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Friday, November 30, 2012

Current Affairs Digest for 30 November 2012

1. Former Indian Prime Minister Inder Kumar Gujral died today on 30th November 2012. He participated in India's freedom struggle, and was jailed in 1942 during the 'Quit India Movement'. Gujral was the second PM to govern exclusively from the Rajya Sabha, first being his immediate predecessor H.D. Deve Gowda. He served as the ______ Prime Minister of India from April 1997 to March 1998.
[Category: Politics Current Affairs]
[A]10th
[B]11th
[C]12th
[D]13th


2. On Thursday, 29th November 2012, the Supreme Court has sought the government's view on a public interest litigation challenging the legality of a particular Section of the Information Technology Act, 2000, which was invoked by Mumbai police recently to arrest two young women. This section of IT Act, 2000, provides for a jail term of up to three years for anyone who uses a computer or any other communication device to send information that is grossly offensive, menacing, causes annoyance or hatred. What is the section?
[Category: Politics and Nation Current Affairs]
[A]61(A)
[B]66(A)
[C]68(A)
[D]69(A)


3. On Thursday, 29th November 2012, PVR Ltd buys a Multiplex chain promoters' entire stake of 69.27 per cent for Rs 394.98 cr. PVR will also purchase additional up to 26 per cent stake from public shareholders through an open offer under the SEBI regulations 2011. PVR, one of the largest multiplex companies in the country runs 197 screens. Which Multiple Chain Operator, PVR acquired?
[Category: Business Current Affairs]
[A]Satyam
[B]Cinemax
[C]Wave Cinema
[D]BIG Cinemas


4. Onco Therapies Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Strides Arcolab Ltd (Strides), has received ANDA approval for Ifosfamide injection 50 mg/ml packaged in one gram/20 ml and three grams/60 ml single-dose vials. Ifosfamide is a part of the onncology portfolio licensed to Pfizer for the US market and the product is available for immediate launch. Ifosfamide is a chemotherapy drug that is usually used to treat sarcoma, testicular cancer and some types of lymphomas. What does ANDA stands for?
[Category: Corporate Current Affairs]
[A]Astute New Drug Application
[B]Access to New Discovery Application
[C]Abbreviated New Discovery Application
[D]Abbreviated New Drug Application


5. On Friday, 30th November 2012, estranged Karnataka strongman B.S. Yedddyurappa resigned from primary membership of BJP. He was associated with the party for four decades. Bidding an emotional adieu to the party he had helped bring to power as the first BJP government in the South, Mr. Yeddyruppa said he had sent in his resignation to party chief Nitin Gadkari. Mr. Yeddyurappa has announced he would formally launch the his party on December 9, 2012 at Haveri. What is the name of his party?
[Category: India Current Affairs]
[A]Karnataka Jan Sangharsh Party
[B]Karnataka Janata Dal
[C]Karnataka Janadhar Party
[D]Karnataka Janata Party


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CurrentGK: Daily Quiz for 30 November 2012

1. The Atomic power station is located in which of the following places in Karnataka?
[Category: India GK]
[A]Kaiga
[B]Trombay
[C]Mangalore
[D]Hassan


2. Which of the following stock exchange has maximum number of transaction taking place every day?
[Category: Finance GK]
[A]Mumbai
[B]Delhi
[C]Ahmedabad
[D]Kolkata


3. THE CATTLE MELA takes place in which of the following cities in Rajasthan?
[Category: State GK]
[A]Jaipur
[B]Pushkar
[C]Jodhpur
[D]Udaipur


4. Which of the following bank has its head office in Delhi?
[Category: Banking GK]
[A]Punjab National Bank
[B]Bank Of India
[C]UCO bank
[D]Corporation Bank


5. Government of India has made a special agreement with USA to develop which of the following modes of power generation in India?
[Category: Energy GK]
[A]Hydro Power
[B]Thermal Power
[C]Nuclear Power
[D]Wind Power


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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Current Affairs and Business News: Daily Quiz 29th November 2012

1. On Wednesday, 28th November 2012, the sentencing by US Court of American-born Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist, accused of involvement in 26/11 Mumbai attacks, has been fixed for January 17, 2013 while that of his accomplice Tahawwur Rana has been rescheduled for January 15, 2013 from December 4, 2012. US District Judge Harry Leinenweber will announce the sentence of the two accused, who have been charged with conspiracy of 2008 Mumbai attack and plan to attack a Denmark newspaper. What is the name of the terrorist?
[Category: World Current Affairs]
[A]Hafiz Muhammad Saeed
[B]Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi
[C]Yusuf Muzammil
[D]David Coleman Headley


2. Maldives announced on Tuesday, 27th Nov 2012, that its Cabinet has recommended termination of a contract given by the previous regime to GMR Group for developing Ibrahim Nasir International Airport at Male. GMR won the contract in 2010 to upgrade and operate the Maldives airport and build a new terminal after a global tender overseen by the World Bank. The deal with the GMR was signed under former president Mohamed Nasheed’s administration, following a competitive bidding process conducted by the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation (IFC). The deal is cancelled by the cabinet on the instructions of the current president. The GMR Group described the move as unilateral, completely irrational and taken under the pretext that the agreement was “void”. Who is the current president of Maldives?
[Category: International Politics Current Affairs]
[A]Mohd. Waheed Hassan Manik
[B]Mohammed Waheed Deen
[C]Maumoon Abdul Gayoom
[D]Ibrahim Nasir


3. Australia’s highest test run-scorer and former captain Ricky Ponting has announced he will retire from test cricket. The 38-year-old former said on Thursday, 29th Nov 2012, that the third test against South Africa starting on Friday will be his last. Ponting will equal Steve Waugh’s record of 168 test appearances for Australia in the Perth match and he retires with a current test total of 13,336 runs. By what nickname he is famous?
[Category: Cricket Current Affairs]
[A]Hunter
[B]Runner
[C]Punter
[D]Slammer


4. On Wednesday, 28th November 2012, an agency of the United States federal government announces that BP has been suspended from bidding on future US government contracts as a result of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. This agency was created for the purpose of protecting human health and the environment by writing and enforcing regulations based on laws passed by Congress. The agecny was first proposed by President Richard Nixon and began operation on December 2, 1970. What is the name of the agency?
[Category: Environment Current Affairs]
[A]Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
[B]Environmental Protection Agency
[C]Federal Maritime Commission
[D]Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission


5. The Rajasthan government on Wednesday, 28th Nov 2012, approved the OBC commission’s report seeking 5 per cent reservation for SBC in government jobs and educational institutions. The government approved the 5 per cent reservation over and above the existing 49 per cent quota that is already implemented in the state, taking the total reservation to 54 per cent. A government statement said that Gadariya and Gurjjar communities will be included in the SBC category along with three others and this category will be given an additional quota of 5 per cent. So far, the state had 21 per cent reservation for OBCs and another 28 per cent for SC/STs. What is SBC?
[Category: Politics Current Affairs]
[A]Scheduled Backward Castes
[B]Scheduled Backward Classes
[C]Special Backward Classes
[D]Special Backward Castes


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CurrentGK: Daily Quiz for 29th November 2012

1. Kanha National Park is a national park and a Tiger Reserve in the Mandla and Balaghat districts of which state?
[Category: State GK]
[A]Uttar Pradesh
[B]Madhya Pradesh
[C]Gujarat
[D]Assam


2. The World Bank is an international financial institution that provides loans to developing countries for capital programs. Where is the World Bank located?
[Category: Finance GK]
[A]Washington, D.C., U.S.A.
[B]Geneva, Switzerland
[C]Zurich, Switzerland
[D]London, U.K.


