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    1) Ammenah Gurib Fakim is the prominent scientist sworn in as the President of which country recently? Ans : (3)
    1. Cambodia
    2. Cuba
    3. Mauritius
    4. Malaysia
    5. Indonesia

    Explanation: She is the first woman to hold the ceremonial position in the Indian Ocean island nation. Gurib-Fakim, 56, is the first female president of Mauritius, which gained independence from Britain in 1968 and replaced Britain's Queen Elizabeth II as its head of state in 1992. She has also worked with the World Bank and other international institutions.

    2) Delhi state government has introduced mechanical road sweepers to effectively control air pollution and keep the city clean. Now Who is the chief Minister of Delhi?( Ans : (3)
    1. Arun jaitley
    2. Sushma swaraj
    3. Arvind kejriwal
    4. Uma Bharathi
    5. Nitish gadkari

    Explanation: The mechanical sweeping machines are the initiative of the New Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC). These are aimed at effectively cleaning the roads of the city and reduce the exposure of dust and dirt particles to manual sweepers.

    3) Under the section 12 (1) (D) of Consumer Protection Act, the union government has filed complaint against which food Item? Ans : (3)
    1. Top ramen noodles
    2. Aashirwaad atta
    3. Maggi noodles
    4. Pillsburry atta
    5. None

    Explanation: Section 12(1)(d) of the Consumer Protection Act, 1986 enables the government to approach Consumer Forum to protect interests of consumers.

    4) India’s first driver less train was started in which city metro? (3)
    1. Lucknow
    2. Mumbai
    3. Delhi
    4. Jaipur
    5. Pune

    Explanation:Bharat Earth Movers Ltd (BEML) manufacturing these trains in India. The new generation train, which is a part of a 20-set consignment, will be suitable to eventually run on UTO (unattended train operation) mode. These trains are being procured through Hyundai Rotem, which manufactures them at its facility in Korea.

    5) A B De Villers has been conferred with which Cricketer of the Year Award for 2015? Ans : (1)
    1. South Africa
    2. Australia
    3. Zimbabwe
    4. New zealand
    5. England

    Explanation:The award was presented to him at the 2015 Cricket South Africa Awards presentation ceremony held at Midrand in South Africa.

    6) Miniratna status has been awarded by the Department of Public Enterprises under the Union Ministry of Heavy Industry and Public Enterprises to which agency recently? Ans : (5)
    1. Botanical survey of India
    2. National bio diversity authority
    3. National tiger Conservation authority
    4. Central zoo authority
    5. Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency Limited (IREDA)

    Explanation: The scheme of awarding Navratna, Miniratna (Category-1 and 2) status to public sector undertakings (PSUs) was started by the Union Government vide a notification dated 22 July 1997 so as to grant greater autonomy to PSUs to become global giants.

    7) According to the Central food safety regulator FSSAI, how many variants of Maggi Noodles were found ‘Unsafe and Hazardous’ for human consumption? Ans : (4)
    1. One
    2. Three
    3. Five
    4. Nine
    5. Ten

    Explanation: The Central food safety regulator, FSSAI ordered Nestle to recall nine variants of Maggi instant noodles from the market. FSSAI has found nine variants of Maggi noodles 'unsafe and hazardous' for human consumption. It asked Nestle to stop their production, import and sale with immediate effect. FSSAI said that Nestle launched 'Maggi Oats Masala Noodles' without product approval and without undertaking risk or safety assessment.

    8) Notun Projonomo- Nayi Disha is the theme of the joint declaration highlighting bilateral cooperation issued by India and which country? Ans : (2)
    1. Srilanka
    2. Bangladesh
    3. Kenya
    4. Bhutan
    5. Cuba

    Explanation: Notun Projonmo- Nayi Disha means New Generation- New Direction. In the statement both the Prime Ministers underscored the need to strengthen and reform multilateral financial institutions and enhancing the participation of developing countries in international economic decision making.

