Wetlands are areas where standing water covers the soil or an area where the ground is very wet. Wetlands are also called swamps, marshes or bogs. They are very important to the planet for several reasons. Wetlands provide a habitat for a wide variety and number of wildlife and plants and also clean, filter and store water. Wetlands continue to play an essential role in supporting modern day agriculture.
To draw attention to the importance of wetlands, World Wetlands Day is celebrated internationally each year on 2nd February. It marks the anniversary of the signing of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance in Ramsar, Iran on 2nd February 1971.
FEB 4 : World Cancer Day
The day is celebrated to raise awareness of cancer and to encourage its prevention, dedication, and treatment. World Cancer Day was founded by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) to support the goals of the World Cancer Declaration, written in 2008. The primary of the World Cancer Day is to significantly reduce illness and death caused by cancer by 2020.
FEB 6 : International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation
It is a UN-sponsored awareness day that takes place on February 6 each year. It is an effort to make the world aware of female genittal mutilation (also called FGM) and to promote its eradication
FEB 13 : World Radio Day
It was proclaimed on November 3, 2011 by UNESCO's 36 the General Conference. It was originally proposed by Spain. First edition of World Radio Day celebrated in 2012.
FEB 20 : World Day Of Social Justice
It is a day recognising the need to promote efforts to tackle issues such as poverty, exclusion and unemployment. The United Nations General Assembly has decided to observe Feb 20th annually, approved on November 26, 2007 and starting in 2009.
FEB 21 : International Mother Language Day
It is an observance held annually worldwide to promote awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. It was first announced by UNESCO on November 17, 1999. Its observance was also formally recognised by the United Nations General Assembly in its resolution establishing 2008 as the International Year of Languages.
FEB 28 : National Science Day
February 28th is celebrated throughout India as National Science Day. This date was chosen because it was on 28th February 1928 that Sir C.V.Raman, the great Indian physicist discovered the ‘Raman Effect'. He earned a Nobel Prize for his work in 1930. Considering the significance of C.V.Raman's work, it is only fitting that we honour him on National Science Day, which was first observed in 1986.
1) YB Datuk Seri Palanivel, who was the chief guest of Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas-2014, belongs to which country? Q
(1) Passenger fares to remain unchanged and freight rates have also been left untouched.
(2) The Annual Plan 2014-15 envisages investment of Rs.64,305 cr.
(3) The Capital of Arunachal Pradesh would soon be on rail map in this financial year.
(4) Indian Rail Finance Corporation to raise Rs.12,800 cr from the market in FY 2014-15.
(5) None of the above
3) Consider the following statements about U-19 Cricket World Cup and choose the correct statements from the codes given below: 1. Vijay Zol of Maharashtra has been selected as the captain of India to lead the under- 19 Cricket World Cup by the All-India Junior Selection Committee on January 13, 2014. 2. India has won the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup three times in 2000,2008 and 2012. 3. In 2012, India won the U-19 World Cup under the ' leadership of Unmukt Chand.
4) Which of the following countries has become the first Asian country and only 3rd in the world to have Shore Based Test Facility (SBTF)? The facility is primarily meant for flight testing of naval aircrafts and pilots.
5) Consider the following statements : 1. South India's first high altitude cricket stadium was inaugurated on December 17,2013 at Krishnagiri in Waynad district of Kerala. 2. The Kerala Cricket Association had invested Rs. 6.5 crore for construction of the stadium. 3. The stadium spreads over 4.4 hectares area and is situated at about 2800 feet above the sea level Which of the statements give above is/are correct?
6) Conider the following statements: 1. Kidambi Srikanth and PV Sindhu won the men's and women's titles respectively at the 78th Senior National Badminton Championship in Siri Fort sports complex at New Delhi on December 23, 2013. 2. Sunil Shetty and Ankita Das won their maiden men's and women's singles championship at the 75th Senior National Table Tennis Championships held on January 12, 2014. Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
7) An anthropomorphic figure has been discovered among the prehistoric petroglyphs (rock engravings) on the Thovari hills near Edakkal caves in the Wayanad district of Kerala. This is the first time an anthropomorphic figure, a recurring motif of pre-historic rock arts sites in the world, has been reported from the site. Consider the following statements regarding this 1. The petroglyph is a stylistic depiction of a human being with a bow and arrow in the right hand. 2. It bears a close resemblance to the motif of the Gupta Period. Which of the above statements is/are correct?
