Genaral Awareness (July - 15) - Set - 7

1)   Name the Indian who successfully completed the Ironman Triathlon- one of the world's toughest races held in Zurich during July 2015?

a. Sangram Singh
b. Dilip Narayan
c. Piyush Grewal
d. Milind Soman
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ANSWER: Milind Soman

Model, actor and international level athlete Milind Soman, who is revered for his lead role in series 'Captain Vyom', successfully completed the 'Ironman Triathlon'. The triathlon is considered one of the world's toughest races and had 2,000 participants which included seven Indians. The triathlon includes a 3.8-km swim, a 180.2-km cycle ride and 42.2-km run raced in that order without a break which the participants are required to complete within 16 hours to win the title of 'Ironman'.

2)   Who has been named as the brand ambassador for “Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao” Campaign by the Haryana Government?

a. Parineeti Chopra
b. Priyanka Chopra
c. Madhuri Dixit
d. Mallika Sherawat
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ANSWER: Parineeti Chopra

No explanation is available for this question!

3)   On 23 July 2015 which state has approved Shyamaprasad Mukherjee Jan Van Vikas Scheme aimed at creation of comprehensive development of villages in the buffer zones of tiger reserves and around them?

a. Maharashtra
b. Gujarat
c. Uttar Pradesh
d. Bihar
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ANSWER: Maharashtra

The objectives of schemes are reducing the dependence of villagers on the forest and reduce the man-animal conflict and achieve sustainable development of these villages.

4)   Name the Earth-like planet discovered recently by NASA’s Kepler Telescope?

a. Kepler-252b
b. NASA-452b
c. Kepler-2015b
d. Kepler-452b
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ANSWER: Kepler-452b

Kepler-452b is an exoplanet orbiting the G-class star Kepler-452. It was identified by the Kepler space telescope and its discovery was publicly announced by NASA on 23 July 2015. It is the first near-Earth-size planet discovered orbiting within the habitable zone of a star very similar to the Sun. It is the fourth-most Earth-like exoplanet known to date. The star is 1,400 light-years away from the Solar System; at the speed of the New Horizons spacecraft, about 58,536 km/h (36,373 mph), it would take approximately 25.8 million years to get there.

5)   On 23rd July’15, which court held that fundamental right given under Article 19(1)(g) of the Constitution do not give an institution or a person or a citizen the fundamental right to affiliate or recognition of their institutions within the meaning of the Article 19(6)?

a. Kerala High Court
b. Bombay High Court
c. Supreme Court
d. Delhi High Court
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ANSWER: Supreme Court

The ruling was given by the apex court while dismissing a plea of the Kerala-based DM Wayanad Institute of Medical Sciences and others. The petitioners had approached the Supreme Court against the decisions of the Medical Council of India and the Central Government to refuse to recommend renewal of permissions for admitting students for MBBS course at their institute for the academic year 2015-16 following adverse inspection reports.

6)   Name the 10-year old golf wonder-kid from India who won the IJGA World Stars of Junior Golf event in Las Vegas?

a. Shailesh Kumar
b. Shubham Jaglan
c. Virat Singh
d. Hardeep Kaur
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ANSWER: Shubham Jaglan

Shubham Jaglan from Delhi won the IJGA World Stars of Junior Golf event in Las Vegas on 23 July 2015 and just 5-days back he had pulled off a one-stroke win at the Junior World Golf Championships in California.

7)   Name the world’s first malaria vaccine approved by European Medicines Agency (EMA) on 24th July’15?

a. Insectsirix
b. Pestquirix
c. Mosquirix
d. Fliesquirix
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ANSWER: Mosquirix

The scientific name of this vaccine is RTSS while its trade name is “Mosquirix”. It has taken 30 years to develop this vaccine and would be the first licensed human vaccine against a parasitic disease. World’s first-ever malaria vaccine has been developed by British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline in partnership with the PATH Malaria Vaccine Initiative. The EU regulators also recommended that the vaccine should be licensed for use in babies in Africa at risk of the mosquito-borne disease.

