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Quiz 600: GK & Current Affairs 2012 for All Examinations

1. Which among the following is correct in context with the Brown ATMs (Automated Teller Machines) ?
[A]ATMs owned by Foreign Companies
[B]ATMs not owned by banks but by private ATM service providers.
[C]Outsourced ATM Service by Banks – The ATM named under a brand sponsor bank but ATM machine not owned by the Bank
[D]ATMs owned by Government

Outsourced ATM Service by Banks – The ATM named under a brand sponsor bank but ATM machine not owned by the Bank
‘Brown Label’ ATM: Outsourcing of ATM services by banks. The ATM is named under the brand of the sponsor bank but the ATM machine is not owned
by the bank. In such cases, the hardware as well as lease is under the ownership of the service provider, while connectivity and cash handling and
management is the responsibility of the sponsor bank


2. Which among the following is correct in context with the White ATMs (Automated Teller Machines) ?
[A]ATMs owned by Foreign Companies
[B]ATMs not owned by banks but by private ATM service providers.
[C]Outsourced ATM Service by Banks – The ATM named under a brand sponsor bank but ATM machine not owned by the Bank
[D]ATMs owned by Government

ATMs not owned by banks but by private ATM service providers.
‘White label ATM’: These are ATM’s which are not owned by banks but by private ATM service providers. Customers from any bank can deposit or
withdraw money from such ATMs. They will provide ATM services to customers of all banks.
Such ATMs will be White Label Automated Teller Machines-WLAs and will provide ATM services to customers of all banks. WLA cannot charge
customers.


3. Justice Dharmadhikari Committee submitted its report on January 31, 2012 and its recommendations to be implemented after a 3 member panel review. Justic Dharmadhikari Committee report concerns ?
[A]Various HR issues after the merger of the two national carriers Air India and Indian Airlines.
[B]Issues regarding the safety aspects of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project and address the fears of the local population
[C]Various issues regarding the re-allocation of 2G Spectrum
[D]Issues regarding the Interest Subsidy Scheme for Housing the Urban Poor (ISHUP)

Various HR issues after the merger of the two national carriers Air India and Indian Airlines.
3 Member Panel to Examine “Justice Dharmadhikari Committee Report”
•3 member committee formed by Ch. Ajit Singh, Minister of Civil Aviation to inspect the recommendations of “Justice Dharmadhikari Committee” on
several HR issues after the merger of the two national carriers Air India and Indian Airlines.
•The committee has been asked to give the schedule of implementation of the recommendations of Justice Dharmadhikari Committee.


4. Which among the following is a correct statement in context with “Cent Vayushakti”?
[A]Scheme for induction of Russian Helicopters in IAF
[B]Special scheme launched by Central Bank of India for IAF personnel
[C]Scheme of $10.2 billion for purchase of 126 French Fighter jets “Rafale” from French Company Dassault Aviation
[D]Scheme launched by IAF for increasing its current fleet by 100 per-cent

Special scheme launched by Central Bank of India for IAF personnel
Bank of India, the third largest public sector bank launched a special scheme CENT VAYUSHAKTI for promoting a defence salary package. The scheme
aims to provide high end range of banking facilities to the serving and retired Air Force personnel all over India.


5. The innovative Interest Subsidy Scheme for Housing the Urban Poor (ISHUP) is being redrafted into two parts to be implemented in the 12th Plan period. These two parts are: (i) Revised ISHUP Scheme and (ii)_________ ?
[A]Rajiv Rin Yojana (RRY)
[B]Indira Vikas Yojana (IVY)
[C]Loan for a Home Scheme (LHS)
[D]None of the above

Rajiv Rin Yojana (RRY)
The innovative Interest Subsidy Scheme for Housing the Urban Poor (ISHUP) is being redrafted into two parts as(i) Revised ISHUP Scheme and (ii)
Rajiv Rin Yojana (RRY) to be implemented in the 12th Plan period.


