General Awareness Test (July - 15) - Set 5

1)   Who is the editor of the book “Swatantrata Senani Raja Mahendra Pratap” released by the Vice President of India Shri M. Hamid Ansari on 16th July’15?

a. Raghuvir Singh ‘Arvind’
b. Rajesh Rana
c. T S Rana
d. Bharti Singh
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Raghuvir Singh ‘Arvind’

The book highlights that Raja Mahendra Pratap never compromised with his political thoughts and was very influenced with the Gadar Revolution of 1913-15. He migrated to Afghanistan leaving all his lands and properties in India and in 1915 he established first provincial Government of India in Kabul along with his accomplice Barkatullah Khan and Maulavi Abaidullah Sindhi. He returned to India after World War –II when India was about to get Independence. He was of the view of the formation of a Great Union from Afghanistan to Sri Lanka which was not possible due to partition.

2)   On 16th July’15 the Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has approved the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Canada in the field of _______.

a. Agriculture
b. Manufacturing Sector
c. Education
d. Civil Aviation
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ANSWER: Civil Aviation

The MoU will help in deepening the bilateral cooperation and enhancing the experience and technical knowledge in the field of Civil Aviation between India and Canada.

3)   On 16th July’15 the Financing Agreement for World Bank (IDA) assistance of US$ 250 million for Andhra Pradesh Disaster Recovery Project was signed between Government of India and the ______.

a. European Central Bank
b. BRICS Bank
c. World Bank
d. Federal Bank
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ANSWER: World Bank

The objective of the project is to restore, improve and enhance resilience of public services, environmental facilities, and livelihoods in targeted Communities of Andhra Pradesh, and increase the capacity of the State to respond promptly and effectively to an eligible crisis or emergency.

4)   What is the name of the new bill approved by the Cabinet in the Lok Sabha for the repeal of 295 Acts, identified for repeal by the concerned Ministries/Departments and the Legislative Department?

a. Repealing and Amending (Third) Bill, 2015
b. Repealing and Amending (Second) Bill, 2015
c. Repealing and Amending (Fourth) Bill, 2015
d. Repealing and Amending (Fifth) Bill, 2015
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Repealing and Amending (Fourth) Bill, 2015

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi on 16th July’15 gave its ex-post facto approval for Repealing and Amending (Third) Bill, 2015, which was introduced in Lok Sabha on 13th May, 2015 for repealing 187 Acts. The Cabinet also approved introduction of a new Bill, namely, the Repealing and Amending (Fourth) Bill, 2015 in the Lok Sabha for the repeal of 295 Acts, identified for repeal by the concerned Ministries/Departments and the Legislative Department.

5)   Which Public Sector Unit (PSU) bagged the 12th National Awards for Excellence in Cost management 2014?

b. HAL
d. RailTel
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques


This award is organized by The Institute of Cost Accounts of India. RailTel has won the award in the category of Public- Service Sector (Medium). RailTel Corporation a "Mini Ratna (Category-I)" PSU is one of the largest neutral telecom services providers in the country owning a Pan-India optic fiber network covering all important towns & cities of the country and several rural areas covering 70% of India’s population.

6)   In which city the first ‘One Stop Centre (OSC) for Women’ of the Ministry of Women & Child Development was inaugurated on 16th July’15?

a. Raipur
b. Delhi
c. Bhopal
d. Pune
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Raipur

The One Stop Centre at Raipur is located in the premises District Hospital, Raipur. It will provide access to integrated range of services under one roof including medical aid, police assistance, legal aid/case management, psychosocial counseling, temporary support services to women affected by violence.

7)   Who has been appointed as the head of the 14 member committee that will work out a five-year action plan for financial inclusion?

a. Deepak Mohanty
b. Bimal Jalan
c. Bibek Debroy
d. Arvind Kumar
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Deepak Mohanty

Deepak Mohanty is the RBI Executive Director. The Committee will work to spread the reach of financial services to unbanked population. The committee was constituted in reference to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address on the occasion of the Reserve Bank’s 80th anniversary wherein he asked the Bank to take the lead in encouraging financial institutions and to set a medium-to-long term target for sustainable financial inclusion.

