Aug 18, 2014

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Daily Current Affairs Updates: 16 August 2014

1) PM Narendra Modi inducts largest indigenously built INS Kolkata, says no country will dare to challenge India: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 16 Aug 2014 commissioned country’s largest indigenously built warship INS Kolkata. INS Kolkata, a part of the Kolkata Class destroyers of the Indian Navy, has been built at the Mumbai-based Mazgaon Docks, a defence Public Sector Unit. Terming military might as the biggest deterrent to war, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the defence forces will be modernised to ensure that “nobody casts an evil eye” on the nation. 
Defence Minister Arun Jaitley and Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral RK Dhowan were present at the ceremony held at the Naval dockyard. The warship, constructed by the Mazagon Dockyards Limited, has been designed by Navy’s design bureau. The 6,800 tonne warship is a technology demonstrator and will showcase a giant leap in shipbuilding technology in the country. The Prime Minister had dedicated India’s largest warship INS Vikramaditya to the nation in June in his first outing after taking charge.

2) Rajni Razdan takes over as new UPSC chief: Rajni Razdan on 16 August 2014 took over as new chairman of Union Public Service Commission, which conducts the prestigious civil services examination to select IAS, IFS and IPS officers among others. Razdan was administered the oath as UPSC chief by the outgoing chairperson D P Agrawal, whose tenure ended. Her new charge comes at a time when the Commission is facing a controversy due to the demand for change in the pattern of the examination from a section of aspirants. The UPSC is headed by a chairman and 10 members.

3) 26 killed as rains wreak havoc in U'khand : Twenty-six people were killed in rain-related incidents in Uttarakhand and six people died in Himachal Pradesh as heavy showers wreaked havoc in the hill states since Friday. The Chardham yatra came to a close on Saturday as massive landslides resulted in all routes leading to the four temples getting blocked.

4) BJP Chief Amit Shah announced his new team of party office bearer: BJP president Amit Shah constituted his new team, inducting former Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa as Vice President and new RSS pointsman Ram Madhav as General Secretary. A week after his formal anointment as party President, Shah announced his new team of party office bearers that includes 11 Vice Presidents, eight General Secretaries and 14 Secretaries. The new team also includes 10 party Spokespersons, five of them are new. 

5) PM laid foundation stone of Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust: Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation for a multi-crore SEZ and port connectivity project in Navi Mumbai on 16 Aug 2014. The states will soon be allowed to form their own Export Promotion Councils, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said as he underscored the need for the Centre and states to work in tandem to give a fresh thrust to exports. He also stressed upon the need for swift removal of obstacles stalling the Special Economic Zones (SEZs).

6) Finance Minister relaunched Varishtha Pension Bima Yojana: The Union Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley said that Varishtha Pension Bima Yojana (VPBY) will benefit the vulnerable section of society with limited resources as it will provide monthly pension ranging from Rs 500/ to Rs 5,000/ per month to senior citizens of the country. The Union Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley was speaking after re-launching the Varishtha Pension Bima Yojana (VPBY) on the eve of the 68th Independence Day of the country.

Some key features of the scheme are:
* Available to citizens aged 60 years and above.
* Pension would be on immediate annuity basis in monthly, quarterly, half-yearly or annual mode, varying, respectively, between Rs. 500 to 5000 (monthly), Rs. 1500 to 15,000 (quarterly), Rs. 3000 to Rs. 30,000 (half-yearly) and from Rs. 6,000 to Rs. 60,000 (annually), depending on the amount subscribed and the option exercised.
* The payout implies an assured return of 9% on monthly payment basis, which amounts to an annualized return of 9.38%.
* Loan (up to 75% of subscribed amount) can be availed after 3 years from the Date of Commencement. * On death, the full purchase price will be refunded to nominee.
* Exit/surrender would be allowed after 15 years or earlier in special circumstances like critical / terminal illness of self or spouse.
* Payment will be through ECS or NEFT.

7) Bypoll on Sept 13 to seats vacated by Modi, Mulayam: Bypolls to the Lok Sabha seats vacated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav will be held on September 13, the Election Commission on Saturday announced. Bypoll will also be held to Medak Lok Sabha seat vacated by TRS chief K Chandrasekhar Rao after he became the first Chief Minister of Telangana. While Modi had retained Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, he vacated Vadodra in Gujarat. Similarly, Yadav had vacated Mainpuri and retained Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh. While bypolls will be held on September 13, the countintg will be held on September 16.

