Current Affairs Questions and Answer - July 26 & 27, 2015

Current Affairs Questions and Answer - July 26 & 27, 2015

Q1. Name the committee that has been appointed by the government in May’2015 to examine the matter related to levying of Minimum Alternate Tax (MAT) on Foreign Institutional Investors prior to April 2015?

A. Shah Committee
B. Rangrajan Committee
C. Singhvi Committee
D. Dhar Committee

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ANSWER: A. Shah Committee

The government will soon take a decision on the Justice AP Shah Committee's report on applicability of the Minimum Alternate Tax, MAT, on foreign investors. MAT is a way of making companies pays the minimum amount of tax. The report comes against the backdrop of foreign investors dragging the government to court over applicability of MAT on capital gains made by them. The Income Tax Department had sent notices to 68 FIIs demanding around 603 crore rupees as MAT dues of the previous years with FIIs moving the higher court challenging this demand.

Q2. In which state, Health Ministry is rushing a team of experts to deal with recent outbreak of Japanese Encephalitis?

A. Uttar Pradesh
B. Andhra Pradesh
C. Himachal Pradesh
D. Assam

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ANSWER: D. Assam

So far 66 deaths and 365 JE positive cases have been reported from different districts of the State. Maximum numbers of deaths were reported from the upper Assam districts.

Q3. Which government has finalized the National Litigation Policy 2015, after considering suggestions from various stakeholders and inter-ministerial consultations?

A. M.P. Government
B. Maharashtra Governemnt
C. Delhi Government
D. Union Government

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ANSWER: D. Union Government

Minister of Law and Justice DV Sadananda Gowda said that Cabinet approval for phase-two of the mission mode e-court project with the cost of Rs 1786 crore has been secured last week. It will help establish a digital library networked with all the courts in the country with access to law journals, judgments and books.

Q4. As per the NASA Report, on which planet flowing nitrogen ice glaciers have been seen on the surface along with an unexpectedly thick layer of haze in the atmosphere?

A. Mars
B. Kepler 452b
C. Pluto
D. Jupiter

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ANSWER: C. Pluto

The latest discoveries are from the flyby prior this month of New Horizons that has revealed unprecedented views of the distant dwarf planet as a complex world. NASA associate administrator John Grunsfeld said that with ice, mountain ranges, and vast haze, Pluto is showing a diversity of planetary geology.

Q5. On 25th July’15, which court has discharged the former capped cricketer S Sreesanth and all the other 35 accused people in the IPL-6 spot fixing case?

A. Bombay High Court
B. Delhi Court
C. Allahabad High Court
D. Supreme Court

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ANSWER: B. Delhi Court

Other two prominent IPL players -- Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan -- who were on bail, like Sreesanth, were also discharged in the case. The three cricketers were representing IPL team Rajasthan Royals when the scandal broke. They were arrested in May 2013 for alleged spot fixing in some matches of IPL 6. However the court had granted bail to Sreesanth, and various others accused for lack of evidence against them.

Q6. In which state was the ‘Bahuda Yatra’ carried out on 26th July’15?

A. Assam
B. Karnataka
C. Odisha
D. Kerala

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ANSWER: C. Odisha

Bahuda Yatra is the journey of the three chariots of the lords to Sri Jagannath Temple from Sri Gundicha Temple. After spending a week inside the Sri Gundicha temple, the deities commence their Bahuda Yatra on the 10th day of the Yatra. The Bahuda Yatra- Return Car Festival of Lord Sri Jagannath, Sri Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra organised at the holy town of Puri.

Q7. Name the country that qualified for the next year’s World T-20 Cricket tournament to be held in India?

A. Brazil
B. Dubai
C. Canada
D. Oman

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A five-wicket win over Namibia at the ICC qualifying event saw the Gulf minnows reach their first major international tournament. Victory also saw the ICC grant Oman a full T-20 status. The 16 teams who will compete in the final phase of the World T-20 are the 10 Test sides, plus qualifiers Scotland, Ireland, Hong Kong, the Netherlands, Afghanistan and Oman.

Q8. Name the athlete who won the 100-metres race at London Diamond League meeting on 25th July’15?

