Current Affairs Questions and Answers - Apr 23, 2015

Current Affairs Questions and Answers - Apr 23, 2015

Q1. What is the new age limit approved by the Union Cabinet on 22nd Apr’15 for heinous crimes?

A. 18 years
B. 15 years
C. 17 years
D. 16 years

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ANSWER: D. 16 years

Union Cabinet has approved lowering of age of juveniles from eighteen to sixteen years for heinous crimes. It cleared the amendment to the Juvenile Justice Act in this regard during a meeting in New Delhi this evening. Official sources said that the amendment seeks to try juvenile in the age group of 16 to 18 years as adults for heinous crimes.

Q2. Which non-ruling party leader raised the issue of Net Neutrality during the Zero Hour in the Lok Sabha on 22nd Apr’15?

A. Rahul Gandhi
B. Sonia Gandhi
C. Seetaram Yechury
D. Sharad Pawar

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ANSWER: A. Rahul Gandhi

Mr Gandhi alleged that the government is trying to hand over the control of internet to corporate houses. He questioned if the government is serious not to impinge on the Internet freedom why it has started the consultation process.

Q3. Which political party was hosting an anti-land Bill rally when a farmer committed suicide at the same venue where the rally was progressing on 22nd Apr’15 in Delhi?

C. Congress

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The incident occurred when the rally was going on in the presence of AAP Convenor and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and other party leaders. The man was immediately rushed to Ram Manohar Lohia hospital where doctors declared him brought dead. The farmer who attempted suicide was from Dausa in Rajasthan.

Q4. Which certification has been received by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting from the British Standards Institute in respect of various permissions and licences issued by it for the broadcasting and print media and films?

A. ISO 9001:2008
B. ISO 9001:10000
C. ISO 9001:2015
D. ISO 9001:2001

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ANSWER: A. ISO 9001:2008

The Ministry has put in place a well defined procedure and measures for ensuring quality of services offered to the customers on the basis of ISO 9001:2008. It will ensure delivery of services by the Ministry in a qualitative manner.

Q5. Which Indian Institute has developed a device for advance assessment of damage to buildings in cities prone to earthquake?

A. IIT-Roorkee
B. IIT-Delhi
C. IISC Bangalore
D. IIIT-Hyderabad

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ANSWER: D. IIIT-Hyderabad

The information on the level of shaking will come from seismological inputs in a particular area. The device is now being tested for its efficacy.

Q6. How many Indians among 16 students were selected for the 2015 Yale World Fellows in the US for their exemplary mid-career work?

A. 1
B. 2
C. 4
D. 8

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An Indian conflict reporter, Rahul Pandita and a health care founder, Zeena Johar has been selected by the prestigious Ivy League university. They were chosen from a pool of about 4,000 applicants for the New Haven, Connecticut-based university's signature global leadership development initiative. Every year, the University invites a group of exemplary mid-career professionals from a wide range of fields and countries for an intensive four-month period of academic enrichment and leadership training.

Q7. Talking about which missile defence system, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on 22nd Apr’15 that people will think twice about striking Iran once it receives Russia’s missile defence systems?

A. AMT-11
B. SR-40
C. S-300
D. XC-150

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ANSWER: C. S-300

President Vladimir Putin signed a decree lifting the ban on the sale of S-300 air defence systems to Tehran that Moscow imposed in 2010, joining UN-imposed arms embargo on Iran amid concerns that the country was developing nuclear weapons.

Q8. With which Bangladeshi company, Numaligarh Refinery Limited of India signed a Memorandum of Understanding for export of petroleum products?

A. Dhaka Oil Corporation
B. Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation
C. Dacca Petroleum Corporation
D. None of these

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ANSWER: B. Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation.

The MoU provides for export of petroleum products from NRL’s Marketing Terminal in Siliguri to Bangladesh Petroleum’s Depot at Parbatipur in Bangladesh through the proposed ‘Indo-Bangla Friendship Pipeline.

Q9. Name the country that will open a museum on India's diverse heritage and culture in May 2015?

A. Nepal
B. Sri Lanka
C. France
D. Singapore

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ANSWER: D. Singapore

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will launch the Centre as a focal point for the Indian community, and a platform to learn more about the diverse Indian heritage in Singapore. Indian architecture and artifacts would be showcased at the Indian Heritage Centre. The first of its kind museum in the country will be inaugurated on 7th May’15.

Q10. Name the ancient river for which Haryana Government has started the excavation work for revival?

A. Ganga
B. Chenab
C. Saraswati
D. Chenab

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ANSWER: C. Saraswati.

The excavation work to revive the ancient river Saraswati has started in the village of Rolaheri in Yamunanagar district. South Indian Scholar Dr. Ratnakar has shown deep interest in initiating work on the project. Haryana Government has prepared a Rs 50 crore ‘Saraswati Revival Project’ for it however the initial excavation work have been taken up under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme.

Q11. Which state government told the High Court that ‘Eating Beef is not a fundamental right’ of a citizen?

A. Gujarat
B. Maharashtra
C. Uttar Pradesh
D. Kerala

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ANSWER: B. Maharashtra

Maharashtra government told the Bombay High Court that it is not a fundamental right of a citizen to eat beef and the state legislation can regulate consumption of flesh of animals.

Q12. Name the city which Telangana Government is keen to develop as Health Hub?

A. Hyderabad
B. Vishakhapatnam
C. Vizag
D. Tirupati

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ANSWER: A. Hyderabad.

The Chief Minister, who held a meeting in Hyderabad with reputed doctors and officials, favoured manufacturing medical devices like stents in the state and the production of the medical devices would reduce the medical expenses.

Q13. Name the organisation that has developed a technology to differentiate between beef and buffalo meat?

A. National Bureau of Animal Genetic Resource
B. Indian Council of Agricultural Research
C. International Council of Agricultural Research
D. None of these

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ANSWER: A. National Bureau of Animal Genetic Resource.

In Haryana, National Bureau of Animal Genetic Resource (NBAGR), Karnal has developed a technology to differentiate between beef and buffalo meat. The technology is based on polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and it can easily differentiate accurately between the beef and buffalo meat. The international patent registration of the technology is underway. The technologies already available for it were expensive, while it would be economical.

Q14. Which cricket team will be the first Test team to tour Pakistan since 2009?

A. Bangladesh
B. Kenya
C. South Africa
D. Zimbabwe

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ANSWER: D. Zimbabwe

No Test team has toured Pakistan since March, 2009 when militants attacked the Sri Lankan team in Lahore.

Q15. The government will soon launch an online facility under which a PAN card will be issued within ____ hours of applying.

A. 24
B. 12
C. 48
D. 72

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ANSWER: C. 48.

Permanent Account Number (PAN) is a 10-digit alpha numeric number, issued in the form of a laminated card by the Income Tax Department. Besides, special camps will be organised throughout the country, including rural areas, to help people get PAN cards.

Q16. Which state will host the Federation Cup Football Match in Aug’15?

A. Jammu & Kashmir
B. Maharashtra
C. West Bengal
D. Assam

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ANSWER: A. Jammu & Kashmir

Jammu and Kashmir will host this year's Federation Cup football championship in Srinagar.

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