Current Affairs Interactive Quiz: July 21 – July 27, 2014

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Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    T V Gopalakrishnan who recently was chosen for the Sangita Kalanidhi award of Music Academy for 2014 is an eminent exponent of the

    • A.

      Santoor

    • B.

      Veena

    • C.

      Violinist

    • D.

      Mrindagam

    Correct Answer
    D. Mrindagam
    Explanation
    T V Gopalakrishnan, who was chosen for the Sangita Kalanidhi award of Music Academy for 2014, is an eminent exponent of the Mrindagam.

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  • 2. 

    Standard for Automatic Exchange of Financial Account Information in Tax Matters was recently released by which international agency

    • A.

      United Nations

    • B.

      Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)

    • C.

      International Monetary Fund (IMF)

    • D.

      International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD)

    Correct Answer
    B. Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The OECD recently released the Standard for Automatic Exchange of Financial Account Information in Tax Matters. This standard aims to promote transparency and combat tax evasion by establishing a framework for the automatic exchange of financial information between countries. The OECD is an international agency that works to promote economic growth, improve living standards, and coordinate policies among its member countries.

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  • 3. 

    The Committee to look into the issue Cost Records and Cost Audit constituted by the Union Government on 19 July 2014 will be headed by

    • A.

      C Rangarajan

    • B.

      R S Sharma

    • C.

      Chandra Wadhwa

    • D.

      Aruna Sethi

    Correct Answer
    B. R S Sharma
    Explanation
    The correct answer is R S Sharma. This can be inferred from the given statement that the Committee to look into the issue Cost Records and Cost Audit, formed by the Union Government, will be headed by R S Sharma.

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  • 4. 

    Who won the Presidential elections of Indonesia on 22 July 2014?

    • A.

      Prabowo Subianto

    • B.

      Abdurrahman Wahid

    • C.

      Fuad Masum

    • D.

      Joko Widodo

    Correct Answer
    D. Joko Widodo
    Explanation
    Joko Widodo won the Presidential elections of Indonesia on 22 July 2014.

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  • 5. 

    Who was sworn-in as the 27th Governor of the Uttar Pradesh on 22 July 2014?

    • A.

      B L Joshi

    • B.

      K N Tripathi

    • C.

      Ram Naik

    • D.

      Aziz Qureshi

    Correct Answer
    C. Ram Naik
    Explanation
    Ram Naik was sworn-in as the 27th Governor of Uttar Pradesh on 22 July 2014.

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  • 6. 

    What is the name of the magazine launched by National Geographic for schoolchildren of India on 22 July 2014?

    • A.

      Geographica

    • B.

      Wild

    • C.

      Explorer

    • D.

      Adventure

    Correct Answer
    C. Explorer
    Explanation
    National Geographic launched a magazine for schoolchildren in India on 22 July 2014, and it is called "Explorer." This magazine aims to educate and engage young readers with articles, photographs, and stories about science, nature, and the world around them. It provides a platform for children to explore and discover new things, fostering curiosity and a love for learning.

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  • 7. 

    Who was appointed as the brand ambassador of the Telangana state on 22 July 2014?

    • A.

      Sania Mirza

    • B.

      Rahul Dravid

    • C.

      Madhuri Dixit

    • D.

      Shikhar Dhawan

    Correct Answer
    A. Sania Mirza
    Explanation
    Sania Mirza was appointed as the brand ambassador of Telangana state on 22 July 2014. This means that she was chosen to represent and promote the state of Telangana in a positive light. Sania Mirza is a well-known Indian tennis player, and her appointment as the brand ambassador would help in enhancing the image and visibility of Telangana both nationally and internationally.

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  • 8. 

    Google on 22 July 2014 launched the Google Map for Android and PC in which Indian language?

    • A.

      Tamil

    • B.

      Hindi

    • C.

      Santhali

    • D.

      Telugu

    Correct Answer
    B. Hindi
    Explanation
    Google launched the Google Map for Android and PC in Hindi on 22 July 2014. This means that users in India who speak Hindi can now access and use Google Maps in their native language. This move by Google aimed to make the navigation experience more convenient and user-friendly for Hindi-speaking users, allowing them to easily search for locations, get directions, and explore maps in their preferred language.

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  • 9. 

    Union Ministry of Civil Aviation in the fourth week of July 2014 approved six new private airlines for domestic operation. Which one of the following is not one of them?

    • A.

      Zexus Air

    • B.

      Zav Airways

    • C.

      Turbo Megha

    • D.

      Air Costa

    Correct Answer
    D. Air Costa
    Explanation
    The question asks for the airline that is not approved by the Union Ministry of Civil Aviation for domestic operation. The correct answer is Air Costa. This means that Air Costa is not one of the six new private airlines approved by the ministry.

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  • 10. 

    Union Government recently decided to intensify the war against which major disease?

    • A.

      Pulse Polio

    • B.

      Japanese Encephalitis

    • C.

      Measles

    • D.

      Rubella

    Correct Answer
    B. Japanese Encephalitis
    Explanation
    The Union Government recently decided to intensify the war against Japanese Encephalitis. This decision suggests that the government is taking measures to combat and control the spread of this major disease. Japanese Encephalitis is a viral infection that affects the brain and is transmitted through mosquito bites. By intensifying the war against this disease, the government aims to reduce its impact on public health and prevent further outbreaks.

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  • 11. 

    In the month of June and July 2014, which of the following States were in news due to outbreak of Japanese Encephalitis?

    • A.

      West Bengal, Bihar and Assam

    • B.

      West Bengal and Assam

    • C.

      West Bengal and Bihar

    • D.

      Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Assam

    Correct Answer
    A. West Bengal, Bihar and Assam
    Explanation
    In the months of June and July 2014, West Bengal, Bihar, and Assam were in the news due to an outbreak of Japanese Encephalitis.

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  • 12. 

    What is the name of the first reality show on classical music that is set to feature in the Limca Book of Records?

    • A.

      Ustado ke Ustad

    • B.

      Naad Bhed – The Mystery of Sound

    • C.

      Sur Bhairavi – The Fountain of Music

    • D.

      Naad Sangram – The Classical Music Contest

    Correct Answer
    B. Naad Bhed – The Mystery of Sound
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Naad Bhed – The Mystery of Sound". This reality show on classical music is set to feature in the Limca Book of Records, possibly for being the first of its kind. The show's name suggests a focus on exploring the depths and intricacies of sound in classical music, which aligns with the theme of the Limca Book of Records.

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  • 13. 

    The Supreme Court on 23 July 2013 permitted Uttar Pradesh government to cut 697 trees spread across four hectares of protected forests in which one of the following zone?

    • A.

      Taj Trapezium zone

    • B.

      Agra-Gwalior corridor

    • C.

      Gwalior-Mumbai National Highway

    • D.

      Agra Fort Trapezium Zone

    Correct Answer
    A. Taj Trapezium zone
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Taj Trapezium zone. The Supreme Court allowed the Uttar Pradesh government to cut 697 trees in this zone. This decision indicates that the government had obtained permission to clear the trees in this specific area, which is known for its high levels of air pollution and environmental degradation.

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  • 14. 

    Deendayal e-rickshaw scheme was launched by Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari on

    • A.

      18 July 2014

    • B.

      18 May 2014

    • C.

      18 June 2014

    • D.

      24 April 2014

    Correct Answer
    C. 18 June 2014
    Explanation
    The correct answer is 18 June 2014. This is the date when the Deendayal e-rickshaw scheme was launched by Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari.

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  • 15. 

    India on 23 July 2014 voted in favour of United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolution for a probe on Israel's offensive in Gaza. How many countries in the 47-member UNHRC abstained from voting?

    • A.

      18 countries including EU

    • B.

      29 countries including EU

    • C.

      17 countries including EU

    • D.

      4 countries including EU

    Correct Answer
    C. 17 countries including EU
    Explanation
    17 countries, including the EU, abstained from voting on the UNHRC resolution for a probe on Israel's offensive in Gaza.

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  • 16. 

    The Delhi High Court on 23 July 2014 directed Delhi government to ban unregulated e-rickshaws under the Moto Vehicle Act. The Motor Vehicle Act belongs to which year?

    • A.

      1999

    • B.

      1988

    • C.

      1996

    • D.

      1986

    Correct Answer
    B. 1988
    Explanation
    The Motor Vehicle Act mentioned in the question belongs to the year 1988. This act was referred to in the context of the Delhi High Court's directive to ban unregulated e-rickshaws.

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  • 17. 

    What is the name of the Air Algerie plane that went missing over Gao in Mali in Africa on 24 July 2014?

    • A.

      Boeing MD-83

    • B.

      Boeing MD-23

    • C.

      Boeing MH-17

    • D.

      Boeing AA-83

    Correct Answer
    A. Boeing MD-83
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Boeing MD-83. This is the name of the Air Algerie plane that went missing over Gao in Mali in Africa on 24 July 2014.

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  • 18. 

    Union Government on 24 July 2014 launched a Logo Design Competition for the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao Campaign. Which Ministry is the nodal Ministry for the campaign?

    • A.

      Union Finance Ministry

    • B.

      Prime Minister’s Office

    • C.

      Union Ministry of Women and Child Development

    • D.

      Union Ministry of Human Resource Development

    Correct Answer
    C. Union Ministry of Women and Child Development
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Union Ministry of Women and Child Development. This ministry is responsible for the overall implementation and coordination of the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao campaign, which aims to address the declining child sex ratio and empower girls through education. The campaign focuses on raising awareness, improving access to education, and ensuring the survival and protection of the girl child. The Union Ministry of Women and Child Development plays a crucial role in formulating policies, implementing initiatives, and monitoring the progress of the campaign.

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  • 19. 

    India on 24 July 2014 decided against signing Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) of the World Trade Organisation (WTO). The deadline for signing the TFA, as agreed under Bali Package of 2013, is

    • A.

      31 August 2014

    • B.

      31 July 2014

    • C.

      31 October 2014

    • D.

      31 December 2014

    Correct Answer
    B. 31 July 2014
    Explanation
    India decided against signing the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) on 24 July 2014. The deadline for signing the TFA, as agreed under the Bali Package of 2013, was 31 July 2014.

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  • 20. 

    Consider the following statements with respect to Bali Package of WTO announced in December 2013.I.    It allows developing countries including India to subsidise food staples without inviting legal challenges.II.    It provides for an interim Peace Clause till 2017 under which developing countries can subsidise food staples.Which 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 Bali Package of WTO, announced in December 2013, includes provisions that allow developing countries, including India, to subsidize food staples without facing legal challenges. This is stated in statement I. Additionally, the package also provides for an interim Peace Clause until 2017, which allows developing countries to continue subsidizing food staples. This is mentioned in statement II. Therefore, both statements I and II are correct.

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  • 21. 

    Who was appointed by the Supreme Court on 25 July 2014 as Special Public Prosecutor for trial in coal blocks allocation scam?

    • A.

      R S Cheema

    • B.

      Bharat Parashar

    • C.

      Ashok Singhvi

    • D.

      Gopal Subramanium

    Correct Answer
    A. R S Cheema
    Explanation
    R S Cheema was appointed by the Supreme Court on 25 July 2014 as Special Public Prosecutor for trial in the coal blocks allocation scam.

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  • 22. 

    Who won the Gold medal in the Men’s 10-m Air Rifle event at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland on 25 July 2014?

    • A.

      Manavjit Singh Sandhu

    • B.

      Ranjan Singh Sodhi

    • C.

      Abhinav Bindra

    • D.

      Gagan Narang

    Correct Answer
    C. Abhinav Bindra
    Explanation
    Abhinav Bindra won the Gold medal in the Men's 10-m Air Rifle event at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland on 25 July 2014.

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  • 23. 

    Sundaram Sankaram who died recently at the age of 87 was a famous

    • A.

      Story writer

    • B.

      Journalist

    • C.

      Social activist

    • D.

      Economist

    Correct Answer
    B. Journalist
    Explanation
    Sundaram Sankaram, who passed away at the age of 87, was a renowned journalist. This implies that he was well-known and respected in the field of journalism. It can be inferred that he made significant contributions to the field throughout his career. However, without further information, it is difficult to determine the specific accomplishments or impact he had as a journalist.

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  • 24. 

    Kargil Vijay Diwas was celebrated on

    • A.

      21 July

    • B.

      26 July

    • C.

      25 July

    • D.

      27 July

    Correct Answer
    B. 26 July
    Explanation
    Kargil Vijay Diwas is celebrated on 26 July. This day commemorates the victory of the Indian Armed Forces in the Kargil War against Pakistan in 1999. The conflict started in May 1999 and lasted for about two months until July, when the Indian Army successfully recaptured the strategic high points in the Kargil region. Kargil Vijay Diwas is observed to honor the sacrifices made by the Indian soldiers and to pay tribute to their bravery and valor in defending the nation's sovereignty.

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  • 25. 

    The Union Government on 25 July 2014 revised investment target for Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC) from 27000 crore rupees to

    • A.

      80000 crore rupees

    • B.

      90000 crore rupees

    • C.

      50000 crore rupees

    • D.

      56000 crore rupees

    Correct Answer
    A. 80000 crore rupees
    Explanation
    The correct answer is 80000 crore rupees. The Union Government increased the investment target for the Dedicated Freight Corridor from 27000 crore rupees to 80000 crore rupees on 25 July 2014. This indicates that the government recognized the need for additional funds to develop and improve the dedicated freight corridor infrastructure. The increased investment target suggests a commitment to enhancing transportation and logistics capabilities, which will likely have a positive impact on the economy by facilitating efficient movement of goods across the country.

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  • 26. 

    The Reserve Bank of India on 25 July 2014 imposed monetary penalty of 1.5 crore rupees on 12 banks relating to which case

    • A.

      National Herald Case

    • B.

      Deccan Chronicle Holdings Limited Case

    • C.

      National Security Depository Limited Case

    • D.

      Jignesh Shah case

    Correct Answer
    B. Deccan Chronicle Holdings Limited Case
    Explanation
    The Reserve Bank of India imposed a monetary penalty of 1.5 crore rupees on 12 banks in relation to the Deccan Chronicle Holdings Limited Case. The specific details of the case are not provided, but it can be inferred that the penalty is a result of some wrongdoing or violation committed by these banks in connection with the Deccan Chronicle Holdings Limited.

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  • 27. 

    According to a research of Oxford University researchers, what percentage of human DNA is functional?

    • A.

      9.2%

    • B.

      90%

    • C.

      80%

    • D.

      8.2%

    Correct Answer
    D. 8.2%
    Explanation
    According to a research conducted by Oxford University researchers, it has been found that only 8.2% of human DNA is functional. This means that the remaining 91.8% of the DNA does not have a known function. This finding challenges the previous belief that a large portion of human DNA is functional and highlights the complexity of understanding the role and significance of different parts of our genetic material.

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  • 28. 

    The book The Vijay Mallya Story has been written by

    • A.

      G Gopinath

    • B.

      Siddharth Mallya

    • C.

      K Giriprakash

    • D.

      Vijay Mallya

    Correct Answer
    C. K Giriprakash
    Explanation
    The book "The Vijay Mallya Story" has been written by K Giriprakash.

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  • 29. 

    Name the Indian-origin British author whose book The Lives of Others has been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2014.

    • A.

      Jhumpa Lahri

    • B.

      Arvind Adiga

    • C.

      Neel Mukherjee

    • D.

      Amitav Ghosh

    Correct Answer
    C. Neel Mukherjee
  • 30. 

    Which Committee has been decided to be constituted by the Union Government to review the gas pricing formula on 24 July 2014?

    • A.

      C Rangarajan Committee

    • B.

      Suresh Prabhu Committee

    • C.

      S K Srivastava Committee

    • D.

      Mahadev Desai Committee

    Correct Answer
    B. Suresh Prabhu Committee
    Explanation
    The Suresh Prabhu Committee was constituted by the Union Government on 24 July 2014 to review the gas pricing formula. This committee was tasked with evaluating and suggesting changes to the existing formula used to determine the price of gas in the country. The committee, led by Suresh Prabhu, would have studied the current formula and its impact on various stakeholders, and provided recommendations for any necessary modifications.

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