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    1) Google is bidding adieu its social network product ____ launched 4 years ago. Ans : (4)
    1. Google images
    2. Google maps
    3. Chrome
    4. Google plus
    5. None of these

    Explanation: Google is bidding adieu to Google Plus, a social network that the American search engine had launched four years ago hoping it would become a serious rival to Facebook. The company announced its most drastic step for breaking up Google Plus on 27th July’15. The reason being it did not perform up to the mark as expected.

    2) Which country Post is going to Release Series of Stamps on Well Known Singers, writers, Freedom Fighters, painters and dancers? Ans : (2)
    1. Pakistan Post
    2. Indian Post
    3. Bhutan post
    4. Srilanka Post
    5. USA Post

    Explanation: The philatelic advisory committee which met under the Chairmanship of Minister for Communication & IT, Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad 27th July’15 also decided that stamps with picture postcards may be release on tourist places in India such as Taj Mahal, Ajanta and Ellora, Belur Math, Khajuraho etc.

    3) Former cricketer Clive Rice, who died recently belongs to ____ Ans : (2)
    1. Australia
    2. South Africa
    3. Kenya
    4. West Indies
    5. Zimbabwe

    Explanation: Former all-rounder Clive Rice, the first post-apartheid captain of South Africa, died in Johannerburg. An official from national cricket association of South Africa said that Rice, who had been suffering from a brain tumour, played most of his cricket during South Africa's 20-year isolation from the international game. When South Africa returned to the international fold in November 1991, Rice was appointed captain of a team which played three one-day internationals (ODIs) in India.

    4) Sahara Mutual Fund license was cancelled by ____ Ans : (1)
    1. SEBI
    2. RBI
    3. Supreme court
    4. Delhi High court
    5. The Central Govt

    Explanation:The Securities and Exchange Board of India has cancelled Sahara asset Management Company’s license. The market regulator in its order said that the company is not fit and proper entity to carry out the business of mutual fund. It said, Sahara’s fund management license would stand cancelled after 60 days from the date of the order. It has directed Sahara AMC not to take any new subscription from the investors including existing investors in systematic investment plans and also not to levy any penalties on the investors for not depositing the installments.

    5) The Government of India recently signed ____ loan with Asian development Bank to support the government’s flagship program, the National Urban Health Mission (NUHM) that is aimed at improving the health status of the country’s urban population. Ans : (2)
    1. $ 200
    2. $ 300
    3. $ 400
    4. $ 500
    5. $ 600

    Explanation::- The loan – Supporting National Urban Health Mission – will reinforce ongoing government efforts under the NUHM to develop health systems in urban areas that can deliver quality health services and that reach the urban poor and vulnerable. It will focus on strengthening primary health care and also promote better coordination between health and urban sectors and opportunities for public-private partnerships.

    6) The Govt of India has approved the amendments include compensation to the states for any revenue loss due to introduction of GST for ___ years? Ans : (3)
    1. 4 Years
    2. 3 Years
    3. 5 Years
    4. 6 Years
    5. 7 Years

    Explanation: The Union Cabinet has approved amendments proposed by Rajya Sabha Select Committee on Goods and Services Tax, GST Constitution Amendment Bill . The amendments include compensation to the states for 5 years instead of upto 5 years for any revenue loss due to introduction of GST..

    7) Which among the following has launched a dedicated website to recruit personnel? Ans : (2)
    1. Indian Navy
    2. Indian Air force
    3. Indian Army
    4. Indian police service
    5. Indian Govt

    Explanation: The website airmenselection.gov.in was launched by Air Officer-in-Charge Personnel, Air Marshal S Neelakantan and dedicated to the nation. Aspiring candidates for airmen selection now would be able to apply online for all recruitment tests.

