General Awareness Test (August - 15) - Set 4

1)   Which of the following got accredited by the Green Climate fund as a national implementing entity for undertaking climate change related projects in India?

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NABARD is the only NIE in the country, at present, for undertaking climate change projects. The Green Climate Fund (GCF) was set up under the framework of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in 2010 to help developing countries finance clean energy, other mitigation efforts and adaptation to climate change.

2)   Who has been appointed as the new Election Commissioner on 13th Aug’15?

a. O P Rawat
b. P S Gangwar
c. S P Ranjan
d. R R Ranjan
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Law Ministry said, the appointment of former Madhya Pradesh cadre IAS officer Mr Rawat will come into effect from the day he assumes office.

3)   On which planet Researchers have found what is believed to be the youngest lake?

a. Pluto
b. Kepler B-252
c. Mars
d. Saturn
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A new research study published in the journal Geology uncovered a basin that may have housed a body of water 36 million years ago, a full 200 million years after scientists believe Mars had seen its last drop of liquid water. The findings came from a study of salt deposits in an 18 square mile area near the Martian equator, about 100 miles from NASA’s Opportunity rover landing site.

4)   Who has been appointed as acting Chief Justice of the Gujarat High Court?

a. Justice A K Nayar
b. Justice B N Mishra
c. Justice V M Sahai
d. Justice Jayant Patel
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ANSWER: Justice Jayant Patel

Justice Patel has replaced Justice V. M. Sahai who retired as acting chief justice on superannuation. Gujarat High Court has received a notification from the Supreme Court of India regarding the appointment of Justice Jayant Patel as the acting Chief Justice of the Gujarat High Court on 12th Aug’15.

5)   Name the person elected as the president of the Gymnastics Federation of India (GFI) on 12th Aug’15?

a. Sudhakar Shetty
b. Anirban Kumar
c. Anil Mahapatra
d. Suneel Singh
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ANSWER: Sudhakar Shetty

The elections were held with Justice P K Bhasin (Retired Judge of Delhi High Court) acting as the Returning Officer in the presence of HS Bhadu, IOA Observer and R K Saxena, Government Observer.

6)   Name the scheme that has been acknowledged by the Guinness Book of World Records for being the largest cash transfer program (households)?

b. Jan Dhan Yojana
d. All of above
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Government of India launched the `PAHAL’ Scheme in 54 districts of the country on 15.11.2014 and in remaining districts of the country on 1st January, 2015. As on 13.8.2015, 13.9 crore LPG consumers have joined the PAHAL scheme. LPG consumers who join the PAHAL scheme will get the LPG cylinders at market price and receive LPG subsidy (as per their entitlement) directly into their bank accounts.

7)   Name the former Indian cricket team captain who became social ambassador of Coca-Cola India for three years?

a. Kapil Dev
b. Sunil Gavaskar
c. Sachin Tendulkar
d. Saurav Ganguly
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ANSWER: Saurav Ganguly

He replaced Sachin Tendulkar whose contract ended in last year.

8)   Under which initiative Social network giant Facebook has given benefits of around 21 million dollars to Indian developers?

a. FacebookSetup
b. FbStart
c. FbStartup
d. Fb First
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FbStart is a programme launched last year to help early-stage mobile start-ups build and grow their applications. Under this, Facebook runs two tracks called ‘Accelerate companies’ and ‘Bootstrap companies’ and for which it will provide software and tools worth 80,000 dollars and 30,000 dollars respectively to developers.

9)   What is the new character limit for direct messages set by Twitter?

a. 320
b. 1000
c. 2500
d. 10000
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ANSWER: 10000

It will now allow messages of up to 10,000 characters in its mobile apps, desktop apps, and the web.

10)   Which bank has made profit worth Rs 3692 Crore for the first quarter of 2015-16 as announced on 11th Aug’15?

a. ICICI Bank
b. State Bank of India
c. Bank of Baroda
d. ING Vysya
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ANSWER: State Bank of India

No explanation is available for this question!

