General Awareness Test (April - 15) - Set 1

1)   Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched Air Quality Index on April 6 to inform public about _____.

a. Pollution Control
b. Air Quality
c. Carbon Dioxide level
d. Carbon Monoxide level
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ANSWER: Air Quality

This enhanced public awareness and involvement in air quality improvement. Air Quality Index would be available for 10 cities of the country. Further 46 cities with million plus population and other 20 state capitals would be covered in the next couple of years.

2)   Name the organization that has developed a Flood Hazard Atlas by mapping flood prone and vulnerable areas?

a. FAO
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Flood Hazard Atlas will help people know the level of water flow through early warning system. The concerned authority will get alert and places of evacuation and relief camps will be identified. Also, people of a particular area will be alerted based on rain and waterfall. Lakhs of people are rendered homeless in Assam due to flood almost every year. All flood prone areas have been divided into 3 categories and accordingly district administrations will prepare action plan on relief and evacuation in advance.

3)   Which state has inaugurated the very first water ATM in the state?

a. Uttar Pradesh
b. Andhra Pradesh
c. Tamil Nadu
d. Rajasthan
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ANSWER: Uttar Pradesh

This ATM is attached to Reverse Osmosis plant and the consumers can get 20 liters of water for just Rs. 2. Children will be provided with free water. This will help solve the water crisis in Sonkh town in Mathura district, where it is launched.

4)   Name the former military ruler to become the first opposition candidate to win a presidential election in Nigeria.

a. Goodluck Jonathan
b. Muhammadu Buhari
c. Mohammad Ajmal
d. None of these
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ANSWER: Muhammadu Buhari

He defeated incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan in the elections.

5)   Consider the following statements about the Foreign Trade Policy 2015-20 unveiled on 1st Apr’15.
A. This policy focuses on boosting exports and create jobs while supporting the Centre’s Make In India' and Digital India' programs.

B. The new policy is to create architecture for the Indian economy so that it can gain global competitiveness and promote the diversification of Indian export.

C. The policy is to move towards paperless working in 24x7 environments.

D. The policy comes at a time when export growth contracted 15 per cent in February 2014-15, reporting a negative growth for the third consecutive month.

a. A & B is correct
b. B & C is correct
c. A, B & D is correct
d. All of the above is correct
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ANSWER: All of the above is correct

The policy document was released by the Minister of Commerce and Industry Nirmala Sitharaman in New Delhi. While releasing the FTP, Mrs Sitharaman said that the new policy will support both manufacturing and service sector with special emphasis on improving the ease of doing business.

6)   Name the two schemes introduced under the new foreign trade policy?

a. Merchandise Export from India Scheme & Services Export from India Scheme
b. Services Export from India Scheme & Services Import from India Scheme
c. Services Import from India Scheme & Merchandise Export from India Scheme
d. Merchandise Import from India Scheme & Services Export from India Scheme
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ANSWER: Merchandise Export from India Scheme & Services Export from India Scheme

The new trade policy introduced two new schemes; the first one is Merchandise Export from India Scheme (MEIS) for export of specific goods to specific markets. The other, Services Export form India Scheme (SEIS) to increase the export of notified services. These two schemes will replace multiple schemes with different conditions for eligibility and usage.

7)   Punjab has launched a special mission to provide school students a separate period for playing along with studies. Name the mission?

a. Khelo Punjab
b. Padho Punjab
c. Padho Punjab- Khelo Punjab
d. None of these
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ANSWER: Padho Punjab- Khelo Punjab

Punjab has launched a special mission to provide school students a separate period for playing along with studies. Named as ‘Padho Punjab-Khedo Punjab Mission’, (Learn Punjab-Play Punjab Mission) a 40 to 50 minute special period has been kept for sports during which students of middle schools will be taught various games including the one being played locally.

8)   Name the ICC’s president whose resignation was accepted by the International Cricket Council in Apr- 15?

a. S Srinivasan
b. Mustafa Kamal
c. David Richardson
d. Greg Chappel
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ANSWER: Mustafa Kamal

He quit the position after being denied the honour of presenting the World Cup winners' trophy. On 1st Apr’15 the ICC confirmed that Mr. Mustafa Kamal has tendered his resignation as the ICC President with immediate effect.