3. Shri Ramcharitmanas is an epic poem composed by the 16th-century Indian poet, Goswami Tulsidas. It is one of the greatest works of Hindu literature and is considered sacred. In which language Shri Ramcharitmanas is written?
[Category: Religion GK]
[A]Sanskrit
[B]Khari boli
[C]Braj Bhasha
[D]Awadhi


4. Dilwara temples of India are located about 3 kilometers from Mount Abu, Rajasthan. These temples built by Chalukya between the 11th and 13th centuries AD are world famous for their stunning use of marble. The five legendary marble temples of Dilwara are a sacred pilgrimage place of the people of which religion?
[Category: India GK]
[A]Hinduism
[B]Sikhism
[C]Jainism
[D]Buddhism


5. Which city in India is nicknamed Pital Nagri("City of Brass") for its famous brass handicrafts industry?
[Category: Geography GK]
[A]Aligarh
[B]Meerut
[C]Moradabad
[D]Itawah


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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Managerial Effectiveness Quiz - 2

1. When we hear, we only perceive sounds, but when we listen, this hearing is accompanied by a deliberate and purposeful act of the mind. What are the three most crucial barriers to effective listening?
[A]Lack of judgment, lack of self-control, and lack of interest
[B]Judgment, self-centeredness, and selective listening
[C]Much listening, too many interests, and lack of self-control
[D]Dislike for the speaker, a difficult topic, and a shortage of time


2.Recent studies that focus on the workplace show that, on an average, personnel at all levels spend about 32.7% of their time listening, while speaking takes up 25.8% of their time and writing 22.6%. Top executives spend even more time listening than other employees. Mr. Sharma is the in-charge for preparing advertisements for Khan Ltd. In an advertisement presentation to a top management team, by Sharma for a new product launch, Murty, one of the members of the management team requests for more details. Here Murty is involved in which of the following stages of listening process?
[A]Retention
[B]Action
[C]Involvement
[D]Evaluation


3.Business correspondence is one of the most common forms of communication. It is so common that people often neglect to write letters carefully, and as a result, inadvertently antagonize customers, business partners, and potential clients. How can one write an “effective” business letter?
[A]By conveying the subject to the intended audience in most concise way
[B]By conveying the subject to the intended audience in most emotional way
[C]By conveying the subject to the intended audience in such a way that the writer’s purpose is achieved
[D]By conveying the subject to the intended audience in a most economical way


4. The ability to communicate bad news as delicately and clearly as possible is an essential business skill. A skillful manager will attempt to say “no” in such a way that the reader supports the decision and is willing to maintain and continue a positive relationship with the company. Using the passive voice makes sense when
[A]You want to be diplomatic in pointing out a problem or error
[B]You want your sentence to be easier to understand
[C]You need to make your sentences shorter
[D]You want to emphasize the subject


5.The content of a memo should depend on its objectives. These objectives will help determine the type of memo that should be used: request, confirmation, periodic report, ideas and suggestions or informal study results. Memos that convey bad news need to be written
[A]Inductively
[B]Apologetically
[C]Ambiguously
[D]Quickly


6.The “elements” of a report refer to those components that are usually included in a formal business report. Which of the following is the element that introduces the purpose and content of the report to the principal reader?
[A]Title page and title fly
[B]Abstract
[C]Letter of transmittal
[D]Executive summary


7. Nonverbal communication signals can completely alter the message that you communicate. In response to an idea Srikanth states during a meeting, Vijay makes a "thumbs up" gesture. Vijay's action
[A]Controls and regulate the communication taking place
[B]Contradicts Srikanth's expressed idea
[C]Serves as a substitute for saying "I like your idea"
[D]Indicates that the idea is offensive


8.“To be well prepared, you must know exactly how much you are willing to concede or compromise on each factor. You must also have ready all the arguments you may need to justify your point of view.” Which of the following elements of negotiation does this come under?
[A]Conduct
[B]Understand the people involved
[C]Know your objectives
[D]Know the rules and regulations


9.Whether you are speaking, writing, or listening, communication is more than a single act. It is a chain of events that can be broken into five phases with feedback as the last phase. Feedback is the receiver’s response to a message; it can take a number of verbal and nonverbal forms. Which of the following is not a good way to give constructive feedback?
[A]Focusing on particular behaviors; feedback should be specific rather than general
[B]Keeping feedback impersonal and job related
[C]Using "you" statements; make clear where the employee is wrong
[D]Making feedback well timed; there should be only a short interval between the recipient's behavior and the feedback


10. According to studies, average listening efficiency rate is only 25%. Immediately after a ten-minute presentation, a normal listener can recall only 50% of the information conveyed. Which of the following solutions cannot ensure effective listening?
[A]Thinking from speakers’ point of view
[B]Adjusting the delivery
[C]Utilizing the feedback
[D]Knowing the purpose


11.The channel is the means to convey the message. To physically transmit your message you select a communication channel and medium. Which of the following demonstrates use of an inappropriate communication channel?
[A]Janine prepares a long memo to explain a complicated new procedure to employees in her unit
[B]A supervisor sends an e-mail message to all employees announcing a company picnic
[C]A manager sends an e-mail message to an employee telling the employee he or she is being fired
[D]The lead operator on the assembly line orally lets his boss know about an equipment problem


12.Without empathy for the audience’s feelings, it is hard to gain their cooperation or persuade them to accept tough decisions. So, before composing a letter containing unpleasant news, always ask yourself, “if I were the receiver of the message I am about to transmit, how would I react?” Which of the following is a part of a negative message?
[A]Praise
[B]Reasons
[C]Evaluations
[D]Solution


13. Which of the following statements are false?
I. Resumes should be modified to match the interests of different target employers.
II. Work experience is the strongest selling point in a resume at all times.
III. The chronological resume is not suitable for showing growth and career progression.
IV. An electronic resume differs from a traditional resume in some significant ways. While traditional resumes use action verbs, electronic resumes use nouns.
[A]Both (I) and (II) above
[B]Both (I) and (IV) above
[C]Both (II) and (III) above
[D]Both (II) and (IV) above


14.“The top staff in an organization may think that they always inform their subordinates in advance about change, but only about half their subordinates may agree that their bosses communicate in advance about change.” Which of the following best describes the difference?
[A]Perception
[B]Empathy
[C]Grapevine
[D]Vertical information flow


15.A claim letter is a request for an adjustment. When writers ask for something to which they think they are entitled (such as a refund, replacement, exchange, or payment for damages), the letter is called the claim letter. What kind of communication channel is better for making a claim?
[A]A phone call
[B]A personal visit to the organization to which you are making the claim
[C]An e-mail
[D]A letter


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GurPurab Quiz | Guru Nanak Jayanti Quiz

1. Guru Nanak Gurpurab marks the birth anniversary of the Guru Nanak Dev Ji. It is one of the most sacred festival of which religion?
[A]Hindu
[B]Muslim
[C]Sikh
[D]Christian


2. What is Guru Nanak Gurpurab also known as?
[A]Prakash Utsav
[B]Rang Utsav
[C]Kirpa Utsav
[D]Kartik Utsav


3. When did Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the First Guru and the founder of Sikhism was born?
[A]1396
[B]1432
[C]1449
[D]1469


4. Guru Nanak Dev Ji was born at Rai-Bhoi-di Talwandi in the present Shekhupura District of Pakistan. How do we know it presently?
[A]Punja Sahib
[B]Nankana Sahib
[C]Bangla Sahib
[D]Rakab Ganj Sahib


5. Guru Nanak Gurpurab falls on Poornima, the day of the full moon, in which month of Indian calendar?
[A]Kartika
[B]Agrahayana
[C]Ashvini
[D]Pausha


6. On the day of the Gurpurab, the celebrations commence early in the morning at about 4 to 5 am. How is this time of the day is referred to?
[A]Prabhat Samay
[B]Amrit Vela
[C]Savera Vela
[D]Subha Vela


7. On the day of Gurpurab, the celebration usually commence of __________ in the early morning.
[A]Nagarkirtan
[B]Rehras
[C]Langar
[D]Prabhat Pheri


8. On the day of the Gurpurab, the day begins with the singing of morning hymns which are known as?
[A]Katha
[B]Kirtan
[C]Asa-di-Var
[D]Rehras


9. A special community lunch arranged at the Gurudwaras by volunteers is known as?
[A]Langar
[B]Bhojan
[C]Bhojanalaya
[D]Khidmat


10. What is the procession held during Gurpurab is known as?
[A]Nagarkirtan
[B]Rehras
[C]Langar
[D]Prabhat Pheri


11. The holy book of Sikhs, the Guru Granth Sahib is taken before two days of the birthday anniversary of Guru Nanak Sahib and is read day in and day out without any break. What is it know as?
[A]Akhand Path
[B]Ardaas
[C]Akhand Ardaas
[D]Amrit Path


12. In some Gurudwaras night Prayer sessions are also held which begin around sunset when evening prayer is recited. What is evening prayer called?
[A]Rehras
[B]Kirtan
[C]Asa-di-Var
[D]Katha


13. In the NagarKirtan, Panj Pyaras (Five Beloved Ones) head the procession carrying the Sikh flag which is known as?
[A]Khanda Sahib
[B]Khalsa Sahib
[C]Nishan Sahib
[D]Kirpan Sahib


14. In which Indian state Gurpurb is celebrated the most?
[A]Karnataka
[B]Tamilnadu
[C]Punjab
[D]Jammu and Kashmir


15. During Nagarkirtan, various teams display their swordmanship through various martial arts and as mock battles using traditional weapons. What is this weapon-based martial art known as?
[A]Khat
[B]Mukna
[C]Thang-Ta
[D]Gatka