Aug 17, 2014

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Daily Current Affairs Updates: 15 August 2014

1) Nation celebrated its 68th Independence Day: Drenched in patriotic fervour, the country celebrated its 68th Independence Day with unfurling of tricolour and tributes to freedom fighters while Chief Ministers announced a number of schemes to accelerate development and appealed to extremists to shun violence. The celebrations marked by colourful parades and other events in the state capitals passed off peacefully with authorities making elaborate security arrangements in view of boycott calls given by Maoists and some insurgent outfits. From the issues of development, tackling insurgency to security of women and children, the leaders flagged the challenges faced by their states and announced steps to deal with them.

2) Govt to launch Jan Dhan scheme to promote financial inclusion: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 15 Aug 2014 launched 'Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana' to help the poor open bank accounts which will come with the facility of a debit card and an insurance cover of Rs 1 lakh. "We want tointegrate the poorest of the poor with bank accounts with Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana," he said in his maiden Independence Day address to the nation. Observing that people have mobile phones but not bank accounts, Modi said, the scheme will help in bringing the benefits of formal banking system to them. Read more about PM's speech at Red Fort from here.

3) Railway Minister launched next generation e-ticketing system: The long and irritating experiences of booking train ticket through IRCTC website seems to be a thing of past now as the Railways today launched the next generation e-ticketing system enhancing the booking capacity to 7200 tickets per minute and making the whole process much faster and easier. The new system developed by Centre for Railway information Systems (CRIS) with an estimated cost of Rs 180 crore would allow booking of 7200 tickets per minute against 2000 tickets in the old system. With the launch of the system, now 1,20,000 concurrent users can book e-tickets simultaneously against the earlier capacity of 40,000 concurrent users at a time.

3) Planning Commission to be replaced with new institution: PM- The government has decided to abolish the Planning Commission, a 64-year old apex policy making body, and replace it with a new institution to address the emerging economic needs and strengthen federal structure. "We will very soon set up a new institution in place of Planning Commission," Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in his Independence Day address to the nation. The Planning Commission, he said, was set up to cater to the needs of earlier times and has participated in his own way in the development of the country. 

4) SC dismissed PIL seeking ban on Amir Khan’s PK: In a major relief Supreme Court dismissed the public interest litigation seeking ban on the release of Aamir Khan's film PK for promoting nudity and vulgarity. Supreme Court dismissed plea filed against Aamir Khan and director of film 'PK' Rajkumar Hirani for allegedly showing nudity in the movie. Aamir Khans latest poster of film PK had caused a controversy with a section of viewers. The Supreme Court told the petitioner that “If you don't like then don't watch the film but don't bring religious facets in it”. The Supreme Court also said that “These are matters of art and entertainment and let them remain so”.

5) Kush Kumar became first Indian player to reach semifinal of World Junior Squash Championship: Kush Kumar entered the semi-final of the WSF World Junior Individual Squash Championship and became the first Indian men's player to have risen this high in a global competition. In a thrilling quarterfinal, which showcased his brilliant form, Kumar beat George Parker of England 11-6, 11-8, 11-8.
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Multiple Choice latest Current Affairs Questions: 11 & 12 August 2014

1) Name the German Striker who announced his retirement From International Football on 11 August 2014?
(A) Philip Lahm
(B) Thomas Muller
(C) Miroslav Klose
(D) FRank Ribery

2) Tata Sons-Singapore Airlines joint venture on 11 August 2014 unveiled the brand name of its new airline as?
(A) Vistara
(B) Flyhigh
(C) Megha
(D) Varuna 

3) National Judicial Appointments Commission Bill, 2014, and the 121st Constitution Amendment Bill (Insertion of new articles 124A, 124B and 124C) were introduced in the Lok Sabha on 11 August 2014 by Law Minister?
(A) Sadananda Gowda
(B) Ashok Gajapathi Raju
(C) Ram Vilas Paswan
(D) Ravi Shankar Prasad

4) Recently which Indian became the world's No.1 Test all-rounder?
(A) Ravindra Jadeja
(B) Ravichandran Ashwin
(C) Stuart Binny
(D) Bhuvneshwar Kumar

5) Who defeated Roger Federer to win Rogers Cup 2014 on 10 August 2014?
(A) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
(B) Radael Nadal
(C) Novak Djokovic
(D) Stanslas Wawrinka

