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April 14, 2016

IMPORTANT NEW APPOINTMENTS (WORLD) -2015-16

KALYANI KAUL
1) Kalyani Kaul-Circuit Judge in the UK
2) Raghuram Rajan- Vice-chairman of the Bank of International Settlement (BIS)
3) Samia Hassan Suluhu- Tanzania's first female Vice President
4) Harjit Sajjan- Defence Minister of Canada
5) Subroto Som- Head of Mashreq retail banking group
6) Lawyer Patricia- Secretary General of the Commonwealth of Nations
7) Michael Keating -Special Representative for Somalia and Head of the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia
8) Jack Dorsey- Permanent CEO, Twitter Note: He succeeds Dick Costolo
9) Hoesung Lee of South Korea- Chairman of Inter-governmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC).
10) AR Rahman- Cultural Ambassador of Seychelles
11) Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli -Prime Minister of Nepal
12) Onsari Gharti Magar- House speaker of Nepal.
13) Omid Kordestani -Executive Chairman of Twitter
14) Kundhavi Kadiresan -FAO Assistant Director-General.
15) Alexander Lukashenko- President of Belarus
16) Jioji Konrote- Fiji's President.
17) António Costa- PM of Portugal
18) Ashok-Alexander Sridharan-Mayor of Bonn in Germany
19) Justin Trudeau- 23rd Prime Minister of Canada.
20) Brett McGurk- Envoy to US-led coalition fighting ISIS.
21) Paul Ryan -54th speaker of the US House of Representatives
22) John Pombe Magufuli -Tanzania President
23) James Staley- Barclays, Chief Executive.
24) Jimmy Morales-Guatemala President
25) Bidhya Devi Bhandari- President of Nepal
26) Filippo Grandi -New UN refugee chief
27) Dacian Ciolos- Romania’s new prime minister
Marzieh Afkham
28) Marzieh Afkham- Iran’s 1st woman ambassador since 1979 Islamic revolution, to head embassy in Malaysia.
29) Alassane Ouattara- West African country Ivory Coast President
30) Bazmi Husain -The global chief technology officer of ABB
31) Jagdeep Grewal- Chosen as postmaster for Sacramento
32) Malcolm Turnbull -Australia’s New Prime Minister
33) Sherif Ismail- PM of Egypt
34) Arvind Panagariya -Appointed as the sherpa for G20 negotiations
35) Matthias Mueller -CEO,Volkswagen AG appoints
36) Swati Dandekar- Executive Director,Asian Development Bank (ADB)

IMPORTANT NEW APPOINTMENTS (INDIA) -2015-16

1. Subir Vithal Gokarn- Executive Director on the board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF)
2. Justice Ajit Prakash Shah - Ethics officer (ombudsman) at Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
3. Navtej Singh Sarna -Indian High Commissioner to United Kingdom (UK)
4. Justice T S Thakur 43rd Chief Justice of India
5. Deepak Singhal- Executive Director of Reserve Bank of India.
6. Harshavardhan Neotia - President of FICCI. Note: He will succeed Jyotsna Suri
7. Nitish Kumar- Chief Minister of Bihar (Fifth Time)
8. V Raja Vice-Chairman and Managing Director, Philips India
9. Vijay Keshav Gokhale- India’s Ambassador to China. Note: He will replace Ashok Kantha
10. Zarin Daruwala- India’s Chief Executive Officer at Standard Chartered Bank
11. Syed Akbaruddin- Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations
12. Sunil Kanoria- President, ASSOCHAM. Note: He succeeded Rana Kapoor.
13. V Shanmuganthan- 17th Governor of Manipur
14. Dr Anup K Pujari- Chairman and Managing Director of Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL)
15. Sriram Venkataraman- Chief Finance Officer (CFO), Flipkart
16. Ashish Bahuguna- Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of FSSAI
17. Sekhar Basu-Chairman of Atomic Energy Commission (AEC)
18. Alkesh Sharma- CEO and MD of Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor Development Corp
19. Tapan Ray- Board of Securities and Exchange Board of India
20. Alok Rawat  First male person to be appointed as member of National Commission for Women (NCW)
21. Vijay Kumar Malhotra- President ,All India Council of Sports
22. Shaktikanta Das- Central Board of Directors of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI)
23. Najib Shah- Chairman of Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC), apex body on Indirect Taxes
24. P K Gupta- Managing Director, State Bank of India
25. Tarvinder Singh Bhasin- Chairman of Engineering Export Promotion Council (EEPC) of India.
26. Manpreet Vohra- India’s Ambassador to Afghanistan
27. Bhushan Kumar Bansal- Sixth member of the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC)
28. Sharad Kumar- Director General of National Investigation Agency (NIA)
29. Alok Shekhar- India’s representative in the council of Interantional Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO)
30. J Manjula Appointed the new Director General (DG - Electronics & Communications Systems or ECS)
31. Ramesh Chand-Appointed as new member of the Niti Aayog.
32. Hormusji N Cama-Chairman of Press Trust of India
33. Sourav Ganguly President of Cricket Association of Bengal
34. Hrushikesh Senapaty- Director of National Council of Educational Research Training (NCERT)
35. Christopher Thomas-Arbitrator for resolving the Rs. 10247 crore tax dispute and London-listed Cairn Energy

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SOME IMPORTANT POINTS

Palme d’Or
The Palme d’Or (Golden Palm) is the highest prize awarded at the Cannes Film Festival. It was introduced in 1955 by the organising committee. From 1939 to 1954, the highest prize was the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film. In 1964 it was replaced once again by the Grand Prix du Festival before being reintroduced in 1974. In 1955, the first Palme d’Or was awarded to Delbert Mann for Marty.

Ramsar Convention
The Ramsar Convention (formally, the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance, especially as Waterfowl Habitat) is an international treaty for the conservation and sustainable utilization of wetlands. It is named after the city of Ramsar in Iran, where the Convention was signed in 1971.

National Film Awards
The National Film Awards is one of the most prominent film award ceremonies in India. Established in 1954, it has been administered, along with the International Film Festival of India and the Indian Panorama, by the Indian government’s Directorate of Film Festivals since 1973. The National Film Awards are presented in two main categories: Feature Films and Non-Feature Films.

Orange Prize
The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction (previously Orange Prize for Fiction) is one of the United Kingdom’s most prestigious literary prizes, annually awarded to a female author of any nationality for the best original full-length novel written in English, and published in the United Kingdom in the preceding year. The prize was originally sponsored by Orange, a telecommunications company. In May 2012, it was announced Orange would be ending its sponsorship of the prize and the Baileys Irish Cream liquor brand then sponsored it.

Grameen Bank
The Grameen Bank is a microfinance organization and community development bank founded in Bangladesh. It makes small loans (known as microcredit or "grameencredit") to the impoverished without requiring collateral. The name Grameen is derived from the word gram which means "rural" or "village" in the Bengali language. The Bank originated in 1976, in the work of Professor Muhammad Yunus who launched a research project to study how to design a credit delivery system to provide banking services to the rural poor. In 2006, the bank and its founder, Muhammad Yunus, were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is a scientific intergovernmental body under the auspices of the United Nations set up at the request of member governments. It was first established in 1988 by two United Nations organizations, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Membership of the IPCC is open to all members of the WMO and UNEP. The IPCC is chaired by Rajendra K. Pachauri. The 2007 Nobel Peace Prize was shared, in two equal parts, between the IPCC and Al Gore

Sulabh International
Sulabh International is an Indian based social service organization which works to promote human rights, environmental sanitation, non-conventional sources of energy, waste management and social reforms through education. It is the largest non-profit organization in India. It was founded by Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak in 1970.

Anandwan
Anandwan is located and is an ashram and a community rehabilitation centre for leprosy patients and the disabled from downtrodden sections of society. It was founded in 1948 by noted social activist, Baba Amte. He developed Anandwan to be a self-contained ashram where residents are self-sufficient in terms of basic subsistence through agriculture. Land fertility in the region has been revived and is maintained by using organic farming techniques and micro-water management.

Revolutions in the field of Agriculture in India 
  • Grey Revolution- Fertilizer Revolution
  • Pink Revolution- Onion production/Pharmaceutical (India)/Prawn production
  • Red Revolution- Meat & Tomato Production 
  • Round Revolution- Potato Revolution
  • White Revolution- Milk/Dairy production (In India - Operation Flood)
  • Yellow Revolution- Oil Seeds production 
  • Evergreen Revolution- Overall development of Agriculture 
  • Black Revolution- Petroleum Production 
  • Blue Revolution- Fish Production


Verghese Kurien
Verghese Kurien was a renowned Indian social entrepreneur and is best known as the "Father of the White Revolution”, for his 'billion-litre idea' (Operation Flood) — the world's biggest agricultural development programme. The operation took India from being a milk-deficient nation, to the largest milk producer in the world, surpassing the United States of America in 1998, with about 17 percent of global output in 2010-11.
A key achievement of his brainchild, Amul was the invention of milk powder processed from buffalo milk, as opposed to that made from cow-milk. His achievements with the Amul dairy led Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri to appoint him as the founder-chairman of National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) in 1965He also received the World Food Prize and the Magsaysay Award for community leadership. ‘The Man Who Made The Elephant Dance’ is the name of his autobiography.

Norman Borlaug
Norman Ernest Borlaug was an American biologist, humanitarian and Nobel laureate who has been called "the father of the Green Revolution”, "agriculture's greatest spokesperson” and "The Man Who Saved A Billion Lives”. He is one of seven people to have won the Nobel Peace Prize, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal and was also awarded the Padma Vibhushan, India's second highest civilian honour.
During the mid-20th century, Borlaug led the introduction of high-yielding varieties of seeds combined with modern agricultural production techniques to Mexico, Pakistan, and India. Between 1965 and 1970, wheat yields nearly doubled in Pakistan and India, greatly improving the food security in those nations. These collective increases in yield have been labelled the Green Revolution, and Borlaug is often credited with saving over a billion people worldwide from starvation.
The World Food Prize was created in 1986 by Norman Borlaug, as a way to recognize personal accomplishments, and as a means of education by using the Prize to establish role models for others. The first prize was given to Borlaug's former colleague, M. S. Swaminathan, in 1987, for his work in India. The next year, Swaminathan used the US$250,000 prize to start the MS Swaminathan Research Foundation for research on sustainable development.

