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    Which organization developed first ever cloud based open-source Web-GIS tool?Ans : (1)
    1. TERI 2. BDL 3. BHEL 4. C-DAC 5. CMC

    Explanation: The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) on 13 March 2014 developed its first ever cloud based open-source Web-GIS tool. The tool was developed to estimate the rooftop solar power potential for Indian cities.

     
    Ahmad Tejan Kabbah, passed away recently, he was the former president of which country?Ans : (2)
    1. Indonesia 2. Sierra Leone 3. Maldives 4. Myanmar 5. Kenya

    Explanation: Ahmad Tejan Kabbah, the former President and leader of Sierra Leone died on 13 March 2014 in Freetown. He was 82. He played a pivotal role in gaining peace to the country after 11-year long brutal civil war. The war was infamous for the use of child soldiers, which was also criticized for the use of Blood diamonds in funding the violence

     
    Researchers have discovered the largest yellow star measuring ..... times more than the diameter of sun? Ans : (3)
    1. 1100 times 2. 1200 times 3. 1300 times 4. 1000 times 5. None

    Explanation: Researchers have discovered the largest yellow star measuring 1300 times more than the diameter of sun. The star dubbed HR 5171 A, was discovered nearly 12000 light-years from Earth in the constellation Centaurus is the largest member of the family of yellow stars of which our sun belongs. The new image of the star was released on 12 March 2014

     
    Which of the following country approved a new election law, on 13th March, 2014? Ans : (5)
    1. Greek 2. Myanmar 3. Ukraine 4. Srilanka 5. Syria

    Explanation: Parliament of Syria on 13 March 2014 unanimously approved a new election law that allows multiple candidates to run for the post of President. This passage of the law has opened the doors for other contenders apart from President Bashar Assad.

     
    1st Asian Grand Prix Archery Championships, was held at? Ans : (4)
    1. Beijing 2. Colombo 3. Dhaka 4. Bangkok 5. Tokyo

    Explanation: Indian archers on 13 March 2014 bagged 2 gold and a silver in the team events in 1st Asian Grand Prix Archery Championships at Bangkok. Whereas, in the Compound Women's team event women team defeated Iran to clinch the first gold, 219 to 204. The women compound team included Gagandeep Kaur, V Jyothi Surekha and P Lily Chanu.

     
    President's standard and colours Award is associated with? Ans : (2)
    1. Indian Military 2. Navy 3. Airforce 4. Research of Military equipment 5. Space Technology

    Explanation: The award of President's standard and colours Award is one of the greatest honors bestowed upon an Air Force Unit or Squadron in recognition of exceptional service rendered by it to the nation, both during war and in peace. President Pranab Mukherjee on 12 March 2014 presented the President's Standard and Colours Award. The Standard Award was given to 112 Helicopter Unit and President's Colour to 4 Base Repair Depot (BRD). The Award was presented at the Air Force Station in Kanpur.

     
    Which of the following states are first to get Plastic photo identity cards? Ans : (1)
    1. Nagaland and Asom 2. Asom and Arunachal Pradesh 3. Arunchal Pradesh and Nagaland 4. Nagaland and Manipur 5. Manipur and Mizoram

    Explanation: Nagaland and Assam became the first two states to be issued with Plastic Photo Identity Card for elections in India. It was announced by the Deputy Election commissioner Sudhir Tripathi in Kohima on 12 March 2014.

     
    Which of the following constituency, has maximum number of first time voters?Ans : (1)
    1. Gurgaon 2. Kolkata 3. Panaji 4. Itanagar 5. Varanasi

    Explanation: The maximum number of voters in Haryana who will cast their vote first time in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections fall in Gurgaon Lok Sabha constituency. The number of first time voters in the age group of 18-19 years in Gurgaon is 47161 according to the data released by Haryana State Government.

