Monday, October 15, 2012

Daily Current Affairs Quiz: 15 October 2012

1. On Sunday, 14 October 2012, Leander Paes, paired with Czech player, won the ATP Shanghai Masters, their third tour-level title of the season, after defeating Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna. It was 51st tour-level title for the 39-year-old Paes and second in Shanghai. What is the name of Paes' partner?
[A]Martin Damm
[B]Martin Střelba
[C]Radek Stepanek
[D]Michal Tabara

2. On October 14, 2012, an Austrian skydiver and a BASE jumper sets the world record for skydiving an estimated 39 kilometres (128,000 ft), reaching an estimated speed of 1,342 kilometres per hour (834 mph). He is also renowned for the particularly dangerous nature of the stunts he has performed during his career. His most recent project was Red Bull Stratos, in which he jumped to Earth from a helium balloon in the stratosphere on 14 October 2012. As part of said project, he reached the altitude record for a manned balloon flight. Who is he?
[A]Michel Fournier
[B]Felix Baumgartner
[C]Joseph Kittinger
[D]Steve Truglia

3. India, which imports about 80 percent of its oil needs, is on the hunt for supplies to power its near-$2-trillion economy, while Russia is keen to tap its vast offshore reserves. On Sunday, 14th October 2012, Russian Energy Deputy Minister Yury Sentyurin told reporters on the sidelines of energy conference Petrotech about Russia's interest in tapping Indian company. Which Indian company was invited by Russia to consider buying a stake in the Madagan 2 field operated by Rosneft in the northern part of the Sea of Okhotsk?
[A]Oil India Limited (OIL)
[B]Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL)
[C]Oil and Natural Gas Corp Ltd (ONGC)
[D]Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (IOCL)

4. Filmmaker Yash Chopra, 80, was admitted to Lilavati Hospital, Bandra, on Saturday, 13th October 2012, after a bout of dengue. Chopra had announced his retirement from film direction last month. He made his directorial debut with Dhool Ka Phool in 1959, a melodrama about illegitimacy and followed it with the hard-hitting social drama Dharmputra (1961). British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) presented him with a lifetime membership for his contribution to the films, making him the first Indian to receive the honour in the 59-year history of the academy. In September 2012 he announced his last directorial venture. Can you name it?
[D]Jab Tak Hai Jaan

5. It was Billie Jean King's campaign for equality in the 1970s which benefited women tennis players. Still, for a long time, women were offered equal prize money in only two of the Grand Slams. Back home, the senior hardcourt nationals, now renamed the ___________, had pretty much gone per tradition over the years. However, Sania Mirza put an end to the dithering on Saturday, 13th October 2012. On her intervention, the decision to distribute equal prize money immediately came into effect. Thus, the women's singles winner Prerna Bhambri got Rs. 1.5 lakh, Rs. 50,000 more than the initial promised sum.
[A]Fenesta Open
[B]Sunfeast Open
[C]Bangalore Open
[D]Chennai Open

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