General Awareness Test (August - 15) - Set 6

1)   Name the writer awarded the prestigious ‘Maharashtra Bhushan’ award on 20th Aug’15 by the Maharashtra Government?

a. Balasaheb Nemade
b. Dudh Nath Singh
c. Babasaheb Purandre
d. Ram Naik
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ANSWER: Babasaheb Purandre

Babasaheb Purandare is a well-known writer and theatre personality from Maharashtra, known for his ballads and writing on Maratha warrior Shivaji.

2)   Which nations Prime Minister Narendra Modi has appealed to extend support to India for a permanent membership of the UN Security Council?

a. G5 Nations
b. SAARC Nations
c. Pacific Island Nations
d. Middle-East Nations
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ANSWER: Pacific Island Nations

In his opening remarks in the 2nd India -Pacific Islands Cooperation, FIPIC Summit in Jaipur on 21st Aug’15, the Prime Minister said that the member countries must together press for reform in the UN Security Council to ensure its relevance and effectiveness in the 21st century. The island nations participated in the FIPIC summit included Fiji, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Cook Islands, Kiribati, Micronesia, Solomon Islands and Tonga.

3)   Name the Prime Minister of Greece who announced his resignation and called for snap elections, as he went on the offensive to defend the country's massive bailout after it triggered a rebellion within his own party?

a. Alexis Tsipras
b. Yanis Varoufakis
c. Karolos Papoulias
d. None of these
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ANSWER: Alexis Tsipras

Mr Tsipras, who was only elected in January this year, said that he is stepping down and calling early elections after suffering a rebellion within his left-wing Syriza party over the country' new bailout programme. He said that Greece got the best deal possible for its three-year, a 86 billion euro bailout package. Mr Tsipras said that he will shortly meet with the President of the Republic and present his resignation and that of his Government.

4)   Which of the following High Court stays compulsory voting in Civic body polls in Gujarat?

a. Supreme Court
b. Gujarat High Court
c. Delhi High Court
d. None of these
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ANSWER: Gujarat High Court

A bench headed by acting Chief Justice Jayant Patel admitted the case and stayed operation of notification of compulsory voting till final disposal of the case. Gujarat became the first state to make voting compulsory in local-municipal as well as panchayat polls after governor OP Kohli approved the Gujarat Local Authorities Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2009, which had been rejected by earlier governor, Kamla Beniwal.

5)   Against which state’s Chief Minister, the Guwahati High court has ordered a CBI investigation for allegedly violating official norms to allot construction works to his family members during his tenure as PWD minister of the state?

a. Assam
b. Meghalaya
c. Mizoram
d. Arunachal Pradesh
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ANSWER: Arunachal Pradesh

The Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh Nabam Tuki violated norms to allot construction works to his family members during his tenure as PWD minister of the state. On 21st Aug’15 acting Chief Justice of Gauhati High court K Sreedhar Rao and Justice P K Saikia passed this order.

6)   From which of the following organisations the government will sell 10 percent stake?

a. HAL
b. IOC
d. CEL
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It can fetch about 9,500 crore rupees to the exchequer. The floor price for the share will be announced on 22nd Aug’15 and the Offer for Sale will take place on 24th Aug’15. Presently, the government holds 68.57 percent shares in IOC, the biggest oil refining and marketing company in the country. The stake sale in IOC will be the fourth disinvestment this fiscal. The earlier 3 stake sales had raised over 3,000 crore rupees. The government is targeting to raise 69,500 crore rupees from disinvestment in the current fiscal.

7)   On 19th Aug’15, which important country has been delisted from the list of countries & put under the restricted visa category or the prior referral category (PRC) of countries by India?

a. Fiji
b. Mongolia
c. Iran
d. Israel
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With this India has also indicated that it wants to reach out to Iran. The order means that Iranians can easily apply for visas at Indian consulate in Iran. The decision also comes in backdrop of the P5 + 1 countries ie; U.K, China, France, Russia, U.S. and Germany nations clinching a nuclear agreement with Iran during July 2015.

8)   Recently which country became the fourth country to have a hotline (direct secure line of communication) with the US President?

a. India
b. China
c. Russia
d. Iran
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India is the fourth country to have a hotline after Russia, Great Britain and China.

