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    In which of the following city, the ASEAN group countries conducted a two day east business summit? Ans : (5)
    1. Eta Nagar 2. Mumbai 3. Kolkata 4. Shillong 5. Dibrugarh

    Explanation: Representatives from Southeast Asian nations (ASEAN) and business leaders of the country have pledged to contribute substantially for the socio-economic growth of the North East region at a two-day North East Business Summit Dibrugarh. The summit was held on 23rd and 24th November, 2013. ASEAN is a group of ten nations.

     
    In which year, ASEAN group formed? Ans : (4)
    1. 1964 2. 1965 3. 1966 4. 1967 5. 1968

    Explanation: The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is a geo-political and economic organisation of ten countries located in Southeast Asia, which was formed on 8 August 1967 by Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. Since then, membership has expanded to include Brunei, Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam. Its aims include accelerating economic growth, social progress, cultural development among its members, protection of regional peace and stability, and opportunities for member countries to discuss differences peacefully.

     
    Iran and P5+1 nation have made a historical agreement, in the P5+1, group, which of the following nation is +1 nation? Ans : (3)
    1. France 2. USA 3. Germany 4. Britain 5. Russia

    Explanation: The P5+1 is a group of six world powers which in 2006 joined the diplomatic efforts with Iran in regard to its nuclear program. The term refers to the P5 or five permanent members of the UN Security Council, namely United States, Russia, China, United Kingdom, and France, plus Germany. P5+1 is often referred to as the E3+3 (or E3/EU+3) by European countries

     
    The meeting between P5+1, and Iran were held in which city? Ans : (2)
    1. Tehran 2. Geneva 3. Washington 4. London 5. Berlin

    Explanation: Iran and six world powers reached a breakthrough deal on 24th November to curb Tehran's nuclear programme in exchange for limited sanctions relief. Aimed at ending a dangerous standoff, the agreement between Iran and the United States, France, Germany, Britain, China and Russia was clinched after more than four days of tortuous negotiations in the Swiss city of Geneva

     
    Sebastian Vettel belongs to which country? Ans : (1)
    1. Germany 2. America 3. Newzealand 4. Ireland 5. Ghana

    Explanation: Vettel is German's star formula one racing player. Sebastian Vettel ended the 2013Formula one season in record-breaking style on 24th November when he claimed a commanding victory in the Brazilian Grand Prix ahead of his retirement-bound Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber. It was Vettel's ninth successive victory since the Hungarian Grand Prix at the end of July, his 13th of the season and the 39th of his career.

     
    Shyamal Acharya, associated with which of the following Bank? Ans : (5)
    1. Punjab National Bank 2. Syndicate Bank 3. Bank of Maharashtra 4. Indian Bank 5. State Bank of India

    Explanation: Shyamala Acharya is deputy managing director of State Bank of India head quarters. A case registered against him on 24th November, and also, case filed against SBI additional general manager K K Kumarah and Worlds Window Group (WWG) Chairman Piyoosh Goyal, for alleged collusion to profit from a large bank loan.

     
    At Present in how many countries, NOTA are available? Ans : (4)
    1. 10 2. 11 3. 12 4. 13 5. 14

    Explanation: None of the Above (NOTA), also known as "against all" or a "scratch" vote, is a ballot option in some jurisdictions or organizations, designed to allow the voter to indicate disapproval of all of the candidates in a voting system. It was prevalent at present in 13 countries. The Supreme Court on 25th November dismissed a petition seeking direction to the Election Commission to hold a re-poll in a constituency when 50% or more voters vote for "NOTA", rejecting all candidates.

     
    According to Iran traders, bilateral trade between India and Iran would reach.. By 2015? Ans : (1)
    1. $ 20b 2. $ 25b 3. $ 30b 4. $ 35b 5. $ 40b

    Explanation: Bilateral trade between India and Iran is expected to soon cross the $20-billion mark, up from $15 billion it logged during 2012-13, according to a trade delegation from Iran. While imports continue to be dominated by oil, both the countries are keen to bring a balance by increasing exports from India, representatives of the delegation said.

