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  • 1. 

    Recently, Philippines and the United States signed a defence pact. The military agreement between both the countries will allow a bigger US military presence on Filipino territory. Check the correct statement in this regard:    1. The defence pact will be valid for 10 years. 2.  Philippine defence minister Voltaire Gazmin and US ambassador Philip Goldberg signed the defence pact. 3. The new agreement will not allow the reopening of US bases in the Philippines.   4. The agreement is seen as another element of Obama's effort to focus US military and economic attention more heavily on Asia.

    • A.

      1 and 2

    • B.

      1,2 and 3

    • C.

      1 and 3

    • D.

      All are correct

    Correct Answer
    D. All are correct
    Explanation
    The given answer is "All are correct." This means that all of the statements mentioned in the question are true. Statement 1 states that the defence pact will be valid for 10 years, which implies that there is a specific time frame for the agreement. Statement 2 mentions the names of the individuals who signed the pact, confirming the involvement of the Philippine defence minister and the US ambassador. Statement 3 states that the new agreement will not allow the reopening of US bases in the Philippines, indicating a limitation on the terms of the pact. Finally, statement 4 suggests that the agreement is part of Obama's strategy to prioritize US military and economic focus on Asia.

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  • 2. 

    Which animal was recently named as the fastest land animal in the world? 

    • A.

      Cheetah

    • B.

      Southern California mite

    • C.

      Blue Wildebeest

    • D.

      Brown Hare

    Correct Answer
    B. Southern California mite
  • 3. 

    Consider the following statements with respect to Akash missile. 1. Akash is a medium range surface-to-air anti-aircraft defence system 2. Missile has a strike range of 25 km 3. It was developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO)   Correct statements are: 

    • A.

      1 and 2

    • B.

      2 and 3

    • C.

      1 and 3

    • D.

      All are correct

    Correct Answer
    D. All are correct
    Explanation
    The given answer is "All are correct". This means that all three statements about the Akash missile are true. Statement 1 states that Akash is a medium range surface-to-air anti-aircraft defence system, statement 2 states that it has a strike range of 25 km, and statement 3 states that it was developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). Since all three statements are true, the correct answer is "All are correct".

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  • 4. 

    228 light-weight aircraft Nabhrathna was handed over to Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). Which organization has developed Nabhratna?

    • A.

      Electronics and Radar Development Establishment

    • B.

      Armament Research & Development Establishment

    • C.

      Hindustan Aeronautical Limited

    • D.

      Aeronautical Development agency

    Correct Answer
    C. Hindustan Aeronautical Limited
    Explanation
    Hindustan Aeronautical Limited is the correct answer because the question asks which organization developed the aircraft Nabhrathna, and Hindustan Aeronautical Limited is the only option that is an organization involved in the development of aircraft. The other options, Electronics and Radar Development Establishment, Armament Research & Development Establishment, and Aeronautical Development agency, are not specifically involved in aircraft development.

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  • 5. 

    Ukranian Government announced to build a 32000 tonnes arch over Chernobyl. What is the importance of this arch?

    • A.

      To protect the citizens of Ukraine from radioactive dust

    • B.

      To mark the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster

    • C.

      To make the site a heritage monument

    • D.

      None

    Correct Answer
    A. To protect the citizens of Ukraine from radioactive dust
    Explanation
    The importance of building a 32000 tonnes arch over Chernobyl is to protect the citizens of Ukraine from radioactive dust. This arch will serve as a containment structure to prevent the spread of radioactive particles into the surrounding environment. It will help safeguard the health and well-being of the people living in the vicinity of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, minimizing the risk of exposure to harmful radiation.

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  • 6. 

    Who won the presidential election of Panama recently?

    • A.

      Ricardo Martinelli

    • B.

      Juan Carlos Navarro

    • C.

      Juan Carlos Varela

    • D.

      Voltaire Goldberg

    Correct Answer
    C. Juan Carlos Varela
    Explanation
    Juan Carlos Varela won the presidential election of Panama recently. This can be inferred from the given options where his name is mentioned as one of the choices.

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  • 7. 

    Coca-Cola announced to remove an inflammated ingredient from its cold drinks. What is the name of the ingredient?

    • A.

      Acetate isobutyrate

    • B.

      Brominated Vegetable Oil (BVO)

    • C.

      Glycerol ester

    • D.

      Sucrose rosin

    Correct Answer
    B. Brominated Vegetable Oil (BVO)
    Explanation
    Coca-Cola announced that it would remove an inflammated ingredient from its cold drinks. The correct answer is Brominated Vegetable Oil (BVO). BVO is a food additive that is used to improve the stability and consistency of certain beverages. However, it has been associated with health concerns and has been banned in several countries. Coca-Cola's decision to remove BVO from its drinks is likely a response to consumer demand for healthier and safer ingredients.

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  • 8. 

    What is RuPay? Consider the following statements: 1. An  Indigenous Card payment System 2. RuPay is the coinage of two terms Rupee and Payment 3. National Payments Corporation of India (NPCL) developed the Rupay platform 4. Rupay is the seventh card payment system in the world Choose the correct Statements:

    • A.

      1, 2 and 3

    • B.

      2,3 and 4

    • C.

      1, 2 and 4

    • D.

      All are correct

    Correct Answer
    D. All are correct
    Explanation
    RuPay is an indigenous card payment system developed by the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCL). The name "RuPay" is derived from the combination of the terms "Rupee" and "Payment." It is the seventh card payment system in the world. Therefore, all the given statements are correct.

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  • 9. 

    Air-to-Air missile Astra was successfully test fired from a Sukhoi-30MKI fighter jet. Consider the following statements about Astra:   1. Astra is India's first Beyond Visual Range (BVR) Air-to-Air missile. It was designed and developed indigenously by the DRDO.  2. India becomes the fifth country to have BVR missile.  3. The 60-km plus range missile possesses high Single Shot Kill Probability (SSKP) which makes it highly reliable. 4. Astra is an all-weather missile with active radar terminal guidance. Choose the correct statements: 

    • A.

      1, 2 and 3

    • B.

      2,3 and 4

    • C.

      1, 2 and 4

    • D.

      All are correct

    Correct Answer
    D. All are correct
    Explanation
    The given answer is correct because all the statements mentioned about Astra are true. Statement 1 states that Astra is India's first Beyond Visual Range (BVR) Air-to-Air missile, which is designed and developed indigenously by the DRDO. Statement 2 states that India becomes the fifth country to have a BVR missile. Statement 3 mentions that the missile has a range of 60-km plus and possesses high Single Shot Kill Probability (SSKP), making it highly reliable. Statement 4 states that Astra is an all-weather missile with active radar terminal guidance. Therefore, all the statements are correct.

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  • 10. 

    Recently, Scientist found new Element named Ununseptium which is about to join the periodic table. What is the proton number of the new element?

    • A.

      118

    • B.

      117

    • C.

      119

    • D.

      120

    Correct Answer
    B. 117
    Explanation
    The proton number of an element corresponds to its atomic number, which indicates the number of protons in the nucleus of an atom. In this case, the correct answer is 117, as stated.

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  • 11. 

    Name the person who on 4 May 2014 won the Munich ATP tournament?

    • A.

      Fabio Fognini of Italy

    • B.

      Martin Kilzan of Slovakia

    • C.

      Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany

    • D.

      Tommy Haas of Florida

    Correct Answer
    B. Martin Kilzan of Slovakia
    Explanation
    Martin Kilzan of Slovakia won the Munich ATP tournament on 4 May 2014.

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  • 12. 

    The Obama administration on 5 May 2014 gave its approval to a country’s opposition to open its formal diplomatic mission in Washington. Name the country?

    • A.

      Syria

    • B.

      South Korea

    • C.

      Afghanistan

    • D.

      Bangladesh

    Correct Answer
    A. Syria
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Syria. The Obama administration approved Syria's opposition to open its formal diplomatic mission in Washington on 5 May 2014.

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  • 13. 

    What is the name of the tennis charity (fundraiser) event that was announced by the tennis player, who died due to Liver cancer on 4 May 2014?

    • A.

      Aerobathon

    • B.

      Rally for Bally

    • C.

      Blossom Charity Ball

    • D.

      John O’Groats to Land End Cycle

    Correct Answer
    B. Rally for Bally
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Rally for Bally. This event was announced by a tennis player who passed away from liver cancer on 4 May 2014.

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  • 14. 

    Name the former British tennis player, who died on 4 May 2014 due to liver cancer at the age of 30. 

    • A.

      Elena Baltacha

    • B.

      Bill Allen

    • C.

      Andrzej Grubba

    • D.

      Henner Henkel

    Correct Answer
    A. Elena Baltacha
    Explanation
    Elena Baltacha was a former British tennis player who unfortunately passed away on 4 May 2014 at the age of 30 due to liver cancer.

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  • 15. 

    Constitutional Bench Supreme Court of India on 6 May 2014 held that prior sanction is not required from the government to probe the senior bureaucrats on corruption charges. In its decision the Court highlighted an Article of Constitution of India that says Equality before the Law. Which Article highlights Equality before the law?

    • A.

      Article 10

    • B.

      Article 14

    • C.

      Article 18

    • D.

      Article 156

    Correct Answer
    B. Article 14
    Explanation
    Article 14 of the Constitution of India highlights Equality before the law. This article ensures that every person is treated equally under the law and prohibits any discrimination on the grounds of religion, race, caste, sex, or place of birth. The decision of the Constitutional Bench of the Supreme Court in May 2014, stating that prior sanction is not required from the government to probe senior bureaucrats on corruption charges, aligns with the principle of equality before the law as enshrined in Article 14.

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  • 16. 

    Name the organisation/Institute that on 5 May 2014 in its release termed that by the end of 2014 the world will have about 3 billion internet users – two-thirds of them will be from the developing world – with mobile-broadband penetration approaching 32 percent. 

    • A.

      United Nations International Telecommunications Union (ITU)

    • B.

      WikiLeaks

    • C.

      UK’s National Pupil Database (NPD)

    • D.

      Google

    Correct Answer
    A. United Nations International Telecommunications Union (ITU)
    Explanation
    The correct answer is United Nations International Telecommunications Union (ITU). The ITU is an organization that focuses on issues related to information and communication technologies. In their release on 5 May 2014, they predicted that by the end of 2014, there would be approximately 3 billion internet users worldwide, with two-thirds of them coming from the developing world. They also mentioned that mobile-broadband penetration would be around 32 percent. This information highlights the ITU's expertise in monitoring and analyzing global telecommunications trends.

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  • 17. 

    BCCI on 6 May 2014 indefinitely suspended a States Cricket Association within hours of appointment of former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi as the President of that Association.  Name the state whose cricket association has been suspended?

    • A.

      Punjab

    • B.

      Maharashtra

    • C.

      Rajasthan

    • D.

      Tamil Nadu

    Correct Answer
    C. Rajasthan
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Rajasthan. The BCCI suspended the cricket association of Rajasthan after Lalit Modi was appointed as its president.

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  • 18. 

    Constitutional Court of a country on 7 May 2014 ruled that the Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawartra must step down over abuse of power charges. Name the country whose court has given a decision of removal of the Prime Minister?  

    • A.

      Vietnam

    • B.

      Malaysia

    • C.

      Philippines

    • D.

      Thailand

    Correct Answer
    D. Thailand
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Thailand. The Constitutional Court of Thailand ruled on 7 May 2014 that Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawartra must step down over abuse of power charges.

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  • 19. 

    Which of the following is not a nuclear-weapons-free Zones treaty?

    • A.

      Treaty of Tlatelolco

    • B.

      Treaty of Rarotonga

    • C.

      Treaty of Bangkok

    • D.

      Treaty of Switzerland

    Correct Answer
    D. Treaty of Switzerland
    Explanation
    The Treaty of Switzerland is not a nuclear-weapons-free Zones treaty because it does not specifically address the establishment of a zone free from nuclear weapons. The Treaty of Tlatelolco, Treaty of Rarotonga, and Treaty of Bangkok are all examples of nuclear-weapons-free Zones treaties that have been signed by various countries to promote disarmament and prevent the proliferation of nuclear weapons in specific regions.

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  • 20. 

    The Supreme Court of India on 7 May 2014 quashed the law passed by Kerala Assembly on the Mullaperiyar dam and ruled that the water level of the dam can be raised. As per the decision of SC the water can be raised to what level?

    • A.

      132 feet

    • B.

      136 feet

    • C.

      140 feet

    • D.

      142 feet

    Correct Answer
    D. 142 feet
    Explanation
    The Supreme Court of India, on 7 May 2014, ruled that the water level of the Mullaperiyar dam can be raised. According to the court's decision, the water can be raised to a level of 142 feet.

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  • 21. 

    The Supreme Court quashed the law passed by Kerala Assembly on the Mullaperiyar dam named Kerala Irrigation and Water Conservation (Amendment) Act, 2006 and gave permission to raise the water level of the dam. The Mullaperiyar dam is in debate between two states Tamil Nadu and Kerala. When the Mullaperiyar dam Lease Agreement was signed?

    • A.

      1886

    • B.

      1947

    • C.

      1976

    • D.

      2008

    Correct Answer
    A. 1886
    Explanation
    The Mullaperiyar dam Lease Agreement was signed in 1886.

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  • 22. 

    Supreme Court of India on 7 May 2014 banned use of bulls for Jallikattu (bull-fighting) events or bullock-cart races across the country terming that the rights guaranteed to the bulls under an Act could not be taken away or curtailed. Name the Act?

    • A.

      Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PCA) Act 1950

    • B.

      Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PCA) Act 1960

    • C.

      Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PCA) Act 1980

    • D.

      Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PCA) Act 1990

    Correct Answer
    B. Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PCA) Act 1960
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PCA) Act 1960. This act was cited by the Supreme Court of India to ban the use of bulls for Jallikattu and bullock-cart races across the country. The court stated that the rights guaranteed to the bulls under this act could not be taken away or curtailed.

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  • 23. 

    Name the person, who was appointed as the new national coach of the national team of Pakistan on 6 May 2014? He will join the national side of Pakistan as a coach in June 2014. 

    • A.

      Javed Miandad

    • B.

      Intikhab Alam

    • C.

      Mushtaq Mohammad

    • D.

      Waqar Younis

    Correct Answer
    D. Waqar Younis
    Explanation
    Waqar Younis was appointed as the new national coach of the national team of Pakistan on 6 May 2014. He was scheduled to join the national side of Pakistan as a coach in June 2014.

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  • 24. 

    Name the cricketing great, who on 8 May 2014 quit from his post of Cricket Australia after being refused a pay rise?

    • A.

      Dennis Lillee

    • B.

      Grant Flower

    • C.

      Jow Dawes

    • D.

      Duncan Fletcher

    Correct Answer
    A. Dennis Lillee
    Explanation
    Dennis Lillee is the correct answer because on 8 May 2014, he quit from his post of Cricket Australia after being refused a pay rise.

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  • 25. 

    Fourteen new species of dancing frogs were discovered in the Western Ghats of southern India by the Indian scientists/biologists. What is the scientific name of dancing frogs?

    • A.

      Ophiophagus Hannah

    • B.

      Lacertilia

    • C.

      Micrixalidae

    • D.

      Testudines

    Correct Answer
    C. Micrixalidae
    Explanation
    The scientific name of dancing frogs is Micrixalidae. The question states that fourteen new species of dancing frogs were discovered in the Western Ghats of southern India by Indian scientists/biologists. Therefore, the correct answer is Micrixalidae, which is the scientific name for dancing frogs.

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  • 26. 

    Which museum of the world has launched an online database on World War-I on 11 May2014?

    • A.

      National Museum of India

    • B.

      Imperial War Museum of UK

    • C.

      National Gallery of Australia

    • D.

      National Museum of Germany

    Correct Answer
    B. Imperial War Museum of UK
    Explanation
    The Imperial War Museum of UK launched an online database on World War I on 11 May 2014. This database is likely a comprehensive collection of information, documents, and artifacts related to the war, providing valuable resources for researchers, historians, and the general public. The Imperial War Museum is known for its focus on conflicts involving the British and Commonwealth forces, making it a fitting institution to create such a database.

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  • 27. 

    A new study Renewable Energy and Jobs – Annual Review 2014 was released by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) on 11 May 2014. According to it, how many jobs were created by Renewable Energy in the year 2013?

    • A.

      8.5 million

    • B.

      7 million

    • C.

      6.5 million

    • D.

      6 million

    Correct Answer
    C. 6.5 million
    Explanation
    According to the study released by IRENA, Renewable Energy created 6.5 million jobs in the year 2013.

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  • 28. 

    Which Business Group won the International Business of the Year award 2014 at the Asian Business Awards Midlands in Birmingham on 9 May 2014?

    • A.

      Caparo Group

    • B.

      Tata Group

    • C.

      Hinduja Group

    • D.

      Reliance Group

    Correct Answer
    A. Caparo Group
    Explanation
    Caparo Group won the International Business of the Year award in 2014 at the Asian Business Awards Midlands in Birmingham on 9 May 2014.

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  • 29. 

    Which party of South Africa won the national elections for the fifth time in a row on 9 May 2014?

    • A.

      Democratic Alliance

    • B.

      United Democratic Movement

    • C.

      National Freedom Party

    • D.

      African National Congress

    Correct Answer
    D. African National Congress
    Explanation
    The African National Congress (ANC) won the national elections for the fifth time in a row on 9 May 2014. The ANC is a political party in South Africa that played a significant role in the country's fight against apartheid. It has been the ruling party in South Africa since the end of apartheid in 1994. The ANC's victory in the 2014 elections indicates its continued popularity and support among the South African population.

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  • 30. 

    Which sports personality was crowned as the World Snooker Player of the Year on 8 May 2014 in London?

    • A.

      Mark Selby

    • B.

      Ronnie O’Sullivan

    • C.

      Ding Junhui

    • D.

      John Astley

    Correct Answer
    B. Ronnie O’Sullivan
    Explanation
    Ronnie O'Sullivan was crowned as the World Snooker Player of the Year on 8 May 2014 in London.

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