-             Animal, Tallest Giraffe
-             Archipelago, Largest Indonesia
-             Bird, Fastest- Swift
-             Bird, Largest Ostrich
-             Bird, Smallest Humming Bird
-             Canal, Longest Suez Canal
-             Capital, Highest La Paz (Boliva)
-             City, Largest in Population Tokyo
-             City, Costliest Tokyo
-             Continent, Largest Asia
-             Continent, Smallest Australia
-             Country, Biggest (Area) Russia
-             Country, Largest (Population) China
-             Country, Largest (Electorate) India
-             Creature, Largest Blue Whale
-             Delta, Largest Sunderban (Bangladesh & India)
-             Desert, Largest (World) Sahara (Africa)
-             Desert, Largest (Asia) Gobi
-             Epic, Largest Mahabharat
-             Island, Largest Greenland
-             Sea, Largest Mediterranean sea
-             Lake, Deepest Baikal (Siberia)
-             Lake, Highest Titicaca (Bolivia)
-             Lake, Largest (Fresh water) Superior
-             Lake, Largest (Salt water) Caspian
-             Library, Largest United State Library of Congress, Washington D.C.
-             Mountain Peak, Highest Everest (Nepal)
-             Mountain Range, Longest Andes (S. America)
-             Ocean, Largest Pacific
-             Palace, Biggest Vatican (Italy)
-             Park, Largest Yellow Stone National Park (U.S.A.)
-             Place, Coldest (Habitated) Verkhoyank (Siberia)
-             Place, Dryest Iqique (In Atacama Desert, Chile)
-             Place, Hottest Azizia (Libya, Africa)
-             Place, Rainiest Mausinram (Meghalaya,India)
-             Planet, Biggest Jupiter
-             Planet, Brightest Venus 
               Plateau, Highest Pamir (Tibet)
-             Platform, Longest Gorakhpur (India) (Kharagpur is the 2nd longest)
-             Railway, Longest Trans-Siberian railway
-             Railway Station, Longest Grand Central Terminal, Chicago (U.S.A.)
-             River, Longest Nile (Africa)
-             River, Largest Amazon (S. America)
-             Star, Brightest Sirius
-             Waterfall, Highest Angel (Venezuela)
-             Water, Lowest body Dead Sea
-             Zoo, Largest Kruger National Park, South Africa


National Sports Awards
• Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna- India’s highest honour given for achievement in sports.
• Arjuna Award— Recognises outstanding achievement in National sports.
• Dronacharya award- an award presented by the government of India for excellence in sports coaching.
• Dhyan Chand Award- India's highest award for lifetime achievement in sports and games.

Patriotic Awards

i) Wartime Gallantry awards
Param Vir Chakra : Highest military award for valour.
Maha Vir Chakra- The Maha Vir Chakra (MVC) is the second highest military decoration
in India.
Vir Chakra-It is third in precedence in the war time gallantry. 

ii) Peacetime Gallantry awards
Ashok Chakra Award- an Indian military decoration awarded for valour, courageous
action or self-sacrifice away from the battlefield. It is the peace time equivalent of the Param
Vir Chakra.
Kirti Chakra-It is second in order of precedence of peacetime gallantry awards.
Shaurya Chakra-It is third in order of precedence of peacetime gallantry.


Civilian Awards
Bharat Ratna- Highest honour
Padma Vibhushan — Second highest honour.
Padma Bhushan — Third highest honour.
Padma Shri — Fourth highest honour.

Cropping Seasons in India

(a) Kharif:Sowing seasons-May to July Harvesting season-September to October
Important crops: Jowar, bajra, rice, maize, cotton, groundnut, jute, hemp, sugarcane, tobacco, ete.
(b)Rabi: Sowing season-October-December Harvesting season-February-April
Important crops: wheat, barley, gram, linseed, mus-tard, masoor, pea~ and potatoes.
(c) Zaid: Besides the kharif and rabi crops, there are certain crops which are being raised throughout the year due to artificial irrigation.
Zaid kharif crops are sown in August-September and harvested in December- January.
Important crops: rice, jowar, rapeseed, cotton, oilseeds.
Zaid rabi crops are sown in February-March. Harvesting is in April-May. Important crops: watermelon, toris, cucumber, leafy and other vegetables.


National Symbols of India

-Tricolour designed by Pingali Venkayya
-National Emblem of India: Lion Capital of Asoka
-National Calendar: Saka calendar
-National anthem: Jana Gana Mana by Rabindranath Tagore
-National song: Vande Mataram by Bankim Chandra Chatterjee
-National flower: Indian lotus (Nelumbo nucifera)
-National fruit: Mango (Mangifera indica)
-National river: Ganga River
-National tree: Indian Banyan or Indian fig tree
-National animal: Royal Bengal Tiger
-National aquatic animal: Gangetic Dolphin or Ganges River Dolphin
-National Currency Symbol: Indian Rupee (The symbol, conceptualised and designed by D. Udaya Kumar


Features of the Indian Constitution borrowed from other countries

From U.K.
  • Nominal Head - President (like Queen)
  • Cabinet System of Ministers
  • Post of PM
  • Parliamentary Type of Govt.
  • Bicameral Parliament
  • Lower House more powerful
  • Council of Ministers responsible to Lowe House
  • Speaker in Lok Sabha

From U.S.
  • Written Constitution
  • Executive head of state known as President and his being the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces
  • Vice- President as the ex-officio Chairman of Rajya Sabha
  • Fundamental Rights
  • Supreme Court
  • Provision of States
  • Independence of Judiciary and judicial review
  • Preamble
  • Removal of Supreme court and High court Judges

From USSR
  • Fundamental Duties
  • Five year Plan

From AUSTRALIA
  • Concurrent list
  • Language of the preamble
  • Provision regarding trade, commerce and intercourse

From JAPAN
Law on which the Supreme Court function

From GERMANY
Suspension of Fundamental Rights during the emergency

From CANADA
  • Scheme of federation with a strong centre
  • Distribution of powers between centre and the states and placing. Residuary Powers with the centre

From IRELAND
  • Concept of Directive Principles of States Policy(Ireland borrowed it from SPAIN)
  • Method of election of President
  • Nomination of members in the Rajya Sabha by President

April 13, 2016

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1. IMPORTANT AWARDS

A] Dadasaheb Phalke Award
The Dadasaheb Phalke Award is India’s highest award in cinema given annually by the Government of India for lifetime contribution to Indian cinema. The Award is given to a prominent personality from the Indian film industry, noted and respected for significant contributions to Indian cinema. Devika Rani Chaudhuri Roerich was the first awardee in 1969.

B] Dronacharya Award
Dronacharya Award is an award presented by the government of India for excellence in sports coaching. O.M. Nambiar for athletics , Om Prakash Bhardwaj for boxing and BB Bhagwat for wrestling were the first recipients in 1985.

C] Nobel Prize
The Nobel Prize is a set of annual international awards bestowed in a number of categories by Swedish and Norwegian committees in recognition of cultural and/or scientific advances. The will of the Swedish inventor Alfred Nobel established the prizes in 1895.
The prizes in Physics, Chemistry, Physiology or Medicine, Literature, and Peace were first awarded in 1901. The related Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences was created in 1968.
The Peace Prize is awarded in Oslo, Norway, while the other prizes are awarded in Stockholm, Sweden.

D] List of first recipients of the Nobel Prize:
-Wilhelm Conrad Rontgen received the first Physics Prize for his discovery of X- rays.
-The first laureates for the Economics Prize were Jan Tinbergen and Ragnar Frisch “for having developed and applied dynamic models for the analysis of economic processes”.
-The Swedish Academy chose the poet Sully Prudhomme for the first Nobel Prize in Literature.
-The first Physiology or Medicine Prize went to the German physiologist and microbiologist Emil von Behring who developed an antitoxin to treat diphtheria. -Jacobus Henricus van 't Hoff of Netherlands won the first Chemistry Prize for “discovery of the laws of chemical dynamics and osmotic pressure in solutions”. 
-The first Nobel Peace Prize was awarded in 1901 to Frederic Passy and Henry Dunant. Passy got it for being one of the main founders of the Inter¬Parliamentary Union and also the main organizer of the first Universal Peace Congress. Dunant received it for his role in founding the International Committee of the Red Cross.

E] Indians who have won the Nobel Prizes
-Rabindranath Tagore was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913 for his “Geetanjali”. He was also the first Asian to win the prize.
-Nobel Prize in Physics: C. V. Raman in 1930.
-Nobel Prize in Medicine: Har Gobind Khorana in 1968 (US citizen of Indian origin)
-Nobel Peace Prize: Mother Teresa of Calcutta in 1979 (Indian citizen of Albanian origin)
-Nobel Prize in Physics: Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar in 1983 (US citizen of Indian origin)
-Nobel Prize in Economics: Amartya Sen in 1998
-Nobel Prize in Chemistry: Venkatraman Ramakrishnan in 2009 (USA citizen of Indian origin)

F] Man Booker Prize
The Man Booker Prize for Fiction is a literary prize awarded each year for the best original novel, written in the English language, by a citizen of the Commonwealth of Nations, the Republic of Ireland, or Zimbabwe. Beginning in 2014, it will consider authors from anywhere in the world, so long as their work is in English and published in the UK.
P. H. Newby won the first Prize for ‘Something to Answer For’.

G] Man Booker International Prize
The Man Booker International Prize is an international literary award given every two years to a living author of any nationality for a body of work published in English or generally available in English translation.
The introduction of the International Prize was announced in June 2004. The award, which is sponsored by the Man Group, complements the Man Booker Prize and rewards one author's "continued creativity, development and overall contribution to fiction on the world stage." Therefore the award is a recognition of the writer's body of work, rather than any one title.
The inaugural winner was Albanian writer Ismail Kadare.

H] Templeton Prize
The Templeton Prize is an annual award presented by the Templeton Foundation. Established in 1972, it is awarded to a living person who, in the estimation of the judges, "has made an exceptional contribution to affirming life's spiritual dimension, whether through insight, discovery, or practical works". The inaugural winner of the prize, in 1973, was Mother Teresa, six years before she received the Nobel Peace Prize. She was cited by the Templeton Foundation "for her extraordinary efforts to help the homeless and neglected children of Calcutta," work which "inspired millions of others around the world".

I] Ramon Magsaysay Award
The Ramon Magsaysay Award is an annual award established to perpetuate former Philippine President Ramon Magsaysay's example of integrity in
government, courageous service to the people, and pragmatic idealism within a democratic society. The Ramon Magsaysay Award is often considered to be Asia’s Nobel Prize.

J] Bharat Ratna
This is the Republic of India’s highest civilian award. Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan (1987) and Nelson Mandela (1990) are the only two non-Indians to win it, with Mother Teresa becoming a naturalised Indian citizen. Sachin Tendulkar is the youngest person alive at the time of receiving the award (at the age of 40). Dhondo Keshav Karve is the eldest person alive at the time of receiving the award (age 100).
Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, C. V. Raman, C. Rajagopalachari were the first awardees in 1954.

K] Param Vir Chakra
The Param Vir Chakra (PVC) is India’s highest military decoration awarded for the highest degree of valour or self-sacrifice in the presence of the enemy. It can be, and often has been, awarded posthumously. The medal was designed by Savitri Khanolkar. Major Somnath Sharma was the first recipient.

L] World Food Prize
The World Food Prize is an international award recognizing the achievements of individuals who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity, or availability of food in the world. It is notably sponsored by agricultural biotechnology companies. Prof. M. S. Swaminathan was the first recipient of the Prize which was started by Norman Borlaug.

M] Fields Medal
The Fields Medal, officially known as International Medal for Outstanding Discoveries in Mathematics, is a prize awarded to two, three, or four mathematicians not over 40 years of age at each International Congress of the International Mathematical Union (IMU), a meeting that takes place every four years. The Fields Medal is often viewed as the greatest honour a mathematician can receive. The Fields Medal and the Abel Prize have often been described as the "mathematician's Nobel Prize”. The medal was first awarded in 1936 to Finnish mathematician Lars Ahlfors and American mathematician Jesse Douglas, and it has been awarded every four years since 1950.

