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National Technology Award, 2010
A pioneer in processing rice bran oil, A.R. Sharma, who comes from dusty town of Dhuri in Sangrur district, has been honoured with the national award by the Technology Development Board of the Ministry of Science and Technology.

Dan David Prize
Noted Indian author Amitav Ghosh has won the prestigious Dan David Prize for his remarkable reworking of the great tradition of the western novel in transnational terms.

PM’s Award for Excellence in Public Administration
Gulshan Bamra has been given the award for his initiative to involve community in the Naxal-affected areas of Madhya Pradesh.

First Indian to sail solo around the world
On May 22, 2010, Commander Dilip Donde of the Indian Navy became the first Indian ever to circumnavigate the globe solo on a sail-boat when he steered into the Mumbai harbour after his arduous effort spanning a little over nine months.

PERSONS
Kapadia, Justice Sarosh Homi

He has been appointed as the 38th Chief Justice of India. Hailing from a poor family, Justice Kapadia replaced Justice Balakrishnan.

Singh, Gen V.K.
Gen V.K. Singh is the Chief of Indian army
. A third generation officer from the Rajput regiment, Gen Singh is a graduate of the Wellington-based Defence Services Staff College as well as the Rangers Course at Fort Benning, USA and the US Army War College, Carlisle.

Commonwealth Prize, 2010
British-Indian author Rana Dasgupta (38) has won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for ‘Best Book’ on for his second book Solo. Rana won a prize of  £10,000 (Rs 8.5 lakh).

INS Shivalik—India’s first indigenous stealth warship
On April 29, 2010, India affected a generational shift in its warship-building capability by commissioning INS Shivalik—the first indigenously built stealth frigate that is the biggest in its class in the world. The ship, which is 143 metres long, can tactically fire weapons even before the enemy detects it.

SPACE RESARCH
IKAROS—First solar powered spacecraft
Japanese scientists have developed a kite-shaped ‘space yacht’ that uses only solar power for propulsion. The spacecraft—IKAROS—would be launched into the space for a six-month mission to Venus. It is the first spacecraft to use such technology.

Census 2010
The 15th national census exercise, the biggest census ever to be attempted in human history to cover India’s 1.2 billion population, began on April 1, 2010 with President Pratibha Patil being the first to be enumerated in the decennial exercise.

National Population Register
The NPR would be a register of usual residents of the country. The NPR will be a comprehensive identity database that would help in better targeting of the benefits and services under the government schemes/programmes, improve planning and help strengthen security of the country. This is being done for the first time in the country.

Unique Identification (UID) number christened Aadhaar
Aadhaar, or the 12-digit unique identification (UID) number that will identify the 1.2 billion residents of India on the basis of their biometrics, will have an additional four digits that will be hidden from the common man.

World’s smallest 3-D map
Scientists claim to have created the world’s smallest three dimensional map—a map of the Earth so small that 1,000 of them could fit on one grain of salt.

A team at computer giant IBM accomplished this through a new, breakthrough technique which uses a tiny, silicon tip with a sharp apex—1,00,000 times smaller than a sharpened pencil—to create patterns and structures as small as 15 nanometre at greatly reduced cost and complexity.

Official Song Selected for World Cup Football 2010 ( South Africa )?

World renowned Latin American pop singer, Shakira will perform the official
song of 2010 Football World Cup accompanied with the South African band
Freshlyground. Waka Waka is the official song, selected by FIFA and Sony.

Vivek Sahai takes over as chairman of Railway Board

  • Sahai, an Indian Railway Traffic Service officer, who was the Railway Board (member) traffic, has taken up the top job from S S Khurana upon his superannuation.
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Q+A: Global Peace Index 2010
The Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) is a global non-profit research organization headquartered in Sydney, Australia with a branch in Washington, D.C.India ranks 128. Read Here

Mad Cow Disease : India is among safest countries
The Mad cow disease known technically as Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) is a fatal, neurodegenerative disease in cattle. This disease causes a spongy degeneration in the brain and spinal cord. Q+A Read Here
Smriti Manjusha – The Time Capsule of Gujrat
On June 7, 2010, the Chief Minister of Gujrat Narendra Modi seals a 90-kg Time Capsule called “Kaal Sanduk” or Smriti Manjusha”. Read Here

Technical Advisory Group for Unique Projects (TAGUP)
On June 7, 2010, the Ministry of Finance, Government of India has announced the constitution of a Technical Advisory Group for Unique Projects (TAGUP). Read Here

UGC’s Notice to stop Distance learning in Physiotherapy
Recently the Delhi High Court order had banned the distance learning courses in physiotherapy running without approval or prior consent of the approved statutory bodies. . Following this, the University Grants Commission (UGC) starts sending notices to universities asking them to stop such courses. Read Here

Garuda IV
‘Garuda-IV’ is the name of an Air Forces Exercise scheduled from June 14-25 at Istres Air Base, France. Read Here
Update: Bhopal Gas Tragedy Verdict
The justice got buried on June 7, 2010. A city court in Bhopal held seven officials of Union Carbide plant and the company itself guilty of criminal negligence for the 1984 gas disaster and the guilty were bailed out within minutes. Read here

New Chief of National Human Rights Commission:
On June 7, 2010, Former Chief Justice of India K G Balakrishnan formally took charge as the chairperson of National Human Rights Commission (NHRC). Justice Balakrishnan will hold the post for a period of five years. He retired from the post of the Chief Justice of India on May 12 and was succeeded by Sarosh Homi Kapadia.

Tura: Winter Capital of Meghalaya:
Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul M Sangma announces that state would have Raj Bhavan Annexe at Tura, while hinting that Tura, the headquarter of West Garo Hills district, would also be declared as the winter capital of Meghalaya.

Infosys GIT MOU
Infosys Technologies signs a MOU with Georgia Institute of Technology for potential research and educational opportunities.

AMIR:
‘AMIR’ is the name of India’s first art market review quarterly. It has been launched by non profit organisation IACEI Council for Indian Arts, Culture, Education and its Infrastructure (IACEI) and Osian’s.

Zain Deal Closed
On June 7, 2010 Bharti Airtel has announced the completion of acquisition of Kuwait-based Zain Group’s mobile operations in 15 countries across Africa for 10.7 billion dollars, making it the world’s fifth largest telecom firm.

Ranbir Kapoor.
Bollywood star Ranbir Kapoor has been appointed the brand ambassador of Nissan Motor India Private Ltd (NMIPL).

IATA – Most Improved Airport
Toronto’s Pearson International Airport has been rated the 2010 IATA Eagle Award for Most Improved Airport. It is Canada’s busiest airport, the Pearson International Airport handles more than 30 million passengers annually, with 74 international airlines operating from here.

Radhika Plakkot
Radhika Plakkot, an Indian American science teacher has been named among one of the 103 mathematics and science teachers for the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching by the United States President Barak Obama.

Bangladesh Observer Closes Down
One of the oldest newspaper of Bangladesh, Bangladesh Observer has closed down after a prolonged dispute between the owners and employees. Founded in 1949 as Pakistan Observer, it was renamed Bangladesh Observer in 1972.

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India’s First Mobile Adalat in Andhra Pradesh
State Government of Andhra Pradesh comes up with India’s first Mobile Adalat. Read Here

First of 6 Bamboo Bazaars launched at Chennai
The Handicrafts Development Wing of the Union Textile Ministry has planned to organize 6 “Bamboo Bazaars” in various parts of the country in this year. These Bazaars provide an opportunity for artisans to display their talent. On June 4, 2010, the first in this series was launched at Valluvar Kootam, Chennai by Union Textile Minister Dayanidhi Maran. 1.

It is a 10 day exhibition and artists from North East States are participating who have been trained by experts from Indonesia. The remaining 5 Bamboo Bazaars will be conduced in other state capitals. The bazaar will continue till June 15 and a sales target of Rs. One crore is expected to be achieved during the ten-day Bazar.

World Environment Day
Notes from Dr A P J Abdul Kalam,speech on World Environment Day
Here are some notes from speech of Dr A P J Abdul Kalam, on World Environment Day Read Here

Project Green Hands
On the occassion of World Environment Day, Sadhguru J Vasudev of Isha Foundation, Coimbatore, Tamilnadu,was awarded Indira Gandhi Pariavaran Puraskar for the year 2008 in recognition of Isha Foundation’s massive ecological initiative, called ‘Project Green Hands’ to prevent and reverse environmental degradation and to enable sustainable living.Under this project, over 300,000 Isha volunteers have raised 8.2 million trees for plantation in the last 5 years across Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry. Project Green Hands is a massive people’s movement to raise the green cover of Tamil Nadu by 10%.He received prize money of Rs. 5,00,000/-,along with a silver lotus trophy and a citation.

Young Environmentalist of the Year Award 2010
Ishita Vishnoi from Delhi has been decorated with the title of “Young Environmentalist of the Year Award 2010”.

Environmentalist of the Year Award
National Museum of Natural History (NMNH), an institution devoted to environmental education under the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests gave ‘Environmentalist of the Year Award’ (YEYA), at national level every year to the best-performing teenager in the age group of 13 – 16 years. NMNH also celebrated its 32nd Foundation Day This year the YEYA was selected through a Written Quiz Contest held all over the country. The theme chosen for the contest was “Our Biodiversity”.

E.K. Janaki Ammal National Award for Taxonomy-2008
E.K. Janaki Ammal National Award for Taxonomy-2008 were also given on the occasion of World Environment Day in two categories, plant taxonomy and animal taxonomy to encourage work of excellence in taxonomy and also to motivate researchers to work in this Science. This National Award in Taxonomy has been instituted by India’s Environement Ministry. Dr. V.J. Nair received the award for Plant Taxonomy is an outstanding grass taxonomist in the country and one of the best in the world. Dr. Ramakrishna who has been selected for animal taxonomy award has done outstanding work on taxonomy and conservation of land and fresh water Indian molluscs. This award carries a cash prize (Rs. 1,00,000), a medallion and acitation.

Late Prof. Janaki Ammal did taxonomic work of outstanding merit and excellence particularly in the area of cytotaxonomy and was a source of inspiration to many young scientists. She devoted her entire life to taxonomic work. She was associated with the Botanical Survey of India also in the capacity of Director, Central Botanical Laboratory, BSI, Allahabad.

Pollution Control Acts, Rules and Notifications
Pollution Control Acts, Rules and Notifications is the title of the book whose latest edition was released on world Environement Day 2010. This edition compiles the arious Acts and Rules concerning protection and improvement of Environment notified by the Ministry of Environment & Forests as well as the Central Pollution Control Board. The first edition was brought out in 1989. This 6th edition incorporates all Amendments and Notifications issued till March 2010. It is also regarded as an authenticated reference book on Environmental issues and is brought out under CPCB’s Pollution Control Law Series (PCLS). This volume provides an updated industry specific standards for effluents & emissions under Schedule I of the Environment (Protection) Act 1986. The amendments under the various Waste Rules namely – Hazardous Wastes (Management, Handling and Trans-boundary Movement) Rules, 2008, Biomedical Waste Rules 1998, Municipal Waste Rules 2000, Battery Rules 2001, and Plastic Rules 2003 have also been incorporated.

The book also contains the Amendments of the Environment Impact Assessment, 2006, constitution of the National Ganga River Basin Authority, Notifications relating to Eco-sensitive Zone of Matheran and Mahabaleshwar in Maharashtra, Mount Abu in Rajasthan, Sultanpur National Park in Haryana, amendments to the Noise Pollution (Regulation and Control) Rules, 2000. For the first time CPCB is releasing its E-BOOK version (CD) along with the printed version.
Pay for Plastic : Himachal Pradesh
Himachal Pradesh has become the first state in the country to to pay for the procurement of plastic waste and use the same for construction activities like road mettling. This was announced by the Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh in the National Convention on Good Governance of BJP Governments in various states of the country organised at Rambhau Mhalgi Prabodhini, Mumbai on June 4, 2010.

The government has decided to purchase plastic waste at the rate of Rs 3 per kg from anyone while one additional rupee was being paid to local bodies as handling charges. A complete ban has been imposed on use of plastic bags in the state and the people of the state had also voluntarily stopped the use of plastic bags.

State of Environment report for Delhi, 2010
On world environement day the State of Environment Report for Delhi, 2010 was released by Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit. Some Points Here
Update on Museum of Moving Images (MoMI), Mumbai
MoMi or Museum of Moving Images was planned by the Government of India to be set up in Mumbai on a 25 acre campus. Here

Anamika Veeramani wins National Spelling Bee
For the third consecutive year, an Indian American has won the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee in United States. This year’s winner is Anamika Veeramani, 14, an eighth grader from Incarnate Word Academy in Parma Heights, Ohio.

South African President’s India Visit
On June 2, 2010, South African President Jacob Zuma arrived in India to begin his three-day state visit. The Agreements signed and a factbox on India-South Africa Relationships. Read Here

International Centre for Automotive Technology : New Campus at Manesar
On June 4, 2010, India’s Union Minister of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises liad the foundation stone of a new campus of iCAT at Manesar, Near Gurgaon, Haryana Read Here

Green Hiker campaign and Responsible Tourism
Green Hiker campaign is the name of a new compaign by World Wide Fund for Nature-India (WWF-India) launched on June 04, 2010 in New Delhi. Read here
Punjab: 3037 e-gram Suvidha centres
The state government of Punjab comes up with a decision to set up 3037 e-gram Suvidha centres in the villages across the state at a cost of Rs 90 crore. The government has given approval to implement the scheme within a stipulated time frame and within a year. These e-grams centres would ensure the delivery of basic people friendly services viz delivery of old-age pension, registration of pension for handicapped and widows and disabled persons with an easy access.
Haryana: New Technique to identify sex of Date Palm at Nursery Stage
In Date Palm the fruit is borne by female plants only which cannot be identified upto four to five years till the date palm trees bloom for the first time. A new technique has been developed by HAU to identify the sex at Nursery stage. Read Here
Elite Panel of ICC Umpires for 2010-11 – None from India
Elite Panel of ICC Umpires for 2010-11 consists of 13 members but none is from India. Read Here

BHEL: 40% Growth in a Year
Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has recorded an all-time high growth of 40 per cent over the previous year. Out of the total order booking of Rs 59,031 crore by BHEL in 2009-10, its Industry business segment contributed an order inflow of Rs 14,366 crore

Maharastra: Rajiv Gandhi Jeevandayi Yojana
Rajiv Gandhi Jeevandayi Yojana is a new version of existing Jeevandayi Yojana. Jeevandayi Yojana is for BPL families only while the new scheme is for all families whose annual income is up to Rs one lakh. The scheme will be launched in August 2010 (probably on August 15) and will be launched in six districts, Dhule, Gadchiroli, Raigad, Amravati, Solapur and Nanded. The scheme is a family mediclaim insurance scheme and will benefit 2.4 crore families of the state.

EDI Center in Kazhakhastan
The Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India (EDI),Ahamedabad is autonomous body and not-for-profit institution, set up in 1983, is sponsored by IDBI Bank Ltd, IFCI Ltd. ICICI Ltd and State Bank of India (SBI). It is a national institute which promotes entrepreneurship through Education, Research, Training and Institution Building.

The EDI is setting up a new centre at Almaty, the capital of khazhakhastan on a turnkey basis which shall promote entrepreneurship in the central asian Country. The project was sponosred by the external affairs ministry and Damu Fund of Kazakhstan is expected to invest $1.7 billion in the venture.

Uddhav Thackeray in NIC
Uddhav Thackeray, Executive President, Shivsena has also been nominated to the reconstituted NIC in the category ‘Leaders of Regional Political Parties’. The 103-member NIC was constituted after a gap of 12 years having held its last meeting in 1992.

There are 11 Cabinet Ministers, and leaders of all major political parties like Sonia Gandhi (Congress), Harkishan Singh Surjit (Communist Party of India-Marxist), A.B. Bardhan (CPI), Mayawati (BSP), L.K. Advani, (BJP) and Sharad Pawar (NCP).

Leaders of regional political are: M. Karunanidhi (DMK), Dr. Farooq Abdullah (National Conference), Zoramthanga (Mizo National Front), Ajit Singh, (Rashtriya Lok Dal), Prakash Singh Badal (Shiromani Akali Dal), and N. Chandrabau Naidu (Telugu Desam Party). Uddhav Thackeray (Shiv Sena)

McDonald’s recalls ‘Shrek’ glasses
12 million drinking glasses which were part of a campaign of Fast-food giant McDonald’s to promote the movie “Shrek Forever After, were found to be tainted with cadmium and now the Fast-food giant McDonald’s is recalling these glasses.

Shivraj Patil Panel to preserve Chandigarh architectural heritage
The union Government has set up an expert committee under the Chandigarh Administrator and Punjab Governor Shibvraj Patil , to preserve the architectural heritage of Chandigarh. Read Here

Government Bans Indian Mujahedeen
On June 4, 2010, the government declares the group as a terrorist organization and banned under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act Read Here

New Prime Minister of Japan
One June 4, 2010, Naoto Kan has been designated as Prime Minister of japan by the Diet. The Constitution of Japan provides that Prime Minister shall be designated from among the members of the Diet by a resolution of the Diet, and that the Emperor shall appoint the Prime Minister as designated by the Diet. Kan is expected to be appointed as Japan’s 94th Prime Minister by Emperor Akihito. Mr. Naoto Kan replaces Yukio Hatoyama. ( Note: Mega Quiz September 2009, Quiz 222 & Quiz 378 which mention Mr. Yukio Hatoyama as primeMinister of Japan have been updated).

