General Awareness (April - 15) - Set 5

1)   What rank has been awarded to India in the wireless or mobile broadband segment in the world as per the TRAI?

a. 19
b. 113
c. 125
d. 146
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India is ranked at 113th with a penetration of 3.2 per 100 inhabitants. India ranks 125th in the world for fixed broadband penetration. In fact Bhutan and Sri Lanka are ahead of us.

2)   Pakistan and Russia agreed to hold joint military exercise. It would be their ____ joint military exercise.

a. First
b. Second
c. Third
d. Last
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Pakistan and Russia on 16 April 2015 agreed to hold first-ever joint military exercises as a part of their enhanced defence cooperation.

3)   Name the Indian-origin CEO who was honoured with the White House Champions of Change on 16th April 2015?

a. Indira Nooyi
b. Satya Nadella
c. Vikram Patel
d. Chanda Kochhar
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ANSWER: Satya Nadella

He is one of the 12 local Champions of Change who were honoured for their exemplary leadership.

4)   Name the Indian who has been appointed as the University Advisory Professor at East China Normal University (ECNU)?

a. Raghuram Rajan
b. Vishal Sikka
c. Narayan Murthy
d. Ratan Tata
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ANSWER: Vishal Sikka

Vishal Sikka is a Chief Executive Officer of Infosys. ECNU is a prestigious Chinese university.

5)   In which city, BJP President Amit Shah inaugurated Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Hall at its state unit office on 19th Apr’15?

a. Tiruvanantpuram
b. Dispur
c. Kohima
d. Imphal
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Imphal

Mr. Shah also released a book entitled Birth of Bharatiya Janata Party written by party’s state unit president Th. Chaoba Singh.

6)   Who was elected as the new General Secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) on 19th Apr’15?

a. Sitaram Yechury
b. Prakash Karat
c. S Ramachandran Pillai
d. Mamta Banerjee
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ANSWER: Sitaram Yechury

The Communist Party of India (Marxist) elected senior politburo member Sitaram Yechury as the new General Secretary replacing Prakash Karat who has completed his three terms as the Party General Secretary.

7)   Which country presented a four- point peace plan for Yemen to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, calling for international action to end the "senseless" Saudi-led air campaign on Houthi rebels?

a. Canada
b. United States
c. Iran
d. India
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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told Ban Ki Moon in a letter that Tehran stands ready to help the United Nations restore peace to Yemen, where the rebels have taken over the capital and driven President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi into exile.

8)   World Heritage Day was observed on _____.

a. 18th April
b. 19th April
c. 20th May
d. 15th April
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: 18th April

No explanation is available for this question!

9)   What position has been achieved by the Indian Women Hockey team in the Hawkes's Bay Cup Hockey tournament?

a. Second
b. Third
c. Seventh
d. Fifth
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ANSWER: Seventh

In the classification match for the seventh/eighth positions at Hastings in New Zealand, the Indian team beat Japan 3-2. India had also beaten Japan to win the bronze at the 2014 Asian Games.

10)   How many Indian race walkers qualified for 2016 Rio Olympics?

a. Three
b. Five
c. Seven
d. One
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Three Indian race walkers, Khushbir Kaur, Manish Rawat and Sandeep Kumar have qualified for 2016 Rio Olympics.

11)   Name the boy who set a national youth record in boys’ hammer throw event and won gold medal in the 12th National Youth Athletics Championships held in Bambolim, Goa?

a. Vinaysheel Kumar
b. Ashish Jakkar
c. Ajay Shastri
d. Sumit Rana
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ANSWER: Ashish Jakkar

No explanation is available for this question!

12)   Who won the Monte Carlo title and became the first man to win the opening three Masters Events of the season?

a. Novak Djokovic
b. Roger Federer
c. Andrey Aggasi
d. Leander Paes
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ANSWER: Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic beat Tomas Berdych to win his second Monte Carlo title.

13)   The Centre has drawn up a draft Civil Aviation Policy with a view to promote certain airports as _______ hubs for entry and exit gateways in the future.

a. International
b. Trade
c. Import-Export
d. Infrastructure
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: International

The airports in Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Kolkata have been identified for development as major international hubs for travel to and from India.

14)   What percent of growth was observed in the Tourism sector of India during Jan - Mar’2015 as compared to the same period in 2014?

a. 1.5%
b. 10%
c. 3.2%
d. 5.3%
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ANSWER: 3.2%

Nearly 23 lakh foreign tourists visited India between January and March this year.

15)   In which city, PM Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of Dr. B R Ambedkar International Centre?

a. Mumbai
b. Bengaluru
c. New Delhi
d. Kolkata
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ANSWER: New Delhi

No explanation is available for this question!

16)   Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu is keen to replicate which country’s model of power development in the new capital of the state, Amaravathi?

a. Korea
b. United States
c. Singapore
d. Shanghai
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Shanghai

AP State Energy Secretary, Ajay Jain, who accompanied the Chief Minister on his six-day tour to China, said several national and international companies are keen to invest in the State.

