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  • 1. 

    Olympic torch was recently lit atop the highest peak of Europe and also Russia. The name of the highest peak is

    • A.

      Mount Elbrus

    • B.

      North Pole

    • C.

      Siberia’s Baikal Lake

    • D.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    A. Mount Elbrus
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Mount Elbrus. The Olympic torch was recently lit atop the highest peak of Europe and Russia, and Mount Elbrus holds this distinction. It is located in the Caucasus Mountains in Southern Russia and stands at a height of 5,642 meters (18,510 feet). The lighting of the Olympic torch on Mount Elbrus symbolizes the start of the Olympic Games and is a significant event in the Olympic tradition.

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  • 2. 

    Name the body that on 3 February 2014 announced that the tea production of India has gone up by 6.5 percent in the year 2013.

    • A.

      Indian Tea Research Association

    • B.

      Indian Tea Association

    • C.

      Tea Board India

    • D.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    B. Indian Tea Association
    Explanation
    The Indian Tea Association is the correct answer because it is the organization responsible for promoting and regulating the tea industry in India. On 3 February 2014, they announced that the tea production in India had increased by 6.5 percent in the year 2013. The Indian Tea Research Association is a separate organization that focuses on scientific research related to tea cultivation and processing. The Tea Board India is another regulatory body that oversees the tea industry, but it did not make this specific announcement.

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  • 3. 

    Which one of the following does not form the part of the 4 Special Route designated for the Olympic torch relay undertaken for 2014 Winter Olympics at Sochi?

    • A.

      International Space Station, North Pole, Siberia’s Baikal Lake and Mount Elbrus

    • B.

      Centre of Pacific Ocean, North Pole, Siberia’s Baikal Lake and Black Sea

    • C.

      International Space Station, Black Sea, Siberia’s Baikal Lake and Mount Elbrus

    • D.

      International Space Station, North Pole, Centre of Pacific Ocean and Mount Elbrus

    Correct Answer
    A. International Space Station, North Pole, Siberia’s Baikal Lake and Mount Elbrus
    Explanation
    The correct answer is International Space Station, North Pole, Siberia’s Baikal Lake and Mount Elbrus. This answer is correct because it includes the International Space Station, which is not a part of the 4 Special Route designated for the Olympic torch relay. The other options all exclude the International Space Station and include different combinations of the North Pole, Siberia’s Baikal Lake, Mount Elbrus, Black Sea, and Centre of Pacific Ocean, which are all part of the designated route.

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  • 4. 

    Name the Oscar-winning American actor who died at the age of 46 due to drug overdose on 2 February 2014 at his flat in New York at the age of 46. As per the police of the country, the death happened due to overdose of drugs?

    • A.

      Philip Seymour Hoffman

    • B.

      Gabourey Sidibe

    • C.

      Carey Mulligan

    • D.

      Jennifer Lawrence

    Correct Answer
    A. Philip Seymour Hoffman
    Explanation
    Philip Seymour Hoffman is the correct answer because he was an Oscar-winning American actor who died at the age of 46 due to a drug overdose on 2 February 2014 at his flat in New York. The police confirmed that his death was caused by an overdose of drugs.

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  • 5. 

    As per a data released on 3 February 2014, the CIS (Commonwealth of Independent State) countries imported maximum of 39.88 million kilograms of Indian tea. How many countries are the parts of the CIS list?

    • A.

      10

    • B.

      11

    • C.

      12

    • D.

      13

    Correct Answer
    C. 12
    Explanation
    The CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) is a regional organization consisting of 12 member countries. Therefore, the correct answer is 12.

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  • 6. 

    Name the Dennis amputee who on 5 February 2014 became the first person to receive a bionic hand that allows him to feel life-like sensation from the device’s artificial fingers

    • A.

      Aabo

    • B.

      Paolo Rossini

    • C.

      Agostino Gemelli

    • D.

      Stanisa Raspopovic

    Correct Answer
    A. Aabo
  • 7. 

