Current Affairs Interactive Quiz: August 25 – August 31, 2014

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  • 1. 

    Recently first commercial seaplane service in Maharashtra was launched from Mumbai to Lonavala. Which commercial aircraft was used for seaplane services?

    • A.

      Airbus A310

    • B.

      Cessna 208

    • C.

      Adam A500

    • D.

      Auster J-4

    Correct Answer
    B. Cessna 208
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Cessna 208. The Cessna 208 is a popular commercial aircraft used for various purposes, including seaplane services. It is a single-engine turboprop aircraft known for its versatility and ability to operate in different environments, including water. Therefore, it is the most suitable choice for providing seaplane services between Mumbai and Lonavala in Maharashtra.

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  • 2. 

    Which PSU will develop 2050-km Energy Highway for the Eastern India proposed by the Narendra Modi led government?

    • A.

      SAIL

    • B.

      GAIL

    • C.

      ONGC

    • D.

      Coal India Limited

    Correct Answer
    B. GAIL
    Explanation
    GAIL, also known as Gas Authority of India Limited, is the correct answer because it is a PSU (Public Sector Undertaking) that specializes in the transportation and distribution of natural gas. The development of a 2050-km Energy Highway for the Eastern India aligns with GAIL's expertise and role in the energy sector. SAIL (Steel Authority of India Limited) is primarily involved in the steel industry, ONGC (Oil and Natural Gas Corporation) deals with oil and gas exploration, and Coal India Limited focuses on coal mining. Therefore, GAIL is the most suitable PSU to develop the proposed Energy Highway.

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  • 3. 

    Recently, Tata Value Homes tied up with which E-Portal company to sell its homes online?

    • A.

      Snapdeal

    • B.

      Myntra

    • C.

      Amazon

    • D.

      Flipkart

    Correct Answer
    A. Snapdeal
    Explanation
    Tata Value Homes recently partnered with Snapdeal to sell its homes online. This collaboration allows Tata Value Homes to reach a wider audience and leverage Snapdeal's extensive customer base. By selling homes on Snapdeal's platform, Tata Value Homes can tap into the growing trend of online real estate transactions and provide customers with a convenient and seamless home buying experience.

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  • 4. 

    MCA is a legal contract that forms the basis of public private partnership (PPP) projects in India. It stands for 

    • A.

      Master of Computer Applications

    • B.

      Mumbai Cricket Association

    • C.

      Model Concession Agreement

    • D.

      Ministry of Corporate Affairs

    Correct Answer
    C. Model Concession Agreement
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Model Concession Agreement. The Model Concession Agreement (MCA) is a legal contract that serves as the foundation for public-private partnership (PPP) projects in India. It outlines the terms and conditions between the government and the private sector entity involved in the project. The MCA defines the rights, responsibilities, and obligations of both parties and ensures transparency, efficiency, and accountability in PPP projects.

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  • 5. 

    Which Union Ministry was recently empowered to make amendments in Model Concession Agreement (MCA)?

    • A.

      Home Ministry

    • B.

      Defence Ministry

    • C.

      Railway Ministry

    • D.

      Road Transport and Highway Ministry

    Correct Answer
    D. Road Transport and Highway Ministry
    Explanation
    The Road Transport and Highway Ministry was recently empowered to make amendments in the Model Concession Agreement (MCA). This means that the ministry has been given the authority to modify and update the terms and conditions of the agreement, which governs the concessions and contracts for infrastructure projects in the road transport and highway sector. This move is aimed at improving and streamlining the process of awarding and executing such projects, and ensuring better efficiency and effectiveness in the sector.

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  • 6. 

    Which country recently offered anti-viral drug favipiravir as a possible treatment of Ebola virus?

    • A.

      Japan

    • B.

      USA

    • C.

      Russia

    • D.

      United Kingdom

    Correct Answer
    A. Japan
    Explanation
    Japan recently offered the anti-viral drug favipiravir as a possible treatment for the Ebola virus. This suggests that Japan is actively involved in finding potential solutions for the deadly virus.

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  • 7. 

    Which State government in India banned liquor bars which are below five star category?

    • A.

      Kerala

    • B.

      Punjab

    • C.

      Tamil Nadu

    • D.