17)   Which country summoned the US ambassador and demanded an apology over comments on the Holocaust by FBI Director James Comey?

a. Poland
b. France
c. Germany
d. India
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Poland

The foreign ministry said Mr Comey had suggested in a Washington Post article that some Poles were accomplices. After the summons US envoy Stephen Mull said he made it clear the US believed Nazi Germany alone was responsible.

18)   As per the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad high court, which category of the society is also entitled to get food security, ration card and avail the status of the head of a household?

a. Physically Handicapped
b. Transgender
c. Gay
d. Bi-sexual
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Transgender

A division bench of chief justice Dr DY Chandrachud and Justice Narain Shukla passed the judgment on a PIL, seeking direction to make available food security and ration cards to the transgender including their column as male/female/third gender.

19)   Which state government launched a major campaign Subodham, in a bid to wean people away from addiction to liquor?

a. Uttar Pradesh
b. Andhra Pradesh
c. Assam
d. Kerala
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ANSWER: Kerala

Liquor consumption has alarmingly increased in Kerala over the years and has spread to all sections of the society. Subodham project aims to free one lakh people each year from alcohol addiction, through comprehensive, systematic awareness campaigns. The aim is to achieve the ambitious target of making the state totally alcohol free over the next ten years.

20)   Name the Former Delhi Police Commissioner appointed as chief adviser of the BCCI's Anti Corruption & Security Unit (ACSU) for a term of one year on 20th Apr’15?

a. B S Bassi
b. Neeraj Kumar
c. Ajay Khosla
d. None of these
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ANSWER: Neeraj Kumar

The decision to appoint Neeraj Kumar to the top post was taken at the Governing Council Meeting of the Indian Premier League New Delhi, which was chaired by IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla.

21)   Which state government cancelled the permission granted to Coca-Cola to set up a beverages plant in a district on 21st Apr’15?

a. Uttar Pradesh
b. Madhya Pradesh
c. Jammu & Kashmir
d. Tamil Nadu
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ANSWER: Tamil Nadu

The Tamil Nadu Government today cancelled the permission granted to Coca-Cola to set up a beverages plant at Perundruai in Erode district. The Managing Director of the state owned industries promotion corporation issued an order cancelling permission to the company, after it failed to start construction in the stipulated six months time.

22)   Name the project launched by the Railway Minister Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu on 21st Apr’15 for monitoring the implementation of budget announcements?

a. e-Budget
b. e-Samiksha
c. e-Review
d. E-RailBudget
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ANSWER: e-Samiksha

The portal will mainly focus on Budget Review, Board Meetings, Zonal Railway Review, Infrastructure Targets and Project Implementation Review. The Minister said, E-Samiksha is a real time, on-line system for monitoring of follow-up action on the decisions taken during the presentations made by different ministries to the Prime Minister.

23)   Name the former Chief Minister of Odisha who passed away on 21 April 2015?

a. Janaki Ballabh Patnaik
b. J.B. Munda
c. Ajay Patnaik
d. Shriram Murti
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Janaki Ballabh Patnaik

Mr Patnaik served the nation in different capacities during his long public life as a Parliamentarian, Union Minister, Governor and able administrator. He was Member of Legislative Assembly, Minister and Chief Minister of Odisha and made immense contribution for the welfare and development of the people and State of Odisha. He was also the former Governor of Assam.

24)   In which country 17 prisoners were hanged in various jails on 21st Apr’15 - that became the highest number of executions in the country?

a. Afghanistan
b. Pakistan
c. Saudi Arabia
d. Egypt
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ANSWER: Pakistan

Initially executions were limited to terrorism offences but on March 10 the government decided to implement death penalty in all cases following the Peshawar school massacre on December 17 last year.

25)   Name the New York Governor who became first US Governor to visit Cuba in 50 years?

a. Andrew Cuomo
b. Bobby Jindal
c. Nikki Haley
d. Matt Mead
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Andrew Cuomo

Mr Cuomo led a delegation of businessmen from his state, New York, to the island where he held talks with Cuban minister of external trade. Mr. Cuomo said that the 50 years of isolating Cuba have been unsuccessful. Relations between Havana and Washington have improved since December, when President Barack Obama and his Cuban counterpart Raul Castro announced their intention to normalise diplomatic ties.

26)   In which country, a train for the first time travelled at more than 600 kilometres an hour in Apr-15?

a. India
b. China
c. North Korea
d. Japan
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Japan's state-of-the-art Maglev train clocked a new world speed record in 21st Apr’15 in a test run near Mount Fuji, smashing through the 600 kilometre per hour mark. The new record came less than a week after the company recorded a top speed of 590 kph, breaking its own 2003 record of 581 kilometre per hour.

27)   Yoga Guru Ramdev humbly refused to accept the status of Cabinet Minister offered to him by which State Government?

a. Haryana
b. Uttarakhand
c. Gujarat
d. Himachal Pradesh
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ANSWER: Haryana

Haryana government had announced on April 13 it would give Ramdev the status of cabinet minister. He was earlier made the state’s brand ambassador to promote yoga and Ayurveda.

28)   What is the revised Fair and Remunerative Price (FRP) of sugarcane for the sugar season 2015-16 announced by the Centre on 21st Apr’15?

a. 220 per Quintal
b. 450 per Quintal
c. 600 per Quintal
d. 230 per Quintal
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ANSWER: 230 per Quintal

The FRP for the last sugar season was Rs 220 per quintal.

