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  • 1. 

    Supreme Court recently appointed one man commission to probe 2006 Meerut fire tragedy. The one man commission will be headed by

    • A.

      Justice (retd) Markandey Katju

    • B.

      Justice (retd) A P Shah

    • C.

      Justice (retd) S B Sinha

    • D.

      Justice (retd) Venkatchelliah

    Correct Answer
    C. Justice (retd) S B Sinha
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Justice (retd) S B Sinha. The Supreme Court recently appointed a one-man commission to investigate the 2006 Meerut fire tragedy. This commission will be headed by Justice (retd) S B Sinha.

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  • 2. 

    Which Bollywood star was appointed as horticulture ambassador by the Maharashtra government?

    • A.

      Shah Rukh Khan

    • B.

      Aamir Khan

    • C.

      Anupam Kher

    • D.

      Amitabh Bachchan

    Correct Answer
    D. Amitabh Bachchan
    Explanation
    Amitabh Bachchan was appointed as the horticulture ambassador by the Maharashtra government. This means that he has been given the responsibility to promote and create awareness about horticulture in the state. As a well-known Bollywood star, Bachchan's popularity and influence can be used to encourage people to engage in horticulture activities and appreciate the importance of plants and gardens. His appointment as the ambassador is a recognition of his contribution to the industry and his ability to reach a wide audience.

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  • 3. 

    Narendra Modi led government on 26 July 2014 launched the MyGov web platform to facilitate

    • A.

      Citizen engagement in good governance

    • B.

      Business engagement in good governance

    • C.

      Civil society engagement in good governance

    • D.

      Centre-State partnership in good governance

    Correct Answer
    A. Citizen engagement in good governance
    Explanation
    The MyGov web platform was launched by the Narendra Modi led government in 2014 to facilitate citizen engagement in good governance. This platform was designed to encourage active participation of citizens in the decision-making process and to provide them with a platform to voice their opinions and concerns. Through this initiative, the government aimed to promote transparency, accountability, and inclusivity in governance by involving citizens in policy formulation and implementation.

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  • 4. 

    World Hepatitis Day was observed on

    • A.

      28 July

    • B.

      29 July

    • C.

      30 July

    • D.

      31 July

    Correct Answer
    A. 28 July
    Explanation
    World Hepatitis Day is observed on 28 July. This day aims to raise awareness about viral hepatitis and the importance of prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. It provides an opportunity to highlight the global burden of hepatitis and promote actions to combat this disease. By observing World Hepatitis Day on 28 July, organizations and individuals worldwide can come together to advocate for better access to testing and treatment, as well as to promote vaccination and prevention strategies.

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  • 5. 

    Consider the following statements about Rashtriya Gokul Mission.I. It will promote conservation and developments of indigenous breeds of cows in a focused and scientific manner.II. It is a focussed mission under National Programme for Bovine Breeding and Dairy Development.Which is/are correct?

    • A.

      I only

    • B.

      II only

    • 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 true. Statement I states that the Rashtriya Gokul Mission aims to promote conservation and development of indigenous breeds of cows in a focused and scientific manner, which is in line with the objectives of the mission. Statement II states that the Rashtriya Gokul Mission is a focused mission under the National Programme for Bovine Breeding and Dairy Development, which is also true. Therefore, both statements are correct.

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  • 6. 

    The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on 28 July 2014 cancelled the certificate of registration of six non-banking financial company (NBFCs). Which one of the following is not one of the NBFCs whose certificate of registration has been cancelled?

    • A.

      Profound Exports Private Limited

    • B.

      Two Brothers Holding Limited

    • C.

      Swank Services Private Limited

    • D.

      Kamal Auto Finance Limited

    Correct Answer
    D. Kamal Auto Finance Limited
    Explanation
    The question asks for the NBFC whose certificate of registration has NOT been cancelled. Since the answer is "Kamal Auto Finance Limited," it means that the certificates of registration for the other three companies (Profound Exports Private Limited, Two Brothers Holding Limited, and Swank Services Private Limited) have been cancelled.

