Daily Current Affairs 2012 Quiz : July 30-31, 2012

1. Recently, catastrophic forest fires spurred by hot and dry weather have ravaged vast areas of _______, and ruined the region’s ecosystem.
[A]Siberia
[B]Amazon rainforests
[C]the Chaparral in southern California
[D]the Veld in southern Africa

Siberia

2. Consider the following Statements:
1.BrahMos is a supersonic cruise missile.
2.BrahMos is jointly designed and manufactured by India and Russia.
Which among the Statement(s) given above is/are correct?
[A]Only 1
[B]Only 2
[C]Both 1 and 2
[D]Neither 1 nor 2

Both 1 and 2

3. A group of researchers in Dhar district of Madhya Pradesh has claimed to have found traces of a paleo-river. In this context, consider the following Statements:
1.A paleo-channel or paleo-river is an inactive river or water stream buried under sediment.
2.The current course of river Narmada is about 10 km from the site of the paleo-river, parallel to it.
3.Further exploration may throw light on the origin of the Narmada.
Which of the above Statement(s) is/are correct?
[A]Only 2
[B]1 and 2
[C]2 and 3
[D]1, 2 and 3

1, 2 and 3

4. _______ has recently launched ‘Me the Musical’ on Facebook ,which creates a personalised animated movie taking Facebook users on an entertaining journey, via song and dance, through the major world events.
[A]Google
[B]Intel
[C]Apple
[D]Yahoo!

Intel
“Me The Musical” features iconic moments including the moon landing, creation of the world wide web, rise of email and, of course, introduction of
Facebook itself.

5. Which among the following enterprises is/are among the 16 ‘Navratna’ Public Sector Undertakings(PSUs) ?
[A]Power Finance Corporation Limited
[B]Power Grid Corporation of India Limited
[C]Rural Electrification Corporation Limited
[D]All of the above

All of the above

6. Consider the following Statements:
1.Recently,NRI Lord Khalid Hameed has been given the Freedom of the City of London award in recognition of his work within the medical profession and in promotion of interfaith relations.
2.India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru was also conferred the honour when he visited London in 1956.
3.The first Freedom of the City of London was presented in 1237 and the award was originally a working title which enabled recipients to carry out their trade.
Which among the Statement(s) given above is/are correct?
[A]1 and 2
[B]1 and 3
[C]2 and 3
[D]1, 2 and 3

1, 2 and 3

7. Recently more than 300 young Ugandans who have died as a result of the a mysterous disease called __________ that is afflicting more and more children across northern Uganda and in pockets of South Sudan.
[A]Ebola Haemorrhagic Fever
[B]Nodding Head Syndrome
[C]Onchocerciasis or River Blindness
[D]Schistosomiasis

Nodding Head Syndrome
The disease is called nodding syndrome, or nodding head disease, because those who have it nod their heads and sometimes go into epileptic-like fits. Researchers are focusing on the connection between nodding syndrome and the parasite that causes river blindness. Onchocerciasis, or river blindness,has been around for a long time, but nodding syndrome is somewhat new.

8. Who among the following Indian athletes has brought the first Olympic medal for India in London Olympics-2012?
[A]Sushil Kumar
[B]Vijender Singh
[C]Gagan Narang
[D]Vijay Kumar

Gagan Narang
Gagan Narang shot the bronze medal in men’s 10m air rifle to infuse life into the Indian challenge of the Olympics. Starting from third place with a qualification score of 598 out of 600, the 29-year-old endured a gripping final in front of a huge crowd which was encouraged to cheer every shot even as the other shooters trained their sights on target. Narang displayed great character to deliver the third shooting medal for India in the Olympics after Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore’s silver in Athens 2004 and Abhinav Bindra’s gold in Beijing 2008. It was his third Olympics, and he had wished to be third time lucky. He joins wrestlers K.D. Jadhav (1952) and Sushil Kumar (2008), boxer Vijender Singh (2008), tennis ace Leander Paes (1996) and woman weightlifter Karnam Malleswari (2000) to win an individual bronze medal for India.

9. In the event of the recent minor Cabinet reshuffle after Pranab Mukherjee became the President :
1.P Chidambaram who was the Home Minister has become the new Finance Minister.
2.PM Manmohan Singh gave the Ministry of Home Affairs portfolio to Sushil Kumar Shinde, who was the Power Minister.
3.Simultaneously, Union Corporate Affairs Minister M. Veerappa Moily has been given additional charge of Power Ministry.
Which among the Statement(s) given above is/are correct?
[A]Only 1
[B]1 and 2
[C]1 and 3
[D]1, 2 and 3

1, 2 and 3

10. India has recently joined the exclusive club of nations having ‘nuclear-tipped submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs)’ , also possessed by:
1.US
2.Russia
3.France
4.China
Choose the correct option:
[A]1, 2 and 3
[B]1, 3 and 4
[C]2, 3 and 4
[D]1, 2, 3 and 4

1, 2, 3 and 4

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