from participating in the Winter Olympics for a period of 14 months. The Indian flag was unfurled on 17 February 2014 at the Winter Olympics Village in Sochi, Russia, marking the end of this suspension.

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  • 2. 

    80-million rupees has been sanctioned for restoration of Bhagat Singh’s ancestral house, school and village on 17 February 2014. At which place the ancestral house, school and village of Bhagat Singh is located?

    • A.

      Faisalabad, Punjab in Pakistan

    • B.

      Ludhiana, Punjab in India

    • C.

      Shadman in the Eastern City of Lahore Pakistan

    • D.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    A. Faisalabad, Punjab in Pakistan
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Faisalabad, Punjab in Pakistan. This is the location where the ancestral house, school, and village of Bhagat Singh are located.

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  • 3. 

    Name the Indian film that on 17 February 2014 won the Crystal Bear (Glasernen Bar) for the best film by the Children’s jury in Generation KPlus section at the 64th Berlin International Film Festival.  

    • A.

      The Grand Budapest Hotel

    • B.

      Killa

    • C.

      Little House

    • D.

      Black Coal

    Correct Answer
    B. Killa
    Explanation
    Killa is the correct answer because it won the Crystal Bear for the best film by the Children's jury in the Generation KPlus section at the 64th Berlin International Film Festival on 17 February 2014.

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  • 4. 

    Name the country whose minister on 17 February 2014 warned Pakistan that it may send its forces to enter Pakistani and Afghan territory to release border guards seized by a rebel group. 

    • A.

      France

    • B.

      Britain

    • C.

      Iran

    • D.

      Iraq

    Correct Answer
    C. Iran
    Explanation
    Iran is the correct answer because on 17 February 2014, the Iranian minister warned Pakistan that it may send its forces to enter Pakistani and Afghan territory to release border guards seized by a rebel group.

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  • 5. 

    Arun Jaitely, a BJP leader on 16 February 2014 unveiled a book entitled ModiNomics: Inclusive Economics, Inclusive Governance. Name the author of the book?

    • A.

      Abdul Qavi Desnavi

    • B.

      Sameer Kochhar

    • C.

      Amitav Ghosh

    • D.

      Amish Tripathi

    Correct Answer
    B. Sameer Kochhar
    Explanation
    Sameer Kochhar is the author of the book entitled "ModiNomics: Inclusive Economics, Inclusive Governance."

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  • 6. 

    Name the pole-vaulter who recently broke 21-year-old world record of pole vault of Sergey Bubka with a leap of 6.16 meter at Donetsk in the Ukraine.  

    • A.

      Pierre Quinon

    • B.

      Thierry Vigneron

    • C.

      Philippe Houvion

    • D.

      Renaud Lavillenie

    Correct Answer
    D. Renaud Lavillenie
    Explanation
    Renaud Lavillenie recently broke the 21-year-old world record of pole vault set by Sergey Bubka with a leap of 6.16 meters at Donetsk in Ukraine.

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  • 7. 

    What is the scientific name of the breed of wild dogs that is found in India and other part of south-east Asia for whose protection a conservation breeding centre is to be set up?

    • A.

      Lycalopex culpaeus

    • B.

      Canis latrans

    • C.

      Chrysocyon brachyurus

    • D.

      Cuon alpinus

    Correct Answer
    D. Cuon alpinus
    Explanation
    The scientific name Cuon alpinus refers to the breed of wild dogs found in India and other parts of Southeast Asia. A conservation breeding center is being set up to protect this breed.

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  • 8. 

    The Supreme Court of India on 18 February 2014 commuted the death sentence of three convicts in Rajiv Gandhi assassination case to life imprisonment. Which Article of Constitution gives the power to the President of India and the Governor of the States to grant pardons, reprieves or remissions of punishment or to suspend the sentence of any person convicted of any offence against any law?

    • A.

      Article 70 and Article 159

    • B.

      Article 71 and Article 160

    • C.

      Article 72 and Article 161

    • D.

