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    In which year, the Government of India modified the eligibility criteria to allow sports persons to receive Bharata Ratna Award? Ans : (3)
    1. 2009 2. 2010 3. 2011 4. 2012 5. 2013

    Explanation: In 2011, the Government of India modified the eligibility criteria to allow sportspersons to receive the award and opened the award for performance of highest order in any field of human endeavour from the earlier criteria for the highest degrees of national service. This service includes artistic, literary, and scientific achievements, as well as "recognition of public service of the highest order. Sachin Tendulkar is the first recipient among the sports personalities to receive Bharata Ratna Award

    Prof.C.N.R. Rao is associated with which field? Ans : (5)
    1. Physics 2. Bio-Technology 3. Genetics 4. Computers 5. Chemistry

    Explanation: Prof C.N.R. Rao, who got Bharata Ratna award along with Sachin Tendulkar is associated with Chemistry. is an internationally renowned chemist who has championed basic science research in India. He has received several prestigious international science awards and is a member of many of the world's science academies. He remains an active researcher with a phenomenal output. Since his first research paper came out almost 60 years back, Prof. Rao has gone on to publish over 1,500 papers. In addition, he has written and edited more than 40 books

    So far, how many scientists have got Bharata Ratna Award? Ans : (3)
    1. 1 2. 2 3. 3 4. 4 5. 5

    Explanation: C.N.R. Rao is the third scientist, after C. V. Raman and the former President, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, to be awarded the Bharat Ratna. CV Raman got award in 1954, while Abdul Kalam received 1997.

    Yameen is the new elected president of which of the following nations? Ans : (4)
    1. Tazakistan 2. Iran 3. Syria 4. Maldives 5. Afghanistan

    Explanation: Abdulla Yaameen, half-brother of former Maldivian President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom - who ruled the country for about three decades - will be the new President of the Maldives. He won the run-off round of election narrowly, by polling about three per cent votes higher than his rival, Maldivian Democratic Party's Mohamed Nasheed. Mr. Nasheed, the favourite to win the polls, slid to a shock defeat

    Vikramaditya is a....? Ans : (1)
    1. Aircraft carrier 2. Air to Air Missile 3. Submarine Missile 4. Land to Air missile 5. None

    Explanation: INS Vikramaditya is an aircraft carrier, the USD 2.3 billion INS Vikramaditya aircraft carrier was on 16th November inducted into the Indian Navy. The 44,500-tonne warship - India's largest naval vessel - was commissioned into the navy at Sevmash Shipyard in this northern Arctic port during ceremony attended by Defence Minister A. K. Antony, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin and senior government and naval officials of the two countries

    For which of the following product's exports norms were relaxed in November, 2013? Ans : (1)
    1. Sugar 2. Tamarind 3. Rice 4. Maize 5. Corn

    Explanation: With surplus domestic sugar production, the government has relaxed a condition for exports of the sweetener by doubling the limit on overseas shipments that sellers can register. One of the conditions was the upper limit of 25,000 tonnes per application for registration. This limit is now enhanced to 50,000 tonnes. Accordingly, an exporter can seek registration of up to 50,000 tonnes of sugar

    According to Government, the annual sugar production for the year 2013-14 will is estimated as? Ans : (4)
    1. 10 million tonnes 2. 15 million tonnes 3. 20 million tonnes 4. 25 million tonnes 5. 30 million tonnes

    Explanation: Sugar production in India, the world's second largest producer and biggest consumer, is projected at 25 million tonnes in 2013-14 against the annual domestic demand of 23 million tones

    Who among the following is the next president of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry? Ans : (5)
    1. Chanda Kochar 2. Sunil Mittal 3. Anil Ambani 4. Ram dorai 5. Siddhartha Birla

    Explanation: Siddhartha Birla, founder and Chairman of Xpro India Ltd, and Chairman Digjam Ltd, will be the next President of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry. Birla will head the chamber in 2014.

