Current Affairs and Gk -March 2013
65. Which among the following States does not has the special category status under the Gadgil formula for sharing Plan assistance among states?
In 1969, when the Gadgil formula for sharing Plan assistance among states was devised, three states were labelled special-category, to bring those on a par with the development levels of other states. Gradually, this number grew to 11 – the seven Northeastern states, Sikkim, Uttarakhand, J&K and Himachal Pradesh. Recently, Bihar Chief Minister requested the center to give special status to Bihar also. But the center rejected it and said that it is ready to help Bihar.
66. World Consumer Rights Day is celebrated on __________?
On March 15 1962 US President John F. Kennedy gave a speech on consumer rights which led to the creation of the Consumer Bill of Rights. Consumer rights activist Anwar Fazal later proposed the observance of a “World Consumer Rights Day” marking that date, and on 15 March 1983 consumer organizations began observing that date as an occasion to promote basic rights of consumers.
67. The 2012-13 Chameli Devi Jain Award for an Outstanding Woman Mediaperson has been given to _____________?
Alka Dhupkar, a journalist with Marathi-language TV news channel IBN-Lokmat, has won the prestigious Chameli Devi Jain Award for an outstanding woman media person. B. G. Verghese, coordinator of Media Foundation which has instituted the award, said, “Ms. Dhupkar has covered a range of subjects with great compassion. Recent winners of the award include Tusha Mittal, Shahina K.K. and Shoma Chaudhary for their work in Tehelka magazine, Monalisa Changkija of Nagaland Page , Nirupama Subramanian of The Hindu , and Vinita Deshmukh of The Weekly Intelligent .
68. Which among the following is the second male cloned buffalo calf in the world?
A male buffalo calf has been produced through at the Karnal-based National Dairy Research Institute (NDRI). This is the world’s second male cloned calf. The calf, named Swaran, was born through the new and advanced ‘hand-guided cloning technique’. Shresth was the first male buffalo born through the “hand- guided cloning technique” developed at NDRI. Earlier this year, on January 25, the cloned buffalo Garima II gave birth to a calf and she was named Mahima.
69. The Central Mine Planning & Design Institute Ltd (CMPDI) is located in ____________?
70. . Who among the following has been chosen for this year’s prestigious Abel Prize in Mathematics?
Belgian mathematician Pierre Deligne, who is regarded as one of the most celebrated mathematicians of the 20th century, has been chosen for this year’s prestigious Abel Prize in Mathematics. The 69-year-old professor emeritus of the Institute of Advanced Study, Princeton, is being awarded for his “seminal contributions to algebraic geometry and for their transformative impact on number theory, representation theory and related fields.” The Abel Prize is considered equivalent to the Nobel Prize, which is not awarded in the field of mathematics.
71. The Elephanta cultural festival is organised by which among the following state governments?
Organised by Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) annually since 1989, the festival at the heritage site of Elephanta Caves will witness the performances in the categories of Indian classical music to Western fusion. The Elephanta Festival is an attempt to expose the living heritage of Indian dance, sculpture and art. This festival is held across the Mumbai harbour, on the Elephanta Island, near the world-renowned Elephanta Caves (a world heritage site).
72. What is the correct full form of IDR, which is an instrument for foreign companies to raise funds from the Indian securities Markets?
[A]Indian Direct Receipt
[B]Indian Domestic Receipt
[C]Indian Deposit Receipt
[D]Indian Depository Receipt
An Indian Depository Receipt is an instrument denominated in Indian Rupees in the form of a depository receipt created by a Domestic Depository (custodian of securities registered with the Securities and Exchange Board of India) against the underlying equity of issuing company to enable foreign companies to raise funds from the Indian securities Markets. Standard Chartered PLC became the first global company to file for an issue of Indian depository receipts in India.
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