Palestine won the membership of UNESCO( United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation). UNESCO is the __________ UN agency Palestine has joined as a full member.
Russia and Bangladesh on 2 November 2011 signed a deal to build a nuclear power plant. Consider the following statements on the nuclear deal.
(i) It would be Bangladesh’s first nuclear plant.
(ii) The nuclear power plant will be set up at Rooppur in Pabna district.
Choose the right option:
Former county's rebel Gustavo Petro was elected mayor of Bogota. Which one of the following countries has Bogota as its capital?
UN study ranked India 134 among a total of 187 countries in terms of Human Development Index. Which country topped the Human Development Index list?
Name the Irish poet and human rights activist who was named Ireland’s ninth president on 30 October 2011 after winning 57% of votes in the final count of the presidential election held on 27 October 2011.
Nabum Tuki was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh on 1 November 2011. He is the_________ Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh?
Uttarakhand state cabinet on 29 October 2011 cleared Uttarakhand Lokayukta Bill, 2011. Consider the following features of the bill:
(i) The Chief Minister of the state, all ministers, MLAs and lower judiciary will be under the purview of Lokayukta.
(ii) Judges of the Uttarakhand High Court will not be covered under the purview of Lokayukta.
Choose the right option:
Bengali film Chaplin was selected as the inaugural film at the 11 th edition of River to River Florence Indian Film Festival, 2011, in Florence, Italy scheduled to be held from 2 to 8 December 2011. Who is the director of the movie?
According to a UN study what is India’s rank among a total of 187 countries in terms of Human Development Index?
Which cricket journalist bagged the The Hindu Literary Prize for Best Fiction 2011 for his The Sly Company of People Who Care on 30 October 2011?
Name the legendary Bollywood playback singer who entered the Guinness World Records for the most number of single studio recordings.
Scientists found a new species of Trap-door spider, the albino spider, in Australia. Consider the following statements.
(i) The albino spider is white headed and the colour of its legs is black and brown.
(ii) It is about the size of a 50-cent piece.
Choose the right option:
The government gave its approval to revive 60 Mines in the Netravali Wildlife Sanctuary. The sanctuary is located in ____________.
India scientists succeeded in decoding the genome of the arhar dal, which is also known as ___________.
Scientists are set to begin a six-week mission to explore the Indian Ocean's underwater mountains. Name the ship, which will carry out the mission.
A report recently stated that bluefin tuna was fished illegally during Libya conflict. Consider the following statements:
(i) Bluefin Tuna are dark blue-black on the back, and white on the lower sides and belly.
(ii) The scientific name of bluefin tuna is Thunnus thynnus.
Choose the right option:
Name the Former Salgaocar FC coach who was confirmed as the new head coach of the senior India football team on 25 October 2011.
Who defeated Victoria Azarenka 7-5 4-6 6-3 to win the WTA Championships on 30 October 2011 in Istanbul?
Name the top seeded tennis duo who won the Stockholm Open after outplaying Marcelo Melo and Bruno Soares 6-1, 6-4 in the summit clash in October 2011.
Who did Table Tennis Federation of India appoint as the India TT coach on a one-year contract?
Name the Indian golfer who became the first Indian golfer to shoot a spectacular round of 12-under 60 on home soil when he took a three-stroke lead on the second day of the Rs. one-crore BILT Open golf championship at the Jaypee Greens golf course on 3 November 2011.
According to the data released by the commerce and industry ministry on 31 October 2011, the eight core infrastructure industries growth slowed down to what percentage for September 2011 as against 3.3 per cent in September 2010?
Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on 31 October 2011 inaugurated a fully secure government e-payment system. Which of the following facts regarding the e-payment system is not true?
1. e-payment system will enable the Central government to directly credit dues into the accounts of beneficiaries.
2. It has been developed by Comptroller & Auditor general of India.
3. It has been designed to serve as middleware between COMPACT (computerised payment and accounts) application at PAOs and the core banking solution (CBS) of the agency banks/Reserve Bank of India, to facilitate paperless transaction.
4. The e-payment system will save both time and effort in effecting payments and also facilitate the elimination of physical cheques and their manual processing.
Finance Ministry gave its nod to Mining company Coal India Ltd (CIL) for acquiring stake in overseas unlisted firms. The Finance Ministry however did not grant complete relaxation to the norm of minimum internal rate of return (IRR) percentage from such acquisitions. What is the minimum internal rate of return (IRR) percentage quoted by the Ministry in this respect?
