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    1) Philae is the spacecraft that woke up after how many months in hibernation on the surface of Comet 67P? Ans : (1)
    1. 7
    2. 8
    3. 9
    4. 10
    5. 1

    Explanation: It is the first spacecraft in the space history to land on a comet. On 13 June 2015 the signals from the spacecraft were received at the European Space Operations Centre in Darmstadt, Germany. It was developed and launched as part of the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Rosetta mission.

    2) Sheila Kaul was the former governor of which state who passed away recently? Ans : (2)
    1. Kerala
    2. Himachal pradesh
    3. Gujarath
    4. Telengana
    5. Andhra Pradesh ( before state division)

    Explanation: From 1995 to 1996, she served as the Governor of Himachal Pradesh. She was married to renowned botanist Kailash Nath Kaul, who established the National Botanical Research Institute in Lucknow. She was sister-in-law of Jawaharlal Nehru, was oldest surviving former Parliamentarian.

    3) Connect employers and job seekers is the objective of launching a digital portal ……… .dcmsme.gov.in, by the Union Government on 15th June’15? Ans : (3)
    1. TTX
    2. MMX
    3. EEX
    4. CCX
    5. VVX

    Explanation: The portal will help in linking Make in India initiative with Skilled India one. The employers and job seekers can now register at www.eex.dcmsme.gov.in. Nearly, two lakh job seekers have already registered themselves with the EEX.

    4) India has signed motor vehicles pact with Bhutan, Bangladesh and which other country on 15th June’15? (4)
    1. Pakistan
    2. Srilanka
    3. USA
    4. Nepal
    5. Malaysia

    Explanation: The agreement will not only reduce transport costs but also foster development of multi-modal transport and transit facilities. As per the agreement, the four SAARC countries will carry out a six-month work plan from July for the implementation of the BBIN Motor Vehicle Agreement. According to the statement, India will work on signing a similar motor agreement with Myanmar and Thailand.

    5) Which country will test reusable launch vehicle next month as this technology can significantly bring down the cost of launching satellites? Ans : (1)
    1. India
    2. Australia
    3. Nepal
    4. Bhutan
    5. USA

    Explanation:The reusable launch vehicle will be landing first time in the ocean and the ultimate attempt is to make it land at an air-strip at Sriharikota.

    6) Which mobile app was launched recently, for android devices (developed by ISRO) that will provide live view of a physical, real world environment? Ans : (2)
    1. Puraskaar
    2. Saakar
    3. Vikaar
    4. Manokaar
    5. Pukaar

    Explanation: The app consists of 3D models of Mars Mission, rockets, and videos of INSAT and 3D predicting cyclones. It can be downloaded through the website www.sac.gov.in/SACSITE/sakaar/index.html.

    7) How much percent FDI inflows into the services sector grew in 2014-15? Ans : (4)
    1. 81%
    2. 65%
    3. 30%
    4. 46%
    5. 70%

    Explanation: With the government taking steps to improve ease of doing business and attracting investments, FDI inflows into the services sector grew by over 46 per cent to 3.25 billion dollars in 2014-15. In step with the growth in FDI in important sectors like services, overall foreign inflows in the country too rose by 27 per cent to 30.93 billion dollar during the previous fiscal. The amount was 24.29 billion dollar in 2013-14.

    8) Which types of trains will be run with dynamic fares by Railway Ministry from July to address the rush during peak travel seasons? Ans : (2)
    1. Tatkal Trains
    2. Suvidha Trains
    3. JanManas Trains
    4. Peak Trains
    5. None

    Explanation: These trains will have dynamic fare system and there will not be any downward movement of the fare. Depending upon the demand, these trains may be run during peak seasons like winter rush, summer rush, Dussehra rush, Holi rush and on other occasions. It said that only confirmed and RAC tickets will be issued for these trains and there will be no waiting list. No concession will be available on these trains.

    9) Harbhajan Singh as the Indian bowler has reached a landmark climbing to which position in the all-time highest Test wicket-takers? Ans : (4)
    1. 1 2. 2 3. 3 4. 9 5. 10

    Explanation: He surpassed Pakistani legend Wasim Akram in a test match against Bangladesh. The 'Turbanator' is now only 20 wickets short of beating Kapil Dev's 434 Test wickets to become the second highest wicket-taker in history of Indian Test cricket after Anil Kumble's 619 wickets.

    10) The ranking of India , at present in test ranking after draw against Bangladesh is ………? Ans : (4)
    1. First
    2. Second
    3. Third
    4. Fourth
    5. Fifth

    Explanation: India have dropped a place to be at fourth in the latest ICC Test team rankings after a draw against Bangladesh in Fatullah on 15th June’15.

    11) The anniversary of the Magna Carta was observed on 15th June’15. What is the edition of that? Ans : (3)
    1. 1000
    2. 500
    3. 800
    4. 750
    5. 550

    Explanation: The Magna Carta, the historic charter (agreement) signed between the King of England and the English nobility which limited the power of the throne and was the first significant limit placed on governmental authority in the world.

    12) Which Indian company bagged the multi-year aero-components manufacture and supply contract with European consortium Airbus at the ongoing Paris Air Show recently? Ans : (3)
    1. TATA
    2. L & T
    3. Mahindra
    4. Ashoka Leyland
    5. None

    Explanation: This contract marked a major milestone in the ‘Make in India’ initiative. The parts will be produced at the new Mahindra Aerostructures facility located at Narsapura, near Bengaluru, with deliveries to Premium Aerotec’s facilities in Germany scheduled to commence this year. It is worth mentioning that Mahindra Aerospace started its operations in 2008 and is today the largest supplier to Airbus out of India.

    13) Which competitive exam will be re-conducted as per the order by Supreme Court on 15th June’15? Ans : (1)
    1. All India Pre-Medical Test 2015
    2. UP-PCS 2015
    3. IIT-JEE 2015
    4. CAT 2014
    5. MAT-2015

    Explanation: On 15 June 2015 the Supreme Court said in its order “The examination stands vitiated even if one student is being benefited illegally” and it ordered CBSE to re-conduct the AIPMT 2015 again.

    14) The percentage of gross non-performing assets (gross NPA) for public-sector banks as on 31st Mar’15 is ………? Ans : (2)
    1. 3%
    2. 5.17%
    3. 8%
    4. 9.3%
    5. 10.9%

    Explanation: It was reported that the public-sector banks continue to report higher bad loans and the gross non-performing assets as on 31st Mar’15 stood at 5.17%.

    15) Ajeya Warrior 2015 is the Joint-Military Exercise that started between the armies of India and which country at Salisbury Plains Training Area,? Ans : (2)
    1. USA
    2. UK
    3. UAE
    4. USSR
    5. Srilanka

    Explanation: The aim of the Exercise is to build and promote positive military relations between Indian and UK Army and to enhance their ability to undertake joint tactical level operations in Counter Insurgency/Counter Terrorism Environment under United Nations Charter.

    16) Which bird was nominated as United Kingdom’s first-ever national bird in a poll recently? Ans : (2)
    1. Peacock
    2. Robin\
    3. Pigeon
    4. Sparrow
    5. Crow

    Explanation:The red-breasted “Robin” bird topped a poll of more than 200,000 people to choose the UK’s first national bird, winning a landslide victory. The bird received 34% of votes, followed by the barn owl, which received 12% and the blackbird, 11%.

    17) Name the company that announced its decision to buy the stake of minority shareholders in Cairn India recently? Ans : (1)
    1. Vedanta
    2. Singreni Mines
    3. L&T
    4. Ingersoll Rand
    5. None

    Explanation: Under this deal Cairn India will get one share in Vedanta Ltd for every held. This will result in merger of Cairn India in Vedanta, a move that is expected to streamline debt-burdened parent Vedanta Resources Plc’s operating structure.

    18) The book ‘Education of Muslims: An Islamic Perspective of Knowledge and Education – Indian Context’ editor is …………? Ans : (2)
    1. Sirajuddin Qureshi
    2. J S Rajput
    3. B S Chopra
    4. Manpreet Tomar
    5. K K Ahmed \Khan

    Explanation: The Prime Minister said the book can help us in our efforts towards "understanding each other" – understanding different points of view. He complimented the book's editor, Shri J.S. Rajput. The Prime Minister also complimented Shri Sirajuddin Qureshi, who has written the foreword for the book.

    19) Now, the Secretary, Department of Public Enterprises in the M/o Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises is …………….? Ans : (3)
    1. Sanjay Prasad
    2. Rahul Bhatnagar
    3. Ameising Luikham
    4. Kapil Dev Tripathi
    5. None

    Explanation: Prior to this he was working as Secretary, North Eastern Council, Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region.

    20) Who among the following is the person, who became the first 100% blind officer in Indian Foreign Service? Ans : (1)
    1. NL Beno Zephine
    2. Abhijit Cahakarvorthy
    3. P Ulagnathan
    4. B K Vishnupriya
    5. None

    Explanation: She is a 25 year old girl from Chennai. Beno transcended the dependence on Braille books by switching to Job Access With Speech (JAWS), a software that allows visually challenged to read from a computer screen, to scan Tamil and English books.

    21) The book based on Prime Minister Narendra Modi titled Modi –Incredible emergence of a star was written in which language, whose author is Tarun Vijay? Ans : (1)
    1. Chinese
    2. Spanish
    3. French
    4. Latin
    5. Telugu

    Explanation: The book is a biography based on the life and economic vision of Narendra Modi. On 16th June’15 one copy of the book was given to Vice-President M Hamid Ansari. Tarun Vijay is a BJP Member of Parliament and a journalist.

    22) Which state will become first in India to impose street light tax on residents of the state? Ans : (3)
    1. Delhi
    2. Gujarat
    3. Andhra Pradesh
    4. Karnataka
    5. Telengana

    Explanation: The 'streetlight tax' will become part of the property tax notice served on AP residents. Orders to this effect will be issued in a couple of days and collection of the tax as part of property tax will start from July 2015.

    23) USD 5 Billion trade target has been set by India and which country at the fourth session of the bilateral Joint Commission on Economic Cooperation held in Warsaw on 15th June’15? Ans : (1)
    1. Poland
    2. Scotland
    3. Ireland
    4. Iceland
    5. Newzealand

    Explanation: The commission, co-chaired by Mr Amitabh Kant, Secretary, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion and Mr Jerzy Pietreiwicz, Secretary of State, Ministry of Economy, drew a blueprint for stepping up investments and identified a series of actions to raise trade from the 2014 level of USD 2.3 billion, to USD 5 billion by the year 2018.

    24) Taj Mahal On 16th June’15 becomes wi-fi hotspot zone created by ………….? Ans : (2)
    1. Vodafine
    2. BSNL
    3. Airtel
    4. Reliance
    5. MSNL

    Explanation: Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad Honble MOC & IT, Govt of India inaugurated wi-fi hotspot zone created by BSNL at Historical monument Taj Mahal at Agra on 16th June 2015.

    25) Name the organization that has set up a Micro Air Vehicle Aerodynamics Research Tunnel (MART), first of its kind, in India? Ans : (1)
    1. CSIR
    2. ISRO
    3. DRDO
    4. BARC
    5. None

    Explanation: The tunnel was set up under the National Programme on Micro Air Vehicles (NP-MICAV). The state-of-the-art tunnel would address all the aerodynamic, propulsion and aero-elastic issues related to MAVs. It has also a provision for either closed test section for the study of aerofoil sections/3D wing-body models or open jet test section for the flapping and rotary wing studies.