General Awareness Test (Feb - 15) - Set 6

1)   Name the panel that submitted its report on road safety before the apex court in the third week of Feb’2015?

a. Justice K S Rashakrishnan Panel
b. Rangarajan Panel
c. Sam Pitroda Panel
d. Sachar Committee
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Justice K S Rashakrishnan Panel

Supreme Court had set up the three-member KS Radhakrishnan panel on road safety in April 2014 to scrutinize and monitor enforcement of statutory provisions including the Motor Vehicles Act for making road safer.

2)   The process of printing documents for the Budget starts with the ritual called _____.

a. Lakshmi Poojan
b. Ganesh Vandana
c. Halwa Ceremony
d. All of these
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Halwa Ceremony

The sweet dish ‘Halwa’ is served to the whole staff in the finance ministry. Halwa ceremony marks the beginning of quarantine period during which no one associated with making and printing process of budget is allowed to interact with the outside world, including the family till the budget is finally presented.

3)   On 20th Feb’15, PM Shri Narendra Modi flagged-off the first air-conditioned express train service between Arunachal Pradesh and _____.

a. Patna
b. Delhi
c. Lucknow
d. Jammu
Answer  Explanation 


This train was flagged off from which Naharlagun Station of Arunachal Pradesh. This weekly train namely Train No. 22411 Naharlagun-New Delhi AC Express will cover the 2142 km in about 38 hours.

4)   Name the new PSU fertilizer company incorporated in Telangana as a joint venture of National Fertilizers Ltd (NFL), Engineers India Ltd. and Fertilizer Corporation of India Ltd. on 17 Feb’15?

a. Fertilizers and Chemicals Limited
b. Visakha Fertilizers and Chemicals Limited
c. Telangana Fertilizers and Chemicals Limited
d. Ramagundam Fertilizers and Chemicals Limited
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Ramagundam Fertilizers and Chemicals Limited

The estimated cost of the project to be implemented by the company is Rs.5,000 crore.

5)   International Mother Language Day 2015 was celebrated across the world on_____.

a. 19th Feb’15
b. 20th Feb’15
c. 21st Feb’15
d. 22nd Feb’15
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: 21st Feb’15

The theme for the year 2015 is Inclusive Education through and with Language - Language Matters.

6)   Name the CPI Leader who died on 20th Feb’15 after he was shot along with his wife by unidentified persons near his house in Kolhapur on 16th Feb’15?

a. Uma Pansare
b. Govind Pansare
c. Shripad Pansare
d. Nathuram Pansare
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Govind Pansare

No explanation is available for this question!

7)   Name the ex-President of Maldives arrested on terror charges on 22nd Feb’15?

a. Mohd. Nasheed
b. Mohd. Waheed Hasan
c. Abdulla Yameen
d. Maumoon Abdul Gayoom
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Mohd. Nasheed

Mr. Nasheed was arrested to stand trial for his 2012 order as President to arrest Criminal Court Judge Abdulla Mohamed.

8)   On 22nd Feb’15, India secured the release of Jesuit priest Father Alexis Prem Kumar. He had been held in which country?

a. Syria
b. Nigeria
c. Pakistan
d. Afghanistan
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Afghanistan

He was held by Taliban Group in Afghanistan since June’2014.

9)   Which country has been granted a crucial four-month extension to its massive debt bailout by Europe?

a. Greece
b. France
c. Cuba
d. Ireland
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Greece

Europe has granted Greece a crucial four-month extension to its massive debt bailout, ending weeks of tension, but at the cost of huge concessions including a commitment to spell out reforms within two days.

10)   By which year United States is planning to withdraw all its troops from Afghanistan?

a. 2015
b. 2016
c. 2017
d. 2022
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: 2016

The U.S. Defense Secretary made the comment in a news conference in Kabul with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.

11)   Which country has approved a bill for the protection of victims and witnesses of crimes, seen as reflection of the new government's will to implement reforms on 21st Feb’15?

a. Maldives
b. Afghanistan
c. Pakistan
d. Sri Lanka
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Sri Lanka

The law provides for compensation to witnesses cooperating with investigations and punitive action against those who would harass victims or witnesses to a crime.

12)   The Fourth edition of International Government Communication Forum, IGCF 2015 gets underway at the Expo Centre on 22nd Feb’15 at _____.

a. Sharjah
b. Dubai
c. Hong Kong
d. Singapore
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Sharjah

The theme of this edition is "Specific Actions...Better Results".

13)   Name the Cyclone(s) that hit the Australia during last week of Feb’15?

a. Marcia
b. Lam
c. Both A & B
d. None of these
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Both A & B

The first Tropical Cyclone Lam hit remote communities in the Northern Territory near Elcho Island. Cyclone Marcia which smashed through Queensland state, leaving 1,500 homes damaged and thousands without electricity.

14)   In which state the 3rd Tortoise Festival was organised on 21st Feb’15?

a. Kerala
b. Chennai
c. Goa
d. Assam
Answer  Explanation 


In Assam, Dima Hasao Environment and Forest Department organised the 3rd Tortoise Festival on the banks of Hajong lake.

15)   Name the women tennis player who won the WTA championship held in Dubai during Feb’15?

a. Simona Halep
b. Karolina Pliskova
c. Serena Williams
d. Ekaterina Makarova
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Simona Halep

She defeated Karolina Pliskova in the finals. She also beat former World Number One Caroline Wozniacki and Ekaterina Makarova on her way to the finals.

16)   Indian cricket team broke the jinx by winning first match in the World Cup History against which team ______?

a. Pakistan
b. New Zealand
c. South Africa
d. Australia
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: South Africa

No explanation is available for this question!

17)   Name the e-portal launched by the Govt. of India on 21st Feb’15 to address consular complaints pertaining to the Ministry of External Affairs?

a. Pravasi
b. Madad
c. Sahayta
d. Assistance
Answer  Explanation 


This website will provide a platform for Indian citizens living abroad to file consular grievances online. This concept will introduce transparency, clarity and a high degree of accountability in the process of grievance redressal.

18)   Name the woman pilot of the Indian Air Force who became the first woman pilot to become part of the famous helicopter-formation team “Sarang”?

a. Pooja Thakur
b. Pooja Sharma
c. Deepika Misra
d. None of these
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Deepika Misra

Squadron Leader Deepika Misra was commissioned in the helicopter stream of IAF and was part of the famous helicopter-formation team that is performed at the Aero India 2015 being held at Bengaluru.

19)   Name the leader elected as Speaker of Delhi Assembly on 23rd Feb’15?

a. Ram Niwas Goyal
b. Vandana Kumari
c. Fateh Singh
d. Sumitra Mahajan
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Ram Niwas Goyal

He was elected from Shahdara constituency in north Delhi where he defeated BJP's Jitender Singh Shunty.

20)   Name the leader elected as Deputy Speaker of Delhi Assembly on 23rd Feb’15?

a. Krishna Teerth
b. Vandana Kumari
c. Ram Niwas Goyal
d. Najeeb Jung
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Vandana Kumari

She is an MLA from Shalimar Bagh constituency from where she defeated BJP's Rekha Gupta by a margin of 10,978 votes.

21)   Who released e-book for environment ministry on 23rd Feb’15?

a. Pranab Mukherjee
b. Narendra Modi
c. Prakash Javdekar
d. Sumitra Mahajan
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Prakash Javdekar

Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Prakash Javadekar released E-Book for his Ministry in New Delhi. This e-book helps the user to obtain first hand detailed information regarding the status of environment clearance in different sectors.

22)   Which movie bagged the best picture award at 87th Academy Award or Oscar Award on 22nd Feb’15?

a. Whiplash
b. Boyhood
c. Still Alice
d. Birdman
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Birdman

At the 87th Annual Academy Awards or the Oscar, Birdman bagged the best picture award. The Broadway-set "Birdman", hailed for its complex narrative about the impact of fame and artistic ego. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu Director of Birdman awarded with Best Director Award.

23)   Name the actor awarded with the best leading actor title at 87th Academy or Oscar Awards?

a. Leonadro De Caprio
b. Brad Pitt
c. Eddie Redmayne
d. Alexander Dinelaris
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Eddie Redmayne

British actor Eddie Redmayne won the best actor Oscar award for his role in "The Theory of Everything" while K Simmons won the best supporting actor for Whiplash film.

24)   Name the actress awarded with the best leading actress title at 87th Academy or Oscar Awards?

a. Patricia Arquette
b. Juliana Moore
c. Laura Poitras
d. Anna Pinnock
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Juliana Moore

Juliana Moore adjudged the best actress for her role in Still Alice. Patricia Arquette won the best actress title in a supporting role for the ‘Boyhood’ movie.

25)   Name the film awarded as the Best Foreign language film at 87th Academy or Oscar Awards?

a. The Grand Budapest Hotel
b. Ida
c. The Phone Call
d. Interstellar
Answer  Explanation 


The black-and-white Polish film "Ida" bagged the award for the best foreign language film. The movie was directed by Pawel Pawlikowski.

26)   Name the film that won the best animated feature film at the 87th Academy or Oscar Awards?

a. Super Hero 6
b. Madagascar
c. Three Legends
d. Big Hero 6
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Big Hero 6

Walt Disney's super hero action comedy film "Big Hero 6" won the best animated feature film. The 3D computer-animated film, inspired by the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name, won the first Oscar for its directors Don Hall, Chris Williams and producer Roy Conli.

27)   Name the river of Bangladesh in which ferry disaster took place after being hit by a cargo vessel during last week of Feb’15?

a. Teesta
b. Kamaphuli
c. Padma
d. Meghna
Answer  Explanation 


The ferry carrying over 200 passengers capsized yesterday at Manikganj on the Paturai-Daulatdia route after being hit by a cargo vessel.

28)   Which institute has opened clinic for technology obsessed people in India?

Answer  Explanation 


The compulsion to watch television, play games on mobile phones or spend long hours on Internet has played havoc especially on our younger generation. Those obsessed with technology are in need of professional help and NIMHANS in Bengaluru has opened a weekend clinic for such people.

29)   Name the tablets used to tackle H1N1 Virus purchased by the Tamil Nadu Government?

a. Tamiflu
b. Bueronorphine
c. Atripla
d. Complera
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Tamiflu

Oseltamivir INN, marketed under the trade name Tamiflu, is an antiviral medication used to prevent and treat influenza A and influenza B. The medication is taken orally. Tamil Nadu Health Minister Dr.Vijay Bhaskar told the State Assembly that the Government has purchased four lakh TAMIFLU tablets to tackle H1N1 virus.

30)   In which month, Foreign Direct Investment in India almost doubled to 2.16 billion compared to 1.10 billion dollars in December 2013?

a. February 2015
b. January 2015
c. November 2014
d. December 2014
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: December 2014

Amongst the top 10 sectors, telecom received the maximum FDI of 2.67 billion dollars in the nine-month period, followed by services 2.29 billion and automobile 1.58 billion. During the period, India received maximum FDI from Mauritius of 5.89 billion dollars, followed by Singapore 4.31billion, and the Netherlands 2.57 billion.

31)   Which bank will provide finance to small tea growers in the Barak Valley and other parts of Assam state?

a. Bank of Baroda
b. Bank of India
c. State Bank of India
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: State Bank of India

Supporting the Prime Minister’s initiative to develop the North-Eastern Region, the SBI has also planned to help the youths to undertake projects related to the tourism in Assam.

32)   The first International Ramayana Mela was organised in_____.

a. Indonesia
b. Singapore
c. Sri Lanka
d. India
Answer  Explanation 


It was inaugurated by the first International Ramayana Mela at FICCI Auditorium, in New Delhi on 23rd Feb’15.

33)   Name the website aimed to provide proper and effective information dissemination to the stakeholders and provide ease of access to various beneficiaries under National Pension System launched on 23rd Feb’15?

Answer  Explanation 


The National Pension System Trust has been set-up and constituted by Pension Fund Regulatory Development Authority (PFRDA) for taking care of the assets and funds under the National Pension System (NPS) in the interest of the beneficiaries (subscribers).

34)   Who has won the Indian Open Golf title at the Delhi Golf Club on 22nd Feb’15?

a. Tiger Woods
b. SSP Chowrasia
c. Siddikur Rahman
d. Anirban Lahiri
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Anirban Lahiri

Anirban Lahiri defeated SSP Chowrasia on the first playoff hole.

35)   Name the tennis player won the Delhi Open single title of tennis held in New Delhi on 22nd Feb’15?

a. Yuki Bhambri
b. Somdev Devvarman
c. Egor Gerasimov
d. None of these
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Somdev Devvarman

He won the title by defeating Yuki Bhambri.

36)   National Day of Kuwait is observed on _____.

a. 24th Feb
b. 25th Feb
c. 26th Feb
d. 27th Feb
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: 25th Feb

No explanation is available for this question!

37)   In which body, under the budget of 2014-15, a special fund of Rs. 2,000 crore has been created in for providing affordable credit to entrepreneurs for setting up of food processing units in designated Food Parks?

Answer  Explanation 


Loan is extended by NABARD from the Fund to various categories of promoters in food processing sector, such as Individual entrepreneurs, State Governments, State Government Agencies, cooperatives, Farmers Producer Organizations (FPOs), corporate, companies etc.

38)   In which north-east state, Minister of State for Textiles has inaugurated a Weavers’ Service Centre on 24th Feb’15?

a. Mizoram
b. Assam
c. Arunachal Pradesh
d. Nagaland
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Nagaland

Minister of State for Textiles (I/C), Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar, laid the foundation stone for Apparel & Garment Making Centre at Dimapur, Nagaland on 24th Feb’15. He inaugurated a Weavers’ Service Centre at Toluvi, Nagaland as well.

39)   What is NERTPS?

a. Non-Electronics Repeaters for Technology Promotion Scheme
b. Nationally Equipped Region Textile Promotion Scheme
c. North-East Region Textile Promotion Scheme
d. North-East Region Technology Promotion System
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: North-East Region Textile Promotion Scheme

NERTPS is an umbrella scheme for the development of various segments of textiles i.e; Silk, handlooms, handicrafts and apparels & garments. The scheme has a total outlay of Rs. 1038.10 crore in the 12th Five Year Plan.

40)   Which country’s president has endorsed India's candidature for the permanent membership of the reformed UN Security Council on 24th Feb’14?

a. United Kingdom
b. Australia
c. United States
d. United Arab Emirates
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: United States

US President Barack Obama has endorsed India's candidature for the permanent membership of the reformed UN Security Council.