General Awareness Test (August - 15) - Set 5

1)   Which state’s Chief Minister launched an official twitter account of Taj Mahal on 15th Aug’15?

a. Delhi
b. Bihar
c. Uttar Pradesh
d. Gujarat
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Uttar Pradesh

The Uttar Pradesh Tourism said the Taj had become the first historical monument in the world to have its own Twitter account.

2)   Who has been appointed as the Chairman of the Public Enterprises Selection Board?

a. Atul Chaturvedi
b. Aradhan Jauhari
c. S P Goel
d. Ajit Kumar Seth
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ANSWER: Ajit Kumar Seth

He is a 1974-batch IAS officer of Uttar Pradesh cadre, completed his extended tenure of four years at the Cabinet secretariat on 13th June 2015.

3)   Name the Indian cricketer who became the first player in test cricket history to take 8 catches in a match?

a. Rohit Sharma
b. Ajinkya Rahane
c. Virat Kohli
d. Shikhar Dhawan
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ANSWER: Ajinkya Rahane

Indian batsman Ajinkya Rahane created a world record as he became the first non-keeper player to take eight catches in a Test match. He achieved the feat on the third day of the ongoing first Test against Sri Lanka at Galle when he caught Rangana Herath at slip off Amit Mishra.

4)   With which country India has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to tackle the menace of fake Indian currency notes (FICN) smuggling in Aug’15?

a. Myanmar
b. China
c. Pakistan
d. Bangladesh
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ANSWER: Bangladesh

The MoU was signed during a maiden meeting of the Joint Task Force on Fake Currency Notes (JTFFC) in Dhaka.

5)   Which bank has launched the fist contactless debit, credit and multi-currency forex card?

a. Axis Bank
b. ICICI Bank
c. HDFC Bank
d. SBI
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ANSWER: Axis Bank

The bank launched contactless multi-currency forex cards in partnership with Visa - the payments gateway company. Axis Bank would be the first bank to issue multi-currency contactless cards or 'tap and pay' cards which can be loaded in 15 currencies such as Swiss Franc and Hong Kong dollar besides the three main currencies - US dollar, Euro and British Pound.

6)   For which state, PM Narendra Modi announced Rs. 1.25 Lakh Crore special package on 18th Aug’15?

a. Bihar
b. Telangana
c. Uttar Pradesh
d. Uttarakhand
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques


About half of the Prime Minister's Bihar Package of Rs 1.25 lakh crore will be spent on construction of highways and bridges. A press release issued by the PMO said that around 55 thousand crore rupees will be spent on four-laning and widening of highways, construction of bridges across Ganga, Sone and Kosi rivers and 12 Rail overbridges.

7)   Around which sanctuary located in the national capital region, the demarcation of eco-sensitive zone has been completed by the government?

a. National Bird Sanctuary
b. Okhla Bird Sanctuary
c. Gautam Buddha Vihar Sanctuary
d. Buddha Bird Sanctuary
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Okhla Bird Sanctuary

The announcement will come as a major relief to the people who have booked their flats in the area and invested huge amounts of their hard earned money. Earlier in the day, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) directed the Ministry to issue the final notification on Eco-Sensitive Zone (ESZ) around the sanctuary within three weeks Once the notification is issued, the government will allow the home buyers outside the ESZ to get occupancy certificates of their flats, which had been pending for quite some time.

8)   Name the wife of President Pranab Mukherjee who passed away on 18th Aug’15?

a. Sonam Mukherjee
b. Annapurna Mukherjee
c. Suvra Mukherjee
d. Akshita Das
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Suvra Mukherjee

Mrs Mukherjee was born on 17th of September 1940 in Jessore and got married to Mr Pranab Mukherjee in 1957. She was a vocalist of Rabindra Sangeet and founded the Geetanjali Troupe. She had also written two books Chokher Aloey and Chena Achenai Chin.

