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Current Affairs - 3 December 2014

Anil Kumar Sinha Appointed New CBI Director

  • Senior IPS officer Anil Kumar Sinha was tonight appointed the new CBI Director to succeed Ranjit Sinha who retired in a glare of controversy with the Supreme Court directing him to recuse from 2G spectrum scam case probe.

    Sinha, a 1979 batch IPS officer of Bihar cadrde, was the Special Director in CBI.

    The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, cleared the name of Anil Kumar Sinha who was among the candidates shortlisted by the searh committee earier this evening.

    The term of Sinha will be for two years from the date he takes charge, an official notification said.

    Earlier in the day, Modi held discussions with the Chief Justice of India and leader of the main Opposition in Lok Sabha on selecting a new CBI head.

    The panel discussed the names of about 40 officers shortlisted by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), sources said.

More Than 17,000 People Infected With Ebola in Africa: WHO

  • The World Health Organization says the number of people infected with Ebola has passed 17,000, as Sierra Leone announced that its 10th doctor has been sickened.

    Numbers released today by WHO include about 200 new cases since data was published yesterday. More than 6,000 people have died.

    The vast majority of the infected are in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

    Also today, Sierra Leonean Health Ministry spokesman Jonathan Abass Kamara said that Dr. Thomas Rogers has tested positive for the disease and was admitted a day earlier to the British-built treatment center in Kerry Town, near the capital. Rogers had been working at Connaught Hospital in Freetown.

    He is being cared for at a special clinic reserved for infected health care workers that is staffed by British army medics.

Obama's Trip a Defining and Exciting Time in Indo-US Relations'

  • President Barack Obama will make a "historic visit" to India on the occasion of Republic day, nominee for US Ambassador to India, Richard Rahul Verma has told Senators saying this is a "defining and exciting" time in the Indo-US relationship.

    "There is no question that this is a defining and exciting time in the US-India relationship. President Obama will make a historic visit to India in January, becoming the first US head of state to attend India's Republic Day and the only sitting US president to visit India twice," Verma told members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee yesterday during his confirmation hearing.

    Obama's trip will build on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's highly successful visit to the United States this past September, he said.

    "There's little doubt the relationship has been reenergized, with renewed enthusiasm to take our partnership to the next level," said Verma.

Stephen Hawking Would Like to Play James Bond Villian

  • Renowned physicist Stephen Hawking, the subject of the highly-acclaimed biopic The Theory of Everything, has revealed that he would not be averse to appearing on the big screen himself.

    "My ideal role would be a baddie in James Bond. I think the wheelchair and the computer voice would fit the part," he said.

    Rumours suggest he would be battling Christoph Waltz for the main antagonist role in the next 007, but the thought of Hawking on screens is not quite so far-fetched, with him having famously appeared in episodes of 'Star Trek' and 'The Simpsons'.

    Earlier this year, he also popped up in a special video recorded for the Monty Python Live (Mostly) shows in London, singing the Galaxy Song.

Delhi Govt Forms SIT to Probe Burning of St Sebastian's Church

  • Delhi Government today appointed a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the mysterious fire at a church here even as the Christian community sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi's intervention for a judicial probe into the incident as well as "violence" against them in some other states.

    Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung constituted an SIT under the leadership of Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Ravindra Yadav soon after a delegation led by Delhi Archbishop Anil Couto called on him seeking a detailed probe into the fire that gutted St Sebastian's Church in Tahirpur area in northeast Delhi yesterday. The Christians had alleged foul play in the fire.

    Despite the assurance, leaders of the community demanded a judicial inquiry in this case and intervention of the Prime Minister.

Ramzadon Vs Haramzadon: Sadhvi's Regrets Fall Short

  • Union Minister Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti was today forced by a united opposition in Parliament to apologize for her controversial hate speech that parlaysed the Rajya Sabha over demands for her sacking.

    The opposition was not satisfied with her regret and even demanded that a criminal case be registered for her remarks at a public meeting.

    During a BJP campaign in Delhi on Monday, Dec 1 the Sadhvi told voters that they must choose between ‘Ramzadon’ (those born of Ram) and ‘haramzadon’ (illegitimately born).

    Addressing a rally in West Delhi’s Shyam Nagar area, Jyoti, the BJP MP from Fatehpur in Uttar Pradesh, said, "Aapko tay karna hai ki Dilli mein sarkar Ramzadon ki banegi ya haramzadon ki. Yeh aapka faisla hai (You must decide whether you want a government of those born of Ram or of those born illegitimately)."

Former Maharashtra CM A.R. Antulay Dies at 85

  • Congress veteran A R Antulay, the first Muslim Chief Minister of Maharashtra who had to resign in the wake of 'Cement scandal', died here today after a prolonged illness.

    He was 85.

    Antulay was the state's Chief Minister from June 1980 to January 1982 and was Minority Affairs Minister in the Manmohan Singh-led UPA-I government.

    The Congress veteran, who was suffering from kidney ailment, passed away at a private hospital here this morning, family sources said. The funeral will be held in his native village in Raigad district of coastal Konkan tomorrow.