8)   As per the data released by the Agriculture Ministry, what is the total area that has been covered till date (18th July’15) as against 346 lakh hectares at this time last year?

a. 450 lakh hectare
b. 563 lakh hectare
c. 132 lakh hectare
d. 245 lakh hectare
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: 563 lakh hectare

Crops sowing data released by the Agriculture Ministry reveals that the total area of over 563 lakh hectare has been covered till date as against 346 lakh hectare at this time last year. Rice has been sown in over 132-lakh hectare, which is about six-lakh hectare more than last year. About 56 lakh hectare area has been covered under the cultivation of pulses which is more than double of the sown area under the crop last year.

9)   Nelson Mandela Day is observed on _____________.

a. 17th July
b. 17th August
c. 18th July
d. 19th September
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: 18th July

Nelson Mandela International Day (or Mandela Day) is an annual international day in honour of Nelson Mandela, celebrated each year on 18 July, Mandela's birthday. The day was officially declared by the United Nations in November 2009, with the first UN Mandela Day held on 18 July 2010.

10)   Name the president of Bolivia’s Football Federation who has been arrested as part of a corruption inquiry?

a. Charles Lindsay
b. Albert Suarez
c. Alberto Lozada
d. Carlos Chavez
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Carlos Chavez

Carlos Chavez is also the treasurer of the South American Football Confederation, Conmebol. He is accused of alleged corruption in the management of resources. Bolivia began investigating its football federation after a major corruption scandal broke out involving the sport's world governing body FIFA.

11)   In which city of Tamil Nadu state, the first Regional Vocational Training Institute RVTI has been started?

a. Tiruchirapalli
b. Chidambaram
c. Coimbatore
d. Salem
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Tiruchirapalli

The RVTIs are being established all over the country by central government’s Skill Development and Entrepreneurship. There are till now 11 RVTIs all over India including Tura, Hissar, Jaipur, Kolkata, Bangalore, Mumbai and the twelfth one has been started now in Trichy.

12)   Name the country that released Indian national held for alleged terror links in July month.

a. Pakistan
b. Sri Lanka
c. China
d. Bangladesh
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques


Rajiv Mohan Kulshrestha, who travelled along with 19 other foreigners from Gift of the Givers, a South African charity, was taken into custody at Ordos’s in China’s Inner Mongolia province on July 10 for allegedly watching videos of a banned terror group in their hotel rooms.

13)   What is the main reason to scrap the CLT20 competition by the Governing Council (GC) of the Champions League Twenty 20 (CLT20) on 15th July’15?

a. Match Fixing Issues
b. Withdrawal by Teams
c. Two teams of IPL suspended by Supreme Court
d. Limited public following
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Limited public following

As the championship has been scrapped, the 2015 CLT20, scheduled for September and October, will not go ahead as planned. The GC consists of representatives of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Cricket South Africa (CSA) and Cricket Australia (CA). CLT20 is an annual international Twenty20 cricket competition played between the top domestic teams from major cricketing nations and was launched in 2008 with the first edition held in October 2009.

14)   Name the Indian American woman honoured as Champions of Change by the White House of United States (US) on 16thJuly’15?

a. Anjali Khanna
b. Sunita Williams
c. Paridhi Mohan
d. Sunita Viswanath
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Sunita Viswanath

She was selected for her work to encourage Hindus to take care of the environment. She was among 12 other faith leaders who were awarded for their efforts in protecting environment and communities from the effects of climate change.

15)   On 16th July’15 Hellenic Parliament of Greece gave its nod to the European Union mandated austerity related legislative measures. How many members voted in favor of the legislation against the strength of 300?

a. 253
b. 282
c. 229
d. 292
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques


Out of total 300 strength of the unicameral legislature, the legislation was approved with 229 votes in favor, 64 against and six abstentions and won the support of three pro-European opposition parties. The approval of legislation by the Parliament gives much needed relief to Greece as people have been reeling under severe capital controls as their ATM withdrawals limited to 60 euro per day and banks and the stock exchange shut since 29 June 2015.

