General Awareness Test (August - 15) - Set 7

1)   Which of the following bowlers was fined 65 percent of his match fee for breaching the ICC Code of Conduct twice on 23rd Aug’15?

a. Bhomesh Kumar
b. Mitchell Johnson
c. Ishant Sharma
d. None of these
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ANSWER: Ishant Sharma

Indian fast bowler Ishant Sharma was fined 65 percent of his match fee for breaching the ICC Code of Conduct twice during the fourth day in the second cricket Test against Sri Lanka at P Sara Oval in Colombo. Ishant was charged with breaching the ICC Code of Conduct which relates to using language, actions or gestures which disparage or which could provoke an aggressive reaction from a batsman upon his dismissal during an International Match on both the occasions.

2)   Name the state that has announced the world’s largest solar power station of 750 Mega Watts (MW) capacity to be established in one of its state’s district?

a. Uttar Pradesh
b. Gujarat
c. Madhya Pradesh
d. Bihar
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ANSWER: Madhya Pradesh

On 23rd Aug’15 it was announced by the MP’s Energy Minister that state would host the world’s largest 750 Mega Watts (MW) solar power station. The project, named Rewa Ultra Mega Solar, will be a joint venture of Solar Energy Corporation of India and MP Urja Vikas Nigam, wherein both parties have 50% stake. At present the world’s largest solar power project located at Mojave Deserts in California, United States named as Ivanpah Solar Power Facility of 392 MW.

3)   Which were the reasons for the BSE Sensex to fall by 1624.51 pints and close at 25,741.56 on 24th Aug’15?

a. Economic Crisis in Greece
b. Slowing Chinese economy
c. Devaluation of Chinese currency
d. Bailout of Greece Economy
e. Both B and C
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ANSWER: Both B and C

Global bourses crashed on 24th Aug’15 following weeks of reports regarding China’s low economic growth as its consumption story further faltered. This fall was the biggest since 21 January 2008 when the Sensex crashed by 2,062.2 points.

4)   Name the telemedicine initiative launched by the government on 25th Aug’15 in collaboration with Apollo Hospitals to provide healthcare facilities in rural areas?

a. Swasthya
b. Swasth
c. Sehat
d. Poshan
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Under the initiative people will be able to consult doctors through video link and also order generic drugs. The initiative was launched by Communication and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad. With this initiative the tele-consultation services are being extended to 60,000 centres across the country.

5)   Centre has informed Supreme Court that political parties should not be brought under the ambit of Right to Information, RTI Act by terming them __________.

a. Public Authorities
b. Private Authorities
c. Independent Authorities
d. Democratic Authorities
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ANSWER: Public Authorities

In an affidavit, Department of Personnel and Training said that bringing political parties under the RTI will not only hamper their smooth working but help political rivals to file pleas with malicious intention to seek information. The government said, when the RTI Act was enacted, it was never visualised that political parties would be brought within the ambit of the transparency law.

The affidavit said, there are provisions in Representation of the People Act 1951 and Income Tax Act which brought necessary transparency about the financial aspects of a political party.

6)   Name the typhoon that hit the Japan's southern main island of Kyushu on 25th Apr’15?

a. Soudelor
b. Halola
c. Pirana
d. Goni
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People in Japan's southern main island of Kyushu are facing strong winds and heavy rains as Typhoon Goni rips through the region. The storm is causing gusts of nearly 200 kilometers per hour.

7)   Which country would be compensated by Russia for seizing a ship belonging to the pressure group, Greenpeace, during a protest against Arctic oil drilling, as ordered by an International court of arbitration in The Hague?

a. Ukraine
b. Latvia
c. Germany
d. Netherland
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ANSWER: Netherland

Russian commandoes seized the Dutch-flagged ship in September 2013 and detained the 30 Greenpeace activists and journalists onboard after a protest at an offshore oil rig owned by Russian state oil giant Gazprom.

8)   Which of the following countries has condemned deportations of its citizens after Venezuela closed its border with its eastern neighbour last week?

a. Colombia
b. Brazil
c. Guyana
d. Panama
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ANSWER: Colombia

The crossings were shut after an attack by smugglers left three soldiers and a civilian injured. Since then around 1,000 Colombians living in Venezuela have been expelled as part of a crackdown on smugglers and criminal gangs in the region. The two countries are due to hold talks on the issue on 26th Aug’15.

9)   As per the report by Alzheimer Disease International, by which year number of people suffering from dementia in the world would triple to more than a hundred and thirty million?

a. 2022
b. 2050
c. 2056
d. 2060
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ANSWER: 2050

Alzheimer Disease International says dementia will saw as people live longer posing serious challenges to health and social care systems. Ten million news cases are expected this year alone.