Awards:
Indira Gandhi Paryavaran Puraskar 2008 – Isha Foundation
Isha Foundation is an NGO, founded by Sadhguru J Vasudev, whose “Project Green Hands” is a movement to raise the green cover of Tamil Nadu by 10 per cent. In the last 5 years, over 300,000 Isha volunteers across Tamil Nadu and Puducherry have raised 8.2 million trees for plantation. The foundation has been selected for prestigious ‘Indira Gandhi Paryavaran Puraskar’ 2008.

Instituted by the Ministry of Environment and Forests in 1987, the award called ‘Indira Gandhi Paryavaran Puraskar’ is given to those who make or has the potentialto make measurable and major impact in the protection of environment.

National Updates:
Air Marshal (Retd.) Bhushan Nilkanth Gokhale Court of Inquiry
Government of India has appointed Court of Inquiry into air crash of the Air India Express Boeing 737-800 aircraft VT-AXV which occurred near the Bajpe Airport, Mangalore on 22 May, 2010 while operating a scheduled flight IX-812 from Dubai to Mangalore resulting in the death of 158 passengers. For this purpose thegovernment appoints Air Marshal (Retd.) Bhushan Nilkanth Gokhale to hold the investigation. Headquarters of this court will be at New Delhi. The Court will complete its investigation and submit the report to theGovernment by 31 August 2010.

Civil Aviation Safety Advisory Council (CASAC) -First meeting
Praful Patel, Minister of Civil Aviation inaugurated the first meeting of the Civil Aviation Safety Advisory Council (CASAC)

Civil Aviation Safety Advisory Council (CASAC) was set up under the Chairmanship of Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on May 29, 2010. It consists of 28 members drawn from various aviation sub-sectors such as airlines (both public and private), flight operations, air worthiness, operations etc has been constituted for a period of one year. The Council is advisory in nature and will advise DGCA in areas of operations of aircraft – (commercial and general aviation), aerodromes and Heliports, air-navigation services, air operator certification, airworthiness of aircraft including maintenance, certification of aeronautical products, and human performance and training.

The council will review the existing regulatory framework and give recommendations to further strengthen the aviation safety. It will also develop, examine and recommend incorporation of best regulatory practices, recommend short, medium and long term measures for safety enhancement and reflect public views onaviation safety matters.

In the first meeting the DGCA was directed to institutionalize the CASAC, organize regular meetings of the Council and act upon all its suggestions to increase its effectiveness. He also called upon all airlines, airport operators and others associated in the sector to be equally responsible for the safety of the sector.

Kerala: Goodwill Ambassador of khadi- Mohan Lal
Malayalam matinee idol ”Padmasri” Mohanlal was honored by the state government with the ”Goodwill Ambassador” title for the promotion of handloom-khadi industry in the State.

Mizoram: 26th Sainik School
Ministry of DONER (development of North Eastern Region) has sanctioned Rs. Rs.8,289 lakh for construction of a Sainik School at Chhingchhip in Serchhip district of Mizoram. This is first of Mizoram, fourth of North East India and 26th of India’s Sainik Schools.

Sainik Schools
Sainik Schools were conceived in 1961 by then defence minister V.K. Krishna Menon to rectify the regional and class imbalance amongst the officer cadre of the military and prepare students for entry into the National Defence Academy (NDA) and the Indian Naval Academy.

Kerala : Forest Development Agency
To co-ordinate activities of Participatory Forest Management (PFM) institutions — Vana Samrakshana Smithies (VSS) and Eco-development Committees(EDC) — at Forest Division level, the Kerala Government inaugurates the State Forest Development Agency on June 3, 2010. Participatory Forest Management (PFM) institutions seek to improve the livelihood of forest-dependent communities (Adivasis) and as a strategy for ensuring their participation in forest conservation efforts.

Business & Economy:
Reserve Bank of India: Application Tracking System
The Reserve Bank of India has launched the application tracking system to track applications made to the various departments of the RBI. The applicant can then submit an online application, attach related documents, view it and track its movement. The system can not be used for complaints made under Banking Ombudsman Scheme.

Reserve Bank of India: Damodaran Committee
Reserve Bank of India has constituted a committee under the chairmanship of M. Damodaran, former chairman of SEBI, to look into banking services rendered to retail and small customers, including pensioners. This is a 7 member committee and will look into the grievance redressal mechanism prevalent in banks, its structure and efficacy and suggest measures for expeditious resolution of complaints.

India-South Africa CEOs Forum
India-South Africa CEOs Forum was launched by South African President Jacob Zuma and India’s Minister of Commerce & Industry Anand Sharma. The forum is headed by Ratan Tata from the Indian side and Mr. Patrice Motsepe, Executive Chairman, Africa Rainbow Minerals from the South African side.

India South Africa Trade
India is South Africa’s largest trading partner in South and South-East Asia and one of South Africa’s top ten trading partners globally. Bilateral trade which was valued at only US $ 1.3 billion in 2000-01 crossed US $ 7 billion mark in 2008-09. It is expected to touch US $ 10 billion by 2012.

Wipro- hydraulic cylinders facility in China
Wipro Infrastructure Engineering (WIE) which is a part of Wipro Ltd announces that it has signed an agreement with Chinese Wujin Hi-tech Industrial Zone (WIZ) to set up a facility to manufacturehydraulic cylinders at Changzhou. This is Wipro’s first global manufacturing location in China and 9th in the world.

World Bank: Microfinance Project Loan for India
The world bank has approved a loan of $300 million for the Scaling up Sustainable and Responsible Microfinance project. This funding for the microfinance project will be used by Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) for on-lending to Indian microfinance institutions and to support responsible finance initiatives such as the establishment of a microfinance information platform and promotion of adherence to a code of conduct for MFIs (microfinance institutions)

World Bank : Loan to strengthen the statistical sector
The world Bank has also approved a loan of $ 107 million to support Indian government’s plan for institutional and policy-based reform of state statistical systems within a national policy framework. The project will enable states to work towards “common national standards relating to key statistical activities and to improve the credibility, timeliness and accuracy of these and other statistics at both central and the state level.

Latest WTO stats on World Exports
In the first quarter of 2010 (January -March) , the global merchandise exports grew by a healthy 27 per cent as per the latest international trade statistics report by WTO. This growth was driven by significant increase in exports from China, Japan, India and other Asian countries. India’s exports during the period increased by a robust 33 per cent while that of Japan and China surged 48 per cent and 29 per cent.

On Michael Jackson Museum
Gary, Indiana, United states is the place where the Michael Jackson museum is coming up. Father of the pop legend, Joe has signed a deal to create a $300 million worth museum dedicated to his late son. (Femalefirst.co.uk)

International Congress of Mathematicians
International Congress of Mathematicians will be held in India in Hyderabad from august 19-27, 2010. This will be for the first time that ICM will be held in India and only third time in an Asian Country. The 1990 Congress was held in Kyoto and the 2002 Congress in Beijing.

First Official peace Talks: Centre and NSCN-IM
Centre and the National Socialist Council of Nagaland, Isak-Muivah (NSCN-IM) faction held the first official peace talks in the last 13 years of ceasefire in New Delhi.

Israeli attack in Gaza
Gaza Freedom Flotilla was an aid flotilla of six ships carrying 663 activists from 37 nation and the activists were planning to break through the Israeli Egyptian blockade of Gaza and deliver humanitarian supplies. The Israel had said that the flotilla has to change the course to the port of Ashdod where the Israeli Government would inspect the aid and deliver the items that were not banned by Israel in Gaza. The activists refused. In the Israeli raid about 16 people were reportedly killed and more than 30 injured when Israeli commandos stormed a six-ship flotilla carrying about 10,000 tonnes of aid and 600 human rights activists to the Hamas-run Gaza Strip. The United Nations demanded a full explanation for the attack while the EU and Russia demanded an inquiry. Israeli Ambassadors to many countries were summoned to the Foreign Ministries in those countries and demanded explanation for the attack. India also joins the protests.

Seychelles President in India:
Seychelles President James Alix Michel arrives in India on a three-day visit to hold delegation -level talks with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on several matters of bilateral, regional and global concern. It is a very important country of the Indian Ocean threatened by piracy…They want wider collaboration (with India) against piracy

NHRC Chairman: Justice K G Balakrishnan
Former Chief Justice of India K G Balakrishnan has been appointed as the Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission.He was the first Dalit Chief Justice of India and will be the first Dalit heading NHRC.NHRC was headless for over a year.

President’s Rule in Jharkhand:
Union Cabinet today recommended the president to clamp President’s rule in Jharkhand and keep the state assembly under suspended animation. Prior to this, Chief Minister Shibu Soren resigned without facing the trust vote in the state assembly. SorenGovernment was reduced to minority on May 24 when BJP with 18 MLAs and JD(U) with 2 MLAs withdrew support to the Soren’s government whose party Jharkhand Mukti Morcha had 18 MLAs and was also enjoying the support of seven other legislators in the 82-member House. The BJP was cut up with Mr Soren ever since he voted with UPA in the Lok Sabha during voting on cut motions on April 27.

Burkina Faso’s First Call center: Courtsey India
India’s Export-Import (Exim) Bank has given a loan of $5 million to Burkina Faso to start its first call center with 400 positions. Burkina Faso is also part of India’s flagship project – Pan African e-network project. Previously, India also approved the setting up of a tomato processing factory through a line of credit of $15 million in Burkina Faso.

Maruti Suzuki: Highest Monthly sales
Maruti Suzuki Tuesday reports a 27.9 % jump in sales for May at 102,175 units compared to 79,872 vehicles it sold in the year-ago period.For the first time the company has ever sold over 100,000 units in a month, its previous highest monthly sale figure being 96,650 units in February 2010. Domestic sales for Hyundai Motor India sped up 13% to more than 27,000. And Tata Motors sold 38% more vehicles this May, a total of nearly 53,000 cars, trucks and other vehicles.

Two-wheeler sales stayed on the fast lane as well. Hero Honda’s increased to 436,000 units, an increase of 14%. And Bajaj Auto’s India sales accelerated 63% to nearly 270,000 two-wheelers.

UAE’s airline Emirates has earned $1.1 billion net profit in 2009-10 despite the global slowdown and largest chunk of this profit comes from India. India and West Asia contributed to the 12.6% of the total revenues.

What is Trafigura?
Trafigura is a Swiss-based multinational company, which was named in the Iraq Oil-for-Food Scandal. Oil-for-Food Programme, which was established by theUnited Nations in 1995 and was terminated in late 2003. It was established with the stated intent to allow Iraq to sell oil on the world market in exchange for food, medicine, and other humanitarian needs for ordinary Iraqi citizens without allowing Iraq to boost its military capabilities. The company was reported to be behind the Côte d’Ivoire toxic waste dump in 2006. The dump was a health crisis in Côte d’Ivoire in which a ship registered in Panama, the Probo Koala, chartered Trafigura Beheer BV, disposed of toxic waste in the Ivorian port of Abidjan.It was more than 500 tonnes of a mixture of fuel, caustic soda, and hydrogen sulfide transported from Europe as toxic waste. The Dutch prosecutors haveaccused Trafigura of illegally exporting hazardous waste to Ivory Coast in 2006. the prosecuters say that “the waste is thrown over the fence, dumped in a third world country”. On June 1, 2010, The trial of Trafigura for illegally exporting hazardous waste to Ivory Coast in 2006 begins in Amsterdam. (BBC)

Kohinoor & Sultanganj Buddha:
Kohinoor diamond and the Sultanganj Buddha are only a few examples of our priceless artifacts taken away during British rule. The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) Director-General Gautam Sengupta says that there is a need for a “diplomatic and legal campaign” for their restitution from institutions, including the British Museum, the Royal Collection and the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. In this context, India looks for joining a campaign with the support of UNESCO, and other countries with longstanding complaints about the foreign ownership of their artistic riches, including Egypt and Greece. (Times of India)

Waverock
Waverock is an IT park located in the Nanakramguda IT special economic zone (SEZ) in Andhra Pardesh being developed by New York-based real estate developer Tishman Speyer. The state government had entered an MOU in 2006 with the company. The park is being inaugurated on June 2, 2010. The park will be completed in 5 years.
Number of Poors:
India’s Planning Commission estimates the country’s BPL population at 62.5 million. But the rural development ministry says that number is more like 107 million. The ministry set up a panel to resolve the conflicting numbers. Now the government is coming up with a process to start the process of identifying families below the poverty line. Pilot projects are going to start next month in 260 villages across the country. Results of the pilot projects expected to come by March of next year. Its full-scale survey of below the poverty line families will then begin in April 2011.

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National:
Payment of Gratuity (Amendment) Bill 2010
Payment of Gratuity (Amendment) Bill 2010 is passed in Both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha. Thus, the parliament has approved the enhancing of gratuity limit for employees from Rs 3.5 lakh to Rs 10 lakh as also the exemption threshold from income tax on it. The bill also provides that the income tax exemption limit has commensurately been increased to Rs 10 lakh from Rs 3.5 lakh earlier. The bill was brought following demands from trade unions and others to remove the ceiling or increase the maximum payable amount, which was fixed in 1997.

Karnataka: CRYSTAL
The Karnataka state government has launched the CRYSTAL, an E-waste disposal programme & in this context, Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between e-waste Agency (EWA), Umicore (Precious Metal Refining) of Belgium and E-Parisaraa Pvt Ltd, Bangalore.

Tamilnadu Legislative Council Bill, 2010
Rajya Sabha has approved the Tamilnadu Legislative Council Bill, 2010 by voice vote. This have cleared the way for creation of Tamilnadu Legislative Council.

Tamilnadu Legislative Council was abolished in the state in 1986 by former chief minister M.G. Ramnachandran.

Shivaji Park is Silence Zone:
Shivaji Park in Mumbai has been declared silence zone by Bombay High Court. This has virtually banned noisy political rallies. The interim order was delivered over a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by city-based Veckom Trust and Dadar residents Sharad Dixit and J.D. Udeshi.

Sikkim Biodiversity Conservation and Forest Management Project
Sikkim Biodiversity Conservation and Forest Management Project is being assisted by the JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) with a loan amount of Rs 330.57 crore. It will be implemented within the time frame of 10 years.

5th World Telecommunication Development Conference
Hyderabad is the host of fifth World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC-10) to be held from May 24 to June 4.

RTI plea by Bhopal Gas Tragedy:
Victims of the 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy have filed a Right to Information petition with the prime minister’s office in New Delhi. The plea wants to know whether the Central government took into consideration the disaster of gas leak at the Union Carbide plant in Bhopal in 1984 while drafting the Civil Nuclear Liability Bill with the United States.

Doctorate for Sam:
Chicago’s University of Illinois has selected, Indian entrepreneur and Advisor to the Prime Minister on Public Information Infrastructure and Innovations, Satyanarayan Pitroda, popularly known as Sam Pitroda for an honorary doctorate degree.

Kanshiram Award:
The Uttar Pradesh government renames the awards for the small scale and medium industries and handicraftsmen in the name of Dalit leader and BSP mentor Kanshiram.

Business & Economy:
Mid-Day merging with Jagran Prakashan:
Mid-Day Multimedia , publisher of Mid Day, most popular evening daily of Mumbai announces that it’s publishing business will be merging with Jagran Prakashan Limited (JPL), publishers of ‘Dainik Jagran’.

India’s Tallest Commercial Building in Chandigarh:
Omaxe, a real estate firm launches the tallest commercial edifice of Punjab to be called as ‘India Trade Tower’ in Mullapur, Chandigarh. This building is a part of proposed Global Business Park, a business hub spread over 26 acres of land.

Tax Notice to HP India:
Computer-maker HP India, is slapped a tax notice of Rs 1,450 crore for allegedly evading Customs duty. The charge was refuted by the company. The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) charged that HP India Sales Pvt Ltd undervalued components and spare parts imported from countries like Singapore and the US and thus evaded Customs duty.

RBI allowed UCB’s to open ATM at places other than branches:
Reserve Bank allows the well-managed urban cooperative banks (UCBs) to open ATMs at places other than their branches without its prior approval.These banks have to meet criteria like continuous net profit for the last three years and net non-performing assets should be under 5 per cent.

