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Current Affairs Quiz: 26 April 2015

1) Pakistan and which country have recently agreed to hold first-ever joint military exercises as part of their enhanced defence cooperation?
(A) China
(B) USA
(C) Russia
(D) India
2) Surya Bahadur Thapa who passed away recently was the former Prime Minister of which country?
(A) Nepal
(B) Bhutan
(C) Sri Lanka
(D) Singapore

3) Who was appointed the Leader of Opposition in Delhi Assembly on 16 April 2015?
(A) Jagdish Pradhan
(B) Vijender Gupta
(C) Om Prakash Sharm
(D) None of these

4) Which player recently became England’s highest wicket-taker in Test cricket?
(A) Stuart Board
(B) Joe Root
(C) Alastair Cook
(D) James Anderson

5) According to draft regulations released recently by the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI), Life insurance policies sold through common service centres (CSCs) would have a maximum sum assured of?
(A) Rs 2 lakh
(B) Rs 5 lakh
(C) Rs 10 lakh
(D) Rs 25 lakh

6) World Haemophilia Day was observed globally on?
(A) 15 April
(B) 16 April
(C) 17 April
(D) 18 April

7) Oil India, the nation's second largest state-owned oil explorer, on 17 April 2015 announced that it has commissioned a 54 MW wind energy project in which two states?
(A) Andhra Pradesh and Telengana
(B) Kerala and TamilNadu
(C) Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh
(D) Punjab and Haryana

8) Supreme Court on 17 April 2015 appointed whom to head a new investigating team to further probe the IPL-6 spot-fixing and betting scandal?
(A) Vivek Murthy
(B) Vivek Priyadarshi
(C) Ranjib Biswal
(D) None of these

9) RBI recently notified that term deposits of Rs ___ lakh and below must have premature withdrawal facility?
(A) 15 lakhs
(B) 10 lakhs
(C) 5 lakhs
(D) 2 lakhs

10) US President Barack Obama has recently honoured whom with 'Champion of Change' award?
(A) Kailash Satyarthi
(B) Venkatraman Ramakrishnan
(C) Sachin Tendulkar
(D) Satya Nadella

Answers
1) Ans. (C) Russia
2) Ans. (A) Nepal
3) Ans. (B) Vijender Gupta
4) Ans. (D) James Anderson
5) Ans. (A) Rs 2 lakh
6) Ans. (C) 17 April
7) Ans. (C) Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh
8) Ans. (B) Vivek Priyadarshi
9) Ans. (A) 15 lakhs
10) Ans. (D) Satya Nadella
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Current Affairs April 2015 Fourth Week

1) Who has assumed the charge as Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) of India on 19 April 2015? - Nasim Zaidi

2) A high-intensity earthquake of magnitude 7.9 on the Richter scale struck Nepal on 25 April 2015. Name the UNESCO World Heritage site that was completely damaged in this quake? - Kathmandu's Durbar Square
Note: The epicenter of the quake was 80km east of Pokhra near Kathmandu.

3) Name the mobile application launched by Railway Ministry on 22 April 2015 for paperless unreserved tickets? – utsonmobile

4) Which Bank on 21 April 2015 launched Tap-n-Pay, a near-field communications-enabled payment service? - ICICI Bank
Note: The service was launched in collaboration with Tech Mahindra.

5) International Mother Earth Day was observed globally on 22 April 2015 with the theme? - It’s our turn to lead

6) Name Indian Navy’s new missile destroyer ship that was launched on 20 April 2015 at Mazagaon Dock Limited (MDL), Mumbai? - INS Visakhapatnam

7) Who was unanimously elected as the general secretary of Communist Party of India (Marxist) CPI (M) on 19 April 2015? - Sitaram Yechury

8) Name the fourteenth edition of Indo-French Naval Exercise that commenced on 23 April 2015 at the coast of Goa? - VARUNA-15

9) Which Union Ministry on 22 April 2015 received the ISO 9001:2008 certification from the British Standards Institute (BSI)? - Information and Broadcasting (I&B) Ministry
Note: The ISO certification was granted in respect of various licences issued by ministry for the broadcasts, print media and films.

10) Who was on 21 April 2015 honoured with the Dadasaheb Phalke Film Foundation Award 2015? - Shah Rukh Khan

11) Pakistan on 21 April 2015 conferred its top civilian award Nishan-e-Pakistan on whom? - Chinese President Xi Jinping
Note: The award was conferred for his outstanding contribution in promotion of relationship between the two countries.

