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    1) At Present who is the chairman of Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC)? Ans : (4)
    1. J P Nadda
    2. Suresh Prabhu
    3. NitinGadkari
    4. S SAhluwalia
    5. T J Malhotra

    Explanation: He has been appointed on the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition Rehabilitation and Resettlement (LARR) Amendment Bill 2015. The Committee comprises of 20 members from LokSabha and 10 members from RajyaSabha.

    2) High Court has ruled that being a Maoist is not a crime and police cannot detain a person merely because he or she is a Maoist. Which high court took this decision? Ans : (1)
    1. Kerala High Court
    2. Jharkhand High Court
    3. West Bengal High Court
    4. Chhattisgarh High Court
    5. None

    Explanation: The court's judgement came on 22nd May’15 in a case relating to the arrest of a man by Kerala Police's special squad suspecting him of being a Maoist. The court said, though the political ideology of Maoists would not synchronise with our constitutional polity, being a Maoist is of no crime.

    3) RamdharisinghDinkar is the noted poet and author whose Golden Jubilee Celebration was inaugurated by the PM NarendraModi recently. He is the poet in which language? Ans : (2)
    1. Telugu
    2. Hindi
    3. Odisha
    4. Bengali
    5. Gujrathi

    Explanation: The golden jubilee celebration of Ramdhari Singh Dinkar’s two works – “SanskritikeChaarAdhyaye” and “ParshuramkiPratiksha” were inaugurated by NarendraModi at a function held at Delhi’s VigyanBhawan on 22nd May 2015.

    4) Name the institute that has developed new energy efficient synthesis strategies for preparation of various nano structured material (nano-catalysts) ? (1)
    1. CSIR-IIP
    2. DRDO
    3. ISRO
    4. IIT-Guwahati
    5. IIT-Pune

    Explanation: Council of Scientific and Industrial Research- Indian Institute of Petroleum (CSIR-IIP) using an environmentally benign green process with economic efficiency, has developed a nano catalyst which directly converts benzene to phenol in presence of air in a continuous process with very high selectivity. Anno Catalysts are useful for several challenging catalysis reactions?

    5) Lithuania country topped the first Environmental Democracy Index launched by which among the following -based World Resources Institute (WRI) recently? Ans : (2)
    1. HongKong
    2. Washington
    3. Canada
    4. Beijing
    5. Tokyo

    Explanation:Lithuania topped the list and it is followed by Latvia, Russia, US, South Africa, UK, Hungary, Bulgaria, Panama and Colombia. India has ranked 24th out of 70 countries.

    6) Which company will move out of the stock market benchmark index Sensex and will be replaced by drugmaker Lupin? Ans : (1)
    1. Tata Power
    2. Adani Power
    3. AurobindoPharma
    4. Ajanta Pharma
    5. Ashok Leyland

    Explanation: Private sector electricity producer Tata Power will move out of the stock market benchmark index Sensex and will be replaced by drugmakerLupin.

    7) Mumbai Indians team clinched the Indian Premier League of which series in the month may recently? Ans : (3)
    1. 6
    2. 7
    3. 8
    4. 9
    5. 5

    Explanation: Mumbai Indians won the final match of IPL 8 and clinched the title.

    8) Which bank signed a MoU to roll out a capital assistance programme for sellers using the online retailer’s platform with Snap deal e-commerce Company? Ans : (1)
    1. State Bank of India
    2. Canara bank
    3. Bank of baroda
    4. Axis bank
    5. Indian Bank

    Explanation: The strategy to tie-up with e-commerce sites also highlights the bank’s new strategy to keep in check the non-performing assets (NPA) in the SME sector by giving loans to sellers with good market access.

    9) Gujarath state recently entered into an agreement with which country’s firm called ZTESoft to collaborate in developing smart cities in the state?( Ans : (3)
    1. Japanese
    2. Nort Korea’s
    3. Chinese
    4. Bhutan’s
    5. None

    Explanation: ZTEsoft is a subsidiary of ZTE Corporation, the largest public telecom equipment manufacturer in China. ZTEsoft and the Gujarat Government will work jointly to find the target city/area to be converted into a smart city.

    10) PawanGoenka is the Executive Director of which company who was recently appointed as Honorary Ambassador of Foreign Investment Promotion for Korea ? Ans : (2)
    1. Tata Power
    2. Mahindra & Mahindra
    3. Reliance Industries
    4. Crompton Greaves
    5. None

    Explanation: He is Honorary Ambassador for Korea and will promote economic ties between India and Korea and advise corporate India on potential investment opportunities in South Korea.

    11) Masaan Indian movie has won how many awards, at Cannes Film Festival 2015? Ans : (2)
    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    Explanation: FIPRESCI, International Jury of Film Critics prize and Promising Future prize . Massan directed by NeerajGhaywan.

    12) Which movie was honoured with the Palme d'Or top prize at the Cannes Film Festival recently? Ans : (1)
    1. Dheepan
    2. Saul Fia
    3. The Lobster
    4. NieYinniang
    5. Keo-Konti

    Explanation: Dheepan movie was directed by Jacques Audiard.

    13) Twentieth Law Commission of India on 22nd May submitted the 257th Report titled Reforms in Guardianship and Custody Laws in India to, the Union Minister of Law and Justice. Who is the Union Minister of law & justice? Ans : (2)
    1. Arunjaitley
    2. DV SadanandaGowda
    3. Uma Bharthi
    4. Sushmaswaraj
    5. Venkaiiah Naidu

    Explanation: The report reviewed the current laws dealing with custody and guardianship and came up with draft legislative amendments in the form of the Hindu Minority and Guardianship (Amendment) Bill, 2015 and the Guardians and Wards (Amendment) Bill, 2015 to the Hindu Minority and Guardianship Act, 1956 and the Guardians and Wards Act, 1890 respectively.

    14) Uttar Pradesh state government amended which policy to woo tourism recently? Ans : (2)
    1. Tourism
    2. State Film Policy
    3. Country Film Policy
    4. Entertainment Policy
    5. Both 3 & 4

    Explanation: Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh (UP) AkhileshYadav inaugurated the UP Film Bandhus’s Website and signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to set up a film city.

    15) Recently, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) recommended Contract system for _________.? Ans : (1)
    1. Indian Woman Cricket Team
    2. Indian Blind Man Cricket Team
    3. Indian Men’s Cricket Team
    4. State Cricket Team
    5. Under XI Cricket Team

    Explanation: A Contract system for international Women cricketers was proposed. It was also proposed to have more international fixtures for the Indian women’s cricket team.

    16) With Rotary club, Delhi Government recently tied up for revamping how many government schools in the state by upgrading sanitation and strengthening basic infrastructure facilities like drinking water and toilets? Ans : (2)
    1. 200
    2. 300
    3. 400
    4. 500
    5. 100

    Explanation:In the first phase of the plan, Rotary Club will launch a hygiene campaign at 300 government schools and improve cleanliness besides working on basic facilities for the students.

    17) Three Gold Medals were won by the Indian boxers at World Junior Women's boxing Championship . The Championship was held in which country ? Ans : (1)
    1. Taiwan
    2. Zambia
    3. Cambodia
    4. Cuba
    5. Venezuela

    Explanation: Savita (50kg), MandeepSandhu (52kg) and Sakshi (54kg) struck gold for the country, while Soniya (48kg) and NiharikaGonella (70kg) settled for silver medals.

    18) The Head of the Bureau of International Recycling is ………………..? Ans : (2)
    1. Bjorn Grufman
    2. Ranjit Singh Baxi
    3. David Stewart
    4. Nicholas Towan
    5. None of these

    Explanation: It is a global organisation that facilitates free and fair trade of recyclables in a sustainable and competitive world economy. Ranjit Singh Baxi is a Founder Chairman of J&H Sales (International) Ltd, a major European exporter of recovered fibre to the Far East. He succeeds Bjorn Grufman. Earlier he was appointed as the Treasurer.

    19) Among the following, which farmer centric TV Channel was launched by the PM NarendraModi recently? Ans : (4)
    1. Kisan TV
    2. Green TV
    3. AGRO TV
    4. DD Kisan
    5. Hara BharaKisan

    Explanation: The 24-hour channel will air information on farmer-related issues. The government has made it a must carry channel making it mandatory for cable and Direct to Home, DTH operators to provide it to their subscribers.

    20) SaalEkShuruatAnekis the title of the Multi Media Exhibition inaugurated by the Union Finance Minister and Information and Broadcasting Minister . Who is the Minister? Ans : (2)
    1. Uma Bharathi
    2. ArunJaitley
    3. Sushmaswaraj
    4. SadanandaGowda
    5. Ravi shankar

    Explanation: Such events will be organised in all the 30 capitals and sixty cities during the next one month. He said, 345 mobile vans will be deployed for the campaign.

    21) West Bengal state is celebrating the ………….. birth anniversary of rebel poet KaziNazrul Islam on 25th May’15? Ans : (1)
    1. 116
    2. 117
    3. 120
    4. 125
    5. 130

    Explanation: Ms. Mamata Banerjee will present Nazrul awards to eminent personalities of different fields. The day is also being observed at Churulia in Burdwan District, the birth place of the poet.

    22) How much fiscal deficit target of GDP has been set by the Indian Government recently ? Ans : (3)
    1. 2%
    2. 2.9%
    3. 3.9%
    4. 4%
    5. 5.9%

    Explanation: The government has exuded confidence that it will contain the modest target of fiscal deficit at 3.9 per cent.

    23) Ashok kumarGuptha was appointed recently as the new Secretary of………..? Ans : (1)
    1. Defence Production
    2. Poultry Production
    3. Industrial production
    4. Agriculture Production
    5. None

    Explanation: Shri Ashok Kumar Gupta, 1981batch-Tamilnadu Cadre was special secretary in the Department of Defence Production. He took over as the new Secretary, (Defence Production), succeeding Shri G Mohan Kumar.

    24) At present newDefence Secretary appointed on 25th May’15 is …………..? Ans : (2)
    1. R K Mathur
    2. G Mohan Kumar
    3. Ashok Kumar Gupta
    4. G K agarwal
    5. None of these

    Explanation: Shri G Mohan Kumar took over as the new Defence Secretary, succeeding Shri RK Mathur, who laid down office on 24th May 15.

    25) Recently, in which country the World Education Forum was organised by UNESCO ? Ans : (4)
    1. Germany
    2. Japan
    3. India
    4. South Korea
    5. Afghanisthan

    Explanation: The significance of the WEF 2015 is in that it seeks to focus the efforts of the nations on access, equity and inclusion, quality and learning outcomes within a lifelong learning approach, which recognizes education as key to achieve development and poverty reduction.