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    1) Identify which state government has launched a new road construction scheme named Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi Concrete Road Nirman on 5th Dec'14? Ans : (3)
    1. Odisha 2. Maharashtra 3. Assom 4. Kerala 5. AP

    Explanation::- Assam Government. The first phase of project involves improving roads by interlocking concrete block pavement. The scheme will be applied to all the constituencies of Assam.

    2) Arun Duggal has been appointed as non-executive Chairman after he was elected unilaterally by the which Board on 5th Dec'14?Ans: (1)
    1. ICRA 2. IDA 3. IRDA 4. Survey of India 5. IDPL

    Explanation: Arun Duggal. He is the former Chairman of the non-banking financial company Shriram Capital Ltd.

    3) MRF Limited is the company which will be the global partner for the .............World Cup 2015? Ans:(2)

    1. Hockey 2. ICC Cricket 3. Volleyball 4. Football 5. Kabaddi

    Explanation:MRF Limited (MRF), India's largest tire manufacturer and amongst the top 16 Largest Tire Manufacturers in the World along with The International Cricket Council (ICC), announced an exciting new partnership that makes MRF the global partner to the ICC CRICKET WORLD CUP (CWC) 2015 as one of the lead sponsors. MRF Ranks highest in overall customer satisfaction for a 5th consecutive year, according to JD Power Asia Pacific 2014.
    MRF ties up with Al Aetifaq United Trading & Contracting Co LLC to open a new retreading factory in Salalah, Oman.
    MRF is now rolling out tyres for Indian Air Force Sukhoi-30 range of aircraft.
    MRF, the 15th largest tyre company in the world, has been honoured by J.D. Power with a Special Recognition Award for continued outstanding performance.

    4) PEMEX is the company of which country , with which Reliance Industries has signed an agreement for cooperation in upstream oil and gas production as well as in refining business?Ans: (1)

    1. Mexico 2. Indonesia 3. USSR 4. Canada 5. Syria

    Petroleos Mexicanos (PEMEX). is the Mexican state-owned petroleum company, created in 1938 by nationalized petroleum and the expropriation of all private foreign and domestic companies at that time. Pemex has a total asset worth of $415.75 billion, and is the world's second largest non-publicly listed company by total market value

    5) Dinesh Kumar has been appointed as the CEO of which project? Ans:(1)

    1. Polavaram 2. Kaveri River 3. Almatti Dam 4. Narmada Bachao 5. None

    Explanation:Dinesh Kumar. He is 1983 batch IAS officer of the Andhra Pradesh Cadre and at present he is working as Development Commissioner in the Ministry of Textiles.

    6) James Wason is a .................whose Nobel Prize got sold for 4.7 million USD at auction results in new world record in the auction history? Ans:(2)

    1. Environmentalist 2. Biologist 3. Physician 4. Chemist 5. None

    Explanation::- James Watson. He won this prize in 1962 for his discovery of the structure of DNA.

    7) Name the country in which world's largest metro rail network will be built by the year 2020 Ans:(2)

    1. Japan 2. China 3. India 4. Canada 5. Srilanka

    Explanation: China. This metro network will be 8500Km of Subway Systems.

    8) What is the name of the typhoon that made a landfall in the town of Dolores in the eastern Philippines with terrifying winds and intense rain pounding the eastern part of the country on 6th Dec'14? Ans:(2)

    1. Hudhudh 2. Hagupit 3. Laila 4. Majnu 5. Vaile

    Explanation: Hagupit. The powerful storm roared in from the Pacific Ocean and crashed into the remote fishing communities of Samar Island.

    9) Mr. Robert Mugabe is which country's President who has been re-appointed as leader of the ruling party? Ans:(1)
    1. Zimbabwe 2. Canada 3. New Zealand 4. Australia 5. Kenya

    Explanation: :- He is a Zimbabwean revolutionary and politician who is the President of Zimbabwe. As one of the leaders of the rebel groups against white minority rule, he was elected as Prime Minister, head of government, in 1980, and served in that office until 1987, when he became the country's first executive head of state

    10) Sant Ravidas nagar is the district of which state , whose name has changed to 'Bhadohi'by that state Cabinet on 6th Dec'14Ans:(3)
    1. Arunachal Pradesh 2. Telengana 3. Uttar Pradesh 4. Uttarkhand 5. Jharkhand

    Explanation: Sant Ravidas Nagar. The name of the district was changed in Mayawati regime that now has been reverted back to Bhadohi.

    11) Nam the person , Who has become the world champion in the Under-7 category in the World Schools Chess Championships that concluded recently at Juiz de Fora in Brazil?Ans:(1)
    1. Dev Shah 2. Devender Sinha 3. Devlok Duggal 4. Devesh Agarwal 5. None

    Explanation: :- Dev Shah, Mumbai. He has become the youngest rated chess player from India. Dev, a trainee of South Mumbai Chess Academy and student of Dhirubhai Ambani School, was among three boys who scored the highest score.

    12) Christiano Ronaldo is the football player who netted a record 23rd hat trick in La Liga and his which number goal in the Spanish top flight on 6th Dec'14?Ans:(2)
    1. 199 2. 200 3. 300 4. 150 5. 100

    Explanation: Christiano Ronaldo. Ronaldo passes Telmo Zarra, whose record as La Liga's all time top goal scorer was recently usurped by Lionel Messi and Madrid legend Alfredo di Stefano who both scored 22 hat tricks to reach his double century of La Liga goals in just 179 games.