    9) Narendra Modi received the Award of Liberation War Honour at Which place on behalf of atal bihari Vajpayee? Ans : (2)
    1. Bhutan
    2. Bangladesh
    3. Srilanka
    4. China
    5. Japan

    Explanation: Mr. Atal Bihari Vajpayee as a Foreign Minister and as a Prime Minister had given great emphasis on strong ties with Bangladesh and visited the neighboring country in 1999.

    10) The Home Ministry has struck down an Information and Broadcasting Ministry's proposal for giving security clearance to 33 television channels of which Network.? Ans : (1)
    1. Sun TV
    2. Zee TV
    3. Star plus
    4. Maa TV
    5. ETV

    Explanation: :- kalanithi maran is the promoter of Sun TV Network. Earlier, the Home Ministry had denied security clearance to 40 FM radio stations run by the Sun Network, prompting Information and Broadcasting Minister Arun Jaitley to write to Home Minister Rajnath Singh in April, seeking a review of the decision. However, there has been no change in Home Ministry's decision.

    11) 2 Billion Dollars amount of fresh line of credit was announced by PM Narendra Modi to support infrastructure development in which country? Ans : (2)
    1. Bhutan
    2. Bangladesh
    3. Nepal
    4. Srilanka
    5. China

    Explanation: The credit line which carries a 1% interest rate and a payment period of 20 years with 5 years grace, will be used mostly to finance infrastructure so that trade and investment can be increased to the mutual benefit of both countries. The actual projects will be decided by the Bangladesh authorities in consultation with Indian High Commission and EXIM bank which is handling the credit line.

    12) Russia excluded from (Group of Eight) G8 and resulting in annual G7 summit scheduled to be held in which country from 7th June’15? Ans : (1)
    1. Germany
    2. Bhutan
    3. China
    4. Bangaldesh
    5. India

    Explanation: Leaders from the world's richest countries are due to attend the annual G7 summit in the Bavarian Alps in Germany. They are expected to use the meeting to maintain diplomatic pressure on Russia over the conflict in eastern Ukraine. Greece's debt crisis and how to tackle global warming will also be on the agenda. Russia has been excluded from what was previously known as the G8, since the annexation of Crimea last year.

    13) Name the state that became first state to put on village data available on net? Ans : (4)
    1. Karnataka
    2. Tamil Nadu
    3. Nagaland
    4. Punjab
    5. Haryana

    Explanation: In Punjab, records of panchayats of all 13040 villages have been put on web and it has become first state of the country making village data available on Internet.

    14) How much amount of money was attracted by Mutual Funds in May 2015 in India? Ans : (2)
    1. 200 Crore
    2. 4200 Crore
    3. 7760 Crore
    4. 10000 Crore
    5. 20000 Crore

    Explanation: Mutual Funds attracted nearly 4,200 Crore rupees in May, taking the total net inflow close to 57,000 crore in the past one year, primarily on account of positive returns from equities. This also marks the 13th consecutive month of net inflows by mutual fund houses into the stock markets. According to data released by capital market regulator Sebi, the money in equities started coming in from the second half of May 2014, after the announcement of General Election's verdict and the momentum has continued till date.

    15) Union Government recently announced plans to establish country’s ……… major port in Maharashtra ? Ans : (1)
    1. 13
    2. 14
    3. 15
    4. 16
    5. 17

    Explanation: Union Minister for Shipping Nitin Gadkari and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis unveiled a comprehensive port development plan for Maharashtra. An MoU for the port project in Dahanu, to be built by the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) and the Maharashtra Maritime Board, was also signed.

    16) Now the Coach of India A and Under-19 cricket teams is ……………….? Ans : (2)
    1. Sourav Ganguly
    2. Rahul Dravid
    3. Ravi Shastri
    4. K Srikanth
    5. Virendra Sehwag

    Explanation:Former captain Rahul Dravid has been appointed coach of the India A and Under-19 cricket teams.

