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    1) International Day to End Violence against Sex Workers was observed on which day?? Ans : (5)
    1. 21 December 2. 18 December 3. 19 December 4. 20 December 5. 17 December .

    Explanation:International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers is observed annually on December 17 by sex workers, their advocates, friends, families and allies. Originally conceived as a memorial and vigil for the victims of the Green River Killer in SeattleWashington, United States (US), it has evolved into an annual international event. The day calls attention to hate crimes committed against sex workers worldwide, as well as the need to remove the social stigma and discrimination that have contributed to violence against sex workers and indifference from the communities they are part of. First observed in 2003 the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers was founded by Dr. Annie Sprinkle and the Sex Workers Outreach Project USA (SWOP-USA)

     
    2) How much interest rate has been decided by the Finance Ministry for PF for the financial year 2014-15?Ans: (2)
    1. 7.75% 2. 8.75% 3. 9.75% 4. 10.% 5. 4.65%

    Explanation: 8.75%. Ministry has retained the interest rate on PF deposits at 8.75% for this financial year.

     
    3) Chunibhai Vaidya is the freedom fighter who actively participated in the Vinoba Bhave's Bhoodan Movement and passed away on...........? Ans:(2)

    1. 20 dec ' 14 2. 19 dec ' 14 3. 21 Dec ' 14 4. 22 Dec ' 14 5. 25 Dec ' 14

    Explanation:Chunibhai Vaidya. He is known as Gandhian and freedom fighter.

     
    4) Microsoft Corporation is the company that has made agreement with which City to make it the smart city?Ans: (2)

    1. Varanasi 2. Surat 3. Hyderabad 4. Visakhapatnam 5. Vijayawada

    Explanation:
    Microsoft Corporation. As a part of this agreement Microsoft would bring innovative and online solutions in civil services and make them more efficient, responsive and people centric.

     
    5) Name the state that has reduced the retirement age of government school teachers from 60 to 58 years, RecentlyAns:(3)

    1. Telengana 2. Tripura 3. Sikkim 4. Karnataka 5. Andhra Pradesh

    Explanation:Sikhism. The state government has amended the existing rule adding that those teachers who have attended the age of 58 years and are still continuing their services shall retire by 31st December this month.

     
    6) Electricity (Amendment) Bill 2014 was introduced in the Lok Sabha on .? Ans:(2)

    1. 20 December ' 14 2. 19 Decmeber '14 3. 21 Decemeber ' 14 4. 22 Decemeber ' 14 5. 18 December '14

    Explanation:The Bill seeks to improve the distribution system by giving choice to the consumer, promotion of renewable energy, maintenance of grid security, rationalisation of tariff determination and strengthening of Regulatory Commissions.

     
    7) Ukraine Freedom Support Bill 2014is the Bill , that was signed by the US President Barack Obama on 18th Dec'14 authorizing more sanctions on which country for its role in the Ukraine Crisis?Ans:(3)

    1. Pakistan 2. Japan 3. Russia 4. Iran 5. Iraq

    Explanation: Ukraine Freedom Support Bill 2014. With this, the Bill has now become Ukraine Freedom Support Act, 2014. The Act also authorizes 350 million US dollars in lethal and non-lethal military aid to the Ukrainian government, including anti-Tank weapons, munitions and surveillance drones.

     
    8) Michael Garcia has resigned as Independent Chief Ethic Investigator of Federation International de...... Association Ethics Committee on 18th Dec'14? Ans:(1)

    1. Football(FIFA) 2. Cricket (IPL) 3. Kabaddi 4. French Open Tennis 5. None

    Explanation: Michael Garcia. He resigned from the post in protest over the handling of his 430-page report on awarding the bid for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar respectively.