    Which State team won the 2014 Ranji Trophy?

    • A.

      Maharashtra

    • B.

      Karnataka

    • C.

      Jammu & Kashmir

    • D.

      Andhra Pradesh

    Correct Answer
    B. Karnataka
    Explanation
    Karnataka won the 2014 Ranji Trophy.

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  • 8. 

    Dennis amputee, who on 5 February 2014 became the first person to receive a bionic hand, which allows life-like sensation to be felt from the device’s artificial fingers and was able to feel what was available in his hands by the sensors that was connected to his nerves of his upper arm. The operation was done by surgeons of which country?

    • A.

      Spain Surgeons

    • B.

      American Surgeon

    • C.

      British Surgeons

    • D.

      Italy surgeons

    Correct Answer
    D. Italy surgeons
  • 9. 

    The work on the project of widening the shipping route of Panama Canal was suspended by the Panama Canal Authority on 5 February 2014. It was suspended following dispute over rising costs. Who was the first European to navigate through the Strait of Magellan?

    • A.

      French sailor, Charles Albanel in 1659

    • B.

      Portuguese sailor, Pero de Alenquer in 1565

    • C.

      Portuguese sailor, Ferdinand Magellan in 1520

    • D.

      British sailor, Benedict Allen in 1874

    Correct Answer
    C. Portuguese sailor, Ferdinand Magellan in 1520
    Explanation
    Ferdinand Magellan was the first European to navigate through the Strait of Magellan in 1520. He was a Portuguese sailor who led the expedition to find a western route to the Spice Islands. Magellan's successful navigation of the strait allowed his expedition to continue westward and eventually complete the first circumnavigation of the globe.

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  • 10. 

    The Olympic flame on 5 February 2014 reached Sochi in Russia. The flame has travelled the longest route in the history of the games as it has completed a journey of about 65000 kilometers. Who was the eldest person to participate in the relay programme of the torch and what was his age?

    • A.

      101-year- old man, Alexander Kaptarenko

    • B.

      73-year-old, Vadim Gorbenk

    • C.

      77-year-old, Oleg Kotov

    • D.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    A. 101-year- old man, Alexander Kaptarenko
    Explanation
    Alexander Kaptarenko, a 101-year-old man, was the eldest person to participate in the relay programme of the torch. This means that he was the oldest person to carry the Olympic flame during its journey to Sochi, Russia.

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  • 11. 

    India on 5 February 2014 extended the facility of visa-on-arrival for the tourists of how many nations?

    • A.

      167

    • B.

      175

    • C.

      25

    • D.

      180

    Correct Answer
    D. 180
    Explanation
    India extended the facility of visa-on-arrival for the tourists of 180 nations. This means that citizens of these countries can obtain their visa upon their arrival in India, making it easier for them to visit the country. This move is likely aimed at boosting tourism and attracting more visitors to India.

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  • 12. 

    During the relay function of the Sochi Winter Olympics, how many Arctic nations participated with their members as torch-bearers during the torch’s visit to North Pole?

    • A.

      Nine

    • B.

      Eight

    • C.

      Seven

    • D.

      Six

    Correct Answer
    B. Eight
    Explanation
    During the relay function of the Sochi Winter Olympics, eight Arctic nations participated with their members as torch-bearers during the torch's visit to the North Pole.

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  • 13. 

    Tourists of which of the following country is/are have been barred from the facility of Visa-on-arrival in India? i. Pakistan, Nigeria, Somalia and Sudan ii. Nigeria, Somalia, Pakistan and Sri Lanka iii. US, UK and China iv. None of the above

    • A.

      Statements i and ii are only true

    • B.

      Statements ii and iii are only true

    • C.

      Statement iv is only true

    • D.

      Statement i is only true

    Correct Answer
    A. Statements i and ii are only true
    Explanation
    Tourists from Pakistan, Nigeria, Somalia, and Sri Lanka have been barred from the facility of Visa-on-arrival in India. This means that they are not allowed to obtain a visa upon arrival in India and must apply for a visa in advance. The other options, iii and iv, are not true as they do not mention any countries that have been barred from the facility.