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Current General Awareness: Daily Quiz for 28th November 2012

1. The Civil Aviation Ministry on Tuesday, 27th Nov 2012, announced the start of a chopper service between Delhi and Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh. The service, a joint effort with UP Tourism, will start from Wednesday, 28th November 2012. The helicopters will be available from Terminal 1-D of the IGI Airport. The inaugural flight will be flagged off from Vrindavan at 1.30 pm by Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh’s son and Rashtriya Lok Dal MP Jayant Chaudhary. Which company is operating these helicopters?
[Category: Tourism Current Affairs]
[A]Jagson Airlines
[B]TajAir
[C]Ventura Airconnect
[D]Pawan Hans Helicopters Limited


2. On Tuesday, 27th november 2012, Tata Motors has made a foray into the Bangladesh new car market by introducing two sedans and a hatchback. The company has introduced compact sedan Tata Indigo eCS, the Tata Indigo Manza which is a luxury sedan and the Tata Indica Vista hatchback. The cars will be available in Dhaka with one showroom but Tata Motors plans to cover three other cities by 2013. Tata Motors introduced its buses in Bangladesh long back and has around 53,000 commercial vehicles on Bangladesh roads and is a market leader with 70% market share. The vehicles would be marketed through Nitol Motors of the Nitol-Niloy Group in Bangladesh. In which year Tata Motors entered Bangladesh for commercial vehicles?
[Category: Business Current Affairs]
[A]1969
[B]1971
[C]1972
[D]1974


3. Two senior journalists of a TV News channel were arrested on Tuesday, 27th Nov 2012, on charges of trying to extort Rs 100 crore from Congress MP Naveen Jindal's group for not doing news reports on coal scam linking his firm. The arrests on charges of extortion came following the registration of a case about 45 days ago on a complaint filed by Jindal's company with Delhi Police's Crime Branch. Sudhir Chaudhary, head of news, and Samir Ahluwalia, head of business at the channel, are accused of trying to extort money from the Indian business firm Jindal Group. Which channel is involved in this controversy?
[Category: News Current Affairs]
[A]ABP News
[B]Zee News
[C]CNN IBN
[D]NDTV


4. The 2012 India International Trade Fair, which concluded on 27th November 2012, saw a 22 per cent increase in business visitors, with 437 overseas exhibitors from 23 countries participating in the 14-day fair. Nearly 8,000 business visitors registered during the first five days of the event. Assam won the gold medal in the states and Union Territories category, while Kerala won the silver followed by Punjab and Rajasthan jointly receiving the ‘commendation award’. Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh managed to win gold medal and commendation awards in the north eastern states category, respectively. Which country won the gold medal in the ‘foreign pavilion’ category?
[Category: Trade Current Affairs]
[A]Republic of Belarus
[B]South Africa
[C]Canada
[D]Pakistan


5. The 'Rule of Law Index 2012' report by World Justice Project's provides country-by-country scores and rankings for eight areas of the rule of law. India, the report said, has a robust system of checks and balances (ranked thirty-seventh worldwide and second among lower middle income countries), an independent judiciary, strong protections for freedom of speech, and a relatively open government (ranking fiftieth globally and fourth among lower-middle income countries). However administrative agencies do not perform well (ranking 79th) and the civil court system ranks poorly too. What is the rank of India among 97 countries in guaranteeing access to all civil justice?
[Category: Politics and Nation Current Affairs]
[A]76th
[B]77th
[C]78th
[D]79th


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Online GK: Daily Quiz for 28th November 2012

1. BYOD is an IT strategy that supports employees bringing in their personal devices, and sets out policies and specifications regarding these devices. What does BYOD means?
[Category: Computer GK]
[A]Bring Your Official Device
[B]Business of Your Operating Device
[C]Bring Your Own Device
[D]Bring Your Operating Device


2. FEMA was an act passed in the winter session of Parliament in 1999 which replaced Foreign Exchange Regulation Act. This act seeks to make offenses related to foreign exchange civil offenses. It extends to the whole of India. What does FEMA stands for?
[Category: Foreign Policy GK]
[A]Foreign Export Management Act
[B]Foreign Exchange Money Act
[C]Foreign Exchange Monitization Act
[D]Foreign Exchange Management Act


3. Angami, Ao, Chakhesang, Chang, Dimasa Kachari are some of the main tribes of which state?
[Category: States GK]
[A]Manipur
[B]Nagaland
[C]Mizoram
[D]Lakshwadeep


4. Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) is an autonomous organisation under the Department of Agricultural Research and Education, Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India. Formerly known as Imperial Council of Agricultural Research, it was established on 16 July 1929 as a registered society under the Societies Registration Act, 1860. Where is the headquarter of ICAR located?
[Category: Government GK]
[A]Nashik
[B]New Delhi
[C]Allahabad
[D]Solan


5. Ashfaqulla Khan was a freedom fighter in the Indian independence movement who had given away his life along with Ram Prasad Bismil. He was born on 22 October 1900 in Shahjahanpur, a historical city of Uttar Pradesh. He was also a good Urdu poets (Shayar) and write poetry with what pen name?
[Category: Indian Independence GK]
[A]Ghayal
[B]Shahryar
[C]Hasrat
[D]Inqlab


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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Managerial Effectiveness Quiz - 1

1. There are many ways of experiencing the world around us. How we experience the inputs from the environment around us depends on many factors like, our previous experience, education, family background etc. If we have the ability to experience the world around us from another person’s perspective, the ability is termed as
[A]Credibility
[B]Empathy
[C]Cognitive dissonance
[D]Context


2.Communication researchers have found that nonverbal signals have more impact in conveying the meaning than verbal content. Nonverbal communication functions in many ways to convey meaning. When a sales manager whispers a secret to sales representatives during a training session, she is using nonverbal communication to
[A]Complement and illustrate
[B]Reinforce and accentuate
[C]Replace and substitute
[D]Control and regulate


3.Listening is one process and remembering what you have listened to is another process. According to a study, the average listening efficiency rate is only 25 percent. Immediately after a ten-minute presentation, a normal listener can recall only 50 percent of the information conveyed. After 24 hours the recall level is only 25 percent. To help you remember important information, you should develop relevant acronyms, links, or rhymes. When your boss is giving you the instructions regarding the new machine, as to how to operate it, how to service it etc., you should
[A]Take selective notes and then revise your notes immediately
[B]Take selective notes and then put your notes away for a day or two so that you can review them with a fresh eye
[C]Take selective notes and then revise your notes immediately and verify them with the speaker
[D]Rely on your memory (which is probably smarter than relying on notes)


4. There are many ways to send documents. Conventionally people used to send printed documents. With the advent of various electronic instruments, like fax, e-mail etc., speed of sending documents has increased and slowly these electronic documents are replacing the sending of printed documents. But these electronic documents have some disadvantages. Which of the following is one of them?
[A]Low availability
[B]Risk to data security and integrity
[C]Distribution time is more
[D]Cost is high


5.A skillful manager will attempt to say “no” in such a way that the reader supports the decision and is willing to maintain and continue a positive relationship with the company. What kind of a closing should a bad-news message use?
[A]A cordial closing
[B]An apologetic closing
[C]An indifferent closing
[D]A negative closing that matches with the bad-news content of the message


6.While talking to one of your friends, you observed the following facial expressions in his face. The inner corners of the eyebrows are raised and drawn together. The corners of the lips are drawn down or the lips appear to tremble. What does the above said expression signify?
[A]Surprise
[B]Happiness
[C]Sadness
[D]Disgust


7. As a communication expert put it: “Awareness of the more subtle voice characteristics, such as pleasantness, especially in combination with voice qualifiers, can do much to help individuals and organizations improve communication. Think, for instance, how much a company’s image can be helped by a receptionist who sounds, both in person and over the telephone, ‘pleasant’, ‘confident’ and ‘competent’. The given example can be described by which of the following components of paralanguage?
[A]Voice qualifiers
[B]Vocal characteristics
[C]Voice pitch
[D]Rhythm


8.Communication is essential for the functioning of an organization. Everyday a vast amount of information flows from managers to employees, employees to managers and from employees to employees. If a company’s formal communication network limits the flow of information
[A]Superiors do not have to be burdened with flow of communication from subordinates
[B]Only the people at the top of the chain of command see “The big picture”
[C]Lower-level employees will feel relieved because of less communication load
[D]Effectiveness of organizational communication improves


