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1. Which among the following countries has launched construction of world's first fourth generation nuclear reactor? [A]United States [B]Australia [C]France [D]China China China has launched construction of a new $476 million nuclear power plant with a 200 MW fourth generation reactor, claimed to be the first in the world for commercial usage. It marks China's latest move to speed up nuclear power development, which came to a halt after the Fukushima atomic crisis in Japan in 2011. Nuclear power only accounts for 1.8% of China's total power output, far below the world average of 14%, and China plans to increase its installed nuclear power capacity to 40 GW by 2015.

 2. Who among the following was the founder of South Asia Foundation (SAF)? [A]Nirupama Rao [B]Uday Kumar Mishra [C]Madanjeet Singh [D]Surendra Rao Madanjeet Singh Former diplomat, artist, writer and freedom fighter, Madanjeet Singh, a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador since 2000 passed away in France. Born in Lahore on April 16, 1924, he was passionate in his commitment to South Asian regional cooperation and solidarity on a secular, democratic, and progressive basis. This commitment was backed by an extraordinary financial contribution to the South Asia Foundation (SAF), a regional youth movement that now has chapters in eight countries. SAF has offered scholarships to South Asian students under various disciplines in its 12 UNESCO Madanjeet Singh Institutions of Excellence. These institutions are located in all eight countries of South Asia. He sponsored the bi-annual UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Award for the promotion of tolerance and non-violence.

 3. Who among the following are the inventors of the Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP), which paved the way for development of internet? [A]Lawrence Roberts and Paul Baran [B]Lawrence Roberts and Robert Kahn [C]Vint Cerf and Robert Kahn [D]Vint Cerf and Paul Baran Vint Cerf and Robert Kahn A new protocol, the Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP), invented by hackers Vint Cerf and Robert Kahn, paved the way for a network that could link many, many more than the 1,000-odd computers at ARPANET and made it possible for technologists of the future to envisage a stable and scalable Web of computers. The protocol, which went live on January 1, 1983, became the international standard on which the Internet was built.

 4. In which among the following countries Polio is not an endemic? [A]Pakistan [B]Afghanistan [C]Nigeria [D]Bangladesh Bangladesh Presently, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria are the only three countries in the world where polio is endemic.

 5. Recently, in which among the following States, the performance of more than 14,000 traditional khol players qualified for entry into the India Book of Records? [A]Mizoram [B]Assam [C]West Bengal [D]Odisha Assam Assam entered the India Book of Records for the largest khol-playing ensemble. A total of 14,833 traditional khol players came together for a 15-minute performance at Titabor in Assam’s Jorhat district, over 300 km from Assam’s main city Guwahati. The khol is a drum-like instrument made of terracotta, usually played to accompany devotional music. In 15th century Assam, Vaishnavite saint-scholar Sankardev used khol in his plays and during devotional activities. The instrument is used in Manipur and West Bangal too, when devotional music is played.

 6. What is the name of the unique meteorite which tells us what volcanism was likely on Mars 2 billion years ago? [A]Northwest Africa (NWA) 7034 [B]Southwest Africa (SWA) 7034 [C]Northwest Africa (NWA) 9034 [D]Southwest Africa (NWA) 9034 Northwest Africa (NWA) 7034 A 2-billion-year-old dark lump of rock that landed in Sahara desert is actually a new type of Martian meteorite, containing 10 times more water than usual, scientists say. This new class of meteorite was found in 2011 in the Sahara Desert. Designated Northwest Africa (NWA) 7034, and nicknamed “Black Beauty,” it weighs approximately 320 grams. After more than a year of intensive study, a team of US scientists determined the meteorite formed 2.1 billion years ago during the beginning of the most recent geologic period on Mars, known as the Amazonian.

 7. Recently, who among the following is honoured with the Mother Teresa Memorial International Award for Social Justice for 2012? [A]Sreekumar [B]Arvind Kejriwal [C]Sanjiv Bhatt [D]Teesta Setalvad Sanjiv Bhatt Suspended IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt was conferred the Mother Teresa Memorial International Award for Social Justice for 2012. Other recipients of this prestigious award in the past have included Dalai Lama, former Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamed, former Pakistan minister Dr Ansar Burney and Baroness Caroline Cox, the Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords in the UK.

