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    Who won, GD Birla Award?Ans : (3)
    1. S. Sandran 2. R. Akash 3. R. Gopakumar 4. M.K. Vinodh 5. None

    Explanation: Physicist Rajesh Gopakumar received the G D Birla Award for scientific research for the year 2013. It was announced by the K K Birla Foundation on 21 March 2014. The award carries a cash prize of 1.5 lakh rupees and a citation.

    In which year, GD Birla Award was instituted?Ans : (5)
    1. 1987 2. 1988 3. 1989 4. 1990 5. 1991

    Explanation: The G D Birla award for scientific research was instituted in 1991 to recognise significant scientific research undertaken by Indian scientists below the age of 50, working in India.

    Tennis player Bernard Tomi, belongs to which country?Ans : (3)
    1. New Zealand 2. USA 3. Australia 4. UK 5. Spain

    Explanation: Australian tennis player Bernard Tomic lost the shortest match in Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) history on 21 March 2014 at the Sony Open within just 28 minutes and 20 seconds. Bernard Tomic score to a 6-0, 6-1 defeat at the hands of Finnish Jarkko Nieminen.

    Expand FDI...?Ans : (4)
    1. Foreign Development of International 2. Foreign and Domestic Investment 3. Fiscal Development of India 4. Foreign Direct Investment 5. None

    Explanation: FDI stands for Foreign Direct Investment, the foreign direct investment (FDI) grew in January 2014 by 1.5 per cent to 2.18 billion US dollar compared to 2.15 billion US dollar in January 2013. This was revealed by the data on FDI released by department of industrial policy and promotion (DIPP) on 20 March 2014.

    Which of the following two Indian companies that are emerged included in World's Most Ethical Companies?Ans : (2)
    1. Infosys and Wipro 2. Tata power and Wipro 3. Tata Power and Infosys 4. Infosys and Reliance 5. Reliance and Wipro

    Explanation: Wipro Limited and Tata Power Company on 20 March 2014 emerged as the only Indian entities in the 2014 list of World's Most Ethical Companies. The list was prepared by the US-based entity, Ethisphere Institute. The list of 144 companies has 21 first-time entrants. The 144 companies are of different sectors like Aerospace and Defence, Agriculture, Automative, Banking, Computer Services, Chemicals, Electronics and others. None of the companies have been ranked in any sector.

    International Day of Forest falls on...? Ans : (3)
    1. March 19th 2. March 20th 3. March 21st 4. March 22nd
    5. March 23rd

    Explanation: International Day of Forests was observed by the United Nation on 21 March 2014. The theme of the International Forest Day was Celebrating Forests for Sustainable Development. To celebrate the theme, UN held a Panel discussion on Women as agents of change for forests and sustainable development with inspiring speakers from forest heroes to film makers, as well as award-winning short films.

    In which of the following country, World's largest TV was unveiled?Ans : (5)
    1. Russia 2. Britain 3. South Korea 4. Malaysia 5. US

    Explanation: Big Hoss, the World largest TV, was unveiled for the first time at the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, US on 21 March 2014. Big Hoss was recorded as world largest TV in the Guinness Book of World Records. The screen is of 218 feet wide by 94.6 feet tall that means it is taller than a seven story building and longer than Boeing's biggest 767 flight. In terms of home electronics terms it is a 2852 inch TV and display features 20633.34 square feet of HD LED lights that broadcast 4.8 million pixels and trillion colours.

    World Water day falls on?Ans : (4)
    1. March 19th 2. March 20th 3. March 21st 4. March 22nd
    5. None

    Explanation: World Water Day was observed on 22 March 2014 with the theme Water and Energy to raise awareness of the inter-linkages between water and energy. World Water Day is observed to preserve and ration consumption of water.

    In which of the following nation, recently emergency was lifted?Ans : (3)
    1. Syria 2. Ukaraine 3. Thailand 4. Egypt 5. Palestine

    Explanation: Thailand announced to lift state of emergency on 18 March 2014. The state of emergency was imposed on 22 January 2014 in Bangkok. The 60-day emergency decree gave the government wide-ranging powers to deal with disorder. The decision to lift the emergency decree was approved by Prime Minister of Thailand Yingluck Shinawatra. The emergency decree will be replaced by the Internal Security Act (ISA).

