G.K. Bytes – September 2014 (Questions: 501 – 550)

(501) As of now, the world’s oldest person is
Misao Okawa (116 year old Japanese woman)
(502) Environmentalists oppose the proposed Pancheshwar Dam. The dam is being built across the River of
Mahakali River
(503) NFDC (national Film Development Corporation) has set up the first theatre in the country named as “Tagore Film Centre”. This film centre is located in the Indian City of [it’s not in Kolkata]
(504) Pradhan Mantri Jan – Dhan Yojana was launched on (mention the date, month and year)
August 28, 2014
(505) The ____ Committee submitted its report to the Union home ministry and stuck to its mandate suggesting various alternatives for location of the capital of Andhra Pradesh and not one place.
Sivaramakrishnan Committee
(506) Only two States in India have announced formation of a welfare board for transgenders. Mention those two states.
Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra
(507) The first Indian actor to be roped in as ambassador of Interpol’s “Turn Back Crime” campaign, aimed at promoting greater awareness on how to prevent crime is
Shahrukh Khan
(508) Ice Bucket Challenge, started to raise awareness and funds for ______
ALS disease (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis)
(509) Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Japan recently. During his tour, he made a visit to an old Buddhist temple (monastery) in Kyoto, which is a world heritage site. Name that temple.
Toji Temple
(510) Mr. Modi was at a research lab in Kyoto University headed by Nobel laureate Shinya Yamanaka, who won the prize for medicine in 2012. During his meeting, he inquired if there was a possibility to seek treatment for ___ (disease name) that affects sections of the Indian tribal population, including in Gujarat.
Sickle cell anaemia
(511) Among the Indian States, _________ is by far India’s biggest ‘drinking State’, with a consumption of 665 ml per person a week on average or nearly 34.5 litres a year, across the types of alcohol
Andhra Pradesh
(512) Water ATMs. A Rs. 5 card wipe gives 20 litres of drinking water. Identify the Indian State that is being mentioned here.
(513) Who succeeds Herman Van Rompuy as the European Council President?
Donald Tusk
(514) Foundation stone of world’s first Natural World Heritage Centre laid in the Indian City of
Dehradun at Wildlife Institute of India
(515) Legendary actor ____ will be the first Indian actor to be honoured with a postage stamp by the U.S. Post Service (USPS)
Akkineni Nageswara Rao
(516) What is Norbulingka?
Summer Palace’ home of the Dalai Lama from 1956-1959, before he fled to India
(517) How many medals won by India in the recently concluded 2014 Summer Youth Olympics held at Nanjing, China?
2 (1 Silver and 1 Bronze)
(518) After 800 years, Nalanda University was reopened on September 01, 2014. In history, Nalanda University was destroyed ____ times by invaders
(519) In the US Open 2014, who beaten the world class player Maria Sharapova in fourth round?
Caroline Wonzniacki of Denmark
(520) ____ became the first state in the country to launch a Health Adalat scheme
(521) Who has been chosen for G. K. Reddy Award 2014 (for outstanding contribution to journalism)?
Vinod Mehta (outlook group)
(522) INS Sumitra, India’s fourth Naval Offshore Patrol Vessel (NOPV) was dedicated to the nation on Sept 04, 2014 at Chennai. Name the other three NOPVs.
INS Saryu, INS Sunayna and INS Sumedha
(523) The African Union troops and the government forces (mainly by USA) launched ______ (operation name), a major offensive aimed at seizing key ports from the Islamist rebels in Somalia
Operation Indian Ocean
(524) Japanese Prime Minister, Mr. Shinzo Abe belongs to the political party of
Liberal Democratic Party
(525) Recently, the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee released a set of eight Commemorative Postage Stamps on Indian Musicians. Mention those eight musicians.
(1) Pandit Ravi Shankar (2)Pandit Bhimsen Joshi
(3) D K Pattammal (4) Pandit Mallikarjun Mansur
(5) Gangubai Hangal (6) Pandit Kumar Gandharva
(7) Ustad Vilayat Khan and (8) Ustad Ali Akbar Khan
(526) Terror outfit Al-Qaeda said that, it will open its new branch in India under the name of ____
'Qaedat al-Jihad'
(527) Recently, Israel announced to take over West Bank land. The area will be named as _____ 
(528) Japan Researchers developed new method called _____ to detect Ebola virus
(529) Under a new initiative named _____ the horticulture crops would be mapped through remote sensing (Satellites)

(530) The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, gave its approval for the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for co-operation in the field of traditional systems of medicine and homoeopathy between India and ____ (country name)
(531) During the bilateral meets between India (Modi) and Japan (Abe), Indian side welcomed Japan’s intention to launch a new sub-project named _____, which aims at leadership development for self-help groups in rural areas, taking into account the important role played by women in such groups
Village Buddha
(532) The rice bucket challenge pioneer, who has been selected for U.N. award is
Manjulatha Kalanidhi
(533) Australia became ___ country to sign a civil nuclear deal with India on Sept 05, 2014

(534) The first country to sign a civil nuclear deal with India was
(535) In economy terms, which of the money is called as ‘broad money’ (money with public + time deposits with the banks + demand deposits in banks + other deposits in RBI)? [M1 / M2 / M3 / M4]
(536) The first satellite that was launched by ISRO at midnight was
PSLV – C22 (IRNSS) on July 01, 2013
(537) The first Indian State to declare Urdu as the second official language
Bihar in 1980
(538) The Committee (state appointed committee) which recommended the complete ban on bar dance in Maharashtra is
Dharmadhikari Committee
(539) The number of teams in the pro Kabaddi league was
(540) Marin Cilic won the US Open 2014 –Men’s Singles title. It is his first Grandslam title. He belonged to the country of

(541) The nuclear plant that holds the world record of running the largest operating plant that ran continuously for 894 days.
Pickering Nuclear Pant at Canada
(542) The theme of the World Literacy Day is
Literacy and Sustainable Development
(543) Name the Indian Scientist who won the MIDORI Biodiversity Award 2014.
Dr. Kamal Bawa
(544) India and Japan welcomed the signing of the loan agreement between the State Bank of India (SBI) and the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) for the super-critical coal-fired power project in _________
Meja (Uttar Pradesh)
(545) How many countries from the ‘Arab League’?
(546) Bangladesh has agreed to hand over United Liberation Front of Asom leader _____ to India
Anup Chetia
(547) India formally signs Trade in Services & Trade in Investments Agreement with ASEAN on Sept 09, 2014. In that pact, there is a mention of group called CLMV. Mention the countries in that group
Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam
(548) Incheon defeated which City to host the 17th Asian Games?
New Delhi, India
(549) Official slogan of the 17th Asian Games is
Diversity Shines Here
(550) The 8 non-Olympic sports that are featuring in the 17th Asian Games

Baseball, Ten-pin bowling, Cricket, Kabaddi, Karate, Sepak Takraw, Squash and Wushu
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