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    In which year National Sample Survey Organisation was established? Ans : (3)
    1. 1948 2. 1949 3. 1950 4. 1951 5. 1952

    Explanation: The National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO), now known as National Sample Survey Office, is an organization under the Ministry of Statistics of the Government of India. It is the largest organisation in India conducting regular socio-economic surveys. It was established in 1950. Roughly one-eighth of India's urban population lives in a slum, according to data from the latest round of the National Sample Survey Organisation released on 24th December. The number is significantly lower than the 14 million slum households identified by the Census in 2011.

    Expand FII...? Ans : (1)
    1. Foreign Institutional Investors 2. Foreign settled Indian Investors 3. First Indian Investors 4. First individual investors 5. First Institutional Investors

    Explanation: FII stands for Foreign Institutional Investors. Ending the impasse on tax treatment of foreign portfolio investors (FPI), the market regulator on 24th December said all categories of such investors would be given the same tax treatment as FIIs. In this regard, the Securities and Exchange Board of India referred to the communication of the Union Finance Ministry's Department of Economic Affairs to the Central Board of Direct Taxes

    In which year, for the first time Coin specification and proof of concept was published? Ans : (5)
    1. 2005 2. 2006 3. 2007 4. 2008 5. 2009

    Explanation: Bitcoin is a consensus network that enables a new payment system and a completely digital money. It is the first decentralized peer-to-peer payment network that is powered by its users with no central authority or middlemen. This is in news in recent times because Reserve Bank of India has warned users, holders and traders of virtual currencies (VCs), including Bitcoins, about the potential financial, operational, legal, customer protection and security related risks they are exposing themselves to.

    The head quarters of International Finance Corporation is at? Ans : (4)
    1. New York 2. Geneva 3. Paris 4. Washington 5. None

    Explanation: The International Finance Corporation (IFC) is an international financial institution which offers investment, advisory, and asset management services to encourage private sector development in developing countries, it is an arm of World Bank group. IFC, is planning to launch an IFC Asia Fund with a target size of $1-1.5 billion. The fund will mobilise additional capital for co-investment alongside IFC in emerging markets of the Asia-Pacific region. The fund will be managed by IFC Asset Management Company LLC (AMC).

    Which of the following country lending helping hand to Pakistan's Nuclear power plant? Ans : (2)
    1. USA 2. China 3. Russia 4. Australia 5. India

    Explanation: China has committed $6.5 billion to finance the construction of a major nuclear power project in Pakistan's port city of Karachi as it seeks to strengthen ties with its strategic partner, Pakistani officials said.Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif broke ground on the $9.59 billion project last month but officials have provided few details of how they plan to finance it.

    With which of the following game, Deepika Kumari is associated? Ans : (3)
    1. Boxing 2. Billiards 3. Archery 4. Chess 5. Tennis

    Explanation: Deepika Kumari is archery player. She established the third record of the 34th senior National archery championship in the women's 50m FITA event on 24th December. Deepika scored 346 out of 360 erasing the previous best of 333 set by L. Bombayla Devi of Railways in 2012.

    Who is new Civil Aviation Secretary? Ans : (1)
    1. Ashok Lavasa 2. Jaimuni Akash 3. Vindhya Charan 4. Vamshi Pinakini 5. None

    Explanation: He is special secretary in the power ministry, has been appointed as the new civil aviation secretary to take over from incumbent K N Srivastava. The appointments committee of the Cabinet approved the appointment

    International Civil Aviation Organization head quarters are at....? Ans : (4)
    1. USA 2. Britain 3. Spain 4. Canada 5. Russia

    Explanation: The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), is aspecialized agency of the United Nations. It codifies the principles and techniques of international air navigation and fosters the planning and development of international air transport to ensure safe and orderly growth. Its headquarters are located in the Quartier International of Montreal,Quebec, Canada.

