Mar 3, 2015

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Daily GK Updates: 3 March 2015

1) Blue Mountain National Park is situated in which state of India? - Mizoram

2) Longest muscle in human body? - Sartorius

3) Bhariyas are the major tribes of which state? - Madhya Pradesh

4) What was the total number of members in the Drafting Committee of Constitution? - 7

5) Who was India's Constitutional Advisor? - B N Rao (B N Rao was also the first Indian judge at the International Court of Justice.)

6) The Law of Natural Selection is associated with? - Darwin

7) Which Indian artist decorated the handwritten Copy of the Constitution? - Nandalal Bose

8) Which Article is described as the "Heart and Soul of the Constitution"? - Article 32

9) The oath of office is administered to the Governor by the? - Chief Justice of high court

10) Who is head of Judiciary in the State? - High Court
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Current Affairs MCQ: 2 March 2015

1) Growth forecast of 8.1 to ___% for fiscal year 2015-16 was disclosed in the Economic Survey for 2015-16 presented in the Parliament on 27 February 2015 by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley?
(A) 8.2%
(B) 8.3%
(C) 8.4%
(D) 8.5%

2) Name the Britain’s largest state-owned bank, which recently decided to shut down its banking operations in India?
(A) Royal Bank of Scotland
(B) Lloyds Banking Group
(C) Barclays
(D) Standard Chartered 

3) Arun Kumar Singh, a 1979 batch Indian Foreign Service officer, has been recently named India’s next ambassador to the United States. He is presently India's ambassador to?
(A) China
(B) Japan
(C) Australia
(D) France

4) Corporate tax was proposed to be reduced from 30% to ___over next four years, in the Union Budget presented in Parliament on 28 February 2015?
(A) 15%
(B) 28%
(C) 25%
(D) 20%

5) Which dictionary has recently added words "Ride-share" and "unboxing" in the new list released recently?
(A) Cambridge dictionary
(B) Oxford Dictionary
(C) Merriam-Webster Dictionary
(D) None of these

6) Senior Counsel Kannan Ramesh (a 49-year-old Indian-origin lawyer) was recently appointed as a Judicial Commissioner to which country's Supreme Court bench?
(A) Singapore
(B) Malaysia
(C) Indonesia
(D) Bangladesh

7) In the Union Budget 2015-16 presented recently, finance minister has proposed merger of Forwards Markets Commission (FMC) with?
(A) TRAI
(B) PFRDA
(C) RBI
(D) SEBI

8) University of Disability Studies announced in Union Budget 2015-16 will be set up in which state?
(A) Jammu and Kashmir
(B) Andhra Pradesh
(C) Kerala
(D) Tamil Nadu

9) Martin Crowe was on 28 February 2015 inducted into the International Cricket Council’s Cricket Hall of Fame. Martin Crowe was the former cricketer from?
(A) West Indies
(B) New Zealand
(C) Australia
(D) England

10) Jitan Ram Manjhi and his supporters on 28 February 2015 floated a political front named 'Hindustani Awam Morcha' (HAM). Jitan Ram Manjhi was the former Chief Minister of?
(A) Bihar
(B) Haryana
(C) Odisha
(D) Jharkhand

Answers

1) Ans. (D) 8.5%
2) Ans. (A) Royal Bank of Scotland
3) Ans. (D) France
4) Ans. (C) 25%
5) Ans. (B) Oxford Dictionary
6) Ans. (A) Singapore
7) Ans. (D) SEBI
8) Ans. (C) Kerala
9) Ans. (B) New Zealand
10) Ans.  (A) Bihar
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Daily Current Affairs: 1 March 2015

1) Mufti Mohammad Sayeed sworn-in as J&K chief minister:
--> Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on 1 March 2015 took oath as the Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir in a ceremony that was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Bharatiya Janata Party leaders L.K. Advani, M.M. Joshi, Amit Shah.
--> BJP leader Nirmal Singh  took over as state’s Deputy Chief Minister.
--> While the PDP has eleven Cabinet Ministers, including Mr. Sayeed himself, the BJP has six, including separatist-turned mainstream politician Sajjad Lone.
--> With this BJP became part of the government in the State for the first time.
--> Sayeed became J&K Chief Minister for the second time. In 2002, he led a PDP-Congress alliance and was Chief Minister for three years.

