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    1)Which Software major has joined hands with telecom network engineering company Verveba for providing advanced mobile RAN/radio network optimization solutions? Ans : (1)
    1. Wipro
    2. TCS
    3. Cognizant
    4. Infosys
    5. HCL

    Explanation: Companies will offer 4G and Single RAN technologies through the partnership. The two network services organisations will also partner each other to combine skills and talents to provide cutting edge telecom experience solution to clients. Verveba is a world class multiple vendor skilled in building solutions, Wi-FI and LTE

    2)President Shri Pranab Mukherjee on 22nd February 2016 appointed Justice Vineet Saran as the new CJ of which state HC? Ans : (2)
    1. Assom
    2. Odisha
    3. AP
    4. UP
    5. Jharkhand

    Explanation: Saran will take oath on 26th February 2016. Justice DH Waghela was transferred to the Bombay HC as CJ following with Saran was appointed. The acting CJ since then has been Justice Pradeep K. Mohanty. Saran worked in the Karnataka HC before this.

    3) ………………….has been appointed as MD of NCRTC in February 2016? Ans : (3)
    1. Pawan kumar singh
    2. Raghukumar singh
    3. Vinay kumar singh
    4. Deepak kumar singh
    5. Pramod Kumar singh

    Explanation: Railways officer VK Singh has been chosen for appointment as MD of North Capital Region Transport Corporation. NCRTC is an implementing agency for 3 corridors of the RRTS in the NCR zone. Singh is currently with RVNL

    4) World Day of Social Justice was observed on…………………..? (4)
    1. 19th Feb. 2016
    2. 18th Feb. 2016
    3. 12th Feb. 2016
    4. 20th Feb. 2016
    5. 21st Feb. 2016

    Explanation: The theme was none other than A Just Transition - environmentally sustainable economies and societies. For marking the occasion, numerous activities were organised to emphasise the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This day was created by UNGA in the year 2007 for ensuring social and economic justice for all.

    5) 23rd February was celebrated as ……………..? Ans : (5)
    1. Guyana’s republic day
    2. Brunei’s national day
    3. Bangladesh Independence day
    4. Srilanka formation day
    5. Both 1 & 2

    Explanation:President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee has extended greetings to the people of Guyana on their republic day on 23rd February 2016. and the president of this republic is currently Brig. (Retd) David Arthur Granger who met Modi in NY recently. Shri Mukherjee has also extended his greetings and felicitations to the Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Negara Brunei Darussalam, and people of Brunei Darussalam on the eve of their National Day (February 23, 2016). Both Brunei and India are partners in India’s Act East Policy.

    6) Kanavu Variyam is which language movie, that has won the Remi award in the US in 2016? Ans : (1)
    1. Tamil
    2. Telugu
    3. Kannada
    4. Malayalam
    5. Oriya

    Explanation: Tamil movie Kanavu Variyam directed by Chennai-based techie Arun Chidambaram, has gone on to win the prestigious Remi Award in the US. Other than this award, Kanavu Variyam also won the Special Jury Award at the National Science Festival. It has a song called Kalla Manna which has acompilation of 51 traditional games of rural India. Previous award winners include Ang Lee, George Lucas and Steven Spielberg.

    7) Ministry of Tourism & Ministry of Culture, both have launched which app? Ans : (1)
    1. Swachh Prayatan app
    2. Swachh bharath app
    3. Swatch Jal app
    4. Swatchh Desh app
    5. Swachh Hawaa app

    Explanation: :- This app was launched in cooperation between ministries of tourism and culture with the objective to ensure citizens’ participation in the protection and upkeep of heritage monuments in India. The app, available on Android Phones, will shortly be available on Apple and Microsoft. It will be monitored by the Project Monitoring Unit of Swachh Bharat Mission in Ministry of Tourism. 25 Adarsh Smarak Monuments such as Red Fort, Taj Mahal, Elephanta Caves, Qutab Minar Complex, have been identified for inclusion in the app, but it would be scaled up to include more monuments as the campaign expands.

    8) MoEF held the 9th meeting of the NSCCC on………………? Ans : (2)
    1. 21st February
    2. 22nd February
    3. 23rd February
    4. 24th February
    5. 25th February

    Explanation: The projects approved are as follows: ‘I. ’Resilient Agricultural Households through Adaptation to Climate Change in Mahabubnagar district, Telangana’’ is at a total cost of Rs. 25 crore for four years. II. The project from Mizoram titled “Sustainable agriculture development through expansion, enhancement and modelling in the state of Mizoram” is at a total cost of Rs. 10.95 crore for three years. III. The project from Jammu & Kashmir titled ‘Climate Resilient Sustainable Agriculture in Rainfed Farming (Kandi) Areas of Jammu & Kashmir’ involves a total cost of Rs. 23.86 crore for four years. IV. The project from Meghalaya titled ‘Spring-shed development works for rejuvenation of springs for climate resilient development in the water stressed areas of Meghalaya’ is at a total cost Rs. 23.98 crore for four years. V. The project from Chhattisgarh titled ‘Climate Adaptation in Wetlands along the Mahanadi River Catchment Area in Chhattisgarh’ submitted by Government of Chhattisgarh is at a total cost of Rs. 24.95 crore for four years.

