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 1) Google is bidding adieu its social network product ____ launched 4 years ago. 

Ans : (4)
1. Google images
2. Google maps
3. Chrome
4. Google plus
5. None of these
Explanation: Google is bidding adieu to Google Plus, a social network that the American search engine had launched four years ago hoping it would become a serious rival to Facebook. The company announced its most drastic step for breaking up Google Plus on 27th July’15. The reason being it did not perform up to the mark as expected.
2) Which country Post is going to Release Series of Stamps on Well Known Singers, writers, Freedom Fighters, painters and dancers? 
Ans : (2)
1. Pakistan Post
2. Indian Post
3. Bhutan post
4. Srilanka Post
5. USA Post
Explanation: The philatelic advisory committee which met under the Chairmanship of Minister for & IT, Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad 27th July’15 also decided that stamps with picture postcards may be release on tourist places in India such as Taj Mahal, Ajanta and Ellora, Belur Math, Khajuraho etc.
3) Former cricketer Clive Rice, who died recently belongs to ____ 
Ans : (2)
1. Australia
2. South Africa
3. Kenya
4. West Indies
5. Zimbabwe
Explanation: Former all-rounder Clive Rice, the first post-apartheid captain of South Africa, died in Johannesburg. An official from national cricket association of South Africa said that Rice, who had been suffering from a brain tumour, played most of his cricket during South Africa`s 20-year isolation from the international game. When South Africa returned to the international fold in November 1991, Rice was appointed captain of a team which played three one-day internationals (ODIs) in India.
4) Sahara Mutual license was cancelled by ____ 
Ans : (1)
2. RBI
3. Supreme court
4. Delhi High court
5. The Central Govt
Explanation: The Securities and Exchange Board of India has cancelled Sahara asset Management Company’s license. The market regulator in its order said that the company is not fit and proper entity to carry out the business of mutual. It said, Sahara’s fund management license would stand cancelled after 60 days from the date of the order. It has directed Sahara AMC not to take any new subscription from the investors including existing investors in systematic investment plans and also not to levy any penalties on the investors for not depositing the instalments.
5) The Government of India recently signed ____ loan with Asian development Bank to support the government’s flagship program, the National Urban Health Mission (NUHM) that is aimed at improving the health status of the country’s urban population. 
Ans : (2)
1. $ 200
2. $ 300
3. $ 400
4. $ 500
5. $ 600
Explanation: The loan – Supporting National Urban Health Mission – will reinforce ongoing government efforts under the NUHM to develop health systems in urban areas that can deliver quality health services and that reach the urban poor and vulnerable. It will focus on strengthening primary health care and also promote better coordination between health and urban sectors and opportunities for public-private partnerships.
6) The Govt of India has approved the amendments include compensation to the states for any revenue loss due to introduction of GST for ___ years? 
Ans : (3)
1. 4 Years
2. 3 Years
3. 5 Years
4. 6 Years
5. 7 Years
Explanation: The Union Cabinet has approved amendments proposed by Rajya Sabha Select Committee on Goods and Services Tax, GST Constitution Amendment Bill . The amendments include compensation to the states for 5 years instead of upto 5 years for any revenue loss due to introduction of GST..
7) Which among the following has launched a dedicated website to recruit personnel? 
Ans : (2)
1. Indian Navy
2. Indian Air force
3. Indian Army
4. Indian police service
5. Indian Govt
Explanation: The website was launched by Air Officer-in-Charge Personnel, Air Marshal S Neelakantan and dedicated to the nation. Aspiring candidates for airmen selection now would be able to apply online for all recruitment tests.
8) Sanjiv Chaturvedi and ____ have won the Ramon Magsaysay Award for the year 2015? 
