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    1) What is the name of the nuclear-capable ballistic missile that was test fired from a naval ship off the Odisha coast on 14th Nov'14? Ans : (1)
    1. Dhanush 2. Villa 3. Astra 4. Kavacha 5. Vajra

    The surface-to-surface Dhanush, a naval variant of India's indigenously-developed 'Prithvi' missile, was test fired from a ship in the Bay of Bengal by the Strategic Force Command (SFC) of the defence force.

    2) Who is the person appointed by Railway Minister as a one-man committee to suggest proper procedures for accountability in all tendering processes on 14th Nov'14? Ans: (1)
    1. E. Sreedharan 2. V. Suresh 3. K. Sukhram 4. M. Srinath 5. Srikar rao

    Explanation: E Sreedharan, former Managing Director of Delhi Metro Rail Cooperation

    3) What is the Name of the robot on the distant comet 67P that has re-established radio contact with its orbiting Rosetta satellite and is sending data from surface?Ans:(1)
    1. Philae lander 2. Philae landeron 3. Philaet lander 4. Philaet landeron 5. None

    Explanation: Philae descended to 67P on 12th Nov'14, the first time such a feat has been achieved.

    4) Name the state In which a unique facility was launched on 14th Nov'14 for citizens who can lodge police complaint through video conferencing without even stepping into any police station ?Ans: (1)
    1. Karnataka 2. Goa 3. Telengana 4. Odisha 5. Asom

    Explanation: Chief Minister Siddaramaiah inaugurated a remote FIR Registration Centre in Bengaluru.

    5) Phosphide and which other chemical have been found in the medicines, which were distributed, to the women who underwent sterilization surgeries at the government-run health camps in Chhattisgarh?Ans:(1)

    1. Zinc 2. Sulphur 3. Nitrous Oxide 4. Ferric sulphate 5. Magnesium Sulphate

    Explanation:Ciprocin 500mg tablets distributed to women after operations were contaminated with Zinc Phosphide. Zinc Phosphide is commonly used to kill rodents.

    6) Which Radio station won the prestigious Gandhian Philosophy and Public Service Broadcasting award 2014 for its programme Jeevan Rekha on 12th Nov'14? Ans:(1)
    1. Radio Kashmir 2. Radio Mirchi 3. Radio Vizag 4. Radio Hyderabad 5. None

    Explanation: Jeevan Rekha is a programme based on the live broadcasts done in the wake of flood situation in Jammu and Kashmir by Radio Kashmir Jammu. It was based on the based on the rescue operations carried out by Radio Kashmir Jammu during massive floods in the J & K region

    7) What is the Name of the personalized video creation tool launched by Facebook on 13th Nov'14? Ans:(1)
    1. Say Thanks 2. Say welcome 3. Good Bye 4. Good Morning 5. Hearty Welcome guys

    Explanation: With this tool, users of the site can put their personalised video cards combining present themes and their own posts and photos.

    8) Identify the Wholesale Price Inflation in October'2014?Ans:(1)
    1. 1.77% 2. 1.45% 3. 1.22% 4. 1.32% 5. 1.20%

    Explanation: It is a five year low. Wholesale inflation had stood at 2.38 per cent in September this year, and 7.24 per cent in October last year.

    9) Name the Ghat of the Ganga River in Varanasi, PM Narendra Modi initiated the drive towards a clean Ganga campaign on 8th Nov'14? Ans:(1)
    1. Assi Ghat 2. Vassi Ghat 3. Nassi Ghat 4. Trassi Ghat 5. None

    Explanation: Earlier, Shri Narendra Modi offered prayers and performed Aarti Pujan at Assi Ghat.

    10) How many eminent personalities were nominated by the PM Narendra Modi to carry forward the Swachhta Abhiyan on 8th Nov'14?Ans:(2)
    1. 8 2. 9 3. 10 4. 11 5. 12

    Explanation: Shri Akhilesh Yadav (CM of U.P.), Swami Rambhadracharya (Chancellor of Handicapped University, Chitrakoot), Shri Manoj Tiwari (BJP MP & Bhojpuri Singer), Manu Sharma, Mohd. Kaif (Cricketer), Prof. Devi Prasad Dwivedi (Padamshree & Sanskrit Professor), Raju Srivastava (Comedy Actor), Suresh Raina (Cricketer), & Kailash Kher (Singer).

    11) Name the country to which "INS TARASA" was formally transferred from the Indian Navy on 7th Nov'14?Ans:(2)
    1. Malaysia 2. Seychelles 3. Cambodia 4. Cuba 5. Scotland

    Explanation: NS Tarasa becomes "Patrol Ship Constant" on 7th Nov'14. INS Tarasa (re-christened PS Constant) is the second fast Attack Craft to be gifted by the Government of India to Seychelles in the recent times, the previous one being INS Tarmugli that was renamed PS Topaz. PS Constant and PS Topaz along with the Dornier Maritime Patrol aircraft (also gifted by Government of India) are expected to operate together in the coming years, forming the core of the Seychelles Coast Guard’s ability to keep the EEZ of the nation safe and secure from burgeoning maritime threats.