    No stranger to controversies, Antulay was forced to quit as chief minister by the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi after Parliament was paralysed for days over the 'Cements Scandal' in the state.

    He was accused of forcing builders to contribute, albeit through cheques, to the Indira Gandhi Pratibha Pratishtan, a trust he had set up, allegedly in exchange for quotas for cement which was then a controlled commodity.

Rajan Holds Ground, Leaves Rates Unchanged

  • RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan today kept interest rate unchanged, saying that a shift in stance is 'premature' but hinted that a cut may come early next year if inflation continues to ease and government acts on the fiscal side.

    "A change in the monetary policy stance at the current juncture is premature. However, if the current inflation momentum and changes in inflationary expectations continue, and fiscal developments are encouraging, a change in the monetary policy stance is likely early next year, including outside the policy review cycle," he said.

    Accordingly, the repo rate continues to be at 8 per cent while the cash reserve ratio has also been retained at 4 per cent.

    On the inflation trajectory, Rajan said he expects it to ease further and average at the 6 per cent.

    "Over the next 12-month period, inflation is expected to retain some momentum and hover around 6 per cent, except for seasonal movements, as the disinflation momentum works through," he said in the bi-monthly review of the monetary policy.

J&K Polls: 72% Voting Recorded in Second Phase Despite Boycott Calls

  • In a rerun of record polling in the first phase, a 72 per cent voter turnout was registered in the second phase of incident-free Assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir today with people again ignoring boycott calls by separatist groups and braving chilly weather.

    Election commission officials said the figure for the polling in 18 constituencies in five districts-- two in the Valley and three in Jammu--could go up a little once the final tally is available.

    Dealing a serious blow to separatist politics, enthusiastic voters stood in serpentine queues at several polling stations waiting for their turn after they walked in fog and cold.
    The first phase of the five-phase polls for 15 seats on November 25 had witnessed a record 71.28 per cent polling.

General Awareness With special reference to Banking Industry Practice Questions for Bank Exams