Ans : (3)
1. Ankitha Gupta
2. Arun Malvya
3. Anshu Gupta
4. Madhavilatha
5. Sheetal Sharma
Explanation: Sanjiv Chaturvedi, former Chief Vigilance Officer (CVO) at AIIMS and Anshu Gupta, founder of NGO Goonj are among the people who have been awarded the Ramon Magsaysay Award for 2015. In 2014, Chaturvedi was relieved from the additional charge of CVO, although he continued to retain the Deputy Director post at AIIMS. He had alleged that his removal from the CVO post was a result of campaign by corrupt officials.Anshu Gupta is being recognised for creative vision in transforming the culture of giving in India, his enterprising leadership in treating in cloth as a sustainable development resource for the poor and in reminding the world that true giving always respects and preserves human dignity.
9) The former President APJ Abdul Kalam’s last Rites were held at ____ on 30th July’15? 
Ans : (3)
1. Mahabaleshwaram
2. Visakhapatnam
3. Rameswaram
4. Madhurai
5. Thiruchhi
Explanation: Rameshwaram was the hometown of APJ Abdul Kalam.
10) The Supreme Court confirmed its decision of commuting the death sentence to life imprisonment of ____ persons convicted of killing former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi? 
Ans : (3)
1. 1
2. 2
3. 3
4. 4
5. 5
Explanation: The apex Court dismissed the curative petition filed by the Centre which was seeking a review of the decision in February last year. In February last year, the Court had commuted the death sentence of three persons - Santhan, Murugan and Perarivalan, citing the 11-year delay in deciding their mercy petitions. The three convicts are lodged in a Vellore prison. Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated on 21st May’1991 in Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu.
11) Windows 10 is the new operating system launched by …………….. Recently? 
Ans : (1)
1. Microsoft
2. Google
4. Yahoo
5. Oracle
Explanation: Windows 10 will be offered as a free upgrade to most consumers. According to a Microsoft statement, upgrading to Windows 10 would be easy for customers having a genuine Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 PC or tablet. Microsoft said the Windows 10 is the most secure Windows ever. Armed with new innovative features like Cortana, an Xbox app and Microsoft Edge, the software would be available in 190 nations.
12) The chief of banned outfit Malik Ishaq has been killed in Pakistan, in an encounter with the police in Punjab province. He was the chief of ____? 
Ans : (2)
1. Al-Queda
2. Lashkar e Jhangvi 
3. Taliban
4. Lashkar e taiba
5. None of these
Explanation: Ishaq was on a US list of global terrorists and the group he founded has claimed responsibility for the deaths of hundreds of civilians. The police said Ishaq`s two sons and eleven top members of the group linked to al-Qaeda were also killed in the encounter in Muzaffargarh district. Ishaq has been accused of masterminding dozens of attacks against the minority Shia community.
13) Patna High Court has directed the Bihar government not to go for audio-video recording and its display of Badh Chala Bihar which aimed at preparing vision document on development for the state till ____ 
Ans : (3)
1. 2020
2. 2021
3. 2025
4. 2030
5. 2019
Explanation: A division bench of Chief Justice L Narsimha Reddy and Justice Anjana Mishra issued the directive to Bihar government after hearing a PIL filed in this regard. 
14) The e-Tourist Visa scheme launched by the Government of India on November 27, 2015 has been extended to ____ countries/territories ? 
Ans : (2)
1. 70
2. 77 
3. 80
4. 88
5. 90
Explanation: With effect from 30th July 15, the Government has finalised arrangements to extend and implement the e-Tourist Visa facility to the passport holders of People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong Administrative Region and Macau Special Administrative Region so far. The total number of countries/territories covered under the e-Tourist Visa scheme will go up from 74 to 77, with the inclusion of these countries/territories.
15) 28th July 2015 was observed across the day as ____
Ans : (2)
1. World Polio day
2. World Hepatitis day
3. World cancer day
4. World Tetanus Day
5. World HIV day


 16) Name the automaker company that became the world’s biggest automaker in the first half of the year 2015? 