    12) What is the India's first automatic freight train especially designed for transportation of finished cars that was flagged-off on 7th Nov'14? Ans:(1)
    1. AutoLinx SM 2. AutoTorent VM 3. AutoMorent YM 4. AutoLinks TM 5. None

    Explanation: This train carried around 280 finished cars and left for Delhi from Chennai where it would reach in a week's time.

    13) What is the Japanese Nuclear plant whose two reactors become the first to be restarted on 7th Nov'14 in the country since the 2011 meltdown at Fukushima facility ? Ans:(2)
    1. Sandy 2. Sendia 3. Trendia 4. Quarrent 5. None

    Explanation: It has 2 reactors to produce nuclear electricity and is located some 1,000 km southwest of Tokyo in Kagoshima prefecture.

    14) Manohar Gopalkrishna Prabhu Parrikar is the CM who resigned to which state/UT among these and became Defence Minister on 9th Nov'14? Ans:(2)
    1. Puducherry 2. Goa 3. Assom 4. Orissa 5. Kerala

    Explanation: He was Chief Minister of Goa, first from 2000 to 2005 (Goa's first BJP chief minister), and later from March 2012 to November 2014

    15) Which company installed World's tallest Hybrid Wind Generator Turbine in Kutch, Gujarat on 6th Nov'14? Ans:(1)
    1. Suzlon Energy 2. ONGC 3. GAIL 4. OIL 5. NTPC

    Explanation: The turbine will generate 12-15 percent more energy. In 2008, the Suzlon Energy signed a memorandum of understanding with the Gujarat Government to set up 2000 MW of wind energy capacity in the state.

    16) Chairman Qimat Rai Gupta passed away on 7th Nov'14. He is the chairman of which comnpany?Ans:(2)
    1. Crompton Greaves 2. Havells India Ltd 3. Orient 4. Everyday 5. Nippon Batteries Ltd.

    Explanation: He started Havells India Limited in 1971 and transformed it to a multinational company with operations across 51 countries.

    17) Laxmikant Parsekar is the new CM of which state? Ans:(2)
    1. Kerala 2. Goa 3. Jharkhand 4. Maharashtra 5. Madhya Pradesh

    Explanation: He is the former Health Minister at Goa and also an old RSS Member.

    18) Lt. Gen. Rizwan Akhtar is the officer appointed as the new Chief of Inter-Service Intelligence (ISI) of which country?Ans:(2)
    1. India 2. Pakistan 3. Srilanka 4. Bangladesh 5. Kenya

    Explanation: He succeds Lt. Gen. Zaheerul Islam retired on 7th Nov'14.

    19) What is the name of the medium-range nuclear-capable missile successfully test-fired with a strike range of more than 2000 km from the Wheeler Island off Odisha coast as part of a user trial by the Army on 9th Nov'14?( Ans:(1)
    1. Agni -II Missile 2. Agni-III 3. Agni-IV 4. Rudra-II 5. Raja-III

    Explanation: Agni-II Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile (IRBM) has already been inducted into the services.

    20) The present (as of Nov 2014) per capita milk availability in India is .........?(Ans:(2)
    1. 200 gm 2. 300 gm 3. 400gm 4. 150gm 5. 175gm

    Explanation: India's milk production has touched 137 million tones mark from 20 million tonnes in 1951 resulted in rise of per capita milk availability from 120 gram to 300 gram.

    21) Name the Team Against which India Men's Hockey team has won the four-match series by a margin of 3-1 on 9th Nov'14?Ans:(1)
    1. Australia 2. South Africa 3. Pakistan 4. Bangladesh 5. Kenya

    Explanation: After losing the opening match 0-4, India emerged winners in the remaining three games.

    22) Shakib Al-Hasan is which country Cricket player who scored a century and took 10-wickets in the same test match? Ans:(3)
    1. India 2. Pakistan 3. Bangladesh 4. Kenya 5. Srilanka

    Explanation: He is only the third player in history to take 10 wickets and score a century in a Test match. The match was played between Bangladesh and Zimbabwe.

    23) Who is the Indian Cricket player who became the quickest cricketer in history to reach 6000 one-day international run mark, bettering legendary West Indian Vivian Richards' record?Ans:(1)
    1. Virat Kohli 2. Shikhar Dhawan 3. M S dhoni 4. Yuvraj singh 5. None

    Explanation: On 9th Nov'14, he created this record while playing against Sri Lanka.

    24) The theme of 6th World Ayurveda Congress (WAC).is...? Ans:(1)
    1. Ayurveda and Health Challenges 2. Ayush with Ayurveda 3. Ayurveda Sampradaya 4. Ayurveda Sanskruthi 5. None

    Explanation: . The congress is being organised by the department of AYUSH, ministry of health and family welfare, in collaboration with the World Ayurveda Foundation (WAF) and the Delhi government from 6th -9th Nov'14.

    25) Which Indian Airlines service has banned shipment of shark fins, joining a growing number of major international carriers committed to protecting declining shark populations and marine ecosystems?(Ans:(1)
    1. Jet Airways 2. Spice jet 3. Indigo 4. Air India 5. Kingfisher Airlines

    Explanation: Jet Airways Cargo implemented a ban on the carriage of shark fin.