12) Union Finance Ministry retained the rate of interest for General Provident Fund (GPF) and other related schemes at __ per cent for 2015-16? - 8.7 %

13) Name the new tournament announced by Cricket South Africa (CSA) on 21 April 2015? - Africa T20 Cup
Note: The tournament will have Zimbabwe, Kenya, Namibia, hosts South Africa and 12 CSA affiliates and will be played from 4 September to 4 October 2015.

14) Who recently became the first woman to climb the 8850 metre (29035 feet) Mount Everest summit twice in a week recently? - Chhurim Sherpa

15) United Nations (UN) observed World Book and Copyright Day across the world on? - April 23
Note: In 1995, UNESCO decided that the World Book and Copyright Day would be celebrated on 23 April, as the date is also the anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega.

16) Which international newspaper recently won the prestigious Pulitzer prizes for West Africa Ebola coverage? - New York Times

17) World Malaria Day (WMD) was observed on 25 April 2015. Name the theme for the day for this year? -  Invest in the Future. Defeat Malaria

18) National Panchayati Raj Day was observed across India on? - April 24
Note: The day is observed to mark the passing of the Constitution (73rd Amendment) Act, 1992 that came into force with effect from 24 April 1993.
19) National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) on 21 April 2015 declared Rajaji National Park in which state as India's 48th Tiger Reserve? – Uttarakhand

20) Which Department on 21 April 2015 was awarded the Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Public Administration for easy tax compliance through quality service? - Income Tax (IT) Department

21) Who was on 20 April 2015 appointed as chief adviser of the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) Anti-Corruption & Security Unit (ACSU)? - Neeraj Kumar
Note: He was the former Delhi Police Commissioner.

22) Name the Indian- American who on 23 April 2015 took oath as the 19th US Surgeon General? - Vivek Murthy

23) Who was on 22 April 2015 named as ambassador of HeForShe campaign by UN Women? - Thomas Bach, the president of International Olympic Committee (IOC)
Note: HeForShe encourages men and boys to join in on the fight for women's rights and gender equality all over the glove.

24) Janaki Ballabh Patnaik who died on 21 April 2015 was the former Chief Minister of which state? – Odisha

25) Name the Japanese bullet train which on 21 April 2015 created a new world speed record of 603 kilometer per hour (kmph) in a test run near Mount Fuji? – Maglev

26) Civil Services Day was recently observed across India on? - 21 April

27) Which state government on 19 April 2015 launched Subodham project, to help people in the state to overcome addiction to liquor? – Kerala

28) Union Cabinet on 22 April 2015 approved amendments to the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Bill 2014. The bill seeks to amend which act? - Justice Juvenile (JJ) Act, 2000

29) Turrialba volcano in which country erupted on 24 April 2015? - Costa Rica

30) What was India's rank in the global happiness index released on 23 April 2015? - 117 among 158 countries
Note: The report was topped by Switzerland followed by Iceland, Denmark, Norway and Canada.

31) Who won the Monte-Carlo Masters title of Tennis on 20 April 2015? -Novak Djokovic

32) Which country recently won it's first ever ODI series win against Pakistan? – Bangladesh

33) Which online travel services provider on 22 April 2015 has acquired startup travel guide firm Mygola? – MakeMyTrip

34) Name the online monitoring mechanism launched by Indian Railways on 21 April 2015? - E-Samiksha

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Daily General Knowledge Updates - 25 April 2015

1) In which case, it was held by the Supreme Court that ‘Preamble is the basic feature of the Constitution’? - In re: Keshwananda Bharti

2) Which of the following Article of Constitution of India entrusts parents with the responsibility of providing opportunities for education to their children? - Article 45 

3) The Supreme Court of India functioned from which place until 1958 when it moved to its present building on Tilak Marg? - The Parliament House

4) Which Act governs the foreign Exchange in India now? - Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA)

5) Newton's 1st law of motion is also known as? - Law of inertia

6) What is the child sex ratio as per the census report of 2011? - 914 females per 1000 males.

