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    Which of the following is the first state to adopt the provisions of the lokpal act? Ans : (3)
    1. Chhatisgarh 2. Jharkhand 3. Uttarkhand 4. Punjab 5. Rajasthan

    Explanation: Uttarakhand became the first State to adopt the provisions of the Lokpal Act with the Vidhan Sabha on 21st January passing the Uttarakhand Lokayukta Bill-2014. There was stiff opposition from the Bharatiya Janata Party that walked out when the Bill was put to vote. The new Bill not only provided all the required powers to the ombudsman but also brought everyone, including the Chief Minister, under the ambit of the Lokayukta

    Who headed the committee to examine the current monetary policy framework of the RBI? Ans : (4)
    1. Anand Sinha 2. Bimal Jalan 3. Rangarakam 4. Urjit Patel 5. None

    Explanation: An expert committee appointed to examine the current monetary policy framework of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has suggested that the apex bank should adopt the new CPI (consumer price index) as the measure of the nominal anchor for policy communication. The expert committee was headed by Urjit R. Patel, Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of India. Also the committee recommended Inflation should be the nominal anchor for the monetary policy framework. The nominal anchor or the target for inflation should be set at 4 per cent with a band of +/- 2 per cent around it.

    The RBI has decided to utilize the unclaimed deposits funds for which purpose? Ans : (3)
    1. For Oil sector 2. To fill the Deficit 3. To raise awareness on education 4. For employment generation 5. None

    Explanation: The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has moved to create a depositor education and awareness fund from unclaimed deposits that amount to over Rs 3,600 crore and are lying in dormant accounts currently. The central bank proposes to have a panel which will recognize institutions, organizations or associations, engaged in activities relating to depositor awareness and education. These will include those proposing to conduct programmes for depositors of banks, organizing seminars and symposia for depositors and undertaking projects and research activities relating to these areas. These bodies would be considered for grant of funds either as a one-time measure, or in stages, or by way of reimbursement, depending upon the nature of the activity proposed.

    Who is the new secretary of TRAI? Ans : (1)
    1. Sudhir Gupta 2. Anurag Darshan 3. Vinod Makhad 4. Soumitra royu 5. Darshan raj

    Explanation: Telecom regulator TRAI 20th January got a new Secretary, Sudhir Gupta, ahead of it releasing the final guidelines spectrum trading and auction of CDMA radiowaves. Gupta, a principal adviser with TRAI, has been elevated to the post of Secretary

    At present, in India, how many communities fall under Minority Category? Ans : (5)
    1. 2 2. 3 3. 4 4. 5 5. 6

    Explanation: The Jain community was on 20th January accorded minority status by the central government which will enable them to avail of benefits in government schemes and programmes. The decision to grant minority status to the community of about 50 lakh was taken at a meeting of Union Cabinet. The Jains became the sixth community to have minority status after Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists and Parsis

    According to RBI new norms, the gold jewellary accepted as security/collateral will have to be valued at the average of the closing price of...... carat gold? Ans : (3)
    1. 20 2. 18 3. 22 4. 24 5. 21

    Explanation: The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on 20th January came out with standardised norms for valuation of gold jewellery as collateral for loan from banks. In order to standardise the valuation and make it more transparent to the borrower, it has been decided that gold jewellery accepted as security/collateral will have to be valued at the average of the closing price of 22 carat gold for the preceding 30 days as quoted by the India Bullion and Jewellers Association Ltd, the RBI said in a statement

    The CCEA has approved the sale of the Government's residual stake in which company? Ans : (1)
    1. Hindustan Zinc 2. Hindusthan Petroleum 3. Ispat Nigam Limited 4. BPCL 5. HPCL

    Explanation: The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has approved the sale of the Government's residual stake in Hindustan Zinc, a company now owned by Vedanta group's Sterlite. The stake sale will be done without any legislative changes.

    Which country, is helping India in DMIC project? Ans : (5)
    1. China 2. USA 3. Russia 4. Japan 5. South Korea

    Explanation: The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs on 20th January has approved the utilisation of Japanese assistance under the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) through Special Terms for Economic Partnership (STEP) of Japanese official development assistance loans for the Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) project and the operational rules, terms and conditions of this tied loan facility.

