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    Marie-Lousie Coleiro Prec was new President of which of the following country? Ans : (5)
    1. Namibia 2. Maldives 3. Valatanu 4. France 5. Malta

    Explanation: Marie-Lousie Coleiro Preca was sworn-in as the President of Malta on 4 April 2014 in Valletta, Malta. She was named as President after being suggested by the Prime Minister and approved by Parliament. Coleiro replaced George Abela from Labour Party whose term completed on 4 April 2014

    ISRO launched IRNSS, from Sriharikota, this is Navigational regional satellite?Ans: (2)
    1. First 2. Second 3. Third 4. Fourth 5. Fifth

    Explanation: Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) on 4 April 2014 launched India's 2nd regional navigational satellite, IRNSS 1B from Sriharikota Space Station of Andhra Pradesh. The launch of IRNSS series would enable India to have its own reliable and independent navigational resources for itself.

    In which year, ISRO was established? Ans:(3)
    1.1965 2. 1966 3. 1967 4. 1968 5.1969

    Explanation: The Indian Space Research Organisation is the primary space agency of India. ISRO is amongst the largest government space agencies in the world. Its primary objective is to advance space technology and use its applications for national benefit. Established in 1969, ISRO superseded the erstwhile Indian National Committee for Space Research (INCOSPAR). Headquartered in Bangalore, ISRO is under the administrative control of the Department of Space, Government of India.

    NIST-F2, was in news recently, it is? Ans: (4)
    1. New Computer software 2. New satellite 3. New Programme language 4. New Atomic clock 5. None

    Explanation: The US Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in the first week of April 2014 launched a new atomic clock, named as NIST-F2. The clock has been designed to serve the new US civilian time and frequency, along with the current NIST-F1 standard.

    Angkor Wat, is in which country? Ans:(2)
    1. Malaysia 2. Cambodia 3. Srilanka 4. Maldives 5. Myanmar

    Explanation: Angkor Wat was first a Hindu, then subsequently a Buddhist, temple complex in Cambodia and the largest religious monument in the world. Recently it is in news because Google on 3 April 2014 launched 360 degree online view of Angkor Wat under Streetview project. The Angkor Wat project was developed with the help of the Apsara Authority of the Kingdom of Cambodia. APSARA National Authority is an organisation created for the protection and maintenance of Angkor.

    Sentinel-1A, is a satellite was launched by? Ans:(2)
    1. Japan 2. Europe 3. France 4. Spain 5. India

    Explanation: Europe on 3 April 2014 launched a satellite named Sentinel-1A, designed to monitor Earth for climate change and environmental damage and help disaster relief operations. Sentinal-1 is the first in a constellation of hi-tech satellites and was lifted off aboard Soyuz rocket from Kourou, French Guiana of the European Space Agency (ESA).

    Which of the following country agreed to provide transit facility for a 6000 megawatt Indian power transmission line? Ans:(1)
    1. Bangladesh 2. Nepal 3. Bhutan 4. China 5. Russia

    Explanation: Bangladesh agreed to provide transit facility for a 6000 megawatt Indian power transmission line. This decision was taken in a joint steering committee meeting on India-Bangladesh power sector cooperation held on 3 April 2014.

    Doha Bank has announced opening of its first branch in which Indian city? Ans:(5)
    1. Hyderabad 2. Bangalore 3. Chennai 4. Kolkata 5. Mumbai

    Explanation: Qatar based Doha Bank announced on 3 April 2014 that it will be opening its first branch at Nariman Point in Mumbai in India. The branch in Mumbai will be opened as a full-fledged bank in May 2014.

    In which year, Doha Bank was established? Ans:(2)
    1. 1978 2.1979 3.1980 4. 1981 5. 1982

    Explanation: Doha Bank is the largest private commercial bank in the state of Qatar. It was incorporated in 1978 and commenced its domestic and international banking services in Doha, Qatar in 1979. Qatari government holds 16 percent stake in the bank and the bank has a market capitalisation of 5 billion dollars and an asset of 18.4 billion dollars in December 2013.

    Anja Niedringhaus, was a Journalist in which country? Ans:(4)
    1. India 2. Bangladesh 3. Russia 4. Afghanistan 5. None

    Explanation: Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Anja Niedringhaus on 4 April 2014 shot dead by a policeman in Afghanistan. She was 48. She was killed while covering the 2014 presidential election in Afghanistan.

    The rank of India on social progress index?Ans:(5)
    1.98 2. 99 3.100 4. 101 5.102

    Explanation: India was ranked 102 out of 132 countries on the Social Progress Index (SPI) published by the US-based non-profit organisation Social Progress Imperative on 3 April 2014. This is the second publication of the SPI. The first SPI was published in 2013 taking into account the social progress in 50 countries.

    Who won United Kingdoms 2014 Asian Award for outstanding achievement in Sports? Ans:(1)
    1. Dhoni 2. Virat Kohli 3. Sachin tendulkar 4. PV Sindhu 5. Vishwanathan Anand

    Explanation: MS Dhoni, the captain of Indian cricket team on 4 April 2014 won the United Kingdoms 2014 Asian Award for outstanding achievement in Sports. The award was announced at Londons at The Grosvenor House Hotel.