7) “Equinox” relates to? - Period of equal days and nights

8) Tide caused by the gravitional pull of the moon and sun together in the same direction is called? - Spring Tide

9) The second largest mangrove forest of India is? - The Bhitarkanika in Odisha

10) Thomas and Uber Cup is related to which game? - Badminton
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Daily Current Affairs Updates: 24 April 2015

1) Rajya Sabha passed private bill for transgender rights:
--> In a historic legislative action, the Rajya Sabha approved a private member’s bill on the rights of transgenders on 24 April 2015.
--> The Bill also guarantees reservation in education and jobs, financial aid and social inclusion.
--> This is the first time in 45 years that a private members' Bill has been passed by the House.
--> Usually a private member’s bill—introduced by a legislator who is not a member of the cabinet—is withdrawn after discussion in the upper House.
--> The bill was introduced by Rajya Sabha member Tiruchi Siva of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam on 12 December 2014.

2) Arun Jaitley moved GST bill in Lok Sabha:
--> Finance minister Arun Jaitley on 24 April 2015 moved the constitution amendment bill for the implementation of the goods and services tax (GST) for discussion and passage in the Lok Sabha.
--> While most of the opposition parties wanted the bill to be sent to the standing committee for finance, the government stood firm.
--> The Congress staged a walkout from the Lok Sabha over this issue.
--> GST is set to be rolled out from 1 April 2016.

3) National Panchayati Raj Day observed:
--> National Panchayati Raj Day was observed across India on 24 April 2015.
--> The day is observed to mark the passing of the Constitution (73rd Amendment) Act, 1992 that came into force with effect from 24 April 1993.
--> On the day, the best performing Gram Panchayats and Gram Sabhas were honoured with Panchayat Sashaktikaran Award 2015 and Rashtriya Gaurav Gram Sabha Award 2015.

4) India ranked 117 in global happiness index:
--> India has not fared well in a global ranking of the happiest nations, coming in at the 117th spot out of 158 countries on the index that took into account GDP per capita, life expectancy, social support and freedom to make life choices as indicators of happiness.
--> Switzerland has been named the most happiest country in the world, coming in at the number one spot on the 2015.
--> World Happiness Report published by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), which is a global initiative for the United Nations.
--> The other countries in the top five are Iceland, Denmark, Norway and Canada.

5) ICICI Bank launches app for Apple's iWatch:
--> ICICI Bank has launched an application for iWatch, on expectations that that wearable payment solutions would pick-up soon.
--> The application will enable customers of ICICI Bank to view their transactions and do limited transactions such pay utility bill and recharge prepaid mobile.
--> HDFC Bank was the first to announce the launch of this application about a week ago.

6) Gurpreet Sandhu becomes first Indian in 79 years to play for 1st division European club:
--> Gurpreet Singh Sandhu became the first Indian footballer to play for a top-tier European club, after the custodian made his debut for Stabaek FC in a Norwegian Cup tie against Runar on 22 April 2015.
--> The 23-year-old joined the former Norwegian champion on a three-year contract last year and is second choice goalkeeper behind Ivory Coast international Sayouba Mande. 

7) Crompton Greaves to exit consumer products business:
--> Avantha Holdings Ltd. the parent company of Crompton Greaves Ltd. (CG) has decided to exit CG’s consumer products business and sell its 34.37 per cent stake to American private equity major Advent International Corporation and a subsidiary of Singapore’s Temasek Holdings for Rs.2,000 crore.
--> The consumer products business, called Crompton Greaves Consumer Electricals Ltd. (CGCEL), will be demerged from CG into separate company.
--> After the demerger, CGCEL will own CG’s consumer products business.
--> The business manufactures and markets a wide array of consumer products, ranging from fans, lamps and luminaries to pumps and household appliances such as water heaters, mixer grinders, toasters, irons and electric lanterns.

8) India’s Healthcare Tourism Portal Inaugurated by PM Narendra Modi:
--> Prime Minister of India inaugurated India’s Healthcare Portal at the ‘SAAARC Trade Mart’ in the Global Exhibition on Services, in ITPO, Pragati Maidan on 24 April 2015.
--> The portal is a comprehensive one-point information site and covers hospital-related and travel-related information on India.

9) Government allowed investing 5 per cent of EPFO corpus in stock markets:
--> Union Government has allowed Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO), India’s retirement fund body to invest five per cent of its corpus in exchange traded funds i.e. in stock markets.

