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1. On which among the following dates, World Wetlands Day was observed recently?





2nd February
World Wetlands Day occurs on February 2, every year. It marks the date of the signing of the Convention on Wetlands, called Ramsar Convention, on 2 February 1971, in the Iranian city of Ramsar on the shores of the Caspian Sea. WWD was celebrated for the first time in 1997



2. Recently, who among the following has won the Rs. 1 million Skoda Prize 2012 for his contributions to the contemporary art?






L.N. Tallur
Karnataka-born artist L.N. Tallur, whose works depict mainly the underbelly of India, has won the Rs. 1 million Skoda Prize 2012 for contemporary art, from among a shortlist of four artists — including an artist collective. Mr. Tallur, picked over other three finalists — solo artists Shilpa Gupta and Srinivasa Prasad as well as artist group CAMP — was handed over the award that comprises prize money as well as a Skoda trophy by South African artist William Kentrige at a ceremony at the Czech Embassy.


3. In the recently launched 27th Surajkund Crafts Mela, which among the following States has been chosen as the theme State?






Karnataka
Recently, President Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the 27th Surajkund Crafts Mela, describing it as “a sumptuous feast of colour, culture and cuisine”, and called for empowerment of the country’s handicraft sector. The Fair, upgraded as an international event this year with 20 foreign participants and over 800 artistes and artisans, celebrates Karnataka as the theme State.


4. The Xpert MTB/RIF is a cartridge-based automated diagnostic test that can identify ______________?






Mycobacterium Tuberculosis (MTB)
The Xpert MTB/RIF is a cartridge-based, automated diagnostic test that can identify Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB) and resistance to rifampicin (RIF). In December 2010, the World Health Organization (WHO) endorsed the Xpert MTB/RIF for use in TB endemic countries and declared it a major milestone for global TB diagnosis. This followed 18 months of rigorous assessment of its field effectiveness in TB, MDR-TB and TB/HIV co-infection. This test, and others that are likely to follow, have the potential to revolutionize the diagnosis of TB.


5. Recently, which among the following countries has unveiled the a futuristic-looking fighter jet code-named the Qaher (Conqueror) F-313?






Iran
Iran has trumpeted military, space and nuclear advances in a series of announcements coinciding with a new bid by world powers to revive stalled talks with Tehran over its atomic ambitions. Unveiling it, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad unveiled a futuristic-looking fighter jet he said ranks among the most sophisticated aircraft, media reports said. It is code-named as the Qaher (Conqueror) F-313.


6. Who among the following is currently serving as the President of the International Court of Justice (ICJ)?






Peter Tomka


7. JEEViKA, is the Rural Livelihoods Project of which among the following state Governments?






Bihar
JEEVika – Bihar Rural Livelihoods Project, is a Government of Bihar Project assisted by the World Bank, aims to empower the rural poor by creating self managed community institutions and enhancing incomes through sustainable livelihoods. The project is striving to bring a change in the lives of about 5 lakh poor families of Bihar by promoting livelihoods through community institutions, their federation and producer’s groups. The five year project was launched on 2nd October 2007.



8. Vajpayee Arogyasri Yojana is the flagship health insurance scheme of which among the following state governments?






Karnataka
Vajpayee Arogyasri Yojana is the Karnataka State government’s flagship health insurance scheme, which helps families living below the poverty line (BPL) to avail themselves of medical benefits. World Bank will fund 80 per cent of the project, while state government will fund the remaining 20 per cent. The scheme, which will provide free treatment for 402 procedures including cardiovascular diseases, cancer treatment, burns and neo-natal cases, will also consist of 55 post operative procedures. Accidents, if not covered by insurance will also be taken up under the Yojana.


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