Current Affairs Quiz: October 4, 5, 2013
1. The “Kalanamak”, a non-basmati scented rice variety grown primarily in ____ ?
Kalanamak, a non basmati scented rice variety grown primarily in the tarai region of Uttar Pradesh, is so named because its husk is black. The variety has raised much hope amongst Indian farmers and rice-exporters due to traits superior even to the most preferred basmati. Recently, Kalanamak has been included into the Geographical Indication register.
2. As per the recently notified Drug (Price Control) order 2013, how many medicines in the National list Essential Medicines have been brought under the price control?
3. Who among the following has been appointed as Director General of UNESCO?
Irina Bokova has been nominated by UNESCO’s executive board as the agency’s director-general for another four year term. The Bulgarian former career diplomat was selected over Rachad Farah of Djibouti and Lebanon’s Joseph Maila.
4. Which of the following countries has imposed ban on Skype, WhatsApp and Viber recently?
Authorities in Pakistan’s southern Sindh Pakistan banned Skype, WhatsApp and Viber to facilitate security operations. The decision to enforce the ban for three months was made at meeting chaired by Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah to review the law and order situation.
5. Name the Vietnam Independence hero who recently passes away?
[A]Vo Nguyen Giap
[B]Kung Nguyen Jaun
[C]Ho Chi Minn
[D]Carl Thayer Minn
Vo Nguyen Giap
Legendary Vietnamese general Vo Nguyen Giap, whose guerrilla tactics defeated the French and American armies, has died aged 102. The founding father of the Vietnam People’s Army, Giap was regarded as one of Vietnam’s most revered figures.
6. With an aim to reduce carbon emission and making railway system environmental friendly, the India Railway has proposed to utilize which of the following as fuel for its fleet of diesel locomotives?
[A]Compressed Natural Gas
Compressed Natural Gas
The Indian Railways proposes to utilise natural gas as fuel for its fleet of diesel locomotives in line with the international trend. This will have substantial effect on reducing the emission of carbon and in making the railway system environment-friendly.
7. In October 2013, Union Steel Ministry has finalised a deal for Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited (RINL) to set up a forged wheel factory. The proposed plant would be come up at ____ ?
Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited will set up a forged wheel factory at Lalganj, Rae Bareli. The project promises about 600 jobs while 2000 others would benefit indirectly. The railways will lease 40 acres to RINL for 30 years to set up the factory. The factory will produce one lakh forged wheels each year to cater the demand of LHB coached and high speed locos.
8. Which of the following became the first telecom operator in the country to receive Unified Licence from the government?
Sistema Shyam Teleservice, which operates under MTS brand in India, has received Unified Licence from the government that would allow it to offer technology-neutral telecom services. The company has become the first telecom operator in the country to be a part of Unified Licensing Regime.
9. Which of the following has been named the world’s top university by the Times Higher Education Global ranking?
[C]California Institute of Technology
[D]Massachusetts Institute of Technology
California Institute of Technology
California Institute of Technology has again been named the world’s top university by the Times Higher Education global ranking. It is the third year in a row the British organisation ranked Caltech first among the top 200 universities around the world.
10. As per the latest report by the French Institute of Demographic Studies, by which year India will surpass China as the world’s most populous country?
India will overtake China as the world’s most populous country by 2050, according to a new French study which predicts the global population to surge to 9.7 billion people by the middle of the century.