    In how many states DMIC is expanded? Ans : (4)
    1. 4 2. 5 3. 3 4. 6 5. 8

    Explanation: The Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor Project is a State-Sponsored Industrial Development Project of the Government of India. It is an ambitious project aimed at developing an Industrial Zone spanning across six states in India. The project will see major expansion of Infrastructure and Industry – including industrial clusters and rail, road, port, air connectivity – in the states along the route of the Corridor. Length of western DFC:- 1540-km Distribution of DFC in six States Uttar Pradesh 22 km (1.5%) NCR of Delhi 115 km (1.5%) Haryana 130 km (10%) Rajasthan 553 km (39%) Gujarat 565 km (38%) Maharashtra 150 km (10%)

    On 20th January, 2014 RBI appointed a panel to examine.....? Ans : (1)
    1. To review commodity futures market liberalization 2. To suggest the way of Monetary Policy 3. To make road map to reduce NPAs 4. To emphasis the utilization of unclaimed deposits 5. None

    Explanation: The Finance Ministry has set up a 5-member panel to examine whether the objectives of price discovery and risk management, which motivated liberalisation of the commodity futures market, have been achieved or not. The five members are D.S. Kolamkar, Senior Economic Advisor to the Finance Ministry; M.S. Sahoo, former SEBI whole-time member; C.K.G. Nair, Economic Advisor in the Finance Ministry; Susan Thomas from Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research; and Usha Suresh, Economic Advisor, Forward Markets Commission

    The Government has formed a committee to review the governance of bank board in India, it will be headed by? Ans : (4)
    1. Pratip Kar 2. Joydeep Sengupta 3. Shubhalakshmi Panse 4. P.J.Nayak 5. None

    Explanation: The Reserve Bank of India has constituted an expert committee to review the governance of bank boards in India. The committee will review the regulatory compliance requirements of the board of directors of banks, judge what can be rationalised and where requirements need enhancements, examine the working of the boards, including whether adequate time is being devoted to issues of strategy, growth, governance and risk management, the RBI said in a notification. Chaired by P.J. Nayak, former Chairman and CEO of Axis Bank, the committee members include S. Raman, whole-time member, SEBI; Shubhalakshmi Panse, Chairperson and Managing Director, Allahabad Bank; Pratip Kar, former Executive Director, SEBI, and Joydeep Sengupta, Director, McKinsey & Company.

    Catherine Samba Panja, is the new interim president of? Ans : (2)
    1. Tunisia 2. Central African Republic 3. Syria 4. Iran 5. Iraq

    Explanation: Bangui mayor Catherine Samba-Panza, 59, has been elected interim president of the Central African Republic, making her the first woman to hold the post. She beat her rival Desire Kolingba in the second round of voting by the interim parliament. Meanwhile, EU foreign ministers agreed at a meeting on 20th January to send troops to CAR, diplomatic sources said. Ms Samba-Panza succeeds CAR's first Muslim leader Michel Djotodia, who resigned on 10 January under pressure from regional leaders and the former colonial power, France, over his failure to curb the conflict

    The range of Agni-IV is... Ans : (1)
    1. 4000km 2. 350km 3. 500km 4. 1000km 5. 2000km

    Explanation: India on 20th January successfully test fired its 4000-km range nuclear capable ballistic missile 'Agni-IV', making it ready for induction into the Army. The third consecutive trial of the missile was conducted at Wheeler Island off Odisha coast at 10.52 am, DRDO said, adding the serial production of the missile would begin now. The test fire is the last one in the series of development launches.

    Name the Indian company which developed world's first biosimilar injection for the treatment of breast cancer? Ans : (5)
    1. Torrent 2. Cipla 3. Ranbaxy 4. Hetero 5. Biocon

    Explanation: Bangalore-based bio-pharmaceutical company Biocon on 19th January launched the world's first biosimilar (developed in an organism) Trastuzumab injection for the treatment of breast cancer. This is the first drug developed by Biocon in partnership with US-based generic drug maker Mylan. The new drug, CANMAb, will be used to treat HER2-positive advanced breast cancer.

