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PART - 2

 

ECONOMICS / BUSINESS / CORPORATE NEWS

 

ECONOMICS NEWS

CSIR-NCL SIGNED MOU WITH SECURITY PRINTING AND MINTING CORPORATION OF INDIA LTD

CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory (CSIR-NCL) on 5 February 2015 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Security Printing and Minting Corporation of India Ltd (SPMCIL).

The MoU is aimed at fostering collaboration on research and exchange of technical expertise in areas of material sciences and testing capabilities for bank notes, security documents and coins.

The MoU was signed by Sourav Pal, Director of CSIR-NCL and Rakesh Kumar, Additional General Manager of SPMCIL.

The MoU seeks to explore printing innovations. It ascertained the research projects within the focus areas of SPMCIL’s requirements and domain expertise available at CSIR-NCL.

About CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory

• Based in Pune, National Chemical Laboratory is a research and development organization with a focus on chemistry, biology  and chemical engineering.

• CSIR-NCL belongs to the family of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), the largest chain of public funded research organization in world.

• CSIR-NCL's human resources comprise of over 1000 people of which 200 are scientists and 110 are technical staffs.

About Security Printing and Minting Corporation of India Ltd

• Security Printing and Minting Corporation of India Limited (SPMCIL) was incorporated in 2006 under the Companies Act, 1956 with its headquarters in New Delhi.

• SPMCIL is engaged in the manufacture of security paper, minting of coins, printing of currency and bank notes, non-judicial stamp papers, postage stamps, travel documents, etc.

• The Company is under the administrative control of Department of Economic Affairs, Union Ministry of Finance.

UNION GOVERNMENT DECIDED TO INFUSE 6990 CRORE RUPEES IN NINE PUBLIC SECTOR BANKS

Union Government on 7 February 2015 decided to infuse 6990 crore rupees in nine Public Sector Banks to enhance their capital and meet global risk norms. The capital infusion was decided on the basis of performance of each bank.

This is the first tranche of capital infusion for which the government had allocated 11200 crore rupees in the Union Budget 2014-15.

The capital infusion into each bank was made on the basis of adoption of new criteria by the Union government.

According to the new criteria, the banks would be rewarded with extra capital for their equity on the basis of their efficiency and performance so as to further strengthen their position. The criteria includes

• Weighted average of Return on Assets (ROA) for all PSBs for last three years put together

• Return on Equity (ROE) for these banks for the last financial year.

Amount allocated to different banks on the basis of the above mentioned two efficiency criteria:

S. No.

Name of the Bank

Amount (Rupees in crore)

1

State Bank of India (SBI)

2970

2

Bank of Baroda (BoB)

1260

3

Punjab National Bank (PNB)

870

4

Canara Bank

570

5

Syndicate Bank

460

6

Allahabad Bank

320

7

Indian Bank

280

8

Dena Bank

140

9

Andhra Bank

120

Total

6990

KVIC, RSETIS SIGNED MOU TO PROVIDE VOCATIONAL TRAINING TO UNEMPLOYED YOUTH

The Khadi & Village Industries Commission (KVIC) on 20 February 2015 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Monitoring Cell for Rural Self Employment Training Institutes (RSETIs).

KVIC is under the Union Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises and RSETI is under the Union Ministry of Rural Development.

The MoU was signed by BH Anil Kumar, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) & Commissioner for KVIC and KN Janardhana, Chief Project Co-ordinator of Monitoring Cell for RSETIs.

The MoU was signed to enhance the business skills and project-related skills of the beneficiaries under Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP) and improve the viability of the PMEGP project which is being implemented by KVIC.

As part of the MoU

• RSETIs will carry out Entrepreneurship Development Programme (EDP) training of PMEGP beneficiaries.

• Monitoring Cell for RSETIs/RUDSETIs will ensure hand holding for trainees, project formulation and guidance up to a period of two years including arranging for bank loan sanction.

• Monitoring Cell for RSETIs will also prepare district-wise model project reports for benefit of beneficiaries.

• Monitoring Cell for RSETIs will utilize infrastructure of KVIC Departmental Training Centres for their skill development courses as per requirement on payment of charges.

• RSETIs will also organize workshop jointly with KVIC at district level for officials of Banks to sensitize them on PMEGP.

MoU was signed for an initial period of three years and the performance under the MoU will be reviewed after 2 years.

Further, trainees having undergone skill development programme at RSETIs & Rural Development and Self Employment Training Institutes (RUDSETI) will be provided a higher rating in District Level Task Force Committee (DLTFC) of PMEGP for their selection.

UNION CABINET APPROVED CREATION OF TWO ADDITIONAL BENCHES OF THE AUTHORITY FOR ADVANCE RULINGS

Union Cabinet on 25 February 2015 approved the creation of two additional benches of the Authority for Advance Rulings (AAR). Two additional benches of the AAR will be established in New Delhi and Mumbai.

For these two benches, there will be a creation of two posts of Vice-Chairmen in the Apex scale and four posts of Members (two posts of Revenue Members and two posts of Law Members) in the Higher Administrative Grade (HAG+).

Moreover, two posts of Secretary at the level of Commissioner of Income Tax or Joint Secretary will also be created.

The cabinet also approved one time expenditure of 7.48 crore rupees for establishment of the two additional benches and additional annual recurring expenditure of 6.61 crore rupees for running these two additional benches.

This decision will enable resident taxpayers to obtain an advance ruling in respect of their income tax liability above a defined threshold.

Significance of two additional benches of the AAR

• The creation of two additional benches of the Authority will dispose of increased number of cases and pendency of cases will be reduced benefitting the tax payer and the Government.

• This will operationalise the facility of advance ruling for resident tax payers. The benches will facilitate the cause of the resident tax payers in obtaining tax clarity in certain situations.

About Authority for Advance Rulings (AAR)

In order to provide the facility of ascertaining the Income-tax liability of a non-resident, a scheme of Advance Rulings was introduced in the Chapter XIX-B of the Income-Tax Act, 1961 and the Authority for Advance Rulings (AAR) was constituted in 1996.

A non-resident or certain categories of resident can obtain binding rulings from the Authority on question of law or fact arising out of any transaction/proposed transactions which are relevant for the determination of his tax liability.

The AAR consists of a Chairman, who is a retired Judge of the Supreme court and two members of the rank of Additional Secretary to the Government of India, one each from the Indian Revenue Service and the Indian Legal Service.

RAILWAY BUDGET 2015-16: HIGHLIGHTS

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on 26 February 2015 presented the Railway Budget 2015-16 in the Lok Sabha. In his first Railway Budget, Prabhu outlined a plan to invest over 8 lakh crore rupees over 5 years.

The size of the Plan Budget has gone up by 52 percent from 65789 crore rupees in 2014-15 to 100011 crore rupees in 2015-16.

9 thrust areas of the Budget includes

•Indian Railway to become prime mover of economy once again

•Resource Mobilization for higher Investments

•Decongestion of heavy haul routes and speeding up of trains: emphasis on gauge conversion, doubling, tripling and electrification

•Project Delivery

•Passenger Amenities

•Safety

•Transparency & System Improvement

•Railways to continue to be the preferred mode of transport for the masses

•Sustainability
Four goals for Indian Railways to transform over next five years

• To deliver a sustained and measurable improvement in customer experience.

• To make Rail a safer means of travel.

• To expand Bhartiya Rail’s capacity substantially and modernise infrastructure: for this purpose daily passenger carrying capacity will be increased from 21 million to 30 million. Track length will also be increased by 20 percent from 114000 km to 138000 km. Annual freight carrying capacity will be grown from 1 billion to 1.5 billion tonnes.

• To make Bhartiya Rail financially self-sustainable.

PROPOSED INVESTMENT PLAN (2015-2019)

Item

Amount (Rs in crore)

Network Decongestion (including DFC, Electrification, Doubling

including electrification and traffic facilities)

199320

Network Expansion (including electrification)

193000

National Projects (North Eastern & Kashmir connectivity projects)

39000

Safety (Track renewal, bridge works, ROB, RUB and Signalling & Telecom)

127000

Information Technology / Research

5000

Rolling Stock (Locomotives, coaches, wagons – production & maintenance)

102000

Passenger Amenities

12500

High Speed Rail & Elevated corridor

65000

Station redevelopment and logistic parks

100000

Others

13200

TOTAL

8,56,020

Key Highlights of the Railway Budget 2015-16

• No increase in passenger fares

• Passengers can book tickets 120 days in advance instead of 60 days which was available till date

• Outlay for passenger amenities increased by 67 percent

• New train sets that can save 20 percent journey time will be introduced in future. These trains will be similar to bullet trains in design but can run on the existing tracks

• The speed passenger trains across nine corridors will be increased to 160-200 km from 110 km

• SMS alert will be introduced for train timings and under this passengers will be informed in advance the updated arrival or departure time of the trains at starting or destination stations

• Air-conditioned coaches for suburban trains will be introduced

• Wi-fi will be available at 400 railway stations

• Railways Intends to set up an Innovation Council called Kayakalp for Purpose of Business Re-Engineering

• Railways Proposes to set up Malaviya Chair for Railway Technology at IIT (BHU), Varanasi

• Bidding system will be used for redevelopment of stations

• 10 satellite railway stations will be developed in 2015-16

• 800 km of gauge conversion will be commissioned

• E-catering introduced in 108 trains can be accessed by ordering on IRCTC website

• Water vending machines will be expanded on more stations

• On–board entertainment facility will be extended on Shatabdi trains

• General class coaches will see introduction of mobile charging stations

• For benefit of the common man, more general class coaches will be added to select trains

• Pension funds, multi-lateral banks have evinced interest in Railways

• Proposed the best operating ratio in nine years, of 88.5 per cent for 2015-16

• Track capacity will be increased by 10 percent to 1.38 lakh kilometers

• Feasibility report of high speed train between Mumbai and Ahmedabad is expected by mid-2015

• To ease private investment, wagon-making scheme will be reviewed

• All India 24x7 grievances helpline 138 will be started

• Bio-toilets will replace more than 7000 toilets, while 650 stations will get new toilets

• Passenger travelling unreserved can produce a ticket within 5 minutes and for this purpose Operation Five Minutes will be introduced

• To address complaints of people Mobile application is being developed

• Integrated tickets will be introduced

• Hand-held devices will be introduced for ticket checkers; it is move towards paperless ticketing

• In next 2 years, centrally managed railway display network will be introduced in over 2000 stations

• Rail-cum-road ticket to be extended in many stations

• Rail connectivity will be enhanced in North Eastern states

• To aid expanding freight handling capacity and provide end-to-end logistic solutions, Transport Logistic Corporation of India will be set up

• PPP model will be used to augment resources and generate more employment

• 6608 kilometer of track will be electrified

• 96182 crrore rupees will be spent to expand capacity of 9420 km rail lines

• For women safety, CCTVs will be introduced in selected trains and suburban trains

• Train Protection Warning System and Train Collision Avoidance System will be installed on select routes at the earliest

• Projects for rail connectivity to many ports and mines

• Foreign Rail Technology Cooperation Scheme will be launched in order to achieve the higher quality service

• Programme to improve design, quality and cleanliness of bed linen will be launched within the next six months

ECONOMIC SURVEY OF INDIA 2014-15: HIGHLIGHTS

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitely on 27 February 2015 presented Economic Survey of India 2014-15 in the Parliament.

The Economic Survey reviews the developments in the Indian economy over the previous 12 months, summarises the performance on major development programmes and highlights the policy initiatives of the government and the prospects of the economy in the short to medium term.

Three pronged strategy suggested in Economic Survey 2014-15

  • To improve the investment climate and reduce the backlog of stalled projects, Economic Survey 2014-15 suggested a three-pronged strategy, namely
  • Revival of public investment in short term, to act as an engine of growth in infrastructure sector. It argues that public investment cannot be a substitute for private investment; but is required as a complement and to crowd it in.
  • Need of creative solutions to strengthen institutions relating to bankruptcy. This will ensure that exit options are available. This will also ameliorate over-indebtedness that lowers the capacity to generate new investments. Towards this end, it contemplates setting up of a high-powered Independent Renegotiation Committee.
  • Economic Survey highlights the need for reorientation and restructuring of the PPP model. This is expected to make them more viable in future.

Main Highlights of the Economic Survey 2014-15

General Highlights

  • Using the new estimate for 2014-15 as the base, GDP growth at constant market prices is expected to accelerate to between 8.1 and 8.5 percent in 2015-16.
  • Inflation declined by over 6 percentage points since late 2013 which is likely to remain in the 5-5.5 percent range in 2015-16, creating space for easing of monetary conditions.
  • The current account deficit declined from a peak of 6.7 percent of GDP in Quarter 3 of 2012-13 to an estimated 1.0 percent in the fiscal year 2015-16.
  • After a nearly 12-quarter phase of deceleration, real GDP has been growing at 7.2 percent on average since 2013-14, based on the new growth estimates of the Central Statistics Office.
  • Foodgrains production for 2014-15 is estimated at 257.07 million tonnes, which will exceed average food grain production of last five years by 8.5 million tones
  • Foreign portfolio flows have stabilized the rupee, exerting downward pressure on long-term interest rates which is reflected in yields on 10-year government securities and surge in equity prices.
  • From a cross-country perspective, a Rational Investor Ratings Index (RIRI) which combines indicators of macro-stability with growth illustrates that India ranks amongst the most attractive investment destinations.
  • It ranks well above the mean for its investment grade category (BBB), and also above the mean for the investment category above it (on the basis of the new growth estimates).
  • In the short run, growth will receive a boost from the cumulative impact of reforms, lower oil prices, likely monetary policy easing facilitated by lower inflation and improved inflationary expectations, and forecasts of a normal monsoon in 2015-16.
  • Growth in medium-term prospects will be conditioned the “balance sheet syndrome with Indian characteristics” that has the potential to hold back rapid increases in private sector investment.
  • In the long-run, private investments will be the engine of growth. However, there is a case for reviving targeted public investment as an engine of growth in the short run to complement and crowd-in private investment.
  • Expenditure control and expenditure switching from consumption to investment will be the key to growth in the short-run
  • It calls for complementing Make in India initiative with Skill India initiative to enable a larger section of the population to benefit from the structural transformation that such sectors will facilitate.
  • The Survey emphasizes on creation of a National Market for Agricultural Commodities in place of thousands of agricultural markets
  • The Model APMC Act, 2003 should be amended along the lines of the Karnataka Model that has successfully introduced an integrated single licensing system.

Fiscal Framework

  • The Survey calls for adhering to the medium-term fiscal deficit target of 3 percent of GDP. This will provide the fiscal space to insure against future shocks and also to move closer to the fiscal performance of its emerging market peers.
  • It also calls for moving toward the golden rule of eliminating revenue deficits and ensuring that, over the cycle, borrowing is only for capital formation.
  • Expenditure control combined with recovering growth and the introduction of the GST will ensure that medium term targets are comfortably met.
  • In the short run, the need for accelerated fiscal consolidation will be conditioned by the recommendations of the Fourteenth Finance Commission (FFC).
  • The quality of expenditure needs to be shifted from consumption, by reducing subsidies, towards investment.

