General Awareness Test (May - 15) - Set 2

1)   Who is the new Governor of Tripura appointed by the President of India on 12th May’15?

a. V. Shanmuganthan
b. Mr J P Rajkhowa
c. Tathagatha Roy
d. Dr Syed Ahmed
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ANSWER: Tathagatha Roy

Tathagata Roy will be the Governor of Tripura.

2)   Name the Spanish tennis player who received the Golden Medal for Merit in Work, one of Spain's top civilian honors?

a. Rafael Nadal
b. David Ferrer
c. Fernando Verdasco
d. Tommy Robredo
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ANSWER: Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal had originally been scheduled to pick up the award in November last year but the ceremony was called off after he had to undergo surgery to remove his appendix. Spain's conservative government decided to award him the honour in June 2014, which aims to highlight an "exemplary performance" in any job or profession.

3)   The Birth Anniversary of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore was observed on ____________.

a. 5th May
b. 6th May
c. 7th May
d. 8th May
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ANSWER: 7th May

No explanation is available for this question!

4)   Name the officer who has been appointed as the Election Commissioner on May’15?

a. Alok Ranjan
b. Umesh Sinha
c. Achal Kumar Jyoti
d. Zubair Rizvi
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ANSWER: Achal Kumar Jyoti

He is a Former Chief Secretary of Gujarat. He earlier worked as the Managing Director of the Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Limited. He also served as chairman of Kandla Port Trust. With this appointment, the strength of three members Election Commission has now gone to two. In the coming days, the government will appoint one more Election Commissioner to fill up the last vacancy.

5)   According to the Forbes's annual list issued in New York, how many Indian companies figured in the world's 2000 largest and most powerful public companies?

a. 12
b. 43
c. 49
d. 56
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United States is on top with its share of 579 companies. .Japan slid to the third spot. Reliance Industries, the topmost India company is ranked 142 on the list, down from last year's 135th spot. Reliance is followed by State Bank of India. Major banks ICICI Bank, Axis Bank and HDFC Bank, PSUs like Oil and Natural Gas Corporation, Indian Oil, Bharat Petroleum, NTPC and others like Tata Motors, Tata Consultancy Services ,Bharti Airtel ,Infosys, Wipro ,Tata Steel and Adani Enterprises make it to the 'Global 2000'list.

6)   As per the series of latest data released recently, which city had the highest vehicle density in India?

a. Chennai
b. Mumbai
c. Delhi
d. Bengaluru
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Chennai

In terms of vehicle density, Chennai tops the list with 2093 followed by Pune with 1260, Mumbai with 1014, Hyderabad with 723, Kolkata with 355 and Delhi with 245. The reason for this is Delhi's enormous advantage in road length. Compared to 1800 km in Chennai and Pune, 2000 km in Mumbai and a mere 1400 km in Kolkata, Delhi boasts around 30,000 km of road length.

7)   In which state the discovery of huge water resources from a field on 5 May 2015, resulted in believing it to be part of the mystic Saraswati River described in Rigveda?

a. Uttar Pradesh
b. Madhya Pradesh
c. Odisha
d. Haryana
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ANSWER: Haryana

Assembly Speaker Kanwar Pal Gurjar had inaugurated the excavation work of 'Saraswati Revival Project' at Rullaheri village on April 21. The river length in Yamunanagar would be 55 km and would pass through 43 villages. It is believed that the river passes underground through Kurukshetra, Jind, Hisar, Fatehabad and Sirsa districts before entering Rajasthan and Gujarat.

8)   Name the bill passed in Lok Sabha on 7th May’15 that permits juveniles between the ages of 16 and 18 years to be tried as adults for heinous offences?

a. Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Bill, 2014
b. Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Bill, 2014
c. Imprisonment (Care and Protection of Children) Bill, 2014
d. Shelter Homes (Care and Protection of Children) Bill, 2014
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ANSWER: Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Bill, 2014

The bill ensures that no child is sent to jail and remains within the JJ system till the age of 21 years no matter what the verdict is. It is proposed that every state and UT will have atleast one place of safety to keep children who commit heinous crimes. Also, under the new law there will be no provision for death sentence or life imprisonment. At the age of 21 years, their behaviour will be assessed, and, if an offender has reformed, his sentence may be curtailed.