2) Martin Crowe inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame:
--> Martin Crowe, former New Zealand captain and player of the ICC Cricket World Cup 1992, was on 28 February 2015 inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.
--> Crowe became the third New Zealander, after Sir Richard Hadlee and Debbie Hockley, and the 79th overall to be inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame when he received his commemorative cap from Mr Wally Edwards, ICC Director and Chairman of Cricket Australia.
--> The induction ceremony was held during the innings break of the New Zealand-Australia match in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 at Eden Park, and was also attended by Mr Stephen Boock, New Zealand Cricket President.

3) Federer won seventh Dubai Crown:
--> Roger Federer of Switzerland won the ATP Tennis Championship Men’s single title held in Dubai.
--> In the final match, he defeated Novak Djokovic of Serbia by score of 6–3, 7–5.
--> It was Roger Federer’s seventh win in Dubai ATP Tennis men’s single’s title.
--> Earlier, he had won in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2012 and 2014.
--> Romanian professional tennis player Simona Halep won the ATP Tennis Championship women’s single title

4) Foreign Secretary visited Bhutan on 1st leg of SAARC Yatra:
--> Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar began his 4-nation SAARC Yatra with a visit to Bhutan on 1 March 2015.
--> The Foreign Secretary called on Bhutanese Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay as he began his Yatra to firm up India's ties with members of the grouping while reviewing regional and bilateral cooperation.
--> Jaishankar also called on King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck.
-->  S. Jaishankar will be visiting Bhutan, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan under this visit, which has been given the name “SAARC Yatra”

5) Jitan Ram Manjhi launched Hindustani Awam Morcha:
--> Former Bihar chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi and his supporters on 28 February 2015 floated 'Hindustani Awam Morcha' (HAM), a political front to work for the public.
--> The Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) is being seen as the first step to counter Nitish Kumar and his Janata Dal-United ahead of state elections to be held this year.
--> Manjhi, who was made chief minister in May 2014, resigned 20 Feb 2015  after a leadership row involving Nitish Kumar.

6) Durban to host 2022 Commonwealth Games:
--> South African city Durban is set to be the host city of the 2022 Commonwealth Games (CWG) as the lone contender for the quadrennial, 71-member multisport event.
--> South Africa has proposed a 12-day Games starting from July 18, birthday of late president Nelson Mandela.
--> Canadian city Edmonton also wanted to play host to the 2022 Games, but withdrew due to financial constraints.
--> Glasgow hosted the 2014 Commonwealth Games and the 2018 edition is scheduled for the Australian Gold Coast.

7) PM Narendra Modi addressed Nasscom’s foundation day:
--> Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 1 March 2015 emphasized the need for finding innovative solution to tackle cyber threat.
--> Speaking at the silver jubilee celebration of NASSCOM, he said, cyber security is the current challenge faced by the world and asked Indian IT giants to develop technology to deal with the challenge.
--> Highlighting importance of IT, the Prime Minister said, IT changed the way the world looked at India.
--> NASSCOM full form: National Association of Software and Services Companies.

8) Zero Discrimination Day observed:
--> March 1 is observed as Zero Discrimination Day to create awareness to people from all corners of the world, about the evil consequences of discrimination, to celebrate diversity, and to reject discrimination.

--> The theme for 2015 Zero Discrimination Day is Open Up, Reach Out.

