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Friday, November 16, 2012

Objective Current Affairs Quiz: 16 November 2012

1. Krishna Chandra Pant, the ex-Defence Minister of India and former Planning Commission Deputy Chairman died on 15 November 2012. The 81 years old is now survived by his wife Ila Pant, who was a former Member of Parliament and two sons. He was the son of the Bharat Ratna and former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Govind Ballabh Pant. When was the first time K C Pant was elected to the Lok Sabha?

2. A popular energy drink, produced by a company founded by an Indian-American billionaire, has come under the scanner in the US on Thursday 14th November 2012 after reports of 13 deaths possibly linked to the energy shots. However Manoj Bhargava, the CEO of the company, dismissed the allegations against his firm as "false" and "ridiculous". The popular energy drink is being investigated by the US Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) after 13 deaths over the last four years were reported, citing the drink as probable cause. What is the name of the energy drink?
[A]Living Essentials
[D]5-hour ENERGY

3. Biotech major Biocon has signed an option agreement with Bristol-Myers Squibb Company for Biocon's prandial oral insulin product candidate on Friday 16th November 2012. Under the terms of the agreement, Bristol-Myers Squibb will have the right to exercise an option to obtain an exclusive worldwide license to the program. Biocon will conduct clinical studies to further characterise the product's clinical profile according to a pre-agreed development program up to the completion of Phase II. What is the name of the product/drug?

4. The Congress on Thursday, 15th November 2012, appointed party general secretary Rahul Gandhi as the head of the six-member election co-ordination committee, the first official stamp of his number two position in the party. Along with the poll coordination panel, the party also announced three sub-groups - a six-member pre-poll alliances sub-group headed by Defence Minister A.K. Antony, a 10-member manifesto and government programmes' sub-group, also headed by Antony, and a seven-member communication and publicity sub-group headed by party general secretary. Who is party general secretary of Congress?
[A]Janardan Dwivedi
[B]Digvijaya Singh
[C]Anand Sharma
[D]Ajit Jogi

5. The 25th Southern Zonal Council meeting in Bangalore on Friday, 16th November 2012 will discuss wide ranging issues relating to Police administration, atrocities on Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes vis-a-vis human trafficking. Who is chairing this meeting?
[A]P. Chidambaram
[B]S M Krishna
[C]N Kiran Kumar Reddy
[D]Sushil Kumar Shinde