Subsidies and the JAM Number Trinity Solution

  • Food Subsidy Bill stands at 107823.75 crore rupees during 2014-15 (up to January 2015) which means an increase of 20 percent over previous year
  • The direct fiscal cost of select subsidies is roughly 378,000 crore rupees or 4.2 percent of GDP in 2011-12.
  • 41 percent of subsidy given for the PDS kerosene is lost as leakage and only 46 percent of the remaining 59 percent is consumed by households that are poor.
  • The JAM Number Trinity – Jan Dhan Yojana, Aadhaar, Mobile – can enable the State to transfer financial resources to the poor in a progressive manner without leakages and with minimal distorting effects.

Indian Railways and Public Investment

  • The Indian Railways over the years has been plagued by host of issues. Some of them include underinvestment resulting in lack of capacity addition and network congestion; neglect of commercial objectives; poor service provision; and consequent financial weakness.  These have cumulated to below-potential contribution to economic growth.
  • As a result, the competitiveness of Indian industry has been undermined. Calculations reveal that China carries thrice as much coal freight per hour compared to India. Coal is transported in India at more than twice the cost vis-à-vis China, and it takes 1.3 times longer to do so.
  • The railways public investment multiplier (the effect of a 1 rupee increase in public investment in the railways on overall output) is around 5.
  • In the long run, the railways must be commercially viable and public support must be linked to railway reforms. These include adoption of commercial practices, tariff rationalization, and technology overhaul.

UNION BUDGET 2015-16: HIGHLIGHTS

Union Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley on 28 February 2015 presented Union Budget 2015-16 in the Lok Sabha. This was the first full year Budget of the NDA government and the second budget of Arun Jaitley.

Highlights of the Union Budget 2015-16

• Gross tax receipts of 14.49 lakh crore rupees

• Non-planned expenditure was 1312200 crore rupees

• Corporate tax was reduced to 25 percent over next four years from existing 30 percent

• Defence allocation for fiscal 2015-16 is 246727 crore rupees

• 100 percent tax deduction for contribution to Swachh Bharat Fund

• Service tax hiked by 14 percent

• 34699 crore rupees allocated for MNREGA, which is highest ever allocation to the programme

• Yoga was included in the ambit of charitable purposes under the Income Tax Act

• Custom duty on 22 items will be reduced

• People will have to quote their PAN for all purchases above 1 lakh rupees

• AIIMS will be set up in five states namely Jammu & Kashmir, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Himachal Pradesh and Assam

• Centres for film production will be created in Arunachal Pradesh

• Law under FEMA on capital account transactions will be amended

• National skill development mission to be launched

• By 2022 there is plan to produce 175000 MW renewable energy

• Visa on arrival extended to 150 countries

• 1000 crore rupees more allocated to Nirbhaya fund

• Transport allowance increased to 1600 rupees per month

• To increase clean energy cess of 220 rupees per tonne of coal

• Online excise & service tax registrations in 2 working days

• Wealth tax has been abolished, replaced by 2 percent on superrich

• 9000 crore rupees from additional 2 percent surcharge on the super rich

• 1008 crore rupees was collected under total wealth tax

• GARR will be deferred by 2 years

• Benami transactions in property deals will be curbed

• 7-year imprisonment for non-filing of return on foreign asset

• 300 percent penalty on concealing income

• Undisclosed income to be taxed on maximum marginal rate

• New law to tackle black money

• Sovereign gold bond with fixed rate of interest will be developed

• Gold monetization scheme will be introduced

• Internationally competitive direct tax regime will be created

• Public debt management agency will be created

• 5 ultra-mega power projects, each of 4000MW

• To enable minority youth, a new scheme named Nayi Manzil will be started

• Investment on infrastructure to go up by 70000 crore rupees

• Integrated education and livelihood scheme for minorities were announced

• New scheme for assisted living devices for BPL senior citizen

• Senior citizens’ welfare fund will be created

• Access to the formal credit system will be increased

• Universal social security system will be created

• Micro unit development finance unit MUDRA Bank will be created

• 25000 crore rupees allocated for rural infrastructure development fund

• National unified market for farm produce will be created

• 5300 crore rupees allocated for micro irrigation and PM’s irrigation scheme

• Total transfer to the states will be 62 percent

• Will Form A Monetary Policy Committee

• At least 1 member of each family to have job by 2022

• Electrification of remaining 20000 villages by 2020

• GST will be rolled out on 1 April 2016

BUSINESS NEWS

With 22% share, Micromax leads the Indian smartphone market for the first time, after upstaging Samsung Electronics.

Encouraged by foreign exchange reserves touching record levels, the Reserve Bank of India has doubled the annual overseas investment ceiling for individuals to $2,50,000.

ITC Limited has acquired ‘Savlon’ and ‘Shower To Shower’ trademarks and other intellectual property from Johnson & Johnson Pte. Ltd, Singapore, primarily for use in India.

The 67-acre plant in Chakan, near Pune, is General Electric’s (GE) first multi-purpose manufacturing facility in India, which will produce a range of products that will include aviation, rail and diesel engines. GE  will use the facility as an export hub, with plans to send half of its output to the conglomerate’s global factories.

Infosys Ltd said has decided to buy Panaya Inc, a New Jersey-based provider of automation technology, for an enterprise value of $200 million as India’s second-biggest IT outsourcing company bets on new technology to boost growth.

Punit Renjen has been named CEO of Deloitte Global, making him the first person of Indian-origin to head one of the Big Four audit firms.  Deloitte is a global accounting firm, one of the biggest in the world, alongside PWC, EY and KPMG.

Bharat Forge has announced a joint venture with Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defence Systems for manufacturing high-tech defence components.

Pune-based Bharat Forge Limited (BFL) has signed a multi-year contract with Boeing Commercial Airplane to supply titanium forgings for wing components for the next-generation aircraft. Under the agreement, Bharat Forge will begin supplying pre-machined forgings from its facilities in Pune and Baramati to Boeing in the first quarter of 2016. The titanium parts will be heat-treated, shaped in a forging press, and machined by Bharat Forge before being shipped to Boeing Portland for finish machining into components. The components then will be installed in the next-generation 737 and 737 MAX wings at the final assembly plant in Renton, Washington.

The Union Cabinet has approved State-run power producer NTPC Ltd’s plans to set up 15,000 megawatt of grid-connected solar projects, which would be completed in three tranches, namely, 3000 MW under Tranche-l under mechanism of Bundling with Un-allocated Coal based Thermal Power and fixed level tariffs, 5,000 MW under Tranche-ll with some support from government to be decided after getting some experience while implementing Tranche-l and balance 7,000 MW under Tranche-Ill without any financial support from the government.

CORPORATE NEWS

PRASANTH KUMAR APPOINTED AS CEO OF MINDSHARE SOUTH ASIA

Prasanth Kumar was on 1 February 2015 appointed as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MindShare APAC South Asia with effect from 1 March 2015. He will succeed the current CEO Ravi Rao.

Prasanth Kumar will report to Srinivas, CEO of GroupM South Asia and Gowthaman Ragothaman, COO of MindShare Asia Pacific.

He is currently the head of GroupM's Central Trading Group and is a member of GroupM's South Asia executive committee. Earlier, Kumar has worked with PepsiCo, The Hindu and Rediffusion Mumbai before joining GroupM.

About MindShare

• Mindshare is a global media agency and is a part of GroupM, which oversees the media investment management sector for WPP, the world’s leading communications services group.

• It has network of more than 7000 employees in 116 offices across 86 countries spread throughout North America, Latin America, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific.

• Each office is dedicated to forging competitive marketing advantage for businesses and their brands based on the values of speed, teamwork and provocation.

MICROMAX BECAME INDIA’S BIGGEST AND WORLD’S THIRD LARGEST SMARTPHONE VENDOR

Homegrown handset maker, Micromax took over Korean electronics giant Samsung and became India’s biggest smartphone vendor and third largest in the world. This was revealed by a report released by research firm Canalys on 4 February 2015.

According to the report, in October-December 2014 (Quarter 4), Micromax controlled 22 percent market share in smartphones shipments in India compared to 20 percent market share of Samsung.

The top four players in India by units shipped were Micromax, Samsung, Karbonn and Lava.

Micromax’s flagship line of products very effectively targeted the 9000 rupees to 12000 rupees segment with products like Canvas Nitro and Canvas Hue. This important segment helped Micromax to achieve the numero uno position.

Over the last few quarters, Samsung has gradually lost its market share in India to domestic players like Micromax, Lava, Karbonn as well as global rivals like Motorola and Xiaomi.

Globally too, Samsung has been facing tough competition from Apple and Chinese tech major Xiaomi. Its share in the smartphone market has also witnessed a decline in the past couple of years.

In 2014, Samsung had 24.5 percent share of the global smartphone market, 31.3 percent in 2013 and 30.3 percent in 2012.

Apple managed to close the gap with rival Samsung after nearly 3 years at number two position in the global smartphone market as iPhone sales increased in Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRIC) as well as the US in Q4 of 2014.

HAL BAGGED 1090 CRORE CONTRACT TO SUPPLY 14 DO-228 AIRCRAFT TO IAF

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) on 5 February 2015 bagged a Defence contract of 1090 crore rupees for supplying 14 Do-228 aircrafts to Indian Air Force (IAF) along with six reserve engines, one flight simulator and associated equipment.

HAL Do-228 aircraft will be manufactured by the Transport Aircraft Division (TAD) at Kanpur. Earlier, the division has manufactured 125 HAL Do-228 aircraft for various defence and other customers and has expertise in manufacturing of transport and trainer category of aircraft. This aircraft has also been exported to Seychelles and Mauritius.

About HAL Do-228 aircraft

• HAL Do-228 is a highly reliable, multi-purpose, fuel efficient, rugged, light weight twin turboprop aircraft with a retractable tricycle landing gear.

• The cockpit is designed to accommodate two crew members and is fitted with duplicate controls.

• The cabin can accommodate 19 passengers in commuter configuration.

• Its integral fuel tanks in wings make it an aircraft with highest fuel carrying capacity in its class (2850 liters).

TWITTER, GOOGLE SIGNED A DEAL TO MAKE TWEETS SEARCHABLE

Twitter and Google on 5 February 2015 have signed a deal to make tweets searchable. The tweets will be available in Google search results which will benefit both companies.

Under the deal, Google will have complete access to tweets on the social networking site Twitter. The deal will make tweets available outside the Twitter.

The deal will give full access of Twitter's Firehose of tweets to search giant Google. The deal will benefit both companies as in recent years Google had to search Twitter's site to include its information.

Google and Twitter had signed a similar search deal worked in 2009, but the deal was ended in 2011. After this deal, Google launched its own social network competitor Google+, the very same year hoping to compete with the likes of Twitter and Facebook.

The companies opted not to renew the deal after it lapsed, though Twitter provided its data to Microsoft's Bing and Yahoo.

Dick Costolo is the CEO of Twitter Inc. Larry Page is the CEO of Google Inc.

TATA COMMUNICATIONS LTD SIGNED 20 MILLION US DOLLARS DEAL WITH KION GROUP

Tata Communications Ltd on 6 February 2015 signed a 20 million US dollars multi-year deal with Germany-based KION Group to provide global Wide Area Network (WAN) services to the 280 sites of KION across 30 countries.

As part of the deal, Tata Communications will replace the KION Group’s existing stable of multiple WAN providers with a single global network. The deal will allow end users to get faster services with better data management through the Tata Communications WAN platform.

The network will run on Tata Communications cloud-based security solution. The KION Group will also have direct access to internet-based applications, improving both user experience and cost effectiveness.

The new network will also help KION Group to execute its strategy 2020 plan to create economies of scale across the entire group with its six global and regional brands.

KION Group

• The KION Group is the European market leader and the world's second largest global manufacturer of forklift trucks and warehouse technology.

• The KION Group has a global presence with its six brand companies. The Linde and STILL brands serve the premium segment worldwide, while Baoli focuses on the value and economy segments.

• Its Fenwick Brand is the material-handling market leader in France, OM STILL is a market leader in Italy and Voltas is one of the two market leaders in India.

SIEMENS BAGGED ORDERS WORTH 450 CRORE RUPEES FROM VARANASI-BASED DIESEL LOCOMOTIVE WORKS

Siemens Ltd, a major engineering firm on 9 February 2015 bagged orders worth 450 crore rupees from Varanasi-based Diesel Locomotive Works of Indian Railways. The company won three orders for locomotive equipment.

According to the order, the company will supply and supervise the installation and commissioning of three-phase propulsion systems for Diesel Electric Locomotives and three-phase traction motors.

About Diesel Locomotives Works

It is a production unit of Indian Railways located at Varanasi, which annually manufactures around 300 diesel electric locomotives.

SPORTS NEWS IN BRIEF

 

AUSTRALIAN OPEN 2015

Australian Open 2015 came to an end on 1 February 2015 at Melbourne, Australia. Novak Djokovic of Serbia and Serena Williams of the US won the men’s and women’s single title, respectively.

In the final clash for the title, Novak Djokovic won his fifth Australian Open title by defeating Andy Murray of Britain 7-6(5), 6-7(4), 6-3, 6-0. On the other hand, Serena Williams defeated Maria Sharapova (Russia) 6-3, 7-6(5) to claim her sixth Australian Open and 19th Grand Slam title.

With this win, World Number 1 Djokovic became the most decorated Australian Open champion of the Open era, surpassing Andre Agassi and Roger Federer’s quartet of titles. Now only Roy Emerson, with six, stands above him in the men’s all-time records.

Results of other categories at Australian Open

• Men’s Doubles title: Italian pair Simone Boleli and Fabio Foginidefeated French pair Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut 6-4, 6-4. Boleli and Fogini is the first all-Italian team to win a Grand Slam Men's Doubles title in more than 50 years. The last Italians to win a men's doubles title at a major were Nicola Pietrangeli and Orlando Sirola at the 1959 French Open.

• Women’s Doubles title: American-Czech pair Bethanie Mattek-Sands(the US) and Lucie Safarova (Czech Republic) defeated Chinese-Taiwan pair Zheng Jie (China) and  Chan Yung-jan (Taiwan) 6-4, 7-6 (7-5). This was the first grand slam women’s title for Mattek-Sands and Lucie Safarova and was the first new pairing to win the women’s doubles title at Melbourne Park since 2005

• Mixed Doubles title: Indo-Swiss pair Leander Paes (India) and Martina Hingis (Switzerland) defeated Canadian-French team of Daniel Nestor(Canada) and Kristina Mladenovic (France), in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3. This was Leander’s third Mixed Doubles title at the Australian Open and 15th overall. For Martina, it was the ninth title at Melbourne.