8) Taiwanese poet Yushi was awarded the Thiruvalluvar award by the Tamil Nadu. The Thiruvalluvar award carries a gold medal and a cheque of Rs.1 lakh. Consider the following statements about him : 1. He is the second foreign scholar to receive Thiruvalluvar award. 2. He is the founder President of the Tamil Sangam in Taiwan. 3. In 2004, he received the highest honour award by Seoul World Academy of Arts and Culture. Which of the above statements is/are correct?
9) A veteran Cricket journalist became the only third man in history to cover 400 test matches. He covered his 400th test match between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in Sharjah. He has also covered 732 one-day internationals and eight world cup tournaments. What is the name of journalist?
10) Suchitra Sen was a legendary actress of yesteryears and an iconic star of regional Bengali cinema. She had received the Silver Prize for Best Actress at the Moscow Film Festival for Saptapadi. Consider the following statements about her: 1. She was known as the Greta Garbo of India. 2. She became the first Indian actress to win an international award. 3. She has been awarded with Padma Bhushanin2012. Which of the above statements is/are correct?
11) Penguin India has agreed to withdraw American Indologist's book 'The Hindus; An Alternative History from the Indian market which had created a stir among various right-wing groups over allegedly defaming the Hindu religion and freedom fighters. The settlement agreement has been made with petitioner Shiksha Bachao Andolan Samiti with right-wing leanings, which had filed a civil suit against the book's author and its publisher. Who is the author of the book?
12) The International Gandhi Award was instituted by the Gandhi Memorial Leprosy Foundation to commemorate Mahatma Gandhi's service and scientific approach towards leprosy. The two awards are given every alternate year to individuals/institutions for making outstanding contribution in the field of leprosy. President Pranab Mukherjee presented the International Gandhi Award for the year 2013 to which of the following person?
13) Shot putter Om Prakash Singh Karhana gave the lone gold to India in the 6th Asian Indoor Athletics Championships as he won the gold medal on the second and final day of the event at on February 16, 2014. For Om Prakash, who is holding the outdoor national record at 20.69m, it was the second ever medal at these championships. Where did 6th Asian Indoor Athletics Championship take place?
14) The Attukal Pongala 2014 Festival began on February 8, 2014 and concluded on February 17, 2014. Attukal Pongala is a famous festival celebrated at the renown of Attukal Devi Temple. Attukal Pongala Mahotsavam is not only celebrated in Trivandrum, the whole world awaits for the holy ceremony in which every woman prays to the Devi to bless them to be a part of it. 3. Pongala (Ponkala) is a special naivedya made by the women to the Attukal Devi. 2. It is celebrated once in a two year. Which of the above statements is/are correct?
15) A report commissioned by the Central Water Commission has recommended scrapping of 15 of the 44 dams planned across the Siang river. It has also suggested stricter regulations for the ones that are to be built in future. The report has warned that the proposed 44 dams, meant to establish a capacity of 18293 MW, will affect the river ecology and biodiversity and the region all the way. Cumulatively, the projects will impact more than 500 km of river stretch. The river Siang is situated in which one of the following State?
16) A noted Hindi litterateur and Jnanpith award winner Amarkant passed away in Allahabad on February 17, 2014. He took active part in the Quit India movement of 1942. He received the Sahitya Akademi award in 2007 for his novel which was a voluminous work set against the backdrop of the Quit India Movement. The book also earned him the Vyas Samman in 2009. The name of the novel was
17) The Penguin publication announced to withdraw a book titled The Hindus: An Alternative History after a number of Hindu activists opposed the book. Who among the following is the author of the book?
19) Consider the following statements : 1. The NASA discovered a new potentially hazardous asteroid named 2013YP139 on December 29, 2013. 2. This asteroid was confirmed by the NASA on January 15, 2014. 3. On the basis of Infrared brightness it is found to be 650 rn in diameter and extremely dark like a pice of coal. Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
20) Consider the following statements : . 1. The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare launched two indigenous glucose monitoring device, Suchek and QuickcheQ, on January 13, 2014. 2. Suchek is designed and developed by Nanobios Lab, Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai. 3. QuickcheQ is designed and developed by the Birla Institute of Technology, Hyderabad with funding from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
22) Consider the folloiwng statements : 1. India and the US signed a deal for six additional C-130J Super Hercules aircrafts, worth of $ 1.01 billion on December 27, 2013. 2. The new C-130J Super Hercules is an update version of Lockheed C-130 Hercules, which is capable of using unprepared runways for takeoffs and landings. Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
23) Consider the following statements about Prithvi-II and choose the correct statements from the codes given below : 1. India successfully test-fired its indigenously developed nuclear capable surface-to-surface Prithvi-II missile with a strike range of 350 km from a test range at Chandipur near Balasore on January 6, 2014. 2. It is capable of carrying warheads of 500 to 1000 kg. 3. The naval operational variant of Prithvi-II class missiles are known as Dhanush.
