General Awareness Test (April - 15) - Set 2

1)   Name the Indian airport that has bagged the prestigious ‘Golden Peacock National Quality Award’ for the year 2015?

a. Chattrapati Shivaji Int’l Airport
b. Delhi International Airport Limited
c. DumDum Airport
d. Rajiv Gandhi Int’l Airport
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ANSWER: Delhi International Airport Limited

The award will be presented to (Delhi International Airport Limited) DIAL by the UAE Minister for culture, youth and development Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan at a specially organized presentation ceremony to be held in Dubai on April 20.

2)   Name the women tennis player who lifted the Miami Open title on Apr’15?

a. Venus Williams
b. Carla Suarez Navarro
c. Maria Sharapova
d. Serena Williams
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ANSWER: Serena Williams

World number one Serena Williams lifted the Miami Open title for the eighth time. She defeated Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain. This was Serena's 66th Singles trophy. She is sixth in the overall rankings, the first in the list being Martina Navratilova with 167 titles.

3)   Name the 135 year old service offered by Indian Post Department that was closed w.e.f 1st Apr’15?

a. Speed Post
b. Money Order
c. General Post
d. Registery
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ANSWER: Money Order

It was started in the year 1880. Now this service will be replaced by Electronic Money order and Instant Money Order.

4)   Where did PepsiCo India commission first phase of its largest beverage plant on 3rd Apr’15?

a. Sri City
b. Chennai
c. Vishakhapatnam
d. Tirupati
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ANSWER: Sri City

Sri City is situated in Andhra Pradesh.

5)   35th Foundation Day of Bharatiya Janta Party was observed on ____.

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

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has greeted the party workers and well wishers on the occasion.

6)   In which scam case, the Supreme Court on 6th Apr’15 refused to monitor CBI probe in Odisha?

a. Vyapam Case
b. Sardha Scam
c. Chit Fund Scam
d. Coal Scam
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ANSWER: Chit Fund Scam

A bench of Justices T S Thakur and C Nagappan said there is no reason to allow the application seeking court's monitoring of the probe. The court had earlier rejected a similar plea of West Bengal government. The bench gave time to the agency to come out with suggestions to ensure effective investigation of huge number of such cases in West Bengal.

7)   Name the award conferred by the President of India on 6th Apr’15 for the year 2013 on 23 geo-scientists at a function organised at Rashtrapati Bhavan?

a. National Scientist Award
b. National Geo Award
c. National Geoscience Award
d. National Scientist Award
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ANSWER: National Geoscience Award

The awards were given to them for their outstanding contribution in the field of mining and allied areas.

8)   Name the portal launched by the Government on 6th Apr’15 to improve vocational training delivery in the country?

a. Vocational Management information system
b. National Management information system
c. Training Management information system
d. National Council for vocational training-Management information system
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ANSWER: National Council for vocational training-Management information system

The portal also provides information to the general public on details of various ITI's, their affiliation details and number of seats available in the those institutes. Mr Dattatreya said that students can get E-Certificates after completion of course and the employers will also be able to cross check genuinity of candidates by using the portal.

9)   In how many districts of the country the government implemented the first phase of the Universal Immunization programme ‘Mission Indradhanush’ from 7th Apr’15?

a. 75
b. 201
c. 190
d. 156
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According to the health Ministry, these districts have been selected under the programme, keeping in view that nearly 50 percent of all un-vaccinated or partially vaccinated children are in these 201 districts. It said, of them 82 districts are concentrated in the four states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. The immunisation programme aims at covering all children below two years of age who have either not been vaccinated or partially vaccinated against seven diseases which can be prevented through vaccines. The diseases are Diphtheria, Tetanus, Polio, Measles, Whooping Cough, Hepatitis B and Tuberculosis.

10)   In how many cities the National Air Quality Index was launched by the Prime Minister on 6th Apr’15?

a. 36
b. 46
c. 12
d. 10
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The index will cover Delhi, Agra, Kanpur, Lucknow, Varanasi, Faridabad, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Bengaluru and Hyderabad. The index will be later expanded to 46 more cities having a population of more than one million, besides 20 state capitals.

11)   Name the mountaineer who was found dead after he went missing in the Andes Mountains during March 2015?

a. Malli Mastan Babu
b. Sewak Mansha Ram
c. Mangte Ram
d. Mohan Sharma
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ANSWER: Malli Mastan Babu

He went missing in the Andes Mountains on 24th March during a climbing mission and was found dead on 4th Apr’15.

