GK & Current Affairs: August 9, 10, 2014

1. Recently, “Recep Tayyip Erdogan” has won the first direct presidential election of which country?
[A]Turkey
[B]Kenya
[C]Zimbabwe
[D]Holland

Turkey
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has won first direct presidential election of Turkey. Mr Erdogan secured about 52% of the vote, to avoid any run-off. Mr Erdogan has been Prime Minister since 2003 and was barred from standing for another term.

2. The name of India’s first ever indigenously built research ship is __?
[A]Sindhu Sadhna
[B]Raksha Kavach
[C]Sindhu Darshini
[D]Indra Sadhna

Sindhu Sadhna
India’s first ever indigenously built research ship “Sindhu Sadhna” was launched and dedicated to the nation. Sindhu Sadhna is a multi-disciplinary research vessel equipped with number of laboratories for data collection, echo sounders, acoustic Doppler, profiler, autonomous weather station and air quality monitors.

3. As of August 2014, the largest private power producer in India is ___?
[A]Adani Power
[B]Tata Power
[C]Reliance Power
[D]Welspun Energy

Adani Power
Adani Power limited is India’s largest thermal power producer with capacity of 7920WM and also it is the largest solar power producer with capacity of 40MW.

4. Which among the following women judges of India have not served as judge in Supreme Court?
[A]Justice Sujatha V Manohar
[B]Justice Fathima Beevi
[C]Justice Janaki Amma
[D]Justice Ruma Pal

Janaki Amma
In August, 2014, Justice R Banumathi became the first woman judge from Tamil Nadu to be elevated to the Supreme Court. As of 2014, she is the only sixth woman judge of the SC since in Independence. The other women judges of the court were Justice M Fathima Beevi, Justice Sujatha V Manohar, Justice Ruma Pal, Justice Gyana Sudha Sharma and Justice Ranjana Prakash Desai. Justice M. Fathima Beevi was the first female judge to be appointed to the Supreme Court of India. Kindly note that no woman has served so far as Chief Justice of Supreme Court of India.

5. Who among the following has recently become the first person to be elected as Deputy Speaker of the Lok Sabha for two times?
[A]K. Ashok Kumar
[B]Anbumani Ramadoss
[C]R. P. Marutharajaa
[D]Munisamy Thambidurai

Munisamy Thambidurai
Munisamy Thambidurai, a five term MP from AIADMK in the Lok Sabha, was unanimously elected as Deputy Speaker of the Lok Sabha. He became the first person to hold the post twice. Earlier he was elected as Deputy Speaker in the Eighth Lok Sabha.

6. Recently, the ministry of Health and Family Welfare, launched a new mass media campaign called “Sunita” to create awareness about ____?
[A]Family Planning
[B]Health harms of using tobacco
[C]Promote girl child
[D]Malnutrition

Health harms of using tobacco
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare of India launched a powerful new anti-tobacco campaign called Sunita, designed to warn people about devastating health harms of using smokeless tobacco. The 30 second advertisement has been translated into 17 languages and will run for five weeks nationally on all governments and private TV and radio channels in every state.

7. Who among the following has been recently (August 2014) appointed as chairman of newly formed “Expenditure Management Commission”?
[A]Sumit Bose
[B]Subir Gokarn
[C]Bimal Jalan
[D]Karan Singh

Bimal Jalan
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the constitution of an Expenditure Management Commission to be headed by Bimal Jalan. The commission will have former finance secretary Sumit Bose and former RBI deputy governor Subir Gokarn as members. The commission is expected to give an interim report before the Budget of 2015-16 and its final report before the Budget of 2016-17.

8. Which among the following drug has been recently approved by WHO to target Ebola virus?
[A]ZMapp
[B]TPlus
[C]Mbio
[D]XMapp

Zmapp

9. The major objective of newly announced “Pradhanmantri Jan-Dhan Yojana” is _?
[A]To provide a bank account to every poor in the country
[B]To provide interest free loan to small farmers
[C]To provide financial assistance to tribal communities
[D]To provide free medical facility to minority people

To provide a bank account to every poor in the country
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced a new financial scheme “Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan” yojana to help the poor open bank accounts which will come bundled with a debit card and life insurance cover. The scheme aims to provide a bank account to every poor in the country, and the account holder will be provided a debit card and a life insurance cover of Rs 1 lakh.

10. The Parliament has recently cleared a constitution amendment bill that will facilitate setting up of National Judicial Appointment Commission (NJAC) for appointment of judges. The NJAC will comprise of how many members?
[A]Four
[B]Six
[C]Eight
[D]Seven

Six
The National Judicial Appointment Commission will comprise of six members and Chief Justice of India will head the NJAC. Besides the CJI, the judiciary would be represented by two senior judges of the Supreme Court. Two eminent personalities and the Law minister will be the other members of the proposed body.

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