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    1)Name the aircraft of the Indian Navy that crashed at sea on 25th Mar'15? Ans : (1)
    1. Dornier
    2. Hughes 300
    3. Chetak
    4. Pawan Hans
    5. None

    Explanation:The Dornier aircraft is used for surveillance and was on routing training exercise. The actual crash site is 20 nautical miles from Karwar, Karnataka. The Naval Air Station at Goa lost radar and communication touch with the aircraft at 1 pm last night.

    2) Recently which platform was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi that is a multi-purpose and multi-modal platform to address public grievances?Ans: (2)
    1. UNNAT
    2. PRAGATI
    3. VYAAS

    Explanation: Pro-Active Governance and Timely Implementation, PRAGATI. The ambitious platform also aims at monitoring and reviewing important programmes and projects of the Centre and States. The platform also offers a unique combination in the direction of cooperative federalism since it brings at one stage the Secretaries of Government of India and the Chief Secretaries of the States. From now onwards, such interaction will be held once in every month on Fourth Wednesday at 3.30 PM which will be known as PRAGATI Day.

    3) Which platform was launched by the government in association with social networking service Twitter to facilitate direct communication between leaders, government agencies and citizens?Ans:(3)

    1. UNNATHI
    2. Twitter Samadhan
    3. Twitter Samvad
    4. Social Samvad
    5. Samvad samadhan

    Explanation:The service was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his meeting with Twitter Chief Executive Dick Costolo in New Delhi.

    4) Houthi rebels backed by allied army units, seized the country's largest air base, al-Anad near Aden early on 25th mar'15 from forces loyal to President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi. This is in which country?Ans: (4)


    Explanation:The rebels took full control of the capital in January, placing the President under house arrest and declaring that a five-member Presidential Council would rule the country.

    5) Name the country that has won the (WIP) Award for regional leadership in closing the gender gap in politics?Ans:(3)

    4. China

    Explanation:On behalf of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Shahriar Alam received the award at the Women in Parliaments Summit held in Adis Ababa on 24th Mar'15. Women in Parliament Awards are given based on World Economic Forum's Global Gender Gap Reports. Bangladesh has been placed among the top 10 countries in the world in reducing gender gap by the World Economic Forum.

    6)In Jammu & Kashmir, Dukhtaran-e-Millat chief Aasiya Andrabi was booked under Unlawful Activities Prevention Act for allegedly hoisting which country's flag on that country National Day? Ans:(3)

    1. Bangladesh
    2. Afghanisthan
    3. Pakistan
    4. Srilanka
    5. UAE

    Explanation:The case against Andrabi has been registered at Nowhatta Police station under Section 13 of Unlawful Activities Prevention Act.

    7) Shivani is from which state , who has achieved a stunning feat by setting a new record in Archery and entering her name into the India Book of Records?Ans:(2)

    1. Telengana
    2. Andhra Pradesh
    3. Karnataka
    4. Kerala
    5. Gujarath

    Explanation: Two-year-old girl Cherukuli Dalli Shivani from Vijaywada has achieved a stunning feat and became the youngest Indian to score 200 points over five and seven-metre distances. At a show in Vijaywada in the presence of seniors ports personalities and India Book of Records officials, she shot 36 arrows each from five metres and seven metres to score 388 points.

    8) How much amount of money was fetched by the government in the Spectrum auction ? Ans:(2)

    1.1 Thousand Crore
    2.1.10 Lakh Crore
    3. 110 Lakh Crore
    4.1100 Crore
    5.1500 Crore

    Explanation: The auction concluded today after 19 days and 115 rounds of bidding. However, 11 percent airwaves stayed unsold. The process of auction was conducted for 800 MHz, 900 Mhz, 1800 MHz and 2100 MHz covering both mobile telephony and broadband, including 4G.

    9) Which bank collaborated with (NPCI) and IRCTC for Ru-pay Debit Card Service launched on recently?Ans:(3)
    1.SBI Bank
    2.ICICI Bank
    3.UBI Bank
    4.HDFC Bank
    5.Axis Bank

    Explanation: Union Bank of India collaborated with IRCT and NPCI and on 23rd Mar'15 launched its RuPay pre-paid debit card service for the benefit of railway passengers. Passengers would be able to book railway tickets and make online payments through this debit card launched by the IRCTC.

