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  • 1. 

    Which Indian ecologist on 23 March 2015 won the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement 2015?

    • A.

      Madhav Gadgil

    • B.

      Salim Ali

    • C.

      Krishnaswamy Kasturirangan

    • D.

      Ramachandra Guha

    Correct Answer
    A. Madhav Gadgil
    Explanation
    Madhav Gadgil won the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement in 2015.

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  • 2. 

    State Government of Maharashtra on 23 March 2015 announced to make sale of gutka a non-bailable offence under which section of the Indian Penal Code (IPC)?

    • A.

      Section 511

    • B.

      Section 328

    • C.

      Section 267

    • D.

      Section 263A

    Correct Answer
    B. Section 328
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Section 328. This section of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) deals with causing hurt by means of poison, with intent to commit an offence. By making the sale of gutka a non-bailable offence under this section, the State Government of Maharashtra aims to discourage the sale and consumption of this harmful substance.

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  • 3. 

    Hetero Drugs Limtied (HDL) on 23 March 2015 signed an agreement with which Indian pharmaceutical company to allow it to distribute and market Hepatitis C drug under the brand name Resof in India?

    • A.

      Cipla Limited

    • B.

      Ranbaxy Laboratories Limited

    • C.

      Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories

    • D.

      SeQuent Scientific Limited

    Correct Answer
    C. Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories
    Explanation
    Dr. Reddy's Laboratories signed an agreement with Hetero Drugs Limited (HDL) to distribute and market the Hepatitis C drug under the brand name Resof in India. This indicates that Dr. Reddy's Laboratories has been given the rights to market and distribute the drug in the country.

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  • 4. 

    Union Ministry of Health and Welfare on 23 March 2015 launched Media Campaign for Mission Indradhanush. Consider the following facts regarding this:I. Mission Indradhanush aims to increase the percentage of immunization to 4-5 percent.II. Mission Indradhanush aims vaccinate all children by 2020 against seven preventable diseases viz., diphtheria, whooping cough, tetanus, polio, tuberculosis, measles and hepatitis B.Which is/are correct?

    • A.

      Only I

    • B.

      Only II

    • C.

      Both I and II

    • D.

      Neither I nor II

    Correct Answer
    C. Both I and II
    Explanation
    Both statements I and II are correct. Statement I states that Mission Indradhanush aims to increase the percentage of immunization to 4-5 percent, which means that the campaign aims to reach a higher percentage of children for immunization. Statement II states that Mission Indradhanush aims to vaccinate all children by 2020 against seven preventable diseases, which includes diphtheria, whooping cough, tetanus, polio, tuberculosis, measles, and hepatitis B. This statement highlights the specific diseases that the campaign aims to protect children from through vaccination.

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  • 5. 

    Which section of the Information Technology Act, 2000 was declared as unconstitutional and struck down by the Supreme Court on 24 March 2015?

    • A.

      Section 77A

    • B.

      Section 66A

    • C.

      Section 67A

    • D.

      Section 78A

    Correct Answer
    B. Section 66A
    Explanation
    Section 66A of the Information Technology Act, 2000 was declared as unconstitutional and struck down by the Supreme Court on 24 March 2015. This section had been widely criticized for its vague and broad language, which allowed for the arbitrary arrest and punishment of individuals for posting content online that was deemed to be "offensive" or "annoying". The Supreme Court ruled that this section violated the right to freedom of speech and expression guaranteed by the Indian Constitution, as it was prone to misuse and had a chilling effect on free speech online.

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  • 6. 

    World TB Day was observed on 24 March 2015 with the message

    • A.

      Reach, Treat, Cure Everyone

    • B.

      End TB by 2018

    • C.

      Reach the 3 Million

    • D.

      Access to DOTS

    Correct Answer
    A. Reach, Treat, Cure Everyone
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Reach, Treat, Cure Everyone." This message emphasizes the importance of reaching out to everyone affected by tuberculosis, providing them with proper treatment, and ultimately curing the disease. It highlights the goal of ending TB by 2018 and ensuring access to DOTS (Directly Observed Treatment, Short-Course), which is a globally recommended strategy for TB control. By focusing on reaching, treating, and curing everyone, World TB Day aims to raise awareness about the disease and encourage action towards its eradication.

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  • 7. 

    The Appropriation Acts (Repeal) Bill, 2015 which was approved by the Union Cabinet on 20 March 2015 intends to repeal how many Appropriation Acts?

    • A.

