October 31, 2014

Current Affairs Quiz - September 2014

Name of the Mars orbiter mission.
Expand LAM.
Second largest parasitic killer in the world after Malaria is?
Kala Azar is caused by a _____.
Kala Azar is also known as?
Scientifically Kala Azar is known as?
Known vector source of Kala Azar?
Expand ASHA.
How many left wing extremist districts are there in India?
Expand DRSC.
Number of DRSCs as of August 2012.
Article 5 of Indian constitution defines?
Present Additional Solicitor General of India (ASG).
First state to declare Urdu a second official language in November 1980.
Which article of the Indian constitution, bars a state government to declare one or more of the languages used in the state, in addition to Hindi as second official language?
Goa was a _______ territory from 1510 to 1961.
Goa was admitted to Indian statehood in _____.
Category of National Building Corporation, a central government public sector enterpriseis?
Expand NAWADCO
NAWADCO was the follow up of which committee?
The largest number of Waqf properties in the world are in _______.
National Tuberculosis Institute is in _____.
Expand AAI.
Expand PMGSY.
PMGSY which is a fully funded central sponsored scheme to provide all weather road connectivity in rural areas of the country, was started in _______.

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October 28, 2014

Time and distance: Trains

Basics and Formula

  • Time = Distance/Speed
  • Speed = Distance/Time
  • Distance = Time*Speed
  • x m/sec = x*18/5 km/hr
  • x km/hr = x * 5/18 m/sec 
  • Train length ‘l’ mts, time taken by the train to cross a pole or a man = time to cover ‘l’ mts.
  • Train length ‘l’ mts, object length ‘a’ mts, then time taken by the train to cross the object = time taken to cover a distance of (l + a) mts.
  • 2 trains 
    • -length ‘a’ and ‘b’ mts 
    • -speeds ‘x’ and ‘y’ m/sec 
    • -moving in opposite directions 
    • Time taken to cross each other = (a+b)÷(x+y)
  • 2 trains
    • - length ‘a’ and ‘b’ mts
    • -speeds ‘x’ and ‘y’ m/sec
    • -moving in same directions
    • Time taken to cross each other = (a+b)÷(x-y)
    • If the ratio of the speeds is a∶b∶c, then the ratio of time = 1/a ∶ 1/b ∶ 1/c
    • Speed and distance – directly proportional
      • If speed increases then distance also increases.
    • Speed and time – inversely proportional
      • If speed increases then time decreases

    Average speed:

    • Average speed = (total distance)/(total time)
    • A man covers
      • distance D2 at S2 km/hr
      • distance D1 at S1 km/hr
      • Time T = D1/S1+D2/S2
      • then Average speed = distance/time
      • Average Speed = (D1+D2)/[(D1/S1)+(D2/S2)] = 2S1S2/(S1+S2)

    Relative speed:

    • If two bodies are moving, then the speed of one body with respect to another is called relative speed.
    • 2 trains,  
      • moving in same direction
      • (Speed a m/s) - Train 1
      • (Speed b m/s) - Train 2
      • Then the relative speed of two trains = (a - b) m/sec
    • 2 trains, 
      • moving in opposite directions
      • (Speed a m/s) - Train 1
      • (Speed b m/s)- Train 2
      • Then the relative speed of two trains = (a + b) m/sec
    Note: Given speeds of trains, calculate the relative Speed. Then remember, if the direction is same subtract the speeds. If directions are opposite add the speeds.
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    October 25, 2014

    Cloze Test Set 3

    Cloze Test:

    Civil servant independence in the country is at best nominal. Nonconformity even to ___1___      ___2___  and arbitrary directives received from above is widely recognised as a very risky proposition. The right to judicial remedies … is a constitutional right of the subjects … Employees of the State cannot become members of a different class to whom such right is not available. — Justice J. Chelameswar and Justice A.K. Sikri of the Supreme Court of India (September 22, 2014) in Vijay Shankar Pandey vs Union of India and Another. 