 8. Who among the following is appointed as the chairman of the 12th Law Commission of India? [A]Justice G.S. Singhvi [B]Justice D K Jain [C]Justice P. Sathasivam [D]Justice Aftab Alam Justice D K Jain Justice Jain, who would take up the assignment after his retirement on January 24, will have a three-year tenure and has been saddled with a wide terms of reference including one to examine existing laws from the gender equality perspective and suggest necessary amendments. The 12th Law Commission was constituted through a Government Order with effect from September 1, 2012, with the term ending on August 31, 2015. It was asked to identify obsolete laws for their repeal and also suggest suitable measures for quick grievance redressal of citizens grievances in the field of law. The new Law Commission would also examine the Laws which affect the poor and carry out post-audit for socio-economic legislations and take all necessary measures to harness law and the legal process in the service of the poor.

 9. Recently, which among the following State Assembly has celebrated the 125th year of the state legislature? [A]Uttar Pradesh [B]Gujarat [C]West Bengal [D]Tamil Nadu Uttar Pradesh Recently, the Uttar Pradesh Assembly held a special sitting to mark the 125th year of the state legislature. In UP, which was earlier called the North Western Provinces and Avadh, the legislative council (UP legislative assembly) was established on January 8, 1887 and its first meeting was held at Thornhill Memorial Hall in Allahabad.

 10. According to the recent estimates, what fraction of global CO2 emissions is contributed by the information communications and technology (ICT) industry? [A]2 per cent [B]3 per cent [C]4 per cent [D]5 per cent 2 per cent Internet and other components of information communication and technology (ICT) industry annually produces more than 830 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2), the main greenhouse gas, and is expected to double by 2020, a new study has found. Researchers from the Centre for Energy-Efficient Telecommunications (CEET) and Bell Labs explain that the information communications and technology (ICT) industry, which delivers Internet, video, voice and other cloud services, produces about 2 per cent of global CO2 emissions — the same proportion as the aviation industry produces.

 1 1. The world’s largest solar telescope will come up in ____________? [A]Ladakh [B]Jaisalmer [C]Jodhpur [D]Bhopal Ladakh The Indian Institute of Astrophysics (IIA), has zeroed in on Ladakh as the probable destination for the world’s largest solar telescope. The 2-metre class state-of-the-art National Large Solar Telescope built by IIA at an expected cost of Rs 150 crore is planned for completion in 2017. The proposed telescope, which will be used to observe the Sun during the day needs long hours of sunshine and clear visibility conditions. The device will help Indian scientists carry out “cutting edge research” aimed at studying the Sun’s atmosphere.

12. Who among the following is the winner of the Tipperary International Peace Prize for 2012? [A]Aung San Suu Kyi [B]Hillary Clinton [C]Malala Yousafzai [D]Sonia Gandhi Malala Yousafzai Malala Yousafzai, the teenaged Pakistani schoolgirl shot by a Taliban gunman last year, is to be given Ireland’s prestigious Tipperary International Peace Prize for 2012 for her courage and determination to speak out in support of equal access to education for every child.

 13. Which among the following State governments has decided to implement a new scheme known as "Kanyadan" under which an incentive of Rs 11,000 per girl will be handed over to each of the beneficiary brides during the mass marriage ceremony to be organized by Red Cross Societies or any registered non- government organisation (NGO) in the state? [A]Punjab [B]Haryana [C]Bihar [D]West Bengal Haryana The scheme is aimed to check the social evils like dowry system. To avail the benefit of the scheme, the beneficiary should be Haryana domicile and must be 18 years of age that is the minimum legal age for the marriage of a girl on the date of her marriage. This incentive would be given for solemnizing mass marriages, at least 11 marriages at a time, by Red Cross Societies or any registered NGO in the State. This incentive will be given irrespective of the caste, race, creed, religion or income of the beneficiaries, but they would have to provide a certificate regarding proof of girl's age such as birth certificate or that of matric.

