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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Daily Current Affairs Quiz: 31 October 2012

1. Coastal districts of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh are bracing for a cyclonic storm that is expected to make landfall on Wednesday, 31st October 2012, as incessant rains hit normal life on Tuesday in Chennai. Authorities were put on high alert after a deep depression lying 500km southeast of Chennai intensified into a cyclonic storm and is expected to cross the coast between Nagapattinam in Tamil Nadu and Nellore in Andhra Pradesh, bringing in torrential rains in the region. What is the name given to the system under the cyclone naming procedure?
[A]Sandy
[B]Onil
[C]Thane
[D]Nilam


2. Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, the 2008 Mumbai attacks mastermind and for whom the US has offered a bounty of USD 10 million, said on Monday 30th October 2012 that his organisation was ready to help Americans affected by the superstorm Sandy. Though the US offered a bounty for Saeed earlier this year, the founder of the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba has been freely holding public meetings across Pakistan, especially in Punjab province. He is the chief of which outfit?
[A]Lashkar-e-Taiba
[B]Jamait Ahl-e-Hadis
[C]Jama'at-ud-Da'wah (JuD)
[D]Markaz Dawa-Wal-Irshad


3. On October 29, 2012, a replica of the famous British vessel built for the 1962 film version of "Mutiny on the Bounty" and which also appeared in the 2006 blockbuster "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest", sank when a superstorm "Sandy" barrelled into the US. Three people washed off the ship and were engulfed by Atlantic waters, in spate due to Hurricane Sandy. What is the name of the ship?
[A]HMS Bounty
[B]HMS Parker
[C]HMS Resolution
[D]HMS Turner


4. Lucasfilm Limited is an American film production company founded by George Lucas in 1971, based in San Francisco, California. The company is best known for producing the Star Wars films, and has also produced other box office hits, including the Indiana Jones franchise and American Graffiti. Which company has announced, on 30th October 2012, an agreement to purchase Lucasfilm for US$4.05 billion and produce additional Star Wars films?
[A]Warner Bros. Pictures
[B]The Walt Disney Company
[C]20th Century Fox
[D]Columbia Pictures


5. On 30th October 2012, which country hosted its first professional men's boxing match between the players Hamid Rahimi versus Said Mbelwa?
[A]Saudi Arab
[B]Afghanistan
[C]Oman
[D]Cuba


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Daily GK Quiz: 31 October 2012

1. What is the rate at which the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) borrows money from commercial banks?
[A]Cash reserve Ratio (CRR)
[B]Reverse Repo rate
[C]Repo rate
[D]Discount Rate


2. Who is the current MD and CEO of Axis Bank Ltd?
[A]Shikha Sharma
[B]Chanda Kochhar
[C]Adarsh Kishore
[D]Som Mittal


3. The Hornby Vellard was a project to build a causeway uniting seven islands into a single island with a deep natural harbour. The project was started by the governor William Hornby in 1782 and all islands were linked by 1838. To which city is this project associated with?
[A]Chennai
[B]Cochin
[C]Mumbai
[D]Kolkata


4. Who wrote the novel "The Fourth Estate"?
[A]Paulo Coehlo
[B]Vikram Seth
[C]Jeffrey Archer
[D]Sidney Sheldon


5. What is the current name of the city "Prayag"?
[A]Patna
[B]Allahabad
[C]Pratapgarh
[D]Varanasi


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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Daily Current Affairs Quiz: 30 October 2012

1. A massive, late-season tropical cyclone has affected Jamaica, Cuba, the Bahamas, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and the United States, and is currently affecting the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast coasts of the United States, and Eastern Canada and so far killed at least 67 people and caused widespread damage in the Caribbean. State of emergency has been declared in Eastern coast of US on 29th Oct 2012. Can you name the hurricane?
[A]Katrina
[B]Sandy
[C]Iniki
[D]Gafilo


2. On 29th October 2012, World's one of the biggest publishing houses Bertelsmann entered into an agreement with rival conglomerate Pearson plc, of combining their respective publishing companies. What is the name of the new publishing company?
[A]Penguin Random House
[B]Penguin Putnam Inc
[C]Penguin Group
[D]Bertelsmann Pearson Publishing


3. Which Indian IT major on Monday, 29th October 2012, announced that that it would build an integrated campus in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, for IT and BPO with an initial investment of Rs. 550 crore?
[A]Infosys
[B]Wipro
[C]HCL Technologies
[D]TCS


4. Dismissing all speculations of veteran Congress leader S Jaipal Reddy being upset over the change in his portfolio, the Union Minister said on Monday 29th October 2012, that he was "excited to be a part of the new ministry" and called it an important one. However Jaipal Reddy's removal from the Petroleum and Natural Gas Ministry has created a political storm, with rivals of the ruling party alleging that corporate pressures orchestrated his departure while market analysts said the change may augur well for private firms. Which new portfolio has been given to Jaipal Reddy?
[A]Urban Development
[B]Information & Broadcasting
[C]Science and Technology and Earth Sciences of India
[D]External Affairs


5. Announced on Monday, 29th October 2012, BIG RTL, the joint venture between Reliance Broadcast Network Ltd (RBNL) and European entertainment network RTL Group, is planning to launch its first channel on November 5, 2012. According to RBNL, the channel will have an entertainment mix developed by detailed sampling of content, focus group research and comprehensive market analysis. Initially, the channel - an action entertainment channel targeted at male audiences - will go on air in Uttar Pradesh, with international content dubbed in Hindi. What is the name of the new channel?
[A]BIG-RTL Action
[B]BIG-RTL Excitement
[C]BIG-RTL Thrill
[D]BIG-RTL Spark


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Daily GK Quiz: 30 October 2012

1. What is the flagship brand of Shri Mahila Griha Udyog?
[A]Nirma Washing Powder
[B]Lijjat Pappad
[C]Fena Soap
[D]Ghari Detergent


2. When was World War II, or the Second World War started and when did it end?
[A]1939, 1945
[B]1939, 1944
[C]1940, 1945
[D]1940, 1944


3. Who said the famous line "Tum Mujhe Khoon Do, Main Tumhe Azadi Dunga"?
[A]Jawaharlal Nehru
[B]Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel
[C]Subhash Chandra Bose
[D]Bhagat Singh


4. Ornithology is a branch of Science that concerns the study of?
[A]Animals
[B]Birds
[C]Human
[D]Plants


5. Who founded The Servants of India Society, which was formed in Pune, Maharashtra, on June 12, 1905?
[A]Bal Gangadhar Tilak
[B]Gopal Krishna Gokhale
[C]Mahatma Gandhi
[D]Mohammed Ali Jinnah


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Monday, October 29, 2012

Daily Current Affairs Quiz: 29 October 2012

1. In the cabinet reshuffle on 28th October 2012, newly inducted Railway Minister said that his priority will be to improve the financial health of the national transporter and make it a preferred mode of journey in the country. Who has been named as the new Railway Minister?
[A]Pawan Kumar Bansal
[B]Adhir Ranjan Choudhary
[C]Kotla Jaya Suryaprakash Reddy
[D]C. P. Joshi


2. A Japanese player shocked World No. 3 Saina Nehwal of India to record a sensational 21-19, 21-11 win in the 39-minute final of the French Open Super Series women's singles in Paris on Sunday, 28th October 2012. What is the name of the Japanese badminton player who defeted Saina Nehwal in the final?
[A]Maria Kristin Yulianti
[B]Lydia Cheah Li Ya
[C]Minatsu Mitani
[D]Xu Huaiwen


3. The Indian Grand Prix is a motor race in the calendar of the FIA Formula One World Championship held at the Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida near New Delhi. Who won the Indian Grand Prix on Sunday 28th October 2012?
[A]Fernando Alonso
[B]Sebastian Vettel
[C]Lewis Hamilton
[D]Mark Webber


4. Asia's biggest radio telescope, the size of eight basketball courts, to be used in collecting accurate data from satellites and space probes was unveiled at the foot of Sheshan Mountain in Shanghai Astronomical Observatory on Sunday, 28th October 2012. With a diameter of 65 meters and height of 70 meters this Radio Telescope is able to "hear" faint signals from 10 billion light years away. What is the official name of this telescope?
[A]Primeval Structure Telescope (PaST)
[B]Chinese Spectral Radio Heliograph (CSRH)
[C]Miyun Synthesis Radio Telescope (MSRT)
[D]Shanghai 65-meter Radio Telescope


5. Which Indian billiards player notched up his seventh World Billiards Championship title in the time format after comprehensively beating defending champion and seasoned Englishman Mike Russell in the final in Leeds?
[A]Pankaj Advani
[B]Dhruv Sitwala
[C]Rupesh Shah
[D]Geet Sethi


