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    1) Allahabad Court asked ____ government to ensure hoisting ceremony of National Flag on Independence Day and Republic Day in Madarsas and other schools all over the state? Ans : (1)
    1. Uttar Pradesh
    2. Tamil Nadu
    3. Delhi
    4. Madhya Pradesh
    5. Maharashtra

    Explanation: On 2nd Sep’15 a bench comprising Chief Justice DY Chandrachud and Justice Yashwant Verma passed the order on a PIL.

    2) What policy has been approved by the cabinet recently for the development of hydrocarbon discoveries by national oil companies like Oil and Natural Gas Corporation and Oil India? Ans : (1)
    1. Oil Extraction Policy
    2. Marginal Field Policy
    3. Conventional Source Policy
    4. Earth Mining Policy
    5. None

    Explanation: Under new Policy 69 unexploited oil fields held by ONGC and Oil India for many years, will be opened for competitive bidding. The license granted would cover all hydrocarbons found in the field instead of being restricted to one item. Revenue sharing model is being introduced for the first time in oil sector and Government will receive a share of gross revenue instead of profit- sharing in earlier formula.

    3) The centre for crop insurance period under National Agricultural Insurance Scheme for the farmers bearing no loan date extended to …………………… Ans : (1)
    1. 15 sep 15
    2. 16 sep 15
    3. 17 sep 15
    4. 20 sep 15
    5. 21 sep 15

    Explanation: For loan farmers the extension period will be upto end of this month. The decision will benefit farmers where delayed and deficient rainfall has been reported. Bihar, Maharashtra, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Odisha and Gujarat had requested the Centre to extend the period of crop insurance.

    4) Ministry of Railways has launched a paperless unreserved ticketing mobile application for the passengers between New Delhi to …….. (2)
    1. Paleru
    2. Palwal
    3. Palamuuru
    4. Peraram
    5. Pune

    Explanation: Now the passengers can buy unreserved tickets through their smart phones and need not visit Stations to purchase tickets. Besides, the Railways has also installed a Cash or Smart Card ticket vending machine at New Delhi Railway Station to provide unreserved tickets with a view to cater to passenger rush. Now the passengers will have to download the unreserved ticketing mobile application from Google play or Window store to use the facility.

    5) Which country has fallen into a recession, dragged down by falling energy prices and economic troubles in China? Ans : (3)
    1. USA
    2. Venezuela
    3. Canada
    4. Brazil
    5. UAE

    Explanation:On 2nd Sep’15 Canada's national statistical agency, Statistics Canada reported that the Canadian economy retreated at an annual pace of 0.5 per cent from April through June after sliding 0.8 percent the first three months of the year. Two consecutive negative quarters are the technical definition of a recession. Canada is the world's 11th-biggest economy and the United States' biggest trading partner.

    6)Forward Markets Commission market regulator will be merged with ………….. from 28th Sep’15? Ans : (1)
    1. SEBI
    2. ICRISAT
    3. IRRISAT
    4. NIN
    5. None

    Explanation: An official press release said, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, in his Budget speech, had announced the merger of FMC with the capital market regulator SEBI to strengthen the regulation of commodity futures market. A unified regulator for commodities and capital markets will help streamline monitoring of commodity futures trading and curb wild speculations.

    7)2020 year Olympic Games is scheduled to be held in which city?( Ans : (3)
    1. Beijing
    2. Canberra
    3. Tokyo
    4. New Delhi
    5. None

    Explanation: :-The logo for the Tokyo Olympics Games has been scrapped after allegations that it was plagiarized . A Belgian artist had complained that his design was stolen. Logo designer Kenjiro Sano had admitted copying online material for a previous project. The logo was unveiled only last month, based around the letter T and a red circle representing a beating heart - which critics said resembled the Japanese flag.

    8) Durban city of ______ is selected as the host for the 2022 Commonwealth Games at the Federation’s general assembly Ans : (4)
    1. Canada
    2. USA
    3. UK
    4. New Zealand
    5. Australia

    Explanation: The Commonwealth Games are held every four years and feature athletes from over 50 member countries. First held in 1930, 2022 will mark the first time the Games will be held in Africa, a move that could pave the way for South Africa to make another attempt for the Olympics after Cape Town finished third in bidding for the 2004 summer Games. The coastal city was the only bidder for the multi-sports event after the Canadian city of Edmonton withdrew from contention in February, citing falling oil prices. Organisers said the Games would be held from 18 to 30 July, opening on the birth date of the late South African President and anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela.

    9)The first ever International Cricket Tournament for People with Physical Disabilities began recently in which country? Ans : (2)
    1. India
    2. Bangladesh
    3. Canada
    4. Pakistan
    5. Srilanka

    Explanation: Organised by the International Committee of the Red Cross, the T-20 event has five nations including India, England, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh participating. Bangladesh takes on England in the opening match at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur. The other matches will be held in the Cricket stadium in Savar.

    10) 10) The author of the book “Globalisation, Democratization and Distributive Justice” is …………….?( Ans : (1)
    1. Dr. Mool Chand Sharma
    2. Durga Dayal
    3. Devi Prasad Verma
    4. Ravi dayal
    5. None of these

    Explanation: He is the Professor of Law at Delhi University and the Member of Law Commission of India.

    11) The methodology proposed by RBI to make Base Rate sensitive to policy changes is ………….? Ans : (1)
    1. Marginal cost of funds Methodology
    2. Funds Methodology
    3. Currency Methodology
    4. All above
    5. All of these

    Explanation: The new methodology is aimed at bringing uniformity among Base Rate of banks so that they will be more sensitive to any changes in policy rates of the RBI like Cash Reserve Ratio (CRR), Statutory Liquidity Ratio (SLR), etc. At present, banks are following different methodologies in computing their Base Rate like on the basis of average cost of funds, marginal cost of funds or blended cost of funds (liabilities)

    12) India agreed to increase bilateral trade by 60% in how many years with UAE? Ans : (5)
    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    Explanation: The agreements were arrived at the 11th session of the India-UAE Joint Commission meeting held in New Delhi on 3rd Sep’15. The two sides also agreed to work for early establishment of the planned India-UAE Joint Fund for investments in the infrastructure sector in India. During the meeting, the two sides also signed MOUs on cooperation in the areas of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Tourism, Telecommunication and also between the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Federation of UAE Chambers of Commerce and Industry.

    13) Indian People's Natural Calamity Trust is ____ many-year-old trust that has been wound up by Government and its balance corpus fund of Rs 91 lakh transferred to the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund? Ans : (2)
    1. 120
    2. 115
    3. 130
    4. 145
    5. 150

    Explanation: The Indian People's Natural Calamity Trust (IPNCT) was created by former Ruler of Jaipur in 1900 with an objective to provide relief to the people during famine. The Trust is being administered under the chairmanship of Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh with 27 nominated members and two officers. The Agriculture Ministry said in a release that since its last meeting held in August 1995, the Trust has no significant activity except giving donations through PM Relief Fund in case of natural disasters.

    14) ………………….country’s multi-spectral remote sensing satellite will be launched by India from Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota? Ans : (1)
    1. Indonesia
    2. Brazil
    3. Argentina
    4. Nepal
    5. Srilanka

    Explanation: India will launch a second multi-spectral remote sensing Indonesian satellite that will help the country to monitor land-use, natural resource and in disaster mitigation. The satellite will be shipped to India on 4th Sep’15. LAPAN A2 /Orari will function as a tool to monitor land usage, ship movements, sea resources and fishing explorations. The satellite will orbit the Earth along the equator with an altitude of 650 kilometers, and travel at 7.5 kilometers per second - enabling it to circle the Earth 14 times a day.

    15) Name the person who took a class of students belonging to 11th & 12th to mark Teacher’s Day? Ans : (2)
    1. Narendra Modi
    2. Pranab Mukherjee
    3. Rahul Gandhi
    4. Amitabh Bachchan
    5. Shahrukh Khan

    Explanation: Mr Mukherjee will hold a joint class of the students of Dr Rajendra Prasad Sarvodhya Vidhalaya school. The school is located in the Presidential Estate. He will also interact with students and teachers of the school.

    16) Geeta is the deaf and mute Indian girl whose petition seeking her custody rejected by which Court on 3rd Sep’15? Ans : (2)
    1. Srilanka
    2. Pakistan
    3. India
    4. Indonesia
    5. Bhutan

    Explanation:A Pakistani court dismissed the petition filed by an Indian social worker seeking custody of a deaf and mute Indian girl Geeta, stuck in Pakistan for more than a decade. The court, refused to issue orders for her forced repatriation. A Social worker and lawyer from Haryana, had filed the petition in Sindh High Court to seek the custody of 23-year-old Geeta. Geeta has been stranded in Pakistan for the last 13 years after crossing over to Pakistan by mistake. She was arrested by Pakistan Rangers and then handed over to Edhi which has been taking care of her.