 14. Which among the following countries has became first country in Asia to order chemical castration of child rapist? [A]China [B]South Korea [C]Indonesia [D]Japan South Korea In a landmark ruling, a South Korean court sentenced a 31-year-old pedophile to 15 years in jail and ordered the country's first ever chemical castration. The ruling is the first since the country passed a law in 2011 that allows hormonal treatment or chemical castration for convicted child molesters, who are at risk of repeating their crimes. South Korea was the first country in Asia to adopt this type of treatment, although Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Poland and the US state of California have used it for years.

 15. The Tagore Centre for the Study of Culture and Civilization was set up in __________? [A]Shimla [B]Kolkata [C]Chennai [D]Dehradun Shimla To pay a befitting tribute to the man of letters, Nobel Laureate, Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore, on his 150th birth anniversary, the Government of India has set up a 'Tagore Centre for the Study of Culture and Civilization' (TCSCC) at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study (IIAS), Shimla. The objectives of the Centre include: to encourage the study of Tagore's work; support translations of Tagore's work into other Indian languages; promote comparative study of his work with poets, artists and writers in other parts of India and the world; study the elements of his Humanist philosophy and his cosmopolitanism; and explore his concerns regarding the relationship between science and society.

 16. The Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM) is located in _________? [A]Mysore [B]Jabalpur [C]Pune [D]Nagpur Pune The Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology or IITM is a scientific institution based in India for expanding research in meteorology of the tropics in general with special reference to monsoon meteorology of India.

17. Which among the following cities is the host for the 11th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD)? [A]Ahmedabad [B]Chandigarh [C]Kochi [D]Panaji Kochi

 18. Recently, which among the following has released the report titled 'Greening Rural Development in India'? [A]Ministry of Rural Development, India [B]Ministry of Environment & Forests, India [C]United Nations Environment Programme [D]Centre for Environment Education Ministry of Rural Development, India The Ministry of Rural Development, with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) released a report “Greening Rural Development in India”. The report presents strategies for inclusive rural development embodying the principles of environmental sustainability. The Report assumes particular significance in the light of the Twelfth Five Year Plan, which has as its objective, „faster, more inclusive and sustainable growth?.The report has examined six flagship Government of India (GoI) schemes, Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Scheme (MGNREGS); National Rural Livelihoods Mission (NRLM); Integrated Watershed Development Programme (IWDP); Indira Awaas Yojana (IAY); National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDP) and Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan (NBA) to recommend actions and measures to achieve greening outcomes. In specific it looks as improving quality of ecosystems, enabling sustainable livelihoods, strengthening resilience of local communities to enable them to recover from extreme weather events and reducing ecological footprint through efficient use of energy, material and natural resources.

 19. Recently, who among the following was conferred the Lokmanya Tilak Rashtriya Patrakarita award instituted by the Kesari-Maharatta trust? [A]Vasant Kumar [B]Chandrashekar [C]Vinod Mehta [D]Rajiv Mishra Vinod Mehta Veteran journalist Vinod Mehta was conferred the Lokmanya Tilak Rashtriya Patrakarita award instituted by the Kesari-Maharatta trust.

 20. Juan Carlos I is the King of which among the following countries? [A]Portugal [B]Spain [C]Netherlands [D]Luxembourg Spain

21. Rajkeswur Purryag, Chief Guest at the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2013, is the President of the _____________? [A]Trinidad and Tobago [B]Mauritius [C]Fiji islands [D]East Timor Mauritius Mauritius President Rajkeswur Purryag is the Chief Guest at the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2013. Rajkeswur also known as Kailash Purryag has his ancestral roots in Gaya district of Bihar. This being fourth time, a Bihar-Origin Person has been invited to be the Chief Guest of this Largest Event of NRIs across the World.