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Daily GK Quiz: 29 October 2012

1. Which two players were awarded with Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award in 2011-12?
[A]Gagan Narang and Vijay Kumar
[B]Gagan Narang and Yogeshwar Dutt
[C]Yogeshwar Dutt and Saina Nehwal
[D]Vijay Kumar and Yogeshwar Dutt


2. Who was the first Deputy Prime Minister of India?
[A]Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel
[B]Morarji Desai
[C]Dr Rajendra Prasad
[D]Bal Gangadhar Tilak


3. Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (The Education for All Movement), is an Indian Government programme aimed at the universalization of elementary education "in a time bound manner", as mandated by the 86th amendment to the Constitution of India making free education to children of ages 6–14 a fundamental right. Who pioneered thsi programme?
[A]P. V. Narasimha Rao
[B]H. D. Deve Gowda
[C]Atal Bihari Vajpayee
[D]Manmohan Singh


4. What is the name of the newspaper published by Shiv Sena, a political party in Maharashtra, India?
[A]Panchjanya
[B]Saamana
[C]Organiser
[D]Shiv Garjana


5. Who was the author of classical hindi historical novel Anamdas Ka Potha?
[A]Shivani
[B]Hazari Prasad Dwivedi
[C]Ramdhari Singh Dinkar
[D]Suryakant Tripathi Nirala


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Sunday, October 28, 2012

Daily Current Affairs Quiz: 28 October 2012

1. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Sunday, 28th October 2012, revamped his cabinet by inducting new ministers and changing 5 existing ministers' portfolio to shore up the image of his United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government battered by a series of allegations of corruption as it nears its last year in office. This is the fifth time Singh is reorganising his council of ministers since the Congress-led UPA returned to power in 2009. How many new ministers are inducted in this reshuffle?
[A]9
[B]13
[C]17
[D]22


2. Indian-American writer/director Prashant Bhargava and producer Jaideep Punjabi have won the South Asian Rising Star Film Awards for Best Director and Best Picture for their feature film on 27th October 2012. The film has gone on to play at 30 film festivals worldwide and won numerous accolades including Best Feature Narrative at the Hawaii International Film Festival, Best World Narrative at the Indy Film Festival, Special Jury Award and the Best Feature Narrative at the Dc Apa Film Festival and the Special Jury Award at the Osian Film Festival. What is the name of the film?
[A]Reportero
[B]Making a Living
[C]Sangam
[D]Patang (The Kite)


3. As per the news from defence minsitry sources on Saturday, 27th October 2012, the Defence Ministry is all set to buy 15 heavy-lift helicopters from the US based Boeing as its bid emerged as the lowest. Known for their powerful contra-rotating tandem rotors, these helicopters are being operated by around 20 countries for heavy-lift assault, troop movement, logistics support, aerial battlefield recovery and special operations. Capable of being refuelled mid-air for extended range, it can carry 55 combat-ready troops or over 11,100 kg of logistical supplies or weight. What is the name of this helicopter?
[A]Chinook
[B]Apache
[C]Mi-26
[D]Rafale


4. In a cabinet reshuffle on 28th October 2012, who became new foreign minister, which was earlier occupied by S M Krishna?
[A]Kamal Nath
[B]Salman Khurshid
[C]M M Pallam Raju
[D]Ajay Maken


5. Which player became only the fifth Indian cueist to lift the world title twice after he beat Australia's Matthew Bolton 6-2 in the final of the World Billiards (point frame) in Leeds on Sunday, 28th October 2012?
[A]Pankaj Advani
[B]Dhruv Sitwala
[C]Rupesh Shah
[D]Geet Sethi


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Daily GK Quiz: 28 October 2012

1. Abanindranath Tagore was associated to which field?
[A]Politics
[B]Sports
[C]Arts
[D]Scientist


2. Chandrayaan-1 was India's first unmanned lunar probe. When was it launched by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)?
[A]October 2008
[B]November 2008
[C]December 2008
[D]April 2009


3. What is the Currency of Maldives?
[A]Rupya
[B]Peso
[C]Krone
[D]Rufiyaa


4. Lux is a global brand of products that includes beauty soaps, shower gels, bath additives, hair shampoos and conditioners. Which company owns this brand?
[A]Procter & Gamble
[B]Unilever
[C]Reckitt Benckiser
[D]Godrej


5. Who was the founder of the Arya Samaj, a Hindu reform movement?
[A]Shyamji Krishna Varma
[B]Sri Aurobindo
[C]Dayananda Saraswati
[D]Ramakrishna Paramhansa


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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Daily Current Affairs Quiz: 27 October 2012

1. On Friday, Oct 26, 2012, after parting ways with Unitech, Norwegian telecom giant Telenor has found a new Indian partner. After getting the necessary approvals, Telenor will hold 74% in the Indian joint venture telewings. The partner company to telenor is controlled by Sudhir Valia and the investment has been made at his personal capacity. Sudhir Valia is the brother-in-law of Sun Pharma's Dilip Sanghvia and is also the whole-time director of the pharma major. What is the name of the partner company to telenor?
[A]Sun Investments and Finance Limited
[B]Firstsource Solutions
[C]Ideal Road Builders Group
[D]Lakshadeep Investments and Finance Limited


2. On Friday, 26th October 2012, a judge convicted former Premier Silvio Berlusconi for tax fraud related to his family media company's activities a decade ago, a verdict that hits the billionaire politician in the twilight of his career and leaves his conservative party to deal with the fallout ahead of elections next year. The former Prime Minister was sentenced to four years in jail for tax fraud, but later cut it to one year because of an amnesty law. He was PM of which country?
[A]France
[B]Italy
[C]Netherland
[D]Sweden


3. On 26th October 2012, External Affairs Minister SM Krishna resigns ahead of Cabinet resuffle, which is scheduled for Sunday. He served as Minister of External Affairs from 2009 to October 2012. The resignation of this 80-year-old Congress veteran came a day after the state Lokayukta ordered a probe against him and two other former chief ministers over complaints of corruption in an expressway project. He was the CM of which state from 1999 to 2004?
[A]Karnataka
[B]Andhra Pradesh
[C]Tamilnadu
[D]Maharashtra


4. The last film directed by Jaspal Bhatti and produced by Paveljeet Singh under B & R Films and Madarts Jaspal Bhatti's Film School released on 26 October, 2012 worldwide and is an Indian Punjabi romantic comedy film . The lead actors include Jaspal Bhatti himself, his wife Savita Bhatti and several well-known Punjabi actors. What is the name of teh film?
[A]Nalaik
[B]Chak De Phatte
[C]Power Cut
[D]Full Tension


5. Three students from India won one gold and two silver medals at the 17th International Astronomy Olympiad (IAO) held from October 16 to 24. A total of 18 teams participated from 17 countries, including China, Korea, Indonesia, Thailand, Armenia, Russia, Moscow land, Serbia, Cremia, Italy and Kazakhstan. The students were felicitated on Friday, 26 Oct 2012, at the Nehru Science Centre in Mumbai, which is the officially designated organisation on behalf of National Council of Science Museums (NCSM) to coordinate the event and select teams for IAO. In which country International Astronomy Olympiad was held?
[A]China
[B]Korea
[C]Indonesia
[D]Armenia


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Daily GK Quiz: 27 October 2012

1. Who was the first Indian to travel in space?
[A]Sunita Williams
[B]Kalpana Chawla
[C]. K. Mitra
[D]Rakesh Sharma


2. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is the primary space agency of the Indian government. ISRO is amongst the six largest government space agencies in the world. In which city is the headquarter of ISRO?
[A]Delhi
[B]Bangalore
[C]Sriharikota
[D]Vishakapattnam


3. Who wrote the novel "A House for Mr Biswas"?
[A]V. S. Naipaul
[B]Arundhati Roy
[C]Tasleema Nasreen
[D]Salman Rushdie


4. How many members are elected in the lower house (Lok Sabha) of Indian Parliament?
[A]250
[B]370
[C]495
[D]545


5. Which of the following is the economic grouping of Third World Nations?
[A]G-7
[B]G-8
[C]G-15
[D]G-18


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Friday, October 26, 2012

Daily Current Affairs Quiz: 26 October 2012

1. On 25th October 2012, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced that the Hyderabad franchise of the Indian Premier League (IPL) Twenty20 tournament has been awarded for an annual fee of $15.81 million. Which company has bought this team?
[A]Deccan Chronicle Holdings Ltd
[B]PVP Ventures
[C]Sun TV Network
[D]GMR Infrastructures