Mar 2, 2015

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General Knowledge - Usefull for Competetive Exam

  1. Who wrote 'Anand Mat'? - Bankim Chandra Chatterjee 
  2. Who wrote 'Poverty and UnBritish Rule in India'? - Dadabhai Navroji 
  3. Who made the first attempt to initiate economic planning in India? -M.Visvesveraya 
  4. The process of heating of rubber with sulphur is known as? –Vulcanization 
  5. Stride towards freedom' is the autobiography of? - Martin Luther King Jr. 
  6. Which is the longest rail bridge in India? - Vembanad Rail Bridge 
  7. Which national leader is nicknamed as 'Loknayak'? - Jayaprakash Narayan 
  8. Who is the author of the book ‘Economic Nightmare of India’? - Charan Singh 
  9. Feroz Gandhi Award, is given for outstanding performance in the field of? - Journalism 
  10. National Science Day’ celebrated in India on? - February 28 
  11. National Education Day’ is celebrated on? - November 11 
  12. Indian National Congress was founded by? - Allan Octavian Hume 
  13. The celebrated novel ‘The Godfather’ was authored by? - Mario Puzo 
  14. Kalinga Award is given in which field? – Science 
  15. World Family Day is celebrated on? - May 15 
  16. Indian National Congress was founded in? - 1885 
  17. Study of Fungus is called? – Mycology 
  18. Pahari language is spoken in which state of India? - Himachal Pradesh 
  19. How many judges are there in Supreme Court of India? – 30 
  20. Which article empowers the President to appoint the Prime Minister of India? - Article 75 
  21. Who is the first woman cricketer to win the Arjuna Award? - Shanta Rangaswamy 
  22. The black hole theory was discovered by? - S. Chandrashekhar 
  23. ELISA test is used to detect? - HIV Infection 
  24. The original name of Mahabharata is? - Jai Samhita 
  25. Gangotri Village which is the source of river Ganga is situated on the banks of? – Bhagirathi 
  26. International Tiger Day is observed on? - 29 July 
  27. Who were the founders of Whatsapp? - Jan Koum and Brian Acton 
  28. World Water Day was celebrated on? - March 22 
  29. Which is the longest railway platform in India? - Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh 
  30. Yakshagana is an art form of which state? – Karnataka 
  31. What is USB? - Universal serial bus 
  32. Who decides a ‘bill’ is a money bill? - Speaker of Lok Sabha 
  33. Which player on 3 January 2015 became the fastest cricketer to reach 12000 Test runs? - Kumar Sangakkara 
  34. Union government on 1 January 2015 has revamped Planning commission as? - NITI Aayog 
  35. Name the author of the book ‘Munger through the Age’? - D P Yadav 
  36. Which Award is often considered as Asia’s Nobel Prize? - Ramon Magsaysay 
  37. 21st Commonwealth Games will be held at which place in 2018? - Golden Coast, Australia 
  38. Lingaraj Temple is located in? – Bhubaneshwar 
  39. Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan was appointed as the brandambassador for health sector of which state on 6 January 2015? - Andhra Pradesh 
  40. Who among the following was the chairman of the Drafting Committee of the Indian Constitution? - B.R.Ambedkar 
  41. Which national leader propagated the saying Satyameva Jayate? - Madan Mohan Malaviya 
  42. Indian Military College is situated at? – Dehradun 
  43. Keoladeo National Park is situated at? – Rajasthan 
  44. Derby Trophy is associated with? - Horse Racing 
  45. Best Oscar 2015 Picture: Birdman 
  46. India Tourism Day is celebrated on? - January 25th 
  47. The first Indian to share the Oscar award was? - Bhanu Athaiya 
  48. Longest Dam in India? - Hirakud Dam 
  49. Juma Masjid in New Delhi was built by? – ShahJahan 
  50. Who is called the ‘Father of History'? – Herodotus 
  51. Which country will host the 2016 Twenty20 World Cup? – India 