SALONI DALAL BECAME YOUNGEST MEDAL WINNER IN NATIONAL GAMES 2015

Saloni Dalal, a school girl of Karnataka became the youngest medal winner in the ongoing 35th National Games in Kerala on 3 February 2015. The 12-year-old, Saloni won a Bronze medal in the 200 meter breast stroke swimming event.

Kalyani Saxena of Gujarat and Rutuja Udeshi of Maharashtra won the gold and silver medals of the 200 meter breast stroke swimming event, respectively.

Beside her bronze in breast stroke swimming event, Dalal also won silver in women’s 4x100 meter Relay Medley by teaming up with Anisha Gaonkar, Malika A Honagekar and Rutuja Pawar.

UNION MINISTRY OF YOUTH AFFAIRS & SPORTS REVISED RASHTRIYA KHEL PROTSAHAN PURUSKAR SCHEME

The Union Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports on 11 February 2015 revised the Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar Scheme.

In the revised scheme, the Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar will be given in four categories, and they are
• Identification and nurturing of budding/young talent

• Encouragement of sports through Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

• Employment of sportspersons and sports welfare measures

• Sports for Development

This revised scheme has prescribed the eligibility criteria of all the four categories.

Now, the companies/corporate can spend on promotion and development of sports from the funds earmarked for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). For this purpose, a specific category for Encouragement of sports through Corporate Social Responsibility has been provided in the revised Scheme.

In this regard sports activities like, training to promote rural sports, nationally recognized sports, Paralympic sports and Olympic sports have been included in the Schedule VII of the Companies Act 2013.

To recognize, the contribution of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), who are working in promotion and development of sports, a separate category, Sports for Development has been provided.

Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar Scheme

Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar Scheme was introduced in 2009 to encourage and promote involvement of corporates, sports promotion boards and others in the promotion and development of sports in the country.

35TH NATIONAL GAMES MASCOT AMMU NAMED IN LIMCA BOOK OF RECORDS

The mascot of India’s 35th National Games Ammu, the Great Hornbill on 11 February 2015 was included in the LIMCA Book of Records.

The mascot found its place in the record books for its play, Kalikkunna Kuttikalkkayi Bharatham Kathirikkunnu (India Awaits Children Who Play) featuring the bird in lead role. The play was staged in 147 schools in Kerala.

LIMCA Book’s 2015 Special Literature Edition said that by 9 April 2014, the play was staged in 147 schools across seven districts of Kerala. The play was envisaged with an aim to promote sports among children and persuade them to take up sports along with academics.

The mascot of the National Games was designed by Rakesh, while the play, Kalikkunna Kuttikalkkayi Bharatham Kathirikkunnu (India Awaits Children Who Play) was scripted and directed by theatre artist Anil Karetee. The play was enacted by a team of police officers led by Chandrakumar.

Ammu, the Great Hornbill

Great Hornbill is the State bird of Kerala and was selected as the Mascot of the Games to reflect state’s concern for conservation of this species. The bird is facing extinction and is facing loss of its habitat, which are rain forests of Kerala.

The Mascot was given the feminine name to pay tribute to the women of the state. At present, Kerala is the only Indian state that has more female population than male.

As per details from Census 2011, Kerala has population of 3.34 Crores, of which male and female are 16027412 and 17378649, respectively.

CHHETRI AND DEVI PRESENTED WITH 2014 AIFF PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARD

Indian men’s football team captain Sunil Chhetri and striker Bala Devi on 13 February 2015 were awarded with the All India Football Federations (AIFF) 2014 Player of the Year trophy in men and women category, respectively.

Others to be honoured with AIFF awards, include

• 2014 Player of the year (Men): Sunil Chhetri

• 2014 Player of the year (Women): Bala Devi

• 2014 Emerging Player of the Year: Sandesh Jhingan

• 2014 Best Referee: Santosh Kumar

• 2014 Best Assistant Referee: Sappam Kennedy

• Best Grassroots Programme: Western India Football Association (WIFA)

• Long Time Contribution to Indian Football: Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC)

Chhetri was voted as the winner by I-League coaches and this was the fourth time that he received the award. Earlier, he was named as the Player of the Year in 2007, 2011 and 2013. With the fourth title, he surpassed the legendary Inivalappil Mani Vijayan who won the award thrice.

Devi was recognised with the award for scoring 47 goals, including 18 in international matches in 2014. Her teammate Oinam Bembem Devi won it on the last two occasions.

Besides a trophy, Chhetri also pocketed 2 lakh rupees, while Devi received a cash prize of 1 lakh rupees. On the other hand, Jhingan who played for the Kerala Blasters in the Indian Super League received a cash prize of 75000 rupees.

35TH NATIONAL GAMES CONCLUDED IN THIRUVANANTHAPURAM

35th National Games concluded in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala on 14 February 2015. On the final day of the Games on 13 February 2015, hosts Kerala won five Gold medals, five Silver medals and four Bronze medals.

The concluding ceremony of the 35th National Games was held at the greenfield stadium at Kariavattom on the outskirts of Thiruvananthapuram.

Kerala Governor Justice P Sathasivam was the chief guest on the occasion. The concluding ceremony saw a cultural programme titled Rivers of India, with the theme protecting the rivers as highlight.

The top five positions in medal tally


Gold

Silver

Bronze

Total

Services

91

33

35

159

Kerala

54

48

60

162

Haryana

40

40

27

107

Maharashtra

30

43

50

123

Punjab

27

34

32

93

In all the 35th National Games saw disbursal of 1334 medals comprising of 405 Gold, 406 Silver and 523 Bronze medals respectively.

Services by topping the medal tally set the record of topping the National Games for the third consecutive time. It won the Raja Bhalendra Singh Trophy.

The 36th National Games will be hosted by Goa in 2016. The 34th National Games were hosted by Jharkhand in 2011.

About 35th National Games

The 35th National Games were held in Kerala from 31 January 2015 to 14 February 2015. The Games was formally inaugurated by the Union Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu at the Green Field Stadium in Kariavattom on the outskirts of the capital Thiruvananthapuram.

Cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar was the chief guest of the inauguration event.

The National Games saw 33 discipline of sport and was held at 30 venues spread over seven districts of the state. This was the first time that the National Games were held in more than one district.

Mascot: The Great Hornbill, or the Great Indian Hornbill, the State bird of Kerala

Logo: A unique mnemonic that uses a distinctive visual device, a customized typography and a youthful colour palette to captures the renewed spirit of the Games and the true essence of the host State, Kerala

Philosphy: Get Set Play

Goodwill Ambassador: Sachin Tendulkar

SAURAV GANGULY AWARDED HONORARY LIFE MEMBERSHIP OF MARYLEBONE CRICKET CLUB (MCC)

Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) on 13 February 2015 awarded Honorary Life Membership to the former Indian cricket captain Saurav Ganguly. He has been a member of the MCC World Cricket committee since July 2014.

Ganguly, affectionately called Dada and the Prince of Calcutta, retired from all forms of international cricket in 2012 after playing for India for 16 long years.

He debuted for India in 1996 at the Lord’s against England and went on to score 131-run in first innings of his test debut. The knock at the Lord’s helped him to etch his name on the famous Lord’s Honours Board in process.

His captaincy during Nat-West series Final at Lords in 2002, in which India defeated England to win the series, is regarded as the greatest ever match played at Lord’s.

About Saurav Ganguly

• Ganguly in his 16 years of play made 7212 runs at an average of 42.17 in Tests and 11363 runs at an average of 41.02 in One Day Internationals (ODIs).

• He also took 132 wickets across 424 matches in both Tests and ODIs

• He captain Indian cricket team in 195 international matches between 2000 and 2006 and led India into the 2003 World Cup final, where India was defeated by Australia

• He retired from ODIs in 2007, Tests in 2008 and from all formats of International cricket in 2012.

• He was awarded with the Padma Shri in 2004 and Banga Bibhushan Award of West Bengal government in 2013.

Other Indian cricketers to receive Honorary Life Membership of MCC

There are now more than 300 Honorary Life Members of MCC out of a total Full Membership of 18000. Other Indian cricketers who have received the Honorary Life Membership include N.J. ontractor (1969), RF Surti (1978), MV Chandgadkar (1978), AL Wadekar (1978), CG Borde (1981), FM Engineer (1981), RG Nadkarni (1981), BS Bedi (1982), BS Chandrasekhar (1982), EAS Prasanna (1984), S Venkataraghavan (1988), GR Viswanath (1990), M Amarnath (1993), SM Gavaskar (1993), DB Vengsarkar (1993), Kapil Dev (1995), SMH Kirmani (1995), RJ Shastri (1995), J Dalmiya (1997), KS More (1999), Rahul Dravid (2008), Anil Kumble (2008), Sachin Tendulkar (2010) and Saurav Ganguly (2015).

Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC)

Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) is the world’s most active cricket club and is owned by the owner of Lord’s Ground and the guardian of the Laws of the game. It was founded in 1787 and is recognised as the sole authority on the Laws of Cricket since its foundation and it moved to its current home at Lord’s in 1814.

Honorary Life Membership is awarded by the MCC Committee to individuals in recognition of the service they have given to the cricket and projects surrounding the game, often over a very long period.

BARRY KNOWLES APPOINTED AS HEAD OF YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME OF BHARAT FC

Pune-based I-League football club Bharat FC in the third week of February 2015 appointed English football coach Barry Knowles as head of its youth development programme.

The appointment of Barry Knowles is part of Bharat FC efforts to build its own training facility at Manjri and to build squads in the under -9, 11, 13, 15, 17 and 19 age groups. Another unique aspect of this youth setup will be that the academy will give preference to young aspirants from Pune.

55-year-old English coach Barry Knowles is a former professional footballer and have more than 300 appearances to his credit for different distinguished clubs in England. He played as a full-back before retiring from professional football at the age of 33.

He was associated with football clubs like Southport FC, Runcorn FC, Barrow AFC, Wigan Athletic and had coached different football clubs like Blackpool FC, Chester City FC, Burnley College Football Academy.

ANIL KUMBLE AND BETTY WILSON INDUCTED INTO ICC CRICKET HALL OF FAME

Former India captain Anil Kumble and Australian legend Betty Wilson on 22 February 2015 were inducted into the International Cricket Council Hall of Fame at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Australia.

Kumble and Wilson became the 77th and 78th inductees into the Hall of Fame.

The 44-year-old Kumble is the fourth Indian to be included in the elite group other three includes Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev and Bishan Bedi. Wilson is the second Australian woman in the Hall of Fame behind Belinda Clark. Wilson was given the honour posthumously.

About Anil Kumble

• He had played 132 Tests for India and captured 619 wickets

• A right-arm leg spin (leg break googly) bowler, Kumble with 619 wickets is the third-highest wicket taker in Test cricket, only behind Muttiah Muralitharan (800) and Shane Warne (708)

• He is the second man in history of cricket to take 10-wickets in an innings. He dismantled Pakistan in 1999 to finish with figures of 10 for 74

Betty Wilson

• Wilson is considered as one of the greatest female cricketers of all-time

• She played 11 tests between 1947 and 1958 and scored 862 runs and claimed 68 wickets

• In 1957 against England, she became the first cricketer (male or female) to score a century and take 10 wickets in a Test

• Wilson passed away on 22 January 2010, aged 88

ANIRBAN LAHIRI WON INDIAN OPEN TITLE OF GOLF

Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri on 22 February 2015 won the Indian Open title at the Delhi Golf Club. To clinch the title, Lahiri defeated SSP Chowrasia on the first playoff hole.

Chowrasia finished as runner-up for the fourth time in the tournament.

Lahiri who started the final day seven strokes behind Chowrasia and five shots off defending champion Bangladesh’s Siddikur Rahman found himself tied at seven-under with Chowrasia who bogeyed the 16th hole.

Pars followed for both players and the tie at seven-under 277 led to a playoff.

Earlier on 8 February 2015, Lahiri had won Malaysian Open title.

RANCHI RAYS CROWNED CHAMPIONS OF HERO HOCKEY INDIA LEAGUE 2015

Ranchi Rays on 23 February 2015 crowned champions of Hero Hockey India League 2015 (HHIL) by defeating Jaypee Punjab Warriors.

The HHIL 2015 was held at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, New Delhi from 22 January 2015 to 22 February 2015. The Grand Finale was witnessed by the eminent personalities. This is the third season of the professional field hockey tournament, Hockey India League.

Ranchi Rays defeated Punjab Warriors in the final by a 3-2 scoreline in the penalty shootout after the regular time yielded a 2-2 tie.

Ranchi Rays was awarded 2.50 crore rupees, while Jaypee Punjab Warriors was awarded 1.25crore rupees for finishing in the second position. Delhi Waveriders received 75 lakh rupees for securing third position.
Barry Middleton of Ranchi Rays received Hero Goal of the Match Award. Tyler Lovell of Ranchi Rays became Man of the Match.

About Ranchi Rays

The city franchise earlier called Ranchi Rhinos had also grabbed the inaugural title in 2013. Despite the overhaul in stakeholders, the team has almost maintained the same squad as earlier. India Cricket Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni co-owns the franchise with Sahara Group.

IN BRIEF

The first edition of World Ocean Science Congress opened in Kochi on 5 February 2015.

The 35th National Games were held in Thiruvanthapuram, Kerala.

Kumar Sangakara of Sri Lanka has broken the world record for the most dismissals by a wicket-keeper in One-day Internationals.

On 20 February 2015, on occasion of the 29th foundation day of Arunachal Pradesh, Prime Minister Narinder Modi flagged off the first ever express train from Naharlagun to New Delhi.

The  Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Ministry has signed an agreement with Rural Self-Employment Training Institutes to provide vocational training to unemployed youth and loan linkages to deserving beneficiaries linked to the Prime Minister’s Employment Guarantee Programme.  The MoU was signed between Khadi & Village Industies Commission (KVIC), under the Ministry of MSME, and Monitoring Cell For Rural Self Employment Training Institutes (RSETI) under the Ministry of Rural Development. The Monitoring Cell will also utilise infrastructure of KVIC Departmental Training Centres for skill development courses.  The MoU is for initial period of three years. However, its performance will be reviewed after two years.  The MSME Ministry through KVIC is implementing the Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP) for generating job opportunities through setting up of micro enterprises in rural and urban areas of the country.  Under the PMEGP, around 2.9 lakh micro enterprises have been set up so far providing employment opportunities to 25.93 lakh persons.

Laljibhai Patel of Surat, chairman of Dharmanandan group, won the bid for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s famously controversial pinstripe suit at ₹4.31 crores.  The proceeds will be spent for Clean River Ganga programme.

The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has established the world’s highest research station in Ladakh. Situated at an altitude of 17,500 feet at Chang La, about 80 km east of Leh, the research station will be used for extreme altitude bio-medical research, material research, agro-animal research and green house technology and conservation of endangered species of plants. Besides, it will serve to evaluate and validate high-altitude technologies like mountaineering equipment and structures, clothes, protective equipment, food, health supplements and fuel developed by other DRDO labs. The earlier record for being the highest research station was held by Pyramid Laboratory which is situated at an altitude of 16,500 feet, at the base of the Everest in Nepal.