A. Usain Bolt
B. LeBron James
C. Marion Jones
D. Justin Gatlin

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ANSWER: A. Usain Bolt

Olympic champion and world record holder Usain Bolt has blasted out a World Championship warning with a victory in the 100-metres race at the London Diamond League meeting. The Jamaican sprinter won in 9.87 seconds, the same time he had set in winning his heat earlier at the London Olympic Stadium.

Q9. Who has been appointed as the coach of the Indian hockey team on 25th July’15?

A. Roelant Oltmans
B. Narinder Batra
C. Paul Van Ass
D. Injeti Srinivas

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ANSWER: A. Roelant Oltmans

He replaces Paul van Ass, who was unceremoniously sacked after a bitter spat with Hockey India President Narinder Batra. The 61-year-old Dutchman, who has been associated with Indian hockey for close to three years now, will be at the helm of affairs at least till next year's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. The decision to appoint Oltmans was taken at a meeting between Sports Authority of India's Director General Injeti Srinivas and Batra.

Q10. 16th Kargil Victory Day was observed on ______.

A. 25th July’15
B. 26th July’15
C. 27th July’15
D. 24th July’15

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ANSWER: B. 26th July’15

The Kargil war was fought from 3rd May to 26 July in 1999 against Pakistan intruders who in the winters of 1998 transgressed into this side of territory along the Line of Control and occupied fortified defences overlooking the National Highway 1-A in Drass, Kargil and Batalik of the Ladakh region.

Q11. Name the former Prime Minister who will launch a hunger strike in New Delhi on 27th May’15 to highlight the problems being faced by farmers?

A. Manmohan Singh
B. HD Deve Gowda
C. Sharad Pawar
D. A B Vajpayee

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ANSWER: B. HD Deve Gowda

Former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda will launch a hunger strike in New Delhi to highlight the problems being faced by farmers, amid rising numbers of suicides by them, including in his home state Karnataka.

Q12. On 26th July’15 Social activist Anna Hazare protested at Jantar Mantar in the national capital over non-implementation of ______scheme.

A. One Rank One Pension
B. Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao
C. National Literacy Mission
D. Citizen Charter

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ANSWER: A. One Rank One Pension

OROP is a long standing demand of ex-servicemen. The scheme will grant retired armed forces personnel pension parity with officers and jawans of the same rank who are retiring now. Joining ex servicemen in their protest, Mr Hazare warned the government to not go back on their promise to implement the OROP scheme. He also said war widows get a meager amount as pension in present times. The social activist said he will travel to other parts of the country to raise the issue and launch an indefinite fast on October 2 at Ramlila Ground.

Q13. Who has banned the marketing of around 700 generic medicines for alleged manipulation of clinical trials conducted by India's pharmaceutical research company GVK Biosciences?

A. Indian Medical Association
B. European Union
C. United States
D. United Nation Organisation

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ANSWER: B. European Union

The ban will come into effect on August 21. According to Germany's drug regulator, the Federal Institute for Medicines and Medical Products and it will be applicable to all 28 member nations. GVK Bio had vehemently denied the allegations. The company offered to conduct fresh studies of the medicines involved at its own cost.

Q14. Which country has invited Indian investments worth 8 billion US dollars in infrastructure projects?

A. Iran
B. Israel
C. Afghanistan
D. Kuwait

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Iranian Ambassador Gholamreza Ansari said in New Delhi that India should take advantage of the time before the western countries start making their investments after lifting of sanctions in the next 3-5 months.

Q15. What spot has been achieved by Indian women's wrestling team in 5th Senior International Wrestling Tournament Cup of the President of Republic of Kazakhstan in Astana?

A. First
B. Second
C. Third
D. Fourth

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ANSWER: B. Second

Vinesh (48kg), Lalita Sehrawat (55kg) and Anita (63kg) put up impressive shows as they won all their bouts in their respective weight categories, while Sakshi Malik lost just one fight in 58kg division to help the eight-member team bag a silver medal at the July 23-26 event. The Kazakhstan tour is expected to help the Indian eves put up a good show at the World Championship, to be held in Las Vegas, USA from September 7-12, which will also be the first qualification event for Rio Olympics 2016.

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