--> The new pattern allows the retirement fund body to invest 5% of its incremental income in Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) from the current financial year.
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GK Questions for competitive Exams: 25 April 2015

1) World Health Day? - April 7
2) Union Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises? - Kalraj Mishra
3) Michael Phelps is related with which game? - Swimming
4) Maximum amount that can be deposited in sukanya samriddi account in a financial year? - Rs. 1.5 lakh
5) Which was the best film in the National Film Awards 2015? - Court
6) The city of Imphal is the capital of which state? - Manipur
7) Mount Kilimanjaro is situated at? - Tanzania
8) Who won Dadasaheb Palke Award 2015? - Shashi Kapoor
9) World Meteorological Day (WMD) 2015 was observed across the world on 23 March 2015 with the theme? - Climate Knowledge for Climate Action.
10) Mission Indradhanush is related to? - Immunization of children
11) Krone is the currency of which country? - Denmark
12) The 2023 ICC Cricket World Cup is scheduled to be hosted by? - India
13) Vice Chairman of Niti Ayog? - Arvind Panagariya
14) Kidambi Srikanth won India Open Super Series badminton title defeating whom? - Viktor Axelsen
15) SBI life insurance is a joint venture of SBI and ? - BNP Paribas Assurance
16) Sychells is an island nation in? - Indian Ocean
17) World’s largest steel producer? - China
18) The Race of My Life: An Autobiography is the autobiography of? - Milkha Singh
19) Capital of Cuba? - Havana
20) Currency of Sweden? - Swedish krona
21) Dibang Wildlife Sanctuary is situated at? - Arunachal Pradesh
22) Headquarters of World Health Organization? - Geneva, Switzerland
23) The Kaiga Atomic Power Station is located at? - Karnataka
24) What is the full form of IRDAI? - Insurance Regulatory development Authority of India
25) Who has been awarded with Nobel Prize in Literature for 2014? - Patrick Modiano
26) Salt Lake Stadium which hosted IPL 2015 openeing ceremony is in which city? - Kolkata
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Quiz on Current Affairs: 25 April 2015

1) Which Indian cricketer was recently inducted into the prestigious Laureus Sports Academy?
(A) Rahul Dravid
(B) Saurav Ganguly
(C) Anil Kumble
(D) Sachin Tendulkar

2) India on 16 April 2015 test-fired its nuclear-capable Agni-III ballistic missile, with a range of over 3,000 km, from a base in which state?
(A) Karnataka
(B) Andhra Pradesh
(C) Odisha
(D) Maharashtra

3) Justice Meenakshi Madan Rai was recently sworn in as the first lady judge of which high court?
(A) Kerala
(B) Sikkim
(C) Delhi
(D) Mizoram

4) Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd. (BHEL) has recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a Russian company INTMA, to set up a gas-based power project in which country?
(A) Kazakhstan
(B) Turkey
(C) Bhutan
(D) Nepal 

5) Who was recently appointed as the new Indian Ambassador to France?
(A) Arun Kumar Singh
(B) Syed Akbaruddin
(C) Mohan Kumar
(D) Vikas Swarup

6) Which company will acquire French telecommunications Alcatel-Lucent for around $16.6 billion as announced recently?
(A) Nokia
(B) Motorola
(C) Samsung
(D) Apple

7) Six political parties viz. Janata Dal (United), Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), Samajwadi Party (SP), Janata Dal (Secular), Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) and Samajwadi Janata Party (SJP) on 15 April 2015 announced the formation of a new party by merging themselves. Who will head the new party?
(A) Deve Gowda
(B) Sharad Yadav
(C) Nitish Kumar
(D) Mulayam Singh Yadav

8) Which stadium in India recently became country's first sporting venue to switch to solar power, when it formally launched a 400kv rooftop solar power system?
(A) Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Kochi
(B) Chinnaswamy stadium, Bengaluru
(C) Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
(D) Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur

9) Filmmaker Bidyut Chakraborty who passed away recently was famous in which language?
(A) Assamese
(B) Hindi
(C) Kannada
(D) Malayalam

10) India and which country on 15 April 2015 signed a nuclear agreement on supply of uranium to India?
(A) Canada
(B) France
(C) Germany
(D) Italy

Answers
1) Ans. (D) Sachin Tendulkar
2) Ans. (C) Odisha
3) Ans. (B) Sikkim
4) Ans. (A) Kazakhstan
5) Ans. (C) Mohan Kumar
6) Ans. (A) Nokia
7) Ans. (D) Mulayam Singh Yadav
8) Ans. (B) Chinnaswamy stadium, Bengaluru
9) Ans. (A) Assamese
10) Ans. (A) Canada
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