    Amid the din raised over the case involving the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) leader J. Jayalalithaa, an important and recent ruling by the Supreme Court of India in an entirely different domain has gone virtually unnoticed. This judgment was in the cause of good public administration, a sector vital to economic development. The message that the top court possibly wanted to send through its order was that an honest civil servant can bank on the Court if ___3___ injustice has been done to him or her by an unfair executive.

    Black money case


    The judgment possibly took ___4___ of the fact that over the years, the Indian bureaucracy has become a spineless structure that cannot stand up to unethical pressures by the Executive or the moneyed in society, thereby ___5___ the worthy dream of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, free India’s first Home Minister. It was the doughty Sardar’s vision and ___6___ that ensured that efforts in some quarters in post-Independence India to abolish the centrally recruited and overseen All India Services did not succeed. The nation has greatly benefited from the continuance of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and the Indian Police Service (IPS) in particular. Certain events since 1975, viz., the period post-Emergency, have however been the cause for ___7___ among those who have been looking for a professional, honest and independent civil service that would ___8___ an equally dedicated political class. It is against this backdrop that one should analyse the recent Supreme Court decision. 

    It all began in 2010 when V.S. Pandey, a senior IAS officer, Uttar Pradesh cadre, joined hands with Julio Ribeiro, the former police chief, and a few others, under the ___9___ of a non-governmental organisation-styled India Rejuvenation Initiative (IRI), to file a writ petition on the need to ___10___ out black money owned by Indians and stashed abroad. The petition culminated in the Supreme Court decision (2011) known as Ram Jethmalani and Others vs the Union of India. Reacting to this, Pandey was served a charge sheet by the U.P. government on five counts for alleged violation of four clauses of the All India Services (Conduct) Rules, 1968.

    Answers:







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    October 24, 2014

    Synonyms and Antonyms Set 2

    In the following words options are either the synonym or antonym of the word. You have to pick out out the antonym of the main word. And the rest are the synonyms of the head word. So you are going to learn synonyms and antonyms for a few words at a time.

    • Bestow
    A        Secure 
    B        Commit
    C        Lavish
    D        endow
    •  Deluge
    A        Rush
    B        Inundate
    C        Overwhelm
    D        Drizzle
    • Satiate
    A        Gratify
    B        Indulge
    C        Disappoint
    D        Binge
    • Ubiquitous
    A        Omnipresent
    B        Scarce
    C        Universal
    D        Pervasive
    • Entice
    A        Repel
    B        Tempt
    C        Seduce
    D        Beguile


    • Thwart
    A        Stymie
    B        Defeat
    C        Abet
    D        Impede
    • Shamble
    A        Disarray
    B        Confuse
    C        Calm
    D        Jumble
    • Requisite
    A        Precondition
    B        Essential
    C        Must
    D        Peripheral
    • Behemoth
    A        Beast
    B        Monster
    C        Leviathan
    D        None of these
    • Defiant
    A        Aggressive
    B        Audacious
    C        Gusty
    D        Acquiescent



    1. Improve your vocabulary Set 1
    2. Improve your vocabulary Set 2
    3. Improve your vocabulary Set 3
    4. Improve your vocabulary Set 4
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    Improve Your Vocabulary Set 4

    ·         Bestow

    "  Grant a qualification, title, award, right etc

    "  Give as a gift

    ·         Deluge

    "  An overwhelming number or amount

    "  Charge someone with too many tasks

    ·         Satiate

    "  Fill to satisfaction

    "  Over eat or eat immodestly

    ·         Ubiquitous

    "  Being present everywhere at once

    ·         Entice

    "  to attract someone especially by offering or showing something that is appealing or interesting.

