Current Affairs Quiz: 29 April 2015

1) Who was elected as the fifth general secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) on 19 April 2015?
(A) Pinarayi Vijayan
(B) Prakash Karat
(C) S Ramachandran Pillai
(D) Sitaram Yechury

2) Bangladesh cricket team recently recorded their first ever ODI series win against which country?
(A) Pakistan
(B) West Indies
(C) England
(D) Australia

3) Which bank recently launched near-field communications-enabled payment service 'Tap-n-Pay'?
(A) HDFC Bank
(B) State Bank of India
(C) Union Bank of India
(D) ICICI Bank

4) ICICI Bank launched near-field communications-enabled payment service 'Tap-n-Pay' in collaboration with?
(A) Snapdeal
(B) PNB Paribas
(C) Tech Mahindra
(D) Paytm
5) Name Indian Navy’s new missile destroyer ship that was launched on 20 April 2015 at Mazagaon Dock Limited (MDL), Mumbai?
(A) INS Visakhapatnam
(B) INS Kolkata
(C) INS Alleppy
(D) None of these

6) Which International news paper won two prestigious Pulitzer prizes on 20 April 2015 for coverage of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa?
(B) New York Times
(C) Al Jazeera
(D) The Times

7) Rajaji National Park in which state was recently declared as India's 48th Tiger Reserve?
(A) Madhya Pradesh
(B) Bihar
(C) Uttarakhand
(D) West Bengal

8) Name the new tournament announced by Cricket South Africa recently?
(A) Africa T20 Cup
(B) African Super series
(C) Africa T20 extravangaza
(D) African Cricket Cup

9) Who was on 20 April 2015, appointed as chief advisor of the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s Anti Corruption & Security Unit (ACSU)?
(A) Vivek Murthy
(B) Karun Sebastain
(C) Vikrant Raju
(D) Neeraj Kumar

10) E-Samiksha online monitoring mechanism was recently launched by?
(A) Railways
(B) India Post
(D) Prime Minister's Office

1) Ans. (D) Sitaram Yechury
2) Ans. (A) Pakistan
3) Ans. (D) ICICI Bank
4) Ans. (C) Tech Mahindra
5) Ans. (A) INS Visakhapatnam
6) Ans. (B) New York Times
7) Ans. (C) Uttarakhand
8) Ans. (A) Africa T20 Cup
9) Ans. (D) Neeraj Kumar
10) Ans. (A) Railways

28th April 2015 Daily Current Affairs Updates

1) Parliament passed amendment to Regional Rural Banks Bill:
--> A bill to amend the Regional Rural Banks Act was passed by Parliament on 28 April 2015, with government saying it was necessary to empower such financial institutions  which are the "jewel in the crown" of the country's financial system.
--> The Regional Rural Banks (Amendment) Bill, 2014, which got the assent of the Rajya Sabha by voice vote on 28 April 2015, seeks to help Regional Rural Banks (RRBs) raise  their authorised capital and will enable them to mop up funds from capital market to help strengthen them.
--> Lok Sabha had earlier passed the Bill in December last.

2) Parliament passed Payments and Settlement Bill, 2014:
--> Parliament has passed Payments and Settlement Bill, 2014.
--> It was first passed in Lok Sabha on December 9, 2014 and later in Rajya Sabha on April 27, 2015.
--> The bill seeks to amend the Payment and Settlement Systems Act, 2007.

3) Raja Rajeswari is New York's first Indian-American woman judge:
--> Chennai-born Raja Rajeswari has been sworn-in as a criminal court judge in New York by Mayor Bill de Blasio, becoming the first India-born woman to be appointed a judge in New York City.
--> Ms. Rajeswari took the oath of office at a ceremony in New York City along with 27 other judges appointed earlier this month to the Family Court, Criminal Court, and Civil Court, which are part of the New York State Unified Court System.
--> The mayor appoints judges to 10-year terms in the New York City Criminal Court and the Family Court within the city. 

4) Indigenous cryogenic engine tested successfully by ISRO:
--> Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on 28 April 2015 successfully tested an indigenous cryogenic engine.
--> The powerful version of the cryogenic engine was tested successfully at ISRO’s propulsion complex at Mahendragiri in Tirunelveli district of Tamil Nadu.
--> This engine will allow launch vehicles to carry satellites of up to capacity of four tonnes in geostationary orbit.
--> It will also give boost to India’s interplanetary probes and manned space missions.