    Who among the following has been selected for Saraswati Samman 2013?Ans : (1)
    1. Govind Mishra 2. Ranbir Sen 3. Vidwn Kapoor 4. Lakshman Siva 5. None

    Explanation: Govind Mishra, the renowned Hindi author will receive Sarawasti Samman for the year 2013 for his book Dhool Paudho Par published in 2008. This honour will make Mishra the second Hindi author to receive the honour after Harivansh Rai Bachchan.

    In which year, Saraswati Samman Award was established?Ans : (5)
    1. 1987 2. 1988 3.1989 4. 1990 5. 1991

    Explanation: Saraswati Samman is an annual award and is given in recognition of outstanding prose or poetry literary works in Indian languages that are listed in Schedule VII of the constitution of India. This Samman is given for the literary works of last 10 years. The award was established in 1991 by K. K. Birla Foundation and carries a prize amount of 10 lakh rupees along with a certificate.

    Which of the following state Government has proposed to trim rhinos horn, to prevent poaching? Ans : (4)
    1. Gujarat 2. Rajasthan 3. Manipur 4. Asom 5. Meghalaya

    Explanation: Assam Government on 20 March 2014 sought an opinion of the people on trimming the horns of rhinos to save them from the poachers. The proposal was floated by the Assam Government in light of 11 killings of Rhinos that have taken place in the State in the year 2014. Two more Rhinos have been killed since 19 March 2014.

    In which city Tata T1 Prima Truck Racing Championship was held in March 2014?Ans : (2)
    1. Pune 2. Noida 3. Mumbai 4. Kolkata 5. Patna

    Explanation: Stuart Oliver, the experienced British racer on 23 March 2014 won the inaugural Tata T1 Prima Truck Racing Championship at Buddh International Circuit (BIC) in Greater Noida. He represented Castrol Vecton team in the race and took 30:26.848 minutes to complete 15 laps of the 2.5 km loop on the 5.1 km-long track.

    Adolfo Suarez, is the first elected premier of which of the following country?Ans : (1)
    1. Spain 2. France 3. Italy 4. Mexico 5. None

    Explanation: Adolfo Suarez, the prime minister who led Spain to democracy after decades of dictatorship and became its first elected premier after the death of General Francisco Franco passed away on 23rd March.

    Which of the following article related to Election Commission of India?Ans : (3)
    1. 320 2.224 3. 324 4. 348 5. None

    Explanation: The Election Commission of India is an autonomous, constitutionally established federal authority responsible for administering all the electoral processes in the Republic of India. The Supreme Court on 23rd March questioned the Election Commission for not allowing defence personnel to cast their votes from the constituency they are posted in. The apex court said that defence personnel stationed in peace stations as on January 2014 and till date may register themselves as general voters in such constituencies

    By the end of this year, France has decided to open a visa centre in which city?Ans : (5)
    1. Hyderabad 2. Vijayawada 3. Mumbai 4. Ahmedabad 5. Kochi

    Explanation: France will open a visa service centre and Campus France office in Kochi by the end of this year, Ambassador of France Fancois Richier has said. According to him, the visa centre will be helpful for people from Kerala visiting France and the campus office will help boost cooperation among education institutions of both countries. Recalling the loan extended to Kochi Metro project, he told reporters here that the French Government is willing to fund more eco-friendly projects in the State.

    In which of the following nation, elections were held On March 22nd, 2014?Ans : (4)
    1. Ukaraine 2. Syria 3. Cuba 4. Vatican City 5. Maldives

    Explanation: Maldives President Abdulla Yameen's party, with the help of its coalition partners, has attained majority in parliament in elections held over the weekend. The Maldivian parliamentary elections, which were held amidst the controversial removal of the head and deputy of the country's Elections Commission, concluded largely peacefully 22nd March.