N] Abel Prize
The Abel Prize is an international prize presented by the King of Norway to one or more outstanding mathematicians. Named after Norwegian mathematician Niels Henrik Abel (1802-1829), the award was established in 2001 by the Government of Norway. Jean-Pierre Serre of France first received it in 2003.

O] Sahitya Akademi
Established in 1954, it is a literary honour in India which annually confers on writers of the most outstanding books of literary merit published in any of the major Indian languages recognised by the Sahitya Akademi.


2. Firsts’ among Indian's

  • President of Indian Republic: Dr Rajendra Prasad
  • Vice President of Indian Republic: Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan
  • Defence Minister of India: Baldev Singh
  • Indian Commander-in-Chief of Free India: General Kodandera Madappa Cariappa
  • Chief of Air Staff: Air Marshal Sir Thomas Elmhirst 
  • Indian Chief of Staff: General Kodandera Madappa Cariappa 
  • Commander-in-Chief, IAF: Air Marshal Subroto Mukerjee 
  • Chief of Naval Staff: Vice Admiral R D Katari
  • Cosmonaut: Sqn Ldr Rakesh Sharma
  • Field Marshal: Sam Manekshaw
  • First female jawan in the Army: Shanti Tigga
  • First Param Vir Chakra Winner: Major Som Nath Sharma
  • Person to reach the South Pole: Col Jatinder Kumar Bajaj
  • Woman to scale Mount Everest: Bachendri Pal
  • Person to reach the North Pole: Jagannathan Srinivasaraghavan
  • Person to have walked across Gobi desert: Sucheta Kadethankar
  • Indian to swim across the English Channel: Mihir Sen, 1958.
  • Woman to swim across the English Channel: Arati Saha, 1959 
  • Formula One racer: Narain Karthikeyan 
  • Formula One team: Force India F1
  • Person to equal world record in Archery: Limba Ram, 1992 Shiva Keshavan, 
  • First Indian to win 2 Gold Medals for India in Winter sports Sushil Kumar (wrestler) is the first Indian to win back to back Olympic medals (Bronze and Silver in the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics respectively)
  • Chess Grandmaster: Male - Viswanathan Anand, 1988.
  • Female - Koneru Humpy - 2002 
  • Mr. Universe: Manohar Aich in 1952
  • Miss World: Reita Faria in 1966. (She was also the first Asian to win the title.)
  • Miss Universe: Sushmita Sen in 1994
  • Miss Earth: Nicole Faria in 2010
  • Man Booker Prize: Arundhati Roy for her novel "The God of Small Things” in the year 1997.
  • Bharat Ratna: Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, C. Rajagopalachari, and C. V. Raman in 1954
  • Magsaysay Award: Vinoba Bhave, 1958
  • Oscar for Lifetime Achievement - Satyajit Ray
  • Nishan-e-Pakistan: Morarji Desai, 1990
  • First Indian filmmaker to get Bharat Ratna: Satyajit Ray
  • Sound film: Alam Ara (1931) directed by Ardeshir Irani
  • Sound engineer to win an Oscar: Resul Pookutty for Slumdog Millionaire
  • Music director to win an Oscar and first double Oscar winner-Mr. A. R. Rahman
  • for Slumdog Millionaire
  • Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film: Mother India Oscar for Lifetime Achievement: Satyajit Ray
  • Sponsored TV serial: Hum Log, started on 7 July 1984, was also the first soap opera of India, ran for 156 episodes
  • 3-D film: My Dear Kuttichathan, a Malayalam film, produced in 1984, dubbed in Hindi as Chhota Chetan.
  • Hindi film screened at the United Nations: Lage Raho Munna Bhai, 10 November 2006,directed by Rajkumar Hirani
  • President of the Indian National Congress: Womesh Chandra Bannerjee, 1885 
  • President of the Indian National Congress of independent India: Acharya Kripalani, till November 1947 President: Rajendra Prasad (1950-1962)
  • First Woman President: Pratibha Patil (2007-2012)
  • The first Chief Election Commissioner : Sukumar Sen 
  • Vice-President: Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan 
  • Prime Minister: Jawaharlal Nehru (1947-64 
  • Deputy Prime Minister: Vallabhbhai Patel (1947-1950)
  • Law Minister of India: B. R. Ambedkar
  • Leader of Opposition: A. K. Gopalan
  • Women Railway Minister of India: Mamata Banerjee
  • The first Viceroy of India: Lord Canning, 1858
  • Governor-General of India: Warren Hastings, 1773
  • Governor-General of Independent India: Lord Mountbatten, 1947
  • Indian Governor-General of Indian Union: C Rajagopalachari, 1948
  • Chief Justice of India: H. J. Kania (1947-1951)
  • Indian ICS Officer: Satyendranath Tagore, 1863
  • Speaker of Lok Sabha: G.V. Mavlankar (1952-1956)
  • Presentation of First Budget after India's Independence: R. K. Shanmukhan Chetty
  • First Home Minister of India: Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel
  • First Indian President to die in Office: Dr Zakir Hussain
  • First Chief Minister to die in Office: C.N.Annadurai, Tamil Nadu
  • First Indian Prime Minister to resign from office: Morarji Desai, 1979
  • First woman Cabinet Minister in India: Rajkumari Amrit Kaur
  • First woman Minister in India: Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit
  • First woman Chief Minister: Sucheta Kriplani, UP
  • First woman Governor of a State: Sarojini Naidu (Governor of Uttar Pradesh, 1947-49)
  • First female Home Minister: Sabitha Indra Reddy in Andhra Pradesh Govt.
  • First woman Speaker of the Lok Sabha: Meira Kumar
  • Woman in space: Kalpana Chawla
  • Test-tube baby: Durga Agarwal, born 1978
  • Nuclear Reactor: Apsara, Mumbai
  • Satellite: Aryabhata, launched on 19 April 1975
  • Woman to be the Chairperson of State Bank of India:Arundhati Bhattacharya
  • Woman Photojournalist: Homai Vyarawalla
  • Woman Supreme Court judge: Justice M. Fathima Beevi
  • Woman President of the United Nations General Assembly: Vijaya Lakshmi
  • Pandit, 1953
  • Wax statue of a living Indian: Mahatma Gandhi at Madame Tussaud’s in 1939.



3. First Indian's in Olympics

  • Olympic team medal: Gold in Field Hockey, Amsterdam, beating the Netherlands in the Finals.
  • Individual medal (in British India): Two Silver medals by Norman Pritchard in 200 metres and 200 metres hurdles at the 1900 Summer Olympics, Paris. (This is disputed however. The IOC claims he participated for India. The IAAF records him as participant for Great Britain.)
  • Individual medal: Bronze by K. D. Jadhav for Wrestling at the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki.
  • Medal in Tennis: Leander Paes at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. 
  • Individual medal by a woman: Bronze by Karnam Malleswari for weightlifting 54 kg class, at the 2000 Summer Olympics Sydney.
  • Individual Gold medal: Abhinav Bindra in the 10 m Air Rifle event at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.
  • Individual Silver medal Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore in the Men's Double Trap event at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens.
  • Medal in boxing: Vijender Kumar in the Beijing Olympics 2008.
  • Medal in Badminton: Saina Nehwal, winning bronze in the London Olympics 2012
  • Medal in wrestling: Sushil Kumar, winning a Bronze in the Beijing Olympics 2008
  • Medal in ladies’ boxing: MC Mary Kom, winning bronze in the London Olympics 2012


MC Mary Kom

  • Grand Slam title: Mahesh Bhupathi (partnering with Japanese Rika Hiraki) in the Mixed Doubles category of the 1997 French Open.
  • Woman to win a Grand Slam title: Sania Mirza (partnering with Mahesh Bhupathi) in the Mixed Doubles category of the 2009 Australian Open 


4. First In Cricket

  • Captain in Tests: C. K. Nayudu for the 1932 tour of England.
  • ODI captain: Ajit Wadekar.
  • Cricketer to score a century in a Test match: Lala Amarnath 
  • Cricketer to score a double century in a Test match: Polly Umrigar, 223 
  • Cricketer to score a triple century in a Test match: Virender Sehwag 
  • Indian to score an ODI century: Kapil Dev, 175 
  • Indian to score an ODI double century is Sachin Tendulkar, 200*
  • Batsman to complete 10,000 runs in Tests: Sunil Gavaskar (he was the first in the World to achieve this feat)
  • Batsman to complete 10,000 runs in ODIs: Sachin Tendulkar (he was the first in the World to achieve this feat)
  • First Indian to score a T20 century: Suresh Raina


5. List of Sobriquets for Places

  • Battle field of Europe - Belgium 
  • City of Sky Scrapers - New York (USA)
  • City of Magnificent Distances - Washinton DC 
  • City of Golden Gate - San Francisco (USA)
  • City of Seven Hills - Rome (Italy)
  • Cockpit of Europe - Belgium 
  • Copper Country - Zambia 
  • Dark Continent - Africa 
  • Empire City - New York (USA)
  • Emerald Island - Ireland 
  • Eternal City - Rome (Italy)
  • Forbidden City - Lhasa (Tibet, China)
  • Garden of England - Kent 
  • George Cross Island - Malta 
  • Granite City - Aberdeen (Scotland)
  • Hill Queen - Shimla
  • Holy Land - Palestine
  • Island of Pearls - Bahrain
  • Island of Cloves - Madagascar
  • Land of Eagles - Albania
  • Land of Golden Fleece - Australia
  • Land of Lilies - Canada
  • Land of Golden Pagoda - Myanmar
  • Land of Maple - Canada
  • Land of Thousand Lakes - Finland
  • Land of Morning Calm - Korea
  • Land of Rising Sun - Japan
  • Land of Setting Sun - Britain
  • Land of Midnight Sun - Norway
  • Land of Lakes - Scotland
  • Land of the Tulips - Netherlands
  • Land of White Elephant - Thailand
  • Land of Thunder Bolt - Bhutan
  • Land of Thousand Elephants - Laos
  • Manchester of the Orient - Osaka
  • Never Never Land - Prairies, North Australia
  • Land of Thunder Dragon - China
  • Nation of Thousand Hills - Rwanda
  • Pearl of Arabia - Bahrain
  • Pearl of Antilles - Cuba
  • Pillars of Hercules - Strait of Gibralter
  • Quaker City of USA - Philadelphia (USA)
  • Queen of the Adriatic - Venice, Italy
  • Sick Man of Europe - Turkey
  • Sugar Bowl of World - Cuba
  • Venice of the North - Stockholm (Sweden)
  • White City - Belgrade Windy City - Chicago
  • World's Bread Basket - Priries of North America Land of Windmills - Holland