Danik Jagran is India’s Largest Selling Daily:
Dainik Jagran is India’s leading overall daily as well as Hindi daily as per the quarterly Indian Readership Survey by the Media Research Users Council (MRUC). IRS Q1 2010 has ranked Dainik Jagran No. 1 among the dailies with a Total Readership (TR) of 54,254,000. Following is list of India’s Top 10 Newspapers:
1. Dainik Jagaran
2. Dainik Bhaskar
3. Hindustan
4. Amar Ujala
5. Lok Mat (Marathi Daily)
6. Daily Thanthi (Tamil Daily)
7. Dinakaran (Tamil Daily)
8. Ananda Bazar Patrika (Bengali Daily)
9. Eenadu (Telugu Daily)
10. Rajasthan Patrika (Hindi Daily)
11. Times of India (Number 1 English Daily)
12. Hidustan Times (English Daily)
13. The Hindu (English Daily)
14. the Telegraph
15. Deccan Chronicle

Limit of Forex Increased for Travelers:
As per the latest notification by Reserve Bank of India, Indians traveling abroad can carry $3,000 worth foreign exchange in cash. The previous limit was $2,000.

International:
Secretary General of UNASUR: Néstor Kirchner
Former Argentine President Néstor Kirchner is unanimously elected the first Secretary General of the Union of South American Nations (Unasur).

Times square car bombing: Faisal Shahzad arrested:
Faisal Shahzad, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Pakistan is arrested by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents in connection with the attempted car bombing in Times Square.

Most expensive Art of the History: Nude, Green Leaves and Bust
Nude, Green Leaves and Bust, a 1932 painting by Pablo Picasso, featuring his mistress Marie-Thérèse Walter, is one of a series of portraits that Picasso painted of his mistress and muse Marie-Thérèse Walter from 1932.On May 4, the painting gets sold at Christie’s in New York City. It was sold for US$106 million thus, becoming the most expensive work of art sold at auction.

Nuclear free Middle East
Egypt leads a proposal for a nuclear arms free Middle East. The proposal receives support from the United States, Russia, Britain, France, and China. The only country, which has nuclear weapons in Middle East is said to be Israel.

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Current affaires May3,2010

Events, Happenings & Observances:
World Press Freedom Day 2010
3 May has been declared by the United Nations General Assembly as World Press Freedom Day. Read Here

National Updates:
New Education Bills moved in Lok Sabha
To regulate the education system and pave the way for foreign universities, 4 bills have been moved in the Lok Sabha.

  1. Foreign Education Institutions (Regulation of Entry And Operations) Bill, 2010: This bill aims to allow foreign institutions set up campuses in India. The bill is expected to facilitate quality education in India itself and reduce the flow of Indian students abroad.
  2. National Accreditation Regulatory Authority Bill: This bill seeks to provide framework for an umbrella body overseeing the quality of education in the country. National Accreditation Regulatory Authority Bill furthers the way for an overall regulatory authority. The function of the authority shall be to promote the development and regulate the process of accreditation of higher education institutions and to register and regulate the working of accreditation agencies.
  3. Prohibition of Unfair Practices in Technical Education Institutions Bill: Prohibition of Unfair Practices in Technical Education Institutions Bill, forbids charging of any fee other than that declared by an institution in its prospectus, or any fee taken without giving proper receipt. This clips the wings of the medial institutions charging capitation fee and donations.
  4. Education Tribunals bill: Any disputes related to educational institutions will be heard in state or national level education tribunals to be set up as per the proposed Education Tribunals bill.

Largest Buyer of India’s Iron Ore: China

  1. During 2006-07 China bought 80.16 MT of Indian iron ore, which went upto 91.98 MT in 2007-08 and 97.85 MT in 2008-09. China is the largest buyer of India’s Iron Ore.
  2. India’s total iron ore production during 2006-07 was placed at 187.70 Million Tonnes and the export during that period stood at 93.79 MT valued at Rs 18,836 crores. Iron ore production went upto 206.45 MT during 2007-08 and the export also went up to 104.27 MT which was valued at Rs 34,100 crores. The iron ore production further improved to 215.44 MT during 2008-09 and export reached 105.87 MT valued at Rs 34,036 crores. (noted from a reply of Anand Sharma, Commerce Minister in Lok Sabha)

Tamilnadu : Annual Plan
The annual plan for Tamilnadu has been fixed at Rs. 20068 crores including additional Central assistance of Rs.150 crores provided for projects of special interest to the State.

On Maulana Azad National Fellowship in 11th Plan:
Maulana Azad National Fellowship is a central sector scheme for minority students and being implemented through University Grants Commission. It provides for 756 fellowships for M.Phil/Ph.D students per year. The financial layout is Rs. 92.71 crores during the 11th Five Year Plan

Projections of Renewable / alternative Energy Sources in India’s Energy Mix:
As per the projections of Integrated Energy Policy Report of the Planning Commission , the alternative/renewable energy sources may account for 5 to 6 per cent of India’s energy mix by 2031-32.

Energy Conservation Fund
To promote the efficient use of energy and its conservation within the State. the State Energy Conservation Fund (SECF) is required to be constituted by each State under Section 16 of the Energy Conservation Act, 2001. Read Here

On 11th Plan Target of Hydro Power Generation
The 11th plan target for hydro capacity addition was 15,627 MW, consisting of 8,654 MW in Central Sector, 3,482 MW in State Sector and 3,491 MW in Private Sector. Out of this the capacity addition of 8,237 MW is likely to be achieved with a high level of certainty as per the government. Out of the above, a capacity of 3,431 MW has been commissioned so far and balance capacity is under various stages of construction.

On Fund Raising Plans of NTPC:
The National Thermal Power corporation has plans to borrow Rs.12,818 crore for its capacity addition programme during the financial year 2010-11 comprising a Rs.9,859.74 crores from domestic sources and the balance Rs.2,958.26 crores from international sources.

Number of protected Areas in India
India has 661 Protected Areas, including 100 National Parks, 514 Wildlife Sanctuaries, 43 Conservation Reserves and 4 Community Reserves. Read here
On Lockheed Martin Deal
Lockheed Martin or C-130J Super Hercules is an American four-engine turboprop military transport aircraft. It is the updated version of Lockheed C-130 Hercules. India has procured 6 C-130J – 30 transport aircraft from US Government during the last 3 years. Apart from this India has also procured 12 Dornier aircrafts. They all procured for transportation purpose.
The six C-13-J aircraft will be inducted by 2011-12.

India’s Biosphere Reserves:
India has designated 16 Biosphere Reserves. Read Here

Regional Committees for Uniformity in Minimum Wages
Government of India has set up five Regional Committees in order to reduce the regional disparities in the minimum wages of same or similar scheduled employments Read Here

What is National Floor Level Minimum Wage ?
National Floor Level Minimum Wage was mooted with an objective to have a uniform wage structure and to reduce the disparity in minimum wages across the country. he NFLMW per day has been revised from time to time primarily taking into account the increase in the Consumer Price Index Number for Industrial Workers, which stands at Rs.100/- per day with effect
from 01.11.2009.

RGSEAG
RGSEAG or Rajiv Gandhi scheme for Empowerment of Adolescent Girls is also known as SABLA. This scheme got birth by merging two schemes viz. Kishori Shakti Yojana (KSY) and the Nutrition Programme for Adolescent Girls (NPAG). SABLA aims to empowering adolescent girls (11-18 years) by improving their nutritional and health status, upgrading various skills like home skills, life skills and vocational skills etc. and equipping them on family welfare, health, hygiene, information and guidance on existing public services. The allocation in Union Budget 2010-11 has been kept Rs. 1000 Crores for SABLA scheme.

Sports:
2010 Kentucky Derby
Super Saver , a thoroughbred racing horse has won the race with Calvin Borel as jockey. The race took place on May 1, 2010. The race was sponsored by Yum! Brands.

World Updates
Bilout Package for Greece:
The European Union and the International Monetary Fund agree to a bailout package for Greece that will provide approximately €120 billion to end the sovereign debt crisis in that country.

Current affaires May2,2010


Events / Happenings & Observances:
World Laughter Day
World Laughter Day is celebrated on the first Sunday in May all over the world since 1998 when the first celebration was held on January 11, 1998, in Mumbai. The event was launched by Dr. Madan Kataria, founder of the worldwide Laughter Yoga movement. Laughter Yoga movement has over 6000 Laughter Clubs worldwide on all 5 continents.

National Updates:
Prime Minister on legal Reforms:
National consultation for second generation reforms in legal education was inaugurated in New Delhi. Here is what our PM says on legal reforms:

  1. Prime Minister emphasizes that national legal education system should be especially sensitive to the needs of the marginalized sections of the society like women, Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes and the poor.
  2. Not only should these sections be adequately represented among law students, the legal education should also inculcate sensitivity towards the special needs of the under-privileged.
  3. PM stresses need for national uniform course module for legal education in the country. There is an urgent need for reforming and improving the national legal education system to meet the needs of the growing economy.

Kerala: Aaswasa Kiranam
Kerala Government announces a new pension scheme named ”Aaswasa Kiranam” meant for poor and bed-ridden patients.

Gujarat: Asiatic Lion Population:
The only home of the Asiatic Lion (biological name: Panthera leo persica) or Indian Lion in the world is the Gir Forest of Gujarat. Recently Gujarat State Government has carried out Asiatic Lion census 2010. Read Here

Manipur: Entry of T. Muivah
Manipur state government decides to prevent the entry of NSCN-IM General Secretary T. Muivah in the state as his visit may lead to communal disharmony. Muivah whose insurgent group NSCN-IM has been holding peace talks with Centre for more than ten years was to visit his hometown in Somdal in Manipur’s Ukhrul district from May 3 to 10.

On New head of National Human Rights Commission
K G Balakrishnan the outgoing Chief Justice of India may be the head of National Human Rights Commission (NHRC). The post of lying vacant since June 2009, when Rajendra Babu Retired. If Justice K G Balakrishnan becomes the new head of NHRC, he will be the first dalit to be so. He is also first Dalit Chief Justice of India.

Eligibility to become head of NHRC: Former Chief Justice of India with less than 70 years of age.

Madhuri Gupta Case
Madhuri Gupta worked as a second secretary for the Indian High Commission, was arrested on April 23 in New Delhi in the presence of Ministry of External Affairs officials on charges of passing on important information to Pakistan. She came under the scanner a few months ago because of her “extra-ordinary” interest in areas beyond her role, and was called to Delhi last month on the pretext of preparing for the SAARC summit. She has been booked under the Official Secrets Act. She has charges against her for spying for Pakistan’s ISI.

On National Green Tribunal:
National Green Tribunal will be the first judicial body to deal exclusively with environmental laws. It will come in existence in next two months or so as the Lok Sabha has passed the National Green tribunal Bill. The main bench of the Tribunal will be in Bhopal.

Business & Economy:
CII Survey on India’s Growth:
The latest CII Survey has pegged Indian Economy’s growth to be around 7.5 – 8.5%. This has been revealed in the CII Business Outlook Survey based upon a response of 458 companies.

Forbes’ 500 Top Paid CEO’s of the biggest American companies
3 people from the Indian Origin have featured in the latest Forbes’ 500 Top Paid CEO’s. The list has been topped by H Lawrence Culp Jr. President, CEO & Director of Danaher Corporation, a large global company headquartered in Washington, D.C.with business in fields of design, manufacture, and marketing of industrial and consumer products.

The Indians featured in the List are:

  • 93rd Position: Indra Nooyi: Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of PepsiCo Incorporated (USD 10.66 million)
  • 96th Position: Surya N Mohapatra , CEO of Quest Diagnostics (USD 10.29 million)
  • 425th Position: Shantanu Narayen, CEO of Adobe Systems (USD 1.88 million)

I-Mark
India Design Council has an ambitious plan to introduce an I-Mark, that will label and recognize good design (in terms of creativity, ethics, sustainability, environment-friendliness and competitiveness) in India .

Current affairs May1,2010


Appointments:
Yale World Fellow 2010: Subhashini Chandran
Subhashini Chandran,CEO of the Woodbriar Group and the Managing Director of the Tea Estates India Ltd, has been named of one the 15 Yale World Fellows for 2010.UN Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations – Atul Khare
Atul Khare a former IFS officer has been appointed by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon as Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations.

Events / Happenings & Observances:
Gujarat & Maharastra: Golden Jubilee Celebrations
Gujarat’s Chief Minister Narendra Modi kicks off State’s Golden Jubilee celebrations. he also lays a foundation stone of Mahatma Mandir at Gandhi Nagar. Mahatma mandir is being built at the estimated cost of Rs.100 crore. It will be spread over 34 acres and will have a business centre, exhibition halls, a memorial and garden on Gandhi and a suspension bridge in memory of the Dandi march.

Fact Box: Gujarat came into existence on May1, 1960. After India’s independence, the former princely states of Gujarat were grouped in Saurastra, Kathiawad and Bombay State. in 1956 Bombay state was enlarged and Kutch, Surastra, some parts of Hyderabad and some parts of Madhya Pradesh were included in it. Since the new state had mostly the Gujarati speaking people, there were agitations. On linguistic lines Bombay state was split into new states of Gujarat and Maharashtra. The first capital of Gujarat was Ahmadabad; the capital was moved to Gandhi nagar in 1970.

The main Function of Maharastra Golden Jubilee takes place in Shivaji Park, Mumbai & Governor K. Sankaranarayanan takes salute at a police parade. On 50th Maharashtra Foundation Day, people of Maharastra also paid homage to 105 martyrs who laid down their lives for ‘Samyukta (United) Maharashtra’.International Labor Day:
International Labor Day or International Workers’ Day or May Day is observed by working people worldwide and their labor unions on May 1 every year. The event commemorates the Haymarket Massacre in Chicago in 1886, when Chicago police fired on workers during a general strike for the eight hour day. In India, first May Day celebration in India was organized in Madras by the Labor Kisan Party of Hindustan on May 1, 1923.

On the occasion of International Labor Day 2010, the Chhattisgarh government in India announced a Rs.10 lakh accident insurance scheme for the state’s more than three lakh industrial workers.

National Updates:
India’s new chief Justice: Justice Sarosh Homi Kapadia
Justice Sarosh Homi Kapadia, the senior-most judge of the Supreme Court has been appointed as the next Chief Justice of India. He will take over from incumbent Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan on the 12th of June 2010.National Green Tribunal (NGT) Bill Passed:
National Green Tribunal (NGT) Bill which paves the way for the establishment of a tribunal known as National Green Tribunal (NGT) for environmental clearance of development projects and providing relief and compensation to people affected by natural calamities has been passed by the Lok Sabha .

Under the legislation, the Central Pollution Control Board will approach NGT on behalf of affected persons for grant of relief or compensation or settlement of disputes. The NGT is meant to ensure expeditious disposal of cases on environmental protection, conservation of forests and other natural resources, thereby strengthening environmental adjudication and settlement of disputes.

Plantation Labor (Amendment) Bill Passed:
Plantation Labor (Amendment) Bill 2010 has been passed in Rajya Sabha. This bill seeks to empower the Centre to prohibit, restrict and regulate the employment of women and adolescents engaged in handling hazardous chemicals in the plantation industry.

Hike in Aviation Turbine Fuel Rates:
State-owned oil retailers raised jet fuel, or Aviation Turbine Fuel, ATF prices, by 273 rupees per kilolitre. This is the fifth straight increase since March.

International Updates:

37th member of the European Patent Organization – Albania
The European Patent Organization was created in 1977 to grant patents in Europe under the European Patent Convention (EPC) of 1973. Its headquarters are at Munich, Germany and has 36 members. Albania joins as 37th member on May 1, 2010.Belgium: Another country to ban Burqua:
29 April 2010, the lower house of parliament in Belgium has passed a bill banning any clothing that would obscure the identity of the wearer in places like parks and in the street. The proposal was passed nem con (Nemine Contradicente which means without contradiction) and now goes to the Senate.

France was among the first countries to ban Burqua in French public schools in 2004.

Latest Country to ratify Nuclear Test Ban Treaty – Indonesia
Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty bans all nuclear explosions in all environments, for military or civilian purposes. It was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 10 September 1996 but it has not yet entered into force. The treaty has been signed by 182 countries.

Why the treaty not came in force?
Total 182 countries have signed the treaty out of which 151 have ratified by adopting national laws to implement the treaty. However, the treaty demands ratification by all 44 countries of the world which have Nuclear Technology. 9 countries have not ratified. These 9 countries are Indonesia, China, North Korea, Egypt, India, Iran, Israel, Pakistan and the US.

Indonesia has now taken a decision to ratify the CTBT very soon. This statement has been made by Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa in the Indonesian parliament (Majelis Permusyawaratan Rakyat).

4 Development Projects in Bhutan:
Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh launches four development projects in Bhutan. The projects were inaugurated by the Prime Minister include two in the Hydro-power sector. The foundation stones of Mangdechhu Hydro project with a total capacity of 720 megawatts and the Punatsangchhu-two Hydro power project with a capacity of 1000 Megawatt to be completed in Seven years were laid. Both the projects will be implemented under the Inter-governmental Authority model with 70 percent loan and 30 percent grant by the government of India. Prime Minister also launched a total solutions project related to IT for making half of Bhutan’s population computer literate.

India Japan MOU on Eco Friendly Cities:
India and Japan sign four memorandum of understanding for building future cities of India. The eco friendly cities will be built in the Delhi Mumbai industrial corridor, at a cost 90 billion dollars. This is going to be the largest ever project in the world, will be completed within nine years. This comes under the Smart Community Initiative of Japan.

