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January 2014 Complete Current Affairs - including Banking and Finance


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January 2014 Complete Current Affairs - including Banking and Finance

  1. 1. Q1. Which New Zealand player has scored the fastest century in One Day International history at Queenstown Events Centre ground against West Indies on 1 January 2014 shattering the previous record held by Pakistan's Shahid Afridi? Ans. Corey Anderson Note: He has scored century in just 36 balls. Shahid Afridi earlier held the record hitting 100 in 37 balls against Sri Lanka in 1996 in Nairobi. Q2. Who took over as the 24th chief of the Indian Air Force, succeeding Air Chief Marshal N A K Browne on 31 Dec 2013? Ans. Arup Raha Q3. Which Union Minister was named as the Person of the Year by the animal rights body PETA – India for taking steps to advance animal protection? Ans. Sashi Tharoor Note: He is the Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development Q4. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on 4 January 2014 laid foundation stone for world's largest corporate learning and development centre by Tata Consultancy Services (TCS). Where it will be constructed? Ans. Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala Q5. India and Maldives signed three Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) on 2 January 2014. Name the President of that country who made his first visit to India recently after the election in Maldives and appreciated India’s equidistant approach during the Maldives presidential election? Ans. Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom Q6. World Braille Day is absorbed across the world on 4 December. It was observed every year on 4 January to commemorate the birthday of which person? Ans. Louis Braille Note: Louis Braille, who was born in France in January 1809, is credited for inventing the Braille script. The script helps the visually impaired people to read as well as write. Q7. Name India’s supercomputer which was rated 1st in India, 9th in the Asia Pacific Region and 44th in the world among the most power efficient computer systems as per the Green500 List? Ans. PARAM Yuva-II Q8. Which country on 2 January 2014 became the 18th member of the Euro zone? Ans. Latvia Q9. Who was appointed as the Managing Director (Corporate Banking) of State Bank of India (SBI), the biggest lender of the country on 29 December 2013? Ans. P Pradeep Kumar
  2. 2. Q10. Who has been elected as the Speaker of the Delhi Assembly on 3 January 2014? Ans. MS Dhir of Aam Aadmi Party Note: He was elected as the Speaker of the House after his party won the trust vote on 2 January 2014. Q11. Which player was awarded the Order of Prince Henry, one of the Portugal’s highest honours, by the Portugal’s president office on 3 January 2014? Ans. Cristiano Ronaldo Q12. India on 3 January 2014 announced a new rule to vaccinate against polio to the travellers from which country be implemented from 14 February 2014? Ans. Pakistan Q13. The Road to Wimbledon event will be hosted outside the UK for the first ever time later this month. Which country will be hosting it? Ans. India Note: HSBC and All India Tennis Association (AITA) have teamed up in this regard. The first phase of the Road to Wimbledon event will be held in Delhi and Mumbai between 6 - 14 January 2014. The event will focus on boosting the development of junior tennis in the country. Q14. Who has been voted as the most successful post-war British Prime Minister by lawmakers in a survey? Ans. Iron lady Margaret Thatcher Q15. Price of non-subsidized LPG was hiked on 1 January 2014 by ........ rupees per cylinder? Ans. 220 rupees Q16. Who took over as the Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee (COSC) on 30 December 2013? Ans. Army chief General Bikram Singh Q17. Who has been chosen for prestigious journalism award instituted by a trust founded by Lokamanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak on 31 December 2013? Ans. Mammen Mathew Note: He is the Chief Editor and Managing Director of Malayala Manorma, a Malayam daily. Q18. Who took oath and became the first female judge to be appointed at Pakistan’s national sharia court which hears cases under the Islamic legislation on 30 December 2013? Ans. Ashraf Jehan Q19. Name India’s Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) which set a new record on 27 December 2013 of flying 500 sorties in 2013? Ans. Tejas