Himachal Pradesh has become the India’s first State to present a ‘paperless’ budget. Since the State already has the country’s first green Assembly—e-Vidhan, inaugurated on  on 4 August 2014—all documents related to budget estimates were made available Bestonline and only around 10 budget copies were printed for record, against 200 copies that used to be printed earlier.

The 14th Finance Commission, headed by former Reserve Bank of India governor Y.V. Reddy, suggested raising share of States in central taxes to 42 per cent from current 32 per cent. As per the increased devolution, the States will get ₹3.48 lakh crore in 2014-15 and ₹5.26 lakh crore in 2015-16.  After assessing the revenue and expenditure of the States for the period 2015-20, the Commission also recommended a grant of ₹1.94 crore to meet the deficit of 11 States.  The Commission has also recommended pruning the central schemes from 66 to 36 by transferring 30 to the States. Keeping in the mind the spirit of cooperative federalism that has underpinned the creation of NITI Aayog, the Union government has accepted the recommendation to keep the States share of Union tax proceed (net) at 42 per cent.

Big flagship Central government sponsored social schemes include: Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY), Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan, National Rural Drinking Water Programme, National Health Mission, Backward Region Grant Fund, Integrated Watershed Management Programme, Rajiv Gandhi Panchayat Yojana, Indira Awas Yojana and the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act.

ONE LINERS

• India’s maiden canister-based inter-continental ballistic missile (ICBM) that was successfully test-fired on 31 January 2015 - Agni-5

• The women’s single title of Australian Open was won by - Serena Williams

• The men’s single title of Australian Open was won by - Novak Djokovic

• Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on 31 January 2015 inaugurated the Wi-Fi facility at -Ahmedabad Railway Station

• The State Government of Telangana decided to organise a festival on a large scale on the lines of Kumbh Mela - Godavari Pushkaralu

• Mumbai-based drug major Lupin Limited received final approval from US Food and Drugs Administration (USFDA) for marketing generic version of - Vancocin capsules of ANI Pharmaceuticals Inc 

• 13th meet of the Foreign Ministers of India, Russia and China was held on 2 February 2015 in -Beijing, China

• World Squash champion who on 1 February 2015 set a new record for topping the world rankings consecutively for the 106 months - Nicol David of Malaysia

• Person who was sworn-in as the 12th President of Italy, since the country became a Republic after World War II - Sergio Mattarella

• A country’s Cabinet on 2 February 2015 approved a draft of the National Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Policy, 2015 - Bangladesh

• Parliament of a country on 3 February 2015 voted in favour of the Bill that amends the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act (HFEA), 1990 to allow creation of babies with DNA from three people – Britain

• 21-year old netball player of Maharashtra team, who died on 2 February 2015 during the Day 2 of the 35th National Games - Mayuresh Pawar

• State Government that on 3 February 2015 decided to provide free education to the Scheduled Castes (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST) and girl students till Post Graduation (PG) level in the State - Bihar

• 12-year-old school girl of Karnataka who became the youngest individual medal winner in the ongoing 35th National Games in Kerala on 3 February 2015 - Saloni Dalal

• Two new endemic and bloom-forming algal specie were discovered off the west coast of India are - Ulva paschima Bast and Cladophora goensis Bast.

• Person who was appointed as the Union Home Secretary on 4 February 2015 by the Union Government - LC Goyal

• Union Government on 4 February 2015 approved a development package and adhoc support of 850 crore rupees for - Andhra Pradesh

• NASA’s first Earth satellite designed to collect global observations of the vital soil moisture - Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP)

• Company that on 5 February 2015 bagged a Defence contract of 1090 crore rupees for supplying 14 Do-228 aircrafts to Indian Air Force (IAF) along with six reserve engines, one flight simulator and associated equipment - Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL)

• Person who won the 2015 King Faisal International Prize (KFIP) for Service to Islam - Dr. Zakir A. Naik, the founder and President of the Islamic Research Foundation of India

• Best Actor Award for Male and Female category at the 60th Filmfare Awards was given to - Shahid Kapoor and Kangana Ranaut respectively

• The 77th annual convention of presiding officers, speakers and secretaries of legislative assemblies and councils was held in - Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh

• Coalition Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN) government-III of Nagaland that on 5 February 2015 won the Vote of Confidence in the State Legislative Assembly was led by - Chief Minister TR Zeliang

• Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on 9 February 2015 survived a vote of confidence motion on spilling the top leadership of - Liberal Party

• Only woman of the country whose name was included in the LIMCA book of records for representing the same Lok Sabha constituency on the same party ticket for eight times in a row - Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan

• To enhance nine Public Sector Banks capital and meet global risk norms, the Union Government on 7 February 2015 decided to infuse - 6990 crore rupees

• The Nagasaki-based hotel of Japan that in the first week of February 2015 announced to open the first Robot-staffed Hotel of the World - Henn-na Hotel (meaning Strange Hotel)

• China on 9 February 2015 launched its first cruise liner to sail via its ambitious trans-continental initiative - Maritime Silk Road (MSR).

• Kiran Bedi on 9 February 2015 released a comic book that narrates the story of the first woman IPS officer of the country - Kiran Bedi — Kaise Bani Top Cop 

• Person who was appointed as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Vodafone India - Naveen Chopra

• Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare Jagat Prakash Nadda declared 10 February as - the National Deworming Day

• NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope captured the rare occurrence of the three largest moons of Jupiter named - Europa, Callisto, and Io

• Union Government on 10 February 2015 approved a proposal to increase the authorised Share Capital of the National Minorities Development and Finance Corporation (NMDFC) from 1500 crore rupees to - 3000 crore rupees

• ICICI Bank on 10 February 2015 launched India’s first digital Bank on mobile phone - Pockets

• Indian Navy on 9 February 2015 conducted a large scale Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) exercise in - the Lakshadweep Islands (Karavati, Aggatti, Kalpeni and Androth)

• Three-member Special Investigation Team (SIT) for re-investigation of the 1984 anti-Sikh riot cases will be headed by - Pramod Asthana, an IPS officer of 1986 batch.

• Union Government issued new guidelines for the States to combat the H1N1 (swine flu) outbreak and asked the States to categorise cases for - screening, isolation and hospitalization.  

• Book titled Editor Unplugged: Media, Magnates, Netas and Me is written by - Vinod Mehta

• World Radio Day was observed globally on 13 February 2015 with the theme - Youth and Radio

• The ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 started on 12 February 2015 with inaugural ceremonies held in - Melbourne, Australia and Christchurch, New Zealand

• Indian Footballers who were awarded with the All India Football Federations (AIFF) 2014 Player of the Year trophy in men and women category - Sunil Chhetri and striker Bala Devi

• The Supreme Court of India directed CBI to probe the role of two institutions in the multi-crore chit-fund scam - Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI)

• The process of diplomacy that was used by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in which he called four SAARC leaders, namely Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan to wish for 2015 Cricket World Cup – Cricket Diplomacy 

• RBI announced that soon the currency notes of one rupees denomination printed by the Government of India will be in circulation will be signed by - Rajiv Mehrishi, Finance Secretary

• Jamaican sprinter who on 14 February 2015 announced that he will retire from athletics after the 2017 World Championships in London - Usain Bolt

• First Indian cricketer to score a century against Pakistan in the ICC World Cup - Virat Kohli

• The concluding ceremony of the 35th National Games saw a cultural programme titled - Rivers of India, with the theme protecting the rivers as highlight.

• First National Tribal Festival opened on 13 February 2015 - VANAJ 2015

• President of Singapore who was on a State visit of India between 8 and 11 February 2015 at the invitation of the President Pranab Mukherjee - Dr. Tony Tan Keng Yam

• The Japan Meteorological Agency on 17 February 2015 issued a tsunami advisory for a possible 1-meter (3-foot) tsunami along the coast of- Iwate prefecture

• The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolution that was unanimously adopted on 12 February 2015 to choke off the source of financing for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and Al-Nusrah Front (ANF) was sponsored by – Russia

• France on 16 February 2015 signed a 5.2-billion-euro (5.9 billion US dollar) agreement with a country for the first foreign sale of its Rafale fighter plane - Egypt

• Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) on 13 February 2015 awarded Honorary Life Membership to -the former Indian cricket captain Saurav Ganguly

• Four feet high and weighing around 400 kilogramn Lord Vishnu idol that belongs to the era of King Harshvardhana (590-647AD) was discovered in– Tarn Taran district of Punjab

• The two-time Tour de France winner Cyclist of Spain who announced that he will retire from professional cycling after the 2016 season - Alberto Contador

• The 5th India-Myanmar Joint Trade Committee (JTC) meeting was held on 17 February 2015 in - Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar

• Three Indian, two women and one man who were among the shortlisted 100 applicants for one-way trip to Mars under Mars One mission are - Ritika Singh, Shradha Prasad and Taranjeet Singh Bhatia

• Bihar State Cabinet headed by Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi approved a proposal of state SC/ST welfare department to include a caste in the Mahadalit category - Dusadh (Dhari and Dhadi)

• Legendary Urdu poet of Bihar who died on 15 February 2015 in Hazaribagh, Jharkhand - Dr. Kalim Ahmed Ajiz 

• Pune-based I-League club Bharat FC has appointed English coach Barry Knowles as head of its - Youth Academy Programme

• The film producer held the Guinness World record for producing the highest number of films (over 150) in several languages – Daggubati Ramanaidu

• State that on 18 February 2015 decided to give 35 percent reservation to women in non-gazetted government jobs - Bihar

• India and Bangladesh on 17 February 2015 decided to step up joint patrolling along the boundary to act against - criminals and smugglers

• EPFO on 18 February 2015 set up an online help desk for subscribers for settlement of inoperative provident fund accounts having a balance of – 27000 crore rupees

• Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on 18 February 2015 issued operational aspects of the guidelines on import of gold under - 20: 80 Scheme by nominated banks and agencies.

• Person who resigned as Chairperson of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) - Dr Rajendra Kumar Pachauri


CURRENT AFFAIRS MCQ’S

Ques. : 1 At least 26 people were killed in Sinai in a deadly attack on military and police establishments in which of the following countries recently?
1) Egypt 
2) Kenya
3) Spain 
4) France
5) Malaysia 
Answer:- 1) Egypt

Ques. : 2 The govt’s share in the Coal India was divested through FPO route recently. What is the full form of FPO?
1) Follow-On Preference Offer 
2) Follow-On Public Offer
3) Follow-On Purchase Offer 
4) Follow-On Private Offering
5) None of these 
Answer:- 2) Follow-On Public Offer

Ques. : 3 Among the presentations on the eve of the Republic Day Parade, in the tableaux category, the first position went to
1) Karnataka 
2) Jharkhand
3) CPWD 
4) Maharashtra
5) None of these 
Answer:- 4) Maharashtra

Ques. : 4 The National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited has been set up by the govt which is mandated to develop 10,000 km of roads in the country with a special focus on
1) Bihar 
2) Uttar Pradesh
3) Jammu & Kashmir 
4) North-East
5) Islands 
Answer:- 4) North-East

Ques. : 5 Who among the following has won the women’s singles title of the Australian Open 2015?
1) Maria Sharapova 
2) Eugenie Bouchard
3) Serena Williams 
4) Sarah Brandner
5) Ana Ivanovic 
Answer:- 3) Serena Williams

Ques. : 6 The Martyrs' Day is observed in India on 30 Jan every year on the death anniversary of
1) Vallabhbhai Patel 
2) Chandra Shekhar Azad
3) Mahatma Gandhi 
4) Bhagat Singh
5) Subhas Chandra Bose 
Answer:- 3) Mahatma Gandhi

Ques. : 7 The non-performing assets (NPAs) of the nationalised banks in 2013-14 stood at
1) Rs 9,116 cr 
2) Rs 16,145 cr
3) Rs 92,861 cr 
4) Rs 1.65 lakh cr
5) Rs 2.16 lakh cr 
Answer:- 5) Rs 2.16 lakh cr

Ques. : 8 The winner of the men’s singles title of the Australian Open is
1) Andy Murray 
2) Novak Djokovic
3) Kei Nishikori 
4) Rafael Nadal
5) Roger Federer 
Answer:- 2) Novak Djokovic

Ques. : 9 The RBI has constituted a high level eight-member Committee on urban cooperative banks under the Chairmanship of
1) R Gandhi 
2) Kamalesh Chandra Chakrabarty
3) Harun Rashid Khan 
4) Urjit Patel
5) Anand Sinha 
Answer:- 1) R Gandhi

Ques. : 10 The GDP growth rate for 2012-14 has been revised upward to 6.9 per cent with change in base year. Now, for calculating national accounts, the base year is
1) 2004-05 
2) 2006-07
3) 2008-09 
4) 2009-10
5) 2011-12 
Answer:- 5) 2011-12

Ques. : 11 The market regulator SEBI has allowed as many as 123 entities to set up AIFs in the country. What is the expanded form of AIF?
1) Additional Investment Fund 
2) Alternative Investment Fund
3) Approved Investment Fund 
4) Alternative Investment Facility
5) None of these 
Answer:- 2) Alternative Investment Fund

Ques. : 12 Tabare Vazquez won the presidential election in which of the following countries recently?
1) Argentina 
2) Chile
3) Uruguay 
4) Paraguay
5) None of these 
Answer:- 3) Uruguay

Ques. : 13 Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 1 Dec inaugurated the second unit of Palatana power project in which of the following states?
1) Tripura 
2) Meghalaya
3) Nagaland 
4) Assam
5) None of these 
Answer:- 1) Tripura

Ques. : 14 Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi has announced to crackdown on corruption after an investigation uncovered the existence of 50,000 ghost soldiers in country recently. Identify the country.
1) Afghanistan 
2) Iraq
3) Egypt 
4) Indonesia
5) None of these 
Answer:- 2) Iraq

Ques. : 15 Which of the following countries has launched a new National Day song in Tamil to celebrate the country’s 50 years of independence? Tamil is the fourth official language of the country.
1) Singapore 
2) UAE
3) Mauritius 
4) Fiji
5) None of these 
Answer:- 1) Singapore

Ques. : 16 During his recent visit to North-Eastern region, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 1 Dec promised to provide __________for laying new railway lines.
1) Rs 20,000 cr 
2) Rs 22,000 cr
3) Rs 28,000 cr 
4) Rs 32,000 cr
5) Rs 38,000 cr 
Answer:- 3) Rs 28,000 cr

Ques. : 17 The Like-Minded Developing Countries (LMDC) group, which has China and India as anchoring members on board, is associated with
1) Lobby against NPT 
2) Group of developing countries in UNHCR
3) Trade Facilitation Agreement negotiations 
4) Climate change negotiations
5) None of these 
Answer:- 4) Climate change negotiations

Ques. : 18 Which of the following Indian footballers was conferred with Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Hall of Fame Award in Manila, Philippines recently?
1) Renedy Singh 
2) Nirmal Chettri
3) Baichung Bhutia 
4) Subrata Pal
5) Sunil Chhetri 
Answer:- 3) Baichung Bhutia

Ques. : 19 Deodhar Trophy is associated with which of the following games?
1) Football 
2) Cricket
3) Hockey 
4) Volleyball
5) None of these 
Answer:- 2) Cricket

Ques. : 20 Jarbom Gamlin passed away recently. He was the former Chief Minister of which of the following states?
1) Assam 
2) Manipur
3) Nagaland 
4) Arunachal Pradesh
5) Mizoram 
Answer:- 4) Arunachal Pradesh

Ques. : 21 Who among the following is the new chairman of the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL)?
1) RK Tyagi 
2) T Suvarna Raju
3) Kiran Kumar Alur Seelin 
4) Avinash Chander
5) None of these 
Answer:- 2) T Suvarna Raju

Ques. : 22 Robert Mugabe has been appointed the new chairman of the 54-nation African Union. He is the present President of
1) Nigeria 
2) Sudan
3) Mauritania 
4) Ethiopia
5) Zimbabwe 
Answer:- 5) Zimbabwe

Ques. : 23 Announcing the sixth bi-monthly monetary policy review on 3 Feb, the RBI cut the Statutory Liquidity Ratio (SLR) by 50 basis points to ________with effect from Feb 7.
1) 22 per cent 
2) 21 per cent
3) 21.50 per cent 
4) 22.50 per cent
5) 23 per cent 
Answer:- 3) 21.50 per cent

Ques. : 24 The Indian Police Service (IPS) officer Krishna Chaudhary has taken over as the new Director General (DG) of the
1) Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) 
2) Railway Protection Force (RPF)
3) Central Industrial Reserve Force (CISF) 
4) Border Security Force (BSF)
5) None of these 
Answer:- 1) Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP)

Ques. : 25 The Agni-V missile was successfully test-fired on Jan 31 from the Wheeler Island off Odisha coast. Which of the following is NOT correct about the missile?
1) It is a 50-tonne missile with a range of over 5000 km. 
2) It is an inter-continental ballistic missile, the country's first such missile.
3) It was tested for the first time in a canisterised version. 
4) It has already been inducted into the Strategic Forces Command.
5) None of these 
Answer:- 4) It has already been inducted into the Strategic Forces Command.

Ques. : 26 The Maharashtra govt allowed agricultural bodies and companies to conduct field trails of genetically-modified (GM) brinjal, rice, chickpea (chana) and cotton on 29 Jan. Such trials are banned in
1) Madhya Pradesh 
2) Andhra Pradesh
3) Haryana 
4) Punjab
5) None of these 
Answer:- 1) Madhya Pradesh

Ques. : 27 Who is the winner of the women’s single title of the Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold Badminton Tournament 2015?
1) Carolina Marin 
2) PV Sindhu
3) Ratchanok Intanon 
4) Saina Nehwal
5) Li Xuerui 
Answer:- 4) Saina Nehwal

Ques. : 28 Demis Roussos, an internationally famous singer known for both his pop songs and his clothes, died on 25 Jan. He belonged to
1) France 
2) Italy
3) Greece 
4) Spain
5) None of these 
Answer:- 3) Greece

Ques. : 29 Who among the following has been appointed as the special Director General of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF)?
1) Vivek Srivastav 
2) Prakash Mishra
3) Dineshwar Sharma 
4) Durga Prasad
5) None of these 
Answer:- 4) Durga Prasad

Ques. : 30 India has come forward to fund the 315 meters high Pancheshwar multi-purpose project of Nepal worth Rs 1500 cr. To be the second largest dam in the world it will come up on the river
1) Sun Koshi 
2) Ghaghara
3) Mahakali 
4) Burhi Gandak
5) None of these 
Answer:- 3) Mahakali

Ques. : 31 The US has agreed to partner with India in developing three smart cities. Which of the following are these three cities where these smart cities will come up?
1) Allahabad, Ajmer, and Visakhapatnam 
2) Allahabad, Varanasi, and Visakhapatnam
3) Varanasi, Lucknow, and Bhopal 
4) Bhopal, Delhi, and Chennai
5) None of these 
Answer:- 1) Allahabad, Ajmer, and Visakhapatnam

Ques. : 32 Edgar Lungu has been sworn in as the new President of
1) Malawi 
2) Zambia
3) Mozambique 
4) Zimbabwe
5) Namibia 
Answer:- 2) Zambia

Ques. : 33 What is the currency of Greece?
1) Greek franc 
2) Euro
3) Greek dollar 
4) Greek lev
5) Greek lungu 
Answer:- 2) Euro

Ques. : 34 On the eve of the Republic Day, Major Mukund Varadarajan and Naik Neeraj Kumar Singh were posthumously awarded with the highest peacetime gallantry award. Name the award.
1) Yudh Seva Medal 
2) Sena Medal
3) Shaurya Chakra 
4) Ashok Chakra
5) Kirti Chakra 
Answer:- 4) Ashok Chakra

Ques. : 35 Who among the following has been appointed as the new Home Secretary?
1) Ajit Seth 
2) RK Singh
3) LC Goyal 
4) Anil Goswami
5) None of these 
Answer:- 3) LC Goyal

Ques. : 36 Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA) is a specialised unit of the CRPF created to counter the
1) Naxalite problem 
2) insurgency in North-Eastern states
3) militancy in Jammu & Kashmir 
4) militant attack
5) None of these 
Answer:- 1) Naxalite problem

Ques. : 37 The winner of the men’s singles title of the Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold badminton 2015 is
1) K Srikanth 
2) Parupalli Kashyap
3) Hendra Setiawan 
4) Lin Dan
5) Lee Chong Wei 
Answer:- 2) Parupalli Kashyap

Ques. : 38 Who among the following is now the world’s oldest monarch?
1) Willem-Alexander 
2) Emperor Akihito
3) Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud 
4) King Carl XVI Gustaf
5) Queen Elizabeth II 
Answer:- 5) Queen Elizabeth II

Ques. : 39 The State Bank of India (SBI), the country's largest public sector bank, has signed a loan agreement for 100 million euro (about Rs 700 cr) with which of the following banks to support SMEs in India?
1) Bank of Japan (BoJ) 
2) European Investment Bank (EIB)
3) Softbank 
4) Deutsche Bank
5) None of these 
Answer:- 2) European Investment Bank (EIB)

Ques. : 40 Name the Indian academician who is among seven experts nominated by UN chief Ban Ki-moon to be members of the Advisory Group to review peace building architecture.
1) Anis Bajwa 
2) Asoke Kumar Mukerji
3) Hardeep Singh Puri 
4) Saraswathi Menon
5) None of these 
Answer:- 4) Saraswathi Menon

Ques. : 41 The inaugural Khushwant Singh Memorial Prize for Poetry was won by who among the following at the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival?
1) Arundhathi Subramaniam (When God is a Traveller) 
2) Ranjit Hoskote (Central Time)
3) Sridala Swami (Escape Artist) 
4) Keki N Daruwalla (Fire Altar)
5) None of these 
Answer:- 1) Arundhathi Subramaniam (When God is a Traveller)

Ques. : 42 The National Voters’ Day is observed on
1) 21 Jan 
2) 23 Jan
3) 25 Jan 
4) 31 Jan
5) None of these 
Answer:- 3) 25 Jan

Ques. : 43 The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has issued draft regulations to facilitate full MNP, which is set to start from May 3. Expand the term MNP.
1) Multiple Numbers Portability 
2) Multiple Number Provisioning
3) Mobile Number Provisioning 
4) Mobile Number Portability
5) None of these 
Answer:- 4) Mobile Number Portability

Ques. : 44 Sergio Mattarella is the newly elected president of
1) Italy 
2) Spain
3) Turkey 
4) Sweden
5) Finland 
Answer:- 1) Italy

Ques. : 45 Renowned literary critic, writer and translator MD Hatkananglekar died on 24 Jan. He was a ___________writer.
1) Gujarati 
2) Marathi
3) Tamil 
4) Malayalam
5) None of these 
Answer:- 2) Marathi

Ques. : 46 The World Cancer Day is observed on
1) 1 Dec 
2) 28 Sep
3) 24 Mar 
4) 4 Feb
5) 30 Jan 
Answer:- 4) 4 Feb

Ques. : 47 During the budget session commencing on Feb 23, the govt will push for passage of bills on six ordinances promulgated recently. These six ordinances do not include ordinance on
1) FDI in insurance sector 
2) Land Acquisition
3) e-rickshaws 
4) Coal, mines and minerals
5) None of these 
Answer:- 5) None of these

Ques. : 48 The Periyar Tiger Reserve has bagged the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) biennial award for encouraging local public participation in managing the reserve. It is situated in
1) Chhattisgarh 
2) Assam
3) Kerala 
4) Arunachal Pradesh
5) Andhra Pradesh 
Answer:- 3) Kerala

Ques. : 49 Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi submitted his resignation as the President of which of the following countries recently? The country is facing insurgency from Houthis rebels.
1) Libya 
2) Yemen
3) Nigeria 
4) Tunisia
5) None of these 
Answer:- 2) Yemen

Ques. : 50 Prof Kaptan Singh Solanki took over the additional charge of Governor of Punjab on 22 Jan. At present he is the governor of
1) Himachal Pradesh 
2) Rajasthan
3) Haryana 
4) Madhya Pradesh
5) Uttarakhand 
Answer:- 3) Haryana

Ques. : 51 US scientist James Watson sold his Nobel Prize medal for $4.8 mn on 6 Dec in an auction. He was awarded the world's most prestigious award in 1962 for
1) the discovery of the structure of DNA 
2) his contributions to evolutionary theory
3) discovery of penicillin 
4) being the first researcher to isolate and identify nucleic acid
5) None of these 
Answer:- 1) the discovery of the structure of DNA

Ques. : 52 The US President Barack Obama has nominated who among the following to be the next defense secretary?
1) Heidi Shyu 
2) Sean Stackley
3) Frank Kendall III 
4) Ashton Carter
5) None of these 
Answer:- 4) Ashton Carter

Ques. : 53 According to the report by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare released recently, India spent about ________on diseases caused by tobacco in 2011.
1) Rs 50,000 cr 
2) Rs 80,000 cr
3) Rs 1 lakh cr 
4) Rs 1.2 lakh cr
5) Rs 1.6 lakh cr 
Answer:- 3) Rs 1 lakh cr

Ques. : 54 Typhoon Hagupit hit which of the following countries recently?
1) Sri Lanka 
2) Philippines
3) Maldives 
4) Myanmar
5) Mauritius 
Answer:- 2) Philippines

Ques. : 55 India’s GSAT-16 satellite was launched successfully on 7 Dec from French Guiana. It will replace which of the following satellites, decommissioned prematurely in Apr this year?
1) GSAT-7 
2) GSAT-14
3) INSAT-3D 
4) INSAT-3E
5) None of these 
Answer:- 4) INSAT-3E

Ques. : 56 India and which of the following countries have agreed to take research and innovation relationship to a greater level with the announcement of Newton-Bhabha Fund?
1) UK 
2) US
3) Germany 
4) France
5) Sweden 
Answer:- 1) UK

Ques. : 57 The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has come out with the final guidelines for the BBPS, which will help consumers pay multiple bills at a single point of transaction. Expand the term BBPS.
1) Bharat Bill Processing System 
2) Bharat Bill Placement System
3) Bharat Bill Provisioning System 
4) Bharat Bill Payment System
5) None of these 
Answer:- 4) Bharat Bill Payment System

Ques. : 58 The RuPay debit cards, the first such card issued in India, has been issued by
1) NPCI 
2) IBA
3) GIPSA 
4) BaNCS
5) None of these 
Answer:- 1) NPCI

Ques. : 59 The central govt has extended the facility of Tourist Visa on Arrival or e-visa facility to 43 countries. Which of the following countries is/are NOT among them?
1) Pakistan 
2) Sri Lanka
3) Afghanistan 
4) Iran
5) All the above 
Answer:- 5) All the above

Ques. : 60 A committee chaired by Amitabh Kant cleared 10 proposals for manufacturing defence equipments and explosives in India recently. He is _________in the Govt of India.
1) Secretary, DIPP 
2) Director General, DRDO
3) Defence Secretary 
4) Cabinet secretary
5) None of these 
Answer:- 1) Secretary, DIPP

Ques. : 61 The Supreme Court on 22 Jan barred N Srinivasan from contesting BCCI elections. His name is associated with which of the following firms?
1) Madras Cements 
2) Deccan Cements
3) Andhra Cements 
4) India Cements
5) Ambuja Cements 
Answer:- 4) India Cements

Ques. : 62 The biggest producer of crude oil in the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) is
1) Venezuela 
2) Saudi Arabia
3) UAE 
4) Qatar
5) Iran 
Answer:- 2) Saudi Arabia

Ques. : 63 Chief Minister T R Zeliang won the trust vote in the 60-member Assembly in which of the following states recently?
1) Mizoram 
2) Tripura
3) Nagaland 
4) Manipur
5) Arunachal Pradesh 
Answer:- 3) Nagaland

Ques. : 64 Rajni Kothari passed away recently. He was an eminent
1) political scientist 
2) biologist
3) chemist 
4) geologist
5) historian 
Answer:- 1) political scientist

Ques. : 65 What is India’s ranking in the 2014 edition of the Global Talent Competitiveness Index (GTCI) released by the Global business school INSEAD?
1) 21st 
2) 23rd
3) 36th 
4) 65th
5) 78th 
Answer:- 5) 78th

Ques. : 66 Prominent actress Faten Hamama passed away recently. Also known as ‘The Lady of the Arab Screen’, she belonged to
1) Egypt 
2) UAE
3) Jordan 
4) Iran
5) None of these 
Answer:- 1) Egypt

Ques. : 67 The central govt has launched a scheme to support entrepreneurs from Scheduled Caste community. Which of the following is NOT correct in this regard?
1) It is named ‘Venture Capital Fund for Scheduled Castes.’ 
2) It was launched by Union Social Justice Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore.
3) It has been launched with an initial capital of Rs 200 crore, would help people belonging to the SC categories in a big way. 
4) Initially about 30 persons a year would benefit from this scheme, each can avail loans up to Rs 15 cr.
5) None of these 
Answer:- 2) It was launched by Union Social Justice Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore.

