Important GK Questions 2011 : May Update

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1. Annual Report of the Agriculture Ministry was released recently. Which of the following statements is/are correct?

I. Among states, Chhattisgarh had the highest increase in agricultural outlay in 2010-11

II. The availability of quality seeds was over 321 lakh quintals in 2010-11

III. The Modified National Agricultural Insurance Scheme (MNAIS) takes panchayat as a unit for insurance purpose

a)    I only

b)    I and II only

c)     II only

d)    III and II only

e)     I, II and III*

 

Answer 1:

The Annual Report of the Department of Agriculture and Cooperation (Ministry of Agriculture) was unveiled on March 24, 2011. The focus of the Department of Agriculture and Cooperation in 2010-11 was on mobilizing higher investment in agriculture, bridging yield gaps, timely and adequate supply of quality inputs, and providing adequate support services to farmers.

The Rastriya Krishi Vikas Yojana has succeeded as a catalyst for pulling in more public investments for agriculture and allied sectors. This scheme has become exceedingly popular with states on account of flexibility autonomy provided in planning as well as execution. With help from the incentives from this scheme, some States have increased agricultural outlay spectacularly – Chhattisgarh by 892%, Orissa by 730%, Maharashtra by 605%, Tripura by 425% and Bihar by 423%. The other major programmes including the National Food Security Mission, National Horticulture Mission and Extending Green Revolution to the Eastern States - have made significant progress in terms of utilization of funds as well as meeting physical targets.

The availability of quality seeds now stands at over 321 lakh quintals, showing a jump of 2.5 times in five years. Over 8 lakh hectares additional area has been covered since 2009-10 with assistance from the National Mission on Micro Irrigation. Pulses production has seen a jump in the last two years.  Minimum Support Prices (MSP) of all major crops, especially pulses have been raised substantial in the last few years. In 2010-11 too, MSPs for rice, wheat, coarse cereals, pulses and oilseeds were raised.

The Modified National Agricultural Insurance Scheme (MNAIS) was implemented on pilot basis in rabi 2010-11. The new scheme takes panchayat, as against district in the earlier scheme, as a unit for insurance purposes. It has provision also for immediate relief in the event of a loss.

The Department has drafted a National Mission on Seeds with a proposed outlay of Rs. 3,773 crore for a period of five years starting 2011-12 to boost quality seeds production in the country. To meet the challenge posed by climate change, a National Mission for Sustainable Agriculture will be implemented in the country. A fund is also proposed for rehabilitation of sick cooperatives.

 

2. Wael Ghonim was selected for the annual John F Kennedy Profile in Courage Award in recognition of his work for democratic reform in Egypt that inspired similar movements across the Middle East recently. He is an employee of which of the following?

a)    Microsoft

b)    Facebook

c)     Google*

d)    Twitter

e)     Yahoo!

Answer 2:

Google executive wins JFK Courage Award: Google executive Wael Ghonim, who became the face of the Egyptian revolution, was on March 23, 2011 named recipient of the annual John F Kennedy Profile in Courage Award in recognition of his work for democratic reform that inspired similar movements across the Middle East. Ghonim is being given the honour along with “the people of Egypt”. The prestigious award that honours “political courage” will be presented by the late president’s daughter Caroline Kennedy at the John F Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston on May 23. The other recipient for the award is North Carolina School Board member Elizabeth Redenbaugh, who fought against racial segregation in school redistricting plans.

 

3. Who was nominated as the President of the Society of Film and Television Institute of India and Chairman of its Governing Council recently?

a)    Saeed Mirza*

b)    Rajiv Mehrotra

c)     Girish Karnad

d)    Dr. Kiran Seth

e)     Mohan Agashe

Answer 3:

The Government has reconstituted Society of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune for a period of three years with effect from March 4, 2011 or until further orders whichever is earlier. According to an order issued by the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Saeed Mirza has been nominated as the President of the FTII Society and Chairman of its Governing Council. Other members of the council include: Chief Executive Officer, Prasar Bharati, Chairman, Central Board of Film Certification, Managing Director, National Film Development Corporation, Chief Producer, Films Division, Mumbai, Director, National School of Drama, Director, Indian Institute of Mass Communications, Director, National Film Archive of India (NFAI), Pune, Director, Film & Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune and Director, Satyajit Ray Film & Television Institute (SRFTI), Kolkata.

