Genaral Awareness Test (July - 15) - Set - 2

1)   Who has been appointed as the Director of the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) on 3rd July’15?

a. C D Balaji
b. P S Subramanyam
c. R S Pillai
d. Vijay Chauhan
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ANSWER: C D Balaji

Commodore C D Balaji (Retd) on 3rd July’15 took charge as the Director of the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) and Programme Director of the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA). He succeeded P S Subramanyam, Distinguished Scientist.

2)   As per the RBI notification issued on first week of July 2015, foreign direct investment is prohibited in manufacturing of which product?

a. Food
b. Leather
c. Cotton
d. Tobacco
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ANSWER: Tobacco

In a notification, RBI said Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) is prohibited in the manufacturing of cigars, cheroots, cigarillos and cigarettes, of tobacco or of tobacco substitutes.

3)   Which country has won the South Asian Basketball Championship, SABA title on 5th July’15?

a. Sri Lanka
b. China
c. India
d. Nepal
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India retained the title defeating Sri Lanka in the final held in Bengaluru. The top three teams were India (gold), Sri Lanka (silver) and Nepal (bronze).

4)   Which country lifted the FIFA Women's World Cup 2015?

a. United States
b. Canada
c. Germany
d. Japan
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ANSWER: United States

United States lifted the FIFA Women's World Cup for the third time. US defeated Japan in the finals.

5)   114th birth anniversary of Bharatiya Jana Sangh founder Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee was observed on ________.

a. 4th July’15
b. 5th July’15
c. 6th July’15
d. 7th July’15
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ANSWER: 6th July’15

No explanation is available for this question!

6)   Under which initiative the website of Employees' Provident Fund Organization (EPFO) has been launched on 6th July’15?

a. Digital India
b. e-Suvidha
c. e-Banking
d. e-Migrate
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ANSWER: Digital India

Secretary, Labour and Employment Shankar Aggarwal on 6th July ’15 launched the Website of Employees’ Provident Fund Organization, EPFO, as part of Digital India Infrastructure.

7)   At which place the Nakshatra Vatika was inaugurated by the President Pranab Mukherjee on 6th July’15?

a. Rashtrapati Bhawan, New Dellhi
b. Sansad Bhawan, New Delhi
c. Vidhan Bhawan, Bengaluru
d. Rastrapti Nilayam, Bollaram
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ANSWER: Rastrapti Nilayam, Bollaram

The Nakshtra Vatika is the garden of plants with medicinal values and represents the Nava Grahaas and the 27 stars in the lunar calendar. The plants are arranged in such a manner to coincide the planetary arrangements.

8)   On 6th July, India launched the four World Class Broadband products. The product was developed by ______.

a. Bharat Electronics Limited
b. CDAC-Pune
c. IIT-Kanpur
d. C-DOT
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Two Wi-Fi products launched by C-DOT viz. Long Distance Wi-Fi and Solar powered Wi-Fi address the connectivity problem of rural areas, hilly terrain, highways, dense vegetation, tunnels etc. C-DOT has also developed a light weight Green Power Source to make the solution self-sustainable. Using this solution, reach of BharatNet can be increased beyond Panchayats to the remotest part of country. 100 Gbps OFC link system called “Suteevra” addresses the telco’s requirement of optimizing communication transport backbone in smart cities, IT parks, Industrial Complexes, Inter City Traffic, Data Centres etc.

9)   In how many International Languages the Incredible India Tourist Helpline will be started within a period of two months to assist the tourists visiting India?

a. 4
b. 8
c. 12
d. 14
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The Helpline is currently operational in two languages in English and Hindi.

10)   Name the IIT-JEE topper nominated as the brand ambassador of Digital India project?

a. Ira Singhal
b. Kruti Tiwari
c. Renu Rao
d. Vandana Gupta
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ANSWER: Kruti Tiwari

Kruti had secured 47th rank in this year's JEE Advanced and came first among the women candidates. Kruti will be associated with the Digital India campaign for the next one year, for which she will travel extensively across the country.

11)   Which of the following countries has announced the state of emergency for 30 days on 4th July’15?

a. Syria
b. Greece
c. Tunisia
d. Bangladesh
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Tunisia

On 4th July 2015 President of Tunisia Beji Caid Essebsi declared state of emergency in the country for 30 days. The decision was taken against the backdrop of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) gun attack on 26 June 2015 on Hotel Riu Imperial Marhaba on the Mediterranian coast and calls for more such attacks by the militant organisation during the holy month of Ramadan.

