Thursday, August 6, 2009

General Awareness Question papers with Answers

1. Name the well-know Indian writer based in Kerala who died at the age of
75 recently.
l)Arbindo Das 2)Kamala Das 3)Lavleen Singh
4) Khushwant Singh 5) None of these

2. Who has taken over as the new Air Force Chief?
l)PV Naik 2)Nirmal Verma 3) Sureesh Mehta 4)PV Borbora
5) None of these

3. Name, the last remaining survivor of the Titanic who died at a care home
in England recently.
1) David Thorpe 2) Christina Rousseau
3) Belina Mandelson 4) Milivina Dean
5) None of these

4. Which party has demanded that the Central schemes be scrapped and the
funds allocated for these schemes be transferred to the States so that they
could use them for programmes relevant to their needs?
1)BJP 2)CPI(M) 3)JD(U)
4)TMC 5) None of these

5. Which state has won the overall championship (based on the number of
gold medals) in the SS Music-National youth athletics championships held in
Madurai? l)TamilNadu 2)Punjab 3)UP
4) Kerala 5) None of these

6. The Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) Bill
that will be re-introduced in Parliament proposes to let foreign players hold
up to
_________per cent stake in Indian pension fund
companies, similar to the quantum allowed in insurance companies. The
PFRDA Bill that lapsed following the dissolution of the fourteenth Lok Sabha
on May 18 did not allow foreign direct investment (FDI) in pension funds.
1)10 2)26 3)49
4)74 5) None of these

7. With the military operation against the Taliban in the restive Swat valley
entering its final phase, the Pakistan government has raised the bounty for
Maulana Fazlullah, the
Taliban leader notorious for his venomous sermons on FM radio, 10 times to
1) 20 million rupees 2) 35 million rupees
3)50 million rupees 4) 60 million rupees
5) None of these

8. Name the film actor who reacted to racial attacks on Indian students in
Australia by rejecting an honorary doctorate offered to him by the
Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane.
l)Shyam Benegal 2)Om Puri 3)Nasiruddin Shah 4) Amitabh Bachchan
5) None of these

9. Who has been appointed as the new deputy chief minister of Tamil
l)KAnbazhagan 2) MK Stalin
3) CK Annadurai 4) Murasoli Maran 5) None of these

10. Bharti Wal-Mart Private Limited, the joint venture between Bharti
Enterprises and US-based retail giant Wal-Mart Stores for cash-and-carry and
back-end supply chain management operations in India, has opened its first
store in
1) Hyderabad 2) Lucknow 3) Delhi
4) Amritsar 5) None of these

11. Aung San Suu Kyi is associated with
1) Japan 2) Tibet 3) North Korea
4) South Korea 5) None of these

12. Name the country whose passenger aircraft disappeared and crashed
over the Atlantic Ocean, killing more than 100 persons.
1) Brazil 2) Germany 3) France
4)Britan 5) None of these

13. Which company has filed for bankruptcy protection as part of the Obama
administration's plan to shrink the automaker to a sustainable size?
1) General Motors 2)Volkswagen
3) Honda Motors 4)Ford 5) None of these

14. Name the Punjab National Bank Chairman and Managing Director who
has been elected Chairman of the Indian Banks' Association (DBA) for
l)TSNarayanasami 2) KC Chakraborry 3)MVNair
4)OP Bhatt 5) None of these

15. Who has been elected as the Speaker of the Lok Sabha?
l)KariaMunda 2)Meera Kumar 3)Sumitra Mahajan
4) Gurudas Dasgupta 5) None of these

16. Name the first Dalit speaker of the Lok Sabha.
l)Meera Kumar 2)KariaMunda 3)GMC Balyogi
4)Jagjivan Ram 5) None of these

17. Which country has been named the most peaceful country on earth in the
annual Global Peace Index? The index is based on the ranking of 144 nations
on the basis of how peaceful they are.
1) Norway 2) Sweden 3)New Zealand
4) Switzerland 5) None of these

18. With Left flag out of sight, the government is planning a big-bang
disinvestment in the state-owned PSUs. It plans to raise over________in
2009-10, not only to reduce fiscal deficit but also for expansion of public sector
1) Rs 10,000 cr .2) Rs 15,000 cr 3) Rs 20,000 cr 4) Rs 25.000 cr
5) None of these

