Current Affairs Interactive Quiz: 5 January – 11 January 2015

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  • 1. 

    Bihar Government on 6 January 2015 increased the duration of maternity leave to 180 days from

    • A.

      90 days

    • B.

      120 days

    • C.

      135 days

    • D.

      150 days

    Correct Answer
    C. 135 days
    Explanation
    The correct answer is 135 days. The Bihar Government increased the duration of maternity leave from the previous 90 days to 135 days. This decision was made on 6 January 2015, providing new mothers with a longer period of time to recover and bond with their newborns.

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  • 2. 

    Name the Union Minister who was appointed as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President of Maharashtra State on 6 January 2015?

    • A.

      Devendra Fadnavis

    • B.

      Raosaheb Patil Danve

    • C.

      Amit Shah

    • D.

      Sudhir Mungantiwar

    Correct Answer
    B. Raosaheb Patil Danve
    Explanation
    Raosaheb Patil Danve was appointed as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President of Maharashtra State on 6 January 2015.

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  • 3. 

    State Government of Bihar on 6 January 2015 decided to grant child care leave for women government employees. The child care leave was granted for how many days?

    • A.

      600 days

    • B.

      730 days

    • C.

      800 days

    • D.

      1000 days

    Correct Answer
    B. 730 days
    Explanation
    The correct answer is 730 days. The State Government of Bihar decided to grant child care leave for women government employees for a duration of 730 days. This policy allows women employees to take an extended period of leave to take care of their children without worrying about their job security. This decision demonstrates the government's commitment to supporting working mothers and recognizing the importance of child care in their lives.

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  • 4. 

    President Pranab Mukherjee on 7 January 2015 signed an ordinance to amend the Motor Vehicles Act of

    • A.

      1988

    • B.

      1995

    • C.

      2004

    • D.

      2014

    Correct Answer
    A. 1988
    Explanation
    President Pranab Mukherjee signed an ordinance in 2015 to amend the Motor Vehicles Act of 1988. This means that the Motor Vehicles Act was originally enacted in 1988 and the amendment was made in 2015.

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  • 5. 

    President Pranab Mukherjee on 6 January 2015 signed the ordinance to amend Citizenship Act, 1955. Which of the statements in this regard is/are right?I. The ordinance exempts Person of Indian Origin (PIO) from appearing before the local police station on every visitII. It replaced the clause that says foreigners marrying Indians must continuously stay in the country for a period of six months before they get an Indian citizenship

    • A.

      I Only

    • B.

      II Only

    • C.

      Both I and II

    • D.

      Neither I nor II

    Correct Answer
    A. I Only
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "I Only". This means that only statement I is correct. The ordinance exempts Person of Indian Origin (PIO) from appearing before the local police station on every visit. Statement II is incorrect as it does not mention anything about replacing the clause regarding foreigners marrying Indians and their continuous stay in the country.

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  • 6. 

    Larry Page on 6 January 2015 was named as the Business person of the Year for 2014 by Fortune magazine. Who is he?

    • A.

      CEO of Google

    • B.

      CEO of Amazon

    • C.

      CEO of Yahoo

    • D.

      CEO of WhatsApp

    Correct Answer
    A. CEO of Google
    Explanation
    Larry Page was named as the Business person of the Year for 2014 by Fortune magazine, indicating that he is a successful and influential figure in the business world. The fact that he was chosen for this prestigious title suggests that he holds a high-ranking position in a prominent company. The correct answer, "CEO of Google," aligns with this information, as Google is a globally recognized and highly successful technology company.

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  • 7. 

    Name the French satirical weekly magazine that was attacked by three masked gunmen on 7 January 2015?

    • A.

      Charivari

    • B.

      Nain jaune

    • C.

      Charlie Hebdo

    • D.

      Canard enchaine

    Correct Answer
    C. Charlie Hebdo
    Explanation
    Charlie Hebdo is the correct answer because it is a French satirical weekly magazine that was attacked by three masked gunmen on 7 January 2015. The attack resulted in the deaths of 12 people, including cartoonists and journalists, and sparked a global conversation about freedom of speech and the limits of satire. The magazine is known for its controversial and provocative content, often targeting politicians, religious figures, and societal issues. The attack on Charlie Hebdo was a tragic event that highlighted the importance of freedom of expression and the ongoing struggle for press freedom.

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  • 8. 

    Name the airline that was named as the world’s safest airline by AirlineRatings.com on 6 January 2015?

