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    1) Saudi Arabia country's Ambassador summoned by which country government to protest against the execution of that country domestic worker Ans : (2)
    1. Iran
    2. Indonesia
    3. Malaysia
    4. Zambia
    5. Norway

    Explanation: Siti Zainab was beheaded on 14th Apr'15 in Medina after being convicted of stabbing and beating to death her employer, Noura al-Morobei, in 1999.

    2) Which country filed a complaint against Google company over its alleged anti-competitive behavior? Ans : (3)
    1. Iran
    2. Indonesia
    3. European union
    4. Ukraine
    5. Syria

    Explanation: The Competition Commissioner said she had issued a statement of objection, stating that the firm's promotion of its own shopping links amounted to an abuse of its dominance in search.

    3) Meenakshi Madan rai sworn in as the first lady judge of which High Court on 15th Apr'15? Ans : (1)
    1. Sikkim
    2. Tripura
    3. Telengana
    4. Andhra Pradesh
    5. Arunachal pradesh

    Explanation: Mrs. Rai is also the third High Court judge who hails from this small border state. With Mrs. Rai taking over as judge on15th Apr'15 the Sikkim High Court has once again got its full strength of three judges after a gap of about one year.

    4) Among the following identify , Which state's Chief Minister opposed any move of divestment of public sector undertaking (PSU) National Aluminium Company (NALCO) by the Centre? Ans : (1)
    1. Odisha
    2. Bihar
    3. West Bengal
    4. Uttar Pradesh
    5. Gujarath

    Explanation: Presently, the Centre holds 87.15 per cent stake in NALCO, which has plants in Odisha's Damanjodi and Angul. Chief Minister of Odisha and Biju Janata Dal (BJD) president, Naveen Patnaik,on 15th Apr'15 opposed any move of divestment of public sector undertaking (PSU) National Aluminium Company (NALCO) by the Centre. He said that there is no need of any disinvestment from NALCO, as the company has been making profits for long.

    5) Which country's annual economic growth has recorded a six year low of 7.0 per cent in the first three month of 2015? Ans : (4)
    1. Japan
    2. USA
    3. India
    4. China
    5. Nepal

    Explanation:The National Bureau of Statistics said in the last quarter of 2014, China's economy grew by 7.3 per cent on an annual basis. On a quarterly basis, economic growth slowed to 1.3 per cent between January and March after seasonal adjustments.

    6)Canada has to supply Uranium to which country for its civil nuclear plants for next 5 years? Ans : (2)
    1. China
    2. India
    3. Japan
    4. Pakistan
    5. Bangladesh

    Explanation: The supply will start from 2015, highly placed sources said. Canada is the third country to supply uranium to India after Russia and Kazakhstan. The supplies will be under the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) safeguards. Canada used to supply Uranium to India prior to 1970, but stopped it after Pokhran nuclear tests.

    7) Which country is at the bottom of eight economies in South Asia? Ans : (1)
    1. Pakistan
    2. Myanmar
    3. Nepal
    4. China
    5. Srilanka

    Explanation: As per the World bank Report 2015, Pakistan stands at the bottom of eight economies in South Asia. The Spring 2015 edition of the World Bank's South Asia Economic Focus states that the growth recovery is underway in Pakistan but this year it will only show moderate growth. According to the report Pakistan's economy is set to grow by 4.4 per cent in current fiscal year.

    8)Cleartrip company advocated the Net neutrality by exiting Facebook's Internet.org programme, after which one? Ans : (2)
    1. Snap deal.com
    2. Flipkart
    3. Amazon
    4. Olx.in
    5. None

    Explanation: Flipkart, is an E-Commerce company founded in 2007 by Sachin Bansal and Binny Bansal. It is registered in Singapore and it operates in India, where it is headquartered in Bangalore, Karnataka. Flipkart has launched its own product range under the name "DigiFlip" with products including tablets, USBs, and laptop bags.