Ans : (2)
1. Hyundai Motors
2. Volkswagen
3. Tata Motors
4. Mahindra & Mahindra
5. Toyota
Explanation: Volkswagen surpassed Toyota as the world`s largest automaker in the first half of 2015, fulfilling a long-held goal, but the achievement came at a cost. Volkswagen sold 5.04 million vehicles in the first six months of the year, edging Toyota`s 5.02 million.
17) For which of the following international group, India has been launching a satellite? 
Ans : (3)
4. NAM
Explanation: The launch of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) satellite has been pegged at an estimated Rs. 235 crore and the cost associated with the launch will be met by the country, Parliament was informed on 23rd July. It will enable full range of applications and services to the member-nations in the areas of telecommunication and broadcasting applications namely television, direct-to-home, very small aperture terminals, tele-education, telemedicine and disaster management support, Minister of State for Atomic Energy and Space Jitendra Singh said in the Rajya Sabha. The satellite was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the SAARC summit in Nepal in November last. The Indian Space Research Organisation will build the satellite with 12 Ku-band transponders and launch it using the Indian Geostationary Launch Vehicle Mk-II. A one-day conference was held in New Delhi on June 22 to discuss the proposal in which delegations from all the SAARC member nations participated..
18) For NISAR mission, ISRO is working jointly with which of the following? 
Ans : (2)
1. Roskmos
3. European Space Agency
4. China space agency
5. None
Explanation: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) are jointly working on the NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar (NISAR) mission to co-develop and launch a dual frequency synthetic aperture radar satellite. The NISAR mission is a dual frequency (L&S Band) Radar Imaging Satellite. In this joint mission, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)/ NASA will be responsible for design & development of L-band SAR, 12m unfurlable antenna, GPS system and data recorder. ISRO will be responsible for design & development of S-band SAR, Spacecraft Bus, data transmission system, Spacecraft integration & testing, launch using GSLV and on-orbit operations.
19) Who won Wimbledon 2015 title in males singles? 
Ans : (3)
1. Roger Federer
2. Alexander Peya
3. Novac Djocovic
4. Leander Paes
5. None

Explanation: Defending champion Novak Djokovic has won a third Wimbledon title and a ninth Grand Slam crown, shattering Roger Federer`s bid for a record eighth All England Club triumph. World number one Serbian Djokovic won to add the Wimbledon title to the Australian Open he captured in January. Leander Paes clinched his 16th Grand Slam trophy, winning the mixed doubles event of the Championship with Martina Hingis after a dominating win over Alexander Peya and Timea Babos, last night. Seventh seed Indo-Swiss pair drubbed the fifth seed Austrian-Hungarian team. It was Paes` eighth mixed doubles title and second with Hingis. They had won the Australian Open early this year. 42-year-old Paes has eight men`s doubles crowns in his Grand Slam collection. Paes` win capped an incredibly successful Wimbledon for India as the country took three titles this year.
20) Which of the following two teams were suspended for two years in IPL fixing case? 
Ans : (1)
1. Chennai Super Kings, Rajasthan Royals
2. Chennai Super Kings, Pune Warriors
3. Rajasthan Royals, Deccan Chargers
4. Deccan Charges and Chennai super kings
5. None
Explanation: In IPL spot fixing case, The Supreme court panel headed by retired Justice Lodha on 14th July banned both the franchisee stake holder Gurunath Meiyappan and Raj Kundra for life from all cricket related activities. Chennai Super Kings, and Rajasthan Royals were suspended from the cash-rich cricket league for two years for betting activities of their key officials Gurunath Meiyappan and Raj Kundra during the 2013 season. The punishment was handed down by a Supreme Court- appointed three-member committee headed by former CJI R M Lodha which held that the betting activities of the two officials, Meiyappan, considered the face of CSK owners, and Kundra, co-owner of Rajasthan Royals, have brought the game of cricket, BCCI and IPL into disrepute. The Committee also imposed sanctions including life suspensions for Meiyappan and Kundra from being involved in any cricket matches conducted by BCCI.
