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Current Affairs Questions & Answers

GK & Current Affairs: August 7, 8, 2014

1. Recently, which among the following countries has launched the “Yaogan XX” a remote sensing satellite to carry out scientific experiment and provide early alerts about natural disasters?
[A]Japan
[B]Russia
[C]China
[D]USA

China
China successfully launched the “Yaogan XX” a remote-sensing satellite to carry out scientific experiments and provide early alerts natural disasters. The satellite will be used to conduct scientific experiments, carry out land surveys, monitor crop yields and aid in preventing and reducing natural disasters. The launch marked the 190th mission for the nation’s long march rocket family.


2. Recently, the World Health Organisations has issued an International health emergency over Ebola outbreak. Ebola virus was first discovered in which country?
[A]Guinea
[B]Democratic Republic of Congo
[C]Nigeria
[D]Ghana

Democratic Republic of Congo
The Ebola virus was first discovered in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1976.


3. Red Sanders (Pterocarpus santalinus), which has been classified as endangered in 1997 IUCN red-list is endemic to which state?
[A]Andhra Pradesh
[B]Tamil Nadu
[C]Karnataka
[D]Kerala

Andhra Pradesh
Red Sanders is endemic to the forests of Seshachalam, Veliganda, Lankamala and Palakonda hill range distributed in districts of Kadapa, Chittur and Nellore. It is also found in some isolated parts of Tamil Nadu.


4. Under the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, India had agreed to phase out use of Endosulfan by the year ___?
[A]2015
[B]2017
[C]2018
[D]2020

2017


5. When the moon is in its full moon stage and its closet point to earth on its elliptical orbits then the phenomenon is called _____?
[A]Supermoon
[B]Blue Moon
[C]New Moon
[D]Lunar Eclipse

Supermoon


6. Which among the following monuments is the top earning monument in the country?
[A]Qutab-Minar
[B]Taj Mahal
[C]Humayun Tomb
[D]Red Fort

Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal continues to generate more than twice as much revenue through tourist visits than any other monument in the country. According to estimates from the Centre, the mausoleum and its integrated complex of structures raked in Rs 21.84 crore, mostly in entrance fees.


7. Recently, which among the following countries has planned “Lights Out” event to mark the centenary of World War I?
[A]Germany
[B]Britain
[C]France
[D]USA

Britain
Lights Out was a headline project initiated by Britain to commemorate the centenary of World War I. Under this event everyone in the UK was invited to turn off their lights between 10pm and 11pm on 4 August 2014-leaving only a single light or candle for a symbolic act of reflection and hope.


8. Recently, which among the following countries has launched a mission to map the Arctic seabed to support its bid to extend its territory up to the North Pole?
[A]Russia
[B]Canada
[C]Denmark
[D]USA

Canada
Canada has launched a mission to map the Arctic seabed to support its bid to extend its territory up to the North Pole. The region is believed to include large oil and gas reserve. The area is estimated to hold 13% of the world’s undiscovered oil and up to 30% of its hidden natural gas reserve.


9. The “Lomonosov Ridge”, is an unusual underwater ridge located in the _____?
[A]Mediterranean Sea
[B]Arctic Sea
[C]Atlantic Sea
[D]Baltic Sea

Arctic Sea
The Lomonosov Ridge is an unusual underwater ridge of continental crust in the Arctic Ocean. It spans 1800 km from the New Siberian Islands over the central part of the ocean to Ellesmere Island of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago.


10. Tata and Singapore International Airlines Ltd (TSAL) have recently announced brand name of its new airline will be ___?
[A]Vibgyor
[B]Vistara
[C]Flyeasy
[D]Airmate

Vistara
Tata-SAI Airlines Limited (TSAL) recently, announced that the much anticipated brand name of its new airline will be Vistara, or limitless in Sanskrit, with aubergine or gold as its colour.


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