12)   In which state, ‘Digital India With Laado’ campaign is launched by the panchayat on 5th July’15?

a. Uttar Pradesh
b. Punjab
c. Haryana
d. Rajasthan
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ANSWER: Haryana

On 5th July’15 Bibipur Panchayat launched “Digital India with Laado”, a campaign to replace names of family-heads in the nameplates with their daughter’s moniker. The representatives would visit every home in Jind and convince people to replace names of the head of the house with that of their daughters.

13)   Name the mobile app launched by Digital India With Laado (NDDB) on 7th July’15?

a. Pashu Poshan
b. Gau Seva
c. Safed Kranti
d. Dairy App
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Pashu Poshan

National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) launched a mobile application that will recommend a balanced diet for cows and buffaloes. It will help boost dairy farmers' income by raising milk yield and cutting feed cost.

14)   What is the new National Floor Level Minimum Wage w.e.f 1st July’15?

a. 137
b. 160
c. 176
d. 186
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National Floor Level Minimum Wage has been hiked from 137 rupees to 160 rupees per day which will be effective from first of this month.

15)   By which year government aims to connect every Panchayat through broadband?

a. 2022
b. 2020
c. 2016
d. 2017
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: 2016

As per the statement made by R S Sharma, Secretary Electronics and IT, the government has targeted to connect every Panchayat through broadband by December 2016.

16)   What percent of voting was recorded in the Bihar Legislative Council elections held on 7th July’15?

a. 39%
b. 46%
c. 67%
d. 94%
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Election for 24 seats of Bihar Legislative council passed off peacefully. An estimated 94% voting was recorded during poll. Counting of vote will take place on the 10th July’15. All eyes are on the result of this poll as the election has been dubbed as semifinal before the upcoming assembly polls in September-October with a grand alliance of JDU RJD and the NDA taking on each other.

17)   Which state has launched the four major digital initiatives on 7th July ’15 on concluding day of Digital India Week?

a. Chhattisgarh
b. Rajasthan
c. Madhya Pradesh
d. Haryana
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ANSWER: Haryana

The initiatives include Phase-I of PARIVARTAN School MIS portal, ITI online admission portal, Knowledge Lit Career courses introduced by Haryana Knowledge Corporation Limited and implementation of digital university framework in Kurukshetra University.

18)   Name the service that offers on-line platform to citizens for instant signing of their documents securely in a legally acceptable form, under the Indian IT Act 2000 and various Rules and Regulations therein?

a. Digital Sign
b. E- Signature
c. e-Hastakshar
d. i-signature
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ANSWER: e-Hastakshar

C-DAC through its e-Hastakshar initiative enables citizens with valid Aadhaar ID and registered mobile number to carryout digital signing of their documents on-line.

19)   In collaboration with which state the International Crops Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) launched the Green Phablet for the farmers?

a. Telangana
b. Andhra Pradesh
c. Karnataka
d. Kerala
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ANSWER: Telangana

The Hyderabad-headquartered ICRISAT launched the Green Phablet, priced about ?18,600, for farmers in Telangana. The institute would maintain servers to safe keep the information. And even if the users lose their device, they could get back the information in no time.

20)   Name the Indian scientist selected to the prestigious Royal Society as a fellow for his pioneering contributions to understanding the population biology of tropical forest trees?

a. Raj Vardhan
b. Kamal Bawa
c. Himakshi Devi
d. Himakshi Devi
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ANSWER: Kamal Bawa

He is an internationally recognised evolutionary ecologist and a distinguished professor of biology at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, was elected a fellow of the London-based society.

21)   Name the cricketer who became the first Indian and second in women's ODI history to complete 5000 runs?

a. Jhulan Goswami
b. Rumeli Dhar
c. Mithali Raj
d. Harmanpreet Kaur
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ANSWER: Mithali Raj

She is the captain of Indian Women’s cricket team. She reached the record after her unbeaten 81 runs in the match against New Zealand where India was chasing a target of 220 runs. She also received the Arjuna Award in 2003 and the Padma Shri in 2015.

22)   Name the first Arab woman to be appointed as an official for the prestigious Wimbledon Grand Slam?

a. Malala Yousafzai
b. Haifa Al Mansour
c. Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi
d. Aseel Shaheen
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ANSWER: Aseel Shaheen

Every year, the All England Club in London invites 60 overseas officials, and the 41-year-old Shaheen is one of them but the only one to create history.

23)   Name the world’s first female twins to successfully climb Mount Everest?

a. Mary-Kate and Ashley Olse
b. Charlotte and Samantha Ronson
c. Tashi and Nungshi Malik
d. Karen and Kate Elson
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ANSWER: Tashi and Nungshi Malik

The siblings had scaled the highest peak in the world on May 19, 2013 at a tender age of 21 and they featured in the 60th edition of Guinness World Records.

