Quiz 629: Current Affairs 2012 for Bank PO, IAS and PCS Examinations

1. A Sattriya dance troupe from Majuli river-island will perform an innovative dance drama in France and Switzerland based on the tales depicted on Vrindavani Vastra. Which of the following Statement(s) is/are true in this context?
1.Vrindavani Vastra was woven by skilled Assamese weavers in the sixteenth century.
2.The art was developed under the supervision of the medieval Vaishnavite saint and social reformer Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.
Choose the correct option:
[A]Only 1
[B]Only 2
[C]Both 1 and 2
[D]Neither 1 nor 2

Only 1
Vrindavani Vastra depicts scenes from Krishna’s childhood home of Vrindavan.It is a unique tapestry woven by skilled Assamese weavers in the sixteenth century under the supervision of the medieval Vaishnavite saint, social reformer and creative genius ‘Shankardeva’. The ten-member dance troupe of ‘bhakats’ (monks) of Uttar Kamalabari Sattra (a Vaishnavite monastery) of Majuli in Assam led by Bhabananda Barbayan, will give 22 performances 12 in France and ten in Switzerland from June 14 to July 15 based on this unique textile masterpiece that depicts the life of Krishna at Vrindavan. The dance drama has been conceptualised and choreographed on the tale on a piece of Vrindavani Vastra now preserved in Guimet, the national museum of Asian art in Paris while other Indian classical dance forms were reconstructed through the revival of a tradition that no longer existed, Sattriya was a living tradition, practised, preserved and performed consistently in the Sattras of Assam.


2. The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) wants the rhino range States of the country to assign unique rhino IDs for safety and intensive monitoring and recording their daily location using GPS, in the wake of rising incidents of poaching of rhinos in several protected areas and habitats. Which of the following group of States have been alerted in this regard?
[A]Assam, West Bengal and UP
[B]Assam, Orissa and Karnataka
[C]Assam, Karnataka and Kerela
[D]Assam, Gujarat and MP

Option [A]
Assam, West Bengal and UP are the three rhino range states.


3. Arian Chowdhury of Kolkata has been in news lately,because he is suffering from the rare Hunter syndrome (1 in 2,00,000). Which of the following Statement(s) is/are correct regarding the Hunter Syndrome?
1. It is a genetic disease caused by mutation that leads to deposition of biomolecules in cells.
2. It is among the few diseases which cannot be treated.
[A]Only 1
[B]Only 2
[C]Both 1 and 2
[D]Neither 1 nor 2

Only 1
Arian Chowdhury is suffering from the Hunter syndrome, a genetic disease caused by mutation that leads to deposition of biomolecules in cells. As cells get progressively clogged, organs begin to fail, causing death. One in 2,00,000 suffers from the disease. Except in developed nations, most patients die young with parents unable to afford the lifelong treatment of Rs 1 crore a year. In severe cases, children survive till 11-12 years. Arian’s case is less severe. Doctors say he may live till 17-18. “His bones have become stiff and he is unable to bend his fingers or toes. There is facial deformity and his liver has enlarged. But his brain is still fine. The only way to arrest his condition is by injecting a critical enzyme that is deficient in his body. Enzyme replacement therapy is now available for the syndrome. But the vials are too expensive for any individual to afford the treatment that costs around Rs 2 lakh a week. (THE HINDU – 12th June,2012)


4. The Global ratings agency Standard & Poor’s has recently cautioned which BRIC country that it risks losing its investment-grade rating,by citing slowing growth and political roadblocks to economic policy making as some of the factors ?
[A]Brazil
[B]Russia
[C]India
[D]China

Option [C]
The S&P report, which is a follow-up to its April outlook revision, says India’s ability to pull back from the edge will depend on the way the government handles potentially slower growth and economic shocks. That would determine whether the country can maintain an investment grade rating or become the first ” fallen angel” among the BRIC nations – Brazil, India, Russia and China.


5. The oldest pearl in the history of human kind, that goes back to over seven centuries to the Neolithic age, was recently found in :
[A]UAE
[B]Jordan
[C]Japan
[D]Phillippines

UAE
7,500-yr-old pearl was found in UAE. The report, quoting a French National Centre for Scientific Research statement, said gem specialists believed that the oldest pearl hitherto known goes back to 3000 BC and was found at an antiquity site in Japan. According to the Center, the pearl is the oldest known in the Arabian Peninsula and across the world. This newly discovered pearl along with other pearls found along the south western shores of the Arabian Peninsula indicates that this region witnessed the oldest clan hunting activity in the world for the value of pearls aesthetically and for special rituals.


6. The Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (also known as the National Solar Mission) is a major initiative of the Government of India and State Governments to promote ecologically sustainable growth while addressing India’s energy security challenges. In this context, which of the following statement(s) is/are correct?
1.The first phase of this mission aims to commission 1000MW of grid-connected solar power projects by 2013.
2.The target of the mission is to generate 20,000 MW solar power by the end of the 13th Five Year Plan.
[A]Only 1
[B]Only 2
[C]Both 1 and 2
[D]Neither 1 nor 2

Both 1 and 2
India’s initiative in the renewable energy sector has received praise in the report on renewable energy trends in 2011, launched by the United Nations Environment Programme and the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century. India’s National Solar Mission helps the country spur an impressive 62 per cent increase in investments to $12 billion during the year, the fastest investment expansion of any large renewables market in the world. India also finds place in the report as one among the seven countries of the world for renewable energy capacity, excluding large hydro, accounting for about 70 per cent of the total non-hydro renewable capacity worldwide. The other countries are China, the United States, Germany, Spain, Italy and Japan. China, India and Brazil together accounted for roughly one-quarter, the report says. (The Hindu -12th June,2012)


7. Scientists from the Centre for Earth Science Studies are studying an ecosystem,which is now largely confined to 53 patches in the Kulathupuzha and Anchal forest ranges and the Shendurney wildlife sanctuary in Kerala.This vanishing ecosystem of the Western Ghats is known as:
[A]Cypress Swamps
[B]Myristica Swamps
[C]Okefenokee Swamps
[D]Okavango Swamps

Option [B]
Nestled in the deep valleys of the Western Ghats that is home to a rich diversity of flora and fauna are the vestiges of a pristine habitat that could yield precious information about evolutionary biology and climate change. A study describes the discovery of plant fossils of the ancient Myristica swamps from the Konkan coast. The fossils, estimated to be 44,000 years old, throw light on the evergreen vegetation along the Konkan coast. The study infers that Konkan lost its wet evergreen forest cover due to the changes in the monsoon pattern. The Myristica swamps are tropical fresh water swamp forests with an abundance of Myristica trees, the most primitive of the flowering plants on earth. The evergreen, water-tolerant trees have dense stilt roots helping them stay erect in the thick, black, wet alluvial soil.


8. India’s first Food Bank as part of the India Food Banking Network (IFBN) was inaugurated in :
[A]Delhi
[B]Bangalore
[C]Hyderabad
[D]Pune

Option [A]
In pursuit of his long-cherished goal of making India hunger-free by 2020, Sam Pitroda, Adviser to the Prime Minister, along with Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit announced the launch of the first Food Bank as part of the India Food Banking Network (IFBN). Mr. Pitroda said the “the idea for IFBN emerged from discussions with the Global Food Banking Network in Chicago”. With the implementation of the Delhi Food Bank, IFBN would get on its hands the first model, which it would seek to modify, strengthen and replicate at a national level, so that by 2020, every district of India has access to a Food Bank. Delhi Food Bank and their toll-free helpline number 58888 for integrating the donors and seekers of food, Delhi Government has also been reaching out to citizens, especially the needy, with safe and wholesome food programmes ‘ Aap ki Rasoi ‘ and ‘ Janahaar ‘. ‘Annashri Yojana’ , under which cash transfer subsidy would be provided to nearly 6 lakh poor families at the rate of Rs. 600 per month.


9. Recently, a work by one of India’s leading modernist painters Jehangir Sabavala set a new world auction record for the artist. This painting was titled _______ :
[A]The Blue Lady
[B]Vespers 1
[C]Casuarina
[D]Ricorso

Vespers 1
A work by one of India’s leading modernist painters Jehangir Sabavala set a new world auction record for the artist. Titled Vespers 1, the painting sold for £253,650 (Rs 2.1 crore) at a Bonhams sale in London after a saleroom tussle between two buyers in the auction room. Works by the Parsi artist, who died after a yearlong battle with lung cancer in Mumbai in 2011, have been scaling the auction ladder in recent years. The second highest price achieved in the Bonhams sale was a work by M F Husain titled The Blue Lady which made £97,250. It was from the private UK collection of John Hay, having been presented to Hay’s mother Elizabeth Partridge by her sister as a wedding present in India.


