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    1) Name the author of the book "21stCentury South Asia" released by Shri Hamid Ansari on 5thAug'14? . Ans : (1)
    1. 1. Prof. Sanghamitra Sarkar 2. Prof Sankar sarkar 3. Prof. Suresh Sehgal 4. Prof. Sudesh Mishra 5. None

    The objectives of the book are: a diagnostic study on security perspectives; analysis of the policy situation on security; and searching broad roadmap on security.

    2) David Rasquinha and Debasish Mallick has been appointed as Deputy Managing Directors of which bank ? Ans: (2)
    1. Axis Bank 2. Exim Bank 3. HDFC 4. Canara Bank 5. Central bank of India

    Explanation: Export-Import Bank of India is the premier export finance institution in India, established in 1982 under the Export-Import Bank of India Act 1981. Since its inception, Exim Bank of India has been both a catalyst and a key player in the promotion of cross border trade and investment.

    3) How many Joint Military Exercises with various foreign countries were conducted by India in the year 2013? Ans:(3)

    1. 22 2. 21 3. 23 4. 24 5. 25

    Explanation: No. of exercises conducted in the year 2011 & 2012 are 27 and 26 respectively.

    4) By what basis point RBI has reduced the SLR in RBI's bi-monthly credit policy announced on 5thAug'14? Ans: (2)

    1. 100 basis points 2. 50 basis points 3. 30 basis points 4. 45 basis points 5. 76 basis points

    What is SLR?

    Statutory liquidity ratio (SLR)
    refers amount that the commercial banks require to maintain in the form of gold or govt. approved securities before providing credit to the customers. Here by approved securities we mean, bond and shares of different companies. Statutory Liquidity Ratio is determined and maintained by the Reserve Bank of India in order to control the expansion of bank credit.

    5) With which country's Public Service Broadcaster, India's Public Service Broadcaster has signed a MoU on 5thAug'14? Ans:(1)

    1. Germany's Public service Broadcaster Duetsche Welle 2. Africa's Public service Broadcaster Duetsche Welle 3. Australia's Public service Broadcaster Duetsche Welle 4. America's Public service Broadcaster Duetsche Welle 5. Brazil's Public service Broadcaster Duetsche Welle

    Explanation:The agreement between the two entities would facilitate for the first time the availability of Doordarshan programmes on a 'Free to Air' basic package mode, on a DTH Platform.

    6) Name the river in Keonjhar District of Odisha flowing in HIGH FLOOD SITUATION?Ans:(1)

    1. Baitarani River 2. Shubha River 3. Vaitarani river 4. Vaishnavi River 5. Vyshali River

    Explanation: Baitarani River at Anandpur in Keonjhar District. On 5thAug’14 at 6 a.m. it was flowing at a level of 41.04 mtrs with a rising trend.

    7) Name the person appointed as the Chief Justice of Kolkata High Court on 5thAug'14? Ans:(1)

    1. Dr. Manjula Chellur 2. Dr. Kiranmayee Chellur 3. Dr. Madhavi Vallur 4. Dr. Priya Kallur 5. None

    Explanation: Prior to this she was the Chief Justice of the Kerala High Court. She will be the first Lady Chief Justice of the Calcutta High Court.

    8) Name the Mobile game that has been taken off by Google that simulated Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip? Ans:(1)

    1. Bomb Gaza 2. Bomb Paza 3. Bomb Caza 4. Bomb Raza 5. None

    Explanation: The game, "Bomb Gaza," invites users to drop bombs and avoid killing civilians has been pulled from Google app store after a public backlash.

    9) Where will the 18th BASIC Ministerial Meeting be held on 7th - 8th August 2014? Ans:(2)

    1. Goa 2. New Delhi 3. Andhra Pradesh 4. Telangana 5. Bihar

    Explanation: The 17th BASIC Ministerial Meeting on Climate Change was held in Hanzghou, China on 28 and 29 Oct. 2013.

    10. What is 'Campus Connect'? Ans:(1)

    1. Wi-Fi Enabled Colleges 2. Software Colleges 3. Hardware Colleges 4. Web cam Colleges 5. None

    Explanation: The Ministry of Human Resource Development is planning a new programme called Campus Connect. Under these programme 21,000 colleges, 20 classrooms will be made Wi-Fi enabled.

    11) Name the famous cartoonist who created comic characters Chacha Chaudhary and his friend Sabu, has passed away on 6thAug'14? Ans:(2)
    1. Vijay Kumar Sharma 2. Pran Kumar Sharma 3. Pranav Kumar Sharma 4. Susheel Kumar Sharma 5. None

    Explanation: Some other famous cartoon characters created by him are Pinki, Bablu, Shrimati ji.

    12) Name the Veteran Marathi film actress who passed away on 6thAug'14? Ans:(1)
    1. Smitha Talwalkar 2. Aruna Milwalkar 3. Gagana Kilwalkar 4. Anitha Silwalkar 5. None

    Explanation: She was 59 years and suffered from ovarian cancer.
    About Smitha Talwalkar:

    Widely acclaimed for her performance in films like Chavkat Raja, Tu Tithe Me, and Saat Chya Aat Gharat, the late actress also won two National Film Awards as producer of the films Kalat Nakalat (1989) and Tu Tithe Mee (1998).
    She also founded Talwalkars -- a prominent chain of fitness clubs -- in India.

    13.How many FDI Proposals were approved by the Government on 6th Aug'14? Ans:(1)
    1. 14 2. 15 3. 16 4. 17 5. 18

    Explanation: 14 FDI proposals worth Rs. 1528.38 Crore Rupees.