24)   Who has been nominated by China to be the first president of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)?

a. Jin Liqun
b. Narendra Modi
c. Xi Jinping
d. Ban Ki Moon
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ANSWER: Jin Liqun

He is the former Finance Minster of China. He was nominated by China to be the first president of the Beijing-backed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB).

25)   Who has been appointed as the new Home Secretary of Delhi on 8th July’15?

a. Rajendra Kumar
b. Dharam Pal
c. S N Sahai
d. T R Balu
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Senior IAS officer S N Sahai has been appointed as the new Home Secretary of Delhi. Sources said Home Ministry issued the order appointing Mr. Sahai, a 1986 batch Union Territory cadre officer. Mr. Sahai's name was zeroed in as a compromise candidate for the high post after continuous tussle between the Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung and the Arvind Kejriwal-led government on the issue.

26)   In which state, the Pandharpur Wari Yatra begins with Palkhi procession on 8th July’15?

a. Gujarat
b. Odisha
c. Madhya Pradesh
d. Maharashtra
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ANSWER: Maharashtra

Sant Dnnyaneshwar Maharaj Palkhi will start its journey towards Pandharpur on 9th july’15. Wari is spiritual identity of Maharashtra with a history of more than 800 years. Pune city becomes witness to the vibrations of the prayers and chants as it is well positioned on the route between Alandi, Dehu and Pandharpur. Though the Warkaris are mainly from the farmer community of Maharashtra they are also backed by academicians, professionals, foreigners and people from urban areas within Maharashtra and nearby states.

27)   On 8th July’15, in which north eastern states pre-paid Taxi facility for popular high altitude destinations like Nathula, Baba Mandir and the picturesque Chhangu lake was launched?

a. Sikkim
b. Nagaland
c. Assam
d. Manipur
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ANSWER: Sikkim

The facility was formally launched at the Baluakhani Taxi stand in Gangtok by the State Transport Minister DT Lepcha and Tourism Minister Ugen Gyatso. A total of 40 vehicles have been exclusively earmarked for operations under the prepaid scheme. The aim of launching the prepaid Taxi service is to ensure uniformity in taxi-fairs and saving the tourists from fleecing by the unscrupulous taxi operators.

28)   Which state government has decided to implement the National Food Security Act (NFSA), 2013 in the state from 1st October’15?

a. Haryana
b. Odisha
c. Delhi
d. Rajasthan
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ANSWER: Odisha

The Odisha government has decided to implement the National Food Security Act (NFSA), 2013, in the state from 1st October this year. Food and Consumer Welfare Secretary of Odisha, Madhu Sudan Padhi, told that the state government has initiated the process for identification of the priority households by approving eight exclusion and five auto-inclusion criteria.

29)   Who is the author of the book titled ‘India Central Asia Relations: The Economic Dimension’?

a. Vikram Chandra
b. Arundhati Ray
c. Salman Roushdie
d. Amiya Chandra
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ANSWER: Amiya Chandra

Amiya Chandra is the Joint Director-General of Foreign Trade in the Union Commerce and Industry Ministry.

30)   Name the co-authors of the book titled ‘Kashmir: The Vajpayee Years’ was published on 6th July’15 by HarperCollins?

a. A S Dulat & Aditya Sinha
b. Aditya Sinha & A S Dulat
c. Tapas Chandra & Aditya Sinha
d. A S Dulat Tapas Chandra
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ANSWER: A S Dulat & Aditya Sinha

AS Dulat, was the chief of the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) during Vajpayee government. Aditya Sinha has been a journalist since February 1987. He has been Editor-in-Chief of the New Indian Express and DNA. The book focuses on initiatives launched by the Vajpayee government between 1998 and 2004 to restore normalcy in India's most beautiful but troubled state.

31)   Name the bank that launched Watch Banking application for Apple Watch in the first week of July 2015?

a. ICICI Bank
b. SBI
c. Bank of Baroda
d. HDFC Bank
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With this, HDFC became the first bank in India to offer the service of Watch Banking.

32)   Which state will host the Youth Delphic Games in Feb2016?

a. Goa
b. Uttar Pradesh
c. Kerala
d. Tamil Nadu
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The Youth Delphic Games are held at every four years and invites participants of the age group of 15 to 25 years.