5) Novelist Siddhartha Gigoo won Commonwealth Short Story Prize:
--> Srinagar-born novelist Siddhartha Gigoo has won the 2015 Commonwealth Short Story Prize for Asia region for "Umbrella Man", a tale of surreal meditation on mental health and the environment, organisers said.
--> Born in Srinagar in 1974, Gigoo's first novel "The Garden of Solitude" was first published in 2011. He has also written two poetry books, "Fall and Other Poems" (1994) and "Reflections" (1995).

6) Narendra Modi the 3rd most followed world leader on Twitter:
--> US President Barack Obama is still by far the most followed world leader on Twitter, but Pope Francis is considered the most influential by the number of his messages retweeted.
--> The annual Twiplomacy analysis of Twitter accounts released Tuesday by PR firm Burson-Marsteller shows nearly 57 million people following Obama.
--> Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had nearly 11 million followers (3rd most followed).

7) Railways won 5th Senior Men’s National Hockey championship:
--> Railway Sports Promotion Board (RSPB) on 28 April 2015 won 5th Senior Men’s National Hockey championship 2015.
--> In the final match played in Pune, Maharashtra, Railways defeated Uttar Pradesh Hockey (UPH) by 5-3.

Daily GK Updates: 28 April 2015

1) The book titled ‘Forge Your Future’ has been authored by? - Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam 

2) The preamble to our Constitution proclaims that ‘We the people of India have established? - A Sovereign, Socialistic, Secular, Democratic, Republic

3) Which gas reacts with hydrocarbon to create smog? - Nitrogen dioxide

4) Delhi was made Union territory in which year? - 1956

5) Which principle states that when a body is partially or totally immersed in a fluid, it experiences an upward thrust equal to the weight of the fluid displaced by it? - Archimedes

6) The liquid drops or gas bubbles are always spherical due to? - Surface tension

7) Arakan Yoma is the extension of the Himalayas located in? - Myanmar

8) After the transfer of power to British crown, who was appointed the first Viceroy of India? - Lord Curzon

9) Who is the author of the book ‘Imaging India’? - Nandan Nilekani

10) Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) is a severe human disease and has been declared as ‘Global Health Emergency’ by WHO. Ebola virus takes its name from a? - River in democratic republic in congo

Daily Current Affairs Updates: 27 April 2015

1) Afghan President arrived in India on 3-day visit:
--> Ashraf Ghani arrived in India on his first state visit to India, seven months after took over as Afghanistan President.
--> After he assumed his office he visited China and Pakistan.
--> He has already met Modi during the SAARC summit in Kathmandu in November 2014.

2) ISIS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi dead:
--> Radio Iran has claimed that ISIS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has died.
--> Al-Baghdadi, believed to be in his 40s, had a $10 million US bounty on his head.
--> Since taking the reins of the Islamic State in 2010, he had transformed it from a local branch of al-Qaida into an independent transnational military force, positioning himself as perhaps the pre-eminent figure in the global jihadist community.

3) Capgemini acquires IGATE for $4 bn:
--> The Paris-headquartered Capgemini has announced the acquisition of New Jersey-based IGATE, which has operations in India, for $4 billion in cash.
--> The deal, one of the largest in the Indian information technology sector, will see the exit of IGATE co-founders Ashok Trivedi and Sunil Wadhwani, along with private equity firm Apax Partners.

4) Badminton player Lee Chong Wei gets backdated doping ban:
--> Malaysian shuttler Lee Chong Wei was handed a backdated eight-month ban for doping by the Badminton World Federation on 27 April 2015.
--> The 32-year-old Malaysian, twice an Olympic silver medallist, had been under a provisional suspension since November after testing positive for anti-inflammatory drug dexamethasone during the world championships three months earlier.

5) Loretta Lynch sworn-in as the Attorney General of US:
--> Loretta Lynch was sworn in on 27 April 2015 as the 83rd Attorney-General, becoming the first African-American woman to serve as the top U.S. law enforcement official.
--> Vice-President Joe Biden administered the oath of office to Ms. Lynch (55) at a Justice Department ceremony.
--> Ms. Lynch replaces Eric Holder, who left the job after six years as head of the department.