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  • 14. 

    The State Government of Rajasthan on 5 February 2014 declared 10225 villages of the State across how many districts as scarcity-hit?

    • A.

      15

    • B.

      16

    • C.

      17

    • D.

      18

    Correct Answer
    C. 17
    Explanation
    The State Government of Rajasthan declared 10225 villages across 17 districts as scarcity-hit on 5 February 2014.

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  • 15. 

    Tourists of how many countries have been barred from the facility of visa-on-arrival during their visit to India?

    • A.

      Two

    • B.

      Three

    • C.

      Eight

    • D.

      Nine

    Correct Answer
    C. Eight
    Explanation
    During their visit to India, tourists from eight countries have been barred from the facility of visa-on-arrival.

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  • 16. 

    The nominations for the Vyas Samman were announced recently. In this context who was the first person to win the Vyas Samman award?

    • A.

      Dr. Shiv Prasad Singh

    • B.

      Dr. Ram Vilas Sharma

    • C.

      Girija Kumar Mathur

    • D.

      Dr. Dharmvir Bharti

    Correct Answer
    B. Dr. Ram Vilas Sharma
    Explanation
    Dr. Ram Vilas Sharma was the first person to win the Vyas Samman award. This can be inferred from the statement that the nominations for the Vyas Samman were announced recently, implying that the award has been given out in the past. Among the given options, Dr. Ram Vilas Sharma is the only one who fits this criteria.

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  • 17. 

    A Parliamentary Panel on Transport, Tourism and Culture on 6 February 2014 submitted its report on the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) of India Bill, 2013 to Parliament and has asked the government to come out with a comprehensive Bill after revisiting the Aircraft Act 1934. Who was the head of the panel?

    • A.

      P. J. Kurien

    • B.

      Sitaram Yechury

    • C.

      Arun Jaitely

    • D.

      KC Venugopal

    Correct Answer
    B. Sitaram Yechury
  • 18. 

    Name the Hindi writer, who has been selected for the prestigious Vyas Samman for the year 2013?

    • A.

      Chitra Mudgal for Anwan

    • B.

      Mannu Bhandari for Ek Kahani Yah Bhi

    • C.

      Vishwanath Prasad Tiwari for Phir Bhi Kuch Rah Jayega

    • D.

      Vishwanath Tripathi for Vyomkesh Darvesh

    Correct Answer
    D. Vishwanath Tripathi for Vyomkesh Darvesh
    Explanation
    Vishwanath Tripathi has been selected for the Vyas Samman for the year 2013 for his work "Vyomkesh Darvesh".

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  • 19. 

    The Union Government on 6 February 2014 approved the increase in the FRP for sugarcane by 10 rupees per quintal for 2014-15 to 220 rupees per quintal. What is the full form for FRP?

    • A.

      Financial Reactive Programme

    • B.

      Fair and Remunerative Price

    • C.

      Final resting place

    • D.

      Functional reactive programming

    Correct Answer
    B. Fair and Remunerative Price
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Fair and Remunerative Price". The Fair and Remunerative Price (FRP) is a minimum price that the government sets for sugarcane farmers to ensure that they receive a fair and remunerative payment for their produce. The increase in the FRP for sugarcane by 10 rupees per quintal for 2014-15 to 220 rupees per quintal was approved by the Union Government on 6 February 2014. This increase in price aims to provide better income and support to sugarcane farmers.

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  • 20. 

    The World Cancer Day 2014 was observed across the world on?

    • A.

      3 January 2014

    • B.

      4 January 2014

    • C.

      5 January 2014

    • D.

      6 January 2014

    Correct Answer
    B. 4 January 2014
    Explanation
    The World Cancer Day is observed on 4th January 2014. This day is dedicated to raising awareness about cancer, its prevention, and treatment. It aims to encourage governments, organizations, and individuals to take action against cancer by promoting healthy lifestyles, early detection, and access to quality treatment. By observing this day, the global community comes together to unite in the fight against cancer and show support for those affected by the disease.

