Current Affairs Interactive Quiz: August 11 – August 17, 2014

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  • 1. 

    Mehrabad airport, west of Tehran in Iran, was in news recently for which of the following reason/s?

    • A.

      A passenger plane crashed

    • B.

      It suffered a militant attack

    • C.

      It won an American award for Best Airport in Middle East

    • D.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    A. A passenger plane crashed
    Explanation
    Mehrabad airport, located west of Tehran in Iran, was in the news recently due to a passenger plane crash. This tragic event garnered attention and highlighted the importance of aviation safety and security measures.

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  • 2. 

    Police of a state or union territory on 10 August 2014 launched Whatsapp helpline to curb corruption. Name the state where the helpline was issued?

    • A.

      Delhi

    • B.

      Pondicherry

    • C.

      Bihar

    • D.

      Maharashtra

    Correct Answer
    A. Delhi
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Delhi. On 10 August 2014, the police of Delhi launched a Whatsapp helpline to curb corruption. This initiative aimed to provide a convenient and accessible platform for citizens to report corruption and seek assistance from the police. By utilizing Whatsapp, the police hoped to encourage more people to come forward and help in the fight against corruption in the state.

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  • 3. 

    Federal Act on International Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters was amended recently by Switzerland. The Act pertains to

    • A.

      Allowing foreigners access to Swiss banking system

    • B.

      Allowing India and other countries to pursue the black money trail

    • C.

      Disallows foreigners to have access to Swiss banking system

    • D.

      Disallows India and other countries to not pursue black money trail

    Correct Answer
    B. Allowing India and other countries to pursue the black money trail
    Explanation
    The recent amendment to the Federal Act on International Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters by Switzerland suggests that the Act now allows India and other countries to pursue the black money trail. This means that Switzerland has agreed to cooperate with these countries in investigating and tracking down individuals or entities involved in illegal financial activities such as tax evasion. The amendment signifies a shift towards greater transparency and international cooperation in combating black money.

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  • 4. 

    World Elephant Day is observed across the world on?

    • A.

      5 August

    • B.

      7 August

    • C.

      10 August

    • D.

      12 August

    Correct Answer
    D. 12 August
    Explanation
    World Elephant Day is observed on 12 August. This day is dedicated to raising awareness about the conservation and protection of elephants, as well as promoting their welfare. It aims to highlight the challenges faced by elephants, including habitat loss, poaching, and illegal trade. By observing this day, people are encouraged to take action and support initiatives that help in the conservation of these magnificent creatures.

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  • 5. 

    Which of the following elephant is assigned under the vulnerable category in the IUCN Red List of threatened species?

    • A.

      African Elephants

    • B.

      Asian Elephants

    • C.

      Eurasian Elephants

    • D.

      American Elephants

    Correct Answer
    A. African Elephants
    Explanation
    African Elephants are assigned under the vulnerable category in the IUCN Red List of threatened species because their population has been declining due to habitat loss, poaching for ivory, and human-wildlife conflict. They are facing significant threats and are at risk of becoming endangered if conservation efforts are not intensified.

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  • 6. 

    Elephas Maximus is the scientific name of which variety of elephants?

    • A.

      African Elephant

    • B.

      Eurasian Elephant

    • C.

      Asian Elephants

    • D.

      American Elephants

    Correct Answer
    C. Asian Elephants
    Explanation
    Elephas Maximus is the scientific name specifically used to refer to Asian Elephants. The scientific names of different species are used to accurately identify and classify them in the field of taxonomy. In this case, Elephas Maximus is the scientific name given to the variety of elephants found in Asia, distinguishing them from other varieties such as African or Eurasian elephants.

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  • 7. 

    What is the full form of MEDA that will be sent on Mars with Mars 2020 rover mission?

    • A.

      Mars Environmental Dynamics Analysis

    • B.

      Mars Environmental Dynamics Analyst

    • C.

      Mars Environmental Dynamics Analog

    • D.

      Mars Environmental Dynamics Analyzer

    Correct Answer
    D. Mars Environmental Dynamics Analyzer
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Mars Environmental Dynamics Analyzer. This is the full form of MEDA that will be sent on Mars with the Mars 2020 rover mission. MEDA is an instrument designed to analyze the environmental dynamics on Mars, including the weather, climate, and dust cycles. It will provide valuable data to scientists studying the Martian atmosphere and its potential habitability for future human missions.

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  • 8. 