9)   On 18th Aug’15 which of the following courts directed the chief secretary of Uttar Pradesh to ensure that government servants, representatives of people, Judiciary etc send their wards to the government primary school of the state , so that they become serious enough to ensure good condition of primary schools?

a. Delhi High Court
b. Allahabad High Court
c. Supreme Court
d. Bombay High Court
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Allahabad High Court

While hearing a petition filed by Shiv Kumar Pathak and others, Justice Sudhir Agarwal severely criticized the condition of junior basic schools in the state and said until wards of Judges, people's representatives and bureaucrats would study compulsorily in these schools the condition will not improve. Justice Agarwal ordered the chief secretary to ensure that children of all government and quasi government employees, People's representatives, judges and bureaucrats study in government schools and if they not obey the order some punitive actions will also be taken against them.

10)   The headquarter of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is located at ____.

a. Durban
b. Masdar
c. Beijing
d. New Delhi
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ANSWER: Masdar

Masdar city is located in UAE that relies completely on solar energy and other renewable sources of energy. Masdar city is also known as world’s first zero-carbon and car-free smart city.

11)   Which of the following communication satellites will be launched on 27th Aug’15 from Sriharikota?

a. GSAT-6
b. GSLV-D6
c. INSAT-6
d. PSLV-B6
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The launch of advanced communication satellite GSAT-6 using the GSLV-D6 rocket, powered by the indigenous cryogenic engine, began at 1152 hrs on 27th Sug’15 at the spaceport of Sriharikota.

12)   Name the India based airlines that signed a massive deal to purchase 250 aircrafts from Europe’s Airbus Company?

a. Vistara Airlines
b. Indian Airlines
c. SpiceJet Airways
d. Indigo Airlines
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ANSWER: Indigo Airlines

The deal makes IndiGo the largest airline customer for the Airbus A320-family of aircraft. It is the largest ever order in terms of volume by any company.

13)   Which political group emerged as the largest group to win the Sri Lankan polls held in Aug’15?

a. United National Party
b. Lanka Desham Party
c. Tamil National Party
d. None of these
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: United National Party

The results of Sri Lanka’s 15th General Elections on 18th Aug’15 have brought to a close the Rajapaksa era in country’s politics. United National Party leader and current Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesighe has return to the parliament as the leader of the largest group, with possible support from several members from the opposite camp.

14)   According to ASSOCHAM, which State led the employment generation in manufacturing sector of the country in 2012-13?

a. Andhra Pradesh
b. Tamil Nadu
c. Karnataka
d. Punjab
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Tamil Nadu

Among 20 States that were part of the analysis, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal recorded a positive growth, while others saw a significant decline. Overall, employment generation in 2012- 13 in the manufacturing sector declined to 12.95 million from 13.4 million in 2011-12, registering a fall of 3.6%.

15)   Name the mobile wallet app launched by the State Bank of India on 18th Aug’15?

a. Wallet
b. Apna Purse
c. InstantPay
d. Buddy
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques


State Bank of India launched a mobile wallet application, SBI Buddy, in collaboration with Accenture and Mastercard. The service will be available to existing as well as non-SBI customers. The application is available in 13 languages with several features like cash transfer, bill payment, all types of ticket bookings payment and booking for movies, hotels as well as for shopping. The app is available to all android mobile phone users, at present, and soon will be launched for other mobile operating software.

16)   How many Non Banking Financial Companies (NBFC) have been suspended by the orders issued by RBI under RBI Act, 1934?

a. 2
b. 5
c. 7
d. 10
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques


The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has suspended licences of seven non-banking financial companies (NBFCs), some for being dormant and some for either not carrying out its principal business or not fulfilling various norms including minimum net owned funds. The seven NBFCs whose licences were suspended are Religare Finance, Artisans Micro Finance, Eden Trade & Commerce, RCS Parivar Finance, Nott Investments, Dewra Stocks & Securities and Swetasree Finance.