9)   Mahavir Jayanti was celebrated on ____.

a. 1st April
b. 2nd April
c. 3rd April
d. 4th April
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ANSWER: 2nd April

The birth anniversary of 24th and last Jain Tirthankar Bhagwan Mahavir was celebrated across the country on 2nd Apr’15. This date is as per Georgian Calendar and can shift due to a difference in Hindu and Georgian Calendar. Lord Mahavira’s birth year was 599 BCE.

10)   Which state has achieved 100 percent success in implementing ambitious Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojna?

a. Gujarat
b. Assam
c. Kerala
d. Bihar
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As per the statement made by Officials of the State Bank of India, all the districts have able to open at least one bank account of every household under the scheme.

11)   Utkala Divas celebrated on 1st April in Odisha is also known as ______.

a. Odisha Diwas
b. Rajya Diwas
c. Agro Day
d. Freedom Day
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ANSWER: Odisha Diwas

Utkal Divas (also known as Odisha Day, Utkal Diwas, Utkala Dibasa) is celebrated on 1st April in Odisha in the memory of the formation of the state as a separate province on 1 April 1936.

12)   Name of the new capital of Andhra Pradesh as approved by the Cabinet of the state on 1 April 2015?

a. Vijaywada
b. Vishakhapatnam
c. Amaravathi
d. Tirupathi
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ANSWER: Amaravathi

No explanation is available for this question!

13)   Name the subsidized meal scheme meant for the urban poor launched in the Odisha state on 1st Apr’15?

a. Ann Poorak Yojana
b. Annapurna
c. Aahar
d. Anna Haq
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Under the scheme, rice and dal curry would be served as lunch to the poor at a meager rate of Rs 5 per meal.

14)   Who took over as India's first Cyber Security chief w.e.f 1st Apr’15?

a. Anil Kumar
b. A N Garg
c. S Radhakrishnan
d. Gulshan Rai
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ANSWER: Gulshan Rai

Earlier this he was the Director General of Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (Cert-In).

15)   Name the operation launched to evacuate 4000 Indian nationals from Yemen due to the civil war in the country?

a. Raahat
b. Bachaav
c. Sumitra
d. GharWapasi
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ANSWER: Raahat

No explanation is available for this question!

16)   The 88th All India Marathi Sahitya Sammelan was held from 3rd Apr’15 in _____.

a. Pune
b. Gurdaspur
c. Nagpur
d. Ludhiana
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ANSWER: Gurdaspur

The 88th All India Marathi Sahitya Sammellan started at village Ghumaan in Gurdaspur district of Punjab from 3rd Apr’15. President of All India Marathi Sahit Mahamandal Dr. Madhavi Vaidya hoisted the flag of the mandal.

17)   In the year 2015 FM Global Resilience Index, what rank has been achieved by India among 130 countries?

a. 11
b. 47
c. 87
d. 119
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India, despite its scope and global potential, ranks119, falls from 112th rank in 2014. Norway has topped the Resilience Index for being the country best suited for companies seeking to avoid disruptions in their global supply chain operations. The Index measures business resilience of nations based on economic, risk quality and supply chain factors.

18)   80th Foundation Day of Reserve Bank of India was celebrated on _____.

a. 2nd Apr’15
b. 1st Apr’14
c. 3rd Apr’15
d. 5th Apr’14
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ANSWER: 2nd Apr’15

No explanation is available for this question!

19)   With which private sector bank amalgamation of Kotak Mahindra bank has been approved by the Reserve Bank of India w.e.f 1st Apr’15?

a. Yes Bank
b. ING Vysya Bank
c. ICICI Bank
d. HDFC Bank
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ANSWER: ING Vysya Bank

The RBI on 31 March 2015 approved the merger of ING Vysya Bank into Kotak Mahindra Bank.

20)   Sunita Tomar died on 1st Apr’15 at her native village in Bhind district of Madhya Pradesh. She was the face of India’s _____ Campaign.

a. Anti Polio
b. HIV/AIDS Awareness
c. Anti-Tobacco
d. Anti Hepatitis-B
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ANSWER: Anti-Tobacco

She died at the age of 28. In 2014 she shot a 30 second video in which she shared her experience, which later was used by the government for its anti-tobacco drive to warn people against consumption of smokeless gutkha and pan masalas.