  52. Article 17 of the constitution of India provides for? - Abolition of untouchability 
  53. Article 370 of the constitution of India provides for? - Temporary provisions for Jammu & Kashmir. 
  54. Who is the chief advisor to the Governor? - Chief Minister 
  55. Paulina Vega who was crowned Miss Universe recently is from which country? – Colombia 
  56. World Leprosy Day 2015 was recently observed on? - 25 January 
  57. The famous slogan "GARIBI HATAO" (Remove Poverty) was launched during the? - Fourth Five-Year Plan (1969-74) 
  58. Who was appointed as the new CBI Director recently? - Anil Kumar Sinha 
  59. Which gas is released from paddy fields? – Methane 
  60. Which film won the Golden Peacock Award at the 45th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) 2014? - Leviathan, Russian Film 
  61. National Good Governance Day was observed on? - December 25 
  62. Which family owns the Hero group of Companies in India? – Munjals 
  63. Planning Comission of India came into existence in which year? - 1950 
  64. What is "God Save the Queen/King"? - Name of British National Anthem 
  65. Electron is discovered by? - J.J Thomson 
  66. C.V Raman got Nobel Prize in which year? – 1930 
  67. International Nurses Day? - May 12 
  68. Cricket My Style' is a book written by? - Kapil Dev 
  69. Who was the first cricket player to take ten wickets in one innings of a Test Cricket Match? - Jim Lecker 
  70. The longest river in Peninsular India? Godavari 
  71. In which American city is the famous indoor stadium Madison Square Garden located? New York City 
  72. Which train was started by the Indian Railways to commemorate the birth centenary of Jawaharlal Nehru? Shatabdi Express 
  73. National Girl Child Day was observed on? January 24 
  74. Who was the first women Chief Information Commissioner of India? -Deepak Sandhu 
  75. Who is the author of the book 'Weapons of Peace: The Secret Story of India's Quest to be a Nuclear Power'? - Raj Chengappa 
  76. The year in which the film Raja Harichandra was made? - 1913 
  77. Name the first Defence Minister of Independent India? - Baldev Singh 
  78. Who translated Mahatma Gandhi's autobiography 'The Story of My Experiments with Truth' to English from Gujarathi? - Mahadev Desai 
  79. Whose birthday is celebrated as 'Engineers' Day' in India? M Visvesvarayya 
  80. Who is the author of the book “No Full Stops in India”? Mark Tully 
  81. Which article of the Indian constitution did Dr. B.R. Ambedekar term as the “Heart and should of the Indian constitution”? Article 32 
  82. Who among the following was the chief guest at India's first Republic day celebrations in 1950? Sukarno, President of Indonesia 
  83. Swaraj Party was formed after the failure of the which Movement? Non-Cooperation 
  84. In 1943, who became the first Indian to be appointed as the Governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI)? C.D. Deshmukh 
  85. The Indian Muslim League was founded in? 1906 
  86. In humans, which protein transports oxygen from the lungs to the rest of body? Hemoglobin 
  87. Which city hosted the first Asian Games in 1951? New Delhi (India) 
  88. In 1991, who became the first woman Chief Justice of a High Court in India? Leila Seth 
  89. Which article of Constitution of India speaks about impeachment of the President of India? Article 61 
  90. Who is the first Indian woman to win a gold medal at the Asian Games? Kamaljeet Sandhu 
  91. Which planet in the Solar System is named after the Roman god of agriculture and harvest? Saturn 
  92. Where is the Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI) located? Izatnagar (Uttar Pradesh) 
  93. Minimum age criteria of a Lok Sobha Member? 25 years 