    8) Sanjiv Chaturvedi and ____ have won the Ramon Magsaysay Award for the year 2015? Ans : (3)
    1. Ankitha Gupta
    2. Arun Malvya
    3. Anshu Gupta
    4. Madhavilatha
    5. Sheetal Sharma

    Explanation: Sanjiv Chaturvedi, former Chief Vigilance Officer (CVO) at AIIMS and Anshu Gupta, founder of NGO Goonj are among the people who have been awarded the Ramon Magsaysay Award for 2015. In 2014, Chaturvedi was relieved from the additional charge of CVO, although he continued to retain the Deputy Director post at AIIMS. He had alleged that his removal from the CVO post was a result of campaign by corrupt officials.Anshu Gupta is being recognised for creative vision in transforming the culture of giving in India, his enterprising leadership in treating in cloth as a sustainable development resource for the poor and in reminding the world that true giving always respects and preserves human dignity.

    9) The former President APJ Abdul Kalam’s last Rites were held at ____ on 30th July’15? Ans : (3)
    1. Mahabaleshwaram
    2. Visakhapatnam
    3. Rameswaram
    4. Madhurai
    5. Thiruchhi

    Explanation: Rameshwaram was the hometown of APJ Abdul Kalam.

    10) The Supreme Court confirmed its decision of commuting the death sentence to life imprisonment of ____ persons convicted of killing former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi? Ans : (3)
    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    Explanation: The apex Court dismissed the curative petition filed by the Centre which was seeking a review of the decision in February last year. In February last year, the Court had commuted the death sentence of three persons - Santhan, Murugan and Perarivalan, citing the 11-year delay in deciding their mercy petitions. The three convicts are lodged in a Vellore prison. Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated on 21st May’1991 in Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu.

    11) Windows 10 is the new operating system launched by …………….. recently? Ans : (1)
    1. Microsoft
    2. Google
    3. Rediff.com
    4. Yahoo
    5. Oracle

    Explanation: Windows 10 will be offered as a free upgrade to most consumers. According to a Microsoft statement, upgrading to Windows 10 would be easy for customers having a genuine Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 PC or tablet. Microsoft said the Windows 10 is the most secure Windows ever. Armed with new innovative features like Cortana, an Xbox app and Microsoft Edge, the software would be available in 190 nations.

    12) The chief of banned outfit Malik Ishaq has been killed in Pakistan, in an encounter with the police in Punjab province. He was the chief of ____? Ans : (2)
    1. Al-Queda
    2. Lashkar e Jhangvi
    3. Taliban
    4. Lashkar e taiba
    5. None of these

    Explanation: :- Ishaq was on a US list of global terrorists and the group he founded has claimed responsibility for the deaths of hundreds of civilians. The police said Ishaq's two sons and eleven top members of the group linked to al-Qaeda were also killed in the encounter in Muzaffargarh district. Ishaq has been accused of masterminding dozens of attacks against the minority Shia community.

    13) Patna High Court has directed the Bihar government not to go for audio-video recording and its display of Badh Chala Bihar which aimed at preparing vision document on development for the state till ____ Ans : (3)
    1. 2020
    2. 2021
    3. 2025
    4. 2030
    5. 2019

    Explanation: A division bench of Chief Justice L Narsimha Reddy and Justice Anjana Mishra issued the directive to Bihar government after hearing a PIL filed in this regard.

    14) The e-Tourist Visa scheme launched by the Government of India on November 27, 2015 has been extended to ____ countries/territories ? Ans : (2)
    1. 70
    2. 77
    3. 80
    4. 88
    5. 90

    Explanation: With effect from 30th July 15, the Government has finalised arrangements to extend and implement the e-Tourist Visa facility to the passport holders of People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong Administrative Region and Macau Special Administrative Region so far. The total number of countries/territories covered under the e-Tourist Visa scheme will go up from 74 to 77, with the inclusion of these countries/territories.

    15) 28th July 2015 was observed across the day as ____ Ans : (2)
    1. World Polio day
    2. World Hepatitis day
    3. World cancer day
    4. World Tetanus Day
    5. World HIV day

    Explanation: The theme for this year was ‘Prevent Hepatitis, Act Now’.