12)   Which brand store came in news when Union Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani visited the store in Panaji and alleged that the store had a CCTV camera focusing at the trial room?

a. Pantaloons
b. Wills Lifestyle
c. Fbb
d. FabIndia
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ANSWER: FabIndia

The Goa Police summoned two top officials of Fabindia in connection with the voyeurism case. Four employees of the store were arrested and booked by the police under various sections. However, they were later granted bail by a local court. Fabindia has denied that it had placed hidden cameras in any of its stores.

13)   Name the Indian Grandmaster who won the bronze medal along with Swedish Grandmaster Pia Cramling in the World Women's chess championships held at Sochi, Russia?

a. Mariya Muzychuk
b. Dronavalli Harika
c. Aarthi Ramaswamy
d. Humpy Koneru
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ANSWER: Dronavalli Harika

In the event held at Sochi, Russia, both the players won the medal by virtue of making it to the semifinals. Harika had lost to the eventual winner Mariya Muzychuk of Ukraine in the semifinals. Harika got 20,000 US Dollars for the Bronze medal finish.

14)   Who was re-appointed as the Chairman of the IPL Governing Council on 6th Apr’15?

a. Rajeev Shukla
b. Anurah Thakur
c. S Srininvasan
d. Jagmohan Dalmiya
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ANSWER: Rajeev Shukla

Former Union Minister and Congress leader Rajeev Shukla was the IPL chairman till 2013 when he resigned from the post in the aftermath of the IPL 'spot-fixing' scandal. Sourav Ganguly was a new entrant to the IPL Governing Council while the senior national selection committee led by Sandeep Patil was retained for another season. Team India Director Ravi Shastri also remained in the IPL Governing Council. Another former captain Anil Kumble has been retained as chairman of the Technical committee while Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia will head the powerful finance committee.

15)   Name the players who won the Miami Open Tennis women's doubles title held in Florida on 5th Apr’15?

a. Elena Vesnina-Ekaterina Makarova
b. Martina Hingis-Maria Sharapova
c. Sania Mirza-Martina Hingis
d. Elena Vasnina- Sania Mirza
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ANSWER: Sania Mirza-Martina Hingis

The top-seeded Indo-Swiss pair defeated the second placed Russian duo of Elena Vesnina and Ekaterina Makarova.

16)   Name the player who clinched the Miami Open Tennis Men’s Single title?

a. Andy Murray
b. Leander Paes
c. Novak Djokovic
d. None of these
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ANSWER: Novak Djokovic

He defeated Andy Murray in the finals. It was Djokovic’s fifth Miami trophy.

17)   World Health Day was observed on _____.

a. 7th May
b. 13th April
c. 5th March
d. 7th April
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ANSWER: 7th April

This year the theme of the World Health Day is food safety, which highlights the need of safe food that is free from microbes, viruses and chemicals.

18)   Name the first of the Indian Navy’s six Scorpene class stealth submarines that was unveiled on 6th April 2015 for conducting sea trials?

a. Dhanush
b. Arihant
c. Kalvari
d. Foxtrot
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ANSWER: Kalvari

Kalvari, first of the Indian Navy’s Scorpene class stealth submarines being built under the Project 75, under collaboration with M/s DCNS, France, achieved a major milestone on 6th Apr’15 with her ‘undocking’ at the Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL).

19)   By what percent will the Dearness Allowance (DA) for central government employees and pensioners was hiked with effect from 1st Jan’15?

a. 3%
b. 10%
c. 5.5%
d. 6%
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With this hike, the DA now has gone up to 113 per cent of the basic pay from 107 per cent. A decision in this regard was taken at the Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi. The increase is in accordance with the accepted formula based on the recommendations of the 6th Central Pay Commission. According to an official release, the decision will benefit 48 lakh government employees and 55 lakh pensioners in the country. The impact on the exchequer on account of increase will be of over 6762 crore rupees annually.

20)   On 7th Apr’15, the telecom regulatory body TRAI proposed that a single number can be used for all emergency phone calls across the country including for police, fire and ambulance. What is the emergency number that has been announced?

a. 911
b. 112
c. 111
d. 1800
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TRAI said in its recommendations that similar to the '911'an all-in-one emergency service in the US, government can integrate all existing emergency numbers such as 100, 101, 102 and 108 into the proposed '112'helpline number. The regulator suggested existing emergency numbers can be retained as secondary numbers.