      Sikkim

    Correct Answer
    A. Kerala
    Explanation
    The Kerala State government in India has banned liquor bars that are below the five-star category. This decision was made in an effort to reduce alcohol consumption and promote public health and safety. By implementing this ban, the government aims to address the negative social and health consequences associated with alcohol consumption, such as addiction, road accidents, and domestic violence. This move is part of the state's broader efforts to promote a healthier and more responsible drinking culture.

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  • 8. 

    Who among the following was elected as Prime Minister of Thailand, following a military coup in May 2014?

    • A.

      Prayuth Chan-ocha

    • B.

      Bhumibol Adulyade

    • C.

      Yingluck Shinawatra

    • D.

      Ahmet Davutoglu

    Correct Answer
    A. Prayuth Chan-ocha
    Explanation
    Prayuth Chan-ocha was elected as Prime Minister of Thailand following a military coup in May 2014. This indicates that he was chosen to lead the country after the military took control, suggesting a shift in political power.

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  • 9. 

    Google started building a knowledge base that gathers and merges data from the web to provide access to all facts about the world. What language is used in it? 

    • A.

      Machine language only

    • B.

      Human language

    • C.

      Both Machine and human readable

    • D.

      None

    Correct Answer
    B. Human language
    Explanation
    The knowledge base built by Google gathers and merges data from the web to provide access to all facts about the world. Since the goal is to make this information accessible to users, it would be logical to use human language in the knowledge base. This would allow users to search and understand the information easily. Therefore, the correct answer is human language.

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  • 10. 

    Where is India's first Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology (IIEST) located? 

    • A.

      Shibpur

    • B.

      Darjeeling

    • C.

      Jalandhar

    • D.

      Vidharbha

    Correct Answer
    A. Shibpur
    Explanation
    India's first Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology (IIEST) is located in Shibpur.

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  • 11. 

    In August 2014, Cairn India was in news for getting an environmental clearance. To which sector does Cairn India belong

    • A.

      Petroleum Products

    • B.

      Nuclear Energy

    • C.

      Forest Conservation

    • D.

      Solar Power Production

    Correct Answer
    A. Petroleum Products
    Explanation
    Cairn India belongs to the petroleum products sector because it was in the news for obtaining environmental clearance, which is typically required for companies involved in the extraction and production of petroleum products.

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  • 12. 

    Sheila Dikshit, who resigned as the governor of Kerala was the former chief minister of which state?

    • A.

      Haryana

    • B.

      Sikkim

    • C.

      Delhi

    • D.

      Goa

    Correct Answer
    C. Delhi
    Explanation
    Sheila Dikshit, who resigned as the governor of Kerala, was previously the chief minister of Delhi.

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  • 13. 

    The Chairman of Public Accounts Committee can be elected from the following House/Houses.(1) Rajya Sabha                                                                 (2) Lok Sabha 

    • A.

      Only 1

    • B.

      Both 1 and 2

    • C.

      Only 2

    • D.

      None of these

    Correct Answer
    B. Both 1 and 2
    Explanation
    The Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee can be elected from both the Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha. This means that the Chairman can be a member of either house of the Parliament.

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  • 14. 

    When did the Supreme Court of India received first report from the Special Investigation Team (SIT) on black money case? 

    • A.

      11August 2014

    • B.

      27 May 2014

    • C.

      20 August 2014

    • D.

      None of these

    Correct Answer
    C. 20 August 2014
    Explanation
    The Supreme Court of India received the first report from the Special Investigation Team (SIT) on the black money case on 20 August 2014.

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  • 15. 

    Who has been elected as chairman of Indian Banks Association for the year 2014-15? 

    • A.

      K R Kamath

    • B.

      Chanda Kochhar

    • C.

      Arundhati Bhattacharya

    • D.

      T M Bhasin

    Correct Answer
    D. T M Bhasin
    Explanation
    T M Bhasin has been elected as the chairman of Indian Banks Association for the year 2014-15.

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  • 16. 

    Name the city in India which got the Metro Project on 20 August 2014?

    • A.

      Jaipur

    • B.

      Nagpur

    • C.

      Chennai

    • D.

      Hyderabad

    Correct Answer
    B. Nagpur
    Explanation
    Nagpur is the correct answer because it is the city in India that received the Metro Project on 20 August 2014.

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  • 17. 