    16) Name the automaker company that became the world’s biggest automaker in the first half of the year 2015? Ans : (2)
    1. Hyundai Motors
    2. Volkswagen
    3. Tata Motors
    4. Mahindra & Mahindra
    5. Toyota

    Explanation:Volkswagen surpassed Toyota as the world's largest automaker in the first half of 2015, fulfilling a long-held goal, but the achievement came at a cost. Volkswagen sold 5.04 million vehicles in the first six months of the year, edging Toyota's 5.02 million.

    17) For which of the following international group, India has been launching a satellite? Ans : (3)
    1. ASEAN
    2. BIMSTEC
    3. SAARC
    4. NAM
    5. BRICS

    Explanation: The launch of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) satellite has been pegged at an estimated Rs. 235 crore and the cost associated with the launch will be met by the country, Parliament was informed on 23rd July. It will enable full range of applications and services to the member-nations in the areas of telecommunication and broadcasting applications namely television, direct-to-home, very small aperture terminals, tele-education, telemedicine and disaster management support, Minister of State for Atomic Energy and Space Jitendra Singh said in the Rajya Sabha. The satellite was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the SAARC summit in Nepal in November last. The Indian Space Research Organisation will build the satellite with 12 Ku-band transponders and launch it using the Indian Geostationary Launch Vehicle Mk-II. A one-day conference was held in New Delhi on June 22 to discuss the proposal in which delegations from all the SAARC member nations participated..

    18) For NISAR mission, ISRO is working jointly with which of the following? Ans : (2)
    1. Roskmos
    2. NASA
    3. European Space Agency
    4. China space agency
    5. None

    Explanation: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) are jointly working on the NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar (NISAR) mission to co-develop and launch a dual frequency synthetic aperture radar satellite. The NISAR mission is a dual frequency (L&S Band) Radar Imaging Satellite. In this joint mission, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)/ NASA will be responsible for design & development of L-band SAR, 12m unfurlable antenna, GPS system and data recorder. ISRO will be responsible for design & development of S-band SAR, Spacecraft Bus, data transmission system, Spacecraft integration & testing, launch using GSLV and on-orbit operations.

    19) Who won Wimbledon 2015 title in males singles? Ans : (3)
    1. Roger Federer
    2. Alexander Peya
    3. Novac Djocovic
    4. Leander Paes
    5. None

    Explanation: Defending champion Novak Djokovic has won a third Wimbledon title and a ninth Grand Slam crown, shattering Roger Federer's bid for a record eighth All England Club triumph. World number one Serbian Djokovic won to add the Wimbledon title to the Australian Open he captured in January. Leander Paes clinched his 16th Grand Slam trophy, winning the mixed doubles event of the Championship with Martina Hingis after a dominating win over Alexander Peya and Timea Babos, last night. Seventh seed Indo-Swiss pair drubbed the fifth seed Austrian-Hungarian team. It was Paes' eighth mixed doubles title and second with Hingis. They had won the Australian Open early this year. 42-year-old Paes has eight men's doubles crowns in his Grand Slam collection. Paes' win capped an incredibly successful Wimbledon for India as the country took three titles this year.

    20) Which of the following two teams were suspended for two years in IPL fixing case? Ans : (1)
    1. Chennai Super Kings, Rajasthan Royals
    2. Chennai Super Kings, Pune Warriors
    3. Rajasthan Royals, Deccan Chargers
    4. Deccan Charges and Chennai super kings
    5. None

    Explanation: In IPL spot fixing case, The Supreme court panel headed by retired Justice Lodha on 14th July banned both the franchisee stake holder Gurunath Meiyappan and Raj Kundra for life from all cricket related activities. Chennai Super Kings, and Rajasthan Royals were suspended from the cash-rich cricket league for two years for betting activities of their key officials Gurunath Meiyappan and Raj Kundra during the 2013 season. The punishment was handed down by a Supreme Court- appointed three-member committee headed by former CJI R M Lodha which held that the betting activities of the two officials, Meiyappan, considered the face of CSK owners, and Kundra, co-owner of Rajasthan Royals, have brought the game of cricket, BCCI and IPL into disrepute. The Committee also imposed sanctions including life suspensions for Meiyappan and Kundra from being involved in any cricket matches conducted by BCCI.