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  • 7. 

    Who is the author of the book The Vijaya Mallya Story published recently?

    • A.

      Faraz Ahmad

    • B.

      R D Pradhan

    • C.

      K Giriprakash

    • D.

      Neel Mukherjee

    Correct Answer
    C. K Giriprakash
    Explanation
    K Giriprakash is the author of the book "The Vijaya Mallya Story" published recently.

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  • 8. 

    Which Indian author has been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2014 recently?

    • A.

      Jhumpa Lahiri

    • B.

      Arvind Adiga

    • C.

      Amitav Ghosh

    • D.

      Neel Mukherjee

    Correct Answer
    D. Neel Mukherjee
    Explanation
    Neel Mukherjee has been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2014.

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  • 9. 

    Indian Air Force on 28 July 2014 received its sixth C-17 Globemaster III aircraft. Name the country from which India has procured these aircraft?

    • A.

      France

    • B.

      Spain

    • C.

      The USA

    • D.

      The UK

    Correct Answer
    C. The USA
    Explanation
    India has procured the C-17 Globemaster III aircraft from the USA.

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  • 10. 

    Who was recently elected as the seventh President of Iraq?

    • A.

      Nuri-al Maliki

    • B.

      Fuad Masum

    • C.

      Hanan al-Fatlawi

    • D.

      Hussein al-Masawi

    Correct Answer
    B. Fuad Masum
    Explanation
    Fuad Masum was recently elected as the seventh President of Iraq. This information is not explicitly mentioned in the question, but it is implied that the question is asking for the name of the recently elected President. Therefore, based on the given options, Fuad Masum is the correct answer.

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  • 11. 

    Who has been named as the Chairman of the Committee that was recently appointed by the Union government to review the Rangarajan formula for pricing of gas?

    • A.

      Kirit Parikh

    • B.

      Kirit Somiah

    • C.

      Devendra Sharma

    • D.

      Suresh Prabhu

    Correct Answer
    D. Suresh Prabhu
    Explanation
    Suresh Prabhu has been named as the Chairman of the Committee appointed by the Union government to review the Rangarajan formula for pricing of gas.

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  • 12. 

    Who took over as the Chairman of the Chief of Staff Committee on 30 July 2014?

    • A.

      Lt-Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag

    • B.

      Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha

    • C.

      Admiral R K Dhowan

    • D.

      Lt-Gen Amit Sharma

    Correct Answer
    B. Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha
    Explanation
    Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha took over as the Chairman of the Chief of Staff Committee on 30 July 2014.

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  • 13. 

    Who became the fourth Deputy Governor of Reserve Bank of India on 30 July 2014?

    • A.

      S S Mundra

    • B.

      Gopalkrishna Gandhi

    • C.

      Deepak Parekh

    • D.

      Ashima Goyal

    Correct Answer
    A. S S Mundra
    Explanation
    S S Mundra became the fourth Deputy Governor of Reserve Bank of India on 30 July 2014.

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  • 14. 

    What is the name of the autobiography of former External Affairs Minister Natwar Singh that was released on 1 August 2014?

    • A.

      Live of Others

    • B.

      One Life is Not Enough

    • C.

      Corridors of Power

    • D.

      Countdown

    Correct Answer
    B. One Life is Not Enough
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "One Life is Not Enough." This autobiography is written by former External Affairs Minister Natwar Singh and was released on 1 August 2014. The title suggests that one lifetime is not sufficient to accomplish all that one desires or aspires to achieve.

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  • 15. 

    Malin village which was in news recently due to a landslide caused by heavy downpour that killed more than hundred peoples is in which State?

    • A.

      Maharashtra

    • B.

      Uttarakhand

    • C.

      Uttar Pradesh

    • D.

      Himachal Pradesh

    Correct Answer
    A. Maharashtra
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Maharashtra. Malin village was in the news recently because it experienced a landslide caused by heavy rainfall, resulting in the death of over a hundred people.

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  • 16. 

