Current Affairs Questions and Answers - July 24, 2015

Current Affairs Questions and Answers - July 24, 2015

Q1. On 23rd July’15, The Supreme Court allowed state governments to exercise their powers of remission to release life convicts but this will not apply in some cases. Which are those cases?

A. Cases probed by central agencies like CBI.
B. For those incarcerated under central laws such as TADA.
C. Convict has been awarded life term in sexual offence cases of rape and murder.
D. Cases related to Tribal population.

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ANSWER: A,B & C are correct

A five-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice HL Dattu, made it clear that this interim order would not be applicable in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case in which the Centre's plea against the Tamil Nadu Government's decision to grant remission for release of the seven life convicts is under consideration. The apex court modified its July 9, 2014 order by which it had restrained all states from exercising power of remission for releasing life convicts from jail in the wake of the controversy triggered by the Tamil Nadu Government's decision to grant remission for release of three such convicts, whose death sentence in Rajiv Gandhi assassination case was commuted to life term by it on February 18, 2014.

Q2. Name the person removed from the position of Chief of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)?

A. Dr. Neeraj Gulati
B. Dr. Swaroop Govind
C. Dr. Ajay Mathur
D. Dr. R. K. Pachauri

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ANSWER: D. Dr. R. K. Pachauri

Director General, TERI Dr. R K Pachauri has been removed. He will be replaced by Dr Ajay Mathur. Dr Pachauri was accused of sexual harassment by his junior colleague. 74-year-old Pachauri had shared Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 with former US Vice President Al Gore for work on climate issues. He has led and built The Energy and Resources Institute, TERI, over the last 34 years from a concept to a major, financially autonomous, professionally dynamic organization on the global stage.

Q3. On 25th July’15, in which city will the Prime Minister Narendra Modi launch Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY)?

A. Patna
B. Lucknow
C. Raipur
D. Ranchi

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ANSWER: A. Patna

The Yojana is one of the flagship programmes of the Ministry of Power, which will help in providing round the clock power to rural households and adequate power to agricultural consumers. The scheme has an outlay of 76 thousand crore rupees for implementation of the projects under which Centre will provide grant of 63000 crore rupees. Projects worth 14680 crore rupees have already been approved, out of which projects worth 5827 crore rupees are approved for Bihar.

Q4. Government has decided to constitute an expert committee to comprehensively examine various issues like age relaxation, eligibility, syllabus and pattern of _________ exam.

B. Civil Services
C. State Civil Services
D. Defence Services

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ANSWER: B. Civil Services

Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh said in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha that government has received various representations on issues concerning the scheme of civil services examination on relaxation in maximum age limit and setting up of question papers in the regional languages for preliminary examination in the civil services. The civil services examination is conducted annually in three stages Preliminary, Mains and Interview to select candidates for prestigious Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS) and Indian Police Service (IPS) among others.

Q5. On 23rd July’15, how many members of Anglo Indian Community were nominated to Lok Sabha by the President Pranab Mukherjee?

A. 1
B. 2
C. 3
D. 5

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Prof. Richard Hay and Mr. George Baker have been nominated as members of the Anglo-Indian Community in the Lok Sabha.

Q6. As per the recent report by Thailand’s National Reform Committee, which city could be underwater within two decades?

A. Bangkok
B. Pataya
C. Mumbai
D. New York

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ANSWER: A. Bangkok

Towering 20-storey skyscrapers and industrial development in Bangkok have contributed to the subsidence, the report said. Water resource experts said the capital, which stands between 0.5 and two metres above sea level, is sinking at a rate of 10 milimetres per year. The National Reform Committee has proposed a number of measures to arrest the problem, including reforms to urban development and better water resources management.

Q7. As per the 2015 Fortune Global 500 list, how many Indian companies were listed among the world’s 500 largest companies?

A. 117
B. 175
C. 7
D. 25

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Walmarrt retail giant has topped the list. The Indian companies on the 2015 Fortune Global 500 list are Indian Oil ranked 119 on the list with revenues of about 74 billion US dollars, followed by Reliance Industries, Tata Motors, State Bank of India, Bharat Petroleum, Hindustan Petroleum, and ONGC. Companies are ranked by total revenues for their respective fiscal years ended on or before March 31, 2015.