19. World Environment Day is observed on
1) May 21 2) June 1 3) June 3
4) June 5 5) None of these

20. Which of the following statements are true about India-MERCOSUR
preferential trade agreement (PTA), which has come into effect from June 1?
A. The major product groups covered in the offer are food preparations,
organic chemicals, pharmaceuticals, essential oils, plastics, rubber and rubber
products, tools and implements, machinery items, electrical machinery and
B. The major sectors covered in the offer list of India are meat and meat
products, inorganic chemicals, organic chemicals, dyes and pigments, raw
hides and skins, leather articles, wool, cotton yarn, glass and glassware,
articles of iron and steel, machinery items, electrical machinery and
equipment, optical, photographic apparatus.
C. MERCOSUR is a trading bloc in South America region comprising
Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay.
D. It was formed in 1991 with the objective of free movement of goods,
services, capital and people and became a customs union in January 1995.
l)OnlyA,B&C 2)OnlyB,C&D 3)OnlyA,C&D
4)OnlyC&D 5) All the abovs

21. Name the American author who has won this year's Orange Prize for
Fiction for her novel Home, which tells the story of a prodigal son as he
returns home to make
peace with his past.
1) Manju Kapoor 2) Marilynne Robinson
3) Rose Tremain 4) Zadie Smith
5) None of these

22. SBI Life Insurance has launched group micro-insurance
policy,________, in the Norfh-Eastern region. The
policy was earlier launched in West Bengal, Orissa and Tamil Nadu. The
policy would provide life cover as well as maturity benefits at affordable rates
to members of self-help groups. For a five-year term, the premium payable
would be Rs 361.
1) Manav Shakti 2) GrameenShakti 3) GrameenUjala
4)GrameenVikas 5) None of these

23. When was RBI established?
1)1934 2)1935 3)1949 4)1955 5) None of these

24. The National Investigation Agency(NIA) got its first investigative brief.
The Centre directed the NIA to take over the investigation in two cases
related to militant activities in
1) J ammu and Kashmir 2) Assam 3) Chhattisgarh
4) Orissa 5) None of these

25. Which state is set to issue 'water cards' to impose water rationing so that
musclemen don't get away with the lion's share of the water supplied through
tankers? Each citizen will get 50 litres of water per day on the basis of the
1) Tamil Nadu 2) Chhattisgarh 3) Madhya Pradesh
4) Orissa 5) None of these

26. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) plans to engage self-help groups (SHGs)
and primary agriculture credit societies (PACS) as business correspondents
(BCs) to ensure greater banking penetration in the country's interior rural belt.
The banking regulator has decided to make use of the banking correspondent
model extensively to provide banking facility to some________
unbanked villages of population in excess of 2,000.
1)1 lakh 2)31akh 3) 5 lakh
4) 7 lakh 5) None of these

27. Seventeen-year-old Khagendra Thapa Magar of ________, 50 cm tall, is
set to register his name in the Guinness Book of World Records as the shortest
person in the world.
1) Bhutan 2) Nepal 3) Sri Lanka
4) Tibet 5) None of these

28. Beleaguered Satyam Computer announced________
crore profit for the Oct-Dec quarter 2008, demonstrating it was down but not
out and held out promise of a comeback under new owner Mahindras.
l)Rs80er 2)Rsl20cr 3)Rsl60cr
4) Rs 190 cr 5) None of these

29. UPA government has adopted an ambitious target of making India slumfree
in________with President Pratibha Patil announcing the launch of a
special housing scheme for the urban poor and slum-dwellers. Patil unveiled
the housing scheme—Rajiv Gandhi Awas Yojana—on the lines of the Indira
Awas Yojana being implemented in the rural areas.
1)1 year 2) 2 years 3) 5 years
4) 10 years 5) None of these

30. Who has been appointed Acting Chairperson of the National Human
Rights Commission (NHRC) after Justice S Rajendra Babu retired as
Chairman on May 31?
1) Justice GP Mathur 2) Justice BN Sri krishna
3) Justice AM Ahmadi 4) Justice Aftab Alam
5) None of these

31. A day after Madhesi Janadhikar Forum's parliamentary leader Brjay
Kumar Gachhedar was sworn in as Deputy Prime Minister, party Chairman
Upendra Yadav announced withdrawal of support to the coalition
government led by CPN (UML). Identify the country.
1) Mauritius 2) Fiji 3) Surinam
4) Sri Lanka 5) None of these