2. On 25th October 2012, a painting of Purple flowers on a bed of green leaves in acrylic and oil on canvas by one of Indian state's Chief Minister has been auctioned in New York for $3000 dollars. With a reserved price of $2500, five bids were made before the painting titled 'Flower Power' was sold at $3000 to Sundaram Tagore Gallery, a spokesperson of the US-based NGO Children's Hope India which auctioned the painting to raise funds for the welfare of underprivileged children in India, said. Who made this painting?
[A]Narendra Modi
[B]Nitish Kumar
[C]Mamta Banerjee
[D]Naveen Patnaik


3. On Thursday, 25th October 2012, Railway Ministry’s proposal to extend the new broad gauge rail-link from Jiribam-Imphal Road (Tupul) to Imphal at an estimated cost of Rs 4444 crore has been approved. The project will cover Imphal East, Tamenglong and Senapati districts of Manipur. The project, to be completed by March 2016 , has incurred an expenditure of Rs 682 crore till March 31, 2011. Twenty five percent of the whole amount is to be borne from the General Budgetary Support (GBS) of Railways while the remaining 75 percent by the Ministry of Finance. Which govt authority has approved this proposal?
[A]Cabinet Committee of Railways
[B]Cabinet Committee on Eastern Corridor Development
[C]Central Panel for Infrastructure Development
[D]Cabinet Committee on Infrastructure


4. On 24th October 2012, Pope Benedict XVI announced six names who were named Cardinals by the Vatican. From India, head of the Kerala-headquartered Syro Malankara Catholic Church, elevated as a cardinal and thus became one of the select 89 who can become the Pope. Now there will be seven cardinals in the country with four having rights to elect a new Pope. Can you name Major Archbishop who is the first Cardinal of the Syro-Malankara rite of the Catholic Church?
[A]Mar Baselios Cleemis
[B]Thomas Mar Coorilos
[C]Bechara Boutros Al-Rahi
[D]Samuel Mar Irenios


5. Which Indian crickerter will be conferred the Col C.K. Nayudu Lifetime Achievement award at the annual BCCI awards function as announced on Thursday, 25th October 2012?
[A]Kapil Dev
[B]Sunil Gavaskar
[C]Vijay Merchant
[D]Mohinder Amarnath


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Daily GK Quiz: 26 October 2012

1. Keoladeo National Park or Keoladeo Ghana National Park is a famous avifauna sanctuary that plays host to thousands of birds especially during the winter season. It was declared a protected sanctuary in 1971. It is also a declared World Heritage Site. Where does this park located?
[A]Bharatpur, Rajasthan
[B]Navsari, Gujarat
[C]Hazaribagh, Jharkhand
[D]Bishnupur, Manipur


2. The Meiteis or Meeteis are the majority ethnic group of which state in India?
[A]Nagaland
[B]Chattisgarh
[C]Manipur
[D]Mizoram


3. Classical Indian dance Kuchipudi is from which state in India?
[A]Manipur
[B]Andhra Pradesh
[C]Karnataka
[D]Kerala


4. The Sri Rama Sagar Project is an irrigation project. It is also known as the Pochampadu Project. On which river this project was constructed?
[A]Kaveri
[B]Narmada
[C]Ganga
[D]Godavari


5. When did Reserve Bank of India (RBI) established?
[A]1 April 1935
[B]1 September 1947
[C]1 April 1950
[D]10 April 1950


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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Daily Current Affairs Quiz: 25 October 2012

1. Jaspal Singh Bhatti was an Indian television personality famous for his satirical take on the problems of the common man. He is most well known for his television series Flop Show and mini capsules Ulta Pulta which ran on Doordarshan, India's national television network, in the late 1980s and early 1990s. He died in a car accident near Jalandhar on 25th October 2012. Before venturing into television, he was a cartoonist for which newspaper in Chandigarh?
[A]The Tribune
[B]The Hindustan Times
[C]The Times of India
[D]Indian Express


2. On 24th October 2012, former Goldman Sachs director Rajat Gupta was sentenced to two years in prison and fined USD 5 million by a US judge, months after the Indian-American Wall Street titan was found guilty of leaking boardroom secrets to a hedge fund manager in the largest insider trading case in the country's history. A Manhattan federal jury in June found him guilty of feeding tips about Goldman Sachs at the height of the 2008 financial crisis to hedge fund tycoon, who is serving 11 years in prison, one of the longest sentences for insider trading, after his May 2011 conviction. What is the name of the imprisoned billionaire hedge fund founder?
[A]Preet Bharara
[B]Raj Rajaratnam
[C]Jed Rakoff
[D]Harry Jayawardene


3. The Hoover Medal is an American engineering prize. It has been given since 1930 for "outstanding extra-career services by engineers to humanity". Which Indian has been conferred with the prestigious 2012 Hoover Medal in recognition of his philanthropic activities in India on 25th October 2012?
[A]APJ Abdul Kalam
[B]Sudabeh Shoja
[C]N R Narayana Murthy
[D]Ratan Tata


4. Which Indian has been named as the India's richest man with a personal fortune of USD 21 billion, according to Forbes Magazine on 25th October 2012?
[A]Lakshmi Mittal
[B]Mukesh Ambani
[C]Azim Premji
[D]Kumar Birla


5. On 24th October 2012, the highly acclaimed 'Super 30' educational programme which trains students from economically backward sections for the IIT-JEE, entered into an agreement with University of Tokyo which would sponsor study of its students in Japan. Anand Kumar's innovative Super 30 programme, which has acquired a truly global recognition, inspired the Japanese universities to launch a similar programme. By what name Japan has started the project?
[A]Achiever 30
[B]Japan Top 30
[C]Topper 30
[D]Global 30


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Daily GK Quiz: 25 October 2012

1. Jammu is one of the three administrative divisions within Jammu and Kashmir, the northernmost state in India. It is also known informally as?
[A]Pir Panjal
[B]Kishtwar
[C]Vaishali
[D]Duggardesh


2. Which GOD is considered as the maintainer or preserver as per the Trimurti concept in Hinduism?
[A]Brahma
[B]Vishnu
[C]Shiva
[D]Ganesha


3. Which authority publishes Economic Survey of India every year?
[A]Planning Commission
[B]Ministry of Labour
[C]Ministry of Finance
[D]Reserve Bank of India


4. With which sport you associate Anjali Bhagwat?
[A]Badminton
[B]Table Tennis
[C]Shooting
[D]Cricket


5. Jainism is an Indian religion that prescribes a path of non-violence towards all living beings. It has two sects. Can you name them?
[A]Digambara and Svetambara
[B]Theravada and Mahayana
[C]Shakya and Nirankara
[D]Shaivism and Shaktism


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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Daily GK Quiz: 24 October 2012

1. Who is the author of Prithviraj Raso?
[A]Sheikh Farid
[B]Amir Khusro
[C]Chand Bardai
[D]Vidyapati


2. A Central University or a Union University in India is established by Act of Parliament and are under the purview of the Department of Higher Education in the Union Human Resource Development Ministry. How any central universities are there in India?
[A]32
[B]35
[C]42
[D]49


3. What is the capital of Chhattisgarh?
[A]Raipur
[B]Jabalpur
[C]Raigarh
[D]Bilaspur


4. Uber Cup is associated with which game?
[A]Hockey
[B]Lawn Tennis
[C]Table Tennis
[D]Badminton


5. What is the currency of Japan?
[A]Rial
[B]Yen
[C]Shilling
[D]Dirham


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Daily Current Affairs Quiz: 24 October 2012

1. On 23rd October 2012, The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has rejected Ajmal Amir Kasab’s mercy petition and forwarded it to President Pranab Mukherjee for further action. Now, the President will take a final decision on the plea of the lone surviving gunman of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack. Currently, how many mercy petitions of 17 death convicts are pending with the government in which, 11 including that of Mohammad Afzal Guru, who was convicted in the 2001 Parliament attack case, are with the President?
[A]12
[B]13
[C]14
[D]15


"2. Last month, the mid-sized private bank received a retail equities broking license from RBI, and is expected to launch operations next financial year. On 23rd October 2012, it received board approval to foray into the mutual funds business, and would approach the Reserve Bank of India and Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) for licence. The decision is yet another move by the bank to boost its retail offering. Which bank are we talking about?
[A]Kotak Mahindra Bank
[B]Dhanalaxmi Bank
[C]Yes Bank
[D]Development Credit Bank


" 3. India continues to be among the most difficult countries to do business in, according to a World Bank-International Finance Corporation (IFC) study titled ‘Doing Business 2013’. India lagged even struggling neighboring economies like Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. Among the 185 countries where the study was conducted, Singapore remains at the top for the seventh year in a row. What is India's rank in terms of ease of doing business in this list?
[A]81
[B]108
[C]129
[D]132