21)   Name the Bank that was launched by PM Narendra Modi on 8th Apr’15 with a corpus of Rs. 20,000 Crore and credit guarantee corpus of Rs. 3,000 Crore?

a. Awasiya Bank
b. Jand Dhan Bank
c. Federal Bank of India
d. MUDRA Bank
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MUDRA is abbreviated as Micro Units Development and Refinance Agency Ltd. It will be set up through a statutory enactment, and be responsible for developing and refinancing all Micro-finance Institutions which are in the business of lending to micro and small business entities. MUDRA will also partner with state and regional level coordinators to provide finance to Last Mile Financiers of small and micro business enterprises. Around 5.77 crore small business units will be provided access to institutional finance through MUDRA Bank.

22)   For which crop, Central Government has asked to relax quality norms for procurement on 7th Apr’15?

a. Wheat
b. Maize
c. Pulses
d. Rice
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If quality of wheat is affected due to unseasonal rains or any other reason, relaxation in the norms is considered. Centre has asked Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh governments to test samples of wheat jointly with FCI immediately on its arrival so that relaxation in quality norms can be considered for procurement. Quality norms for procurement of wheat during current Rabi season have already been relaxed in Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat. Government relaxes norms for food grain procurement time to time in view of interest of farmers.

23)   Bangladesh cabinet has approved the revised India-Bangladesh trade agreement under which the two neighbours would use each other's territories for ______.

a. Trade with a third country
b. Trade with China
c. Trade between them
d. Trade with Myanmar
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ANSWER: Trade with a third country

The modified deal will enable Bangladesh to use Indian territories for transiting goods to Nepal and Bhutan, while India would be able to send goods to Myanmar through Bangladesh. Cabinet Secretary Musharaf Hossain Bhuiyan said both countries would be able to use each other's rail, road and waterway networks for transporting the goods for a fee.

24)   To which country India has offered a fresh 1 billion dollar line of credit for the development of the country's road communication and infrastructure?

a. Sri Lanka
b. Myanmar
c. Nepal
d. Bangladesh
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ANSWER: Bangladesh

A similar credit line agreement for development of infrastructure and transport sector was signed between New Delhi and Dhaka in 2010 under which 15 projects are being undertaken. Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs Sujata Mehta said that the fresh line of credit is expected to be finalized during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Dhaka.

25)   Who has been named as India Envoy to Nepal?

a. Deep Kumar Upadhyay
b. Deepak Kumar
c. Arjun Kumar Karki
d. Ram Baran Yadav
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ANSWER: Deep Kumar Upadhyay

Nepal President Dr Ram Baran Yadav has formally appointed Deep Kumar Upadhyay as ambassador to India and Dr Arjun Kumar Karki as ambassador to the United States of America. The appointments have been made on the recommendation of cabinet as per the Article 150 of the Interim Constitution.

26)   In the first bi-monthly policy review for 2015-16, Reserve Bank of India kept the policy rate ____.

a. Changed
b. Unchanged
c. Increased
d. Decreased
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ANSWER: Unchanged

Meanwhile the RBI governor nudged banks to lower their lending rates, and rejected their contention that the cost of funds remains high. Earlier on 7th Apr’15 Chiefs of major banks-SBI, ICICI and HDFC had said that lowering of interest rate will not be possible just as yet. Major Banks including the State Bank of India, HDFC and ICICI Bank have announced cut in their lending rates after RBI governor Dr. Raghuram Rajan expressed strong disappointment over non-transmission of policy rates. India’s biggest lender, the State Bank of India has lowered its base lending rate by 0.15 percentage point to 9.85 per cent. The new rate will be effective from 10th April. The private sector HDFC Bank has cut lending rate by 0.15 per cent to 9.85 percent effective from April 13 while the ICICI Bank announced cutting base lending rate by 0.25 percentage point to 9.75 percent.

27)   The 8th Edition of the IPL cricket tournament was inaugurated in which city?

a. Mumbai
b. Delhi
c. Kolkata
d. Bangalore
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ANSWER: Kolkata

The eight teams will be involved in an intense battle in the 47 day long tournament. Overall, 60 matches are to be played in the tournament. The Final is slated to be played at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata, on May 24.

28)   Name the Chief of Paralympic Committee of India suspended for mismanagement of the recent 15th National Para-Athletics championship for differently abled sports persons?

a. C. K. Prasad
b. Rajesh Tomar
c. Chandrashekhar
d. None of these
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ANSWER: Rajesh Tomar

The decision was taken at a meeting of the PCI's executive committee in Bengaluru. It has been alleged that the participants were accommodated in unfurnished flats with unhygienic facilities. The Paralympic Committee of India has constituted a three-member inquiry committee to investigate the matter. Mr Tomar denied the charges and stated that the organisational committee headed by Mr Satyanarayan, the Director of Competition, was fully responsible for the event along with the Uttar Pradesh Paralympic Association.

