Current Affairs Questions and Answers – 2012-2

1. ‘Phaeton’ is a full-size luxury sedan launched by:
a. Audi  b. Volkswagen  c. BMW  d. Daimler

2. Global private equity major Warburg Pincus has sold its 3.6% stake in which bank for about Rs.1,400 crore?
a. HDFC Bank  b. Kotak Mahindra Bank  c. ICICI Bank  d. Yes Bank

3. Tatra is
a. A vehicle manufacturer  from the Czech Republic  b. A drug that increases the  life expectancy of the  elderly  c. A new variety of Bt Cotton  developed by Monsanto  d. A new operating system  developed by Samsung

4. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is a regional development bank established to facilitate development of countries in Asia. It is headquartered in:
a. Singapore  b. Philippines  c. Japan  d. Malaysia

5. Recently, the state-owned Kudremukh Iron Ore Company Ltd (KIOCL), signed a contract for exploration, development, and mining in the Akjoujt Iron Ore project at Mauritania in West Africa, with which of the following companies?
a. Curve Capital Ventures  b. South African Mining  c. Talvivaara Mining  Company Plc  d. North Bay Resources Inc

6. Which of the following server chips has recently been launched by Intel Corp?
a. 64-bit ARM server chip   b. Opteron 6200  c. Opteron 4200  d. Xeon E5-2600

7. Which of the following countries is India’s second largest supplier of crude oil – against which western countries have imposed sanctions?
a. Iraq    b. Iran  b. Russia  d. Saudi Arabia

8. Who is the current chairman and chief executive offi cer of Pepsico?
a. John Compton  b. Pamela Culpepper  c. Indira K Nooyi  d. Josh Luis Parado

9. Which IT company has launched the ‘MyEdu tablet’ in India?
a. HCL  b. Wipro  c. Dell  d. Samsung

10. Which of the following California-based companies has recently been acquired by chipmaker AMD for $334 million?
a. Antec  b. SeaMicro  c. Intel  d. Memorex

11. Which motorcycle company has launched its gearless scooter portfolio with the launch of the Swish 125?
a. Suzuki Motors  b. Hero MotoCorp  c. Bajaj Motorcycles  d. Honda Motorcycles

12. The Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) recently launched a single premium plan called:
a. Jeevan Chhaya  b. Jeevan Nidhi  c. Jeevan Vriddhi  d. Jeevan Saathi

13. Kobelco Cranes India Pvt. Ltd (KCI), which is a part of the Kobelco Cranes Company, has commenced production at its hydraulic crane manufacturing in Andhra Pradesh. This company belongs to:
a. South Korea  b. Germany  c. Japan  d. Sweden

14. AP Choudhary is the current Chairman-cum-Managing Director of:
a. Hindustan Aeronautics  Limited (HAL)  b. Rashtriya Ispat Nigam  Limited (RINL)  c. Bharat Heavy Electricals  Limited (BHEL)  d. Gas Authority of India  Ltd. (GAIL)

15. Which of the following state governments has decided to give cycles to the girls studying in Classes XI and XII under the ‘Mai Bhago Vidya scheme’?
a. Punjab  b. Haryana  c. West Bengal   d. Himachal Pradesh 

16. To improve corporate governance, the Ministry of Corporate Affairs has constituted a committee headed by:
a. Kiran Majumdar Shaw  b. Adi Godrej  c. Sidharth Birla  d. MK Chanu

17. The Indian Government has imposed anti-dumping duty for fi ve years on imports of phosphoric acid from Israel and:
a. China  b. Canada   c. South Korea   d. Taiwan

18. A unique scheme, titled ‘Master Health Card’, of the Rahbar Group of Companies, was launched in:
a. Andhra Pradesh  b. Uttar Pradesh  c. Karnataka  d. New Delhi

19. According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), India recently experienced the second-strongest domestic air traffi c growth (at 12.3%) among the major domestic markets in the world after:
a. USA  b. Brazil  c. Saudi Arabia  d. Russia

20. Who is the current Director General of the World Trade Organisation?
a. Pascal Lamy  b. Supachai Panitchpakdi  c. Mike Moore  d. Renato Ruggiero

21. Which telecom company has selected ZTE Corporation to plan, design, supply, and deploy its 4G network in Kolkata?
a. Idea  b. Bharti Airtel  c. Reliance  d. BSNL

22. The GSM Association has said that 3G mobile connections in India are expected to grow to more than 10 crore by 2014  – the highest in the world – while India would become the second largest mobile broadband market globally within the next four years after:
a. USA  b. South Korea  c. UK    d. China

23. ‘Mini Countryman’ is a SUV car launched by:
a. Hyundai  b. BMW  c. Volkswagen  d. Toyota

24. Which of the following countries is the world’s most nuclear-dependent country, deriving 75% of its electricity needs from 58 reactors and has been a leading international proponent of atomic energy?
a. France  b. Canada  c. Sweden  d. Japan

25. Pratt & Whitney is an aerospace manufacturer and leading supplier of aerospace engines, space propulsion systems, and industrial gas turbines. Its headquarters are located in:
a. France  b. UK  c. Canada  d. USA

26. Which of the following railway stations has bagged the ‘Best Tourist Friendly Railway Station’ award for 2010-11?
a. Madgaon railway station  b. Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Mumbai  c. New Delhi Railway Station  d.  Mangalore  railway station

27. Who among the following is the current Chairman and CEO of  General Motors?
a. Daniel F Akerson  b. Edward Whitacre  c. Frederick Henderson  d. Stephen J Girsky

28. Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL) has a joint venture with which of the following country’s aeronautical manufacturing company, ‘Aerostar’?
a. Italy   b. Germany  c. Romania  d. South Africa

29. Which of the following motor companies will launch a new bike in 250cc categories under Korean brand ‘Hyosung’?
a. Garware Motors  b. TVS Motors  c. LML  d. Honda Motors

30. US-based New York Life has recently sold its 26% stake in Max New York Life Insurance to which of the following insurance companies for  Rs.2,731 crore?
a. Aviva   b. Mitsui Sumitomo  Insurance (MSI)  c. MetLife  d. American International    Group (AIG)

Current Affairs Answers – 2012-2:

  1. (b) Volkswagen
  2. (b) Kotak Mahindra Bank
  3. (a) A vehicle manufacturer from the Czech Republic
  4. (b) Philippines
  5. (a) Curve Capital Ventures
  6. (d) Xeon E5-2600
  7. (b) Iran
  8. (c) Indira K Nooyi
  9. (a) HCL
  10. (b) SeaMicro
  11. (a) Suzuki Motors
  12. (c) Jeevan Vriddhi
  13. (a) Japan
  14. (b) Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited (RINL)
  15. (a) Punjab
  16. (b) Adi Godrej
  17. (d) Taiwan
  18. (a) Andhra Pradesh
  19. (b) Brazil
  20. (a) Pascal Lamy
  21. (b) Bharti Airtel
  22. (d) China
  23. (a) BMW
  24. (a) France
  25. (d) USA
  26. (c) New Delhi Railway Station
  27. (a) Daniel F Akerson
  28. (c) Romania
  29. (a) Garware Motors
  30. (b) Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance (MSI)
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