Current Affairs Questions and Answers - July 29, 2015

Current Affairs Questions and Answers - July 29, 2015

Q1. Name the mission that will be renamed after former President Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam?

A. Rashtriya Pratibha Khoj Abhiyan
B. Rashtriya Vigyan Abhiyan
C. Rashtriya Avishkar Abhiyan
D. Rashtriya Raksha Abhiyan

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ANSWER: C. Rashtriya Avishkar Abhiyan

Rashtriya Avishkar Abhiyan focuses on connecting school-based knowledge to life outside the school and making the learning of science and mathematics a joyful and meaningful activity. It also aims at nurturing a spirit of inquiry and creativity and the effective use of technology amongst children.

Q2. On which country’s request NATO is holding rare emergency meeting to discuss Turkey's campaign against the Islamic State group and Kurdish militants?

A. United States
B. India
C. Israel
D. Turkey

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ANSWER: D. Turkey

The meeting in Brussels has been called by Turkey, which has become involved in the Syrian conflict in recent days. The country, which had previously been reluctant to intervene, has launched raids against IS in Syria and Kurdish PKK guerrillas in northern Iraq. The Turkish strikes followed a wave of attacks by militants on Turkish soil.

Q3. On 28th July’15 which country has signed an agreement with Google Corporation to place 13 high-altitude balloons over the country that will provide island-wide internet connection within the next few months?

A. India
B. Bangladesh
C. Pakistan
D. Sri Lanka

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ANSWER: D. Sri Lanka

The project is also expected to provide free Wi-Fi connectivity across the country. The agreement was signed at the office of Sri Lankan Prime Minister in Colombo. Google will install high altitude 'floating telecom tower' balloons which will provide full broadband internet coverage. The Google Loon balloons have transceivers which can connect to cell phone networks filling gaps in their networks. This will be a boon for people living or travelling in sparsely populated areas like mountains and deserts.

Q4. Name the city become the first city to start online police verification for passport?

A. Jaipur
B. Delhi
C. Bengaluru
D. Panaji

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ANSWER: C. Bengaluru

The police officer will match biometric data, photo, and address of the applicant in the NPR, Aadhar data and check criminal antecedent on CCTNS, a comprehensive database for crimes and criminals that connects around 14,000 police stations across the country.

Q5. Who has been appointed as the new Chairman of TRAI on 27th July’15?

A. Ajit Doval
B. R S Sharma
C. S K Banerjee
D. Rajesh Singh

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ANSWER: B. R S Sharma

He is an IAS officer of 1978 Jharkhand batch and replaces Rahul Khullar, who had retired in May.

Q6. In which city Indian Institute of Management (IIM) was inaugurated on 26th July’15?

A. Shillong
B. Pune
C. Shimla
D. Nagpur

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ANSWER: D. Nagpur

It is Maharashtra's first IIM and is being mentored by IIM Ahmedabad. It will start its first batch with 60 students from a temporary campus in Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology this week

Q7. In which country the political parties have agreed to remove the word “Secularism” from their new constitution?

A. India
B. Cuba
C. Pakistan
D. Nepal

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ANSWER: D. Nepal

A majority of people wanted the word to be replaced by "Hindu" or "religious freedom," according to Nepal’s Constituent Assembly. Nepal was declared a secular country in 2007 after Nepal’s hardcore Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist joined mainstream politics after a decade-long insurgency that killed over 13,000 people.

Q8. On which automobile company, Competition Commission of India (CCI) has imposed a penalty of 420 crore rupees for unfair trade practices?

A. Hyundai Motor India
B. TATA Motors
C. Mahindra Automobiles
D. Renault India

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ANSWER: A. Hyundai Motor India

The Commission found that the company is guilty of indulging in anti-competitive practices as it did not make genuine spare parts freely available in the open market.

Q9. Name the company that is bidding adieu its social network product which had launched four years ago hoping it would become a serious rival to Facebook?

A. Microsoft
B. Google
C. Yahoo
D. Rediff

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ANSWER: B. Google

Google is bidding adieu to Google Plus, a social network that the American search engine had launched four years ago hoping it would become a serious rival to Facebook. The company announced its most drastic step for breaking up Google Plus on 27thJuly’15. The reason being it did not perform up to the mark as expected.

Q10. Indian Post to Release Series of Stamps on Well Known __________

A. Actors, Writers, Freedom Fighters, Politicians and Dancers
B. Doctors, Engineers, Writers, Painters and Dancers
C. Singers, Writers, Freedom Fighters, Painters and Dancers
D. Singers, Dancers, Architects, Martyrs, Writers and Freedom Fighters

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ANSWER: C. Singers, Writers, Freedom Fighters, Painters and Dancers

The philatelic advisory committee which met under the Chairmanship of Minister for Communication & IT, Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad 27th July’15 also decided that stamps with picture postcards may be release on tourist places in India such as Taj Mahal, Ajanta and Ellora, Belur Math, Khajuraho etc.

Q11. On 28th July’15 former cricketer Clive Rice died. He played cricket for which country?

A. West Indies
B. Australia
C. Zimbabwe
D. South Africa

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ANSWER: D. South Africa

Former all-rounder Clive Rice, the first post-apartheid captain of South Africa, died in Johannerburg. An official from national cricket association of South Africa said that Rice, who had been suffering from a brain tumour, played most of his cricket during South Africa's 20-year isolation from the international game. When South Africa returned to the international fold in November 1991, Rice was appointed captain of a team which played three one-day internationals (ODIs) in India.

Q12. Who has cancelled Sahara Mutual Fund license on 28th July’15?

A. Supreme Court

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The Securities and Exchange Board of India has cancelled Sahara asset Management Company’s license. The market regulator in its order said that the company is not fit and proper entity to carry out the business of mutual fund. It said, Sahara’s fund management license would stand cancelled after 60 days from the date of the order. It has directed Sahara AMC not to take any new subscription from the investors including existing investors in systematic investment plans and also not to levy any penalties on the investors for not depositing the installments.

Q13. With which bank, the Government of India on 28th July’15 signed a $300 million loan to support the government’s flagship program, the National Urban Health Mission (NUHM) that is aimed at improving the health status of the country’s urban population?

A. Asian Development Bank
B. World Bank
D. European Central Bank

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ANSWER: A. Asian Development Bank

The loan – Supporting National Urban Health Mission – will reinforce ongoing government efforts under the NUHM to develop health systems in urban areas that can deliver quality health services and that reach the urban poor and vulnerable. It will focus on strengthening primary health care and also promote better coordination between health and urban sectors and opportunities for public-private partnerships.

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