Current Affairs Interactive Quiz: 12 May -18 May 2014

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  • 1. 

    The Tel Aviv District Court of Israel on 13 May 2014 sentenced former Prime Minister to six years in prison for corrupt practices in real estate projects. Name the prime minister?

    • A.

      David Ben-Gurion

    • B.

      Ariel Sharon

    • C.

      Benjamin Netanyahu

    • D.

      Ehud Olmert

    Correct Answer
    D. Ehud Olmert
    Explanation
    Ehud Olmert, the former Prime Minister of Israel, was sentenced to six years in prison by the Tel Aviv District Court in 2014 for his involvement in corrupt practices related to real estate projects. This decision was made by the court based on the evidence and charges against him.

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  • 2. 

    Lieutenant Governor of Delhi, Najeeb Jung on 13 May 2014 constituted a High Powered Committee to look into the pollution levels in national Capital and suggest the steps to reduce its levels in the city. Who will chair the committee?

    • A.

      Delhi Chief Secretary

    • B.

      Environment Secretary

    • C.

      Transport Commissioner

    • D.

      DPCC Additional Secretary

    Correct Answer
    A. Delhi Chief Secretary
    Explanation
    The Delhi Chief Secretary will chair the committee because the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi appointed a High Powered Committee to address pollution levels in the national capital and the Chief Secretary is typically the highest-ranking administrative officer in the state government.

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  • 3. 

    UN on 12 May 2014 appointed a woman to head UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP). With this appointment, the woman became the first-ever female to head a UN peacekeeping force in its entire history. Name her?

    • A.

      Kristin Lund of Norway

    • B.

      Rashida Manjoo of South Africa

    • C.

      Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka of South Africa

    • D.

      Helen Clark of New Zealand

    Correct Answer
    A. Kristin Lund of Norway
    Explanation
    Kristin Lund of Norway is the correct answer because she was appointed as the first-ever female to head a UN peacekeeping force in its entire history. This appointment took place on 12 May 2014 when she was appointed to head the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP).

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  • 4. 

    US Senate on 13 May 2014 confirmed the name of an Indian – American as the federal judge in Massachusetts. Name the person?

    • A.

      Indira Talwani

    • B.

      Nikki Haley

    • C.

      Kal Penn

    • D.

      Padma Lakshmi

    Correct Answer
    A. Indira Talwani
    Explanation
    Indira Talwani was confirmed as the federal judge in Massachusetts by the US Senate on 13 May 2014.

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  • 5. 

    Name the State Government that on 14 May 2014 signed an agreement with the TiE Silicon Valley as a part of state’s efforts to develop it an IT hub and attract US investment?

    • A.

      Karnataka

    • B.

      Andhra Pradesh

    • C.

      West Bengal

    • D.

      Odisha

    Correct Answer
    D. Odisha
    Explanation
    Odisha is the correct answer because on 14 May 2014, the Odisha State Government signed an agreement with TiE Silicon Valley to develop the state as an IT hub and attract US investment. This agreement was a part of Odisha's efforts to promote the IT sector and boost economic growth in the state.

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  • 6. 

    Name the State that on 14 May 2014 banned rat-hole mining and transportation of coal throughout the State to comply with the ex-parte interim order of National Green Tribunal?

    • A.

      Assam

    • B.

      Meghalaya

    • C.

      Jharkhand

    • D.

      Odisha

    Correct Answer
    B. Meghalaya
    Explanation
    Meghalaya is the correct answer because on 14 May 2014, the state banned rat-hole mining and transportation of coal throughout the state to comply with the ex-parte interim order of the National Green Tribunal. This decision was made in order to address the environmental concerns and protect the ecology of the state.

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  • 7. 

    Name the country that on 14 May 2014 announced its decision to abolish its controversial sponsorship system for foreign workers?

    • A.

      Algeria

    • B.

      Yemen

    • C.

      Kuwait

    • D.

      Qatar

    Correct Answer
    D. Qatar
    Explanation
    Qatar announced on 14 May 2014 that it would abolish its controversial sponsorship system for foreign workers. This system, known as the "kafala" system, tied migrant workers to their employers, often leading to exploitation and abuse. The decision to abolish this system was seen as a positive step towards improving the rights and conditions of foreign workers in Qatar.

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  • 8. 

