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Current Affairs Quiz for exams: 26 November 2014

1) Who among the following was on 25 November 2014 appointed as the UN Goodwill Ambassador for the South Asian region by UN Women at an event held to mark the International Day to End Violence against Women?
(A) Saina Nehwal
(B) M C Mary Kom
(C) P V Sindhu
(D) Sania Mirza

2) Which bank got the RBI approval on 25 November 2014 to form a subsidiary to enter the General Insurance business?
(A) Kotak Mahindra Bank
(B) IDBI Bank
(C) Punjab National Bank
(D) South Indian Bank 

3) Which Australian cricket player was admitted to hospital in critical condition after being knocked out by a bouncer during a Sheffield Shield match between South Australia and NSW at the SCG on 25 November 2014?
(A) Michael Clarke
(B) David Warner
(C) Phil Hughes
(D) Cameroon White

4) 'Namsai' on 25 November 2014 became the 18th district of which state?
(A) Kerala
(B) Arunachal Pradesh
(C) Uttar Pradesh
(D) Mizoram


5)  Renowned dancer Sitara Devi, who passed away at the age of 94 in Mumbai on 25 November 2014, was an exponent of which classical dance form?
(A) Kathakali
(B) Mohiniyattom
(C) Kuchipudi
(D) Kathak

6) International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women was observed every year on?
(A) November 25
(B) November 27
(C) November 23
(D) November 30

7) Name the Union Health Minister who on 25 November 2014 announced in Rajya Sabha that, Union Health Ministry has accepted a proposal to prohibit the sale of loose cigarettes (as single sticks) and raise the minimum legal age for sale of tobacco products?
(A) Dr Harsha Vardhan
(B) Dr Jithendra Singh
(C) J.P. Nadda
(D) Suresh Prabhu

8) Union government on 25 November 2014 rolled out 'Swachh Bharat Kosh' mission. The fund that will be raised through this mission will finance activities such as construction of?
(A) Public Wells
(B) Public Libraries
(C) Public toilets
(D) None of these

9) Om Pizza & Eats Pvt Ltd, the Indian franchisee of Papa John’s International on 25 November 2014 acquired its local rival?
(A) Pizza Hut
(B) Pizza Corner
(C) KFC
(D) Chicking

10) Violence erupted in Ferguson on 24 November 2014 after the grand jury found there was no probable cause to charge the white officer for shooting an 18-year old black youth. Ferguson is a small town in which country?
(A) UK
(B) France
(C) Canada
(D) USA

Answers

1) Ans. (D) Sania Mirza
2) Ans. (A) Kotak Mahindra Bank
3) Ans. (C) Phil Hughes
4) Ans. (B) Arunachal Pradesh
5) Ans. (D) Kathak
6) Ans. (A) November 25
7) Ans. (C) J.P. Nadda
8) Ans. (C) Public toilets
9) Ans. (B) Pizza Corner
10) Ans. (D) USA

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Daily Current Affairs Updates: 25 November 2014

1) Hughes in critical condition after being hit by bouncer: Australia Test batsman Phil Hughes has been rushed to St Vincent’s Hospital in critical condition after being knocked out by a bouncer during a Sheffield Shield match between South Australia and NSW at the SCG on 25 November 2014. The 25-year-old collapsed after being struck on the side of the head by a Sean Abbott delivery and was stretchered from the ground. He is currently undergoing surgery and according to Ambulance officials he was in a critical condition. A statement issued by South Australia Cricket Association said: “On behalf of the SACA Board and administration, our thoughts and prayers are with Phil Hughes and his family at this time. 

2) Sania named UN Women's Goodwill Ambassador for South Asia: Indian tennis star Sania Mirza was on 25 Nov 2014 appointed the UN Goodwill Ambassador for the South Asian region by UN Women at an event held to mark the International Day To End Violence Against Women. Sania, India's most successful women's tennis player and the first Indian to break into the World Tennis Association's top 50 rankings, is the first South Asian woman to be appointed the goodwill ambassador in the organisation's history.