     
    9) Name the Bill For which , the Constitution Amendment Bill was tabled in the Lok Sabha on 19th Dec'14? Ans:(4)
    1. Income Tax Bil 2. Motor Vehicles Bill 3. Electricity Amendment Bill 4. Goods and Service Tax Bill 5. None

    Explanation: Goods and Service Tax (GST) Bill. Moving the Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty Second Amendment) Bill, 2014, Mr. Jaitley said adequate safeguards have been taken in the Bill to maintain the rights of states on taxes.

     
    10) Munawwar Rana is which language poet who won the Sahitya Akademi Award 2014? Ans:(2)
    1. Hindi 2. Urdu 3. Sanskrit 4. Bengali 5. Kannada

    Explanation: Munawwar Rana. He was born in Rae Bareli in 1952, an accomplished Urdu-Hindi writer and his poetry is appreciated in Mushairas across the world.

     
    11) Ashley Westwod is the person who has been proposed as the coach of which country's Football Coach?Ans:(2)
    1. Germany 2. India 3. Srilanka 4. Kenya 5. Bangladesh

    Explanation: Ashley Westwood. He has won the vote of confidence from the AIFF and his appointment only needs to be stamped by the technical committee which meets in Mumbai on 21st Dec'14.

     
    12) Novak Djokovic and the other is which tennis player who has been named as World Champions for 2014?Ans:(3)
    1. Maria Sharapova 2. Venus Williams 3. Serena Williams 4. Martina Verrekka 5. Emma Watson

    Explanation: Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams. It is the fourth time that Djokovic has taken the top award after he won Wimbledon, the ATP World Tour finals and finished the year ranked number one in the world by the ATP.

     
    13) Srinivasa Ramanujan birth anniversary was celebrated as National Mathematics Day on..............?Ans:(1)
    1. 22 December ' 14 2. 23 December '14 3. 24 December ' 14 4. 30 December ' 14 5. 12 december ' 14

    Explanation: Srinivasa Ramanujan. Ramanujan and British Mathematician Hardy discovered the smallest number represented as sum of two cubes 1729 which came to be known as Hardy-Ramanujan number. The 127th birthday of great Indian Mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan is celebrated as National Mathematics Day.

     
    14) On 21st Decmber 2014, The 4th Kolkata International Children's Film Festival began with the screening of Kaphal in which city? Ans:(3)
    1. Imphal 2. Hyderabad 3. Kolkata 4. Aizwal 5. Thiruvananthapuram

    Explanation: On 21st Dec'14. The festival will screen 180 films from India and 25 foreign countries. Workshops on films and an exhibition to commemorate 125 years of Charlie Chaplin have also been organised.

     
    15) Arjun Atwal has won the Inaugural edition of which among the following Open Golf Championship title on 21st Dec'14?Ans:(2)
    1. French Open Golf Championship title 2. Dubai Open Golf Championship title 3. Srilanka Open Golf Championship title 4. Australia Open Golf Championship title 5. Germany Open Golf Championship title

    Explanation: Arjun Atwal. Korea's Wang Jeung-hun came second. Among other Indian golfers, Shiv Kapur was placed a joint 11th with Gaganjeet Bhullar.

     
    16) Atletico De Kolkata won the inaugural Indian Super League 2014 or ISL football tournament beating ...............Blasters on 20th Dec'14?Ans:(2)
    1. Delhi 2. Kerala 3. Uttar Pradesh 4. Jharkhand 5. Goa

    Explanation: With this, the Indian Super League trophy has gone to the traditional and most passionate home of Indian football Kolkata.

     
    17) Elano Blumer is the football player who won the Golden Boot award for scoring the highest number of goals in the inaugural Indian Super League (ISL) that concluded on 20th Dec'14. He belongs to which country?Ans:(2)
    1. Germany 2. Brazil 3. France 4. Japan 5. Australia

    Explanation: Elano Blumer (Chennaiyin FC). He is a Brazilian player.