    • A.

      Lufthansa

    • B.

      Singapore Airlines

    • C.

      Emirates

    • D.

      Qantas

    Correct Answer
    D. Qantas
    Explanation
    Qantas was named as the world's safest airline by AirlineRatings.com on 6 January 2015. This indicates that Qantas has a strong safety record and meets the strict safety standards set by the website. The recognition from AirlineRatings.com suggests that Qantas prioritizes the safety of its passengers and has implemented effective safety measures and protocols.

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  • 9. 

    National Youth Day was observed across India on 12 January 2015. The day was observed to commemorate the birth anniversary of which famous Indian personality?

    • A.

      Swami Dayanand Saraswati

    • B.

      Swami Vivekananda

    • C.

      Aurobindo Ghosh

    • D.

      Rabindranath Tagore

    Correct Answer
    B. Swami Vivekananda
    Explanation
    National Youth Day is observed on 12th January in India to commemorate the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda. He was a famous Indian personality who played a significant role in the introduction of Indian philosophies of Vedanta and Yoga to the Western world. Swami Vivekananda was a key figure in the Indian Renaissance and was known for his teachings on spirituality, education, and social reform. His ideas and teachings continue to inspire and motivate the youth of India.

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  • 10. 

    Name the company which on 7 January 2015 bagged Uganda’s largest ethanol plant order from Kakira Sugars?

    • A.

      WNS (Holdings) Limited

    • B.

      Praj Industries

    • C.

      Hinduja Global Solutions

    • D.

      Cognizant Business Process Services

    Correct Answer
    B. Praj Industries
    Explanation
    Praj Industries is the correct answer because on 7 January 2015, they secured Uganda's biggest ethanol plant order from Kakira Sugars.

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  • 11. 

    Which country on 11 January 2015 announced to host an International Anti-terror Summit in the month of February 2015?

    • A.

      The United Kingdom

    • B.

      The United States

    • C.

      France

    • D.

      India

    Correct Answer
    B. The United States
    Explanation
    The United States announced to host an International Anti-terror Summit in February 2015.

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  • 12. 

    Name the National Park that was shut down on 11 January 2014 for one week after 47 migratory birds were found dead in the park?

    • A.

      Keoladeo National Park

    • B.

      Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary

    • C.

      Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary

    • D.

      Sultanpur National Park

    Correct Answer
    D. Sultanpur National Park
    Explanation
    Sultanpur National Park was shut down on 11 January 2014 for one week after 47 migratory birds were found dead in the park.

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  • 13. 

    Jharkhand Assembly on 8 January 2015 adopted a resolution urging State government to send a proposal to Union Government for setting up a bench of the Jharkhand High Court in?

    • A.

      Dumka

    • B.

      Jamshedpur

    • C.

      Dhanbad

    • D.

      Bokaro

    Correct Answer
    A. Dumka
    Explanation
    The Jharkhand Assembly adopted a resolution on 8 January 2015, urging the State government to send a proposal to the Union Government for setting up a bench of the Jharkhand High Court in Dumka. This suggests that the Assembly believes that Dumka is a suitable location for a bench of the High Court.

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  • 14. 

    Name the person who on 11 January 2015 won the men’s single of Chennai Open of Tennis?

    • A.

      Aljaz Bedene

    • B.

      Stanislas Wawrinka

    • C.

      Roger Federer

    • D.

      Novak Djokovic

    Correct Answer
    B. Stanislas Wawrinka
    Explanation
    Stanislas Wawrinka won the men's single of Chennai Open of Tennis on 11 January 2015.

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  • 15. 

    Name the new class of antibiotic capable of fighting infections which was discovered in first week of January 2015 by scientists from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts?

    • A.

      Zovirax

    • B.

      Teixobactin

    • C.

      Ampicillin

    • D.

      Penicillin

    Correct Answer
    B. Teixobactin
    Explanation
    Teixobactin is the correct answer. Teixobactin is a new class of antibiotic that was discovered in the first week of January 2015 by scientists from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. It is capable of fighting infections and has shown promising results in laboratory tests against a wide range of bacteria, including drug-resistant strains. Teixobactin is seen as a potential breakthrough in the field of antibiotic research, as it has a unique mechanism of action that makes it difficult for bacteria to develop resistance.

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  • 16. 

    India on 8 January 2015 decided to provide 60 million US dollars Line of Credit (LoC) to a country for its road infrastructure projects and passenger ferry service. Name the country.