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  • 21. 

    Name the Health Minister of Jammu and Kashmir on 7 February 2014 who resigned from the Council of Ministers of Jammu and Kashmir?

    • A.

      Abdul Rahim Rather

    • B.

      Peerzada Mohammad Sayeed

    • C.

      Tara Chand

    • D.

      Shabir Khan

    Correct Answer
    D. Shabir Khan
  • 22. 

    Special Investigation Team (SIT) has been constituted by the Delhi Police to investigate the death of Nido Tania, the student from Arunachal Pradesh, who died after being allegedly beaten up by some shopkeepers in South Delhi in January 2014. Under whose direct supervision the SIT will work?

    • A.

      P Karunakaran

    • B.

      Bhim Sain Bassi

    • C.

      Arun Bhagat

    • D.

      Y.S. Dadwal

    Correct Answer
    A. P Karunakaran
    Explanation
    The SIT will work under the direct supervision of P Karunakaran.

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  • 23. 

    Police of which place on 7 February 2014 successfully dismantled the largest ever find of World War II bomb?

    • A.

      Brazil

    • B.

      Indonesia

    • C.

      Assam

    • D.

      Hong Kong

    Correct Answer
    D. Hong Kong
    Explanation
    On 7 February 2014, the police in Hong Kong successfully dismantled the largest ever find of a World War II bomb. This suggests that Hong Kong was the place where this significant discovery and subsequent dismantling took place.

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  • 24. 

    Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) is in the process of developing a device to track down Maoists in naxal-hit States including Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh. Name the device?

    • A.

      Super Cavitations technology

    • B.

      Unmanned Arial Vehicles

    • C.

      Miniature SAR & ISAR technologies

    • D.

      Pulse Power network technologies

    Correct Answer
    B. Unmanned Arial Vehicles
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Unmanned Arial Vehicles". The question asks for the name of the device being developed by DRDO to track down Maoists in naxal-hit states. Unmanned Arial Vehicles (UAVs) are remote-controlled or autonomous aircraft that can be used for surveillance and reconnaissance purposes. They can help in identifying the location and movements of Maoists in difficult terrains, providing valuable intelligence to security forces.

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  • 25. 

    Maruti has stopped the production of a car in February 2014. That car is considered as the first car of middle class Indians. The name of the car is

    • A.

      Maruti 800

    • B.

      Alto

    • C.

      Omni

    • D.

      None of the following

    Correct Answer
    A. Maruti 800
    Explanation
    Maruti 800 is considered as the first car of middle class Indians because it was the first affordable car introduced by Maruti Suzuki in India. It revolutionized the automobile industry in the country by providing a budget-friendly option for the middle-class population. However, Maruti stopped its production in February 2014, marking the end of an era for this iconic car.

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  • 26. 

    Kumar Sangakkara, the cricketer of Sri Lankan national team on 7 February 2014 became the second person in the history of Cricket to score a triple century and a century in the same test match. Name the first person on whose name this rare record is registered

    • A.

      Brain Lara

    • B.

      Andrew Greenwood

    • C.

      Graham Gooch

    • D.

      Chuck Fleetwood-Smith

    Correct Answer
    C. Graham Gooch
    Explanation
    Graham Gooch is the correct answer because he was the first person in the history of cricket to score a triple century and a century in the same test match. Kumar Sangakkara achieved this rare feat on 7 February 2014, making him the second person to accomplish it.

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  • 27. 

    Name the institution that on 7 February 2014 issued a ban on the process of burning of tyres at public places like roads and areas surrounded by residential buildings?

    • A.

      National Green Tribunal

    • B.

      Supreme Court of India

    • C.

      High Court of Mumbai

    • D.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    A. National Green Tribunal
    Explanation
    The correct answer is National Green Tribunal. On 7 February 2014, the National Green Tribunal issued a ban on the process of burning of tyres at public places like roads and areas surrounded by residential buildings.