9)   Who is the author of the book titled “Mrs Funnybones: She’s Just Like You and a Lot Like Me”?

a. Karan Johar
b. Jhumpa Lahiri
c. Chetan Bhagat
d. Twinkle Khanna
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ANSWER: Twinkle Khanna

Mrs. Funnybones is about how a modern woman looks at India and how India looks back at her.

10)   Name the author of the book titled ‘Making India Awesome’?

a. Natwar Singh
b. Navjot Siddhu
c. Chetan Bhagat
d. V K Khare
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ANSWER: Chetan Bhagat

This is the second non-fiction book written by the country’s biggest-selling writer Chetan Bhagat. His first non-fiction book was What Young India Wants which was well received by the readers.

11)   Name the web portal launched by the Union Government for the benefit of students seeking Educational Loans?

a. Vidya Dhan
b. Vidya Lakshmi
c. Sakshrta Dhan
d. Sakshrta Ryn
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ANSWER: Vidya Lakshmi

The portal is a first of its kind provides single window for students to access information and make application for educational loans provided by banks as well as for government scholarships.

12)   Which country has become the first to receive funds from the United Nations (UN) for its fast growing solar home systems?

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

The UN Framework Convention for Climate Change (UNFCCC) issued 395286 carbon credits worth 3.56 million US Dollar to two Bangladeshi organisations.

13)   Which state government has inaugurated a 12 MW solar power project at the international airport of its state?

a. Bihar
b. Kerala
c. Odisha
d. Tamil Nadu
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ANSWER: Kerala

With this, Cochin airport became the first airport in India to run on solar power. The project is reportedly the single largest solar project which has been constructed in an airport in India.

14)   Which of the following Bollywood movies has been banned by the Pakistan’s Lahore High Court on 20 August 2015?

a. Phantom
b. Drishyam
c. Bajrangi Bhaijaan
d. Baahubali
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Phantom

The order to ban the release of the Saif Ali Khan-starrer film in the theaters in Pakistan was issued by Justice Shahid Bilal Hassan of the Lahore High Court. The petitioner in his plea argued that the film set on post-26/11 attacks contains filthy propaganda against him and his outfit.

15)   Who is the head of the committee that recommended conversion of Urban Cooperative Banks (UCBs) with business size of 20,000 crore rupees or more into regular banks?

a. Bibek Debroy
b. Raghuram Rajan
c. R Gandhi
d. U K Sinha
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ANSWER: R Gandhi

A report of the High Powered Committee on UCBs headed by RBI Deputy Governor R Gandhi however clarified that the conversion will not be compulsory for large UCBs and they can continue the way they operate currently in terms of balance sheet or asset size. In order to minimise the systemic risk, the committee has recommended that large UCBs convert themselves into commercial banks. The panel further said smaller UCBs with business size of less than 20,000 crore rupees willing to convert to Small Finance Banks can apply to the Reserve Bank for conversion. It has also suggested that licenses may be issued to financially sound and well-managed cooperative credit societies having a minimum track record of 5-years to operate as UCBs. RBI has invited suggestions and comments from public on this report by 18th of next month.

16)   For which community, Gujarat Chief Minister ruled out reservation in the state?

a. Patel
b. Modi
c. Vaghela
d. Shastri
Answer  Explanation 


This was indicated by the state Government in a full page advertisement published in the leading news papers of the state. Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel has also issued similar audio visual message on the electronic media ahead of rally called by Patidar community on next Tuesday to press their demand for reservation. In a bullet point advertisement, Government says that the 1992 Supreme Court verdict limits reservation provision only up to 50 percent in any state. According to advertisement, Gujarat has 27 percent reservation for OBCs and 15 percent and 7 percent for STs and SCs respectively.

17)   Which country has announced that it will return more than 4,000 archaeological artefacts to Ecuador and Peru?

a. Brazil
b. Argentina
c. Venezuela
d. Paraguay
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ANSWER: Argentina

President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner said the pieces had been stolen and should be returned to their rightful owners. Ms Fernandez urged other countries to follow the example. The announcement was made during a ceremony in Buenos Aires, in the presence of the Ecuadorean and Peruvian ambassadors.

