General Awareness Test (April - 15) - Set 3

1)   The government has blocked foreign fundings to Greenpeace India with immediate effect by suspending its registration for____ months.

a. One
b. Two
c. Six
d. Ten
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The decision was taken by the Home Ministry on 9th Apr’15 after it was found that the NGO has prejudicially affected the public interests and economic interests of the country in violation of the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act. According to the show cause notice served by the ministry, the licence of Greenpeace India will be cancelled permanently if it fails to make a satisfactory presentation to the government.

2)   On 9th Apr’15 India successfully test-fired nuclear-capable missile from a ship off the Odisha coast. Name the missile?

a. Dhanush
b. Prithvi-VI
c. Agni-VII
d. Pinaka
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ANSWER: Dhanush

It is a naval variant of Prithvi-II, was launched by personnel of the Strategic Forces Command from an Offshore Patrolling Vessel. Dhanush, a manoeuvring missile, can carry a nuclear payload of 500 kg and target both land-based and sea-based targets. The missile has already been inducted into the armed forces.

3)   Who has been appointed as the Chief Election Commissioner w.e.f 19th Apr’15?

a. Umesh Sinha
b. A Y Qureshi
c. Nasim Zaidi
d. Harishankar Brahma
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ANSWER: Nasim Zaidi

The President has appointed the senior-most Election Commissioner, Dr. Nasim Zaidi as the Chief Election Commissioner. A 1976 batch IAS officer, Dr Zaidi has worked in the Civil Aviation Ministry for a long time. The incumbent Chief Election Commissioner Harishankar Brahma will demit the office on the 18th of this month.

4)   By what percent reduction in Out of School Children of India has been observed by UNESCO?

a. 90%
b. 79%
c. 55%
d. 49%
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India has made a significant progress in increasing the net ratio of children in primary education globally. UNESCO's 2015 Education for All, EFA global Monitoring Report, which was released by Minister of Human Resource Development on 9th Apr’15. Globally, just one third of countries have achieved all of the measurable Education for All goals set in 2000. While releasing the report, HRD Minister Smriti Irani said that India has successfully moved toward reaching the EFA goals especially backed by the Right of Children to free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009. The one measurable EFA goal India did not reach was to reduced its adult illiteracy by 50 percent. Since 2000 India has reduced its adult illiteracy rate by 26 percent.

5)   Which country carried out its first air strikes in Syria, as part of the US-led coalition fighting Islamic State militants?

a. Pakistan
b. Canada
c. Brazil
d. South Africa
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ANSWER: Canada

Two Canadian CF-18s successfully targeted an Islamic State (IS) garrison near Raqqa, Syria. In March the Canadian Parliament agreed to expand the country's campaign against IS into Syria. Canadian air strikes against IS were previously limited to Iraq. Canada is the first NATO country, other than the US, to strike inside Syria. Canada's mission against IS has also been extended for one year, beyond October's election and well into 2016.

6)   China is planning to build a 540-kilometre strategic high-speed rail link between Tibet and ____ passing through a tunnel under Mount Everest.

a. India
b. Pakistan
c. Myanmar
d. Nepal
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State-run China Daily reported that a proposed extension of the Qinghai-Tibet Railway to the China-Nepal border through Tibet would boost bilateral trade and tourism as there is currently no rail line linking the two countries. The rail line is expected to be completed by 2020. The 1,956-km long Qinghai-Tibet railway already links the rest of China with the Tibetan capital Lhasa and beyond.

7)   Name the Jnanpith awarded Tamil writer who died in Chennai on 8th Apr’15 after a prolonged illness?

a. Jayakanthan
b. Srikant
c. Shankar Reddy
d. Kedar Singh
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ANSWER: Jayakanthan

Jayakanthan authored over 35 novels and novellas, innumerable short stories and two autobiographies besides writing articles and composing poems.

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

a. Krishan Kant Paul
b. Y V Pulleyar
c. Navin Sinha
d. H C Verma
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ANSWER: Navin Sinha

On 9th April’15 Justice Navin Sinha sworn-in as Chief Justice of Chhattisgarh High Court. Governor Balramji Das Tandon administered the oath of office to Mr. Sinha at Rajbhawan today. Till now Justice Sinha was the acting Chief Justice of Chhattisgarh High court.

