General Awareness Test (August - 15) - Set 3

1)   Name the typhoon called the biggest typhoon of the year that made a landfall in the Chinese coast on the night of 8th Aug’15?

a. El Nino
b. La Nino
c. Katrina
d. Soudelor
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ANSWER: Soudelor

After pounding Taiwan, Soudelor made a landfall in Fujian Province and moved from there to neighbouring Zhejiang and Jiangxi provinces and has weakened.

2)   In which district of Tamil Nadu, Stanley Reservoir has been opened for irrigation?

a. Coimbatore
b. Salem
c. Erode
d. Kanchipuram
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It is the major dam in the state and its sluice gates are normally opened every year on June 12. However, during deficient storage years, the date of release used to be deferred. The release on 9th Aug’15 would help to irrigate over 12-lakh acres of land in the Cauvery Delta districts for Samba Crop.

3)   In which country, the World Badminton Championship will be started from 10th Aug’15?

a. India
b. Malaysia
c. China
d. Indonesia
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ANSWER: Indonesia

Led by Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth, India will be fielding its biggest contingent at the prestigious championships which will be held at the Gelora Bung Karno stadium. It is for the first time that India will have two players in the top 5 -- Saina (World No 2 in women's singles) and Srikanth (World No 3 in men's singles).

4)   Name the Indian-American diplomat appointed as the U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Maldives?

a. Richard Rahul Verma
b. Amit Khaitan
c. Aakash Sen
d. Atul Keshap
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ANSWER: Atul Keshap

He became the second Indian origin diplomat to be posted after Richard Rahul Verma.

5)   In a survey conducted during 2014-15 by the Ministry of Urban Development, which city topped the Swachh Bharat Rankings among 476 cities in India?

a. Chandigarh
b. Thiruchirapalli
c. Mysuru
d. Navi Mumbai
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ANSWER: Mysuru

The top 10 ranked cities in the city are Mysuru, Thiruchirapalli (Tamil Nadu), Navi Mumbai, Kochi (Kerala), Hassan, Mandya and Bengaluru (Karnataka), Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala), Halisahar (West Bengal) and Gangtok (Sikkim).

6)   Name the initiative launched by the Union Government for the NITI Aayog plans to work with states to prune their administrative structure & improve their efficiency and governance?

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The move is part of a larger interaction with states called NIYATAM or NITI Initiative to Yield Aspirational Targets and Actionable Means, where the NITI Aayog plans to engage with them on six issues.

7)   Name the satellite that was proposed to be named after former Indian President Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam?

a. GSLV-23
c. GlobalSat for DRR
d. GlobeNavSat
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ANSWER: GlobalSat for DRR

The proposal to name the satellite after Dr. Kalam was made by Milind Pimprikar, Chairman of CANEUS (Canada-Europe-US-Asia) headquartered in Montreal, Canada. The satellite to be used for earth observation and disaster risk reduction will be renamed as UN Kalam GlobalSat.

8)   What was the theme of the 48th ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Foreign Ministers’ meet that was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia between 4- 6 Aug’15?

a. Our People, Our Community, Our Vision
b. Our Community, Our Vision
c. Our People, Our Vision
d. Our People, Our Community, Our Tradition
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ANSWER: Our People, Our Community, Our Vision

Besides, the ASEAN foreign ministers meet was participated by India’s Minister of State for External Affairs of India Gen (Retd) VK Singh.

9)   In which of the following regions of Afghanistan, a high intensity earthquake was experienced on 10th Aug’15?

a. Ghazni
b. Hindukush
c. Bamiyan
d. Kabul
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ANSWER: Hindukush

No explanation is available for this question!

10)   Which of the following parties would celebrate Independence Day as ‘Swaraj Parv’?

a. BJP
b. Congress
c. AAP
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Aam Aadmi Party government has announced that it will celebrate Independence Day as Swaraj Parv with a three-day grand cultural programme planned in Connaught Place. The Swaraj Parv will include Hindi Kavi Sammelan, Urdu Mushaira, qawwali show and musical drama.

11)   Which university has awarded a Gold Medal to the 23 year old prisoner lodged in Varanasi Central Jail for topping in Diploma in Tourism Studies?

a. Allahabad University
b. Banaras Hindu University
d. SMU
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The inmate is the only gold medalist from Varanasi region of IGNOU, which covers 20 districts. Ajeet Kumar Saroj, a culpable homicide convict was on 8th Aug’15 escorted to the Banaras Hindu University where he was awarded his diploma at the 28th convocation of IGNOU. Ajeet, is serving a 10-year imprisonment. He was lodged in jail in February 2012 and has pursued four certificate courses from IGNOU before pursuing the Diploma in Tourism Studies.

