GK & Current Affairs Questions: September 24, 2013

1. What is the name of powerful Typhoon which hit Philippines and Taiwan recently?
[A]Typhoon Narghese
[B]Typhoon Usagi
[C]Typhoon Rambo
[D]Typhoon Swift

Typhoon Usagi
Typhoon Usagi, the most powerful storm of this year, unleashed torrential rain and ferocious winds in Taiwan and Philippines. Usagi which means rabbit in Japanese packed winds of 165 km/h hits.


2. Which one of the following is the only African state not a member of African Union?
[A]Algeria
[B]Morocco
[C]Cameroon
[D]Libya

Morocco
The African Union is a union consisting of 54 African states. The only all-African state not in the AU is Morocco. Morocco left AU’s predecessor, the Organisation of African Unity in 1984, when majority of the member countries supported the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic, resulting on SADR admission to the AU.


3. Recently (September, 2013), who among the followings has been appointed as chairman of “National Commission for Backward Classes”?
[A]Justice V Eswaraih
[B]Justice M N Rao
[C]Justice Narendra Babu
[D]Justice Gopala Gowda

Justice V Eswaraih
Government of India has appointed Justice Vangala Eswaraih, former acting Chief Justice of Andhra Pradesh as the chairperson of the National Commission for Backward Classes. The National Commission of Backward Classes has been set up under the National Commission for Backward Classes Act 1993.


4. “Naseem Al Bahr” is a biennial Naval Exercise between India and which country?
[A]Iran
[B]Mexico
[C]Oman
[D]Nigeria

Oman
The ninth edition of the bilateral Indian Navy-Royal Omani Navy biennial exercise begins in the North Arabian Sea. With the first Indian Navy-Royal Navy of Oman exercise having been conducted in 1993, this year marks 20 years of IN-RNO bilateral exercise. “Naseem Al Bahr” 2013 will be the ninth edition of the bilateral exercise between two navies.


5. Who among the followings is/are members of National Integration Council (NIC) of India?
1.Union Ministers
2.Governors of all States
3.Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha & Rajya Sabha
4.Chief Minister of all States & UT’s with Legislature
Chose the correct answer from the codes given below:
[A]Only 1, 3 & 4
[B]Only 1, 2 & 4
[C]Only 1, 2 & 3
[D]1, 2, 3 & 4

Only 1, 3 & 4
National Integration Council set up in early 1960s by Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, the NIC held its first meeting in 1962. Currently chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the NIC has 147 members including Union Ministers, leaders of Opposition in the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha, Chief Ministers of all the States and Union Territories with Legislature.


6. The “Emmy Awards” are given for recognizes excellence in the _____?
[A]Theatre
[B]Music
[C]Television
[D]Film

Television
Emmy awards or simply Emmy recognises excellence in the Television Industry.


7. Against which of the following Indian power projects Pakistan has raised objections?
1.Ratle
2.Lower Kalnai
3.Miyar Nallah
4.Pakaldul
Chose the correct answer from the codes given below:
[A]Only 1 & 2
[B]Only 1, 2 & 4
[C]Only 1, 2 & 3
[D]All the above

All the above
Indus water commissioners of India and Pakistan began discussion on four power projects that are coming up in Jammu and Kashmir. The commissioners will discuss objections raised by Pakistan on India’s four hydrothermal projects in Chenab basin, being constructed under Indus water treaty 1960. Three of the projects, namely Ratle (850 MW), lower Kalnai (48 MW), and Miyar Nallah (120 MW) are run of the river projects, while the 1000 MW Pakaldul project involves very insignificant pondage.


8. “Angela Merkel” who won the German election for the third time belongs to which political party?
[A]Christian Democratic Union
[B]Social Democratic Party
[C]Christian Social Union
[D]Free Democratic Party

Christian Democratic Union
The German Chancellor Angela Merkel has secured a third time in office, with her party the Christian Democrats winning 41 and half percent of the vote in federal states.


9. Which of the following hill stations located in the Kumaon ranges?
[A]Almora
[B]Udagamandalam
[C]Yercaud
[D]Kodaikanal

Almora
Almora is located on a ridge at the southern edge of the Kumaon Hills of the Himalaya range. Almora is considered the cultural heart of the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand.


10. In which of the following states “Mainline Electrical Multiple Unit (MEMU)” Coach factory is being coming up?
[A]Gujarat
[B]Haryana
[C]Rajasthan
[D]Tamil Nadu

Rajasthan
Sonia Gandhi, the Chairperson of UPA has laid the foundation stone of Mainline Electrical Multiple Unit (MEMU) Coach Factory at near Rupaheli station, Bhilwara District, Rajasthan. MEMU Coach Factory has been approved in the Rail Budget 2013-14 at an estimated cost of Rs 800 crore. This factory is a joint effort of Indian Railways, Government of Rajasthan and BHEL. Once operational, this factory will meet the demand of MEMU coaches on Indian Railways to large extent.

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