9.When we hear, we only perceive sounds, but when we listen, this hearing is accompanied by a deliberate and purposeful act of the mind. While listening, if we think, we must defend our position; we already know what others have to say and how we are coming through? Which of the following barriers are we encountering?
[A]Selective perception
[B]Prejudice
[C]Preoccupation
[D]Egocentrism


10. Groups form to accomplish some objectives. The objectives may be to complete some kind of task or it may be to strengthen interpersonal relationships between group members. Which of the following is not a part of the reflective thinking developed by John Dewey?
[A]Problem identification
[B]Problem analysis
[C]Nominal group technique
[D]Criteria selection


11.Which of the following statements is not true?
[A]Teams can help organizations succeed by increasing information and knowledge, diversity of views, acceptance of solutions, and performance levels
[B]Groupthink contributes to good decision making by members of teams
[C]The key to conducting productive meetings is carefully planning the purpose, participants, location, and agenda of the meeting
[D]A good meeting is not a series of dialogues between individual members and the meeting leader


12.The importance of effective bad-news communication is illustrated by the story of a man who carried in his coat pocket a job-refusal letter he had received from a company some years ago. He would frequently show the superbly written letter to others and comment, “I would accept a job from this company any day because this letter made me feel good about myself even though the company could not hire me.” When possible, which of the following is good refusal strategy?
[A]Be definite by use of words such as no, not, cannot, and refuse
[B]Show regret or apologize
[C]Refuse in a position of emphasis
[D]Tell what you can do


13. Which of the following sentences contains the strongest and most effective wording?
[A]"Given the parameters of the situation, the most propitious choice would be to make adjustments in certain budget areas"
[B]"We need to cut the operating budget by 12 percent or profits will plummet"
[C]"Someone's going to need to do some budget cutting around here or heads will roll"
[D]"Perusal of budgetary figures reveals that a 12 percent reduction in operations is called for if we are to stave off a negative impact on profits"


14.An interview is a goal-oriented, interpersonal communication between an interviewer and a respondent. The style and structure of an interview depend on its purpose and on the relationship between the two parties involved. What is an employment interview?
[A]A formal meeting at which both employer and applicant ask questions and exchange information to determine their suitability for each other
[B]Is a formal meeting at which only the employer asks questions and the applicant provides answers
[C]An informal meeting at which the employer asks questions and the applicant provides answers to demonstrate his or her suitability for the organization
[D]Is like a meeting with an employment counselor during which you exchange information about your professional interests and goals


15.Look at these sentences: “You never come to office on time.” And “Since you have been coming in late, I have had to make a lot of excuses whenever the Director asks for you. I am uncomfortable with that.” Which of the following is true?
[A]First sentence sounds descriptive and evokes defensive reaction, second sentence sounds judgmental
[B]First sentence sounds judgmental and evokes defensive reaction and second sentence is descriptive
[C]Both the sentences are judgmental and evoke defensive reaction
[D]Both the sentences are descriptive and do not evoke defensive reaction


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Current General Awareness: Daily Quiz for 27th November 2012

1. The National Stock Exchange (NSE) on Monday, 26th November 2012, appointed new Managing Director and CEO of the exchange with effect from April 1, 2013, for five years. The new CEO has been with the NSE since its inception and at present serves as the Joint Managing Director. The NSE board also elected Ravi Narain, the present MD and CEO, as Vice-Chairman. The Vice-Chairmanship in non-executive capacity will be effective from April 1, 2013. In his capacity as Vice-Chairman, he will continue on the board of NSE. Who would be the new CEO of NSE from 1st April 2013?
[Category: Management Current Affairs]
[A]Shikha Sharma
[B]RH Patil
[C]Chanda Kochhar
[D]Chitra Ramkrishna


2. Mohammad Rafi was an Indian recording artist and is considered to be one of the greatest Indian playback singers of all time in Hindi Film Industry. In his lifetime, he was awarded the National Film Award, Best National Singer Award and six Filmfare Awards. In 1967, he was honoured with the Padma Shri award by the Government of India. On Sunday, 25th November 2012, Amitabh Bachchan launched the book ‘Mohammed Rafi My Abba - A Memoir’ at Hotel Taj Lands End in Bandra. Who is the author of the book on Md Rafi?
[Category: Literature Current Affairs]
[A]Hajji Ali Mohammad
[B]Yasmin Rafi
[C]Zeenat Begum
[D]Nuzhat Rafi


3. The European Youth Capital (EYC) is the title awarded to a European city for the period of one year, during which it is given the chance to showcase its youth-related cultural, social, political and economic life and development. The current capital is Braga. Which city has been chosen as the 2015 European Youth Capital on Sunday, 25th November 2012?
[Category: World Current Affairs]
[A]Cluj-Napoca, Romania
[B]Thessaloniki, Greece
[C]Maribor, Slovenia
[D]Rotterdam, Netherlands


4. As announced on Tuesday, 27th Nov 2012, IRINN has begun issuing IPv6 (Internet Protocol version 6) addresses in India, and is doing so at a 60 percent discount during the soft launch. As per Govind, CEO of National Internet Exchange of India (NIXI), this is to test compatibility of hardware and software that has to be in place. In next couple of months industrial grade of IPv6 will be launched. IRINN was set up by state-run NIXI, and is recognized by APNIC, one of the five authorized bodies for issuing Internet addresses, to do so in India. The internet addresses under the present version IPv4 (Internet Protocol version 4), are limited and service providers often assign single IP address to many users, making it difficult to identify the end user. The number of IPv6 addresses available is enormous. What does IRINN stands for?
[Category: Technology Current Affairs]
[A]Indian Registry for Internet Names and Numbers
[B]Indian Registry for Internet Nomenclature and Numbers
[C]Inetrnet Registry for Indian Names and Numbers
[D]Indian Registrar for Internet Nationality and Numbers


5. On Tuesday, 27th November 2012, Greece has won big breathing space with long-frozen Euro Zone loans to restart from December and a first clear admission that a chunk of the country’s debt burden will need to be written off down the line. The Euro Zone and the International Monetary Fund agreed to unlock loans and on the need to grant significant debt relief going forward for decades to come. How much is teh amount Greece will get in loans now?
[Category: World Current Affairs]
[A]33.7 billion euros
[B]37.7 billion euros
[C]43.7 billion euros
[D]48.7 billion euros


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Online GK: Daily Quiz for 27th November 2012

1. Jana Gana Mana is the national anthem of India. It was first sung on which date in Calcutta Session of the Indian National Congress?
[Category: India GK]
[A]7 December 1911
[B]17 December 1911
[C]27 December 1911
[D]27 December 1912


2. Sanskrit is a historical Indo-Aryan language, the primary liturgical language of Hinduism and a literary and scholarly language in Buddhism and Jainism. Today, it is listed as one of the 22 scheduled languages of India and is an official language of which Indian state?
[Category: History GK]
[A]Uttar Pradesh
[B]Himachal Pradesh
[C]Bihar
[D]Uttarakhand


3. The Bharatiya Janata Party is one of the two major political parties in India, the other being the Indian National Congress. In which year it was established?
[Category: Politics GK]
[A]1947
[B]1961
[C]1977
[D]1980


4. Jayaprakash Narayan widely known as JP Narayan, Jayaprakash, or Loknayak, was an Indian independence activist and political leader, remembered especially for leading the opposition to Indira Gandhi in the 1970s. An airport in India is also named after him. Which airport?
[Category: Indian GK]
[A]Ranchi
[B]Patna
[C]Lucknow
[D]Guwahati


5. The Ramon Magsaysay Award is an annual award established to perpetuate former Philippine President Ramon Magsaysay's example of integrity in government, courageous service to the people, and pragmatic idealism within a democratic society. In which year the prize was established?
[Category: Awards and Honours GK]
[A]1950
[B]1952
[C]1957
[D]1959


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Monday, November 26, 2012

Daily Current Affairs Quiz : 26 November 2012

1. The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh cleared the name of a 1977 batch IPS officer from Madhya Pradesh cadre for the next director of the Intelligence Bureau on 25th November 2012. He would be the first Muslim to head it IB and will take over as officer on special duty on December 1, 2012, a procedure for smooth transition of power from the incumbent director to the new one. He will be taking over from Nehchal Sandhu who retires on December 31, 2012. Also Alok Joshi will be the new chief of RAW(Research and Analysis Wing). Who is been appointed as next director of IB?
[Category: Indian Current Affairs]
[A]Ibrahim Habibullah
[B]Zafar Saifullah
[C]Syed Asif Ibrahim
[D]Shahbaz Ahmad Zaheerudin Ibrahim


