1) India on 31 January 2015 successfully tested the first-ever
canister based version of Agni-V, which is country’s longest
range ballistic missile. The missile was launched from a
canister from Wheeler Island (Odisha). What is the range of this
missile? – 5,000 KM
2) The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on 30 January 2015
constituted a 7-member committee on urban cooperative banks
(UCBs). The committee will primarily re-examine and
recommend appropriate set of businesses, size, conversion and
licensing terms for the UCBs. Who is heading this committee?
– R. Gandhi (Deputy Governor, RBI)
3) Maharashtra’s Directorate of Archaeology and Museums has
announced plan for re-excavation of a site associated with the
mighty Satvahana dynasty, which ruled the large part of Central
India in second century B.C. This re-excavation is being done
in a bid to establish the missing cultural sequences during and
after the Satvahana dynasty. Which place in the state is the site
for the re-excavation? – Ter (Osmanabad district)
4) During January 2015 the Union Government proposed major
changes to the 1953 Tea Act to give more teeth to the regulator
of the tea sector. These amendments primarily aim at plugging
loopholes in relevant sections of the Tea Act to enable takeover
of the management or control of tea gardens, which have been
closed for over 90 days. The regulator of country’s tea sector,
which is being given additional powers with these proposals, is
– Tea Board of India
5) Who took as the new Chairman of Hindustan Aeronautics
Ltd (HAL) on 31 January 2015? – T. Suvarna Raju
6) Serena Williams won the women’s singles title of Australian
Open 2015 on 31 January 2015 by defeating Maria Sharapova.
With this title win she overtook the Grand Slam title wins by
tennis greats Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert. This was her
………. Grand Slam singles title? – 19th
7) Who took over as the new Director General of the IndoTibetan Border Police (ITBP) on 31 January 2015? – Krishna
8) India’s Leander Paes and Swiss Martina Hingis won the
mixed-doubles title of 2015 Australian Open on 1 February
2015. They defeated third seeds Daniel Nestor and Kristina
Mladenovic by 6-4, 6-3 in the final. With this win, both Paes
and Hingis have now won similar number of Grand Slam titles
respectively. What is this identical number of Grand Slam title
wins for both? – Fifteen
9) World No.1 Novak Djokovic (Serbia) the 2015 Australian
Open singles title. He defeated Britain’s Andy Murray by 7-6
(5), 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-0 in the final on 1 February 2015. With this
title win Djokovic has now won how many Australian Open
titles? – Five
10) A government-appointed committee on anti-Sikh riots of
1984 recently submitted its report to Home Minister Rajnath
Singh. What is the main recommendation of this committee,
which was headed by former Supreme Court Judge Justice
(retd.) G.P. Mathur? – Fresh probe into these riots through a
Special Investigation Team (SIT)
11) The 29th edition of the famed Surajkund International Crafts
Mela started from 1 February 2015 at Surajkund (Faridabad) in
Haryana. Which state has been chosen as the theme state for
this year’s mela? – Chhattisgarh
12) India on 1 February 2015 launched its flagship diplomacy
magazine in Chinese language to give “interesting” information
about the country’s rich culture and tradition. This Chinese
version (‘Yindu Shijiao’) was launched on the occasion of
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s maiden visit to
China. What is the name of this diplomacy magazine published
by India? – ‘India Perspectives’
13) Australia won the one-day international tri-series on 1
February 2015 by defeating England by 112 runs in the final
played at Perth. This title win boosted Australia’s preparation
for the Cricket World Cup which commences from 14 February
in Australia-New Zealand. Who was awarded the man of the
match award for an incredible all-round performance? – Glenn
14) The RBI deadline for applying for the payments banks
ended on 2 February 2015. Which companies/groups are the
prominent bidders for the payments banks which will offer
services such as remittances and deposits? – Reliance
Industries Limited (RIL), Aditya Birla Nuvo Ltd., Future
Group, UAE Exchange India, Bharti Airtel, Vodafone,
IIFL, PayTM and Oxigen
15) Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) has applied for a
payments bank licence, the application deadline for which
ended on 2 February 2015. It tied up with which bank for
seeking this licence? – State Bank of India (SBI)
16) Union Govt. has decided to rename the second phase of
JNNURM, the scheme to rejuvenate India’s 500 cities and
towns, after Atal Bihari Vajpayee. What will be the new name
of this scheme? – Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban
Transformation (AMRUT)
17) Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation
(IRCTC) recently announced plans to offer cash-on-delivery
(CoD) option for railway tickets bought online. The scheme is
aimed at targeting customers who are reluctant to use their bank
credit card or those who don’t have net-banking enabled bank
account or cards. Which entity has been authorized for
providing these CoD-based train tickets? – Anduril
18) India’s first germplasm bank in the private sector started its
operations from 1 February 2015. This bank capable of
protecting the seeds up to 40 years has been set up at Medchal
near Hyderabad. Which company has established this
germplasm bank? – Gubba Group
19) What is the name of the teenage netball player of
Maharashtra who died of cardiac arrest on 2 February 2015
after participating in a match at the ongoing 35 th National
Games of India at Thiruvananthapuram? – Mayuresh Pawar
20) What is the name of the 17th edition of the international
theatre festival by the National School of Drama (NSD) that
started on 1 February 2015 in New Delhi and which is believed
to be the largest such festival in the whole of Asia? – “Bharat
Rang Mahotsav”
21) The Reserve Bank of India on 3 February 2015 constituted
a committee to evaluate applications received for the proposed
small finance banks. Who is heading this committee? – Usha
Thorat, former Deputy Governor of RBI
22) The Reserve Bank of India on 3 February 2015 constituted
a committee to evaluate applications received for payments
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banks. Who is heading this committee? – Dr. Nachiket Mor,
Director, Central Board, RBI
23) The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on 3 February 2014
released its 6th Bi-monthly Monetary Review. It decided to keep
the most important Repo Rate unchanged at 7.75%. Which is
the only prominent rate that was changed in this review? –
Statutory Liquidity Ratio (SLR)
Explanation: The RBI reduced the statutory liquidity ratio
(SLR) of scheduled commercial banks by 50 basis points from
22.0% to 21.5% of their net demand and time liabilities (NDTL)
with effect from the fortnight beginning 7 February 2015. The
reduction in SLR is expected to release more funds in the
Following are the main highlights of RBI’s 6 th Bi-Monthly
Monetary Policy Review
- Repo rate unchanged at 7.75%
- Consequentially, Reverse Repo Rate remain unchanged at
- Marginal standing facility (MSF) rate remain unchanged at
- Cash Reserve Ratio (CRR) unchanged at 4%
- Statutory Liquidity Ratio (SLR) reduced from 22.0% to 21.5%
- Targetted inflation by January 2016 at 6%
- GDP growth estimated at 5.5% for 2014-15 and 6.5% for
2015-16 (under old base year)
- Foreign exchange remittance limit raised to $2,50,000 per
person annually
24) The RBI on 3 February 2015 increased the amount Indians
can remit in foreign exchange without end-use restrictions to $
2,50,000 per year per person. What was this limit at present?
– $ 1,25,000 per year per person
25) Union Government is set to launch its own brand to sell low
cost generic medicines from 1 July 2015. The Bureau of
Pharma Public Sector Undertakings of India (BPPI), the nodal
agency under the department of pharmaceuticals (DoP), has
already floated the tender seeking application for supply of
medicines for the programme. What is the brand name given to
these low cost generic medicines? – ‘Jan Ausadhi’
26) How many Indians were in the Hurun Global Rich List of
billionaires that was released on 3 February 2015? – 97
27) Union Government on 4 February 2015 sacked Union
Home Secretary Anil Goswami from his post. What is the
reason for his removal? – His alleged attempts to stall the
arrest of former minister Matang Sinh in Saradha scam
28) Who was appointed as the new Home Secretary after Anil
Goswami was sacked from this post on 4 February 2015? –
L.C. Goyal
29) Which country is on its way to become the first in the world
to allow the creation of babies from three people after this
country’s parliament passed a bill associated with this
controversial subject on 3 February 2015? – United Kingdom
30) The RBI on 2 February 2015 directed banks to prominently
display the name of unclaimed bank account holders on the
websites and provide them with a “Find” option to locate the
information easily. What are the present provisions for such
unclaimed and inoperative bank accounts? – Banks are
required to pay back the amounts laying in inoperative
accounts for ten years or more, along with interest
31) Which country became the world’s top FDI destination
during 2014 and thus replaced the United States from top place
as disclosed by a latest report by United Nations Conference of
Trade and Development (UNCTAD)? – China
32) According to the latest data disclosed by market research
firm Canalys, Budget smartphone maker Micromax overtook
Korean behemoth Samsung to become the largest smartphone
seller in the Indian market. The data pertaining to fourth quarter