17)   In which city is the second summit of the Forum for India Pacific Island Cooperation (FIPIC) is scheduled to be held on 21st Aug’15?

a. Jaipur
b. Jakarta
c. Bangkok
d. Hanoi
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Jaipur

Mr. Modi during his visit to Fiji in 2014 had identified areas for cooperation including food processing, fisheries, solar energy, tele-medicine and climate change and proposed FIPIC summit to be held regularly. A Forum for India Pacific Islands Cooperation FIPIC was set up, and the forthcoming summit in Jaipur is part of the process. The first FIPIC summit was held in Suva Fiji in November, 2014.

18)   Which country lifted the South Asian Football Federation U-16 title on 18th Aug’15?

a. India
b. Bangladesh
c. Sri Lanka
d. Nepal
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Bangladesh

On 18th Aug’15 Bangladesh Under-16 team won their first-ever South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) under-16 title by defeating Indian team. The tournament was participated by India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and the Maldives.

19)   Who among the following has not been recommended for the 2015 Dhyan Chand Award?

a. TPP Nair
b. SP Misra
c. Romeo James
d. Gurmail Singh
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Gurmail Singh

The selection committee headed by former Indian hockey captain Zafar Iqbal on 18 August 2015 recommended the names of TPP Nair (former captain of Volley ball team), SP Misra (former captain of Davis Cup) and Romeo James (former goalkeeper of the Indian hockey team)for 2015 Dhyan Chand award. In 2014, the award was conferred on three individuals, namely Gurmail Singh (Hockey), KP Thakkar (Swimming-Diving) and Zeeshan Ali.

20)   Who is the author of the book ‘The Kumbh Mela: Mapping the Ephemeral Megacity’?

a. Roman Saini
b. Ajeet Seth
c. Tarun Khanna
d. Rahul Mehrotra
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Tarun Khanna

On 17thAug’15 the book titled, The Kumbh Mela: Mapping the Ephemeral Megacity, authored by Tarun Khanna was released by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav. The book was edited by Rahul Mehrotra, Felipe Vera and Diana Eck.

21)   Name the officer who has been assigned the additional charge of Director of Enforcement Directorate (ED) by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet on 19th Aug’15?

a. Sanjeev Chaturvedi
b. Karnal Singh
c. Manjunath Sharma
d. Shomesh Bhandari
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Karnal Singh

He is an IPS officer of 1984 batch of union territories cadre, currently serving as Special Director in Centre Region of Enforcement Directorate and will replace Rajan S Katoch.

22)   Name the woman who became India's first woman to play in English league football?

a. Sumitra Agarwal
b. Jayanti Pandyan
c. Aditi Chauhan
d. None of these
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Aditi Chauhan

She is India’s international football goalkeeper and made her debut for the women’s team of the West Ham United in the opening game of the season against Coventry City.

23)   Which state has announced that Sanskrit language will be introduced as a mandatory subject in all Government schools of the state?

a. Tamil Nadu
b. Uttarakhand
c. Himachal Pradesh
d. Andhra Pradesh
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Himachal Pradesh

It was announced by the Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh.

24)   Who is appointed as the head of the three member team constituted to assess situation in Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune by Union Government?

a. S M Khan
b. Gajendra Chauhan
c. Nagesh Naik
d. Abdur Khan
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques


The three-member team will be headed by the Registrar of Newspapers in India (RNI) SM Khan and comprise two more I&B Ministry officials.

25)   The Birth Anniversary of Rajiv Gandhi was observed on ______.

a. 19th September
b. 20th August
c. 21st August
d. 22nd September
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ANSWER: 20th August

No explanation is available for this question!

26)   Name the frontline warship of the Indian Navy that made a port call at the port of Haifa, Israel on 19th Aug’15?

a. INS Saumitra
b. INS Pinaka
c. INS Taringini
d. INS Trikand
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques


INS Trikand, commanded by Captain Vinay Kalia, is the latest warship of the Indian Navy equipped with a versatile range of weapons and sensors enabling to address threats in all the three dimensions – air, surface and sub-surface. The visiting ship is part of the Indian Navy’s Western Fleet and is under the operational command of the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command, with its Headquarters at Mumbai.