12)   In Kerala, freedom fighter, Kayyar Kinhanna Rai passed away at his residence in Badiyadkain Kasargod district on 9th Aug’15. He was also a __________.

a. Author
b. Poet
c. Singer
d. Author and Poet
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Author and Poet

Mr Rai, aged 101, was recipient of the Karnataka Sahitya Academy award in 1969 and the national award the same year for the best teacher.

13)   Name the scheme launched by the government on 10th Aug’15 to bring students closer to nature by involving them in raising of saplings in school nurseries?

a. Save Mother Earth Scheme
b. School Nursery Yojana
c. Bal Nursery Yojana
d. Tree Plantation Scheme
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ANSWER: School Nursery Yojana

Urging every student to plant a tree each, Mr Javadekar said that every school must earmark space to prepare a small nursery where the saplings could be planted. The Minister also presented a sapling and a packet of seeds to students from each school for planting in their school. He exhorted the students to take the grown sapling planted by them along with their annual results to their homes.

14)   In Gujarat, Sessions Judge P B Desai, who is conducting trial in the 2002 Gulberg Society riots case, on 10th Aug’15 visited the society in Meghaninagar area Ahmedabad, where 69 persons of the minority community, including former Congress MP Ehsan Jafri, were killed by a mob. Name the judge who visited the same crime scene in 2010?

a. Justice B U Joshi
b. Justice H L Dattu
c. Justice Markandey Katju
d. Justice D K Sinha
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Justice B U Joshi

Desai is the second judge in the case who has visited the crime scene. Justice B U Joshi, who was earlier conducting the trial in the case, had also visited the Gulberg Society in 2010. On 10th Aug’15 during the visit, Desai was accompanied by S M Vora, who is an advocate of riot survivors, and special public prosecutor R C Kodekar as well as defence lawyers.

15)   On 10th Aug’15, Rajasthan High Court banned the Santhara ritual prevailing in the _______.

a. Marwari Community
b. Jain Community
c. Buddhism Community
d. Gurjar Community
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ANSWER: Jain Community

The court considered it a criminal act amounting to suicide and directed to register cases under section 306 of IPC. The Court banned this ritual, following a Public Interest Litigation filed by human rights activist a decade ago, claiming that the ritual is a social evil and should be considered as a suicide. The ancient ritual, also called Sallekhana, is the voluntary starvation to embrace death. Jain religious leaders has strongly criticized the court judgement. Reacting to judgement, Tarun Sagarji Maharaj has said that this judgement has been given without properly understanding the principles of Jain Religion.

16)   Who has won the Best female playback singer award announced by the Kerala State Film Awards 2014?

a. Sunidhi Chauhan
b. Nasriya Naseem
c. Shreya Ghosal
d. Anna Fathima
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ANSWER: Shreya Ghosal

Nasriya Naseem won the best actress award for her performance in the films 'Om Shanthi Hosana' and 'Bangalore Days' while Shreya Ghoshaal was adjudged the best female playback singer. Anna Fathima was adjudged the best child actress award.

17)   Name the senior India hockey player who was suspended on 10th Aug’15 for 9 months for indulging in groupism and creating disharmony within the team?

a. Sardar Singh
b. Gurbaj Singh
c. Manjeet Singh
d. Manpreet Sodhi
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ANSWER: Gurbaj Singh

The decision to suspend Gurbaj was taken after a meeting of Hockey India's disciplinary committee headed by Harbinder Singh with the midfielder and former India coach Jude Felix. The coach levelled the charges against Gurbaj in his report after last month's Hockey World League Semifinals in Antwerp, Belgium.

18)   Name the Australian player who announced his retirement from International Cricket after playing the current Ashes series?

a. Steve Smith
b. Mitchell Stark
c. Michael Clarke
d. Michael Hussy
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ANSWER: Michael Clarke

Australia captain Michael Clarke will retire from international cricket at the end of the current Ashes series. He averages only 16 from eight innings and Australia are 3-1 behind with one match left at The Oval on 20 August 2015.