  94. Which city houses the headquarters of International Cricket Council (ICC)? Dubai 
  95. 9 January was chosen as Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas to commemorate whose return to India? Mahatma Gandhi 
  96. My Music, My Life' and 'Raga Mala' books are the autobiographies of which music maestro? Pt.Ravishankar 
  97. Which scientist is considered as the father of Indian Space Programme? Vikram Sarabhai 
  98. Phobos and Deimos are two moons (natural satellite) of which planet? Mars 
  99. According to Standard time zone classification, the earth is divided into how many time zones? 24 
  100. Who was the first lady Air Marshal of the Indian Air Force? Padmavathy Bandopadhyay 
  101. Maximum number of Members of Rajya Sabha is? 250 
  102. Which planet has the strongest magnetic force? Jupiter 
  103. Who directed 'Raja Harishchandra' (1913), the first totally indigenous Indian feature film? Dadasaheb Phalke 
  104. Where was the first Indian Institute of Management (IIM) established in 1961? Kolkata 
  105. Who is the only woman to become the Chief Election Commissioner of India? V S Ramadevi 
  106. How many Schedules are contained in the Constitution of India? 12 schedules 
  107. Which team won Durand Cup football tournament on 8 November 2014? Salgaocar FC 
  108. Who is the founder of Banaras Hindu University (BHU) at Varanasi in 1916? - Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya 
  109. Who wrote ‘Indian War of Independence, 1857’? - V.D. Savarkar 
  110. Line demarcating the boundary between India and China is? - McMohan Line 
  111. Who is regarded as the 'Mother of the Indian Revolutionaries'? - Bhikaiji Cama 
  112. The East India Company was founded in? – 1600 
  113. Who introduced English in India? - Lord William Bentick 
  114. Which former India cricket captain has been recently awarded an honorary life membership to the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC)? Sourav Ganguly 
  115. Ashtadhayi was written by?- Panini 
  116. Who among the following was the founder of the ‘Satya Shodhak Samaj’? Jyotiba Phule 
  117. Which schedule of the Indian Constitution divides the legislative powers between the Union and states? 7th schedule 
  118. Who appoints Chairman of UPSC? President 
  119. President can proclaim a state of Financial emergency under which of the below list of articles? Article 360 
  120. Which in the below list of articles helped the Madarsas in India to remain out of purview of the Right to Education Act? Article 30 
  121. If President and Vice President, both are unavailable, who can discharge the functions? Chief Justice of India 
  122. Who amongst the following is the author of the book ‘Economic Nightmare of India’? Charan Singh 
  123. The original name of Mahabharata is? Jai Samhita 
  124. India first took part of the Olympic Games in the year- 1920 
  125. Railway is a subject on the- Union list 
  126. Name the high performance computing system of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) which was unveiled on 28 January 2014? Dhruva-3 
  127. Who among the following won the Australian Open 2014 women’s singles title on 25 January 2014? Li Na 
  128. Which one of the following is the first National Park of India? Jim Corbett National Park 
  129. Which of the following act governs the foreign Exchange in India now: FEMA (Foreign Exchange Management Act) 
  130. Which of the following award is associated with Agriculture? Bourlog Award 
  131. The headquarter of International Olympic Committee is situated at? Lusanne, Switzerland. 
  132. World Cancer day observed on? 4 February 
  133. The Miss World 2014 beauty pageant? Rolene Strauss
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Current Affairs Quiz Questions: 1 March 2015

