Current Affairs Questions and Answers - July 16, 2015

Current Affairs Questions and Answers - July 16, 2015

Q1. Name the scheme aimed at providing affordable, reliable and round the clock power supply to urban areas that will be launched by PM Narendra Modi on 16th July’15 during visit to Varanasi?

A. Integrated Power Development Scheme
B. Integrated Power Production Scheme
C. Power Manufacturing Scheme
D. Power Distribution Scheme

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ANSWER: A. Integrated Power Development Scheme

Under the IPDS, Varanasi will get about 572 crore rupees to strengthen city’s power infrastructure.

Q2. With how many countries is India working on an ambitious project with scientists, geophysicists, and seismologists to develop an early-warning system for prediction of earthquake?

A. 5
B. 15
C. 27
D. 32

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The warning could be issued some seconds before the earthquake strikes. An official release issued by Ministry of Earth Science said, India is also planning to launch a satellite to track the changes that take place on earth's surface before the tremors.

Q3. Which country is planning to abolish English as its official language in favor of Urdu, 68 years after the country achieved independence from Britain?

A. Bangladesh
B. Afghanistan
C. Baluchistan
D. Pakistan

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ANSWER: D. Pakistan.

The plan is to completely replace English with Urdu for official business within the next 10 to 15 years. It follows concerns that many young Pakistanis are shunning their national dress and language to adopt a more Western point of view.

Q4. Name the Indian city recently chosen as “City of Music” by UNESCO under the Creative Cities Network?

A. Agra
B. Mysore
C. Varanasi
D. Jodhpur

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ANSWER: C. Varanasi

It has been chosen in the music category under UNESCO's "field of excellence" plan. The fields of excellence are classified into categories of literature, film, music, craft and folk art, design, media arts and gastronomy.

Q5. In which state India’s first railway line under PPP model was inaugurated on 14th July’15?

A. Maharashtra
B. Delhi
C. Karnataka
D. Gujarat

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ANSWER: D. Gujarat

The rail line is India’s first railway-line built with private sector participation under Non-Government Railway (NGR) Policy 2012 of Indian Railways. The broad-gauge railway line between Gandhidham and Tuna-Tekra Port in Gujarat was inaugurated by flagging off a goods train.

Q6. Who has been appointed as the Chairman of Narmada Valley Development Authority (NVDA) on 14th July’15?

A. Gajendra Chauhan
B. Rakesh Sahni
C. Prof V S Chainey
D. Dr Rajesh Kumar

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ANSWER: B. Rakesh Sahni

Earlier he was Chairman of MP Electricity Regulatory Commission. He retired as an IAS officer after serving post of chief secretary of States.

Q7. For which state Central Government has approved Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Policy?

A. Delhi
B. Jammu & Kashmir
C. West Bengal
D. Nagaland

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ANSWER: A. Delhi

An official release issued by Urban Development Ministry in New Delhi said that the TOD is a key policy initiative for low-carbon, high-density and compact living spaces. The TOD zone would comprise approximately 20 percent of Delhi’s overall area.

Q8. On 15th July which ministry launched the PGS-India, Soil Health Card and FQCS Web Portals?

A. Ministry of Comm. and Information Technology
B. Ministry of Agriculture
C. Ministry of Earth Science
D. Ministry of Commerce and Industry

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ANSWER: B. Ministry of Agriculture

Shri Radha Mohan Singh, Union Agriculture Minister launched 3 web portals viz. Soil Health Card portal, Fertiliser Quality Control System portal and Participatory Guarantee System – India portal. Under the scheme, Soil Health Card portal has been developed for registration of soil samples, recording test results of soil samples and generation of Soil Health Card (SHC) along with Fertilizer Recommendations. Fertilizer Quality Control System (FQCS) is a web based and configurable workflow application developed by NIC for processing of sample collection, testing and generation of analysis reports. Participatory Guarantee System is a process of certifying organic products which ensures agriculture production process in accordance with the standards laid down for organic products and that desired quality has been maintained.

Q9. Which state has passed the Guarantee of Public Services Bill, 2015 on 14th July’15?

A. Andhra Pradesh
B. Telangana
C. Goa
D. Maharashtra

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ANSWER: D. Maharashtra

The bill will empower citizens to avail their rights in stipulated time with less efforts and cost and pave way for curbing corruption, bringing transparency and empowering citizens. In case of failure in delivery in the stipulated time, the government employee will be penalized for default, which ranges between 500 rupees to 5000 rupees.

Q10. The government has reduced the stipulated period for settlement of various claims like PF withdrawal, pension and insurance by the retirement fund body EPFO to 20 days from the existing______.

A. 25 days
B. 30 days
C. 60 days
D. 90 days

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ANSWER: B. 30 days

According to an order, the Labour Ministry had notified the changes to the three schemes for the purpose on 2nd July’15. EPFO had settled 1.29 crore claims in 2014-15, of which more than 90 per cent were disposed off within 20 days. The cumulative figure regarding claim settlement for the current fiscal i.e; from April to June stood at 33.35 lakh claims, out of which 43% were settled within 3 days.

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  • RE: Current Affairs Questions and Answers - July 16, 2015 -ruchi (07/19/15)
  • Thanks for putting all the current affairs in QA terms.
  • RE: Current Affairs Questions and Answers - July 16, 2015 -Gitanjali pati (07/17/15)
  • Thanks