People in News:

Who is Ranjan Daimary?
Ranjan Daimary is the founder of National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) , more commonly known as Bodo Security Force. Ranjan Daimary has been arrested and detained by Indian authorities. he was handed over to BSF in Meghalaya, from where he was taken to Assam.

Fact Box: NDBF
The NDBF is a terrorist outfit which seeks to obtain a sovereign Bodoland for the Bodo people in Assam. The ‘Bodo Security Force’ was established on October 3, 1986, and on November 25, 1994, the outfit rechristened its name to NDFB. It had entered into a ceasefire agreement with the government on May 25, 2005. In December 2008, the NDFB split into warring groups – the anti-talks faction, led by Daimary, and the pro-talks faction led by Sungthagra, alias, Dhirn Boro

Note: National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Isak-Muivah (NSCN-IM) is currently on peace talks with the Centre.

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Who’s Who

GK Who is Who? 1

1. Who led a military campaign with 1000 men all wearing red shirts, leading to the unification of Italy?

a) Benito Mussolini
b) Oliver Cromwell
c) Giuseppe Garibaldi
d) Otto Von Bismarck

2. Who among the following American Presidents was assassinated in 1963?

a) Eisenhower
b) John F Kennedy
c) Harry Truman
d) Roosevelt

3. Who made it to the Guinness Book of World records by delivering eight hour long non stop speech in the UN General Assembly?

a) AB Vajpayee
b) VK Krishna Menon
c) Jawaharlal Nehru
d) KPS Menon

4. Who among the following is known as the Iron Man of India?

a) Bhagat Singh
b) Sardar Vallabhai Patel
c) Lala Lajpat Rai
d) Subash Chandra Bose

5. This South American revolutionary is known as the Liberator for his efforts that put an end to the Spanish colonial rule in South America. Who is he?

a) Fidel Castro
b) Carl Marx
c) Simon Bolivar
d) Che Guevara

6. Which Soviet Union leader is associated with ‘Glasnost’ and ‘Perestroika’?

a) Mikhail Gorbachev
b) Boris Yeltsin
c) Vladimir Putin
d) Nikita Khrushchev

7. Who is the inventor of telegraphic code?

a) Alexander Graham Bell
b) Albert Einstein
c) Samuel Morse
d) JL Baird

8. Who among the following was the first woman President of the UN General Assembly?

a) Annie Besant
b) Sarojini Naidu
c) Vijaya Lakshmi Pundit
d) Sucheta Kripalani

9. Who is the first space traveler?

a) Neil Armstrong
b) Edwin Aldrin
c) Yuri Gagarin
d) Rakesh Sharma

10. Who was the first winner of Bharat Ratna?

a) Dr S Radhakrishnan
b) R Rajendra Prasad
c) C Rajagopalachari
d) BR Ambedkar

11. Who among the following was offered the President ship of Israel but refused to accept it?

a) Ariel Sharon
b) Albert Einstein
c) Bill gates
d) Kofi Annan

12. Who was the Swiss business man who founded the Red Cross?

a) Paul Harris
b) Jean Henri Dunant
c) Michael Crichten
d) George Gallop

13. Who was the first Indian woman to be crowned as ‘Miss World’?

a) Aishwarya Rai
b) Sushmita Sen
c) Rita Faria
d) Yukta Mukhi

14. Who among the following Indians has won the Nobel Prize for economics?

a) CV Raman
b) Amartya Sen
c) MS Swaninathan
d) Har Gobind Khorana

15. Who among the following Presidents of America has won the Nobel Peace Prize?

a) John F Kennedy
b) George Washington
c) Abraham Lincoln
d) Theodore Roosevelt

Answers

1. Giuseppe Garibaldi
2. John F Kennedy
3. VK Krishna Menon
4. Sardar Vallabhai Patel
5. Simon Bolivar
6. Mikhail Gorbachev
7. Samuel Morse
8. Vijaya Lakshmi Pundit
9. Yuri Gagarin
10. C Rajagopalachari
11. Albert Einstein
12. Jean Henri Dunant
13. Rita Faria
14. Amartya Sen
15. Theodore Roosevelt

GK Who is Who? 2

1. Who was the first Asian to win the Nobel Prize?

a) Rabindranath Tagore
b) Yasunari Kawabatha
c) CV Raman
d) None of these

2. Who among the following scientists have won the Nobel Prize for chemistry and peace?

a) Niels Bohr
b) Linus Pauling
c) Madam Curie
d) De Broglie

3. Who wrote the preface to the English translation of Gitanjali?

a) WB Yeasts
b) Shelly
c) TS Eliot
d) Rabindranath Tagore

4. Who won the first Dada Saheb Phalke award?

a) Dilip Kumar
b) Devika Rani
c) Pradip
d) Nargis Dutt

5. Who among the following national leaders have won the highest civilian honours of Pakistan?

a) Jawaharlal Nehru
b) Morarji Desai
c) Lal Bahadur Shastri
d) Indira Gandhi

6. Who created the famous painting ‘Mona Lisa’?

a) Picasso
b) Michelangelo
c) Raphael
d) Leonardo da Vinci

7. Name the Italian sculptor and painter who is famous for painting the ceiling of the Sistine chapel?

a) Michelangelo
b) Pablo Picasso
c) Leonardo da Vinci
d) Vangog

8. The greatest operas of which great musician include ‘Don Giovanni’ and ‘the Magic Flute’?

a) Wolfgang Mozart
b) Beethoven
c) Johann Sebastian Bach
d) William Blake

9. Michael Jackson is a reputed

a) Jazz singer
b) Pop singer
c) Ballet dancer
d) piano dancer

10. Hari Prasad Chaurasia is a renowned player of

a) tabla
b) sarod
c) flute
d) sitar

Answers

1. Rabindranath Tagore
2. Linus Pauling
3. WB Yeasts
4. Devika Rani
5. Morarji Desai
6. Leonardo da Vinci
7. Michelangelo
8. Wolfgang Mozart
9. Pop singer
10. flute

GK Who is Who? 3

1. Who founded the new religion Din-i-Elahi?

a) Akbar
b) Sikander Lodhi
c) Qwaja Moinuddin Chisti
d) Babur

2. Who was the first woman Chief Minister of an Indian state?

a) Jayalalitha
b) Padmaja Naidu
c) Sucheta Kripalani
d) Vijayalakshmi Pandit

3. Name the Indian political leader who served two times as acting Prime Minister of India?

a) Gulzari Lal Nanda
b) Lal Bahadur Shastri
c) N Sanjiva Reddy
d) GS Pathak

4. Who was the first lady governor of a state in India?

a) Sheila Kaul
b) Sarla Grewal
c) Sarojini Naidu
d) Indira Gandhi

5. After which famous national leader is the Ahmedabad Airport named?

a) Morarji Desai
b) Kasturba Gandhi
c) Mahatma Gandhi
d) Sardar Vallabhai Patel

6. Who among the following did not serve as the Vice President before becoming the President of India?

a) Dr S Radhakrishnan
b) Dr Zakir Hussain
c) Neelam Sanjeeva Reddy
d) R Venketaraman

7. Who wrote the American declaration of Independence?

a) George Washington
b) Thomas Jefferson
c) James Madison
d) John Adams

8. Who is regarded as the father of Russian Revolution?

a) Kerensky
b) Trotsky
c) Karl Marx
d) Lenin

9. Who among the following inspired and initiated the renaissance of modern India?

a) Aurobindo Ghosh
b) Swami Vivekananda
c) Raja Ram Mohan Roy
d) Keshab Chandra Sen

10. Who is the first Indian Prime Minister who didn’t belong to the Congress party at any time in his political career?

a) Charan Singh
b) Chandrasekhar
c) Deva Gowda
d) AB Vajpayee

11. Who among the following was an advocate of radical humanism?

a) Annie Besant
b) Raja Ram Mohan Roy
c) MN Roy
d) VD Savarkar

12. Who among the following is associated with the invention of Jet Engine?

a) James Watt
b) Charles Parsons
c) Orville and Wilbur Wright
d) Frank Whittle

13. Who amongst the following was the first woman to climb Mount Everest?

a) Valentina Tereshkova
b) Junko Tabei
c) Santhosh Yadav
d) none of these

14. Who amongst the following is known as ‘Iron Lady’?

a) Benazir Bhutto
b) Indira Gandhi
c) Margaret Thatcher
d) Chandrika Kumaratunge

15. Who amongst the following is the youngest man to win world heavyweight crown?

a) Muhammad Ali
b) Mike Tyson
c) Peter McNeely
d) none of these

Answers

1. Akbar
2. Sucheta Kripalani
3. Gulzari Lal Nanda
4. Sarojini Naidu
5. Sardar Vallabhai Patel
6. Neelam Sanjeeva Reddy
7. Thomas Jefferson
8. Lenin
9. Raja Ram Mohan Roy
10. AB Vajpayee
11. MN
Roy
12. Frank Whittle
13. Junko Tabei
14. Margaret Thatcher
15. Mike Tyson

GK Who is Who? 4

1. Who among the following described Gandhiji as ‘Half-naked Fakir’?

a) Joseph Stalin
b) Mussolini
c) Winston Churchill
d) Muhammad Ali Jinnah

2. Who is the author of the book ‘Unto This Last’ which profoundly influenced Gandhiji?

a) John Ruskin
b) Emerson
c) Tolstoy
d) Vivekananda

3. Who founded the Rotary Club?

a) Michael Kalashnikov
b) Paul Harris
c) Pat Barker
d) Paul Crutzen

4. Who among the following was the first popularly elected president of Russia?

a) Michael Gorbachev
b) Boris Yeltsin
c) Vladimir Putin
d) none of these

5. Who was the first Indian to win the World Food Prize?

a) V Kurien
b) MS Swaminathan
c) MGS Narayan
d) none of these

6. Who created Dolly, the first cloned sheep?

a) Eric E Wieschaus
b) Ian Wilmut
c) James Watson
d) Franscis Crick

7. Who is the only woman to have climbed Mount Everest twice?

a) Santhosh Yadav
b) Junko Tabei
c) Bachendri Pal
d) Rita Ang

8. Who is the chief architect of Green Revolution in India?

a) V Kurien
b) MS Swaminathan
c) Norman Ernest Borlaug
d) Sundar Lal Bahuguna

9. Who among the following former Presidents of America was also a film star and television artist?

a) Theodore Roosevelt
b) Ronald Reagan
c) Wudro Wilson
d) John F Kennedy

10. Who is known as the ‘Father of India’s White Revolution’?

a) V Kurien
b) MS Swaminathan
c) MGS Narayanan
d) Hargobind Khorana

Answers

  1. 1. Winston Churchill
    2. John Ruskin
    3. Paul Harris
    4. Boris Yeltsin
    5. MS Swaminathan
    6. Ian Wilmut
    7. Santhosh Yadav
    8. MS Swaminathan
    9. Ronald Reagan
    10. V Kurien

Current Events Quiz 1

1. Who was recently re-elected the President of the People’s Republic of China?

a) Hu Jintao
b) Jiang Zemin
c) Ma Ying-jeou

2. Who recently won the ‘Person of the Year’ award by the India Abroad newspaper in New York?

a) Indra Nooyi
b) Mira Nair
c) Deepa Mehta

3. Mr David A Paterson was in news recently. For what?

a) for being the first legally blind person to become the governor of a US State
b) for winning the Booker Prize
c) for conquering Mt Everest

4. Who recently became the first ever woman to become the Speaker of Pakistan’s parliament?

a) Fahmida Mirza
b) Fahtima Bhutoo
c) Razia Mirza

5. Who won the Femina Miss India Universe title in 2008?

a) Parvathy Omanakuttan
b) Simran Kaur Mundi
c) Harshita Saxena

6. Who won the WTA Tour Player of the Year 2007 award?

a) Maria Sharapova
b) Justin Henin
c) Venus Williams

7. Which Indian cricketer recently became the third cricketer in history to score two triple Test centuries?

a) Sachin Tendulkar
b) Virender Sehwag
c) Rahul Dravid

8. Who/what won the Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, disarmament and Development for 2007?

a) Aung Saan Suki
b) Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
c) Medha Patkar

9. The Anglo-Dutch steel company Corus was recently taken over by

a) ArcelorMittal
b) Jindal Steel
c) Tata Steel

10. Who is the President of India?

a) APJ Abdul Kalam
b) Somnath Chatterjee
c) Pratibha Patil

11. Which is the first Indian bank to get approval to start normal banking operation in China?

a) Indian Bank
b) State Bank of India
c) Corporation Bank

12. Which Indian company manufactures automobiles for Mitsubishi?

a) Tata Motors
b) Bajaj Tempo
c) Hindustan Motors

13. Which one of the following is the world’s busiest port today?

a) Port of Rotterdam
b) Port of Shanghai
c) Port of Singapore

14. For international payments, the Indian currency is linked to

a) British sterling
b) American Dollar
c) International oil price

15. Which of the following countries is the top source of FDI inflows to India at present?

a) Mauritius
b) USA
c) UK

Answers

  1. 1. Hu Jintao
    2. Mira Nair
    3. for being the first legally blind person to become the governor of a
    US State
    4. Fahmida Mirza
    5. Simran Kaur Mundi
    6. Justin Henin
    7. Virender Sehwag
    8. Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
    9. Tata Steel
    10. Pratibha Patil
    11. State Bank of
    India
    12.
    Hindustan Motors
    13.
    Port of Singapore
    14. American Dollar
    15.
    Mauritius

Current Events Quiz 2

1. China launched its first lunar orbiter in 2007. What is its name?

a) Lunz’e 1
b) Wan Hu
c) Chang’e 1

2. The Suzuki Corporation has launched its first scooter for the Indian market. What is the name of this scooter?

a) Access 125
b) Marut 125
c) Excellent X
d) Pawan 125

3. Who won the Linares-Morelia Chess tournament in 2008?

a) V Anand
b) Veselin Topalov
c) Vladimir Kramnik

4. Which Indian bank recently opened its 10,000th branch becoming the second bank in the world to have as many branches?

a) Bank of India
b) State Bank of India
c) ICICI Bank

5. Gas has recently been discovered at which of the following river basins?

a) Krishna-Godavri bain
b) Cauvery basin
c) Ganga basin

6. Which Indian entity recently bagged a position in the list of world’s top ten largest derivative bourses?

a) NSE
b) Sensex
c) MCX

7. Which Indian company recently acquired Jaguar and Land Rover?

a) Bajaj Auto
b) Tata Motors
c) Mahindra & Mahindra

8. Which company topped the ‘Global 2000 List’ complied by the Forbes magazine in April 2008?

a) HSBC
b) Bank of America
c) General Electric

9. Who recently won the Best writer award in the Europe region category of the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize 2008?

a) VS Naipaul
b) Indra Sinha
c) Tahmima Anam

10. India’s first centre to monitor climate change has been opened at

b) Mumbai
b) Chennai
c) Kolkata

Answers

1. Chang’e 1
2. Access 125
3. V Anand
4. State Bank of
India
5. Krishna-Godavri bain
6. NSE
7. Tata Motors
8. HSBC
9. Indra Sinha
10. Chennai

Current Events Quiz 3

1. The 2008 NAM summit was recently held at

a) Tehran
b) Colombo
c) New Delhi
d) Lahore

2. Who among the following was recently appointed the United Nations High Commissioner for human rights?

a) Navanethem Pillay
b) Dayana Mendoza
c) Vijay Nambiar
d) None of these

3. Which country has the highest number of internet users today?

a) China
b) USA
c) India
d) Japan

4. Google recently launched its own online encyclopedia. What is the name of this project?

a) Wikipedia
b) Knol
c) Encyclopedia
d) None of these

5. Dr Ram Baran Yadav was in news recently for

a) being the first President of Republic Nepal
b) being first Prime Minister of Nepal
c) for winning the Magsasay Award
d) for winning the Kalinga Award

6. What is SpaceShipTwo?

a) world’s first civilian passenger spacecraft
b) Nasa’s lunar explorer
c) ESA’s craft to study Mars
d) None of these

7. Sir Richard Branson was in news recently. Who is he?

a) founder of Virgin group of companies
b) winner of the Nobel Prize for Physics
c) winner of the Booker Prize
d) none of these

8. Europa is a moon of which planet?

a) Jupiter
b) Saturn
c) Pluto
d) Mars

9. The WTO Ministerial Meeting of 30 trade ministers was recently held at

a) Geneva
b) Stockholm
c) Paris
d) Seattle

10. Who won the Men’s singles title at Wimbledon this year?

a) Rafael Nadal
b) Roger Federer
c) Andy Roddick
d) None of these

11. Who won the Men’s singles title at French Open this year?

a) Rafael Nadal
b) Roger Federer
c) Mahesh Bhupathi
d) None of these

12. Which country won the Azlan Shah Hockey tournament in 2008?

a) Argentina
b) Spain
c) Netherlands
d) India

13. Which country won the Euro Cup 2008 Football tournament?

a) Spain
b) Germany
c) Italy
d) France

14. According to the worldwide Corruption Perceptions Index, which country is the least corrupt in the world?

a) Denmark
b) Finland
c) Myanmar
d) USA

15. India recently made aviation history by sealing a $51 million deal with which country for the sale of seven Dhruv advanced light helicopters.