9)   Name the Syrian Journalist and right activist awarded with the UNESCO-Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize 2015?

a. Mazen Darwish
b. Kenji Goto Jogo
c. Mohamed Al Qasim
d. Yara Abbas
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ANSWER: Mazen Darwish

The UN's cultural body on Sunday awarded its annual press freedom prize to Mazen Darwish, a Syrian journalist and rights activist who has been jailed by the regime for more than three years.

10)   Name the English batsman who announced his retirement from International Cricket with immediate effect after a disappointing tour of the West Indies?

a. Tim Bresnen
b. Alistair Cook
c. Jonathan Trott
d. Kevin Peterson
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ANSWER: Jonathan Trott

He struggled on his return to the Test arena during England's 1-1 drawn series with the West Indies in the Caribbean concluded on May’15, managing just 72 runs in six innings including three ducks.

11)   Name the programme launched by Government with Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) located on the banks of the river Ganga for achieving the objective of Clean Ganga?

a. National Mission for Clean Ganga
b. Namai Gange
c. Mission for Ganga
d. Nirmal Ganga Sahbhagita
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ANSWER: Nirmal Ganga Sahbhagita

The initiative aims at sensitizing the ULBs about the pollution in river Ganga arising primarily due to dumping of solid waste in the river/nallas and to involve them in a long term engagement in stoppage of the solid waste flow from nallas/drains to the river.

12)   The Chandrayaan-2, India’s second mission to the Moon, has Orbiter, Lander and Rover configuration. It is planned to be launched during _____ year.

a. 2015-16
b. 2016-17
c. 2017-18
d. 2018-19
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ANSWER: 2017-18

Chandrayaan-2 is planned to be launched during 2017- 2018 timeframe by Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota.

13)   Which state government is proposing to formulate separate law for Buddhist marriages?

a. Uttar Pradesh
b. Jammu &Kashmir
c. Karnataka
d. Maharashtra
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ANSWER: Maharashtra

The law is going to be drafted by the end of May. In India, the marriages of Muslims, Catholics and Parsis are covered under Hindu Marriage act but not Buddhist marriages. Buddhist community is demanding separate marriage law for them since long. The first proposal for separate law was put forth in 2007 by then cabinet minister Nitin Raut.

14)   Name the veteran film actor conferred with the prestigious Dada Saheb Phalke award at the landmark Prithvi Theatre in Mumbai by Union Information and Broadcasting Minister on 10th May’15?

a. Shashi Kapoor
b. Amitabh Bachchan
c. Rekha
d. Dev Anand
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ANSWER: Shashi Kapoor

In the presence of his illustrious family and who’s who of the Hindi film industry, veteran Bollywood actor Shashi Kapoor received the prestigious Award.

15)   Under which programme Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 10th May’15 unveiled three social security schemes two on insurance and one on pension at a function organised in Kolkata?

a. Rashtra Nirman
b. Jansurakhsha
c. ManavRaksha
d. Pension Scheme
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ANSWER: Jansurakhsha

The schemes were launched simultaneously at 115 places in the country with Central and State Chief Ministers and senior ministers attending the functions.

16)   The Central Government will expand the reach of radio by converting Medium Wave towers into _______.

a. High Wave Towers
b. Television Towers
c. Amplitude Wave Towers
d. FM Towers
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By FM people can access radio on mobile phones and car’s stereos. Mr. Rathore said his ministry has set a target of covering 67 percent of the country by FM radio in the next 2 and a half years from 45 percent at present.

17)   China has significantly increased its defence budget. The budget is now more than how many times in comparison to India?

a. Two Times
b. Three Times
c. Four Times
d. Five Times
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ANSWER: Three Times

The Pentagon says that China's official defence budget last year was 136.3 billion dollars while that of India was 38.2 billion dollars. The Pentagon said in its annual report to the Congress that China has significantly increased its defence budget over the past several decades and now has reached a position to pose threat to the American national security interest in the region.

18)   Name the discus thrower who won the Gold Medal in Jamaican International Invitation meet in Kingston on 10th May’15?

a. Pankaj Advani
b. Abhijeet Kumar
c. Vikas Gowda
d. Vikram Sheth
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ANSWER: Vikas Gowda

Chad Wright of Jamaica was second, while Jared Schuurmans of United States was third.