     
    The allocations for Agriculture Export Promotion Plan Scheme during 12th five year plan? Ans : (3)
    1. Rs 900 crore 2. Rs 1000 crore 3. Rs 1100 crore 4. Rs 1200 crore
    5. Rs 1300 crore

    Explanation: The Rs 1,100 crore agriculture export promotion scheme will continue in the 12th five-year plan (2012-13 to 2016-17). The decision to extend the Agriculture Export Promotion Plan Scheme of the Agriculture and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) was taken by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs on 25th November

     
    Which of the following two banks outlook lowered to negative by Standard and poor rating agency? Ans : (1)
    1. IDBI Bank and Indian Bank 2. Canara Bank and Indian Bank 3. Syndicate Bank and Canara Bank 4. Indian Bank and Syndicate Bank 5. None

    Explanation: Global ratings firm Standard & Poor's lowered the outlook of public sector lender IDBI Bank to 'negative' for the long term. It also affirmed Chennai-based Indian Bank's credit ratings to 'BBB-' for the long-term and 'A-3' for the short-term, with a negative outlook on the long term.

     
    Standard and Poor belongs to which country? Ans : (4)
    1. Japan 2. China 3. Mexico 4. USA 5. Switzerland

    Explanation: Standard & Poor's (S&P) is an American financial services company. It is a division of McGraw Hill Financial that publishes financial research and analysis on stocks and bonds. S&P is known for its stock market indices. S&P is considered one of the Big Three credit-rating agencies, which also include Moody's Investor Service and Fitch Ratings. Its head office is located on 55 Water Street in Lower Manhattan, New York City.

     
    UN declared that, it will conduct Geneva-2, in January 2014, to resolve which country's problem? Ans : (5)
    1. Egypt 2. Iran 3. Indonesia 4. Nepal 5. Syria

    Explanation: A long-awaited international conference to resolve the Syrian crisis will be held in Geneva on January 22, bringing diplomacy into sharper focus as a means to resolve some of the most intractable problems besetting the region. The United Nations (U.N.) announced the date of the conference on Monday, a day after Iran and six global powers successfully negotiated a landmark nuclear deal in the Swiss city

     
    In which year, Sangeet Natak Akademi was established? Ans : (1)
    1. 1952 2. 1953 3. 1954 4. 1955 5. 1956

    Explanation: Sangeet Natak Akademi is the national level academy for performing arts set up by the Government of India. It was set up by the Indian education ministry in 31 May 1952 and became functional the following year, with the appointment of its first chairman, Dr. P. V. Rajamannar. Dr Rajendra Prasad, the first President of India, inaugurated it on 28 January 1953 in a special function held in the Parliament House. The Sangeet Natak Akademi has presented its prestigious award to the Hyderabad Brothers D. Seshachari and D. Raghavachari in the Carnatic classical music category for the year 2013

     
    Who among the following is the UN representative to Syria? Ans : (2)
    1. Kofi Annan 2. Lakhdar Brahmi 3. Ban-Ki-Moon 4. Sarrouster 5. None

    Explanation: Lakhdar Brahimi is an Algerian United Nations envoy and advisor, and since August 2012, the United Nations and Arab League Special Envoy to Syria. He is also a member of The Elders, a group of world leaders working for global peace. Brahimi is a member of the Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor, the first global initiative to focus specifically on the link between exclusion, poverty and law

     
    Who among the following Indian-American citizen has been appointed as the President of Standards and Poor? Ans : (3)
    1. Sanjeev Garg 2. Hithanshu Roy 3. Neeraj Sahai 4. Vikas Goro 5. None

    Explanation: Indian-American executive at Citigroup Neeraj Sahai has been appointed president of Standard & Poor's Ratings Services, the world's largest ratings firm. He will assume his new role at S&P from January 6, 2014, financial intelligence company McGraw Hill Financial said in a statement here. He succeeds Douglas Peterson, who became president and chief executive officer of McGraw Hill Financial on November 1, 2013

     
    In NBFC, C stands for? Ans : (1)
    1. Corporation 2. Company 3. Cost 4. Centre 5. None

    Explanation: NBFC stands for Non Banking Finance Corporation. Recently the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has decided to recognise industry associations of non-banking financial companies engaged in microfinance (NBFC-MFIs) as self-regulatory organisations. The central bank has said this will ensure effective monitoring of NBFC-MFIs, their compliance with regulations and the code of conduct and aid the customers of NBFC-MFIs

     
    Prime Minister appointed a committee to resolve the sugar crisis, who will head this committee? Ans : (5)
    1. Rangarajan 2. Chidambaram 3. Ajay Maken 4. Sathish Chandra 5. Sharad Pawar

