GK & Current Affairs: June 14, 15, 2014
1. What is the objective of the government behind setting up a Minimum Export Price (MEP) for a particular commodity?
[A]To promote exports
[B]To discourage imports
[C]To check price rise
[D]To provide subsidy to producers
To check price rise
The MEP is the rate below which no exports are allowed. It prevents spiralling domestic prices. Government has imposed a minimum export price (MEP) of 300 dollar per tonne on onions on 17.6.2014.
2. What was the original name of INS Vikramaditya, which was recently formally inducted into the Indian Navy?
INS Vikramaditya is a modified Kiev-class aircraft carrier. It was originally built as Baku and commissioned in 1987 in the Soviet Navy. In 1996, it was decommissioned because of huge operating costs. India purchased it in 2004 and it was formally inducted in 2014 to Indian Navy.
3. In the Lok Sabha, Leader of Opposition is a statutory requirement on the panels which select the __:
[A]Chief Vigilance Commissioner
[B]Chairperson of National Human Rights Commission
[D]All of above
All of above
The Leader of Oppn is a statutory requirement on panels to select the constitutional authorities like the Chief Vigilance Commissioner, the National Human Rights Commission chairperson and Lokpal among others.
4. In recent times, which among the following blocks of countries is pushing for implementing the UN Security Council (UNSC) reforms?
G-4 bloc of Brazil, Germany, India and Japan is pushing for implementing the UN Security Council (UNSC) reforms. They say that if it is not done, it will diminish the relevance of the United Nations. They argue that there can be no progress in the reform process until there is a concrete text as a basis on which the UN member states can embark on a genuine give and take negotiation process.
5. Who among the following is the wealthiest footballer to be competing in the FIFA World Cup 2014?
Portugal and Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo is the wealthiest footballer to be competing in the FIFA World Cup with an estimated net worth of USD 230 million.
6. King Juan Carlos, who recently decided to abdicate, has been monarch of __?
King Juan Carlos decided to abdicate. He has been Spain’s monarch since 1975, when he was central to the country’s transition to democracy. In 1981 he urged Spaniards to back the elected government instead of a military coup. But he has recently become out of touch, and was criticised for hunting elephants during Spain’s austerity drive.
7. ISIS is an extreme offshoot of which among the following militant Islamist organizations?
[C]Islamic Courts Union
The Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), an extreme offshoot of al-Qaeda that operates in both those countries, captured Mosul, Iraq’s second city, causing half a million people to flee the region.
8. Which among the following institutes have gained the top slot in the inaugural ‘QS University Rankings: BRICS 2014’ ?
[B]Beijing Institute of Technology
[C]Moscow State University
[D]Tsinghua University of China
Tsinghua University of China
Six institutes of China figured among the top 10 in the list and the top slot was occupied by Tsinghua University of China.
9. The winner of 20th Senior National Women’s Football Championships is __?
In May 2014, Manipur had clinched the 20th Senior National Women’s Football Championships title defeating Odisha.
10. Drupka Buddhism relies heavily on the ‘Thangka’ tradition which is popular in Tibet, Himachal, Northeast and Nepal. What is ‘Thangka’?
[A]Prayer cloth hanging near Buddhist monasteries
[B]Painting with Buddhist motifs for popularisation of the faith
[C]The mythical dancing dragon of the Drupka lineage
[D]A style of monastery architecture
Painting with Buddhist motifs for popularisation of the faith
Thangka a painting on cotton, or silk appliqué, usually depicting a Buddhist deity, scene, or mandala of some sort.