    The Forward Markets Commission, which regulates intermediaries of the commodity derivatives markets is overseen by which department of India? 

    • A.

      Union Ministry of Finance

    • B.

      Reserve Bank of India

    • C.

      Finance Commission

    • D.

      SEBI

    Correct Answer
    A. Union Ministry of Finance
    Explanation
    The Forward Markets Commission, which regulates intermediaries of the commodity derivatives markets in India, is overseen by the Union Ministry of Finance. This ministry is responsible for the overall financial management of the country and is involved in various aspects of economic policy-making, including the regulation of financial markets. Therefore, it is logical that the Union Ministry of Finance would be the department overseeing the Forward Markets Commission.

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  • 18. 

    The Nariman House of Mumbai that was reopened on 26 August 2014, nearly six years after the 26/11 terror attack in 2008 is also known as 

    • A.

      Chabad House center

    • B.

      Jewish House center

    • C.

      Rabbi Gavriel House center

    • D.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    A. Chabad House center
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Chabad House center. The Nariman House, located in Mumbai, was reopened in 2014 after being closed for nearly six years following the 26/11 terror attack in 2008. It is also known as Chabad House center, which is a Jewish center that provides various services and support to the Jewish community.

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  • 19. 

    What is Avia Indra-2014 that was in news recently?

    • A.

      Indo-China aerial exercise

    • B.

      Indo-Bangladesh aerial exercise

    • C.

      Indo-Russia aerial exercise

    • D.

      Indo-US aerial exercise

    Correct Answer
    C. Indo-Russia aerial exercise
    Explanation
    Avia Indra-2014 is an Indo-Russia aerial exercise that has been in the news recently. This exercise involves the air forces of both countries coming together to conduct joint training and drills. It is aimed at enhancing the cooperation and interoperability between the two air forces, as well as strengthening the bilateral defense ties between India and Russia. The exercise includes various activities such as air combat, air-to-ground attacks, and counter-terrorism operations.

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  • 20. 

    US President Barack Obama on 26 August 2014 authorised surveillance flights over a country in order to gain intelligence on the activities of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants. Name the country? 

    • A.

      Iraq

    • B.

      Israel

    • C.

      Palestine

    • D.

      Syria

    Correct Answer
    D. Syria
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Syria. In 2014, US President Barack Obama authorized surveillance flights over Syria to gather intelligence on the activities of ISIS militants. This decision was made in response to the growing threat posed by ISIS in both Iraq and Syria. By conducting surveillance flights, the US aimed to gather information on ISIS's movements, capabilities, and potential targets, which would help in planning and executing military operations against the terrorist organization.

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  • 21. 

    Name the organisation that has called for a range of tough regulations that restricts the use of e-cigarettes? 

    • A.

      WHO

    • B.

      UNESCO

    • C.

      FAO

    • D.

      ILO

    Correct Answer
    A. WHO
    Explanation
    The World Health Organization (WHO) has called for a range of tough regulations that restrict the use of e-cigarettes. They have expressed concerns about the potential health risks associated with e-cigarettes and have recommended measures such as banning their use in indoor spaces, regulating their marketing and advertising, and implementing health warnings on packaging. WHO believes that these regulations are necessary to protect public health and prevent the potential long-term consequences of e-cigarette use.

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  • 22. 

    Who among the following was the winner of Hindi Sevi Samman in Dr. George Grierson Award category?

    • A.

      Tejendra Sharma

    • B.

      Ashgar Vajahat

    • C.

      Madanlal Madhu

    • D.

      Samtoff Azad

    Correct Answer
    D. Samtoff Azad
  • 23. 

    The Supreme Court of India on 27 August 2014 directed the real estate developer DLF to pay a fine of 630 crore rupees that was imposed on it by the Competition Commission of India (CCI). CCI imposed the fine on it for?

    • A.

      For not providing facilities to buyers

    • B.

      For cheating its customers

    • C.

      On the complaint of apartment owners in the Belaire project in Gurgaon

    • D.

      On the complaint of apartment owners in the Garden city project in Gurgaon

    Correct Answer
    C. On the complaint of apartment owners in the Belaire project in Gurgaon
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "On the complaint of apartment owners in the Belaire project in Gurgaon". The Supreme Court directed DLF to pay the fine imposed by the Competition Commission of India (CCI) because the complaint was filed by apartment owners in the Belaire project in Gurgaon.