24) Consider the following statements about GSLV-D5 and choose the correct statements from the codes given below 1. ISRO, on January 5, 2014 launched its heavy-duty rocket GSLV-D5 for placing communiction satellite GSAT-14 into the orbit from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota. 2. It was powered by an indigenously developed cryogenic engine. 3. This successful launch has helped India to join the group of nations namely the US, Russia, France, China and Japan in mastering the complex cryogenic technology.
29) The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is gearing up to introduce about one billion plastic notes of which of the following denominations in five cities — Kochi, Mysore, Jaipur, Shimla and Bhubaneswar- on a trial basis in the second half of 2014?
31) Consider the following statements about Param Yuva-II and choose the correct statements from the codes given below: 1. As per the Green 500 list. Super computer Param Yuva-II was rated first in India, 9th in the Asia Pacific Region and 44th in the world among the most power efficient computer system. 2. It was developed by the Centre for Development of Advance Computing (C-DAC). 3. It uses hybrid technology, processor, co-processor and hardware accelerators.
33) Agni-IV was successfully test-fired on January 20, 2014. The string of successes paves the way for the missile's induction into the Army. The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), which developed Agni-IV, fired the missile. Consider the following statements about the missile .- 1. It is a surface-to-air missile. 2. It can deliver one-tonne nuclear warheads about 4000 km away. 3. This was the second successful flight in a row for the missile. Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
34) For the first time in India, an indigenously developed stratospheric balloon penetrated into the mesosphere. It is developed at the Balloon Facility, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Hyderabad under the High Altitude Balloon Development Project (HAA). It would provide an opportunity for our scientists working in the area of atmospheric dynamics to conduct experiments and collect data up to 50 km till now, balloons from which of the following country/countries have accomplished this achievement?
35) The Reserve Bank of India has suggested the use of PKI in payment system applications. PKI, which is a set of hardware and software that enables users of internet to securely and privately exchange data and money, stands for
37) Tulsi is a medicinal plant and has anti-cancerous metabolites. An Indian-American scientist Chandrakanth Emani along with his team is genetically engineering tulsi or basil to raise its pharmaceutical value. They have genetically engineered tulsi to produce a compound in tulsi that has a great pharmaceutical value that can control breast cancer. What is the name of compound?
39) India and which of the following countries entered into a double taxation avoidance agreement (DTAA) for the first time recently? The DTAA has provisions for exchange of banking information for tax administration purpose among other things.
40) Cyber security sleuths have detected a black private information stealing virus in the Indian online banking transactions space and have alerted consumers who swipe debit or credit cards at shopping counters to make payments. The severely spreading virus of the Trojan family has been detected conducting its clandestine operations at the Point of Sale (PoS) counters placed at retail terminals. What is the name of the virus?
41) A Supreme Court-appointed committee submitted its report on betting and fixing in the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), recently. The Committee was headed by who among the following?
43) India launched third-line drug therapy for people living with HIV/AIDS and extended free Anti-Retroviral Therapy (ART) to more of them by revising the eligibility norm. The third-line therapy, sometimes called salvage or rescue therapy is prescribed for people who have limited drug options left after the failure of at least two drug regimens and with evidence of HIV resistance to at least one drug in each line or the latter cause alone. For receiving free ART, the minimum CD4-count limit had been reduced from 500 to 350. The CD4- count is a measure of
46) Incidents involving five Boeing 787 Dreamliners around the world recently have spurred concern over the aircraft's design and installed safety measures. Investigations revealed that the culprits were lithium-ion (Li) batteries on-board the aircraft. They had burnt, setting off smoke detectors and leading to emergency landings or groundings. What is the major cause of this incident?