      255

    • B.

      450

    • C.

      550

    • D.

      758

    Correct Answer
    D. 758
    Explanation
    The Appropriation Acts (Repeal) Bill, 2015 aims to repeal 758 Appropriation Acts. These Acts are being repealed to simplify and streamline the legislative framework and remove obsolete laws. Repealing these Acts will help in reducing the burden of unnecessary legislation and make the legislative process more efficient.

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  • 8. 

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 23 March 2015 announced the setting up of the Shaheed Bhagat Singh PG Institute for Horticulture Research and Education at which place in Punjab?

    • A.

      Ludhiana

    • B.

      Jalandhar

    • C.

      Amritsar

    • D.

      Bathinda

    Correct Answer
    C. Amritsar
    Explanation
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the establishment of the Shaheed Bhagat Singh PG Institute for Horticulture Research and Education in Amritsar, Punjab. This institute will focus on research and education in the field of horticulture. Amritsar was chosen as the location for this institute, possibly due to its historical and cultural significance, as well as its potential for agricultural development.

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  • 9. 

    Indian Railways on 24 March 2015 launched its own RuPay pre-paid card service that enable passengers to book their Rail tickets and do shopping. It launched the RuPay pre-paid debit cards in collaboration with which Bank?

    • A.

      Union Bank of India

    • B.

      HDFC Bank

    • C.

      ICICI Bank

    • D.

      State Bank of India

    Correct Answer
    A. Union Bank of India
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Union Bank of India. Indian Railways launched its RuPay pre-paid card service in collaboration with Union Bank of India. This partnership allows passengers to use the RuPay pre-paid debit cards to book their rail tickets and make purchases.

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  • 10. 

    Name the Indian-American who was elected as the chairperson of Board of Director of American Council on Education (ACE) on 18 March 2015.

    • A.

      Varun Ram

    • B.

      Nitin Nohria

    • C.

      Renu Khator

    • D.

      Anjli Jain

    Correct Answer
    C. Renu Khator
    Explanation
    Renu Khator was elected as the chairperson of the Board of Directors of the American Council on Education (ACE) on 18 March 2015. She is an Indian-American and has made significant contributions in the field of education. Khator is the Chancellor of the University of Houston System and the President of the University of Houston. Her extensive experience and leadership qualities make her a suitable candidate for this position.

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  • 11. 

    Who won the Best Actress Award of the National Film Awards announced on 24 March 2015?

    • A.

      Priyanka Chopra

    • B.

      Kangana Ranaut

    • C.

      Kareena Kapoor

    • D.

      Madhuri Dixit

    Correct Answer
    B. Kangana Ranaut
    Explanation
    Kangana Ranaut won the Best Actress Award of the National Film Awards announced on 24 March 2015.

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  • 12. 

    Who won the Indira Gandhi Award for Best Debut Film of a Director at the National Film Awards on 24 March 2015?

    • A.

      Asha Jaoar Majhe (Bengali)

    • B.

      Tanul Thakur

    • C.

      G. Dhananjayan (Tami)

    • D.

      Srijit Mukherji (Bengali)

    Correct Answer
    A. Asha Jaoar Majhe (Bengali)
    Explanation
    Asha Jaoar Majhe (Bengali) won the Indira Gandhi Award for Best Debut Film of a Director at the National Film Awards on 24 March 2015.

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  • 13. 

    Which of the following chemical elements was found by NASA’s Curiosity rover on the Martian surface as reported by NASA on 24 March 2015?

    • A.

      Nitrogen

    • B.

      Argon

    • C.

      Krepton

    • D.

      Oxygen

    Correct Answer
    A. Nitrogen
    Explanation
    NASA's Curiosity rover found nitrogen on the Martian surface as reported by NASA on 24 March 2015. Nitrogen is an essential element for life as it is a major component of amino acids, which are the building blocks of proteins. The discovery of nitrogen on Mars suggests the possibility of past or present microbial life on the planet.

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  • 14. 

    Who was appointed as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) by Google Inc on 24 March 2015?

    • A.

      Patrick Pichette

    • B.

      Akhil Sharma

    • C.

      Ruth Porat

    • D.

      Bharti Kher

    Correct Answer
    C. Ruth Porat
    Explanation
    Ruth Porat was appointed as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) by Google Inc on 24 March 2015.

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  • 15. 

    Name the person who on 24 March 2015 was appointed as the Managing Director of the EIH Limited that runs the Oberoi hotels under the aegis of The Oberoi Group.

