Current Affairs Questions and Answers - July 23, 2015Q1. On 22nd July’14, The Centre has told the Supreme Court that Right to Privacy is not a fundamental right under the Constitution, and it cannot be invoked to scrap the _______ scheme.
A. Digital India
B. Jan Dhan Yojana
D. Kisan Credit CardView Answer / Hide Answer
Q2. Name the spacecraft with 3 astronauts launched towards the International Space Station on 23rd July’15 after a two-month delay caused by a Russian rocket failure?
ANSWER: C. Aadhar
The court was hearing a batch of pleas against decisions of some states to make Aadhaar cards compulsory for a range of activities including salary, PF disbursements and marriage and property registration. Countering the contention that the scheme of Aadhar based on collecting personal data violates the citizens right to privacy, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi said that there is no Fundamental Right to privacy so these petitions under Article 32 should be dismissed. The bench observed that if a court comes to the conclusion that the Right to Privacy is a Fundamental Right then Government cannot waive it, while the Attorney General said, if such issues are arising in the matter then why can't it be referred to a larger bench.
D. VostokView Answer / Hide Answer
Q3. South-Eastern Railway is the first to introduce Suvidha train to connect Ernakulum and _______.
ANSWER: A. Soyuz
The spacecraft blasted off on schedule from Russia's Baikonur cosmodrome in the barren Kazakh steppe, carrying cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren and Kimiya Yui of Japan. The three astronauts were originally scheduled to travel to the orbiting lab in late May but Russia put all space travel on hold after the failure of the unmanned Progress freighter taking cargo to the ISS in late April.
D. AhmedabadView Answer / Hide Answer
Q4. What is the rank of India among 31 countries in terms of power generation from nuclear source as per data published in May 2015 by Power Reactor Information System of IAEA?
ANSWER: C. Kolkata
South-Eastern Railway is the first to introduce Suvidha train to connect Kolkata and Ernakulam, a distance of 2,294 kilometer in just 37 hours. The first Suvidha train of South-Eastern Railway will start running from first of next month between Howrah and Ernakulam.
D. 25thView Answer / Hide Answer
Q5. The Government has sanctioned 15 PSLV launchers worth Rs 3090 Crores, which would be built during______.
ANSWER: B. 12th
There are thirty one countries including India in the world which generate electricity from nuclear source. India ranked at 12th position in terms of power generation. However, it stood at 6th position in terms of number of reactors in operation country- wise, globally.
D. 2017-20View Answer / Hide Answer
Q6. Which city has emerged as the first nomination for Smart City Mission to be received by the Ministry of Urban Development?
ANSWER: D. 2017-20
The launchers proposed by Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) in the coming years i.e. till March 2017 include Ten Polar Satellite Launch Vehicles (PSLV), Two Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicles (GSLV) and one developmental flight of GSLV Mk III.
D. ChandigarhView Answer / Hide Answer
Q7. With which country has India signed Technical Agreement (TA) on sharing white-shipping information to enhance maritime cooperation between the two navies on 21st July’15?
ANSWER: C. Puducherry
In less than a month of launch of Smart City Mission by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, Puducherry has emerged as the first nomination to be received by the Ministry of Urban Development. The Government of Union Territory of Puducherry has nominated its capital city for inclusion in the 100 Smart Cities Mission launched on the 25th of last month. Puducherry which has a population of 6,57,209 has done well in respect of several Stage-1 evaluation criteria and scored 75 of the possible 100 marks.
A. Sri Lanka
D. SingaporeView Answer / Hide Answer
Q8. Name the person who resigned as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and President of Toshiba on 21st July’15?
ANSWER: D. Singapore
The White-shipping refers to commercial shipping information about movement of cargo ships. The Singapore Navy and the Indian Navy conduct the Singapore-India Maritime Bilateral Exercise (SIMBEX) together annually. In 2015, the SIMBEX was held in May, this was the 22nd in the series.
A. Hisao Tinaka
B. Masashi Muromachi
C. Norios Sasaki
D. Atsutoshi NishidaView Answer / Hide Answer
Q9. Name the convict whose curative petition of Mumbai serial bomb blasts has been rejected by the Supreme Court on 21st July’15?
ANSWER: A. Hisao Tinaka
Hisao Tanaka resignation came as a backdrop of appointment of an independent panel by Toshiba which pointed that the firm had overstated its operating profit by a total of 151.8bn yen (1.22 billion US dollar). He will be succeeded by Masashi Muromachi, who is presently the Chairman of Toshiba.
A. Abu Salem
B. Yakub Memon
C. Tiger Memon
D. Chota ShakeelView Answer / Hide Answer
Q10. Which institute has developed a technique to decrease cholesterol level in Ghee (clear butter) in July’15?
ANSWER: B. Yakub Memon
He is currently lodged in the Nagpur central jail, will be executed by hanging on 30 July 2015. He had applied for curative petition after his review petition was rejected earlier by the SC upholding the death sentence to him.
A. National Dairy Research Institute
B. Central Drug Research Institute
C. National Fisheries Institute
D. Food Department of IndiaView Answer / Hide Answer
Q11. How many firms have been banned by SEBI which are suspected to be platforms for tax evasion?
ANSWER: A. National Dairy Research Institute
Use of this technique will help in reducing the level of cholesterol in Ghee up to 85 to 90 percent. It also does not affect the taste and quality of the ghee.
D. More than 900View Answer / Hide Answer
Q12. Which stock exchange has launched an enhanced online system for Non-banking Financial Companies (NBFCs) to report data on pledged securities on a quarterly basis?
ANSWER: D. More than 900
Suspecting tax evasion of at least 5,000 to 6,000 crore rupees, Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has clamped down on a large number of organised syndicates who had set up shops to convert black money into legitimate-looking funds through the stock market platform.
D. MCX-SXView Answer / Hide Answer
Q13. Why did the Union Government on 21st July’15 extend Interest Subvention Scheme (ISS) to Public Sector Banks (PSBs), private sector commercial banks, rural regional banks (RRBs), cooperative banks and NABARD?
ANSWER: B. BSE
BSE had launched an enhanced module for pledge reporting wherein the NBFCs shall be able to submit quarterly reporting of pledged data. This is in line with RBI's recent initiative vide its circular dated April 10, 2015. Currently, more than 65 NBFCs are using this platform on BSE. So far, the total value of promoters' pledged holding stands at nearly 2 lakh crore rupees on the exchange. On August 21, 2014, the central bank had directed NBFCs with asset size of 100 crore rupees and above to report online to stock exchanges, information on the shares pledged in their favour, by borrowers for availing loans. In its circular in April this year, the RBI had asked NBFCs to report data on pledged shares on a quarterly basis, among others.
A. To ensure availability of crop loans of up to 5 lakh to farmers at 6% per annum
B. To ensure availability of crop loans of up to 10 lakh to farmers at 2.5% per annum
C. To ensure availability of crop loans of up to 3 lakh to farmers at 7% per annum
D. To ensure availability of crop loans of up to 8 lakh to farmers at 8.5% per annumView Answer / Hide Answer
ANSWER: C. To ensure availability of crop loans of up to 3 lakh to farmers at 7% per annum
The decision to continue interest subvention on short term crop loans was taken by the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the fiscal 2015-16.