General Knowledge - General Awareness Quiz - Questions and Answers, GK 2010

1. As per a latest survey conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) of livability that assesses living conditions in 140 global cities, which of the following city has been listed as world’s most livable city?

2. The first major effort to evolve rules of the game for international trade (or multilateral trade) was in the post-World War II era which resulted in the establishment which of the following?

3. Which among the following was the outcome of kesavanand Bharti Case v/s State of Kerala Case 1973?

4. How many states in India have a forest cover more than the 75% of their geographical lands area?

5. Which among the following regulates housing finance companies in India ?

6. Consider the following data regarding mobile banking in India noted from a news item in a newspaper in April 2010:
1. 32 banks have been given approval to provide mobile banking facility in the country by the Reserve Bank of India
2. Banks are permitted to offer mobile banking subject to a daily cap of Rs. 50,000/- per customer for both funds transfer and transactions involving purchase of goods/ services.
3. Transactions up to Rs. 5,000/- can be facilitated by banks without end-to-end encryption.
In which of the above notes, there is a typing error?

7. Which among the following country is world's largest user nitrogenous fertilizers?

8. In which state is located "Basilica of Our Lady of Good Health"?

9. What was the nationality of Mahbub ul Haq, one of the pioneers of Human development theory and founder of the Human Development Report (Other is Amartya Sen)?

10. Recently (in year 2010) we read in the newspapers that some Indian Companies have been offering takeover bids to foreign companies to establish their bases abroad. In this context, which of the following company Recently (in year 2010) made a fruitless attempt to takeover Value Creation of Canada?

General Knowledge

1. World Geography -Test-01
2. World Geography -Test-02
3. World Geography -Test-03
4. Geography of India -Test-01
5. Geography of India -Test-02
6. Geography of India -Test-03
7. Geography of India -Test-04
8. Geography of India -Test-05
9. History of India - Test - 01
10. History of India - Test - 02
11. History of India - Test - 03
12. History of India - Test - 04
13. History of India - Test - 05
14. History of India - Test - 06
15. History of India - Test - 07
16. INM-Test-01
17. INM-Test-02
18. INM-Test-03
19. INM-Test-04
20. INM-Test-05
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    The use of Buddhist sources in reconstructing the life of Ashoka has had a strong influence on perceptions of Ashoka, as well as the interpretations of his Edicts. Building on traditional accounts, early scholars regarded Ashoka as a primarily Buddhist monarch who underwent a conversion to Buddhism and was actively engaged in sponsoring and supporting the Buddhist monastic institution. Some scholars have tended to question this assessment. The only source of information not attributable to Buddhist sources are the Ashokan Edicts, and these do not explicitly state that Ashoka was a Buddhist. In his edicts, Ashoka expresses support for all the major religions of his time: Buddhism, Brahmanism, Jainism, and Ajivikaism, and his edicts addressed to the population at large (there are some addressed specifically to Buddhists; this is not the case for the other religions) generally focus on moral themes members of all the religions would accept.

    However, there is strong evidence in the edicts alone that he was a Buddhist. In one edict he belittles rituals, and he banned Vedic animal sacrifices; these strongly suggest that he at least did not look to the Vedic tradition for guidance. Furthermore, there are many edicts expressed to Buddhists alone; in one, Ashoka declares himself to be an upasaka, and in another he demonstrates a close familiarity with Buddhist texts. He erected rock pillars at Buddhist holy sites, but did not do so for the sites of other religions. He also used the word dhamma to refer to qualities of the heart that underlie moral action; this was an exclusively Buddhist use of the word. Finally, the ideals he promotes correspond to the first three steps of the Buddhas graduated discourse.

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