8)   Name the assistant coach of the Hockey India who resigned from the post citing ‘personal reasons’?

a. Charles Felix
b. Jude Felix
c. Sean Abott
d. David Jude
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ANSWER: Jude Felix

No explanation is available for this question!

9)   On 24th July’15 the World Trade Organisation (WTO) has struck a "landmark" deal to cut tariffs on $1.3 trillion worth of _________ products.

a. Information Technology
b. Agricultural
c. Nuclear
d. Defence
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ANSWER: Information Technology

Under this deal WTO members updated organisation’s 18-year-old Information Technology Agreement (ITA) by adding more than 200 products to the list of goods covered by zero-tariff and duty-free trade.

10)   To which country the First All Women Trans Continental Road Expedition from Delhi was flagged off on 23 July 2015?

a. Canberra
b. London
c. New York
d. Ottawa
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: London

The three woman participants, namely Nidhi Tiwari, Rashmi Koppar and Soumaya Goel, will reach United Kingdom in 55 days. During the journey they will cover a distance of 15000 kms via Myanmar, China, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Czech Republic, Germany, Belgium and France. This all women team will be travelling in one vehicle without any backup vehicle and the journey will be sponsored by Mahindra First Choice Wheels Limited.

11)   Name the bank that received a universal banking license from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) last year, will start banking operations from 1st Oct’15?

a. Bandhan Bank
b. Yes Bank
c. IDFC Bank
d. Commercial Bank
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It received in-principle approval for operation in April 2014 and obtained the final approval on 24th July’15.

12)   Name the publishing group that has announced to sell the Financial Times Group to Japanese media firm Nikkei for £844m in cash?

a. Bennett & Coleman
b. Pearson
c. TATA McGraw Hill
d. Penguin
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ANSWER: Pearson

On 23rd July’15 the FT Group’s current owner, Pearson, a British education and media conglomerate, said it would sell the paper to Nikkei for £844m ($1.3 billion).

13)   Name the committee that has been appointed by the government in May’2015 to examine the matter related to levying of Minimum Alternate Tax (MAT) on Foreign Institutional Investors prior to April 2015?

a. Shah Committee
b. Rangrajan Committee
c. Singhvi Committee
d. Dhar Committee
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ANSWER: Shah Committee

The government will soon take a decision on the Justice AP Shah Committee's report on applicability of the Minimum Alternate Tax, MAT, on foreign investors. MAT is a way of making companies pays the minimum amount of tax. The report comes against the backdrop of foreign investors dragging the government to court over applicability of MAT on capital gains made by them. The Income Tax Department had sent notices to 68 FIIs demanding around 603 crore rupees as MAT dues of the previous years with FIIs moving the higher court challenging this demand.

14)   In which state, Health Ministry is rushing a team of experts to deal with recent outbreak of Japanese Encephalitis?

a. Uttar Pradesh
b. Andhra Pradesh
c. Himachal Pradesh
d. Assam
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So far 66 deaths and 365 JE positive cases have been reported from different districts of the State. Maximum numbers of deaths were reported from the upper Assam districts.

15)   Which government has finalized the National Litigation Policy 2015, after considering suggestions from various stakeholders and inter-ministerial consultations?

a. M.P. Government
b. Maharashtra Governemnt
c. Delhi Government
d. Union Government
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ANSWER: Union Government

Minister of Law and Justice DV Sadananda Gowda said that Cabinet approval for phase-two of the mission mode e-court project with the cost of Rs 1786 crore has been secured last week. It will help establish a digital library networked with all the courts in the country with access to law journals, judgments and books.

16)   As per the NASA Report, on which planet flowing nitrogen ice glaciers have been seen on the surface along with an unexpectedly thick layer of haze in the atmosphere?

a. Mars
b. Kepler 452b
c. Pluto
d. Jupiter
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The latest discoveries are from the flyby prior this month of New Horizons that has revealed unprecedented views of the distant dwarf planet as a complex world. NASA associate administrator John Grunsfeld said that with ice, mountain ranges, and vast haze, Pluto is showing a diversity of planetary geology.