3) Papa John’s acquires Pizza Corner: Om Pizza & Eats Pvt Ltd, the Indian franchisee of Papa John’s International, on 25 Nov 2014 acquired local rival Pizza Corner for an undisclosed sum. Atulya Mittal, a nephew of steel tycoon Lakshmi Mittal, is the promoter of Om Pizza & Eats Pvt Ltd. “Papa John’s today announced that they have entered into an agreement for the merger of Pizza Corner stores in South India. Papa John’s will convert the existing Pizza Corner stores to Papa John’s branded restaurants through Q1 2015,” the company said in a statement. Pizza Corner brand will cease to exist and all its stores will be re-branded as Papa John’s.

4) Impressive turnout in J&K and Jharkhand: The first phase of Assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir and Jharkhand on Tuesday witnessed a high turnout. Deputy Election Commissioner Vinod Zutshi said that the 71.28 per cent polling recorded in J&K was probably the highest. Jharkhand saw 61.92 per cent voting in the 13 Assembly constituencies. Only minor incidents of violence were reported in the naxal-hit areas of western Jharkhand. In Chhatarpur seat of Palamu district, miscreants destroyed control units of voting machines in two booths.

5) Govt rolls out Swachh Bharat Kosh for donations on sanitation: Keen to encourage public participation in his Swachh Bharat Mission, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will personally acknowledge all donations over Rs 20 crore by companies and Rs 1 crore by individual citizens to the Swachh Bharat Kosh. The government on Tuesday formally launched the Swachh Bharat Kosh (fund) “to facilitate channelisation of philanthropic contributions and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) funds” towards this cause. Using the donations, the fund will finance activities such as construction of new toilets as well as repair and renovation of dysfunctional toilets in rural areas, urban areas, elementary, secondary and senior secondary government schools, aanganwaadis.

6) Rajya Sabha passed Bill to amend labour laws: Though all political parties except the BJP spoke against it, Rajya Sabha on Tuesday passed a Bill to amend the Labour Laws (Exemption from Furnishing Returns and Maintaining Registers by certain Establishments) Act, 1988, powered by the Congress’s inability to vote against a Bill that it had itself mooted.

7) Sale of loose cigarettes faces ban: The Union Health Ministry has accepted a proposal to prohibit the sale of loose cigarettes (as single sticks) and raise the minimum legal age for sale of tobacco products, Union Health Minister J.P. Nadda told the Rajya Sabha on 25 November 2014.

8) International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women observed: International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women observed across the world on 25 November 2014. The day was observed to raise awareness about violence against women and discuss solutions that would work for women community.

9) Kathak legend Sitara Devi passed away: Kathak queen Sitara Devi died at a hospital in Mumbai on Tuesday. She was 94. Born in 1920 in Kolkata, Sitara Devi drew from the themes, poetry and choreography collected by her father in her choreographies. She also got inspired from the environment around her — whether it is a town or a village.


10) Arunachal Pradesh gets Namsai as its 18th district: Namsai on Tuesday officially became the 18th district of Arunachal Pradesh, as Chief Minister Nabam Tuki made the declaration, amidst jubilation at an inauguration function.
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Current Affairs Questions with Answers: 25 November 2014

1) The mascots for the 2016 Olympics and Paralympics have been revealed on 24 November 2014. 2016 Olympics games will be held at?
(A) Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
(B) Tokyo, Japan
(C) Pyeongchang, South Korea
(D) Sochi, Russia

2) Senior Congress leader and former Union Minister Murli Deora passed away in Mumbai on 24 November 2014. He had held which portfolio during UPA-1 regime?
(A) Minister of Science & Technology
(B) Minister of Parliamentary Affairs
(C) Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas
(D) Minister of Railways 