6. A new Rail Coach Manufacturing unit has been sacntioned by the Union Govt in February 2012. At which place willl this new Rail Coach Manufacturing Unit is to be set up?
[A]Salem (Tamil Nadu)
[B]Kasaragod (Kerala)
[C]Krishnagiri (Tamil Nadu)
[D]Palakkad (Kerala)

Palakkad (Kerala)
A new Rail Coach Manufacturing unit at Palakkad (Kerala) setup sanctioned by the Centre.
Capacity: Manufacture 400 coaches per year
Joint Venture in which Railways shall contribute 26% of the equity.
This will help Indian Railways to meet the increasing demands of passenger transportation.
It shall also ascertain elicitation of state of the art aluminium coaches on Indian Railways.


7. In February 2012, “MI-17 V5” was inducted intoIndian Air Force. ‘MI-17 V5’ are a class of ?
[A]Unmanned Light Air Vehicles
[B]Air to Air Missiles
[C]Fighter Planes
[D]Helicopters

Helicopters
Russian Helicopter MI-17 V5
In 2008, India had signed an agreement with Russia to induct 80 Mi-17 V5 helicopters
Falls in the category of armed helicopter
Has significant and effectual firepower with the latest and sinewy engines that will deeply heighten its payload carriage capability at higher altitudes.


8. M.R. Srinivasan Committee designated to submit its report on which of the following ?
[A]Various HR issues after the merger of the two national carriers Air India and Indian Airlines.
[B]Issues regarding the safety aspects of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project and address the fears of the local population
[C]Various issues regarding the re-allocation of 2G Spectrum
[D]Various HR issues after the merger of the two national carriers Air India and Indian Airlines.

Issues regarding the launch Kudankulam Nuclear Power plant
Union Government to launch the Kudankulam Nuclear Power plant after a report from the Committee headed by M.R. Srinivasan and appointed by the
Tamil Nadu Government and makes it clear that Russian Scientists would maintain to stay at the plant site.
The 4-member expert committee headed by M.R. Srinivasan constituted by the Tamil Nadu Govt to look into the safety aspects of the Kudankulam Nuclear
Power Project and address the fears of the local population, is to meet in Chennai on Friday.


9. Consider the following Statements:
1) UIDAI comes under the Planning Commission and NPR comes under the Home Ministry’s National Population Register.
2) UIDAI is a Voluntary Scheme while NPR is a Mandatory for all residents of India.
Which of the above are TRUE?
[A]Only 1
[B]Only 2
[C]Both
[D]None

Both
UIDAI comes under the Planning Commission and NPR comes under the Home Ministry’s National Population Register.
UIDAI: Voluntary Scheme while NPR: Mandatory for all residents of India.


10. Which of the following is a Scheme for Capacity building of Panchayats in India?
1) Backward Regions Grant Fund (BRGF)
2) Rashtriya Gram Swaraj Yojana
3) Rural Business Hubs
4) Panchayat Mahila Evam Yuva Shakti Abhiyan
5) JNNURM
6) e-Panchayat
7) Panchayat Empowerment & Accountability Incentive Scheme
[A]4, 6, 7 Only
[B]2, 3, 4, 6, 7 Only
[C]1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7 Only
[D]All of these

1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7 Only
The schemes for the empowerment of Panchayats:-
1.Backward Regions Grant Fund (BRGF): Under this scheme the Central Government furnishes funds to the State Governments to even out regional
imbalances in growth of 250 backward districts in India. The tactic directs at encouraging the performance and ability of Panchayats, in planning,
decision, making, implementation and monitoring.
2.Rashtriya Gram Swaraj Yojana: Funds issued to States for training and capacity building of Panchayati Raj Institutions in districts uncovered by the
BRGF.
3.Rural Business Hubs: To aid the Panchayats to empower rural labour productivity by providing forward backward linkages with technical assistance in
Public-Private-Partnership.
4.Panchayat Manila`Evam Yuva Shakti Abhiyan: To enable women and youth Panchayat leaders to come together to articulate their problems as women
Panchayat Leaders.
5.e-Panchayat: For computerizing the databases, accounts and other functions of the Gram Panchayats for accountability and transparency.
6.Panchayat Empowerment & Accountability Incentive Scheme: To recognize and incentivize the efforts of Panchayats w.r.t. respect to transparency,
accountability and efficiency and of States with respect to devolution of funds, functions and functionaries to Panchayats.