     
    Soma Mondal is the first woman director of.....? Ans : (2)
    1. HUDCO 2. NALCO 3. IIT 4. BHEL 5. BDL

    Explanation: Soma Mondal on 12 March 2014 was appointed as the first woman director (commercial) of Navratna Public Sector Unit (PSU) National Aluminium Company Ltd (NALCO). Mondal joined Nalco in 1984 as a Graduate Engineer Trainee.

     
    Ali Zeidan, was sacked recently, before that he was the Prime Minister of? Ans : (1)
    1. Libya 2. Syria 3. Greek 4. Spain 5. Indonesia

    Explanation: Parliament of Libya voted for removal of Ali Zeidan, the Prime Minister of the country from his office on 12 March 2014 after a tanker loaded with crude oil from rebel-held port Es Sider port escaped the navy. This ouster has created a worsening chaos in the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) member states.

     
    Rakesh Sethi was appointed as Chairman and Managing Director of which bank?Ans : (5)
    1. Bank of Maharashtra 2. Bank of India 3. Indian Bank 4. United Bank of India 5. Allahabad Bank

    Explanation: Rakesh Sethi was appointed as Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of Allahabad Bank on 12 March 2014. Sethi will take charge of CMD with immediate effect as the post was lying vacant since January 2014 when Shubhlakshmi Panse retired.

     
    In which of the following country/country's IPL-2014 will beheld? Ans : (4)
    1. India 2. Bangladesh 3. UAE 4. All the above 5. None

    Explanation: Ending the speculation over India Premium League (IPL) 2014, a release of BCCI on 12 March 2014 said that the tournament will be held in United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bangladesh and India from 16 April to 1 June 2014. The tournament will be played in three different phases and the first phase at least 16 matches will be played in United Arab Emirates (UAE) from 16 April to 30 April 2014.

     
    Which of the following organization released Young Global leaders list on 11th March? Ans : (1)
    1. World Economic Forum 2. Forbes Magazine 3. Time Magazine 4.IMF 5. World Bank

    Explanation: World Economic Forum (WEF) released Young Global Leader's 2014 list on 11 March 2014. The WEF recognised 214 Young Global Leaders (YGLs). Among them 109 are woman who were recognised for leadership and service to society. The Young Global Leaders 2014 came from 66 countries across 7 regions and equally represent the public and private sector and belong to professions including academia, arts and culture, civil society, government, media and not-for-profit organizations

     
    For which of the following country, India pledged Rs 4500 crore assistance? Ans : (4)
    1. Nepal 2. Greek 3. Malaysia 4. Bhutan 5. Bangladesh

    Explanation: Government of India (GOI) announced to provide 4500 crore rupees Assistance Package to Bhutan for its 11th Five Year Plan. The 11th Five Year Plan will cover the period 1 July 2013 to 30 June 2018. The package will help the landlocked country to implement major projects over the 11th Five Year Plan that will improve the livelihood of its people.

     
    Who among the following has been chosen as the Cricketer of the Generation?Ans : (3)
    1. Brian Lara 2. Shane Warne 3. Sachin Tendulkar 4. Rickey Ponting 5. None of these

    Explanation: Sachin Tendulkar on 14 March 2014 was voted as the Cricketer of the Generation by a 50-member jury that comprised current and former cricketers and journalists. To win the award, Sachin defeated his competitors spin legend Shane Warne and all-rounder Jacques Kallis.

     
    Templeton Prize is associated with? Ans : (1)
    1. Spiritual dimension 2. Literature 3. Sports 4. Cinema 5. None

    Explanation: Templeton Prize is associated with spiritual dimension. Tomas Halik, the Czech priest won the Templeton Prize for 2014. The award was announced by the John Templeton Foundation on 13 March 2014 and under the award he will receive 1.1 million Euro.