Ques. : 68 Which of the following automobiles manufacturers stayed at the top in global vehicle sales in 2014?
1) Ford 
2) General Motors
3) Toyota Motor 
4) Volkswagen
5) Renault 
Answer:- 3) Toyota Motor

Ques. : 69 As per provisions of the Regional Rural Banks Act, 1976 the authorized capital of each RRB is Rs 5 cr and the issued capital is maximum
1) Rs 50 lakh 
2) Rs 1 cr
3) Rs 2 cr 
4) Rs 2.5 cr
5) Rs 3 cr 
Answer:- 2) Rs 1 cr

Ques. : 70 Participating at the Lima climate talks, India insisted on early financing of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) which was established in order to assist developing countries with a proposed _______budget.
1) USD 40 bn 
2) USD 100 bn
3) USD 120 bn 
4) USD 150 bn
5) USD 180 bn 
Answer:- 2) USD 100 bn

Ques. : 71 The Time magazine on 10 Dec named who among the following as its “Person of the Year 2014”?
1) Jack Ma 
2) The medics treating the Ebola
3) Protesters in Ferguson 
4) Taylor Swift
5) Vladimir Putin 
Answer:- 2) The medics treating the Ebola

Ques. : 72 India is all set to export its first warship, an off-shore patrol vehicle named ‘CGS Barracuda,’ to which of the following countries in about Rs 300 cr?
1) Sri Lanka 
2) Iraq
3) Myanmar 
4) Mauritius
5) Singapore 
Answer:- 4) Mauritius

Ques. : 73 The Union Cabinet has given its nod to PSBs to bring down govt holding in a phased manner to raise funds in order to comply with the Basel III norms, which will come into effect from
1) Mar 31, 2016 
2) Mar 31, 2017
3) Mar 31, 2018 
4) Mar 31, 2019
5) Mar 31, 2020 
Answer:- 4) Mar 31, 2019

Ques. :74 Andhra Pradesh has signed an MoU with which of the following countries for the development of its new capital that is set to come up near Vijawayada?
1) Singapore 
2) UK
3) Germany 
4) France
5) Japan 
Answer:- 1) Singapore

Ques. :75 Robert Mugabe is the present president of
1) Kenya 
2) Zimbabwe
3) Nigeria 
4) Algeria
5) Tunisia 
Answer:- 2) Zimbabwe

Ques. :76 You will have read about Uber in connection with different controversies in recent time. It is a
1) luxury automaker 
2) online hotel booking company
3) online taxi booking company 
4) multilevel marketing company
5) None of these 
Answer:- 3) online taxi booking company

Ques. :77 What is Arjun Mark-I?
1) An automatic rifle used by the Indian Army 
2) India’s first nuclear submarine
3) An indigenous attack helicopter 
4) Indigenously developed main battle tank
5) None of these 
Answer:- 4) Indigenously developed main battle tank

Ques. :78 The Appellate Body of the WTO, recently, ruled against which of the following countries which had imposed high duty on imports of certain steel products from India?
1) China 
2) US
3) UK 
4) Pakistan
5) France
Answer:- 2) US

Ques. :79 Identify the one who is NOT among the eight Indians who have so far won the prestigious Nobel Prize?
1) Rabindranath Tagore 
2) Mahatma Gandhi
3) Mother Teresa 
4) CV Raman
5) None of these 
Answer:- 2) Mahatma Gandhi

Ques. :80 The United States senate on 10 Dec confirmed the nomination of who among the following as the next US ambassador to India?
1) Kathleen Stephens 
2) Richard Rahul Verma
3) Nisha Desai Biswal 
4) Christopher R Hill
5) Sung Kim 
Answer:- 2) Richard Rahul Verma

Ques. :81 The Union Cabinet has given its nod to PSBs to bring down govt’s holding in a phased manner to what per cent so that they can raise up to Rs 1,60,825 cr from the market?
1) 52 per cent 
2) 55 per cent
3) 60 per cent 
4) 74 per cent
5) None of these 
Answer:- 1) 52 per cent

Ques. :82 Who among the following Finance Ministers of India had also served as RBI governor?
1) Morarji Desai 
2) Manmohan Singh
3) Arun Jaitley 
4) Yashwant Sinha
5) Pranab Mukherjee 
Answer:- 2) Manmohan Singh

Ques. :83 The Union Cabinet has approved the official amendments to the Insurance Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2008, after the Select Committee on the Bill submitted its report. The Select Committee was headed by
1) Chandan Mitra 
2) Kapil Sibal
3) Salman Khurshid 
4) Subramanian Swamy
5) None of these 
Answer:- 1) Chandan Mitra

Ques. :84 What is the minimum paid-up capital requirement for floating a health insurance company in India as per the current norms?
1) Rs 50 cr 
2) Rs 75 cr
3) Rs 100 cr 
4) Rs 250 cr
5) Rs 300 cr 
Answer:- 3) Rs 100 cr

Ques. :85 The govt offloaded its 5 per cent stake in SAIL through OFS route recently. What is expanded form of OFS?
1) Offer-For-Sale 
2) Offer-For-Subscription
3) Offer-For-Shares 
4) Offer-For-Stocks
5) None of these 
Answer:- 1) Offer-For-Sale

Ques. :86 The Delhi High Court has directed which of the following Chinese mobile handset makers to stop import, sale of phones over patent case by Ericsson?
1) Oppo 
2) Lenovo
3) Huawei 
4) Xiaomi
5) Gionee 
Answer:- 4) Xiaomi

Ques. : 87 Which of the following banks has launched first homegrown economic indicator called Composite Index?
1) PNB 
2) SBI
3) BOB 
4) IOB
5) UKO Bank 
Answer:- 2) SBI

Ques. :88 KM Mani, who has been booked in a bar bribe scam, is the present Finance Minister of which of the following states?
1) Karnataka 
2) Tamil Nadu
3) Kerala 
4) Odisha
5) West Bengal 
Answer:- 3) Kerala

Ques. :89 The United Nations has declared Jun 21 as
1) International Day for abolition of Ebola 
2) International Day of Yoga
3) International Day against Child Labour 
4) World Tuberculosis Day
5) None of these 
Answer:- 2) International Day of Yoga

Ques. :90 After the first bilateral meeting between PM Narendra Modi and the visiting Russian President Vladimir Putin, the two countries signed a deal to set up at least____nuclear reactor in India.
1) 12 
2) 14
3) 15 
4) 20
5) 24 
Answer:- 1) 12

Ques. :91 The leaders of Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany have reached a ceasefire deal after talks in Minsk, the capital and largest city of
1) Belarus 
2) Ukraine
3) Latvia 
4) Lithuania
5) Poland 
Answer:- 1) Belarus

Ques. :92 Who will head the External Advisory Committees (EACs) which will evaluate the applications received for setting up of small banks?
1) Usha Thorat 
2) Nachiket Mor
3) Shikha Sharma 
4) Urjit Patel
5) Bimal Jalan 
Answer:- 1) Usha Thorat

Ques. :93 The central govt has revised the base year for computing national accounts from 2004-05 to 2011-12 recently. When was the base year last revised?
1) Jan 1995 
2) Mar 1999
3) Apr 2001 
4) Jan 2010
5) It is the first ever revision. 
Answer:- 4) Jan 2010

Ques. :94 According to the World Gold Council (WGC) report, which of the following countries was the biggest consumer of gold in 2014?
1) US 
2) China
3) India 
4) Brazil
5) Indonesia 
Answer:- 3) India

Ques. :95 Name the Indian economist who has been awarded the inaugural Charleston-EFG John Maynard Keynes Prize.
1) Arvind Subramanian 
2) Amartya Sen
3) Bibek Debroy 
4) Arvind Panagariya
5) Jagdish Bhagwati 
Answer:- 2) Amartya Sen

Ques. :96 The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has ordered a ban on roadside shops and eateries along the animal corridors near Assam’s Kaziranga National Park situated in
1) Madhya Pradesh 
2) Assam
3) West Bengal 
4) Odisha
5) Meghalaya 
Answer:- 2) Assam

Ques. :97 The Jnanpith award for the year 2014 has been awarded to who among the following? His works include Kosala (Cocoon) and Hindu.
1) Bhalachandra Nemade 
2) Sanjay Sonawani
3) Hari Narke 
4) Kedarnath Singh
5) Ravuri Bharadhwaja 
Answer:- 1) Bhalachandra Nemade

Ques. : 98 Which of the following banks in India has introduced a digital wallet app ‘Pockets’?
1) HDFC Bank 
2) Axis Bank
3) Federal Bank 
4) SBI
5) ICICI Bank 
Answer:- 5) ICICI Bank

Ques. :99 The central govt will soon infuse what amount in nine public sector banks for enhancing their capital and meeting global risk norms?
1) Rs 1,260 cr 
2) Rs 6,990 cr
3) Rs 12,280 cr 
4) Rs 4,210 cr
5) Rs 2,990 cr 
Answer:- 2) Rs 6,990 cr

Ques. :100 The Aero India-2015 show will be held from 18-22 Feb in which of the following cities?
1) Hyderabad 
2) Mumbai
3) Chennai 
4) Bengaluru
5) Nasik 
Answer:- 4) Bengaluru

Ques. :101 Thein Sein has approved a law allowing a referendum on changes to the constitution related to candidature for presidency. He is the present President of
1) Philippines 
2) Thailand
3) Myanmar 
4) Singapore
5) Indonesia 
Answer:- 3) Myanmar

Ques. :102 The US Congress gave its final approval to the long delayed project of Keystone XL pipeline recently. The pipeline would transmit crude oil to US refineries from
1) Cuba 
2) Canada
3) Mexico 
4) Russia
5) Bahamas 
Answer:- 2) Canada

Ques. :103 The inaugural match of the 2015 ICC World Cup was played between which of the following teams?
1) India and Pakistan 
2) West Indies and Australia
3) Sri Lanka and New Zealand 
4) Australia and England
5) South Africa and Zimbabwe 
Answer:- 3) Sri Lanka and New Zealand

Ques. :104 The G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors summit on 9-10 Feb was hosted by
1) Istanbul, Turkey 
2) Athens, Greece
3) Minsk, Belarus 
4) Sydney, Australia
5) Buenos Aires, Argentina 
Answer:- 1) Istanbul, Turkey

Ques. :105 The Union HRD Ministry has asked Delhi University to quickly initiate action to implement CBCS for the new academic session. The term CBCS stands for
1) Category Based Credit System 
2) Calendar Based Credit System
3) Classification Based Credit System 
4) Choice Based Credit System
5) None of these 
Answer:- 4) Choice Based Credit System

Ques. :106 The 10th world Hindi Conference in Sep 2015 will be hosted by
1) Patna 
2) Chandigarh
3) Hyderabad 
4) Jaipur
5) Bhopal 
Answer:- 5) Bhopal

Ques. :107 The RBI has said that it will soon put in circulation of currency notes in one rupee (Re 1) denomination. Re 1 note bears the signature of the
1) Governor of the RBI 
2) One of the deputy governors of the RBI
3) Union Finance Minister 
4) Finance Secretary
5) None of these 
Answer:- 4) Finance Secretary

Ques. :108 The World Radio Day is observed on
1) 4 Feb 
2) 6 Feb
3) 13 Feb 
4) 20 Feb
5) 21 Feb 
Answer:- 3) 13 Feb

Ques. :109 The owners of which of the following IPL franchise transferred the ownership of the IPL team to a new subsidiary recently?
1) Chennai Super Kings 
2) Mumbai Indians
3) Rajasthan Royals 
4) Kings XI Punjab
5) Kolkata Knight Riders 
Answer:- 1) Chennai Super Kings

Ques. : 110 The 35th National Games concluded in Kerala on 13 Feb. Which of the following teams topped the medal tally with 91 gold medals?
1) Maharashtra 
2) Haryana
3) Kerala 
4) Services Sports Control Board
5) None of these 
Answer:- 4) Services Sports Control Board

Ques. :111 India defeated Pakistan by 76 runs in its first match in the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup at Adelaide Oval. Name the Indian batsman who scored 107 runs and was declared the man of the match.
1) Suresh Raina 
2) Shikhar Dhawan
3) MS Dhoni 
4) Virat Kohli
5) R Ashwin 
Answer:- 4) Virat Kohli

Ques. :112 Who among the following has been felicitated with the prestigious Pt Bhimsen Joshi Lifetime Achievement Award-2014?
1) Prabha Atre 
2) Pandit Jasraj
3) Malini Rajurkar 
4) Ashwini Bhide Deshpande
5) Kishori Amonkar 
Answer:- 1) Prabha Atre

Ques. :113 Lee Hsien Loong is the present Prime Minister of which of the following countries? He was diagnosed with prostate cancer recently.
1) Thailand 
2) Singapore
3) Taiwan 
4) Vietnam
5) Philippines 
Answer:- 2) Singapore

Ques. :114 China’s ‘largest overseas embassy’ was inaugurated on 13 Feb in which of the following countries?
1) US 
2) Pakistan
3) Afghanistan 
4) Nepal
5) Myanmar 
Answer:- 2) Pakistan

Ques. :115 Stanislas Wawrinka beat defending champion Tomas Berdych to win the World Tennis Tournament on 15 Feb. Wawrinka belongs to
1) US 
2) Switzerland
3) Sweden 
4) South Korea
5) Spain 
Answer:- 2) Switzerland

Ques. :116 The Union minister of state for agriculture Mohan Kundariya has said that the govt will announce MSP for Kharif crops in May. The term MSP stands for
1) Minimum Selling Price 
2) Minimum Support Price
3) Maximum Selling Price 
4) Maximum Supplementary Price
5) None of these 
Answer:- 2) Minimum Support Price

Ques. :117 The 23rd New Delhi World Book Fair started on 14 Feb. Which of the following is the guest of honour country at the fair this year?
1) Singapore 
2) South Korea
3) China 
4) Sri Lanka
5) Malaysia 
Answer:- 1) Singapore

Ques. :118 What is India’s ranking in the World Press Freedom Index 2015? The World Press Freedom Index (WPFI) is produced by Reporters Without Borders (RSF).
1) 136 
2) 140
3) 152 
4) 173
5) 176 
Answer:- 1) 136

Ques. :119 India’s largest solar park of 10,000 MW is set to be built by Adani Group in which of the following states?
1) Gujarat 
2) Rajasthan
3) Madhya Pradesh 
4) Andhra Pradesh
5) Maharashtra 
Answer:- 2) Rajasthan

Ques. :120 As per the data released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO), India's monthly per capita income is likely to be at ________ this financial year.
1) Rs 7,378 
2) Rs 6,699
3) Rs 5,829 
4) Rs 6,182
5) None of these 
Answer:- 1) Rs 7,378

Ques. :121 India signed a civil nuclear cooperation agreement with which of the following countries on 16 Feb?
1) Bangladesh 
2) Myanmar
3) Vietnam 
4) Sri Lanka
5) Singapore 
Answer:- 4) Sri Lanka

Ques. :122 What is the theme of the 23rd New Delhi World Book Fair which started on 14 Feb?
1) Suryodaya: Emerging Voices from Andaman and Nicobar 
2) Suryodaya: Emerging Voices from Northeast India
3) Suryodaya: Emerging Voices from SAARC Region 
4) Suryodaya: Emerging Voices from Afro-Asian Region
5) None of these 
Answer:- 2) Suryodaya: Emerging Voices from Northeast India