    For which state, more storage facilities were recommended by a committee set up by Union water resources Ministry? Ans : (3)
    1. Asom 2. West Bengal 3. Uttarkhand 4. Bihar 5. Andhra Pradesh

    Explanation: More storage facilities should come up in Uttarakhand to store water and reduce floods in the State, according to a report of the committee, which was set up by the Ministry of Water Resources (MoWR), in the wake of the mid-June floods. In July, the Committee members visited the affected sites in the State to assess the causes of the disaster

    In which state, Tehri Dam is located? Ans : (5)
    1. Gujarat 2. Bihar 3. Uttar Pradesh 4. Asom 5. Uttarkhand

    Explanation: The Tehri Dam is the highest dam in India and one of the tallest in the world. It is a multi-purpose rock and earth-fill embankment dam on the Bhagirathi River near Tehri in Uttarakhand, India. Phase 1 was completed in 2006, the Tehri Dam withholds a reservoir for irrigation, municipal water supply and the generation of 1,000 MW of hydroelectricity. The dam's 1,000 MW pumped-storage scheme is currently under construction.

    Who is the new Chairman and Managing Director of the Union Bank of India? Ans : (1)
    1. Arun Tiwari 2. Vinay Joshi 3. Vinod Kanth 4. S.R. Katiyar 5. Quamjosh

    Explanation: Union Bank of India, on 26th December, appointed Arun Tiwari as its new Chairman and Managing Director. Mr. Tiwari was earlier working with Allahabad Bank as Executive Director. Mr. Tiwari will remain the CMD of the bank from the date of taking over the charge up to June 30, 2017 (the date of his superannuation)

    Name the 19 year old who has set a new record for the fastest journey from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole? Ans : (2)
    1.Gabrielter 2. Parket Liautaud 3. Tarkend Soulter 4. John 5. None

    Explanation: The 19-year-old Parket has set a new record for the fastest journey from the coast of Antarctica to the south pole. Parker Liautaud, who went to school at Eton, is the youngest man to have skied to the pole, having completed the expedition in 18 days. The teenage environmental campaigner has been on three expeditions to the north pole, the first when he was just 15. The previous coast-to-pole speed record was held by Christian Eide from Norway, who made the trip in 24 days.

    The Union Cabinet has decided to set up cancer Institute at Jhajjar, Jhajjar is in which state? Ans : (5)
    1. Punjab 2. Gujarat 3. Manipur 4. Uttarkhand 5. Haryana

    Explanation: The Union Cabinet on 26th December approved the proposal for setting up of National Cancer Institute at Jhajjar in Haryana. To be established at a cost of Rs. 2,035 crore, the Institute will come up on the campus of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). The project is estimated to be completed in 45 months, and will help reduce the deficit of tertiary cancer care in the Northern region

    A National Biodiversity Garden will soon come up in....? Ans : (4)
    1. Karnataka 2. Goa 3. Maharashtra 4. Kerala 5. Asom

    Explanation: A national biodiversity garden, exhibiting rare flora and fauna of Western Ghats, will soon come up in the hill station of Munnar, a busy tourist centre located in Idukki district. The Kerala State Biodiversity Board has drawn up the plan to set up a 200-acre garden and a traditional knowledge centre at the hill town to conserve the rich biodiversity of the region and create awareness about them among common people.

    The Union Cabinet has given nod on conferring constitutional status for.....? Ans : (3)
    1. Goods and Services Tax 2. All India Medical Services 3. Judicial Appointments Commission 4. Engineering Services 5. None

    Explanation: The Union Cabinet on 26th December gave its nod for conferring constitutional status to the proposed Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) for appointment and transfer of judges to the higher judiciary. The government had earlier accepted the report of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Law and Justice, which recommended that the structure and functions of the JAC to replace the present collegium system be governed by a constitutional provision

    Which Constitution Amendment is intended to Judicial Appointments Commission? Ans : (5)
    1. 116 2. 117 3. 118 4. 119 5. 120

    Explanation: The Constitution (120th Amendment) Bill, 2013, provides for setting up of a Judicial Appointments Commission by inserting Article 124 (A) in the Constitution and amending Articles 124(2), 217(1) and 222(1). The structure and functions of the proposed commission are provided in the JAC Bill.

