GK & Current Affairs : October 7, 8, 2014

1. Which of the following FMCG product has been recently banned in India under provisions of Rule 135-B?
[A]Cosmetics
[B]Coffee
[C]Rice
[D]Mobiles

Cosmetics
Rule 135-B that states no cosmetic that has been tested on animals after the commencement of Drugs and Cosmetics (Fifth Amendment) Rules, 2014 shall be imported into the country. The ban will come into effect on 13 November 2014. The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (H&FW) banned the import of animals tested cosmetics in India.


2. With reference to SAARC, which among the following framework / agreement has been finalized recently?
[A]SAARC Framework Convention on Energy Cooperation (Electricity)
[B]SAARC Framework Convention on Nuclear Material and Energy Cooperation
[C]SAARC Agreement on supply of Uranium
[D]SAARC Agreement on Tidal Energy

SAARC Framework Convention on Energy Cooperation (Electricity)
SAARC Framework Convention on Energy Cooperation (Electricity) was ultimately finalised at the 5th SAARC Energy Ministers Meeting. It is considered as an important step for developing a SAARC Market for Electricity.(SAME) on a regional basis.


3. India’s first Bio-refinery is to be established with the support of __?
[A]Japan
[B]China
[C]Norway
[D]USA

Norway
On his five-day visit to Norway, President Pranab Mukherjee has signed a JV partnership agreement with Norway to build India’s first Bio-refinery.


4. HRD Ministry has introduced Tithi Bhojan in schools under the Mid-day meal scheme. Consider the following statements with this reference:
1. The scheme was first introduced in Gujarat
2. It seeks to improve community participation in Mid-day meals
3. This scheme discourages the participation of religious institutions
Select the correct statements from the codes given below:
[A]Only 1 & 2
[B]Only 2 & 3
[C]Only 1 & 3
[D]1, 2 & 3

Only 1 & 2
Under the Tithi Bhojan scheme, participation of religious and charitable institutions will be encouraged.


5. The maiden meeting between India and China for the bilateral border talks under the umbrella of BAWMCC was recently held. What does BAWMCC stand for?
[A]Border Affairs Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination
[B]Bilateral Agreement on Chalking out Workable Coordination
[C]Border Areas working system for Cooperation and Community
[D]Bilateral Affairs wanting systems for Consultation and Coordination

Border Affairs Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination
Under, BAWMCC- Border Affairs Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination, issues related to mutual interest like border patrolling management are focussed and discussed.


6. India’s housing project in Sri Lanka in which Indian government is building 6000 houses, is located in __?
[A]Jaffna
[B]Kilinochichi
[C]Mannar
[D]Puttalam

Mannar
India is building 6000 homes in Mannar for displaced families. They are built on a owner-driven model. Mannar has a majority of Tamil-speaking population.


7. What is the name of the US Plane that has landed after completing a 22-month mission in space that marked the third experimental program?
[A]X-37B OTV
[B]K-MAX
[C]RQ-4 Global Hawk
[D]MH-53 Sea Dragon

X-37B OTV
U.S. military landed its X-37B robotic space plane at Vandenberg Air Force Base in central California, ending a classified 22-month mission that marked the third in Earth orbit for the experimental program. Also known as the Orbital Test Vehicle, the X-37B was carried into orbit for its latest mission aboard an unmanned Atlas 5 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on December 11, 2012.


8. Who has won the Man Booker Prize 2014?
[A]Richard Flanagan
[B]Eleanor Catton
[C]Karen Joy Fowler
[D]Ali Smith

Richard Flanagan
Richard Flanagan has won the Man Booker Prize 2014 for his novel “The Narrow Road to the Deep North”.


9. What is the name of the campaign started by UN Women in India for ensuring greater participation of men in promoting women’s rights and gender equality?
[A]Lean In
[B]He For She
[C]UNiTE
[D]One Billion Rising

He For She
UN Women have started a campaign ‘He For She’ as a global solidarity movement to end gender inequality by 2030. It aims to engage men and boys as advocates and agents of change in the effort to achieve equality.


10. Which among the following is / are correct statements with respect to the Air Quality Index launched recently by the Government of India?
1. It is an initiative under Swachh Bharat Mission
2. It will act as a One number-One colour-One Description
3. It will consider eight parameters for which National Ambient Air Quality Standards are prescribed
Choose the correct option from the codes given below:
[A]Only 1 & 2
[B]Only 2 & 3
[C]Only 1 & 3
[D]1, 2 & 3

1, 2 & 3
The new index is launched as part of the PM Modi’s ‘Clean India Mission’ will provide one consolidated number after tracking eight pollutants and will use colour coding to describe other related health impacts.

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