4. Ajay Devgn and Rohit Shetty, the actor-director duo of Singham were presented an Award by the All India Terrorist Front on National Police Day at the Vigyan Bhavan on Tuesday 23rd October 2012. Ajay Devgn, who is also the official Brand Ambassador of the Maharashtra Police department, was felicitated by widows of soldiers who lost their lives in the line of duty. Which award has been given to the actor-director duo of Singham?
[A]Pride of Police
[B]Pride of Nation
[C]Nation's Soldier Gallantry Award
[D]Desh Raksha Samman


5. On Tuesday, 23rd October 2012, the analogue TV signal in Northern Ireland is turned off permanently at 23:30 BST, completing the final stage of the UK digital switchover. Along with it, the world's first teletext information service, is also brought to an end after 38 years. What was the name of the world's first teletext information service?
[A]Telefax
[B]Anafax
[C]Ceefax
[D]Digifax


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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Daily Current Affairs Quiz: 23 October 2012

1. On Monday, 22 October 2012, alleged Indian Mujahideen leader Mohammad Fasih extradited and deported to India from this country. The same country also handed over another Lashkar-e-Tayeba (LeT) terror suspect, A Rayees to the Kerala Police a fortnight ago. Home Secretary RK Singh on Monday praised the excellent co-operation showed by this country's government, saying Fasih was a very important catch given his involvement as a facilitator of a terror module of 13 IM men arrested in 2011, for plotting blasts at the Chinnaswamy stadium in Bangalore and the Jama Masjid shoot-out in Delhi. From which country these suspects were extradited?
[A]Abu Dhabhi
[B]UK
[C]Saudi Arab
[D]Afghanistan


2. This Chief minister’s political advisor Pawan Khera on Monday served a legal notice to India Against Corruption member Arvind Kejriwal for allegedly defaming CM and using “foul and filthy language” during a talk show on a news channel. Asking Kejriwal to withdraw the remarks, Khera has demanded immediate and unconditional apology. However Kejriwal said he will continue to defame corrupt politicians till injustice and corruption is done away with. Can you name the CM and his/her state?
[A]Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Haryana
[B]Sheila Dikshit, Delhi
[C]Prithviraj Chavan, Maharashtra
[D]Prem Kumar Dhumal, Himachal Pradesh


3. On Tuesday 23rd October 2012, eminent litterateur and Sahitya Akademi President Sunil Gangopadhyay died at his South Kolkata residence in the early hours following a massive heart attack. He had won the Sahitya Akademi Award (1985), Ananda Puraskar (1989) and the Hindu Literary Prize(2011). After serving five years as the Vice President, he was elected the President of the Sahitya Akademi on February 20, 2008. He was founder of which seminal poetry magazine that became a platform for a new generation of poets experimenting with many new forms?
[A]Ananda Bazar Patrika
[B]Mohaprithibi
[C]Jeeban Je Rakam
[D]Krittibas


4. Industrial group Rain Commodities Ltd agreed to buy speciality chemicals group in Germany in a 702 million euro deal that would set a new record for an Indian takeover of a German-owned business. The acquisition is more than 220 million euros larger than the previous record Indian acquisition of a German-owned asset, set in February 2006, when Dr Reddy's Laboratories Ltd bought Betapharm Arzneimittel, an Augsburg-based pharmaceuticals manufacturer, Thomson Reuters data shows. What is the name of the company Rain Group is buying?
[A]Ruetgers
[B]Evonik
[C]Triton
[D]Vileda


5. Fiji National University (FNU) Film Festival is a two-week long film festival, which was partnered with Indian High Commission and organised by Fiji National University and Film Fiji, was held in Labassa. On Monday 22nd October 2012, which bollywood movie has been named the best film at the International Film Festival in Fiji?
[A]Dirty Picture
[B]Ra. One
[C]Kahaani
[D]Zindgi Na Milegi Dobara


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Daily GK Quiz: 23 October 2012

1. The Central Board of Film Certification is a statutory censorship and classification body under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India. Who is the current chairperson of it?
[A]Asha Parekh
[B]Leela Samson
[C]Sharmila Tagore
[D]Anupam Kher


2. Which National Park will get remote controlled aircraft and a satellite based electronic eye for round-the-clock surveillance of the animals as announced recently?
[A]Kaziranga National Park
[B]Jim Corbett National Park
[C]Bannerghatta National Park
[D]Bandipur National Park


3. Recently in which country, Hyderabad-based GVK Power and Infrastructure Limited, has received the green nod for port development?
[A]Rwanda
[B]Sudan
[C]Australia
[D]Russia


4. Which pharmaceutical company has launched its first indigenously manufactured re-usable insulin pen 'AllStar'?
[A]Ranbaxy
[B]Cipla
[C]Dr Reddy Laboratories
[D]Sanofi


5. Which bollywood actor is brand ambassador of Gujarat?
[A]Shah Rukh Khan
[B]Amitabh Bachchan
[C]Malaika Arora Khan
[D]Aishwarya Rai


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Monday, October 22, 2012

Daily Current Affairs Quiz: 22 October 2012

1. The World No. 4 from India and Olympic bronze-medallist shuttler, Saina Nehwal came up with a near flawless performance to notch up an impressive 21-17, 21-8 win over Juliane Schenk of Germany in the 35-minute final of a Super Series badminton championship on Sunday, 21st October 2012. Saina Nehwal fought through a troubling knee to clinch her fourth title of the year by lifting which Premier trophy?
[A]US Open Super Series
[B]Australian Open Super Series
[C]Thailand Open Super Series
[D]Denmark Open Super Series


2. Legendary Bollywood filmmaker Yash Chopra, 80, passed away on Sunday evening at the Lilavati Hospital in Bandra, where he was being treated for dengue for the past one week. Chopra, who was popularly known as the ‘King of Romance’ for his several films in that genre, directed some of Bollywood’s most successful and iconic films. Born on September 27, 1932 in Lahore, Chopra began his career as an assistant director to his older brother BR Chopra and filmmaker IS Johar. What is the name of the first film for which he won Filmfare Best Director Award?
[A]Waqt
[B]Ittefaq
[C]Daag
[D]Deewar


3. On Monday, 22nd October 2012, drug maker Dr Reddy's Laboratories has decided to acquire Netherlands-based speciality pharmaceutical company, for about 27.4 million euros (about Rs 193 crore). Can you name the company?
[A]Biomed
[B]Novo Nordisk
[C]OctoPlus NV
[D]Barr Laboratories


4. Chief Minister of this state unveiled Solar Energy Policy 2012 on Saturday, 20th October 2012 and aims at making this southern state a regional solar energy hub. Under the scheme, the state will have solar energy parks, will encourage households to adopt solar energy, make it compulsory for all new government buildings to have rooftop solar panels and ask big industries to use solar power. The scheme aims at generating 3,000 MW of solar power by 2015. Which state is this?
[A]Karnataka
[B]Andhra Pradesh
[C]Tamilnadu
[D]Kerala


5. In a last-minute change on Sunday 21st October 2012, prime minister Manmohan Singh removed Union law and minority affairs minister Salman Khurshid from the official 'goodwill Haj delegation', and instead asked minister of state for external affairs to proceed to Saudi Arabia. Law Minister Salman Khurshid, who is embroiled in a controversy over allegations of misappropriation of funds by his trust, was removed from Haj tour amid speculation of a Cabinet reshuffle in the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government next week. Who is minister of state for external affairs going for Haj tour?
[A]Azam Khan
[B]E Ahmed
[C]Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi
[D]Ghulam Nabi Azad


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Daily GK Quiz: 22 October 2012

1. The Cabinet Secretariat ensures that the President of India, the Vice-President and Ministers are kept informed of the major activities of all Departments by means of a monthly summary of their activities. Management of major crisis situations in the country and coordinating activities of the various Ministries in such a situation is also one of the functions of the Cabinet Secretariat. The Cabinet Secretary is arguably India's most powerful bureaucrat and right hand of Prime Minister of India. Who is the current Cabinet Secretary as on 22 October 2012?
[A]A K Seth
[B]K. M. Chandrasekhar
[C]B. K. Chaturvedi
[D]Kamal Pande


2. The purpose for Civil Service Day is to rededicate and recommit themselves to the cause of the people. It is observed by all Civil Services. This day gives civil servants the opportunity for introspection and thinking about future strategies to deal with the challenges being posed by the changing times. On which date it is celebrated every year?
[A]21 March
[B]21 April
[C]21 May
[D]23 May


3. The Election Commission of india is an autonomous, constitutionally established federal authority responsible for administering all the electoral processes in the Republic of India. Who is the current Chief Election Commissioner?
[A]Syed Naseem Ahmed Zaidi
[B]Harishankar Brahma
[C]T N Seshan
[D]V Sundaram Sampath