      Article 73 and Article 162

    Correct Answer
    C. Article 72 and Article 161
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Article 72 and Article 161. Article 72 of the Indian Constitution gives the power to the President of India to grant pardons, reprieves, or remissions of punishment or to suspend the sentence of any person convicted of any offense against any law. Similarly, Article 161 gives the power to the Governor of the States to grant pardons, reprieves, or remissions of punishment or to suspend the sentence of any person convicted of any offense against any law. These articles empower the President and the Governors to exercise their discretion in granting mercy to convicts.

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  • 9. 

    India’s first Minority Cyber Village was inaugurated by the Union Minister for Minority Affairs K Rehman Khan on 19 February 2014 in

    • A.

      Chandoli village of Rajasthan

    • B.

      Laxmangarh village in Himachal Pradesh

    • C.

      Kishengarhbas village in Uttrakhand

    • D.

      Ramgarh village Jharkhand

    Correct Answer
    A. Chandoli village of Rajasthan
    Explanation
    India's first Minority Cyber Village was inaugurated by the Union Minister for Minority Affairs K Rehman Khan on 19 February 2014 in Chandoli village of Rajasthan.

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  • 10. 

    Which are the five international languages of the world that has been classified as the classical languages?

    • A.

      Chinese, Sanskrit, Arabic, Russian and Latin

    • B.

      Chinese, Sanskrit, French, Greek and Latin

    • C.

      Chinese, Sanskrit, Arabic, Greek and Latin

    • D.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    C. Chinese, Sanskrit, Arabic, Greek and Latin
    Explanation
    The five international languages that have been classified as the classical languages are Chinese, Sanskrit, Arabic, Greek, and Latin. These languages have a long history and have been influential in various fields such as literature, philosophy, and science. They have also had a significant impact on the development of other languages and cultures.

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  • 11. 

    The 35th Foreign Ministers Meet of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) was held at

    • A.

      Maldives

    • B.

      Kathmandu

    • C.

      New Delhi

    • D.

      Colombo

    Correct Answer
    A. Maldives
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Maldives. The question is asking where the 35th Foreign Ministers Meet of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) was held. The answer is Maldives because it is the only option provided that is a location where the meeting could have taken place.

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  • 12. 

    Union Cabinet on 20 February 2014 gave its nod for classifying a language as a classical language. Name the language?

    • A.

      Tamil

    • B.

      Telugu

    • C.

      Malayalam

    • D.

      Odia

    Correct Answer
    D. Odia
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Odia. The Union Cabinet on 20 February 2014 approved the classification of Odia as a classical language. This recognition is given to languages that have a rich history, ancient literature, and a distinct identity. Odia is spoken by a significant population in the eastern state of Odisha in India and has a long literary tradition dating back to the 9th century. This recognition by the Union Cabinet highlights the cultural and historical significance of the Odia language.

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  • 13. 

    International Monetary Fund (IMF) on 20 February 2014 released its annual report on the state of the Indian economy and projected that India’s economic growth for 2014-15 will be?

    • A.

      6.1 percent

    • B.

      6.0 percent

    • C.

      5.5 percent

    • D.

      5.4 percent

    Correct Answer
    D. 5.4 percent
    Explanation
    The correct answer is 5.4 percent. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) released its annual report on the state of the Indian economy and projected that India's economic growth for 2014-15 will be 5.4 percent. This indicates that the IMF expects India's economy to grow at a rate of 5.4 percent during that period.

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  • 14. 

    Who has been appointed as the next High Commissioner of Pakistan to India on 17 February 2014?

    • A.

      Salman Bashir

    • B.

      Asama Jahangir

    • C.

      Abdul Basit

    • D.

      Ahmad Riyaz

    Correct Answer
    C. Abdul Basit
    Explanation
    Abdul Basit has been appointed as the next High Commissioner of Pakistan to India on 17 February 2014.

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  • 15. 

    The Dua layer (a thin layer of collagen in human cornea) has been discovered by

    • A.

      Sangeeta Bhatia

    • B.

      Harminder Dua

    • C.