  3. 3. Q20. Who won the Female Athlete of the Year award announced by the Associated Press on 26 December 2013? Ans. Serena Williams Q21. Who took charge as the Consul General of India in Dubai and Northern Emirates in the UAE recently? Ans. Anurag Bhushan Q22. Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports released the new criteria on 3 January 2014 for giving which sports award, after several controversies in giving award arised last year? Ans. Arjuna Award Q23. Who was appointed as Chairman and Managing Director of Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) on 2 January 2014? Ans. S.K. Sharma Note: BEL is a public sector undertaking under the defence ministry and is a Navratna. Q24. Name the software to predict weather developed by researchers from National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) recently? Ans. Monitoring Climate Change (Moclic) Q25. Pranab Mukherjee, the President of India on 1 January 2014 gave his assent to which bill which aims at regulating corruption in public domain? Ans. Lokpal and Lokayuktas Bill, 2013 Q26. Who has been elected as the South American footballer of the year in the annual poll conducted by the Uruguayan daily El Pais on 30 December 2013? Ans. Ronaldinho Q27. Who has been appointed as the Special DG, Border Security Force (BSF) on 30 December 2013? Ans. Devendra Kumar Pathak Note: Presently he was serving as the Special DG, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF). Q28. Which government recently announced to build a new sanctuary to save World’s rarest Javan rhinos? Ans. Indonesia Q29. Which state government on 30 December 2013 launched the first phase of providing free compact fluorescent light bulbs to over 14 lakh hut-dwellers in the state? Ans. Tamil Nadu
  4. 4. Q30. Name the Chairman of Hindustan Motors Limited who resigned from the board on 29 December 2013? Ans. Chandra Kant Birla Q31. South Africa on 30 December 2013 clinched the two match series with India in Durban 1-0. Who was declared Man of the Series? Ans. AB De Villers Q32. Who were appointed as presidents of the Infosys Ltd Company on 3 January 2014? Ans. B. G. Srinivas and U.B. Pravin Rao Note: B. G. Srinivas will focus on global markets while U. B. Pravin Rao will focus on global delivery and service innovation. Q33. Prime Minister of India, Manmohan Singh on 4 January 2014 launched the total .............. literacy project implemented by PN Panicker Vigyan Vikas Kendra in Thiruvanathpuram, Kerala? Ans. E-literacy Q34. Who was appointed as the pro-tem speaker of the 14th Rajasthan Assembly on 3 January 2014? Ans. Pradhyuman Singh Q35. Justice (retd) AK Ganguly, the Chairman of West Bengal Human Rights Commission (WBHRC) on 3 January 2014 resigned from which post? Ans. Post of the honorary professor of the National University of Juridicial Sciences (NUJS). Q36. Name the New Year festival of Ladakh which was celebrated recently? Ans. Losar Q37. Southern Grid of India has been synchronously connected with the grids of the country. It was done on 31 December 2013 to successfully accomplish which mission? Ans. One Nation - One Grid - One Frequency Q38. Name the two time medal winner wrestler in Olympics who has received eight acres of land by the Haryana Government on 31 December 2013? Ans. Sushil Kumar Q39. International Petroleum Conference 2014 (PETROTECH-2014) will be held at which place from 12th – 15th January 2014? Ans. New Delhi Q40. Which government on 30 December 2013 banned its officials from smoking in public places? Ans. China
  5. 5. Q41. Name India’s former shooting coach who died in Australia on 3 January 2014 at the age of 80? Ans. Tibor Gonczol Note: He was the shooting coach of India from 1991 to 2002 Q42. India on 4 January 2013 asked which Embassy not to screen any movies at the American Center without obtaining a licence? Ans. US Embassy Q43. Who was appointed as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) by the Bharti Retail on 3 January 2014? Ans. Raj Jain Q44. Indian credit-rating agency CRISIL launched which index on 2 January 2014? Ans. Financial Inclusix Index Q45. Recently launched Indigenous device to detect cervical cancer? AV Magnivisualizer Q46. 2 places in J&K the newly proposed 220kV power transmission system will connect? 1. Srinagar 2. Leh Q47. Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) on 2 January 2014 approved a proposal for setting-up of CCTVs and GPS devices on public transport vehicles in _____ cities for women safety. 32 Q48. After 66 years of following the Indian Standard Time (IST) which Indian state on 02 January 2013 decided to go back in time to follow ‘chaibagaan time’, a daylight schedule British tea planters introduced more than 150 years ago? Assam Q1. Who won the FIFA Ballon d’Or award for 2013 beating Barcelona's Messi and France winger Franck Ribery on 13 January 2014? Ans. Cristiano Ronaldo Note: It is the second time he has picked up for the award. From its inception in 1956 until 2010, the Ballon d'Or was awarded to the best player in Europe and the FIFA World Player of the Year award was only inaugurated in 1991, before ending in 2009 when it was assimilated into the Ballon d'Or. Q2. India completed three years without reporting any case of polio on 13 January 2014. It is only the second time in the history that a disease is being eliminated in India through immunisation after which disease? Ans. Small Pox Note: It was eliminated way back in 1980. Officially the World Health Organisation (WHO) will certify India as polio-free on 11 February 2014. The WHO on 24 February 2012 removed India from the list of countries with active endemic wild polio transmission.