1) South African cricketer AB De Villiers has recently hit the fastest 150 in one-day internationals, in just 64 balls, against which country?
(A) Pakistan
(B) Ireland
(C) West Indies
(D) Srilanka

2) Which Indian was recently honoured with Doctorate of Automotive Engineering by Clemson University?
(A) APJ Abdul Kalam
(B) Ratan Tata
(C) Amartya Sen
(D) Manmohan Singh 

3) Kshatrapati Shivaji has recently taken over as the Chairman and Managing Director of?
(A) National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD)
(B) Industrial Development Bank of India (IDBI)
(C) Kerala Gramin Bank
(D) Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI)

4) Boris Nemtsov who was shot dead in Moscow on 27 February 2015 was the opposition leader of which country?
(A) Russia
(B) Canada
(C) France
(D) Italy

5) Every year February 28 is celebrated as the National Science Day. What was the theme for the day in 2015?
(A) Science for Nation Building
(B) Fostering Scientific Temper
(C) Genetically Modified Crops and Food Security
(D) Chemistry in Daily Life

6) Which state government has recently decided to increase the cash reward under the inter-caste marriage scheme from 50,000 to 1 lakh rupees?
(A) Gujarat
(B) Andhra Pradesh
(C) Karnataka
(D) Haryana

7) Name the Indian Navy’s Theatre Level Readiness and Operational Exercise exercise which concluded on 27 February 2015?
(A) Yudh Abhyas
(B) TROPEX
(C) Surya Kiran
(D) None of these

8) Zoological Society of London (ZSL) and Forest Department of which state on 26 February 2015 have inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for conservation of Asiatic lion and its habitat?
(A) Karnataka
(B) Goa
(C) Gujarat
(D) Maharashtra

9) Xi Jinping has recently unveiled a new political theory, grouped into four slogans also known as the four comprehensives. Xi Jinping is the President of?
(A) Japan
(B) South Korea
(C) Singapore
(D) China

10) Researchers from Monash University have recently created world’s first 3 Dimensional (3D) printed jet engine. Monash University is in which country?
(A) Australia
(B) USA
(C) Japan
(D) France

Answers

1) Ans. (C) West Indies
2) Ans. (B) Ratan Tata
3) Ans. (D) Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI)
4) Ans. (A) Russia
5) Ans. (A) Science for Nation Building
6) Ans. (D) Haryana
7) Ans. (B) TROPEX
8) Ans. (C) Gujarat
9) Ans. (D) China
10) Ans. (A) Australia
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Current Affairs February 2015

1) Who won the Australian Open 2015 men’s single title? - Novak Djokovic of Serbia

2) Who won the Australian Open 2015 women’s single title? - Serena Williams of the USA

3) NASA on 31 January 2015 successfully launched its first Earth satellite named? - Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP)
Note: The satellite is designed to collect global observations of the vital soil moisture.

4) Union Government on 4 February 2015 appointed whom as Union Home Secretary? - LC Goyal

5) World Cancer Day (WCD) 2015 was observed across the world on? - 4 February
Note: The tagline for the WCD 2015 was Not beyond Us.

6) Mrinalini Mukherjee who passed away on 2 February 2015 was a famous? - Sculptor and artist

7) Twitter and which search engine on 5 February 2015 have signed a deal to make tweets searchable? – Google

8) Which handset maker recently took over Korean electronics giant Samsung and became India’s biggest smartphone vendor and third largest in the world? -
Micromax 

9) Madras High Court on 6 February 2015 directed the which state government to issue a circular banning beauty contests in colleges and other educational institutions of the state? - Tamil Nadu

10) Which department won Gold at National Awards for e-Governance which was announced on 31 January 2015? - Directorate of Income Tax
Note: It was awarded for TDS Reconciliation Analysis & Correction Enabling System (TRACES).

11) Which country on 2 February 2015 successfully test-fired indigenously developed Air Launched Cruise Missile (ALCM) Ra’ad? – Pakistan

12) Who became youngest medal winner in National Games 2015 on 3 February 2015? - Saloni Dalal
Note: The 12-year-old, Saloni won a Bronze medal in the 200 meter breast stroke swimming event.

13) Which state Government on 3 February 2015 decided to provide free education to the Scheduled Castes (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST) and girl students till Post Graduation (PG) level in the State? – Bihar

14) Which state won the 10th National Award for excellent work in MGNREGA recently? - Madhya Pradesh

15) Union Government on 3 February 2015 constituted a High Level Panel to suggest a framework to assess Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities undertaken by companies under the Companies Act, 2013. The panel will be headed by? - Anil Baijal

16) Who was appointed as General Manager of Southern Railway on 1 February 2015? - Ashok K Agarwal

17) Who was sworn-in as the President of Italy on 3 February 2015? -Sergio Mattarella

18) Who won King Faisal International Prize for the year 2015 recently? -Dr. Zakir A. Naik

19) Who was on 5 February 2015 appointed as the Director General of the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR)? - MO Garg

20) Who was awarded with Shrilal Shukla Sahitya IFFCO Award 2014 on 31 January 2015? - Hindi novelist Mithileshwar 
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