6. Nicknames of famous persons

  • Father of the Nation: Mahatma Gandhi Bapu: Mahatma Gandhi
  • Frontier Gandhi, Badshah Khan Khan: Abdul Ghaffar Khan
  • Grand Old man of India: Dadabhai Naoroji
  • Punjab Kesari: Lala Lajpat Rai
  • Bengal Kesari Ashutosh Mukherji
  • Bihar Kesari Dr. Srikrishna Singh
  • Andhra Kesari T. Prakasam
  • Bangabandhu Sheikh: Mujibur Rahman
  • Deshbandhu : Chitta Ranjan Das
  • Deenbandhu: C.F. Andrews
  • Lokmanya: Bal Gangadhar Tilak
  • Loknayak: Jayaprakash Narayan
  • Jana Nayak: Karpuri Thakur
  • Rajarshee: Purushottam Das Tandon
  • Gurudev: Rabindranath Tagore
  • Mahamana Pt. Madan Mohan Malaviya
  • Netaji: Subhash Chandra Bose
  • Chacha : Jawaharlal Nehru
  • Rajaji/C.R. Chakravarti Rajagopalachari
  • Shahid-e-Azam: Bhagat Singh
  • Nightingale of India Sarojini Naidu
  • Lady with the lamp: Florence Nightinga
  • Lal, Bal, Pal: Lala Lajpat Rai, Bal Gangadhar Tilak and Bipin Chandra Pal
  • Anna: C.N. Annadurai 
  • Haryana Hurricane: Kapil Dev
  • Little Master: Sunil Gavaskar 
  • Little Corporal: Napoleon Bonaparte
  • Man of Destiny: Napoleon Bonaparte 
  • Fuehrer: Adolf Hitler 
  • Bard of Avon: William Shakespeare 
  • Maid of Orleans: Joan of Arc 
  • Quaid-i-Azam: Md. Ali Jinnah



7. World Geography

  • Largest Continent: Asia 
  • Smallest Continent: Australia
  • Highest Mountain: Mount Everest, 
  • Himalayan Mountains, Nepal-Tibet 
  • Lowest Point on Land: The Dead Sea, Israel-Jordan 
  • Deepest Underwater Trench: Mariana Trench 
  • Largest Sea: The Mediterranean Sea
  • Highest Lake: The highest navigable lake is Lake Titicaca in Peru 
  • Lowest Lake: The Dead Sea, Israel-Jordan 
  • Largest Lake: Caspian Sea Deepest Lake: Lake Baikal
  • Largest Freshwater Lake: Lake Superior, U.S.-Canada
  • Deepest Ocean: Pacific Ocean
  • Largest Ocean: Pacific Ocean
  • Smallest Ocean: Arctic Ocean
  • Largest Gulf: Gulf of Mexico
  • Largest Bay: The Bay of Bengal
  • Largest Island: Greenland
  • Largest Gorge: Grand Canyon
  • Longest Mountain Range: The Andes of South America 
  • Longest River: The Nile, Africa 
  • Largest River: The Amazon, South America 
  • Largest Waterfall: Angel Falls, Venezuela 
  • Wettest place on Earth: Mawsynram



8.Indian Geography

  • Longest River in India: The Ganges
  • Longest Tributary river of India : Yamuna
  • Largest Lake: Wular Lake, Kashmir
  • Largest Lake (Saline Water) : Chilka Lake, Orrisa
  • Largest Man-Made Lake: Govind Vallabh Pant Sagar (Rihand Dam)
  • Largest Fresh Water Lake: Kolleru Lake (Andhra Pradesh)
  • Highest Lake Devtal Lake
  • Highest Peak Karkoram-2 of K-2(8,611 meters)
  • Largest State(Area) Rajasthan
  • Largest State(Population) Uttar Pradesh
  • State wise largest area under forest : Madhya Pradesh
  • Largest Delta: Sunderbans Delta
  • Longest Cantilever Span bridge: Howrah Bridge
  • Longest Road: Grand Trunk Road
  • Biggest Mosque: Jama Masjid at Delhi
  • Highest Gateway: Buland Darwaza at Fatehpur Sikri (53.6 meters high) 
  • Longest Canal: Indira Gandhi Canal or Rajasthan Canal (Rajasthan)
  • Largest Dome: Gol Gumbaz at Bijapur
  • Largest Zoo: Zoological Garden at Alipur (Kolkata)
  • Largest Museum: India Museum at Kolkata 
  • Longest Dam: Hirakud Dam (Orrisa)
  • Highest Dam: Tehri Dam ( 260 meters , 850 ft )
  • Largest Desert: Thar (Rajasthan)
  • State with longest coastline: Gujarat
  • Longest Railway Route From Dibrugarh to Kanyakumari via Vivek Express
  • Densest Populated State West Bengal
  • Longest Beach:Marina Beach, Chennai
  • Highest Battle Field :Siachin Glacier
  • Highest Airport: Leh (Laddakh)
  • Largest River Island :Majuli (Brahmaputra River, Asom)
  • Largest Planetarium :Birla Planetarium (Kolkata) 
  • Largest inland salt lake: Sambhar Lake


April 17, 2015

GK & Current Affairs Compendium 15 ( 180 MCQs) - FEBRUARY 2015

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1    Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has appointed _____________ as the new Chief Justice of the country in Feb 2015. With this, he has become Sri Lanka's 44th chief justice.
    A) Shirani Bandaranayake
    B) Kanagasabapathy Sripavan
    C) Suppiah Sharvananda
    D) None of These
   
2    Who has been appointed as 13th Chairman of African Union (AU) in Feb 2015.
    A) Robert Mugabe
    B) Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz
    C) Morgan Tsvangirai
    D) Emmerson Mnangagwa


3    Who won the Australian Open Men's single title to win his fifth Australian Open title in Feb 2015?
    A) Andy Murray
    B) Novak Djokovic
    C) Roger Federar
    D) Rafael Nadal
   
4    Which movie won the Best Movie award at the BAFTA 2015 Awards held in Feb 2015?
    A) Foxcatcher
    B) Boyhood
    C) Birdman
    D) The Theory of Everything
   
5    Who won the Australian Open Women's single title to win his fifth Australian Open title in Feb 2015?
    A) Maria Sharapova
    B) Caroline Wozniacki
    C) Victoria Azarenka
    D) Serena Williams
   
6    India's Leander paes and his partner __________ won the Australian Open Mixed Doubles title in Feb 2015. With this win, Paes has won eight men's doubles and seven mixed doubles Grand Slams.
    A) Martina Hingis
    B) Monica Seles
    C) Martina Navratilova
    D) None of These
   
7    "Central Excise Day" is observed on?
    A) 22nd Feb
    B) 28th Feb
    C) 24th Feb
    D) 27th Feb
   
8    Reliance Industries has teamed up with state run ___________ to apply for a payments bank licence in Feb 2015.
    A) Punjab National Bank
    B) Bank of Baroda
    C) State Bank of India
    D) Central Bank of India
   
9    Which movie won the maximum number of awards (5) at the 87th Academy Awards (Oscars 2015) held in Feb 2015?
    A) The Grand Budapest Hotel
    B) Boyhood
    C) Birdman
    D) The Theory of Everything
   
10    India's core sector growth stood at __________ in December 2014 compared to 6.7% growth witnessed in the previous month of November (announced in Feb 2015).
    A) 0.9%
    B) 2.4%
    C) 3.9%
    D) 4.2%
11    Global Credit Ratings agency___________ has been asked to pay around USD 1.38 billion settlement to US regulators in Feb 2015 over allegations that it knowingly inflated its ratings of risky mortgage bonds before the sub-prime crisis in 2008.
    A) Fitch
    B) Moody's
    C) Standard & Poor's
    D) None of These
   
12    The Reserve Bank of India has increased the eligibility limit for foreign exchange remittances under the Liberalised Remittance Scheme (LRS) by ________ to USD 250,000 per person per year in Feb 2015.
    A) 25%
    B) 50%
    C) 100%
    D) 200%
   


13    Which Indian state has been chosen for the 10th national award for excellent work in Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act-MGNREGA by the Central Government in Feb 2015?
    A) Chattishgarh
    B) Madhya Pradesh
    C) Maharashtra
    D) Gujarat
   
14    The Reserve Bank of India has kept marginal standing facility (MSF) rate unchanged at  ________ during its announcement of seventh bi-monthly monetary policy review in Feb 2015.
    A) 8.75%
    B) 9%
    C) 8%
    D) 8.5%
   
15    "National Science Day" is observed on?
    A) 22nd Feb
    B) 28th Feb
    C) 24th Feb
    D) 27th Feb
   
16    Railway Minister has increased duration of advance ticket booking to _________ from existing 60 days during Railway budget announcement in Feb 2015.
    A) 75 Days
    B) 90 Days
    C) 120 Days
    D) 150 Days
   
17    Which movie won the Best Visual Effects award at the 87th Academy Awards (Oscars 2015) held in Feb 2015?
    A) X-Men: Days of Future Past
    B) Guardians of the Galaxy
    C) Interstellar
    D) Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
   
18    Who won the Best Actor in the leading role award at the BAFTA 2015 Awards held in Feb 2015?
    A) Steve Carell
    B) Michael Keaton
    C) Joaquin Phoenix
    D) Eddie Redmayne
   
19    Which country has been ranked as the top destination for foreign direct investment as per the total FDI received for the year of 2014 (announced in Feb 2015)?
    A) China
    B) United States
    C) Japan
    D) India
   
20    Which state government has announced in Feb 2015 that it will provide free education to all the Scheduled Castes (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST) and girl students till Post Graduation (PG) level in the state?
    A) Chattishgarh
    B) Madhya Pradesh
    C) Bihar
    D) Gujarat
21    The government has set up a high level panel, headed by former Home Secretary _________ in Feb 2015, to suggest a framework to assess CSR activities done by different companies under the companies' law.
    A) Anil Goswami
    B) Rajiv Mehrishi
    C) Arvind Mayaram
    D) Anil Baijal
   
22    Which mobile phone company __________ has overthrown Korean tech giant Samsung to take the top spot in the Indian smart phone market, as per report published by the market analyst firm Canalys in Feb 2015.
    A) Nokia
    B) Spice
    C) Micromax
    D) Lava


23    India has been ranked __________ position in the Hurun Global Rich List 2015 for the first time after overtaking Russia in Feb 2015. The list is a ranking of the dollar billionaires across the world.
    A) 2nd
    B) 3rd
    C) 4th
    D) 5th
   
24    India has been ranked at ____ position among 30 countries in the international intellectual property (IP) index released by the US Chamber of Commerce in Feb 2015. The annual IP index evaluates a total of 30 countries according to their IP environment in which India was placed at the bottom of the list for the first two years.
    A) 25th
    B) 26th
    C) 29th
    D) 30th
   
25    "World Cancer Day" is observed on ______________?
    A) 22nd Feb
    B) 28th Feb
    C) 4th Feb
    D) 7th Feb
   
26    Which song won the "Record of the Year" at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards held in Feb 2015?
    A) "Fancy" “ Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX
    B) "Stay with Me" (Darkchild Version) “ Sam Smith
    C) "Shake It Off" “ Taylor Swift
    D) "Chandelier" “ Sia
   
27    Railway Minister has announced to launch a Toll free number ______ for security related complaints during Railway budget announcement in Feb 2015.
    A) 118
    B) 182
    C) 121
    D) 191
   
