1. The standard time of the following countries is ahead of or behind Greenwich Mean Time depending on whether they are East or West of the longitude passing through Greenwich. 1. Cuba 2. Greece 3. Iraq 4. Costa Rica 5. Japan Which one of the following sequential orders gives the correct arrangement of the countries according to their standard time from ahead to behind GMT ? (a) 5, 3, 2, 1, 4 (b) 2, 4, 1, 3, 5 (c) 4, 1, 3, 2, 5 (d) 3, 5, 4, 1, 2 (a) Greenwich Mean Time is the standard time for time assessment in different countries. The countries which lies east of the Greenwich line is ahead of Greenwich Mean Time while the countries which lies west of Greenwich has their standard time behind the Greenwich Mean Time. So, the correct sequence of the countries are Japan, Iraq, Greece, Cuba and Costa Rica. 2. The original home of the gypsies was : (a) Egypt (b) Russia (c) India (d) Persia (c) The ‘Gypsies’ are a group of people found in Central Asia. But, the original home of Gypsies was in India (Western Rajasthan and Punjab) area. ‘Gypsies’ are an ethnic group, which for unknown reasons took to a wandering life style during the late middle ages. 3. Arakan Yoma is the extension of the Himalayas located in : (a) Baluchistan (b) Myanmar (c) Nepal (d) Kashmir (b) Arakan Yoma is located in western Myanmar. It is a part of eastern Himalayas. It includes the Naga hills, the Chin hills and the Patkai range which includes the Lushai hills. 4. Which one of the following regions of India is now regarded as an 'ecological hot spot'? (a) Western Himalayas (b) Eastern Himalayas (c) Western Ghats (d) Eastern Ghats (c) Western Ghat is known as an ecological hot spot in India notified under the Wild Life Act of 1972. 5. The Palk Bay lies between : (a) Gulf of Kutch and Gulf of Khambhat (b) Gulf of Mannar and Bay of Bengal (c) Lakshadweep and Maldive Islands (d) Andaman and Nicobar Islands (b) The Palk Bay (strait) separates India and Srilanka. It lies between the Gulf of Mannar and the Bay of Bengal.