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    Weekly Bits 27-04-2015

    1)For How many months , the government blocked foreign fundings to Greenpeace India by suspending its registration?( Ans : (3)
    1. One
    2. Two
    3. Six
    4. Ten
    5. Twelve

    Explanation: The decision was taken by the Home Ministry on 9th Apr'15 after it was found that the NGO has prejudicially affected the public interests and economic interests of the country in violation of the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act. According to the show cause notice served by the ministry, the licence of Greenpeace India will be cancelled permanently if it fails to make a satisfactory presentation to the government

    2) Which Missile was successfully test-fired by our country from a ship off the Odisha coast , On 9th Apr'15? Ans : (1)
    1. Dhanush
    2. Prithvi-VI
    3. Agni-VII
    4. Pinaka
    5. Asthra

    Explanation: It is a naval variant of Prithvi-II, was launched by personnel of the Strategic Forces Command from an Offshore Patrolling Vessel. Dhanush, a manoeuvring missile, can carry a nuclear payload of 500 kg and target both land-based and sea-based targets. The missile has already been inducted into the armed forces.

    3)By how much percent the roaming calls will be cheaper , as the TRAI has slashed ceiling tariffs for national roaming calls and SMS ? Ans : (4)
    1. 60%
    2. 75%
    3. 18%
    4. 23%
    5. 30%

    Explanation: Roaming calls will be cheaper by up to 23 per cent, while sending SMSs will cost up to 75 per cent less from 1st May. In a statement, TRAI said that it has cut the maximum or ceiling rate that a telecom operator can charge for STD calls on roaming to Rs 1.15 per minute from Rs 1.50. Similarly, national SMS rate has been reduced to 38 paise from Rs 1.05 per SMS.

    4)Name the vegetable , For which the government slashed the minimum export price by USD 50 per tonne to USD 250 for encouraging exports of the commodity? Ans : (2)
    1. Potato
    2. Onion
    3. Tomato
    4. Cauliflower
    5. Cabbage

    Explanation: Earlier the minimum export price was USD 300 per tonne. Directorate General of Foreign Trade has issued a notification in this regard. India produces around 17-18 million tonnes of onion a year. The country exported 13.58 lakh tonnes of onion in 2013-14.

    5)NasimZaidi has been appointed as the ……………………… from 19th Apr'15? Ans : (1)
    1. Chief Election Commissioner
    2. Chief Army Commissioner
    3. Chief Police Commissioner
    4. Chief Navy Commissioner
    5. Chief Secretary of India

    Explanation:The President has appointed the senior-most Election Commissioner, Dr. NasimZaidi as the Chief Election Commissioner. A 1976 batch IAS officer, DrZaidi has worked in the Civil Aviation Ministry for a long time. The incumbent Chief Election Commissioner Harishankar Brahma will demit the office on the 18th of this month.

    6)UNESCO observed ……………… percent reduction in Out of School Children of India? Ans : (1)
    1. 90%
    2. 79%
    3. 55%
    4. 49%
    5. 50%

    Explanation: India has made a significant progress in increasing the net ratio of children in primary education globally. UNESCO's 2015 Education for All, EFA global Monitoring Report, which was released by Minister of Human Resource Development on 9th Apr'15. Globally, just one third of countries have achieved all of the measurable Education for All goals set in 2000. While releasing the report, HRD Minister SmritiIrani said that India has successfully moved toward reaching the EFA goals especially backed by the Right of Children to free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009. The one measurable EFA goal India did not reach was to reduced its adult illiteracy by 50 percent. Since 2000 India has reduced its adult illiteracy rate by 26 percent.

    7 Canada carried out its first air strikes in which country, as part of the US-led coalition fighting Islamic State militants? Ans : (2)
    1. Pakistan
    2. Syria
    3. Zambia
    4. Ukraine
    5. Iran

    Explanation: Two Canadian CF-18s successfully targeted an Islamic State (IS) garrison near Raqqa, Syria. In March the Canadian Parliament agreed to expand the country's campaign against IS into Syria. Canadian air strikes against IS were previously limited to Iraq. Canada is the first NATO country, other than the US, to strike inside Syria. Canada's mission against IS has also been extended for one year, beyond October's election and well into 2016.