    9) FM Shri Arun Jaitley has inaugurated which exhibition , in the Great Hall of North Block on 22nd February? Ans : (1)
    1. "Coin and Currency of India
    2. "Coin and Couple of India
    3. "Care and Currency of India
    4. "Coin and Care of India
    5. "Care and Court of India

    Explanation: The Exhibition was organised by the Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance. This marks the first time that such an exhibition has been organised in this historic Hall and it depicts how money has changed in appearance and substance and evolved from barter to coins to the present day bank notes and e-money. The exhibition depicts the many names of money, some of which have gone into oblivion and some are in use even today besides presenting brief history of the Great Hall as well.

    10) India has overtaken which country’s pollution levels in 2015 as per a Greenpeace study of NASA data? Ans : (3)
    1. Japan
    2. US
    3. China
    4. Russia
    5. Pakistan

    Explanation: India has surpassed China’s air pollution levels in 2015 and average particulate matter exposure was higher for the first time in the 21st C, according to Greenpeace India analysis of NASA satellite data. This marks the first time in this century that average particulate matter exposure was higher for Indian citizens than that of Chinese people. World Health Organization (WHO) states India has 13 out of 20 most polluted cities in the world with deteriorating air pollution levels in the past decade, especially in North India. Greenpeace has shown in its NAQI National Air Quality Index Report that 15 of the 17 Indian cities with such stations showed levels of air pollution far exceeding prescribed standards in India. In 2015, India particulate pollution stands higher than that of China, after increasing at an average rate of 2 per cent over the past decade.

    11) Name the Chinese electronics giant unveiled its first PC? Ans : (2)
    1. Xiaomi
    2. Huawei
    3. Redmi
    4. Samsung
    5. Black berry

    Explanation: Chinese electronics giant Huawei has unveiled the first personal computer, a convertible tablet aimed at premium business market that will compete with Apple and Microsoft products. The PC is known as MateBook and has a 12 inch pixel display battery. It has a battery life of 10 hours under standard use and weights just 640 gems

    12) ………………tech giant has partnered with VMWare for cloud computing? Ans : (4)
    1. Google
    2. Apple
    3. Dell
    4. IBM
    5. Microsoft

    Explanation: VMWare virtualisation products will now be easily available on IBM cloud data centres so companies can make the connection between data centres and cloud easier. Virtualisation allows one server to run many OS and forms the heart of the cloud technology. IBM also plans to make it easy for developers using its tools to create applications in Swift, the programming language developed by Apple. IBM is also set to purchase medical data company Truven Heath for USD 2.6 billion in the first week of February 2016.

    13) Confederation of Indian Industries signed MoU with which exports to boost trade for strengthening their economic ties? Ans : (3)
    1. Doha
    2. Islamabad
    3. Dubai
    4. Ottawa
    5. Washington

    Explanation: CII has signed the MoU with Dubai exports which works with Dubai government departments for simplification of the export process. It aims to capitalise on Dubai as a natural trade gateway between the East and the West.

    14) Researchers at Lausanne, of which country , have developed a low cost diagnostic device to detect Ebola and other diseases? Ans : (1)
    1. Switzerland
    2. Sweden
    3. South Africa
    4. Canada
    5. USA

    Explanation: This low cost machine can be used to monitor endemic, epidemic and pandemic disease outbreaks in resource-limited developing countries that need portable diagnostic equipment that functions outside the hospital. New tests and on site diagnostic testing will benefit from this.

    15) ………………state recently signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) under the Scheme UDAY – “Ujwal DISCOM Assurance Yojana” for operational and financial turnaround of the DISCOMs? Ans : (2)
    1. Gujarat
    2. Bihar
    3. Telangana
    4. AP
    5. MP

    Explanation: The distribution utilities of the country are currently reeling under heavy debt burden. As on 30th September, 2015, the outstanding debt of the DISCOMs stood at Rs.4.3 lakh crore.

    16) Who is heading the group of Empowered Group of State Transport Ministers, which has been formed for making the nation’s transport section transparent, efficient and modern? Ans : (1)
    1. Yunus khan
    2. Tariq Anwar
    3. Ahmed ullah khan
    4. Mohammed azad
    5. Anas rashid

    Explanation:Union Minister of Road Transport & Highways and Shipping Shri Nitin Gadkari has announced formation of an Empowered Group of State Transport Ministers to advise on policy issues to make the country’s transport sector modern, efficient and transparent. The Empowered Group will be headed by Shri Yunus Khan, the PWD and Transport Minister of Rajasthan. The group will focus on making India’s road transportation system efficient, practical and cost effective as well as safe.

    17) Devices that can detect different biomarkers in blood are called as …………..? Ans : (2)
    1. Macrofluidic devices
    2. Microfluidic devices
    3. Small fluidic devices
    4. Minifluidic devices
    5. None

    Explanation: Such devices can detect different biomarkers in small quantities of blood and have tremendous potential in the area of diagnostics. They are composed of silicone rubber with minuscule channels the width of a hair. The microfluidic portable device runs on battery power and is completely self-sustained. It operates seamlessly with inexpensive microscopes and provides very high levels of accuracy and detection. The device is special in that it is composed of both analog and digital detection mechanisms, while conventional devices hitherto only integrated one or the other.

    18) HCL has tied up with which US software security firm to expand the partnership in areas such as cyberthreats, cloud security and forensics? Ans : (1)
    1. Symantec
    2. Sophos
    3. Watchguard
    4. Dogguard
    5. Web gym

    Explanation: Software services provider HCL and US software security firm Symantec Corp has expanded the partnership to assist enterprises in areas such as cybersecurity, cloud security and forensic solutions. Aim is to help enterprises meet information and risk management needs and build a cyber-resilient system. According to Cyberthreat Defence Report 2015, close to 70% of the respondents have alleged data breach resulting in erosion of brand reputation and loss of shareholder value.

    19) International Mother Language Day is observed annually on…………..? Ans : (1)
    1. 21st February
    2. 22nd February
    3. 23rd February
    4. 24th February
    5. 25th February

    Explanation: It was observed every year since February 2000 for promoting linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. The theme for the year 2016 was “Quality Education, Language of Instruction and Learning Outcomes.” On 16th May 2007, UNGA called for the celebration of 2008 as International Year of Languages.

    20) National award winning film Ottaal directed by J. R. Nair, won which award at the 66th Berlin International Film Festival in the Generation Kplus section? Ans : (2)
    1. Ice bear award
    2. Crystal bear award
    3. Ice guard award
    4. Crystal guard award
    5. None

    Explanation: The movie involves an old fisherman as a protagonist along with his grandson. Previously , the following two movies also won awards at this film festival: Killa and Dhanak.

    21) Centre has extended the relaxation of green norms for projects till December ……….? Ans : (4)
    1. 2020
    2. 2021
    3. 2019
    4. 2018
    5. 2017

    Explanation: :- General approval has been extended up to December 31, 2018. The aim is to expedite infrastructure growth and development in 60 LWE affected areas identified by Planning Commission for Implementation of the Integrated Action Plan. This was further extended to 117 LWE areas till December 2018.

    22) Name the Indian origin cleric, who was the leader of Tablighi Jamaat sect in Britain and Europe, and who played an important role in the creation of Markazi Mosque, its European HQ? Ans : (1)
    1. Hafiz yusuf patel
    2. Hafiz ahmed
    3. Yusuf ahmed
    4. Hafeez khan
    5. None

    Explanation: The cleric known for forming the Tablighi Jammat sect in Britain died at the age of 92 and free mourners from UK and other EU nations. Cleric was vital for the creation of the Markazi Mosque in Dewsbury in the late 1970s. The mosque is now the European headquarters for the Tablighi movement. The Tablighi Jamaat organisation was founded in India in 1926 and is closely linked to the conservative Deobandi school in Sunni Islam.

    Ri Myong Su, has been appointed as the new military chief of ………….? Ans : (2)
    1. South Korea
    2. North Korea
    3. South Africa
    4. Egypt
    5. France

    Explanation: North Korean state media agencies have confirmed that the country has a new military chief, Ri Myong Su who was the former People’s Security Minister. Ri Yong Gil, his predecessor was accused of political factionalism and corruption following which he was reportedly executed. The new military chief is one of the top aides of N.Korean premier Kim Jong Il.

    24) Pope Francis on which day called for a worldwide ban on the death penalty, saying the commandment "You shall not kill" was just as valid for the guilty as for the innocent? Ans : (3)
    1. 20th Feb. 2016
    2. 24th Feb. 2016
    3. 21st Feb. 2016
    4. 23rd Feb. 216
    5. 27th Feb. 2016

    Explanation: He called on politicians worldwide to work for cessation of executions during the Holy Year of the Church. This year ends in November 2016.

    25) In which state, PM Narendra Modi launched the Rurban Mission aimed at reducing the migration to cities in a town named Dongargad ? Ans : (4)
    1. Jharkhand
    2. Telangana
    3. AP
    4. Chhattisgarh
    5. Punjab

    Explanation: This mission aims at creating 300 urban growth centres in different parts of the country for proper economic development. The mission has been launched to reduce pressure and inflow of people from villages to cities.