(1) Li batteries are unable to sustain at high temperature
(2) Electrolyte used in Li batteries is highly inflammable
(3) Heat generated by air friction
(4) All of the above
(5) None of the above
47) The scientists at Fermilab (US) want to fire a beam of particles called neutrinos through 1300 km (800 miles) of rock some 30 km below the surface. The experiment's aim is to learn more about how the Universe was created. It is being described as the most important experiment since the search for the Higgs boson. Consider the following statements about neutrinos: 1.Second most abundant particle in the Universe, after photons of light. 2. It means 'small neutral one' in Italian and was first proposed by Wolfgang Pauli in 1930. 3. It is a positively charged particle. Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
48) The scientists at Strathclyde University have developed a new test to speed up the diagnosis of bacterial meningitis. It uses nanoparticles and lasers to 'fingerprint' more than one bacterium at a time and so opens the way for targetted treatment. The name of this new process is
(1) Laser Scattering Technique for Enhanced Diagnosis
(2) Fast Diagnosis of Bacterial Meningitis
(3) Nano Laser Finger printing
(4) Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering
(5) None of these
49) A tracking system is being developed by the researchers from Italy and Belgium that makes 3D movies of living sperm to detect potential infertility-causing anomalies, such as the 'bent tail' that prevents the cells from swimming straight. Consider the following statements regarding this: 1. This is the first technique for collecting data on sperm cell motility in three dimensions. 2. Currently, sperm concentration and mobility in semen are assessed either by subjective visual evaluation or a process known as Computer Assisted Sperm Analysis (CASA). 3. In their new technique, the team of combined microscopy and holography. Which of the above statements is/are correct? :
50) Consider the following statements : 1. Sidharth Birla has been appointed as the President of Federation of India Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) on December 21, 2013. 2.Pradeep Kumar has been appointed as the Managing Director (Corporate Banking) of India (SBI), the biggest lender of the country, on December 29,2013 Which of the statements given above
53) Consider the following statements : 1. R. Chandrashekhar has been appointed as the President of National Association of Software and Service Companies (NASSCOM) on January 4,2014. 2. SK Sharma has been appointed as Chairman and Managing Director of Bharat Electronic Limited (BEL) on January 2, 2014. Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
54) Consider the following statements : 1. China decided to be one of the partners in the proposed National Investment and Manufacturing Zones (NIMZ) in Andhra Pradesh on January 6, 2014. 2. The NIMZ was proposed by Ministry of Commerce and Industry in 2010 in order to increase the overall share of manufacturing in GDP of India. Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
55) Consider the following statements : 1. The Cabinet approved Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between India and the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) on December 19, 2013. 2. The agreement will help to boost the movement of Indian professionals in the ASEAN region and also facilitate more investments in the services sector. Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
56) The Nachiket Mor Committee on comprehensive financial services for small business and low-income households has recommended all Indians above 18 years of age should have full-service bank accounts by
61) The National Urban Health Mission (NUHM) is a flagship programme of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government at the Centre and is the urban counterpart of the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM). It was launched by Union Health Minister Gulam Nabi Azad on January 20, 2014 in Bengaluru. The scheme envisages for : 1. 30-100 bedded Urban Community Health Centres for cities above 5 lakh population. 2. Urban Primary Health Centres for every 50000 population located within or near slums like settlements. 3. One Auxiliary Nursing Midwife (ANM) for every 10000 to 12000 population. 4. One Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHA) is for every 200-500 slums & urban poor households. Which of the above statements is/are correct?
62) The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has issued new • coins bearing images of Goddess Vaishno Devi to commemorate the silver jubilee of Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board, What is/are the denominations) of coins issued by the RBI?
63) The manufacturer company of edible oil and food ingredient, 3F tied up with Fuji Oil Co, the Japanese oil and fats firm. The two firms will make an investment of about Rs.100 crore on the 15-acre plant in Burgul on the outskirts of Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, Consider the following statements about joint venture -. 1. The two firms will have tied up to jointly set-up a non-dairy cream making plant. 2. Fuji will hold 55% of the joint venture and remaining 45% will be with 3F. 3. The plant will be constructed in a period of 1 year and will make 500 tonnes of cream in a month during the first year. 4. Capacity of the plant will be doubled in next three years. Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
64) Union government extended the benefits of the Natural Manufacturing Policy (NMP) throughout the country on January 18, 2014. This extension has been done to boost the manufacturing sector. In this respect,the issued guidelines of the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) mentions 1. Policy benefits are applicable only for National Investment and Manufacturing Zones (NIMZs). 2. All the incentive provided to NIMZs will be available to all clusters. 3. Clusters means a concentration of manufacturing industry units located within a clearly demarcated geographical area notified by the Central government. Which of the above statements is/are correct?
65) ONGC Videsh Limited (OVL) and its partner Oil India Limited (OIL) have signed contracts to explore for oil and gas in two areas in a Asian country. Contract is an equal joint venture of OVL, the overseas arm of state-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC), and OIL. It was signed under Production Sharing Contracts (PSC) for shallow water blocks SS-04 and SS-09 in which of the following countries?.
66) Consider the following statements: 1. India and UAE on January 18,2014 agreed to promote cooperation in renewable energy, especially in areas of solar energy and wind power. 2. The signed MoU allows the two countries to form a Joint Working Group for better coordination through joint research on subjects of mutual interest like exchange and training of scientific and technical personnel. Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
68) Consider the following statements : 1. US President Barack Obama announced to establish an Afghan-Pak Strategic Partnership Office on January 18, 2014. 2. It will be temporary office and would be based in Washington, Islamabad and Kabul. Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
69) Consider the following statements about Nuclear Materials Security Index 2014 : 1. India has been ranked 23rd out of 25 countries in the 2014 Nuclear Threat Initiatives Nuclear Materials Security Index. 2. China has been ranked 20th and Pakistan stands at 22nd place. Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
70) Consider the following statements about India-UK: 1. Department of Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) and Ministry of Labour and Employment (MoLE), on January 16, 2014 signed Memorandum of Understandings (MoU) to enhance the collaboration within the framework of UK India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI) in New Delhi. 2. The MoU focusses to collaborate and build partnership in the area of skill Development and Employment services. 3. UKIERI as its first step will facilitate the partnership of the stakeholders of India with the existing career service in the UK. Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
75) The Central African Republic has appointed the Mayor of Bangui to be interim President, as the European Union agreed to send 500 soldiers to help stabilize the country after former rebel leader Michael Djotodia resigned as President under international pressure over his failure to end the bloodshed. This bloodshed in CAR is caused by which of the following rebel group?
79) Which of the following is/are correctly matched with respect to banks' classification of their non-performing assets (NPAs)? (A) Sub-standard assets: an asset which has remained NPA for a period not exceeding 12 months (B) Doubtful Assets: an asset which has remained NPA for a period exceeding 12 months (C) Loss assets: an asset which cannot be recovered
(1) The Rs.5-note was the first paper currency issued by the RBI in Jan 1938.
(2) At present, notes of Rs.10, Rs.100, Rs.500 and Rs.1,000 only are printed.
(3) The printing of Rs.1, Rs.2 and Rs.5 has been stopped as these have been coinised.
(4) Coins of up to Rs.1,000 denomination can be minted.
(5) The RBI has the powers to print currency notes of up to Rs.20,000 denomination.
81) In order to boost bilateral trade India and a neighbour country have agreed on a Non Discriminatory Market Access (NDMA) on reciprocal basis to each other, in place of the Most Favored Nation (MFN) under which it was decided to expedite the process of giving bank licenses or smooth operation of banks in the other country to facilitate trade. From which of the following country has India agreed on NDMA?
84) India have agreed to promote cooperation in renewable energy with a gulf country, especially in the areas of solar energy and wind power by signing a Memorandum of Understandings (MoU) to this effect. With which of the following country has India signed this MoU?
(2) The scheme has already been initiated in Andhra Pradesh and will now be implemented across the country.
(3) All wages, pensions, maternity benefits and subsidy schemes meant for the people will actually be delivered directly to the family through Micro ATMs and other means.
(4) All the above
(5) Only 1) and 3)
86) With the prior approval of the Reserve Bank of India, the Non-Banking Financial Companies (NBFCs) having a minimum net owned fund of Rs.100 cr are allowed to undertake which of the following businesses?
87) Madagascar was plunged into a political crisis in late 2008. In the recently held election of the country, whose result was being announced by Special Electoral Court, who became the President of the country?
88) Which government has established an Afghan-Pak Strategic Partnership Office (APSPO) to oversee smooth transition and promote normalised diplomatic presence in both the countries and has been tasked to perform the specific project of supporting executive departments and agencies in facilitating a partnership with the two South Asian countries?
