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Friday, October 12, 2012

Daily Current Affairs Quiz: 12 October 2012

1. The Jnanpith Award is a literary award in India. Along with the Sahitya Akademi Fellowship, it is one of the two most prestigious literary honours in the country. The award was instituted in 1961. Any Indian citizen who writes in any of the official languages of India is eligible for the honour. It is presented by the Bharatiya Jnanpith, a trust founded by the Sahu Jain family, the publishers of the The Times of India newspaper. The award announcements have lately been lagging behind the award-years. The awards for the 45th and 46th Jnanpith for the years 2009 and 2010 respectively, were announced on 20 September 2011. However President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday, 12th October 2012, officially conferred the prestigious 46th Jnanpith award on Kannada writer in Belgaum. Can you name the writer?
[A]Kuppali Venkatappagowda Puttappa
[B]Chandrasekhar Kambar
[C]K. Shivaram Karanth
[D]U. R. Ananthamurthy


2. A wildly prolific and internationally renowned Chinese author who considers himself nonpolitical but whose embrace by the ruling Communist Party has drawn criticism from dissident writers, was on Thursday, 11th October 2012, awarded the 2012 Nobel Prize in Literature. He is the just the second Chinese citizen to win a Nobel; the first was the jailed dissident writer and political agitator Liu Xiaobo, who won the peace prize two years ago. Name this chinese author.
[A]Bei Dao
[B]Qian Zhongshu
[C]Tie Ning
[D]Mo Yan


3. On Thursday, 11th October 2012, during the ongoing 11th meeting of the Conference of Parties (COP11) to the Convention on Biodiversity (CBD), an authority which is the designated funding mechanism of Convention on Biodiversity (CBD) and the world's largest funder of environmental projects announced funding of $73 million for biodiversity conservation projects in India and remains committed to work with the country. The authority is funding 14 projects in India which include a conservation initiative in Western Ghats, eco-development projects and wild tropical fruit diversity project. What is the name of this authority?
[A]Global Environment Facility
[B]Global Environment Protection Unit
[C]Global Environment Conservation
[D]Global Forum for Biodiversity and Environment Conservation


4. On Thursday, 11th October 2012, The President of India, Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the second legislature complex in the border city of Belgaum, Karnataka amid objections by some political parties in Maharashtra, who have cited the boundary dispute between Karnataka and Maharashtra. The opening of the new building marks a significant milestone in the history of Karnataka since the formation of the state in 1956. The three-storey building is built at Halaga-Bastwad villages on the outskirts of Belgaum at a cost of Rs 391 crore. It is spread on 127-acre land and built over the last four years by Pune-based B G Shirke Construction Technology Private Limited. What is the name given to this new legislature complex?
[A]Karnataka Dwityia Vidhana Soudha
[B]Belgaum Vidhana Soudha
[C]Suvarna Vidhana Soudha
[D]Singh Shakti Vidhana Soudha


5. Realtor Unitech on Thursday announced a settlement with telecom company Telenor, its partner in the joint venture Uninor, ending 18 months of bitter animosity and stalemate in terms of key decision-making. Telenor and Unitech have on 10 October 2012 reached an agreement to amicably settle all disputes between the two parties. The parties are bound by confidentiality obligations, and are therefore not able to provide any further comments on specific terms and conditions in the settlement. However, it can be confirmed that the parties agree to support the transfer of the business in Unitech Wireless (Uninor) to a new entity (NewCo) controlled by Telenor. To which country Telenor belongs?
[A]UK
[B]Norwey
[C]Sweden
[D]Germany


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