28    Which country has been ranked at No 1 position among 30 countries in the international intellectual property (IP) index released by the US Chamber of Commerce in Feb 2015. The annual IP index evaluates a total of 30 countries according to their IP environment in which India was placed at the bottom of the list for the first two years.
    A) UK
    B) USA
    C) Denmark
    D) Australia
   
29    Who has been appointed as the new Home Secretary in Feb 2015?
    A) Anil Goswami
    B) Rajiv Mehrishi
    C) Arvind Mayaram
    D) L C Goyal
   
30    The Reserve Bank of India has kept the Cash Reserve Ratio (CRR) unchanged at ________ during its announcement of seventh bi-monthly monetary policy review in Feb 2015.
    A) 5%
    B) 4.5%
    C) 4.25%
    D) 4%
31    Who has been appointed as the Secretary, ministry of urban development (MoUD), in Feb 2015? Earlier he was a Director and Joint Secretary in the Department of Economic Affairs and Additional Secretary in the Union Ministry of Commerce.
    A) Shankar Agarwal
    B) Rajiv Mehrishi
    C) Arvind Mayaram
    D) Madhusudhan Prasad
   
32    Who won the Best Actor in the Supporting role award at the BAFTA 2015 Awards held in Feb 2015?
    A) Steve Carell
    B) Michael Keaton
    C) Joaquin Phoenix
    D) JK Simmons


33    Who have won the ATP Tennis Championship doubles title after defeating Aihsan-Ul-Haq Qureshi and Nined Zimonjic in the final match by 6-4, 6-1 held in held in Dubai in Feb 2015?
    A) Mahesh Bhupati and Daniel Nestor
    B) Leander Paes and Daniel Nestor
    C) Rohan Bopanna and Daniel Nestor
    D) None of These
   
34    The ________ committee has submitted its recommendation on bringing reforms in central public sector enterprises (CPSEs) to Indian Government in Feb 2015. The committee had given as many as 40 suggestions which include better corporate governance, more autonomy to Boards of PSUs, better utilisation of resources and transparency and fixing tenures of CMDs of PSU companies.
    A) Verma
    B) Roongta
    C) Malhotra
    D) Saha
   
35    Who has beocome the youngest player to win the bronze medal in the 200 m breaststroke event in the 35th National Games 2015 held in Kerala in Feb 2015. She was just 12 years old and class 7 student.
    A) Aakanksha Vora
    B) Richa Mishra
    C) Saloni Dalal
    D) Dhumatkar Aditi
   
36    "World Radio Day" is observed on which date to increase awareness about the importance of Radio?
    A) 23rd Feb
    B) 13th Feb
    C) 11th Feb
    D) 17th Feb
   
37    The United States added 257,000 jobs in January as US job market continues to improve with strong economic recovery. US unemployment rate stood at ________ in Jan 2015 (announced in Feb 2015).
    A) 5.8%
    B) 5.7%
    C) 6.3%
    D) 5.1%
   
38    As per Union budget announced in Feb 2015, Fiscal deficit is seen to be at _______ of GDP in FY2015/16.
    A) 4.5%
    B) 3.1%
    C) 3.9%
    D) 5.2%
   
39    Pharmaceuticals giant _______ has announced that it would acquire Hospira Inc, a leading provider of injectable drugs, infusion technologies and biosimilars, for around USD 17 billion in Feb 2015.
    A) Bayers
    B) Pfizer
    C) Glenmark
    D) GlaxoSmithKline
   
40    Which album won the Album of the Year" at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards held in Feb 2015?
    A) Beyonc© “ Beyonc©
    B) Morning Phase “ Beck
    C) x “ Ed Sheeran
    D) In the Lonely Hour “ Sam Smith
41    Indian-American __________ has been appointed as the Member of the Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations (ACTPN), a key administration position in the United States (US) in Feb 2015.
    A) Shantanu Narayen
    B) Anshu Jain
    C) Ajaypal Singh Banga
    D) Indra Nooyi
   
42    Who has been appointed as the Director General of the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) in Feb 2015?
    A) Atul Khare
    B) M Sathiyavathy
    C) Sindhushree Khullar
    D) MO Garg


43    Which author has been selected for the prestigious Jnanpith award for the year 2014 (announced in Feb 2015). With this, he will be the 50th recipient of the award.
    A) Bhalachandra Nemade
    B) Arun Kolatkar
    C) Vinda Karandikar
    D) Vishnu Sakharam Khandekar
   
44    "World Day of the Sick" is observed on ______________?
    A) 12th Feb
    B) 13th Feb
    C) 14th Feb
    D) 17th Feb
   
45    Which e-commerce giant has acquired 25% stake in Indian mobile payments and ecommerce platform Paytm owner One97 Communications in Feb 2015?
    A) Amazon
    B) Alibaba
    C) eBay
    D) None of These
   
46    Which movie won the Best Animated Movie award at the BAFTA 2015 Awards held in Feb 2015?
    A) The Lego Movie
    B) Big Hero 6
    C) The Boxtrolls
    D) None of These
   
47    Central Government has announced that it would infuse _________ in nine public sector banks including SBI, Bank of Baroda (BoB) and Punjab National Bank (PNB) in order to improve their capital structure as per latest global risk norms in Feb 2015.
    A) Rs. 4,990 crore
    B) Rs. 6,990 crore
    C) Rs. 9,990 crore
    D) Rs. 10,990 crore
   
48    Which City has become the first Wi-Fi-enabled metro city in India where 4G free Wi-fi services was launched in Feb 2015?
    A) Mumbai
    B) Kolkata
    C) Bangalore
    D) Hyderabad
   
49    Indian __________ won his maiden European Tour title after defeating Austrian Bernd Wiesberger in a in the final match of the Malaysian Open in Feb 2015.
    A) Anirban Lahiri
    B) Gaganjeet Bhullar
    C) Shiv Chawrasia
    D) Jeev Milkha Singh
   
50    Who won the Best new Artist award at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards held in Feb 2015?
    A) Iggy Azalea
    B) Sam Smith
    C) Bastille
    D) Brandy Clark
51    Indians have been ranked at ________ place with total worth of USD 4.1 billion on the new leaked HSBC list of Swiss bank account holders from over 200 countries in Feb 2015. The list was published by an international body of journalists ICIJ (International Consortium of Investigative Journalists).
    A) 11th
    B) 15th
    C) 16th
    D) 21st
   
52    "World Day of Social Justice" is observed on ______________?
    A) 21st Feb
    B) 25th Feb
    C) 24th Feb
    D) 20th Feb


53    The Reserve Bank of India has kept Reverse Repo rate unchanged at  ________ during its announcement of seventh bi-monthly monetary policy review in Feb 2015.
    A) 6.75%
    B) 7.75%
    C) 7.25%
    D) 7%
   
54    Which country has been ranked at No 1 place on the new leaked HSBC list of Swiss bank account holders from over 200 countries, published by an international body of journalists ICIJ (International Consortium of Investigative Journalists) in Feb 2015?
    A) Venezuela
    B) USA
    C) UK
    D) Switzerland
   
55    As per Union budget announced in Feb 2015, Monetary policy framework agreement with the RBI was completed with the objective of keeping inflation below _______ level.
    A) 4%
    B) 5%
    C) 6%
    D) 7%
   
56    Who won the Best Director award at the BAFTA 2015 Awards held in Feb 2015?
    A) Ava DuVernay
    B) Richard Linklater
    C) David Fincher
    D) Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
   
57    Goa has been ranked at _________ position in the list of top 10 nightlife cities in the world by the list published by the 'National Geographic' in Feb 2015. The list mentions Goa's beaches and surrounding areas as the right place to enjoy night life.
    A) 3rd
    B) 6th
    C) 8th
    D) 10th
   
58    Which location has been ranked at No 1 in the list of top 10 nightlife cities in the world by the list published by the 'National Geographic' in Feb 2015?
    A) Belgrade (Serbia)
    B) Dublin (Ireland)
    C) La Paz in Bolivia
    D) Sao Paulo in Brazil
   
59    Two Indians, ___________ have been awarded at the 57th Grammy Awards held in Los Angeles in Feb 2015.
    A) Anoushka Shankar and Neela Vaswani
    B) Ricky Kej and Neela Vaswani
    C) Anoushka Shankar and Ricky Kej
    D) Ramesh Aravind and Anoushka Shankar
   
60    Vodafone India has appointed __________ as Chief Operating Officer, effective from 1st April 2015 (announced in Feb 2015).
    A) Sunil Sood
    B) Deepak Srivastava
    C) Naveen Chopra
    D) V.K. Bhalla
61    Indian economy grew by __________ in the third quarter (September-December) of the current fiscal year 2014-15 (announced in Feb 2015).
    A) 7.1%
    B) 7.5%
    C) 8.1%
    D) 6.9%
   
62    Growth in Indian agriculture sector stood at _________ in the third quarter (September-December) of the current fiscal year 2014-15 (announced in Feb 2015).
    A) 2.3%
    B) 1.1%
    C) 4.5%
    D) 6.8%


63    "International Mother Language Day" is observed on ______________?
    A) 21st Feb
    B) 25th Feb
    C) 24th Feb
    D) 20th Feb
   
64    Which Indian has been awarded the inaugural Charleston-EFG John Maynard Keynes Prize in recognition of his contribution to society, as per the announcement made in Feb 2015?
    A) Jagdish Bhagwati
    B) Amartya Sen
    C) Arvind Panagariya
    D) T. N. Srinivasan
   
65    Which BJP leader's name was included in the LIMCA book of records in Feb 2015 for being the only woman of the country to represent the same Lok Sabha constituency on the same party ticket for eight consecutive times.
    A) Sumitra Mahajan
    B) Meira Kumar
    C) Poonam Mahajan
    D) Sushma Swaraj
   
66    Who won the Best Actress in the leading role award at the BAFTA 2015 Awards held in Feb 2015?
    A) Amy Adams
    B) Jennifer Aniston
    C) Reese Witherspoon
    D) Julianne Moore
   
67    Who has been given additional charge as Managing Director and CEO of PSU bank Punjab National Bank with immediate effect in Feb 2015?
    A) K R Kamath
    B) S.S. Mundra
    C) Gauri Shankar
    D) Rakesh Sethi
   
68    Which Indian telecom company has partnered with social networking giant Facebook to offer free data access to select popular websites for all its existing and new customers in Feb 2015?
    A) Reliance Communications
    B) Vodafone
    C) Idea
    D) Airttel
   
69    Which album won the Best World Music Album award at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards held in Feb 2015?
    A) Toumani & Sidiki “ Toumani Diabat© and Sidiki Diabat©
    B) Traces of You “ Anoushka Shankar
    C) Magic “ S©rgio Mendes
    D) Eve “ Ang©lique Kidjo
   
70    Novi Digital Entertainment Pvt Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of __________, secured certain media rights relating to the Indian Premier League (IPL) for approximately Rs.302.2 crore over a three-season period, annunced in Feb 2015.
    A) Star India
    B) Ten Sports
    C) Espn India
    D) Sony India
71    AAP wins Delhi Assembly Election in a landslide victory in Feb 2015. It won how many assembly seats out of total 70 seats?
    A) 61
    B) 64
    C) 67
    D) 68
   