    ·         Thwart

    "  Hinder or prevent

    "  To prevent someone from doing something or to stop something from happening

    ·         Shamble

    "  Walk by dragging one’s feet

    "  To walk in an awkward, unsteady way

    ·         Requisite

    "  Needed for a particular purpose

    "  Necessary for relief or supply

    ·         Behemoth

    "  Someone or something that is abnormally large and powerful

    "  A person of exceptional importance or reputation

    ·         Defiant

    "  Boldly resisting authority or an opposing force

    "  Refusing to obey someone or something

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    October 18, 2014

    Squares upto 30

    Squares up to 30

    1*1=1
    2*2=4
    3*3=9
    4*4=16
    5*5=25
    6*6=36
    7*7=49
    8*8=64
    9*9=81
    10*10=100

    11*11=121
    12*12=144
    13*13=169
    14*14=196
    15*15=225
    16*16=256
    17*17=289
    18*18=324
    19*19=361
    20*20=400

    21*21=441
    22*22=484
    23*23=529
    24*24=576
    25*25=625
    26*26=676
    27*27=729
    28*28=784
    29*29=841
    30*30=900


    Mathematics:


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    October 15, 2014

    MultipicationTables

    1
    1*1=1
    1*2=2
    1*3=3
    1*4=4
    1*5=5
    1*6=6
    1*7=7
    1*8=8
    1*9=9
    1*10=10
    1*11=11
    1*12=12
    1*13=13
    1*14=14
    1*15=15
    1*16=16
    1*17=17
    1*18=18
    1*19=19
    1*20=20

    2
    2*1=2
    2*2=4
    2*3=6
    2*4=8
    2*5=10
    2*6=12
    2*7=14
    2*8=16
    2*9=18
    2*10=20
    2*11=22
    2*12=24
    2*13=26
    2*14=28
    2*15=30
    2*16=32
    2*17=34
    2*18=36
    2*19=38
    2*20=40

    3
    3*1=3
    3*2=6
    3*3=9
    3*4=12
    3*5=15
    3*6=18
    3*7=21
    3*8=24
    3*9=27
    3*10=30
    3*11=33
    3*12=36
    3*13=39
    3*14=42
    3*15=45
    3*16=48
    3*17=51
    3*18=54
    3*19=57
    3*20=60

    4
    4*1=4
    4*2=8
    4*3=12
    4*4=16
    4*5=20
    4*6=24
    4*7=28
    4*8=32
    4*9=36
    4*10=40
    4*11=44
    4*12=48
    4*13=52
    4*14=56
    4*15=60
    4*16=64
    4*17=68
    4*18=72
    4*19=76
    4*20=80

    5
    5*1=5
    5*2=10
    5*3=15
    5*4=20
    5*5=25
    5*6=30
    5*7=35
    5*8=40
    5*9=45
    5*10=50
    5*11=55
    5*12=60
    5*13=65
    5*14=70
    5*15=75
    5*16=80
    5*17=85
    5*18=90
    5*19=95
    5*20=100


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    October 14, 2014

    India and the World - September 2014

    • India – Japan issued a joint statement for enhancing cooperation as a part of India-Japan annual summit 2014 held at Tokyo, Japan on 1 Sep, 2014.
    • PM Modi inaugurated the TCS Japan technology and culture academy in Japan on Sep 2nd 2014.
    • India and Australia signed a pact of civil nuclear energy deal on Sep 5th 2014, which allows the sale of Australian uranium to India.
    • India and Germany on 8th Sep 2014 agreed to cooperate and prepare a road map in skill development, solid waste management and cleaning of rivers. It was made during the meeting between PM Modi and visiting German foreign minister Frank Walter Steinmeiner in New Delhi.
    • India and Bangladesh on 9th Sep 2014 signed a MoU in the field of traditional medicine and homeopathy.
    • India and Vietnam signed 7 pacts on 15th Sep 2014 to strengthen their strategic partnership. They were signed in the presence of president of India, Pranab Mukherjee and President of Vietnam, Troung Tan Sang.
    • 16 agreements were signed between India and China during the visit of Chinese President Xi Jingping to India on 17th and 18th Sep 2014.
    • India and China on 18th sep 2014 agreed to establish a joint working group to promote facilitation in the film sector. This group will meet for the first time in November 2014 on the sidelines of the International film festival India 2014 at Goa.
    • 3rd meeting of India and Bangladesh joint consultative commission was held in New Delhi on 20th Sep 2014. It was co chaired by Indian external affairs minister Sushma Swarj and Bangladesh external affairs minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali.
    • India announced on 25th sep 2014, to contribute 12 million US dollars to the United Nations to fight the deadly Ebola virus.
    • India and the US issued joint statement to push strategic ties to a new level on 30th Sep 2014. It was issued after the first bilateral summit between Modi and Obama in Washington. Along with these they also signed 7 agreements in different fields to improve their bilateral relationships.