19)   Name the Indian socio-biologist who was awarded with the Germany's highest civilian honour Cross of Order of the Merit at the German Consulate in Bengaluru on 7th Aug’15?

a. Raghavendra Gadagkar
b. Tejaskar Pandey
c. Dr. Sangita Pandey
d. None of these
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ANSWER: Raghavendra Gadagkar

Gadagkar is a professor at the Centre for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science (IISc). He is also the president of the Indian National Science Academy and has published more than 270 research papers and two books.

20)   On 11th Aug’15, who ruled that Aadhar Card is not mandatory for availing various welfare schemes of the government?

a. Supreme Court
b. President of India
c. Parliament Panel
d. Delhi High Court
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ANSWER: Supreme Court

The court made it clear that even for availing facilities PDS, kerosene and LPG distribution system the card will not be mandatory. It barred the authorities from sharing personal biometric data collected for enrollment under the scheme. It directed that the information received by UIDAI shall not be used for any other purposes, except in criminal investigation with the permission of the court. A Constitution bench of the apex court will also decide the larger question of whether collecting biometric data for preparing Aadhar cards infringeds an individual's privacy and if right to privacy was a fundamental right.

21)   Name the new CEO of Google appointed on 11th Aug’15?

a. Satya Nadella
b. Sundar Pichai
c. R S Pichai
d. Shiv Murthy
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ANSWER: Sundar Pichai

The Chennai born 43-year-old IIT Kharagpur graduate is the second person of Indian-origin to head an IT company after Hyderabad-born Satya Nadella, who became the CEO of software giant Microsoft in February 2014.

22)   On 11th Aug’15 which of the following country switched on a nuclear reactor for the first time in nearly two years?

a. India
b. China
c. Japan
d. Iraq
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Japan switched on a nuclear reactor for the first time in nearly two years, as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe seeks to reassure a nervous public that tougher standards mean the sector is now safe after the Fukushima disaster in 2011. Of Japan's 25 reactors at 15 plants for which operators have applied for permission to restart, only five at three plants have been cleared for restart.

23)   On 11th Aug’15, Sania Mirza became the second tennis player to be recommended for the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award. Name the tennis player who was the first to won this award?

a. Leander Paes
b. Mahesh Bhupati
c. Ajay Padukone
d. Sorabjit Sen
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ANSWER: Leander Paes

Sania is only the second tennis player after Leander Paes to be named for the top award. Paes had been bestowed the honour way back in 1996 after his bronze medal in the Atlanta Olympics. The Hyderabadi girl had won the Arjuna award in 2004. In 2006, she was bestowed the Padma Shri the country's fourth highest civilian honour.

24)   With which bank the Government of India signed the Financing Agreement for assistance of US$ 308.40 million for National Cyclone Risk Mitigation Project-II (NCRMP-II)?

b. ADB
c. World Bank
d. European Central Bank
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ANSWER: World Bank

The objective of NCRMP-II is to reduce vulnerability to cyclone and other hydro-meteorological hazards of coastal communities in the States of Goa, Gujarat, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra and West Bengal; and increase the capacity of the State entities to effectively plan for and respond to disasters. NCRMP-II has four components which are: (i) Early Warning Dissemination Systems; (ii) Cyclone Risk Mitigation Infrastructure; (iii) Technical Assistance for Multi-Hazard Risk Management; and (iv) Project Management and Implementation Support.

25)   Which city becomes first Indian city to be a member of the World Tourism Cities Federation (WTCF) Council and join its league of leading tourism cities across the World?

a. Mumbai
b. Panaji
c. Shimla
d. Kochi
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The invitation was formally accepted by the Kerala State Tourism Dept. on 10th Aug’15.

26)   Name the Congress leader presented with 24th Saraswati Samman for 2014 for his epic "Sri Ramayana Mahanveshanam" written in Kannada?

a. M.Veerappa Moily
b. Jairam Ramesh
c. Nandan Nilekani
d. Milind Deora
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ANSWER: M.Veerappa Moily

No explanation is available for this question!

27)   Name the new company that has owned Google Company?

a. Umbrella
b. Galaxy
c. MoonLab
d. Alphabet
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ANSWER: Alphabet

Google has a new owner: a holding company called Alphabet, run by Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin. Alphabet owns a few other things, too: namely, every company ever created or acquired under the tech giant’s many-tentacled purview.

28)   International Day of the World's Indigenous People was observed on ________.

a. 5th August
b. 7th August
c. 9th August
d. 11th August
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: 9th August

The theme for this year was “Post 2015 Agenda: Ensuring indigenous peoples' health and well-being”.