of 2014 suggest that Micromax’s share stood at 22% to
Samsung’s 20% in the smartphone segment. What is the
significance of this data? – This is the first time that an Indian
company has taken the top spot in the highly competitive
smartphone segment
33) Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba’s online financial
service company Ant Financial Services Group (Ant Financial)
acquired 25% stake in which Indian mobile commerce firm on
5 February 2015? – Paytm
34) The largest share sale by a private sector entity and the
second largest fund-raising by selling shares in the secondary
market in India took place on 5 February 2015 when a leading
private bank raised Rs. 9,880 crore. Which bank is this? –
35) The International Court of Justice (ICJ) on 3 February 2015
rejected the claims of genocide by Serbia and Croatia against
each other during the Croatian war of secession from
Yugoslavia. This genocide of 1991 was mainly associated with
which Croatian town? – Vukovar
36) Which city on 5 February 2015 took the first step to become
the first WiFi enabled metro city of India? – Kolkata
37) Which NASA spacecraft sent new pictures of dwarf planet
Pluto that were released by the agency on 4 February 2015? –
New Horizons
38) Dr. Gaur Hari Singhania, who passed away on 4 February
2015, was associated with which leading industrial house of the
country? – JK Group
39) Who was selected for Jnanpith Award for 2014, which is
the most prestigious literary honour in India? – Bhalchandra
Vanaji Nemade (Marathi litterateur)
40) What important event associated with the newly constituted
“NITI Aayog” took place on 6 February 2015? – The first
meeting of NITI Aayog was held on this day
41) On 6 February 2015 BSE announced its decision to shift
stocks of 53 companies to the restricted trading segment (‘T’
group) from 10 February 2015. This was done to ensure safety
in capital markets and safeguard the interest of investors. What
are the main trading norms for ‘T’ group shares? – No
speculative trading is allowed for ‘T’ group shares and
delivery of shares and payment of consideration amount are
42) Union Govt. on 6 February 2015 announced that four
SAARC countries are in the process of signing a path-breaking
Motor Vehicles Agreement (MVA) to provide seamless transit
of passenger, personal and cargo vehicles among these
countries. Which are these 4 countries? – India, Bangladesh,
Nepal and Bhutan
43) The Central Government will notify adoption of the
proposed Indian Accounting Standards (Ind AS) in March
2015. Ind AS is the converged Indian version of International
Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and will come into effect
for the first time in 2016-17. What is the proposed criterion for
companies which are to follow the Ind AS in the first year? –
Companies with net worth of over Rs. 500 crore
44) The Tunisian parliament on 5 February 2015 approved a
unity government in the country which will be led by the ruling
Nidaa Tounes party and will include its Islamist rivals. What is
the significance of this development? – It is an important
development in country’s transition to full democracy
following a 2011 uprising
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45) Indian Railways concluded its first-ever bilateral power
procurement agreement on 5 February 2015 under which it will
be able to purchase power directly from supplier so as to reduce
procurement costs. This agreement was signed between which
two entities? – Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) and
North Central Railway (NCR)
46) 15 Delhi Sustainable Development Summit (DSDS)
concluded on 7 February 2015 at Delhi. This annual event has
gradually emerged as one of the most important events on
issues related to global sustainability. Which entity organizes
this summit every year? – The Energy and Resources
Institute (TERI)
47) In a big relief to Pakistani camp just before World Cup, its
star off-spinner Saeed Ajmal’s bowling action was cleared by
the International Cricket Council (ICC) on 7 February 2015 and
he can now resume his international cricket career. This
clearance was given after Ajmal went through a bowling action
test at an ICC-accredited bio-mechanical analysis facility in
India during January 2015. What is the name of this facility,
which is the only such facility in the Indian sub-continent? –
Sri Ramachandra University Sports Medicine Centre
48) The 10th edition of India-Mongolia Joint Military Training
Exercise concluded on 6 February 2015. The 15-day long
exercise saw the participation of Indian and Mongolian armies.
This exercise was held at which place? – Gwalior
49) Who was selected as the youngest President of the Greek
Parliament on 6 February 2015? – Zoe Konstantopoulou
50) Who took over as the new Director-General of the Council
of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) on 5 February 2015?