6) Which automobile company launched Elite i20, the all-new version of its premium compact car i20, on 11 August 2014?
(A) Maruti Suzuki
(B) Tata Motors
(C) Hyundai Motor India
(D) None of these

7) Name the Oscar Winning veteran actor who was found dead on 12 August 2014?
(A) Jeremy Irons
(B) Tom Cruise
(C) Jack Nicholson
(D) Robin Williams

8) 3rd World Elephant Day 2014 was observed on?
(A) 10 August
(B) 11 August
(C) 12 August
(D) 13 August

9) Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated two hydro power projects in Leh and Kargil to nation on 12 Aug 2014. Both these power projects are in which state?
(A) Punjab
(B) Jammu and Kashmir
(C) Sikkim
(D) Arunachal Pradesh

10) Which country finished third in FIFA 2014 World Cup?
(A) Argentina
(B) Barzil
(C) Germany
(D) Netherlands


1) Ans. (C) Miroslav Klose
2) Ans. (A) Vistara
3) Ans. (D) Ravi Shankar Prasad
4) Ans. (B) Ravichandran Ashwin
5) Ans. (A) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
6) Ans. (C) Hyundai Motor India
7) Ans. (D) Robin Williams
8) Ans. (C) 12 August
9) Ans. (B) Jammu and Kashmir
10) Ans. (D) Netherlands
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Daily Current Affairs: 14 August 2014

1) Judicial appointments bill passed in Rajya Sabha: The Rajya Sabha on Thursday passed the landmark National Judicial Appointments Commission Bill, 2014, which was passed unanimously by the Lok Sabha on 13 August 2014, in a move that is being seen as a major victory for the Modi sarkar. The Bill was passed by a voice vote and will lead to the scrapping of the current collegium system of appointment of judges to Higher Judiciary in India. The Constitution Amendment Bill was cleared by the Rajya Sabha with 179 votes in favour and one abstention of noted lawyer Ram Jethmalani. The bill will make way for the setting up of a National Judicial Appointments Commission which will appoint and transfer judges to the Supreme Courts and the 24 High Courts.

2) Major Mukund Varadarajan Awarded Ashok Chakra, the Highest Gallantry Award:  Major Mukund Varadarajan, who killed three terrorists in Kashmir before he was shot dead in April this year, has been awarded the Ashok Chakra, the nation's highest peace-time gallantry award. The 31-year-old Major's buddy Sepoy Vikram Singh and two naval officers who died on board the INS Sindhuratna while trying to save fellow sailors, are among 12 others who have been awarded the Shaurya Chakra. This year's list of 55 gallantry awards also includes 39 Sena (Army) Medals, one Nao Sena (Navy) Medal and two Vayu Sena (Air Force) Medal.

3) WHO clears use of experimental drug ZMapp: The World Health Organization gave a green light to the use of experimental drugs to combat the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, with demand for—and questions about—untested treatments growing after two infected Americans received some.

4) RBI cuts number of free cross-bank ATM transactions to 3 per month in six metropolitan cities: Frequent withdrawal of money from ATMs will become expensive from November, with the RBI imposing a limit of 3 transactions per month from ATMs of other banks and 5 from the same bank in six metropolitan cities. A customer will be required to pay a fee of up to Rs 20 for using Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) beyond the permitted numbers of transactions in Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Kolkata and Hyderabad. The new guidelines, which were issued in pursuance of a representation made to the central bank by Indian Banks' Association, will come into effect from November 1, 2014.

5) Life sentence to Sher Singh Rana for killing Phoolan Devi: A Delhi court on Thursday pronounced life sentence to lone convict Sher Singh Rana for the murder of bandit-turned-politician Phoolan Devi in 2001. The court also imposed a fine of Rs 1 lakh on Rana.

6) Borussia Dortmund beat Bayern Munich 2-0 to win German Super Cup: Borussia Dortmund beat Bayern Munich 2-0 in the German Super Cup on Wednesday to win the first domestic title of the season. Dortmund shut down former teammate Robert Lewandowski, while on the other side Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored in the 23rd minute and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang sealed the victory in the 62nd.

7) French winger Franck Ribery retired from International Football: French winger Franck Ribery has announced his retirement from international football, he said in an interview with the German magazine Kicker. Bayern Munich's Ribery, 31, the winner of the 2013 UEFA European Player of the Year award, has won 80 caps for France since his international debut in 2006.