4. Jelly Bean, Ice Cream Sandwich, Honeycomb and Gingerbread are the different versions of which operating system?
[A]Symbian
[B]iOS
[C]Android
[D]Bada


5. Which is the capital city of Assam?
[A]Guwahati
[B]Dispur
[C]Silchar
[D]Dibrugarh


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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Yash Chopra - Legendary Bollywood filmmaker Quiz


1. By which film Yash Chopra made his directorial debut in film industry in 1959?
[A]Waqt
[B]Dharmputra
[C]Dhool Ka Phool
[D]Daag: A Poem of Love


2. Where was Yash Chopra born?
[A]Amritsar, India
[B]Lahore, Pakistan
[C]Karachi, Pakistan
[D]Ludhiana, India


3. When was Yash Chopra born?
[A]27 September 1932
[B]29 December 1932
[C]29 November 1932
[D]19 December 1932


4. When was Yash Chopra died?
[A]20 October 2012
[B]21 October 2012
[C]17 October 2012
[D]18 October 2012


5. In which year Yash Chopra founded his own production company, Yash Raj Films?
[A]1969
[B]1971
[C]1973
[D]1977


6. In which year Yash Chopra was honoured with Dadasaheb Phalke Award?
[A]1997
[B]1998
[C]2001
[D]2003


7. Which International organisation presented him with a lifetime membership for his contribution to the films, making him the first Indian to receive the honour in the 59-year history of the organization?
[A]School of Oriental and African Studies
[B]International Indian Film Academy
[C]British Film Institute
[D]British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA)


8. What is the name of the wife of Yash Chopra?
[A]Pamela Singh Chopra
[B]Mala Singh Chopra
[C]Devyani Singh Chopra
[D]Rajbala Singh Chopra


9. Yash Chopra has won several film awards, including six National Film Awards and eleven Filmfare awards including Filmfare Award for Best Director. How many Filmfare Award for Best Director had he won?
[A]Three
[B]Four
[C]Five
[D]Six


10. How many films Yash Chopra has directed in his career?
[A]20
[B]21
[C]22
[D]23


11. What is the name of the last movie directed by Yash Chopra which is scheduled to be released on 13th Novemeber 2012?
[A]Dhoom-3
[B]Gunday
[C]Jab Tak Hai Jaan
[D]Aurangzeb


12. By looking at the genre of the films, Yash Chopra made, how does he be known in the Film Industry?
[A]King of Romance
[B]Forever Young Director
[C]Romantic King
[D]King of Experiments


13. In 2005, Yash Chopra was awarded which civilian award in the Republic of India?
[A]Bharat Ratna
[B]Padma Bhushan
[C]Padma Vibhushan
[D]Padma Shri


14. He died on 21 October, 2012 after a brief battle with the illness. He was admitted to Lilavati Hospital on 13th October, 2012 due to which illness?
[A]Lung Cancer
[B]Malaria
[C]Dengue
[D]Heart Attack


15. Yash Chopra directed and produced the cult classic film in 1991, considered by critics and Chopra himself as his best work to date. The film was critically acclaimed and became one of the biggest Bollywood hits in the overseas market. What is the name of the film?
[A]Mashaal
[B]Chandni
[C]Lamhe
[D]Darr


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Daily Current Affairs Quiz: 21 October 2012

1. Assam government on 20th October 2012 released a 'White Paper' on immigration from neighbouring Bangladesh promising that steps would be taken to update the National Registrar of Citizen (NRC). Releasing the 'White Paper', Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said only 2,442 illegal migrants had been detected and deported since the signing of the historic Assam Accord in 1985. Further Gogoi described this issue as less important than issues of health, education, employment and agriculture. Gogoi described the white paper as the first detailed study of the problem so far. What is the title of the whitepaper brought out by the Home and Political Department of Assam Govt?
[A]White Paper on Foreigners Issue
[B]White Paper on Illegal Migrants Issue
[C]White Paper on Immigration From Bangladesh Issue
[D]White Paper on External Migration Issue


2. On Saturday 20th October 2012, aviation regulator DGCA suspended the flying licence of beleaguered Kingfisher Airlines for failing to come up with a viable plan for its financial and operational revival and resolve the impasse with its employees over payment of their salary dues. Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh said the licence had been suspended for “safety reasons”, and should it fail to satisfy DGCA that it could fly safely, “the next logical step” could be cancellation of the licence. What is DGCA?
[A]Directorate General for Civil Aviation
[B]Director on Ground of Civil Aviation
[C]Directorate General of Civil Aviation
[D]Director General of Civil Aviation


3. The CBI on Saturday 20th October 2012, carried out raids at five places here after registering a case against Lt Gen (retd) Tejinder Singh on Ex-Army chief V K Singh's complaint that he was offered bribe to clear a tranche of "substandard" vehicles. CBI is conducting a parallel inquiry into the complaint regarding the monopoly that this truck maker has enjoyed for two decades in supplying all-terrain trucks to the defence forces. Sources said the chargesheet in the case is in the final stages and could be filed in a Delhi court shortly. The agency is expected to charge officials of The Truck Maker and the public sector Bharat Earth Movers Limited. What is the name of the truck maker?
[A]Tata
[B]Tatra
[C]Ashoka Leyland
[D]Daimler


4. Former Prime Minister I K Gujral, late Defence Minister Jagjivan Ram and Colonel (Retd) Ashok Tara, who rescued Premier Sheikh Hasina and her kin from captivity of Pakistani troops in 1971, were among 61 "foreign friends" (In which 51 were Indians) honoured by Bangladesh on 20th October 2012 for their remarkable contribution to its Liberation War. Former Prime Minister Gujral and ex-Nepalese Premier Girija Prasad Koirala were conferred with the "Bangladesh Liberation War Honour" while the rest were awarded "Friends of Liberation War" honour. Bangladesh President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina handed the foreign friends gold-plated silver metallic plaques bearing a replica of the National Memorial and a citation on silk cloth. Who is the current Bangladesh President?
[A]Badruddoza Chowdhury
[B]Iajuddin Ahmed
[C]Muhammad Jamiruddin Sircar
[D]Zillur Rahman


5. The new Apple store opened the company's largest store in Asia, with an area of 2,300 square meters and more than 300 employees on 20th October 2012. Apple currently has 390 retail stores around the world. In which city Apple opened its newest store?
[A]Shanghai
[B]Tokyo
[C]Beijing
[D]Taipei


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Daily GK Quiz: 21 October 2012

1. Who is the author of the book "I too had a Dream"?
[A]A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
[B]Verghese Kurien
[C]Tribhuvandas Kishibhai Patel
[D]Baba Amte


2. The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is an agency of the Republic of India, responsible for the development of technology for use by the military. In which city the headquarter of DRDO located?
[A]Bangalore
[B]Hyderabad
[C]New Delhi
[D]Nagpur


3. Whistling Woods International Institute is a film, television and media arts institute located in Mumbai, India. Who is the founder of this institute?
[A]Subhash Ghai
[B]Yash Chopra
[C]Karan Johar
[D]Ramesh Sippy


4. Launched on 13 April 1984, this military operation was unique as the first assault launched in the world's highest battlefield-Siachen. The military action resulted in Indian troops gaining control of the entire Siachen Glacier. What was the code-name for the Indian Armed Forces operation to capture the Siachen Glacier in the disputed Kashmir region, precipitating the Siachen Conflict?
[A]Operation Cactus
[B]Operation Meghdoot
[C]Operation Poomalai
[D]Operation Vijay


5. Recently Prime Minister Julia Gillard, during her meeting with her Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh on 18th October 2012 in New Delhi, announced to launch negotiations for a civil nuclear pact. The two leaders also agreed to hold annual meetings at the summit level to launch a Ministerial-level Dialogue on Energy Security, start negotiations for an Agreement on Transfer of Sentenced Persons, apart from inking four pacts. Julia Gillard is the Prime Minister of which country?
[A]Germany
[B]Sweden
[C]Newzealand
[D]Australia


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Saturday, October 20, 2012

Daily Current Affairs Quiz: 20 October 2012

1. A state-owned company has raised $500 million through a 10-year bond issue, marking the international debt market debut of the company. A company statement, released on Saturday 20th October 2012, said the issue was oversubscribed by nearly 15 times, with an order book totaling $7.5 billion from 325 high-quality fixed-income investors. This is the highest oversubscription for any dollar-denominated bond out of the country. What is the name of the company?
[A]State Bank of India
[B]Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited
[C]Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited
[D]Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited


2. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi would launch the integration of five government schemes with Aadhar card system on October 20, 2012 in Dudu area. The schemes including MGNREGA, Mukhyamantri BPL Gramin Awas Yojna, Pension scheme under social security, Asha Sehyogini payment and Chief Minister's Scholarship scheme will be integrated with the Aadhaar card. Aadhaar, a 12-digit individual identification number issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India on behalf of the Government of India, serve as a proof of identity and address anywhere in the country. In which state Dudu is?
[A]Rajasthan
[B]Haryana
[C]Madhya Pradesh
[D]Chattisgarh


3. London Olympics silver medallist shooter Vijay Kumar was on Friday, 19th October 2012, honoured with an award for 2012 at the Army Headquarters here. The award is given to the best sportsman from out of all the three defence forces — Army, Air Force and Navy. The award, including the trophy and Rs one lakh, was presented to the ace shooter by Navy Chief Admiral DK Joshi. Which award is given to Vijay Kumar?
[A]Indian Defense Best Sportsman
[B]Defense Best Sportsman
[C]Services Best Sportsman
[D]Defense Services Sports Star


4. United Nations Security Council consists of five permanent members–China, France, Russia, the UK and US–as well as 10 non-permanent members, including two from each of the regional groupings of UN member countries. Each year, the Council renews five of its 10 non-permanent seats, assigning them on the regional basis. The five members, elected as the new non-permanent members on Friday 19th October 2012, will begin their two-year terms on January 1, 2013. The countries each had to get 129 votes or two-thirds of the 193-nation General Assembly to get elected. Can you name these new memebrs?
[A]India, Colombia, Germany, Portugal and South Africa
[B]South Korea, Argentina, Germany, Portugal and South Africa
[C]Azerbaijan, Guatemala, Morocco, Pakistan and Togo
[D]Australia, Rwanda, South Korea, Argentina and Luxembourg


5. India on Saturday, 20th October 2012, paid homage to the Indian soldiers who died in the 1962 war with China. In a first such function to remember the martyrs of the 1962 war, which India lost to China, Defence Minister A.K Antony laid the wreath at the Amar Jawan Jyoti here. He was followed by the three service chiefs, and the Field Marshal of Indian Air Force, Arjan Singh, who is the only living Indian military officer with a five-star rank. Nearly 4,000 soldiers and officers lost their lives in the month-long war with China. On which date this war was started?
[A]October 19, 1962
[B]October 20, 1962
[C]October 21, 1962
[D]October 22, 1962


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Daily GK Quiz: 20 October 2012

1. What is the alternative name of Price theory?
[A]Micro Economics
[B]Macro Economics
[C]Public Economics
[D]Development Economics


2. Which of the following is World Trade Organization (WTO)'s main role?
[A]Global Peace
[B]Unilateral Trade
[C]Multilateral Trade
[D]Financial Support


3. What is SWIFT in banking terminology?
[A]System for Worldwide Inter Bank Financial Telecommunications
[B]Society for Worldwide Inter Bank Financial Telecommunications
[C]System of Wide Inter Bank Financial Transactions
[D]Society for Worldwide Inter Bank Financial Transactions


4. Mumbai is the most populous city in India with a total metropolitan area population of approximately 20.5 million. It is also the wealthiest city in India, and has the highest GDP of any city in South, West or Central Asia. In 2009, Mumbai was also named as _________.
[A]Best City to live
[B]Gamma City
[C]Rural Urban Mix City
[D]Alpha world city


5. With over 200 million inhabitants as of 2011, Uttar Pradesh is the most populous state in the country. However it is the fifth largest Indian state by area. How many districts are there in UP?
[A]67
[B]72
[C]75
[D]78


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Friday, October 19, 2012

Daily Current Affairs Quiz: 19 October 2012

1. Indian Hotels Company Ltd (IHCL), controlled by Tata Group, on Thursday 18th October 2012, made an $1.86 billion offer to acquire the international luxury hotels operator. Indian Hotels, which holds about 7 per cent in this US luxury Hotels, termed the all-cash offer as "compelling". The all-cash offer of $12.63 per share is at a 40 per cent premium to the hotel's closing stock price traded on NYSE on October 17. The offer by Indian Hotels along with Charme II Funds includes the hotels operator's debt burden. For which international luxury hotel IHCL made the offer?
[A]Conrad Hotels
[B]The Ritz-Carlton
[C]Orient Express Hotels
[D]JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts


2. As announced on Thursday, 18th October 2012, 80-year-old US weekly current affairs magazine, will publish its final print edition on December 31 and move to an all-digital format early next year, the latest example of how print media have had to adapt to changing reading habits. The decision to stop printing the 80-year-old magazine is about the challenging economics of print publishing and distribution. What is the name of the magazine?
[A]Newsweek
[B]Time
[C]Observer
[D]OutWeek


3. Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan and Star India CEO Uday Shankar were honoured for creating awareness against social discrimination through their issue-based reality show Satyamev Jayate. The commission/organization, which awarded the prize, applauded their contribution in highlighting the cause of untouchability at a function held in the Capital to mark the International Valmiki Day on Thursday, October 18, 2012. Which commission/organization honoured these stars?
[A]National Commission for Scheduled Castes and Tribes
[B]Scheduled Castes Welfare Organization
[C]National Commission of Valmiki Samaj
[D]National Commission for Scheduled Castes


4. Sylvia Maria Kristel, the first star of adult cinema, died on 17 October 2012. She was a Dutch actress who performed in over 50 movies, and was best known for playing the lead character in four of the seven Emmanuelle films. She gained international attention in 1974 for playing the title character in the softcore film Emmanuelle which remains one of the most successful French films ever produced. In September 2006 Kristel's autobiography was published in France which was also translated into English as "Undressing Emmanuelle: A Memoir". What was the name of her autobiography in French?
[A]Carry On Emmannuelle
[B]Nue
[C]Journal Intime d'une lofteuse
[D]Little Me-The Intimate Memoirs of the Great Star of Stage, Screen and Television


5. Proposals worth over Rs 8,000 crore for procuring around 10,000 __________ missiles from Russia for the Army's T-90 tanks and over 200 air-launched versions of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles for the IAF were cleared on Thursday, October 18, 2012, by the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS). The decision for purchasing these missiles for the two services was taken at the meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) held under Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
[A]Igla
[B]Invar
[C]Grizzly
[D]Amos


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Daily General Knowledge Quiz: 19 October 2012

1. Colombo Cup is associated with which of the following games?
[A]Cricket
[B]Football
[C]Golf
[D]Badminton


2. Which of the following continents is known as the "Dark Continent?"
[A]Australia
[B]Asia
[C]Africa
[D]South America


3. The silent valley is in which of the following states?
[A]Madhya Pradesh
[B]Manipur
[C]Kerala
[D]Karnataka


4. Who is the author of Macbeth?
[A]Samuel Richardson
[B]Laurence Sterne
[C]Henry Fielding
[D]William Shakespeare


5. In which year was the first Nobel Prize awarded?
[A]1904
[B]1910
[C]1905
[D]1901


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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Daily General Knowledge Quiz: 18 October 2012

1. He is an Italian conductor and music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and has been awarded the $1 million (£624,000) Birgit Nilsson Prize - the biggest prize in classical music for his extraordinary contributions in opera and concert. Name him.
[A]Ricardo Muti
[B]Alberto Veronesi
[C]Nicola Luisotti
[D]Claudio Abbado


2. Which among the following countries is not a Nonpermanent member of United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for the period of 1 January 2011 to 31 December 2012?
[A]Portugal
[B]Columbia
[C]Nigeria
[D]Germany


3. Big Bazaar, which started the concept of 'Sabse Sasta Din' a few years ago, is now selling the sabse sasta car for which of the following brands?
[A]Hyundai i10
[B]Hyundai Santro Xing
[C]Maruti Suzuki Swift
[D]Tata Nano


4. Which of the following instruments is used to measure humidity?
[A]Hygrometer
[B]Anemometer
[C]Themometer
[D]Barometer


5. Which city is called the silver platter of India?
[A]Anand
[B]Akola
[C]Bangalore
[D]Anantpur


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Daily Current Affairs Quiz: 18 October 2012

1. An extrasolar planet, or exoplanet, is a planet outside the Solar System. A total of 842 such planets (in 664 planetary systems, including 126 multiple planetary systems) have been identified as of October 16, 2012. One exoplanet is discovered orbiting around Alpha Centauri, the nearest star system to our Solar System on 16th October 2012. What is the name of this newly discovered exoplanet?
[A]Alpha Centauri Bb
[B]55 Cancri b
[C]HD 10180 h
[D]16 Cygni Bb