72    As per Union budget announced in Feb 2015, Government targets __________ from stake sales or divestment in companies in FY 2015/16.
    A) Rs 35,000 crore
    B) Rs 41,000 crore
    C) Rs 48,000 crore
    D) None of These


73    Yash Bhati Samman 2015 was awarded to famous journalist and writer _________ by Uttar Pradesh government in Feb 2015.
    A) Shekhar Gupta
    B) Barkha Dutt
    C) Vinod Mehta
    D) Rajdeep Sardesai
   
74    National Women's Day' is celebrated on ________ across India.
    A) 13-Feb
    B) 17-Feb
    C) 23-Feb
    D) 18-Feb
   
75    The Reserve Bank of India has kept repo rate unchanged at  ________ during its announcement of seventh bi-monthly monetary policy review in Feb 2015.
    A) 8%
    B) 7.75%
    C) 7.25%
    D) 7%
   
76    Who won the Best Actress in the Supporting role award at the BAFTA 2015 Awards held in Feb 2015?
    A) Amy Adams
    B) Jennifer Aniston
    C) Reese Witherspoon
    D) Patricia Arquette
   
77    Who has been appointed as the Chairman of Indraprastha Gas Ltd in Feb 2015?
    A) M Ravindran
    B) K K Gupta
    C) B. C. Tripathi
    D) Dinesh K Sarraf
   
78    Which movie won the Best Movie award at the 60th Filmfare Awards held in Feb 2015?
    A) Queen
    B) 2 States
    C) Haider
    D) PK
   
79    Which Indian Private bank has launched India's first digital bank 'Pockets' service in Feb 2015 to allow anyone to instantly make transactions on a mobile phone with or without a bank account?
    A) Yes Bank
    B) HDFC Bank
    C) Kotak Mahindra Bank
    D) ICICI bank
   
80    ___________ theatre artist and film actor Atmaram Govind Bhende passed away in Feb 2015.
    A) Marathi
    B) Hindi
    C) Gujarathi
    D) None of These
81    India's Index of Industrial Production (IIP), the most important parameter to judge performance of industrial sector, growth stood at ________ in December 2014 (published in Feb 2015).
    A) -0.5%
    B) 1.7%
    C) 2.1%
    D) 3.7%
   
82    World Radio Day is observe on 13th February 2015 across the world.
Theme of World Radio day 2015 is '____________'.
    A) We and Radio
    B) People and Radio
    C) Youth and Radio
    D) None of These


83    The eurozone economy grew by _______ in the last quarter (September to December) of the previous year 2014 (announced in Feb 2015).
    A) 0.1%
    B) 0.3%
    C) 0.7%
    D) 0.9%
   
84    Which US company became the first company in the world to reach a market value of USD 700 billion as its share price touched record high value on US stock exchanges in Feb 2015?
    A) Microsoft
    B) Apple Inc
    C) Google
    D) Exxon Mobil
   
85    India has been ranked at _________ place out of 180 countries across the worldwide in terms of press freedom in 2015, as per the World Press Freedom Index (WPFI) 2015 published in Feb 2015.
    A) 121st
    B) 128th
    C) 136th
    D) 142nd
   
86    Which country has been ranked at No 1 place out of 180 countries across the worldwide in terms of press freedom in 2015, as per the World Press Freedom Index (WPFI) 2015 published in Feb 2015?
    A) Norway
    B) Denmark
    C) Netherlands
    D) Finland
   
87    "World Scout Day" is observed on ______________?
    A) 21st Feb
    B) 22nd Feb
    C) 24th Feb
    D) 28th Feb
   
88    Who won the Best Actor in the leading role award at the 60th Filmfare Awards held in Feb 2015?
    A) Aamir Khan
    B) Shahid Kapoor
    C) Akshay Kumar
    D) Hrithik Roshan
   
89    As per Union budget announced in Feb 2015, it was proposed to merge commodities regulator with which regulatory entity?
    A) RBI
    B) SEBI
    C) SIDBI
    D) IRDA
   
90    Which movie won the maximum number of awards (5) at the BAFTA 2015 Awards held in Feb 2015?
    A) The Grand Budapest Hotel
    B) Boyhood
    C) Birdman
    D) The Theory of Everything
91    Indian-origin scientist __________, was awarded with the USD 500,000 National Science Foundation CAREER award in Feb 2015 for his research on Scalable liquid exfoliation processing of ultrathin two-dimensional metal dichalcogenides nanosheets for energy storage devices.
    A) Gurpreet Singh
    B) Srikanth Jagabathula
    C) Jagadeesh Moodera
    D) Amit Sheth
   
92    The Reserve Bank of India has cut the SLR rate by 50 bps to  ________ during its announcement of seventh bi-monthly monetary policy review in Feb 2015.
    A) 21.5%
    B) 22.5%
    C) 21%
    D) 22%


93    Who won the Best Playback Singer “ Female Award at the 60th Filmfare Awards held in Feb 2015?
    A) Sona Mohapatra
    B) Rekha Bhardwaj
    C) Shreya Ghoshal
    D) Kanika Kapoor
   
94    Who has been confirmed as the next American defence secretary by the Senate in Feb 2015?
    A) Chuck Hagel
    B) Ashton Carter
    C) Jack Lew
    D) Martin Dempsey
   
95    "Central Excise Day" is observed on ______________?
    A) 21st Feb
    B) 22nd Feb
    C) 24th Feb
    D) 28th Feb
   
96    AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal took oath as the eighth Chief Minister of Delhi in Feb 2015. Who was sworn in as Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi at the same time?
    A) Asim Ahmed Khan
    B) Satyendar Jain
    C) Manish Sisodia
    D) Gopal Ra
   
97    Who won the Best Actor in the supporting role award at the 60th Filmfare Awards held in Feb 2015?
    A) Riteish Deshmukh
    B) Tahir Raj Bhasin
    C) Kay Kay Menon
    D) Ronit Roy
   
98    India has successfully test-fired its 290-km range ________ supersonic cruise missile from Indian Navy destroyer INS Kolkata in Feb 2015. INS Kolkata, which was commissioned by the Indian Navy in August 2014, has the capability of firing the highest number of such missiles.
    A) Agni - II
    B) Agni - I
    C) BrahMos
    D) Pinaka
   
99    Which Indian footballer was presented with All India Football Federation's 2014 Player of the Year award in the men category in Feb 2015?
    A) Subrata Pal
    B) Sunil Chhetri
    C) Nirmal Chettri
    D) Syed Rahim Nabi
   
100    Which movie won the Best Movie award at the 87th Academy Awards (Oscars 2015) held in Feb 2015?
    A) Foxcatcher
    B) Boyhood
    C) Birdman
    D) The Theory of Everything
101    India and _________ have signed a civil nuclear deal in Feb 2015 during presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
    A) Myanmar
    B) Thailand
    C) Sri Lanka
    D) Vietnam
   
102    Which Indian woman footballer was presented with All India Football Federation's 2014 Player of the Year award in the women category in Feb 2015?
    A) Bala Devi
    B) Oinam Bembem Devi
    C) Amoolya Kamal
    D) Mandakini Devi


103    "National Science Day" is observed on ______________?
    A) 21st Feb
    B) 22nd Feb
    C) 24th Feb
    D) 28th Feb
   
104    India's trade deficit stood at __________ in January 2015 (announced in Feb 2015).
    A) USD 9.45 billion
    B) USD 10.20 billion
    C) USD 11.56 billion
    D) USD 13.8 billion
   
105    As per Union budget announced in Feb 2015, it was proposed to cut  corporate tax to 25% over next how many years?
    A) Two
    B) Three
    C) Four
    D) Five
   
106    Japanese economy grew by an annualized rate of __________ in the fourth quarter (September-December) of the previous year 2014 (announced in Feb 2015).
    A) 0.6%
    B) 0.9%
    C) 2.2%
    D) 3.1%
   
107    Two women scientists, __________, have been chosen for the Dr.Y. Nayudamma Memorial Award 2014. Both have been chosen for their significant contributions in the fields of missile technology and remote sensing in Feb 2015.
    A) Tessy Thomas and Qudsia Tahseen
    B) Tessy Thomas and Geeta Varadan
    C) B K Thelma and Geeta Varadan
    D) None of These
   
108    India-born __________ has been appointed as the next CEO of US-based accounting giant Deloitte's global operations in Feb 2015. With this he will become the first Indian-origin person to head a 'Big-Four' audit firm.
    A) Punit Renjen
    B) Ajaypal Singh Banga
    C) Shantanu Narayen
    D) Indra Nooyi
   
109    Who won the Best Actor in the leading role award at the 87th Academy Awards (Oscars 2015) held in Feb 2015?
    A) Steve Carell
    B) Michael Keaton
    C) Joaquin Phoenix
    D) Eddie Redmayne
   
110    Who won the Best Music Director award at the 60th Filmfare Awards held in Feb 2015?
    A) Amit Trivedi
    B) Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
    C) Pritam
    D) Mithoon, Ankit Tiwari
111    Indian IT services company _________ has acquired US based leading provider of automation technology for large-scale software management, Panaya Inc, for around USD 200 million in Feb 2015.
    A) HCL Technologies
    B) TCS
    C) Wipro
    D) Infosys
   
112    Senior _________ leader and former Maharashtra's Home Minister during the 26/11 terror attacks, R R Patil passed away at Lilavati Hospital in Mumbai in Feb 2015.
    A) Congress
    B) NCP
    C) BJP
    D) Shiv Sena


113    IPL-8 auction was held in Feb 2015 for the next IPL season. Which player attracted the maximum price of Rs 16 crore from IPL team Delhi Daredevils in the auction?
    A) Virendra Sehwag
    B) Dinesh Karthik
    C) Yuvraj Singh
    D) Suresh Raina
114    India's overall inflation, measured by the Wholesale Price Index (WPI), stood at _______ in January 2015 (announced in Feb 2015).
    A) -1.2%
    B) -0.39%
    C) 0.85%
    D) 1.8%
   
115    Indian-origin scientist Professor ____________ has been awarded with the Faculty Early Career Development Award (CAREER) by the National Science Foundation (NSF) of the United States (US) in Feb 2015. He was awarded for his research work in developing data-driven modelling and learning techniques to improve the accuracy of operational decision making.
    A) Gurpreet Singh
    B) Srikanth Jagabathula
    C) Jagadeesh Moodera
    D) Amit Sheth
   
116    Who has been appointed as the new Managing Director (MD) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Multi Commodity Exchange (MCX) Limited in Feb 2015?
    A) Manoj Vaish
    B) Balasubramaniam Venkataramani
    C) Ashishkumar Chauhan
    D) Chitra Ramkrishna
   
117    Who sworn in as the first Woman President of Croatia in Feb 2015 after winning the election held in this year?
    A) Vesna Pusi‡
    B) Mirela Holy
    C) Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic
    D) Milanka Opai‡
   