8) Former RBI governor Bimal Jalan to head expenditure panel:  Bimal Jalan, former RBI Governor, will head Expenditure Management Commission which will suggest ways to reduce food, fertiliser and oil subsidies to contain the fiscal deficit. "Terms for reference would be shortly issued," Jalan told PTI. The EMC is being set up following the announcement made by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in the Budget 2014-15.

9) Hindi name of water resources ministry changed: The name of the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation in Hindi has been changed to Jal Sansadhan, Nadi Vikas Aur Ganga Sanrakshan Mantralaya. Earlier it was known as Jal Sansadhan, Nadi Vikas Aur Ganga Jeernodhar Mantralaya, a press release said. A Gazette notification to this effect has been issued, it added.

Aug 15, 2014

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Employment News: 09 August 2014 to 15 August 2014

1. Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)
    Name of Post- Assistants Directors (Chemistry & Plant Pathology) etc.
    No. of Vacancies-108
    Last date- 28.08.2014

2.  High Court of Judicature, Allahabad
    Name of Post- Assistant Review Officer and Routine Grade Clerk
    No. of Vacancies-259
    Last date- 25.08.2014

3. GAIL (India) Ltd.
    Name of Post-Senior Engineers
    Last date- 01.09.2014

4. Brahmaputra Cracker and Polymer Ltd.
    Name of Post- Officers Junior Management and Office Assistant
    No. of Vacancies-53
    Last date- 23.08.2014

5. NEPA Limited (MP)
    Name of Post- General Manager, Deputy General Manager etc.
    No. of Vacancies-27
    Last date- 18.08.2014

6. Canara Bank
    Name of Post- Window Operator (Clerk) and Officer.
    No. of Vacancies-22
    Last date- 08.09.2014
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Postal Exam : Update as on August 14, 2014 ( Paper I Result for Uttarakhand Postal Circle )

Update as on August 14, 2014

Paper II scheduled on August 25-27, 2014 at Uttarakhand Postal Circle has been rescheduled. Please keep visiting the website for the new schedule. Kindly Note: Admit Cards, already downloaded, are now Null and Void. All shortlisted candidates will need to download fresh admit cards again


Update as on August 13, 2014

Schedule of Paper II (Computer Skill Test) for the following Postal Circles is as follows

Postal Circles
Exam Date
Exam Time
Uttarakhand (31)            
25 to 27 August 2014
09:00AM onwards in Batches of 1.5 hr each. Please check your AdmitCard for timings

Candidates for the above mentioned Postal Circles may check their status for Paper I by Logging into the website. Candidates, shortlisted to appear in the Paper II, may download the Admit Cards.

 Please keep visiting the website for exam schedules for other Postal Circles & updates.

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Aug 13, 2014

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PA Exams Update as on August 13, 2014

Schedule of Paper II (Computer Skill Test) for the following Postal Circles is as follows:

Postal CirclesExam DateExam Time
Uttarakhand (31)            25 to 27 August 201409:00AM onwards in Batches of 1.5 hr each. Please check your Admit Card for timings

Candidates for the above mentioned Postal Circles may check their status for Paper I by Logging into the website. Candidates, shortlisted to appear in the Paper II, may download the Admit Cards. Please keep visiting the website for exam schedules for other Postal Circles & updates.

Aug 12, 2014

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Daily Current Affairs Updates: 11 August 2014

1) German Striker Miroslav Klose announced retirement From International Football: German striker Miroslav Klose, the all-time World Cup top scorer, announced his retirement from international football on Monday. The 36-year-old leaves the German national team as a World Cup winner after last month helping Joachim Loew's side to their first global crown since 1990 when they defeated Argentina 1-0 in the Rio-hosted final. The Lazio frontman picked up his 16th goal, in what was his fourth World Cup, to surpass Brazilian Ronaldo as the tournament's leading scorer.

2) Tata Sons-Singapore Airlines 'Vistara' set for October launch:  The Tata Sons-Singapore Airlines joint venture on Monday unveiled the brand name of its new airline 'Vistara', and said it is expected to launch operations by October with the first aircraft coming in by September. "We are in the last lap of the process of securing the Air Operator Permit (AOP of flying licence). There are a series of approvals which we have to get to the satisfaction of DGCA," said Phee Teik Yeoh, the CEO of the start-up full-service airline 'Vistara'.