a) Ecuador
b) Israel
c) Egypt
d) Vietnam

Answers

1. Tehran
2. Navanethem Pillay
3.
China
4. Knol
5. first President of Republic
Nepal
6. world’s first civilian passenger spacecraft
7. founder of Virgin group of companies
8. Jupiter
9.
Geneva
10. Rafael Nadal
11. Rafael Nadal
12.
Argentina
13.
Spain
14.
Denmark
15.
Ecuador

Current Events Quiz 4

1. Which one of the following was named by Time Magazine as the Invention of the Year 2007?

a) iPod
b) iPhone
c) Napkin PC
d) None of these

2. Who among the following won the Best of the Booker award in 2008?

a) Salman Rushdie
b) VS Naipaul
c) Arundhati Roy
d) Vikram Chandra

3. President’s rule was recently imposed in which of the following states?

a) Karnataka
b) Jammu & Kashmir
c) Punjab
d) Bihar

4. Which one of the following is not a member of the G8?

a) Britain
b) Switzerland
c) France
d) Italy

5. What are Plutoids?

a) Dwarf planets that orbit the sun beyond the orbit of the planet Neptune
b) Moons of Pluto
c) Small rocky bodies found between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter
d) There is nothing called a Plutoid

6. Which one of the following recently lost its planet status?

a) Pluto
b) Uranus
c) Neptune
d) Earth

7. What is Wi-Fi?

a) A method of wireless internet connection
b) A Bluetooth device
c) A service launched by Wikipedia
d) A wired broadband connection

8. Who is the author of the novel Midnight’s Children which recently received a special Booker Prize?

a) Salman Rushdie
b) VS Naipaul
c) Jack London
d) Agatha Christie

9. Who among the following was crowned Miss Universe 2008?

a) Dayana Mendoza
b) Marianne Cruz Gonzalez
c) Vera Krasova
d) Taliana Vargas

10. Inspiron is a series of laptops launched by

a) DELL
b) Apple
c) Lenovo
d) HP

Answers

1. iPhone
2. Salman Rushdie
3. Jammu & Kashmir
4.
Switzerland
5. Dwarf planets that orbit the sun beyond the orbit of the planet
Neptune
6. Pluto
7. A method of wireless internet connection
8. Salman Rushdie
9. Dayana Mendoza
10. DELL

GK – Current Events Quiz 5

1. Who was recently sworn in as the first Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal?

a) K Yumkella
b) PKD Prachanda
c) Duvvari Subharao
d) HY Sharda Prasad

2. Who among the following businessman was recently awarded the UK India Business Council Award?

a) NR Narayana Murthy
b) Ratan Tata
c) Lakshmi Mittal
d) Sunil Bharati Mittal

3. Who was recently appointed the governor of Reserve Bank of India?

a)YV Reddy
b) Duvvari Subharao
c) HY Sharda Prasad
d) S Balakrishnan

4. Michael Phelps, the American swimmer has so far how many Olympic gold medals?

a) 12
b) 8
c) 14
d) 16

5. Who is the first ever individual to win an Olympic Gold for India?

a) Vijender Kumar
b) Sushil Kumar
c) Abhinav Bindra
d) Leander Paes

6. Who won the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award for the year 2007?

a) Sachin Tendulkar
b) Mahendra Singh Dhoni
c) Abhinav Bindra
d) Sania Mirza

7. Who won the Women’s Singles title at the US Open 2008?

a) Ana Ivanovic
b) Serena Willaims
c) Maria Sharapova
d) Venus Williams

8. Who recently became the first man in history to hit 12 sixes in a One Day International match?

a) Yuvraj Singh
b) Xavier Marshall
c) Sanath Jayasurya
d) Shahid Afridi

9. The International Day for the Elderly is observed on

a) October 1
b) October 2
c) October 3
d) October 9

10. The World Vegetarian Day is observed on

a) October 2
b) October 8
c) October 9
d) October 24

11. Who was recently sworn in as the new Chief Minister of Jharkhand?

a) Shibu Soren
b) Madhu Koda
c) Abhay Singh Chautala
d) RK Pachauri

12. Who is the author of ‘A Golden Age’ which won the 2008 Commonwealth Writer’s prize for the Best First Book?

a) Ritu Dalmia
b) Tahmina Anam
c) Alexandra Harney
d) Kiran Desai

Answers

  1. 1. PKD Prachanda
    2. Ratan Tata
    3. Duvvari Subharao
    4. 14
    5. Abhinav Bindra
    6. Mahendra Singh Dhoni
    7. Serena Willaims
    8. Xavier Marshall
    9. October 1
    10. October 2
    11. Shibu Soren
    12. Tahmina Anam

// GK – Current Events 6

1. Who won the best actor award at the 54th National Film Awards?

a) Soumitra Chatterjee
b) Dilip Prabhavalkar
c) Tapan Sinha
d) Sanjay Dutt

2. Who won the Women’s singles title at French Open 2008?

a) Maria Sharapova
b) Ana Ivanovic
c) Venus Willims
d) Dinara Safina

3. Who recently sworn in as the Chief Minister of Karanataka?

a) HG Devagauda
b) BS Yeddyurappa
c) Virendra Kumar
d) none of these

4. Ms Manjula Sood was in news recently for being

a) the winner of Orange prize for 2008
b) the first Asian woman to become the Mayor of Leicester, Britain
c) the first woman scientist to head an important DRDO project
d) none of these

5. Who won the Media Person of the Year Award at the 55th Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival?

a) Anthony O’ Reilly
b) Prasoon Joshi
c) Yves Saint Laurent
d) none of these

6. Who was chosen as the Man of the Series in the DLF-IPL Twenty20 cricket tournament?

a) MS Dhoni
b) Shane Warne
c) Shane Watson
d) Ricky Ponting

7. Who recently set a new 100 m world record?

a) Justin Gatlin
b) Asafa Powell
c) Usain Bolt
d) Nathan Deakes

8. Which nation was recently readmitted to Commonwealth after a six month suspension?

a) Nepal
b) Pakistan
c) Afghanistan
d) Myanmar

9. Ms Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner of Austria was in news recently for being

a) the first woman to conquer 11 peaks of over 8,000 metres without breathing apparatus
b) winning an international award
c) the first woman head of state of Austria
d) none of these

10. The country’s first helium extraction pilot plant was launched by

a) RIL
b) ONGC
c) Bharat Petroleum
d) SAIL

11. Which Indian corporate head made it to the list of the Best Brains in Business compiled by business publication Conde Nast Portfolio?

a) Mukesh Ambani
b) Ratan Tata
c) NR Narayanamurthy
d) Nandan Nilekani

12. OIL (Oil India Limited) recently signed an agreement with the National Oil Corporation of which country for four oil exploration blocks?

a) Sudan
b) Libya
c) Cameroon
d) Zimbabwe

13. An astronaut in outer space will observe sky as

a) White
b) black
c) blue
d) red

14. The science dealing with the study of teeth is called

a) odontology
b) ornithology
c) phenology
d) cosmology

15. According to India’s Census report of 2001, percentage of population living in rural areas is

a) 70
b) 72
c) 74
d) 80

16. India has announced the construction of the first ever rail link to which Himalayan country from Hashimara in northern Bengal?

a) Nepal
b) Bhutan
c) Myanmar
d) Pakistan

17. Kuomintang is the ruling party in

a) China
b) Taiwan
c) Myanmar
d) Cuba

18. Who won the Mahaveer award for excellence in community service in 2008?

a) Mahasweta Devi
b) S Sankara Raman
c) Medha Patkar
d) Rajashree Birla

19. Which of the following pairs of countries were voted the most environment friendly by a survey by the National Geographic magazine and pollster Globalscan?

a) India and China
b) India and Brazil
c) USA and Brazil
d) UK and France

20. Who is the new Russian President?

a) Vladimir Putin
b) Dmitry Medvedev
c) Michael Sleiman
d) none of these

21. The World Population Day is observed on

a) July 6
b) July 11
c) May 24
d) April 11

22. The G-8 Environment Ministers Meeting 2008 was held at

a) Berlin
b) Kobe
c) Kyoto
d) Paris

23. Who is the author of the book Gandhi’s Emissary?

a) Sudhir Ghosh
b) Hamid Ansari
c) Shyam Bhatia
d) Chetan Bhagat

24. Who was recently appointed the Chairman of Prasar Bharti?

a) MV Kamath
b) Vir Sanghvi
c) Arun Bhatnagar
d) Vikram Srivastava

25. What is UNASUR?

a) an NGO fighting for environment protection
b) Union of South American nations
c) Union of South Asian nations
d) None of these

Answers

1. Soumitra Chatterjee
2. Ana Ivanovic
3. BS Yeddyurappa
4. the first Asian woman to become the Mayor of
Leicester, Britain
5. Anthony O’ Reilly
6. Shane Watson
7. Usain Bolt
8.
Pakistan
9. the first woman to conquer 11 peaks of over 8,000 metres without breathing apparatus
10. ONGC
11. Ratan Tata
12.
Libya
13. black
14. odontology
15. 72
16.
Bhutan
17.
Taiwan
18.
S Sankara Raman
19.
India and Brazil
20. Dmitry Medvedev
21. July 11
22.
Kobe
23. Sudhir Ghosh
24. Arun Bhatnagar
25.
Union of South American nations

GK – Current Events 7

1. Who was recently crowned Miss World 2008 at the beauty pageant held in Johannesburg?

a) Parvathy Omanakuttan
b) Ksenia Sukhinova
c) Diana Mendoza
d) none of these

2. Who won the Monaco F1 Grand Prix in 2008?

a) Lewis Hamilton
b) Kimi Raikkonen
c) Felipe Massa
d) Fernando Alonso

3. Whose birthday is likely to be declared as a ‘World No Alcohol Day’ by the UN from next year?

a) Mahatma Gandhi
b) Swami Vivekananda
c) Rajiv Gandhi
d) None of these

4. Which country leads the list of best places for investment and business, according to a list prepared by global consultancy Grant Thornton?

a) India
b) China
c) Russia
d) USA

5. The parliament of which country recently approved a bill allowing the use of hybrid embryos in stem cell research?

a) USA
b) India
c) Britain
d) Italy

6. Justin Henin who announced her immediate retirement from professional tennis is from

a) Spain
b) Belgium
c) France
d) Switzerland

7. The Three Gorges, the world’s biggest hydroelectric power project is built on

a) Pearl river
b) Yangtze river
c) Yellow river
d) Danube

8. The Phonix Lander is a mission sent to explore

a) Mars
b) Jupiter
c) Saturn
d) Mercury

9. Min Bahadur Sherchan was in news recently for being

a) the speaker of Nepal’s new parliament
b) a) the oldest man to summit Everest
c) the oldest man to climb seven summits
d) none of these

10. Which Asian country recently abolished monarchy and became a republic?

a) China
b) Myanmar
c) Nepal
d) Pakistan

11. Which party won the most number of seats in the recently held Karnataka Assembly Elections?

a) BJP
b) Congress
c) Janta Dal
d) NDA

12. What is the name of the tropical cyclone that hit Myanmar last month?

a) Rita
b) Nargis
c) Katrina
d) Ann

13. The Agni-III missile has a range of

a) 5000 km
b) 1200 km
c) 3000 km
d) 4000 km

// 14. ‘Leaves of Grass’ is a collection of poems written by

a) Walt Whitman
b) Robert Frost
c) Wordsworth
d) Allan Poe

15. What is the official distance of a marathon running race?

a) 26 miles
b) 26 miles 385 yards
c) 25 miles 895 yards
d) 25 miles

16. Which country turned 60 in May, 2008?

1) Sri Lanka
b) Nepal
c) Israel
d) Serbia

17. ISRO made history in April by placing how many satellites in their respective orbits in a single launch.

a) 12
b) 10
c) 7
d) 16

18. Viswanathan Anand has so far won how many Chess Oscars?

a) 6
b) 7
c) 5
d) none

19. Bajaj recently announced its low cost car. This car will be built in collaboration with which of the following companies?

a) McLaren
b) Honda
c) Renault-Nissan
d) Fiat

20. India’s much anticipated Moon mission ‘Chandrayan 1’ is expected to lift off in

a) October
b) July
c) September
d) December

21. The Heptathlon is a track and field athletic competition consisting of how many events?

a) five
b) six
c) seven
d) eight

22. The Scandinavia occupies which region of Europe?

a) southern
b) northern
c) central
d) western

23. Which one of the following is currently the world’s fastest super computer?

a) IBM’s Roadrunner supercomputer
) Blue Gene/L
c) Kibo
d) None of these

24. Which Indian automobile manufacturer was recently voted the world’s fourth most reputed?

a) Maruti Suzuki
b) Tata Motors
c) Mahindra & Mahidra
d) Bajaj

25. Which country is the first in the world to pass climate act?

a) Britain
b) India
c) Canada
d) Australia

Answers

1. Ksenia Sukhinova
2. Lewis Hamilton
3. Mahatma Gandhi
4.
China
5.
Britain
6.
Belgium
7.
Yangtze river
8. Mars
9. the oldest man to summit Everest
10.
Nepal
11. BJP
12. Nargis
13. 3000 km
14. Walt Whitman
15. 26 miles 385 yards
16.
Israel
17. 10
18. 5
19. Renault-Nissan
20. September
21. seven
22. northern
23. IBM’s Roadrunner supercomputer
24. Maruti Suzuki
25.
Canada

GK – Current Events 8

1. Who among the following industrialist was recently conferred the prestigious ‘Energy Star Partner of the Year award’?

a) Ratan Tata
b) LN Mittal
c) Sunil Bharati Mittal
d) None of these

2. Who won the Femina Miss India World 2008 title?

a) Simran Kaur Mundi
b) Parvathy Omanakuttan
c) Harchita Saxena
d) Deepika Padukone

3. Who was recently appointed the new Prime Minister of Belgium?

a) Yves Leterme
b) Guy Verhofstadt
c) Hu Jinatao
d) None of these

4. Who is the only Indian tennis player to reach the semi finals of Wimbledon Tennis Singles?

a) Vijay Amritraj
b) Leander Paes
c) Ramanathan Krishnan
d) Mahesh Bhupati

5. Who among the following tennis players recently announced her retirement from professional tennis?

a) Kim Clijsters
b) Justin Henin
c) Ana Ivanovic
d) None of these

6. What is Kibo?

a) Japan’s experimental laboratory sent to ISS
b) a humanoid robot
c) a satellite
d) the name of an exo-planet

7. Zeus is the father of Gods in Greek mythology. Who is the father of Gods in Roman mythology?

a) Jupiter
b) Neptune
c) Cupid
d) Saturn

8. What is the difference between Indian standard time and Greenwich Mean Time?

a) 6: 30 hrs
b) 6 hours
c) 5: 30 hrs
d) 5 hrs

9. Which one of the following dance forms involves solo performance?

a) Bharatanatyam
b) Kuchipudi
c) Mohiniattam
d) Odissi

10. Who among the following was responsible for the passing of Hindu Widows Remarriage Act?

a) Iswar Chandra Vidyasagar
b) Radha Kant Deb
c) Raja Ram Mohan Roy
d) Kesab Chandra Sen

11. Which Indian state has the longest coastline?

a) Rajastan
b) Gujarat
c) Kerala
d) Karnataka

12. Who was the captain of Team Jaipur which won the inaugural IPL Championship?

a) Shane Warne
b) Shane Watson
c) Shahid Afridi
d) Yuvraj Singh

13. Who was recently felicitated by BCCI for being the first Indian bowler to reach the 600 Test wickets mark?

a) Anil Kumble
b) Harbajan Singh
c) Yuvraj Singh
d) None of these

14. Which one of the following is the biggest Indian company by market capital?

a) Tatas
b) Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL)
c) Anil Dirubhai Ambani Group
d) LIC

15. Which company topped the ‘Global 200: The World’s Best Corporate Reputations list’?

a) Tatas
b) Google
c) Toyota
d) Johnson and Johnson

16. Which of the following companies recently entered into a joint venture with the Hero Group for manufacturing commercial vehicles in India?

a) Daimler
b) Renault
c) Toyota
d) Ferrari

17. Which among the following Indian companies will be granted a $600 million loan from World Bank?

a) ONGC
b) Power Grid Corporation of India
c) SAIL
d) None of these

18. Which of the following is the first public sector unit in India to introduce the SAP-powered reverse auction process?

a) ONGC
b) LIC
c) SAIL
d) none of these

19. Which day is observed as the Press Freedom Day?

a) May 1
b) May 3
c) May 4
d) May 8

20. Who is the author of ‘Book of Humour’?

a) Ruskin Bond
b) VS Naipaul
c) Anita Nair
d) None of these

21. Who is the Union Home Minister?

a) Pratibha Patil
b) Shivraj V Patil
c) Ramdoss
d) Renuka Chaudhary

22. India recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding on leather and leather processing with which African country?