3) Norway's Magnus Carlsen won the World Chess Championship 2014 defeating Indian challenger Viswanathan Anand in the 11th round of the game on 24 November. The championship was held at?
(A) Chennai
(B) Brussels
(C) Oslo
(D) Sochi

4) Who was appointed as the special representative of India to conduct boundary negotiations and strategic consultations with China on 24 November 2014?
(A) Sujatha Singh
(B) Ajit Doval
(C) H S Sandhu
(D) Ranjan Mathai

5) Who was appointed as the new chairman of Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) on 23 November 2014?
(A) Rajni Razdan
(B) Amar Pratap Singh
(C) Manbir Singh
(D) Deepak Gupta

6) Supreme Court judge CK Prasad is set to be appointed as the head of the Press Council of India. He will replace?
(A) Justice Markanday Katju
(B) Justice Mukul Mudgal
(C) Justice K G Balakrishnan
(D) Justice H L Dattu

7) Indian boxers Sarjubala and Saweety settle for silver at World boxing Champioships 2014 being held at?
(A) Japan
(B) South Korea
(C) Indonesia
(D) Nepal

8) Housing finance company DHFL recently appointed which bollywood actor as its brand ambassador?
(A) Aamir Khan
(B) Salman Khan
(C) Shah Rukh Khan
(D) Amitabh Bachchan

9) Switzerland won its first Davis Cup Tennis title after defeating which country in finals on 23 November 2014?
(A) Spain
(B) India
(C) USA
(D) France

10) All India Football Federation (AIFF) has announced that the 2015 I-League will commence on January 17. Which channel has bagged the broadcasting rights of the tournament?
(A) Sony SIX
(B) Ten Sports
(C) Star Sports
(D) Neo Sports

Answers

1) Ans. (A) Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2) Ans. (C) Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas
3) Ans. (D) Sochi
4) Ans. (B) Ajit Doval
5) Ans. (D) Deepak Gupta
6) Ans. (A) Justice Markanday Katju
7) Ans. (B) South Korea
8) Ans. (C) Shah Rukh Khan
9) Ans. (D) France
10) Ans. (B) Ten Sports
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24th November 2014 Current Affairs Questions and Answer

1) Who won the Formula One world championship 2014 with a win in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on 23 November 2014?
(A) Sebastian Vettel
(B) Nico Rosberg
(C) Lewis Hamilton
(D) Fernando Alonso

2) Keshari Nath Tripathi will hold the additional charge of Governor of Bihar from November 26. He is presently the Governor of?
(A) West Bengal
(B) Assam
(C) Madhya Pradesh
(D) Jharkhand

3) India clinched their third South Asian women's football championship on 21 November 2014 defeating which team?
(A) Afghanistan
(B) Maldives
(C) Nepal
(D) Bangaldesh

4) Renaud Lavillenie and Olympic shot put champion Valerie Adams were named World Athletes of the Year 2014 at an IAAF gala in Monaco on 22 November 2014. Renaud Lavillenie is related to which sport?
(A) Shot Put
(B) Triple Jump
(C) Marathon Running
(D) Pole Vault

5) Which country created tennis history by winning their maiden Davis Cup title on 23 November 2014?
(A) Serbia
(B) Switzerland
(C) Spain
(D) Honduras 

6) Name the county’s first aircraft carrier, which has finally faded away into history as dismantling of the majestic vessel began on 21 November 2014 at Mumbai?
(A) INS Arihant
(B) INS Vikrant
(C) INS Sindhurakshak
(D) INS Kamorta

7) Father Kuriakose Chavara and Sister Euphrasia were the two Indians who were declared Saints by the Vatican on 23 November 2014. Both were from which state?
(A) West Bengal
(B) Andhra Pradesh
(C) Tamil Nadu
(D) Kerala

8) Which football player on 22 November 2014 became the all-time highest scorer in the history of La Liga – the Spanish Football League?
(A) Lionel Messi
(B) Luiz Suarez
(C) Christiano Ronaldo
(D) Neymar