State-owned oil companies on 3 November 2011 raised petrol prices by what amount at a time when the nation is already battling high double-digit food inflation?
According to the WPI data released by the Commerce and Industry Ministry on 3 November 2011, food inflation surged to what per cent for the week ended 22 October 2011 owing to soaring prices of various edibles such as vegetables, fruits, pulses, milk and all other protein-rich items?
The $12.5-billion Omnicom Group decided to acquire a majority stake in one of the largest domestic advertising firms in India to step up growth of the country. Name the advertising firm.
East India Hotels, which runs the Oberoi Hotels chain, inducted Nita Ambani, wife of Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani on its board paving the way for her to attend corporate board meetings. What percentage of share did RIL acquire in EIH in August 2010?
According to joint study by industry association FICCI and Ernst & Young predicted Indian mobile devices market to reach which of the following marks anually by 2020?
Who took over as Indraprastha Gas Limited 's (IGL) new Managing Director in late october 2011?
Which Indian mining company in India got the Finance Ministry’s permission to acquire stakes in overseas unlisted firms?
Which of the following squash superstar won a record sixth women's World Open title on 6 November 2011?
Which country won its first Fed Cup title in 23 years on 6 November 2011 after securing a 3-2 win over Russia in the final?
Name the tennis player who defeated Kei Nishikori 6-1, 6-3 in the Swiss Indoors final on 6 November 2011 to win his first title in 10 months.
Who emerged winner of the Velammal Educational Trust National Premier women's chess championship on 9 November 2011?
Name the dup who won the Stockholm Open men's doubles title on 23 October 2011.
According to global fund-tracking agency EPFR, emerging markets attracted USD 3.5 billion or over 70 per cent of total fresh capital invested in the equity funds across the world during the week ended 2 November 2011. As per capital market regulator SEBI, FIIs made a net investment of what amount in Indian equities during the week ended 2 November 2011?
Indirect tax collections in October 2011 dropped by 2.5 percent to Rs 30,278 crore on account of a slowing economy. Indirect tax comprises which of the following?
Which of the following rating agencies on 9 November 2011 downgraded the entire Indian banking system's rating outlook from stable to negative indicating a deterioration in asset quality in the months ahead?
India decided to give preferences, including tax cuts, to indigenously manufactured telecoms equipment. Which of the following facts are not correct in this respect?
1. TRAI committee cleared the proposal that mandates domestic operators to source 65% of their annual hardware and network-related equipment from Indian companies by 2020.
2. TRAI had earlier proposed that mobile phone companies be mandated to source 60% of their network equipment and other related infrastructure from domestic manufacturers by 2020
3. Manufacturing arms of international vendors such as Ericsson, Nokia Siemens, Alcatel-Lucent and Huawei amongst others are to account for only 15% of all equipment orders by 2020.
4. TRAI recommended that domestically manufactured products be given preferential market access.
Which Indian city is to host the World Economic Forum's (WEF's) India Economic Summit for the first time in 26 years of the summit's history from 12-14 November 2011?
Which of the following companies entered into a partnership with the department of information technology to provide rural population socially oriented investment options?
Which of the following public sector banks in November 2011 froze its lending to the power sector?
Mukesh Ambani owned Infotel acquired a 38.5% stake in digital learning solutions firm to strengthen its content pipeline as it looks to launch its broadband services soon. Name the firm in which RIL acquired stakes.
Name the Indian company that entered into exclusive negotiations with private equity consortium of Blackstone and Carlyle to sell its tower unit?
Crane manufacturing company Anupam Industries formed a new joint venture companyon 10 November 2011 with which of the following Japanese companies to manufacture port cranes and material handling equipment for domestic and global markets?
Wheat Crops in India faces threat from Ug99 stem rust. Ug99 was first discovered in Uganda in________.
A 400-metre-wide giant asteroid, called 2005 YU55, came within 201700 miles of earth on 8 November 2011. 2005 YU55 makes one complete lap around the Sun every __________months.
Union Environment Ministry approved the Lavasa township project in Pune.
Consider the following statements:
i) Lavasa is a private, planned city being built near Pune.
ii) The project is being developed by HCC ( Hindustan Construction Company).