 22. Which among the following States has been selected for the Krishi Karman Award for its best performance in the increase in foodgrain production during 2010-11? [A]West Bengal [B]Arunachal Pradesh [C]Odisha [D]Bihar Arunachal Pradesh Arunachal Pradesh has been selected for the Krishi Karman Award for its best performance in the increase in foodgrain production during 2010-11. The state has achieved an annual growth rate of 4.3 per cent in the 11th five-year plan (2007-12) compared to 2.3 per cent in the previous plan period in crop production and the national level target of 4 per cent. The state has envisaged an annual growth rate of 6.5 per cent in crop production during the 12th five-year plan.

 23. Who among the following Indian-American is re-nominated by the US President Barack Obama as one of the federal judges? [A]Subrah Iyar [B]Preeta Bansal [C]Neal Katyal [D]Srikanth Srinivasan Srikanth Srinivasan Indian-American Srikanth Srinivasan is among the 33 federal judges re-nominated by the US President Barack Obama for the US Court of Appeals. Srinivasan is the only Indian American re-nominated by Obama for the District of Columbia Circuit. In June 2012, he was nominated by Obama to serve on the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

 24. IC 2233, which is recently in news is a _________? [A]Galaxy [B]Black hole [C]Planet [D]Star Galaxy Recently, the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has produced the beautiful image of the spiral galaxy IC 2233, one of the flattest galaxies known. Lying in the constellation of Lynx, IC 2233 is located about 40 million light-years away from Earth. This galaxy was discovered by British astronomer Isaac Roberts in 1894.

 25. Who among the following is the head of the committee, which is recently set up to suggest measures for cost-cutting and optimal utilisation of assets of Air India? [A]Suresh Malhotra [B]Ravindra H. Dholakia [C]Nagendra Kumar [D]Vijay Sinha Ravindra H. Dholakia A committee was set up to suggest measures to lower the high costs of Air India’s operations and improve utilisation of resources in line with best global practices to help the state-run carrier achieve the goals of its turnaround and financial restructuring plans. A five-member committee, headed by IIM- Ahmedabad’s Prof Ravindra H Dholakia, was set up by Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh after a review meeting of the ailing national carrier’s functioning. Though the panel has been given two months to submit its report, it has been asked to give interim recommendations without waiting for its final report so that these could be implemented by Air India immediately.

 26. Christopher Martin-Jenkins, who recently passed away was a well-known _____________? [A]Economist [B]Journalist [C]Lyricist [D]Singer Journalist Christopher Martin-Jenkins, one of the foremost journalists and commentators in the history of cricket, has died. The journalist, also known as CMJ, worked as the BBC’s cricket correspondent twice, first between 1973 and 1980 and then from 1985 and 1991, while also commentating on the network’s television coverage between 1981 and 1985. He was hugely respected as a journalist, commentator, and administrator. In 2007 he became the only career journalist and broadcaster to deliver the annual Marylebone Cricket Club Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture, an honour that ranked him alongside the likes of Desmond Tutu, Imran Khan, and Richie Benaud. In 2009 he was awarded an MBE, and in 2010 and 2011 he served as the president of the MCC, which owns Lord's.

27. Which among the following is the oldest Swiss private bank that would shut its doors permanently after more than 2½centuries, following its guilty plea to charges of helping wealthy Americans evade taxes through secret accounts? [A]Wegelin [B]Gonet & Cie [C]La Roche [D]Sella Wegelin Wegelin & Co, the oldest Swiss private bank, pleaded guilty to a criminal charge of conspiracy for helping wealthy Americans to evade taxes on at least $1.2 billion hidden in offshore bank accounts. Wegelin was the first foreign bank to be indicted by US authorities in recent history. The indictment, announced last February, shook the storied world of Swiss banking. Wegelin, founded in 1741, effectively broke itself up following the indictment by selling the non-US portion of its business.

 28. Who among the following is the author of the novel titled - Bring Up the Bodies? [A]James Meek [B]Stephen May [C]Hilary Mantel [D]Virginia Woolf Hilary Mantel Hilary Mantel has won the 2012 Costa novel prize for her Booker Prize-winning book Bring Up The Bodies. She became the first living UK author to receive the prize twice, having won it for its prequel Wolf Hall.