    In which of the following city, India's oldest music school is located? Ans : (3)
    1. Gandhi nagar 2. Kashi 3. Kolkata 4. Prayag 5. Allahabad

    Explanation: The Calcutta School of Music, India's oldest Western music school, celebrates its centenary in 2014. The school will showcase its rich heritage through Western Classical music recitals, non-classical and popular music renditions this year. Though the school's core remains the Western classical music, it is also expanding into the relatively lesser-known realm of musical theatre, its president Dickoo Nowroji told.

    Tarek Azouz, visited India on 19th January, he is the Ambassador of which country? Ans : (1)
    1. Tunisia 2. Cyprus 3. Spain 4. Ukaraine 5. Malaysia

    Explanation: Bilateral trade between India and Tunisia may touch $ 1 billion by 2015. Ambassador of the Republic of TunisiaTarek Azouzsaid Tunisia was keen on developing relations with India in all fields. The new environments have had a positive impact on business and will offer new opportunities for investment and development. At present, the size of the bilateral trade is $700 million and we want to take it to $1 billion by 2015, he said during an interactive session with the state industry and trade body, Federation of Andhra Pradesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry.

    Walmart belongs to which country? Ans : (4)
    1. South Korea 2. Vietnam 3. China 4. USA 5. Russia

    Explanation: Global retail giant Walmart has registered a new company in India as it prepares to enter the country's lucrative multi-brand retail market with a new partner. The American retail major and Bharti Enterprises decided to part ways in October last year, bringing an end to their six-year long partnership. The retailer has registered a new company called 'Wal-Mart India Private Ltd' in the country, according to the data available with the Ministry of Corporate Affairs.

    Who is the second Indian to win DSC Prize for South Asian Literature? Ans : (2)
    1. Arvind Adiga 2. Cyrus Mistry 3. Miranda 4. Vikramseth 5. None

    Explanation: Acclaimed playwright and journalist Cyrus Mistry won the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2014, with its $50,000 cash prize, for The Chronicle of the Corpse Bearer. He is the second Indian to win this prize, the first being Jeet Thayil for his debut Novel Narcopolis.

    The Jaipur festivan is an annual literary festival taking place since? Ans : (5)
    1. 2002 2. 2003 3. 2004 4. 2005 5. 2006

    Explanation: The Jaipur Literature Festival is an annual literary festival taking place in the Indian city of Jaipur since 2006. Asia's biggest literary festival, it was described by Miranda Seymour in the Mail on Sunday of 10 August 2008 as "the grandest literary Festival of them all".

    In which state the famous 15th century, historical place 'Junbeel Mela' is located? Ans : (2)
    1. Punjab 2. Asom 3. Bihar 4. Gujarat 5. Maharashtra

    Explanation: The Assam Government has approached the UNESCO for declaring the historic 'Junbeel Mela', a Heritage Festival and a Heritage Site in Morigaon district. The genealogy of the Mela can be traced back to the 15th century on the banks of the Moon-shaped (Jun) 'beel' (water body) with a three-day programme under the auspices of the then Gorbar kingdom with the participation of the Jaintia king of neighbouring Meghalaya. The traditional barter system of exchanging agricultural products by both the hill and plains tribal people of Assam and Meghalaya still continues on the Mela

    With which of the following nation India has signed an MoU to enhance cooperation in renewable energy? Ans : (3)
    1. Japan 2. South Korea 3. UAE 4. Pakistan 5. Iran

    Explanation: India and the UAE on 18th January signed an MoU to enhance cooperation in renewable energy, especially solar and wind power. India is looking to strengthen cooperation and investment with the UAE to ramp up efforts in the renewable energy sector. Cooperation under the MoU will help identify areas of mutual interest and develop new and renewable energy for both countries.