    • A.

      Maldives

    • B.

      Guyana

    • C.

      Nigeria

    • D.

      Myanmar

    Correct Answer
    B. Guyana
    Explanation
    India decided to provide a 60 million US dollar Line of Credit (LoC) to Guyana for its road infrastructure projects and passenger ferry service. This means that India will lend money to Guyana specifically for these purposes. The LoC will help Guyana improve its road infrastructure and enhance its passenger ferry service, potentially boosting transportation and connectivity within the country.

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  • 17. 

    Indian Immunologicals Limited on 8 January 2015 launched India’s first vaccine to counter the deadly bluetongue disease. Name the vaccine?

    • A.

      Vibriovax

    • B.

      Ultravac Botulinum

    • C.

      Cattlevax LC

    • D.

      Raksha Blu

    Correct Answer
    D. Raksha Blu
    Explanation
    Indian Immunologicals Limited launched India's first vaccine to counter the deadly bluetongue disease called Raksha Blu.

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  • 18. 

    Which Indian bank on 7 January 2015 launched contactless credit cards and debit cards?

    • A.

      HDFC Bank

    • B.

      ICICI Bank

    • C.

      Axis Bank

    • D.

      Citibank

    Correct Answer
    B. ICICI Bank
    Explanation
    ICICI Bank launched contactless credit cards and debit cards on 7 January 2015. This means that customers can make payments by simply tapping their cards on the payment terminal, without the need for swiping or inserting the card. This technology provides a faster and more convenient way to make transactions, enhancing the overall customer experience.

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  • 19. 

    Pakistan government in the first week of January 2015 decided to restrict the Pakistan-India Dosti bus service up to Wagah border.  In this context, consider the following statements.I. For the first time the bus services on Delhi – Lahore route was suspended in the aftermath of the Indian Parliament attack in 2001II. The bus service between Delhi and Lahore was started in February 1999 by the then Prime Minister of India Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Prime Minister of Pakistan Benazir Bhutto.Which is/are correct?

    • A.

      I Only

    • B.

      II Only

    • C.

      Both I and II

    • D.

      Neither I nor II

    Correct Answer
    A. I Only
    Explanation
    The given answer is "I Only". This means that only statement I is correct. The reason for this is that statement I states that the bus services on the Delhi-Lahore route were suspended for the first time after the Indian Parliament attack in 2001. This is true as the bus service was indeed suspended after the attack. However, statement II, which states that the bus service between Delhi and Lahore was started in February 1999 by Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Benazir Bhutto, is incorrect. The bus service was actually started in February 1999 by Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Nawaz Sharif, not Benazir Bhutto.

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  • 20. 

    What is AMCA that was in news in the first week of January 2015?

    • A.

      It is Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft being built by India and Russia jointly

    • B.

      It is fifth generation fighter aircraft being built by India indigenously

    • C.

      It is fifth generation nuclear submarine being built by India and France jointly

    • D.

      Both (a) and (b)

    Correct Answer
    B. It is fifth generation fighter aircraft being built by India indigenously
  • 21. 

    Name the space telescope that on 6 January 2015 discovered 1000th exoplanet in the constellation Lyra.

    • A.

      Hubble Space Telescope

    • B.

      Chandrasekhar Space Telescope

    • C.

      Kepler Space Telescope

    • D.

      James Webb Space Telescope

    Correct Answer
    C. Kepler Space Telescope
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Kepler Space Telescope. The Kepler Space Telescope, launched by NASA in 2009, is known for its mission to search for exoplanets. It uses the transit method to detect exoplanets by measuring the slight dimming of a star's light when a planet passes in front of it. On January 6, 2015, Kepler confirmed its 1000th exoplanet discovery in the constellation Lyra, solidifying its reputation as a prolific planet hunter.

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  • 22. 

    China on 7 January 2015 announced to include which vegetable as staple diet?

    • A.

      Tomato

    • B.

      Potato

    • C.

      Beans

    • D.

      Cabbage

    Correct Answer
    B. Potato
    Explanation
    China announced to include potato as a staple diet on 7 January 2015. Potatoes are a versatile and nutritious vegetable that can be easily grown in different climates. They are rich in carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals, making them an excellent source of energy. By including potatoes as a staple diet, China aims to promote food security and provide a sustainable food source for its population. Additionally, potatoes can be stored for a long time without spoiling, making them an ideal choice for a staple food.