    13) Identify Which country's world record for largest human flag was broken by India on 7th Dec'14Ans:(2)
    1. China 2. Pakistan 3. Afghanisthan 4. Japan 5. Srilanka

    Explanation: :- :- Pakistan. The event saw about one and a half lakh volunteers, mainly youth, turned up for the event at YMCA Grounds in Chennai even as fifty thousand of them formed the tricolour. Guinness official Syeda Subasi presented the certificate validating the attempt.

    14) What is the Name of the rocket by which Indian Satellite G-SAT 16 was placed in the orbit from Koruru in French Guiana on 6th Dec'14?Ans:(1)
    1. Ariane-5 2. Aviane-6 3. Aniane-7 4. Athiane-5 5. Atiane-6

    Explanation: Ariane-5 rocket. GSAT-16 is the 11th among GSAT series of Indian communication satellites, and will have estimated lifespan of 12 years.

    15) Indian team has won the .............. edition of the Blind Cricket World Cup 2014? Ans:(2)
    1. 3 2. 4 3. 5 4. 6 5. 7

    Explanation: India. India has defeated Pakistan.

    16) Amos Meindi has won the 29th Pune International full Marathon. He belongs to which country?Ans:(1)
    1. Kenya 2. Canada 3. USA 4. Libya 5. Monacco

    Explanation: :- Amos Meindi. He is a Kenyan athlete. Kenyan Herlen Musyoka and Ethiopian Timbit won the second and third title.

    17) Important recommendation was given by a committee constituted in 2010 to design future currency notes as disclosed by Union Finance Minister on 5 December 2014?Who is our Union Finance Minister? Ans:(1)
    1. Arun Jaitley 2. Sushma Swaraj 3. Advani 4. Venkaiah Naidu 5. None

    Explanation: No other national leader's image should be put on banknotes except Mahatma Gandhi.

    18) Name the state, whose ambitious Mobile one e-governance initiative will be launched by President Pranab Mukherjee on 8th Dec'14Ans:(2)
    1. Kerala 2. Karnataka 3. Odisha 4. Assom 5. AP

    Explanation: Karnataka. This mobile governance initiative will open up opportunities for citizens to access 4000 government and a few private services on their mobile phones. They can pay electricity, water and BSNL telephone bills through their phones.

    19) Name the country who has launched the Multi Purpose Satellite for Monitoring Planning and Management of Land, Agriculture and Forestry on 7th Dec'14?Ans:(4)
    1. India 2. Japan 3. Canada 4. China 5. Srilanka

    Explanation: China. The name of this satellite is CBERS -4 which was launched from Taiyuan base using a Long March 4B rocket. This satellite was developed jointly with Brazil.

    20) Name the country Which has signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Andhra Pradesh for the development of its new capital that is set to come near Vijayawada?Ans:(2)
    1. Malaysia 2. Singapore 3. Kenya 4. China 5. Britain

    Explanation: :- :- Singapore. The MoU was inked in Hyderabad on 8th Dec'14 in the presence of Chief Minister N Chandra Babu Naidu and S Eswaran, Minister in the Prime Minister's Office of Singapore.

    21) What is the India's first e-governance project launched by the President of India on 8th Dec'14?Ans:(3)
    1. Kerala Mobile one 2. AP Celone 3. Karnataka Mobile One 4. Telengana One 5. None

    Explanation: Karnataka Mobile One. It is country's first e-governance initiative that brings 4000 government and private services on to mobile phones.The Karnataka Mobile one has features such as Nano Ganesh, Buffalo Grid and the Remote ICU that will bring a qualitative difference in the lives of rural people. One more feature named as i-Care will bring citizens closer to Government in resolving civic issues. M-Power will take steps to make women feel safer. It will send alerts with location tags such that women can use it in the event of any unforeseen emergency. Metro Rail users will be able to pay for their ride from their phone itself and once the legal formalities are completed by the judiciary, filing FIRs from the comfort of home or office will be made possible.

    22) Name the state which is the world's largest congregations of Muslims Aalmi Tabligi Ijtima concluded with Ijtamai dua or mass prayer on 8th Dec'14?Ans:(1)
    1. Madhya Pradesh 2. Maharashtra 3. Goa 4. Telengana 5. AP

    Explanation: :-:- Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.

    23) What is the Name of the cab service banned by the Delhi Government with immediate effect and blacklisted it from providing any transport service in NCR region after an alleged rape incident by its driver in Dec'14? Ans:(2)
    1. Uber Cab Service 2. Umer Cabs 3. Osman Cabd 4. Ahmed Cabs 5. Azad Cab service

    Explanation: It is the San Francisco's private cab service. Uber is an app-based transportation network and taxi company headquartered in San Francisco California, which operates in cities in several countries. The company uses a smartphone application to receive ride requests, and then sends these trip requests to their drivers. Customers use the app to request rides and track their reserved vehicle's location. As of 16 December 2014 the service was available in 53 countries and more than 200 cities worldwide, and was valued at more than US$40 billion.

    24) Who is the Pakistani cricketer who was suspended from bowling by International Cricket Council (ICC) after he failed to pass the bio-mechanic test conducted for his bowling action in Dec'14?Ans:(2)
    1. Azhar Mamood 2. Mohammed Hafeez 3. Shoib Akhtar 4. Saqlain Mushtaq 5. Shahid Afridi

    Explanation: Mohammad Hafeez. His all deliveries exceeded permitted 15 degrees level of tolerance.

    25) Nam the group With which, US based Huffington post launched its Indian edition on 8th Dec'14?Ans:(1)
    1. The Times of India 2. The Hindu 3. Deccan Chronicle 4. Time of India 5. None

    Explanation: The Times of India Group. With this, the Indian edition of Huffington Post becomes its 13th edition worldwide.