    9)In which country , the Wholesale price index based inflation fell to a record low of minus 2.33per cent in March'15 on account of cheaper food and fuel products as well as manufactured items.? Ans : (2)
    1.Pakistan
    2. India
    3. Bangladesh
    4. China
    5. japan

    Explanation: Inflation measured on Wholesale Price Index, WPI, was at minus 2.06 per cent in February and minus 0.39 per cent in January. It was at 6 per cent in March 2014. Deflation was also visible in the manufactured products category where the rate of price rise dropped to a record low of minus 0.19 per cent.

    10)Sachin Tendulkar on 15th Apr'15 inducted into the prestigious Laureus Sports Academy as one of the how many new members in Shanghai? Ans : (3)
    1. 2
    2. 4
    3. 5
    4. 6
    5. 10

    Explanation: :- :- Besides Tendulkar, retired Chinese professional basketball player Yao Ming, Kenyan long-distance runner Tegla Loroupe, Chinese gymnast Li Xiaopeng and former Chinese short track speed skater Yang Yang were the other athletes to be inducted into the Laureus academy.

    11)The position of India according to the latest ICC ODI rankings released in the third week of April'15 is ………………..? Ans : (2)
    1.First
    2.Second
    3.Third
    4. Fifth
    5.Sixth

    Explanation: The Indian team retained its second position in the ODIs after finishing as semifinalists in the recently-concluded ICC Cricket World Cup. With 116 points, India are placed just six points behind world champions Australia. India is followed by South Africa, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, England, Pakistan. Meanwhile, three Indian batsmen -- Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan and Mahendra Singh Dhoni figure in the top 10 for ODI batsmen.

    12) Name the state government that has launched the third phase of Mass Deworming Programme for school and pre-school age children recently? Ans : (4)
    1. Uttar Pradesh
    2. Maharashtra
    3. Rajasthan
    4. Delhi
    5. Uttarkhand

    Explanation: The programme is expected to cover 35 lakh children of government schools and Anganwadis. A chewable Albendazole tablet will be administered to the students from Class 3rd to class 12th and suspension Albendazole for class Nursery students.

    13)United states president wrote the article on which country's Prime minister in Time Magazine and calls him ‘India's Reformer-in-Chief'?( Ans : (2)
    1.China
    2. India
    3. Nepal
    4. Bangladesh
    5.Japan

    Explanation: In his article, US president said that Mr Modi, laid out an ambitious vision to reduce extreme poverty, improve education, empower women and girls and unleash India's true economic potential while confronting climate change. Mr Obama also describes, Mr Modi as the leader of the world's largest democracy, and writes that his life story from poverty to Prime Minister reflects the dynamism and potential of India's rise.

    14) Agni-III Missile successfully test-fired from which Coast on 16th Apr'15? Ans : (3)
    1. Visakhapatnam
    2. Kakinada
    3. Odisha
    4. Thiruvananthapuram
    5. None

    Explanation: It is a Nuclear Missile and Surface to Surface Missile. Agni-III has a length of 17 metres and launch weight of around 48 tonnes. Agni-II has already been inducted in the armed forces since June 2011. The 3,000 km range indigenously developed surface-to-Surface missile, protected by a carbon all-composite heat shield, blasted off at 9.55 in morning from a mobile launcher at Integrated Test Range in Wheeler Island of Dhamra.

    15) 17th April was observed as …………..? Ans : (3)
    1. World Hepititis eradication Day
    2. World Hemoglobin Day
    3. World Hemophilia Day
    4. World Hello Day
    5. World HIV eradication Day

    Explanation: World Hemophilia Day provided an opportunity to talk to your extended family and friends, colleagues, and caregivers to raise awareness and increase support for those living with an inherited bleeding disorder.

    16)In the United States, which City Council approved a monument recognising the contributions of slaves to the city's founding and economy. ? Ans : (2)
    1. Washington
    2. New York
    3. Kensas city
    4. Bostan
    5. Milwaukee

    Explanation:According to Columbia University, when the council approved the market in 1711, almost 1,000 of the city's 6,400 people were black. The monument is expected to be unveiled this summer. The new marker will join 38 other markers, mostly commemorating success in the financial and construction industries in lower Manhattan.