118    The Aero India expo 2015, 10th edition of the five-day international edition of the aerospace and aviation exhibition, was held at the Air Force Station in ______ in Feb 2015.
    A) Jaipur
    B) Hyderabad
    C) Pune
    D) Bangalore
   
119    Which Indian international airport has been chosen as the best airport among the world's most performing airports in the 25-40 million passengers per annum category by the Airport Council International (ACI) in Feb 2015?
    A) Delhi Airport
    B) Mumbai Airport
    C) Bangalore Airport
    D) Hyderabad Airport
   
120    As per Union budget announced in Feb 2015, it was proposed to increase service tax rate and education cess to ______ from 12.36%.
    A) 13.5%
    B) 14%
    C) 14.36%
    D) 15%
121    Famous film producer and Dada Saheb Phalke award winner ___________ passed away at Hyderabad in Feb 2015. He was 78. He produced more than 135 films and made films in several Indian languages under his Suresh Productions banner.
    A) Akkineni Nageswara Rao
    B) N. T. Rama Rao
    C) Daggubati Rama Naidu
    D) None of These
   
122    India's online marketplace ___________ has acquired Exclusively.com (formerly Exclusively.in) which is an online portal for premium and luxury fashion in Feb 2015.
    A) Snapdeal.com
    B) FlipKart.com
    C) Amazon.in
    D) None of These


123    Who won the Best Actor in the Supporting role award at the 87th Academy Awards (Oscars 2015) held in Feb 2015?
    A) Steve Carell
    B) Michael Keaton
    C) Joaquin Phoenix
    D) JK Simmons
   
124    Who won the Best Playback Singer “ Male Award at the 60th Filmfare Awards held in Feb 2015?
    A) Benny Dayal
    B) Arijit Singh
    C) Ankit Tiwari
    D) Shekhar Ravjiani
   
125    India successfully test-fired its indigenously developed nuclear capable ________ surface-to-surface missile as part of a user trial by the army in Feb 2015 from a test range at Chandipur in Odisha. The missile with a strike range of 350 km and can carry 500 kg to 1,000 kg of warheads.
    A) Agni - II
    B) Agni - I
    C) Prithvi-II
    D) Pinaka
   
126    Which state government has announced 35% reservation for women in non-gazetted government jobs in group C and D grade in Feb 2015?
    A) Chattishgarh
    B) Madhya Pradesh
    C) Bihar
    D) Gujarat
   
127    Indian telecom giant _________ has signed a partnership agreement with United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) to provide health, education and youth-focused content to its customers in 17 African countries in Feb 2015.
    A) Idea Cellular
    B) Reliance Communication
    C) Bharti Airtel
    D) Vodafone
   
128    Former India Captain _________ has been chosen to be inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame in Feb 2015 which has all times greatest cricketers. He was felicitated and inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame during the ICC Cricket World Cup match between India and South Africa in Melbourne on 22nd February 2015.
    A) Rahul Dravid
    B) Saurav Ganguly
    C) Anil Kumble
    D) Sachin Tendulkar
   
129    Five-time world chess champion Viswanathan Anand played out an easy draw with ___________ in the final round to win the Classical section of Zurich Chess Classic in Zurich in Feb 2015.
    A) Sergey Karjakin
    B) Hikaru Nakamura
    C) Levon Aronian
    D) None of These
   
130    Famous scientist _________ has been appointed the Chief of ISRO's Space Applications Centre (SAC), Ahmedabad Gujarat in Feb 2015? He was awarded Hari Om Ashram Prerit Vikram Sarabhai research Award in 2004, ISRO Merit award in 2008 and Sir JC Bose National Talent Search (JBNSTS) Scholarship in 1981.
    A) A S Kiran Kumar
    B) Tapan Misra
    C) M.Y.S. Prasad
    D) Madhavan Chandradathan
131    Founder and Managing Director of Sun Pharma, _________ is now the richest Indian with total worth of about USD 23.4 billion, as per latest data published in Feb 2015. This is higher than worth of USD 21.2 billion owned by Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani.
    A) Pallonji Mistry
    B) Dilip Shanghvi
    C) Shiv Nadar
    D) Lakshmi Mittal
   
132    Famous leader of __________, Govind Pansare passed away in Mumbai in Feb 2015. He was shot along with his wife Uma by unidentified persons near his house in Kolhapur last week. He was leading a campaign against the collection of toll in Maharashtra.
    A) Shiv Sena
    B) Bhartiya Janata Party
    C) Communist Party of India
    D) MNS


133    Famous _________ poet Dr. Kalim Ahmed Ajiz passed away in Hazaribagh, Jharkhand in Feb 2015.
    A) Gujarati
    B) Hindi
    C) Urdu
    D) None of These
   
134    Who won the Best Director award at the 60th Filmfare Awards held in Feb 2015?
    A) Vishal Bhardwaj
    B) Vikas Bahl
    C) Abhishek Varman
    D) Anurag Kashyap
   
135    Bollywood actor ________, known for his role in the movies Delhi Belly and Fukrey, passed away in Andheri, Mumbai in Feb 2015.
    A) Ashraful Haque
    B) Shahir Sable
    C) RC Sakthi
    D) None of These
   
136    As per Union budget announced in Feb 2015, GAAR to apply prospectively from ________________ and Retrospective tax provisions will be avoided.
    A) April 1, 2016
    B) April 1, 2017
    C) April 1, 2018
    D) None of These
   
137    Which movie won the Best Animated Feature Film award at the 87th Academy Awards (Oscars 2015) held in Feb 2015?
    A) The Lego Movie
    B) Big Hero 6
    C) The Boxtrolls
    D) How to Train Your Dragon 2
   
138    Former President of Maldives __________ has been arrested under anti-terrorism laws in Feb 2015 after a court said that he might flee the country to avoid hearings on terrorism charges. He is facing criminal charges over his order to arrest a Criminal Court judge Abdulla Mohamed in January 2012.
    A) Mohamed Nasheed
    B) Maumoon Abdul Gayoom
    C) Abdulla Yameen
    D) Mohammed Waheed Hassan
   
139    Who took oath as a Bihar Chief Minister to become the Chief Minister of the state for the fourth time in Feb 2015?
    A) Jitan Ram Manjhi
    B) Sushil Kumar Modi
    C) Nitish Kumar
    D) Sharad Yadav
   
140    Which Indian state was set to become the India's first state to present a paperless budget (announced in Feb 2015)?
    A) Haryana
    B) Himachal Pradesh
    C) New Delhi
    D) Punjab
141    India's Foreign direct investment (FDI) jumped by more than 100% to __________ in December 2014 (announced in Feb 2015).
    A) USD 3.56 billion
    B) USD 1.10 billion
    C) USD 2.16 billion
    D) USD 4.46 billion
   
142    Bank trade unions finally managed to get a _________ hike in wages coupled with second and fourth Saturday off from PSU bank managements in Feb 2015 after long negotiations period of more than 2 years.
    A) 10%
    B) 12%
    C) 15%
    D) 18%


143    Who won the Best Actress in the leading role award at the 60th Filmfare Awards held in Feb 2015?
    A) Priyanka Chopra
    B) Rani Mukherjee
    C) Alia Bhat
    D) Kangana Ranaut
   
144    During the April-December period of current fiscal year 2014-15, India received maximum FDI from which country?
    A) Singapore
    B) Mauritius
    C) UK
    D) USA
   
145    Who won the Best Actress in the leading role award at the 87th Academy Awards (Oscars 2015) held in Feb 2015?
    A) Amy Adams
    B) Jennifer Aniston
    C) Reese Witherspoon
    D) Julianne Moore
   
146    Who has been appointed as the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Japanese auto giant Honda Motor Co. Limited in Feb 2015. He will take charge in June this year.
    A) Takahiro Hachigo
    B) Takanobu Ito
    C) Takeo Fukui
    D) Soichiro Honda
   
147    Who became the first batsman to score a double century in a World Cup innings during ICC world cup held in Feb-March 2015. He also scored the fastest double century as he took 138 balls to reach his 200 runs.
    A) AB de Villiers
    B) Chris Gayle
    C) Martin Guptill
    D) Brendon McCullum
   
148    14th Finance Commission, headed by former RBI Governor Y.V. Reddy, submitted its report to Central Government in Feb 2015. The commission has recommended to increase state's share in the centre's tax revenue to ________ from current 32%.
    A) 35%
    B) 38%
    C) 42%
    D) 45%
   
149    Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), __________ has resigned from his post, after being named in a sexual harassment case in Feb 2015.
    A) Shailesh Nayak
    B) Rajendra Kumar Pachauri
    C) B V Sreekantan
    D) Hemendra Kothari
   
150    The Indian Army and Indian bank __________ have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the Defence Salary Package in Feb 2015. The revised MoU has added some additional facilities and basic features which include Many free/concessional services like free cheque books, free drafts, free funds transfers to any bank in India through RTGS / NEFT, free ATM cards and others etc.
    A) Punjab National Bank
    B) Bank of Baroda
    C) State Bank of India
    D) Central Bank of India
151    The AAP government of New Delhi has slashed power tariff by 50% for consumption up to _________ per month and promised to provide free 20,000 litres water to every household per month in Feb 2015 as promised before the assembly poll.
    A) 300 units
    B) 400 units
    C) 500 units
    D) 600 units
   
152    As per Union budget announced in Feb 2015, Personal Income Tax exemption limit was kept unchanged at ________ for normal citizens?
    A) Rs 2. lakh
    B) Rs 2.5 lakh
    C) Rs 3 lakh
    D) None of These


153    Who won the Best Actress in the supporting role award at the 60th Filmfare Awards held in Feb 2015?
    A) Amrita Singh
    B) Dimple Kapadia
    C) Tabu
    D) Juhi Chawla
   
154    Which team won the Hero Hockey India League 2015 held in Feb 2015?
    A) Jaypee Punjab Warriors
    B) Ranchi Rays
    C) Delhi Wave Riders
    D) Dabang Mumbai
   
155    Which Indian footballer was presented with the Emerging Player of the Year 2014 award in Feb 2015?
    A) Sandesh Jhingan
    B) Arnab Mondal
    C) Sushanth Mathew
    D) Francis Fernandes
   
156    Which movie won the Best Foreign Language Film award at the 87th Academy Awards (Oscars 2015) held in Feb 2015?
    A) Leviathan
    B) Ida
    C) Tangerines
    D) Timbuktu
   
157    The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India amended the mobile number portability (MNP) regulations in Feb 2015 to allow users to change their service provider in any part of the country while retaining the number. That facility will be effective from ______this year.
    A) 1st April
    B) 3rd May
    C) 7th June
    D) 5th July
   
158    Clemson University has honoured ________ with the Doctorate of Automotive Engineering at the South Carolina Automotive Summit held in Washington in Feb 2015.
    A) Adi Godrej
    B) Ratan Tata
    C) Anand Mahindra
    D) Azim Premji
   
159    Global rating agency Standard & Poor's Ratings Services has revised India's GDP growth projection upwards at ________ for the fiscal year 2015-16 due to improved investment and low crude oil prices in Feb 2015.
    A) 7.1%
    B) 7.9%
    C) 7.4%
    D) 8.3%
   