    • A.

      Vikramjit Singh Oberoi

    • B.

      Prithvi Raj Singh Oberoi

    • C.

      Shib Sanker Mukherji

    • D.

      Bharti Kher

    Correct Answer
    A. Vikramjit Singh Oberoi
    Explanation
    Vikramjit Singh Oberoi was appointed as the Managing Director of EIH Limited, which runs the Oberoi hotels under The Oberoi Group.

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  • 16. 

    Researchers at York University of Britain in the third week of March 2015 provided experimental evidence that stars may generate sound. Consider the following findings of the study:I. When ultra-intense laser interacts with plasma target, the interfering plasma generates a series of pressure pulses, that is, sounds.II. Researchers employed Hydrodynamics, which studies fluids in motion, to make the discovery.III. The sound which was generated was six million times higher than that which can be heard by any mammalWhich is/are correct?

    • A.

      I and II

    • B.

      II and III

    • C.

      I and III

    • D.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    D. All of the above
    Explanation
    The given answer, "All of the above," is correct because all three findings mentioned in the study are correct. Finding I states that when an ultra-intense laser interacts with a plasma target, it generates a series of pressure pulses, which can be considered as sound. Finding II mentions that the researchers used Hydrodynamics to make this discovery, which is the study of fluids in motion. Finding III states that the sound generated was six million times higher than what can be heard by any mammal. Therefore, all three findings are correct, making the answer "All of the above" the correct choice.

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  • 17. 

    In which naval dockyard did the Indian Navy commissioned three Immediate Support Vessels (ISVs) on 24 March 2015?

    • A.

      Vishakhapatnam

    • B.

      Mazgaon

    • C.

      Kochi

    • D.

      Kolkata

    Correct Answer
    A. Vishakhapatnam
    Explanation
    The Indian Navy commissioned three Immediate Support Vessels (ISVs) on 24 March 2015 in Vishakhapatnam.

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  • 18. 

    Which party of Israel won the Israel Elections 2015 held on 17 March 2015?

    • A.

      Likud Party

    • B.

      Yesh Atid party

    • C.

      Joint Arab List party

    • D.

      Zionist Union party

    Correct Answer
    A. Likud Party
    Explanation
    In the Israel Elections 2015 held on 17 March 2015, the Likud Party emerged as the winner.

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  • 19. 

    Name the leader of the Likud party of Israel who won the Israel Elections 2015 held on 17 March 2015.

    • A.

      Isaac Herzog

    • B.

      Benjamin Nethanyuhu

    • C.

      Moshe Kahlon

    • D.

      Tzipi Livni

    Correct Answer
    B. Benjamin Nethanyuhu
    Explanation
    Benjamin Netanyahu is the correct answer because he is the leader of the Likud party of Israel and he won the Israel Elections 2015 held on 17 March 2015.

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  • 20. 

    Who was awarded with the France’s highest cultural award Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters on 23 March 2015?

    • A.

      Vikram Oberoi

    • B.

      Bharti Kher

    • C.

      Akhil Sharma

    • D.

      Amitav Ghosh

    Correct Answer
    B. Bharti Kher
    Explanation
    Bharti Kher was awarded with the France's highest cultural award, Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters on 23 March 2015.

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  • 21. 

    Name the Indian author who on 24 March 2015 was selected among the 10 finalists for the 2015 Man Booker International Prize.

    • A.

      Rohinton Mistry

    • B.

      Amitav Ghosh

    • C.

      Salman Rushdie

    • D.

      Mahasweta Devi

    Correct Answer
    B. Amitav Ghosh
    Explanation
    Amitav Ghosh was selected among the 10 finalists for the 2015 Man Booker International Prize.

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  • 22. 

    In a meeting of the High Level Committee (HLC) of the National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA) on 24 March 2015, how many crore rupees were sanctioned to Maharashtra government to undertake relief measures in drought hit areas of the State?

    • A.

      2000

    • B.

      3000

    • C.

      4000

    • D.

      5000

    Correct Answer
    A. 2000
    Explanation
    In a meeting of the High Level Committee (HLC) of the National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA) on 24 March 2015, 2000 crore rupees were sanctioned to Maharashtra government to undertake relief measures in drought hit areas of the State.

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  • 23. 

    Who won The Folio Prize for the novel Family Life on 23 March 2015?

    • A.

      Ben Lerner

    • B.

      Adhiambo Owuor

    • C.