9)   In a Prime Ministerial visit to France, India has agreed to buy combat aircraft from the country. Name the Aircraft which would be procured from France?

a. Mig-25
b. Rafale
c. Mirage-V
d. Mirage 25
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ANSWER: Rafale

India has agreed to buy 36 multi-role Combat Aircraft in a flyaway condition as soon as possible. The two countries also agreed on setting up of six units of nuclear power plants totaling 1650 MW at Jaitpur in Maharashtra.

10)   Name the President of France, as in Apr-15?

a. Nicolas Sarkozy
b. Tim Abott
c. Francois Hollande
d. Jason Lawrence
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ANSWER: Francois Hollande

No explanation is available for this question!

11)   National Safe Motherhood Day was observed on ______.

a. 10th April
b. 14th April
c. 10th May
d. 11th April
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ANSWER: 11th April

The objective of the day is to create awareness on proper healthcare and maternity facilities to pregnant and lactating women.

12)   Name the Former Chief of Air Staff known best for the introduction of safety standards in the Indian Air Force and had been especially chosen to lead the fly past on our First Independence Day. He passed away on 11th Apr’15.

a. Rishish Mavlankar
b. Ajay P Chauhan
c. Hrushikesh Moolgavkar
d. None of these
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ANSWER: Hrushikesh Moolgavkar

Air Chief Marshal Hrushikesh Moolgavkar was commissioned in the Royal Indian Air Force on 30 Nov 1940. He served in the Indian Air Force for 38 Years during which he fought bravely against the Japanese Army in 1941. He also became the first Indian pilot among a group of three pilots to fly faster than sound or crossing the sound barrier.

13)   Name the former Australian captain and television commentator who passed away on 10th Apr’15?

a. Allan Border
b. Bob Simpson
c. Ian Harvey
d. Richie Benaud
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ANSWER: Richie Benaud

He was a leg-spinning all-rounder and made his first-class debut for New South Wales at the age of 18 before making his national debut at 21.

14)   The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated a cultural festival of the North East organized by Government of Meghalaya and sponsored by the North Eastern Council in New Delhi on April 11, 2015. What was the title of the Festival?

a. Songs and Dances of North East
b. Cultural Beauty of North East
c. Dances of North East
d. Cultural Diversity in North East
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ANSWER: Songs and Dances of North East

This initiative is one of the outcomes of the recommendations of the M.P. Bezbaruah Committee on the North East, set up by the Ministry of Home Affairs to work out modalities for building a strong social bond between the people of North East and the rest of the country.

15)   Name the scheme that has been suspended by Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) from April 2015?

a. Peasant Pension Scheme
b. Compensation Scheme
c. Minimum Monthly Pension Scheme
d. All of these
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ANSWER: Minimum Monthly Pension Scheme

The scheme was launched with effect from September 2014, hiking the pension amount to a flat Rs 1,000 per month for those who were getting lower amount earlier. This decision will hit about 32 lakh Pensioners.

16)   Name the Indian city named as the National Earth Hour Capital for the year 2015 by World Wide Fund?

a. Pune
b. Rajkot
c. Thane
d. Surat
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Thane city won the bid among the three finalists Thane, Pune and Rajkot in the Earth Hour City Challenge (EHCC) 2015 conducted by World Wide Fund. Meanwhile, total 13 cities had been participated in the 2015 Earth Hour Challenge.

17)   Name the city that was awarded the title of Global Earth hour Capital 2015 after it won the Earth Hour City Challenge (EHCC) of World Wildlife Fund on 9th Apr’15?

a. Beijing
b. Tokyo
c. Thane
d. Seoul
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Total 163 cities from 16 countries participated. The city of Balikpapan, Indonesia was recognized as the Most Loveable City for 2015 and Thane city was named as the National Earth Hour Capital 2015 of India.

18)   On 9th Apr’15 the state legislature of Oklahoma passed a bill that allows use of ______ Gas as a method of execution.

a. Sarin
b. Nitrogen
c. Chlorine
d. Cyanide
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ANSWER: Nitrogen

Nitrogen Gas (Nitrogen-induced Hypoxia). The Nitrogen gas chambers will become the primary backup method for execution for Oklahoma.

19)   Name the author of the Suleiman Charitra- Sanskrit book whose translated version Suleiman was released on 9th Apr’15?

a. Kalyana Malla
b. A.N.D Haskar
c. Sacchidanada
d. Akhtarul Wasey
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ANSWER: Kalyana Malla

Kalyana Malla also wrote the Ananga Ranga in 15th or 16th Century. The Suleiman Charitra book has been translated from Sanskrit to English by diplomat-writer A.N.D. Haskar.

