Current Affairs Questions and Answers - August 02 & 03, 2015

Current Affairs Questions and Answers - August 02 & 03, 2015

Q1. Name the chairman of the 30-member Joint Committee of Parliament that is discussing the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Bill?

A. S S Ahluwalia
B. A S Nayar
C. B K Gaitonde
D. Sharad Pawar

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ANSWER: A. S S Ahluwalia

According to the listed business of the Lok Sabha, the committee’s chairman S S Ahluwalia will move a motion on 3rd Aug’15 in the House for seeking further extension upto 7th of this month to submit its report. The Joint Committee of Parliament, which was constituted in last May for examining the controversial land acquisition bill, had been given a fresh extension till the first working day of first week of this month. This is the third extension sought by the Committee. It was originally mandated to table its report on the first day of the Monsoon session, which began on 21st July.

Q2. On 2nd Aug’15, which country released 163 Indian fishermen as goodwill gesture?

A. Sri Lanka
B. China
C. Pakistan
D. Iran

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ANSWER: C. Pakistan

A Sindh government official said the detained fishermen were set free as a goodwill gesture following the last month's meeting between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi in Russia.

Q3. Which country has detained 127 officials from its banking industry for their alleged involvement in corruption?

A. India
B. China
C. United States
D. Japan

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ANSWER: B. China

They were accused of bribery, embezzlement, illegal lending and other illicit acts. China's massive anti-corruption campaign has led to thousands of arrests and convictions on graft charges so far.

Q4. Name the cricketer appointed as the brand ambassadors of the newly created National Kidney Fund by the Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena?

A. Muthaiya Muralitharan
B. T Dilshan
C. Dilhara Fernando
D. Kumar Sangakkara

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ANSWER: A. Muthaiya Muralitharan & B. T Dilshan

Murlidharan and Dilshan’s appointment was announced by the President just before the start of a T20 match between Sri Lanka and Pakistan at the R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium in Colombo.

Q5. In which of the following citiy, Post offices remained open on 2nd Aug’15 (Sunday) as mark of respect for Late Former Prsident Dr Kalam?

A. New Delhi
B. Chandigarh
C. Jaipur
D. Pune

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ANSWER: C. Jaipur

This decision was taken by the inspiring appeal by Dr Kalam not to declare holiday on his death rather work for one more day. All the subordinate office remained open and the Chief Post Master General and Director Post also attended the office. On 1st Aug’15 the Rajasthan Assembly Secretariat also functioned as a tribute to the former President.

Q6. Name the country that has foiled a British Company’s bid to patent use of turmeric, pine bark and tea for treating hair loss and succeeded in protecting its traditional knowledge?

A. Sri Lanka
B. Indonesia
C. China
D. India

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ANSWER: D. India

The UK based company Pangaea Laboratories Limited had filed patent application at European Patent office in February, 2011 on a medicinal composition containing turmeric, pine bark and green tea for treating hair loss. An official release said in New Delhi that the Traditional Knowledge Digital Library (TKDL), a Unit of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research filed pre-grant opposition along with prior-art evidences. It proved that turmeric, pine bark and green tea, are being used as a treatment for hair loss, since long in Indian systems of medicine like Ayurveda and Unani. Till date CSIR-TKDL has achieved success in about 200 such cases without any cost.

Q7. By what percent India's gold imports shot up in the April-May’15 of the current fiscal due to weak prices globally and the easing of restrictions by the Reserve Bank?

A. 32%
B. 51%
C. 61%
D. 78%

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ANSWER: C. 61%

India is the largest importer of gold, which mainly caters to the demand of the jewellery industry. Large imports of gold impact the country's current account deficit, which occurs when value of import of goods and services is more than its exports. The CAD in 2014-15 shrank to 1.3 per cent of GDP (USD 27.5 billion) from 1.7 per cent (USD 32.4 billion) in 2013-14. The Reserve Bank and the government have maintained that the CAD level is comfortable. In 2014-15, India imported 915.54 tonnes of gold as against 661.71 tonnes in the previous financial year.

Q8. Name the Indian champion who annexed the squash title in the 15,000 US Dollar Victorian Open WSA Event in Melbourne on 2nd Aug’15?

A. Joshna Chinappa
B. Dipika Pallikal
C. Saurav Ghosal
D. Anuroop B. S.

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ANSWER: A. Joshna Chinappa

Joshna defeated second seeded Line Hansen of Denmark. It is Joshna's tenth WSA title, the last being the Richmond Open title win in April last year.

Q9. The over 3-year-old ban on Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan on entering the Wankhede Stadium was lifted by the ___________.

A. Mumbai Cricket Association
B. Bombay High Court
C. Supreme Court
D. Govt. of Maharashtra

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ANSWER: A. Mumbai Cricket Association

The Association had imposed the ban following a 2012 fracas involving the Kolkata Knight Riders co-owner and security personnel during an IPL match. MCA vice president Ashish Shelar said after the Association's meeting in Mumbai that it was decided that the ban imposed on IPL's Kolkata franchise owner Shah Rukh Khan should be lifted.

Q10. Name the country that on 1st Aug’15 became the first-ever non-European member of the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN)?

A. India
B. China
C. Pakistan
D. Bangladesh

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ANSWER: C. Pakistan

Pakistan thus became the first member of CERN among Asian countries and the first non-European member of this prestigious organization. The associate membership will open a new era of cooperation that will strengthen the long-term partnership between CERN and the Pakistani scientific community.

Q11. As per the report released in 68th round of the National Sample Survey (NSS) on fuel used for cooking and lighting, which state had the highest use of LPG among rural households during 2011-12?

A. Tamil Nadu
B. Jharkhand
C. Chhattisgarh
D. Kerala

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ANSWER: A. Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu was followed by Kerala and Punjab. The use of LPG was least in Chhattisgarh (1.5% of households) followed by Jharkhand (2.9%) and Odisha (3.9%).

Q12. The new simplified “Guidelines Governing Adoption of Children 2015” notified by the Central Government on 17th July 2015 came into effect from _________.

A. 31st July’15
B. 1st Aug’15
C. 2nd Aug’15
D. 3rd Aug’15

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ANSWER: B. 1st Aug’15

The new guidelines in adoption are intend to provide for more effective regulation for adoption of orphan, abandoned and surrendered children and would bring more transparency and efficiency in the adoption system.

Q13. Name the country that became the 206th member of the Olympic family after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) approved its inclusion?

A. Nepal
B. Trinidad Tobago
C. South Sudan
D. Bhutan

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ANSWER: C. South Sudan

South Sudan was inducted as the latest member of the International Olympic Committee on 1st Aug’15 at committee’s ongoing annual meet at Kuala Lumpur.

Q14. Name the fully revamped IT application for the purpose of adoption, carings of children that became operational from 1st Aug’15?


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CARINGS is abbreviated as Child Adoption Resource Information & Guidance System. The completely revamped CARINGS will facilitate the adoption of maximum number of adoptable children and ensure a smoother adoption process by curbing undue delays. For hassle-free adoption, CARINGS will contain a centralized data bank of adoptable children and PAPs. Clear cut timelines for domestic and inter-country adoption have been laid down to ensure early deinstitutionalization of such children.

Q15. Name the person elected as the new Chairman of the Life Insurance Council on 1st Aug’15?

A. K N Rai
B. S K Roy
C. Sushil Kumar
D. Rajesh Vadhera

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Roy will head the three-member Executive Committee (EC), a key body of the Council, for a period of three years.

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