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Quiz 626: Current Affairs 2012

1. In 2012, Coast Guards of India, Sri Lanka and Maldives took part in a joint exercise off the coast of Male, which aimed at achieving inter-operablity to fight the menace of international piracy extending its tentacles to Indian Ocean. The name of this joint exercise was :
[A]Shakti 2012
[B]Ekuverin
[C]Dosti- XI
[D]Yudh Abhyas

Dosti-XI


2. Consider the following Statements regarding Sethusamudram Project :
1.The project involves digging a 83 km long deepwater channel linking the shallow water of the Palk Strait with the Gulf of Mannar.
2.Government of India plans to break limestone shells &shores to the infinity called Adam’s Bridge or Ram sethu as part of implementation of this project.
Which of the above Statement(s) is/are true ?
[A]Only 1
[B]Only 2
[C]Both 1 and 2
[D]Neither 1 nor 2

Both 1 and 2


3. The first astronomical observatory of Harappan Civilization has been found at which among the following ancient Indian sites?
[A]Chanhudaro
[B]Ropar
[C]Daimabad
[D]Dholavira

Dholavira


4. Meg-1 is an imprinted gene which finds expression only from maternal chromosomes which regulates the transfer of nutrients from the plant to the seed. This gene has been discovered in :
[A]Maize
[B]Cotton
[C]Jute
[D]Sugarcane

Maize.


5. Which of the following countries are the group of remaining Polio-endemic countries of the world, after India had its first polio free year (Jan 2011-Jan 2012) and is therefore no longer counted amongst Polio-endemic nations?
[A]Pakistan-Afghanistan-Nigeria-Sudan
[B]Pakistan-Bangladesh-Iraq-Afganistan
[C]Bangladesh-Myanmar-Srilanka-Sudan
[D]Sudan-Nigeria-Somalia-Pakistan

Pakistan-Afghanistan-Nigeria-Sudan
According to WHO, the remaining Polio-endemic countries are Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria.


6. The Thummalapalle mine which is considered to have one of the world’s largest reserves of 1.50 lakh tonnes of uranium is located in which among the following Indian States?
[A]Karnataka
[B]Andhra Pradesh
[C]Tamil Nadu
[D]Kerela

Andhra Pradesh
The Thummalapalle mine located in Kadapa district of Andhra Pradesh which is considered to have one of the world’s largest reserves of 1.50 lakh tonnes of uranium was commissioned for production by the Atomic Energy Commission in April 2012.


7. The prices of which among the following item(s) is/are not market linked, but are fixed by the Government :
[A]Petrol and Diesel
[B]Deisel and Kerosene
[C]Deisel, Kerosene and LPG
[D]None of the above

Deisel, Kerosene and LPG.


8. In the context of the “Bachat Lamp Yojana” , select the correct Statements from the choices given below:
1. The Bachat lamp yojana was launched in February 2009.
2. Implemented through the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) in India’s Ministry of Power, the program’s goal is to deliver CFLs at the cost of normal lightbulbs.
3. The difference in cost will be covered by the sale of Certified Emission Rights under the Clean Development Mechanism(CDM) of the Kyoto Protocol.
[A]Only 2
[B]1 and 2
[C]2 and 3
[D]1, 2 and 3

1, 2 and 3
Bachat Lamp Yojana is a program by the government of India to reduce the cost of compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs, i.e., energy saving lights) sold to consumers. Implemented through the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) in India’s Ministry of Power, the program’s goal is to deliver CFLs at the cost of normal lightbulbs. The difference in cost will be covered by the sale of Certified Emission Rights under the Clean Development Mechanism of the Kyoto Protocol.


9. India launched its first indigenously manufactured anti-malaria new-age drug ‘Synriam’ recently. In this context, which of the following statement(s) is/are true?
1. Synriam will be used to treat Plasmodium vivax malaria in adults.
2. It provides relief from most malaria-related symptoms, including fever, and has a high cure rate of over 95 per cent.
[A]Only 1
[B]Only 2
[C]Both 1 and 2
[D]Neither 1 nor 2

Only 2
Ranbaxy has launched the drug Synriam, which it claims will prove a more efficient and simpler treatment for malaria. It is the first recently developed antimalarial that is not based on artemisinin, one of the most effective treatments for malaria, which has begun to suffer from problems with resistance in recent years. Ranbaxy has hailed Synriam as India’s first domestically developed drug – although none of its active ingredients were discovered in the country.Synriam will be used to treat uncomplicated Plasmodium falciparum malaria in adults. It provides relief from most malaria-related symptoms, including fever, and has a high cure rate of over 95 per cent.


10. Under a pilot project of Ministry of Earth Sciences, have developed the Low Temperature Thermal Desalination Technology(LTTD) to convert sea water into drinking water.The 4 plants which have been commissioned to harness the benefits of this environment-friendly technology will be set up in:
[A]Gujarat
[B]Maharashtra
[C]Andaman and Nicobar
[D]Lakshadweep

Lakshadweep


11. Sachin Tendulkar, Rekha and Anu Aga have been recently nominated to the Rajya Sabha by the President under which among the following Articles of Indian Constitution :
[A]Article 65
[B]Article 80
[C]Article 92
[D]Article 103

Option [B]
Article 80 allows the President to nominate12 members having special knowledge or pratical experience in matters such as literature, arts, science and social service, to the Upper House of the Parliament.


12. In April 2012, RBI has given instructions to which of the following banks/institutions to double the home loan limit for prior-sector lending?
[A]Scheduled Commercial Banks
[B]Foreign Banks
[C]Regional Rural Banks
[D]Micro-Finance Institutions

Regional Rural Banks


13. Chen Guangcheng, a blind civil rights activist was in the news recently for being under US protection after escaping 19 months of house arrest in China for exposing the human rights violation in :
[A]Excessive enforcement of One-Child Policy.
[B]Employment of child labour in hazardous mining of rare earth elements.
[C]Illegal confinement of Indian businessmen engaged in cross-border trade in China.
[D]Ill treatment of US immigrants in China.

Excessive enforcement of One-Child Policy


14. In May,2012 India and Seychelles have inked pacts in which among the following areas of strategic and global cooperation :
1. Security Cooperation
2. Sports and Youth Affairs
3. Clean Development Mechanism
[A]1 and 2
[B]2 and 3
[C]1 and 3
[D]1, 2 and 3

1 and 2


15. Which of the following countries is/are correctly matched with their correponding Satellite Navigation Systems?
1. Russia -GLONASS
2. EU- Galileo
3. India- Bhuvan
4. Japan- Beidou
[A]1 and 2
[B]1, 2 and 3
[C]1, 3 and 4
[D]All of them

1 and 2
India- GAGAN
China – Beidou-1, Beidou-2