Monday, April 18, 2011

General Awareness Q and A (Oct. 11, 2009)


General Awareness Q and A (Oct. 11, 2009),Mukhyamantri Kanya Suraksha Yojana,Historian William Dalrymple,Dada Saheb Phalke award , first state dinner hosted by United States President Barack Obama, Pandit Hridaynath Mangeshkar
1. Which state celebrated the first anniversary of ‘Mukhyamantri Kanya Suraksha Yojana’ under which the state government contributes Rs 2,000 for every girl child born to families below the poverty line recently?
a)    Rajasthan
b)    Delhi
c)    Bihar
d)    Madhya Pradesh
e)    Uttar Pradesh
2. Historian William Dalrymple was in news for the release of which of his following books recently?
a)    ‘City of Djinns’
b)    ‘From the Holy Mountain: A Journey in the Shadow of Byzantium’
c)    ‘Nine Lives: in Search of the Sacred in Modern India’
d)    ‘Begums, Thugs & White Mughals — The Journals of Fanny Parkes’
e)    ‘The Last Mughal, The Fall of a Dynasty, Delhi 1857’
3. The Maharashtra Cabinet has approved a design submitted by Bensley Design Studios, Thailand and Team One Architects, Mumbai for installation of a 309 feet tall statue of who among the following off the coast of Mumbai?
a)    Jyotiba Phule
b)    Shivaji
c)    Bal Gangadhar Tilak
d)    Jawaharlal Nehru
e)    Baji Rao I
4. Playback singer Manna Dey was selected for the prestigious Dada Saheb Phalke award for 2007 recently. Which of the following statements is/are correct?
I.      He is only the third singer to receive the award
II.    He has won National award for Best Male Playback Singer twice
III.  The award carries a cash prize of Rs.10 lakh, a swaran kamal and a shawl
a)    I only
b)    I and II
c)    II and III
d)    III only
e)    I, II and III
5. Who is the guest at the first state dinner hosted by United States President Barack Obama in November?
a)    Afghanistan President, Hamid Karzai
b)    India’s Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh
c)    Russia’s Prime Minister, Vladimir Putin
d)    China’s President, Hu Jintao
e)    Germany’s Chancellor, Angela Merkel
6. Noted music composer Pandit Hridaynath Mangeshkar was in news for joining which political party recently?
a)    BJP
b)    Shiv Sena
c)    Congress
d)    Bahujan Samaj Party
e)    Nationalist Congress Party
7. Which chief minister flagged off ‘Kisan Jagrukata Raths’ to tour drought affected districts to collect applications for grants, tractors, harvesters and power tillers from farmers recently?
a)    Shivraj Singh Chauhan
b)    Mayawati
c)    Nitish Kumar
d)    Ashok Gehlot
e)    Ashok Chavan
8. Who was chosen as The Economic Times Business Reformer of the Year 2009?
a)    Nitish Kumar
b)    Narendra Modi
c)    Sheila Dixit
d)    Shivraj Singh Chauhan
e)    Ashok Chavan
9. Which of the following statements is/are true regarding IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) Director-General, Mohammed ElBaradei who won the Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development (2008) given to recently?
I.     ElBaradei is a nuclear physicist by profession
II.   ElBaradei succeeded Hans Blix of Sweden as Director General of IAEA in 1997.
III.  He is currently serving his third term as Director-General of IAEA
a)    I only
b)    I and II only
c)    II and III only
d)    I and III only
e)    I, II and III

10. The Kremlin Zoria Festival organised in Moscow recently was an international event devoted to which of the following?
a)    Classical music
b)    Military music
c)    Tribal music
d)    Folk Dances
e)    All the above
Answers to the above Questions
1.    c    2.    c    3.    b    4.    e    5.    b    6.    b    7.    c    8.    a    9.    c    10.    b
Answer 1: The objective of ‘Mukhyamantri Kanya Suraksha Yojana’ is to improve the sex ratio and to encourage registration of birth. The scheme launched was jointly by the Bihar Government Social Welfare Department, State Women Development Corporation, and the UTI Asset Management Company in June 2008. The state government would invest Rs. 2,000 for the first two girls in a family living under the Below Poverty Level (BPL). The amount of Rs.2000/- will be invested by Women Development Corporation, Patna, Bihar on behalf Government of Bihar in UTI-Children’s Career Balanced Plan-Growth Option. On completion of 18 years the amount equal to the maturity value will be paid to the girl child (Rs. 18000/-).
Answer4: The award carries a cash prize of Rs.10 lakh, a swaran kamal and a shawl. Manna Dey won the National award for Best Male Playback Singer for the song ‘Jhanak Jhanak Tore Baaje Paayaliya’ for the Hindi movie ‘Mere Huzoor’ in 1969. He again won the National award for Best Male Playback Singer for the song ‘Ja Khushi Ora Bole’ for the Bengali movie ‘Nishi Padma’ in 1971. Asha Bhosle (2000) and Lata Mangeshkar (1989) are the other two singers to have won the award. Manna Dey is also the recipient of the Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan awards.
Answer 9: ElBaradei is a lawyer by profession. Baradei earned a Bachelor’s degree in law from the University of Cairo in 1962, followed by a degree in International Law at the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva and a PhD in International Law at the New York University School of Law in 1974. ElBaradei was the joint recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005 along with the IAEA
Answer 10: Kremlin Zoria Festival is an international military music event organised at the historic Red Square in Moscow in September.


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