9) Name the Union Water Resources Minister who on 23 November 2014 announced that the Centre will launch the Jal Gram (Water Village) Scheme in 2015?
(A) Sis Ram Ola
(B) Prakash Javedkar
(C) Uma Bharati
(D) Smriti Irani

10) Which state has bagged India's Best Project-2014 award for implementation of skill development and employment generation in the state for the benefit of youth on 23 November 2014?
(A) Kerala
(B) Rajasthan
(C) Arunachal Pradesh
(D) Sikkim

Answers

1) Ans. (C) Lewis Hamilton
2) Ans. (A) West Bengal
3) Ans. (C) Nepal
4) Ans. (D) Pole Vault
5) Ans. (B) Switzerland
6) Ans. (B) INS Vikrant
7) Ans. (D) Kerala
8) Ans. (A) Lionel Messi
9) Ans. (C) Uma Bharati
10) (C) Arunachal Pradesh
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Daily Current Affairs: 24 November 2014

1) Former Union Minister, senior Congress leader Murli Deora died: Senior Congress leader and former Union Minister Murli Deora passed away in Mumbai on 24 Nov 2014 morning after prolonged illness. He was 77 and is survived by his wife and two sons, including former MP Milind Deora. He held the portfolio of Petroleum and Natural Gas during the UPA—1 regime. The Congress veteran had also served as the Mumbai Congress President for 22 years.

2) Winter Session of Parliament began: The winter session of parliament began on 24 November 2014. Prime Minister Narendra Modi introduced the new ministers who were inducted. The session, the first after the expansion of the council of ministers this month, will have 22 sittings and will end Dec 23.

3) Carlsen retains title at World Chess Championship: World chess champion, Norway's Magnus Carlsen retained his title, defeating Indian challenger Viswanathan Anand in the 11th round of their title match at Russia Sunday. The reigning world champion called off the exchange/sacrifice blunder or bluff of Anand on move 24 and wrapped up the 12 game in 45 moves. Interestingly Anand went for the misadventure of exchange/sacrifice - giving up his rook for Carlsen's bishop when he was enjoying a slight positional advantage. Carlsen scored 6.5 points first to retain the title that he wrested from Anand last year.

4) 2015 I-League to begin on Jan. 17: The All India Football Federation (AIFF) has announced that the 2015 I-League will commence on January 17. TEN Sports will broadcast 75 of the 110 matches on its channel and website. The league will kick off in Bengaluru, the home of the defending champion Bengaluru FC.

5) Ajit Doval appointed special representative by PMO on Indo-China border issue: National Security Adviser (NSA) Ajit Doval has been appointed as the special representative by the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) to resolve the India-China border issue. "Ajit Doval, NSA, appointed as the special representative of India to conduct boundary negotiations and strategic consultations with China," the Prime Minister's Office said in the statement. "This arrangement will be part of NSA's overall assignment," the statement added. 

6) 2016 Olympic and Paralympic mascots launched: The mascots for the 2016 Olympics and Paralympics have been revealed and are inspired by the animals and plants of hosts Brazil. The yellow Olympics mascot represents the animals of Brazil, while the blue Paralympics mascot "is a fusion of plants found in Brazilian forests". A poll will decide their names with the results to be announced on 14 December. The shortlisted pairings to chose from are Oba and Eba, Tiba Tuque and Esquindim or Vinicius and Tom.

7) Sarjubala, Saweety settle for silver at World boxing C'Ships: Indian pugilists S Sarjubala (48kg) and Saweety (81kg) faltered at the final hurdle to settle for silver medals, rounding off a decent campaign for the country in the 8th World Women's Boxing Championships being held at South Korea. Sarjubala lost to world No 3 Nazym Kyzaibay of Kazakhstan, who also happened to be a bronze-medallist from the previous World Championships. Saweety, on the other hand, lost to Yang Xiaoli of China.