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  • 24. 

    Which of the following languages is/are not a part of the list of languages mentioned in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution of India?I.   Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Manipuri, DogriII.  Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Marathi, MaithiliIII. Konkani and SanthaliIV. Urdu and Bodo, 

    • A.

      Languages in statement IV is not included in the Eighth Schedule

    • B.

      None of the above mentioned languages are part of languages included in the Eighth Schedule

    • C.

      All of the above mentioned languages are included in the Eighth Schedule

    • D.

      Languages in statement III is not included in the Eighth Schedule

    Correct Answer
    C. All of the above mentioned languages are included in the Eighth Schedule
  • 25. 

    The BSF and BGB recently agreed to conduct vulnerability mapping in every six months to implement a coordinated border management plan to curb drug and human trafficking and other trans-border crimes. The agreement was reached in?

    • A.

      New Delhi

    • B.

      Dhaka

    • C.

      Khulna

    • D.

      Chittagong

    Correct Answer
    A. New Delhi
    Explanation
    The correct answer is New Delhi. The BSF (Border Security Force) and BGB (Border Guards Bangladesh) agreed to conduct vulnerability mapping in every six months to implement a coordinated border management plan. This plan aims to curb drug and human trafficking as well as other trans-border crimes. The agreement was reached in New Delhi.

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  • 26. 

    World’s oldest metal object, cone-shaped copper awl was has been discovered by archaeologists at Middle Chalcolithic burial site in Tel Tsaf. Tel Tsaf is located in which country?

    • A.

      Syria

    • B.

      Israel

    • C.

      Burma

    • D.

      Egypt

    Correct Answer
    B. Israel
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Israel. The cone-shaped copper awl, which is the world's oldest metal object, was discovered by archaeologists at the Middle Chalcolithic burial site in Tel Tsaf, located in Israel.

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  • 27. 

    Name the Oscar-winning British filmmaker and actor who directed of critically-acclaimed biopic on Mahatma Gandhi and died on 24 August 2014 in London. He had been in poor health for some time. He was 90.

    • A.

      Alfred Hitchcock

    • B.

      James Miller

    • C.

      Lee Halpin

    • D.

      Richard Attenborough

    Correct Answer
    D. Richard Attenborough
    Explanation
    Richard Attenborough is the correct answer because he was a British filmmaker and actor who directed the critically-acclaimed biopic on Mahatma Gandhi. He passed away on 24 August 2014 in London at the age of 90, after being in poor health for some time.

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  • 28. 

    Name the woman who recently broke the world record in Women’s 1500 Meter Freestyle at the 2014 Pan Pac Championships on the Gold Coast, Australia? 

    • A.

      Tim Shaw

    • B.

      Vladimir Salnikov

    • C.

      Katie Ledecky

    • D.

      Brian Goodell

    Correct Answer
    C. Katie Ledecky
    Explanation
    Katie Ledecky recently broke the world record in Women's 1500 Meter Freestyle at the 2014 Pan Pac Championships on the Gold Coast, Australia.

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  • 29. 

    Name the Maharashtra governor who resigned in the backdrop of being transferred to Mizoram

    • A.

      K Sankaranarayanan

    • B.

      Mohit Shah

    • C.

      Om Prakash Kohli

    • D.

      Sheila Dikshit

    Correct Answer
    A. K Sankaranarayanan
    Explanation
    K Sankaranarayanan is the correct answer because he resigned as the Governor of Maharashtra after being transferred to Mizoram. This suggests that he did not want to continue serving as the governor in a different state and chose to resign instead.

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  • 30. 

    Who is Chemancherry Narayanan Nair who died recently?

    • A.

      Telugu drama and film actor

    • B.

      Gujarati drama and film actor

    • C.

      Malayalam drama and film actor

    • D.

      Tamil drama and film actor

    Correct Answer
    C. Malayalam drama and film actor
    Explanation
    Chemancherry Narayanan Nair, who recently passed away, was a Malayalam drama and film actor. He was known for his contributions to the Malayalam film industry and his performances in various drama productions. Nair's death is a loss to the industry and his fans, as he had made a significant impact with his acting skills and talent.

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