    On which day, AirAsia India received its first aircraft?Ans : (1)
    1. 22nd March 2. 23rd March 3. 24th March 4. 25th March
    5. 26th March

    Explanation: AirAsia India received its first aircraft on 22nd March. The aircraft, from the Airbus factory in Toulouse, France, is the first aircraft to be delivered to AirAsia India. Powered by CFM engines, the aircraft is configured in an all economy layout with 180 seats.

    On 22nd March, which of the following nation has test fired, 30 missiles?Ans : (2)
    1. Iran 2. North Korea 3. South Korea 4. Russia 5. Iraq

    Explanation: North Korea test-fired 30 short-range missiles into the sea on 22nd March, the latest in a series of launches that have provoked criticism from Seoul and Washington.

    Who won 2014 Digital Activism Award? Ans : (1)
    1. Shubhranshu Choudhary 2. Arun Shourie 3. Shashi Tharror 4. Meena Patel 5. None

    Explanation: Shubhranshu Choudhary, independent journalist and author of the controversial Let's call him Vasu, has won the 2014 Digital Activism Award from the U.K.-based charity organisation Index on Censorship. Mr. Choudhary won the award for his Central Gondwana Net Swara community radio, which he started in 2004 in Raipur. It now operates from HackerGram - a snake-infested former mushroom farm on the outskirts of Bhopal.

    In NBFC, N stands for?Ans : (3)
    1. National 2. Net 3. Non 4. Netizen 5. Nest

    Explanation: The expansion form of NBFC is Non Banking Financial Corporation. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on 21st March came out with final guidelines for the non-banking finance companies (NBFCs) with regard to the early detection and recovery of bad loans. The guidelines will be effective from April 1.

    Morsi, is associated with which country? Ans : (4)
    1. Thailand 2. Indonesia 3. Iran 4. Egypt 5. Syria

    Explanation: Md Morsi was former President of Egypt. Egyptian Court has sentenced to 529 supporters of ousted Islamist President, Mohammed Morsi to death. Those who have been sentenced for the capital punishment were convicted of charges like murdering a policeman and attacks on people and property of the country.

    Which of the following country's diplomats, launched indefinite strike over pay dispute?
    Ans : (4)
    1. Palestine 2. Switzerland 3. Luxemburg 4. Israel 5. Scotland

    Explanation: Israeli diplomats on 23 March 2014 launched an unprecedented and indefinite strike over a long-running pay and conditions dispute. The strike happened for the first time since Israel was established in 1948. The diplomats are demanding an increase in monthly salaries, that is., 6000-9000 shekels (1700 US dollar -2600 US dollar). They are also demanding the compensation for their spouses who are forced to quit jobs due to foreign postings of diplomats.

    Who among the following is the author of 'Train to Pakistan'?Ans : (3)
    1. Kuldeep Nayar 2. RK Narayanan 3. Khushwant Singh 4. Vajpayee 5. None

    Explanation: Noted writer and journalist Khushwant Singh passed away on 20th March. Singh was best known for his trenchant secularism, his humour, and an abiding love for poetry. Born on February 2, 1915 at Hadali, now in Pakistan, Singh wrote classics like "Train to Pakistan", "I Shall Not Hear the Nightingale" and "Delhi". He was a lawyer-turned-diplomat-turned-writer. His autobiography, "Truth, Love and a Little Malice", was published by Penguin Books in 2002.

    Chakrabarty, was resigned recently, before resignation he was?Ans : (4)
    1. Chairman of Indian Banks Association 2. Chairman of Nationalized Banks 3. RBI Executive Director 4. RBI Deputy Governor 5. Advisor to RBI Governor

    Explanation: Reserve Bank of India deputy governor Dr Kamalesh Chandra Chakrabarty has resigned on 20th March. Chakrabarty, whose five-year tenure was to end on June 15, 2014, will serve a one-month notice period, said a senior RBI official. He is the first RBI top official to quit before retirement in the last two decades. With Chakrabarty moving out, two posts of deputy governor will fall vacant as the government has not yet brought in any replacement for Anand Sinha, who retired two months ago.