    Which nation won hockey world league? Ans : (4)
    1. Newzealand 2. India 3. Belgium 4. Netherland 5. Spain

    Explanation: The Netherlands thrashed New Zealand 7-2 to claim its maiden Hero Hockey World League title at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium in New Delhi on 18th January. India finished sixth after going down 2-1 to Belgium in the classification match

    Suchitra sen was the first Indian to receive an award at an international film festival at Moscow International Film Festival, in which year did she receive? Ans : (2)
    1. 1955 2. 1963 3. 1967 4. 1970 5. 1975

    Explanation: Suchitra Sen was the first Indian actress to receive an award at an international film festival when, at the 1963 Moscow International Film Festival. She passed away on 17th January, 2014. Her first movie was Saat Number Kayedi, and last movie was Pranay Pasha

    Hery Rajaonarimampianina, is the new president of which country? Ans : (3)
    1. Ecuador 2. Mexico 3. Madagascar 4. Tuvalu 5. Ukaraine

    Explanation: Hery Rajaonarimampianina, a former Finance Minister backed by strongman Andry Rajoelina, was on 17th January declared President of Madagascar following elections to restore democracy on the island nation. The December 20 elections came four years after Mr. Rajoelina seized power in 2009, with his rival Marc Ravalomanana fleeing into exile to South Africa, sparking a prolonged crisis that left the country isolated and its economy hobbled.

    Park Geun-hye has visited India recently, she is the first woman president of which country? Ans : (5)
    1. Vietnam 2. North Korea 3. Zimbabwe 4. Italy 5. South Korea

    Explanation: India and South Korea signed nine pacts aimed at imparting forward momentum to their bilateral ties that have seen intensification over the past four years. During a meeting between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and visiting South Korean President Park Geun-hye on 16th January, India assured that work on the multi-billion-dollar Posco steel plant in Odisha would start in the coming weeks. She visited India recenlty

    According to Finance Minister Service Tax Amnesty has yielded how much to the exchequer? Ans : (1)
    1. Rs 7, 700 crore 2. Rs 8000 crore 3. Rs 6400 crore 4. Rs 6000 crore
    5. Rs 5, 700 crore

    Explanation: The service tax amnesty scheme has yielded around Rs.7,700 crore to the exchequer. The Voluntary Compliance Encouragement Scheme (VCES) that was launched on 10 May 2013 to enable service tax defaulters to pay dues without penalty or late payment charges, closed on 31 December.

    Service Tax Amnesty scheme is effective from 10th May.....? Ans : (3)
    1. 2011 2. 2012 3. 2013 4. 2014 5. 2015

    Explanation: Service tax Amnesty Scheme (known as 'Service Tax Voluntary Compliance Encouragement Scheme, 2013') [VCES for short] has been introduced in Finance Act, 2013. The scheme is effective from 10th May 2013. Many assessees do not register and/or pay service tax – either due to ignorance or carelessness or 'chalta hai' 'manage kar lenge' attitude.

    Name the Bank, through India and Iran companies make transactions? Ans : (4)
    1. United Bank of India 2. SBI 3. Bank of Baroda 4. UCO Bank 5. Indian Bank

    Explanation: Iran has requested India to allow it to open accounts in multiple banks for transactions with Indian companies in the non-oil sector, the country's ambassador to India said 16th January. Currently, only UCO Bank in India facilitates transactions between Indian companies and Iran.

    Which of the following country has approved a new constitution for it, after conducting referendum? Ans : (4)
    1. Afghanistan 2. Syria 3. Ukaraine 4. Egypt 5. Srilanka

    Explanation: Egypt's new constitution was approved in a referendum, state media reported on 16th January, an expected victory that nudges army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ever closer to a bid for the presidency. The vote advances a transition plan the army unveiled after deposing Islamist president Mohammed Morsi last July. The next step is expected to be a presidential election for which Sisi, 59, appears the only serious candidate.