Ques. :123 India formally handed over the historic ‘Dakota’ aircraft to which of the following countries recently?
1) Sri Lanka 
2) Bangladesh
3) Fiji 
4) Mauritius
5) Seychelles 
Answer:- 2) Bangladesh

Ques. :124 Kesava Reddy died on 13 Feb. He was a well-known
1) novelist 
2) film director
3) flutist 
4) classical singer
5) None of these 
Answer:- 1) novelist

Ques. :125 The govt has set up a three-member SIT to probe 1984 anti-Sikh riot cases. The SIT will be headed by
1) Kumar Gyanesh 
2) Rakesh Kapoor
3) Pramod Asthana 
4) Anil Goswami
5) None of these 
Answer:- 3) Pramod Asthana

Ques. :126 Which of the following Indian drugmakers has been awarded Rs 1170-cr contract by Global Fund to supply HIV drugs?
1) Paras Pharmaceuticals 
2) Ranbaxy Laboratories
3) Dr Reddy's Laboratories 
4) Cipla
5) None of these 
Answer:- 4) Cipla

Ques. :127 The winner of the prestigious Mahindra Samridhi India Agri Award 2015 is
1) IFFCO 
2) Mahyco Monsanto Biotech
3) The Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) 
4) Allahabad Agricultural Institute
5) Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University (CCSHAU) Answer:- 5) Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University (CCSHAU)

Ques. :128 Who among the following has been appointed as the new MD and CEO of the Multi Commodity Exchange of India (MCX)?
1) Chitra Ramkrishna 
2) Natarajan Chandrasekaran
3) V Balasubramaniam 
4) S Ramadorai
5) None of these 
Answer:- 3) V Balasubramaniam

Ques. :129 Indian Navy on 9 Feb conducted a mega drill named Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster relief (HADR) to test its readiness for handling tsunamis. The venue of the drill was
1) Odisha 
2) Andhra Pradesh
3) Lakshadweep 
4) Andaman and Nicobar
5) Goa 
Answer:- 3) Lakshadweep

Ques. :130 The Crime and Criminal Tracking Network System (CCTNS) project was launched in which of the following states recently?
1) Uttarakhand 
2) Punjab
3) Haryana 
4) Himachal Pradesh
5) Maharashtra 
Answer:- 4) Himachal Pradesh

Ques. :131 Maharashtra’s former deputy CM and home minister RR Patil, popularly known as Aaba, died on 17 Feb. He was associated with which of the following parties?
1) NCP 
2) INC
3) BJP 
4) Shiv Sena
5) None of these 
Answer:- 1) NCP

Ques. :132 The Indian Railways is today the largest rail network in Asia. What is its position in the world as a network operated under a single management?
1) First 
2) Second
3) Third 
4) Fourth
5) Fifth 
Answer:- 2) Second

Ques. :133 The People's Bank of China is the central bank of China. Who among the following is the present Governor of the bank?
1) Xiao Gang 
2) Zhou Xiaochuan
3) Guo Shuqing 
4) Shang Fulin
5) None of these 
Answer:- 2) Zhou Xiaochuan

Ques. :134 Rajinder Puri passed away recently. He was a fierce critic of emergency and an a veteran
1) cartoonist 
2) classical singer
3) poet 
4) environmentalist
5) bureaucrat 
Answer:- 1) cartoonist

Ques. :135 The Centre has asked all the schools and higher educational institutions to celebrate ‘Matrubhasha Divas’ on
1) 21 Jun 
2) 21 Mar
3) 21 Sep 
4) 21 Apr
5) 21 Feb 
Answer:- 5) 21 Feb

Ques. :136 Who among the following was conferred Uttar Pradesh's highest civilian award Yash Bharti by the state govt recently?
1) Rajdeep Sardesai 
2) Barkha Dutt
3) Arnab Goswami 
4) Vinod Mehta
5) Shekhar Gupta 
Answer:- 4) Vinod Mehta

Ques. :137 Anirban Lahiri secured his breakthrough European Tour title winning the Malaysian Open on 15 Feb. He is an ace
1) cyclist 
2) golfer
3) tennis player 
4) badminton player
5) cueist 
Answer:- 2) golfer

Ques. :138 Which of the following has become the first company to reach a market value of $700 billion recently?
1) Exxon Mobil 
2) Microsoft
3) Oracle 
4) Alibaba
5) Apple 
Answer:- 5) Apple

Ques. :139 Facebook is going to offer free Internet access to subscribers through the new Internet.org app. Which of the following will become the first country in Asia to get the new app?
1) China 
2) Indonesia
3) Nepal 
4) India
5) Singapore 
Answer:- 4) India

Ques. :140 The central govt approved doubling the National Minorities Development & Finance Corporation (NMDFC)’s authorised capital recently. What is its new authorised capital?
1) Rs 750 cr 
2) Rs 1,500 cr
3) Rs 3,000 cr 
4) Rs 6,000 cr
5) Rs 9,000 cr 
Answer:- 3) Rs 3,000 cr

Ques. :141 Which of the following days has been declared as the National Deworming Day by the Union Health Ministry?
1) 1 Feb 
2) 8 Feb
3) 10 Feb 
4) 16 Feb
5) 21 Feb 
Answer:- 3) 10 Feb

Ques. :142 Who among the following has taken over as the new Chairman of Indraprastha Gas Ltd?
1) M Ravindran 
2) Sudhir Vasudeva
3) Dinesh K Sarraf 
4) B Ashok
5) None of these 
Answer:- 1) M Ravindran

Ques. :143 The Central Govt has warned states to complete SECC before Mar 15. The term SECC stands for
1) Socio Economic and Cultural Census 
2) Socio Economic and Cadre Census
3) Socio Economic and Category Census 
4) Socio Economic and Caste Census
5) None of these 
Answer:- 4) Socio Economic and Caste Census

Ques. :144 The US space agency NASA is planning to send a nuclear-powered submarine to explore one of the methane seas located on Titan. Titan is a moon of
1) Saturn 
2) Jupiter
3) Mars 
4) Venus
5) Mercury 
Answer:- 1) Saturn

Ques. :145 The World Wetlands Day is observed on
1) 2 Feb 
2) 6 Feb
3) 13 Feb 
4) 8 Mar
5) 20 Mar 
Answer:- 1) 2 Feb

Ques. :146 Who among the following was adjudged the Man of Sports at the 35th National Games?
1) Chain Singh Manhas 
2) Sajan Prakash
3) Gurpreet Singh 
4) Vijay Kumar
5) None of these 
Answer:- 2) Sajan Prakash

Ques. :147 Who among the following was declared the best female athlete at the 35th National Games?
1) Dhumatkar Aditi 
2) Richa Mishra
3) Dipa Karmakar 
4) Akanksha Vora
5) Rajina Kiro 
Answer:- 4) Akanksha Vora

Ques. :148 The mascot of the 35th National Games was ‘Ammu’, the Great Indian Hornbill. It is the state bird of
1) Kerala 
2) Karnataka
3) Goa 
4) Delhi
5) Maharashtra 
Answer:- 1) Kerala

Ques. :149 The National Games in 2016 will be held in
1) Delhi 
2) Goa
3) West Bengal 
4) Manipur
5) Uttar Pradesh 
Answer:- 2) Goa

Ques. :150 Which of the following countries has topped the World Press Freedom Index 2015?
1) Finland 
2) Norway
3) Denmark 
4) US
5) Spain 
Answer:- 1) Finland

Ques. :151 Amitabh Kant holds which of the following positions at present?
1) Secretary, DIPP 
2) Secretary, FIPB
3) Chairman, ISRO 
4) Chairman, HAL
5) None of these 
Answer:- 1) Secretary, DIPP

Ques. :152 The new govt at the centre on 13 Feb officially told the Supreme Court that it would go ahead with the UIDAI project, Aadhaar. Who is the present DG of UIDAI?
1) Vijay S Madan 
2) Shailesh Nayak
3) K Radhakrishnan 
4) T Suvarna Raju
5) None of these 
Answer:- 1) Vijay S Madan

Ques. :153 Who will head the External Advisory Committees (EACs) which will evaluate the applications received for setting up of payment banks?
1) Usha Thorat 
2) Nachiket Mor
3) Shikha Sharma 
4) Urjit Patel
5) Bimal Jalan 
Answer:- 2) Nachiket Mor

Ques. :154 Name the Indian origin musician who won the best new age album award at the 57th Grammy Awards recently.
1) Devan Ekambaram 
2) MD Pallavi Arun
3) Ricky Kej 
4) Neecia Majolly
5) Chaitra HG 
Answer:- 3) Ricky Kej

Ques. :155 The 19th National Arogya Mela was organised in which of the following cities starting 6 Feb?
1) Raipur 
2) Chandigarh
3) Patna 
4) Bhopal
5) Jaipur 
Answer:- 1) Raipur

Ques. :156 Which of the following is correct about Daggubati Ramanaidu, who died recently?
1) He entered the record books for producing maximum number of films in the world. 
2) He was the recipient of Dada Saheb Phalke Award for life time achievement in 2009.
3) He was the recipient of the Padma Bhushan in 2012 in recognition of his contribution to Indian cinema. 
4) All the above
5) Only 2) and 3) 
Answer:- 4) All the above

Ques. :157 Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 19 Feb launched 'Soil Health Card' scheme from Sriganganagar district of
1) Rajasthan 
2) Maharashtra
3) Gujarat 
4) Haryana
5) Himachal Pradesh 
Answer:- 1) Rajasthan

Ques. :158 Which of the following players emerged as the costliest cricketer in the IPL 8 players' auction, bought for a record Rs 16 cr by Delhi Daredevils in Bangalore?
1) Hashim Amla 
2) Mahela Jayawardene
3) Kevin Pietersen 
4) Dinesh Karthik
5) Yuvraj Singh 
Answer:- 5) Yuvraj Singh

Ques. :159 Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the 19th convocation of the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS) on 18 Feb. The NIMHANS is located in
1) Ranchi 
2) Chennai
3) Hyderabad 
4) Bengaluru
5) Shimla 
Answer:- 4) Bengaluru

Ques. :160 Moshe Ya'alon is the first Defence Minister of which of the following countries to visit India recently since the two countries established full diplomatic relations in 1992?
1) Belarus 
2) Norway
3) Israel 
4) Sweden
5) Vietnam 
Answer:- 3) Israel

Ques. :161 To bridge the gaps of social divide and promote tribal culture, the Ministry of Tribal Affairs held a National Tribal Festival in New Delhi named
1) Vanaj 
2) Vanbandhu
3) Tribal Trendz 
4) Van Mahotsav
5) None of these 
Answer:- 1) Vanaj

Ques. :162 President Francois Hollande’s govt won a confidence vote on economic reform law recently. He is the present president of
1) Spain 
2) Greece
3) Turkey 
4) France
5) Italy 
Answer:- 4) France

Ques. :163 The CCEA on 19 Feb approved the continuation of the incentive scheme for raw sugar production. It has fixed uniform rate of ________per MT for 2014-15 sugar season.
1) Rs 3,000 
2) Rs 3,500
3) Rs 4,000 
4) Rs 4,500
5) None of these 
Answer:- 3) Rs 4,000

Ques. :164 Which of the following chief minister of Indian states visited Bangladesh on a three-day visit recently? The Teesta water agreement and Land Border Treaty were the focus points of the visit.
1) Pawan Kumar Chamling 
2) Tarun Gogoi
3) Naveen Patnaik 
4) Mamata Banerjee
5) None of these 
Answer:- 4) Mamata Banerjee

Ques. :165 PM Narendra Modi visited which of the following northeastern states recently to inaugurate a festival to mark the 29th Statehood Day and also flagged off the Naharlagun - New Delhi Air-conditioned Train?
1) Manipur 
2) Nagaland
3) Tripura 
4) Meghalaya
5) Arunachal Pradesh 
Answer:- 5) Arunachal Pradesh

Ques. :166 Which of the following former Indian captains is all set to become the 77th member of the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame?
1) Mohammad Azharuddin 
2) Anil Kumble
3) Sourav Ganguly 
4) Kapil Dev
5) Rahul Dravid 
Answer:- 2) Anil Kumble

Ques. :167 Khajuraho Dance Festival 2015 begun in which of the following states on 20 Feb?
1) Maharashtra 
2) Madhya Pradesh
3) Rajasthan 
4) Karnataka
5) Tamil Nadu 
Answer:- 2) Madhya Pradesh

Ques. :168 The famous temples of Khajuraho were built between 250 and 1050 AD during the reign of
1) Chandela Dynasty 
2) Vakataka dynasty
3) Gupta Dynasty 
4) Nanda Dynasty
5) Brihadratha Dynasty 
Answer:- 1) Chandela Dynasty

Ques. :169 Bamako is the capital and largest city of which of the following countries? The country has signed a UN ceasefire to end conflict with northern rebels recently.
1) Niger 
2) Mauritania
3) Mali 
4) Ghana
5) Algeria 
Answer:- 3) Mali

Ques. :170 Which of the following Indian airports has won the annual Airport Service Quality (ASQ) award in the 25-40 million passengers per annum category from the Airport Council International (ACI)?
1) Indira Gandhi International Airport 
2) Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport
3) Kempegowda International Airport 
4) Chennai International Airport
5) None of these 
Answer:- 1) Indira Gandhi International Airport

Ques. :171 India’s Shiv Kapur is associated with which of the following games?
1) Golf 
2) Badminton
3) Tennis 
4) Billiards
5) Shooting 
Answer:- 1) Golf

Ques. :172 The govt is considering merging OCI and PIO schemes on the eve of the 13th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD), to be held in Gujarat from Jan 7 to 9. So far, NRIs holding OCI cards are entitled to get lifelong visas while PIOs get visas for
1) 5 years 
2) 10 years
3) 15 years 
4) 20 years
5) None of these 
Answer:- 3) 15 years

Ques. :173 The govt has scrapped the idea to sell Specified Undertaking of UTI's (Suuti's) stake in private-sector companies through the ETF route. The term ETF stands for
1) Externally-Traded Fund 
2) Estimate-Traded Fund
3) Exchange-Traded Fund 
4) Eco-Traded Fund
5) None of these 
Answer:- 3) Exchange-Traded Fund

Ques. :174 Which of the following Indian films has been named best first feature film by Toronto Film Critics?
1) Yellow 
2) City Lights
3) Liar’s Dice 
4) The Lunchbox
5) Fandry 
Answer:- 4) The Lunchbox

Ques. :175 Which of the following countries has won the fifth men's Kabaddi World Cup title?
1) Pakistan 
2) India
3) Iran 
4) New Zealand
5) None of these 
Answer:- 2) India

Ques. :176 Who among the following has been named ambassador for 2015 ICC World Cup?
1) Sourav Ganguly 
2) Virender Sehwag
3) Rahul Dravid 
4) Mahendra Singh Dhoni
5) Sachin Tendulkar 
Answer:- 5) Sachin Tendulkar

Ques. :177 What is the theme of the new Govt of India calendar 2015?
1) Clean India, Green India 
2) Make in India
3) Incredible India 
4) Good governance
5) None of these 
Answer:- 1) Clean India, Green India