     
    18) Which country has won the Men's and Women's Kabbadi World Cup in Dec'14?Ans:(4)
    1. Indonesia 2. Japan 3. Pakistan 4. India 5. Srilanka

    Explanation: India. The Indian men's team defeated Pakistan 45-42 for the fourth time, while the women team beat New Zealand 36-27 for the second time in a row.

     
    19) Who is the Indian-origin person inducted into an Australian national body Australian Multicultural Council (AMC) in Dec'14?Ans:(1)
    1. Vasan Srinivasan 2. Varun Sandeshen 3. Srikara Srivastav 4. Shankar Prasad 5. Vishnuvardhana Jiyyer

    Explanation: Vasan Srinivasan. He is the Founder, Member, and Chairman of the Multicultural Liberal Business Club (MLBC). Earlier, he served as the president of Federation of Indian Associations of Victoria.

     
    20) Recently, Among the following Identify , Which Asian country became the Associate Member Sate of CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research) in Dec'14?Ans:(2)
    1. Srilanka 2. Pakistan 3. China 4. Nepal 5. Bangladesh

    Explanation: Pakistan. It will allow Pakistani scientists to become members of the CERN staff, and to participate in CERN's training and career-development programmes.

     
    21) According to the findings released by the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) from its 70th Situation of Agricultural Households in India on 20th Dec'14, which is the most commonly grown crop in the first half of the year?Ans:(4)
    1. Rice 2. Jowar 3. Maize 4. Wheat 5. Jute

    Explanation: Wheat. There are six wheat classifications: 1) hard red winter, 2) hard red spring, 3) soft red winter, 4) durum (hard), 5) Hard white, 6) soft white wheat. The hard wheats have the most amount of gluten and are used for making bread, rolls and all-purpose flour. The soft wheats are used for making flat bread, cakes, pastries, crackers, muffins, and biscuits.

     
    22) How much percent of farmers have less than two hectares land, According to the findings released by the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) from its 70th Situation of Agricultural Households in India on 20th Dec'14? Ans:(2)
    1. Around 80% 2. Around 90% 3. Around 70% 4. Around 67% 5. Cannot be determined

    Explanation: The National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO), now known as National Sample Survey Office, is an organization under the Ministry of Statistics of the Government of India. It is the largest organisation in India conducting regular socio-economic surveys. It was established in 1950.
    Employees of NSSO belong to Indian Statistical service(appointment through Union Public Service commission) and Subordinate statistical service(appointment through staff selection commission). NSSO has four(4) divisions:
    1. Survey Design and Research Division (SDRD) 2. Field Operations Division (FOD) 3. Data Processing Division (DPD) 4. Co-ordination and Publication Division (CPD)

     
    23) Among the following, Which is the most profitable crop in India, According to the findings released by the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) from its 70th Situation of Agricultural Households in India on 20th Dec'14? Ans:(2)
    1. Jute 2. Sugarcane 3. Maize 4. Jowar 5. Cereals

    Explanation: Sugarcane. This gives its cultivator an average of over Rs 80,000 per season.

     
    24) Rajinder Khanna is the person who has been appointed as the new Director of which Wing, which is the India's external intelligence agency during December 2014?Ans:(1)
    1. Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) 2. Police and Analysis Wing (PAW) 3. Intelligence and Analysis Wing(IAW) 4. Cops and Analysis wing (CAW) 5. Milletary and Analysis wing(MAW)

    Explanation: Rajinder Khanna. He is a 1978 batch IPS officer and will succeed Alok Joshi.

     
    25) Who is the person , who has been appointed as the new Director-General of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) by the Union Govt. on 20th Dec'14?Ans:(2)
    1. Prabhath Kumar 2. Prakash Mishra 3. Prem Kumar 4. Prabhath Mishra 5. Vinod Khanna

    Explanation: Prakash Mishra. He is senior 1977-batch IPS officer of the Odisha cadre and has served as Director-General of the Odisha Police and in the National Investigation Agency (NIA).