  6. 6. Q3. Sheikh Hasina was on 12 January 2014, sworn-in as the Prime Minister of Bangladesh for the third time along with her 48 cabinet members. In which year she first became PM of her country? Ans. 1996 Note: Her Awami League has secured absolute majority in the 10th Parliament general election held in January 2014 by defeating opposition party, Jatiya party. Q4. Who has topped International Poll titled the World’s most admired people conducted by YouGov which was released on 11 January 2014? Ans. Bill Gates Note: YouGov is an international, full service market research agency. Q5. Name the Israel’s former Prime Minister who died on 11 January 2014? Ans. Ariel Sharon Note: He was the former general of Israeli Army & had been in coma since 4 January 2006. He served as the 11th Prime Minister of Israel. Q6. 71st Golden Globe Awards were announced at Los Angeles on 11 January 2014. Name the Best Picture, Best Actor and actress? Ans. Best Motion Picture, Drama: 12 Years a slave Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama: Mathew Mc Conaughey for Dollas Buyers Club Best Actress in a Motion Picture: Cate Blanchett for Blue Jasmine Q7. Which railway station’s platform number one has entered into the Limca Book of Records as longest rail platform in the world in the certificate given by the Limca Book of Records which was unveiled on 10 January 2014? Ans. Gorakhpur railway station, Uttar Pradesh Q8. World Hindi Day was celebrated by the Ministry of External Affairs on 10 January 2014 by organizing a function at the Foreign Service Institute at Ber Sarai in New Delhi. Since which year 10 January is celebrated as World Hindi Day? Ans. 2006 Q9. Name India’s first gun for women which was launched on 9 January 2014? Ans. Nirbheek Note: It is a 0.32 bore light weight revolver which has been developed to give more power to women to defend themselves. Gun has been manufactured by the Indian Ordnance Factory, Kanpur. It is a tribute to the gang rape victim of December 2012, Nirbhaya. Q10. Election Commission on 9 January 2014 decided to call off the tie with which internet giant for registering the new voters through online and to guide regarding the voting procedures due to concerns raised over privacy, data security and its commercial use by the Indian security agencies?
  7. 7. Ans. Google Q11. Name the Programme for young persons of Overseas Indians introduced by Government of India at Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) on 8 January 2014? Ans. Know India Programme Note: The Programme is to provide an exposure to the country of their origin so that they can understand it better and more intimately. Q12. Which of the following company has on 7 January 2014 become the first acquisition of Facebook in India? Ans. Little Eye Labs Q13. India defeated which country to win 2014 Under-19 Asia Cup in the final match played at Sharjah cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi on 4 January 2014? Ans. Pakistan Q14. Which state government launched a toll free helpline number 1100 to curb corruption in its departments on 7 January 2014? Ans. Chhattisgarh Q15. Name nation’s first comprehensive adolescent health programme launched by Government of India on 7 January 2014? Ans. Rashtriya Kishor Swasthya Karyakram (RKSK) Q16. India successfully test-fired its indigenously developed nuclear capable surface to surface Prithvi II missile with a strike range of .......... from a test range at Chandipur near Balasore on 6 January 2014? Ans. 350 km Q17. US Senate on 6 January 2014 confirmed the name of .............. as the first woman to lead the US Federal Reserve? Ans. Janet Yellen Q18. Who has been appointed as President of National Association of Software and Service Companies (NASSCOM) on 4 January 2014? Ans. R. Chandrashekhar Note: R. Chandrasekhar succeeded Som Mittal whose tenure with the NASSCOM ended on 3 January 2014. He was at the helm of NASSCOM for six long years. Q19. Name the Telugu film actor who has allegedly committed suicide at his house on 6 January 2014? Ans. Uday Kiran Note: He was one of the youngest winners of the filmfare best actor award. Q20. Name the young shuttler from Madhya Pradesh who on 6 January 2014 became the first male junior badminton player from India to be ranked top in the world?