18)   After how many years (approx.) British Embassy in Iran has reopened in the year 2015?

a. Five
b. Seven
c. Three
d. Four
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The UK embassy was closed in 2011 after it was stormed by protesters during a demonstration against sanctions. Mr Hammond is the first UK Foreign Secretary to visit Iran since 2003. The visit comes weeks after Iran reached a deal with six world powers aimed at curbing its nuclear programme.

19)   Which state is becoming the first state in the country to launch ‘agro-solar policy’ to encourage the farmers tap the solar energy?

a. Maharashtra
b. Uttar Pradesh
c. Gujarat
d. Odisha
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ANSWER: Gujarat

According to Gujarat Energy Research and Management Institute -GERMI, the farmers and power generation companies will be in a win-win situation with generation of solar energy in agricultural fields. Farmers can use the solar energy for their own purpose and sell the surplus energy to the state run power generation companies. Director of GERMI Mr. T. Harinarayana has said that power generation companies will set up solar photo voltaic SPV -plants in different farms fields for this purpose.

These SPV plants were already tested in different agricultural universities in the State. The solar photo-voltaic plant will be set up on poles so that farmers can also grow their crops. Farmers are likely to get 30 to 40 percent share from the profit of power generation companies.

20)   Which of the following has commissioned the first ever Hydro-power plant in the city?

a. Dehradun Sinchai Vibhag
b. Delhi Jal Board
c. Garhwal Jal Board
d. Mandi Jal Board
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ANSWER: Delhi Jal Board

The power plant has been set up at Chilla, which will be run through the Hydraulic Turbine propelled by treated effluents coming out of a Sewerage Treatment Plant. An official release said, the treated effluents fall through the height of 4.8m which, due to created pressure and velocity, leads to the rotation of the turbine thereby generating power.

It is a Pilot Project which has been set up free of cost and will produce 20,000 KWH of electricity per year. It said, no fossil fuel is being used in the generation of the power, therefore this technology is termed as pollution free technology.

21)   Name the athlete who won the 100 metre title in World Athletic Championship in Beijing on 23rd Aug’15?

a. Justin Gatlin
b. Usain Bolt
c. Andre De Grasse
d. Trayvon Bromell
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ANSWER: Usain Bolt

This was his ninth world championship title, more than any athlete in history. He completed the race in 9.79 seconds.

22)   Name the team that won the Pro-Kabaddi League (PKL) title for 2015 on 23rd Aug’15?

a. Jaipur Pink Panthers (Jaipur)
b. Bengaluru Bulls (Bengaluru)
c. U Mumba (Mumbai)
d. None of these
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ANSWER: U Mumba (Mumbai)

U Mumba won the STAR Sports ProKabaddi League’s second season as they defeated Bengaluru Bulls team in the final match.

23)   In how many years Global Oil Prices sank to a low of $40 per barrel on 22nd Aug’15?

a. 4 years
b. 5 years
c. 6 years
d. 8 years
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: 6 years

The price of oil in the U.S. slipped below $40 a barrel for the first time since 2009 amid a growing consensus that cheap crude is here to stay.

24)   In which of the following countries women will be able to vote and run in elections held in December 2015, marking a step forward for proponents of women's rights in a country that has received heavy criticism for its treatment of women?

a. Saudi Arabia
b. Turkey
c. Pakistan
d. Tajikistan
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ANSWER: Saudi Arabia

According to a Saudi government website Official voter registration began on 22nd Aug’15, and candidate registration begins on August 30. Both days will mark firsts for women in Saudi Arabia gearing up to participate in elections in December. Women will only participate in elections at the municipal level.

25)   Who received the 'Asian of the Year 2014' award by leading Singapore daily The Straits Times, on behalf of Prime Minister Narendra Modi?

a. Smriti Irani
b. S Jayashanker
c. Sushma Swaraj
d. Vijay Singh Thakur
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ANSWER: Vijay Singh Thakur

Vijay Singh Thakur is India’s high Commissioner to Singapore. Mr Modi was given the award in December 2014 for putting focus on India's development and getting the world "excited" about the prospects of the country again.

26)   ‘Chengalikodan Banana’ has been accorded Geographical Indication (GI) status by the Central GI Registry. This banana is uniquely grown in which state?

a. Andhra Pradesh
b. Karnataka
c. Kerala
d. Tamil Nadu
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ANSWER: Kerala

Geographical Indication is an insignia on products having a unique geographical origin and evolution over centuries. Darjeeling tea was the first agricultural product in India to be accorded with GI tag. At present there are 200 products registered as GI.