    According to a recent survey, the rank of India among nations which were approached Google seeking information on users? Ans : (3)
    1. 4 2. 3 3. 2 4. 1 5. 5

    Explanation: India ranks second in the list of countries that approached Google with requests, seeking information on users. While the US topped the list with 10,918 requests, India followed with 2,691 during the January-June period this year. The other top rankers in the list includes Germany with 2,311 requests, France (2,011), the UK (1,274), Brazil (1,239) and Italy (901), Richard Salgado, Legal Director (Law Enforcement and Information Security) of the firm, said

    With the help of which of the following country, India had started BEMC Project? Ans : (1)
    1. UK 2. USA 3. Japan 4. North Korea 5. China

    Explanation: India and United Kingdom in the third week of June 2013 decided to develop the Bangalore-Mumbai Economic Corridor project in close association with private companies from Britain. The Indian and Britain Primeministers, discussed about BEMC project, on 14th Novembmer, 2013

    Which of the following term is used to refer the price rise? Ans : (2)
    1. Current Account Deficit 2. Inflation 3. Price spiral 4. Riseprice 5. Gross price rise

    Explanation: The economic term for price rise is Inflation. Spiralling prices of onion and other vegetables pushed the wholesale inflation to an eight month high of 7 percent in October and prompt the RBI to consider further hike in interest rate to check price rise

    Who among the following is the first Chairman and Managing Director of the Bharatiya Mahila Bank? Ans : (3)
    1. Arundhathi Bhattacharya 2. Sudha Sharma 3. Usha Anantha Subramanian 4. Usha Thorat 5. None

    Explanation: The Centre has appointed Usha Ananthasubramanian as the first Chairman and Managing Director of the Bharatiya Mahila Bank, the country's first all-woman bank. She is currently an executive director at Punjab National Bank, a leading public sector lender. Bharatiya Mahila Bank is expected to be formally launched at Mumbai on November 19

    For which of the following state, the e-auction of Iron ore was allowed by Supreme court of India? Ans : (5)
    1. Jharkhand 2. Odisha 3. Chhatisgarh 4. Bihar 5. Goa

    Explanation: The Supreme Court on 11th November allowed the Goa government to e-auction 11.46 million tonnes of iron ore lying idle and appointed a committee to monitor the process. A Bench of Justices A.K. Patnaik, S.S. Nijjar and Ibrahim Kalifulla passed the interim order on a batch of petitions pertaining to mining in the State

    The Reserve Bank of India recently allowed Foreign Institutional Investors to invest up to..? Ans : (1)
    1. $ 5 billion 2. $ 10 billion 3. $ 15 billion 4. $ 12 billion 5. $ 20 billion

    Explanation: The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) said it would allow foreign institutional investors (FIIs) to invest up to $5 billion in credit-enhanced bonds issued locally by Indian companies. Credit-enhanced bonds are debt instruments that can be issued by lower-rated companies to improve the credit profile of their debt issuances. Earlier this year, the RBI allowed non-resident entities to provide credit enhancement to Indian companies

    The amount garnered by RBI through two special windows, as of November 11th? Ans : (3)
    1. $ 15.5 billion 2. $ 16.5 billion 3. $ 17.5 billion 4. $ 18.5 billion
    2. $ 19.5 billion

    Explanation: The Reserve Bank on 11th November said it has received $17.5 billion so far through the two special windows for swapping foreign currency non-resident (banks) deposits and overseas foreign currency borrowings by banks. The central bank operationalised these special windows on September 4 to prop the rupee which had fallen close to 30 per cent between April and August. The window will remain open till November 30, 2013

    The Head quarters of International Atomic Energy Agency is at? Ans : (4)
    1. USA 2. Italy 3. France 4. Austria 5. Germany

    Explanation: The head quarters of International Atomic Energy Agency are at Vienna, Austria. Recently this organization is in news because, Iran has decided to allowed Yukiya Amano, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to Tehran for inspection on suspicions of Nuclear power

    Which of the following space agency has declared that one of its satellite has hit Antarcitica? Ans : (1)
    1. European Space Agency 2. Roskmos 3. NASA 4. ISRO 5. None

    Explanation: The European Space Agency says one of its research satellites re-entered the Earth's atmosphere early on 11th November on an orbit that passed over Siberia, the western Pacific Ocean, the eastern Indian Ocean and Antarctica. The 1,100-kg satellite disintegrated in the atmosphere but about 25 per cent of it - about 275 kg of "space junk" - slammed into the Atlantic between Antarctica and South America, a few hundred kilometres from the Falkland Islands, ESA said. It caused no known damage.