    Which of the following statements regarding the Sponsorship system for foreign workers is/are right?   I. This system mandates that the expatriates must be sponsored by a local employer to get a permit  II. This system is also known as Kafala system III. The system doesn’t require employer’s consent before leaving the country as is prevalent at present IV. None of these 

    • A.

      Statement I and II are right

    • B.

      Statement I, II and III is right

    • C.

      Statement IV is only right

    • D.

      Only Statement II is right

    Correct Answer
    A. Statement I and II are right
    Explanation
    The given correct answer is that Statement I and II are right. This means that the sponsorship system for foreign workers does mandate that expatriates must be sponsored by a local employer to get a permit, and it is also known as the Kafala system.

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  • 9. 

    Recently about 205 coal miners were killed in a coal pit collapse at a place in Turkey. The pit collapsed at which place?

    • A.

      Anatolia

    • B.

      Ankara

    • C.

      Soma

    • D.

      Bursa

    Correct Answer
    C. Soma
    Explanation
    205 coal miners were killed in a coal pit collapse in Soma, Turkey.

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  • 10. 

    Name the person who was appointed as the Chairman of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal on 14 May 2014?

    • A.

      Justice NP Singh

    • B.

      Justice BS Chauhan

    • C.

      Justice Sudhir Narain

    • D.

      Justice HL Dattu

    Correct Answer
    B. Justice BS Chauhan
    Explanation
    Justice BS Chauhan was appointed as the Chairman of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal on 14 May 2014.

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  • 11. 

    The Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal (CWDT) was constituted by the Government of India in which year?

    • A.

      1990

    • B.

      1998

    • C.

      2005

    • D.

      2010

    Correct Answer
    A. 1990
    Explanation
    The Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal (CWDT) was constituted by the Government of India in 1990. This tribunal was established to resolve the long-standing water disputes between the states of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, and Puducherry over the sharing of Cauvery river water. The tribunal was formed as a result of the increasing conflicts and disagreements between the states regarding water distribution. The CWDT played a crucial role in examining the water availability, demands, and needs of each state, and eventually issued a final order in 2007 to regulate the sharing of Cauvery river water among the states.

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  • 12. 

    The Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal (CWDT) was constituted by the Government of India with an aim to give its ruling on the water dispute regarding inter-state river Cauvery and the river valley thereof between two states. Name the two states for which the tribunal was constituted?

    • A.

      Tamil Nadu and Kerala

    • B.

      Karnataka and Kerala

    • C.

      Karnataka and Maharashtra

    • D.

      Karnataka and Tamil Nadu

    Correct Answer
    D. Karnataka and Tamil Nadu
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. The Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal was established specifically to address the water dispute between these two states. The tribunal's main objective was to provide a ruling on the allocation of Cauvery river water between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, as well as other related issues concerning the river valley.

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  • 13. 

    Name the person who on 18 May 2014 was sworn-in as the eighth Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh at the Raj Bhavan in Itanagar?

    • A.

      Nirbhay Sharma

    • B.

      Nabam Tuki

    • C.

      Gegong Apang

    • D.

      Mukut Mithi

    Correct Answer
    B. Nabam Tuki
    Explanation
    Nabam Tuki was sworn-in as the eighth Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh on 18 May 2014 at the Raj Bhavan in Itanagar.

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  • 14. 

    Name the Indian who featured on the cover page of the business magazine Forbes Middle East’s Top Indian Leaders in Arab World 2014 issue?

    • A.

      Bollywood actor Amir Khan

    • B.

      Infosys CEO Narayan Murthy

    • C.

      Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan

    • D.

      Cricketer Sachin

    Correct Answer
    C. Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan
    Explanation
    Shah Rukh Khan was featured on the cover page of Forbes Middle East's Top Indian Leaders in Arab World 2014 issue. This recognition highlights his influence and success in the entertainment industry, both in India and the Arab world. As one of the most popular Bollywood actors, Shah Rukh Khan has a massive fan following and has made significant contributions to the Indian film industry. This recognition by Forbes Middle East further solidifies his position as a prominent Indian figure in the Arab world.

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  • 15. 

    When was the World Migratory Bird Day 2014 observed across the world?

    • A.

      10 May 2014

    • B.

      10-11 May 2014

    • C.

      20 -21 May 2014

    • D.

      20 May 2014

    Correct Answer
    B. 10-11 May 2014
    Explanation
    The World Migratory Bird Day 2014 was observed across the world on 10-11 May 2014. This means that the event took place over a two-day period, allowing for more participation and awareness about migratory birds.