    Rajeev Kher is the new Unin Secretary of ? Ans : (1
    1. Department of Commerce 2. Department of Finance 3. Planning commission 4. President secretariat 5. None

    Explanation: Senior IAS officer Rajeev Kher has been appointed Secretary in Department of Commerce. Kher, a 1980-batch IAS officer of Uttar Pradesh cadre, is presently Special Secretary, Department of Commerce under Ministry of Commerce and Industry. Sudarsanam Srinivasan, a 1980-batch IAS officer of Odisha cadre, has been appointed Member (Finance), Atomic Energy, Space and Earth Commissions.

    According to new report on status of education in which state the maximum number of students are joining in private schools? Ans : (4)
    1. Kerala 2. Maharashtra 3. Manipur 4. Andhra Pradesh 5. Tamilnadu

    Explanation: According to annual status of Education Report released on 15th January, more than a quarter of enrolments in rural India are in private schools. 29 per cent of enrolments in the six-to-14 age-group are in private schools. This is a 10 per cent increase in seven years from 18.7 per cent in 2006 to 29 per cent in 2013. Manipur recorded the highest private school enrolment at 70 per cent.

    Through which amendment act, the primary education has been made as fundamental right? Ans : (5)
    1. 82 2. 83 3. 84 4. 85 5. 86

    Explanation: Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), is a programme aimed at the universalisation of elementary education "in a time bound manner", as mandated by the 86th amendment to the Constitution of India making free and compulsory education to children of ages 6–14 (estimated to be 205 million in number in 2001) a fundamental right.

    Sahayog-Kaijin 2014, is the joint coast guard exercise of India and....? Ans : (3)
    1. China 2. Maldives 3. Japan 4. Russia 5. Pakistan

    Explanation: The Indian and Japan Coast Guard conducted a joint exercise — Sahayog-Kaijin 2014 — off Kochi on 14th January. Vice-Admiral Anurag G. Thapliyal, the Director-General of the Indian Coast Guard, said both forces placed emphasis on interoperability in order to be able to work together in a better fashion, understanding each other's operating procedures. He said Japan, an archipelagic country, had the second largest Coast Guard in the world which carried out a variety of tasks.

    According to World Bank the Indian economy will grow ..... % in 2014-15? Ans : (1)
    1. 6% 2. 7% 3. 4.8% 4. 3% 5. 2.9%

    Explanation: The World Bank has projected India's economy will grow over 6 per cent in 2014-15 and 7.1 per cent by 2016-17 as global demand recovers and domestic investment increases. In China, growth is estimated to stay flat in 2014 at 7.7 per cent, slowing to 7.5 per cent for the next two years, reflecting deleveraging and less reliance on policy-induced investment.

    In which state, India is building country's largest Nuclear power plant? Ans : (2)
    1. Gujarat 2. Haryana 3. Maharashtra 4. Madhya Pradesh 5. Tamilnadu

    Explanation: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on 13th January laid the foundation stone of a nuclear power plant in Gorakhpur village in Haryana's Fatehabad district. The first phase (1,400 MW) of the 2,800-MW Haryana Nuclear Power Project (Haryana Anu Vidyut Pariyojna) would be completed by 2020-21 at a cost of over Rs. 21,000 crore, the Prime Minister said. The plant will come up in Gorakhpur village, 250 km from Chandigarh. It is the country's largest nuclear power plant

    The interest rate on PF deposits were raised to......? Ans : (1)
    1. 8.75% 2. 9.75% 3. 12% 4. 8% 5. 6.8%

    Explanation: Retirement fund body EPFO on 13th January announced a hike in interest rate on Provident Fund deposits to 8.75 per cent for 2013-14, a decision that will benefit over 5 crore subscribers. The interest rate on PF deposits in the previous financial year was from 8.5 per cent. The decision to raise interest rate was taken by the Central Board of Trustees (CBT), the apex decision making body of the Employees' Provident Fund Organisaton (EPFO).