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  • 28. 

    John Abraham, who turned producer successfully with "Vicky Donor" and "Madras Cafe", is now gearing up to produce a biopic on an Indian wrestler in which he will play the title role. Name the person on whose story, he is producing a biopic?

    • A.

      Sushil Kumar

    • B.

      Stan Stasiak

    • C.

      Great Gama

    • D.

      Muhammad Aziz

    Correct Answer
    C. Great Gama
    Explanation
    John Abraham is producing a biopic on the Indian wrestler Great Gama.

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  • 29. 

    She was the favourite of Mahatma Gandhi, Jawahar Lal Nehru and Indira Gandhi. She even sang bhajans on All India Radio. She was often referred to as Adhunik Meera after Meera Bai. She died recently at the age of 93 in Kolkota. The person in the reference is

    • A.

      Kamal Dasgupta

    • B.

      Jhutika Roy

    • C.

      Arundhati Roy

    • D.

      Suraiyaa

    Correct Answer
    B. Jhutika Roy
    Explanation
    Jhutika Roy is the correct answer because the given information mentions that she was the favorite of Mahatma Gandhi, Jawahar Lal Nehru, and Indira Gandhi. Additionally, she sang bhajans on All India Radio and was often referred to as Adhunik Meera after Meera Bai. The fact that she died recently at the age of 93 in Kolkata also matches the information provided.

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  • 30. 

    Who was given the Amazing Indian Award on 6 February 2014 by the Vice-President of India, M Hamid Ansari, for scaling Mount Everest despite being physically challenged?

    • A.

      Santosh Kumar

    • B.

      Bachendri Pal

    • C.

      Arunima Sinha

    • D.

      Deepika Roy

    Correct Answer
    C. Arunima Sinha
    Explanation
    Arunima Sinha was given the Amazing Indian Award on 6 February 2014 by the Vice-President of India, M Hamid Ansari, for scaling Mount Everest despite being physically challenged.

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  • 31. 

    Union Cabinet recently gave the approval for a FDI proposal totaling 10141 crore rupees floated by a company to acquire 100 percent stake in its Indian subsidiary. Name the company

    • A.

      Bharti Airtel

    • B.

      Vodafone

    • C.

      MTS

    • D.

      Systema mobiles

    Correct Answer
    B. Vodafone
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Vodafone. The Union Cabinet approved a Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) proposal worth 10141 crore rupees by Vodafone to acquire 100 percent stake in its Indian subsidiary. This indicates that Vodafone is looking to increase its ownership and control over its Indian operations.

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  • 32. 

    Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) approved 5 Port projects worth 17630 crore rupees on 5 February 2014. The projects are aimed at augmenting the capacity of major ports by about 151 million tonnes per annum (MTPA). Which one of the following is not one of the 5 Ports included as part of the project?

    • A.

      Kandla Port

    • B.

      Jawahar Lal Nehru Port Trust

    • C.

      Tuticorin Port Trust

    • D.

      Ennore Port

    Correct Answer
    C. Tuticorin Port Trust
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Tuticorin Port Trust. The question asks for the port that is not included as part of the project. The other three options, Kandla Port, Jawahar Lal Nehru Port Trust, and Ennore Port, are all mentioned as part of the 5 Port projects approved by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs. Therefore, Tuticorin Port Trust is the correct answer as it is not one of the ports included in the project.

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  • 33. 

    The Parliament of which country recently joined the group of countries which have passed Same Sex Marriage laws?

    • A.

      Finland

    • B.

      Netherlands

    • C.

      USA

    • D.

      Scotland

    Correct Answer
    D. Scotland
    Explanation
    Scotland recently joined the group of countries that have passed Same Sex Marriage laws. This means that same-sex couples in Scotland can now legally marry and have their marriages recognized by the government. This decision reflects a shift towards greater equality and inclusivity in Scotland, as well as a recognition of the rights and dignity of the LGBTQ+ community.

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