    14) Against which team, Indian Men's Hockey Team has to play 3-match series starting from 6thAug'14? Ans:(1)
    1. Bangladesh 2. Canada 3. Brazil 4. Argentina 5. Algeria

    Explanation: India has won the first match by 2-1 against Bangladesh.

    15)Name the project unveiled in Britain to commemorate 100 years of First World War? Ans:(1)
    1. Light out Project 2. Night out Project 3. Dark out Project 4. Sun Project 5. None

    Explanation: :- Under this project, lights were turned-off for an hour to play tribute to all those who died in World War-I.

    16) Which country has announced to ban use of Coal in its capital city and other five districts by the end of 2020? Ans:(1)
    1. China 2. Japan 3. Indonesia 4. India 5. None

    Explanation: China, owing to the high pollution level caused by coal.

    17) Government partially relents on anti-which competitive exam agitators; where the marks of the question-section on "English Language comprehension skills" of Paper II (Preliminary Examination) is not to be included for gradation or merit.? Ans:(1)
    1. CSAT 2. EAMCET 3. CAT 4. BAT 5. LAWCET

    Explanation: Candidates, who appeared in Civil Services Examination 2011, to get one more attempt in 2015.

    This may provide very little relief to the agitators who are demanding a thorough scrapping of CSAT.

    18) Government comes up with a National Perspective Plan (NPP) for better which among these management in the country? Ans:(1)
    1. Water 2. Oil 3. Petrol 4. Diesel 5. None

    Explanation: The programme aims to avert water scarcity by implementing inter-basin transfer of water from surplus basins to deficit areas.
    National Water Development Agency (NWDA) has identified 30 links under the NPP. Three links namely Ken-Betwa Link, Damanganga-Pinjal link, and Par-Tapi-Narmada link have been taken up for the preparation of Detailed Project Report (DPR).

    19) India inks three agreements with which country including one on the 5,600 MW Pancheshwar Multipurpose Project that will pave the way to start the stalled project.? Ans:(2)
    1. South Africa 2. Nepal 3. Australia 4. Canada 5. None

    Explanation: Memorandum of Understandings:
    India would provide Rs 65 million to procure and distribute iodized salt in the rural areas of Nepal.Both countries also resolve to amend the Terms of Reference (ToR) of the Pancheshwar Multipurpose Project on the Mahakali River.

    20) Centre plans to add 29,800 MW of power from various renewable energy sources during which Plan period. ? Ans:(1)
    1. 12 2. 11 3. 13 4. 14 5. 15

    Explanation: This includes 15,000 MW from wind, 10,000 MW from solar, 2,100 MW from small hydro and 2,700 MW from bio-power.
    The total power generated from the renewable energy sources in the country (public plus private sector) during 2013-14 are 53.22 billion units.

    21) Lieutenant General Philip Campose is the new Vice Chief of which Staff. Ans:(1)
    1. Army 2. Navy 3. Police 4. CBI 5. None

    Explanation: The post was lying vacant after the elevation of incumbent Dalbir Singh to the post of Army Chief.

    22) 22) Xavi Hernandez, the iconic which midfielder and the backbone of the famous tiki-taka style of play, retires from International football? Ans:(1)
    1. Spanish 2. British 3. French 4. Australian 5. Algerian

    Explanation: He featured in 133 internationals - a national record for any outfield player - scoring 13 times.
    He is only behind goalkeeper Iker Casillas who is the most capped player for Spain.

    He had grabbed 'player of the tournament' award at the 2008 Euro Cup.

    23) Which country’s population is expected to surge to 1399.8 million by the year 2026 as per projection made by the Government. ? Ans:(1)
    1. India 2. Australia 3. USA 4. Japan 5. China

    Explanation: World Population Prospect (The 2012 Revision) puts our population figure at 1620 million as compared to 1385 million of China's by the year 2050.

    24) Centre clears bill to bring amendment to the the Juvenile Justice Act in order to treat children above how much age indulged in heinous crimes like rape and murder, as adults. ? Ans:(1)
    1. 16 2. 17 3. 15 4. 18 5. 19

    Explanation: It gives Juvenile Justice Board the discretionary power to decide if the minor should be tried in a regular court or sent to a correctional centre. The juvenile, however, can't be sentenced to death or life imprisonment irrespective of the crime.

    The maximum punishment under the current Juvenile Justice Act is three years' confinement at correctional homes.

    25) Genetic scientist Sir Alec Jeffreys has been honoured with the Copley Medal 2014G. He is a? Ans:(1)
    1. British 2. French 3. Australian 4. Spanish 5. None

    Explanation: The prize, said to be the oldest science award in the world today, honor this pioneer of genetic profiling for his contribution to this branch of science.

    • He discovered the technique of how to differentiate between individual DNAs - a science now known as genetic fingerprinting.
    • His vast exploration of human genome, its formation, mutation and variation is now the vital cog in the forensic science helping to crack identities based on blood (DNA).
    Genetic Fingerprinting?
    • Genetic profiling through DNAs is called Genetic Fingerprinting.
    • Like fingerprints, no two persons have same DNA; and the degree of similarity establish how close (or far) they are to each other.
    About the Prize
    • Its given by the Royal Society of London for "outstanding achievements in research in any branch of science."
    • The annual award is given alternately to physical and the biological sciences.
    • Having first been given in 1731 to Stephen Gray, some 170 years before the inception of Nobel Prize in 1901, this is called the oldest science award to exist today.