GK & Current Affairs Questions: September 15, 16, 2013

1. Recently (September, 2013), which one of the following countries has successfully tested the “Epsilon” new cheaper rocket?
[A]China
[B]Italy
[C]Japan
[D]USA

Japan
Japan’s Aerospace Exploration Agency or JAXA successfully launched a new rocket named Epsilon which is cheaper and more efficient than its previous rockets.


2. Which of the followings is/are the major basins in India with shale gas potential?
1.Krishna Godavari
2.Cauvery
3.Damodar
4.Indo Gangetic
Chose the correct answer from codes given below:
[A]Only 1 & 2
[B]Only 2 & 3
[C]Only 1 & 4
[D]1, 2, 3 & 4

1, 2, 3 & 4
The major basins in India with shale gas potential include Cambay, Gujarat, Assam-Arakan in the northeast, Gondawana in central India, Krishna Godavari in Andhra Pradesh, Cauvery onshore, Damodar basin and the Indo Gangetic basin.


3. The Rajaji National Park, which is all set to declare as Tiger reserve is in which state?
[A]Haryana
[B]Himachal Pradesh
[C]Uttarakhand
[D]Uttar Pradesh

Uttarakhand
Rajaji National Park is famous park in Uttarakhand


4. What was the code name of the military operation conducted to annex Hyderabad into the India Union?
[A]Operation Nizam
[B]Operation Diamond
[C]Operation Polo
[D]Operation Bluestar

Operation Polo
Operation Polo, the code name of the Hyderabad Police Action was a military operation in September 17, 1948 in which the Indian Armed Force invaded the State of Hyderabad and overthrew its Nizam, annexing the state into the Indian Union.


5. Who among the followings has become the first Indian-Origin contestant to win the Miss America Pageant?
[A]Theresa Vali
[B]Nina Davuluri
[C]Mallory Hagan
[D]Priya Hassan

Nina Davuluri
Indian-origin American, Nina Davuluri became the first Indian-origin contestant to win the Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City. She is the first Indian-origin woman to be chosen as Miss America.


6. As per the latest annual Forbes wealthiest Americans list, the richest person in America is?
[A]Warren Buffett
[B]Bill Gates
[C]Michael Dell
[D]Mark Zuckerberg

Bill Gates
Bill gates is the richest American for the 20th year in a row and has reclaimed the title of world’s richest person from the Mexico’s Carlos slim with a net worth of $72 billion. Warren Buffett, again number two, was the year’s biggest dollar gainer, having added $ 12.5 billion dollar to his fortune.


7. Recently (September, 2013), which of the following countries has committed financial and technical assistance to India for the Green Energy Corridor?
[A]Japan
[B]Germany
[C]Australia
[D]Norway

Germany
Germany has committed financial and technical assistance to India for the green energy corridors. It includes financial assistance of Euro 250 million as reduced interest loan.


8. In which of the following deserts “Death Valley” is located?
[A]Kalahari
[B]Mojave
[C]Sahara
[D]Great Sandy

Mojave
Death Valley is a desert valley located in Eastern California. Situated within the Mojave Desert, it is the lowest, hottest and driest area in North America.


9. Which of the following countries is/are often referred to as the Gulf Cooperation Council states?
1.UAE
2.Bahrain
3.Saudi Arabia
4.Oman
5.Iraq
Chose the correct answer from the codes given below:
[A]Only 1, 2 & 3
[B]Only 1, 2 & 4
[C]Only 1, 2, 3 & 4
[D]All the above

Only 1, 2, 3 & 4
United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar and Kuwait are often referred to as the Gulf Cooperation Council states. Iraq is the only Arab country bordering the Persian Gulf that is not a member of the council.


10. Which of the followings is the largest cultivable crop in India?
[A] Wheat
[B]Paddy
[C]Barley
[D]Soyabean

Paddy
Paddy is the largest cultivable crop in India.

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