11)   On 15th Aug’15 India celebrated its ____ Independence Day.

a. 67th
b. 70th
c. 69th
d. 68th
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ANSWER: 69th

No explanation is available for this question!

12)   On European tour, Indian’s Men Hockey team won the Hockey test series against _______.

a. France
b. Spain
c. Italy
d. Finland
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Indian Men's Hockey Team on their European tour beat Spain in their third and final match at Teresa in Spain on 14th Aug’15 and won the three match series 2-1.

13)   Name the boxing coach who has been recommended for the prestigious life time achievement Dronacharya award?

a. Swatantra Raj Singh
b. Om Prakash Sharma
c. Jagdish Singh
d. Omprakash Bhardwaj
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ANSWER: Swatantra Raj Singh

The award is given to Sports Coaches for their life time work in the field. This time, 3 Sports coaches were recommended, including Nihar Amin for Swimming and Harbans Singh for Athletics.

14)   Name the founder and Chairman of Hero Cycles who passed away on 13th Aug’15?

a. Ajay Mehta
b. O P Munjal
c. B D Arora
d. R S Swaminathan
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ANSWER: O P Munjal

Om Prakash Munjal was known as the doyen of Indian cycle industry. He along with his three brothers Brijmohan Lall Munjal, Dayanand Mujnal and Satyanand Munjal, had started a bicycle spare parts business in Amritsar in 1944.

15)   Who has been appointed as the MD and CEO of Bank of Baroda by the government?

a. P S Jayakumar
b. Jaykumar Sharma
c. Shiv Pal Sharma
d. Ajay Shankar
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ANSWER: P S Jayakumar

This is the first time the government has chosen the candidate from the private sector to head the Public Sector Banks.

16)   Who has been appointed as the MD and CEO of Canara Bank by the government?

a. M S Dhir
b. Rakesh Sharma
c. Rajesh Dhariwal
d. Sanjay Shah
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ANSWER: Rakesh Sharma

Rakesh Sharma is chosen from private sector to head the Public Sector Bank.

17)   The Wholesale inflation registered in July 2015 is _____.

a. -2.04%
b. -1.14%
c. -4.05%
d. -5.1%
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ANSWER: -4.05%

Deflationary trends continued for the ninth month in a row in July with wholesale inflation plunging to a low of minus 4.05 percent on cheaper vegetable and fuel. The WPI number follows retail inflation (CPI) data, which had slipped to a record low of 3.78 per cent in July. The overall wholesale price index-based (WPI) inflation was minus 2.40 percent in June. It has been in the negative zone since November 2014. A year ago in July 2014, inflation was 5.41 per cent. During the month, pulses, milk, edible oil, egg, meat and fish turned dearer.

18)   Name the initiative launched by the Finance Minister Arun Jaitely to revamp functioning of public sector banks, PSBs on 14th Aug’15?

a. Seven Plan
b. Maulik Niti
c. BankNiti
d. Indradhanush
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ANSWER: Indradhanush

Indradhanush is a seven pronged plan that includes appointments, capitalisation, de-stressing PSBs, empowerment, framework of accountability and governance reforms.

19)   Name the body of 'eminent' professionals and officials, which will replace the Appointments Board for appointment of Whole-time Directors as well as non-Executive Chairmen of PSBs?

a. NITI Aayog
c. Bank Board Bureau
d. Bureau of Banking Standards
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ANSWER: Bank Board Bureau

The government decided to set up a Bank Board Bureau, BBB through which two dozen state-run banks would be monitored for key performance indicators. The BBB will start the functioning from the 1st of April next year and the selection of its member will start in the next six months.

20)   Who has allowed banks to tie up with insurers, to sell three products each from life, non-life and standalone health insurance segment?

a. RBI
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The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India Member Nilesh Sathe announced that the decision will not be binding on banks who are free to take their call.

21)   The Reserve Bank of India will transfer its surplus profit of 65,896 crore rupees to the Centre. This amount is ___ percent higher than previous year.

a. 5%
b. 19%
c. 25%
d. 33%
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Last year, the apex bank had transferred 52,679 crore rupees of its surplus profit to the Government.