Ques. :178 What is the new deadline set by the RBI to exchange pre-2005 currency notes? The earlier deadline was to end on 1 Jan.
1) Jan 31 
2) Mar 1
3) Mar 31
4) Apr 1
5) Jun 30 
Answer:- 5) Jun 30

Ques. :179 Which of the following three countries have inaugurated a 925km long new railway route that will improve resource-rich Central Asia's access to markets in the Middle East and South Asia?
1) Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan and Iran 
2) Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan and Iran
3) Tajikistan, Kazakhstan and Iran 
4) Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Iran
5) None of these 
Answer:- 1) Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan and Iran

Ques. :180 Inmates of Delhi's Tihar jail will soon get life and accidental insurance cover as their accounts are being opened under the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojna. Under the PMJDY scheme, what are the accidental and life insurance covers respectively?
1) Rs 50,000, Rs 20,000 
2) Rs 75,000, Rs 30,000
3) Rs 1 lakh, Rs 30,000 
4) Rs 1.5 lakh, Rs 50,000
5) None of these 
Answer:- 3) Rs 1 lakh, Rs 30,000

Ques. :181 The 11th edition of the ICC Cricket World Cup will take place in Australia and New Zealand from 14th Feb to 29th Mar. Apart from the 10 Full Members, four qualifiers will take part in the tournament. Which of the following is NOT among the qualifiers?
1) United Arab Emirates 
2) Scotland
3) Ireland 
4) Afghanistan
5) Iran 
Answer:- 5) Iran

Ques. :182 Which of the following countries has won the women’s Kabaddi World Cup 2014 title?
1) Pakistan 
2) India
3) Iran 
4) New Zealand
5) None of these 
Answer:- 2) India

Ques. :183 Who among the following has been named the Business Standard Banker of the Year for 2013-14?
1) Romesh Sobti 
2) Chanda Kochhar
3) Aditya Puri 
4) Abraham Koshy
5) Uday Kotak 
Answer:- 1) Romesh Sobti

Ques. :184 Which of the following political parties has become the first in 14 years to form single-party govt in Jharkhand?
1) INC 
2) BJP
3) JMM 
4) Janata Dal (U)
5) RJD 
Answer:- 2) BJP

Ques. :185 The Winter session of Lok Sabha was adjourned sine die on 23 Dec after passing a 'record' number of _____ legislations in 22 sittings.
1) 13 
2) 16
3) 18 
4) 21
5) 23 
Answer:- 3) 18

Ques. :186 Beji Caid Essebsi has won the first free presidential election in which of the following countries recently?
1) Tunisia 
2) Yemen
3) Libya 
4) Nigeria
5) None of these 
Answer:- 1) Tunisia

Ques. :187 Which of the following state govts has fixed minimum educational qualifications for contesting polls for panchayat samiti and district council elections recently?
1) West Bengal 
2) Bihar
3) Uttar Pradesh 
4) Rajasthan
5) Madhya Pradesh 
Answer:- 4) Rajasthan

Ques. :188 Which of the following states has started ‘Prati Inta e-Sakshatha’ programme under National Digital Literacy Mission (NDLM) to e-literate 30,000 persons in the state?
1) Andhra Pradesh 
2) Kerala
3) Karnataka 
4) Telangana
5) Tamil Nadu 
Answer:- 4) Telangana

Ques. :189 The govt has ordered a cut of nearly 20 per cent in its 2014-15 healthcare budget due to fiscal strains. India spends about what per cent of its gross domestic product (GDP) on public health?
1) 1 per cent 
2) 3 per cent
3) 5.3 per cent 
4) 8.3 per cent
5) None of these 
Answer:- 1) 1 per cent

Ques. :190 Who among the following has won the inaugural $500,000 Dubai Open golf tournament?
1) Jyoti Randhawa 
2) Gaganjeet Bhullar
3) Shiv Kapur 
4) Wang Jeung-hun
5) Arjun Atwal 
Answer:- 5) Arjun Atwal

Ques. :191 Which of the following states is all set to become the country's first state to present a 'paperless' budget on Mar 11?
1) Himachal Pradesh 
2) Haryana
3) Andhra Pradesh 
4) Telangana
5) Delhi 
Answer:- 1) Himachal Pradesh

Ques. :192 Who among the following has won the best actor Oscar at the 87th Academy Awards?
1) Steve Carell (Foxcatcher) 
2) Bradley Cooper (American Sniper)
3) Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game) 
4) Michael Keaton (Birdman)
5) Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything) 
Answer:- 5) Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything)

Ques. :193 Who among the following has won the best actress Oscar at the 87th Academy Awards?
1) Reese Witherspoon (Wild) 
2) Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl)
3) Julianne Moore (Still Alice) 
4) Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything)
5) Marion Cotillard (Two Days, One Night) 
Answer:- 3) Julianne Moore (Still Alice)

Ques. :194 Which of the following telecom service providers and UNICEF has joined hands to provide education and health related information to its customers in some 17 African countries?
1) Bharti Airtel 
2) Vodafone
3) Orascom Telecom 
4) Telkom
5) None of these 
Answer:- 1) Bharti Airtel

Ques. :195 Name the batsman who hit the first ever double century in the ICC Cricket World Cup playing against Zimbabwe on 24 Feb. It is the fastest double century till date.
1) AB de Villiers 
2) Chris Gayle
3) Virat Kohli 
4) Dwayne Bravo
5) Kieron Pollard 
Answer:- 2) Chris Gayle

Ques. :196 Who among the following has NOT hit a double century so far in ODIs?
1) Virendra Sehwag 
2) Sachin Tendulkar
3) Rohit Sharma 
4) AB de Villiers
5) None of these 
Answer:- 4) AB de Villiers

Ques. :197 As per the 14th Finance Commission recommendations, the central govt has agreed to transfer ___________ share to states from the divisible pool of centre’s net taxes.
1) 22 per cent 
2) 32 per cent
3) 42 per cent 
4) 52 per cent
5) None of these 
Answer:- 3) 42 per cent

Ques. :198 Who among the following headed the 14th Finance Commission?
1) Vijay Kelkar 
2) C Rangarajan
3) Duvvuri Subbarao 
4) Bimal Jalan
5) Y Venugopal Reddy 
Answer:- 5) Y Venugopal Reddy

Ques. :199 India successfully test-fired N-capable Prithvi-II missile recently. It is a
1) air-to-air missile 
2) air-to-surface missile
3) submarine-launched missile 
4) surface-to-surface missile
5) None of these 
Answer:- 4) surface-to-surface missile

Ques. :200 Ram Naresh Yadav stepped down as the governor of which of the following states recently after he was named in a multi-crore scam in the state?
1) Rajasthan 
2) Odisha
3) Uttar Pradesh 
4) Madhya Pradesh
5) Maharashtra 
Answer:- 4) Madhya Pradesh

Ques. :201 Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic has been sworn in as the first woman president of which of the following countries?
1) Serbia 
2) Slovakia
3) Montenegro 
4) Hungary
5) Croatia 
Answer:- 5) Croatia

Ques. :202 PM Narendra Modi inaugurated a Permanent Judicial Museum at which of the following high courts, set up as part of its Sesquicentennial Celebrations recently?
1) Bombay High Court 
2) Delhi High Court
3) Guwahati High Court 
4) Allahabad High Court
5) Punjab and Haryana High Court 
Answer:- 1) Bombay High Court

Ques. :203 The TRAI amended the mobile number portability regulations on 25 Feb. Now subscribers will be able to retain same number while relocating to anywhere in India starting
1) 31 Mar 
2) 1 Apr
3) 1 May 
4) 3 May
5) 3 Jun 
Answer:- 4) 3 May

Ques. :204 The prestigious Dr Y Nayudamma Memorial Award 2014 will be conferred on Tessy Thomas and Geeta Varadan. While Geeta Varadan is associated with ISRO, Tessy Thomas is associated with
1) HAL 
2) DRDO
3) OFB 
4) BARC
5) None of these 
Answer:- 2) DRDO

Ques. :205 Film ‘Dhanak’ has been honoured with The Grand Prix of the Generation Kplus International Jury for the best feature-length film at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival. It is a film by
1) Neeraj Pandey 
2) Vishal Bhardwaj
3) Madhur Bhandarkar 
4) Nagesh Kukunoor
5) None of these 
Answer:- 4) Nagesh Kukunoor

Ques. :206 A special court on 25 Feb sentenced gangster Abu Salem in the two-decade old murder of Mumbai builder Pradeep Jain case. Salem has been sentenced
1) to life 
2) capital punishment
3) to 10 years in prison 
4) to 5 years in prison
5) None of these 
Answer:- 1) to life

Ques. :207 Actor Louis Jourdan, best known for his role in the multi-Oscar winning 1958 musical Gigi, has died. He was a ________actor.
1) US 
2) Canadian
3) French 
4) Spanish
5) Italian 
Answer:- 3) French

Ques. :208 Faisal Siddiqui has been named by which of the following mobile phone makers as its new South Asia chief? He was head of its Indian operations.
1) Samsung 
2) HTC
3) Acer 
4) Asus
5) Xiaomi 
Answer:- 2) HTC

Ques. :209 The Cabinet Minister of Railways ____________presented his maiden budget on 26 Feb.
1) Ramvilas Paswan 
2) DV Sadananda Gowda
3) Suresh Prabhu 
4) Manohar Parrikar
5) Nitin Gadkari 
Answer:- 3) Suresh Prabhu

Ques. :210 The Railway Minister, while presenting the Railway Budget for 2015-16 mentioned the names of two MPs who have donated Rs 1 cr and Rs 1.5 cr respectively from their MPLAD funds for passenger amenities. These two MPs are
1) Gopal Shetty, PC Mohan 
2) Piyush Goyal, PC Mohan
3) Jayant Sinha, Manoj Sinha 
4) Chirag Paswan, Kalraj Mishra
5) None of these 
Answer:- 1) Gopal Shetty, PC Mohan

Ques. :211 The Chief Justice of Orissa High Court, Justice Amitava Roy assumed charge as Supreme Court judge recently taking the strength of judges in the top court to 29. What is the sanctioned strength of the Supreme Court?
1) 29 
2) 30
3) 31 
4) 32
5) 35 
Answer:- 3) 31

Ques. :212 The first budget of the Independent India was presented on 26 Nov 1947 by
1) John Mathai 
2) RK Shanmukham Chetty
3) Sukumar Sen 
4) Ganesh Vasudev Mavalankar
5) TT Krishnamachari 
Answer:- 2) RK Shanmukham Chetty

Ques. :213 The Economic Survey is presented every year just before the General Budget in the Parliament and is prepared by the finance minister’s chief economic adviser. The present CEA to the Finance Minister is
1) Kaushik Basu 
2) Bibek Debroy
3) Jagdish Bhagwati 
4) Arvind Subramanian
5) Arvind Panagariya 
Answer:- 4) Arvind Subramanian

Ques. :214 The Railway Budget for 2015-16 has mention about ‘Operation 5 minutes.’ Through this initiative, passengers travelling in ____________category can purchase a ticket in 5 minutes.
1) unreserved 
2) reserved
3) ladies compartment 
4) senior citizen
5) None of these 
Answer:- 1) unreserved

Ques. :215 The Railway Budget for 2015-16 introduces two all India 24/7 helpline numbers. While ‘138’ is for railway-related queries, toll free No.182 will be for
1) amenities-related issues 
2) security-related issues
3) food-related issues 
4) delay-related issues
5) None of these 
Answer:- 2) security-related issues

Ques. :216 India ranks lower than most BRICS nations in capacity for innovation, according to the Economic Survey 2014-15. According to the Global Competitiveness Report 2014-15, India’s ranking in capacity for innovation is
1) 66 
2) 35
3) 40 
4) 44
5) 48 
Answer:- 5) 48

Ques. :217 As per the Economic Survey for 2014-15, the stock of stalled projects across the country stands at about _________of GDP.
1) 3 per cent 
2) 4 per cent
3) 7 per cent 
4) 9 per cent
5) 11 per cent 
Answer:- 3) 7 per cent

Ques. :218 The Economic Survey for 2014-15 has mention about the JAM Number Trinity to help offer support to poor households. This JAM trinity does not include
1) Jan Dhan Yojana 
2) Mobile numbers
3) Aadhaar 
4) MGNREGA
5) None of these 
Answer:- 4) MGNREGA

Ques. :219 According to the Economic Survey for 2014-15, using the new estimate for 2014-15 as the base, GDP growth at constant market prices is expected to accelerate to between __________in 2015-16.
1) 6.1 and 6.5 per cent 
2) 7.1 and 7.5 per cent
3) 8.1 and 8.5 per cent 
4) 8.5 and 9.1 per cent
5) None of these 
Answer:- 3) 8.1 and 8.5 per cent

Ques. :220 The power ministry has signed an MoU with which of the following states under its ‘Power for all’ initiative that aims to cover the entire state by Oct 2016.
1) Karnataka 
2) Tamil Nadu
3) Andhra Pradesh 
4) Kerala
5) Goa 
Answer:- 3) Andhra Pradesh

Ques. :221 President Pranab Mukherjee on 8 Dec launched the mobile governance platform MobileOne of which of the following states? It provides access to around 4,500 services, both public and private.
1) Karnataka 
2) Kerala
3) West Bengal 
4) Andhra Pradesh
5) Telangana 
Answer:- 1) Karnataka

Ques. :222 As announced by the Bangladesh’s Foreign Office recently, which of the following was the first country to recognise Bangladesh as an independent nation first?
1) India 
2) Russia
3) Bhutan 
4) Myanmar
5) Nepal 
Answer:- 3) Bhutan

Ques. :223 An advanced version of the indigenously developed Pinaka Mark-II was successfully test fired recently. Pinaka is a/an
1) anti-aircraft missile 
2) shoulder fired mortar
3) missile defence system 
4) rocket system
5) None of these 
Answer:- 4) rocket system

Ques. :224 Which of the following teams has won the men’s World Cup for Blind at Cape Town recently?
1) Pakistan 
2) South Africa
3) India 
4) Australia
5) New Zealand 
Answer:- 3) India

Ques. :225 The Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) has signed an MoU with Pemex to jointly explore oil and gas opportunities in
1) Mexico 
2) Russia
3) Kazakhstan 
4) Myanmar
5) Iraq 
Answer:- 1) Mexico

Ques. :226 The sale of govt’s stake in govt-owned enterprises in India is termed as
1) globalisation 
2) diversification
3) disinvestment 
4) competitiveness
5) None of these 
Answer:- 3) disinvestment

Ques. :227 The name Vistara is associated with which of the following?
1) The name of RIL 4G services 
2) A joint venture airline of Tata group and Singapore Airlines
3) A real estate venture floated by Tata group 
4) Adani group’s petrochemicals venture
5) None of these 
Answer:- 2) A joint venture airline of Tata group and Singapore Airlines

 

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