20)   Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who winds up his first visit to France, gifted President Francois Hollande a painting which reflects the traditional societal respect for nature in India. What was the title of the painting?

a. Speaking Tree
b. Tree of Life
c. India-France Ties
d. Together, We can do
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ANSWER: Tree of Life

The painting, pigments on silk, has been done by an artist, Bhaskar Mahapatra of Raghurajpur in Puri district of Odisha. The message behind gifting it seemed to be the emphasis on sustenance of life and clean environment ahead of the global meet on climate change that France will be hosting in December this year. The tree, as a divine gift central to human life, is a recurring element in Indian artistic practice.

21)   Centre has put restrictions on the travel of Governors and said they cannot leave station without permission. Now whose permission would be required by Governors?

a. Prime Minister
b. President
c. Intelligence Chief
d. Chief Minister
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ANSWER: President

The new 18-point set of rules notified by Home Ministry said Governors will have to stay in their respective states for at least 292 days in a year. The requests for permission to travel outside the state will have to be sent to Rashtrapati Bhavan anywhere between one week and six weeks before the date of travel.

22)   In which city the 60th National Level Railway Week Award Function 2015 was inaugurated on 13th Apr’15?

a. Bengaluru
b. Hyderabad
c. New Delhi
d. Guwahati
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ANSWER: Guwahati

The event is an annual function held every year during the month of April.

23)   Malajkhand Expansion Project in Balaghat district whose foundation stone was laid on 12th April’15 by the Union Minister for Mines and Steel is related to _______.

a. Railways
b. Metal Mine
c. Nuclear Power Plant
d. Coal Mine
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ANSWER: Metal Mine

Malajkhand Expansion Project will be largest underground base metal mine of the country. Five lakh ton iron ore will be extracted every year from the mine.

24)   Name the Jamaat-e-Islami leader of Bangladesh executed for 1971 crimes on 11th Apr’15?

a. Muhammad Quamaruzzaman
b. Abbas Ali Khan
c. Abdul Ghani
d. Imran Zaheer
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ANSWER: Muhammad Quamaruzzaman

Activists of Jamaat-e-Islami and its Students' Wing Islami Chhatra Shibir vandalised several vehicles and blasted crude bombs in Dhaka's Sobhanbhag and Mirpur areas on 12th Apr’15. At the same time thousands of people took to streets to applaud the government action.

25)   Which country has banned hospitals from providing medical aid and diagnoses online?

a. USA
b. India
c. China
d. Russia
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The aim is to prevent people unqualified in medicine from posing as doctors. Chinese patients are accustomed to seeking medical advice on the Internet, which is widely popular in the country.

26)   Name the first phase of operation for cleaning a river that was launched on 12th Apr’15 in Jammu & Kashmir?

a. Clean Jhelum
b. Chuka Lhyakhmo
c. Clean Kashmir
d. None of these
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ANSWER: Chuka Lhyakhmo

Chuka Lhyakhmo stands for Clean River. Operation Chuka Lhyakhmo, is an initiative of District Police Kargil in collaboration with District Administration aiming to clean river Suru and make people aware about the importance and relevance of a neat and clean Suru River.

27)    In which city India’s first International Financial Services Centre (IFSC) has become operational?

a. Kolkata
b. Mumbai
c. Pune
d. Gandhi Nagar
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ANSWER: Gandhi Nagar

IFSC has become operational at GIFT City in Gandhinagar, Gujarat. IFSC rules allow companies incorporated outside India to raise money in foreign currencies by issuance and listing of their equity shares on stock exchanges within the IFSC, where individual and institutional investors from India and abroad including NRIs, would be allowed to trade.

28)   What position was achieved by Indian Hockey Team in the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup?

a. Third
b. Fifth
c. Second
d. Fourth
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India produced a spirited performance to beat Korea in the penalty shoot-out to finish a creditable third in the 24th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament. With this India won the Bronze Medal.

29)   Which country won the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup Hockey Tournament?

a. Australia
b. New Zealand
c. Pakistan
d. Netherland
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ANSWER: New Zealand

In the final match, New Zealand defeated Australia.

