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GK & Current Affairs: December 7-10, 2014

First Published: December 24, 2014 | Last Updated:May 31, 2017

1. Recently, the union government has said 175 essential drugs have been brought under the price control regime. With this decision the total number of drugs which are under price control mechanism has been raised to ____?
[A]545
[B]675
[C]615
[D]710

615
615 essential drugs have been brought under price control mechanism. 175 essential drugs have been added to the list of drugs which are under price control mechanism, taking the number to 615 as 440 were already covered under it.


2. Recently, which of the following countries introduced "The Ukraine Freedom Support Act" which imposes punitive measures against Russia's defense, energy and financial sectors?
[A]France
[B]Germany
[C]USA
[D]Canada

USA
American President Barack Obama signed the Ukraine Freedom Support Act to intensify punitive measures against Moscow’s defense, energy and financial sectors, and supply Kiev with weapons. The Ukraine Freedom Support Act, signed by US President Barack Obama, authorizes providing anti-tank weapons, surveillance drones to Ukraine, and allows the White House to impose sanctions on Russian energy giant Gazprom and arms exporter Rosoboronexport.


3. The "Godavari pushkaram" is a festival of River Godavari which occurs once in __ years. Fill the blank with correct option?
[A]Six
[B]Twelve
[C]Ten
[D]Eight

Twelve
Godavari pushkaram is a festival of River Godavari which occurs once in 12 years. The pushkaram festival last held in the year 2003. The next festival is in 2015. During Godavari pushkaram pilgrims from all over the country will have a holy dip with belief that they would be relieved from all sins, and perform rituals to departed souls.


4. Which among the following countries has topped the 2014 Forbes list of Best Nations for Business?
[A]Hong-Kong
[B]New Zealand
[C]Denmark
[D]Sweden

Denmark
Denmark topped Forbes’ 9th annual ranking of the Best Countries for Business, followed by Hong Kong, New Zealand, Ireland and Sweden. India has not fared well in Forbes’ list of the best countries for business this year, ranking 93rd out of 146 nations, behind countries like Mexico, Kazakhstan and Sri Lanka as it cited challenges like poverty and corruption that the country needs to address.


5. Recently, with which one of the following countries India has signed a joint statement named ‘Druzhba-Dosti’?
[A]Nepal
[B]Bhutan
[C]Russia
[D]China

Russia


6. Which among the following sectors accounts for the maximum contribution to the India's renewable energy production?
[A]Solar Power
[B]Small hydro power
[C]Biomass
[D]Wind Energy

Wind Energy
India's total renewable power installed capacity has reached 33 gigawatt (GW). Wind energy accounts for 70 per cent of the installed capacity at 22.1 GW followed by biomass power 4.2 per cent, small hydro power 3.9 GW and solar power 2.8 GW.


7. Which among the following will be the headquarters of the proposed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)?
[A] Shanghai
[B]Dhaka
[C]Beijing
[D]New Delhi

Beijing
The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) is an international financial institution proposed by China. The purpose of the multilateral development bank is to provide finance to infrastructure projects in the Asia Pacific region. AIIB is regarded by some as a rival for the IMF, the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank (ADB), which the AIIB says are dominated by developed countries like the United States and Japan.The Bank, to be headquartered in Beijing, is expected to be operational by next year.


8. The Line Probe Assay (LPA) and Cartridge Based Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (CBNAAT) are the new diagnostic technologies used globally to determine which one of the following diseases?
[A]Tuberculosis
[B]Malaria
[C]HIV/AIDS
[D]Dengue

Tuberculosis
For early and rapid diagnosis of drug resistant tuberculosis, new diagnostic technologies such as Line Probe Assay (LPA) and Cartridge Based Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (CBNAAT) have been developed globally. India is using these technologies since 2012.
9. The Bakken Formation is one of the largest contiguous deposits of oil and natural gas. It is located in which country?
[A]Russia
[B]USA
[C]Iran
[D]Canada

USA
The Bakken Formation is one of the largest contiguous deposits of oil and natural gas in the United States. It is an interbedded sequence of black shale, siltstone and sandstone that underlies large areas of north-western North Dakota, north-eastern Montana, southern Saskatchewan and south-western Manitoba.


10. Who among the following has been awarded the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry 2014?
[A]Imtiaz Dharker
[B]Ryan Adams
[C]Salman Akhtar
[D]Javed Akhtar

Imtiaz Dharker
The Pakistan-born British poet Imtiaz Dharker has been awarded the Queen's gold medal for poetry. Dharker was born in Lahore in 1954 and grew up in Glasgow as what she calls a "Muslim Calvinist" before eloping with an Indian Hindu to live in Bombay. She later moved to Britain when she married the late Simon Powell, the founder of Poetry Live.


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