16)   After how many years of service to the nation, INS Astravahini, indigenously built Torpedo launch and recovery vessel (TLRV) was decommissioned on 16th July’15?

a. 15 years
b. 22 years
c. 29 years
d. 31 years
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: 31 years

It was commissioned in Indian Navy in 1984 at Visakhapatnam.

17)   In how many states the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) on 16th July 2015 approved the creation of an intra state transmission system?

a. Seven
b. Nine
c. Eleven
d. Fifteen
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques


The seven states include Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Rajasthan. In this seven states, activities envisaged under the project includes establishment of 48 new Grid sub-stations of different voltage levels with total transformation capacity around 17100 MVA (Mega Volt Ampere) by installing over 7800 ckt-kms (Circuit Kilometers) of transmission lines.

18)   Name the committee approved by the PM Narendra Modi on 16th July’15 to set up an expert group to classify the Caste names returned in the Socio Economic and Caste Census (SECC), 2011?

a. Raghuram Rajan Committee
b. Debroy Committee
c. Panagariya Committee
d. Lodha Committee
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Panagariya Committee

The expert group will be chaired Arvind Panagariya, Vice-Chairperson of NITI Aayog and will be serviced by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment and Ministry of Tribal Welfare. The approval was given in lieu of the failure of the states in consolidating different categories and is in line with the one taken by the UPA government on 19 May 2011.

19)   Through which method redevelopment of 400 railway stations has been approved by the PM Narendra Modi on 16th July’15?

a. Bogota Transport Method
b. France Challenge Method
c. Ireland Transport Method
d. Swiss Challenge Method
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Swiss Challenge Method

Swiss Challenge Method means a Private Sector Participant submits an unsolicited or suo-motu proposal and draft contract principles for undertaking a project, not already initiated by the Government Agency or the Local Authority. The Government Agency or the Local Authority then invites competitive counter proposals in such manner as may be prescribed by the Government.

20)   On 16th July’15 which committee’s report on Net Neutrality has been released by the Department of Telecom (DoT)?

a. A K Bhargava Committee
b. Aaiyar Committee
c. Krishnamurthy Committee
d. J Shankar Committee
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: A K Bhargava Committee

The Committee unhesitatingly recommended for adherence of the core principles of Net Neutrality, it also suggested few exceptions in the interests of national security and businesses.

21)   On 16th July’15 the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) directed banks to ensure that their overall direct lending to farmers should not fall below the average of last _____ years.

a. Three
b. Five
c. Seven
d. Ten
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques


The direction has been given against the backdrop of government expressing concern over adverse impact of any reduction in direct credit, given the adverse weather conditions. To increase direct lending to agriculture, the RBI in April 2015 revised the target for direct lending to small and marginal farmers under priority sector norms to 7 percent for 2015-16 and to 8 percent for 2016-17.

22)   On 20th July’15, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the Session of the Indian Labour Conference in New Delhi. Which edition of the session Indian Labour Conference is being launched?

a. 43rd
b. 45th
c. 46th
d. 49th
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: 46th

The two day Conference will deliberate on social security for workers, both in organised and unorganised sectors, and job creation. Prime Minister will dedicate the National Career Service, NCS portal to the nation and launch health reforms of the Employees' State Insurance Corporation of India, ESIC on the occasion.

23)   On 18th July’15 which court declared that special status of Jammu and Kashmir under the article 370 of the Indian constitution is not alterable?

a. Delhi High Court
b. Patiala Court
c. J&K High Court
d. Supreme Court
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: J&K High Court

The observation was made by the bench comprising Justices M A Attar and A M Magray while ruling that the Securitisation and Reconstruction of Financial Assets and Enforcement of Security Interest (SARFAESI) Act, 2002 cannot be enforced in the state. It was enacted by Indian Parliament in 2002.

24)   In which state the 2nd Sohra Marathon-2015 was held on 17th July 2015?

a. Haryana
b. Meghalaya
c. Rajasthan
d. Odisha
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Meghalaya

The marathon, named after the Cherrapunji’s historical name Sohra, started and ended at Mawkdok crossing through 13 destinations. It witnessed the participation of thousands of people from all walks of life including ministers, bureaucrats, officials, bankers, policemen, tourists, parents, children and persons with disabilities.

