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Current Affairs - 30 October 2014

Which country was rated as the most bullish consumer market in the world in the Nielsen Global Consumer Confidence Index for third quarter of 2014 that was released on 29 October 2014?

  • India
    India was given 126 points, a drop of 2 points from previous quarter, in this index that was conducted between 13 August and 5 September 2014 and covered more than 30,000 consumers across 60 markets. The overall Global Consumer Confidence Index rose 1 point in the third quarter to 98. Australia saw the biggest increase in confidence index from the previous quarter, by 12 points, followed by Slovenia with a 9 point increase and Thailand with 8 points. In overall picture India was followed closely by Indonesia (125 points), the Philippines (115 points), Thailand (113 points), UAE (112) and China (111).

Which country was rated as the most pessimist consumer market in the world in the Nielsen Global Consumer Confidence Index for third quarter of 2014?

  • Italy
    Italy was given just 47 points, which was 4 points less than the last quarter. European countries generally were the most pessimistic, reflecting the conflict in Ukraine, faltering growth and the risk of deflation in the euro zone. Britain and Germany, however, saw consumer confidence improve. Countries just above Italy in this index were Croatia (49 points), Serbia (51 points), South Korea (52 points) and Portugal (53 points).

What milestone in numbers was achieved in Aadhaar identification issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) as on 28 October 2014?

  • 70 crore
    According to an announcement made by the UIDAI, around 70 crore Aadhaar numbers were issued till 28 October. Aadhaar is a 12-digit individual identification number issued by the Authority on behalf of the Government and contains various biometrics, such as iris or fingerprints. The number serves as proof of identity and address anywhere in India. 9 states, including Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Delhi and Himachal Pradesh, had crossed 90% Aadhaar coverage, while 16 had over 70% coverage. But only 26% Aadhaar coverage was achieved in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Uttarakhand and Chhattisgarh. In recent months, the Government has provided a fresh impetus to the UIDAI by linking Aadhaar to various entitlements and schemes, including the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY), MGNREGA, pensions, scholarships, direct benefit transfer, ration, passports, attendance system, among others.

The Union Govt. on 29 October 2014 placed a list of names of 627 Indian account holders is Swiss and other foreign banks before the Supreme Court in association with the black money case. These names are of which year as disclosed by Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi?

  • 2006
    Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi disclosed before the Supreme Court that the details of account holders are of year 2006 which were supplied by the French Government to the Indian Government in 2011. This data was stolen from HSBC Bank in Geneva which later reached France from where the government got the information. On its part the Supreme Court asked the Special Investigation Team (SIT) constituted by it to go through the list and take appropriate action in accordance with law.

What was India’s rank in World Bank’s latest “Ease of Doing Business” report that was released on 29 October 2014?

  • 142
    India’s rank of 142 was among 189 countries included in this report. India was ranked 140th in the last year’s edition of the list. India’s drop by 2 places in the report is mainly because other nations have performed much better. This report, however, does not take into account the latest slew of measures taken by Modi Government to make India a business friendly destination. Hence, World Bank officials cautioned against linking the latest ranking with the steps taken by the new Indian Government.

Which country was placed at the top position in World Bank’s latest “Ease of Doing Business” report that was released on 29 October 2014?

  • Singapore
    Singapore topped this list with 88.27 points and is followed by New Zealand, Hong Kong, Denmark and South Korea. Among other major countries, the US has been ranked seventh, Britain (eight), China (90), Sri Lanka (99), Nepal (108), Maldives (116), Bhutan (125), and Pakistan (128).

The logo of 2018 FIFA World Cup was revealed on 28 October 2014 by FIFA President Sepp Blatter. Which country is hosting this World Cup?

  • Russia
    The logo depicts the World Cup trophy in red and blue, colors from the Russian flag, with a gold trim. The 2018 FIFA World Cup to be hosted by Russia would be the 21st edition of Football World Cup.

Michael Sata, who passed away on 28 October 2014 while being treated in London, was President of which African country?

  • Zambia
    President Sata, who was being treated in the UK, died in London’s King Edward VII hospital at the age of 77 years on 28 October. He is the second Zambian leader to die in office after Levy Mwanawasa in 2008. Sata was elected Zambia’s president in 2011, defeating the then incumbent Rupiah Banda whose party had been in power for 20 years.


  • 1. Recently AIBA suspended which Indian woman boxer for not receiving the bronze medal at the Asian Games 2014?
    a) Laishram Sarita Devi
    b) M C Mary Kom
    c) Sarjubala Devi
    d) Kavita Goyat
  • 2. Recently an Indian chief hockey coach resigned but he decided not to go for his resignation. Name him.
    a) Erik Finman
    b) Austin Mahone
    c) Rui Gama Vaz
    d) Terry Walsh
  • 3. Tihar Jail Authority has established an e-library for which inmates in jail to sharpen their technical skills?
    a) Men
    b) Women
    c) Senior Citizen
    d) Children
  • 4. Which Congolese gynaecologist was awarded with the prestigious Sakharov human rights prize 2014?
    a) EuroMaidan
    b) Viktor Yanukovych
    c) Denis Mukwege Mukengere
    d) Leyla Yunus
  • 5. The first border market facility was inaugurated on the Indo-Bangla international border boost bilateral trade.
    a) Meghalaya
    b) Tripura
    c) Manipur
    d) Assam
  • 6. International Stammering Awareness Day was observed on.........October worldwide to raise awareness about the people who have the speech disorder.
    a) 21
    b) 22
    c) 23
    d) 24
  • 7. The Police Commemoration Day was observed on..........October in New Delhi as a mark of honour to brave police martyrs during their duty.
    a) 21
    b) 22
    c) 23
    d) 24
  • 8. Chief Executive officer of Europe's third largest oil company Total...................died in Moscow plane crash.
    a) Dmitry Medvedev
    b) Christophe de Margerie
    c) Viktor Yanukovych
    d) Denis Mukwege Mukengere
  • 9. Who among the following snatched World Billiards Championship (point format) 2014?
    a) Peter Gilchrist
    b) Sourav Kothari
    c) Pankaj Advani
    d) None of These
  • 10. A senior Google vice-president broke the world altitude record for highest free-fall parachute jump. Name him.
    a) Alan Eustace
    b) Cara Black
    c) Felix Baumgartner
    d) Dilma Rousseff
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
    A D B C B B A B C A

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