2. As part of the celebrations to mark two decades of dialogue between ASEAN and neighbor India, a ASEAN-India car rally is being held from Nov. 26, 2012 to Dec. 20, 2012. ASEAN (The Association of Southeast Asian Nations) is a geo-political and economic organization of ten countries located in Southeast Asia. The rally is being jointly organised by India's ministry of external affairs, the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and all Asean nations. It will travel across nine countries over 22 days. A total of 124 participants from 11 countries are taking part. It will culminate in India's Guwahati city Dec 17. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and other heads of state of all Asean countries will take part in a ceremonial flag down in New Delhi Dec 20. From where the rally will start?
[Category: World Current Affairs]
[A]Surakarta, Indonesia
[B]Singapore
[C]Kualalumpur, Malaysia
[D]Yogyakarta, Indonesia


3. On November 25, 2012, new ‘temperature-tolerant chocolates’ that don’t melt even at 40 degree Celsius have been developed by one of the world's biggest confectionery giant. The new chocolate bars stay completely solid even when exposed to temperatures of 40 degree Celsius for more than three hours. While standard chocolate has a melting point of 34 degree Celsius, the new bars are ideal for warmer weather. The new recipe will be available in hot countries, likely to include India and Brazil. The secret to the new bars is a change in the so-called ‘conching step’ — where a container filled with metal beads grinds the ingredients, which usually include cocoa butter, vegetable oils, milk and sugar. Which company has developed this chocolate?
[Category: Technology Current Affairs]
[A]Cadbury
[B]Kraft
[C]Cargill
[D]Hershey


4. China achieved a military milestone on 25th Nov 2012 when a homegrown fighter jet landed on its new aircraft carrier, the latest step in a modernization bid that’s recorded advances in submarines, cyber warfare and in outer space. China successfully landed and took off thejet from 'The Liaoning' aircraft carrier on Sunday. Pilots have mastered key skills to ensure the success of the take-off and the landing, especially under unfavourable conditions such as poor visibility and unstable airflow, vice-admiral Zhang Yongyi, a deputy commander of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) navy, has said. What is the name of the fighter jet which landed on the aircraft carrier?
[Category: International Current Affairs]
[A]J-10
[B]J-12
[C]J-15
[D]J-20


5. The 2012 Formula One season was the 63rd season of the Formula One World Championship, a motor racing championship for Formula One cars recognised by the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) — the governing body of motorsport — as the highest class of competition for open-wheel racing cars. The season was contested over twenty rounds, which started in Australia on 18 March and ended in Brazil on 25 November. Who won the 2012 Championship for the third consecutive year with sixth place in the Brazilian GP, which was won by Jenson Button?
[Category: Sports Current Affairs]
[A]Fernando Alonso
[B]Sebastian Vettel
[C]Michael Schumacher
[D]Lewis Hamilton


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Daily Quiz GK (General Knowledge): 26 November 2012

1. The Tipu Sultan Shahi Mosque is a famous mosque and is a relic of architectural and cultural heritage. People from all sections of society and religions are allowed to visit and take pictures of this historical premise. The building was built in 1832 by Prince Ghulam Mohammed, the youngest son of Tipu Sultan. Where did this mosque located?
[Category: India GK]
[A]Hyderabad
[B]Kolkata
[C]Lucknow
[D]Bangalore


2. With around 607,000 inhabitants as of 2011, which state is the least populous state in India?
[Category: Geography GK]
[A]Sikkim
[B]Goa
[C]Manipur
[D]Mizoram


3. Kangchenjunga is the mountain with an elevation of 8,586 m and located along the India-Nepal border in the Himalayas. Kangchenjunga is also the name of the surrounding section of the Himalayas and means "The Five Treasures of Snows", as it contains five peaks. It is the ____ highest mountain in the world.
[Category: Geography GK]
[A]Second
[B]Third
[C]Fourth
[D]Fifth


4. Who is the creator of James Bond, code name 007, a fictional character created in 1953?
[Category: Entertainment GK]
[A]Kingsley Amis
[B]Christopher Wood
[C]John Gardner
[D]Ian Fleming


5. Khudai Khidmatgar represented a non-violent freedom struggle against the British Empire by the Pashtuns (also known as Pathans) of the North-West Frontier Province. Also known as "Surkh Posh" or "Red shirts", it was originally a social reform organisation focussing on education and the elimination of blood feuds known as the Anjuman-e-Islah-e Afghania. Who led this movement?
[Category: History GK]
[A]Abdul Qayyum Khan
[B]Amir Khan Khattak
[C]Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan
[D]Khan Roshan khan


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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Daily Current Affairs Quiz : 25 November 2012

1. On Saturday, 24th November 2012, DRDO director general and scientific advisor to defence minister V K Saraswat during an interaction with media persons on the sidelines of the 26th national convention of aerospace engineers, organised by the Institution of Engineers (India), Andhra Pradesh state centre, announced that a long-range missile testing range will come up on a 260-acre land in the state. Saraswat said it would take three years to build infrastructure on the range from the time of allotment of land to DRDO. The entire project may cost around Rs 1,000 crore. At which place this testing range is planned?
[Category: Science Current Affairs]
[A]Machilpatnam
[B]Vikarabad
[C]Nagarjunasagar
[D]Hyderabad


2. Finance Minister P Chidambaram during Bancon conference on 24th Nov 2012 said that the Government will launch the payout of direct cash subsidy to people through the Aadhaar based system in the country from January 1, 2013. He also said that the government intends to complete roll out of the direct cash transfer through the Aadhaar system in the entire country by the end of 2013. The initial launch of the ambitious programme of payout of direct cash subsidy to people through the Aadhaar system will cover how many districts across 15 states of the country?
[Category: Economy Current Affairs]
[A]25
[B]35
[C]41
[D]51


3. OLYMPIC champions Usain Bolt has been named male athlete of the year by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) at a ceremony in Barcelona on 24th November 2012. Bolt, who retained his 100 and 200 metre titles in London in August, is the first man to win the award four times. While Female athlete of the year award goes to an American athlete who was honored for her gold medal in the 200 meters. She was also part of the gold-winning US 4x100 metre relay team, which was awarded female performance of the year after smashing the world record set in 1985 by East Germany. Can you name her?
[Category: Sports Current Affairs]
[A]Novlene Williams-Mills
[B]Amantle Montsho
[C]Allyson Felix
[D]Kerron Stewart


4. Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad inaugurated the OOPD (Outreach OPD) at the second campus of AIIMS at Badhsa village in Jhajjar, Haryana on Saturday 24th November 2012. The new campus will also house the country’s national cancer institute, built at a cost of Rs 2,100 crore. It would also be the first OPD in the country to provide free medicines to patients. AIIMS director Dr R C Deka said the new campus initially will have OPDs in paediatrics, gynaecology, medicine, surgery, orthopaedics and ophthalmology and in the long term, it will be expanded to a full-fledged super-specialty teaching and research institute. What does OPD means here?
[Category: India Current Affairs]
[A]Outside patient department
[B]Orthopaedics patient department
[C]Outdoor patient department
[D]Obstetrics patient department


5. Miss Earth is an annual international beauty pageant promoting environmental awareness. Along with Miss Universe and Miss World contests, Miss Earth is one of the four largest beauty pageants in the world in terms of the number of national-level competitions to participate in the world finals and one of the most publicized beauty contests in the world. Who won the Miss Earth 2012, the 12th edition of the Miss Earth pageant, in Alabang, Muntinlupa City, Philippines on 24th November 2012?
[Category: Arts and culture Current Affairs]
[A]Olga Álava
[B]Tereza Fajksova
[C]Stephany Stefanowitz
[D]Osmariel Villalobos


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Daily Quiz GK (General Knowledge): 25 November 2012

1. Who was the first foreign recipient of Bharat Ratna?
[Category: Awards and Honours GK]
[A]Kgalema Motlanthe
[B]Thabo Mbeki
[C]Jacob Zuma
[D]Nelson Mandela


2. What theme is declared by United Nations General Assembly for year 2012?
[Category: International GK]
[A]International Year of Peacefor All
[B]International Year of Sustainable Energy for All
[C]International Year of Education for All
[D]International Year of Food for All


3. What does the third schedule in the Constitution of India list?
[Category: Indian Constitution GK]
[A]The oaths of offices for elected officials and judges
[B]States and Union Territories
[C]The Official Languages
[D]Emoluments for High-Level Officials