3) Centre moves new version of Judicial Appointments Bill: The government on Monday withdrew the UPA’s Bill on judicial appointments in the Rajya Sabha and introduced a fresh one in the Lok Sabha, where it has a majority. The National Judicial Appointments Commission Bill, 2014, and the 121st Constitution Amendment Bill (Insertion of new articles 124A, 124B and 124C) were introduced in the Lok Sabha by Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.

4) Government to declare ‘National Hypertension Day’ soon: Union Health Ministry has conceptualized dedicating a particular day of each year for highlighting the dangers of Hypertension. Speaking at the 23rd Annual Conference of the Hypertension Society of India (HSICON), Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, said “I am preparing the Ministry to meet the growing burden of non-communicable diseases (NCD). Hypertension,diabetes, cancers, coronary artery disease, etc. are projected by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as the biggest gnawers of our public health budget in the next decade.” According to a report released by the WHO, Hypertension accounts for 7 per cent of disability adjusted life years worldwide and 9.4 million deaths annually.

5) John Nyumbu becomes second Zimbabwean to take five wickets on Test debut: John Nyumbu became the second Zimbabwe bowler to take five wickets in an innings on Test debut. He achieved the milestone during the only Test against South Africa at the Harare Sports Club. Nyumbu recorded figures of five for 157 as Zimbabwe bowled South Africa out for 397. Andy Blignaut was the first Zimbabwean bowler to achieve the milestone with recorded figures of five for 73 against Bangladesh in the year 2001.

6) R Ashwin becomes world's No.1 Test all-rounder: India's Ravichandran Ashwin on Monday became the number one Test all-rounder in ICC rankings following his fine show with the bat in the fourth cricket Test against England in Manchester. Ashwin scored 40 and 46 not out at the Old Trafford though India lost the Test by an innings and 54 runs. As a bowler, Ashwin went wicketless in his 14 overs in England's first innings. The Indian off-spinner, who now has 372 rating points, displaced South Africa's Vernon Philander (365) at the top of the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test all-rounders.

7) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga defeated Roger Federer to win Rogers Cup: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga won the Rogers Cup on Sunday, beating second-seeded Roger Federer 7-5, 7-6 (3) for his fourth straight victory over a higher-seeded opponent. The 13th-seeded Frenchman won his first ATP Tour title of the season and 11th overall. He beat top-ranked Novak Djokovic on Thursday, eighth-seeded Andy Murray on Friday and seventh-seeded Grigor Dimitrov on Saturday.

8) Hyundai rolls out Elite i20: Hyundai Motor India Ltd (HMIL), on Monday, launched Elite i 20, the all-new version of its premium compact car i 20. The company expects a growth of eight per cent in sales this year driven by gradual turnaround in the automobile market. The Elite i 20 will be available in both petrol and diesel options. While the petrol version is priced between Rs.4.90 lakh and Rs.6.46 lakh, the diesel variants will be between Rs.6.09 lakh and Rs.7.67 lakh.
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Daily Current Affairs: 09 & 10 August 2014

1) Amit Shah confirmed as BJP President at party’s National Council meeting: The Bharatiya Janata Party's first National Council meet after forming the government at the Centre held in New Delhi on Saturday. The meet was held to discuss party organization issues. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh lavishly praised new Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah for his huge contribution in facilitating the party's victory in the 2014 general elections.

2) AIMA Managing India Awards 2014: Godrej group Chairman Adi Godrej was presented the ‘Business Leader of the Year’ award by the All India Management Association (AIMA) at its Managing India Awards 2014 function held in New Delhi on 6 August 2014. HDFC Chairman Deepak Parekh bagged the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’, Malayala Manorama Chief Editor & MD Mammen Mathew was honoured for his outstanding contribution to the media, while Sankara Nethralaya Founder and Chairman Emeritus S. S. Badrinath was selected for ‘Outstanding Institution Builder’ award.

3) Indian Men’s Hockey team defeated Bangladesh to clinch hockey series: Indian Men’s Hockey team on 9 August 2014 won the three-match hockey series against Bangladesh, 3-0. To win the series, the Indian team defeated Bangladesh 3-1 in the third and final match in Dhaka. India had taken a winning lead by clinching the second encounter played on Friday by a 5-1 margin.

4) Iran-140 Sepahan Air passenger plane crashed near Mehrabad airport: Iran-140 Sepahan Air passenger plane crashed on 10 August 2014 near Mehrabad airport, west of Tehran in Iran. At least 39 passengers including 8 crew members died in the crash that occurred after the engine of the plane went out. Nine people were injured in the incident.