21) Who among the following is not a member in the BCCI working group formed to study Lodha Committee report on match fixing scandal? 
Ans : (5)
1. Rajeev Shukla
2. Sourav Ganguly
3. Anurag Thakur
4. Aniruddh Chaudhary
5. Ravi Sastry
Explanation: BCCI working group chaired by IPL Chairman Rajeev Shukla to have Sourav Ganguly, Anurag Thakur, Aniruddh Chaudhary and BCCI`s legal adviser U N Banerjee as its four members; panel to give its recommendations within six weeks. Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly was named in the BCCI`s four-member working group formed to study the Justice R M Lodha committee`s order and give recommendations within six weeks. The committee will be chaired by IPL Chairman Rajeev Shukla and will have BCCI Secretary Anurag Thakur and Treasurer Aniruddh Chaudhary as the other members. BCCI`s legal adviser U N Banerjee will assist the panel.
22) Which of the following will be venue for the final match of World Twenty20 cricket tournament to be held in 2016 in India? 
Ans : (4)
1. Rajeev Gandhi Stadium (Hyderabad)
2. Ferozshah Kotla stadium (Delhi)
3. Weankhede Stadium (Mumbai)
4. Eden Gardens (Kolkata)
5. China Swamy Stadium (Bangalore)
Explanation: The iconic Eden Gardens ground in Kolkata will be host to the final of the 2016 World Twenty20 cricket tournament that will be held in India from March 11 to April 3 next year. Bengaluru, Chennai, Dharamsala, Mohali, Mumbai, Nagpur and New Delhi will be the other venues along with Kolkata, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced on 21st July. The venues will host both the men`s and women`s tournaments which will be held simultaneously.
23) Roelant Oltamans is the new coach of….? 
Ans : (2)
1. Indian Cricket team
2. Hockey India
3. Foot Ball India
4. Archery of India
5. Indian Athletics team
Explanation: : Hockey India on 25th July officially named High Performance coach Roelant Oltmans as the coach of men`s national team after Paul van Ass` six-month tenure ended under unceremonious circumstances.
24) Which country will host 2022 Winter Olympics? 
Ans : (1)
1. China
2. Kazakhstan
3. Norway
4. Philippines
5. Japan
Explanation: Beijing won its bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics on Friday, making it the first city to be awarded both a summer and Winter Games. Beijing narrowly beat out Almaty, earning 44 votes compared to the city in Kazakhstan`s 40. Oslo was initially named a finalist, but its Olympic bid was withdrawn after the Norwegian government voted against financially supporting it. Beijing hosted the 2008 Summer Games and China plans to reuse several venues from it for the 2022 event. In winning its bid to host the winter games, Beijing managed to overcome questions over a potential lack of natural snow and concerns over the distance between proposed venues. The 2022 competitions will be spread across three clusters over 100 miles.
25) Rajat Chauhan is associated with which of the following game? 
Ans : (4)
1. Weight lifting
2. Boxing
3. Shooting
4. Archery
5. Billiards
Explanation: Rajat Chauhan earned first-ever individual medal for India in the World Archery Championships at Copenhagen in Denmark. The compound marksman bagged a silver after going down to home favourite Stephan Hansen in the final on 31st July. The 2014 Asian Games team gold medalist Rajat Chauhan was going neck and neck till the third set when he shot a poor 8 and 9 as Hansen gained a three-point lead before wrapping up the game 147-143 in a fiercely contested individual men`s compound final.
26) Who among the following Indian had been conferred the highest French civilian honour, the Commandeur de la Legion? 
