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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?

"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?

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?


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