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26 September 2012: Daily Current Affairs Quiz

1. In December last year, Britain's fourth-largest bank said it would stop making retail loans as part of its new strategy to focus only on wealth management and corporate and investment banking operations in India. On Tuesday, 25th September, the bank announced closure of three of its nine bank branches in India by end of this month and is expected to cut about 30-40 jobs as a result of the closure of the three branches. Which bank has taken this step?
[A]Standard Chartered
[C]BNP Paribas
[D]Royal Bank of Scotland

2. Chinese President Hu Jintao has launched the country's first aircraft carrier - a former Soviet ship it bought from Ukraine and refurbished - into service on September 25, 2012. China bought the 300-meter Soviet-built vessel in 1998 from Ukraine and had it refitted at Dalian. It is named after China's northeast province where the port is located. What name China has given to this aircraft carrier?

3. The 2014 Winter Olympics, officially the XXII Olympic Winter Games, or the 22nd Winter Olympics, will be celebrated from 7 to 23 February 2014, in Sochi, Russia, with some events held in the resort town of Krasnaya Polyana. The organizing committee for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, adopts the slogan on 25th September 2012 for the event. Can you name the slogan?
[A]Talismaniya Sochi 2014 – The Final
[C]New Horizons
[D]Hot Sochi. Cool Games.

4. On 25th September 2012, Maharashtra deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar has resigned following allegations of a mega irrigation scam when he was the water resource minister in the state. The move has put almost two year-old Congress-NCP (Nationalist Congress Party) government in crisis. However the CM said that he will discuss it with the Congress high command and Ajit Pawar, too, and then decide on the future course of action. Who is the current CM of Maharashtra?
[A]Prithviraj Chavan
[B]R R Patil
[C]Vilasrao Deshmukh
[D]Madhukar Pichad

5. On 25th September 2012, the 'first ever government press meet' on Twitter failed to live up to the hype. In a 45-minute Twitter conference advisor to the prime minister on public information infrastructure (PII) and innovations, stuck to elaborating publicly-known details on PII and the National Knowledge Network (NKN). He, however, dodged questions by journalists and other Twitter followers. Can you name him?
[A]Raghuram Rajan
[B]Shivshankar Menon
[C]Pankaj Pachauri
[D]Sam Pitroda


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