Q8. Name the Indian American who has won the junior title at the latest US Powerlifting Association National Championships?

A. Hiren Patel
B. Hardik jalela
C. Amitoj Chhabra
D. Keval Thakkar

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ANSWER: C. Amitoj Chhabra

Amitoj Chhabra lifted a total of 1,383 pounds in Las Vegas to win the junior title earlier this month. Son of a Punjabi father and a Nepali mother, Chhabra squatted 485 pounds, bench pressed 325 and dead-lifted 573. He has added 100 pounds to his dead-lift in the past year. Chhabra began powerlifting in December 2013 and started competing in May 2014.

Q9. The Birth anniversary of Lokmanya Tilak was observed on _____.

A. 22nd July
B. 23rd July
C. 24th July
D. 25th July

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ANSWER: B. 23rd July

Bal Gangadhar Tilak (23 July 1856 – 1 August 1920) born as Keshav Gangadhar Tilak was an Indian nationalist, journalist, teacher, social reformer, lawyer and an independence activist. The British colonial authorities called him "Father of the Indian unrest." He was also conferred with the honorary title of "Lokmanya", which literally means "accepted by the people (as their leader)”.

Q10. The Birth Anniversary of Chandrasekhar Azad was observed on ______.

A. 23rd July
B. 24th August
C. 24th June
D. 23rd June

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ANSWER: A. 23rd July

Chandra Shekhar Azad (23 July 1906 – 27 February 1931) popularly known as Azad was an Indian revolutionary who reorganised the Hindustan Republican Association under the new name of Hindustan Socialist Republican Association (HSRA) after the death of its founder, Ram Prasad Bismil. He is considered to be the mentor of Bhagat Singh and chief strategist of the HSRA.

Q11. Which city is named as the World Book Capital for 2017 by United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO)?

A. New Delhi
B. Vienna
C. Conakry
D. Monaco

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ANSWER: C. Conakry

Conakry becomes the 17th city to be designated as World Book Capital, after Madrid (2001), Alexandria (2002), New Delhi (2003), Antwerp (2004), Montreal (2005), Turin (2006), Bogota (2007), Amsterdam (2008), Beirut (2009), Ljubljana (2010), Buenos Aires (2011), Yerevan (2012), Bangkok (2013), Port Harcourt (2014) Incheon (2015) and Wroclaw (2016).

Q12. National Broadcasting Day was observed on ______.

A. 23rd July
B. 25th August
C. 27th September
D. 24th May

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ANSWER: A. 23rd July

On 23rd July’1927, the Indian Broadcasting Company started radio broadcasting from Bombay station.

Q13. Name the Indian who successfully completed the Ironman Triathlon- one of the world's toughest races held in Zurich during July 2015?

A. Sangram Singh
B. Dilip Narayan
C. Piyush Grewal
D. Milind Soman

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ANSWER: D. Milind Soman

Model, actor and international level athlete Milind Soman, who is revered for his lead role in series 'Captain Vyom', successfully completed the 'Ironman Triathlon'. The triathlon is considered one of the world's toughest races and had 2,000 participants which included seven Indians. The triathlon includes a 3.8-km swim, a 180.2-km cycle ride and 42.2-km run raced in that order without a break which the participants are required to complete within 16 hours to win the title of 'Ironman'.

Q14. Who has been named as the brand ambassador for “Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao” Campaign by the Haryana Government?

A. Parineeti Chopra
B. Priyanka Chopra
C. Madhuri Dixit
D. Mallika Sherawat

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ANSWER: A. Parineeti Chopra

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  • RE: Current Affairs Questions and Answers - July 24, 2015 -aashish (07/24/15)
  • Haryana has not appointed Bollywood star Parineeti Chopra as the brand ambassador for the 'Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao' campaign in the state, Social Justice, Empowerment and Women and Child Development Minister Kavita Jain said on Tuesday.

    Jain was talking to media persons after participating in an event related to the campaign.

    She said the Haryana government has not made any payment to Chopra for the purpose, and Chopra expressed her wish to work for the campaign without charging any fee.