GK & Current Affairs: May 16, 17, 2014
1. “Russi Mody” who passed away recently, was a former chairman of ____?
[B]Larsen and Toubro
[D]Bajaj Auto Limited
Russi Mody was a former Chairman and Managing director of Tata Steel and a leading member of the Tata group.
2. Which one of the following pair is not correct?
[B]M23–Republic of Congo
The Shining Path is a Maoist guerrilla insurgent organisation in Peru.
3. Currently, India imports palm oil mainly from which of the following countries?
[A]China and Japan
[B]Indonesia and Malaysia
[C]China and Malaysia
[D]Japan and Indonesia
Indonesia and Malaysia
4. Which among the following countries has won the South Asian Basketball Association Championship-2014?
Indian men’s team defeated Maldives 108-32 to be crowned champions at the third South Asian Basketball Association Championship 2014.
5. The IBSA Dialogue Forum is an international tripartite grouping for promoting international cooperation among ___?
[A]India, Bangladesh and South Africa
[B]Indonesia, Brazil and South America
[C]India, Brazil and South Africa
[D]Iran, Bangladesh and South Africa
India, Brazil and South Africa
The IBSA Dialogue Forum (India, Brazil and South Africa) is an international tripartite grouping for promoting international cooperation among these countries. The forum provides the three countries with a platform to engage in discussions for cooperation in the field of agriculture, trade, culture, and defence among others.
6. The MIKT is an acronym referring to the emerging economies of ____?
[A]Mexico, Indonesia, South Korea and Turkey
[B]Mexico, India, South Korea and Taiwan
[C]Morocco, Indonesia, South Korea and Turkey
[D]Mexico, India, South Korea and Taiwan
Mexico, Indonesia, South Korea and Turkey
MIKT is a neologism referring to the economies Mexico, Indonesia, South Korea and Turkey.
7. “Erythropoietin” is an essential hormone for red cell production is produced by ___?
Erythropoietin also known as EPO, is a glycoprotein hormone that controls erythropoiesis, or red blood cell production. It is produced by interstitial fibroblasts in the kidney. Under hypoxic conditions, the kidney will produce and secrete erythropoietin to increase the production of red blood cells by targeting CFU-E, proerythroblast and basophilic erythroblast subsets in the differentiation.
8. Which among the following treaty is associated with establishment of European Union?
[B]Treaty of Ottova
[D]Treaty of Moroco
The European Union was formally established when the Maastricht Treaty—whose main architects were Helmut Kohl and François Mitterrand—came into force on 1 November 1993.
9. Recently, which among the following countries has released postage stamps to commemorate the 100 years of India Cinema?
Brazil has paid tribute to the Indian film industry on its centenary by releasing two postage stamps designed by an Indian graphic designer at a commemorative festival in Brasilia.
10. Recently, the World-Anti Doping Agency (WADA) has banned inhalation of which gases after deciding it could be used to enhance athletics performance?
The World Anti-Doping Agency has added xenon gas to its list of banned substances after claims it can be used by athletes to help boost performance. Scientific studies suggest that the gas artificially increases the levels of erythropoietin (EPO) in the blood, which is forbidden under WADA’s rules.