    17) Barcelona lifted the UEFA Champions League trophy for the which time? Ans : (2)
    1. Fourth
    2. Fifth
    3. Ten
    4. First
    5. Ninth

    Explanation: In the summit clash at the Olympiastadion Berlin last night, the Spanish giants defeated Juventus.

    18) who won the French Open title held on 7th June’15? Ans : (1)
    1. Stanislas Wawrinka
    2. Novak Djokovic
    3. Roger Federer
    4. Andy Murray
    5. None

    Explanation: Stanislas Wawrinka defeated Novak Djokovic to win his first French Open title. The victory makes him only the second Swiss to win at Roland Garros after Roger Federer, the man he beat in the quarter-finals.

    19) Lewis Hamilton won the which Formula 1 Grand Prix on 7 June 2015? Ans : (1)
    1. Canadian
    2. USA
    3. British
    4. Kenyan
    5. French

    Explanation: Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg (Germnay) finished the race at second place and Valtteri Bottas ends at third.

    20) A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between India and Nether lands country during the Visit of the Prime Minister of the Netherlands to New Delhi. The MoU was signed for the development of vaccines. Who is the Prime minister of nether lands? Ans : (2)
    1. Shri Martin Ruther
    2. Shri Mark Rutte
    3. Shri Madhur reorge
    4. Shri Morkett Reoda
    5. None

    Explanation: The MoU signed under ‘Make in India’ initiative of Government of India will enable the Bharat Immunologicals and Biologicals Corporation Ltd (BIBCOL), a Central PSU under Department of Biotechnology, to develop Measles – Rubella vaccine at its plant at Chola, Bulandshahr, U.P.

    21) Nitish kumar was announced as the Chief Ministerial candidate of JD(U) - RJD alliance in the upcoming assembly elections in which state? Ans : (2)
    1. Gujarath
    2. Bihar
    3. Uttar Pradesh
    4. Maharashtra
    5. Delhi

    Explanation: Announcing this in New Delhi on 9th June’15, Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav said Mr. Kumar's name for the post was proposed by RJD President Lalu Prasad and now a final decision has been taken. Earlier, JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav along with RJD Chief and SP President had a meeting to discuss the alliance issue. Mulayam Singh Yadav said all leaders of JD(U), RJD and SP will hold a joint camping to defeat BJP and communal forces in the state.

    22) The new Chief Information Commissioner is …………………? Ans : (2)
    1. Arun Shorie
    2. Vijai Sharma
    3. K V Thomas
    4. Naina Bhagath
    5. None of these

    Explanation: He is the senior most Information Commissioner.

    23) The new Central Vigilance Commissioner is ………………? Ans : (3)
    1. T S Bhasin
    2. Raj Sharma
    3. K V Chowdhary
    4. Vijai Sharma
    5. None

    Explanation: is the former Chairman of Central Board of Direct Taxes.

    24) The Information Commissioner in the Central Information Commission is ………………….? Ans : (1)
    1. Sudhir Bhargava
    2. Sushil Sharma
    3. Swapnil Gupta
    4. Ajit Doval
    5. Arun malhotra

    Explanation: Sudhir Bhargava former Secretary in the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment has been appointed as the Information Commissioner in the Central Information Commission.

    25) Which cyclone storm remained practically stationary over east central Arabian Sea and now lay centered about 670 km west of Mumbai and 480 km southwest of Veraval in Gujarat? Ans : (2)
    1. SHOBHAA
    2. ASHOBAA
    3. FAALIN
    4. KATRINA
    5. LAILA

    Explanation: It will move north-northwestwards and intensify further into a severe cyclonic storm during next 36 hours. Under the influence of this system, rainfall would occur at most places over coastal Karnataka, Konkan and Goa as well as south Gujarat with isolated heavy falls during the next 24 hours.