  8. 8. Ans. Aditya Joshi Q21. Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on 5 January 2014 launched its heavy-duty rocket GSLV-D5 for placing which communication satellite into the orbit? Ans. GSAT-14 Note: It was powered by an indigenously developed cryogenic engine. Q22. Name the two indigenous Glucose Monitoring Devices launched by Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on 13 January 2014? Ans. Suchek and QuickcheQ Note: Suchek is designed and developed by Nanobios Lab, Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai. QuickcheQ is designed and developed by the Birla Institute of Technology, Hyderabad with funding from the Indian Council of Medical Research(ICMR). Q23. President of India Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated Andaman and Nicobar Tribal Research and Training Institute at which place on 12 January 2014? Ans. Port Blair Note: The institute will also conduct a detailed study to ensure the welfare and protection of vulnerable tribal groups, particularly Jarawas, Sentenalese, Onges and Shompens effectively. Q24. Which state has bagged the Oil and Gas Conservation Award for the best performance among the big States, given by the Petroleum Conservation Research Association (PCRA) under the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas? Ans. Andhra Pradesh Q25. The GDP growth rate of Indian economy for 2011-12 will be revised from 6.2 to about ........... percent? Ans. 7 Note: This was done to correct a miscalculation due to faulty data produced earlier. Q26. Union Cabinet approved the introduction of the National Youth Policy, 2014 (NYP, 2014) on 9 January 2014. It will replace which other policy currently in force? Ans. National Youth Policy, 2003 Q27. Vishwanath Ramachandra, a former Ranji Trophy Cricketer of which team died on 8 January 2014? Ans. Mumbai Q28. Which entity secured both the Women's and Men's titles at the 75th Senior National Table Tennis Championship held at Patna which concluded on 11 January 2014? Ans. Petroleum Sports Promotion Board (PSPB)
  9. 9. Q29. Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment on 7 January 2014 gave away the Dr. Ambedkar National Merit Awards to meritorious students belonging to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes. Who is the present Social Justice and Empowerment minister? Ans. Kumari Selja Q30. Reserve Bank of India on 8 January 2014 allowed NBFCs to lend up to 75 percent of the value of gold. Expand NBFC? Ans. Non-Banking Financial Companies (NBFCs) Q31. Which High Court ruled that the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) can audit the books of accounts of private sector telecom companies on 6 January 2014? Ans. Delhi High Court Q32. Reserve Bank of India (RBI) selected CCIL for issuing globally compatible legal entity identifiers (LEIs) on 6 January 2014. Expand CCIL? Ans. Clearing Corporation of India Ltd Q33. Bajaj Allianz General Insurance launched an all women branch in which place on 4 January 2014? Ans. Pune Q34. The former Supreme Court Judge, Justice A K Ganguly on 6 January 2014 resigned as the Chairman of Human Rights Commission of which state? Ans. West Bengal Q35. Which Indian on 6 January 2014 won the Open du Gard squash title, the PSA Challenger 5 event? Ans. Mahesh Mangaokar Q36. Who won the Brisbane International title in Queensland, Australia on 4 January 2014? Ans. Serena Williams Q37. Pranab Mukherjee presented the Sunil Gangopadhyay Memorial Award of 2012-13 on 11 Jan 2014 to two eminentpoets, namely Nirendranath Chakraborty and Sankha Ghosh, respectively. Sunil Gangopadhyay Memorial Award is given for excellence in poetry in which language? Ans. Bengali Q38. Name the Director of Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) who was awarded the Best CFO Award on 12 January 2014? Ans. P.K.Goyal Note: The award was conferred by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI). Best CFO Awards recognises chartered accountants who have demonstrated excellence and have created value for their company’s stakeholders.
  10. 10. Q39. Which state government on 13 January 2014 withdrew the Foreign Domestic Investment (FDI) in Multibrand Retail and thus became first state to take this step? Ans. Delhi Q40. Who won the gold medal at the third Nations Cup International Boxing Tournament held in Novi Sad, Serbia on 12 January 2014? Ans. Nikhat Zareen Q41. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh laid the foundation of 2,800 Megawatt nuclear power plant in Fatehabad district of Haryana on 13 January 2014. What was the project named? Ans. Anu Vidyut Pariyojna Q42. Which country urged India to open a branch of Indian Institutes of Technology in capital of thet country on 8 January 2014? Ans. Malaysia Q43. Who has been appointed as the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of private insurer Future Generali India Life Insurance on 7 January 2014? Ans. Munish Sharda Q44. Which country decided to be one of the partners in the proposed National Investment and Manufacturing Zones (NIMZ) in Andhra Pradesh on 6 January 2014? Ans. China Q45. Seventh Global Insurance Summit was held at which place on 8 January 2014? Ans. Hyderabad in Andhra Pradesh Note: The summit was organised by National Council on Insurance of Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM). Q46. Which state government launched a helpline number 011-27357169 on 8 January 2014, to catch bribe seekers? Ans. Delhi Q47. Uninor appointed whom as the new chief executive officer (CEO) on 8 January 2014? Ans. Morten Karlsen Sorby Q48. Who have won their maiden men’s and women’s singles championship at the 75th Senior National Table Tennis Championships held on 12 January 2014? Ans. Sanil Shetty and Ankita Das Q49. Which team won the men’s title of the IMG-Reliance 28th Federation Cup National Basketball Championship concluded on 9 January 2014?