 29. Recently, who among the following is appointed as the new Managing Director of the IBM India? [A]Shanker Annaswamy [B]Vanitha Narayanan [C]Ritu Singh [D]Vidya Raman Vanitha Narayanan IBM said it had appointed Vanitha Narayanan as the Managing Director of its India operations with immediate effect. She takes over from Shanker Annaswamy who will continue to remain in IBM as the Senior Adviser to the corporation on India Enterprise, the company said in a statement.

 30. Who among the following headed the committee on “Restructuring of Centrally Sponsored Schemes”? [A]B K Chaturvedi [B]Prof. Abhijit Sen [C]Arun Maira [D]Mihir Shah B K Chaturvedi

31. Who among the following is the winner of ATP Chennai Open 2013 title? [A]Viktor Troicki [B]Marin Cilic [C]Janko Tipsarevic [D]David Ferrer Janko Tipsarevic World No. 9 Janko Tipsarevic won the ATP Chennai Open with a masterful fightback to defeat young Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut in the final. Tipsarevic won the Chennai title for the first time after five unsuccessful attempts, including a loss to big-serving Canadian Milos Raonic in last year's final.

 32. The Advanced National Facility for Unstable and Rare Ion Beam (ANURIB) will come up in _____________? [A]Mumbai [B]Chennai [C]Kolkata [D]Bangalore Kolkata The Variable Electron and Cyclotron Centre (VECC) is planning to set up a new facility in Kolkata. The facility will cater to high-end basic research in nuclear physics, nuclear-astrophysics, materials science, atomic physics, and isotope production/applications. The first phase of the Advanced National Facility for Unstable and Rare Ion Beam (ANURIB) is expected to be operational around 2017. ANURIB will involve a total cost of Rs 870 crore and is spread across three plan periods. Japan is currently, the only Asian nation to have such a research facility on ANURIB.

 33. Pandit Ram Sanehi Shukla, who recently passed away was a well-known ____________? [A]Painter [B]Freedom fighter [C]Journalist [D]Historian Freedom fighter

 34. Who among the following is the winner of the CEAT international cricketer of the year 2011-12 award? [A]Michael Clarke [B]Kumar Sangakkara [C]Virat Kohli [D]Hashim Amla Virat Kohli Virat Kohli beat off the challenge of some top cricketers of the world to win the ‘CEAT international cricketer of the year’ 2011-12 award. The inaugural ‘CEAT Indian youngster of the year’ went to Unmukt Chand, who led the Indian team to victory in the under-19 World Cup. Pakistan, which gave some fine performances in the 2011-12 season, bagged the ‘team of the year’ award.

 35. In which among the following city, the state-of-the-art National Data Centre of Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) is coming up? [A]Mysore [B]Patna [C]Surat [D]Gurgaon Gurgaon The Chief Minister of Haryana, Bhupinder Singh Hooda on 7 January 2012 laid the foundation stone of the state-of-the-art National Data Centre of Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) at Maneshar, Gurgaon in Haryana. The centre that will spread in an area of five-acres would serve as the respiratory system for the UIDAI and would store all the basic biometric and demographic information of the residents, before the 12-digit Aadhaar Number is issued. The development work of the UIDAI center would be completed by mid 2014 and is being developed as a green data centre and abides to all the global standards and guidelines.

 36. Recently, who among the following has designed world's biggest and heaviest sports trophy which would be given to the winner in the inaugural edition of iGATE CEO Cup Golf tournament, featuring the CEOs of 2000 companies based in North America? [A]Amit Pabuwal [B]Subrath Sharma [C]Raj Narayan [D]Pankaj Kulkarni Amit Pabuwal The Guinness World Record holder Amit Pabuwal has designed world's biggest and heaviest sports trophy which would be given to the winner in the inaugural edition of iGATE CEO Cup Golf tournament, featuring the CEOs of 2000 companies based in North America. Pabuwal, who had hogged the lime light by designing Reliance Cricket World cup, Independence Cup, Hero Cup, MRF World Cup, T20 World Cup, Wills World Cup, Friendship Cup of Abu Dhabi, Indian Oil World Cup, ICL, F1 Race trophies, has come out with the world's most extravagant gold trophy. iGATE, the first integrated technology and operations company providing Business Outcomes-based solutions, has invited CEOs of Global 2000 companies based in North America to play in this first-class, championship-style golf tournament to be held on January 12 and 13 on a world-renowned golf course, which plays host to a leading PGA TOUR event.