33)   At which oil block, on 7th July’15 Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Kazakhstan Prime Minister Karim Massimov jointly launched the first exploratory drilling by ONGC Videsh Limited (OVL) and KazMunaiGaz of Kazakhstan?

a. Aktas Oil Block
b. Satpayev Oil Block
c. Dunga Oil Block
d. Kumkol Oil Block
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ANSWER: Satpayev Oil Block

The Satpayev oil block is an offshore field (1582 sq km) in the Northern Caspian Sea, in water depths of 6-8 m. It has a potential reserves estimated at 1.8 billion barrels crude oil and natural gas.

34)   Name the Russian cosmonaut who entered Guinness World Records for spending most number of days in the space in the first week of July 2015?

a. Alexey Leonov
b. Sergei Avdeyev
c. Sergei Krikalev
d. Gennady Padalka
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Gennady Padalka

He achieved the feat by spending 804 days on the International Space Station (ISS). He surpassed cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev, also a Russian, record of 803 days, nine hours and 41 minutes in the space which Sergei achieved across six missions from 1998 to 2005.

35)   In which scam case the Supreme Court on 9th July’15 ordered CBI probe and issued notice to centre as well as M.P. govt?

a. Vyapam
b. Shardha Chit Fund
c. IPL
d. Coal Block Allocation
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ANSWER: Vyapam

A bench headed by Chief Justice H L Dattu clarified that all cases will be transferred to the CBI from Monday and the agency will file its report before it on 24th of this month. The apex court slammed Madhya Pradesh High Court and said it is washing its hands off the Vyapam scam as it could have ordered a CBI probe.

36)   Who has recommended that there should be a special law to deal with the cases of assault on journalists and it should be made cognizable and non- bailable offence?

a. President of India
b. National Human Rights Commission
c. Press Council of India
d. Supreme Court
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ANSWER: Press Council of India

On 9th July’15, PCI chairman Justice C K Prasad said the government may enact a law for the safety of journalists and the cases involving murder of journalists should be automatically referred to CBI. According to the report more than 80 journalist were killed in the country in the last two decades. It said, 60 journalists were killed in states like Assam, Andhra Pradesh, Manipur, Jammu and Kashmir, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand and not a single person was convicted. It has recommended that all the cases of attacks on journalists shall be referred to special courts and trial should be completed within a year of filing of charge sheet.

37)   Name the notable Urdu poet also known as ‘Indo Pak Shayar’ who passed away on 9th July’15?

a. Firaq Gorakhpuri
b. Bashar Nawaaz
c. Faiz Ahmad Faiz
d. Habib Tanvir
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Bashar Nawaaz

He took his last breath at his native place Aurangabad (Maharashtra). His gazals are popular in India as well as Pakistan. His books ‘Rayagan’, ‘Ajanabee samandar’ was very appreciated by gazal lovers. As lyricist he wrote number of gazals for hindi movies like ‘Bazaar’, ‘Loree’, ‘Jaane vafaa’, ‘Tere Shahar me’, etc. The Gazal “Karoge yaad to har baat yaad aayegee” from film Bazaar is all time hit song. Bashar Navaaz was honored with ‘Galib award’ of Galib Academy New Delhi, Maharashtra State Urdu Academy award, Maharashtra State Iftekhaar E Adab award.

38)   Name the scheme launched on 9th July’15 by HRD Ministry to make learning of Science and Mathematics a joyful and meaningful activity for school children?

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

The scheme will target students in the age group of 6 - 18 years. Other schemes like Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan will be used for implementing this scheme. The Abhiyan also provides a platform for schools in a dual track approach to make learning of scince exciting to children.

39)   Name the Greek Finance Minister who has resigned after Greek voters delivered an overwhelming "No" vote in a referendum on whether to accept more austerity measures in return for new bailout cash?

a. Alexis Tsipras
b. Francois Hollande
c. Yanis Varoufakis
d. Angela Merkel
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ANSWER: Yanis Varoufakis

In a statement published on his personal blog on 6th July’15, Varoufakis said he was stepping down to allow Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to reach a new deal with European creditors. The announcement came as European Union leaders scrambled for a response following the overwhelming "No" vote in yesterday's referendum.

40)   Which cricketer has received the Arjuna Award on 31st July’15 which was conferred on him last year?

a. Ravichandran Ashwin
b. M S Dhoni
c. Ravindra Jadeja
d. Virat Kohli
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Ravichandran Ashwin

Ashwin was not present during the Award Ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhawan on August 29, 2014 as he was a part of the India ODI team, which was touring England at that time.The bowler from Tamil Nadu has taken 124 wickets in 25 Tests, 139 in 99 ODIs and 26 wickets in 25 T20 internationals.