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  • 23. 

    Who was sworn-in as the sixth Governor of Uttarakhand on 8 January 2015?

    • A.

      Rameshwar Thakur

    • B.

      V K Bisht

    • C.

      K K Paul

    • D.

      Aziz Qureshi

    Correct Answer
    C. K K Paul
    Explanation
    K K Paul was sworn-in as the sixth Governor of Uttarakhand on 8 January 2015.

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  • 24. 

    Who was sworn-in as the President of Sri Lanka on 9 January 2015?

    • A.

      Mahinda Deshapriya

    • B.

      Mahinda Rajapaksa

    • C.

      Gotabhaya Rajapaksa

    • D.

      Mithripala Sirisena

    Correct Answer
    D. Mithripala Sirisena
    Explanation
    Mithripala Sirisena was sworn-in as the President of Sri Lanka on 9 January 2015.

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  • 25. 

    Which Indian film was nominated for 2015 BAFTA Awards under non-English best film category on 8 January 2015?

    • A.

      The Lunchbox

    • B.

      Two Days, One Night

    • C.

      Liar’s Dice

    • D.

      Timbuktu

    Correct Answer
    A. The Lunchbox
    Explanation
    The Lunchbox was nominated for the 2015 BAFTA Awards under the non-English best film category on 8 January 2015.

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  • 26. 

    Union Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 5 January 2015 approved to set up the India-based Neutrino Observatory (INO) at

    • A.

      Pottipuram village, Tamil Nadu

    • B.

      Raval Village, Uttar Pradesh

    • C.

      Puttamraju Kandrika village, Andhra Pradesh

    • D.

      Adamwal village, Punjab

    Correct Answer
    A. Pottipuram village, Tamil Nadu
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Pottipuram village, Tamil Nadu. The Union Cabinet, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, approved the establishment of the India-based Neutrino Observatory (INO) in Pottipuram village, Tamil Nadu. This decision was made on 5 January 2015.

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  • 27. 

    Governor Rule was imposed in Jammu and Kashmir on 9 January 2015 under

    • A.

      Article 356 of Indian Constitution

    • B.

      Section 92 of the J & K Constitution

    • C.

      Section 356 of the J & K Constitution

    • D.

      Article 370 of the Constitution

    Correct Answer
    B. Section 92 of the J & K Constitution
    Explanation
    Governor Rule was imposed in Jammu and Kashmir on 9 January 2015 under Section 92 of the J & K Constitution. This provision allows the Governor of the state to assume the functions of the government and exercise the powers vested in it. It is invoked when there is a failure of constitutional machinery in the state, such as the breakdown of law and order or the inability to form a government. In this case, the Governor Rule was imposed due to the political deadlock and the failure to form a government after the state elections.

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  • 28. 

    Who was appointed as MD & CEO of AXIS Capital Limited on 5 January 2015?

    • A.

      Nilesh Shah

    • B.

      Albert A. Benchimol

    • C.

      Naba Mondal

    • D.

      Jignesh Shah

    Correct Answer
    A. Nilesh Shah
    Explanation
    Nilesh Shah was appointed as MD & CEO of AXIS Capital Limited on 5 January 2015.

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  • 29. 

    Name the Indian industrialist on whose 175th birth anniversary, Union government launched the commemorative stamp on 6 January 2015?

    • A.

      G D Birla

    • B.

      T V Sundaram Iyengar

    • C.

      Kasturbhai Lalbhai

    • D.

      Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tata

    Correct Answer
    D. Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tata
    Explanation
    On the 175th birth anniversary of Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tata, the Union government launched a commemorative stamp. Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tata was an Indian industrialist and the founder of the Tata Group, one of India's largest conglomerates. He played a significant role in the development of Indian industry and is often referred to as the "Father of Indian Industry". Launching a commemorative stamp on his birth anniversary is a way to honor his contributions and recognize his impact on the industrial development of India.

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  • 30. 

    Who won the 7th Chennai International Open Grandmaster Chess title on 6 January 2015?

    • A.

      Popov Ivan of Russia

    • B.

      Dzhumaev Marat of Uzbekistan

    • C.

      Mozharov Mikhail of Russia

    • D.

      Swapnil S Dhopade

    Correct Answer
    A. Popov Ivan of Russia
    Explanation
    Popov Ivan of Russia won the 7th Chennai International Open Grandmaster Chess title on 6 January 2015.

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