    Which of the following state is the first, to withdraw FDI in multibrand retail? Ans : (1)
    1. Delhi 2. Haryana 3. Rajasthan 4. Asom 5. Tamilnadu

    Explanation: The Arvind Kejriwal-ruled Delhi government has decided to withdraw Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in multibrand retail. On 13th January, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government informed the Centre of its decision to renege on its predecessor, the Sheila Dikshit dispensation's approval of the policy. Christiano Ronaldo, a foot ball player belongs to which country? (5) 1. Jamaica 2. Brazil 3. Italy 4. UK 5. Portugal Explanation: Ronaldo belongs to Portugal. Recently he is in news. Cristiano Ronaldo has won the FIFA Ballon d'Or award for 2013, ending Lionel Messi's four-year run as the world's best player. Ronaldo scored 69 goals for Real Madrid and Portugal last year, and his stunning hat trick against Sweden in a decisive World Cup playoff was perhaps the defining individual performance. Voting was done by national team captains and coaches, plus selected journalists, in FIFA's 209 member countries.

    Home Ministry has recently given its nod for FDIs in ......? Ans : (4)
    1. Defence Sector 2. Space 3. Single brand retail 4. Railways 5. Pharma sector

    Explanation: The ministry of home affairs has given its green signal to the proposal of allowing foreign direct investment (FDI) in railways. The Cabinet Committed on Economic Affairs (CCEA) is expected to consider the proposal later this week. The department of industrial policy and promotion (DIPP), which has already prepared a draft Cabinet note, was awaiting the go-ahead from the home ministry. It was crucial that DIPP obtains the necessary inputs from the ministry since it entails security concerns.

    Which bank has got Best Bank award for the MSME sector? Ans : (2)
    1. Indian Bank 2. Bank of Baroda 3. State Bank of India 4. Bank of India 5. Punjab National Bank

    Explanation: Bank of Baroda (BOB) was conferred with the best bank award for the MSME sector. This award was instituted by the chamber of Indian micro small and medium enterprises. D. K. Garg, General Manager, BOB received this award from Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission at an event in the Capital.

    In which country world's first Bitcoin insured services were started? Ans : (1)
    1. UK 2. Japan 3. Canada 4. South Africa 5. Switzerland

    Explanation: The world's first Bitcoin storage service that insures deposits of the digital currency against hackers and accidental loss has opened in London. Bitcoin is a virtual currency that can be generated through complex computer software systems with solutions shared on a network.

    Sanil Shetty is associated with which sport? Ans : (2)
    1. Chess 2. Table tennis 3. Squash 4. Discuss throw 5. Weight lifting

    Explanation: Sanil Shetty and Ankita Das made the Platinum Jubilee year Senior National Table Tennis Championships their own by winning the singles titles at the Patliputra Sports Complex, Patna on 12th January. No.2 seed Shetty defeated his PSPB team mate Harmeet Desai 4-2 and No.4 Ankita Das, also of PSPB, drubbed AAI's Krittwika Sinha Roy 4-0 to take home the winner's purse of Rs.2.30 lakh and Rs.1.45 lakh, respectively. Incidentally, Shetty is the first national champion to emerge from Mumbai after the great Kamlesh Mehta, who last won the title in 1995.

    Ariel Sharon was the Prime Minister of which country? Ans : (3)
    1. France 2. Italy 3. Israel 4. Spain 5. None

    Explanation: The former Israeli Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon, died on 11th January after being comatose for eight years. Ariel Sharon served as the 11th Prime Minister of Israel. Sharon was a commander in the Israeli Army from its creation in 1948

    Name the Indian city which has been chosen as the world worth a visit this year? Ans : (5)
    1. Jaipur 2. Bangalore 3. Pune 4. Mumbai 5. Chennai

    Explanation: Chennai has been chosen as one of the 52 places in the world worth a visit this year. In a list drawn up by the New York Times , '52 places to go in 2014,' Chennai, capital of Tamil Nadu, has been placed at number 26. Chennai had been long considered a getaway to popular South Indian travel destinations like Kerala but was overlooked as an attraction in itself. The city boasts of being a national cultural capital and home to several dance and music schools.

