GK & Current Affairs: August 4-5, 2013
1. Daocheng Yading airport, which is slated to become world’s highest airport is located in which among the following countries?
The 4,441 meter high Daocheng Yading airport, being built in Garze, a predominantly Tibetan area of China’s southwestern Sichuan province, will become the world’s highest airport when put into the operation later this year. The airport, which aimed at boosting tourism in Garze, home to the famous monastery town of Kangding, will surpass the 4, 334 metre Bangda airport, located in the Tibet Autonomous Region, as the highest-altitude civilian airport.
2. In which of the following places of India, world’s first ever low temperature thermal desalination plant is operating?
[C]Andaman and Nicobar
Earth System Science Organisation (ESSO)-National Institute of Ocean Technology has indigenously designed, developed and demonstrated Low Temperature Thermal Desalination technology for conservation of sea water into potable water and three plants based on this technology are operating Kavaratti, Lakshadweep.
3. With which of the following countries, India has not signed a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA)?
India has not signed a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement with Pakistan.
4. By defeating which one of the following teams, India has won historic bronze medal at junior women hockey world cup in August 2013?
Indian girls created history by winning country’s first ever bronze medal in the junior women hockey World cup as they pipped England 3-2 penalties.
5. What is the name of world’s first talking robot, which has been sent into the space by Japan?
Kirobo is the name of the first talking humanoid robot that has taken off in a rocket. Kirobo derived from the Japanese words for hope and robot was among five tons of supplies and machinery on a rocket launched from the International Space Station from Tanegashima, Southwestern Japan.
6. The “Group of 77” at the United Nations is a loose coalition of___?
The Group of 77 at the United Nations is a loose coalition of developing nations, designed to promote its members collective economic interests and create an enhanced joint negotiating capacity in the United Nations.
7. Recently, which one of the following countries has banned imports of milk powder from New Zealand?
China has banned all imports of milk powder from New Zealand after its dairy exporter, Fonterra, found a bacterial strain in some of its products that can cause botulism. China relies on New Zealand for almost all its import of milk powder.
8. To which of the following political parties did the former South African President Dr. Nelson Mandela belong to?
[B]African National Congress
[D]African National Party
African National Congress
Nelson Mandela belongs to the African National Congress Party. He served as the President of the African National Congress from 1991 to 1997.
9. Recently, which one of the following Zoos has launched “Adoption of Zoo animals” campaign?
The Alipore Zoo officially launched the “Adoption of Zoo animal” scheme. Under a unique “Adopt and Animal” scheme, around 40 of the zoo animals were adopted by individuals and corporate houses, who will pay for their upkeep and have access to information on the animals they have adopted.
10. Which of the following IITs has designing rail coaches that will draw power from the sun for interior lighting and cooking?
The Integral Coach Factory has kicked off a project in association with IIT Madras to design coached that will draw power from sun for interior lighting and cooking. This is the first time the railways is attempting to tap solar power.