– Dr. M.O. Garg
51) The first meeting of the Governing Council of NITI
(National Institution for Transforming India) Aayog was held
in New Delhi on 8 February 2015. The meeting was presided
by NITI Aayog’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He used to
the term “Team India” in this meeting for describing a
combination of three vital teams in the structure of NITI Aayog.
This term ‘Team India” stands for which three constituents? –
a) The Prime Minister and Chief Ministers b) The Union
Council of Ministers and c) The bureaucracy at the Centre
and in States
52) The Finance Ministry on 7 February 2015 announced that
it will soon provide capital infusion worth Rs. 6,990 crore to
nine public sector banks. This infusion will be made from the
Rs. 11,200-crore provided for in this year’s budget for
capitalisation of banks. Which bank would get highest capital
infusion? – State Bank of India (SBI)
Break-up of Capital Infusion
Name of Bank
Amount (in Rs. Crore)
Bank of Baroda
Punjab National Bank
Canara Bank
Syndicate Bank
Allahabad Bank
Indian Bank
Dena Bank
Andhra Bank
53) Union Government on 8 February 2015 gave clarification
on the nuclear deal signed with the United States and spelled
out the maximum compensation that nuclear suppliers will have
to pay in case of a mishap. What is this maximum compensation
in Indian currency? – Rs. 2,160 crore
54) ‘Fire Volcano’, which started erupting on 8 February 2015,
is situated in which Latin American country? – Guatemala
55) Three Indian cities recently made into the 67 cities chosen
worldwide for the 100 Resilient Cities project, run by the New
York-based non-profit organisation Rockefeller Foundation.
Which are these 3 cities? – Bengaluru, Chennai and Surat
56) Union Govt. on 9 February 2015 came up with a new
forecast of annual economic growth that makes India the fastest
growing major economy in the world. This became possible as
the system of measuring economic activities was changed
recently. What is the new growth forecast for year ending 201415 according to this? – 7.4%
57) English daily “The Indian Express” on 9 February 2015
revealed the names of some more account holders who
allegedly have black money at HSBC Bank in Geneva. Later
Union Government also accepted the fact and said that it too
have this additional information. According to this information
how many Indians have such accounts in this bank? –1,195
58) In an ambitious project, China on 9 February 2015 launched
its first cruise-liner that will sail via the transcontinental
initiative Maritime Silk Road (MSR). MSR project is an
initiative by China to resurrect the ancient maritime Silk Road.
The said cruise-liner will pass through which three Southeast
Asian countries? – Vietnam, Thailand and Malaysia
59) The Gujarat government is planning to set up a Special
Purpose Vehicle (SPV) at the state’s largest education hub
spread over 1,000 acres of land at a village in Vadodara district.
According to the plan, this village’s backyard will host a central
university, a teacher’s university, a sports university and IIIT,
to be known as a “special education-cum-sports zone“. What is
the name of this village? – Chokari
60) What are the names of the two Indians who won the
prestigious Grammy Awards, the 57th edition of which was
announced on 8 February 2015? – Neela Vasvani and Ricky
61) Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) swept to
power in Delhi on 10 February 2015 by winning 67 of the 70
Assembly seats that went to polls on 7 February. Its main
opponent BJP was reduced to just 3 seats while Congress was
decimated to zero. The unprecedented result of this election is
the second biggest sweep in Assembly elections in India. Which
state has seen a bigger sweep than this sweep by AAP? –
62) What was the total vote share of the Aam Aadmi Party
(AAP) in this historic and mammoth Assembly win? – 54.3%
63) AAP supremo Arvind Kejriwal won from the New Delhi
constituency with a margin of over 31 thousand votes in Delhi
Assembly elections. However his main opponent Kiran Bedi of
BJP and Congress’ stalwart Ajay Maken received shock
defeats. Bedi and Maken lost from which seats respectively? –
Krishna Nagar and Sadar Bazar
64) Delhi‘s opposition in the Assembly was reduced to just
three members as AAP won 67 of the 70 seats. Who are the
three BJP leaders who made it to the Assembly despite the huge
AAP wave across the city? – Vijender Gupta, Jagdish
Pradhan and Om Prakash Sharma
65) Nepal constituted two commissions on 10 February 2015 to
look into allegations of human rights abuses and
disappearances during the country’s decade-long civil war.