    17) HDFC bank will become the ……………… from India to have its mobile banking application available on the Apple Watch? Ans : (3)
    1. Third
    2. second
    3. first
    4. Fourth
    5. Tenth

    Explanation: Mobile Application titled WatchBanking, the move makes HDFC the first bank, and also the first Indian company to launch an app for the Apple Watch, due to launch in India later this month.

    18) B.N. Navalawala has been appointed as the Chairman of the Task-Force on Interlinking of ………………..constituted recently? Ans : (2)
    1. Lakes
    2. Rivers
    3. Seas
    4. Oceans
    5. Swimming pools

    Explanation: He is an internationally renowned water-resources expert with specialization in planning, design and execution of multipurpose water resources projects, flood management and economic planning & financial management of water resources.

    19)Who among the following is the player named as the Laureus Sportsman of the Year at the Laureaus Sports Award on 15th Apr'15? Ans : (2)
    1. Christiano Ronaldo
    2. Novak Djokovic
    3. Rory Mcllroy
    4. Rafael Nadal
    5. None

    Explanation: Djokovic came out among the fellow nominees- Cristiano Ronaldo, the Portuguese and Real Madrid footballer, and Northern Ireland golfer Rory McIlroy.

    20) Allan Donald is the Bowling Coach of which country who resigned during Apr'15? Ans : (1)
    1. South Africa
    2. Zimbabwe
    3. Australia
    4. New Zealand
    5. UAE

    Explanation: His four year tenure has ended as the coach of the team. Allan Donald retired from cricket in 2004.

    21) Recently, Stephen Harper presented ancient Indian sculpture to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Sculpture is known as “Parrot lady”. Stephen Harper is the prime minister of which country? Ans : (3)
    1. New Zealand
    2. Nepal
    3. Canada
    4. Bhutan
    5. Indonesia

    Explanation: The sculpture of Parrot Lady was found in Canada in 2011 when it was seized under the Cultural Property Export and Import law from a person who did not have proper documentation. Parrot Lady is a life-sized, sandstone sculpture and is said to be around 900 year old. The sculpture of a Naayika or Heroine has a parrot on her back. It was carved for placement in one of the Khajuraho temples that form a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Madhya Pradesh.

    22) To probe IPL-6 spot fixing, Supreme Court appointed whom to head a new investigating team? Ans : (1)
    1. Vivek Priyadarshi
    2. Viveka mishra
    3. Vikram Kumar
    4. Viven Piyush
    5. Viroop Kumar

    Explanation: Vviek Priyadarshi will replace B B Mishra as the head of the probe team following his retirement. Earlier, he was recommended by the apex court appointed three-member committee of retired judges headed by former Chief Justice of India R M Lodha. The committee has been entrusted the job of further investigating the IPL-6 scandal.

    23)Masarat Alam is the separatist leader arrested in connection with the raising of which country flags during a rally at Srinagar on 15th Apr'15? Ans : (4)
    1. Bangladesh
    2. Nepal
    3. Srilanka
    4. Pakistan
    5. None

    Explanation: He has been arrested in the case registered in police station Budgam in connection with the provocative actions during the said rally. The arrest comes hours ahead of Hurriyat Conference chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani's call for a march to Tral area of Pulwama district where a youth was allegedly killed in a cross firing incident between the army and militants. Almost all separatist leaders including Syed Ali Shah Geelani, have been put under house arrest, in view of the Tral March Call.

    24) On 18th Apr 2015,the President, Pranab Mukherjee, inaugurated centenary celebrations of which High Court? Ans : (3)
    1. Telengana
    2. Andhra Pradesh
    3. Patna
    4. Bihar
    5. Gujarath

    Explanation: The foundation stone of the High Court was laid by then Viceroy of India Sir Charles Harding in 1912 and completed in 1916.

    25) V. saritha is the the women inducted as the first women driver of which state/UT Transport Corporation ? Ans : (2)
    1. Goa
    2. Delhi
    3. Puducherry
    4. Telengana
    5. Andhra Pradesh

    Explanation: Malajkhand Expansion Project will be largest underground base metal mine of the country. whose foundation stone is laid on 12th April'15 by the Union Minister for Mines and Steel . Five lakh ton iron ore will be extracted every year from the mine.