21)   Name the Indian-origin Singaporean nurse, who was named for the 2015 International Achievement Award by the Florence Nightingale International Foundation (FNIF) of the International Council of Nurses on 2nd Apr’15.

a. Dr. Sushila Tandon
b. Dr. Subadhra Devi Rai
c. Dr. Neeta Irani
d. Dr. Naina Rai
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ANSWER: Dr. Subadhra Devi Rai

She was named for the award for her work in the healthcare sector of women and refugees.

22)   Name the cricketer conferred with the Sir Richard Hadlee Medal for 2014-15 on 1st Apr’15?

a. Michael Clarke
b. A B De Villers
c. M S Dhoni
d. Brendon Mc Cullum
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ANSWER: Brendon Mc Cullum

It is the highest cricketing honour of New Zealand that was presented to him during the New Zealand Cricket (NZC) Awards presentation ceremony held in New Zealand’s capital Auckland.

23)   Name the renowned Hindi poet whose work includes Sufinama, Sankrant. He passed away on 1stApr’15.

a. Kailash Satyarthi
b. Kedar Sharma
c. Kailash Vajpai
d. Dudh Nath Singh
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ANSWER: Kailash Vajpai

He published 28 books, including 14 volumes of poetry. Some of his works includes Teesra Andhera, Prthvi ka krshnapaksha, Rajdhani and Bhavishya Ghat Raha Hai, Sufinama, Sankrant, Dehant se Hatkar.

24)   Who was appointed as the Chief Justice of Sikkim High Court in Apr- 15?

a. Justice Dhananjaya Y. Chandrachud
b. Justice Sunil Kumar Sinha
c. Justice Manjula Chellur
d. Justice Ravi Kumar
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ANSWER: Justice Sunil Kumar Sinha

He was serving as acting Chief Justice of Sikkim high court since 2014.

25)   On 3rd Apr’15, President Pranab Mukherjee gave assent to re-promulgate the ____ Bill.

a. Land Acquisition Ordinance
b. Coal Auction
c. FDI in Insurance
d. FDI in Defence
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ANSWER: Land Acquisition Ordinance

The Union Cabinet had made a recommendation to the President in this regard on 31st Mar’15. The present Land Acquisition Ordinance is to lapse tomorrow. The new ordinance, includes nine amendments, that were part of the Bill which was passed by the Lok Sabha last month. The Bill is pending before the Rajya Sabha, where government is in minority.

26)   Who gave the new slogan "give it up" to exhort the better off sections of society to fore go their cooking gas subsidy which would be utilised in providing subsidised LPG connections to the poor?

a. Narendra Modi
b. Pranab Mukherjee
c. Sonia Gandhi
d. Smriti Irani
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ANSWER: Narendra Modi

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the "Give it up" campaign should be taken up on the lines of "Swacch Bharat" and "Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao" initiatives.

27)   Good Friday was observed on 3rd April across the world. It is the day on which Jesus Christ was _______.

a. Born
b. Re-birth
c. Crucified
d. Given Sermon
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ANSWER: Crucified

Good Friday is a Christian religious holiday commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary.

28)   The Pakistan Government approved the formation of a judicial commission to probe alleged rigging in general elections that were comprehensively won by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's (PML-N) and led to months of political tension in the country. In which year were the general elections held in the Pakistan?

a. 2015
b. 2014
c. 2013
d. 2012
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ANSWER: 2013

President Mamnoon Hussain issued the ordinance for the setting up of the commission following an agreement between the government and the Imran Khan-led Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf on the 20th of last month after months of hectic parleys.

29)   Name the two districts from Kerala that were chosen for the implementation of Mission Indradhanush on World Health Day to be observed on 7th Apr’15?

a. Kozhikode & Malappuram
b. Idukki & Kozhikode
c. Malappuram & Kasargod
d. Kasargod & Idukki
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ANSWER: Malappuram & Kasargod

There are 201 high priority districts from across the country where intensified vaccination drive will be taken up to cover all children who have missed out vaccination or are partially vaccinated. The vaccination drive is against seven vaccine preventable diseases -- diphtheria, whooping cough, tetanus, polio, tuberculosis, measles and Hepatitis B.