89) The Govt has set up a six-member committee to suggest remedial measures to address concerns of people from the Northeast following outrage over the death of a 19-year-old student in Delhi from Arunachal Pradesh recently. The Committee will be headed by
90) Name the India-born engineer-scientist who has been awarded the 2014 Marconi Prize, a Nobel equivalent for technology pioneers. His work is at the heart of the current high-speed WiFi and 4G mobile systems.
91) Who became the first female chief of police of District One (Kabul province) in Afghanistan, the appointment of whom is an indication that Afghanistan is widening its view over women's freedom and there are chances that females will now get more chances to become a part of the police in the country?
92) The RBI announced to conduct open market operations (OMOs) recently. These operations are aimed to adjust the rupee liquidity conditions in the market by selling or purchasing which of the following?
94) Pakistan had the largest number of polio cases in the world in 2013 as revealed by World Health Organisation (WHO) in a global analysis for polio cases. Pakistan is the only polio-endemic country which reported more polio cases in 2013 than in 2012. Pakistan reported 83 cases in 2013 compared to 58 cases in 2012. Which of the following city of the Pakistan is worst affected by Polio?
97) Recently in which of the following country, thousands of riot police launched 'Operation Valentine' to clear public areas occupied for weeks by opposition-backed protesters as they reclaimed the besieged government headquarters without any resistance?
98) Italian Prime Minister resigned after less than a year in office in February. The country's President has accepted his resignation. He's likely to be replaced by Democratic Party leader of the Who among the following was the Prime Minister of the Italy?
101) India signed agreements with Kyrgyz Republic during the visit of Abdyldaev Erlan Bekeshovich, Foreign Minister of Kyrgyz Republic to India on February 14, 2014. The two sides exchanged documents to facilitate mutual legal assistance in criminal matters and to simplify visa regime for diplomatic and official passport holders. Which of the following is not the part of the signed agreement?
104) Canadian Industry Minister James Moore has unveiled a new plan to develop the country's Space Industry on February 8, 2014. Canada's Space Policy Framework will serve as a guideline for the country's strategic space activities and ensure the commercial competitiveness of its space industry in the future. The policy also confirmed support for the James Webb Telescope project. The telescope is set to launch in which of the following mentioned year?
105) The governments from around the world have vowed to take action on the illegal trade in wildlife. At the Conference at Lancaster House in London, delegates from 46 different countries and 11 UN organisations have signed the London Declaration on February 14, 2014. This outlined the steps that need to be taken to stop animal poaching, which governments agreed needs to be treated as a serious crime. Actions from the meeting include : 1. Treat wildlife trade transnational organised crime. 2. Strengthen legal frameworks and help law enforcement. 3. Better cross-agency mechanisms to deal with wild life crime. 4. Establishment of a new international body to deal with crimes related to wildlife. Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
(1) It is a nuclear-capable strategic missile and has a strike range of about 4,000 km.
(2) The missile cannot be launched from a road-mobile launcher.
(3) It has two stages of solid propulsion.
(4) It has a re-entry heat shield which can withstand temperature of more than 3000 degrees Celsius.
(5) It carries state-of-the-art Ring Laser Gyros based high accuracy INS and Micro Navigation System (MINGS).
107) A Non-Banking Financial Company (NBFC) with what asset size, as per last audited balance sheet, is categorised as a systemically important NBFC as their activities will have a bearing on the financial stability in our country?
108) Consider the following statements : 1. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh laid the foundation of 2800 MW Nuclear Power Plant in Fatehabad district of Haryana on January 13, 2014. 2. The project name as Anu Vidut Pariyojana, will have four units of 700 MW each and it will built at a cost of Rs.23502 crore. Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
109) The Arvind Mayaram panel is considering redefining overseas inflows. As per the proposal, any individual investment above 10 per cent of the paid-up capital in a listed company will be treated as which of the following?
110) In a move that is likely to hit currency hoarders and counterfeiters, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has decided to withdraw from circulation all currency notes issued prior to which of the following years? These notes do not have on them the year of printing.
112) The Reserve Bank of India released the Financial Stability Report (FSR) - Dec 2013 recently. FSR, which is aimed to create awareness about the vulnerabilities in the financial system, is published at what intervals?
113) India and which of the following countries are building a state-of-the-art satellite for earth observation for climate change? It is the third satellite to be developed jointly after they have successfully designed Megha-Tropiques in 2011 and SARAL-AltiKa in 2013.