    10) Qatar was invited by India to participate in creating mega industrial manufacturing corridors including which industrial corridor? Ans:(2)
    1. Delhi-Chennai
    2. Delhi-Mumbai
    3. Mumbai-Chennai
    4. Chennai-Hyderabad
    5. Hyderabad-Kanyakumari

    Explanation: On 26th Mar'15 a joint statement issued in New Delhi at the end of two day visit of the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani said, the Indian side highlighted the considerable experience and expertise its companies had acquired in infrastructure development including power generation and transmission.

    11) Which country celebrated its 45th Independence Day on 26th Mar 2015?Ans:(2)
    1. Indonesia
    2. Bangladesh
    3. Nepal
    4. Pakistan
    5. China

    Explanation: The day was marked with the beginning of nation's nine-month long Liberation War which culminated in free Bangladesh on December 16, 1971.

    12) Among the following name the state where there is a first cyber police station dedicated to check cyber crimes recently?Ans:(2)
    1.Himachal Pradesh
    3.Uttar Pradesh
    4. Gujarat

    Explanation: The station is opened in Dehradun which is fully equipped to tackle bank and online frauds including crimes committed through social networking websites and mobile applications.

    13) At Indo-Myanmar border the Commerce and Industry Minister inaugurated a land customs station on 26th Mar'15. Who is the Commerec & Industry Minister?Ans:(1)
    1. Nirmala Sitharaman
    2. Sushma Swaraj
    3. Arun Jaitely
    4. Venkaiah Naidu
    5. None

    Explanation: Land Customs station at the Indo-Myanmar border trade centre at Zokhawthar in Champhai district of Mizoram.

    14) NTPC became the first-ever...........undertaking to issue bonus debentures as done by it on 26th Mar'15? Ans:(1)
    1. Public Sector Undertaking
    2. Private Sector Undertaking
    3. Both 1 & 2
    4. Govt.Undertaking
    5. UNO Undertaking

    Explanation: It issued bonus debentures amounting to Rs. 7725.76 crore to Government of India by virtue of its 74.96% shareholding in NTPC.

    15) Among the following which one has emerged as the largest spender in the telecom spectrum auctions that concluded on 25th Mar'15?Ans:(2)
    5. Docomo

    Explanation: Idea Cellular, the country's third largest operator bid a maximum of Rs.30,306.98 Crore to buy spectrum in the 900 MHz, 1800 MHz and 2,100 MHz bands. Airtel and Vodafone bid Rs.29,130.20 crore and Rs.29,959.74 crore, respectively, in the same bands.

    16) Who is the Chairman of the Empowered Committee of State Finance Ministers on the Goods and Services Tax (GST)?Ans:(2)
    1.Abdul Rehmad
    2.K.M. Mani
    3.Ravindra Narayan
    4. Arun Jaitely

    Explanation: KM Mani, the finance minister of Kerala, has been appointed as the chairman of the empowered committee of state finance ministers with the crucial mandate to work in coordination with the Centre to usher in the Goods and Services Tax (GST).

    17) In New Delhi Carpet Export Promotion Council is organizing which Edition of India Carpet Expo from 27th to 30th March 2015?Ans:(1)
    1. 29th
    2. 30th
    3. 12th
    4. 20th
    5. 15th

    Explanation: The Expo aims to promote the cultural heritage and weaving skills of Indian hand-made carpets and other floor coverings amongst the visiting overseas carpet buyers.

    18) In doordarshan Channel, the Ministry of AYUSH is launching a new weekly program from March 28, 2015. What is it?Ans:(3)
    1. Ayushman Bhava
    2. Deerghayush
    3. Ayushman Bharat
    4. Ayush Ayush
    5. Deerghayushman Bhava

    Explanation: 'Ayushman Bharat' as the title of the programme suggests aims at popularizing traditional Indian medicines among the masses. Through this programme, masses will be able to have interaction with the experts of Ayurveda, Yoga, Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy and people will be able to get solutions to their problems.