  11. 11. Ans. ONGC Q50. Name the Prime Minister of Tunisia who resigned from his office on 9 January 2014? Ans. Ali Larayedh Q51. Co- Founder of Twitter, Biz Stone unveiled a new mobile service called ............ on 8 January 2014? Ans. Jelly Q52. India and which country on 13 January 2014 signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) for co-operation in Iron and Steel Sector? Ans. Canada Q53. Who retained the Volvo Golf Champions title at the Durban Country Club held on 12 January 2014? Ans. South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen Q1. Election Commission of India celebrated the 4th National Voters Day across the country on 25 January 2014. What was the theme for the day this year? Ans. Ethical Voting Note: National Voters Day is started from 25 January 2011. Q2. Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has decided to withdraw all currency notes issued prior to which year from circulation on 21 January 2014 effective 31 March 2014? Ans. 2005 Note: From 1 April 2014, Banks will provide exchange facility to the general public for exchanging the pre-2005 issued bank notes. The notes issued before 2005 do not have the year of printing on the reverse side. Q3. Name the legendary Telugu actor who died at the age of 91 in Hyderabad on 22 January 2014? Ans. Akkineni Nageswara Rao Note: Nageswara Rao was the first generation actor who acted 240 movies as hero in Telugu and in Tamil movies as well. He received Padma Vibhushan, Padma shri, Dada Saheb Phalke Award, the Raghupathi Venkaiah Award and the NTR National Award in recognition of his work in Telugu Industry. Q4. Which internet giant has acquired Bengaluru based Impermium for 9 million dollar on 20 January 2014? Ans. Google Note: The acquisition will help Google improve its abuse monitoring efforts and make internet a safer place. Bengaluru based Impermium is a three year old startup. The startup focused on building security products for websites. Q5. Who became the first woman to be appointed chief of National Police Academy also known as Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy, Hyderbad recently?
  12. 12. Ans. Aruna Bahuguna Note: Aruna Bahuguna is the first woman to be appointed as the chief of the National Police Academy. She is the 28th chief of the academy and will be at its helm till February 2017. Q6. Who won the DSC prize 2014 for South Asian literature for his book Chronicles of a Corpse Bearer on 18 January 2014? Ans. Cyrus Mistry Q7. Which community has been granted the minority status by Union Cabinet on 20 January 2014? Ans. Jain Note: This nod has enabled the community to avail the benefits in government schemes and programmes. Q8. Reserve Bank of India on 20 January 2014 constituted an Expert Committee to Review Governance of Boards in India. The expert committee will be chaired by whom? Ans. PJ Nayak Note: He is the former Chairman and CEO of Axis Bank and includes other eight members namely S. Raman, Shubhalakshmi Panse, Pratip Kar, Joydeep Sengupta, Harsh Vardhan, Somasekhar Sundaresan, J. Sagar and Krishnamurthy Subramanian. Q9. Global Retail giant Wal-Mart registered a new entity called ............ in India on 15 January 2014 to enter the lucrative multi-brand market in India? Ans. Wal-Mart India Private Ltd Q10. Who became the youngest person to trek to the South Pole on 18 January 2014 at the age of 16? Ans. Lewis Clarke Q11. Which country won the inaugural title of Hockey World League Final defeating New Zealand 7-2 in New Delhi on 19 January 2014? Ans. Netherlands NOte: Constantijin Jonker slammed a hat-trick for Netherlands in the final. Q12. Which state in India is hosting the third Lusofonia Games (Portuguese Commonwealth games) which started on 18 January 2014? Ans. Goa Note: It is for the first time the Lusifonia Games are being held in India. Lusofonia Games are multinational and multi-sport games in the World. These games are organized by ACOLOP (Association of the Portuguese Speaking Olympic Committees). Q13. Name the spiritual head of the Dawoodi Bohra community who died of cardiac arrest in Mumbai on 17 January 2014? Ans. Dr Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin
  13. 13. Q14. Aviation Ministry on 24 Jan 2014 removed whom as chairman of the staterun Airports Authority of India (AAI)? Ans. V.P.Agrawal Note: Alok Sinha has given additional charge as AAI chairman. V.P. Agrawal took over as chairman on 1 January 2009 for a period of five years. His tenure was ended on 31 December 2013, but he was allowed to continue in the post. Q15. Which state in India has won the United Nations World Tourism Organisation(UNWTO) Ulysses Award for Innovation in Public Policy and Governance related to tourism sector? Ans. Department of Tourism, Government of Kerala Q16. Australia has appointed whom as a specialist spin consultant on 23 January 2014 to support Darren Lehmann ahead of Australian campaign in World Twenty20 to be played in Bangladesh? Ans. Shane Warne Q17. Which University recently became the first public university to accept fees in digital currency, Bitcoin? Ans. Cumbria University of UK Note: Bitcoin is an online currency and payment system which enables the international transmission of funds. Though thousands of