117) The United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) awarded 'Ulysses Award' for Innovation in Public Policy and Governance to the tourism department of which of the following states recently? It is the highest honour given to the govt bodies for shaping global tourism policies through innovative initiatives.
118) In the event of a bank failure, the Deposit Insurance and Credit Guarantee Corporation (DICGC) protects bank deposits that are payable in India. Which of the following deposits will be insured by the DICGC?
121) With a view to enabling highly rated corporate borrowers to diversify their sources of short-term borrowings and to providing an additional instrument to investors, the commercial paper was first introduced in India in which of the following years?
126) Presenting the Interim Budget for 2014-15, the finance minister P Chidambaram proposed a venture capital fund to promote entrepreneurship among scheduled castes and scheduled tribes. What will be the initial capital for the fund?
127) Which of the following countries has introduced new restrictions on online shopping as part of efforts to stop foreign currency reserves from falling any further? Anyone buying items through international websites will now need to sign a declaration.
128) Consider the following statements : 1. Devendra Kumar Pathak has been appointed as the Special DG, Border Security Force (BSF) on December 30, 2013. 2. Arvind Ranjan has been appointed as the Chief of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) on December 26, 2013. Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
129) Mykola Azarov resigned as Prime Minister of which of the following countries recently? His resignation came after the Parliament of the country voted overwhelmingly to annul a controversial anti-protest law.
131) Consider the following statements : 1. Sirajuddin Qureshi has been elected as the President of Indian Islamic Cultural Centre (IICC). 2. Delhi Minorities Commission Chairman Safdar H. Khan has been elected as Vice-President of HCC. Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
132) President Pranab Mukherjee conferred the Ashok Chakra, the highest peacetime gallantry award, upon Sub-Inspector K Prasad Babu posthumously on India's 65th Republic Day. He was a Sub-Inspector in Greyhounds, the anti-naxal force in the state of
133) The Reserve Bank of India carries out state govts' transactions in terms of the agreement entered into with them. As of now, such agreements exist between RBI and all the state govts except which of the following state govt?
136) The Govt of India has defined micro, small and medium enterprises. Which of the following is correctly matched for an enterprise engaged in the manufacture or processing of goods as per the definition? (A) Micro enterprise: Investment in plant and machinery does not exceed Rs.25 lakhs (B) Small enterprise: Investment in plant and machinery is more than Rs.25 lakhs but docs not exceed Rs.5 cr. (C) Medium enterprise: Investment in plant and machinery is more than Rs.5 cr but does not exceed Rs.20 cr.
137) Consider the following statements: 1. Union Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region officially launched the North Eastern Region Community Resource Management Project at Changlang in Arunachal Pradesh on January 6, 2014. 2. It is a joint developmental initiative of the North Eastern Council (NEC), Ministry of DoNER and International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD). Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
140) Consider the following statements: 1. Union Ministry of Human Resource Development, on January 5, 2014 announced Maulana Azad Taleem-e-Baligah Scheme to achieve higher literacy for the Minority Muslim Community. 2. The scheme will impart literacy to one crore population in the age group of 15 years and above and the basic education to 2.5 lakh adults and skill development programmes. Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
142) The govt launched the ambitious National Urban Health Mission (NUHM) recently. Consider the following with respect to NUHM: (A) It is aimed at providing adequate and efficient urban public health delivery system for the urban poor. (B) It would cover 779 urban areas with over 50,000 population across the country by Mar 2015. (C) The central govt will share 50 per cent of the cost to implement the programme. Which of the above statements is/are correct about the mission?
143) Consider the following statements : 1. The government of India, on January 7, 2014, launched the nation's first comprehensive adolescent health programme named Rashtriya Kishor Swasthya Karyakaram (RKSK) in New Delhi. 2. The programme will include a sharp focus an adolescent's sexual health. 3. The dimensions of RKSK are-mental health, nutrition, substance misuse, gender based violence and non-communicable diseases. Which of the statements given above is/are correct ?
144) Which of the following teams remained on top with 92 medals at the end of the third edition of the 2014 Lusofonia Games held in Goa recently? These games are Portuguese equivalent to British Commonwealth Games.
145) The panel set up by the govt for considering splitting overseas inflows into two categories - Foreign Portfolio Investment (FPI) and Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) - is headed by who among the following?
146) Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy is the premiere institute to provide training to personnel of Indian Police Service (IPS). Who became the first women to be appointed as the Director of this Academy ?
147) The central bank of which of the following countries has approved domestic trading in the Chinese yuan, Japanese yen, Australian dollar as well as Indian rupee in a move that will effectively make those currencies legal tender in the country?
149) Which of the following city of Bihar is officially declared itself as "green city" by becoming the first town in the world where all the buildings on the main thoroughfares have been painted green with an idea to paint the town with an environment friendly colour?
152) 15th Express Technology Sabha was inaugurated as an established platform that sees around 100 senior government IT leaders from across India sharing ideas, best practices and innovations on e-Governance. It opined that both the Central and State governments should work together to usher in e-inclusion by leveraging ICT. In which of the following place it took place?
155) Syedna Mohammad Burhanuddin of Dawoodi Bohra community was considered to be the 52nd Dai of the Dawoodi Bohra community. Having a blend of cultures including Yemeni, Egyptian, African and Indian, DawoodiBohras have their own language called "Lisnu-d-Dawat" meaning the "Language of the Dawat", which is written in Perso-Arabic script and is derived from Urdu, Gujarati and Persian. Consider the following statements about this community: 1. The Dawoodi Bohras maintain a same form of attire as by traditional muslim communities. 2. More than half Dawoodi Bohra population of the world live in Mumbai, India. 3. Mumbai is the permanent seat of the spiritual head of the community and the central hub of administration for organisation. Which of the above statements is/are
156) In a step towards better management of its borrowings, the central govt has prepared PDMA Bill. Consider the following with respect to PDMA: (A) PDMA is acronym for Public Debt Management Agency. (B) The proposed agency will be established as a statutory body. (C) It is expected to take away the borrowing task from the RBI. Which of the above statements is/are correct?
157) The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has approved the proposal to increase foreign investment limit to 74 per cent for which of the following private banks recently? The increase is subject to the aggregate foreign institutional investors' (FIIs) shareholding cap.
158) Recently, India has allowed the import of human embryos for artificial reproduction, opening up what is expected to be a huge segment of the medical tourism market. The decision will allow foreign couples to bring in frozen human embryos and rent a surrogate womb in India for the baby to be born. To ensure quality control, such imports will have to carry a no-objection certificate from which of the following?
161) The name of Major general Konsam Himalay Singh has been cleared for promotion to the rank of Lieutenant General. He was commissioned into 2 Rajput (Kali Chindi) in 1978 and commanded the 27 Rajput when it was based in Siachen. He has seen action in the Kargil battle, when he was commanding 27 Rajput, and has been awarded a Yudh Seva Medal for the operations. Which of the following statements is correct about him? 1. He hails from Charangpat in Thoubal district of Manipur. 2. He is the first army officer from the north-east. 3. He was awarded the Param Vishisht Sewa Medal in 2013. Choose the correct code
162) Top ULFA leader Paresh Barua, one of India's most wanted militants, and 13 other people have been sentenced to death by a court in which of the following countries recently? They were held responsible for the country's biggest weapons haul seized in 2004.
164) Mukul Mudgal will take over as the new chairperson of Broadcasting Content Complaints Council (BCCC), a self-regulatory body for non-news channels. Justice Mudgal, who had chaired a committee appointed by the Supreme Court to look into Indian Premier League match-fixing allegations, succeeds Justice (retd) Ajit Prakash Shah, who demitted office after being appointed chairperson of the 20th Law Commission in November, 2013. Consider the following statements regarding Justice Mudgal: 1. He was Chief Justice of Bihar High Court. 2. He has also chaired a committee set-up by the I&B Ministry to propose changes in the Cinematograph Act, 1952. Which of the above statements is/are correct?
165) Seeking to boost manufacturing sector, Govt has extended the benefits of the NMP throughout the country wherever industry can organise itself into clusters and adopt a self-regulatory model. What does NMP stand for?
166) Which of the following biodiversity hotspots in India has been named 'destination flyways' by United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) recently? It is the only site to be selected from Asia.
167) Purushottam Express is slated to become the first train in the country to have a Braille-embedded AC coach for visually-challenged passengers. In a first of its kind, the Railways has manufactured an AC three-tier coach with Braille signages to be operational by end of February, 2014 in the Superfast Purshottam Express as part of its social commitment to make trains and stations more friendly towards specially-abled passengers. The Purushottam Express runs from: