National Events GK Quiz-1

National Events GK Quiz-1

National Events Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) Quiz for State and UPSC Civil Services Examinations. Objective Questions on National Events for competitive examinations.

    1. Which among the following states has the best facility of hospitals?

    (1) Karnataka
    (2) Maharashtra
    (3) Kerala
    (4) West Bengal
    Answer:
    1. (3) Kerala, or God’s Own Country as its corporate slogan goes, has pioneered Healthcare and Medical Tourism in India offers World Class Medical Facilities, comparable with any of the western country. The state has made a concerted effort to promote health tourism focusing to provide quality and lower cost medical treatments for international patients and patients from other parts of India, which was resulted a substantial increase of visitor arrivals into the state. The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organisation designated Kerala the world’s first
    “baby-friendly state” because of its effective promotion of breast-feeding formulas. As of 2004, more than 95% of births were hospital-delivered.

    2. Prof. Amartya Sen is these days in the news because :

    (1) he is internationally known as a leading social economist
    (2) he has been awarded ‘Bharat Ratna’
    (3) he is a recipient of Nobel Prize.
    (4) All of the above
    Answer:
    2. (4) Amartya Sen is an Indian Bengali economist who was awarded the 1998 Nobel Memorial Prize in
    Economic Sciences for his contributions to welfare economics and social choice theory, and for his
    interest in the problems of society’s poorest members. Sen is best known for his work on the causes of
    famine, which led to the development of practical solutions for preventing or limiting the effects of real
    or perceived shortages of food. He helped to create the United Nations Human Development Index. In
    2012, he became the first non-American recipient of the National Humanities Medal. He received the Bharat Ratna ‘the highest civilian award in India’ by the President of India.

    3. The Baisakhi Festival of the year 1999 is of great historical significance to Punjab because:

    (1) it commemorates the tercentenary of the foundation of Khalsa Panth
    (2) it being the last such festival of the twentieth century
    (3) of participation by a large number of Punjabis who are non resident Indians
    (4) None of the above
    Answer:
    3. (1) Anandpur Sahib comes to life every year on the occasion of Hola Mohalla. This tradition dates back to the times of the 10th Guru, Sri Guru Gobind Singh. The Guru decreed that the occasion of the festival of Holi be the occasion for the display of the martial spirit of his people and he gave this festival of Holi the Sikh name of ‘Hola Mohalla’. Each year Hola Mohalla marks the congregation of up to 100,000 devotees from all over the country for a festival of colour and gaiety. Baisakhi in 1999, at Anandpur Sahib marked the completion of 300 years of the birth of the Khalsa. It was on Baisakhi day in 1699 that Sri Guru Gobind Singh baptized the Panj Pyaras at the place where Takht Sri Keshgarh Sahib stands. 

    4. What is Obra known for?

    (1) a new refinery
    (2) a new aluminium plant
    (3) a bird sanctuary
    (4) a thermal power station
    Answer:
    4. (4) Obra (Acronym for Outer Bank of Rihand Area) is a town and a Nagar Panchayat in Sonebhadra district in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Obra has two power stations: one is thermal power station and another is Hydel power station which is located near Obra Dam. It has one Thermal Training Institute for training purpose and one government hospital.

    5. At the 13th Lok Sabha Elections in which of the following States did the ruling alliance win all the seats?

    (1) Himachal Pradesh
    (2) Andhra Pradesh
    (3) Rajasthan
    (4) Madhya Pradesh
    Answer:
    5. (1) General Elections were held in India from 5 September to 3 October 1999, a few months after
    the Kargil War. The 13th Lok Sabha election is of historical importance as it was the first time a united
    front of parties managed to attain a majority and form a government that lasted a full term of five years,
    thus ending a period of political instability at the national level that had been characterized by three
    general elections held in as many years. It was in Himachal Pradesh where the National Democratic
    Alliance (NDA) won all the 4 seats. Bhartiya Janata Party won 3 seats and the Haryana Vikas Party (HVP) won 1 seat.
    Note : The Indian general election of 2014 was held to constitute the 16th Lok Sabha, Running in nine
    phases from 7 April to 12 May 2014, it was the longest election in the country’s history. In which BJP
    sweeps all seat in Goa, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, NCT of Delhi (UT), Andaman & Nicobar Islands (UT), Chandigarh (UT), Dadra Nagar & Haveli (UT), and Daman & Diu (UT).

    6. On which river has “Naranarayan Setu” been built ?

    (1) Ganga
    (2) Brahmaputra
    (3) Mahanadi
    (4) Godavari
    Answer:
    6. (2) Naranarayana Setu is a rail-cum-road bridge over the Brahmaputra River in Assam, India. The bridge has a length of 2.5 kilometres and connects Jogighopa and Pancharatna towns of Assam. The bridge was inaugurated on April 15, 1998 by Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the Prime Minister of India at that time. The Naranarayana Setu is named after Nara Narayan, the ruler of the Koch dynasty.

    7. Which of the following political groupings has won the highest number of Assembly seats at the general elections held in September-October, 2002 in Jammu and Kashmir ?

    (1) Peoples Democratic Party
    (2) Indian National Congress
    (3) National Conference
    (4) Peoples Democratic Front
    Answer:
    7. (1) After more than two decades in power, the ruling National Conference (NC) was voted out by popular mandate in the 2002 Assembly elections in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The elections, held over four phases in September and October 2002, witnessed an average turnout of about 44 percent. The ruling NC, which had 57 seats in the 1996 assembly, was overwhelmingly voted out of power and could manage to retain only 28 seats in the 2002 elections. Observers termed the verdict as an anti-NC mandate of the people who clearly wanted a change in the State. The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) won all of its 16 seats in the Kashmir valley on an anti-NC and pro-people campaign. The Congress got 20 seats. The National Conference had maximum 28 seats, though it had been voted out of power. What made these elections different from those previously held in the State was that nearly all political parties, independent candidates, non-governmental groups, human rights activists, media (both domestic and foreign) and most importantly, the international community, appreciated the credibility of the elections and the results that followed it.
    Note : In 2014 General election people’s Democratic Party won 28 seats & Bharatiya Janata Party won 25 seats. And they together form Government.

    8. Who is the proponent and propagandist of the “Art of Living”?

    (1) Maharshi Mahesh Yogi
    (2) Sri Ravi Shankar
    (3) Swami Chinmayananda
    (4) Bhagwan Rajneesh
    Answer:
    8. (2) Ravi Shankar, colloquially known as Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, is a spiritual leader and founder of the Art of Living Foundation (founded 1982), which aims to relieve individual stress, societal problems and
    violence. It is an NGO with UNESCO consultative status. In 1997 he established a Geneva- based
    charity, the International Association for Human Values, an NGO that engages in relief work and rural
    development and aims to foster shared global values.

    9. When was the mandate, that a candidate at an election should file with his nomination papers an affidavit recording the particulars of the spouse and the dependents, enforced at a general election for the first time ?

    (1) Assembly elections held in Madhya Pradesh/Chhatisgarh in December, 2003
    (2) Assembly elections held in Himachal Pradesh in 2003
    (3) Assembly elections held in Himachal Pradesh in 2003
    (4) Assembly elections held in Rajasthan/Delhi in December 2003
    Answer:
    9. (3) The Election Commission of India has made it mandatory consequent upon a Judgment of Hon’ble Supreme Court of 2003 that all candidates must file an affidavit along with their nomination form with details such as: (i) his/her criminal antecedents, (ii) his/her assets and liabilities and those of his/her spouse and dependents, and (iii) his/her educational background. Prior to 1999, candidates were not required to disclose any information about themselves – including their financial condition or their criminal background. This mandate was first enforced in the assembly elections of Himachal Pradesh held in 2003.

    10. Where was India’s first submarine museum established, in 2002 ?

    (1) Kochi 
    (2) Panjim
    (3) Visakhapatnam
    (4) Mumbai
    Answer:
    10. (3) The Naval Museum, also known as Swarna Jyoti Museum, is a museum about Indian Maritime history which is located in Visakhapatnam. It was established in 1989. It is a lovely museum portraying the events related to the Indian Maritime history, pictures and models of warships and other equipments. The museum provides a viewpoint of the maritime history, naval heritage and the growth of the Navy from preindependence days. Swarna Jyoti Museum has five sections - eastern seaboard establishments and ports, maritime history, naval archives, ocean resources and Aquaria. The museum encloses the ancient and archaeologically valued artifacts from the sites of Harappa, Lothal and other Indus valley sites. Note : INS Kursura which played a vital role in the 1971 indo-Pak war after decommissioning, it has been converted into a submarine museum on RK Beach, Visakhapatnam. The museum was inaugurated by Mr. Chandrababu Naidu, Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh on 09th August 2002 and opened for public on 24th August 2002.