27)   Name the micro finance company that becomes the first to start operation as a commercial bank?

a. PayTm Bank
b. Vodafone m-Pesa Bank
c. Yes Bank
d. Bandhan Bank
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ANSWER: Bandhan Bank

Bandhan is the first micro-finance company to transform into a bank. Reserve Bank of India has turned liberal in doling out banking licenses to entities of different capabilities. It has just issued 11 in-principle licenses to set up payments banks. Bandhan Bank will primarily cater to the unorganized sector like daily wage earners and women running small businesses -- the segments that had been its borrowers for a decade. As a bank, it will also offer savings, remittance and insurance services and try to raise its stake in the bottom of the pyramid customers.

28)   For which of the following,  Income Tax Department has to open special return counters?

a. Defence Personnel
b. Salaried Tax Payers
c. Pensioners
d. Differently-abled Persons
e. Both B,C and D
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ANSWER: Both B,C and D

Salaried tax payers and pensioners with annual income upto five lakh rupees and with no refund claim can file their returns at these counters upto 31st Aug’15. However, the income limit of 5 lakh rupees and no claim refund provision will not apply to tax payers over the age of 80 years deriving salary or pension income. There will be special facilitation counters for senior citizens and differently-abled persons. An official release said similar facilitation counters are being set up in other metro cities based on the local requirements.

29)   Name the committee that recommended that granting relief to FIIs on Minimum Alternate Tax (MAT) will be a positive thing for the market?

a. C Rangarjan Committee
b. Bimal Jalan Committee
c. AP Shah Committee
d. K N Desai Committee
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ANSWER: AP Shah Committee

The AP Shah committee on minimum alternate tax (MAT) has recommended to the finance ministry that the levy shouldn't be imposed for the period preceding April 1, 2015. The panel, headed by Law Commission Chairman A P Shah, was set up to resolve the dispute between FIIs and the government after notices were served to 68 FIIs by the Income Tax Department demanding Rs 602 crore as MAT dues.

30)   The National Green Tribunal has asked Delhi Government to stop unauthorized sand mining on the ________ riverbed.

a. Yamuna
b. Ganga
c. Indus
d. Kosi
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ANSWER: Yamuna

The tribunal came down heavily on the Delhi government for permitting sand mining in the name of dredging and directed the concerned authorities to stop illegal mining on the Yamuna river bed and its surrounding areas.

31)   Name the President of Seychelles who will arrive in New Delhi on 25th Aug’15 on a three-day visit to India?

a. James Alix Michel
b. Alexis Tsipras
c. Joel Morgan
d. Jean Paul Adam
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ANSWER: James Alix Michel

Mr. Michel's visit comes five months after Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Seychelles during which a number of agreements were signed to boost cooperation in a range of areas. It was first visit by an Indian Prime Minister to the country in 34 years. Mr. Michel had earlier paid state visits to India in 2005 and 2010, apart from participating in the Delhi Sustainable Development Summits in 2011 and 2012.

32)   Who has asked both India and Italy to "suspend" all court proceedings involving two Italian marines charged with killing of two Indian fishermen in 2012 and also refrain from initiating new ones that might "aggravate or extend" the dispute?

a. United States
b. UN Court
c. G-20 Countries
d. G5 countries
Answer  Explanation 


The 21-member UN-mandated court located in the German city Hamburg issued the order with 15 in favour and six against. Unhappy over India's handling of the marine's issue, Italy took the matter to the ITLOS challenging Indian jurisdiction in the case. It has pleaded that India must cease to exercise any form of jurisdiction over the Enrica Lexie Incident and the Italian Marines, including any measure of restraint with respect to Sergeant Latorre and Sergeant Girone.

The two marines, who were on board ship 'Enrica Lexie', are accused of killing two Indian fishermen on February 15, 2012 off the Kerala coast.