10)   Which of the following countries released its last known Ebola patient from a hospital on 24th Aug’15?

a. Sierra Leone
b. Guinea
c. Liberia
d. Senegal
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ANSWER: Sierra Leone

It allows the nation to begin a 42-day countdown to being declared free of the virus that has killed nearly 4,000 people here. President Ernest Bai Koroma presented a certificate of discharge to Adama Sankoh, 40, who contracted Ebola after her son died from the disease late last month.

11)   Who has been sworn in as the new Lokayukta of Maharashtra on 24th Aug’15?

a. Justice Vinod Tawde
b. Justice Madanlal Laxmandas Tahaliyani
c. Justice Ravindra Singh
d. Justice P B Gaikwad
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Justice Madanlal Laxmandas Tahaliyani

Justice Madanlal Laxmandas Tahaliyani, a retired judge of the Bombay High Court was sworn in as the new Lokayukta of Maharashtra. Governor Vidyasagar Rao administered the oath of office to Justice Tahaliyani at Raj Bhavan in Mumbai. . Justice Tahaliyani succeeds Justice PB Gaikwad, whose term as Lokayukta ended on July 1, 2014.

12)   Who among the following would not be conferred by Dronacharya Award for the year 2015?

a. Anoop Singh
b. Harbans Singh
c. Swatantar Raj Singh
d. Romeo James
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ANSWER: Romeo James

Dhyan Chand Award 2015 will be given to Mr Romeo James for Hockey. Dronacharya Awards will be conferred on Athletics Para-sports coach Naval Singh and Wrestling coach Anoop Singh. An official release issued by the Sports Ministry said, Coach Harbans Singh will be given Dronacharya Awards for his life time contribution to Athletics, Coach Swatantar Raj Singh for Boxing and Coach Nihar Ameen will be conferred Dronacharya Awards for his life time contribution in Swimming.

13)   Who among the following would not be conferred by Dhyan Chand Award for the year 2015?

a. Shiv Prakash Mehra
b. T.P.P. Nair
c. Romeo James
d. Ajay Vishwakarma
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ANSWER: Ajay Vishwakarma

The awardees will receive their awards from the President Pranab Mukherjee at a function at Rashtrapati Bhawan on 29th Aug’15. Dhyan Chand Award 2015 will be given to Mr Romeo James for Hockey, Mr Shiv Prakash Mishra for Tennis and Mr T.P.P Nair for Volleyball.

14)   Name the woman journalist who won the prestigious 2015 Peter Mackler Award for Courageous and Ethical Journalism?

a. Zaina Erhaim
b. Anjana Kashyap
c. Christiane Amanpour
d. Barbara Walters
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ANSWER: Zaina Erhaim

Over the last two years, she has trained about 100 citizen reporters from inside Syria, approximately a third of them women, in print and TV journalism, and has helped establish many of the new emerging independent newspapers and magazines in the war torn country. Erhaim is also the Syria project coordinator for the Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR), an international organization that support journalists in countries undergoing conflict, crisis, or transition.

15)   Name the athlete who challenged the recommendation of Sania Mirza for the prestigious Khel Ratna award before Karnataka High Court?

a. Saina Nehwal
b. H N Girisha
c. Jwala Gutta
d. Tintu Lukka
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ANSWER: H N Girisha

On 26th Aug’15 Karnataka High Court found substance in the claim of Para-athlete H N Girisha who challenged the recommendation of Sania Mirza for the prestigious Khel Ratna award. Justice A S Bopanna, who heard the case on a petition filed by Girisha issued notices to sports ministry and the tennis ace and directed the respondents to reply to the notices within 15 days. Girisha, a Paralympic Games medallist, said in his plea that he deserved to win the coveted award more than Sania because he was the top contender with 90 points against his name and the tennis star was far behind him as per performance-based points system.

16)   On 26th Aug’15, C-DOT celebrated its foundation day. C-DOT is a ______.

a. Chemical Research & Development Centre
b. Defence Research & Cryo Centre
c. Cryo Development & Fertility Centre
d. Telecommunication Technology Development Centre
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ANSWER: Telecommunication Technology Development Centre

The Centre for Development of Telematics is an Indian Government owned telecommunications technology development centre. It was established in 1984 with initial mandate of designing and developing digital exchanges.

17)   Which of the following courts dismissed 1984 Sikh riot case against Sonia Gandhi?

a. UN Court
b. Supreme Court
c. US Court
d. Delhi HighCourt
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The three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled that it found the arguments presented by Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) in its case against Gandhi "without merit". SFJ had filed a lawsuit in 2013 against Gandhi accusing her of allegedly shielding and protecting Congress party leaders in the anti-Sikh riots that had erupted following the assassination of former Prime Minister and her mother-in-law Indira Gandhi.

18)   Which of the following countries signed a peace deal with rebels after a threat of sanctions from the UN?

a. Syria
b. South Sudan
c. Sudan
d. Nigeria
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ANSWER: South Sudan

South Sudan's President Salva Kiir has signed a peace deal with rebels after a threat of sanctions from the UN. He told those gathered for the signing ceremony in the capital, Juba, that he had "reservations" about how the mediation was conducted and some of the clauses in the compromise deal. Rebel leader Riek Machar signed the deal last week but Mr Kiir refused. It is meant to end months of brutal civil war and would see Mr. Machar return as Vice-President.

19)   Which country announced that it will sponsor a resolution on Sri Lanka at United Nations Human Rights Council session at Geneva next month supporting Sri Lankan government’s bid to set up a credible domestic inquiry into allegations of human right violations?

a. India
b. China
c. Australia
d. United States
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ANSWER: United States

The US had sponsored a resolution at the UNHRC last September calling for a credible inquiry on war crime and other human right violation allegations against the security forces of Sri Lanka and the LTTE militants.

20)   According to Wealth-X report, who has been named as the wealthiest individual under the age of 35, with a personal fortune of 41.6 billion US Dollars?

a. Sergey Brin
b. Mark Zuckerberg
c. Larry Page
d. Rahul Bajaj
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ANSWER: Mark Zuckerberg

Zuckerberg is joined on the list by fellow Facebook co-founders Dustin Moskovitz, who claimed the second place on the list with an estimated net worth of USD 9.3 billion and Eduardo Saverin who was ranked fourth with an estimated net of USD 5.3 billion, as per Wealth-X, the global wealth intelligence and prospecting company.

21)   In which state, women police station will be inaugurated on the eve of Rakshabandhan on 29th Aug’15?

a. Maharashtra
b. Uttar Pradesh
c. Haryana
d. Punjab
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ANSWER: Haryana

A government spokesman said that the motive behind opening the police stations for women is to ensure their safety and instill among them a sense of security and confidence.

22)   What measures have been adopted by the China, to support a stuttering economy and plunging stock market that sent shock waves around the globe?

a. Cut Interest Rates
b. Lowered the amount its reserve banks must hold
c. Disinvested the Govt. Shares
d. All of these
e. Both A and B
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ANSWER: Both A and B

China's central bank has cut interest rates and lowered the amount its reserve banks must hold. People's Bank of China cut its key lending rate by 0.25 percentage points to 4.6 percent, an effort to calm stock markets. It is the fifth interest rate cut since November and will come into effect from 26th Aug’15. This move has boosted global share prices further, however, US stocks ended in descent after initials gains. London's FTSE 100 jumped 3 per cent, while Germany's Dax gained 5 percent and the Paris Cac rose by 4.1 percent.

23)   Name the country that will host the ‘World Hindi Conference’ in Sep’15?

a. South Africa
b. Indonesia
c. Maldives
d. India
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The 10th World Hindi Conference (WHC) is being organized from 10-12 September 2015 in the city of Bhopal by the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India in partnership with the Government of Madhya Pradesh. The decision to organize the 10th edition of the Conference in India was taken at the 9th World Hindi Conference held in Johannesburg, South Africa in September 2012.

24)   Which of the following Ports was declared as best Major Port of 2014-15?

a. Nhava-Sheva Port
b. Kandhla Port
c. Kolkata Port
d. Mumbai Port
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ANSWER: Kolkata Port

Kolkata Port has been adjudged ‘ Major Port of the Year’ amongst 12 major ports in the country for the year 2014-15 in recognition of its impressive growth rate in volumes, optimizing capacity utilization, growth in output per berth and customer satisfaction . It has been declared in the Gateway Award 2015 programme held at Mumbai recently.

25)   Who was appointed as the Director General of Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR)?

a. Girish Sahni
b. H C Verma
c. Ramesh Paul
d. None of these
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ANSWER: Girish Sahni

Dr. Girish Sahni, who had been the Director, CSIR-Institute of Microbial Technology (CSIR-IMTECH), Chandigarh, assumed charge as the next Director General of the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) and Secretary, Department of Scientific & Industrial Research (DSIR), Ministry of Science & Technology, with effect from the 24th August 2015.