29)   Name the former Bengal Under -19 Captain who lost his life due to a freak on-field injury in April 2015?

a. Sourabh Mondal
b. Ankit Keshri
c. Rahul Ghosh
d. Sonjoy Biswakarma
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Ankit Keshri

Ankit Keshri had a collision with his team-mate Sourabh Mondal on 17 April, attempting a catch during Cricket Association of Bengal knockout match between East Bengal and Bhowanipore.

30)   Name the country that had historic series win over Pakistan after two successive victories in the 3 Match ODI Series progressing in Apr’2015?

a. Bangladesh
b. Kenya
c. Zimbabwe
d. Afghanistan
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ANSWER: Bangladesh

In the second ODI played at Dhaka's Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, Bangladesh chased down 240 to beat Pakistan by seven wickets and clinch the 3 match ODI series.

31)   Which country’s court sentenced ousted President Mohammad Morsi to 20 years in prison over his alleged order to fire on the protestors in 2012 and killing?

a. Libya
b. Jordan
c. Egypt
d. United States
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No explanation is available for this question!

32)   Ninth Civil Services Day was observed across India on ______.

a. 20th April 2015
b. 21st April 2015
c. 22nd April 2015
d. 23rd April 2015
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: 21st April 2015

The day is observed by all Civil Services to re-dedicate and re-commit themselves to the cause of the people.

33)   What is the new age limit approved by the Union Cabinet on 22nd Apr’15 for heinous crimes?

a. 18 years
b. 15 years
c. 17 years
d. 16 years
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: 16 years

Union Cabinet has approved lowering of age of juveniles from eighteen to sixteen years for heinous crimes. It cleared the amendment to the Juvenile Justice Act in this regard during a meeting in New Delhi this evening. Official sources said that the amendment seeks to try juvenile in the age group of 16 to 18 years as adults for heinous crimes.

34)   Which political party was hosting an anti-land Bill rally when a farmer committed suicide at the same venue on 22nd Apr’15 in Delhi?

a. BSP
b. BJP
c. Congress
d. AAP
Answer  Explanation 


The incident occurred when the rally was going on in the presence of AAP Convenor and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and other party leaders. The man was immediately rushed to Ram Manohar Lohia hospital where doctors declared him brought dead. The farmer who attempted suicide was from Dausa in Rajasthan.

35)   Which certification has been received by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting from the British Standards Institute in respect of various permissions and licences issued by it for the broadcasting and print media and films?

a. ISO 9001:2008
b. ISO 9001:10000
c. ISO 9001:2015
d. ISO 9001:2001
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: ISO 9001:2008

The Ministry has put in place a well defined procedure and measures for ensuring quality of services offered to the customers on the basis of ISO 9001:2008. It will ensure delivery of services by the Ministry in a qualitative manner.

36)   Which Indian Institute has developed a device for advance assessment of damage to buildings in cities prone to earthquake?

a. IIT-Roorkee
b. IIT-Delhi
c. IISC Bangalore
d. IIIT-Hyderabad
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: IIIT-Hyderabad

The information on the level of shaking will come from seismological inputs in a particular area. The device is now being tested for its efficacy.

37)   Talking about which missile defence system, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on 22nd Apr’15 that people will think twice about striking Iran once it receives Russia’s missile defence systems?

a. AMT-11
b. SR-40
c. S-300
d. XC-150
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques


President Vladimir Putin signed a decree lifting the ban on the sale of S-300 air defence systems to Tehran that Moscow imposed in 2010, joining UN-imposed arms embargo on Iran amid concerns that the country was developing nuclear weapons.

38)   With which Bangladeshi company, Numaligarh Refinery Limited of India signed a Memorandum of Understanding for export of petroleum products?

a. Dhaka Oil Corporation
b. Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation
c. Dacca Petroleum Corporation
d. None of these
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation

The MoU provides for export of petroleum products from NRL’s Marketing Terminal in Siliguri to Bangladesh Petroleum’s Depot at Parbatipur in Bangladesh through the proposed ‘Indo-Bangla Friendship Pipeline.

39)   Name the country that will open a museum on India's diverse heritage and culture in May 2015?

a. Nepal
b. Sri Lanka
c. France
d. Singapore
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ANSWER: Singapore

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will launch the Centre as a focal point for the Indian community, and a platform to learn more about the diverse Indian heritage in Singapore. Indian architecture and artifacts would be showcased at the Indian Heritage Centre. The first of its kind museum in the country will be inaugurated on 7th May’15.

40)   Name the ancient river for which Haryana Government has started the excavation work for revival?

a. Ganga
b. Chenab
c. Saraswati
d. Chenab
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Saraswati

The excavation work to revive the ancient river Saraswati has started in the village of Rolaheri in Yamunanagar district. South Indian Scholar Dr. Ratnakar has shown deep interest in initiating work on the project. Haryana Government has prepared a Rs 50 crore ‘Saraswati Revival Project’ for it however the initial excavation work have been taken up under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme.