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    1) HAL Public Sector Unit has delivered 'Orbiter Craft Module Structure' of Chandrayaan-2, which is India's …………….. lunar exploration mission, to ISRO Satellite Centre in Bengaluru? Ans : (2)
    1. First
    2. Second
    3. Third
    4. Fourth
    5. Fifth

    Explanation: The Orbiter Craft Module is a three-tonne category bus structure made out of a central composite cylinder, shear webs and deck panels. The Orbiter with scientific payloads will orbit around the moon and the Lander will soft land on the planet at a specified site and deploy the Rover. According to Indian Space Research organisation's plans, Chandrayaan-2 will be launched by a Geo-Stationary Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-MKII) during the next two to three years.

    2)India has amended a bilateral treaty of transit through how many border points with Nepal? Ans : (4)
    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    Explanation: India has agreed to Nepal's request for allowing the movement of vehicles imported from a third country into Nepal through four border points by amending the bilateral Treaty of Transit. According to the press release, the movement of vehicles on their own power to Nepal has been allowed through Raxaul-Birgunj, Jogbani-Biratnagar, Sunauli-Bhairahawa and Nepalgunj Road-Nepalgunj border points.

    3) Europe decided to form a police team to block social media accounts of …………. Ans : (1)
    1. Islamic State
    2. Christianity
    3. Hindus
    4. Jains
    5. Parsis

    Explanation: A recent US study found there were at least 46,000 accounts on Twitter linked to the militant group, many of which help to recruit new IS members. The European police agency “Europol” will now work with unnamed social media companies to track the accounts. They aim to get new accounts closed down within two hours of them being set up.

    4) European Union held an emergency summit over Greek debt crisis in which city recently? (3)
    1. London
    2. Paris
    3. Brussels
    4. Turkey
    5. Ottawa

    Explanation: An emergency summit on the Greek debt crisis in Brussels on 22nd June’15 is to prevent Greece from defaulting on its debt with a June 30 payment deadline fast approaching. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on 21st June’15 presented new proposals to European leaders aimed at ending his country's debt crisis, on the eve of a summit that could determine whether Greece crashes out of the euro zone.

    5) The famous Ambubachi Mahotsava of Kamakhaya temple began recently in which state? Ans : (2)
    1. Odisha
    2. Assom
    3. Telengana
    4. Kerala
    5. Karnataka

    Explanation:Approx. 8 to 10 lakh devotees from various states are expected to arrive in Guwahati during Ambubachi.

    6) Name the stock exchange that introduced an overnight liquid transaction facility on its web-based Mutual Fund platform recently? Ans : (1)
    1. National Stock Exchange
    2. Bombay Stock Exchange
    3. MCX-DX
    4. Delhi Stock Exchange
    5. None

    Explanation: The facility will enable traders, especially small investors, to invest even for a single night in liquid funds. A similar product was introduced last month by Bombay Stock Exchange, BSE. The exchange has seen daily transactions worth 400-500 crore rupees in the product so far.

    7) How many times has Bangladesh won the ODI series against India? Ans : (3)
    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    Explanation: :- Bangladesh Cricket team defeated Team India on the Duckworth-Lewis method at Mirpur, Dhaka on 22nd June’15 to register the series win . The victory not only gave Bangladesh an unassailable 2-0 lead, but also ensured them a place in the 2017 Champions Trophy.

    8)Justice A P Shah is the Chairman of the _____ that recommended abolition of death penalty for all crimes other than terrorism related offences and waging war against the state? Ans : (1)
    1. Law Commission
    2. SC Commission
    3. BC Commission
    4. Minority Commission
    5. None of these

    Explanation: Chairman of the Law Commission Justice A P Shah said, in the last decade the Supreme Court has on numerous occasions expressed concern over the arbitrary sentencing in death penalty cases. The recommendation by the nine member panel was, however, not unanimous, with three members dissenting and supporting retention of capital punishment.