27)   How many payment banks received in-principle approval by the Reserve bank of India?

a. 3
b. 4
c. 6
d. 11
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques


A payment bank is different from conventional banks as it cannot lend to its customers. It is allowed to take deposits, allow remittances and provide simple financial products. The central bank has approved applications of National Securities Depository Limited (NSDL), Reliance Industries , Aditya Birla Nuvo , Airtel M Commerce, Department of Posts , Fino PayTech, Tech Mahindra, Vodafone m-pesa, Cholamandalam Distribution Services, PayTM, and Sun Pharma.

28)   With which of the following organisations, the Union Transport Ministry is in collaboration to work on developing cost-effective battery technologies to make electric buses economically viable?

Answer  Explanation  Related Ques


This initiative will also help in cutting down on the carbon emissions especially in the urban areas. A meeting was held on 20th Aug’15 in this regard between the officials from the Road and Highways Ministry, the Science and Technology Ministry and ISRO. The road ministry will within a week submit all its documents with regard to battery-specification requirement to ISRO. ISRO will develop a time-bound programme for the development of these commercial batteries.

29)   On 20th Aug’15 with which country, the agreement for exchange of information with respect to taxes has been approved by the Cabinet?

a. Switzerland
b. Seychelles
c. Sweden
d. UAE
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Seychelles

The cabinet has approved the signing and ratification agreement between India and Seychelles for exchange of information with respect to taxes. The Agreement will stimulate the flow of exchange of information between India and Seychelles for tax purposes, which will help curb tax evasion and tax avoidance. The Union Cabinet also gave its approval for the signing of the revised Air Services Agreement (ASA) between India and Seychelles to modernize and update the existing ASA signed in 1978.

30)   Name the country that will host ‘Call To Action Summit’ on 27th Aug’15, aimed at ending preventable child and maternal deaths?

a. Indonesia
b. China
c. Australia
d. India
Answer  Explanation 


The programme--Call To Action Summit-- will be attended by Health Ministers from 24 countries, state health ministers from India and International academic experts. It will provide a platform to deliberate upon the importance of systems, innovations, convergence and evidence in ending preventable maternal and child deaths.

31)   Who has been appointed as Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of national carrier Air India for three years?

a. Rajeev Lohati
b. Ashwani Lohani
c. R K Singh
d. Rohit Nandan
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Ashwani Lohani

On 20th Aug’15 Ashwani Lohani was appointed as Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of national carrier Air India for three years. He will be replacing Rohit Nandan, whose extended tenure ends on 21st August. The Appointments Committee of Cabinet has approved appointment of Lohani, a 1980 batch Indian Railway Service of Mechanical Engineers (IRSME) officer, as CMD, Air India Ltd. He is presently working as Managing Director of Madhya Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation in Bhopal.

32)   Which country’s scientists have found a way to take carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air and make carbon nanofibres, a valuable manufacturing material?

a. India
b. United States
c. Japan
d. Singapore
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: United States

Scientists in the U.S. have found a way to take carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air and make carbon nanofibres, a valuable manufacturing material. Their solar-powered system runs just a few volts of electricity through a vat full of a hot, molten salt; CO2 is absorbed and the nanofibres gradually assemble at one of the electrodes. It currently produces 10g in an hour. The team suggests it could be scaled up and makes an impact on CO2 emissions, but other researchers are unsure. Nonetheless, it could offer a cheaper way of making carbon nanofibres than existing methods.

33)   Name the port where a Greek government chartered ferry arrived near Athens, after picking up almost 2,500 migrants from islands near the Turkish coast?

a. Piraeus
b. Cape Matapan
c. Palermo
d. Cyclades
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ANSWER: Piraeus

The migrants, most of them Syrian refugees, boarded the Eleftherios Venizelos car ferry in Kos, Kalymnos, Leros and Lesvos in the past few days. The influx of migrants in Greece has increased dramatically in the past month to around 50,000. Greece has become the main transit point for migrants into the European Union in the past few months, with UN officials estimating that almost 160,000 have arrived on its shores since January.