Choose the right option:
Russia successfully launched a manned spacecraft Soyuz TMA-22 spaceship from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
Consider the following statements:
i) When a spacecraft is manned, it can be piloted directly, as opposed to robotic space probes and satellites.
ii)The only countries to have independent human spaceflight capability are Russia and China.
Choose the right option:
Arctic ozone hole was detected at record level. The journal nature reported. The ozone layer blocks ____________from the Sun.
Legendary singer-composer and Padma Bhushan awardee Bhupen Hazarika died in Mumbai on 5 November 2011. Which of the following facts about him is not true?
1. At the age of 12, Hazarika sang his first song Biswa Bijoy No Jowan for an Assamese film Indramalati
2. Hazarika featured in his first music video -Our Northeast, Our Star with Shantanu Moitra and Swanand Kirkire
3. He was awarded the National Award in 1975 for Chameli Memsaab.
4. He was the chairman of the Sangeet Natak Akademi from 1999-2004.
5. He was chosen as a member of the Assam Legislative Assembly from 1972-77.
Name the Indian Union Minister who represented India at the meeting of the Heads of Governments of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in St. Petersburg on 7 November 2011.
A study on the twin ailments- diabetes and hypertension, called Screening India's Twin Epidemic (SITE) conducted by Aventis Pharma Limited, Sanofi Group were published on 7 November 2011. Which of the following statistics related to the study is/are not true?
1. According to the study, one in every five or 60% of Indian adults living in urban cities suffers not only from hypertension but also diabetes.
2. 29.32 per cent of the hypertension patients suffer from kidney complications.
3. Study to find prevalence of diabetes & hypertension discovered that 80% people had abdominal obesity.
4. The study also has disclosed that in 9 per cent of the newly diagnosed cases, patients did not know that they had diabetes. Among hypertensive patients, 27 per cent did not have their condition under control
Which one of the following ministries launched a scheme, Adivasi Shiksha Yojana on 2 November 2011?
The state cabinet of __________ recently decided to waive VAT on fertilizers to provide relief to the farmers.
Colombian government declared on 6 November 2011, that the Colombian troops killed leader of the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia), during a day-long operation in which his female companion also died. Name the deceased FARC leader
A human resources graduate from Venezuela, was crowned Miss World 2011 at the 61st Miss World contest at a glittering beauty pageant at Earls Court exhibition Centre in London on 6 November 2011. Name her.
Joe Frazier, the former heavyweight boxing champion on 7 November 2011 died after a battle with liver cancer. Which of the following facts about Frazier is not true?
1. Frazier is most famous for defeating bitter rival and another boxing legend Muhammad Ali in the 1971 Fight of the Century
2. He won 35 fights in all, 27 by knockouts, losing four times - twice to Ali in furious bouts and twice to George Foreman. He also recorded three draw
3. He won gold in 1964 Tokyo Olympics by defeating Australia's Athol McQueen
4. Frazier formed a back-up group called the Knockouts after he turned to singing. After retiring, Frazier made cameo appearances in several Hollywood movies, and two episodes of The Simpsons.
Australia Senate on 8 November 2011 passed legislation that would impose a carbon tax on the nation’s 500 largest polluters. Which one of the following countries has the most CO2 emissions?
IAEA Report stated that Iran carried out Nuclear Weapons-Related Activities. Where the report was released?
Sri Lankan Court stayed the Land Circular Number 2011/04. The Circular deals with which part of Srilanka?
As per inflation data released on 14 November 2011, headline inflation was moved up to what per cent in October 2011 despite the various supply-side and monetary measures taken by the government and the RBI?
The petrol price was slashed by what amount on 15 November 2011 after being raised by Rs 1.80 in early November 2011?
Union Cabinet on 16 November 2011 agreed to partially allow foreign direct investment (FDI) to enter the pension sector. What percentage FDI has been permitted in the pension sector?
A survey of eight sectors conducted by the labour ministry released on 16 November 2011 revealed that despite the slowdown in economic activity, employment increased marginally in April-June quarter of 2011-12. In the eight sectors under survey by what per cent did the employment increase?
The Finance Ministry on 17 November 2011 increased the investment limit for foreign institutional investors (FII) in government securities (G-secs) and corporate bonds by what amount each?
Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi won their first ever ATP Masters tournament by beating Julien Benneteau and Nicolas Mahut 6-2, 6-4 in the final of which of the following Masters on 13 November 2011?