29)   Name the new mobile app launched by the Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on 10th Aug’15 to promote digital literacy in Bihar?

a. Samiksha
b. Disha
c. Saksharta
d. Marg
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The app also aims to offer digital literacy to tribal and Dalit women in the state. The app can be downloaded for free from the Google Play Store.

30)   Who has been appointed as the Maharastra’s tiger Ambassador?

a. Manoj Bajpai
b. Salman Khan
c. Amitabh Bachchan
d. Nana Patekar
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ANSWER: Amitabh Bachchan

On 10 Aug’15, Amitabh Bachchan accepted the proposal of Maharashtra Forest Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar to be the Maharashtra’s Tiger Ambassador of the state.

31)   By what percent Indirect tax revenue surged in April-July 2015?

a. 12%
b. 19%
c. 25%
d. 37%
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Indirect tax revenue jumped over 37.6 percent to over 2.1 lakh crore rupees during April-July period of current fiscal due to the higher excise collections. A press release issued by the Finance Ministry on 11th Aug’15 stated that the indirect tax collections were 1.53 lakh crore rupees during the similar period of the previous fiscal. While in July 2015-16, the indirect tax collections grew by 39.1 percent from a year ago period to 56,739 crore rupees.

32)   Which country’s prime minister resigned live on TV, hours after peace talks between the country’s rival factions restarted?

a. Egypt
b. Libya
c. Sudan
d. South Sudan
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The prime minister of Libya's internationally recognised government, Abdullah al-Thani, has announced his resignation. The announcement was made in a surprise move live on television, hours after peace talks between the country's rival factions restarted. During the talk show, Prime Minister Al-Thani faced angry questions from citizens who blamed his government for the lack of basic services such as electricity and poor security in areas of it controls. Al-Thani said during the show that if his exit is the solution, he resigns. He added that his resignation will be submitted to the parliament on 16th Aug’15.

33)   Name the mountain that was sealed off by the Malaysian authorities following a magnitude 6 earthquake and will reopen partially on 1st Sep’15?

a. Mount Muchinga
b. Mount Alps
c. Mount Kinabalu
d. Mount Kilimanjaro
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ANSWER: Mount Kinabalu

The park is expected to open from September 1st, but visitors will be able to climb up to only Laban Rata because trails to the summit, which were damaged by the earthquake, have not been repaired. Laban Rata is the last stop for climbers heading to the summit.

34)   Which of the following has been awarded a rating of A+ by the Power Ministry in its Third Annual Integrated Rating Exercise covering 40 state power distribution utilities across India?

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Apart from Punjab, Gujarat is the second state which has got A+ Rating. Union Minister of State for Power, Coal and Renewable Energy, Piyush Goyal has formally announced the award of the rating to the PSPCL.

35)   In which month Industrial output grows at 4 month high of 3.8% in India?

a. May
b. June
c. July
d. August
Answer  Explanation 


According to data released by the Central Statistics Office, the manufacturing sector, which constitutes over 75 percent of the IIP, grew at 4.6 percent in June this year. But output of capital goods, a barometer of investment, contracted 3.6 percent, and mining sector output fell 0.3 per cent during the month. Power generation growth stood at 1.3 percent in June.

36)   Indian Snooker player won the World 6-Red Snooker Championship on 12th Aug’15. It was his ____ world title.

a. 1st
b. 5th
c. 13th
d. 19th
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ANSWER: 13th

No explanation is available for this question!

37)   Which country has sent shockwaves through global markets by moving to prevent a further drop in exports with the biggest one-off devaluation of its currency in 20 years?

a. Japan
b. United States
c. Hong Kong
d. China
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The People’s Bank of China said the centre of the yuan’s trading band was reset 1.9% lower at 6.2298 per US dollar, its weakest point against the US dollar for almost three years.

38)   International Youth Day was observed on ______.

a. 12th August
b. 1st August
c. 2nd August
d. 8th August
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: 12th August

The theme of International Youth Day 2015 is “Youth Civic Engagement.”

39)   How many Tigers were lost between January and 9th Aug’15 as per the data from National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) and TRAFFIC-India, the wildlife trade monitoring network released in August 2015?

a. 11
b. 8
c. 34
d. 41
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques


The States that have reported the maximum number of tiger deaths include Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu.

40)   On 16th Aug’15, PM Narendra Modi will embark on a journey to UAE. It is the first time that an Indian Prime Minister is going to Gulf Nations in the last _____ years.

a. 14
b. 23
c. 34
d. 46
Answer  Explanation 


He will meet the ruler, the vice president and also the prime minister of the country.