22)   The Government has extended the deadline for submission of public comments on the proposed policy framework for net neutrality till ___________.

a. 20th August
b. 30th August
c. 1st September
d. 5th September
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ANSWER: 20th August

Department of Telecom said in a notice on its website that last date for submission of suggestions and comments on report of committee on Net Neutrality through discussion forum under has been extended till 20th of August. Net neutrality implies that equal treatment be accorded to all Internet traffic and no priority be given to an entity or company based on the payment to content or service providers such as telecom companies, which is seen as discriminatory. The neutrality debate flared up in India after telecom operator Airtel launched a platform, Airtel Zero, that would allow free access of some websites on its network.

23)   Which Hindi film was awarded as a best film on the second day of Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM) 2015?

a. Dum Laga Ke Haisha
b. Piku
c. Bahubali
d. Drishyam
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The programme was organised at the National Gallery of Victoria attended by various personalities including Australian High Commissioner to India Patrick Suckling, Indian High Commissioner Navdeep Suri, Consul General Manika Jain, Anil kapoor, Bhumi Padnekar, Simi Grewal, Sonam Kapoor,film director Shojit Sircar.

24)   Who won the best actress award at the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM) 2015?

a. Sonam Kapoor
b. Deepika Padukone
c. Bhumi Pednekar
d. Rani Mukherjee
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ANSWER: Bhumi Pednekar

She won the best actress award for acting in a ‘Dum Laga Ke Haisha’ movie.

25)   Who won the best actor award at the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM) 2015?

a. Amitabh Bachchan
b. Ajay Devgan
c. Shahrukh Khan
d. Irfan Khan
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ANSWER: Irfan Khan

Irfan Khan was awarded for best actor award for his performance in "Piku" film.

26)   Name the title of the India-US Combined Military Training Exercise scheduled to be held from 9th Sep’15 at Joint Base Lewis McChord in the USA?

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The exercise will be the 11th such event in the Yudh Abhyas series, which started in 2004 under US Army Pacific partnership program.

27)   On 16th Aug’15, Hamida Salem passed away at her residence in Jamia Nagar, New Delhi. She is a/an ______.

a. Urdu Writer
b. Politician
c. Singer
d. Poet
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ANSWER: Urdu Writer

Salim was the first woman graduate of the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU). She had penned down many books including' Shorish-e-Dauran', 'Ham Saath Thhe','Parchhaiyon Ke Ujale' and ' Hardam Rawan Hai Zindagi'. She was sister of the legendary poet Israrul Haqu Mazaj and aunt of famous lyricist Javed Akhtar.

28)   Which of the following countries declared State of Emergency due to over increasing activity at the Cotopaxi volcano?

a. Ecuador
b. Colombia
c. Peru
d. Chile
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ANSWER: Ecuador

Ecuador President Rafael Correa has declared a state of emergency over increasing activity at the Cotopaxi volcano near the capital Quito. Cotopaxi is among the world's most dangerous volcanoes and is prone to fast-moving rock and mud flows. Cotopaxi last had a major eruption in 1877.

29)   Name the Indian badminton player who became the first Indian to win a silver in the World Badminton Championship on 16th Aug’15?

a. Ashwani Ponappa
b. Aditya Joshi
c. Saina Nehwal
d. P Kashyap
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ANSWER: Saina Nehwal

She lost the women's singles summit clash to Spain's Carolina Marin in Jakarta. This was India's fifth medal at the World Championship after PV Sindhu clinched the bronze twice in 2013 and 2014 and Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa notched up a bronze in women's doubles at the 2011 edition. Legendary shuttler Prakash Padukone was the first Indian to win a bronze at the 1983 edition.

30)   Name the player who clinched the gold medal in the compound men's individual section in the Archery World Cup Stage 3 competition in Poland on 15th Aug’15?

a. Deepika Kumari
b. Abhishek Verma
c. Mangal Singh Champia
d. None of the above
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ANSWER: Abhishek Verma

At Wroclaw, the world number 18 was at his best in the individual final as he held on to his lead to wrap up the issue against Esmaeil Ebadi of Iran.

