GK & Current Affairs Questions: September 3, 2013

1. Who among the following has been conferred the Moortidevi Award for 2012?
[A]Hariprasad Das
[B]Pratibha Ray
[C]Jayasree Datta
[D]U R Anantha Murthy

Hariprasad Das
Noted writer Dr Hariprasad Das has been selected for the prestigious Moortidevi Award 2013 for his book, Vamsha, a recreation of Mahabharata in the new idiom of contemporary poetry. The annual literary award carrying cash prize, a plaque, a statue of goddess of learning Saraswati and a shawl is presented by the Bharatiya Jnanpith organization.

2. Recently (September, 2013), which of the followings internet giants has closed its news and community services in China?

Internet giant Yahoo closed its news and community services in China. Yahoo’s news and community services have shut down in China, following the closure of its email service last month.

3. Which of the following is/are music gharana?
5. Agra
Chose the correct answer from the codes given below:
[A]Only 1, 2, 4 & 5
[B]Only 1, 2, 3 & 5
[C]Only 1, 3, 4 & 5
[D]All the above

Only 1, 2, 4 & 5
Shimla is not a music gharana. Some of the gharanas well known for singing khayals are: Agra, Gwalior, Patiala, Kirana, Indore, Mewati, Sahaswan and Jaipur.

4. Recently (September, 2013), Prime Minister launched a heritage portal dedicated to which one of the following leaders?
[A] Jawaharlal Nehru
[B]Mahatma Gandhi
[C]Subhashchandra Bose
[D]Indira Gandhi

Mahatma Gandhi
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh launched the Gandhi Heritage Portal. The portal is set up to preserve, protect and disseminate original writings of Gandhiji. The Gandhi Heritage Portal is an initiative of Urban Ministry of Culture.

5. Human papillomavirus (HPV), which is in news, is a_____?
[A]DNA virus
[B]RNA virus
[C]RNA-RT virus
[D]DNA-RT virus

DNA virus
Human papillomavirus is a DNA virus from the papillomavirus family that is capable of infecting humans.

6. Which one of the following cities has earned the reputation of being the “Weaver City” of India for its exquisite woollen carpets and colorful handloom products?

Panipat is famous by the name of “City of Weaver”.

7. In the Second ASEAN Defence minister’s meeting (August,2013) it has been decided to set up an additional Expert Working group on Humanitarian Mine Action which will be co-chaired by?
[A]India with Japan
[B]India with Australia
[C]India with Vietnam
[D]India with China

India with Vietnam
The second ADMM plus meeting was held in Brunie. One of the major decisions taken at the meeting of the ADMM Plus, was the establishment of an additional (Sixth) Expert Working Group on Humanitarian Mine Action which will be co-chaired by India with Vietnam.

8. Which of the followings are human diseases caused by viruses?
Chose the correct answer from the codes given below:
[A]Only 1 & 4
[B]Only 1 & 3
[C]Only 2 & 4
[D]1, 2, 3 & 4

1, 2, 3 & 4
Common human diseases caused by viruses include the common cold, influenza, chickenpox and cold sores. Many serious diseases such as ebola, Avian influenza, AIDS and SARS are caused by the viruses.

9. Which of the following statements is/are true about Prime Minister’s relief fund?
1.PM’s relief fund is a private body and not a government entity
2.Any contribution to the PM’s relief fund is exempted from income tax
3.PM’s relief fund is audited by an independent firm outside the government.
Chose the correct answer from the codes given below:
[A]Only 1
[B]Only 1 & 2
[C]Only 1 & 3
[D]1, 2 & 3

1, 2 & 3
All the statements are correct

10. Recently, Diana Nyad has become the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage or swim fins, becoming the first person to do so. She is from ___?


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