    17) China President made the announcement recently, to reduce its military personnel by how many lakh? Ans : (3)
    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    Explanation: China will reduce its military personnel by three lakh. President Xi Jinping made the announcement at a massive military parade at Tiananmen Square to commemorate the 70th anniversary of China's victory against Japan in the 2nd World War. He, however, did not give a timeframe for the plan. The Chinese President described the cut as a gesture of peace. China has presently more than 20 lakh military personnel.

    18) 18) Which of the following cities has the highest number of dollar millionaires in Africa? Ans : (1)
    1. Johannesburg
    2. Lagos
    3. Cairo
    4. Durban
    5. None

    Explanation: According to a new report by AfrAsia Bank and New World Wealth , Johannesburg alone, known as the city of gold, is home to 23,400 millionaires. South Africa has 30 per cent of the total. Egypt's Cairo comes second with 10,200, with Nigeria's Lagos third with 9,100. The study defines millionaires as people with net assets worth at least one million dollars. It estimates there are close to 163,000 millionaires living in Africa, with a combined wealth of 670 billion dollars.

    19) What is the rank of Indian Football team in FIFA rankings released recently? Ans : (3)
    1. 141
    2. 156
    3. 155
    4. 124
    5. 167

    Explanation: As per the latest FIFA rankings released on 3d Sep’15, Earlier in July, India had dropped 15 positions to 156th place after two successive defeats in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. India was recently held to a goalless draw by Nepal in an international friendly match in Pune. The Indian team will now take on Iran in a World Cup qualifier in Bengaluru on September 8.

    20) The Reserve Bank of India will shortly put into circulation of Rs.5 coins to commemorate golden jubilee of Indo-Pak War of ____ year? Ans : (1)
    1. 1965
    2. 1970
    3. 1955
    4. 1945
    5. 1934

    Explanation: RBI said in a release that the coins will be legal tender as provided in the Coinage Act 2011. Existing coins in this denomination will also continue to be legal tender. The new coin in the obverse will bear Lion Capital of Ashoka Pillar in the centre with Satyamev Jayate inscribed below it, the release said. On the reverse it will bear image of 'Amar Jawan' monument along with the design of olive leaves branch on its left and right sides at the center, with the inscription "veerata aur balidan" in Devnagri script on the left upper periphery and "VALOUR AND SACRIFICE" in English on the right upper periphery. The year "2015" is written below the image of the monument. Also, "GOLDEN JUBILEE 1965 OPERATIONS" in English on the lower periphery will also be written on this face of the coin

    21) The Union Government on ____ announced One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme for ex-servicemen? Ans : (2)
    1. 1st sep 2015
    2. 5th sep 2015
    3. 3rd sep 2015
    4. 4th sep 2015
    5. 10th sep 2015

    Explanation: The scheme was pending for nearly four decades. Defence minister Manohar Parrikar announced this

    22) 22) Wynk Music App is the new music streaming mobile app launched by …………….? Ans : (1)
    1. Bharati Airtel
    2. Vodafone
    3. BSNL
    4. Aircel
    5. None

    Explanation: Wynk Music App. It can support Android and IOS Phones

    23)Which country is granting official pardons to its thousands of convicted war veterans as well as very young and old prisoners meeting certain criteria? Ans : (1)
    1. China
    2. Japan
    3. India
    4. Indonesia
    5. Nepal

    Explanation: To mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II . The prisoner amnesty law, promulgated by President Xi Jinping on 29th Aug’15, comes 40 years after China granted an amnesty to war criminals in 1975. Amnesty is a system under the Constitution in China, which has long stressed governing by virtue and laws. This is the eight amnesty granted by the People's Republic of China since its founding in 1949.

    24) MareDibaba has won the women's marathon at World Athletics Championships held in which city? Ans : (2)
    1. Tokyo
    2. Beijing
    3. Kaulalampur
    4. Cairns
    5. Los Angeles

    Explanation: Ethiopia's Mare Dibaba won the women's marathon at the world athletics championships after a thrilling sprint finish in Beijing. The 25-year-old Dibaba out-kicked Kenya's Helah Kiprop to win the grueling event by just one second, crossing the finish line in two hours, 27 minutes and 35 seconds. Ethiopia has a long and proud tradition in marathon running but Dibaba was the first Ethiopian female to win the lung-sapping event at the world championships.

    25) Indian Women’s Hockey team will play in the Olympics which will be held in 2016 after ___ years. Ans : (3)
    1. 25
    2. 26
    3. 36
    4. 45
    4. 46

    Explanation: ShaheedSukhdev was the close associate of Bhagat Singh and Rajguru. The trio laid down their lives for the freedom of the country. Punjab government has organised a state level function in the memory of Sukhdev at Ludhiana.