    Who became the first Indian woman to win a medal in Gymnastic at 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland?

    • A.

      Mohini Bhardwaj

    • B.

      Dipa Karmakar

    • C.

      Priti Das

    • D.

      Meenakshi

    Correct Answer
    B. Dipa Karmakar
    Explanation
    Dipa Karmakar became the first Indian woman to win a medal in Gymnastics at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland.

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  • 17. 

    Who recently was selected for 22nd edition of the Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavna Award?

    • A.

      D R Mehta

    • B.

      Gautam Bhai

    • C.

      Muzaffar Ali

    • D.

      Nirmala Deshpande

    Correct Answer
    C. Muzaffar Ali
    Explanation
    Muzaffar Ali was recently selected for the 22nd edition of the Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavna Award.

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  • 18. 

    Who on 31 July 2014 became the first Indian to win gold medal in Men’s Athletics event at Commonwealth Games after Milkha Singh?

    • A.

      Vikas Gowda

    • B.

      Joseph Abraham

    • C.

      Anil Kumar

    • D.

      Om Prakash Singh Karhana

    Correct Answer
    A. Vikas Gowda
    Explanation
    Vikas Gowda became the first Indian to win a gold medal in the Men's Athletics event at the Commonwealth Games after Milkha Singh. This means that no other Indian athlete had won a gold medal in this event at the Commonwealth Games between Milkha Singh's victory and Vikas Gowda's victory.

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  • 19. 

    At the recently concluded 2014 Commonwealth Games, India finished at 5th position in the medal tally with

    • A.

      69 medals

    • B.

      64 medals

    • C.

      72 medals

    • D.

      104 medals

    Correct Answer
    B. 64 medals
    Explanation
    India finished at 5th position in the medal tally at the 2014 Commonwealth Games with 64 medals. This means that India won a total of 64 medals in various events during the games, including gold, silver, and bronze. The number of medals won by a country is an important factor in determining its position in the medal tally. India's achievement of finishing 5th with 64 medals showcases the country's success and performance in the games.

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  • 20. 

    Name the Committee set up by the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development to review the status of University Grants Commission?

    • A.

      Hari Gautam Committee

    • B.

      Raghunath Mashelkar Committee

    • C.

      Suresh Prabhu Committee

    • D.

      Arun Nigvekar Committee

    Correct Answer
    A. Hari Gautam Committee
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Hari Gautam Committee. The Union Ministry of Human Resource Development set up the Hari Gautam Committee to review the status of the University Grants Commission (UGC). This committee was tasked with examining the functioning and structure of the UGC and making recommendations for its reform. The committee's findings and recommendations would have significant implications for the higher education sector in India.

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  • 21. 

    Name the organisation from Pakistan which won the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Award for the year 2014 announced on 31 July 2014?

    • A.

      Centre for Legal Assistance to pollution victims

    • B.

      The Citizens Foundation

    • C.

      The HELP

    • D.

      Society for The Empowerment of People (STEP)

    Correct Answer
    B. The Citizens Foundation
    Explanation
    The correct answer is The Citizens Foundation. The Ramon Magsaysay Award is a prestigious award given annually to individuals or organizations in Asia who have made significant contributions to their communities. The Citizens Foundation is a non-profit organization in Pakistan that focuses on providing quality education to underprivileged children in the country. Their efforts in improving education access and quality for marginalized communities have been recognized and awarded with the Ramon Magsaysay Award in 2014.

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  • 22. 

    Who got the 2014 Ramon Magsaysay Award for Emergent Leadership on 31 July 2014?

    • A.

      Wang Canfa of China

    • B.

      Omara Khan Masoudi of Afghanistan

    • C.

      Randy Halsan of the Philippines

    • D.

      Hu Shuli of China

    Correct Answer
    C. Randy Halsan of the Philippines
    Explanation
    Randy Halsan of the Philippines received the 2014 Ramon Magsaysay Award for Emergent Leadership on July 31, 2014.

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  • 23. 

    Which Public Sector Undertaking has become the 17th Navratna Company of the country recently?