    The amount of non plan budgetary support for statutory dues is? Ans : (1)
    1. Rs 116.86 crore 2. Rs 17.86 crore 3. Rs 110 crore 4. Rs 120 crore
    5. Rs 150 crore

    Explanation: The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), on 26th December, approved non-plan budgetary support of Rs.116.86 crore for the payment of statutory dues such as provident fund, gratuity, pension, employees state insurance and bonus as well as salaries and wages at eleven sick or loss-making Central public sector enterprises (CPSEs) under the Department of Heavy Industry.

    For which of the following states, Union Government approved road project? Ans : (2)
    1. Gujarat, Mizoram 2. Bihar, Gujarat 3. Bihar, Mizoram 4. Jharkhand, Mizoram 5. Bihar, Jharkhand

    Explanation: The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs approved two road projects worth Rs 2,000 crore, to be undertaken in Bihar and Gujarat. The project in Bihar is expected to cost Rs 1,408 crore, while the project in Gujarat is expected to cost Rs 503 crore.

    In which city, National Police Academy is located? Ans : (1)
    1. Hyderabad 2. Dehradun 3. Dispur 4. Chennai 5. Mumbai

    Explanation: The National Police Academy is in Hyderabad. Aruna Bahuguna, a 1979-batch IPS officer, is tipped to be appointed as the new director of this institution, also known as the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy (SVPNPA), which is tasked with the training of police leaders.

    According to latest NSSO survey, which state has most number of girls, marrying before 18 years old? Ans : (4)
    1. Meghalaya 2. Asom 3. Tripura 4. Bihar 5. None

    Explanation: The latest round of Annual Health Survey (AHS) has shown only marginal improvement in health indicators in the worst performing districts of the country. Bihar continues to have the highest percentage of girls marrying before completing 18

    According to NSSO, the percentage of rural people, who did not have safe drinking water in 2012? Ans : (3)
    1. 52% 2. 53% 3. 54% 4. 55% 5. 56%

    Explanation: Safe drinking water is not within the reach of half the rural households, according to a recent National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) study. According to the NSSO study, 54 per cent of rural households had no supply of drinking water at their homes in 2012. This was, however, a slight improvement compared to 2008-09 when 60 per cent did not have such amenities

    According to CERB, which country will be largest economy in Europe, by 2030? Ans : (1)
    1. Britain 2. Germany 3. France 4. Spain 5. None

    Explanation: Centre for Economic and Business Research (CERB) study released in December 2013 has predicted that UK will overtake Germany as Europe's largest economy by 2030. At present Germany is at the top spot in Europe. It cites the UK's population growth as an aid to economic acceleration.

    The GSLV-D5 will be launched on......, 2014? Ans : (2)
    1. January 4th 2. January 5th 3. January 6th 4. January 7th
    5. January 8th

    Explanation: The Mission Readiness Review (MRR) team has cleared the launch of the Geo-synchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-D5) on January 5, 2014. The refurbished three-stage rocket will put into orbit a communication satellite called GSAT-14. The satellite has been integrated with the rocket.

    Aarvind Kejriwal is the.....Chief Minister of New Delhi? Ans : (3)
    1. 5th 2. 6th 3. 7th 4. 8th 5. 9th

    Explanation: Aarvind Kejrival, the convenor of Aam Aadmi Party, has took oath as Chief Minister of Delhi on 28th December. Manish Sisodia, Girish Soni, Rakhi Birla, Satyendra Jain, Saurabh Bharadwaj and Somnath Bharti took oath along with Kejriwal.

    Who won Abudhabi World Tennis championship? Ans : (1)
    1. Novak Djokovic 2. David Ferrerto 3. Roger federar 4. Pete Samprus 5. None

    Explanation: Novak Djokovic maintained his unbeaten record in Abu Dhabi by beating David Ferrerto win his third straight Mubadala World Tennis Championship title. Djokovic, who finished the year with a 24-match winning streak on the ATP tour, needed just 82 minutes to dispatch the third-ranked Ferrer in the final of the invitational exhibition tournament. Djokovic converted his third match point to take home the $250,000 winner's prize