    21) Who among the following is not a member in the BCCI working group formed to study Lodha Committee report on match fixing scandal? Ans : (5)
    1. Rajeev Shukla
    2. Sourav Ganguly
    3. Anurag Thakur
    4. Aniruddh Chaudhary
    5. Ravi Sastry

    Explanation: BCCI working group chaired by IPL Chairman Rajeev Shukla to have Sourav Ganguly, Anurag Thakur, Aniruddh Chaudhary and BCCI's legal adviser U N Banerjee as its four members; panel to give its recommendations within six weeks. Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly was named in the BCCI's four-member working group formed to study the Justice R M Lodha committee's order and give recommendations within six weeks. The committee will be chaired by IPL Chairman Rajeev Shukla and will have BCCI Secretary Anurag Thakur and Treasurer Aniruddh Chaudhary as the other members. BCCI's legal adviser U N Banerjee will assist the panel.

    22) Which of the following will be venue for the final match of World Twenty20 cricket tournament to be held in 2016 in India? Ans : (4)
    1. Rajeev Gandhi Stadium (Hyderabad)
    2. Ferozshah Kotla stadium (Delhi)
    3. Weankhede Stadium (Mumbai)
    4. Eden Gardens (Kolkata)
    5. China Swamy Stadium (Bangalore)

    Explanation: The iconic Eden Gardens ground in Kolkata will be host to the final of the 2016 World Twenty20 cricket tournament that will be held in India from March 11 to April 3 next year. Bengaluru, Chennai, Dharamsala, Mohali, Mumbai, Nagpur and New Delhi will be the other venues along with Kolkata, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced on 21st July. The venues will host both the men's and women's tournaments which will be held simultaneously.

    23) Roelant Oltamans is the new coach of….? Ans : (2)
    1. Indian Cricket team
    2. Hockey India
    3. Foot Ball India
    4. Archery of India
    5. Indian Athletics team

    Explanation: : Hockey India on 25th July officially named High Performance coach Roelant Oltmans as the coach of men's national team after Paul van Ass' six-month tenure ended under unceremonious circumstances.

    24) Which country will host 2022 Winter Olympics? Ans : (1)
    1. China
    2. Kazakhstan
    3. Norway
    4. Philippines
    5. Japan

    Explanation: Beijing won its bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics on Friday, making it the first city to be awarded both a Summer and Winter Games. Beijing narrowly beat out Almaty, earning 44 votes compared to the city in Kazakhstan's 40. Oslo was initially named a finalist, but its Olympic bid was withdrawn after the Norwegian government voted against financially supporting it. Beijing hosted the 2008 Summer Games and China plans to reuse several venues from it for the 2022 event. In winning its bid to host the winter games, Beijing managed to overcome questions over a potential lack of natural snow and concerns over the distance between proposed venues. The 2022 competitions will be spread across three clusters over 100 miles.

    25) 25) Rajat Chauhan is associated with which of the following game? Ans : (4)
    1. Weight lifting
    2. Boxing
    3. Shooting
    4. Archery
    5. Billiards

    Explanation: Rajat Chauhan earned first-ever individual medal for India in the World Archery Championships at Copenhagen in Denmark. The compound marksman bagged a silver after going down to home favourite Stephan Hansen in the final on 31st July. The 2014 Asian Games team gold medalist Rajat Chauhan was going neck and neck till the third set when he shot a poor 8 and 9 as Hansen gained a three-point lead before wrapping up the game 147-143 in a fiercely contested individual men's compound final.