Quiz 602: Current Affairs March 6-10, 2012
1. Vladimir Putin has recently become Russia’s president for which among the following terms?
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has won the Presidential polls. He secured a record third term in the Kremlin after recording a landslide victory over his four rivals. Exit polls and preliminary results gave him about 60 per cent of the vote, enough to give him a first-round victory over his nearest rival Gennady Zyuganov, who secured about 17 per cent votes. The other three candidates were in single digits. The 59-year-old ex-KGB spy will now become President for a third time after swapping role as Prime Minister with his close aide Dmitry Medvedev. Putin was Russia’s President from 2000 to 2008, but was barred by the constitution from standing for a third consecutive term.
2. The Freedom and Justice Party has emerged as the single largest party in the recent parliamentary elections in which among the following countries?
3. The main goal of Total Sanitation Campaign is to eradicate the practice of open defecation by ____?
Total Sanitation Campaign is aimed at ensuring sanitation facilities in rural areas. The main goal of Total Sanitation Campaign is to eradicate the practice of open defecation by 2017. To give fillip to this endeavour, Government of India has launched Nirmal Gram Puraskar.
4. The four leading countries in the recently held first women’s World Cup Kabaddi championship were as follows:
[A]India, Iran, Japan, Russia
[B]India, Iran, Japan, Thailand
[C]India, Australia, Japan, Iran
[D]India, Australia, Iran, Japan
India, Iran, Japan, Thailand
In a thrilling encounter at Patilputra sports complex in Patna, Indian eves clinched the first women’s World Cup Kabaddi championship title defeating Iran 25-19 in the final. Japan was declared third and Thailand finished fourth in the championship.
5. In context with agriculture, 2012 is being launched as the year of ___?
2012 is being launched as the year of Horticulture for bringing horticultural development in the country to centre stage. More focus and attention for successful implementation of various horticultural programme in the country are required in this direction. – Sharad Pawar
6. Recently, the Empowered Group of Ministers, EGoM has decided to allocate 700 megahertz spectrum for offering which among the following telecom services?
Recently, the Empowered Group of Ministers, EGoM has decided to allocate 700 megahertz spectrum for offering fourth-generation or 4G telecom services. This particular band is considered to be very efficient and could fetch the government revenues more than it got through the auctioning of 3G spectrum last year.- Minister
7. Consider the following:
1. ICICI Bank
2. Bank of Baroda
Which among the above have joined together to set up India’s First Infrastructure Debt Fund.?
[B]1 2 3
[C]1 2 4
[D]1 2 3 4
1 2 3 4
Setting up of Infrastructure Debt Fund (IDF) through public private partnership would meet the long term need of the infrastructure sector funding. This statement was given by Pranab Mukherjee this after presiding over the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding in New Delhi between the ICICI Bank, Bank of Baroda, CITI Bank and Life Insurance Corporation of India to Set-Up India’s First Infrastructure Debt Fund.
8. Annual Elephant Festival was recently celebrated in which city of Rajasthan?
Annual Elephant festival at Jaipur starts with a traditional procession in which richly decorated Elephant march along in a parade while musicians play folk tunes and dancers splash colours. This is followed by best decorated elephant competition. Elephant polo is the most noticeable feature of this event where, the players wear saffron and red turbans, sit on the elephants, and try to score goals with long sticks and a plastic football. The Festival also provides platform for the folk tradition of Rajasthan.
9. Who among the following has won the Best actor Award in the 59th National Film Awards 2011?
Bollywood Actress Vidya Balan won the Best Actress award for her performance in the film ‘Dirty Picture’ in the 59th National Film Awards 2011 announced in New Delhi. Girish Kulkarni won the Best actor Award in the Marathi Film Deool. The films Deool in Marathi and Byari in Byari language jointly won the Best Feature Film Award. The Award for Best Direction was won by the film “Anhe Gohrey Daan” ( Punjabi film) directed by Gurvider Singh. The film ‘Chillar Party’ bagged the Best children’s film award. The best Child Artist award was jointly won by child artists in the Hindi films Stanley ka Dabba and Chillar Party. The Indira Gandhi Award for the Best Debut film of a Director was won by the Tamil film Aaranya kandam Directed by Kamararaja Thiagarajan. “I Am” won the National award for the best Hindi film. Anand Bhate won the Best male playback singer Award in the Marathi film Balagandharva, while the best female Playback singer award was bagged Roopa Ganguly in Bengali film Abosheyshey. The Award for Best Cinematography was won by Cameraman Satya Rai Nagpaul for the Punjabi film Anhe Ghorey Da Daan. The Best Music Direction Award was won by Neel Daat for the Songs in the Bengali film Ranjana Ami Ar Ashbo Na.
10. Ravi Shankar Sharma, popularly known as Ravi, who recently passed away was a __?
86-year old music maestro composed music for several Hindi and Malayalam films, such as ‘Waqt’, ‘Neel Kamal’, ‘Phool Aur Patthar’, ‘Humraaz’,
‘Nikaah’, ‘Do Badan’, ‘Aankhen’, ‘Chaudhvin Ka Chand’ and ‘Gumraah’.
11. Terry Wagon is known as a famous personality related to which among the following disciplines?
Terry Wagon was recently making news in connection with the Emirates Literature Festival at Dubai. Terry Wagon has been the face of Irish Radio and Television for over 33 years.
12. The Assam Government has launched the Mamoni scheme under which among the following schemes?
[A]Total Sanitation Campaign
[B]National Rural Health Mission
[C]National Solar Mission
National Rural Health Mission
Assam government has taken an initiative to bring down Maternal Mortality Ratio. For this, Mamoni scheme has been introduced in the state under the National Rural Health Mission. Mamoni is the scheme to encourage the pregnant women to undergo 3 ante-natal checkups which identify the danger signs during pregnancy and offer proper treatment. Under the scheme, every pregnant woman receives a booklet on the tips of safe motherhood and new born care. After it, the pregnant women are provided with an amount of 1000 rupees in the second and third ante-natal checkups for expenses related to nutritional food and supplements.
13. Who among the following was sent as UN Special Envoy to Syria during the recent crisis?
[B]Mossaad Mohamed Ali
14. Who among the following holds the world record of highest Test catches?
Dravid captained India in 25 Tests and 79 ODIs in his 16-year career. Dravid also holds the world record of highest Test catches — 210.
15. Which among the following country is not a major source of FDI in India?
Mauritius, Singapore, the US, the UK, the Netherlands, Japan, Germany and the UAE are the major investors in India. To boost FDI inflows, the government has liberalised the FDI regime, allowing overseas investment in bee-keeping and share-pledging for raising external debt. Besides, 100 per cent foreign investment has been allowed in single-brand retail sector.