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  • 16. 

    What is the theme of the World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) 2014?

    • A.

      Save the Bird : Improve the Tourism

    • B.

      Migration and encourage Tourism

    • C.

      Conservation of Birds: Tourism

    • D.

      Destination Flyways: Migratory Birds and Tourism

    Correct Answer
    D. Destination Flyways: Migratory Birds and Tourism
    Explanation
    The theme of the World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) 2014 is "Destination Flyways: Migratory Birds and Tourism". This theme suggests that the focus of the event is on promoting the conservation of migratory birds and their habitats, while also highlighting the potential for tourism related to bird watching and bird migration. The theme emphasizes the importance of protecting and preserving the flyways that migratory birds use, while also recognizing the economic and recreational value that bird tourism can bring to local communities.

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  • 17. 

    Name the Oscar winning documentary film-maker who made Searching for Sugar Man who died recently at the age of 36

    • A.

      Robert Richardson

    • B.

      Malik Bendjelloul

    • C.

      Octavia Spencer

    • D.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    B. Malik Bendjelloul
    Explanation
    Malik Bendjelloul is the correct answer because he was the Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker who made the film "Searching for Sugar Man." He recently passed away at the age of 36.

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  • 18. 

    Recently Supreme Court gave a judgement that Candidates fighting elections can be disqualified if they fail to disclose information about assets and liabilities of even their spouse and dependent children. According to which Article of the Constitution of India, do the citizens have the right to know the information about candidate’s assets and liabilities?

    • A.

      Article 21

    • B.

      Article 30(a)

    • C.

      Article 19 (a)

    • D.

      Article 14

    Correct Answer
    C. Article 19 (a)
    Explanation
    Article 19 (a) of the Constitution of India guarantees the right to freedom of speech and expression. This includes the right to access information, which allows citizens to have the right to know about a candidate's assets and liabilities. The recent judgement by the Supreme Court aligns with this article as it ensures transparency in elections and empowers citizens to make informed decisions while voting.

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  • 19. 

    According to the US EIA’s annual Energy Outlook estimation, India will become -------- largest oil consumer of the World.

    • A.

      Fifth largest

    • B.

      First largest

    • C.

      Sixth largest

    • D.

      Third largest

    Correct Answer
    D. Third largest
    Explanation
    According to the US EIA's annual Energy Outlook estimation, India is projected to become the third largest oil consumer in the world. This suggests that India's demand for oil is expected to increase significantly, surpassing several other countries and placing it among the top three largest consumers globally.

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  • 20. 

    Name the former Chairman and Managing Director of Tata Steel known as the Grand Old Man of Steel, who died on 16 May 2014?

    • A.

      Russi Mody

    • B.

      Ratan Tata

    • C.

      JRD Tata

    • D.

      B. Muthuraman

    Correct Answer
    A. Russi Mody
    Explanation
    Russi Mody is the correct answer to this question. He was the former Chairman and Managing Director of Tata Steel and was known as the Grand Old Man of Steel. He passed away on 16 May 2014.

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  • 21. 

    Who won the Women’s Italian Tennis Open 2014 for the third time on 18 May 2014?

    • A.

      Sara Irrani of Italy

    • B.

      Serena Williams of the US

    • C.

      Venus Williams of the US

    • D.

      Maria Sharapova of Russia

    Correct Answer
    B. Serena Williams of the US
    Explanation
    Serena Williams of the US won the Women's Italian Tennis Open 2014 for the third time on 18 May 2014. This can be inferred from the given information that Serena Williams won the tournament.

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  • 22. 

    Who won the Men’s Italian Tennis Open 2014 for the third time on 18 May 2014?

    • A.

      Rafael Nadal of Spain

    • B.

      Roger Federer of Switzerland

    • C.

      Novak Djokovic of Serbia

    • D.

      Andy Murray of UK

    Correct Answer
    C. Novak Djokovic of Serbia
    Explanation
    Novak Djokovic of Serbia won the Men's Italian Tennis Open 2014 for the third time on 18 May 2014.

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  • 23. 

    Name the instant messaging app launched by Sistema Shyam Teleservices for feature phones.

    • A.

      MyBuddy

    • B.

      MBuddy

    • C.

      WeChat

    • D.

      WithU App

    Correct Answer
    B. MBuddy
    Explanation
    MBuddy is the correct answer because it is the instant messaging app launched by Sistema Shyam Teleservices specifically for feature phones.