     
    NTPC has approved an investment of Rs 14366.58 crore, for its Karnapura Thermal Power project in which of the following state? Ans : (5)
    1. Madhya Pradesh 2. Chhatisgarh 3. Rajasthan 4. Bihar 5. Jharkhand

    Explanation: NTPC on 15 March 2014 approved an investment of 14366.58 crore rupees for its Karanpura thermal power project in Jharkhand. This investment has been planned after the company in 2013 was reallocated coal blocks in the state.

     
    In 2014, World Kidney day was observed on? Ans : (4)
    1.10th March 2. 11th March 3.12th March 4. 13th March
    5. 14th March

    Explanation: World Kidney Day was observed on 13 March 2014 with the theme, Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) and aging. World Kidney Day is observed annually on the second Thursday in March

     
    On which day, National campaign on Dengue, U & Me Against Dengue, was launched?Ans : (2)
    1. 10th March 2. 11th March 3.12th March 4. 13th March
    5. 14th March

    Explanation: A multi-pronged National campaign on Dengue, U & Me Against Dengue, was launched on 11 March 2014 to eradicate dengue across six Indian cities with public private partnership. The campaign is joint initiative of Mortein (pest control brand) in association with All Indian Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Indian Medical Association (IMA), New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC), Rotary Blood Bank and NGO SAHAYOG.

     
    In which country World Longest aircraft has been unveiled?Ans : (3)
    1. Britain 2. Australia 3. India 4. Canada 5. Spain

    Explanation: World Longest aircraft Airlander or HAV304 was unveiled at Cardington in Bedfordshire, Britain in the first week of March. The aircraft looks like a giant blimp and is being manufactured by the Hybrid Air Vehicles Ltd (HAV).

     
    Nandan, was resigned to which of the following posts, recently?Ans : (1)
    1. Chairman UIDAI 2. Co-Chairman of Infosys 3. Associate Planning Commissioner 4. Deputy planning commissioner 5. None

    Explanation: Nandan Nilekani resigned as chairman of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) on 13 March 2014. Nilekani joined the Congress Party on 10 March 2014 and he is contesting from the Bangalore South constituency in Lok Sabha polls. Nandan Nilekani, Co-founder of Infosys left the company in 2007 and he had taken charges as head of UIDAI, Aadhar programme.

     
    India nominated Rani-ki-Vav, for World Heritage Status, Rani-Ki-Vav is located in which state? Ans : (2)
    1. Madhya Pradesh 2. Gujarat 3. Manipur 4. Haryana 5. Rajasthan

    Explanation: India nominated Rani-ki-Vav located in Patan, Gujarat and the Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP) in Himachal Pradesh for UNESCO's World Heritage Site Status for 2014. The World Heritage Committee will convene in Doha, Qatar, in June 2014 to review the nomination and take a final decision

     
    Irini Bokavo, is the head of..? Ans : (4)
    1.WHO 2. IMF 3. WTO 4. UNESCO 5. UNO

    Explanation: The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization is a specialized agency of the United Nations (UN). Its purpose is to contribute to peace and security by promoting international collaboration through education, science, and culture in order to further universal respect for justice, the rule of law, and human rights along with fundamental freedom proclaimed in the UN Charter. It is the heir of the League of Nations' International Commission on Intellectual Cooperation. UNESCO has 196 member states and nine associate members.

     
    Crimea, now joined in which country?Ans : (3)
    1. England 2. Europe 3. Russia 4. Mexico 5. None

    Explanation: Vladimir Putin, the President of Russia on 17 March 2014 signed a decree that recognises Crimea as a sovereign state. This signing of the decree has paved a way for absorption of Crimea into Russia.

     
    Which introduced driving restrictions in Paris to tackle dangerous pollution levels?Ans : (5)
    1. China 2. Russia 3. Japan 4. Spain 5. France

    Explanation: France on 17 March 2014 introduced driving restrictions in Paris to tackle dangerous pollution levels. Under the scheme drivers are allowed to use their cars only on alternate days, according to the odd or even numbers on their licence plates.