    8)Which country is planning to build a 540-kilometre strategic high-speed rail link between Tibet and Nepal passing through a tunnel under Mount Everest? Ans : (3)
    1. Myanmar
    2. India
    3. China
    4. Japan
    5. USA

    Explanation: State-run China Daily reported that a proposed extension of the Qinghai-Tibet Railway to the China-Nepal border through Tibet would boost bilateral trade and tourism as there is currently no rail line linking the two countries. The rail line is expected to be completed by 2020. The 1,956-km long Qinghai-Tibet railway already links the rest of China with the Tibetan capital Lhasa and beyond.

    9)Jayakanthan was the Jnanpith awarded writer died in Chennai on 8th Apr'15 after a prolonged illness. He was the writer of which language? Ans : (2)
    5. Assamee

    Explanation: Jayakanthan authored over 35 novels and novellas, innumerable short stories and two autobiographies besides writing articles and composing poems.

    10) Navinsinha has been appointed as the Chief Justice of which High Court? Ans : (2)
    1. Jharkhand
    2. Chhattisgarh
    3. Assam
    4. Odisha
    5. Telengana

    Explanation: :- On 9th April'15 Justice NavinSinha sworn-in as Chief Justice of Chhattisgarh High Court. Governor Balramji Das Tandon administered the oath of office to Mr. Sinha at Rajbhawan today. Till now Justice Sinha was the acting Chief Justice of Chhattisgarh

    11) Which Aircraft which would be procured from France by India? Ans : (2)
    1. Mig-25
    4. Mirage 25

    Explanation: India has agreed to buy 36 multi-role Combat Aircraft in a flyaway condition as soon as possible. The two countries also agreed on setting up of six units of nuclear power plants totaling 1650 MW at Jaitpur in Maharashtra

    12) Francois hollande is the present President of which country? Ans : (3)
    1. Thailand
    2. Malaysia
    3. France
    4. Zambia
    5. Syria

    Explanation: François Gérard Georges Nicolas Hollande is a Frenchpolitician. He is the 24th and current President of France, since 2012. Hollande was previously the First Secretary of the French Socialist Party from 1997 to 2008

    13) On which day was the National Safe Motherhood Day was observed ? Ans : (4)
    1.10th April
    2.14th April
    3.10th May
    4.11th April

    Explanation: The objective of the day is to create awareness on proper healthcare and maternity facilities to pregnant and lactating women.

    14)Who was the Former Chief of Air Staff who was passed recently on 11thapril 2015 , who was known as the best in the Indian Air Force and was chosen to lead the fly past on our First Independence Day.? Ans : (3)
    1. RishishMavlankar
    2. Ajay P Chauhan
    3. HrushikeshMoolgavkar
    4. Hrithaymalhotra
    5. None of these

    Explanation: Air Chief Marshal HrushikeshMoolgavkar was commissioned in the Royal Indian Air Force on 30 Nov 1940. He served in the Indian Air Force for 38 Years during which he fought bravely against the Japanese Army in 1941. He also became the first Indian pilot among a group of three pilots to fly faster than sound or crossing the sound barrier.

    15) Richie Benaud was passed away on 10th April' 15 . He was the former captain of which country? Ans : (1)
    1. Zimbabwe
    2. West Indies
    3. Australia
    4. South Africa
    5. New zealand

    Explanation: He was a leg-spinning all-rounder and made his first-class debut for New South Wales at the age of 18 before making his national debut at 21.

    16)What is the title of the Festival of the North East organized by Government of Meghalaya recently? Ans : (1)
    1.Songs and Dances of North East
    2.Cultural Beauty of North East
    3.Dances of North East
    4.Cultural Diversity in North East
    5.Cultural Dances of Unity in North East & west

    Explanation:The President of India, ShriPranab Mukherjee will inaugurate a cultural festival and was sponsored by the North Eastern Council in New Delhi on April 11, 2015This initiative is one of the outcomes of the recommendations of the M.P. Bezbaruah Committee on the North East, set up by the Ministry of Home Affairs to work out modalities for building a strong social bond between the people of North East and the rest of the country.

