GK & Current Affairs: July 15, 16, 2014

1. Recently, the union government has given in-principle approval for the creation of two new tiger reserves at ____?
[A]Ratapani and Sunabeda
[B]Rajaji and Bor
[C]Kudremukh and Bor
[D]Ratapani and Rajaji

Ratapani and Sunabeda
In-principle approval has been accorded by the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) for the creation of two new tiger reserves at Ratapani (Madhya Pradesh) and Sunabeda in Odisha.

2. Currently (July 2014), which country holds the chair of the Group of Twenty (G-20) forum?

Currently, Austria is the chair of the Group of Twenty (G-20) forum.

3. The Kameng hydropower project is a 600 MW hydropower project in ____?
[A]Andhra Pradesh
[B]Arunachal Pradesh

Arunachal Pradesh
The Kameng hydropower project is a 600MW project in the West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh. The project utilised the waters of the Bichom and Tenga rivers which rise in the Himalayas.

4. Nelson Mandela International Day is celebrated on ____?
[A]July 14
[B]July 17
[C]July 18
[D]July 19

July 18
Nelson Mandela International Day is an annual international day in honour of Nelson Mandela, celebrated each 18 July. The day was official declared by the United Nations in November 2009.

5. The sobriquet “Oracle of Omaha” is refers to which of the following business tycoons?
[A]Carlos Slim
[B]Warren Buffet
[C]Bill Gates
[D]Lakshmi Mittal

Warren Buffet

6. The Union government has announced the setting up of “Jal Marg Vikas” project on river Ganga to link which of the following places?
[A]Allahabad and Haldia
[B]Allahabad and Kanpur
[C]Kanpur and Patna
[D]Varanasi and Haldia

Allahabad and Haldia
In the Union Budget 2014-15 Rs 4200 set aside for “Jal Marg Vikas” project on river Ganga connecting Allahabad to Haldia, over a distance of 1620 km.

7. As per the latest report, which among the following countries has the world’s highest deforestation rate?
[D]South Africa

As per the latest report published in the Nature Climate Change magazine, Indonesian archipelago lost almost twice the forest area (840,000 hectares) and became country with world’s highest deforestation rate. Brazil is the world’s second country with highest deforestation rate.

8. Recently, India and which one of the following countries has signed an agreement on cooperation in the field of environment?

India and Brazil signed an agreement on cooperation in the field of environment. The two countries mutually agreed to extend cooperation on climate change, biodiversity, afforestation in arid areas, water conservation and protection of wetlands, waste management including agricultural waste and electronic waste.

9. The controversial “Mankading Law” is associated with which one of the following sports?

Mankading Law is related to Cricket. Mankading named after Indian cricketer Vinoo Mankad-is when a bowler knocks the bails off during run-up while the non-striker is out of his crease.

10. Recently, NASA has launched Ship-Aircraft Bio-Optical Research (SABOR) experiment to probe ____?
[A]Ocean Ecology and Carbon Cycle
[B]Aquatic animal’s life style
[C]Ocean Minerals
[D]Effect of ocean acidification

Ocean Ecology and Carbon Cycle
NASA has kicked off field campaign to probe Ocean Ecology, Carbon Cycle. The Ship-Aircraft Bio-Optical Research (SABOR) experiment is an effort to advance space-based capabilities for monitoring microscopic plants that form the base of the marine food chain. For three weeks, NASA’s SABOR experiment will bring together marine and atmospheric scientist to tackle the optical issues associated with satellite observations of phytoplankton. Phytoplankton, tiny ocean plants that absorb carbon dioxide and deliver oxygen to Earth’s atmosphere, play a major role in the global cycling of atmospheric carbon between the ocean and the atmosphere.

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