6) Sudan President Omar al-Bashir re-elected:
--> Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir has won Presidential re-election by securing 94 per cent of the vote.
--> With this win he will have additional term of five years in office which will extend his current 25-year rule.
--> He is in power since 1989.
--> In this election Omar’s National Congress Party (NCP) also won 323 of 426 parliamentary seats.

7) INS Tarangini departed for “Lokayan-2015”:
--> INS Tarangini the Sail Training Ship of Indian Navy left from Kochi on an eight month voyage through Europe to participate in the annual Tall Ship Races and other events organised under the aegis of Sail Training International.
--> This year’s Tall Ship Races will be conducted primarily off the coast of United Kingdom, Norway, Denmark, Germany and Netherlands.
--> INS Tarangini, a three masted barque,built in Goa Shipyard Ltd and commissioned on 11 Nov 1997, is manned by 06 officers, 40 sailors and 30 trainees.
--> The theme for LOKAYAN -15 has been chosen as “TACKING FOR A BROADER REACH”.

8) India crowned champions at President's Cup Boxing Tournament:
--> Rakesh Kumar (69kg) and Harpal Singh (75kg) struck gold as India were crowned champions for the first time in the 22nd President's Cup Boxing Tournament in Palembang, Indonesia.
--> The Indian team logged 33 points to finish ahead of second-placed Mongolia after Rakesh and Harpal's gold medals took the country's total tally to four gold and a bronze at the end of the event. 

9) China`s Lin Dan won men`s title at Asia Championships:
--> China`s Lin Dan won the men`s singles at the Badminton Asia Championships in China on 26 April 2015, defending his title won last year in South Korea and adding another crown to an illustrious career.
--> Lin, the No. 2 seed, defeated compatriot Tian Houwei 21-19, 21-8 in a match that lasted 50 minutes in the central city of Wuhan.

--> In women`s singles, seventh seed Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand came from behind to upset top seed Li Xuerui of China 20-22, 23-21, 21-12 in a match that lasted 76 minutes.

Current Affairs MCQ: 27 April 2015

1) Haryana’s Ashish Jakhar on 17 April 2015 set a national youth record in boys’ hammer throw in the 12th National Youth Athletics Championships held at?
(A) Punjab
(B) Goa
(C) Maharashtra
(D) Kerala

2) World Heritage Day was observed on?
(A) 24 April
(B) 14 April
(C) 21 April
(D) 18 April

3) Who recently took charge as the new spokesperson of External Affairs Ministry?
(A) Syed Akbaruddin
(B) S Jaishankar
(C) Arun Kumar Singh
(D) Vikas Swarup 

4) Which Bollywood classic film was on 18 April 2015 released in Pakistan after 40 years of its release in India?
(A) Sholay
(B) Dilwale Dulhania le Jayenge
(C) Chandi Chauk
(D) Dastan

5) Aroon Purie, who was recently chosen as the 'Editor of the Year' is the Editor-in-Chief of which group?
(A) The Hindu
(B) Times of India
(C) India Today

6) 'Godse' is no longer unparliamentary except in reference to 'Nathuram Godse', Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan has ruled recently. In which year Parliament had banned the use of the word?
(A) 1950
(B) 1976
(C) 1956
(D) None of these

7) President Pranab Mukherjee on 18 April 2015 inaugurated the centenary celebration of which High Court?
(A) Patna High Court
(B) Calcutta High Court
(C) Delhi High Court
(D) Bombay High Court

8) Venkadarath Saritha was recently appointed as the first female driver by Transport Corporation of which state?
(A) Kerala
(B) Bihar
(C) Tamil Nadu
(D) Delhi

9) Who assumed charge as the 20th Chief Election Commissioner succeeding H.S. Bramha on 19 April 2015?
(A) Nasim Zaidi
(B) K G Balakrishnan
(C) V S Sampath
(D) None of these

10) Who won Bahrain Grand Prix 2015 recently?
(A) Nico Rosberg
(B) Kimi Raikkonen
(C) Lewis Hamilton
(D) Sebastian Vettel

1) Ans. (B) Goa
2) Ans. (D) 18 April
3) Ans. (D) Vikas Swarup
4) Ans. (A) Sholay
5) Ans. (C) India Today
6) Ans. (C) 1956
7) Ans. (A) Patna High Court
8) Ans. (D) Delhi
9) Ans. (A) Nasim Zaidi
10) Ans. (C) Lewis Hamilton

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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
(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

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