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Quiz 599: General Knowledge 2012

1. India selected the French Fighter Rafale in a $10.2 bn deal in 2012 over 5 other contenders. After the down-selecting India narrowed down to two, one was French Fighter Rafale which was the other one ?
[A]Boeing
[B]Lockheed Matin
[C]Cassadian (formerly EADS)
[D]MiG 35

Cassadian (formerly EADS)


2. The First Chairperson of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) was ?
[A]JUSTICE A.S. Naidu
[B]Justice Lokeshwar Singh Panta
[C]Justice Markandey Katju
[D]Justice A K Ganguly

Justice Lokeshwar Singh Panta
National Green Tribunal Act (NGT) was established in 2010, under India’s constitutional provision of Article 21, which assures the citizens of India, the
right to a healthy environment under Article 2 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, which affirms the right to life. The tribunal
itself, is a special fast-track court to handle the expeditious disposal of the cases pertaining to environmental issues. The National Green Tribunal (NGT)
was officially passed by the legislature on 18th October 2010 with its Chairperson, Justice Lokeshwar Singh Panta.


3. Mario Miranda who passed away in 2012 was a famous ?
[A]Poet
[B]Singer
[C]Cartoonist
[D]Photographer

Cartoonist
Mario João Carlos do Rosario de Brito Miranda, ComIH (2 May 1926 – 11 December 2011), popularly known as Mario Miranda or Mario de Miranda,
was an Indian cartoonist based in Loutolim in the Indian state of Goa. Miranda had been a regular with The Times of India and other newspapers in Mumbai, including The Economic Times, though he got his popularity with his works published in The Illustrated Weekly of India.


4. Foreign Direct Investment(FDI) and Foreign Institutional Investment(FII) are distinct in terms of?
[A]FDI brings capital, technology & management and FII brings only capital
[B]FDI targets specific sectors and FII help in increasing foreign capital availability
[C]FII is considered more stable
[D]FII targets both primary and secondary market while FDI targets only primary.

FDI brings capital, technology & management and FII brings only capital


5. In Binary System, the power of _____ is used .
[A]2
[B]8
[C]10
[D]16

2


6. What is 3V-Avatar ?
[A]It is Software programme for preventing hacking attempts
[B]It is India’s first bio-absorbable endovascular drug for heart patients
[C]It is an indigenous spacecraft developed by India
[D]It is a trivalent vaccine developed to cure 3 types of diseases in India

It is country’s first bio-absorbable endovascular drug for heart patients
S3V Vascular Technologies, a startup floated by four graduates of the founding class of PGPMAX (Post Graduate Diploma in Management for
Executives) at the Indian School of Business, launched its first drug-coated stent — 3V-Avatar.
3V-Avatar, which the company claims to be the country’s first bioabsorbable endovascular drug-coated stent, was launched for animal trials and is
awaiting approvals from the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) before initiating the clinical trials.
“3V-Avatar not only restores blood flow by opening a blocked vessel, but most importantly, it releases a pro-healing drug during its life span of about 18
months and dissolves after fulfilling its life-saving vessel support role. Patients with this third-generation stent will be able to undergo CT and MRI scans
and will also be able to undergo further surgical interventions, if necessary”.


7. What is Skyscraper Index (SI)?
[A]It is an index which exhibits the relationship b/w the living standards and happiness of the people residing in the multistory buildings of the world’s most developed cities
[B]It is an index of coefficients which measures the growth of a city by means of the overproduction of the labour, concrete, real estate and capital
[C]It is an index conceptualized and developed by UN Habitat which exhibits real time ratio b/w the population living in the skyscrapers and slums of a particular city, in a particular defined pattern
[D]It is a concept which explains that investment in skyscrapers peaks when cyclical growth is exhausted and the economy is ready for recession thus it is a predictor of Economic crisis, not boom

It is a concept which explains that investment in skyscrapers peaks when cyclical growth is exhausted and the economy is ready for recession thus it is a
predictor of Economic crisis, not boom
The Skyscraper Index is a concept put forward in January 1999 by Andrew Lawrence, research director at Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein, which showed that the world’s tallest buildings have risen on the eve of economic downturns. Business cycles and skyscraper construction correlate in such a way that investment in skyscrapers peaks when cyclical growth is exhausted and the economy is ready for recession.
The buildings may actually be completed after the onset of the recession or later, when another business cycle pulls the economy up, or even cancelled.
Unlike earlier instances of similar reasoning (“height is a barometer of boom”), Lawrence used skyscraper projects as a predictor of economic crisis, not
boom.


8. Who is appointed as the New bowling Coach of Indian Cricket Team in Feb 2012 ?
[A]Jow Dawes
[B]Wasim Akram
[C]Javagal Srinath
[D]Shaun Pollock

Jow Dawes
Former Australian first-class pacer Joe Dawes will take over as the Indian cricket team’s bowling coach after Eric Simons’ tenure comes to an end at the
completion of the ongoing tour of Australia.