    17)Which scheme was suspended by Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) from April 2015? Ans : (3)
    1.Peasant Pension Scheme
    2. Compensation Scheme
    3. Minimum Monthly Pension Scheme
    4. Minimum Compensation scheme
    5. All of these

    Explanation: The scheme was launched with effect from September 2014, hiking the pension amount to a flat Rs 1,000 per month for those who were getting lower amount earlier. This decision will hit about 32 lakh Pensioners.

    18) Thane is the Indian city named as the National Earth Hour Capital for the year 2015 by World Wide Fund. Thane is in which state? Ans : (1)
    1. Maharashtra
    2. Madhya Pradesh
    3. Odisha
    4. Gujarath
    5. Bihar

    Explanation: Thane city won the bid among the three finalists Thane, Pune and Rajkot in the Earth Hour City Challenge (EHCC) 2015 conducted by World Wide Fund. Meanwhile, total 13 cities had been participated in the 2015 Earth Hour Challenge.Thane city won the bid among the three finalists Thane, Pune and Rajkot in the Earth Hour City Challenge (EHCC) 2015 conducted by World Wide Fund. Meanwhile, total 13 cities had been participated in the 2015 Earth Hour Challenge.

    19)Which city was awarded as the title of Global Earth hour Capital 2015? Ans : (2)
    1. Beijing
    2. Tokyo
    3. Thane
    4. Seoul
    5. Paris

    Explanation: It was awarded as Global earth Hour capital after it won the Earth Hour City Challenge (EHCC) of World Wildlife Fund on 9th Apr'15Total 163 cities from 16 countries participated. The city of Balikpapan, Indonesia was recognized as the Most Loveable City for 2015 and Thane city was named as the National Earth Hour Capital 2015 of India.

    20) Recently, which Gas is used as a method of execution, as the state legislature of Oklahoma passed a bill? Ans : (2)
    1. Sarin
    2. Nitrogen
    3. Chlorine
    4. Cyanide
    5. Phosphorus

    Explanation: Nitrogen Gas (Nitrogen-induced Hypoxia). The Nitrogen gas chambers will become the primary backup method for execution for Oklahoma.

    21) Who is the author of the Suleiman Charitra- Sanskrit book?( Ans : (1)
    1. KalyanaMalla
    2. A.N.D Haskar
    3. Sacchidanada
    4. AkhtarulWasey
    5. Akulsrivastava

    Explanation: KalyanaMalla also wrote the AnangaRanga in 15th or 16th Century. The Suleiman Charitra book has been translated from Sanskrit to English by diplomat-writer A.N.D. Haskar.

    22) What was the title of the painting, that was presented by the prime minister Narendramodi to the President of France ? Ans : (2)
    1. Speaking Tree
    2. India-France Ties
    3. Zee Entertainment
    4. Together, We can do
    5. One and all

    Explanation: Prime Minister NarendraModi, who winds up his first visit to France, gifted President Francois Hollande a painting which reflects the traditional societal respect for nature in India . The painting, pigments on silk, has been done by an artist, BhaskarMahapatra of Raghurajpur in Puri district of Odisha. The message behind gifting it seemed to be the emphasis on sustenance of life and clean environment ahead of the global meet on climate change that France will be hosting in December this year. The tree, as a divine gift central to human life, is a recurring element in Indian artistic practice.

    23)In India, Now whose permission would be required by Governors to leave the station? Ans : (2)
    1. Prime Minister
    2. President
    3. Intelligence Chief
    4. Chief Minister
    5. None

    Explanation: The new 18-point set of rules notified by Home Ministry said Governors will have to stay in their respective states for at least 292 days in a year. The requests for permission to travel outside the state will have to be sent to RashtrapatiBhavan anywhere between one week and six weeks before the date of travel.

    24) The 60th National Level Railway Week Award Function 2015 will be inaugurated in which city? Ans : (4)
    1. Bengaluru
    2. Hyderabad
    3. New Delhi
    4. Guwahati
    5. Pune

    Explanation: The event is an annual function held every year during the month of April.

    25) Malajkhand Expansion Project in Balaghat district is related to Metal Mine. This is in which state? Ans : (1)
    1.Madhya Pradesh

    Explanation: Malajkhand Expansion Project will be largest underground base metal mine of the country. whose foundation stone is laid on 12th April'15 by the Union Minister for Mines and Steel . Five lakh ton iron ore will be extracted every year from the mine.