merchants worldwide accept this “cryptocurrency” – so called because it uses cryptography to guarantee its security – it has often been associated with illicit activity, most notably with the online illegal drug market called Silk Road. Q18. National Girl Child Day observed on 24 January 2014 across India by the Government. The day is being observed every year on 24 January since whic year? Ans. 2008 Note: This day is observed every year to raise awareness and consciousness of the society towards girl children. Q19. Name the Russian martial art recognised by Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) to become part of the Asian Games? Ans. Sambo Note: 17th Asian Games in 2014 is scheduled to be conducted from 19 September to 4 October 2014 at Incheon, South Korea. Q20. Name the Indian born Scientist and Professor (Emeritus) at Stanford University on 21 January 2014 was awarded with prestigious 2014 Marconi Society Prize? Ans. Arogyaswami Joseph Paulraj Q21. First Climate Change theatre was opened at Pushpa Gujral Science City in ........... on 16 January 2014? Ans. Kapurthala, Punjab
  14. 14. Note: The theatre will educate people on climate change. This is the second theatre in the world to be opened after Canada. Q22. Union Cabinet approved to set up which authority 20 January 2014 that will be an advisory body which will advise the Railway Ministry on fares? Ans. Rail Tariff Authority Note: RTA will comprise of a chairperson and four members at the apex level. At present railway fare and freight rates are set by the Railway Board in accordance with the Railway Act, 1989. Q23. Name the nuclear-capable surface-to-surface missile with a range of 4000 kilometers test-fired successfully by India on 20 January 2014? Ans. Agni-IV Note: The missile was launched from the launch complex number 4 of Integrated Test Range (ITR) of Wheeler Island. Q24. National Urban Health Mission was launched by the Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad at which city on 20 January 2014? Ans. Bangalore Note: National Urban Health Mission covers State Capital, District Headquarters and all cities, towns with population above 50000. Q25. Who was crowned as the Miss South India 2014 at the Le Meridien in Coimbatore? Ans. Abhishikta S Shetty Note: She is from Karnataka. The first and second dice were also won by Aditi Shetty and Meghana Shetty of Karnataka as runners-up of the 11th Edition of Miss South India Pageant organised by Pegasus. Q26. Which city in 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 on 17 January 2014? Ans. Peshawar Q27. National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) launched the 2648 village legal service clinics across the country on 24 January 2014. What is the aim of it? Ans. To bring legal services to the doorsteps of the weakest section of the country. Q28. Union Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas launched LPG Connection Portability Scheme across the country on 22 January 2014. Name the present Union Minister for Petroleum & Natural Gas? Ans. M Veerappa Moily Note: The scheme covers 480 districts in the country and all possible LPG markets which have multiple LPG distributors. Under the scheme an LPG consumer can switch to the distributor of his or her choice within a cluster of LPG distributors in the vicinity.
  15. 15. Q29. Union Finance Ministry on 23 January 2014 approved a proposal to provide minimum monthly pension of ............. rupees to workers of organised sector, under the Employees Pension Scheme 1995 (EPS-95)? Ans. 1000 Q30. Which Indian place was named Destination Flyways by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) on 21 January 2014? Ans. Chilika lagoon in Odisha Q31. Which Tennis player launched the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) in Melbourne, Australia on 21 January 2014? Ans. Mahesh Bhupathi Q32. Who was elected unanimously as the Speaker of Rajasthan Assembly on 22 January 2014? Ans. Kailash Meghwal Q33. Which state has passed the new Lokayaukata Bill on 21 January 2014 despite of protest from the opposition? Ans. Uttarakhand Q34. Who was elected as the interim president of the Central African Republic (CAR) on 20 January 2014? Ans. Catherline Samba-Panza Q35. Name the Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of India who retired on 20 January 2014? Ans. Anand Sinha Note: His retirement came following his superannuation and his portfolio has been allocated to other three Deputy Governors. Q36. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of China decelerated to ........ percent in 2013-14 in the data released by the National Bureau of Statistics of China on 20 January 2014? Ans. 7.7 Q37. International Monetary Fund (IMF) released its World Economic Outlook report on 21 January 2014. The IMF projected the Indian economy’s growth at ...... percent for 2013-14? Ans. 4.5 Q38. Name the former Deputy Chief Minister of Jharkhand who died on 22 January 2014 following a heart attack at Ghatsila in Singhbhum district? Ans. Sudhir Mahato Q39. Name the Advanced Light Helicopter of Geological Survey of India from the Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL), launched by Minister of Mines, Dinsha Patel, in Bangalore on 23 January 2014?