30)   Name the player who created history by becoming the first female tennis player from India to achieve the world number one rank in doubles, following her stupendous title win at the WTA Family Circle Cup with partner Martina Hingis in the United States on 12th Apr’15?

a. Natasha Palha
b. Sanaa Bhambri
c. Sania Mirza
d. Ankita Raina
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ANSWER: Sania Mirza

The top-seeded Indo-Swiss pair blew away the challenge of Casey Dellacqua and Darija Jurak in the final match. Sania is also first female player from the country to win Grand Slam tournaments. It is Sania's third successive title win with Hingis and they have not lost as a single match since joining forces in March. Before Sania, only Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhuapthi had achieved the top rank when they dominated men's doubles circuit in the last 90s.

31)   Name the driver who won the Chinese Formula One (F1) Grand Prix for 2015 held on 12 April 2015 at Shanghai?

a. Lewis Hamilton
b. Nico Rosberg
c. Sebastian Vettel
d. Sergio Perez
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ANSWER: Lewis Hamilton

No explanation is available for this question!

32)   On 13th April the nation paid homage to the hundreds of non violent protestors who were gunned down by the British government at Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar. In which year in the history of India did this massacre took place?

a. 1905
b. 1947
c. 1885
d. 1919
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ANSWER: 1919

The army fired on the crowd on the orders of British Brigadier-General Reginald Dyer, killing hundreds in the cold blood .That was also the day of Baisakhi.

33)   Name the Indian regional airline based in Bengaluru with its hub at Kempegowda international Airport that commenced operations on 12th Apr’15?

a. Air Asia
b. Air Pegasus
c. Bharat Airlines
d. Air Bharat
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ANSWER: Air Pegasus

The airline, subsidiary of Bangalore based Decor Aviation, commenced operation on 12 April 2015 with inaugural flight between Bangalore and Hubli. Initially it is going to serve 3 southern cities (Bangalore, Hubli and Thiruvananthapuram) with a fleet of ATR 72-500.

34)   Who was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC)?

a. B. Prasada Rao
b. Arup Roy Chowdhary
c. Arun Kumar Jha
d. Satya Nadella
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ANSWER: Arun Kumar Jha

He is currently working as Director General, National Institute of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development under the MSME Ministry.

35)   Name the Nobel Laureate whose name was given to ‘316201 Asteroid’ by astronomers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab in California under the International Astronomical Union Rules?

a. Malala Yousafzai
b. Kailash Satyarthi
c. Amartya Sen
d. Albert Einstein
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ANSWER: Malala Yousafzai

The Asteroid named ‘316201 Malala’ is located in the Main Belt between Mars and Jupiter. It orbits around the Sun every 5.5 years and is more-than 2 mile wide.

36)   How many agreements were signed between India and France during PM Narendra Modi’s visit to France in Apr-15?

a. 5
b. 17
c. 56
d. 110
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No explanation is available for this question!

37)   124th Birth anniversary of Dr Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar was observed on ____.

a. 14th Apr’15
b. 15th Apr’15
c. 16th Apr’15
d. 17th Apr’15
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ANSWER: 14th Apr’15

He was born on April 14, 1891 at Mhow in Madhya Pradesh. BR Ambedkar is also known as the Father of the Indian Constitution.

38)   On 13th Apr’15, which commission has been brought by the government into force along with a constitutional amendment act to appoint members to the higher judiciary replacing the collegium system?

a. National Collegium Commission
b. National Judicial Appointments Commission
c. Judicial Collegiums Commisssion
d. Judicial Commission
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ANSWER: National Judicial Appointments Commission

The NJAC membership will include two senior most Judges of the Supreme Court, the Union Minister of Law and Justice, two eminent persons to be nominated by a committee of the Prime Minister of India, the Chief Justice of India, and the Leader of the Opposition in the House of the People. However, the new body may take some time to come into being.

39)   On 13th Apr’15, the German Nobel laureate Guenter Grass passed away in Berlin. He received the Nobel Prize in which field?

a. Physics
b. Chemistry
c. Bio Medicals
d. Literature
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ANSWER: Literature

He made his literary reputation with "The Tin Drum," published in 1959. Three decades after its release, in 1999, the Swedish Academy honored Grass with the Nobel Prize for literature, praising him for setting out to revive German literature after the Nazi era.

40)   The International Monetary Fund, IMF-World Bank Spring meeting was held in which city in the year 2015?

a. Beijing
b. Berlin
c. Paris
d. Washington
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ANSWER: Washington

Finance Minister, RBI Governor and other senior officials of the Finance Ministry and the Reserve Bank will participate in the meeting which is likely to focus on the steps needed to give a push to the global economy. International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde had described the India as a 'growth bright spot' during her visit last month.