    What is the brand name of the Tata-Singapore Airlines (SIA) upcoming joint venture airline that will start its operation from October 2014?

    • A.

      Vistara

    • B.

      Vyom

    • C.

      Samskaar

    • D.

      Jan Seva

    Correct Answer
    A. Vistara
    Explanation
    Vistara is the correct answer for the brand name of the Tata-Singapore Airlines (SIA) upcoming joint venture airline that will start its operation from October 2014.

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  • 9. 

    Name the Powerful Typhoon that smashed large parts of south-west Japan on 9 August 2014 and killed at least 10 people and injured several?

    • A.

      Neoguri

    • B.

      Roke

    • C.

      Wipha

    • D.

      Halong

    Correct Answer
    D. Halong
    Explanation
    Halong is the correct answer because it refers to a powerful typhoon that hit south-west Japan on 9 August 2014. This typhoon caused significant damage and resulted in the loss of lives, with at least 10 people reported dead and several injured.

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  • 10. 

    Name the High Court that on 11 August 2014 banned participation of Govindas below the age of 18-years in Dahi Handi celebration that is held during Krishna Janmashtami?

    • A.

      Kolkata

    • B.

      Allahabad

    • C.

      Bombay

    • D.

      Ahmedabad

    Correct Answer
    C. Bombay
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Bombay. On 11 August 2014, the Bombay High Court banned the participation of Govindas below the age of 18 years in the Dahi Handi celebration held during Krishna Janmashtami.

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  • 11. 

    As per a High Court decision what height of Dahi Handi celebration should not exceed?

    • A.

      15 feet

    • B.

      20 feet

    • C.

      25 feet

    • D.

      30 feet

    Correct Answer
    B. 20 feet
    Explanation
    As per a High Court decision, the height of Dahi Handi celebration should not exceed 20 feet. This decision was likely made to ensure the safety of participants and prevent any potential accidents or injuries that could occur from excessively high formations. By setting a maximum height limit, the High Court aims to regulate and control the celebration while still allowing for the traditional and cultural significance of Dahi Handi to be observed.

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  • 12. 

    Which of the following is not right in context of steps suggested by the Court for protection during the Dahi Handi celebration in the state?I. The local competent authority should be informed by the organisers not less than 15 days ahead of festival of their plans to put the HandiII. The exact venue and timing of celebrations should be informed to the authoritiesIII. The organisers should make available immediate medical aid including first aid, ambulances and other necessary infrastructures that is necessary to treat injured Govindas and take them to nearby hospitalsIV. To minimise the injury in case of fall, the Court ordered organisers are responsible for providing safety belts and helmets to Govindas and put thick cushion layers at the venue or around human pyramids

    • A.

      None of the four statements are right

    • B.

      All the four statements are right

    • C.

      Statement II is not right

    • D.

      Statement III is not right

    Correct Answer
    B. All the four statements are right
    Explanation
    All the four statements are right because they all suggest steps that should be taken by the organisers for the protection and safety of participants during the Dahi Handi celebration. These steps include informing the local competent authority about the plans, providing the exact venue and timing of the celebrations, making available immediate medical aid, and ensuring the use of safety belts, helmets, and cushion layers to minimize injuries.

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  • 13. 

    Name the person, who will chair the three members’ panel of UNHRC’s Commission of Inquiry to probe possible war crimes and human rights violations during a month long conflict in Gaza?

    • A.

      Baudelaire Ndong Ella

    • B.

      William Schabas

    • C.

      Amal Alamuddin

    • D.

      Doudou Diene

    Correct Answer
    B. William Schabas
    Explanation
    William Schabas will chair the three members' panel of UNHRC's Commission of Inquiry to probe possible war crimes and human rights violations during a month-long conflict in Gaza.

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  • 14. 

    Who of these was conferred the outstanding Parliamentarian Awards for 2011 by President of India?

    • A.

      P Chidambaram

    • B.

      Arun Jaitley

    • C.

      Karan Singh

    • D.

      Sharad Yadav

    Correct Answer
    C. Karan Singh
    Explanation
    Karan Singh was conferred the outstanding Parliamentarian Awards for 2011 by the President of India.

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  • 15. 

    Name the place, where Human skull with carnelian beads embedded copper crown belonging to Harappa civilisation was discovered recently?

    • A.

      Chandayan village

    • B.

      Sinauli village

    • C.

      Rakhigarhi

    • D.

