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Saturday, August 18, 2012

Daily Current Affairs Quiz - 18 August 2012

1. The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India tabled its report related to coal block allocation in Parliament on Friday 17 August 2012. The report emphasised that opaque bidding process of coal mining cost the nation a whopping Rs 1.86 lakh crore. Who is currently holding the office of Comptrollers and Auditors General of India?
[A]V. N. Kaul
[B]V. K. Shunglu
[C]C. G. Somiah
[D]Vinod Rai


2. On February, 21, 2012, the group staged a performance, called a "punk prayer", at the altar of Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, motivated by their opposition to Vladimir Putin, and the politics of the Russian Orthodox Church. On August 17, 2012, the three members of the group were convicted of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred and sentenced each to two years imprisonment. What is the name of the band of this group?
[A]Pussy Riot
[B]Riot grrrl
[C]Anti-Flag
[D]Rise Against


3. According to the latest figures released by the DGCA on 17 August 2012, Which airline, with 27 per cent market share in July this year, has edged past Jet, which managed 26.6 per cent share?
[A]SpiceJet
[B]IndiGo
[C]GoAir
[D]Air India


4. International Broadcasting Convention (IBC) announces on 17 August 2012 that the IBC2012 Best Conference Paper has been awarded to a group of researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications Heinrich Hertz Institute. IBC is the premier annual event for professionals engaged in the creation, management and delivery of entertainment and news content worldwide. What is the underlying technology described in this award winning paper?
[A]Streamlined workflows for cutting edge news
[B]Remote production over IP
[C]Glasses-free 3D displays
[D]Realtime Grand Slam analysis and graphics


5. The Marikana miners' strike was a wildcat strike that occurred in August 2012 in the Marikana area, close to Rustenburg, South Africa. On 16 August, 34 strikers were shot dead by the police. President Jacob Zuma rushed home from a regional summit on Friday 17 August 2012 and announced an official inquiry into a police shooting of striking miners. Which company owned the mine where this strike was occured?
[A]Lonmin plc
[B]Johannesburg Consolidated Investment Co. Ltd. (JCI)
[C]Randfontein Estates Gold Mining Company
[D]Aquarius Platinum plc