4. Batukeshwar Dutt was an Indian freedom fighter and is best known for having exploded a few bombs, along with Bhagat Singh, in the Central Legislative Assembly in New Delhi on 8 April 1929. Famous writer Anil Verma (Judge) wrote a book on him which was released on Dutt's birth centenary. It was published by Govt. of India's publication, National Book Trust,it is the first book published on Batukeshwar Dutt in any language. What is the name of the book?
[Category: Modern History GK]
[A]Batukeshwar Dutt: An unfinished saga
[B]Krantikari Batukeshwar Dutt
[C]Batukeshwar Dutt: Bhagat Singh ke Sahyogi
[D]Batukeshwar Dutt: Forgotten hero


5. State Bank of India (SBI) owns 76% of the shares of which bank(SBI acquired it for US$8 million in October 2005) in Kenya?
[Category: Banking GK]
[A]Giro Commercial Bank Limited
[B]Brighton Kalekye Bank
[C]CFC Stanbic Bank
[D]Kenya Commercial Bank


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Saturday, November 24, 2012

24 November 2012 Current Affairs Question Answers

1. Arvind Kejriwal unveiled his party on 24th Nov 2012. The party designated 300 odd members as its founding members who constitute the national council. The council elected 23 members to the core decision making body called the national executive today. The aim of the new party was to achieve swaraj or rule of the people in the true sense kejriwal said. He said the vision document approved by the national council of the party today asks for creating governance structures that would be accountable to the people rather than to the bureacracy and political leaders. The party while having an internal Lokpal which would look into public complaints against party members would also exercise right to recall. What is the name of the party?
[Category: Politics Current Affairs]
[A]IAC Party
[B]Brashtachar Mukti Party
[C]Aam Admi Party
[D]Jan Sangharsh Party


2. Bharti Walmart , the 50-50 joint venture for the cash-and-carry business under a different brand-name said on Friday, 23rd Nov 2012, that it had suspended a few associates of the company, pending the outcome of the investigation into alleged corrupt practices.Walmart, the world’s largest retail chain has been waiting for about five years to set up stores in India. Due to the prohibition on FDI in multi-brand retail, the $447-billion chain had tied up with the Bharti group for operating cash-and-carry outlets, for which up to 100 per cent foreign investment was allowed. The two groups had planned once FDI was allowed, they would enter the multi-brand category together. Under what brand name Bharti Walmart is operating in India?
[Category: Business Current Affairs]
[A]Best Price Modern
[B]AirMart
[C]Bharti Mart
[D]Walmart Bharti


3. The ban on manufacture, sale and use of most types of plastic bags in Delhi came into force on Friday, 23 Nov 2012. The notification had banned use of most forms of plastics and trading in them. It had stated that no person, including shopkeepers, vendors, wholesalers, retailers and hawkers, will be allowed to sell, store or use plastic bags for supply of any goods. The use of plastic cover/pouch to pack magazines, greeting cards and invitation cards has also been banned. However, plastic bags used for packing food stuffs like milk, cooking oil, flour and plastic cups have been excluded from its purview. Similarly plastic bags for use, as specified under the Bio Medical Waste (Management and Handling) Rules, 1998, are not covered under the ban. Delhi High Court also refused to stay the Delhi Government notification on ban on a petition. Who has filed the petition?
[Category: Environment Current Affairs]
[A]Delhi Plastic Industries Association
[B]National Capital Territory Plastic Industries Association
[C]Plastic Manufacturers Association
[D]All-India Plastic Industries Association


4. India defeated arch-rivals Pakistan 5-2 in an inconsequential round robin match to register their first win in the Lanco International Super Series hockey tournament in Australia on 24th Nov 2012. India were by far the dominant side on display in the battle between the two sub-continent giants in the nine-a-side format of the game. What is the better known term for this type of hockey?
[Category: Sports Current Affairs]
[A]Hockey NINE
[B]Hockey 9s
[C]International Limited Player Hockey League
[D]Short Hockey


5. Al Nabooda Automobiles, the official dealer for Audi in Dubai and the Northern Emirates, has inaugurated the new facility that spans more than 15,000 sq metres across six levels on Nov 24, 2012. The showroom has 57 Audi vehicles on display and is the largest Audi showroom in terms of new cars on display in the world. The showroom is set to open its doors to customers on December 3, 2012. What is the name of the World's largest Audi showroom?
[Category: Business Current Affairs]
[A]Audi terminal Dubai
[B]Audi Dubai
[C]Audi World
[D]Audi Show Terminal


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24 November 2012 GK Questions Answers

1. Which type of tax the Government levies on goods and services?
[Category: Banking GK]
[A]Octroi
[B]Service Tax
[C]VAT
[D]Securities Transaction Tax


2. Hopeman cup is associated with which of the following sports?
[Category: Sports GK]
[A]Cricket
[B]Tennis
[C]Hockey
[D]Badminton


3. Mohamed Morsi is the president of which country?
[Category: World GK]
[A]Sudan
[B]Egypt
[C]Iraq
[D]Lebanon


4. Shaheed Bhagat Singh was one of the most influential revolutionaries of the Indian independence movement. He was involved in the assassination of which British police officer?
[Category: History GK]
[A]John Simon
[B]Ramsay MacDonald
[C]Lord Irwin
[D]John Saunders


5. What is the market value of all officially recognized final goods and services produced within a country in a given period of time is called?
[Category: Economics GK]
[A]Gross domestic product (GDP)
[B]Gross National product (GNP)
[C]Gross mixed income
[D]Gross operating surplus


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Friday, November 23, 2012

23 November 2012 Current Affairs Question Answers

1. The government on Thursday, 22 Nov 2012, approved a policy framework for private participation in rail connectivity and capacity augmentation of projects, besides addressing the first and last connectivity for entire freight commodity. The policy would provide much needed impetus to building of critical missing links in railway network and evacuation of goods from ports, mines, big industrial units and plants. The policy comprises five models such as 'non-government railway', joint venture with equity participation by railways, capacity augmentation through funding by customers, BOT and BOT annuity. What is BOT in this?
[Category: General Current Affairs]
[A]Basis Of Transfer
[B]Build Operate Transfer
[C]Building Operational Technology
[D]Build Optional Technology


2. Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs decided on Thursday, 22 November 2012, for mandatory mixing of certain percentage of ethanol in petrol across the country from next month. In 2009, the CCEA had decided to mix ethanol in petrol but it could not be implemented due to opposition by some sections in the chemical and petroleum sectors. Petroleum Ministry will issue a gazette notification in a next few days, for oil companies to implement mandatory ethanol blending with petrol from 2012-13 sugar season, effective from December 1, 2012. What is the percetage set for ethanol mixing in petrol?
[Category: Economics Current Affairs]
[A]2%
[B]4%
[C]5%
[D]7%


3. On Thursday, 22 November 2012, India approved a new drug pricing policy designed to increase the number of drugs deemed essential that are subject to price caps. The new policy is expected to cover up to 30 percent of the total drugs sold in the country, according to industry reports. Under the new policy, the ceiling price of a particular drug would be calculated by taking the arithmetic mean of the prices of all the brands that have more than 1 percent market share. Patented drugs are not covered by the policy, though India is considering a mechanism to regulate prices of medicines which are covered by patent protection. The prices of _______ drugs deemed essential will now be regulated, compared with 74 previously.
[Category: Business Current Affairs]
[A]193
[B]209
[C]297
[D]348


4. On Thursday, 22 November 2012, researchers claim to have developed the 'world's first smart bag' that can charge your electronic devices like mobiles and laptops besides storing them. The bag pairs directly with your smartphone via Bluetooth. Using that connection, one can monitor how much reserved power you're packing. The pairing can also work as a pseudo-tracking device, the report said. For instance, if you accidentally forget your bag under a table at a coffee shop, for example, your phone will remind you before you wander too far away. What name is given to this bag?
[Category: Technology Current Affairs]
[A]Phorce
[B]Charger
[C]MagiCharge
[D]Bluebag


5. On Friday, 23rd November 2012, the indigenous Advanced Air Defence (AAD) interceptor missile would be fired from Wheeler Island off the coast near Dhamra in Bhadrak district and kill an incoming ballistic missile to be launched from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur in Balasore. During the exercise, a modified surface to surface Prithvi missile would act as a hostile target which would be lifted off from ITR at Chandipur on sea, about 230 km from Bhubaneswar. The interceptor missile would be launched from Wheeler Island, about 70 km across sea from Chandipur to destroy the target. The November 23 launch is India’s ______th interceptor missile mission. Out of the _________ previous missions, six have been successful, signalling that India has a credible ballistic missile defence shield, which is ready to be deployed.
[Category: Science Current Affairs]
[A]10 and 9
[B]9 and 7
[C]9 and 8
[D]8 and 7


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23 November 2012 GK Questions Answers