31)   In which country the first International Army Games was held?

a. China
b. Brazil
c. Kuwait
d. Russia
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ANSWER: Russia

The International Army Games 2015 were held August 1st to 15th on 11 training ranges across three Russia’s military commands, the Western, the Southern and the Central. Fifty seven teams from 17 countries from Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America, which competed at the Games.

32)   The 2015 US-India Cyber Dialogue was held on 11-12th Aug’15 in which city?

a. New Delhi
b. Geneva
c. Washington DC
d. Berlin
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ANSWER: Washington DC

The dialogue was held with an aim to increase global cyber security and promote the digital economy.

33)   In which country, two powerful bomb blasts occurred outside a hugely popular Lord Brahma temple on 17th Aug’15?

a. Bangladesh
b. Thailand
c. Indonesia
d. Singapore
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ANSWER: Thailand

The temple is located on a main road through Bangkok's commercial hub and is surrounded by three major shopping malls. It is among Bangkok's most popular tourist attractions.

34)   In 2014-15, Food grain production in country is estimated to have declined by _____.

a. 0.32%
b. 2.34%
c. 3.12%
d. 4.66%
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ANSWER: 4.66%

Country's food grain production is estimated to have declined 4.66 per cent to 252.68 million tonnes (MT) in 2014-15 crop year due to poor monsoon and unseasonal rains in February-March. An official statement says, total foodgrain production in the country is estimated at 252.68 MT, which is lower by 12.36 MT than the last year's record foodgrain production of 265.04 MT.

35)   Who has been appointed as the 23rd Chief justice of Pak Supreme Court on 17th Aug’15?

a. Nasirul Mulk
b. Mamnoon Hussain
c. Jawwad S Khawaja
d. Shiraj Hussain
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ANSWER: Jawwad S Khawaja

Justice Khawaja, the senior-most sitting judge, will serve as chief justice for only 23 days as he is due to retire on the 9th of next month.

36)   Who won the Rogers Cup Masters tournament held in Canada on 17th Aug’15?

a. Andy Murray
b. Novak Djokovic
c. Leander Paes
d. Rafael Nadal
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ANSWER: Andy Murray

World number two Murray won to record his first victory against the top seeded Serbian Novak Djokovic since the 2013 Wimbledon Final. It was Murray's 11th Masters title. Djokovic, who lost for just the fourth time this year, had won 12 consecutive Masters Series Finals before this.

37)   In Golf, what position has been achieved by Anirban Lahiri at the US PGA championship, Whistling Straits?

a. 1st
b. 3rd
c. 5th
d. 2nd
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Anirban Lahiri finished tied 5th at the US PGA championship at Whistling Straits which is the highest position by an Indian at a Golf Major. The 28-year-old Lahiri and American Brooks Koepka, shared the fifth position while Australia's Jason Day lifted the PGA Championship title. World No. 53 Lahiri won his first European Tour title at the Malaysian Open in February before adding a second later that month on home soil at the Indian Open.

38)   On 17th Aug’15, from which city direct flights to Sharjah was inaugurated?

a. Pune
b. Varanasi
c. Lucknow
d. Kochi
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ANSWER: Varanasi

The Varanasi-Sharjah flight, IX 183, took off from Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport, Varanasi with 170 passengers.

39)   On 15th Aug’15, which of the following campaigns was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his Independence Day Address?

a. Start-up India, Stand up India
b. Start and Run India
c. Learn and Earn India
d. Skilled and Expert India
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ANSWER: Start-up India, Stand up India

It is associated with Promoting banks to finance start-ups and offer incentives to boost entrepreneurship and job creation. It is expected to give a new dimension to entrepreneurship and help set up a network of start-ups in the country.

40)   What will be the new name of the Agriculture Ministry as proposed by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his Independence Day address to the nation on 15th Aug’15?

a. Ministry of Indian Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare
b. Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Ministry
c. Ministry of Indian Agriculture and Welfare
d. Agriculture and Welfare Ministry
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ANSWER: Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Ministry

No explanation is available for this question!