    In the next 15 months, the number of missions that were planned by ISRO? Ans : (5)
    1. 14 2. 15 3. 16 4. 17 5. 18

    Explanation: The Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) has lined up 18 missions through the next 15 months. These include the launches of the Chandrayaan-II, Gagan and the Astrosat. The organisation has said it, along with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)'s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), would launch a spacecraft to study microwave remote sensing

    The Human Resource Ministry has decided to set up how many Community colleges? Ans : (2)
    1. 90 2. 120 3. 100 4. 150 5. 125

    Explanation: The human resource development ministry will set up 120 community colleges, based on community colleges in the US, to provide academic and vocational training. Minister of state for human resource development, Tharoor, said the ministry was doing a pilot project to provide vocational training across high schools in three states. India has a gross enrolment ratio of 19 as compared to a global average of 29.

    According to RBI, the Current Account Deficit in this year would be? Ans : (1)
    1. $56 billion 2. $ 57 billion 3. $ 58 billion 4. $ 59 billion
    5. $ 60 billion

    Explanation: In an attempt to talk up the markets, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Raghuram Rajan, on 13th November, said that the current account deficit (CAD) for this year would be about $56 billion, less than 3 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP) and $32 billion less than last year. He felt that there was no fundamental reason for rupee volatility

    2015, CHOGM will be held in? Ans : (3)
    1. Malaysia 2. Vanuatu 3. Malta 4. Britain 5. India

    Explanation: The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting is a biennial summit meeting of the heads of government from all Commonwealth nations. On November 16th, and 17th, these meetings were held in Srilanka. Malta was chosen as the host of CHOGM 2015. CHOGM 2017 will be held in Vanuatu and CHOGM 2019 will be held in Malaysia.

    How many heads of the nations were attended the CHOGM summit in Srilanka? Ans : (4)
    1. 24 2. 25 3. 26 4. 27 5. 28

    Explanation: Of the 53 Commonwealth members, only 27 heads of government/state (nine presidents, 16 prime ministers, one sultan and one governor general) attended the meeting, the lowest in decades. 22 other members sent other delegates such as foreign ministers, vice-presidents, deputy prime ministers and high commissioners. Three members - Grenada, Kiribati and Maldives - did not attend and Fiji was suspended from the Commonwealth

    In the ICC test ratings, Sachin Tendulkar was placed at? Ans : (2)
    1. 17 2. 18 3. 19 4. 20 5. 21

    Explanation: Sachin Tendulkar has ended his Test career by finishing 18th in the ICC Player Rankings for Test batsmen as he jumped five places in the latest chart, released on 17th November. Tendulkar had entered the series in 24th position, which was his lowest since 1992. He scored 74 runs in his final innings in the Mumbai Test against the West Indies

    According to PeerReach, the rank of India among active twitter users? Ans : (3)
    1. 19 2. 20 3. 21 4. 22 5. 23

    Explanation: Saudis have emerged as the world's largest active Twitter users, while Indians ranked among the lowest tweeters on the microblogging site, according to new research. According to PeerReach, one-third or 32 per cent of the Saudi's online population are active monthly Twitter users

    Who among the following batsman has placed highest among the ICC test rankings? Ans : (5)
    1. Shikar Dhawan 2. Rohit Sharma 3. Virat Kohli 4. Dhoni 5. Cheteshwar Pujara

    Explanation: Cheteshwar Pujara is the highest-placed Indian in the batting chart. Pujara has moved up two places to a career-best sixth with a best-ever 801 ratings points, following his knock of 113 in the Mumbai Test. Other batsmen to move in the right direction are Virat Kohli in 21st (up by four), Murali Vijay in 42nd (up by two), Kieran Powell in 53rd (up by four) and Rohit Sharma in 58th (up by five).