160    US economic growth was revised downward to ________ in the last quarter (October to December) of the previous year 2014 (announced in Feb 2015).
    A) 2%
    B) 2.2%
    C) 2.4%
    D) 2.7%
161    Who has been appointed as the Chairman and Managing Director of Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) in Feb 2015?
    A) Harsh Kumar Bhanwala
    B) Kshatrapati Shivaji
    C) Prakash Bakshi
    D) None of These
   
162    Which batsman scored the fastest ever 150 in one-day internationals in a group league match of ICC cricket world cup in Feb 2015? He took just 64 deliveries to reach 150 runs.
    A) AB de Villiers
    B) Chris Gayle
    C) Martin Guptill
    D) Brendon McCullum


163    Who won the Best Director award at the 87th Academy Awards (Oscars 2015) held in Feb 2015?
    A) Ava DuVernay
    B) Richard Linklater
    C) David Fincher
    D) Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
   
164    Who won the Best Lyricist Award at the 60th Filmfare Awards held in Feb 2015?
    A) Rashmi Singh
    B) Irshad Kamil
    C) Amitabh Bhattacharya
    D) Gulzar
   
165    As per Union budget announced in Feb 2015, Transport allowance exemption hiked to _____ from Rs 800 per month?
    A) Rs. 1,200
    B) Rs. 1,600
    C) Rs. 2,000
    D) None of These
   
166    Chief Justice of Odisha High Court, ___________ sworn in as a judge of Supreme Court of India in Feb 2015. With his elevation, the strength of the SC judges increased to 29. SC has a sectioned strength of 31 judges.
    A) Dipak Misra
    B) Vikramajit Sen
    C) Amitava Roy
    D) Pinaki Chandra Ghose
   
167    Chairman and Managing Director of State Bank of India, ___________ has been named in the Forbes list of 50 'power businesswomen' published by the global business magazine in Feb 2015.
    A) Chanda Kochhar
    B) Arundhati Bhattacharya
    C) Akhila Srinivasan
    D) Shika Sharma
   
168    5-day conference on wildlife poaching was held in _________ in Feb 2015 where Officials from 13 countries across Asia met to discuss wildlife poaching.
    A) Thailand
    B) Bhutan
    C) Nepal
    D) India
   
169    As per Union budget announced in Feb 2015, Mudra banks will be established with capital of _________ crore.
    A) Rs 10,000
    B) Rs 15,000
    C) Rs 20,000
    D) Rs 30,000
   
170    Who was elected as the new President of Italy (12th President after World War - II) in Feb 2015?
    A) Giorgio Napolitano
    B) Matteo Renzi
    C) Carlo Azeglio Ciampi
    D) Sergio Mattarella
171    Gulfood 2015, world's largest food event was held in __________ in Feb 2015.
    A) New Delhi
    B) Nepal
    C) Dubai
    D) Bangkok
   
172    Famous Indian __________ Mrinalini Mukherjee passed away at the age of 65 years in Feb 2015.
    A) Author
    B) Artist
    C) Historian
    D) Singer


173    National Deworming Day was observed on _________ in twelve states of India. It is an initiative to reduce  the threat of parasitic worm infections, a widespread health issue affecting over 24 crore children in India alone.
    A) 21-Feb
    B) 15-Feb
    C) 10-Feb
    D) 6-Feb
   
174    Former Indian cricket captain ____________ had been awarded with the Honorary Life Membership of Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) in Feb 2015.
    A) Rahul Dravid
    B) Saurav Ganguly
    C) Anil Kumble
    D) Sachin Tendulkar
   
175    Indian-American _________ was appointed as Executive Director for Regions and Centre Operations at Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in Feb 2015.
    A) Dalip Singh Saund
    B) Raj Goyle
    C) Ravi Chaudhary
    D) Satveer Chaudhary
   
176    Film Dhanak directed by __________ won two awards at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival held in Feb 2015.
    A) Nagesh Kukunoor
    B) Ritesh Batra
    C) Geetu Mohandas
    D) None of These
   
177    Who has been given additional charge as Managing Director and CEO of PSU bank Punjab National Bank with immediate effect in Feb 2015?
    A) K R Kamath
    B) S.S. Mundra
    C) Gauri Shankar
    D) Rakesh Sethi
   
178    Who won the Best Actress in the Supporting role award at the 87th Academy Awards (Oscars 2015) held in Feb 2015?
    A) Amy Adams
    B) Jennifer Aniston
    C) Reese Witherspoon
    D) Patricia Arquette
   
179    Who has been appointed as the new Home Secretary in Feb 2015?
    A) Anil Goswami
    B) Rajiv Mehrishi
    C) Arvind Mayaram
    D) L C Goyal
180    Which Indian has been awarded the inaugural Charleston-EFG John Maynard Keynes Prize in recognition of his contribution to society, as per the announcement made in Feb 2015?
    A) Jagdish Bhagwati
    B) Amartya Sen
    C) Arvind Panagariya
    D) T. N. Srinivasan
 


Answers:
1    Ans) Kanagasabapathy Sripavan
2    Ans) Robert Mugabe
3    Ans) Novak Djokovic
4    Ans) Boyhood
5    Ans) Serena Williams
6    Ans) Martina Hingis
7    Ans) 24th Feb
8    Ans) State Bank of India
9    Ans) The Grand Budapest Hotel
10    Ans) 2.4%
11    Ans) Standard & Poor's
12    Ans) 100%
13    Ans) Madhya Pradesh
14    Ans) 8.75%
15    Ans) 28th Feb
16    Ans) 120 Days
17    Ans) Interstellar
18    Ans) Eddie Redmayne
19    Ans) China
20    Ans) Bihar
21    Ans) Anil Baijal
22    Ans) Micromax
23    Ans) 3rd
24    Ans) 29th
25    Ans) 4th Feb
26    Ans) "Stay with Me" (Darkchild Version) “ Sam Smith
27    Ans) 182
28    Ans) USA
29    Ans) L C Goyal
30    Ans) 4%
31    Ans) Madhusudhan Prasad
32    Ans) JK Simmons
33    Ans) Rohan Bopanna and Daniel Nestor
34    Ans) Roongta
35    Ans) Saloni Dalal
36    Ans) 13th Feb
37    Ans) 5.7%
38    Ans) 3.9%
39    Ans) Pfizer
40    Ans) Morning Phase “ Beck
41    Ans) Ajaypal Singh Banga
42    Ans) MO Garg
43    Ans) Bhalachandra Nemade
44    Ans) 12th Feb
45    Ans) Alibaba
46    Ans) The Lego Movie
47    Ans) Rs. 6,990 crore
48    Ans) Kolkata
49    Ans) Anirban Lahiri
50    Ans) Sam Smith
51    Ans) 16th
52    Ans) 20th Feb
53    Ans) 6.75%
54    Ans) Switzerland
55    Ans) 6%
56    Ans) Richard Linklater
57    Ans) 6th
58    Ans) Dublin (Ireland)
59    Ans) Ricky Kej and Neela Vaswani
60    Ans) Naveen Chopra
61    Ans) 7.5%
62    Ans) 1.1%
63    Ans) 21st Feb
64    Ans) Amartya Sen
65    Ans) Sumitra Mahajan
66    Ans) Julianne Moore
67    Ans) Gauri Shankar
68    Ans) Reliance Communications
69    Ans) Eve “ Ang©lique Kidjo
70    Ans) Star India
71    Ans) 67
72    Ans) Rs 41,000 crore
73    Ans) Vinod Mehta
74    Ans) 13-Feb
75    Ans) 7.75%
76    Ans) Patricia Arquette
77    Ans) M Ravindran
78    Ans) Queen
79    Ans) ICICI bank
80    Ans) Marathi
81    Ans) 1.7%
82    Ans) Youth and Radio
83    Ans) 0.3%
84    Ans) Apple Inc
85    Ans) 136th
86    Ans) Finland
87    Ans) 22nd Feb
88    Ans) Shahid Kapoor
89    Ans) SEBI
90    Ans) The Grand Budapest Hotel
91    Ans) Gurpreet Singh
92    Ans) 21.5%
93    Ans) Kanika Kapoor
94    Ans) Ashton Carter
95    Ans) 24th Feb
96    Ans) Manish Sisodia
97    Ans) Kay Kay Menon
98    Ans) BrahMos
99    Ans) Sunil Chhetri
100    Ans) Birdman
101    Ans) Sri Lanka
102    Ans) Bala Devi
103    Ans) 28th Feb
104    Ans) USD 9.45 billion
105    Ans) Four
106    Ans) 2.2%
107    Ans) Tessy Thomas and Geeta Varadan
108    Ans) Punit Renjen
109    Ans) Eddie Redmayne
110    Ans) Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
111    Ans) Infosys
112    Ans) NCP
113    Ans) Yuvraj Singh
114    Ans) -0.39%
115    Ans) Srikanth Jagabathula
116    Ans) Balasubramaniam Venkataramani
117    Ans) Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic
118    Ans) Bangalore
119    Ans) Delhi Airport
120    Ans) 14%
121    Ans) Daggubati Rama Naidu
122    Ans) Snapdeal.com
123    Ans) JK Simmons
124    Ans) Ankit Tiwari
125    Ans) Prithvi-II
126    Ans) Bihar
127    Ans) Bharti Airtel
128    Ans) Anil Kumble
129    Ans) Sergey Karjakin
130    Ans) Tapan Misra
131    Ans) Dilip Shanghvi
132    Ans) Communist Party of India
133    Ans) Urdu
134    Ans) Vikas Bahl
135    Ans) Ashraful Haque
136    Ans) April 1, 2017
137    Ans) Big Hero 6
138    Ans) Mohamed Nasheed
139    Ans) Nitish Kumar
140    Ans) Himachal Pradesh
141    Ans) USD 2.16 billion
142    Ans) 15%
143    Ans) Kangana Ranaut
144    Ans) Mauritius
145    Ans) Julianne Moore
146    Ans) Takahiro Hachigo
147    Ans) Chris Gayle
148    Ans) 42%
149    Ans) Rajendra Kumar Pachauri
150    Ans) State Bank of India
151    Ans) 400 units
152    Ans) Rs 2.5 lakh
153    Ans) Tabu
154    Ans) Ranchi Rays
155    Ans) Sandesh Jhingan
156    Ans) Ida
157    Ans) 3rd May
158    Ans) Ratan Tata
159    Ans) 7.9%
160    Ans) 2.2%
161    Ans) Kshatrapati Shivaji
162    Ans) AB de Villiers
163    Ans) Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
164    Ans) Rashmi Singh
165    Ans) Rs. 1,600
166    Ans) Amitava Roy
167    Ans) Arundhati Bhattacharya
168    Ans) Nepal
169    Ans) Rs 20,000
170    Ans) Sergio Mattarella
171    Ans) Dubai
172    Ans) Artist
173    Ans) 10-Feb
174    Ans) Saurav Ganguly
175    Ans) Ravi Chaudhary
176    Ans) Nagesh Kukunoor
177    Ans) Gauri Shankar
178    Ans) Patricia Arquette
179    Ans) L C Goyal
180    Ans) Amartya Sen