GK & Current Affairs: June 30, 2013

1. Recently, World Bank announced US $84 million loan for Panchayat Strengthening Project in which of the following state?
[B]Madhya Pradesh
[C]West Bengal

An agreement for credit of US$84 million from World Bank for the Bihar Panchayt strengthening project was signed recently at New Delhi. The objective of the project is to support the state government in promoting inclusive, responsive and accountable grama panchayat in six districts namely Patna, Nalanda, Bhojpur, Saharsa, Supaul and Madhepura.

2. Recently, which of the following country has given approval to the world’s first clinical trial using stems harvested from the patient’s own body?

Japan has given the green light to the world’s first clinical trial using stem cells harvested from a patient’s own body. A government committee approved proposals for tests aimed at treating age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a common medical condition that causes blindness in older people, using “induced Pluripotent Stem (iPS) cells”. The trial treatment will try to create retinal cells that can be transplanted into the eyes of patients suffering from AMD, replacing the damage part of the eye.

3. Who among the following has been appointed as Union Home Secretary?
[A]R K Singh
[B]Anil Goswami
[C]Bhimal Julka
[D]S Rathode

Anil Goswami
Anil Goswami took over as Union Home Secretary. He succeeds Raj Kumar Singh who retired from the government service. Goswami is an IAS officer of 1978 batch and belongs to the Jammu & Kashmir cadre.

4. Graamin Haat Programme, a woman empowerment scheme is currently being implemented in which of the following state?
[A]Madhya Pradesh
[B]Andhra Pradesh

Madhya Pradesh
Graamin Haat Programme of Department of Cottage and Rural Industries in Madhya Pradesh is one of the three Indian projects to receive United Nation Public service award for the year 2013. The Haat Development committee that operates weekly markets (haats) is setting up Women Self Help Groups (WSHG) that operates its own haats. Women now not only had an important place in the haat and thus in society but also control over resources. This endeavour has provided women an opportunity to acquire management skills, operate a business on their own and improve overall living condition in their communities.

5. Confederations cup is associated with which one of the following sports?
[A]Foot Ball

Foot Ball
Confederation cup is an international association football tournament for national teams, currently held every four years by FIFA.

6. Prithvi Missile developed by DRDO, under the Integrated Guided Missile Programme is a_____?
[A]Surface-to –surface Missile
[B]Surface -to – air Missile
[C]Air- to – air Missile
[D]Surface –to- sea Missile

Surface-to –surface Missile
Prithvi is a tactical surface-to-surface short range ballistic missile developed by DRDO of India under the Integrated Guided Missile Programme. Prithvi was the first missile to be developed under the programme. Recently DRDO Chief Avinash Chander said India is planning to replace 150 km range Prithvi ballistic missiles with the newly developed quick reaction Prahar missiles, which are more capable and more accuracy.

7. Who among the following has been appointed as 40th Chief Justice of India?
[A]Justice G S Singhvi
[B]Justice R M Lodha
[C]Justice H L Dattu
[D]Justice P Sathasivam

Justice P Sathasivam
P Sathasivam has been appointed as the next Chief Justice of India. The 64 year old Sathasivam will succeed the incumbent Chief Justice of India, Altamas Kabir, who will superannuate on 18 July 2013 from his office. Sathasivam will be the 40th Chief Justice of India.

8. Recently, in which of the following city China launched its first pilot carbon emissions trading system?

China launched a pilot greenhouse gas cap and trade emissions trading programme in Shenzhen, the high-tech boom city near Hong Kong.

9. According to TripAdvisor’s 2013 Travellers Choice Attractions Awards, Taj Mahal was ranked ____in the list of top 25 landmarks. Fill the blank with correct option?

Travellers from across the globe have ranked India’s Taj Mahal among the top three landmarks in the world. The top two places were taken by Machu Picchu in Peru and Angor Wat in Cambodia respectively.

10. In which of the following year the first Mutual funds in India were created?

The first Mutual funds in India were created in 1964 by the Unit Trust of India. In 1987, the leading public sector banks of the country, such as SBI and Canara bank, set up their mutual funds. It becomes popular after the 1991 liberalization of the Indian economy.

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