26)   Who was appointed as the Australia-India Education Ambassador during Australia-India Education Council (AIEC) annual meeting in New Delhi on 24th Aug’15?

a. Steve Waugh
b. Mark Waugh
c. Adam Gilchrist
d. None of these
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ANSWER: Adam Gilchrist

No explanation is available for this question!

27)   On 25th Aug’15 the Registrar General and Census Commissioner of India (RGI) released the data on Census 2011 on Population by Religious Communities. What is the percentage of Christian’s population in India?

a. 1.7%
b. 2.3%
c. 0.7%
d. 0.4%
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ANSWER: 2.3%

The proportion of population in India is Hindu -96.63 crores (79.8%), Muslim-17.22 crores (14.2%), Christian -2.78 crores (2.3%), Sikh-2.08 crores (1.7%), Buddhist-0.84 crores (0.7%), Jain-0.45 crores (0.4%), Other Religions & Persuasions-0.79 crores (0.7%), Religion Not Stated-0.29 crores (0.2%).

28)   Which statement is/are correct about GSAT-6 satellite launched on 27th Aug’15?

a. It is the communication satellite
b. The satellite launched by the Polar Synchronous Lunar Vehicle PSLV-D6
c. Launched from Chandipur, Odisha
d. This version is capable of launching satellites weighing up to two tonnes into geostationary orbits
e. Both A and D
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ANSWER: Both A and D

The Indian Space Research Organization ISRO on 27th Aug’15 successfully launched the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle GSLV-D6 and injected the communication satellite GSAT-6 into its intended transfer orbit. It injected the satellite carrying S-Band transponders meant for strategic purposes within 17 minutes and four seconds in the intended geosynchronous transfer orbit.

The mission life of the satellite GSAT-6 weighing 2117 kg is nine years. This is the second continuous successful GSLV mission using India’s own cryogenic engine, out of the three development flights held so far using it.

29)   On 26th Aug’15, one Pak terrorist was captured alive in Jammu & Kashmir. The captured terrorist belongs to which group?

a. Jaish-e- Mohammad
b. Laskar-e-Toiba
c. Al-Qaida
d. Indian Mujahideen
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Laskar-e-Toiba

In Jammu & Kashmir, four militants were killed and one Pakistani militant captured alive in a four day joint operation by Army and Special Operations Group through robust counter infiltration grid which helped in foiling the infiltration bid in north Kashmir’s Uri sector of Baramulla district. One 22 year old Lashkar e Toiba militant Sajjad of Baluchistan Pakistan was captured alive.

30)   The centre announced the names of cities & towns to be developed as smart cities on 27th Aug’15. Which state gets the maximum number of aspirant smart cities?

a. Maharashtra
b. Tamil Nadu
c. Uttar Pradesh
d. Madhya Pradesh
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ANSWER: Uttar Pradesh

The aspirants’ cities were selected by the States and Union Territories on the parametres set by the Centre. Announcing the list in New Delhi, Union Urban Development Minister, M Venkaiah Naidu said, it include 13 cities from Uttar Pradesh, 12 from Tamil Nadu, 10 from Maharashtra, 7 from Madhya Pradesh, 3 each from Bihar and Andhra Pradesh. All other states have also got one or two cities for the purpose.

Out of these 98 cities, 24 are capital cities, 24 are business and industrial centres, 18 are of cultural and tourism importance, 5 are port cities and three are educational and healthcare hubs. 9 capital cities including Patna, Shimla, Bengaluru, Daman, Kolkata did not find place for smart city development. Two more cities will be announced in due course since the Government of Jammu and Kashmir sought more time to firm up their choice and there was tie between Meerut and Raibarelly in Uttar Pradesh.

31)   Which statement is/are true about Bilateral Investment Treaty draft?

a. The Law Commission has suggested a host of changes in the model Bilateral Investment Treaty draft
b. Changes will make it more investment friendly and include a confidentiality clause
c. It will form the basis for renegotiation of the existing pacts and negotiating new ones with different countries
d. All of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: All of the above

The Law Commission has also suggested inclusion of the most favoured nation in the model treaty. It further recommended that the government procurement should not be excluded from the treaty protection. The Commission also said it is not necessary to exclude taxation from the purview of the treaty as "power to tax is an integral part of the State's police powers in international law. This power exists independent of a treaty, unless the tax itself is arbitrarily imposed to destroy the State's regulatory freedom".

32)   Name the Indian scientist to receive first Sunhak Peace Prize in Seoul on 28th Aug’15?

a. Dr. Amiya Shanker
b. Dr. S Venkatraghvan
c. Dr. Modadugu Vijay Gupta
d. None of these
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ANSWER: Dr. Modadugu Vijay Gupta

Noted Indian agricultural scientist Dr Modadugu Vijay Gupta will receive the first Sunhak Peace Prize in South Korean Capital Seoul. He is a joint winner of the prize along with President of Kiribati Islands Anote Tong. Dr. Gupta was also recipient of the World Food Prize in 2005 for development and dissemination of low-cost techniques for freshwater fish farming.