a) Ghana
b) Ethiopia
c) Nigeria
d) Cameroon

23. The International Herbal Summit-cum-exhibition on medicinal and aromatic products was held on April 4, 2008 at

a) Mumbai
b) Kottakkal
c) New Delhi
d) Chennai

24. Who is the Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that won the Nobel Peace Prize recently?

a) RK Pachauri
b) Al Gore
c) Sunita Narain
d) None of these

25. In a survey conducted by Dataquest IDC, which Indian state tops the Best e-governed States in 2007?

a) Goa
b) Delhi
c) Chattisgarh
d) Tamil Nadu

Answers

1. LN Mittal
2. Parvathy Omanakuttan
3. Yves Leterme
4. Ramanathan Krishnan
5. Justin Henin
6.
Japan’s experimental laboratory sent to ISS
7. Jupiter
8.
5: 30 hrs
9. Mohiniattam
10. Iswar Chandra Vidyasagar
11.
Gujarat
12. Shane Warne
13. Anil Kumble
14. Reliance Industries Ltd
15.
Toyota
16. Daimler
17. Power Grid Corporation of
India
18. ONGC
19. May 3
20. Ruskin Bond
21. Shivraj V Patil
22.
Ethiopia
23.
New Delhi
24. RK Pachauri
25.
Delhi

GK – Current Events 9

1. Which country has the most number of mobile customers in the world?

a) USA
b) China
c) India
d) Japan

2. This former territory of Serbia declared its independence in February 2008. What is its name?

a) Montenegro
b) Kosovo
c) Albania
d) None of these

3. How many countries are there in the world today?

a) 191
b) 195
c) 196
d) 200

4. Which one of the following is not a member of UN General Assembly?

a) Taiwan
b) China
c) Serbia
d) Montenegro

5. Arthur Clarke, the science fiction author who passed away in March 2008, had adopted which country as his home?

a) New Zealand
b) Sri Lanka
c) USA
d) France

6. The newest Republic in the world is

a) Kosovo
b) Nepal
c) Bhutan
d) Montenegro

7. Which Indian state was in news recently for bringing broadband connectivity to all its villages?

a) Maharashtra
b) Andhra Pradesh
c) Kerala
d) Gujarat

8. Who won the Taiwan presidential election recently?

a) Frank Hsieh
b) Ma Yingjeou
c) Jerry Yang
d) none of these

9. What is the name of the proposed NASA mission to Moon?

a) LADER
b) LAD
c) LADEE
d) none of these

10. Which one of the following was recently voted the greatest toy craze of all time?

a) Yo-yos
b) skateboards
c) Rubik’s cube
d) Lego bricks

11. The Maitreyi Express is a train service between

a) India and Pakistan
b) India and China
c) India and Bangladesh
d) India and Nepal

12. According to WHO, which country has the world’s lowest life expectancy?

a) Namibia
b) Zimbabwe
c) Zambia
d) none of these

13. The Earth Day is observed on

a) May 8
b) June 5
c) April 22
d) April 8

14. Which songwriter won a Pulitzer Prize in 2008?

a) Norah Jones
b) Elton John
c) Bob Dylan
d) none of these

15. Which one of the following recently became the only organization in the world to have conquered all three poles – the conventional South and North Poles besides Mt. Everest?

a) US Air Force
b) British navy
c) Indian navy
d) none

16. The Universal Postal Union was established in 1874. Where is its headquarters?

a) Vienna
b) Hague
c) Berne
d) Paris

17. Which two Indian companies recently made it to the league of the world’s most innovative companies?

a) Tata and RIL
b) LIC and ONGC
c) SBI and SAIL
d) Infosys and Wipro

18. Nasa’s Messenger spacecraft is on a mission to study

a) Mars
b) Mercury
c) Jupiter
d) Moon

19. The ThinkPad X300 ultra-portable machine is currently the thinnest laptop in the world. It is built by

a) Apple
b) Sony
c) Lenovo
d) IBM

20. Who won the Oscar award for the Best Actor in 2008?

a) Johny Depp
b) Will Smith
c) Mick Jagger
d) Daniel Day Lewis

21. Which one of the following is the world’s richest soccer club?

a) AC Milan
b) Manchester United
c) Chelsea
d) Real Madrid

22. Who are Chang and Eng?

a) The original Siamese twins
b) mascots for Beijing Olympics 2008
c) two elements in Fengshui
d) none of these

23. ‘Animal’s People’, which won the Commonwealth Writers Prize 2008 is based on

a) partition of India
b) Mumbai underworld
c) drug trafficking
d) Bhopal gas tragedy

24. Which day is observed as the International Women’s Day?

a) March 8
b) March 12
c) April 20
d) May 11

25. Who is the author of the book ‘Sense and Sensibility’?

a) Emile Bronte
b) Virginia Wolf
c) Jane Austen
d) Sylvia Plath

Answers

  1. 1. China
    2. Kosovo
    3. 195
    4.
    Taiwan
    5.
    Sri Lanka
    6.
    Nepal
    7.
    Gujarat
    8. Ma Yingjeou
    9. LADEE
    10. Rubik’s cube
    11.
    India and Bangladesh
    12.
    Zimbabwe
    13. April 22
    14. Bob Dylan
    15. Indian navy
    16.
    Berne
    17. Tata and RIL
    18. Mercury
    19. Lenovo
    20. Daniel Day Lewis
    21.
    Manchester United
    22. The original Siamese twins
    23.
    Bhopal Gas Tragedy
    24. March 8
    25. Jane Austen

GK – World History 1

1. Which of the following year is associated with the outbreak of World War II?

a) 1935
b) 1937
c) 1638
d) 1939

2. Who was the author of the American Declaration of Independence?

a) George Washington
b) Thomas Paine
c) Lafayette
d) Thomas Jefferson

3. The Russian city where a tank of radio active waste exploded in April 1993 is

a) Chernobyl
b) Serov
c) Tomsk-7
d) Cerepovec

4. The Hijra era is counted from

a) 1526 AD
b) 712 AD
c) 632 AD
d) 622 AD

5. The Gulf war of 1991 was precipitated by the Iraqi annexation of

a) Bahrain
b) Kuwait
c) Saudi Arabia
d) South Yemen

6. Who among the following were known as ‘Physiocrats’ at the time of French Revolution?

a) The clergy
b) economists
c) the nobility
d) medical professionals

7. The parleys between the Prime Ministers Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Indira Gandhi, so much referred to in world politics, were held at

a) Manali
b) Rawalpindi
c) Shimla
d) Islamabad

8. Which of the following was strongly advocated by Fascism?

a) disarmament
b) federalism
c) secularism
d) war

9. Fabian socialism emerged first in

a) India
b) Great Britain
c) Germany
d) Russia

10. Which of the following is not associated with socialism?

a) Fabianism
b) Syndicalism
c) Communism
d) Fascism

11. Russian revolution took place in

a) 1789
b) 1776
c) 1688
d) 1917

12. In America, the Bill of Rights was added to the Federal Constitution largely at the instance of

a) Thomas Jefferson
b) George Washington
c) Thomas Paine
d) Benjamin Franklin

13. Who wrote ‘Das Capital’?

a) Engel
b) Lenin
c) Karl Marx
d) Adam Smith

14. Civil Disobedience is associated with

a) Voltaire
b) Thomas Paine
c) HD Thoreau
d) Thomas Hobbes

15. French Revolution took place in

a) 1789
b) 1776
c) 1688
d) 1917

16. Who among the following is associated with the philosophy of ‘the social contract’?

a) Voltaire
b) Thomas Paine
c) HD Thoreau
d) Thomas Hobbes

17. American War of Independence took place in

a) 1776
b) 1789
c) 1801
d) 1919

18. Which of the following was built between 3000 BC and 1800 BC?

a) The tomb of Alexander
b) The Collosus of Rhodes
c) The Palace of Diana at Ephesis
d) The Pyramids of Egypt

19. Which of the following parties is associated with former Pakistan cricket team captain Imran Khan?

a) Pakistan People’s Party
b) Jamhurie Islam
c) Tehreek e-Insaf
d) Awami League

20. Who among the following is associated with the philosophy of ‘Rights of Man’?

a) Thomas Paine
b) Rousseau
c) Emerson
d) Abraham Lincoln

21. The Cairo Summit held in March 1996 was concerned with which of the following?

a) peace in West Asia
b) terrorism
c) oil crisis
d) economic aid to African countries

22. No taxation without representation is a well-known slogan associated with which of the following?

a) French revolution
b) British civil war
c) Indian National Movement
d) American War of Independence

23. Which one of the following is not related to the continuing turmoil in Bosnia?

a) Serbs
b) Muslims
c) Jews
d) Croats

24. The fall of the prison at Bastille is associated with which of the following?

a) Russian revolution
b) French revolution
c) American War of Independence
d) none of those

25. Who among the following faced a devastating defeat in the battle of Waterloo?

a) Duke of Wellington
b) Napoleon
c) Alexander the Great
d) Hitler

Answers

1. 1939
2. Thomas Jefferson
3.
Chernobyl
4. 622 AD
5.
Kuwait
6. economists
7. Shimla
8. war
9.
Great Britain
10. Fascism
11. 1917
12. Thomas Jefferson
13. Karl Marx
14. HD Thoreau
15. 1789
16. Voltaire
17. 1776
18. The Pyramids of
Egypt
19. Tehreeq-e-Insaf
20. Thomas Paine
21. terrorism
22. American War of
Independence
23. Jews
24. French revolution
25. Napoleon

GK – World History 2

1. The first World War broke out in

a) 1919
b) 1914
c) 1939
d) 1944

2. The Battle of Waterloo took place in

a) 1815
b) 1800
c) 1911
d) 1839

3. Who was the Prime Minister of England at the time of Second World War?

a) Winston Churchill
b) Neville Chamberlain
c)Clement Atlee
d) James Ramsay MacDonald

4. Who among the following is associated with the Peacock throne?

a) Shah Jahan
b) Jahangir
c) Akbar
d) Babur

5. Who among the following signed the charter called ‘Magna Carta’?

a) King John II
b) Henry II
c) Edward II
d) Henry V

6. Magna Carta was signed in

a) 1215
b) 1485
c) 1138
d) 1189

7. In which year did Hitler become the Chancellor of Germany?

a) 1933
b) 1939
c) 1945
d) 1951

8. Which of the following parties was credited by Lenin in Russia in 1918?

a) Red Army
b) White Forces
c) Green Grenade
d) Blue Rifle

9. In which year did the Soviet Union disintegrate into independent states?

a) 1991
b) 1992
c) 1993
d) 1994

10. Who became the first black President of South Africa in 1994?

a) Desmond Tutu
b) Milton Obote
c) Robert Mugabe
d) Nelson Mandela

11. In which year did Victoria become the Queen of Great Britain?

a) 1857
b) 1837
c) 1887
d) 1911

12. The Norman Conquest of England took place in

a) 1066
b) 1138
c) 1042
d) 1087

13. Which of the following nations was granted self-government in internal affairs by the Durham report?

a) India
b) Canada
c) Japan
d) Argentina

14. Which of the following is hailed as the ‘Bible of the English Constitution’?

a) Bill of Rights
b) Magna Carta
c) Reforms Act of 1832
d) Parliament Act of 1911

15. The Renaissance Movement first began in

a) Italy
b) England
c) France
d) Germany

16. Who defined Liberalism as the philosophy of ‘Live and let live’?

a) Bertrand Russel
b) Harold Laski
c) JS Mill
d) Jeremy Bentham

17. At which of the following places was the Declaration of Independence of the American Colonies adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776?

a) Washington DC
b) New York
c) Chicago
d) Philadelphia

18. With which of the following is the famous ‘Tennis Court Oath’ associated?

a) American War of Independence
b) French Revolution
c) Emperor Czar Alexander
d) Italian Renaissance

19. Who among the following leaders said ‘I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat’?

a) Abraham Lincoln
b) Mahatma Gandhi
c) Subash Chandra Bose
d) Winston Churchill

20. When was the Treaty of Versailles signed?

a) 1919
b) 1921
c) 1943
d) 1945

21. Id-l-Milad is associated with which of the following?

a) the martyrdom of Hussein
b) the birth of Prophet Muhammad
c) the death of Muhammad
d) none of these

22. The eleven independent states of former Soviet Union have assumed the name of

a) Cooperative Commonwealth
b) Commonwealth of independent States
c) East European Commonwealth
d) None of these

23. Which one of the following was the only European power trading in India in the seventeenth century?

a) The English
b) The French
c) The Portuguese
d) The Danish

24. ‘Man is born free yet everywhere he is in chains’. Who said this?

a) Rousseau
b) Voltaire
c) Emerson
d) Karl Marx

25. In the American War of Independence, the leader who was put in command of American forces was

a) Thomas Jefferson
b) George Washington
c) Thomas Paine
d) Abraham Lincoln

Answers

1. 1914
2. 1815
3. Winston Churchill
4. Shah Jahan
5. King John II
6. 1215
7. 1933
8. Red Army
9. 1991
10. Nelson Mandela
11. 1837
12. 1066
13.
Canada
14. Magna Carta
15.
Italy
16. JS Mill
17.
Philadelphia
18. French Revolution
19. Winston Churchill
20. 1919
21. The birth of prophet Muhammad
22.
Commonwealth of Independent States
23. the Portuguese
24. Rousseau
25. George Washington

GK – World History 3

1. Saint Simon, Charles Fourier and Robert Owen were

a) renaissance artists
b) Portuguese navigators
c) early socialists
d) activists in the American War of Independence

2. In which of the following battles did Napoleon defeat the allied forces of Russia and Austria?

a) Battle of Austerliz
b) Battle of Waterloo
c) Battle of Sedan
d) Battle of Sadowa

3. The Battle of Nations in which Napoleon faced a disastrous defeat was fought in

a) 1805
b) 1814
c) 1815
d) 1866

4. The Battle of Waterloo was fought in

a) 1815
b) 1866
c) 1857
d) 1777

5. Which of the following battles was fought in question of abolition of slavery?

a) Battle of Nations
b) American civil war
c) Battle of Waterloo
d) French Revolution

6. Who among the following was the Austrian Chancellor from 1815 to 1848 AD?

a) Metternich
b) Louis Philippe
c) Cavour
d) Bismark

7. Who among the following was known as the ‘Citizen King’ because he shunned traditional symbols of monarchy?

a) King John II
b) Louis Philippe
c) Napoleon
d) Cavour

8. Who among the following great military general of France was exiled to St. Helena Island?

a) Charlemagne
b) Captain James Cook
c) Napoleon Bonaparte
d) Robespierre

9. Who among the following was a black American leader who led a non violent movement to obtain full civil rights for American Negroes?

a) Martin Luther King
b) Muhammad Ali
c) Ben Kingsley
d) Rosa Luxemburg

10. Who among the following Austrian born – German dictator played a very significant role in the Second World War?

a) Bismarck
b) Mussolini
c) Adolf Hitler
d) Giueseppe Garibaldi

11. Who was the Pakistan Prime Minister who was replaced by Gen. Pervez Musharaf in a military coup?

a) Nawaz Sheriff
b) Benazir Bhutto
c) Zulfikar Ali Bhutto
d) none of these

12. When was the first atom bomb dropped on Hiroshima?

a) August 6, 1945
b) August 8, 1942
c) August 9, 1945
d) August 9, 1944

13. In which year was the League of Nations formed?

a) 1946
b) 1914
c) 1939
d) 1920

14. In which year did Britain recognize the independence of America?

a) 1775
b) 1783
c) 1789
d) 1813

15. In which year was Israel founded as a Jewish state?

a) 1945
b) 1947
c) 1948
d) 1950

16. The demolition of Berlin wall leading to the unification of Germany took place in

a) 1989
b) 1990
c) 1991
d) 1992

17. Who succeeded Prophet Muhammad as the first Caliph in 632 AD?

a) Omar
b) Abu Bakr
c) Othman
d) Ali

18. Who among the following led the Russian revolution in 1917?

a) Lenin
b) Stalin
c) Voltaire
d) None of these

19. With which of the following is ‘Boston tea party’ associated?

a) Glorious revolution
b) French revolution
c) Russian revolution
d) American war of Independence

20. Lenin died in

a) 1924
b) 1925
c) 1921
d) 1922

21. The Turkish capture of Constantinople took place in

a) 1498
b) 1448
c) 1453
d) 1942

22. The nationalization of Suez canal took place in

a) 1953
b) 1956
d) 1959
d) 1557

23. When did the Communists in China establish a Republic?

a) 1947
b) 1948
c) 1949
d) 1950

24. Who among the following princes abdicated the throne of England to marry his beloved?

a) George I
b) Edward VIII
c) Edward VII
d) George IV

25. The Tashkent declaration was signed in

a) 1966
b) 1956
c) 1959
d) 1962

Answers

  1. 1. Early socialists
    2.
    Battle of Austerliz
    3. 1814
    4. 1815
    5. American civil war
    6. Matternich
    7. Louis Philippe
    8. Napoleon Bonaparte
    9. Martin Luther King
    10. Adolf Hitler
    11. Nawas Sheriff
    12.
    August 6, 1945
    13. 1920
    14. 1783
    15. 1948
    16. 1989
    17. Abu Bakr
    18. Lenin
    19. American War of
    Independence
    20. 1924
    21. 1453
    22. 1956
    23. 1949
    24. Edward VIII
    25. 1966