34)   In which state an efficient smart street lighting project ‘RISHTA’ was launched on 20th Aug’15?

a. Himachal Pradesh
b. Jharkhand
c. Madhya Pradesh
d. Karnataka
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ANSWER: Himachal Pradesh

It makes Himachal Pradesh the first state in North India to do so. Known as LED based Energy, Efficient and CCMS (Centralized Control and Monitoring System) Smart Street Lighting Scheme for Urban Local bodies and named as Rajiv Gandhi Illuminating Scheme for Hill Town Advancement (RISHTA).

The Urban Development Department has taken this innovative in collaboration with EESL (Energy Efficient Services Limited), a joint venture company formed by 4 power sectors-National Thermal Power Corporation, Power Grid Corporation of India, Power Finance Corporation Ltd. and Rural Electrification Corporation. Under the scheme, the EESL will invest all the capital upfront.

35)   To mark the anniversary of which leader was ‘Sadbhavna Diwas’ observed by the Meghalaya along with the rest of the country?

a. Lala Lajpat Rai
b. Subhash Chandra Bose
c. Rajeev Gandhi
d. Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Rajeev Gandhi

The birth anniversary of Rajeev Gandhi was observed on 20th Aug’15.

36)   On 20th Aug’15 which of the following badminton players regained the first rank in the world badminton rankings?

a. Carolina Martin
b. Saina Nehwal
c. Ashwini Poppanna
d. Jwala Gutta
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Saina Nehwal

Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal regained the number one spot in world badminton rankings by toppling Spaniard Carolina Martin to whom she had lost in the summit clash of the just-concluded World Championships. Olympic bronze medallist Saina, who was beaten by Carolina at Jakarta on 16th Aug’15, dethroned the Spaniard in the latest Badminton World Federation ranking released on 20th Aug’15.

37)   Who has been appointed as the President of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) on 19th Aug’15?

a. Lamine Diack
b. David Russel
c. Sebastian Coe
d. None of these
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Sebastian Coe

The world government body of athletics, the International Association of Athletics Federations - the IAAF, has chosen the British former Olympic champion Sebastian Coe as its new president. His election comes at a time, when the organisation is facing allegations of widespread doping in the sport. He succeeds Senegalese Lamine Diack, 82, who has led the IAAF for 16 years.

38)   With effect from which day, the Ministry of Road, Transport and Highways issued a notification to introduce the Bharat Stage IV' compliant four wheeler vehicles throughout the country?

a. 31st Dec’15
b. 1st Jan’16
c. 1st Apr’17
d. 31st Mar’16
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: 1st Apr’17

The sale and registration of vehicles not meeting the new emission norms won't be allowed in the country from April 2017 and only Bharat Stage compliant four-wheeler vehicles will be manufactured. BS-IV norm was first introduced in the country in April 2010.

39)   Name the Bollywood actor who has been named as an advocate for United Nations’ campaign on gender equality?

a. Amitabh Bachchan
b. Salman Khan
c. Arshad Warsi
d. Anupam Kher
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Anupam Kher

Anupam Kher has been appointed as the UN ambassador of the 'HeForShe' campaign for gender equality. The 'HeForShe' campaign has been initiated by UN Women. Its goal is to engage men as agents of change for the achievement of gender equality and women's rights, by encouraging them to take action against inequalities faced by women and girls.

40)   Name the person who became the first-ever Indian to be chosen as one of the members of the prestigious Council of the IAAF, the global governing body of athletics on 19 July 2015?

a. Amrinder Gill
b. Lala Amarnath
c. Adille Sumariwalla
d. Aditya Das
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Adille Sumariwalla

He is an Olympian 100m runner and President of the Athletics Federation of India (AFI), was elected as one of the nine individual members of the all-powerful IAAF Council at the IAAF’s 50th Congress held at Beijing.