29)   Which state won the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy on 7th Apr’15?

a. Gujarat
b. Punjab
c. Bhubaneswar
d. Maharashtra
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ANSWER: Gujarat

Gujarat beat Punjab in the final held on 7th Apr’15 in Bhubaneswar.

30)   Which bank has signed a MoU with Life Corporation of India to provide insurance cover to all savings account holders whose accounts are lined with Aadhaar Card?

a. Axis Bank
b. SBI Bank
c. Dena bank
d. Bank of India
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ANSWER: Dena bank

This is applicable to account holders who are aged 18 to 50 years.

31)   Which state government has conferred its Sahitya Shiromani Samman and a cash prize of 21 lakh Rupees upon noted Hindi poet Gopal Das Neeraj?

a. Maharashtra
b. Uttar Pradesh
c. Uttarakhand
d. Rajasthan
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ANSWER: Uttar Pradesh

Gopal Das Neeraj was also conferred with Padma Bhushan Award. Prior to this, Chief Minister of U.P. also unveiled the poetry book of Gopal Das Neeraj named 'Geetsri'in Lucknow on 8th Apr’15.

32)   The National Conference on Agriculture for Kharif Campaign-2015 was organized on 7th- 8th April, 2015 at ________.

a. New Delhi
b. Pune
c. Bhubaneswar
d. Ahmedabad
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ANSWER: New Delhi

It was organized at NASC Complex, Pusa, New Delhi. The Conference was inaugurated by Shri Radha Mohan Singh, Union Minister of Agriculture and also addressed by Shri M.K. Kundariya, Minister of State for Agriculture.

33)   Name the corporation that became the first public sector undertaking (PSU) to hit the market in fiscal year 2015-16 with its disinvestment taking place on 8 April 2015?

a. Urban Electrification Corporation
b. Rural Electrification Corporation
c. Domestic Electrification Corporation
d. Metro Electrification Corporation
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ANSWER: Rural Electrification Corporation

The Rs 1,550-crore share sale in Rural Electrification Corporation (REC) was subscribed more than 5.5 times thanks to demand from domestic institutions and investors.

34)   Which state becomes the first in the United States banning a common second term abortion procedure?

a. Hawaii
b. Indiana
c. Louisiana
d. Kansas
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ANSWER: Kansas

Kansas became the first state on 8th Apr’15 to ban a common second-trimester abortion procedure that critics describe as dismembering a fetus.

35)   Name the athlete of China’s first Olympic gold medalist in an athletic event who announced his retirement on 7 April 2015?

a. Chen Ruolin
b. Yao Ming
c. Liu Xiang
d. Guo Jingjing
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ANSWER: Liu Xiang

The 31-year-old won the country's first Olympic men's athletics gold in the 110m hurdles in Athens in 2004 and added a world title in 2007. He has been affected by an Achilles problem ever since it caused him to pull out of his first heat at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

36)   Who has been appointed as the Director of ISRO Satellite Centre (ISAC)?

a. Mayilsamy Annadurai
b. S.K. Shivkumar
c. Ramchandra Rao
d. Shailesh Kumar
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ANSWER: Mayilsamy Annadurai

He succeeded S K Shivakumar, who superannuated on 31st March’2015.

37)   Name the e-commerce company that has acquired the Freecharge- a mobile transaction platform?

a. Flipkart
b. Jabong
c. Snapdeal
d. Amazon
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ANSWER: Snapdeal

No explanation is available for this question!

38)   Who has been appointed as the new President of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) for 2015-16?

a. Ajay Shriram
b. Sumit Mazumdar
c. S Gopalakrishnan
d. Adi Godrej
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ANSWER: Sumit Mazumdar

Sumit Mazumdar is a Chairman & Managing Director of TIL Limited. He succeeds Mr Ajay Shriram as the new President.

39)   Name the Bollywood actors who received the Padma Vibhushan on 8th Apr’15?

a. Shahrukh Khan & Amitabh Bachchan
b. Rekha & Shahrukh Khan
c. Amitabh Bachchan & Dilip Kumar
d. Dilip Kumar & Rekha
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ANSWER: Amitabh Bachchan & Dilip Kumar

The Awards were announced in January 2015.

40)   With which country has India signed Memorandum of Cooperation for transportation on 8th April’15?

a. United States of America
b. United Kingdom
c. Greece
d. Netherland
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ANSWER: United States of America

The Memorandum aims to foster cooperative work on key issues of mutual interest for all modes of transportation, coordinating public and private sector resources and expertise to advance safe, secure, efficient and integrated transportation systems.