19)   Name the festival of Indian Culture inaugurated in Russia on 10th may’15 by the President of India?

a. Namaste India
b. Samruddh India
c. One India
d. Diverse India
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ANSWER: Namaste India

The President said Indian culture and its heritage of art, music and cinema have enjoyed love and appreciation across Russia over centuries.

20)   In which state is IISCO located?

a. Chhattisgarh
b. Jharkhand
c. Andhra Pradesh
d. West Bengal
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ANSWER: West Bengal

IISCO plant is situated in Burnpur, West Bengal.

21)   Name the newly formed political party launched by Jitan Ram Manjhi former Chief minister of Bihar?

a. Aam Manas Party
b. Harijan Party
c. Hindustani Awam Morcha
d. None of these
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ANSWER: Hindustani Awam Morcha

No explanation is available for this question!

22)   In which state, new naval base named INS Sardar Patel has been commissioned on 9th May’15?

a. Maharashtra
b. Gujarat
c. Goa
d. Kerala
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ANSWER: Gujarat

The commissioning of INS Sardar Patel would enable it to qualitatively augment its infrastructure and organisational effectiveness in Gujarat, which would improve coordination and synergy with other maritime agencies of the government.

23)   Which body imposed hefty fines on five-star hotels, malls and hospitals for not installing proper rainwater harvesting systems in their premises on 11th May’15?

a. National Green Tribunal
b. Ministry of Water Harvesting
c. National Pollution Control Board
d. Department of Clean Water
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ANSWER: National Green Tribunal

A bench, headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar said that these units have even not cared to take the steps to install rainwater harvesting systems even after several reminders. The green panel imposed a fine of 7.50 lakh rupees each on Jaypee Siddharth, Piccadily Hotel while Tirupati Infraprojects Pvt Ltd was imposed 5 lakh rupees as fine. The Tribunal also imposed a fine of 5 lakh rupees each on hospitals B M Gupta Hospital Pvt Ltd, Indraprastha Medical Corporation Ltd Santom Hospital, and Jaipur Golden Hospital while Holy Family hospital was imposed 3 lakh rupees.

24)   Name the Chairman of National Human Rights Commission who demitted his office after completing his tenure as the sixth and longest serving Chairperson of the NHRC on 11th May’15?

a. Justice Cyriac Joseph
b. Justice K G Balakrishnan
c. Justice Ramesh Menon
d. Justice V P Shahi
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Justice K G Balakrishnan

Justice K G Balakrishnan had joined the Commission as its chief on the June 7, 2010 after his retirement as the Chief Justice of India.NHRC member Justice Cyriac Joseph has been authorised by President Pranab Mukherjee to act as the Chairperson of the Commission with effect from 12th May’15 until the appointment of a new Chairperson.

25)   International Nurses Day was observed on _____.

a. 1st June
b. 11th June
c. 12th May
d. 14th May
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ANSWER: 12th May

The IND theme for 2015 is Nurses: A Force for Change: Care Effective, Cost Effective. Florence Nightingale, founder of modern nursing, was born on 12th May, 1820 and hence this day is celebrated as International Nurses Day all over the world.

26)   On 12th May’15, President Pranab Mukherjee presented the National Florence Nightingale Awards to 35 nursing professionals on International Nurses Day. In which year the Health Ministry had instituted this award?

a. 2014
b. 2004
c. 1999
d. 1973
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ANSWER: 1973

The Health Ministry had instituted the awards in 1973 as a mark of recognition for the meritorious services of nurses.

27)   Name the award announced by Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to the deceased ambassadors of Norway and Philippines and deceased wives of ambassadors of Malaysia and Indonesia?

a. Shaheed-e-Azam
b. Shaheed-e-Mulk
c. Sitara-e-Pakistan
d. None of these
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ANSWER: Sitara-e-Pakistan

No explanation is available for this question!

28)   Name the Indian-origin Member of Parliament in Britain who has been appointed as the new Employment Minister in British Prime Minister David Cameron’s Cabinet?

a. Priti Patel
b. Bobby Jindal
c. Rahul Sharma
d. Anway Kumar
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ANSWER: Priti Patel

Prime Minister David Cameron has promoted one of Britain's most prominent Indian-origin MPs Priti Patel by making her the new Employment Minister, as he unveiled the first all-Conservative Cabinet in nearly 20 years with his top four aides retaining their previous portfolios.