    Explanation: With the crisis in the Indian sugar sector showing no signs of abating, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on 26th November directed a high-level committee headed by Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar to address the sector's concerns at the earliest

     
    Which of the following two states account for more than 80% country's annual sugar production? Ans : (2)
    1. Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh 2. Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra 3. Maharashtra, Bihar 4. Uttar Pradesh, Punjab 5. Gujarat, Maharashtra

    Explanation: Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh account for more than 80 per cent of the country's annual sugar production. Sugar sector in both the states, this year are mired in financial problems due to escalation in production costs, accentuated by a sharp fall in domestic sugar prices on account of surplus supplies, pushing up the cane arrears to over Rs 3,400 crore.

     
    RBI has approved to National Housing Bank, to raise amount through ECB up to? Ans : (4)
    1. $ 50m 2. $ 100m 3. $ 150m 4. $ 200m 5. $ 250m

    Explanation: National Housing Bank (NHB) has received Reserve Bank of India (RBI) approval for raising $ 200 million external commercial borrowing (ECB) under the affordable housing window. Raising ECB will diversify NHB's resource base and generate confidence among international investors in the Indian housing finance market. Low-income housing is a new thrust area for NHB, which last year slashed refinance rates on loans up to Rs 5 lakh

     
    The head quarters of IUCN is at? Ans : (1)
    1. Geneva 2. Kokata 3. Nairobi 4. Basel 5. Newyork

    Explanation: The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN, is an international organization dedicated to finding "pragmatic solutions to our most pressing environment and development challenges". The organization publishes the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, which assesses the conservation status of species. The number of bird species listed as Critically Endangered (CE) has reached an all-time high as per the latest International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Birds for 2013. The latest species to join the growing list of birds facing the harshest danger is white-winged Flufftail Sarothrura ayresi - a secretive and unobtrusive sub-Saharan bird.

     
    Name the only Indian, whose name included in Time Magazines 'Person of the year'? Ans : (3)
    1. Narendra Modi 2. Annahazare 3. Narendra Modi 4. Sonia Gandhi 5. Pranab Mukherjee

    Explanation: BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi is among Time magazine's shortlisted candidates for its 'Person of the Year' title and has emerged as an early favourite among the readers in an online poll. Time has shortlisted 42 global leaders, entrepreneurs and celebrities for its 'Person of the Year 2013' and will announce the winner next month. Other candidates in fray are Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, US President Barack Obama, Pakistani teenage education activist Malala Yousafzai, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and even the new heir to the British throne Prince George

     
    On 26th November, 2013 which country has declared that it is going to build Civil Nuclear Power project? Ans : (1)
    1. Pakistan 2. Iran 3. Iraq 4. Russia 5. North Korea

    Explanation: Pakistan Prime Minister Muhammed Nawaz Sharif on 26th November set the wheels in motion for the country's largest civil nuclear power project with Chinese help. The 2200 MW nuclear power project in Karachi is a first step towards a load-shedding-free Pakistan, Mr. Sharif said at a ground breaking ceremony, according to an official statement.

     
    How many companies so far have withdrawn from establishing new banks? Ans : (1)
    1. 2 2. 3 3. 4 4. 5 5. 1

    Explanation: Tata Sons, the Tata Group holding company, on 27th November withdrew its application for a banking licence. This is the second industrial group after Videocon-promoted Value Industries to opt out of the race that now has 25 in the fray. The Tata move comes just two months before the final licences for new banks are to be issued by the RBI.

     
    Dombrovskis, resigned to his post, he was Prime Minister of which of the following country? Ans : (3)
    1. Algeria 2. Nigeria 3. Lativa 4. Vanatau 5. Ecuador

    Explanation: Latvia's prime minister resigned on 27th November, saying he can no longer lead the country after a supermarket roof collapse killed 54 people and sparked public outrage. Dombrovskis, Latvia's longest serving prime minister, has been credited with steering the Baltic country from the brink of economic disaster since taking power in 2009

     
    The currency of Lativa is? Ans : (1)
    1. Lats 2. Loots 3. Lativian Rupia 4. Lativian Pound 5. None

    Explanation: Latvia , is one of the least populous and least densely populated countries of the European Union. The capital of Latvia is Riga. The official language is Latvian. Its currency is Lats