      Cholistan area

    Correct Answer
    A. Chandayan village
  • 16. 

    Name the Indian-origin mathematician who was awarded the prestigious Fields Medal at the International Mathematical Union’s (IMU) International Congress of Mathematicians in Seoul, Korea?

    • A.

      Manjul Bhargava

    • B.

      Maryam Mirzakhani

    • C.

      Subhash Khot

    • D.

      Manjul Mohapatra

    Correct Answer
    A. Manjul Bhargava
    Explanation
    Manjul Bhargava is the correct answer because he is an Indian-origin mathematician who was awarded the prestigious Fields Medal at the International Mathematical Union's International Congress of Mathematicians in Seoul, Korea.

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  • 17. 

    Paragliding World Cup Association selected an Indian State as a venue to host the 2015 para-gliding World Cup. Name the state?

    • A.

      Jammu & Kashmir

    • B.

      Uttarakhand

    • C.

      Sikkim

    • D.

      Himachal Pradesh

    Correct Answer
    D. Himachal Pradesh
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Himachal Pradesh. The Paragliding World Cup Association chose this Indian state as the venue to host the 2015 para-gliding World Cup.

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  • 18. 

    Which football club won the UEFA Football Super Cup 2014 held in Cardiff, Wales?

    • A.

      Sevilla

    • B.

      Real Madrid

    • C.

      Bayern Munich

    • D.

      Barcelona

    Correct Answer
    B. Real Madrid
    Explanation
    Real Madrid won the UEFA Football Super Cup 2014 held in Cardiff, Wales.

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  • 19. 

    What is the full form of RIMFAX?

    • A.

      Radar Imager for Mars' Subsurface Exploitation

    • B.

      Radar Imager of Mars' Subsatellite Exploration

    • C.

      Radar Imager for Mars' Surface Exploration

    • D.

      Radar Imager for Mars' Subsurface Exploration

    Correct Answer
    D. Radar Imager for Mars' Subsurface Exploration
    Explanation
    RIMFAX stands for Radar Imager for Mars' Subsurface Exploration. This acronym accurately describes the purpose and function of the instrument, which is to use radar technology to explore and image the subsurface of Mars.

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  • 20. 

    The Union Government on 14 August 2014 re-launched the Varishtha Pension Bima Yojana (VPBY). Which of the following statement in context of the Yojna is false?I. The Scheme will be administrated by the Life Insurance Corporation, LICII. The scheme is available to citizens aged 60 years and aboveIII. A beneficiary can take loan (up to 75% of subscribed amount) after 3 years from the date of commencementIV. The scheme would help the senior citizens across the country by providing monthly pension ranging from 500 to 5000 rupees per month

    • A.

      Statement I and II are false

    • B.

      Statement III is false

    • C.

      Statement I is false

    • D.

      None of the statements are false

    Correct Answer
    D. None of the statements are false
    Explanation
    The given answer states that none of the statements are false. This means that all the statements mentioned in the question are true. Therefore, the scheme will indeed be administrated by the Life Insurance Corporation (LIC), it is available to citizens aged 60 years and above, a beneficiary can take a loan after 3 years, and the scheme will provide monthly pensions ranging from 500 to 5000 rupees per month to senior citizens across the country.

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  • 21. 

    The Varishtha Pension Bima Yojana (VPBY) was launched by which government and when?

    • A.

      UPA-I government in 2005-06

    • B.

      NDA government in 2003-04

    • C.

      BJP Government in 1996-97

    • D.

      Congress Government in 1991-92

    Correct Answer
    B. NDA government in 2003-04
    Explanation
    The Varishtha Pension Bima Yojana (VPBY) was launched by the NDA government in 2003-04.

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  • 22. 

    Roger Federer of Switzerland on 17 August 2014 won Cincinnati Tennis Open also called Western & Southern Open. This was his

    • A.

      78th career title

    • B.

      79th career title

    • C.

      80th career title

    • D.

      81th career title

    Correct Answer
    C. 80th career title
    Explanation
    Roger Federer won the Cincinnati Tennis Open on 17 August 2014, which was referred to as the Western & Southern Open. The question asks for the number of career titles he had at that time. Since the question states that this victory was his 80th career title, the correct answer is 80th career title.

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  • 23. 

    As per the recent data released by the Union Tourism Ministry, which State in the North-East region became the most favoured destination for the foreign tourist in 2013?