9. Vikram Sampath wins Sahitya Akademi Yuva Puraskar ’11 for his biography ?
[A]The Raj Quartet: The Jewel in the Crown, The Day of the Scorpion
[B]White Mughals: Love and Betrayal in Eighteenth-Century India
[C]My Name is Gauhar Jaan – the Life and Times of a Musician
[D]A House for Mr Biswas

My Name is Gauhar Jaan – the Life and Times of a Musician
Author Vikram Sampath won the Sahitya Academi Yuva Puraskar 2011, for his biography ‘My Name is Gauhar Jaan – the Life and Times of a Musician’.
His second book ‘My name is Gauhar Jaan!-the life and times of a musician’ is the biography of Gauhar Jaan, India’s first classical musician to record on
the gramophone.


10. As per the Associated Chamber of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM): Gujarat was the most lucrative investment destination in attracting live investment proposals at the end of 2011. Which was the 2nd most lucrative destination ?
[A]Karnataka
[B]Tamil Nadu
[C]Kerala
[D]Maharashtra

Maharashtra
As per the Associated Chamber of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM): Gujarat 1st and Maharashtra 2nd most lucrative investment
destination in attracting live investment proposals at the end of 2011 Maharashtra has clocked a share of about 11.74% in the total live investments worth Rs 120.34 lakh crore at the end of the year Gujarat, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and Karnataka have emerged as the preferred investment destinations by attracting 53.56% of the total live investments. Gujarat, with 16.28 lakh crore, has emerged as the most preferred investment destination, followed by Maharashtra Rs 14.14 lakh crore, Andhra Pradesh Rs 12.09 lakh crore, Odisha Rs 12.09 lakh crore, Karnataka Rs 9.85 lakh crore and the remaining 15 states attracted total investment proposals worth Rs 55.89 lakh Crore.


11. As per a proposal in Feb 2012, the Pink City of Jaipur is to be twinned with which City ?
[A]Port Louis
[B]Melbourne
[C]New York
[D]Berlin

Port Louis
The Pink City Jaipur to be twinned with the Mauritian capital Port Louis in coming years.
The capital of Mauritius, named after King Louis XV by Captain Dufresne d’Arsel who took possession of the 6.3 sq km island during the turn of the 18th
century, will soon have a team from Jaipur visiting it. Mauritius, the Indian Ocean Island has a sizeable population of people of Indian origin.
Twinning will be done after Mayoral level discussions. Textiles, jewellery and tourism are the areas where Mauritius and Rajasthan can work together.
MoU to be signed with Rajasthan


12. Who won the Sahitya Akademi Awards 2011 for the English Narrative “India After Gandhi” ?
[A]Kashinath Singh
[B]Ramachandra Guha
[C]Baldev Singh
[D]Mohan Parmar

Ramachandra Guha


13. Who won the 21st Vyas Samman for his poetry collection “ Aam Ke Patte ” ?
[A]Kashinath Singh
[B]Baldev Singh
[C]Ramdarash Mishra
[D]Kshetri Bira

Ramdarash Mishra
Noted Hindi writer Professor Ramdarash Mishra has been selected for the 21st Vyas Samman for his poetry collection “ Aam Ke Patte ”. The collection
was published in 2004.
The award, instituted by the K.K. Birla Foundation, is given annually for an outstanding literary work in Hindi published during the past 10 years. The
award carries a cash purse of Rs. 2.5 lakh. A former professor of Hindi at Delhi University, Prof. Mishra has published 16 anthologies of poems, 13 novels and 18 story collections. His biography has been brought out in four volumes and his woks have been collected and published in 14 volumes. The 85-year-old has made a significant contribution to literary criticism over the years. His well-received poetry collections include “ Pak gai hai dhoop ”, “ Path ke Geet ”, “ Kandhe par Suraj ” and “ Barish mein bheegte bache ”. His novels “ Jal Tootata Hua ” and “ Paani ke Prachir ” were received with critical acclaim.


14. In Feb 2012, the Union Government took a decision to fund a scheme for imparting training to less-educated and unemployed youths in Rajasthan to improve their skills in the hospitality sector and enable them to find suitable jobs in hotels and tourism units. Which Scheme is being talked about ?
[A]Hunar Se Rozgar
[B]Mehnat Ki Kamai
[C]Mehnat Ki Roti
[D]Izzat Ki Kamai

Hunar Se Rozgar
Centre to fund “ Hunar Se Rozgar” in Rajasthan
The Union Government will fund a scheme for imparting training to less-educated and unemployed youths in Rajasthan to improve their skills in the
hospitality sector and enable them to find suitable jobs in hotels and tourism units. The training will include areas such as beverage and food preparation
and serving.


15. “Macintosh” an Operating System is a product of ?
[A]Microsoft
[B]Apple
[C]Intel
[D]Google

Apple
The brand name of a family of personal computers (hardware) and an operating system (software) from Apple, introduced in 1984.