  16. 16. Ans. Garuda Vasudha Note: Garuda Vasudha of GSI is equipped with Heliborne Geophysical Survey System (HGSS) comprised of four aerogeophysical sensors. Q40. Name the Indian American Professor who was on 23 January 2014 appointed as the Dean of Havard College? Ans. Rakesh Khurana Q41. Name the CNN International anchor who was awarded 2013 UNWTO Award for Lifetime Achievement on 22 January 2014? Ans. Richard Quest Note: The award was given in recognition of his work as a business journalist reporting on the tourism industry. Q42. Who has been declared as the President of Madagascar on 17 January 2014? Ans. Hery Rajaonarimampianina Q1. Who won the Australian Open men’s singles title on 26 January 2014 by defeating Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 in Melbourne? Ans. Stanislas Wawrinka Note: This is the maiden Grand Slam crown of eighth seeded, Wawrinka. This is the first victory of Wawrinka over Nadal in 13 career meetings. Li Na of China won the women’s singles title by defeating Dominika Cibulkova 7-6 (3), 6-0 on 25 January 2014. Q2. India’s first monorail service was inaugurated at which city on 1 February 2014? Ans. Mumbai Note: It was inaugurated by Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan. The First phase of Mumbai Monorail is comprised of 8.9 km long WadalaChembur section. The Project is implemented by Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority with an association of Larsen and Toubro and a Malaysian infrastructure firm Scomi Engineering. Q3. Union Government raised the quota of subsidised LPG cylinders to 12 cylinders per household from existing ....... cylinders in a year on 30 January 2014? Ans. 9 Note: The hike will be effective from April 2014. Union government had also decided to put on hold linking the Aadhaar platform to the Direct Benefit Transfer of LPG (DBTL) scheme. Q4. Who has resigned as the Chief Minister of Uttrakhand on 31 January 2014? Ans. Vijay Bahuguna Note: The resignation follows a meeting of senior party leaders of the party in Delhi on 29 January 2014 that was headed by Congress President, Sonia Gandhi.
  17. 17. Q5. Who have been conferred the Padma Vibhushan by Union Government on the eve of Republic Day 2014? Ans. Dr. Raghunath A. Mashelkar (Science and Engineering) & Shri B.K.S. Iyengar(Yoga Guru) Q6. Who won the Syed Modi International India Grand Prix title 2014 on 26 January 2014? Ans. Saina Nehwal Note: Sania beat P V Sindhu 21-14, 21-17 in the final held at Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh. Q7. Which team won the 35th Football Federation Cup on 25 January 2014 in the final held at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Cochin? Ans. Churchill Brothers. Churchill Brothers beat Sporting Clube de Goa 3-1 to lift their maiden Federation Cup. Q8. Name the managing director of Tata Motors who died on 26 January 2014 after falling from a hotel building in Bangkok? Ans. Karl Slym Q9. 59th Idea Filmfare Awards were given away on 24 January 2014. Which film won the best film for 2013? Ans. Bhaag Milkha Bhaag Note: Best Actor was given to Farhaan Akhtar for his performance in Bhaag Milkha Bhaag. Deepika Padukone on the other hand was adjudged as the Best Actress for Ramleela. Q10. Which bank has launched its channel on Youtube on 24 January 2014? Ans. State Bank of India Q11. Who on 25 January 2014 became the first captain to be involved in four tied One Day International matches? Ans. MS Dhoni Note: This was after third match of India-New Zealand ODI series tied. Q12. Reserve Bank of India (RBI) raised the Repo rate under Liquidity Adjustment Facility (LAF) by ...... basis points to 8 percent on its third quarter monetary policy review recently? Ans. 25 Q13. Which country became the first country in South Asia to ban the testing of cosmetics and its ingredients on animals on 27 January 2014? Ans. India Q14. First cantilever bridge of India, Pamban Railway Bridge, completed its ......... years on 27 Jan 2014? Ans. 100