Which Jamaican sprint icon was named 'Athlete of the Year' in Monaco on 12 November 2011 by athletics' governing body, the IAAF?
Name McLaren Formula One driver who won the Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix at Yas Marina circuit in Abu on 13 November 2011.
Which pair emerged champions in the Aircel 23rd National Tenpin bowling championship at the StarCity Centre on 13 November 2011?
Which of the following Czech tennis player was voted WTA’s Player of the Year on 14 November 2011?
Warren Buffett’s company announced on 14 November 2011 the decision to spend $10.7 billion to buy more than 5% of stock in a high technology company in 2011. Name the high technology company in which Buffett decided to invest.
Which private bank for the first time became the most valuable lender in the country overtaking the 204-year-old State Bank of India in market capitalization on 15 November 2011?
Who did General Motors appoint on 15 November 2011 as president and MD of India operations with effect from 1 January 2012?
Name the Airlines owned by Vijay Mallya that announced a doubling of its losses for the September 2011 quarter at Rs.469 crore against a loss of Rs.231 crore in the same period in 2010?
In the face of financial pressure which private sector telecom major increased international call rate tariffs by up to 10% for some destinations for all customers and reduced certain benefits on add-on services for its prepaid subscribers?
Recently, which one of the following nations was suspended by the Arab league?
Which one of the following nations donated 1 million US dollars to Nalanda International University?
China on 18 November 2011 signed a contract with ISA to explore ore deposits in Indian Ocean over the next 15 years. Consider the following statements on the contract:
i) The full form of ISA is International Seabed Authority.
ii) This is the second time China has gained the right to explore an international seabed ore deposit.
Choose the right option:
Which of the day in November was celebrated as World Diabetes Day with the theme Act on Diabetes. Now?
Which renowned cricket writer and commentator committed suicide at a hotel in South Africa on 12 November 2011 after being questioned on allegations of sexual assault by the police?
Name the economist who will head an emergency Italian government following the departure of Silvio Berlusconi who resigned as Prime Minister on 12 November 2011.
The Planning Commission of India approved anti erosion measures to protect Moisa and Belguri villages in ________.
Which one of the following states became the only state in India to implement public service guarantee act?
Jharkhand government introduced Right to Service Act that came into force in the state on______________.
Pioneering Indian American biochemist Har Gobind Khorana died in Massachusetts on 9 November 2011. Which of the following facts about him is/are not true?
1. Har Gobind Khorana won the 1968 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine with Robert W. Holley of Cornell University and Marshall W. Nirenberg of the National Institutes of Health
2. In 1972, Dr. Khorana reported construction of the first artificial gene, using off-the-shelf chemicals.
3. Khorana was New York University 's Alfred P Sloan Professor of Biology and Chemistry emeritus. He joined the M.I.T. faculty in 1980 and retired in 2009.
4. Dr. Khorana who became an American citizen in 1966, received the Lasker Award for basic medical research in 1968 and the National Medal of Science in 1987.
According to the report- The Transition to a Predominantly Urban World and its Underpinnings released by International Institute for Environment and Development, which Indian city was ranked second in the list of 100 fastest growing cities in the world?
Eminent Kannada author S. L. Bhyrappa was honoured with 20th Saraswati Samman in literature for 2010 for his epic novel. Name the novel for which he received the honour?
In Japan, rice with radiation levels exceeding the country’s safety levels was discovered for the first time since the nuclear disaster at Fukushima in early 2011. The acronym LASER stands for_____________.
Anti erosion project to protect Moisa and Belguri villages in Assam was approved by the Planning commission of India. Consider the following statements on the project.
i) The project aims to protect villages from the River Gangadhar.
ii) The project will cost 14.97 crore rupees.
Choose the right option:
Assam government launched a pilot project to vaccinate girls against human papiloma virus (HPV) causing cervical cancer. HPV is a member of the_____________family of viruses.
Scientists recently discovered Sunken Islands that linked India to Australia. These islands were once part of the supercontinent Gondwana. The islands were formed during Cretacious period_________________.
The latest technique in Medical Science, dracula therapy is now available in India. Dracula therapy is used to fight against which one of the following?
Scientists discovered _______________ gene which makes people alcoholic.
The Delhi Jal Board (DJB) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with which one of the following countries for upgrading its sewage treatment plant at Keshopur?
