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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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