30)   The foreign ministers of P5+1 countries, European Union and Iran held an important round of negotiations for limiting Iran’s nuclear programme during March-April 2015 at ________.

a. Lausanne
b. Davos
c. Geneva
d. Tehran
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ANSWER: Lausanne

Lausanne is situated in Switzerland. Under the agreement reached during these negotiations, the world powers and Iran will now aim to draft a comprehensive nuclear accord by 30 June 2015.

31)   International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action Day was observed on ___.

a. 4th March
b. 4th April
c. 4th May
d. 14th April
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ANSWER: 4th April

The 2015 theme 'More than Mines' takes into account the types of explosive threats faced by the United Nations and its members and brings attention to the fact that disposing of explosive hazards is only one part of UN mine action work.

32)   The Joint Conference of Chief Ministers of States and Chief Justices of High Courts was held on 5th Apr’15 in _____.

a. Bengaluru
b. New Delhi
c. Panaji
d. Chandigarh
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ANSWER: New Delhi

PM Narendra Modi called for empowerment of judiciary for effectively dispensing justice to common man.

33)   In which city did India host the 5th meeting of the SAARC Health Ministers on 9th Apr’15?

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

The meetings were held in pursuance of decisions taken by the SAARC Summit of Heads of State or Governments held at Kathmandu in November last year. It will be preceded by meetings of SAARC expert group on HIV/AIDS, Health and Technical Committee on Health and Population and senior health officials. SAARC countries comprising Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, account for nearly a quarter of the world population and face similar health challenges and issues.

34)   China expressed its readiness to work with India to link its ambitious Maritime Silk Road plans with India's ______ Project.

a. Udaan
b. Bullet Train
c. Indradhanush
d. Mausam
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ANSWER: Mausam

One of the main deliverables of Mausam project is nomination of maritime cultural landscapes across the Indian Ocean as a trans-national property on the World Heritage List of UNESCO.

35)   With which state government, did National Textile Corporation sign an agreement for transfer of land for construction of memorial for BR Ambedkar Memorial at Indu Mills land?

a. Madhya Pradesh
b. Odisha
c. West Bengal
d. Maharashtra
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ANSWER: Maharashtra

The 12 acre land adjacent to the Chaityabhoomi in the Indu Mills Compound is the land where the memorial will be built. It is the site where the last rites of Dr. Ambedkar were performed.

36)   107th birth anniversary of Babu Jagjivan Ram was observed on _____.

a. 5th Apr’15
b. 6th Apr’15
c. 7th Apr’15
d. 8th Apr’15
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ANSWER: 6th Apr’15

It is also celebrated as Samta Divas. A Dalit leader, Babu Jagjivan Ram, was instrumental in the founding of the All-India Depressed Classes League, an organisation dedicated to attaining equality for untouchables. He contributed immensely towards the success of Green Revolution and modernising agriculture, during his tenure as Agriculture Minister.

37)   PM Narendra Modi asked the Health Ministry to increase the size of pictorial warnings on the packet of tobacco products to _____ percent.

a. 65
b. 50
c. 100
d. 90
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The Prime Minister's direction came amidst controversy over comments by BJP MPs on the use of tobacco.

38)   Name the political party of Pakistan that decided to join parliament after almost seven months of absence from the National Assembly and provincial assemblies of Punjab and Sindh?

a. Awami National Party
b. Pakistan People's Party
c. Tehreek-e-Insaf
d. Pakistan Awami Tehreek
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ANSWER: Tehreek-e-Insaf

Chairman Imran Khan said, they have decided to attend the joint session of Parliament on 6th Apr’15 to present the party’s point of view on very important Yemen Issue.

39)   Which state launched the anti-corruption helpline 1031 on 5th Apr’15?

a. Gujarat
b. Odisha
c. Kerala
d. Delhi
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The new service will be used by people to lodge complaints, if they are harassed for bribe by the government officials. The anti-corruption helpline was first launched during Aam Aadmi Party's 49-day stint in power after the 2013 Assembly elections, but was later discontinued.

40)   The Reserve Bank of India has relaxed the Know Your Customer norms for ______.

a. Non-Banking Financial Companies
b. Insurance Companies
c. Banking firms
d. Broker Houses
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ANSWER: Non-Banking Financial Companies

RBI allowed sole proprietor firms to open accounts in co-operative banks by submitting a single proof of their business. The RBI decision has come after being told that such firms were facing difficulties with regard to furnishing two documents as business activity proof while opening accounts of sole proprietary firms in certain cases.