GK – India Facts File

1. Which of the following is the first country in the world to introduce a family planning policy?

a) India
b) Japan
c) China
d) USA

2. Which state has the highest density of population according to the 2001 census?

a) Kerala
b) West Bengal
c) Uttar Pradesh
d) Punjab

3. The first Five Year Plan was launched in

a) 1947
b) 1950
c) 1951
d) 1952

4. In India, the first railway train steamed off in April, 1853 between

a) Agra to Mathura
b) Bombay to Thane
c) Delhi to Meerut
d) Howrah to Burdwan

5. Production unit at which of the following places manufactures wheels and axles for Indian railway?

a) Chittaranjan near Calcutta
b) Perambur near Madras
c) Mughalsarai
d) Yelehanka, near Bangalore

6. Production unit at which of the following places manufactures Diesel locomotives for Indian railway?

a) Varanasi
b) Perambur
c) Yelehanka
d) Chittaranjan

7. Which production unit undertakes the manufacture of the bulk of passenger service vehicles for Indian railway?

a) Perambur
b) Varanasi
c) Yelehanka
d) Chittaranjan

8. At which of the following places is the headquarters of the research, designs and standards organization of the Indian railways located?

a) Mumbai
b) Delhi
c) Lucknow
d) Varanasi

9. At which of the following places is the Indian railways Institute of Advanced Track technology for training of civil engineers located?

a) Pune
b) Jabalpur
c) Secunderabad
d) Vadodara

10. At which of the following places is the Railway staff college located?

a) Kolkatta
b) Gorakhpur
c) Secunderabad
d) Vadodara

11. Which is the biggest sea port of India which also has a natural harbour?

a) Mumbai
b) Calcutta – Haldia
c) Cochin
d) Vishakhapatnam

12. The Jawaharlal Nehru Port is in

a) Gujarat
b) Karnataka
c) Maharashtra
d) Kerala

13. In terms of size, the Indian Railways occupy what position in the world?

a) Largest
b) Second largest
c) Third largest
d) Fourth largest

14. In which year was railway introduced in India?

a) 1853
b) 1860
c) 1855
d) 1854

15. Which railway zone has the maximum route kilometrage in India?

a) Central railway
b) Northern railway
c) Southern railway
d) Konkan railway

16. Which railway zone conducts service through the maximum number of states?

a) Northern railway
b) Western railway
c) Central railway
d) Southern railway

17. Which is the oldest Indian news agency?

a) PTI
b) UNI
c) Samachar Bharti
d) Hindustan Samachar

18. In terms of size of population, what position India occupies in the world?

a) First
b) Second
c) Third
d) fourth

19. Under the control of which ministry does the Border Roads Organization function?

a) Communications
b) Defence
c) Surface transport
d) Urban development

20. Which of the following is the largest circulated daily in India?

a) Malayala Manorama
b) Times of India
c) Hindustan Times
d) Hindu

21. In which language is the largest number of newspapers published in India?

a) Hindi
b) English
c) Telegu
d) Urdu

22. Which of the following is the primary source of energy in India?

a) Coal
b) Nuclear fuels
c) Petroleum, LPG, diesel and bio-gas
d) Hydroelectricity

23. The National Literacy Mission was launched in

a) 1985
b) 1988
c) 1990
d) 1991

24. During which Five Year plan was the Mid-day Meals scheme for school children commenced?

a) Seventh plan
b) Eighth Plan
c) Sixth Plan
d) Ninth Plan

25. NCERT was established in

a) 1960
b) 1961
c) 1962
d) 1963

Answers

1. India
2.
West Bengal
3. 1951
4.
Bombay to Thane
5. Yelehanka, near
Bangalore
6.
Varanasi
7. Perambur
8.
Lucknow
9. Pune
10. Vadodara
11. Mumbai
12.
Maharashtra
13. second largest
14. 1853
15. Northern railway
16. Northern railway
17. PTI
18. Second
19. Defence
20. Times of
India
21. Hindi
22. Coal
23. 1988
24. Eighth Plan
25. 1961

GK – India Facts File 2

1. In India which organization is concerned with the qualitative development of school education?

a) UGC
b) NCERT
c) IB
d) IGNOU

2. The resolution on ‘National Policy on Education’ was adopted in?

a) 1982
b) 1986
c) 1975
d) 1947

3. During which five year plan was the system of Mid-day meals commenced?

a) 5th Plan
b) 6th Plan
c) 7th Plan
d) 8th Plan

4. ‘Operation Blackboard’ is a scheme launched to improve the quality of

a) Rural education
b) Elementary education
c) Higher education
d) Technical education
5. In India which organization is the apex body for formulating plans and coordinating agricultural research?

a) CSIR
b) UGC
c) ICAR
d) IGNOU

6. The National policy on education provides for the opening of residential schools to provide free and quality education for the talented children in the rural arrears. What are these schools called?

a) Balwadis
b) Navodaya Vidyalayas
c) Kendriya Vidyalayas
d) Board schools

7. When was the National Literacy Mission launched by the Prime Minister?

a) 1990
b) 1988
c) 1985
d) 1992

8. Which commission is concerned with the promotion and co-ordination of University education in India?

a) CBSE
b) NCERT
c) UGC
d) IGNOU

9 Which institution conducts advanced research in the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences at the national level?

a) Indian Institute of Technology
b) Indian Institute of Sciences
c) Indian Institute of Advanced Study
d) IGNOU

10. When was the University Grants Commission set up?

a) 1947
b) 1953
c) 1956
d) 1960

11. Which commission or committee report recommended for the first time the adoption of the 10+2+3 pattern of education?

a) Mumbai University Commission in 1920 -22
b) Calcutta University Commission in 1917 – 1919
c) Madras University Commission in 1920-22
d) None of these

12. When was the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) established by an act of Parliament?

a) 1985
b) 1982
c) 1990
d) 1986

13. When was the first three Universities-Calcutta, Madras and Bombay set up under the British rule?

a) 1917
b) 1857
c) 1890
d) 1902

14. Who is the founder of Aligar Muslim University?

a) Sir Sayyid Ahmmad Khan
b) Abdul Kalam Azad
c) Annie Bessant
d) None of these

15. When was NCERT established?

a) 1956
b) 1961
c) 1947
d) 1972

16. Which council assists and advises the Ministry of Education and Culture in implementing policies and programs in the field of education, particularly school education?

a) CBSE
b) NCERT
c) UGC
d) ICSE

17. Who is the founder of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan

a) Dr S Radha Krishnan
b) KM Munshi
c) Shanti Swaroop Bhatnagar
d) Annie Bessant

18. National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) was formed in?

a) 1990
b) 1991
c) 1995
d) 1952

19. The Board of High School and Intermediate Education was established in 1929 by a resolution of the Govt. of India. When was it renamed as the Central Board of Secondary Education?

a) 1952
b) 1956
c) 1960
d) 1962

20. Which is the first Indian University for Women?

a) SNDT University
b) Calcutta University
c) Shanti Niketan
d) National Open University

21. There are two Kendriya Vidyalayas outside India. One is at Kathmandu. The other is at

a) New York
b) Moscow
c) London
d) Lahore

22. Open schools are for the propagation of distance education in the country. When was the first open school set up in India by CBSE?

a) 1979
b) 1982
c) 1980
d) 1975

23. When was the National Open School (NOS) set up?

a) 1989
b) 1985
c) 1980
d) 1982

24. Who is the Chancellor of Universities?

a) Governor of the State
b) Chief Minister of the State
c) Chief Justice of the State
d) President of India

25. Which is the education TV channel started by IGNOU in 2000?

a) Vidya
b) Edu Channel
c) Gyandarshan
d) Shiksha

Answers

1. NCERT
2. 1986
3. 8th Plan
4. Elementary education
5. ICAR
6. Navodaya Vidyalayas
7. 1988
8. UGC
9. Indian Institute of Advanced Study
10. 1953
11.
Calcutta University Commission in 1917 – 1919
12. 1985
13. 1857
14. Sir Sayyid Ahmmad Khan
15. 1961
16. NCERT
17. KM Munshi
18. 1995
19. 1952
20.
SNDT University
21.
Moscow
22. 1979
23. 1989
24. Governor of the State
25. Gyandharshan

GK – India Facts File 3

1. How many Union Territories are there in India?

a) 7
b) 6
c) 5
d) 8

2. Which Indian state has the highest population?

a) Uttar Pradesh
b) Maharashtra
c) Rajasthan
d) Madhya Pradesh

3. In terms of area, which is the largest state in India?

a) Uttar Pradesh
b) Rajasthan
c) Madhya Pradesh
d) Punjab

4. The Indian constitution came into effect in

a) 1947
b) 1950
c) 1956
d) 1949

5. What is the Indian Standard Time?

a) 82030’E
b) 30082’E
c) 85030’E
d) 80035’E

6. Which one of the following is the smallest state in India?

a) Goa
b) Kerala
c) Manipur
d) Assam

7. Which one of the following is the least populous state in India?

a) Goa
b) Sikkim
c) Mizoram
d) Manipur

8. Before they became a part of India in 1954, Pondicherry and Mahe were under the rule of

a) Portuguese
b) French
c) British
d) Dutch

9. When did India annex Goa, Daman and Diu?

a) 1954
b) 1962
c) 1961
d) 1972

10. Which one of the following was the first Indian state to be formed on a linguistic base?

a) Tamil Nadu
b) Andhra Pradesh
c) Rajasthan
d) Punjab

11. The State Reorganization Act took effect in

a) 1952
b) 1956
c) 1972
d) 1951

12. Haryana was created out of Punjab in

a) 1966
b) 1972
c) 1956
d) 1958

13. Kuchipudi is the traditional dance form of

a) Kerala
b) Maharashtra
c) Andhra Pradesh
d) Karnataka

14. Itanagar is the capital of

a) Manipur
b) Mizoram
c) Arunachal Pradesh
d) Meghalaya

15. The Kaziranga National park is in

a) Assam
b) West Bengal
c) Rajasthan
d) Mizoram

16. The ruins of Nalanda, world’s earliest Buddhist University, is in present day

a) Bengal
b) Uttar Pradesh
c) Bihar
d) Madhya Pradesh

17. Gujarat was formed in

a) 1956
b) 1960
c) 1952
d) 1947

18. The Kaziranga Wild Life Sanctuary is known for its

a) One-horned rhinoceros
b) Asiatic lions
c) Birds
d) Black buck

19. Mohiniattam is the traditional dance form of

a) Kerala
b) Tamil Nadu
c) Karnataka
d) Andhra Pradesh

20. How many states are there in the Indian Union?

a) 26
b) 27
c) 28
d) 29

21. Jharkhand was formed out of which state in November 2000?

a) Madhya Pradesh
b) Bihar
c) Rajasthan
d) Uttar Pradesh

22. The folk dance form Lavni is from

a) Maharashtra
b) Gujarat
c) Punjab
d) Uttar Pradesh

23. Silvassa is the capital of

a) Goa
b) Dadra Nagar Haveli
c) Daman & Diu
d) None of these

24. India is divided into how many PIN code zones?

a) 6
b) 8
c) 9
d) 12

25. Where is the headquarters of the Southern Railway?

a) Kochi
b) Chennai
c) Secunderabad
d) Bangalore

Answers

1. 6
2. Uttar Pradesh
3. Rajasthan
4. 1950
5. 82030’E
6.
Goa
7.
Sikkim
8. French
9. 1961
10. Andhra Pradesh
11. 1956
12. 1966
13. Andhra Pradesh
14. Arunachal Pradesh
15.
Assam
16.
Bihar
17. 1960
18. one-horned rhinoceros
19. Kerala
20. 28
21.
Bihar
22.
Maharashtra
23. Dadra Nagar Haveli 24. 8
25. Chennai

GK – India Facts File 4

1. Which one of the following states does not form part of the Narmada basin?

a) Rajasthan
b) Madhya Pradesh
c) Gujarat
d) Maharashtra

2. On which river is the Srisailam hydroelectric project built?

a) Tungabhadra
b) Sharavati
c) Krishna
d) Cauvery

3. Chilka Lake is in

a) Orissa
b) Andhra Pradesh
c) Tamil Nadu
d) West Bengal

4. Which of the following Indian states does not lie on the Indo-Nepal border?

a) Bihar
b) Himachal Pradesh
c) Sikkim
d) Uttar Pradesh

5. The largest producer of salt in India is

a) Gujarat
b) Rajasthan
c) Kerala
d) Madhya Pradesh

6. Which is the most widely consumed cereal in India?

a) Barley
b) Sorghum
c) Wheat
d) Rice

7. Which cash crop is grown in the largest area in India?

a) cotton
b) jute
c) tobacco
d) sann hemp

8. Which Indian state is known for its sandal wood?

a) Karnataka
b) Assam
c) Kerala
d) West Bengal

9. Which one of the following projects consists of the Gandhi Sagar Dam, the Kota Barrage and the Rana Pratap Sagar dam?

a) The Chambal Project
b) The Hirakud Project
c) The Rajasthan Canal Project
d) The Kosi Project

10. Which of the following states is not a party to the Cauvery water issue?

a) Kerala
b) Maharashtra
c) Karnataka
d) Tamil Nadu

11. Kuki tribes belong to which state?

a) Nagaland
b) Manipur
c) Assam
d) Sikkim

12. Which of the following nations are linked by the Teen Bigha Corridor?

a) India and Pakistan
b) India and China
c) Bangladesh and Pakistan
d) Bangladesh and India

13. Which of the following rivers is not a tributary of Ganga?

a) Indravati
b) Son
c) Gomati
d) Yamuna

14. Which Indian state is the largest producer of natural rubber?

a) Assam
b) Tamil Nadu
c) Kerala
d) Karnataka

15. Which of the following is not a sea port?

a) Cochin
b) Paradeep
c) Rameshwaram
d) Vishakhapatnam

16. Which one of the following is the most salty lake in India?

a) Wular
b) Chilka
c) Sambhar
d) Dal

17. The Vidyasagar Setu is located at

a) Cuttack
b) Rameshwaram
c) Madurai
d) Calcutta

18. Which one of the following area has been declared as a ‘Biosphere Reserve’?

a) Nilgiris
b) Gulf of Mannar
c) Nokrek
d) Manas

19. On the bank of which river is Srinagar situated?

a) Indus
b) Jhelum
c) Tawi
d) Wooler lake

20. Which of the following is an inland drainage area?

a) Chilka region
b) Sambhar area
c) Rann of Kutch
d) Manasarovar lake

21. The Kanha Tiger Reserve is located in

a) Karnataka
b) Madhya Pradesh
c) Assam
d) Tamil Nadu

22. The Bandipur tiger reserve is located in

a) Maharashtra
b) Assam
c) Karnataka
d) Kerala

23. The Pushkar Lake is in

a) Jammu & Kashmir
b) Punjab
c) Rajasthan
d) Assam

24. Which national park is India is famous for the Chinkara (Indian Gazalle)?

a) Shivapuri National Park
b) Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
c) Ghanna Wildlife Sanctuary
d) Kanha National Park

25. Which of the following is the most extensively grown oil seed crop in India?

a) Ground nut
b) Sunflower
c) Mustard
d) Linseed

Answers

1. Rajasthan
2.
Krishna
3. Orissa
4. Himachal Pradesh
5.
Gujarat
6. Rice
7. cotton
8. Karnataka
9. The Chambal Project
10.
Maharashtra
11. Manipur
12.
Bangladesh and India
13. Indravati
14. Kerala
15. Rameshwaram
16. Sambhar
17.
Calcutta
18. Nilgiris
19.
Jhelum
20.
Rann of Kutch
21. Madhya Pradesh
22. Karnataka
23. Rajasthan
24.
Shivapuri National Park
25. Ground nut

GK – India Facts File 5

1. Who translated our National Song into English?

a) Rabindranath Tagore
b) Dr S Radhakrishnan
c) Sarojini Naidu
d) Aurobindo Ghosh

2. Which of the following was the capital of Andhra Pradesh before Hyderabad?

a) Kurnool b) Nellore c) Guntur d) Warangal

3. Which city is known as the ‘Garden City of India’?

a) Sri Nagar
b) Munnar
c) Bangalore
d) Jaipur

4. The southernmost tip of India is

a) Kanyakumari
b) Kovalam
c) Indira Point
d) Nagarcoil

5. Which one of the following folk-dance drama is associated with Rajasthan

a) Jatra
b) Garba
c) Khayal
d) Kootiyattam

6. India’s National Calendar was introduced for official purposes in

a) 1947
b) 1951
c) 1957
d) 1969

7. Which state stands first in the production of ginger?

a) Maharashtra
b) Himachal Pradesh
c) Andhra Pradesh
d) Kerala

8. What is the first date of the National Calender?

a) 1st January
b) 1st April
c) 1st July
d) 22nd March

9. Which of the following is the first month of our national calendar?

a) Chaitra
b) Bhadra
c) Falgun
d) Ashad

10. Which of the following is the last month of our national calendar?

a) Chaitra
b) Ashad
c) Falgun
d) Bhadra

11. Which of the following is not a popular form of Hindustani music?

a) Qawwali
b) Thumri
c) Ghazal
d) Padam

12. Which of the following was the first Indian state to achieve 100 percent literacy?

a) Kerala
b) Goa
c) Karnataka
d) Tamil Nadu

13. Martyr’s day is observed on

a) January 30
b) October 2
c) August 15
d) January 3

14. Which Indian state has the largest population of Scheduled Tribes?

a) UP
b) Madhya Pradesh
c) Bihar
d) Orissa

15. The smallest and least populated territory in India is

a) Lakshadweep
b) Pondicherry
c) Daman and Diu
d) Dadra and Nagar Haveli

16. Who was the first woman judge of the Supreme Court of India?

a) Leila Seth
b) Anna Chandi
c) Fatima Bibi
d) Sujata Manohar

17. Who among the following was India’s first acting Prime Minister?

a) Lal Bahadur Shastri
b) BD Jatti
c) Gulzarilal Nanda
d) Indira Gandhi

18. Who was the first woman President of the Indian National Congress?

a) Vijayalakshmi Pandit
b) Indira Gandhi
c) Sarojini Naidu
d) Annie Besant

19. Before India acquired Pondicherry, it was under the control of

a) Portuguese
b) French
c) Dutch
d) British

20. Who is the first woman Chief Justice of a High Court?

a) Fatima Bibi
b) Anna Chandi
c) Leila Seth
d) Rajkumari Amrit Kaur

21. The Indian Army is divided into how many commands (divisions)?

a) 11
b) 12
c) 6
d) 8

22. In India, the ‘Urs’ fair is organized in

a) Secunderabad
b) Ajmer
c) Ghaziabad
d) Mirzapur

23. Where in Madhya Pradesh is the Kumbha Mela held?

a) Indore
b) Ratlam
c) Gwalior
d) Ujjain

24. Which of the following is the main festival of Maharashtra?

a) Durga Puja
b) Ganpati Festival
c) Onam
d) Pongal

25. Which of the following is the main festival of Kerala?

a) Diwali
b) Onam
c) Navratri
d) Pongal

Answers

1. Aurobindo Ghosh
2.
Kurnool
3.
Bangalore
4. Kanyakumari
5. Khayal
6. 1957
7. Kerala
8. 1st April
9. Chaitra
10. Falgun
11. Padam
12. Kerala
13. January 30
14. Madhya Pradesh
15.
Lakshadweep
16. Fatima Bibi
17. Gulzarilal Nanda
18. Annie Besant
19. French
20. Leila Seth
21. 6
22.
Ajmer
23.
Ujjain
24. Ganpati Festival
25. Onam

GK – India Facts File 6

1. How many spokes are there in the ‘Chakra’ of our national flag?

a) 24
b) 25
c) 26
d) 30

2. The ratio between the length and width of our national flag is

a) 1:2
b) 2:3
c) 1: 4
d) 2:5

3. The Himasagar Express runs between

a) Jammu Tawi and Kanyakumari
b) Culcutta and Delhi
c) New Delhi and Chennai
d) Mumbai – Kolkatta

4. How many lions are visible in our National Flag?

a) two
b) one
c) three
d) four

5. The Mumbai High Court was set up in

a) 1832
b) 1862
c) 1889
d) 1901

6. Which Indian state gave us four Nobel Prize winners?

a) West Bengal
b) Uttar Pradesh
c) Tamil Nadu
d) Punjab

7. Who among the following is not associated with the Sitar?

a) Amir Khusro
b) Ravi Shankar
c) Ustad Alauddin Khan
d) Amjad Ali Khan

8. The Shimla agreement was signed between India and Pakistan in

a) 1965
b) 1948
c) 1956
d) 1972

9. Our National Emblem was adopted on

a) August 15, 1947
b) January 26, 1950
c) November 26, 1946
d) December 26, 1949

10. Which of the following is India’s biggest dam?

a) Kosi
b) Nagarjuna Sagar
c) Hirakud
d) Bhakra

11. Gol Gumbaz, the largest dome in Asia, is in

a) Tamil Nadu
b) Karnataka
c) Andhra Pradesh
d) Kerala

12. Project Tiger, aimed at protecting tigers from extinction, was launched in

a) 1970
b) 1973
c) 1976
d) 1980

13. Who composed our National Anthem?

a) Rabindranath Tagore
b) Muhammad Iqbal
c) Bankim Chandra Chatterjee
d) Sri Aurobindo

14. Who among the following is not associated with Karnatic music?

a) Tanzen
b) Tyagaraja
c) Muthuswami Dikshitar
d) Shyama Shastri

15. Jana Gana Mana, our national anthem was sung for the first time in

a) 1947
b) 1950
c) 1906
d) 1911

16. What is the official language of Jammu and Kashmir?

a) Urdu
b) Kashmiri
c) Dogri
d) English

17. Who was the first Chief Justice of India?

a) M Patanjali Sastri
b) BK Mukherjee
c) Harilal J Kania
d) MC Mahajan

18. Who was the first recipient of the Jnanpith Award?

a) G Sankara Kurup
b) TS Bandopadhaya
c) Uma Shankar Joshi
d) Sumitranandan Pant

19. How many stanzas are there in our national anthem?

a) two
b) three
c) four
d) five

20. Who was the first Chief Election Commissioner of India?

a) KVK Sundaram
b) Sukumar Sen
c) SP Sen Verma
d) Dr Nagendra Singh

21. Mother Teressa won the Nobel Peace Prize in

a) 1930
b) 1913
c) 1968
d) 1978

22. Who was the first recipient of the Dadasaheb Phalke Award?

a) Devika Rani
b) V Shantaram
c) Prithviraj Kapoor
d) Pankaj Mallick

23. What percentage of the world population lives in India?

a) approximately 15
b) approximately 21
c) approximately 7
d) approximately 12

24. India’s largest petro-chemical complex is located in

a) Maharashtra
b) Gujarat
c) Assam
d) Bihar

25. Which of the following is India’s first indigenous submarine?

a) INS Shahkul
b) INS Savitri
c) INS Vibhuti
d) INS Shalki

Answers

1. 24
2. 2:3
3.
Jammu Tawi and Kanyakumari
4. three
5. 1862
6.
West Bengal
7. Ustad Alauddin Khan
8. 1972
9.
January 26, 1950
10. Hirakud
11. Karnataka
12. 1973
13. Rabindranath Tagore
14. Tanzen
15. 1911
16. Urdu
17. Harilal J Kania
18. G Sankara Kurup
19. five
20. Sukumar Sen
21. 1978
22. Devika Rani
23. approximately 15
24.
Gujarat
25. INS Shalki

GK – Indian States and Union Territories

1. Which state was formerly known as NEFA?

a) Andhra Pradesh
b) Arunachal Pradesh
c) Assam
d) Manipur

2. The original population of Andaman Islands belongs to which ethnic group?

a) Dravida
b) Negroids
c) Mongoloids
d) Arya

3. The Tavang monastery, the oldest Buddhist Monastery, in India is located in

a) Assam
b) Arunachal Pradesh
c) Bihar
d) Uttar Pradesh

4. What is the state language of Jammu & Kashmir?

a) Hindi
b) Arabic
c) Urdu
d) English

5. In how many states is Hindi the official language?

a) 5
b) 6
7) 7
8) 4

6. Which one of the following was the last state to be formed in India?

a) Chattisgarh
b) Jharkhand
c) Uttaranchal
d) Goa

7. The South Indian hill tribes Irulas, Kodars, Paniyans and Kurumbas belong to which ethnic group?

a) Mongoloids
b) Negroids
c) Dravida
d) Arya

8. In terms of area Rajasthan is the biggest state in the union of India. Which is the smallest?

a) Goa
b) Assam
c) Delhi
d) none of these

9. Which was the first Indian state to be formed purely on a linguistic basis?

a) Tamil Nadu
b) Andhra Pradesh
c) Kerala
d) West Bengal

10. Which language has the second largest number of speakers in India?

a) Tamil
b) Telugu
c) Urdu
d) Hindi

11. Which Indian state has the largest number of tribal population?

a) Uttar Pradesh
b) Madhya Pradesh
c) Bihar
d) Manipur

12. The historically famous city ‘Pataliputra’ is the capital of an Indian state. Which is this state?

a) Bihar
b) UP
c) Assam
d) Bengal

13. Which Indian state has the highest per capita income?

a) Bengal
b) Punjab
c) Kerala
d) Tamil Nadu

14. ‘Bihu’ is the national festival of which north – eastern state?

a) Assam
b) Manipur
c) Meghalaya
d) Nagaland

15. Which Indian state has contributed the largest number of Prime ministers to the union of India?

a) Uttar Pradesh
b) Madhya Pradesh
c) Punjab
d) Delhi

16. Pondichery is the most populous Union Territory in India. Which is the least populous?

a) Andaman
b) Lakshdweeps
c) Goa
d) none of these

17. Which two cities in India are often called ‘Twin Cities’?

a) Hyderabad and Secunderabad
b) Mysore and Bangalore
c) Madras and Coimbatore
d) Mumbai and Thane

18. The Nagarjuna Srisailam Wildlife Sanctuary famous for its tiger population is in

a) Andhra Pradesh
b) Tamil Nadu
c) Karnataka
d) UP

19. Jhumming practiced in the north-eastern states is a method of

a) learning
b) agriculture
c) living
d) dancing

20. The Kaziranga Forest Reserve is famous for its

a) One horned rhinoceros
b) Asiatic Lion
c) Asiatic Tiger
d) Elephants

21. Which Indian state faces severe threat from the extremist outfits ULFA and BODO?

a) Assam
b) Manipur
c) Kashmir
d) Bengal

22. The place where Mahavira breathed his last is in Bihar. Which is this place?

a) Pawapuri
b) Saranath
c) Sanchi
d) Vaishali

23. Goa is the 25th state in the Indian Union. In Which year was this formed?

a) 1987
b) 1990
c) 1995
d) 1985

24. What is the official language of the state of Goa?

a) Hindi
b) English
c) Konkani
d) Malayalam

25. This wildlife sanctuary in Gujarat is the World’s last habitat of Asiatic lion. What is its name?

a) Bharatpur Wildlife Sanctuary
b) Gir Wildlife Sanctuary
c) Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
d) Corbett National Park

Answers

  1. 1. Arunachal Pradesh
    2. Negroids
    3. Arunachal Pradesh
    4. Urdu
    5. 6
    6. Jharkhand
    7. Negroids
    8.
    Goa
    9. Andhra Pradesh
    10. Telugu 11. Madhya Pradesh
    12.
    Bihar
    13.
    Punjab
    14.
    Assam
    15. Uttar Pradesh
    16. Lakshdweeps
    17.
    Hyderabad and Secunderabad
    18. Andhra Pradesh
    19. agriculture
    20. One horned rhinoceros
    21.
    Assam
    22. Pawapuri
    23. 1987
    24. Konkani
    25. Gir Wildlife Sanctuary

GK – Indian States and Union Territories

1. Haryana is rather dry, sandy and barren. Which is the only river that flows through Haryana?

a) Ghaggar
b) Narmada
c) Beas
d) Sutlej

2. Which is the first Indian state to have electrified all of its villages?

a) Gujarat
b) Haryana
c) Kerala
d) Punjab

3. Who was the king of Kashmir who took the decision to join Kashmir to the Union of India after independence?

a) Raja Mansingh
b) Maharaja Harisingh
c) Raja Jayadeep Singh
d) None of these

4. The headquarters of Dalailama is in Dharmasala. In which state is this situated?

a) Haryana
b) Himachal Pradesh
c) Assam
d) Bihar

5. The state of Jharkhand was formed on Nov.1, 2000. It was carved out of which state?

a) UP
b) Madhya Pradesh
c) Bihar
d) Punjab

6. Which state is probably India’s richest state in mineral deposits?

a) Tamil Nadu
b) Jharkhand
c) Bihar
d) Assam

7. Jamshedpur and Bokaro famous for their steel plants are in

a) Madhya Pradesh
b) Uttar Pradesh
c) Jharkhand
d) Bihar

8. Which state tops in the production of rubber and coconut?

a) Kerala
b) Karnataka
c) Maharashtra
d) Goa

9. Which state was called by Jawaharlal Nehru ‘A Jewel of India’?

a) Kashmir
b) Meghalaya
c) Manipur
d) Kerala

10. Which state in India can claim to be an exclusive tribal state?

a) Assam
b) Meghalaya
c) Manipur
d) Jharkhand

11. Which city is known as the Cathedral City of India?

a) Goa
b) Bhuvaneswar
c) Jaipur
d) Calcutta

12. Which state in India is the homeland of tribal communities the Khasis, the Jaintias and the Garos?

a) Manipur
b) Meghalaya
c) Assam
d) Bihar

13. Which of the following Indian cities was designed by Le Corbusier, a French architect?

a) Chandigarh
b) Amritsar
c) Kochi
d) Goa

14. Bharatpur in Rajasthan is an important tourist center. What is it famous for?

a) Tiger reserve
b) Lion reserve
c) Rhinos
d) Bird sanctuary

15. Which of the following is the southernmost tip of India?

a) Kanya Kumari
b) Mancheswar
c) Indira Point
d) Tuticorin

16. The capital city of Punjab and Haryana is a Union Territory. Which is this?

a) Ludhiana
b) Chandigarh
c) Amritsar
d) None of these

17. When was Dadra and Nagar Haveli liberated from the Portuguese rule?

a) 1947
b) 1954
c) 1960
d) 1955

18. Which union territory in India can claim to be a living monument of French culture in India?

a) Pondichery
b) Chandigarh
c) Lakshadweep
d) Daman and Diu

19. When was the Union Territory of Lakshdweep formed?

a) 1956
b) 1947
c) 1954
d) 1960

20. The largest man-made lake in India is situated in Andhra Pradesh. Which is this lake?

a) Chilka
b) Sambhar
c) Nagarjuna Sagar
d) Dal

21. English is the official language in one of the Indian states. Which is this state?

a) Meghalaya
b) Nagaland
c) Manipur
d) Assam

22. Which Indian state has the least area under forest cover?

a) Punjab
b) Haryana
c) Kerala
d) Karnataka

23. Which on of the following is a land-locked state?

a) Gujarat
b) Orissa
c) West Bengal
d) Bihar

24. Singhbhum and Hazaribagh in Bihar are famous for their

a) Copper deposits
b) Coal deposits
c) Bauxite deposits
d) Gold deposits

25. Which Indian state has more than 90% of its area under forests?

a) West Bengal
b) Arunachal Pradesh
c) Kerala
d) Madhya Pradesh

Answers

1. Ghaggar
2. Haryana
3. Maharaja Harisingh
4. Himachal Pradesh
5.
Bihar
6. Jharkhand
7. Jharkhand
8. Kerala
9. Manipur
10. Meghalaya
11. Bhuvaneswar
12. Meghalaya
13.
Chandigarh
14. Bird sanctuary
15. Indira Point
16.
Chandigarh
17. 1954
18. Pondichery
19. 1956
20. Nagarjuna Sagar
21. Nagaland
22. Haryana
23.
Bihar
24. copper deposits
25. Arunachal Pradesh

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    At 95, the author of The Tiger Who Came to Tea still works every day. ‘Stories are a huge comfort,’ she says over lunch at the SavoyJudith Kerr has a theory about life. The first half of it, she suggests, lasts until you are about 18. All the rest counts as the second half. “Children’s years go on so long,” she says, “and pack so very much in.” Kerr’s own fo […]
  • The best children’s books of 2018 for all ages
    From celebrity-penned tales to fresh interpretations of the classics, here is our pick of the best for hungry readers from tots to teensChildren’s books have had a record-breaking few years. The sector was worth £381.9m in 2017, according to Nielsen BookScan, and 2018 may well top that. One in every three physical books sold is now a children’s book. Judging […]
  • The 20 best food books of 2018
    From modern Italian to a tour of the Islamic world, easy Ottolenghi to classic Nigella: Observer Food Monthly’s reads of the yearSelected recipes from our best food books1 The Modern Italian CookJoe TrivelliHe is the modest but magical cook who is rightly proud to have spent the past 17 years at the River Cafe under the shadow of Rose Gray and Ruth Rogers. N […]
  • Ursula K Le Guin remembered by her son Theo Downes-Le Guin
    21 October 1929 – 22 January 2018The youngest child of one of America’s most revered science-fiction and fantasy writers on his mother’s lifelong advocacy of freedom – and her towering final speech• Tom Wolfe remembered by Jann Wenner• Read the Observer’s obituaries of 2018 in full hereMy mother has visited me in several dreams since January. In life, she pa […]
  • Tom Wolfe remembered by Jann Wenner
    2 March 1930 – 14 May 2018The Rolling Stone co-founder, whose magazine serialised The Bonfire of the Vanities, remembers an inspirational southern gentleman – and early adopter of calisthenics• Anthony Bourdain remembered by Mark Lanegan• Read the Observer’s obituaries of 2018 in full hereI met Tom Wolfe in the late 1960s, soon after I started Rolling Stone […]

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