This civil war between state forces and the Maoist rebels ended
in which year with a peace agreement? – 2006
Explanation: The allegations of human rights abuses and war
crimes have been a long-simmering one in Nepal. Both Maoists
as well as the state forces have been accused of grave war-time
abuses, including unlawful killings, arbitrary arrests,
disappearances, rape and torture, during the decade-long
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conflict which ended under a 2006 peace agreement. Both sides
pledged to look into the crimes within six months after signing
the peace deal. But subsequent governments failed to
investigate the accusations, fearing doing so would derail a
tenuous peace between politicians and former rebels, leaving
alleged perpetrators to rise through the military and political
Following are the two commissions constituted on 10 February
10, 2015
Truth and Reconciliation Commission: This Commission has
been modelled after the one set up in South Africa after the end
of apartheid and would investigate abuses committed during the
conflict between state forces and the Maoists.
The Commission on Enforced Disappearances: This
Commission would investigate the disappearances of more than
1,300 people still missing eight years after the end of the
66) Social networking giant Facebook recently forged
partnership with which Indian telecom company to provide free
Internet access in the country as announced on 10 February
2015? – Reliance Communications Limited (RCom)
67) The crucial summit to secure a deal in the ongoing Ukraine
conflict was held on 11 February 2015 in which Russian
President Vladimir Putin and the Ukrainian President Petro
Poroshenko met face to face. An important agreement was
struck to start the ceasefire in eastern Ukraine from 15 February
2015. Which country hosted this initiative, which was led by
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President
Francois Hollande? – Belarus
68) Finance Ministry released latest data for the Pradhan Mantri
Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY) on 11 February 2015. According to it,
a little more than 127 million new bank accounts have been opened
since launch of the scheme on 28 August 2014. What is an
important achievement associated with this figure? – The number
of people added to the country’s banking system in the past five
months is higher than that in the period from 2001 to 2011
69) The opening ceremony of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015
was held on 12 February 2015 in which cities of New Zealand
and Australia? – Christchurch and Melbourne
70) In a major development Myanmar President Thein Sein on
10 February 2015 gave his approval to hold a referendum this
year, which is being seen as a political game-changer in
country’s path to democracy. What will be the main issue of
this proposed referendum? – To bring amendments to
country’s military-drafted constitution
71) Which private bank on 10 February 2015 launched first-ofits-kind digital banking service called “Pockets”, which enables
users to instantly send money to any e-mail id, mobile number,
friends on Facebook and bank account? – ICICI Bank
72) The Union Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports on 11
February 2015 announced the revision of the Scheme of
Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar, which was introduced by
the Union Govt. in 2009. What is the main objective of this
award scheme? – Encourage the involvement of corporates
and sports promotion boards in the development of sports
in the country
73) Apple Inc. on 10 February 2015 achieved which record in
market capitalization? – $700 billion
74) Who was appointed as the new heir of the Mysuru royal
family on 12 February 2015? – Yaduveer Gopal Raj Urs
76) What is the name of the Indian-American assistant
professor who was awarded the $500,000 National Science
Foundation Career award for his breakthrough research on 11
February 2015? – Gurpreet Singh
77) India’s trade deficit during January 2015 stood at $8.32
billion, which is the lowest since February 2014. During
December 2014 the trade deficit stood at $9.43 billion. What is
the primary reason for narrowing of trade deficit in recent
months? – Decrease in international crude prices
78) State Bank of India (SBI)’s net profit for the October to
December quarter for 2014-15 stood at Rs. 2,910 crore as
announced by the bank on 13 February 2015. These results
were cheered by the stock and financial markets of the country.
Why? – SBI’s bad loans rose only slightly and its asset
quality made an improvement
79) Union Home Ministry on 12 February 2015 constituted a
Special Investigation Team (SIT) to re-investigate the 1984
Sikh riots of Delhi. This was done as proposed by the G.P.
Mathur Committee recently. Who is heading this newly
constituted 3-member SIT? – Pramod Asthana (IPS)
80) Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways during
February 2015 decided to close down 125 toll plazas in the country.
It has also initiated the process of putting together a list of such
plazas. Which category of toll plazas are to be closed as announced
by the govt.? – Toll plazas where either the cost has been
recovered or where collection isn’t feasible any more
81) 9 persons were killed are more than 40 persons were injured
when coaches of an intercity express derailed near Anekal town
on the outskirts of Bengaluru in the morning of 13 February
2015. Which train was involved in this accident? – Bengaluru
City-Ernakulam Intercity Express (Train no. 12677)
82) Who was confirmed as the new US Defence Secretary by
the US Senate on 12 February 2015? – Ashton Carter
83) FMCG major ITC has purchased which two famous brands
of Johnson & Johnson (J&J) as announced on 12 February
2015? – ‘Savlon’ and ‘Shower To Shower’
84) Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal took over
as the new Chief Minister of Delhi on 14 February 2015 at a
huge oath taking ceremony held at Ramlila Maidan. He was
administered the oath of office by Lt. Governor Najib Jung.
