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    1)'Punjab Kesari' title was given to which freedom fighter?. Ans : (4)
    1. Bhagat Singh
    2. Chandrashekhar Azad
    3. Dhyanchand
    4. Lala Lajpat Rai
    5. None

    Explanation: Indian Punjabi author and politician who is chiefly remembered as a leader in the Indian fight for independence from the British Raj. He was popularly known as Punjab Kesari meaning The Lion of Punjab also known as "Sher-E- Punjab" in Punjabi. He was part of the Lal Bal Pal trio. He was also associated with activities of Punjab National Bank and Lakshmi Insurance Company in their early stages. He sustained serious injuries by the police when leading a non-violent protest against the Simon Commission and died less than three weeks later. His death anniversary (17 November) is one of several days celebrated as Martyrs' Day in India.

    2)Who was appointed as the Foreign Secretary of India on 28th Jan'15? Ans : (2)
    1. Nirupma Rao
    2. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar
    3. Richard Rahul Roy
    4. Devyani Khobragade
    5. None

    Explanation: He was appointed as India's ambassador to United States in September 2013. He has replaced Sujata Singh who had nearly seven more months to go.

    3)What was the order of High Court of Bombay about the The Cabinet of India accepted the order of the High Court of Bombay dated 10.10.2014; and not to file SLP against Vodafone India Services Pvt. Ltd before the Supreme Court of India? Ans : (2)
    1.Vodafone liable to pay Rs 320 crore in additional tax in a transfer pricing case
    2. Vodafone liable to pay only Rs 3,200 crore in additional tax in a transfer pricing case
    3. Vodafone is not liable to only Rs 32 crore in additional tax in a transfer pricing case
    4. Vodafone is not liable to pay Rs 3,200 crore in additional tax in a transfer pricing case.
    5. None

    Explanation: The High Court had in its October 10, 2014 order handed a big relief to the UK-based mobile service provider by ruling that it is not liable to pay the income tax demand of Rs 3,200 crore.

    4)Who is the Social activist who said that he will launch a fresh stir against the Narendra Modi government as it has failed to fulfill the promises on bringing back black money and appointing a Lokpal? Ans : (3)
    1. Kumar Vishwas
    2. Prashant Bhushan
    3. Anna Hazare
    4. Both 1 & 2
    5. None of these.

    Explanation: According to Anna Hazare, the government is not serious on the issue of corruption which is why an agitation will be launched once again on Lokpal, Land Acquisition Act and black money.

    5)The Supreme Court recently ordered search engines to strictly comply with the laws and block advertisements on which among the following? Ans : (1)
    1. Sex determination
    2. Sex Transformation
    3. Dowry Proposals
    4. Both 2 & 3
    5. All of these

    Explanation:The court also directed the search engines to upload on their policy page and the terms of service page its order that they would not advertise or sponsor any advertisement which violated Section 22 of Prohibition of advertisement relating to pre-natal determination of sex (PC-PNDT) Act.

    6)How many Countries held talks with Iran in Istanbul on 28th Jan'15 to discuss on Tehran's Nuclear program? Ans : (1)
    1. 3
    2. 4
    3. 5
    4. 1
    5. 2.

    Explanation: Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Abbas Araqchi and Deputy Foreign Minister for European and American Affairs Majid Takht Ravanchi will pursue nuclear talks with the European deputy foreign ministers in Istanbul.

    7) Which country is the only one that produces purple tea ? Ans : (3)
    1. SriLanka
    2. India
    3. Kenya
    4. Nepal
    5. Australia

    Explanation: Purple Tea contains lower caffeine and high in antioxidants. It also improves vision and lowers cholesterol. It is three to four times expensive in comparison to black tea

    8) Which state has decided to implement the National Livelihood Mission (NLM) in the state? Ans : (4)
    1. West Bengal
    2. Karnataka
    3. Uttarakhand
    4. Uttar Pradesh
    5. Gujarath

    Explanation: The National Livelihood Mission will be implemented in the cities having a population of one lakh and above as per census of 2011. Currently, there are 82 such cities and towns which also include all the 75 district head quarters. The population living below the poverty line in these cities will be the target of the Mission. The NLM programme of the government of India will replace the Swarna Jayanti Urban Programme run by Housing and urban poverty alleviation ministry.

    9)Which material will be mandatory for packaging of food grains and sugar as announced by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs? Ans : (3)
    1.Rubber
    2.Paper
    3.Jute
    4.Cotton
    5.None

    Explanation: It will be minimum 90 per cent of production in case of food grains and 20 per cent for sugar. The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, CCEA, has approved providing financial support to the Jute Corporation of India, JCI. The subsidy will be provided subsidy to JCI on a continuous basis to off-set the losses on account of Minimum Support Price (MSP) operations.

    10) The government will sell up to how much per cent stake in state owned Coal India Ltd. To meet the fiscal deficit? Ans : (2)
    1.5%
    2.10%
    3.25%
    4.40%
    5.13%

    Explanation: The decision will help the government to raise revenue of 24,000 crore rupees at the current market price. Currently, the government holds 89.65 per cent stake in CIL. As per the minimum shareholding norms for listed companies, the government needs to lower its stake in the state-run behemoth to 75 percent.

    11)the International Cricket Council (ICC) launched the official ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 App on 28th Jan'15, with which company partnership ? Ans : (4)
    1.TCS
    2.Infosys
    3.MindTree Ltd.
    4.Reliance Communications
    5.None

    Explanation: The ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, the 11th edition of cricket's flagship event, gets underway on 14th February.