Ans : (3)
1. Akash vinay
2. Samrit Rani
3. S.H. Raza
4. Pranay roy
5. Akshit mishra
Explanation: Modern Indian artist Sayed Haider Raza, has been conferred the highest French civilian honour, the Commandeur de la Legion d` Honneur (the Legion of Honour) for his peerless achievements. To mark celebrations of the French National Day, the award was bestowed by ambassador Francois Richier at a function at the French Embassy, New Delhi. The French honour was conferred on the 93-year-old artist in acknowledgment of his "peerless achievements transcending all boundaries". Created in 1802 by Napoleon Bonaparte, the award is given for outstanding service to France, regardless of recipients` nationality.
27) M.S. Vishwanathan, who passed away on 14th July is associated with ____ 
Ans : (1)
1. Film industry
2. Sports
3. Politics
4. Science and Technology
5. International relations
Explanation: M S Viswanathan, one of the most popular music composers of south Indian cinema, passed away on 14th July. Viswanathan, known in the industry as MSV, has a huge body of work in Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam with over 750 films. Sivaji Ganeshan’s Panam in 1952 was his debut creation. MSV is popular for his  with fellow composer T.K. Ramamoorthy. The duo composed music for 86 Tamil films during their association of over a decade. “Sonnathu Needhana” (Nenjil Oru Alayam), “Viswanathan Velai Vendum” (Kadalikka Neram Illai), “Kettavarellam Padalam” (Thangai) are among MSV’s all time favourites that are still popular in Tamil Nadu. Viswanathan is a recipient of Kalaimamani and several other music awards. Born in Palakkad in Kerala, Viswanathan had scored music for over 1,000 films.
28) CV Narasimhan, who passed away on 17th July, was ____ 
Ans : (2)
1. Senior most IAS officer
2. Senior most IPS officer
3. Senior most IRS officer
4. Senior most politician in India
5. None
Explanation: C.V. Narasimhan ,considered the senior-most IPS officer in the country, passed away following a brief illness in a private hospital on 17th July. In his career spanning 35 years in the police department, Mr. Narasimhan held different positions such as the Director, Central Bureau of Investigation, Member Secretary, National Police Commission and Directorate, Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption. In 1948, he topped the first national competitive examination in the IPS category, and bagged the President`s Revolver Prize for the ‘best cadet’ at the National Police Academy in Mount Abu. In 1974, he became the first IPS officer to be posted as the Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs, a post to which only IAS officers were considered. While in his tenure in the DVAC, Mr. Narasimhan played a key role in drafting the Vigilance Manual, the first of its kind.
29) Who among the following got Indian Council of Agricultural Research award? 
Ans : (5)
1. Sanju saha
2. Shailaja vani
3. Vinodh murugu
4. Hemanth sokar
5. Gargi Parsai
Explanation: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 25th July presented The Hindu’s senior journalist Gargi Parsai with the prestigious Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) award. Ms. Parsai, an Associate Editor, was conferred the Chaudhury Charan Singh Award for excellence in Journalism in Agricultural Research and Development-2014
30) Two eminent persons got Nelson Mandela Prize by the UN this year. One of them is Helena Ndume and the other is ____ 
Ans : (4)
1. Weing zebabo
2. Rang josk
3. Gyan sudo
4. Jorge Sampaio
5. Vrimat zen zuzo
Explanation:Helena Ndume of Namibia and Jorge Sampaio of Portugal were on 24 July 2015 awarded with the first-ever Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela Prize by the United Nations (UN) at the UN Headquarters in New York. Ndume, a female ophthalmologist, was awarded for treating blindness and eye-related illnesses in Namibia and throughout the developing world. While Sampaio, the former president of Portugal from 1996 to 2006 and also the former mayor of Lisbon from 1989 to 1995, was awarded for his contribution to his country for his struggle for the restoration of democracy in Portugal.
31) Who among the following has been chosen for Fukuoka Asian Culture Prize 2015 in the Academic Category? 
Ans : (3)
1. Neelakanta Sastry
2. Vinodh Mehta
3. Ramachandra Guha
4. Pallavi nair
5. None
Explanation: Historian Ramachandra Guha was on 24 July 2015 chosen for the Fukuoka Asian Culture Prize 2015 in the Academic Category. The prize will be conferred upon him on 17 September 2015 in Fukuoka International Congress Center in Japan, following which the awardees will be deliberating lectures at high-schools and universities across the city.