17)   On 25th July’15, which court discharged the former capped cricketer S Sreesanth and all the other 35 accused people in the IPL-6 spot fixing case?

a. Bombay High Court
b. Delhi Court
c. Allahabad High Court
d. Supreme Court
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ANSWER: Delhi Court

Other two prominent IPL players -- Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan -- who were on bail, like Sreesanth, were also discharged in the case. The three cricketers were representing IPL team Rajasthan Royals when the scandal broke. They were arrested in May 2013 for alleged spot fixing in some matches of IPL 6. However the court had granted bail to Sreesanth, and various others accused for lack of evidence against them.

18)   In which state was the ‘Bahuda Yatra’ carried out on 26th July’15?

a. Assam
b. Karnataka
c. Odisha
d. Kerala
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ANSWER: Odisha

Bahuda Yatra is the journey of the three chariots of the lords to Sri Jagannath Temple from Sri Gundicha Temple. After spending a week inside the Sri Gundicha temple, the deities commence their Bahuda Yatra on the 10th day of the Yatra. The Bahuda Yatra- Return Car Festival of Lord Sri Jagannath, Sri Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra organised at the holy town of Puri.

19)   Name the country that qualified for the next year’s World T-20 Cricket tournament to be held in India?

a. Brazil
b. Dubai
c. Canada
d. Oman
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A five-wicket win over Namibia at the ICC qualifying event saw the Gulf minnows reach their first major international tournament. Victory also saw the ICC grant Oman a full T-20 status. The 16 teams who will compete in the final phase of the World T-20 are the 10 Test sides, plus qualifiers Scotland, Ireland, Hong Kong, the Netherlands, Afghanistan and Oman.

20)   Name the athlete who won the 100-metres race at London Diamond League meeting on 25th July’15?

a. Usain Bolt
b. LeBron James
c. Marion Jones
d. Justin Gatlin
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ANSWER: Usain Bolt

Olympic champion and world record holder Usain Bolt has blasted out a World Championship warning with a victory in the 100-metres race at the London Diamond League meeting. The Jamaican sprinter won in 9.87 seconds, the same time he had set in winning his heat earlier at the London Olympic Stadium.

21)   Who has been appointed as the coach of the Indian hockey team on 25th July’15?

a. Roelant Oltmans
b. Narinder Batra
c. Paul Van Ass
d. Injeti Srinivas
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ANSWER: Roelant Oltmans

He replaces Paul van Ass, who was unceremoniously sacked after a bitter spat with Hockey India President Narinder Batra. The 61-year-old Dutchman, who has been associated with Indian hockey for close to three years now, will be at the helm of affairs at least till next year's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. The decision to appoint Oltmans was taken at a meeting between Sports Authority of India's Director General Injeti Srinivas and Batra.

22)   Name the former Prime Minister who will launch a hunger strike in New Delhi on 27th May’15 to highlight the problems being faced by farmers?

a. Manmohan Singh
b. HD Deve Gowda
c. Sharad Pawar
d. A B Vajpayee
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ANSWER: HD Deve Gowda

Former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda will launch a hunger strike in New Delhi to highlight the problems being faced by farmers, amid rising numbers of suicides by them, including in his home state Karnataka.

23)   On 26th July’15 Social activist Anna Hazare protested at Jantar Mantar in the national capital over non-implementation of ______scheme.

a. One Rank One Pension
b. Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao
c. National Literacy Mission
d. Citizen Charter
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ANSWER: One Rank One Pension

OROP is a long standing demand of ex-servicemen. The scheme will grant retired armed forces personnel pension parity with officers and jawans of the same rank who are retiring now. Joining ex servicemen in their protest, Mr Hazare warned the government to not go back on their promise to implement the OROP scheme. He also said war widows get a meager amount as pension in present times. The social activist said he will travel to other parts of the country to raise the issue and launch an indefinite fast on October 2 at Ramlila Ground.