    • A.

      Container Corporation of India (CONCOR)

    • B.

      Engineers India Limited (EIL)

    • C.

      Airports Authority of India (AAI)

    • D.

      BEML Limited

    Correct Answer
    A. Container Corporation of India (CONCOR)
    Explanation
    Recently, Container Corporation of India (CONCOR) has become the 17th Navratna Company of the country. Navratna status is given to select public sector enterprises in India that meet certain criteria, such as having a consistent track record of profitability, a minimum net worth, and a positive net worth for the last three years. This status provides greater financial and operational autonomy to the company, allowing it to make decisions without seeking government approval for every matter. CONCOR's achievement of Navratna status reflects its strong financial performance and strategic importance in the logistics and transportation sector.

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  • 24. 

    Name the mission that will be launched by NASA to examine habitability of Mars environment?

    • A.

      ExoMars Mission

    • B.

      Mars 2020 Rover Mission

    • C.

      InSight

    • D.

      MAVEN Orbiter

    Correct Answer
    B. Mars 2020 Rover Mission
    Explanation
    The Mars 2020 Rover Mission is the correct answer because it is a NASA mission specifically designed to examine the habitability of the Mars environment. The mission will involve sending a rover to Mars to collect samples and data that will help scientists determine if life could have existed on the planet in the past or if it could potentially support human exploration in the future. The rover will also test technologies that could be used for future missions to Mars.

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  • 25. 

    Pashupatinath Temple into which Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered prayers on his visit to Nepal is situated on banks of which river?

    • A.

      River Bagmati

    • B.

      River Sapt Koshi

    • C.

      River Arun

    • D.

      River Bisnumati

    Correct Answer
    A. River Bagmati
    Explanation
    Pashupatinath Temple, where Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered prayers during his visit to Nepal, is situated on the banks of the River Bagmati.

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  • 26. 

    Who on 3 August 2014 became the third Indian badminton player to win Gold medal in Badminton in Commonwealth Games?

    • A.

      P Kashyap

    • B.

      Prakash Padukone

    • C.

      Gurusai Datt

    • D.

      Saurabh Varma

    Correct Answer
    A. P Kashyap
    Explanation
    P Kashyap became the third Indian badminton player to win a Gold medal in Badminton in the Commonwealth Games on 3 August 2014.

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  • 27. 

    Which country topped the medal tally at the 2014 Commonwealth Games?

    • A.

      Australia

    • B.

      England

    • C.

      Scotland

    • D.

      Canada

    Correct Answer
    B. England
    Explanation
    England topped the medal tally at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. This means that they won the most medals out of all the participating countries.

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  • 28. 

    Which country decided recently to regulate sales and growth of Genetically Modified crops?

    • A.

      India

    • B.

      Thailand

    • C.

      China

    • D.

      Pakistan

    Correct Answer
    C. China
    Explanation
    China recently decided to regulate sales and growth of Genetically Modified crops.

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  • 29. 

    What is the scientific name of Australian Humpback Dolphins which was identified by the scientists recently?

    • A.

      Sousa Teuszii

    • B.

      Sousa Chinensis

    • C.

      Sousa Sahulensis

    • D.

      Sousa Plumbea

    Correct Answer
    C. Sousa Sahulensis
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Sousa Sahulensis. This is the scientific name of the Australian Humpback Dolphins that were recently identified by scientists.

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  • 30. 

    Which Indian Bank was awarded with Core Banking System Initiative Award 2014 at the Asian Banking and Finance – Retail Banking Awards ceremony in Singapore on 31 July 2014?

    • A.

      ICICI Bank

    • B.

      Bank of Baroda

    • C.

      Bharatiya Mahila Bank

    • D.

      HDFC Bank

    Correct Answer
    C. Bharatiya Mahila Bank
    Explanation
    Bharatiya Mahila Bank was awarded the Core Banking System Initiative Award 2014 at the Asian Banking and Finance – Retail Banking Awards ceremony in Singapore on 31 July 2014.

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