With this the Presidential rule clamped in Delhi also ended.
Delhi remained under President’s rule for what duration? –
Exact one year
85) Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal made what
distinction as far as allocation of portfolios is concerned? – He
did not took any ministerial portfolio in Delhi Cabinet
86) Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “Make in India” campaign
got a major boost on 14 February 2015 when US multinational
company General Electric (GE) opened its first manufacturing
plant in India. This facility comprising of multi-modal facility
primarily for exports has been established at which place? –
Chakan (Pune)
87) The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on 13 February
announced it would soon put in circulation currency notes with
the denomination of Re 1. When printing of Re. 1 notes was
discontinued by the govt. due to higher printing costs? –
November 1994
88) India successfully test fired the supersonic BrahMos cruise
missile from a state-of-the-art naval warship on 14 February
2015. This test carried out in the Arabian Sea involved which
warship? – INS Kolkata
75) Which New Zealand cricketer was named country’s
Sportsman of the Year for 2014 on 11 February 2015 and thus
became the first cricketer to win New Zealand’s coveted sports
89) The first National Tribal Festival of India started from 13
award since former captain Martin Crowe in 1991? – Brendon
February 2015 at Delhi. What is the name given to this festival
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which features 900 tribal participants from all over the country?
– “Vanaj 2015”
90) The matches of the ICC World Cup 2015 started from 14
February 2015 with both hosts New Zealand and Australia
recording convincing victory over Sri Lanka and England
respectively. Who, however, became the first English bowler to
take a World Cup hat-trick despite the team losing to Australia
by 111-run? – Steven Finn
91) India defeated Pakistan by 76 runs in its ICC World Cup
2015 opener at Adelaide on 15 February 2015 to record its sixth
consecutive win over the arch-rivals in the history of cricket
World Cup. Virat Kohli proved his batting credentials once
again with a blistering knock of 107 runs. With this century
Kohli made numerous records. What is the prominent among
these? – He became the first Indian to score a century
against Pakistan in a World Cup match
92) India’s first Renewable Energy Global Investors’ Meet and
Expo was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 15
February 2015. What is the name of this summit? – Re-Invest
India 2015
93) The State Bank of India (SBI) made how much commitment
for clean energy generation (renewable energy) as announced by it
at Re-Invest India 2015 on 15 February 2015? – Rs. 75,000 crore
94) The 35th National Games of India concluded on 14
February 2015 at Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala). Which three
teams occupied the top three spots in the final medals tally? –
Services, Kerala and Haryana
95) National Lok Adalat was held on 14 February 2015 with
over 56,000 cases disposed of across the country. This was
which edition of National Lok Adalat, which is held under the
patronage of the Chief Justice of India? – 3rd
96) Which Scandinavian country came under attacks on 14 and
15 February 2015, which are said to be inspired by an attack on
French satirical weekly ‘Charlie Hebdo’ last month? –
97) India sealed a nuclear deal with Sri Lanka on 16 February
2015 under which India will help Sri Lanka build its nuclear
energy infrastructure. What is the major significance of this
nuclear deal? – With this deal India was able to push back a
little the Chinese influence in Sri Lanka
98) Rajinder Puri, who passed away on 16 February 2015, was
a noted personality associated with which field? – Cartooning
99) The growth data for Japanese economy’s last quarter of
2014 (Oct-Dec 2014) was released on 16 February 2015. What
was a major landmark achieved by Japan with an annualized
growth figure of 2.2%? – It was finally able to come out of
the recession
100) Indian Air Force’s (IAF) dare-devil aerobatic squadron,
which was grounded for last 4 years, is all set to take to the skies
once again. The squadron is expected to come back in action
within 6 to 8 months. What is the name of this world-famous
dare-devil aerobatic squadron? – Surya Kiran
101) In the 8th auction of Indian Premier League (IPL) held on
16 February 2015, Yuvaraj Singh emerged as the costliest
player of the auction. Which IPL franchisee purchased him for
a record price of Rs. 16 crore? – Delhi Daredevils
102) Which India-born executive was appointed as the CEO of
accounting giant Deloitte’s global operations on 15 February
2015? – Punit Renjen
103) National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI), the
umbrella organisation for retail payment system in India, on 18
February 2015 launched a unified platform for providing a
single payment interface across all systems. What is the name
of this interface that will enable all account holders to send and
receive money from their smartphones with a single identifier?