24)   Who has banned the marketing of around 700 generic medicines for alleged manipulation of clinical trials conducted by India's pharmaceutical research company GVK Biosciences?

a. Indian Medical Association
b. European Union
c. United States
d. United Nation Organisation
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ANSWER: European Union

The ban will come into effect on August 21. According to Germany's drug regulator, the Federal Institute for Medicines and Medical Products and it will be applicable to all 28 member nations. GVK Bio had vehemently denied the allegations. The company offered to conduct fresh studies of the medicines involved at its own cost.

25)   Which country has invited Indian investments worth 8 billion US dollars in infrastructure projects?

a. Iran
b. Israel
c. Afghanistan
d. Kuwait
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Iranian Ambassador Gholamreza Ansari said in New Delhi that India should take advantage of the time before the western countries start making their investments after lifting of sanctions in the next 3-5 months.

26)   What spot has been achieved by Indian women's wrestling team in 5th Senior International Wrestling Tournament Cup of the President of Republic of Kazakhstan in Astana?

a. First
b. Second
c. Third
d. Fourth
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ANSWER: Second

Vinesh (48kg), Lalita Sehrawat (55kg) and Anita (63kg) put up impressive shows as they won all their bouts in their respective weight categories, while Sakshi Malik lost just one fight in 58kg division to help the eight-member team bag a silver medal at the July 23-26 event. The Kazakhstan tour is expected to help the Indian eves put up a good show at the World Championship, to be held in Las Vegas, USA from September 7-12, which will also be the first qualification event for Rio Olympics 2016.

27)   On 27th July’15 in which city former President APJ Abdul Kalam passed away?

a. Bengaluru
b. Shillong
c. Guwahati
d. Imphal
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ANSWER: Shillong

He died at the age of 84 and known as People's President, Dr Kalam breathed his last at a hospital in Meghalaya's capital at 7.45 PM. The former President was rushed to the Bethany hospital after he collapsed during a lecture in the Indian Institute of Management, Shillong. During his tenure as Chief Scientific Adviser to the Prime Minister from July 1992 to December 1999, he led the weaponisation of strategic missile systems and the Pokhran-II nuclear tests, which made India a nuclear weapon state. In 1997, Dr Kalam was conferred Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian awards.

28)   For how many days Government has announced mourning throughout the country as a mark of respect to the former President APJ Abdul Kalam?

a. 1
b. 3
c. 5
d. 7
Answer  Explanation 


During the period of the mourning, the national flag will fly at half-mast on all the buildings throughout the country where it is flown regularly and there will be no official entertainment.

29)   In which district of Punjab terrorist attack took place on 27th July’15?

a. Kapurthala
b. Gurdaspur
c. Pathankot
d. Dinanagar
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Gurdaspur

In Punjab, almost 12-hour long operation in Dinanagar police station in Punjab’s boder district of Gurdaspur has successfully accomplished with the killing of three highly armed terrorists. that four police personnel including one Superintendent of Police Baljit Singh and three home guard Jawans laid down their lives fighting terrorists who were holed up in the police station since about 5.30 in the morning.

30)   In which state High Court has permitted a transgender to participate in physical test for the post of Sub-Inspector?

a. Karnataka
b. Maharashtra
c. Tamil Nadu
d. Delhi
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ANSWER: Tamil Nadu

In an interim order, the court on 26th July’15 directed Tamil Nadu Uniform Services Recruitment Board to permit K Prathika Yashini to go through the process of physical test scheduled on August 5. Passing the interim order, the bench held that she does qualify for the horizontal reservation stipulated by Supreme Court. The court said, she should go through the selection process, and that results will be subject to the result of the writ petition - meaning her eligibility and final selection would hinge on the outcome of the case. Yashini had first approached the court for permission to take part in written exam held in May this year. The physical test is the second stage of selection process.

31)   What position has been secured by India's under-21 women hockey team at the Volvo Invitational tournament?

a. First
b. Second
c. Third
d. Fourth
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No explanation is available for this question!

32)   What percent growth was registered in Foreign Tourist Arrival in 2014 over 2013 and 2012 years?

a. 7.46
b. 7.1
c. 7.68
d. 10.2
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ANSWER: 10.2

The growth registered in the final figures of Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) in India during last three years was better than the provisional estimates of FTAs except for the year 2012. The Growth rate on 2012 and 2013 are 4.3% and 5.9% respectively.