 37. Recently, which among the following has unveiled two phones, terming them the world’s “biggest” and the “most powerful” smartphones? [A]Huawei Technologies [B]Samsung [C]Nokia [D]Motorola Huawei Technologies Huawei Technologies has unveiled two phones, terming them the world’s “biggest” and the “most powerful” smartphones. The company said the phones (Ascend Mate and the Ascend D2) with bigger, higher-resolution screens were aimed at challenging much bigger rivals, including Samsung and Apple. The Ascend D2, a small phone but with a high-definition screen with 443 pixels per inch can be compared with the most advanced Samsung and Apple phones, which have resolutions around 300 pixels per inch range. The Ascend Mate has a 6.1-inch display compared to Samsung’s biggest smartphone to date, the Galaxy Note II, with a 5.5-inch display. It has an 8-megapixel front-facing camera.

38. The National Institute of Sports is located in ___________? [A]Sisra [B]Hisar [C]Patiala [D]Rohtak 

39. Which among the following States conducts the flagship biotech event, BioAsia every year? [A]Karnataka [B]Andhra Pradesh [C]Tamil Nadu [D]Kerala Andhra Pradesh

 40. Recently, who among the following has won the FIFA Ballon d'Or award for a fourth year running? [A]Ronald Dinho [B]Andres Iniesta [C]Cristiano Ronaldo [D]Lionel Messi Lionel Messi Barcelona and Argentina forward Lionel Messi has been awarded the Ballon d'Or for a fourth year running. Messi, 25, hit 91 goals during 2012 and beat club team-mate Andres Iniesta and Real Madrid's Ronaldo to the trophy. Despite his goals, the Catalan giants failed to win either the Spanish league title or Champions League last year. Abby Wambach won the women's award and Vicente del Bosque the coach accolade, while the team of the year was made up only of players from Spain's La Liga.

 4 1. Which among the following is the first state in India to pass a state level Food Security Act? [A]Andhra Pradesh [B]Chhattisgarh [C]Odisha [D]Bihar Chhattisgarh The Chhattisgarh government has taken the initiative to pass the first Food Security Act in the country. It would provide 35kg of foodgrains to all Antyodaya households and priority households for Rs1 a kg a month, along with two kg of black gram at Rs5 a kg and two kg of pulses at Rs10 a kg, besides two kg of iodised salt.

 42. Which among the following is the smallest missile developed by DRDO? [A]Nag [B]Astra [C]Agni-II Prime [D]Prahar Astra The 3.8-metre long Astra is the smallest of the missiles developed by DRDO. It can be launched from different altitudes and cover 110 km when fired from an altitude of 15 km, reach 44 km when launched from an altitude of eight km, and 21 km when launched from the sea-level. Designed to intercept and destroy enemy aircraft at supersonic speeds (1.2 to 1.4 Mach) in head-on and tail-chase modes, the missile uses solid propellant and can carry a conventional warhead weighing 15 kg.

 43. Who among the following are conferred with the Presidential Awards for their outstanding contribution to classical Tamil language and literature? [A]C. Govindarajanar [B]Francois Gros [C]N. Srinivasan [D]Both A and B Both A and B C. Govindarajanar, an archaeologist who worked for 17 years in the historically important region from Pumpukar to Vanci which led to the identification of the Kannaki temple, was conferred with the Tolkappiyar Award for outstanding contribution to Tamil studies. Francois Gros, a French national, received the Kural Pitam Award for the year 2008-09. Gros has translated many Tamil classics into French and was vice-president of the International Association of Tamil Research. Presidential Awards for Classical Tamil are instituted by the union Ministry of Human Resource Development to honour distinguished scholars.