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    September 29, 2014

    September 29, 2014

    • PM Modi gets rockstar reception at New York’s Madison Square.
    • PM Modi, Israeli PM Benjamin Neyanyahu hold talks to expand ties in cyber security, agriculture and water management.
    • O Pannerselvam to be sworn in as Tamilnadu CM. Jayalalitha, who was found guilty on corruption charges, to move Karnataka HC for bail.
    • American congress member, Tulasi Gabbard called on PM Modi in New York. She is the first hindu congress member in the U.S.
    • U.S. President, Obama admitted that U.S. has under estimated IS militant threat in Syria.
    • Delhi metro has been ranked 2nd among 18 international metro systems in terms of overall customer satisfaction in an online customer survey.
    • The launch of IRNSS 1c, a navigational satellite by ISRO is scheduled at 2 am on October 10.
    • World heart day is observed on 29th September. The objective of the day is to inform the people around the world of the danger of heart disease and stroke.
    • The annual Indo - US joint military exercise is currently underway at Ranikhet in Uttarkhand. The 2 week exercise commenced on 17th of September at Chaubattia forest range in the foothills of Himalayas.
    • Ashraf Ghani, to be sworn in as the new Afghan President.
    • In Libya, the new cabinet led by prime minister Abdullah-al Thinni took the oath of office after being approved by newly elected parliament.
    • West Asia region’s largest consumer IT and elections retail show – GITEX shopper began amidst visitor’s frenzy and expectations of huge bargains at world trade centre in Dubai on 27th September.
    • Indian Leander Paes wins Malaysian open doubles title with new partner Polish Marchin Matkowski at Kuala Lumpur.
    • Europe has retained golf’s ryder cup defeating United States for its 8th victory in the last 10 times in the biennial event.
    • Delhi government will award a cash prize of 20 lakh rupees each to wrestler Yogeswar Dutt and archer Abhishek Verma for winning gold medals in the 17th Asian Games.
    • In the 10th day of Asian games, India to figure in two gold medal matches of tennis. The duo of Sania Mirza and Saketh Myneni in the mixed doubles, and the pair Sanam Singh and Saketh in the men’s doubles will battle it out for gold.
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    September 12, 2014

    iNDIAs first multi-sensor moored observatory IndARC

    Country’s first multi-sensor moored observatory IndARC was successfully deployed in Kongsfjorden Fjord of the Arctic roughly halfway between North Pole and Norway on July 23.

    A team of scientists from the Earth System Science Organisation-National Institute of Ocean Technology (ESSO-NIOT) Chennai and ESSO-National Centre for Antartic and Ocean Research (NCAOR) termed the same as a milestone in India’s scientific endeavours in the Arctic region.

    This observatory, designed and developed by ESSO-NIOT and ESSO-NCAOR with ESSO-Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS), Hyderabad, was deployed from the Norwegian Polar Institute’s research vessel R.V. Lance. Team led by Dr.Venkatesan deployed the same during its annual cruise to the Kongsfjorden area and the mission was guided by Atmanand — Director of ESSO-NIOT and Rajan – Director of ESSO — NCAOR.
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