    Gangaur festival was celebrated in which of the following state? Ans:(5)
    1. Tamilnadu 2. Kerala 3. Andhra Pradesh 4. Manipur 5. Rajasthan

    Explanation: Famous Hindu festival of Gangaur was celebrated in Rajasthan. Tourists from various parts of the world visited to celebrate the three-day-long festival of Gangaur. The festival is not only celebrated in Rajasthan, but also in states of Madhya Pradesh, Haryana and Gujarat. Gangaur is the festival on which married women fast for the happiness of their marital life and single women fast to find perfect partner.

    R Gandhi was appointed as theAns:(2)
    1. President of Indian Banks Association 2. Deputy Governor of RBI 3. Chairman of Syndicate Bank 4. Deputy Chairman of State Bank of India 5. None

    Explanation: R Gandhi was appointed as the Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of India on 3 April 2014 for a period of three years. His appointment came into effect from 3 April 2014. Before being elevated to the position of Deputy Governor, he was serving the Reserve Bank as its executive director.

    At present which team is ranked number 1, in Twenty20 ratings? Ans:(3)
    1. Srilanka 2. South Africa 3. India 4. England 5. Australia

    Explanation: The Indian Cricket Team was ranked as number one team in recently released International Cricket Council (ICC) T20 rankings. ICC T20 ranking was released on 2 April 2014. It replaced Sri Lanka from the number one position

    Which of the following company received most efficient Navratna award 2013? Ans:(1)
    1. HAL 2. BHEL 3. NTPC 4. ONGC 5. BDL

    Explanation: Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) on 3 April 2014 recieved the Most Efficient Navratna Award for the year 2013. It received the award at the 5th Dalal Street Investment Journal Awards ceremony held in New Delhi. The award was collected by the Chairman of HAL, Dr. R K Tyagi.

    In which year, HAL was established? Ans:(5)
    1. 1960 2.1961 3. 1962 4. 1963 5. 1964

    Explanation: Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) came into existence on 1st October 1964. The Company was formed by the merger of Hindustan Aircraft Limited with Aeronautics India Limited and Aircraft Manufacturing Depot, Kanpur.

    At present how many Navratna Companies are there in India? Ans:(4)
    1.11 2. 12 3. 13 4. 14 5. 15

    Explanation: At present there are 14 Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) which have been designated as Navratnas by the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) under the Union Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises.

    Who topped most in the 100 most influential persons in Asia?Ans:(2)
    1. Narendra Modi 2. Xi Jinping 3. Manmohan Singh 4. Rahul Gandhi 5. Mahendra Raja Pakse

    Explanation: The Asian Awards Ltd released a list of the 100 Most Influential Asian People of 2014 on 6 April 2014. Chinese President Xi Jinping topped the list of the 100 Most Influential Asian People. Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi are among the top 5 in the list. Sonia Gandhi is on second, followed by Modi at fourth position, Rahul Gandhi at fifth position and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at sixth position.

    World Health Day falls on..? Ans:(5)
    1. April 3rd 2. April 4th 3. April 5th 4. April 6th 5. April 7th

    Explanation: World Health Day 2014 was observed across the world on 7 April 2014. The day provides an opportunity for individuals to get involved in activities that can lead to better health. The theme for World Health Day 2014 is vector-borne diseases. World Health Organisation (WHO) is highlighting the serious and increasing threat of vector-borne diseases with the slogan Small bite, big threat.

    Which country Women t20 world cup cricket? Ans:(3)
    1. Srilanka 2. India 3. Australia 4. England 5. South Africa

    Explanation: Australian women cricket team on 6 April 2014 won the Women's World Twenty20 Cup 2014 cup defeating England in the final match in Mirpur, Dhaka. It defeated England by six wickets with 29 balls left to be bowled. This was the third successive Women's World Twenty20 title won by Australian womens cricket team.

    Which state won Junior national hockey? Ans:(4)
    1. Gujarat 2. Tamilnadu 3. Maharashtra 4. Punjab 5. Kerala

    Explanation: Punjab on 6 April 2014 won the 4th Hockey India Junior Men National Championship 2014 (Division A) by defeating Hockey Odisha 6-2 in the finals at Chennai, Tamil Nadu. With this win, Punjab had retained the championship title. To gain the third place in the tournament, Haryana defeated the Sports Authority of India

    Who won Femina Miss India 2014 crown? Ans:(1)
    1. Koyal Rana 2. Sukvin Mahe 3. Kalyani Gatari 4. Avin Kaur 5. None

    Explanation: Koyal Rana on 5 April 2014 won the 51st edition of the fbb Femina Miss India 2014 crown after defeating 24 other contestants from across the country. With this win, Rana will represent India at the Miss World International beauty pageant 2014.

    Which country won T20 world cup? Ans:(3)
    1. India 2. Australia 3. Srilanka 4. England 5. South Africa

    Explanation: Sri Lankan cricket team on 6 April 2014 won the ICC Twenty20 World Cup 2014 title after defeating Indian cricket team by six wickets in the final match at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium (SBNCS) in Mirpur, Dhaka.

    Which countriy's scientist non-insulin drug candidate for diabetic? Ans:(5)
    1. America 2. Australia 3. Canada 4. Japan 5. India

    Explanation: Indian-origin scientist Arnab De of Columbia University developed the non-insulin drug candidate for diabetic patients in collaboration with Richard Di Marchi of Indiana University. It was published in the journal Peptide Science in first week of April 2014.