8) Former SC judge Prasad to succeed Katju as PCI chief: Former Supreme Court judge CK Prasad is set to be appointed as the head of the Press Council of India. Information and broadcasting ministry sources said Prasad has been selected by a committee headed by Vice President Hamid Ansari and a communication has been received in this regard. Prasad will succeed justice Markanday Katju as the chairman of the PCI.

9) Federer hands Switzerland first Davis Cup title:  Roger Federer produced a vintage performance to crush Richard Gasquet 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 and seal Switzerland's maiden Davis Cup title with a 3-1 win over hosts France on Sunday. The 17-time Grand Slam champion shook off back problems during the weekend and recovered from Friday's defeat by Gael Monfils to hand France a third defeat in their last three finals.

10) Chuck Hagel quits as US defense secretary: US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel resigned amid reports of differences with President Barack Obama who apparently wants to install a new leadership at the Pentagon as he enters the last two years of his presidency facing new global challenges like the rise of IS.

11) Ex-IAS officer Deepak Gupta named new UPSC chief: The government has appointed former IAS officer Deepak Gupta as new chairman of UPSC, breaking away from the tradition of appointing the chief from the serving members of the Commission. Gupta, a retired IAS officer of Jharkhand cadre, had on Saturday taken over as the chief of Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), official sources said. He is the younger brother of former Home Secretary Madhukar Gupta.

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Current Affairs Questions 22 November 2014

Daily Current Affairs Quiz-33


1. Who will be the Chief Guest at India’s 66th Republic Day celebrations 2015 ?

A. Barack Obama(USA)
B. Tony Abbott(Australia)
C. Dilma Rousseff(Brazil)
D. David Cameron(UK)

 
A. Barack Obama

He will be the first US President to attend the Republic Day Parade of India.
Obama will be the first US President to travel to India twice. Earlier, he had visited India at the invitation of then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in 2010.
2. Alexander Grothendieck died in France on 13 November 2014. He was well known as ____________________. Alexander Grothendieck

A. Environmental activist
B. Political thinker
C. Educationalist
D. Mathematician

 
D. Mathematician

He was one of the greatest mathematical minds in algebraic geometry of the twentieth century.
3. Which former cricketer received the prestigious BCCI-instituted Colonel C K Nayudu Lifetime achievement award 2014 for his contribution to Indian cricket ?

A. Sunil Gavaskar
B. Ravi Shastri
C. Dilip Vengsarkar
D. Kapil Dev

 
C. Dilip Vengsarkar
4. The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) Committee on 18 November 2014 adopted a resolution condemning which nation for human rights abuses and referred to the International Criminal Court (ICC)?

A. North Korea
B. Srilanka
C. Syria
D. Libya

 
A. North Korea
5. Which film personality was honoured with the centenary award for Indian Film Personality of the year 2014 at the 45th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) ? iffi

A. Zohra Sehgal
B. Richard Attenborough
C. Amitabh Bachchan
D. Rajinikanth

 
D. Rajinikanth
6. American Foreign Policy Magazine released a list of 100 Global Thinkers. Narendra Modi has been placed at __________ position in the list of decision makers.

A. first
B. third
C. tenth
D. sixty third
 
A. first
7. Which organisation will be conferred the Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development for 2014 ?

A. DRDO
B. ISRO
C. CSIR
D. TIFR

 
B. ISRO
8. The Oxford Dictionary named ___________ as Word of the Year 2014 . oxford

A. Normcore
B. Slacktivism
C. Indyref
D. Vape

 
D. Vape
9. Which NGO was conferred the Deutsche Bank Urban Age Award, 2014 ?

A. Chintan
B. Parivartan
C. SRUTI
D. SEWA

 
A. Chintan
10. Finding "serious irregularities" in the functioning of which Stock Exchange, SEBI recently withdrew the recognition granted to it ?

A. Ahmedabad Stock Exchange
B. Delhi Stock Exchange
C. Mumbai Stock Exchange
D. Pune Stock Exchange

 
B. Delhi Stock Exchange

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