10. Recently,India has backed Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) to play a greater role in Afghanistan, and expressed its interest to coordinate more closely with the group in tackling terrorism in the region. Which of the following Statements is incorrect regarding SCO?
[A]It is a mutual security organisation.
[B]India is not a member of the SCO but a dialogue-partner of the SCO.
[C]The organisation has 6 members and 5 observers.
[D]It’s headquarters are located in Beijing, China.

Option [B]
India has an observer status in SCO. The 3 dialogue-partners of the SCO are Belarus, Srilanka and Turkey.


11. Whom did President Pratibha Patil recently appoint as the Chief Election Commissioner (C.E.C.) after the former C.E.C. Mr. S.Y.Quraishi demitted office on 10th June, 2012?
[A]H.S.Brahma
[B]Shumsher Sheriff
[C]N.Gopalaswami
[D]V.S. Sampath

Option [D]
Senior-most Election Commissioner Veeravalli Sundaram Sampath was on Wednesday appointed as the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) by President Pratibha Patil. He replaces S.Y. Quraishi, who demits office on June 10. Mr. Sampath, a 1973 batch IAS officer of the Andhra Pradesh cadre, took charge as Election Commissioner on April 21, 2009. He will carry out his term till January 16, 2015 either for six years in the Commission or till the age of 65, whichever comes earlier.


12. Which of the following departments has been recently created by the Government as a separate department to focus more on policy issues and problems of concerned group of persons/industries?
[A]Department of Disability Affairs
[B]Department of Development of North Eastern Region
[C]Department of explosives
[D]Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare

Option [A]
The government has created a separate department of “Disability Affairs,” which was earlier part of the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, to cater for the needs of an estimated 2.1-crore-strong disabled population. With the creation of this department, the Ministry will be able to focus more on policy issues and problems of Persons with Disabilities (PwDs), according to Minister for Social Justice & Empowerment Mukul Wasnik. The department will have a separate budget that would help in strengthening the existing schemes and formulating new ones, and also for technological innovations. The Union Government runs seven National Institutes dealing with various types of disabilities and seven Composite Regional Centres, which provide rehabilitation services to PwDs, run courses for rehabilitation professionals and fund NGOs for similar services, and also a National Handicapped Finance & Development Corporation.


13. The Xinjiang province of China is experiencing ethnic turmoil for the past several years because of which of the following tribes protesting against the increasing settlements of Han Chinese?
[A]Uyghurs
[B]Mosuo
[C]Yuezhi
[D]Wuhan

Option [A]


14. India annually produces over 4.4 lakh tonnes of electronic-waste (e-waste) and is able to recycle :
[A]5% of the total e-waste.
[B]9% of the total e-waste.
[C]15% of the total e-waste.
[D]27% of the total e-waste.

Option [A]
As per the industry body Assocham, less than 5% of India’s total electronic waste (e-waste) gets recycled due to deficient infrastructure, legislation and
framework.
• Growing at a compounded annual growth rate of about 20%, India annually produces over 4.4 lakh tonnes of e-waste.
• In India, over 90% of e-waste is managed by unorganized sector it is generally dismantled and not recycled.
• The organized sector’s contribution is less than 10% of the recycling business.


15. With an aim to revive manufacturing sector, Government announces of establishing a new board, Manufacturing Industry Promotion Board (MIPB).
MIPB’s core functions will be :
1.Periodically review the overall scenario of the manufacturing sector in the country including review of state-wise and sector-wise performance of the manufacturing sector.
2.Review the implementation of the National Manufacturing Policy in general and the development of National Industrial Manufacturing Zones (NMIZs)
3.Resolve co-ordination issues among central ministries and between state governments and central ministries
[A]Only 1
[B]1 and 3
[C]2 and 3
[D]1, 2 and 3

Option [D]

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