      R K Srikantan

    • D.

      Sushma Banerjee

    Correct Answer
    B. Harminder Dua
    Explanation
    Harminder Dua discovered the Dua layer, a thin layer of collagen in the human cornea.

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  • 16. 

     Name of the first pro-Hindi political party launched in Tamil Nadu by a group of advocates on 17 February 2014 is

    • A.

      Tamil Maanila Katchi

    • B.

      Tamil Hindi Katchi

    • C.

      Hindi Dravida Maanila

    • D.

      Dravida Munnetra Hindi Party

    Correct Answer
    A. Tamil Maanila Katchi
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Tamil Maanila Katchi. This political party was launched in Tamil Nadu by a group of advocates on 17 February 2014. It is the first pro-Hindi political party in the state, indicating its support for the Hindi language.

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  • 17. 

    Which Chinese player was ranked World No 2 in the latest WTA Singles Ranking released recently?

    • A.

      Peng Shuai

    • B.

      Li Na

    • C.

      Hsieh Su-Wei

    • D.

      Lin Dan

    Correct Answer
    B. Li Na
    Explanation
    Li Na was ranked World No 2 in the latest WTA Singles Ranking released recently.

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  • 18. 

    The popular carnatic music proponent Rudra Krishna Srikantan who died recently was a

    • A.

      Sitarist

    • B.

      Violinist

    • C.

      Vocalist

    • D.

      Dancer

    Correct Answer
    C. Vocalist
    Explanation
    Rudra Krishna Srikantan, who recently passed away, was a popular carnatic music proponent known for his vocal skills. He was not a sitarist, violinist, or dancer, but rather gained recognition for his talent as a vocalist.

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  • 19. 

    Which one of the following heritage places in India will not be covered under the Project 360 degree signed between Archaelogical Survey of India and Google Inc on 20 February 2014?

    • A.

      Taj Mahal

    • B.

      Humayun Tomb

    • C.

      Fatehpur Sikri

    • D.

      Majuli Islands

    Correct Answer
    D. Majuli Islands
  • 20. 

    Who bought the Reader Digest for 1 Pound only on 17 February 2014?

    • A.

      Jon Moulton

    • B.

      Mike Luckwell

    • C.

      De Witt

    • D.

      Lila Bell Wallace

    Correct Answer
    B. Mike Luckwell
    Explanation
    Mike Luckwell bought the Reader Digest for 1 Pound only on 17 February 2014.

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  • 21. 

    The book titled The Meaning of Success: Insights from Women will be released by which world-famous University to address the decline of women professors in the university?

    • A.

      Oxford University

    • B.

      London School of Economics

    • C.

      Cambridge University

    • D.

      Harvard University

    Correct Answer
    C. Cambridge University
    Explanation
    Cambridge University will release the book titled The Meaning of Success: Insights from Women to address the decline of women professors in the university.

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  • 22. 

    Union Cabinet recently approved to form Equal Opportunity Commission (EOC). The EOC was recommended by which Committee?

    • A.

      Justice Sachar Committee

    • B.

      Justice Majithia Committee

    • C.

      Justice Mukul Mudgal Committee

    • D.

      Justice Venkatchelliah Committee

    Correct Answer
    A. Justice Sachar Committee
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Justice Sachar Committee. The Union Cabinet recently approved the formation of the Equal Opportunity Commission (EOC), which was recommended by the Justice Sachar Committee. The committee, headed by Justice Rajinder Sachar, was formed to study the social, economic, and educational status of the Muslim community in India. The committee submitted its report in 2006, highlighting the various inequalities faced by the community. The formation of the EOC aims to address these inequalities and ensure equal opportunities for all citizens.

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  • 23. 

     In which nuclear plant of Japan did the radioactive water leak of 100 tonnes took place?

    • A.

      Ikata Nuclear Power Plant

    • B.

      Kashiwazaki - Kariwa Nuclear Power Plant

    • C.

      Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant

    • D.