– Unified Payment Interface (UPI)
104) Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated Aero India
2015 on 18 February 2015. This exhibition depicting aviation
technology and products from all over the world is held
biennially in which city? – Bengaluru
105) Which private bank on 16 February 2015 announced plans
to launch India’s first Green Infrastructure Bond worth Rs. 500
crore, proceeds from which will be deployed to fund renewable
energy and energy efficiency projects? – Yes Bank
106) India’s Space Commission was re-constituted during
February 2015 with the appointment of new ISRO Chairman
A.S. Kiran Kumar as its head. Which official was included for
the first time in the Space Commission as its member? –
Foreign Secretary
107) Lunar New Year of numerous Asian countries including
China started on 19 February 2015. This year is being observed
as year of which animal according to the traditional Chinese
zodiac system? – Year of the Sheep
108) Legendary film producer D.Ramanaidu passed away on 18
February 2015 in Hyderabad at the age of 79. He was conferred
with the Dada Saheb Phalke Award for lifetime achievement in
2009. What unique record he held in film producing? – He held
the world record for producing highest number of films
109) Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has recently asked for
which officer of the Central Govt. as Officer on Special Duty
(OSD) in his office, a move expected to increase bitterness
between Union Govt. and the Delhi Govt.? – Sanjiv Chaturvedi
110) Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the centrally
sponsored nation-wide ‘Soil Health Card’ (SHC) scheme on 19
February 2015. The Soil Health Card under the scheme will carry
crop-wise recommendations of nutrients\fertilizers required for
farms of different soil types, will make it possible for farmers to
improve productivity through judicious use of inputs. This scheme
was launched at which place? – Suratgarh (Rajasthan)
111) The Corporate Affairs Ministry during February 2015
removed curbs on acquisition of shares and other securities that
was imposed on banking, insurance and housing finance
companies. This exemption was earlier available to these
entities. The said curb was imposed under which act? – The
new company law (Companies Act, 2013)
112) The State Bank of India has recently launched a massive
initiative to empower its customers through technology and
awareness. Under this initiative special SBI centers across the
length and breadth of the country have started holding
interactive learning sessions and demos of the bank’s techchannels. What is the name of these special centers? – Tech
Learning Centres (TLCs)
113) The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on 18 February 2015
allowed banks to lend against gold and thus lifted the ban on
the same. When was this ban imposed? – June 2013
114) The “Halwa Ceremony”, which was held on 19 February
2015, is associated with which keenly awaited event of the
Union Govt.? – “Union Budget”
115) Shahrukh Khan-Kajol starrer Dilwale Dulhania Le
Jayenge (DDLJ) finally ended its unprecedented streak for
running continuously for over 1,000 weeks at Mumbai’s
Maratha Mandir cinema hall with its final show held on 19
February 2015. From when this film continuously ran at this
iconic theatre? – October 1995
116) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 20 February 2015
flagged-off the first air-conditioned express train service
between Delhi and Arunachal Pradesh. This train was flagged
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off from which station which is the only important station of
Arunachal Pradesh? – Naharlagun
was associated with political party? – Communist Party of
India (CPI)
117) The Union Govt. on 18 February 2015 launched a single
(www.ebiz.gov.in). How many central govt. services have been
brought under the ambit of this portal which will primarily
facilitate ease of doing in India? – Eleven
131) What is the name of the woman pilot of the Indian Air
Force (IAF) who recently became the first woman pilot to
become part of the famous helicopter-formation team
“Sarang”? – Squadron Leader Deepika Misra
118) The Supreme Court on 20 February 2015 ruled that
national broadcaster Doordarshan (DD) can show Team India’s
World Cup 2015 cricket matches free of cost. What was the
main subject of conflict between Star Sports and Prasar Bharati
in this case due to which Prasar Bharati took Star Sports to the
Supreme Court? – Sharing of feed of matches by DD to cable
119) The Election Commission of India (ECI) on 19 February
2015 presented the first copy of its publication that attempts to
encapsulate the most critical and outstanding features of Indian
elections for a fact-filled and inside eye view. What is the name