29)   In which state the elected representatives resolved to constitute a Joint Legislators' Forum (JLF) to settle over six decade-old Naga political issue and press for its early settlement?

a. Nagaland
b. Assam
c. Manipur
d. Meghalaya
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ANSWER: Nagaland

The unanimous resolution was adopted during a closed door meeting of the legislature parties and Independent MLAs constituting Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN), held at Chief Minister's residential office in Kohima on 11th May’15.

30)   With the aim to bring in transparency, which state has announced to create a digital repository of the land records in the State?

a. Telangana
b. Andhra Pradesh
c. Kerala
d. Tamil Nadu
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Andhra Pradesh

The online portal to be launched soon by Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, will help in the verification process during registrations or while applying for loans from banks.

31)   Who has been appointed as the head of the New Development Bank being set up by the five emerging economies of BRICS grouping?

a. K.V.Kamath
b. Ratan Tata
c. Mukesh Ambani
d. Kumar Mangalam Birla
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ANSWER: K.V.Kamath

The Leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) had meeting in 2014 and reached an agreement to establish the New Development Bank, with its headquarters in Shanghai. As per the agreement, India got the right to nominate the first president.

32)   Name the tennis player who has claimed his first victory over Rafael Nadal on clay to win the Madrid Masters Men's Singles Title?

a. Leander Paes
b. Rohan Bopanna
c. Andy Murray
d. Florin Mergea
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ANSWER: Andy Murray

He had never beaten Rafael Nadal in six previous meetings on the surface.

33)   In which country BRICS Under-17 Football Cup is set to be held?

a. Brazil
b. China
c. Sri Lanka
d. India
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A Memorandum of Understanding is set to be signed with Brazilian representatives in New Delhi. The MoU will be signed by Project Leader and Tournament Organiser, Joao Gilberto Vaz and Secretary General ASSOCHAM, DS Rawat, in the presence of Sports Secretary Ajit Sharan. All India Football Federation General Secretary Kushal Das will also be present.

34)   National Technology Day is celebrated in India on ____.

a. 11th May
b. 12th May
c. 13th May
d. 14th May
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: 11th May

The National Technology Day is held every year on May 11 to celebrate India's achievements in science and technology and also commemorates the successful carrying out of nuclear tests at Pokhran.

35)   After losing more than 4,000 people to Ebola, which country has now been declared free of the disease by the World Health Organization (WHO)?

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

In Liberia no new cases of Ebola were reported in past 42 days which is twice the number of days the virus requires to incubate.

36)   Which court acquitted AIADMK Chief J Jayalalithaa in the 19 year old disproportionate assets case?

a. Tamil Nadu High Court
b. Delhi High Court
c. Supreme Court
d. Karnataka High Court
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ANSWER: Karnataka High Court

Former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa and three of her associates were acquitted in an illegal assets case by a single judge of the Karnataka High Court on Monday morning.

37)   International Mothers Day was observed on ____________.

a. 10th May
b. 11th May
c. 12th May
d. 1st May
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: 10th May

No explanation is available for this question!

38)   After a five day census was conducted  on Asiatic Lions it has been found that the number of Lions at the sanctuary are 523. Which sanctuary is this?

a. Gir Wildlife Sanctuary
b. Dudhwa National Park
c. Kaziranga National Park
d. Rajaji National Park
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Gir Wildlife Sanctuary

The population of Asiatic lions has been found to have increased considerably in the Gir wildlife sanctuary — from 411 during the last census in 2010 to 523 in 2015.

39)   Who is the new Governor of Jharkhand appointed by the President of India on 12th May’15?

a. Droupadi Murmu
b. Dr. Syed Ahmed
c. Mr J P Rajkhowa
d. Tathagatha Roy
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ANSWER: Droupadi Murmu

Former Odisha Minister Droupadi Murmu will be the new Governor of Jharkhand. She will replace Dr Syed Ahmed who has been transferred to Manipur for remaining period of his term.

40)   Who is the new Governor of Arunachal Pradesh appointed by the President of India on 12th May’15?

a. Dr Syed Ahmad
b. Mr J P Rajkhowa
c. Lt. General (Retd.) Nirbhay Sharma
d. V. Shanmuganthan
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Mr J P Rajkhowa

Mr J P Rajkhowa has been appointed as the new Governor of Arunachal Pradesh who will replace Lt. General (Retd.) Nirbhay Sharma who has been transferred and appointed as Governor of Mizoram for the remainder of his term.