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  • 24. 

    On 18 May 2014, President of India, Pranab Mukherjee dissolved the 15th Lok Sabha. The dissolution of Lok Sabha was done by the President in accordance with which Article of the Constitution of India?

    • A.

      Article 85 (1)(b)

    • B.

      Article 85 (2)(a)

    • C.

      Article 85 (1)

    • D.

      Article 85 (2)(b)

    Correct Answer
    D. Article 85 (2)(b)
    Explanation
    Article 85 (2)(b) of the Constitution of India states that the President of India has the power to dissolve the Lok Sabha. In this case, the President, Pranab Mukherjee, dissolved the 15th Lok Sabha on 18 May 2014. Therefore, the correct answer is Article 85 (2)(b).

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  • 25. 

    Who on 14 May 2014 won the Cricket Club of India (CCI) Classic Billiards and Snooker tournament?

    • A.

      Aditya Mehta

    • B.

      Devendra Joshi

    • C.

      Geet Sethi

    • D.

      Pankaj Advani

    Correct Answer
    D. Pankaj Advani
    Explanation
    Pankaj Advani won the Cricket Club of India (CCI) Classic Billiards and Snooker tournament on 14 May 2014.

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  • 26. 

    The Committee to Review Governance of Boards of Banks in India on 13 May 2014 submitted its report to Reserve Bank of India (RBI). The Committee was headed by

    • A.

      P J Nayak

    • B.

      Bimal Jalan

    • C.

      Aditya Puri

    • D.

      C Rangarajan

    Correct Answer
    A. P J Nayak
    Explanation
    The correct answer is P J Nayak. The question is asking for the person who headed the Committee to Review Governance of Boards of Banks in India, which submitted its report to the Reserve Bank of India. The other options, Bimal Jalan, Aditya Puri, and C Rangarajan, were not mentioned as the head of this committee in the given information.

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  • 27. 

    Which party emerged as the third largest party in the recently declared results of General Election 2014?  

    • A.

      Indian National Congress

    • B.

      Bahujan Samaj Party

    • C.

      All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK)

    • D.

      Trinamool Congress

    Correct Answer
    C. All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK)
    Explanation
    All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) emerged as the third largest party in the recently declared results of General Election 2014.

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  • 28. 

    Name the founder of Leela Group of Hotels, who died on 17 May 2014 in Mumbai at the age of 91.

    • A.

      Captain Krishna Nair

    • B.

      Captain G Gopinath

    • C.

      N Krishna Moorthy

    • D.

      Vikas Seth

    Correct Answer
    A. Captain Krishna Nair
    Explanation
    Captain Krishna Nair is the founder of Leela Group of Hotels. He passed away on 17 May 2014 in Mumbai at the age of 91.

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  • 29. 

    Prime Minister Manmohan Singh submitted his resignation to the President of India on 17 May 2014. In this context, who was the longest serving Prime Minister of India?

    • A.

      Indira Gandhi

    • B.

      Jawahar Lal Nehru

    • C.

      Manmohan Singh

    • D.

      Gulzari Lal Nanda

    Correct Answer
    B. Jawahar Lal Nehru
    Explanation
    Jawahar Lal Nehru was the longest serving Prime Minister of India because he held the position for 17 years, from 1947 until his death in 1964. Indira Gandhi served as Prime Minister for a total of 15 years, but her terms were not consecutive. Manmohan Singh served as Prime Minister for 10 years, from 2004 to 2014. Gulzari Lal Nanda served as interim Prime Minister twice, but his total tenure was only 13 days. Therefore, Jawahar Lal Nehru had the longest tenure as Prime Minister of India.

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  • 30. 

    Which two companies of the World settled the long-running patent war over Smartphone on 16 May 2014?

    • A.

      Apple and Samsung

    • B.

      Apple and Google

    • C.

      Google and Samsung

    • D.

      Samsung and Sony Ericsson

    Correct Answer
    B. Apple and Google
    Explanation
    Apple and Google settled the long-running patent war over smartphones on 16 May 2014. This agreement ended the litigation between the two tech giants, which had been ongoing for several years. The settlement included a cross-licensing agreement, allowing both companies to access each other's patents. This resolution was significant as it brought an end to one of the most high-profile legal battles in the technology industry and allowed both companies to focus on innovation rather than litigation.

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