 

4. Match List I with List II and select the correct answer using the code given below:

 

List I 

(Person)

List II 

(Profession)

A. Ratan Thiyam 1. Photographer
B. Shazi Zaman 2. Television Producer
C. Rajiv Mehrotra 3. Star News Editor
D. Benoy K Behl 4. Theatre Director

Code:

A B C D
(a) 1 2 3 4
(b) 1 3 2 4
(c) 2 3 1 4
(d)* 4 3 2 1
(e) 4 3 1 2

 

Answer 4:

The Government has reconstituted Society of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune for a period of three years with effect from March 4, 2011. In the category of “persons of eminence connected with Films and Television Education, Journalism, Literature, Fine Arts, Dramatics, Performing Arts, Etc.” the following persons have been nominated as members of the FTII Society: (1) Shiv Kumar Sharma; (2) Ratan Thiyyam; (3) Shazi Zaman; (4) Rajiv Mehrotra; (5) RamaVij; (6) Benoy K. Behl; (7) Dr. Kiran Seth

Ratan Thiyam is a playwright and theatre director, and the winner of Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1987, one of leading figures of the “theatre of roots” movement in Indian theatre, which started in 1970s. He is also the founder-director of ‘Chorus Repertory Theatre’, formed on the outskirts of Imphal, Manipur in 1976.

Shazi Zaman, Editor, MCCS, where he looks after Star Ananda, Star Jalsha and Star News. MCCS is a Joint Venture between Anandabazar Patrika TV and Star News Broadcasting Limited.

Rajiv Mehrotra is a writer, television producer-director and documentary film maker, is best known as the host the acclaimed host of one of India’s longest running talk shows on public television, “In Conversation”, that has been through several incarnations over more than twenty years, aired on Doordarshan News Channel, Saturdays at 9.30 pm.

Benoy K Behl, world renowned photographer, has over 31 years, extensively photographed monuments, paintings and other aspects of cultural history, as well as scenic views all over India and in many places around the world.

 

5. The government has tabled a Constitution Amendment Bill on the Goods and Services Tax (GST) in Parliament recently. Which of the following statements is/are correct?

I. GST will replace many taxes levied at the Centre, including excise duty and service tax

II. GST will replace many taxes levied at the state level, including sales tax and entertainment tax

III. Currently states are not allowed to tax sale of goods, while the Centre cannot tax services

a)    I only

b)    I and II only*

c)     II only

d)    III and II only

e)     I, II and III

 

Answer 5:

The government on March 22, 2011 moved a step closer to the introduction of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) by tabling a Constitution Amendment Bill in Parliament that seeks to provide powers to the Centre and states to make laws for levying tax on supply of goods and services. Now, states are not allowed to tax services, while the Centre cannot tax sale of goods. GST would replace a number of indirect taxes levied by the Centre and state governments, and was intended to remove cascading of taxes and provide a common national market for goods and services, said the Constitution (One Hundred and Fifteenth Amendment) Bill, 2011.

GST will subsume many taxes levied at the Centre, including excise duty, additional excise duties, excise duty levied under the Medicinal and Toilet Preparations (Excise Duties) Act, 1955, service tax, additional customs duty, special additional duty, central surcharges and cesses (excluding those applicable to income tax).

At the state level, it will subsume state value added tax/sales tax, entertainment tax (unless levied by local bodies), luxury tax, taxes on lottery, betting and gambling, tax on advertisements, state cesses and surcharges and entry tax, not levied by local bodies.

Th Bill proposes to keep crude petroleum, diesel, petrol, aviation turbine fuel, natural gas and alcohol for human consumption outside the purview of GST. States will be allowed to levy tax on inter-state movement of these goods.



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