 44. Which among the following airport became the first airport in the world to secure BSA (Business Software Alliance) certification in Software Asset Management (SAM) for Organisations, safeguarding itself from IT-related threats and making passengers feel more secure? [A]Delhi airport [B]Hyderabad airport [C]Bangalore airport [D]Mumbai airport Delhi airport Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL), the operator of the country's busiest and the second best airport in world in its category, has become the first airport in the world to secure BSA (Business Software Alliance) Certification in Standards-based Software Asset Management (SAM) for Organisations, a program known as CSS(O). Recently, DIAL had received the ISO 20000 certification for eliminating and controlling IT-related threats to its IT service management system, making it only the sixth airport in the world to receive this certification.

 45. According to Global Burden of Disease (GBD) count, a global initiative involving the World Health Organisation, in South Asia, air pollution is ranked as the _______ most dangerous killer. [A]Second [B]Fourth [C]Fifth [D]Sixth Sixth Around 65 per cent of the air pollution deaths occur in Asia and close to quarter of this in India. According to the latest tally, air pollution causes 3.2 million deaths worldwide. This has increased from 800,000, last estimated by GBD in the year 2000 - a whopping 300 per cent increase. In the year 2000, GBD assessments had reported a much smaller air pollution-related burden of disease. The new estimates of particulate air pollution are based on ground-level measurements, satellite remote sensing and global chemical transport models to capture population exposure. In South Asia, air pollution has been ranked just below blood pressure, tobacco smoking, indoor air pollution, poor intake of fruits and diabetes. 

46. According to the recently released India State of Forest Report-2011, which among the following State topped in the country with more forest cover? [A]Madhya Pradesh [B]Arunachal Pradesh [C]Maharashtra [D]Chhattisgarh Madhya Pradesh According to India State of Forest Report-2011, forest cover has decreased in 14 states. Madhya Pradesh is still on top in the country with total 77,700 sq Kms forest cover followed by Arunachal Pradesh with 67,410 sq Kms. Next in the list is Chhattisgarh with 55,674 sq Kms, followed by Maharashtra with 50,646 sq Kms and Odisha with 48,903 sq Kms of forest cover.

 47. Which among the following IT company is only Indian company to be listed in the 100 key liaison service outsourcing companies by the China? [A]Tata Consultancy Services [B]Cognizant Technology Solutions [C]Infosys [D]Wipro Technologies Infosys China has named Infosys in the list of 100 key liaison service outsourcing companies, making the IT major the only Indian company to get this recognition. Infosys was included in the list as a result of its well- rounded portfolio of capabilities, exemplary performance and strong growth in China, the city-based company said in a statement. Service outsourcing has been identified as a key industry to be developed in China.

 48. Recently, in which among the following country, Unicef and WHO have suspended the polio campaign after gun attacks on the polio vaccination workers? [A]Afghanistan [B]Iran [C]Pakistan [D]Saudi Arabia Pakistan

 49. Basel Committee on Banking Supervision is known as a private club for the world's leading central bankers. The term "Basel" is the name of a city located in ___? [A]Switzerland [B]Finland [C]France [D]Germany Switzerland

 50. Which among the following is the ultimate policymaking authority at World Bank? [A]Board of Directors [B]Board of Governors [C]Executive Council [D]Executive Committee Board of Directors

5 1. Who among the following has recently beaten the global ranking record of Russia’s Garry Kasparov by scoring highest points in the FIDE rating list? [A]Fabiano Caruana [B]Sergey Karjakin [C]Magnus Carlsen [D]Alexander Grischuk Magnus Carlsen Norwegian chess player Magnus Carlsen has beaten the global ranking record of Russia’s Garry Kasparov. In the FIDE rating list the grandmaster continues to be confidently in the lead with 2861 points. The previous record was dated 1999, when Kasparov scored a 2851 score. In second place in the ranking is Russian Vladimir Kramnik, with Levon Aronian of Armenia closing out the top three.

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