25)   After how many weeks, Greek banks are ready to open their branches across the country?

a. 3 weeks
b. 4 weeks
c. 2 weeks
d. 5 weeks
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: 3 weeks

Greeks will be able to withdraw 420 euros a week at once instead of just 60 euros a day, but the limit will effectively remain the same and capital controls will also stay in place. The shutdown is estimated to have cost the economy some 3 billion euros in market shortages and export disruption. Greece prepared yesterday to restart its struggling economy with a revamped government, a bank reboot and a new round of tax hikes agreed after months of fraught confrontation with its creditors.

26)   On 20th July’15, The United Nations Security Council has scheduled a vote on a resolution endorsing the ________ deal.

a. US-Cuba Deal
b. Indo-Pak Deal
c. US-Iran Deal
d. Iran-Nuclear Deal
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Iran-Nuclear Deal

With all five permanent members of the Security Council involved in the marathon negotiations with Iran, the resolution's adoption is almost certain. The UN vote will come as US lawmakers begin their own review of the historic deal. The Obama administration sent the nuclear agreement to Congress.

27)   Dr Bisheshar Pradeep a fiction writer passed away in Lucknow on 19th July’15. He was a noted _____ Writer.

a. Urdu
b. Sanskrit
c. Persian
d. Hindi
Answer  Explanation 


He was a prolific writer who penned more than a dozen fiction books in Urdu. Retired as director from state PWD of Uttar Pradesh, he was a native of a place near Pakistan's Faisalabad and migrated to India after partition. He was awarded with ' Urdu Hindi Sahitya Akademi Award' in 1996. He was best known for his 'Afsana Nigari', the fiction writing form in Urdu.

28)   Which state has got the first Aam Aadmi Clinic aimed at providing better medical facility to the weaker sections?

a. Uttar Pradesh
b. Delhi
c. Gujarat
d. Kerala
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques


The clinic has been set up at a very low cost of around Rs 15 to Rs 20 lakh, whereas earlier a dispensary used to cost much higher. The Chief Minister said that the clinics will be able to cure 95 percent of the patients and will reduce the rush at hospitals.

29)   On 17th July’15 the Union Government has launched Delhi Police Railway Helpline Number. What is the Helpline Number allotted to this service?

a. 1015
b. 1012
c. 1215
d. 1512
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: 1512

This helpline will serve as a very useful mechanism for rail passengers. Any person can make calls on this all-India Helpline Number from anywhere across the country.

30)   Who has been appointed as Interim Director of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) on 17th July’15?

a. Surendra Kumar
b. Nagendra Chauhan
c. Prashant Pathrabe
d. None of these
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Prashant Pathrabe

He succeeded incumbent Director DJ Narain who superannuated the office on 4 July 2015. He is Maharashtra-based senior Indian Information Service (IIS) officer of 1992 batch.

31)   On 17th July’15 with which country’s central bank, the Reserve Bank of India signed a Special Currency Swap Agreement?

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

ANSWER: Sri Lanka

Under the arrangement, the Central Bank of Sri Lanka can draw up to 1.1 billion US dollar for a maximum period of six months. This special arrangement is in addition to the existing Framework on Currency Swap Arrangement for the SAARC Member Countries.

32)   Name the career counseling portals launched by PM Narendra Modi on the inaugural session of 46th Indian Labour Conference in New Delhi on 20th July’15?

a. SCN
b. ACS
c. NCS
d. BCS
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques


The move is aimed at modernising all government-run employment exchanges and providing an online platform to job seekers and employers. According to a Labour Ministry press release stating way forward for the NCS project, the government has planned integration (of portal) with CBSE database for verification of candidate academic performance. Under the NCS project, Labour Ministry is transforming the National Employment Service comprising a network of 978 employment exchanges into NCS by leveraging information technology to improve the delivery of services.