5) Indian Women's Recurve Team Win Gold, Men Bag Silver at Archery World Cup: India women's recurve team, led by Deepika Kumari, clinched the gold medal by defeating Mexico 6-0 while, the men's recurve team settled for silver in the final Archery World Cup Stage IV in Wroclaw, Poland. India defeated Mexico without yielding a single set point in a clean sweep to clinch the recurve women's gold medal.

6) Iraq president names Haider al-Abadi new prime minister: Iraq’s president asked a veteran Shiite politician, Haider al-Abadi, to form a new government, setting the stage for a vicious political showdown in a country already struggling to contain an Islamist extremist insurgency.
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General Knowledge Question and Answer for Competitive Examination

1. Which of the following does not give correctly the name of the original state out of whose territory the new state was created? 
(A) Goa from Maharashtra (B) Arunachal Pradesh from Asom 
(C) Meghalaya from Asom (D) Andhra Pradesh from the state of Madras 
Answer: Goa from Maharashtra 

2. The concept of Public Interest Litigation originated in– 
(A) The United Kingdom (B) Australia 
(C) The United States (D) Canada 
Answer: The United States 

3. Freedom of the Press in India– 
(A) is specifically provided in Article 19(1)(A) of the Constitution 
(B) is implied the wider freedom of expression guaranteed by Article 19(1)(A) of the Constitution 
(C) is guaranteed under the provisions of Article 361 (A) of the Constitution 
(D) emanates from the operation of the rule of Law in the country 
Answer: is implied the wider freedom of expression guaranteed 
by Article 19(1)(A) of the Constitution 

4. In the last one decade, which one among the following sectors has attracted the highest foreign direct investment inflows into India? 
(A) Food processing (B) Services sector 
(C) Chemicals other than fertilizers (D) Telecommunication 
Answer: Telecommunication 

5. Among the following states, which one has the most suitable climatic conditions for the cultivation of a large variety of orchids with minimum cost of production and can develop an export oriented industry in this field? 
(A) Andhra Pradesh (B) Arunachal Pradesh 
(C) Madhya Pradesh (D) Uttar Pradesh 
Answer: Arunachal Pradesh 

6. Sal trees are the typical species of– 
(A) Tropical rain forest (B) Tropical monsoon forest 
(C) Taiga forest (D) Tundra forest 
Answer: Tropical monsoon forest 

7. Latin America consists of people of different origins but they are known by a unity on which it was named. This unity is based upon– 
(A) language (B) religion 
(C) origin (D) All of these 
Answer: language 

8. Who of the following built the temple of the Sun God at Konark? 
(A) Anantavarman (B) Narasimha I
(C) Kapilendra (D) Purushottama
Answer: Narasimha 

9. Jayadeva, who wrote "Gita Govinda" was the court poet of–
(A) Laxman Sen of Sena dynasty (B) Dharmpala of Pala dynasty
(C) Gopala of Pala dynasty (D) None of the above
Answer: Laxman Sen of Sena dynasty 

10. Which of the following is the oldest Trade Union Organisation in India? 
Answer: AITUC 

11. In 1717, which Mughal Emperor gave the English East India Company a firman granting trade privileges in India? 
(A) Shah Alam II (B) Bahadur Shah
(C) Jahandar Shah (D)Farrukhsiyar
Answer: Farrukhsiyar

12. Which of the following statements is are correct?
(A) Jahangir executed Sikh Guru Arjun Dev because he had given shelter to rebellious prince Khusrau
(B) Mewar submitted to the Mughals during the reign of Jahangir largely owing to the able command of Prince Khurram
(C) Both 'a' and 'b' 
(D) Neither 'a' nor 'b'
Answer: Both a and b 

13. Which one of the following longitudes determines the Indian Standard Time? 
(A) 85.5° E (B) 86.5° E 
(C) 84.5° E (D) 82.5° E 
Answer: 82.5° E 

14. Which of the following combination of atomic orbitals never form the sigma bond? 
(A) Sp3-Sp3 (B) Sp3–Sp2 
(C) sp-s (D) py–py 
Answer: py–py 

15. The first geological time scale was developed by– 
(A) Giovani Arduina (B) William Smith 
(C) R Malthus (D) George Cuvier 
Answer: Giovani Arduina
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