    12) According to the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT), which currency has recently topped the chart of Most-Used Currency in the world? Ans : (4)
    1.Canadian Dollar
    2.Australian Dollar
    3.Chinese Yuan
    4.U.S. Dollar
    5.Indian Rupee

    Explanation: U.S. Dollar topped the chart with 44.6%, followed by the Euro and the British Pound with 28.3% and 7.92%, respectively. Whereas Chinese Yuan accounted for a record 2.17% of global payments in December 2014, up from 1.59% in October 2014.

    13) Which company reported largest profit in global corporate history on 27th Jan'15? Ans : (3)
    1.Samsung
    2.Sony
    3.Apple
    4.IBM
    5.Micromax

    Explanation: Apple recorded quarterly profits of $18 billion on 27th Jan'15. Apple sold 74.5 million iPhones in its fiscal first quarter ended December 2014.

    14) Facebook was hacked by which hacking group on 27th Jan'14 due to which users were not able to access it upto 2 hours? Ans : (1)
    1. Lizard Squad
    2. Legends
    3. Dawn of the Net
    4. Leaders
    5. Racers

    Explanation: Lizard Squad group claimed responsibility for hacking everyone's favourite pop star Taylor Swift's Twitter and Instagram accounts. The group also said they were responsible for a series of hacks on Microsoft and Sony's online gaming networks over the Christmas period.

    15) Who is the author of the book 'When God is a Traveller'? Ans : (3)
    1. Vikram Chandra
    2. Jhumpa Lahiri
    3. Arundhati Subramaniam
    4. Arundhati Roy
    5. None

    Explanation: Arundhati Subramaniam won the inaugural Khushwant Singh Memorial Prize for poetry of her work 'When God is Traveller' at the Jaipur Literature Festival.

    16) Which player was awarded with the Allan Border Medal and also named both Test and One-Day player of the year? Ans : (3)
    1.Virat Kohli
    2.M S Dhoni
    3.Steve Smith
    4.Sean Abbott
    5.None

    Explanation:As of January 2015, Smith is ranked as the 4th best Test batsman in the world according to the ICC Player Rankings. Smith was the leading run scorer in 2014-15 Border-Gavaskar Trophy series against India. In 2014 he won the award of Australian Cricketer of the Year.

    17) Which player won Australia's Young Cricketer of the Year award? Ans : (3)
    1.Steve Smith
    2. Philip Hughes
    3. Sean Abbott
    4. Mark taylor
    5. Shane Warne

    Explanation: Australian's Young Cricketer of the year is also known as Bradman Award.

    18) Mahatma Gandhiji's........ death anniversary was observed on 30th Jan'15? Ans : (1)
    1. 67
    2. 68
    3. 69
    4. 65
    5. 70

    Explanation: On this day in 1948, Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated at a prayer meeting.

    19) 30th January is also observed as......day in India? Ans : (2)
    1. Environmental day
    2. Martyrs' Day
    3. Peace Day
    4. Assassination day
    5. Gandhi day

    Explanation: Martyrs' Day. In India, there are several days declared as Martyrs' Day (at national level also known as Sarvodaya day) it is named in the honour those who recognised as martyrs for the nation

    20) Shekhar Sen has been appointed as the chairman of which akademi on 29th Jan'15? Ans : (3)
    1. Nataraja Natya akademi
    2. Sangeetha vibhavari akademi
    3. Sangeet Natak Akademi
    4. Natya Kalakara akademi
    5. Kalakara Sanskrithi Akademi

    Explanation: He is famous for his mono act musical plays Tulsi, Kabeer, Vivekananda, Sanmanti, Saahab and Soordas which have been highly acclaimed.

    21) How many Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) were disqualified for holding office of profit while drawing salaries as MLA in Uttar Pradesh? Ans : (4)
    1. 1
    2. 4
    3. 3
    4. 2
    5. 5

    Explanation: BSP MLA Uma Shankar Singh from Rasrha and BJP MLA Bajrang Bahadur Singh from Pharenda were found guilty of using their position for acquiring government contracts.

    22) Name the Cabinet among the following that has approved rules under which descendants of Sephardic Jews who were expelled from Portugal more than 500 years ago can claim citizenship? Ans : (1)
    1. Portuguese Cabinet
    2. Israel Cabinet
    3. United Nation Cabinet
    4. International Cabinet
    5. None of these

    Explanation: Many Sephardic Jews were killed, forced to convert to Christianity or leave at the end of the 15th Century. From now on, descendants of Sephardic Jews who can prove a strong link to Portugal can apply for a passport.

    23) Katsuhiro Otomo has became the first Manga cartoonist to win a lifetime achievement award at which country's renowned international Angouleme comics festival? Ans : (1)
    1. France
    2. Britain
    3. Spain
    4. Argentina
    5. Brazil

    Explanation: The awarding of the Grand Prix, which last year awarded "Calvin and Hobbes" creator Bill Watterson, to Otomo highlights the importance of mangas in France, where they represent a quarter of all comic book sales.

    24) Mohammad Amir is the Pakistani fast bowler who has been cleared to return early from his how many years ban for spot fixing in Jan'15? Ans : (2)
    1. 4
    2. 5
    3. 6
    4. 2
    5. 1

    Explanation: Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir were handed bans in February 2011. Mohd. Amir's ban was due to expire on 2 September, 2015 but he has been cleared to play domestic cricket in Pakistan.

    25) Which among the following countries will host the ICC T-20 World Cup 2016? Ans : (3)
    1.Australia
    2.West Indies
    3.India
    4.South Africa
    5.Pakistan

    Explanation: In the year 2016, it will be the 6th edition of T-20 World Cup.