GK & Current Affairs: July 5, 6, 2014

1. Which among the following substances pose no harm to the ozone layer but has high global warming potential?

Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) pose no harm to the ozone layer because, unlike CFCs and HCFCs, they do not contain chlorine. HFCs are greenhouse gases, with a high global warming potential, comparable to that of CFCs and HCFCs.

2. Novak Djokovic, has won his second Wimbledon singles title after winning Wimbledon men’s single title for 2014 by defeating ___?
[A]Roger Federer
[B]Rafael Nadal
[C]Stanislas Wawrinka
[D]Andre Agassi

Roger Federer
Novak Djokovic beat Roger Federer to win his second Wimbledon title in four years and his seventh major overall. With his seventh major crown, Djokovic equals John McEnroe and Mats Wilander for eight place in the open era.

3. As per the Rangarajan committee report which was tasked with revisiting the Tendulkar formula for estimation of poverty and identification of poor what percent of the India population lives below the poverty line?

According to an expert panel headed by former RBI governor C Rangarajan those spending over Rs 32 a day in rural areas and Rs 47 in towns and cities should not be considered poor. The panel’s recommendation, however results in an increase in the below poverty line population, which is estimated at 363 million in 2011-12, compared to the 270 million estimate based on the Tendulkar formula. This means 29.5% of the India population lives below the poverty line as defined by the panel against 21.9% according to Tendulkar.

4. Recently, Super Typhoon Neoguri, the strongest typhoon so far in the 2014 Western Pacific season smashed which of the following countries?
[B]New Zealand


5. Who among the following has won the British Grand Prix -2014 title?
[A]Lewis Hamilton
[B]Valtteri Bottas
[C]Kimi Raikkonen
[D]Jenson Button

Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton of British has won the British Grand Prix 2014 title. This was Hamilton’s 27th career victory, his fifth of the season. Valtteri Bottas was second while Daniel Ricciardo finished at third place.

6. Recently, Susie Wolff becomes the first woman to take part in a Formula1 racing weekend race in 22 years during the British Grand Prix. Who among the following was the last woman to enter the F1 world Championship?
[A]Giovanna Amati
[B]Lella Lombardi
[C]Christiana Amati
[D]Susi Hudson

Giovanna Amati
Italian Giovanna Amati was the last woman to enter the F1 world championship. She failed to qualify for three races with Brabham in 1992 before being dropped, while the last woman to race in a Gran Prix was Italian Lella Lombardi in 1976.

7. Which of the following stadium is often called “Mecca of Cricket”?
[A]Eden Garden, Kolkata
[B]Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne
[C]The Lords, London
[D]The Oval, London

The Lords, London
The Lords stadium in London is called Mecca of Cricket. It was established by Thomas Lord back in 1814 and the ground has the name from its founder, it has been venue for some of the greatest matches in cricket history.

8. Recently, NASA has launched world’s first flying observatory “SOFIA” to study ____?

The US space agency NASA has launched world’s first flying observatory to study how stars are formed. The Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) is a heavily modified Boeing 747 Special performance jetliner, with a 17 tonne and 8 foot telescope mounted behind a 16-by-23-foot sliding door that reveals the infrared telescope to the skies. The plane provides a better visibility than ground-based observatories. This is due to its ability to fly near the edges of the atmosphere. The plane can stay airborne for over 12 hours and its range os 6,625 nautical miles.

9. The Supertyphoon, is a category uses for typhoons with winds speed over ____?
[A]180 kph
[B]220 kph
[C]240 kph
[D]280 kph

240 kph
Super-typhoon” is a term utilized by the U.S Joint Typhoon warning centre for typhoons with winds speed over 240 kph.

10. The year 2014 marks the 200th anniversary of the National Anthem of United States. Identify the national anthem of US in the options given below?
[A]God Save the Queen
[B]The Star-Spangled Banner
[C]My Country, Tis of Thee
[D]O Say Can You Sing

The Star-Spangled Banner
The Star-Spangled Banner is the national anthem of the United States. The lyrics come from “Defence of Fort M’Henry, a poem written in 1814 by Francis Scott Key.

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