11. A study by Yale and Columbia Universities, announced in January 2012 that amongst 132 nations in terms of air quality with regard to its effect on human health. What was India’s rank in this index?
[A]112
[B]95
[C]132
[D]80

132
A study by Yale and Columbia Universities, announced that India holds the last rank amongst 132 nations in terms of air quality with regard to its effect on
human health. India scored only 3.73 points on a scale of 100 in the analysis, falling far behind the next worst performer, Bangladesh (13.66). Whole South
Asian region fares poorly, with Nepal, Pakistan and China taking up the remaining spots in the bottom five of the standings.


12. Who among the following is the winner of Men’s Singles Title of Australian Open 2012 ?
[A]Novak Djokovic
[B]Rafael Nadal
[C]Roger Federer
[D]David Ferrer

Novak Djokovic
Defending champion Novak Djokovic combated past Rafael Nadal in a five-set Australian Open final which lasted for 5hr, 53min, the longest title match in
Grand Slam history.


13. What is the core objective of the “Saranda Action Plan” ?
[A]For Capacity building for the Panchayats in India
[B]For develpoment of effective an PDS (Public Distribution System)
[C]For development Naxal Affected districts in Naxal affected districts particularly in eastern India.
[D]For rehabilitation of Tamils in Srilanka post LTTE wipeout

For development Naxal Affected districts in Naxal affected districts particularly in eastern India.
The Union Government of India finalised a developmental action plan called Saranda Action plan for Naxal Affected districts in Naxal affected districts
particularly in eastern India. The Saranda Action Plan was prepared by Rural Development Ministry. It will be implemented firstly in Jharkhand’s Naxal-hit
Saranda district. Saranda district is in Jharkhand. According to the plan, immediate priority is to distribute solar lanterns and bicycles, construction of
prefab houses for BPL families under the Indira Awas Yojana and bridges with the help of Army and special water supply – handpump schemes.
Approximately, 4.5 crore rupees will be needed for distribution of solar lanterns and bicycles and this will be met out of the Integrated Action Plan funds.


14. ‘Me-Dam-Me-Phi’ festival is a festival of which the communities in North Eastern India?
[A]Tai-Ahom
[B]Deori Tribe
[C]Garo
[D]Khasi

Ahom
‘Me-Dam-Me-Phi’ festival of the Tai Ahom community of Assam.The Tai-Ahoms extend offerings to their departed ancestors and offer sacrifices to Gods
in traditional manner on this day.


15. Which of the following are NON-Volatile Memories ?
1) ROM
2) Flash Memory
3) F-RAM
4) D-RAM
5) EVMs (Electronic voting machines)
Choose the correct option:
[A]1 Only
[B]1,2,5 Only
[C]1,2,4,5
[D]1,2,3,5

1,2,3,5
Non-volatile memory, nonvolatile memory, NVM or non-volatile storage, in the most basic sense, is computer memory that can retain the stored
information even when not powered. Examples of non-volatile memory include read-only memory, flash memory, ferroelectric RAM (F-RAM), EVMs
(Electronic voting machines), most types of magnetic computer storage devices (e.g. hard disks, floppy disks, and magnetic tape), optical discs, and early
computer storage methods such as paper tape and punched cards.
Ferroelectric RAM (FeRAM, F-RAM or FRAM) is a random-access memory similar in construction to DRAM but uses a ferroelectric layer instead of a
dielectric layer to achieve non-volatility.