    11. Which is the latest manufacturing units being set up by the Indian Railways ?

    (1) Rail Coach Factory, Kapurthala
    (2) Wheel Factory, Chapra
    (3) Wheel and Axle Plant, Durgapur
    (4) Rail Wheel Factory, Bangalore
    Answer:
    11. (2) The government, in May 2012, announced in the Rajya Sabha the readiness of a rail axle wheel
    manufacturing factory in Chhapra in Bihar for commissioning, a development which would reduce
    dependence on import of wheels. The project was announced in the 2005-2006 Railway Budget of India. 
    Note : Swiss major Molinari Rail will set up a manufacturing and assembly centre for auxiliary power units for diesel locomotives in India by 2017. Molinari Rail AG has entered into a strategic pact to
    design, manufacture and deliver the auxiliary power units (APUs) for 1,000 diesel locomotives to be built in India for Indian Railways.

    12. Who is the Chairman of SEBI ?

    (1) M. Damodaran
    (2) D. R. Mehta
    (3) G. N. Bajpai
    (4) S. A. Dave
    Answer:
    12. (*) Upendra Kumar Sinha is the present chairman of SEBI. His term started in February 2011. He has been appointed for a period of five years. He was the Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of the Unit Trust of India Asset Management Company (UTIAMC), commonly referred to as UTI Mutual Fund. He is a member of the Indian Administrative Services (IAS), belonging to the Bihar Cadre. Before taking over at UTIAMC, Sinha held key positions in the Government of India, notably in the Ministry of Finance, where he as the Joint Secretary, looking after Capital Markets, External Commercial Borrowings, Banking and Currency and Coins.
    Note : The government appointed Ajay Tyagi as the ninth chairman of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi). Tyagi, who was the additional secretary, Department of Economic Affairs in the finance ministry, has been appointed for a period of five years. He replaced U K Sinha, who stepped down on 18 February 2017.

    13. Who is the Chairman of the ‘Knowledge Commission’ constituted by the Government of India ?

    (1) Dr. M. S. Swaminathan
    (2) Dr. P. M. Bhargava
    (3) Dr. Sam Pitroda
    (4) Dr. R. A. Mashelkar
    Answer:
    13. (3) National Knowledge Commission, is an Indian think-tank charged with considering possible policies that might sharpen India’s comparative advantage in the knowledge-intensive service sectors. It was constituted on 13 June 2005, by the Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh. The National
    Knowledge Commission (NKC) consists of the following eight members: Sam Pitroda, Chairman; Dr. Ashok Sekhar Ganguly, Corporate leader; Nandan Nilekani, Chairman of Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI); Dr. Deepak Nayyar, former Vice-chancellor, University of Delhi; Dr. Jayati Ghosh, economist at Jawaharlal Nehru University; Dr. Sujatha Ramdorai, internationally reputed algebraic number theorist and professor of mathematics at Tata Institute of Fundamental Research; Dr. Padmanabhan Balaram, director of Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore; and Prof. Amitabh Mattoo, Former Vice Chancellor, Jammu University.

    14. Who is the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu ?

    (1) Smt. Jayalalitha
    (2) M. K. Karunanidhi
    (3) M. K. Stalin
    (4) Kalanidhi Maran
    Answer:
    14. (1) Jayalalithaa Jayaram is the Chief Minister of the state of Tamil Nadu, India. She was a popular film star in Indian cinema before her entry into politics, having appeared in many Tamil and Telugu films, as well as produced in Hindi and Kannada. She is the incumbent general secretary of All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK). In April 2011, the AIADMK was part of a 13-party alliance that won the 14th state assembly elections. Jayalalithaa was sworn in as the chief minister of Tamil Nadu for the third time on 16 May 2011, having been elected unanimously as the leader of the AIADMK party subsequent to those elections.
    Note : Hon’ble Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Thiru Edappadi K. Palaniswami is the present Head of the elected Government and heads the Council of Ministers. He assumed office on February 16, 2017.

