Current Affairs-January 2013 Part-3
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161. Which among the following countries has launched construction of world’s first fourth generation nuclear reactor?
China has launched construction of a new $476 million nuclear power plant with a 200 MW fourth generation reactor, claimed to be the first in the world for commercial usage. It marks China’s latest move to speed up nuclear power development, which came to a halt after the Fukushima atomic crisis in Japan in 2011. Nuclear power only accounts for 1.8% of China’s total power output, far below the world average of 14%, and China plans to increase its installed nuclear power capacity to 40 GW by 2015.
162. Who among the following was the founder of South Asia Foundation (SAF)?
Former diplomat, artist, writer and freedom fighter, Madanjeet Singh, a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador since 2000 passed away in France. Born in Lahore on April 16, 1924, he was passionate in his commitment to South Asian regional cooperation and solidarity on a secular, democratic, and progressive basis. This commitment was backed by an extraordinary financial contribution to the South Asia Foundation (SAF), a regional youth movement that now has chapters in eight countries. SAF has offered scholarships to South Asian students under various disciplines in its 12 UNESCO Madanjeet Singh Institutions of Excellence. These institutions are located in all eight countries of South Asia. He sponsored the bi-annual UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Award for the promotion of tolerance and non-violence.
163. Who among the following are the inventors of the Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP), which paved the way for development of internet?
Vint Cerf and Robert Kahn
A new protocol, the Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP), invented by hackers Vint Cerf and Robert Kahn, paved the way for a network that could link many, many more than the 1,000-odd computers at ARPANET and made it possible for technologists of the future to envisage a stable and scalable Web of computers. The protocol, which went live on January 1, 1983, became the international standard on which the Internet was built.
164. In which among the following countries Polio is not an endemic?
Presently, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria are the only three countries in the world where polio is endemic.
165. Recently, in which among the following States, the performance of more than 14,000 traditional khol players qualified for entry into the India Book of Records?
Assam entered the India Book of Records for the largest khol-playing ensemble. A total of 14,833 traditional khol players came together for a 15-minute performance at Titabor in Assam’s Jorhat district, over 300 km from Assam’s main city Guwahati. The khol is a drum-like instrument made of terracotta, usually played to accompany devotional music. In 15th century Assam, Vaishnavite saint-scholar Sankardev used khol in his plays and during devotional activities. The instrument is used in Manipur and West Bangal too, when devotional music is played.
166. What is the name of the unique meteorite which tells us what volcanism was likely on Mars 2 billion years ago?
Northwest Africa (NWA) 7034
A 2-billion-year-old dark lump of rock that landed in Sahara desert is actually a new type of Martian meteorite, containing 10 times more water than usual, scientists say. This new class of meteorite was found in 2011 in the Sahara Desert. Designated Northwest Africa (NWA) 7034, and nicknamed “Black Beauty,” it weighs approximately 320 grams. After more than a year of intensive study, a team of US scientists determined the meteorite formed 2.1 billion years ago during the beginning of the most recent geologic period on Mars, known as the Amazonian.
167. Recently, who among the following is honoured with the Mother Teresa Memorial International Award for Social Justice for 2012?
Suspended IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt was conferred the Mother Teresa Memorial International Award for Social Justice for 2012. Other recipients of this prestigious award in the past have included Dalai Lama, former Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamed, former Pakistan minister Dr Ansar Burney and Baroness Caroline Cox, the Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords in the UK.
168. Who among the following is appointed as the chairman of the 20th Law Commission of India?
Justice D K Jain
Justice Jain, who would take up the assignment after his retirement on January 24, will have a three-year tenure and has been saddled with a wide terms of reference including one to examine existing laws from the gender equality perspective and suggest necessary amendments. The 12th Law Commission was constituted through a Government Order with effect from September 1, 2012, with the term ending on August 31, 2015. It was asked to identify obsolete laws for their repeal and also suggest suitable measures for quick grievance redressal of citizens grievances in the field of law. The new Law Commission would also examine the Laws which affect the poor and carry out post-audit for socio-economic legislations and take all necessary measures to harness law and the legal process in the service of the poor.
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