1. Novelist Julian Barnes who won Man Booker Price for his book recently is a citizen of which country?
[Category: Literature GK]
[A]USA
[B]France
[C]Australia
[D]Britain


2. Muammar Gaddafi who died recently was a political leader of which country?
[Category: World GK]
[A]Egypt
[B]Libya
[C]Kenya
[D]Syria


3. Nobel Prize which were announced few months back are NOT given in the field of_________.
[Category: Awards GK]
[A]Civil Administration
[B]Chemistry
[C]Medicine
[D]Economics


4. Which one of the following is grown in abundance in Maharashtra?
[Category: Geography GK]
[A]Cotton
[B]Black pepper
[C]Tea
[D]Jute


5. Which of the following is a programme to develop Health services in Rural India?
[Category: India GK]
[A]MGNREGA
[B]NHDP
[C]JNNURM
[D]ASHA


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Thursday, November 22, 2012

Daily Current Affairs: 22 November 2012

1. On Thursday, 22nd November 2012, this political party handed over the notice to Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar to move a no-confidence motion against the UPA government. Strongly opposing FDI in retail sector, the party has remained adament in moving the no-confidence motion despite being isolated by the other opposition parties over it. However the no confidence motion has been rejected by Speaker. Which party is moving the no-confidence motion against UPA government?
[Category: Politics Current Affairs]
[A]DMK
[B]BJP
[C]Trinamool Congress
[D]CPI-M


2. On Wednesday, 21st november 2012, which company has become the ‘Title Sponsor’ for The Indian Premier League for the next five years starting 2013 with the winning bid of Rs.396.8 crore for the 5 year period, making this the largest investment the company has made in the game of cricket?
[Category: Sports Current Affairs]
[A]DLF
[B]Pepsi
[C]GMR
[D]Coca Cola


3. Muslim leaders gather on Thursday, 22nd November 2012, for the 8th D-8 summit in Pakistan designed to increase trade and investment. The heads of state and government of the member states, Turkey, Malaysia, Iran, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Nigeria, Egypt and host Pakistan are attending the summit whose theme is ‘Democratic partnership for peace and prosperity’. What does D-8 means?
[Category: World Current Affairs]
[A]Developing-Eight
[B]Democratic-Eight
[C]Diplomatic-Eight
[D]Direct-Eight


4. The Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC) is an international organisation dedicated to developing cross-industry solutions for smartphone and in-vehicle connectivity and the MirrorLink is a device interoperability standard by it that offers safe and seamless integration between a smartphone and a car's infotainment system. MirrorLink transforms smartphones into automotive application platforms where apps are hosted and run on the smartphone while drivers and passengers interact with them through the steering wheel controls, dashboard buttons and touch screens of their car's In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) system. On Wednesday, 21st Nov 2012, which Indian IT company has joined CCC to develop solutions based on Mirror Link standard?
[Category: Technology Current Affairs]
[A]Infosys
[B]TCS
[C]Wipro
[D]HCL Technologies


5. On 21st Nov 2012, the government has allowed India's largest insurer Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) to invest up to ________ % in a company as against the earlier limit of 10 per cent. "LIC can invest up to _____per cent of a company's paid-up capital. Earlier it could invest up to 10 per cent," said DK Mittal, financial services secretary in the finance ministry.
[Category: Business Current Affairs]
[A]15
[B]20
[C]25
[D]30


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Daily GK Quiz: 22 November 2012

1. Who among the following is the union minister of Commerce, Union and Textile at present in India?
[Category: Politics GK]
[A]Kapil Sibbal
[B]Anand Sharma
[C]Farooq A bdulla
[D]Ghulam Nabi Azad


2. Which of the following terms are used in the field of Banking and Finance?
[Category: Banking GK]
[A]Amendments
[B]Reflex Action
[C]Rh factor
[D]Active Assets


3. Which of the following books are written by Arundhati Roy?
[Category: Literature GK]
[A]India wins Freedom
[B]A Himalayan love story
[C]God of small things
[D]Bend in the river


4. Which of the following terms is used in the context of Cricket?
[Category: Sports GK]
[A]Silly point
[B]Love
[C]Knock out
[D]Deuce


5. Which of the following is the sensitive Index of National Stock Exchange?
[Category: Business GK]
[A]CNX
[B]Nifty
[C]Sensex
[D]MCX


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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Current Affairs Questions Answers: 21 November 2012

1. The Maharashtra Home Ministry on Wednesday, 21st November 2012, confirmed that 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks convict Ajmal Kasab was hanged at 7.30 am on Wednesday morning. Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab was a terrorist who was involved in the 2008 Mumbai attacks in India. Kasab was the only attacker captured alive by police and was kept at the Arthur Road Jail in Mumbai. On 29 August 2012, Kasab was found guilty of waging war and was sentenced to death by the Supreme Court of India. His plea was rejected by President and he was eventually executed on 21 November 2012. Where was Kasab executed?
[Category: National Current Affairs]
[A]Arthur Road Jail, Mumbai
[B]Tihar Jail, New Delhi
[C]Chanchalguda Central Jail, Chanchalguda
[D]Yerwada Jail, Pune


2. Government's single-window body to clear foreign investment proposals, FIPB,on Tuesday, 20th November 2012, cleared Swedish furniture major IKEA's Rs 10,500-crore project, the largest FDI in single-brand retail so far. IKEA Group, which manufactures and sells home and office furnishing products, proposes to invest in single-brand retail trading in India through a 100 percent subsidiary. IKEA's proposal to set up 25 stores in India has already been scrutinised by the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) in the Commerce and Industry Ministry. The proposal will now have to be cleared by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) as the FIPB can clear investment applications worth up to Rs 1,200 crore only. What does FIPB stands for?
[Category: Corporate Current Affairs]
[A]Foreign Industry Promotion Board
[B]Foreign Investment Promotion Board
[C]Foreign Investment Policy Board
[D]Foreign Industrial Policy Board


3. In a bid to control eve-teasing in Madhya Pradesh, Chief Minister announced on Tuesday 21st November 2012, during a function at the Gwalior trade fair, that those indulging in the act will not be get driving licences, passports and other government facilities. CM also added that a database of eve-teasers and those indulging in similar offences would be prepared and appropriate action would be taken against them. A toll free telephone number for registering complaints about eve-teasing and misbehaviour would also become operational soon. Who is the CM of Madhya Pradesh?
[Category: Political Current Affairs]
[A]Shivraj Singh Chouhan
[B]Babulal Gaur
[C]Shyama Charan Shukla
[D]Raman Singh


4. Israel launches a major military operation in the Gaza Strip, as hostilities with Hamas escalate. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) operation in the Gaza Strip was officially launched on 14 November 2012 with the killing of Ahmed Jabari, chief of the Gaza military wing of Hamas. The stated aims of the operation are to halt the indiscriminate rocket attacks against civilian targets originating from the Gaza Strip and to disrupt the capabilities of militant organizations. What is the name of the military operation?
[Category: World Current Affairs]
[A]Operation Pillar of Defense
[B]Operation Stones of Baked Clay
[C]Operation Blue Sky
[D]Operation Blue Seal


5. The Smile Foundation, in collaboration with Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) and city-based NGO Karuna Trust, on Tuesday, 20th Nov 2012, launched the Karnataka's first mobile hospital. The mobile hospital takes along specialist doctors, nurses, paramedical staff, equipment and medicines to designated villages and slums in a systematic manner. Started in June 2006, about 22 such mobile hospital vans are operational in 13 states and 5 lakh people have benefited. What is the name of the mobile hospital?
[Category: Health Current Affairs]
[A]Karuna Arogyadham
[B]Smile on Wheels
[C]Karuna Health Smile
[D]Mobile Smile


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GK Questions Answers Quiz: 21 November 2012

1. C K Nayudu Trophy is associated to which sport?
[Category: Sports GK]
[A]Cricket
[B]Football
[C]Badminton
[D]Hockey


2. The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) is an association of business organizations in India, headquartered in the national capital New Delhi. FICCI is one of the main organizations to fund and support many governmental and non-governmental educational institutes. It was founded by GD Birla and Purushottam Takkur in which year?
[Category: Business GK]
[A]1923
[B]1927
[C]1947
[D]1957


3. On which day International Day of Non-Violence observed worldwide?
[Category: Politics GK]
[A]5 June
[B]13 September
[C]2 October
[D]14 November


4. MENA is an acronym often used in academic, military planning and business writing in geographical sense. What does it mean?
[Category: World GK]
[A]Middle East News Agency
[B]Middle East North America
[C]Middle East Neighbourhood Agency
[D]Middle East North Africa