2. The state government, on Wednesday, 17th October 2012, gave its nod to the proposal of purchasing security gadgets for the Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple. In July 2011, ‘a Supreme Court committee found six vaults in the 16th century temple laden with treasure’. Of the six vaults found in the temple, five are estimated to be worth Rs 1 lakh crore, while the remaining one vault has not been opened yet. Where is this world's richest temple located?
[A]Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh
[B]Puri, Orissa
[C]Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
[D]Rameswaram, Tamilnadu


3. The 14th Mumbai Film Festival begins Thursday, Oct 18, 2012. Organized every year by the Mumbai Academy of Moving Image, it is an opportunity to see films from all over the world in Mumbai, the city of Bollywood. In a first for any film festival in the country, the Mumbai Film Festival has joined hands with an organization widely considered to be a pioneer in the anti-movie piracy operations in the country. What is the name of the organization?
[A]Anti-Piracy Organization for the Film and Video Industry
[B]A A Khan and Associates
[C]EIPR (India) Ltd.
[D]Indian Music Industry (IMI)


4. Global Handwashing Day (GHD) is a campaign to motivate and mobilize millions around the world to wash their hands with soap. It takes place on October 15 of each year. The campaign is dedicated to raising awareness of handwashing with soap as a key approach to disease prevention. In September and October, a mass media campaign was held in India with the support of two hugely popular cricket celebrities for the same. Can you name these cricketers?
[A]Sachin Tendulkar and MS Dhoni
[B]MS Dhoni and Gautam Gambhir
[C]Virat Kohli and Rahul Dravid
[D]Sachin Tendulkar and Yuvraj Singh


5. Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd.'s South Korean unit, SsangYong Motor Co., on Wednesday, 17th October 2012, entered the Indian automobile market by launching a premium sport-utility vehicle. The company has introduced two models of its new SUV in the Indian market, under the namesakes - RX5 and RX7. What is the name of this newly launched premium Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV)?
[A]Rexton
[B]XUV Thunder
[C]Rexuv
[D]ReXylo


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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Daily Current Affairs Quiz: 17 October 2012

1. On Tuesday, 16th October 2012, Citigroup Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Vikram Pandit abruptly stepped down following a clash with the New York company's board over strategy and operating performance at businesses including its institutional clients group, according to people with knowledge of the bank. Who has been appointed as the new CEO of Citigroup?
[A]John Havens
[B]Michael E. O'Neill
[C]Mike Corbat
[D]Richard Parsons


2. Hilary Mary Mantel is an English novelist, short story writer, essayist and critic. She won the 2012 Man Booker Prize. She is the first British writer and first woman to receive the award twice. In 2009, she won the Man Booker Prize for her novel Wolf Hall. What is the name of the book for which she won this year's Man Booker Prize on Tuesday 16th October 2012?
[A]Bring Up the Bodies
[B]Beyond Black
[C]The Mirror and the Light
[D]A Place of Greater Safety


3. On Tuesday, 16th October 2012, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced that the iconic Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar will be conferred the membership of the Order of Australia, an honour "rarely" awarded to non-Australians. The 39-year-old Tendulkar will become only the second Indian to get the honour. Who was the first Indian to get this honour?
[A]Sunil Gavaskar
[B]Soli Sorabjee
[C]Ratan Tata
[D]Amartya Sen


4. Qualcomm Technologies Inc, Bharti Airtel, and Huawei on Tuesday, 16th October 2012, announced India’s first multi-mode 4G LTE TDD smartphone at Innovation Qualcomm India 2012. An official statement confirms that the smartphone is capable of handling high speed data on the Long Term Evolution(LTE) network and voice calls on the underlying 3G network using Circuit Switched Voice Fall Back (CSFB voice) technology. What is the name of this smartphone?
[A]GeForce GTX 650 Ti
[B]Huawei W1
[C]Desire X
[D]Ascend P1 LTE


5. The Supreme Court on Tuesday, 16th October 2012, lifted the interim ban on tourism activities in core tiger reserve areas following the formal notification of fresh guidelines on tiger conservation by the central government. The guidelines suggested by National Tiger Conservation Authority(NTCA) allow only up to 20% of the core areas of tiger habitats for regulated, low-impact tourism. What is the title of the draft guidelines prepared by NTCA?
[A]Status of the Tigers, Co-predators, and Prey in India, 2012
[B]Normative Standards for Tourism activities and Project Tiger Guidelines, 2012
[C]National Tiger Conservation activities and Project Tiger Guidelines, 2012
[D] Project Tiger: The reserves, the tigers, and their future for Tourism activities, 2012


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Daily General Knowledge Quiz: 17 October 2012

1. The inauguration of the Supreme Court took place in the Chamber of Princes in the Parliament building. After the commencement of operations, The Supreme Court of India replaced both the Federal Court of India and the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council at the apex of the Indian court system. When did the Supreme Court of India came into being?
[A]15 August 1947
[B]26 January 1950
[C]28 January 1950
[D]26 January 1952


2. Vaishno Devi Mandir is one of the holy Hindu temples dedicated to Shakti, located in the hills of Vaishno Devi, Jammu and Kashmir, India. In Hinduism, Vaishno Devi, also known as Mata Rani and Vaishnavi, is a manifestation of the Mother Goddess. The shrine is at an altitude of 5300 feet and a distance of approximately 13 kilometres from Katra town. In which district of the state of Jammu and Kashmir this temple is situated?
[A]Reasi
[B]Kathua
[C]Jammu
[D]Anantnag


3. The European Union (EU) is a unique economic and political union of how many member states which are located primarily in Europe?
[A]23
[B]25
[C]27
[D]29


4. The Government of India is under an obligation to take measures for the development of scheduled languages, such that "they grow rapidly in richness and become effective means of communicating modern knowledge. How many scheduled languages are there in the list as per the Eighth Schedule to the Indian Constitution?
[A]15
[B]19
[C]21
[D]22


5. A glacier is a large persistent body of ice that forms where the accumulation of snow exceeds its ablation (melting and sublimation) over many years, often centuries. Glacial ice is the largest reservoir of freshwater on Earth, supporting one third of the world's population. Which is the world's largest glacier?
[A]Siachen Glacier
[B]Algie Glacier
[C]Beardmore Glacier
[D]Lambert Glacier


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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Daily Current Affairs Quiz: 16 October 2012

1. A top official in the Haryana government's land registration department was transferred hours after he initiated a probe into all the land dealings of Robert Vadra, son-in-law of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, in four districts of the State. This senior Haryana IAS officer has charged that the state government has "abruptly" transferred him, the 43rd in his 21 years career, as a "punishment" for acting as a whistle-blower in several dubious land transactions, a claim denied by authorities. Before leaving office, on October 15, 2012 he cancelled the mutation of the land, citing irregularities in the transfer of land from Vadra's Sky Light Hospitality Private Limited to the real estate giant. Can you name this IAS officer? (Mutation is a record of the transfer of title of property between two entities. It is saved in the government's revenue records. Mutation does not mean a legal title to the person to whom the property has been mutated.)
[A]Ajit Seth
[B]K. M. Chandrasekhar
[C]B. K. Chaturvedi
[D]Ashok Khemka


2. He was the King of Cambodia from 1941 to 1955 and again from 1993 until 2004. He was the effective ruler of Cambodia from 1953 until 1970. After his second abdication in 2004, he was known as The King-Father of Cambodia, a position in which he retained many of his former responsibilities as constitutional monarch. The Guinness Book of World Records identifies him as the politician who has served the world's greatest variety of political offices. He died after a heart attack in Beijing, China on 15 October 2012, aged 89. Can you name him?
[A]Norodom Sihanouk
[B]Norodom Suramarit
[C]Norodom Sihamoni
[D]Sisowath Monivong


"3. Two Amercians were awarded the Nobel economics prize on Monday, 15 October 2012, for research that helps explain the market processes at work when doctors are assigned to hospitals, students to schools and human organs for transplant to recipients. The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences cited the two economists for ""the theory of stable allocations and the practice of market design"". The Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences was the last of the 2012 Nobel awards to be announced. It's not technically a Nobel Prize, because unlike the five other awards it wasn't established in the will of Alfred Nobel, a Swedish industrialist also known for inventing dynamite. Name the 2012 winners of Nobel prize in economics.
[A]Thomas J. Sargent and Christopher A. Sims
[B]Dale T. Mortensen and Peter A. Diamond
[C]Alvin Roth and Lloyd Shapley
[D]Oliver Williamson and Elinor Ostrom


" 4. In a major decision to effect transparency in the working of a Golf Club in the city of __________, the Central Information Commission (CIC) had held the club to be a "Public Authority' under Section 2 (h) (II) of the Right to Information Act, 2005, and asked the club authorities to set up a mechanism within four weeks for the delivery of RTI services to any member of the public.
[A]Bangalore
[B]Chandigarh
[C]Noida
[D]Delhi