of this publication that gives data and insights on the Lok Sabha
elections of 2014? – “India Votes”
120) A new PSU fertilizer company was incorporated at the
existing site of Ramagundam Fertilizer plant in Telangana as a
joint venture of National Fertilizers Ltd (NFL), Engineers India
Ltd. and Fertilizer Corporation of India Ltd. on 17 February
2015. What is the name of this newly founded entity? –
Ramagundam Fertilizers and Chemicals Limited
121) Hikaru Nakamura of United States won the Zurich Chess
Classic tournament that concluded on 20 February 2015. What
was the position of India’s Vishwanathan Anand in the
tournament? – Second
122) Which former Indian cricketer was inducted in the ICC
Cricket Hall of Fame during India’s World Cup match against
South Africa at Melbourne on 22 February 2015? – Anil Kumble
123) Which team won the 3rd edition of Hockey India League
(HIL) that concluded on 22 February 2015? – Ranchi Rays
124) Janata Dal United leader Nitish Kumar took oath as Chief
Minister of Bihar on 22 February 2015. He took over as Chief
Minister after a dramatic exit by his predecessor Jitan Ram
Manjhi who stepped down on 20 February after a lengthy battle
to hang on to the post. This is Nitish Kumar’s …………..term
as Chief Minister of Bihar – Fourth
125) What is the name of the Indian Christian priest who was
freed by Afghani abductors on 22 February 2015 eight months
after he was captured? – Father Alexis Prem Kumar
126) The Union Govt. on 20 February 2015 notified rules to
implement the decision to increase foreign direct investment
limit in the insurance sector to 49%. What is the name of the
bill associated with this subject that will be presented in the
Budget session of Parliament? – The Indian Insurance
Companies (Foreign Investment) Rules 2015
132) An important agreement pertaining to wage revision of
bank employees was signed on 23 February 2015 between the
Indian Banks’ Association (IBA) and bank trade unions at
Mumbai which resulted in the aversion of the proposed 4-day
bank strike from 25 February. What are the main points under
this agreement? – 15% hike in wages and off on second and
fourth Saturdays of the month
133) Which film won the Best Picture award at the 87th Academy
Awards ceremony held on 22 February 2015? – “Birdman”
134) Pawel Pawlikowski’s film “Ida” won the Best Foreign
Language Film award at the 87th Academy Awards on 22
February 2015. This film is from which country? – Poland
135) British newspaper “The Guardian” in its report of 22
February 2015 claimed that the CEO of British banking giant
HSBC kept millions of dollars in a Swiss account. What is the
name of this CEO? – Stuart Gulliver
136) In an important development former Maldives President
and current opposition leader Mohamed Nasheed was arrested
by country’s police on 22 February 2015. What is the main
charge against him? – Illegal arrest of a senior judge in 2012
137) In a surprising move Japan’s Honda Motor Co. on 23
February 2015 announced replacing its President and CEO
Takanobu Ito. The company is presently going through the
effects of mass recalls involving production glitches in new
models and problems with air bags in older vehicles. Who will
take over as new head of the company in place of Ito? –
Takahiro Hachigo
138) Who was elected as the Speaker of the Delhi Legislative
Assembly on 23 February 2015? – Ram Niwas Goel
139) The report of the 14th Finance Commission was tabled in
the Parliament by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on 24 February
2015. How much raise in share of states in central taxes has
been suggested in this report that has been accepted by the
Union Govt.? – 10%
140) In a unique experiment State Bank of India (SBI) has
recently initiated a new loan collection model that allows
borrowers to pay back on a daily instalment basis. This
initiative has been started primarily to keep bad loans in check.
This first-of-its-kind loan product offering has been made to
which entity? – Olacabs
141) Which state would become the first in India to present a
‘paperless’ budget as announced on 23 February 2015? –
Himachal Pradesh
127) What is the period of loan extension that was given to
Greek government by the finance ministers of euro zone on 20
February 2015 to avert a potential crash crunch in March 2015?
– 4 months
128) Cyclone Marcia and Lam struck which country on 20
February 2015 that left a trail of destruction in the country? –
129) What is the name of the e-portal that was launched by the
Govt. of India on 21 February 2015 to address consular
complaints pertaining to the Ministry of External Affairs? –
130) Anti-toll tax campaigner Govind Pansare, who died of on
20 February 2015 five days after he was shot at in Kolhapur,
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