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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Current Affairs 2012 and GK Quiz (General Knowledge Quiz - 145)

1. The union government of India on 1 February 2012 gave the approval for setting up a National Council for Senior Citizens. It will be headed by the minister of____
[A]External Affairs
[B]Social Justice and Empowerment
[C]Home
[D]Finance



2. As per the latest Sample registration System( SRS) bulletin, December 2011 released by the Registrar General of India(RGI), it is noted that Infant Mortality Rate(IMR) dropped further from __ to __ infant deaths per 1000 live births during 2010.
[A]50; 47
[B]52; 49
[C]53; 48
[D]48; 47



3. In the period from January to November 2011, Sri Lanka received just over 7.5 lakh tourists. Of this, over 1.5 lakh were Indians. Indians constituted about what per cent of the tourists to Sri Lanka in 2011?
[A]20%
[B]11%
[C]27%
[D]31%



4. The Review Committee on the Delhi School Education Act and Rules 1973 submitted its report to Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on 30 January 2012. Which of the following facts are not true in this regard?
1. The committee was chaired by legal expert Manish Kumar Gaur. The other members of the committee were Abha Joshi and Shailja Chandra.
2. The committee's report is aimed at bringing about purposeful amendments to the Act and related rules
3. The committee, constituted in April 2011 was mandated to examine all issues related to DSEAR-73
4. It suggested a new concept of conducting school inspections with the primary focus being on the learning outcomes of children.
[A]2 and 3
[B]3 and 4
[C]Only 3
[D]Only 1



5. Freedom fighter and one of the doyens of Indian diplomacy who was an architecht of of the 1971 Indo-Soviet Treaty passed away in New Delhi on 31 january 2012. Identify him.
[A]A K Damodaran
[B]Prakash Shah
[C]Bali Ram Bhagat
[D]Shyam Nandan Prasad Mishra



6. Which electronic gadget maker predicting a fourth consecutive year of losses, named Kazuo Hirai as chief executive officer, replacing Howard Stringer?
[A]Sony
[B]Samsung Electronics
[C]Videocon
[D]Hitachi



7. Binani Industries, the holding company of Braj Binani group, cquired a Belgian fibreglass company for 275 million euros. The Belgian company is a leading manufacturer of fibreglass in Europe. Name the Belgian company.
[A]1B
[B]2B
[C]3B
[D]F2B



8. Which state run company signed an agreement with its trade unions for increase in the wages under which minimum guaranteed benefit would be 25% of gross?
[A]BHEL
[B]CIL
[C]IOC
[D]ONGC



9. Which of the following banks filed a criminal complaint against Sterling Biotech, and its six directors, for allegedly defaulting on repayments on credit facilities provided by the public sector lender?
[A]State Bank of Travancore
[B]State Bank of Mysore
[C]State Bank of Patiala
[D]State Bank of Indore



10. Shailesh Rao, managing director (media & platforms) at Google's Asia-Pacific operations, left the world's biggest Internet search company to set up the international business of which of the following companies?
[A]Yahoo
[B]Rediffmail
[C]Skype
[D]Twitter



11. United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA) data for 150 countries over 40 years showed which two countries as the only two countries in the world where female infant mortality is higher than male infant mortality in the 2000s?
[A]Venezuela and Cambodia
[B]Nigeria and Ghana
[C]China and India
[D]Indonesia and China



12. The fifth edition of the world future energy summit was held in Abu Dhabi from 16 to 19 January 2012. Abu Dhabi is the capital of ___.
[A]UAE
[B]UK
[C]Iraq
[D]Iran



13. Kamla Persad Bissessar visited India from 5 January 2012 to 14 January 2012. Consider the following statements on her.
i) She is the seventh Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago.
ii) She is the country's first female Prime Minister.
Choose the right option:
[A]Both i and ii are correct.
[B]Only i is correct.
[C]Only ii is correct.
[D]Neither i nor ii is correct.



14. What is SHADE?
[A]A new pact among the naval forces of India, Japan and China
[B]A new pact among the armed forces of India, Japan and China
[C]A new pact among the naval forces of India, Japan and Russia
[D]A new pact among the armed forces of India, Japan and Russia



15. Market regulator, Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) on 28 January 2012 decided to enhance the minimum investment amount per client managed by portfolio managers. Which of the following facts are not true with respect to the above statement?
1. SEBI decided to enhance the minimum investment amount per client managed by portfolio managers to Rs.25 lakh from Rs.5 lakh
2. insurance companies and mutual funds, which are broad-based investment vehicles representing the interests of the public at large to be included in the provisions of SEBI (Issue of Capital and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations.
3. As per the current norm, SEBI (ICDR) Regulations preclude companies from issuing preferential allotment to entities which have sold any of their holdings during the six months prior to the relevant date
4. SEBI approved changes in the SEBI (Mutual Fund) Regulations, 1996, which ask the asset management companies (AMCs) to ensure a fair treatment to all investors.
[A]Only 1
[B]Only 2
[C]Only 3
[D]Only 4



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