  18. 18. Note: On the occasion former President of India A. P. J Abdul Kalam inaugurated the centenary celebrations of the Pamban Bridge. Q15. Who was conferred with the 2014 Ramanujan Mathematics Award in Rajkot on 27 January 2014? Ans. Anand Kumar Note: He is a mathematician and founder of Super30 classes. Ramanujan Mathematics Award is an annual award that is given to a person who has at least three papers published in international journals and is involved in teaching mathematics. Q16. Who became the first woman to be appointed in an International Cricket Council (ICC) umpires panel on 30 January 2014? Ans. Kathy Cross of New Zealand Q17. Which state on on 1 February 2014 scrapped its approval for the foreign direct investment in multi-brand retailing following Delhi? Ans. Rajasthan Note: The approval was given earlier by the previous Congress state government led by former Chief Minister, Ashok Gehlot. Q18. India overtook which country to become the third largest crude oil importer in the World as per the data released by Reuters on 30 January 2014? Ans. Japan Q19. Which NIT developed a commercially viable technology for efficiently rendering common polymer, low-density polyethylene (LDPE) into a liquid fuel recently? Ans. National Institute of Technology, Odisha Q20. Which country recently announced Indian rupee as a legal tender on 29 January 2014? Ans. Zimbabwe Q21. Name the indigenous High Performance Computing System inaugurated at Advanced Numerical Research and Analysis Group (ANURAG) in Hyderabad on 25 January 2014? Ans. Dhruva-3 Q22. Union Government of India on the eve of the 65th Republic Day function announced the Padma Awards 2014. A total of how many persons conferred the Padma Awards? Ans. 127 Q23. Civil Aviation Ministry decided to remove restrictions on flights of Airbus A-380 to India on 27 January 2014. This large aircraft is now allowed to operate in how many airports equipped to handle them? Ans. Four
  19. 19. Note: They are Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Bangalore. Q24. India ranked in global Environment Performance Index released on 25 January 2014? Ans. 155 Q25. Name the pioneer of Swiss watch, a watch brand of his name, who died at the age of 87 on 27 January 2014? Ans. Raymond Weil Q26. The British start-up DeepMind Technologies – an artificial intelligence company was on 27 January 2014 purchased by? Ans. Google Q27. New Zealand on 31 January 2014 won the five ODI Series of 5 matches against India by which margin? Ans. 4-0 Note: India has lost 04 games and tied one but could not manage to win a single game. Q28. Who has been nominated as the Director of National Security Agency(NSA) by the US president Barack Obama on 30 January 2014? Ans. Michael Rogers Q29. Union Government decided to amend the rules governing IAS, IPS and Indian Forest Service (IFoS) officers to assure them at least .......... years in a given posting on 30 January 2014? Ans. Two Q30. Whose score of 203.8 in 10 m Air Pistol set at the Munich World Cup in November 2013 was recognized as World record on 30 January 2014? Ans. Heena Sandhu Note: The declaration of the International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF) came following the adoption of new format. Heena, thus, became the first Indian woman ever to hold the world record in Shooting World Cup. Q31. Who took charge as the Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of Shipping Corporation of India on 28 January 2014? Ans. Arun Kumar Gupta Q32. Who has been appointed as MD&CEO of non telecom businesses of Bharti Enterprises? Ans. Manoj Kohli Q33. Name the Ukraine's Prime Minister who resigned on 28 January 2014 in order to facilitate peaceful settlement of the political crisis? Ans. Mykola Azarov
  20. 20. Q34. Recording Academy announced the 56th Annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California on 26 January 2014.Which album won the Album of the year award? Ans. Random Access Memories Q35. Economic growth for 2012-13 lowered to ....... percent from 5 percent estimated earlier by Union Government of India on 31 January 2014? Ans. 4.5 Q36. Union Cabinet on 30 January 2014 gave its approval for making amendments in the Central List of Other Backward Classes (OBCs) in ....... states and three Union Territories? Ans. 13 Q37. Which company unveiled a 150cc hybrid diesel concept motorcycle RNT on 29 January 2014? Ans. Hero MotoCorp Q38. Who has been appointed as the CEO and Managing Director of Tata Global Beverages Limited (TGBL) on 29 January 2014? Ans. Ajoy Misra Q39. Who has been designed as MD& CEO of India and South Asia including Srilanka and Bangladesh announced by the Bharti Enterprises recently? Ans. Gopal Vittal Q40. World’s first 3D-printer Objet500 Connex3 was launched on 28 January 2014. It was manufactured by which company? Ans. Stratasys Note: It was a USA based company.