32. A full Bench of the Lahore High Court has ordered the release
of________, the chief of the Jamaat-ud-Dawa, known as a front organisation of
the Lashkar-e-Taiba. The LeT has been blamed for the Nov 2008 Mumbai
attacks, among other strikes.
1) Hafiz Saeed. 2) Masood Azhar 3) Dawood Ibrahim
4) Syed Salahuddin 5) None of these

33. In a major embarrassment to the Nationalist Congress Party, its Member
of Parliament________was arrested by the CBI for his alleged involvement in
the murder of his cousin and Congress leader Pawanraje Nimbalkair.
1) JagjitsinhPatil 2)DevisinhPatil 3) PadamsinPatil
4) Arjunsinh Patil 5) None of these

34. Name the unrepentant Watergate 'burglar' whose arrest at the
Democratic National Committee headquarters led tot he resignation of
President Richard Nixon in 1974 and who has died of lung cancer.
1) Bernard Leon Barker 2) Roger Nassif
3) J ohan Raum 4) Philip Mathew Zandy 5) None of these

35. Rogar Federer gloriously completed a career Grand Slam by capturing a
record-equalling 14th major with a 6-1, 7-6(1), 6-4 win over Robin Soderling in
1) Australian Open 2) French Open 3) US Open
4) Wimbledon 5) None of these

36. Who has been appointed as the new navy chief of India?
1) Sureesh Mehta 2) Nirmal Kumar Verma
3) Pradeep Vasant Nayak 4) Arun Prakash 5) None of these

37. India's largest free-trade zone, the 10,000-hectare Mumbai Special
Economic Zone (MSEZ), is in________ district of Maharashtra.
1) Pune 2) Aurangabad 3) Raigad
4) Satara 5) None of these

38. Who defeated DinaraSafma 6-4, 6-2 in an all-Russian final of the French
Open to take away her second grand Slam title?
1) Svetlana Kuznetsova 2) Venus Williams
3) Serena Williams 4) Elena Dementieva 5) None of these

39. Leander Paeswon his ninth Grand Slam title when he and his partner
Lukas Dlouhy overcame a first-set lapse to win the French Open men's
doubles. Paes-Dlouhy won 3-6, 6-3,6-2 against the South African-Belgian pair
of Wesley Moodie and Dick Norman. Lukas Dlouhy belongs to
1) Russia 2) Czech Republic 3) Slovakia
4) Sweden 5) None of these

40. Name the chairman of a faction of the insurgent group Dima Halam
Daoga, popularly known as Black Widow, who has been arrested in
l)ArbindRajkhowa 2)PareshBarua
3) Jewel Gorlosa 4) Vijay Harangkhwal 5) None of these

41. In which year was The Imperial Bank of India established by merging the
Presidency Banks of Calcutta, Madras and Bombay?
1)1806 2)1921 3)1935 4)1949 5) None of these

42. In which year was the Imperial Bank of India renamed as the State Bank
of India?
1)1921 2)1935 3)1949 4)1955 5) None of these

43. How many banks were nationalised in 1969?
1)10 2)14 3)19 4)6 5) None of these,

44. Which among the following banks was not nationalised in 1969 or 1980?
1) Punjab National Bank 2) Canara Bank
3) Corporation Bank 4)IDBIBank 5) Allahabad Bank

45. Which of the following is not a subsidiary of the SB1?
1) State Bank of Patiala 2) State Bank of Indore
3) State Bank of Travancore 4) State Bank of Hyderabad
5) Bank of Maharashtra

46. In which year did India's economic liberalisation start?
1)1984 2)1991 3)1999 4)2004 5) None of these

47. Which of the following is not a feature of open economy?
1) Non-interference by govt 2) Competition
3) Demand and Supply 4) Consumers' benefit 5) Administered price

48. Which of the following is the most advocating agency for economic
l)WTO 2) World Bank 3) IMF
4)EU 5} None of these

49. Which of the following is the core of the Basel-II norms?
1) Non-Performing Assets 2) Capital Adequacy Ratio
3) Prime Lending Rate 4) Priority Sector Lending 5) None of these

50. The_________ armed with a $ 20-million grant from Bill & Melinda Gates
Foundation, announced to launch a financial scheme for helping farmers hit
by the economic crisis in developing nations, including India.
1)TMF 2) World Bank 3)ADB
4) SAARC 5) None of these

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