33)   In which state, Union Road Transport Minister laid foundation stones of three road projects involving a total investment of Rs 3412 crores on 20th July’15?

a. Rajasthan
b. Haryana
c. Maharashtra
d. Uttar Pradesh
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Haryana

While laying the foundation stones of Ambala-Kaithal and Yamunanagr -Barwala four lane highways at Saha in district Ambala, Mr Gadkari announced that road projects costing Rs 25,000 crore would be initiated in the State by December 2015.

34)   Name the Nobel laureate who announced that his organisation will launch campaign for the upliftment of 100 million deprived children?

a. Kailash Satyarthi
b. Malala Yosafazai
c. Amartya Sen
d. T B Rajeshwar
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Kailash Satyarthi

Noble laureate Kailash Satyarthi said that his organization Kailash Satyarthi Children Foundation will launch campaign for the uplift of 100 million deprived children. Delivering the K K Handiqui memorial lecture in Guwahati on 20th July’15, he appealed youth to be the part of his campaign.

35)   Which celebrity on 20th July’15 said that he did not enter into any contract with Doordarshan to endorse its channel DD Kisan?

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

ANSWER: Amitabh Bachchan

Amitabh Bachchan said in a statement that he neither entered into any contract with Doordarshan, for DD Kisan, nor did he receive any money from them. There were reports that Bachchan was roped in for Rs 6.31 crore in the most expensive endorsement deal ever by an actor.

36)   Who has taken over as the new Chairperson of Delhi Commission for Women, DCW on 20th July’15?

a. Swati Maliwal
b. Meenakshi Lekhi
c. Anuradha Shukla
d. Bharkha Shukla
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Swati Maliwal

Mrs Maliwal, wife of AAP leader Navin Jaihind, has been associated with Arvind Kejriwal since India Against Corruption days. She was working as adviser to Delhi Chief Minister on public grievances and handling Janta Samwad, before assuming the new responsibility. Promila Gupta, Farheen Malik and Sarika Chaudhary are members of the commission.

37)   In which state over 2,300 fuel pumps have stopped selling petrol and diesel to consumers as petroleum dealers have gone on an indefinite strike against hike in VAT on diesel?

a. Uttar Pradesh
b. Karnataka
c. Haryana
d. Delhi
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Haryana

However, the fuel pumps, which are directly owned by oil companies like Indian Oil, BPCL and HPCL, are open. The petroleum dealers are demanding that tax on diesel should be lowered by 1-2 percent than the rates prevailing in neighbouring states. Dealers have been demanding removal of 5 percent surcharge on VAT and landing cost of crude oil at Panipat refinery from the state government.

38)   Which of the following formats have been revamped by the BCCI as per the suggestions given by the Anil Kumble-led technical committee?

a. Gavaskar Trophy
b. Deodhar Trophy
c. Vijay Hazare Trophy
d. Vijay Merchant Trophy
e. Both B and C
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Both B and C

BCCI has decided to change the format of the Deodhar Trophy Inter-zonal one day tournament making it into a three-team affair from current five zones vying for top spot. The BCCI decided to implement the suggestions given by the Anil Kumble-led technical committee where in the Deodhar Trophy will feature four 50-overs matches across five days between 24th January to 28th January. Just like Challenger series, the Vijay Hazare Trophy champions will be one of the teams. It will compete with two other teams which will be selected by the national selectors from the performance of Vijay Hazare Trophy.

39)   FIFA will hold a special election on February 26 to replace its President. Name the President.

a. Michel Platini
b. Sepp Blatter
c. Tim Jason
d. None of these
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Sepp Blatter

FIFA will hold a special election on February 26 to replace President Sepp Blatter, football's scandal-tainted world body said as French football great Michel Platini moved closer to launching a campaign.

40)   Name the Indian men's hockey team chief coach who created a flutter by claiming that he has been fired by Hockey India?

a. Paul Van Ass
b. Narinder Batra
c. Rajesh Kalra
d. Jagdeep Singh
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Paul Van Ass

The outspoken Dutchman says he was conveyed that his services were no longer required. Van Ass told PTI from The Netherlands that he was fired one week after the Hockey World League Semi-finals in Antwerp, Belgium. He, however clarified that he is yet to get official confirmation. Hockey India has outrightly denied that Van Ass has been sacked and said that he had not reported for his duty on the stipulated date.