5. Inflation accelerated to a 10-month high in September on the back of higher diesel prices, dashing hopes that the central bank will cut interest rates anytime soon, despite the government sending out signals to ease tight monetary policy to revive growth. Data released by the commerce and industry ministry on Monday showed the annual rate of inflation, based on the monthly wholesale price index, stood at an annual ______ in September, compared to 7.55% for the previous month and 10% during the corresponding month of the previous year.
[A]7.63%
[B]7.69%
[C]7.81%
[D]7.94%


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Daily General Knowledge Quiz: 16 October 2012

1. Who is the current chairman of Press Council of India as on October 16, 2012?
[A]Justice J. R. Mudholkar
[B]Justices Sujata Manohar
[C]Justice Ranjana Desai
[D]Justice Markandey Katju


2. The Yamuna, sometimes called Jamuna or Jumna, is the largest tributary river of the Ganges (Ganga) in northern India.Which of the following city is not situated on the banks of river Yamuna?
[A]Delhi
[B]Mathura
[C]Kanpur
[D]Agra


3. Himachal Pradesh is a state in Northern India and is known to be abundant in natural beauty. In 1950 Himachal was declared as a union territory but after the State of Himachal Pradesh Act 1971, Himachal emerged as the 18th state of the Republic of India. Hima means snow in Sanskrit, and the literal meaning of the state's name is In the lap of Himalayas. The state was named by one of the great Sanskrit scholars of Himachal Pradesh. Can you name him?
[A]Acharya Diwakar Datt Sharma
[B]Satyavrat Shastri
[C]Abhiraj Rajendra Mishra
[D]Jagadguru Rambhadracharya


4. Theravada ("The School of the Elders") and Mahayana ("The Great Vehicle") are the two major branches of which religion?
[A]Jainism
[B]Buddhism
[C]Hinduism
[D]Judaism


5. Anthropology is the academic study of?
[A]Languages
[B]Humanity
[C]Animals' Behaviour
[D]Birds


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Monday, October 15, 2012

Business Management Quiz - 89

1. A leader who involves employees in decision-making, delegates authority, and allows the employees to have direct input into the final decision, with the leader serving as only one input from the group is using which style of leadership?
[A]Democratic-participative
[B]Laissez-faire
[C]Autocratic
[D]Consultative


2. In the operations research methodology, which of the following steps precedes the others?
[A]Testing the model
[B]Deriving a solution from the model
[C]Putting the solution into effect
[D]Mathematical model construction


3. Which of the following is not a characteristic of operations research?
[A]It ensures long-term commitment to improvement of overall organizational quality
[B]It uses models to present problems
[C]The model, variables, constraints and goals are presented in mathematical terms
[D]It quantifies the variables in a problem as far as possible


4. Skills inventory is a means of assessing internal labor supply. Which of the following does not pertain to skills inventory while assessing internal labor supply?
[A]Employee skill
[B]Employee interest
[C]Employee turnover
[D]Employee performance


5. In the Japanese management style, the management function of leading is characterized by
I. Leader acting as a decision-maker and head of the group.
II. Paternalistic style of management.
III. Common values.
IV. Face-to-face confrontation; emphasis on clarity.
V. Bottom-up communication.
[A](I), (II) and (III) above
[B](I), (III) and (IV) above
[C](I), (IV) and (V) above
[D](II), (III) and (V) above


6. Raymond E. Miles proposed three models of management – The Traditional Model, The Human Relations Model and the Human Resources Model. Which of the following is/are ‘policies’ of the ‘Human Resources Model’?
I. The manager’s basic task is to make each worker feel useful and important.
II. The manager must create an environment in which all members may contribute to the limits of their abilities.
III. The manager must help in broadening subordinate self-direction and control.
IV. The manager must break down tasks into simple, repetitive, easily learnt operations.
[A]Only (I) above
[B]Both (I) and (IV) above
[C]Both (II) and (III) above
[D]Both (III) and (IV) above


7. Which of the following is not a type of information system?
[A]Transaction processing system
[B]Office automation system
[C]Management information system
[D]Customer support system


8. Organizations that have a divisional structure may adopt which of the following types of responsibility centers?
[A]Profit
[B]Investment
[C]Cost
[D]Revenue


9. Which of the following is the first step in the control process?
[A]Comparing performance against standards
[B]Measuring performance
[C]Setting performance standards
[D]Determining deviations


10. Which one of the fallowing is not a technique of financial control?
[A]Budgetary control
[B]Quality circle
[C]Break-even analysis
[D]Responsibility accounting


11. Human resource planning consists of resource demand forecasting and resource supply forecasting. Which of the following is not a long range factor in ‘resource demand forecasting’?
[A]Demographics
[B]Relocations/plant closings
[C]Economy
[D]Technological trends


12. Which of the following are functions of distributed leadership?
I. The powers and functions of a leader are shared.
II. With proper training and support, individuals have the potential to lead.
III. Leadership is a process.
IV. Leadership is person-centered rather then organization-centered.
[A]Both (I) and (II) above
[B]Both (III) and (IV) above
[C](I), (II) and (III) above
[D](I), (II) and (IV) above


13. Capacity decisions are one of the key decisions included in an operations management program. Which of the following would most likely happen, if a company was operating with insufficient capacity?
[A]The company would have generally low production costs
[B]The company would be able to minimize operating costs
[C]The company would have a loss of sales and lower profits
[D]The company would be able to maximize profits


14. All of the following differentiate charismatic leaders from non-charismatic leaders except
[A]Divine grace
[B]Oratory skills
[C]Consistency and focus
[D]Behavior that is mediocre


15. Which of the following costs decreases with an increase in inventory?
[A]Cost of capital
[B]Storage space costs
[C]Obsolescence costs
[D]Ordering costs


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Daily Current Affairs Quiz: 15 October 2012

1. On Sunday, 14 October 2012, Leander Paes, paired with Czech player, won the ATP Shanghai Masters, their third tour-level title of the season, after defeating Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna. It was 51st tour-level title for the 39-year-old Paes and second in Shanghai. What is the name of Paes' partner?
[A]Martin Damm
[B]Martin Střelba
[C]Radek Stepanek
[D]Michal Tabara


2. On October 14, 2012, an Austrian skydiver and a BASE jumper sets the world record for skydiving an estimated 39 kilometres (128,000 ft), reaching an estimated speed of 1,342 kilometres per hour (834 mph). He is also renowned for the particularly dangerous nature of the stunts he has performed during his career. His most recent project was Red Bull Stratos, in which he jumped to Earth from a helium balloon in the stratosphere on 14 October 2012. As part of said project, he reached the altitude record for a manned balloon flight. Who is he?
[A]Michel Fournier
[B]Felix Baumgartner
[C]Joseph Kittinger
[D]Steve Truglia


3. India, which imports about 80 percent of its oil needs, is on the hunt for supplies to power its near-$2-trillion economy, while Russia is keen to tap its vast offshore reserves. On Sunday, 14th October 2012, Russian Energy Deputy Minister Yury Sentyurin told reporters on the sidelines of energy conference Petrotech about Russia's interest in tapping Indian company. Which Indian company was invited by Russia to consider buying a stake in the Madagan 2 field operated by Rosneft in the northern part of the Sea of Okhotsk?
[A]Oil India Limited (OIL)
[B]Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL)
[C]Oil and Natural Gas Corp Ltd (ONGC)
[D]Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (IOCL)


4. Filmmaker Yash Chopra, 80, was admitted to Lilavati Hospital, Bandra, on Saturday, 13th October 2012, after a bout of dengue. Chopra had announced his retirement from film direction last month. He made his directorial debut with Dhool Ka Phool in 1959, a melodrama about illegitimacy and followed it with the hard-hitting social drama Dharmputra (1961). British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) presented him with a lifetime membership for his contribution to the films, making him the first Indian to receive the honour in the 59-year history of the academy. In September 2012 he announced his last directorial venture. Can you name it?
[A]Faasle
[B]Parampara
[C]Ittefaq
[D]Jab Tak Hai Jaan


5. It was Billie Jean King's campaign for equality in the 1970s which benefited women tennis players. Still, for a long time, women were offered equal prize money in only two of the Grand Slams. Back home, the senior hardcourt nationals, now renamed the ___________, had pretty much gone per tradition over the years. However, Sania Mirza put an end to the dithering on Saturday, 13th October 2012. On her intervention, the decision to distribute equal prize money immediately came into effect. Thus, the women's singles winner Prerna Bhambri got Rs. 1.5 lakh, Rs. 50,000 more than the initial promised sum.
[A]Fenesta Open
[B]Sunfeast Open
[C]Bangalore Open
[D]Chennai Open


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