33)   Name the district located in Telangana state where a village recently came to news for discovery of numerous burial sites belonging to the Megalithic period?

a. Guntur
b. Medak
c. Khammam
d. Anantpur
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A tiny village located at Siddipet mandal in Medak district where 30 megalithic burials, believed to be dated between 1,000 B.C. and 200 A.D. were unearthed.

34)   For which rail link Union Government has sanctioned 1000 Crore Rupees on 25th July’15?

a. Indo-Pak Rail Link
b. Indo-Bangladesh Rail Link
c. Indo-Nepal Rail Link
d. Indo-Myanmar Rail Link
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Indo-Bangladesh Rail Link

1000 crore rupees sanctioned for the laying of 15.06 km long tracks to connect Indian Railways with Bangladesh through the North East. Out of 15.06 km length connecting Agartala with Akhaura railway junction in Bangladesh, 3.7 km would comprise of elevated corridor.

35)   Which FM Channel has been allowed on 26th July’15 by Delhi High Court to participate in Stage-III of FM auctions?

a. Red FM
b. Radio Mirchi
c. Radio Mantra
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques


The court also quashed the Union Government’s decision of 15 July 2015 wherein Red FM was denied security clearance due to its association with Sun TV promoted by Kalanithi Maran who along with his brother Dayanidhi Maran is being prosecuted in cases of money laundering.

36)   Name the athlete who won the Tour de France 2015 on 26th July’15 to become the first Briton to won this most prestigious cycling championship twice?

a. Chris Jade
b. Chris Froome
c. Nairo Quintana
d. Alejandro Valverde
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Chris Froome

Nairo Quintana and Alejandro Valverde secured the second and third position respectively.

37)   Name the world’s largest flower that bloomed for the first time in 5 years in the fourth week of July 2015 at the Jindai botanical gardens in Tokyo, Japan?

a. Amorphophallus Titanum
b. Rafflesia Arnoldi
c. Corypha Umbraculifera
d. Pando
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ANSWER: Amorphophallus Titanum

It is commonly called the corpse flower because it smells like rotting meat that helps attract pollinators such as beetles and flies. Moreover, it only last for few days.

38)   Name the mission that will be renamed after former President Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam?

a. Rashtriya Pratibha Khoj Abhiyan
b. Rashtriya Vigyan Abhiyan
c. Rashtriya Avishkar Abhiyan
d. Rashtriya Raksha Abhiyan
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ANSWER: Rashtriya Avishkar Abhiyan

Rashtriya Avishkar Abhiyan focuses on connecting school-based knowledge to life outside the school and making the learning of science and mathematics a joyful and meaningful activity. It also aims at nurturing a spirit of inquiry and creativity and the effective use of technology amongst children.

39)   On which country’s request NATO is holding rare emergency meeting to discuss Turkey's campaign against the Islamic State group and Kurdish militants?

a. United States
b. India
c. Israel
d. Turkey
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ANSWER: Turkey

The meeting in Brussels has been called by Turkey, which has become involved in the Syrian conflict in recent days. The country, which had previously been reluctant to intervene, has launched raids against IS in Syria and Kurdish PKK guerrillas in northern Iraq. The Turkish strikes followed a wave of attacks by militants on Turkish soil.

40)   On 28th July’15 which country has signed an agreement with Google Corporation to place 13 high-altitude balloons over the country that will provide island-wide internet connection within the next few months?

a. India
b. Bangladesh
c. Pakistan
d. Sri Lanka
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ANSWER: Sri Lanka

The project is also expected to provide free Wi-Fi connectivity across the country. The agreement was signed at the office of Sri Lankan Prime Minister in Colombo. Google will install high altitude 'floating telecom tower' balloons which will provide full broadband internet coverage. The Google Loon balloons have transceivers which can connect to cell phone networks filling gaps in their networks. This will be a boon for people living or travelling in sparsely populated areas like mountains and deserts.