    9) On whom The Supreme Court upholds ‘ban on entering Goa’ ? Ans : (4)
    1. Girija Sinha
    2. Venkatraman Ayer
    3. Bhartahi Naidu
    4. Pramod Muthalik
    5. None

    Explanation: A bench comprising Chief Justice H L Dattu refused Sri Ram Sene Chief Muthalik's plea and told him to come after six months. Muthalik had moved the Supreme Court challenging the order of the Goa bench of the Bombay High Court which on 2nd July had refused to interfere with the prohibitory order imposed on him and his associates by the state police.

    10) 10) Hindi Jagat: Vistar evam sambhavnai is the theme of the ………. World Hindi Conference (WHC) which was organized in Bhopal from 10th -12th Sept’15? Ans : (1)
    1. 10th
    2. 9th
    3. 11th
    4. 12th
    5. 13th

    Explanation: The 10th World Hindi Conference (WHC) was organized by the Ministry of External Affairs, in partnership with the Government of Madhya Pradesh

    11) Railway Police developed a mobile based security system for the running trains under which scheme for safety of rail passengers? Ans : (2)
    1. Police Scheme
    2. Rakshak Scheme
    3. Sahayak Scheme
    4. Save u Scheme
    5. None

    Explanation: Through Rakshak Scheme, security personnel who are on duty in the running trains will be linked with the railway police control rooms. Railway police is taking this project initially as a pilot project and the project has been launched from Allahabad Division of railway police.

    12) Denali is the new name of the Mount McKinley, which is located in ____ Ans : (2)
    1. South America
    2. North America
    3. Australia
    4. India
    5. China

    Explanation: President Barack Obama has said the 20,000 feet peak will revert to the original name given to it by Native Alaskan's, Denali. He made the announcement on the eve of a visit to Alaska for a conference of Arctic Nations. The central Alaska Mountain has officially been called Mount McKinley for almost a century.

    13) Punjab state has been conferred how many awards for outstanding performance in the various fields of Renewable Energy and Power Generation? Ans : (1)
    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    Explanation: This , includes first award for highest capacity addition in grid connected solar rooftop power in the country during the financial year 2014-15? The other four areas in which Punjab bagged awards includes achieving highest cumulative grid connected solar rooftop power capacity, deployment of highest cumulative numbers of Solar Water Pumps, highest capacity addition of off-grid waste to energy plants and achieving highest capacity addition in grid connected solar power in the country.

    14) The country's infrastructure sector status in July 2015 is ……….? Ans : (2)
    1. Increased
    2. Decreased
    3. No Change
    4. Both 1 & 2
    5. None of the above

    Explanation: Growth of the country's infrastructure sector slowed to a 3-month low of 1.1 per cent in July, as the output of crude oil, natural gas and steel contracted. The eight core sectors, which contribute about 38 per cent to the overall industrial production, had grown at 4.1 per cent in July last year.

    15) India country will be the Partner Country for Russian Industrial Trade Fair to be held at Yekaterinburg, Russia in July 2016. What is the name of it? Ans : (1)
    1. “Innoprom 2016”
    2. “Innovation 2016’”
    3. Invention 2016
    4. Creation 2016
    5. Invention & Creation 2016

    Explanation: India accepted the invitation extended by the Russian Government to participate as the Partner Country in the major Industrial Fair “INNOPROM 2016” to be heldat Yekaterinburg, Russia in July 2016.

    16) Name the vocalist who has been chosen for the prestigious Sangita Kalanidhi Award 2015? Ans : (2)
    1. Arijit Singh
    2. Sanjay Subrahmanyan
    3. Krishnakumar Kunnath
    4. Shankar Mahadevan
    5. Unni Krishnan

    Explanation:He will preside over the 89th conference of the Music Academy this Margazhi.

    17) 17) Shashi Bala was the former Indian women team captain of which sports, who passed away recently? Ans : (2)
    1. Football
    2. Hockey
    3. Volley Ball
    4. Kabbaddi
    5. Women Cricket

    Explanation: She was killed in a car accident along with her son in Kahma village of Punjab

    18) James Horner was the composer of some of the biggest Hollywood hits like "Titanic", "Braveheart" and 'Avatar" died in a plane crash recently. He was the winner for Oscar award for how many times? Ans : (2)
    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    Explanation: James Horner won the Oscar for best original score for his work on James Cameron's "Titanic" and followed it with original song win for Celine Dion-sung "My Heart Will Go On" in the film. Horner was piloting a small aircraft when it crashed into a remote area near north of Santa Barbara in California.

    19) When did the earth Quake hit Nepal? Ans : (1)
    1. April 25th
    2. April 30
    3. April 22
    4. April 1
    5. May 2nd

    Explanation: $ 500 million has been pledged by the World Bank for quake hit Nepal . World Bank president Jim Yong Kim said in a statement that the organisation is working with the Government of Nepal and its international partners to help the country get the resources it needs to build back better.

    20) Prior to which date the government will not impose levy tax on FIIs? Ans : (1)
    1. 2nd Apr’14
    2. 31st Mar’15
    3. 1st Apr’15
    4. 31st Aug’15
    5. 30th aug 15

    Explanation: Recently, the government accepted the Justice AP Shah Committee report on the Minimum Alternative Tax (MAT) on Foreign Institutional Investors . The Shah panel's recommendations were applicable only for FIIs and FPIs and did not pertain to cases involving foreign direct investment (FDI). In May , the government set up a panel headed by Justice AP Shah to suggest ways to resolve the MAT dispute as well as some other tax issues. Tax authorities had issued MAT notices to foreign portfolio investors last year which claim of Rs 600 crore.

    21) On which of the following days RTGS facility will not operate? Ans : (5)
    1. 1st Monday of the month
    2. 2nd Saturday of the month
    3. 4th Saturday of the month
    4. All Saturdays of the month
    5. Both 2 & 3

    Explanation: The Reserve Bank has said that the Real-time gross settlement - RTGS system will not be operated on second and fourth Saturdays with banks observing public holiday on those days. In a notification issued from Mumbai, RBI said that the system will operate for full days on working Saturdays of the month. The minimum amount to be remitted through RTGS is Rs 2 lakh while there is no upper ceiling.

    22) Through 14th Finance Commission, Bihar will get Rs. 3.74 Lakh Crore in next how many years? Ans : (5)
    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    Explanation: This was occurred On 1st Sep’15 as announced by the PM Narendra Modi in a parivartan rally in Bihar He also said that this amount is different from the Rs 1.65 lakh crore that he announced earlier.

    23) Domestic Systemically Important Banks (D-SIBs) declared by the RBI recently are………….? Ans : (5)
    1. SBI
    2. ICICI Bank
    3. HDFC Bank
    4. PNB
    5. Both 1 & 2

    Explanation: The D-SIB framework requires RBI to disclose the names of banks designated as D-SIBs every year in August starting from August 2015. Now it is to be interpreted as that these banks are so integral to the economy that their failure would have to be prevented at any cost.

    24) Ratan P Watal has been appointed as the new Finance ………….on 31st Aug’15? Ans : (1)
    1. Secretary
    2. Advisor
    3. Chairman
    4. Minister
    5. None

    Explanation: He is a 1978-batch IAS officer of the Andhra Pradesh cadre.

    25) Which of the following banks has been downgraded by one notch to 'bb' to reflect the growing risk to the bank's capital position from its mounting stressed assets? Ans : (1)
    1. Punjab National Bank
    2. Indian Bank
    3. Bank of Baroda
    4. Axis Bank
    5. Dr. rajendra Prasad

    Explanation: As per the Fitch Ratings released on 1st Sep’15, Rating agency Fitch Ratings downgraded PNB's Viability Rating by one notch to 'bb' on the growing risk to the bank's capital position from a mounting stock of stressed assets.