33)   With which country has India signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the construction of cross-border petroleum pipeline at the Ministry for Commerce and Supplies on 24th Aug’15?

a. Myanmar
b. Bangladesh
c. China
d. Nepal
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The proposed 41-km Amlekhgunj-Raxaul pipeline is expected to ease transportation of fuel and eliminate the country’s dependence on oil tankers. Under the first phase of the project, a pipeline will be laid from Raxaul to Amlekhgunj, and under the second phase, it will be extended to Kathmandu. Re-engineering of the Amlekhgunj depot and allied facilities are among the packages of the project.

Following the agreement, two separate agreements, business-to-business and modus operandi (operation modality), will also be signed between sole supplier Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) and Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC).

34)   Which country’s Prime Minister became the first PM to visit the resting place of Indigenous land rights campaigner Eddie Koiki Mabo?

a. USA
b. Australia
c. India
d. Japan
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Australia

Tony Abbott has become the first Australian Prime Minister to visit the resting place of Indigenous land rights campaigner Eddie Koiki Mabo. The Prime Minister is in the Torres Strait as part of an election promise to spend one week each year in a remote Australian Indigenous community. During his stay, Mr Abbott said he would be focussing on education, health and border security in the Strait. He laid a wreath on Mr Mabo's grave on Mer Island. Mr Mabo died in 1992 just months before his 10-year legal battle for native title rights proved successful.

35)   The ‘Legion d'honneur’ award is the highest award of which of the following countries?

a. Brazil
b. Spain
c. Greece
d. France
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ANSWER: France

In France, 3 Americans and a Briton who foiled a suspected terror attack on a train have received France's top honour from President Francois Hollande. Mr Hollande presented Spencer Stone, Alek Skarlatos, Anthony Sadler and Briton Chris Norman with the Legion d'honneur at the Elysee Palace on 24th Aug’15.

36)   On 24th Aug’15 which Community protested in Rajasthan by taking out silent procession at many places against recent Rajasthan High Court order on ‘Santhara’ ritual?

a. Jain
b. Marwari
c. Gujjar
d. Meena
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Santhara, also known as sallekhana, is a Jain ritual of giving up food and water until one's last breath to attain moksha. The Rajasthan High Court, has labelled the practice as suicide while hearing a public interest litigation early this month.

37)   In which of the following cities the war museum has been established to mark the Golden Jubilee celebration year of 1965 war between India and Pakistan?

a. Ladakh
b. Srinagar
c. Jaipur
d. Jodhpur
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ANSWER: Jodhpur

In Rajasthan, Indian Army has established ‘Jaisalmer War Museum’ at Military Station of Jaisalmer to showcase the traditional bravery of the Indian Army and also to commemorate the sacrifice of its heroes displaying valour and courage of exceptional order during India’s wars.

38)   Which of the following companies has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Andhra Pradesh government to launch the 'Smart Village' programme in Vijayawada?

a. ICICI Bank
b. Tata Trust
c. L&T Infra
d. Adani Builders
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ANSWER: Tata Trust

On 24th Aug’15 Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu released the micro planning development project details prepared by Tata Trust aimed at developing 264 villages in the Vijayawada Lok Sabha Constituency which it has adopted under Corporate Social Responsibility.

39)   What amount has been fixed by the government as a target of loan disbursement under Pradhan Mantri MUDRA Yojana (PMMY) to small business units during the current fiscal?

a. 1.22 Lakh Crore
b. 3.65 Thousand Crore
c. 500 Crore
d. 980 Crore
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ANSWER: 1.22 Lakh Crore

A Finance Ministry statement said that the banking sector has been allocated an overall disbursement target of Rs 1,22,188 crore during 2015-16 for MUDRA loans and the banks have already disbursed Rs 15,566 crore as on August 17 to more than 20 lakh borrowers under PMMY. The statement said, while lending, priority will be given to SCs/STs enterprises.

The PMMY provide loans between Rs 50,000-Rs 10 lakh to small entrepreneurs. The Micro Units Development and Refinance Agency Ltd , MUDRA, launched by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi in April this year, focuses on the over 5 crore self-employed who use funds of Rs 11 lakh crore and provide jobs to 12 crore people.

40)   Which country has won the Ashes Test Series that ended on 23rd Aug’15?

a. India
b. Australia
c. England
d. None of these
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ANSWER: England

In the Ashes, Australia defeated hosts England by an innings and 46 runs to win the final Test of the 5-match series at the Oval. England had already clinched the series with victories in three of the first four games.