Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Daily Current Affairs Quiz: 10 October 2012

1. On 9th October 2012, Cambridge researchers, led by an Indian-origin scientist, have discovered a new population of enormous, rapidly growing super-massive black holes ever seen in the early Universe. The black holes were previously undetected because they sit cocooned within thick layers of dust. The new study that used cutting-edge infrared surveys of the sky has shown that they are emitting vast amounts of radiation through violent interactions with their host galaxies. The study findings are published in the journal of the Royal Astronomical Society. The most extreme object in the study is a super-massive black hole called ULASJ1234+0907. Name the Indian-origin scientist who led the group?
[A]Yellapragada Subbarao
[B]Manda Banerji
[C]Tej P Singh
[D]Vijay P. Bhatkar

2. The Nobel Prize in Physics is awarded once a year by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. It is one of the five Nobel Prizes established by the will of Alfred Nobel in 1895 and awarded since 1901; the others are the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, Nobel Prize in Literature, Nobel Peace Prize, and Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. Announced on 9th October 2012, the Nobel Prize in Physics 2012 was awarded jointly to a French-American duo "for ground-breaking experimental methods that enable measuring and manipulation of individual quantum systems". Can you name them?
[A]Brian P. Schmidt and Adam G. Riess
[B]Adam G. Riess and Andre Geim
[C]Serge Haroche and David J. Wineland
[D]George E. Smith and Saul Perlmutter

3. On 9th October 2012, during Dyslexia Awareness Week (DAW12) which started on Monday 8th and runs through to Sunday 14th October 2012, a US-based mobile app designer has showcased the font, he created, with a heavier bottom to give letters 'gravity' and prevent them from flipping and swapping around in the minds of dyslexic readers. According to Abelardo Gonzalez, the creator of the font, it is a new open sourced font created to increase readability for readers with dyslexia. What is the name of the font?

4. Maldives plunged into a new political crisis with the arrest of the former President on Monday, 8th October 2012. Police arrested him after he refused to abide by the court’s order asking him to appear in connection with the charges that he had illegally ordered the arrest of a judge early this year when he was the President. He is one of the founders of the Maldivian Democratic Party and served as the fourth President of the Maldives from 2008 to 2012. Sometimes called "the Mandela of the Maldives", he was imprisoned more than twenty times. Who is he?
[A]Maumoon Abdul Gayoom
[B]Mohamed Nasheed
[C]Mohammed Waheed Hassan
[D]Sheih Hussain Rasheed

5. According to a report 'Children in India 2012-A Statistical Appraisal', conducted by the Central Statistical Organisation and released on 9th October 2012, crime against children rose by an alarming _______ per cent last year in the country, with Uttar Pradesh topping the list and Delhi coming in third place. The highest number of crimes against children, it said, was reported from Uttar Pradesh (16.6 per cent) followed by Madhya Pradesh (13.2 per cent), Delhi (12.8 per cent) and Maharashtra (10.2 per cent).

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