    15. Who is the Managing Director of the Delhi Metro Railway Corporation ?

    (1) B.L. Joshi, Lt. Governor of Delhi
    (2) Sam Pitroda
    (3) Chairman of the Indian Railway Board
    (4) Shri R. Sreedharan
    Answer:
    15. (*) The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. (DMRC) is a state owned company that operates the Delhi Metro in the National Capital Region of India. Besides operating the metro, the DMRC is also involved in the planning and implementation of metro rail, monorail and high speed rail projects in India. E. Sreedharan was appointed as the first managing director of DMRC. Sreedharan handed over charge as MD, DMRC to Shri Mangu Singh on 31 December 2011.
    Note : Mangu Singh (born 15 December 1955) is managing director of Delhi Metro. He took over as managing director after E. Sreedharan, the former managing director, retired from service on 31 December 2011. He is an Indian Railways Service of Engineers (IRSE) officer of the 1981 batch.

    16. Which one of the following universities is a Central University?

    (1) Kolkata
    (2) Dibrugarh
    (3) Pondicherry
    (4) Kurukshetra
    Answer:
    16. (3) Pondicherry University is a central university in Pondicherry, India. Founded in 1985 by the
    Government of India, the university is a collegiate university with a jurisdiction spread over the Union
    Territories of Pondicherry, Lakshadweep and Andaman and Nicobar Islands. It has 35000 students
    in its 87 affiliated colleges including 27,000 students in the distance education mode. The current strength of students studying on-campus stands at 6500. It has introduced innovations like the Choice-based Credit System and on-line admission for postgraduate studies. 

    17. Who among the following has been appointed the Governor of Reserve Bank of India after the retirement of Sri Y. V. Reddy ?

    (1) Prof. K. C. Reddy
    (2) Prof. B.B. Bhattacharya
    (3) Sri Deepak Parikh
    (4) Sri D. Subbarao
    Answer:
    17. (4) Duvvuri Subbarao is an Indian economist, central banker, and civil servant. On 5 September, 2008 he was appointed the twenty-second Governor of Reserve Bank of India (RBI); his term was to end in September 2011. But breaking from tradition, the Prime Minister’s Office put out a statement announcing that Subbarao would now retire on September 4, 2013. Note : Recently Urjit Patel has been appointed as the Governor and Viral Acharya as the deputy governor of the Reserve Bank of India.

    18. After the terrorist attack of 26th November 2008 in Mumbai, who was appointed as the Home Minister of India?

    (1) Sh. Shiv Raj Patil
    (2) Sh. Pranab Mukherjee
    (3) Sh. P. Chidambaram
    (4) Sh. A.K. Antony
    Answer:
    18. (3) Chidambaram Palaniappan (P. Chidambaram) is an Indian politician with the Indian National Congress and the current Union Minister of Finance of the Republic of India. Previously he had served as Finance Minister of India from May 2004 to November 2008. After the resignation of Shivraj Patil in the wake of the Mumbai terror attacks in November 2008, he was made the Home Affairs Minister. After a three and a half year stint as Home Minister, Chidambaram was reappointed Union Minister of Finance after Pranab Mukherjee ran for the presidential elections of India.

    19. Why was the name of Kuber Singh, a 17-year-old student of G.D. Goenka World School, in the news on 20th January, 2009?

    (1) He was declared as the winner of the Sanjay Chopra Award
    (2) He broke the record for fastest memorising of a 9 digit number
    (3) He witnessed the Swearing-in-Ceremony of President Barack Obama of USA, as an official invitee
    (4) He solved the crossword puzzle of the famous USA magazine
    Answer:
    19. (3) Kuber Singh, a class XII student at GD Goenka World school in Gurgaon is the only student from India who got an invitation to attend the President Youth Inaugural Conference organised by the US Congressional Youth Leadership Council. He was among the lucky few who headed for US to be face to face with President elect Obama and other dignitaries.

    20. Who laid the wreath at the “Amar Jawan Jyoti” (India Gate) on 26th January, 2009?

    (1) Prime Minister
    (2) Defence Minister
    (3) Home Minister
    (4) Minister for External Affairs
    Answer:
    20. (1) The Prime Minister of India first lays a wreath at the Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate, in memory of all members of the armed forces who gave up their life for the country. After that there is the 21 gun salute, unfurling of the National Flag and singing of the National Anthem. Next, awards such as the Paramvir Chakra, Ashok Chakra and Vir Chakra are presented to gallantry award winners.

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