Sunhak Peace Prize was founded by South Korean religious leader Dr Hak Ja Han Moon to recognise eminent individuals who contributed to peace and development of the world. Billed next only to the Nobel Prize in terms of money being awarded to individuals, the Sunhak Peace Prize will be given annually from this year.

33)   On 27th Aug’15, against which ex-Prime Minister of Pakistan, a Pakistani anti-corruption court issued non-bailable arrest warrants for alleged corrupt deals by approving subsidies to fake companies?

a. General Musharraf
b. Nawaj Sharif
c. Yusuf Raza Gilani
d. Benazir Bhutto
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Yusuf Raza Gilani

A Pakistani anti-corruption court in Karachi issued non-bailable arrest warrants against former Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani and former trade minister Makhdoom Amin Fahim for alleged corrupt deals by approving subsidies to fake companies. The court issued arrest orders after the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) presented a formal charge sheet of 12 cases registered against the duo and some senior officials of Trade Development Authority Pakistan (TDAP).

Gilani was prime minister from 2008 to 2013 when he was sacked after the Supreme Court held him responsible for defying an order of the court to write a letter to the Swiss government to reopen a corruption probe against then President Asif Ali Zardari.

34)   Which athlete won the 200m race in the World Athletic Championships in Beijing on 27th Aug’15?

a. Usain Bolt
b. Justin Gatlin
c. Anaso Jobodwana
d. None of these
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ANSWER: Usain Bolt

Bolt clocked a world-leading 19.55 seconds to beat Gatlin by nearly two-tenths. The victory meant Bolt has now remarkably won 11 of the last 12 individual Olympic and world sprint titles dating back to Beijing 2008. His only blip came after a false start in the 100 metres at the 2011 worlds in Daegu.

35)   Who won the Guru Tegh Bahadur Hockey title on 27th Aug’15?

a. Army XI
b. Air India
c. Indian Railway
d. None of these
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ANSWER: Air India

Air India has regained the Guru Tegh Bahadur Hockey title after seven years. Air India defeated defending champions Army XI.

36)   Who clinched the title of Glocal Square 53rd National Challengers Chess C’ship on 27th Aug’15?

a. Swapnil Dhopade
b. K. Praneeth Surya
c. Neelotpal Das
d. M.R. Venkatesh
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ANSWER: Swapnil Dhopade

International Master Swapnil Dhopade from Indian Railways has clinched the title of the Glocal Square 53rd National Challengers Chess Championship which concluded in Nagpur. FIDE Master K. Praneeth Surya from Telangana secured the second position while Grand Master Murali Karthikeyan from Tamil Nadu had to be content with the third position.

37)   Name the Indian conferred with the 2015 Stockholm Water Prize on 26th Aug’15?

a. Rakesh Singh
b. Rajendra Singh
c. Jamal Siddiqi
d. M S Nair
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ANSWER: Rajendra Singh

Rajendra Singh is also known as Waterman of India. He has contributed several decades of his life to defeat drought and empowering communities of Rajasthan through his organisation Tarun Bharat Sangh (India Youth Association).

38)   Who launched the India Energy Security Scenarios (IESS) 2047 Version 2.0 and unveiled the IESS website along with the documents at a conference organized by FICCI in partnership with NITI Aayog?

a. Pranab Mukherjee
b. Narendra Modi
c. Arvind Panagariya
d. Bibek Debroy
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ANSWER: Arvind Panagariya

IESS would become a very useful tool for framing the National Energy Policy. IESS would enable decision makers to take a detailed view of India's emerging energy scenario, and help in effectively deciding the right mix of appropriate technology interventions and measures towards maximizing indigenous fuel supplies towards meeting the country's energy challenges.

39)   Which country announced that it would fund a capacity building programme for making Kolkata a carbon city?

a. Denmark
b. Australia
c. United States
d. United Kingdom
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ANSWER: United Kingdom

To cleanse the environment with low carbon emission and help to decrease the effect of climate change, Kolkata mayor and UK Minister have join hands to take an initiative.

40)   Name the sports personality to be appointed as the Goodwill Ambassador by UNICEF on 26th Aug’15?

a. M S Dhoni
b. A B De Villers
c. Novak Djokovic
d. Saina Nehwal
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Novak Djokovic

Since 2011, Djokovic had served as UNICEF’s Serbia Ambassador.