      Hamaoka Nuclear Power Plant

    Correct Answer
    C. Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant. In 2011, a massive earthquake and tsunami caused a meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, leading to the release of radioactive materials and a subsequent leak of approximately 100 tonnes of radioactive water. This incident is considered one of the worst nuclear disasters in history.

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  • 24. 

    The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) approved a National Mission for a Green India on 20 February 2014. In this context consider the following statements I. The GIM scheme envisages a total cost of 46000 crore rupees over the next 10 years. II. To increase forest cover on 5 million hectares (ha) of forest/non-forest land.  III. To improve the quality of forest cover on another 5 million hectare. Which is/are correct?

    • A.

      I and II

    • B.

      II and III

    • C.

      I and III

    • D.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    D. All of the above
    Explanation
    The given answer "All of the above" is correct because all three statements are correct. Statement I mentions the total cost of the Green India Mission as 46000 crore rupees over the next 10 years. Statement II states the objective of increasing forest cover on 5 million hectares of forest/non-forest land. Statement III mentions the objective of improving the quality of forest cover on another 5 million hectares. Therefore, all three statements are correct.

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  • 25. 

    G-20 Summit of Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors was held in 

    • A.

      Sydney

    • B.

      Brisbane

    • C.

      Lisbon

    • D.

      Copenhagen

    Correct Answer
    A. Sydney
    Explanation
    The G-20 Summit of Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors was held in Sydney.

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  • 26. 

    Vision 2023 enumerating the new Industrial Policy has been unveiled by which State government on 23 February 2014?

    • A.

      Karnataka

    • B.

      Tamil Nadu

    • C.

      Rajasthan

    • D.

      Bihar

    Correct Answer
    B. Tamil Nadu
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Tamil Nadu. Vision 2023 is a new Industrial Policy that was unveiled by the Tamil Nadu state government on 23 February 2014. This policy outlines the government's plans and strategies for the development of industries in the state over the next few years.

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  • 27. 

    SOMAH solution to preserve organs has been developed by which Indian on 20 February 2014?

    • A.

      Hemant Thatte

    • B.

      Sangeeta Bhatia

    • C.

      Subhama Banerjee

    • D.

      V Krishnamurthy

    Correct Answer
    A. Hemant Thatte
  • 28. 

    After Microsoft which other multi-national giant has planned to start Accelerator programme to give a push to start-ups in India?

    • A.

      PepsiCo

    • B.

      Coca-Cola

    • C.

      Oracle

    • D.

      Walmart

    Correct Answer
    B. Coca-Cola
    Explanation
    Coca-Cola has planned to start an Accelerator programme to support start-ups in India. This initiative aims to provide resources, mentorship, and funding to help these start-ups grow and succeed in the market. By launching this programme, Coca-Cola is demonstrating its commitment to fostering innovation and entrepreneurship in India's start-up ecosystem.

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  • 29. 

    Empowerment Line for economically empowering the poor people in India has been unveiled by which research institute on 19 February 2014?

    • A.

      Deloitte

    • B.

      Euro Global Monitor

    • C.

      McKinsey

    • D.

      Standard & Poor

    Correct Answer
    C. McKinsey
    Explanation
    McKinsey unveiled the Empowerment Line for economically empowering the poor people in India on 19 February 2014. This suggests that McKinsey, a research institute, introduced a program or initiative aimed at improving the economic conditions of impoverished individuals in India.

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  • 30. 

    Which place in India has been ranked as the 8th most costliest office location in the world in a report released by the Cushman & Wakefield on 18 February 2014.?

    • A.

      Jhaveri Bazaar in Pune

    • B.

      Connaught Place in New Delhi

    • C.

      Bandra-Kurla Complex in Mumbai

    • D.

      Indiranagar in Bangalore

    Correct Answer
    B. Connaught Place in New Delhi
    Explanation
    Connaught Place in New Delhi has been ranked as the 8th most costliest office location in the world according to a report released by Cushman & Wakefield on 18 February 2014. This implies that renting office space in Connaught Place is relatively expensive compared to other office locations in India and globally.

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