What is the name of the gene that can reduce the length of time of people sleep?
Scientists discovered a planet, which has an environment much similar to that of Earth. Consider the following statements:
i) The Planet is called Gliese 581g.
ii) The planet is located around 123 trillion miles away from Earth.
Choose the right option:
NASA launched a rover, from Florida on an Atlas 5 rocket. What is the name of the rover?
One of India's former Prime Minister joined the elite club of Singapore christened Friends to our Shore on 20 November 2011. The bust of this former PM was unveiled by on the banks of the Singapore river by the Indian PM Manmohan Singh who visited Singapore for a bi-lateral discussions in November 2011. Name the former PM in question.
Former India captain Ajit Wadekar was selected for the Col C.K. Nayudu Lifetime Achievement award. Which one of the following personalities have not received this award in the past?
Which of the following Bollywood actors was in November 2011 chosen to be the latest celebrity face of UNICEF in India after Amitabh Bachhan and Priyanka Chopra?
Uttar Pradesh assembly passed a resolution to divide the state into _____________ parts.
Which one of the following state governments banned the screening of the film Dam 999?
Union Cabinet of India gave its nod for the trifurcation MCD into three separate corporations- South Delhi Corporation, North Delhi Corporation and ___________________.
Former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's second and highest-profile son was captured along with several bodyguards by fighters near the town of Obari in Libya's southern desert and taken to Zintan. Name the deceased leader’s son who was captured?
Eight Indians made it to Thinkers 50, a bi-annual global ranking of 50 most influential thinkers. Who topped the list Thinkers 50?
Name the former Pakistani Information Minister who was on 23 November 2011 designated to become Pakistan’s next Ambassador in the U.S.
European Union agreed to 2 percent rise for 2012 to ____________ billion Euros.
Which one of the following countries demanded a formal apology from Pakistan for the atrocities carried out by its troops during the 1971 Liberation War?
Yemen’s President Ali Abdullah Saleh agreed to step down amidst massive public protests. He ruled over Yemen for ______________Years.
Which team emerged the overall champion of the five-day 65th National aquatics meet which concluded on 20 November 2011 in Ranchi?
Name the Army marksman who won gold in the 50m rifle prone event at the 55th National Shooting Championship on 20 November 2011 in Pune.
Which of the following Indian sports body on 22 November 2011 decided to set up an 11-member Athletes Commission to give more representation to sportspersons in its general assembly and executive board?
Who did Australian Cricket Board appoint on 22 November 2011 as the head coach of Australia’s national cricket team?
Which veteran batsman was selected for the Polly Umrigar Award for India's best cricketer of 2010-11 season?
According to government data released on 18 November 2011, the Consumer Price Index (CPI) was pushed up by what percent in October2011 due to costlier food and clothing?
Government’s indirect taxes body released in November 2011 a revised concept paper on taxation of services on the basis of a negative list, making some additions and deletion to the first paper published in August 2011.
Which of the following facts related to the above statement is not true?
1. 22 services will be under the negative list, or exempt from tax, as against 27 proposed in the earlier draft.
2. The shift to a negative list will mean that all services except those mentioned in the list will be taxed, providing clarity on services that will be taxed and widening the service tax base.
3. The negative list approach will help to widen the tax base for services.
4. The revised concept paper proposed not to exempt from tax these services healthrelated services, those relating to agriculture, horticulture and animal husbandry and passenger travel by non-AC second-class trains.
Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) on 22 November 2011 moved a Cabinet note, proposing what per cent foreign direct investment (FDI) in domestic airlines?
Union cabinet on 24 November 2011 approved what per cent foreign direct investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail?
Vikram Akula, founder and chairman of India’s largest and only listed microlender, resigned from his posts in the company on 23 November 2011. Name this microlender company founded in 1998.
Who was on 23 November 2011 chosen to succeed Tata group chairman Ratan Tata as the group’s new chairman in 2012 when Ratan Tata formlly retires?
Which two companies in November 2011 incorporated India Gas Solutions, a 50:50 joint venture that will compete with existing gas marketing firms?
Which PSU bank in November 2011 decided to abolish pre-payment charges on home loans, giving some succour to borrowers who want to foreclose their accounts?
Reserve Bank of India (RBI) approved the restructuring of an airline's working capital loan liability of Rs 22000 crore. Name the airline.