Quiz 647: GK for SSC-CGL 2014 Examination

1. The International Designator, also known as COSPAR designation, is an international naming convention for ___?
[A]Rockets
[B]Satellites
[C]Typhoons
[D]Galaxies

Satellites
The International Designator, also known as COSPAR designation, is an international naming convention for satellites. It consists of the launch year, a 3-digit incrementing launch number of that year and up to a 3-letter code representing the sequential identifier of a piece in a launch. The International Designator of India’s Mars Mission is 2013-060A.


2. The annual “Royal Kathima Ceremony” is associated with which of the following religions?
[A]Jainism
[B]Buddhism
[C]Parsi
[D]Sikhism

Buddhism
The Royal Kathima Ceremony is observed every year by Buddhist. It is observed in only one Buddhist temple outside Thailand and this year the Namphake Buddhist temple of Assam was selected. Kathina offering is an ancient Buddhist Tradition of offering special robe and other necessities to monks who maintain strict discipline of retreat during the rainy season. The main purpose of the ceremony is not merely for religious belief but also to strengthen the relationship between Thailand and other countries.


3. The most potent greenhouse gas among the following is __?
[A]Carbon dioxide
[B]Methane
[C]Water Vapor
[D]Ozone

Water Vapor
The most potent greenhouse gas is water vapour, which causes about 36-70% of the greenhouse effect. Carbon dioxide (9-26%), methane (4-9%) and Ozone (3-7%) are other major greenhouse gases.


4. Which among the following river does not flow from east to west?
[A]Tapti
[B]Narmada
[C]Krishna
[D]Mahi

Krishna


5. Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is a trade agreement under negotiation between European Union and __?
[A]Canada
[B]USA
[C]Russia
[D]Japan

USA
The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is a trade agreement that is presently being negotiated between the European Union and the United States. It aims at removing trade barriers in wide range of economic sectors to make it easier to buy and sell goods and services between the EU and the US.


6. In which state, Green Partners conservation programme aimed at turtle conservation is being organised?
[A]Kerala
[B]Bihar
[C]Odisha
[D] Tamil Nadu

Kerala
The Kerala forest and wild department is teaming up with various citizen groups to offer optimum nesting and breeding facilities for the avian visitors and marine turtles. Named Green Partners, the citizen-centric conservation programme seeks to enhance the support base for turtle conservation and improve the capacity of individuals.


7. The “Helmand Province” of Afghanistan is famous for cultivation of __:
[A]Tobacco
[B]Opium
[C]Wheat
[D]Cotton

Opium
Helmand is one of the 34 provinces of Afghanistan, located in south of the country. Helmand is believed to be one of the world’s largest opium-producing regions, responsible for around 75% of the world’s total production. This is believed to be more than the whole of Burma, which is the second largest producing nation after Afghanistan.


8. In the context to India’s wild life, the flying fox is a __?
[A]Bat
[B]Vulture
[C]Stork
[D]Kite

Bat
Bats of the genus Pteropus are commonly known as the fruit bat or flying foxes among other colloquial names.


9. The Sangai Festival is organized in __:
[A]Assam
[B]Manipur
[C]Mizoram
[D]Nagaland

Manipur
The Sangai festival is an annual cultural festival organised by Manipur Tourism Department on every year from November 21 to 30. The festival as named as the Sangai Festival to stage the uniqueness of the shy and gentle brow-antlered deer popularly known as the Sangai Deer, which is the state animal of Manipur.


10. The “Ninety East Ridge” is a submarine volcanic ridge located in __?
[A]Pacific Ocean
[B]Atlantic Ocean
[C]Indian Ocean
[D]Arctic Ocean

Indian Ocean
The Ninety East Ridge is an 5500 km long, north-south-oriented, submarine volcanic ridge in the eastern Indian Ocean that formed from magmatism associated with the deep seated Kerguelen mantle plume as the Indian plate drifted rapidly northward during the Late Cretaceous.

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