5. Lord Brahma is the Hindu GOD of creation and one of the Trimurti, the others being Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva. According to the Brahma Purana, he is the father of progenitor of mankind. Who is considered as progenitor of mankind as per Hinduism?
[Category: Ancient GK]
[A]Bharat
[B]Manu
[C]Vena
[D]Dhrishnu


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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Current Affairs Questions Answers Quiz: 20 November 2012

1. A joint venture between the National Stock Exchange (NSE) and CRISIL on Monday, 19th November 2012, launched three new indices - the CNX Low Volatility Index, the CNX High Beta Index and the CNX Alpha Index. The CNX Low Volatility index aims to measure the performance of the least volatile securities listed on the NSE, to create a portfolio of least-volatile securities which shall curb the downside during the bear phases. The CNX High Beta Index aims to measure the performance of the stocks listed on NSE that have high beta. Beta is a measure of the sensitivity of stock returns to market returns. The CNX Alpha Index, aims to measure the performance of those NSE stocks with high alpha value which are measured on the basis of their risk-adjusted value. What is the name of the joint venture?
[Category: Business Current Affairs]
[A]India Index Services & Products
[B]National Index Services & Products
[C]National Crisil Index Services & Products
[D]India Index Securities


2. Moody's stripped France of its prized triple-A badge on Monday, 19 Nov 2012, cutting the sovereign credit rating on Europe's No. 2 economy, citing an uncertain fiscal outlook and deteriorating economy. Moody's said it was keeping a negative outlook on France due to structural challenges and a "sustained loss of competitiveness" in the country, where business leaders blame high labour charges for flagging exports. What is the current rating of France by Moody's?
[Category: World Current Affairs]
[A]AAA-
[B]AA1
[C]AA+
[D]AA-


3. The Reserve Bank on Monday, 19th November 2012, directed banks not to give loans for purchase of gold in any form, including primary gold, bullion and jewellery, to dissuade people from indulging in speculative activity. However, it said banks can provide finance for genuine working capital requirements of jewellers. The decision was taken in view of significant rise in imports of gold in recent years putting pressure on current account deficit. In the 2011-12 fiscal, India's gold imports stood at USD __________ and the quantum of import was 1,067 tonnes.
[Category: India Current Affairs]
[A]40 billion
[B]50 billion
[C]60 billion
[D]70 billion


4. The 43rd International Film Festival of India(IFFI) would be inaugurated on Tuesday, 20th November 2012, at Goa in the presence of Minister for Information & Broadcasting(I&B) Manish Tewari along with the Minister of Culture for Republic of Poland and Chief Minister of Goa Manohar Parrikar. The film festival to be held from Tuesday to November 30, 2012 involves a total screening of more than two hundred movies over the ten day duration. It will open with Oscar Award winner Ang Lee’s ‘Life of Pi’ as its opening movie, and will screen Mira Nair’s ‘The Reluctant Fundamentalist’ as the closing movie of the festival. Which cinestar will inaugurate the festival?
[Category: Film Current Affairs]
[A]Amitabh Bachchan
[B]Akshay Kumar
[C]Ajay Devgan
[D]Sharukh Khan


5. China on Monday sent the third satellite in its "Environment I" family into the sky, sharpening its abilities in environmental monitoring and disaster forecasting. The launch marks the completion of a plan initiated by China in 2003 to create a small environmental monitoring satellite constellation, according to north China's Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center. The radar satellite will join the other two operating optical satellites "Environment I" satellites, which were launched in Sept. 2008, to form a network covering most of China's territory. The satellite was carried by which rocket?
[Category: International Current Affairs]
[A]Long March 2C
[B]Long March 2D
[C]Long March 4A
[D]Long March 6


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General Knowledge Questions Answers Quiz: 20 November 2012

1. The national Commission for the protection for child rights has received highest number of complaints related to child abuse in schools from which state?
[Category: Current GK]
[A]Tamil Nadu
[B]Delhi
[C]Andhra Pradesh
[D]Karnataka


2. Who among the following took over as chairman of Mahindra and Mahindra on August 8, 2012?
[Category: Business GK]
[A]Satish Mahindra
[B]Anand Mahindra
[C]Kailash Mahindra
[D]Harish Mahindra


3. Who among the following led the team who have identified liver cancer genes?
[Category: Science GK]
[A]Zoe Hellman
[B]Matilda Ceesay
[C]none
[D]Teh Bin Tean


4. Who among the following authored the book titled “Sports Scare-the ghost that haunted the common wealth games Delhi” released on June1 2012?
[Category: Sports GK]
[A]Ashwin Sanghi
[B]Rujuta Diwekar
[C]Robin Sharma
[D]HP Singh Rishi


5. Which of the following is the period of the 12th Five Year Plan of India?
[Category: India GK]
[A]2010-15
[B]2012-17
[C]2013-18
[D]2011-16


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Monday, November 19, 2012

Current Affairs Questions Answers Quiz: 19 November 2012

1. Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda laid the foundation stone of the new Government Medical College in Karnal on Sunday, 18th November 2012. The Rs 650-crore super specialty Government Medical College will have a 500-bedded hospital, OPD, maternity hospital, emergency ward, hospital block, nursing college, auditorium, animal house and other advanced facilities. The state government has provided Rs 105.5 crore in the current financial year for the medical college. The medical college being constructed over 43 acre, will have 100 MBBS seats. The construction will be carried out by Hospital Services Consultancy Corporation India Limited. What is the name of the college?
[A]Kalpana Chawla Government Medical College
[B]Bhagat Phool Singh Government Medical College
[C]Indira Gandhi Government Medical College
[D]Rajeev Gandhi Government Medical College


2. An Indian Fertiliser maker has signed a memorandum of understanding to set up an USD 800 million manufacturing facility in the United Arab Emirates. The plant in Ras al Khaimah will produce one million tonnes of diammonium phosphate fertiliser a year when it comes onstream, Fertiliser Maker's adviser on the deal, Alpen Capital, said in a statement on Sunday, 18th Nov 2012. The plant will be the company's first manufacturing facility outside India. Can you name the manufacturer?
[A]Rashtriya Chemicals and Fertilisers
[B]Zuari Industries
[C]National Fertilizers
[D]Coromandel International


3. Finance minister P Chidambaram said on Sunday, 18th Nov 2012, that amendments to GAAR, the controversial law against tax avoidance through foreign investments, have been finalized. He said that the amendments to the Chapter 10A of the Income Tax Act has been finalized. Chapter 10A of the Income Tax Act deals with taxation of investments. GAAR, which was proposed in the 2012-13 Budget with a view to preventing tax evasion, evoked sharp reactions from foreign as well as domestic investors who feared that unbridled powers to taxmen would result in harassment of investors . The government later appointed a committee headed by tax expert Parthasarthi Shome to look into their concerns. What is GAAR?
[A]Gross Anti-Avoidance Rules
[B]General Agreement on Avoidance Rules
[C]General Act of Avoidance Rules
[D]General Anti-Avoidance Rules


4. After four months in orbit, NASA astronaut Sunita Williams, along with two other cosmonauts, returned to Earth on Monday, 19th November 2012. The trio spent four months conducting research and exploration aboard the International Space Station (ISS). The record-breaking Indian-American along with Russian Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko and Aki Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency landed in the steppe of which place in the world?
[A]Florida, USA
[B]Jiuquan, China
[C]Kazakhstan, Russia
[D]California, USA


5. The 2012 FIFA Futsal World Cup was the 7th FIFA Futsal World Cup, an international futsal tournament that took place from 1–18 November 2012 in Thailand. An extra four teams (increase to 24 from 20 at the 2008 event in Brazil) were competing at this World Cup. Futsal is a variant of association football that is played on a smaller pitch and mainly played indoors. Which team won the 2012 title on Sunday, 18th Nov 2012?
[A]Spain
[B]Brazil
[C]Italy
[D]Colombia


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General Knowledge Questions Answers Quiz: 19 November 2012

1. Saina Nehwal is a famous player associated with which game?
[A]Lawn tennis
[B]Badminton
[C]Golf
[D]Table tennis


2. Who among the following is the Prime Minister of Japan at present?
[A]Naota Kan
[B]Abe Shinzo
[C]Yasuo Fukuda
[D]Yoshihiko Noda


3. Central Drug Research Institute is located in which of the following cities in India?
[A]Luck now
[B]Jaipur
[C]Hyderabad
[D]New Delhi


4. Which of the following books is written by the classic brussian author Maxim Gorky?
[A]Lolitha
[B]The Mother
[C]War and peace
[D]As you like it


5. Summer Olympics of 2016 will be organised in which country?
[A]India
[B]Russia
[C]Brazil
[D]China


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