    • A.

      Manipur

    • B.

      Mizoram

    • C.

      Sikkim

    • D.

      Arunachal Pradesh

    Correct Answer
    C. Sikkim
    Explanation
    Sikkim became the most favored destination for foreign tourists in 2013, according to recent data released by the Union Tourism Ministry. The explanation for this could be that Sikkim offers a unique blend of natural beauty, adventure activities, and cultural experiences. It is known for its picturesque landscapes, including the majestic Kanchenjunga mountain, beautiful lakes, and lush green valleys. Sikkim also offers various adventure sports like trekking, river rafting, and mountain biking. Additionally, the state has a rich cultural heritage with Buddhist monasteries, colorful festivals, and traditional handicrafts, which attract tourists from around the world.

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  • 24. 

    Name the Delhi University professor who won the prestigious Global South Award of International Political Science Association (IPSA) recently?

    • A.

      Yogendra Yadav

    • B.

      Dr. Sunil Kumar

    • C.

      Anjum Yadav

    • D.

      Dr. Rakesh Banerjee

    Correct Answer
    B. Dr. Sunil Kumar
    Explanation
    Dr. Sunil Kumar is the correct answer because he won the prestigious Global South Award of International Political Science Association (IPSA) recently.

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  • 25. 

    Who on 13 August 2014 became the first Indian squash player to reach the semi-finals of World Junior Squash Championship?

    • A.

      Deepika Pallikal

    • B.

      Jwala Gutta

    • C.

      P Kashyap

    • D.

      Kush Kumar

    Correct Answer
    D. Kush Kumar
    Explanation
    Kush Kumar became the first Indian squash player to reach the semi-finals of the World Junior Squash Championship on 13 August 2014.

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  • 26. 

    Who on 12 August 2014 became the oldest woman athlete to win a Gold medal in European Championship?

    • A.

      Irina Khabarova of Russia

    • B.

      Jo Pavey of Great Britain

    • C.

      Christina Schwanitz of Germany

    • D.

      Anita Marton of Hungary

    Correct Answer
    B. Jo Pavey of Great Britain
    Explanation
    Jo Pavey of Great Britain became the oldest woman athlete to win a Gold medal in the European Championship on 12 August 2014. This achievement signifies her exceptional athletic abilities and determination at an advanced age. Pavey's accomplishment is a testament to her perseverance and dedication to her sport, inspiring athletes of all ages to continue pursuing their dreams.

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  • 27. 

    Who on 13 August 2014 was elected as the Deputy Speaker of Lok Sabha?

    • A.

      M Thambidurai of AIADMK Party

    • B.

      Salman Khurshid of Congress Party

    • C.

      Suresh Prabhu of BJP

    • D.

      Sitaram Yechury of CPI (M)

    Correct Answer
    A. M Thambidurai of AIADMK Party
    Explanation
    M Thambidurai of AIADMK Party was elected as the Deputy Speaker of Lok Sabha on 13 August 2014.

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  • 28. 

    Which television channel on 12 August 2014 won the telecast rights of Champions Tennis League launched by Vijay Amritraj?

    • A.

      Star Sports

    • B.

      Sony Six

    • C.

      Ten Sports

    • D.

      Doordarshan

    Correct Answer
    B. Sony Six
    Explanation
    Sony Six won the telecast rights of Champions Tennis League launched by Vijay Amritraj on 12 August 2014.

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  • 29. 

    Who will head the Expenditure Management Commission constituted by the Narendra Modi led NDA Government?

    • A.

      Justice J S Anand

    • B.

      Suresh Prabhu

    • C.

      Bimal Jalan

    • D.

      Raghuram Rajan

    Correct Answer
    C. Bimal Jalan
    Explanation
    Bimal Jalan will head the Expenditure Management Commission constituted by the Narendra Modi led NDA Government.

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  • 30. 

    Union government recently introduced Central Universities (Amendment) Bill, 2014 in the Lok Sabha. In this context, consider the following statementsI. It seeks to establish one more Central University at Motihari in BiharII. It seeks to rename the existing Gaya University as Central University of South BiharWhich 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
    The given answer, "Both I and II," is correct because the Central Universities (Amendment) Bill, 2014 introduced by the Union government in the Lok Sabha aims to establish one more Central University at Motihari in Bihar (Statement I) and rename the existing Gaya University as Central University of South Bihar (Statement II). Therefore, both statements are correct.

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