      Akhil Sharma

    • D.

      Amitav Ghosh

    Correct Answer
    C. Akhil Sharma
    Explanation
    Akhil Sharma won The Folio Prize for the novel Family Life on 23 March 2015.

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  • 24. 

    Who at the age of three became the youngest archer to enter the India Book of Records on 24 March 2015?

    • A.

      Cherukuri Lenin

    • B.

      Biswaroop Roy Choudary

    • C.

      Dolly Shivani Cherukuri

    • D.

      Cherukuri Satyanarayana

    Correct Answer
    C. Dolly Shivani Cherukuri
    Explanation
    Dolly Shivani Cherukuri became the youngest archer to enter the India Book of Records at the age of three on 24 March 2015.

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  • 25. 

    Name the company that owned the Germanwings Airbus A320 that crashed on 24 March 2015 in the French Alps between Digne and Barcelonnette with 150 people on board.

    • A.

      Lufthansa

    • B.

      Silk Way

    • C.

      Aerologic

    • D.

      Germania

    Correct Answer
    A. Lufthansa
    Explanation
    Lufthansa is the correct answer because it is the company that owned the Germanwings Airbus A320 that crashed on 24 March 2015 in the French Alps.

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  • 26. 

    In which city Gujarat philatelic exhibition Gujpex-2015 was inaugurated on 24 March 2015?

    • A.

      Ahmedabad

    • B.

      Surat

    • C.

      Baroda

    • D.

      Bhuj

    Correct Answer
    A. Ahmedabad
    Explanation
    The Gujarat philatelic exhibition Gujpex-2015 was inaugurated in Ahmedabad on 24 March 2015.

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  • 27. 

    18th round of talks between the Special Representatives of India and China on the Boundary Question was held on 24 March 2015 in

    • A.

      Beijing

    • B.

      New Delhi

    • C.

      Guangzhou

    • D.

      Shimla

    Correct Answer
    B. New Delhi
    Explanation
    The correct answer is New Delhi because it is the capital city of India and it is a common practice for diplomatic talks and meetings to be held in the capital city of the respective countries. Therefore, it is logical to assume that the 18th round of talks between the Special Representatives of India and China on the Boundary Question would have taken place in New Delhi.

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  • 28. 

    China on 24 March 2015 decided to close its last major coal-based power plant in a bid to cut pollution. In this context, consider the following statements:I. China in its National Policy plans to cut annual coal consumption by 13 million metric tons by 2017 from the 2012 level.II. With the closure of all the major coal power plants, China is estimated to cut carbon emissions of about 30 million tonsWhich is/are correct?

    • A.

      Only I

    • B.

      Only II

    • C.

      Both I and II

    • D.

      Neither I nor II

    Correct Answer
    C. Both I and II
    Explanation
    The given answer is correct because both statements I and II are supported by the information provided in the context. Statement I states that China plans to cut annual coal consumption by 13 million metric tons by 2017, which is in line with their national policy to reduce pollution. Statement II mentions that the closure of all major coal power plants in China will result in a reduction of carbon emissions by about 30 million tons, which aligns with the objective of cutting pollution. Therefore, both statements are correct.

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  • 29. 

    As per an agreement reached between the US President Barack Obama and Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani on 24 March 2015 in Washington, what is the quantum of troops that will be maintained by the US in Afghanistan through the end of year 2015?

    • A.

      6500

    • B.

      9800

    • C.

      10800

    • D.

      5800

    Correct Answer
    B. 9800
    Explanation
    As per an agreement reached between the US President Barack Obama and Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani on 24 March 2015 in Washington, the quantum of troops that will be maintained by the US in Afghanistan through the end of year 2015 is 9800.

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  • 30. 

    Union Government on 24 March 2015 sanctioned 17 Mega Food Parks. In this context, consider the following statements regarding the Mega Food Park Scheme:I. A Mega Food Park entails an area of a minimum of 50 acresII. The scheme works on a hub and spokes modelIII. 42 Mega Food Parks (MFPs) have become operationalWhich of the above statements is/are true?

    • A.

      I and II

    • B.

      II and III

    • C.

      I and III

    • D.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    A. I and II
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "I and II". Statement I is true because a Mega Food Park entails an area of a minimum of 50 acres. Statement II is true because the Mega Food Park Scheme works on a hub and spokes model. Statement III is false because it states that 42 Mega Food Parks have become operational, which contradicts the information given in the question that only 17 Mega Food Parks were sanctioned.

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