  • 1. The 12th ASEAN-India Summit was held in?
    1) New Delhi
    2) Singapore
    3) Bangkok
    4) Manila
    5) Nay Pyi Taw
  • 2. Who won the Polly Umrigar Award for being India's best international cricketer of the 2013-14 season?
    1) Parvez Rasool
    2) Bhuvneshwar Kumar
    3) Virat Kohli
    4) Suresh Raina
    5) Ishant Sharma
  • 3. The International Children's Peace Prize 2014, an initiative of Kids Rights, has been won by?
    1) Alexey
    2) Andrew
    3) Neha Gupta
    4) Malala Yousafzai
    5) None of these
  • 4. Who won the 2014 Formula One World Championship?
    1) Sebastian Vettel
    2) Nico Rosberg
    3) Fernando Alonso
    4) Lewis Hamilton
    5) Jenson Button
  • 5. Who is the author of the book 'Capital in the Twenty-First Century'?
    1) Paul Krugman
    2) Amartya Sen
    3) Elinor Ostrom
    4) Joseph Stiglitz
    5) Thomas Piketty
  • 6. Identify the mismatched pair?
    1) NBFCs - Non-Banking Financial Companies
    2) ECBs - External Commercial Borrowings
    3) FCCBs - Foreign Currency Concession Bonds
    4) DIPP -Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion
    5) FDI - Foreign Direct Investment
  • 7. 'Sarvada Vijay' is a major field exercise conducted by the Army in May 2014 in?
    1) Gujarat
    2) Rajasthan
    3) Punjab
    4) Jammu & Kashmir
    5) Haryana
  • 8. Which Indian-American student won the 2014 National Geographic Bee contest?
    1) Ansun Sujoe
    2) Sriram Hathwar
    3) Akhil Rekulapelli
    4) Arvind Mahankali
    5) Snigdha Nandipati
  • 9. Which country has announced that it will make match-fixing a specific crime for the first time
    to ensure sport remains corruption- free?
    1) India
    2) Pakistan
    3) Australia
    4) New Zealand
    5) England
  • 10. Kamal Chawla is associated with?
    1) Golf
    2) Snooker
    3) Chess
    4) Kabaddi
    5) Archery
  • 11. The first cooperative bank in India to have its own RuPay ATM-cum-debit card is in?
    1) Punjab
    2) Andhra Pradesh
    3) Himachal Pradesh
    4) Rajasthan
    5) Haryana
  • 12. Who is the Chairman of a Committee that suggested customers should be given a free copy of their Credit Information Reports (CIRs)?
    1) Anand Sinha
    2) Aditya Puri
    3) Arvind Mayaram
    4) Damodaran
    5) R.S. Gujral
  • 13. At present the Reserve Bank of India has provision for how many deputy governors?
    1) Two
    2) Three
    3) Four
    4) Five
    5) Six
  • 14. Which company topped the Forbes' annual list of the world's 2000 largest and most powerful public companies?
    1) ICBC
    2) China Construction Bank
    3) Agricultural Bank of China
    4) Reliance Industries
    5) State Bank of India
  • 15. The Dhamra Port is a major newly developed port in?
    1) Gujarat
    2) Tamil Nadu
    3) Maharashtra
    4) Karnataka
    5) Odisha
  • 16. Which of the following companies has recently taken over Network 18 group?
    1) STAR group
    2) Reliance Industries Limited
    3) Times of India group
    4) Sahara group
    5) None of these
  • 17. Parbati hydro electricity project is located in?
    1) Punjab
    2) Haryana
    3) Assam
    4) Jammu & Kashmir
    5) Himachal Pradesh
  • 18. During the six years between 2004 and 2011, which State topped in creation of new jobs in
    the manufacturing sector?
    1) West Bengal
    2) Gujarat
    3) Maharashtra
    4) Odisha
    5) Tamil Nadu
  • 19. Bangladesh signed a deal with which of the following countries to set up a 1320-megawatt coal-based power plant in Moheshkhali?
    1) India
    2) USA
    3) China
    4) Russia
    5) South Korea
  • 20. Jacob Zuma was elected President of which of the following countries for a second term?
    1) Ghana
    2) Sudan
    3) Ivory Coast
    4) Uganda
    5) South Africa
  • 21. Ashraf Ghani is the?
    1) President of Pakistan
    2) Prime Minister of Pakistan
    3) President of Afghanistan
    4) Prime Minister of Afghanistan
    5) President of Iran
  • 22. CRR and SLR are the terms related to?
    1) Capital market
    2) Commodities market
    3) Insurance
    4) Mutual Funds
    5) None of these
  • 23. What does the letter 'L' stands for in the term LAF?
    1) Liquid
    2) Least
    3) Liability
    4) Liquidity
    5) Lowest
  • 24. Union Budget is normally presented in the month of?
    1) January
    2) February
    3) March
    4) April
    5) May
  • 25. Who was recently appointed the Chief Justice of India?
    1) Justice Rohinton Nariman
    2) Justice N.V. Ramana
    3) Justice H.L. Dattu
    4) Justice P. Sathasivam
    5) None of these
  • 26. Which of the following Awards is given for excellence in literature?
    1) Arjuna Award
    2) Dronacharya Award
    3) Dada Saheb Phalke award
    4) Phalke Ratna Award
    5) None of these
  • 27. Which of the following provides insurance cover for bank
    deposits in India?
    1) RBI
    2) LIC
    3) SBI
    4) DICGC
    5) Finance Ministry
  • 28. Which of the following countries is a permanent member of the United Nations Security
    1) India
    2) Brazil
    3) China
    4) Germany
    5) Japan
  • 29. Which of the following is the name of a currency of a
    1) Ankara
    2) Tunis
    3) Lusaka
    4) Kwacha
    5) Peru
  • 30. Which of the following is not the name of a country?
    1) Tunisia
    2) Togo
    3) Tonga
    4) Senegal
    5) Bratislava
  • 31. Fourteen private banks were nationalized in the year?
    1) 1947
    2) 1949
    3) 1955
    4) 1969
    5) 1980
  • 32. Insurance sector in India is regulated by?
    1) LIC
    2) SEBI
    3) GIC
    4) RBI
    5) IRDA
  • 33. Which of the following is not a private bank?
    1) Karnataka Bank
    2) Axis Bank
    3) Dena Bank
    4) Kotak Mahindra Bank
    5) HDFC Bank
  • 34. BIFR stands for?
    1) Board for Industrial and Financial Reconstruction
    2) Bureau for Industrial and Financial Rehabilitation
    3) Board for Institutional Finance and Rehabilitation
    4) Board for Investigation and Formal Reconstruction
    5) None of these
  • 35. Subhash Chandra Garg has been recently appointed Executive Director in?
    1) IMF
    2) World Bank
    3) ADB
    4) WTO
    5) None of these
  • 36. BPLR stands for?
    1) Base Primary Lending Rate
    2) Benchmark Prime Lending rate
    3) Basic Priority Lending Rate
    4) Below Poverty Line Rate
    5) None of these
  • 37. Recep Tayyip Erdogan was sworn in as the President of?
    1) Iran
    2) Iraq
    3) Turkey
    4) Vietnam
    5) Cyprus
  • 38. Who among the following is the new Governor of Rajasthan?
    1) Ch. Vidyasagar Rao
    2) Vajubhai Vala
    3) Kalyan Singh
    4) Mridula Sinha
    5) None of these
  • 39. Who is the winner of the 2014 Man Booker Prize?
    1) Joshua Ferris
    2) Karen Joy Fowler
    3) Neel Mukherjee
    4) Richard Flanagan
    5) None of these
  • 40. Jean Tirole won the 2014 Nobel Prize for Economics. He belongs to?
    1) Sweden
    2) Norway
    3) USA
    4) UK
    5) France
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    11) 3 12) 2 13) 3 14) 1 15) 5 16) 2 17) 5 18) 1 19) 3 20) 5
    21) 3 22) 5 23) 4 24) 2 25) 3 26) 5 27) 4 28) 3 29) 4  30) 5
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