    19) Name the High Court that became the first court in India to set up commercial courts for speedy disposal of cases on 25th Mar'15?Ans:(3)
    1.Kerala High Court
    2.Allahabad High Court
    3. Delhi High Court
    4.Gujarat High Court
    5.Telegana High Court

    Explanation: Chief Justice of Delhi HC G Rohini designated four benches to act as commercial courts. Out of this, two single judge benches with original jurisdiction will deal with the suits involving commercial disputes relating to intellectual property rights, arbitration, insurance, banking, taxation, company cases etc and the other two benches with appellate jurisdiction will hear appeals against the commercial disputes cases.

    20) Under the convenership of Madhya Pradesh's Chief Minister the first meeting of the Sub-Group on rationalization of Centrally Sponsored Schemes was held at NITI Aayog in New Delhi in 27th Ma'15. Who is the Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister?Ans:(4)
    1. Neiphiu Rio
    2. Raghubar Das
    3. Omar Abdullh
    4. Shivraj singh Chouhan
    5. Nabam Tuki

    Explanation: The Sub-group on rationalization of Centrally Sponsored Schemes has been constituted as per decision taken in the first meeting of the Governing Council chaired by the Prime Minister last month. Chief Ministers of Arunachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Nagaland, Rajasthan, and Lieutenant Governor of Andaman and Nicobar Islands attended the meeting.

    21) ISRO has been selected for which Prize for the year 2014?Ans:(3)
    1. Indira Gandhi Peace Prize
    2. Rajiv Gandhi Peace Prize
    3. Gandhi Peace Prize
    4. Both 1 & 2
    5. None

    Explanation: The ISRO is engaged in making space technology a catalyst of development to bring about societal transformation. In the process it has become one of the six largest space agencies of the world. The Gandhi Peace Prize for social, economic and political transformation through non-violence was instituted in 1995. The Award comprises an amount of Rs.1 Crore and a citation.

    22) Atal Bihari Vajpayee has became the ______ Prime Minister to receive the Bharath Ratna award?Ans:(3)

    Explanation: Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee is the seventh prime minister to receive the Bharat Ratna award after Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi, Morarji Desai, Lal Bahadur Shastri and Gulzarilal Nanda. He is 44th awardee of Bharat Ratna Award. His birthday 25th December was declared as Good Governance Day by the Narendra Modi government.

    23) On 25th Mar'15 who headed the committee for the review of the existing Public Private Partnership (PPP) Cell in the Railway Board. ? Ans:(2)
    1. Bhakti Sharma
    2. Ajay Shanker
    3. Roopesh Kumar
    4. Anil Garg
    5. Anil Shanker

    Explanation: He is an IAS (Retd.), former Secretary, Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (Govt. of India). The Committee will recommend measures to make the cell more effective, customer friendly and result oriented.

    24) NIC organized which Awards of 2014 that was announced on 25th Mar'15?Ans:(2)
    1. Email Ratna Awards
    2. Web Ratna awards
    3. Networking Ratna Awards
    4. Both 1 & 3
    5. None

    Explanation: National Informatics Centre (NIC). Comprehensive Web Presence-Ministry, the Platinum was bagged by Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Golf by Ministry of Health & Family Welfare and Silver by Controller General of Accounts. For Comprehensive Web Presence -State category the Platinum award has been won by Maharashtra followed by Tamil Nadu and Uttarakhand in the Gold and Silver section respectively.

    25) Vikas Swaroop has been appointed as the Spokesperson of which Ministry?Ans:(2)
    1. Ministry of Shipping
    2. Ministry of External affairs
    3. Ministry of Broadcasting
    4. Ministry of Defence
    5. Ministry of Law & Justice

    Explanation: Vikas Swarup (IFS Officer) is an Indian writer and a career diplomat who is best known as the author of the novel Q & A, adapted in film version as Slumdog Millionaire, the winner of Best Film for the year 2009 at Academy Awards, Golden Globe Awards and BAFTA Awards.