    Which of the following state has got award in the category of best performing for the oil and gos conservation programmes? Ans : (4)
    1. Odisha 2. Karnataka 3. Goa 4. Andhra Pradesh 5. Rajasthan

    Explanation: The Petroleum Conservation Research Association under the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas has selected Andhra Pradesh for the award of best performing State amongst the big states for the oil and gas conservation programmes. The award will be presented by M.Veerappa Moily, Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas in New Delhi on January 16, according to a statement from State Energy Conservation Mission. The fifth high-level meet of State Energy Conservation Mission, to be chaired by the State Chief Secretary P.K.Mohanty, will be held on January 16.

    Which railway platform, has recently entered into Limca book of records as the longest railway platform in the world? Ans : (3)
    1. Chennai 2. Kolkata 3. Gorakhpur 4. Kanpur 5. Bellary

    Explanation: A newly built railway platform in Gorakhpur has entered into the record books as the longest railway platform in the world, according to the Railways. General Manager North Eastern Railways (NER) K.K. Atal unveiled the certificate given by the Limca Book of Records to Platform No. 1 of the railway station. According to the certificate, the length of the platform is 1,355.40 metre. It was inaugurated on October 6 last year. Till now, the record was held by the railway platform at Kharagpur in West Bengal. The platform is 1,072.5 metre long.

    Posco, a private company, belongs to which country? Ans : (1)
    1. South Korea 2. North Korea 3. Vietnam 4. Japan 5. China

    Explanation: The Environment Ministry has given environmental clearance to the Rs 52,000-crore Posco steel plant in Odisha. The plant has been mired in controversy for over eight years now, with environmental issues coming in the way of the project, tipped as the single largest foreign direct investment in India. The plant has an estimated annual capacity of 12 million tonnes. Environmental clearance for the port project is still pending.

    12th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas was held in....? Ans : (2)
    1. Gandhi Nagar 2. Delhi 3. Chennai 4. Dispur 5. Mumbai

    Explanation: The 12th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas was held January 7–9, 2014 at, New Delhi. The Theme for this year is Engaging Diaspora: Connecting Across Generations. The Chief Guest for this year celebration was Malasiyan Minister Datuk Seri G Palanival. He was the Minister of Natural Resources and Environment. Addressing the 12th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas He invited IIT to open a branch in Malaysia. He said his country would like to work closely with India in the area of biodiversity. Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, is celebrated in India on 9 January each year to mark the contribution of the overseas Indian community to the development of India. The day commemorates the return of Mahatma Gandhi from South Africa in Bombay on January 9, 1915.

    The International Space Station space station life was extended till? Ans : (3)
    1. 2018 2. 2020 3. 2024 4. 2030 5. 2040

    Explanation: The International Space Station will operate for an additional four years, or until 2024, the US space agency said 7th January. The $100 billion orbiting outpost has been operational for 15 years, and had been expected to remain open to global collaborators until 2020. The International Space Station (ISS) is a space station, or a habitable artificial satellite in low Earth orbit. It is a modular structure whose first component was launched in 1998. Now the largest artificial body in orbit, it can often be seen at the appropriate time with the naked eye from Earth.

    Which of the following state has started 'Blood-on-call' Scheme? Ans : (1)
    1. Maharashtra 2. Gujarat 3. Haryana 4. Punjab 5. Odisha

    Explanation: Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on 7th January rolled out "Jeevan Amrut Yojana" (blood-on-call scheme) across the state. The ambitious plan, said to be first-of-its-kind in the country, is aimed at facilitating blood supply to patients scheduled to undergo surgeries and medical procedures, at cheaper rate by dialling a dedicated helpline number "104".

    50. A Committee suggested RBI to provide bank account to all above 18 years, by 2016, who headed this committee? Ans : (2)
    1. Anand Sinha 2. Nachiket Mor 3. Urjit Patel 4. Kaushik Basu 5. Parthasaraty Shome

    Explanation: A committee headed by Reserve Bank of India (RBI) board member Nachiket Mor has drawn up a plan to overhaul the Indian banking landscape. Come January 1, 2016, all resident Indians above 18 years of age will have full-service bank accounts and every accountholder will have an electronic payment access point within 15 minutes of walk — if the recommendations of the committee are implemented.