32) Who is the new Director General of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)? 
Ans : (1)
1. Ajay Mathur
2. Ramesh katiyar
3. Arvind saxena
4. Vijay nadur
5. Vurkeri raghava
Explanation: Director General, TERI Dr. R K Pachauri has been removed. He will be replaced by Dr Ajay Mathur. Currently Mr Mathur is Director General of the Bureau of Energy Efficiency. Dr Pachauri was accused of sexual harassment by his junior colleague. Recently a Delhi court allowed Dr Pachauri access to all TERI offices in the country except the ones in Delhi and Gurgaon. Pachauri had shared Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 with former US Vice President Al Gore for work on climate issues. He has led and built The Energy and Resources Institute, TERI, over the last 34 years from a concept to a major, autonomous, professionally dynamic organization on the global stage
33) Which state Assembly has recently passed Right to Services Bill? 
Ans : (3)
1. Karnataka
2. Kerala
3. Maharashtra
4. Gujarat
5. Madhya Pradesh
Explanation: The Maharashtra assembly on 14th July passed the historic Right to Services Bill in the absence of the Congress and NCP members. The bill has been unanimously passed by the assembly and will now be tabled in the state council. The bill will empower citizens to avail their rights in stipulated time with less efforts and cost. This bill will pave way for curbing corruption, bringing transparency and empowering citizens. The services will be provided electronically and will be brought on e-Platform
34) The aim of Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikash Yojana which was launched by PM Modi is ____ 
Ans : (1)
1. Providing skill training for youth
2. Providing jobs for youth
3. Upgrading skills of retired employees
4. Promoting scientific agriculture
5. None
Explanation: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 15th July launched the Skill India campaign in New Delhi on first ever World Youth Skills Day. The Prime Minister also formally launched the National Skill Development Mission, and unveiled the National Policy for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship 2015. Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikash Yojana was also rolled out on an all India basis on the occasion. The Prime Minister said the government has waged a war against poverty through skill development. Under this programme the government helps youth in meeting job requirements, creating self confidence and fill them with renewed vigour. According to the Minister for Skill Development Rajiv Pratap Rudy said, only 3.5 percent of Indian population is skilled and government has set a target to skill 40.02 crore people by 2022.
35) Which of the following states has decided to make IT parks differently abled-friendly? 
Ans : (3)
1. Andhra Pradesh
2. Karnataka
3. Telangana
4. Tamilnadu
5. Maharashtra
Explanation: Telangana will soon be the first State in the country to make its IT and ITES buildings differently abled-friendly. In a first-of-its-kind initiative undertaken by the NASSCOM Foundation, 175 companies based out of two IT parks in Hyderabad will go for retrofitting their buildings to suit the needs of differently abled employees. This would mean that companies will have common areas including cafeterias, restrooms, cubicles and elevators with facilities to aid their current and prospective employees who are differently-abled. From entry and exit gates that have ramps to placing biometric devices at accessible heights and washrooms that have handles for wheelchair-bound people, retrofitting is expected to ensure inclusive work environments. Also, efforts are on to make websites of these companies accessible to such persons by including voice features among others.
36) Who will head the expert group for classification of caste data? 
Ans : (5)
1. Rangarajan
2. Montek Singh Ahluwalia
3. Arvind Subramanyam
4. Smriti Irani
5. Arvind Panagariya
Explanation: The government on 16th July said it will release the caste census data at an appropriate time. It has set up an expert group headed by NITI Ayog Vice-Chairman Arvind Panagariya to collate caste count to classify this caste data. According to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, the expert group will be serviced by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment and Tribal Welfare. Other members will be nominated by the two ministries. The Central Government had decided to collect data on Caste through the SECC vide the then Cabinet`s approval dated 19th May, 2011. The SECC was conducted by the respective State/UT Governments. The field survey on economic data has since been completed and the socio economic data relating to rural areas has been released by the Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD).
37) Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has recently started a portal NCS. The main aim of this is ____ 
Ans : (1)
1. Career counseling portal
2. Psychological counseling
3. Jobs information
4. New courses information
5. None
Explanation: Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the inaugural session of 46th Indian Labour Conference in New Delhi launched a career counselling portal NCS. The move is aimed at modernising all government-run employment exchanges and providing an online platform to job seekers and employers. According to a Labour Ministry press release stating way forward for the NCS project, the government has planned integration (of portal) with CBSE database for verification of candidate academic performance. It is also planned to integrate NCS with PAN and TAN database for authentication of employers. Under the NCS project, Labour Ministry is transforming the National Employment Service comprising a network of 978 employment exchanges into NCS by leveraging information technology to improve the delivery of services
38) Union Government has started Deen Dayal Upadhya Gram Jyoti on ____ 
Ans : (3)
1. July 15th
2. July 21st
3. July 25th
4. July 30th
5. July 12th
Explanation: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated NDA government’s Deen Dayal Upadhya Gram Jyoti Yojana in Patna on 25th July. Through the scheme, the Centre aims to provide uninterrupted electricity supply to each rural household across the nation by 2022. The elements of agricultural and non-agricultural feeders would be separated to restore power units in rural areas. Under the Yojana, there are projects of 76,000 crores rupees out of which subsidy of 63,000 crores rupees will be given by the central government. The Centre has approved a grant of 8,000 crores for the project in Bihar. PM Modi, who is on his maiden visit to Bihar after becoming Prime Minister, also laid foundation of the first phase of the much-awaited Jagdispur-Haldia gas pipeline project. Through this pipeline, LPG customers in Patna will get gas in their homes.
39) How many cricketers discharged in IPL-6 spot fixing case? 
Ans : (5)
1. 12
2. 18
3. 26
4. 9
5. 36
Explanation: Former India capped cricketer S Sreesanth and all the other 35 accused persons in the IPL-6 spot fixing case were discharged by a Delhi court. Other two prominent IPL players -- Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan -- who were on bail, like Sreesanth, were also discharged in the case. The three cricketers were representing IPL team Rajasthan Royals when the scandal broke. They were arrested in May 2013 for alleged spot fixing in some matches of IPL 6. However the court had granted bail to Sreesanth, and various others accused for lack of evidence against them. Six persons including underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and his aide Chhota Shakeel were declared proclaimed offenders.
40) In which state, Armed Forces Preparatory institute for girls has been opened recently?
 Ans : (4)
1. J & K
2. Manipur
3. Mizoram
4. Punjab
5. Rajasthan
Explanation: Defence minister Manohar parrikar on 25th July dedicated to the nation the state of art Mai Bhago Armed Forces preparatory institute for girls in Mohali. MBAFPI is a project of the Punjab state government to prepare young girls for induction into prestigious National Defence Academy - NDA. This institute is on the lines of Maharaja Ranjit Singh Armed Forces Preparatory Institute for boys already being run in Mohali.
41) Which state has made voting compulsory for local body polls? 
Ans : (1)
1. Gujarat
2. Mizoram
3. Haryana
4. Uttar Pradesh
5. Uttar Khand
Explanation: Gujarat government has issued a notification making voting compulsory for people of the state during elections to local self governing bodies. The notification would mean that people have to compulsorily vote during the elections of municipal corporations, municipalities, and all village panchayats. The Act has also made provisions to penalize those who fail to vote. However, the notification has not specified what punishment will be given to voters who fail to exercise their franchise. The state government also issued another notification making voting compulsory for elected representatives of local bodies, who would face disqualification if they do not vote.
42) According to United Nations Organization, India to surpass China Population by..? 
Ans : (2)
1. 2030
2. 2022
3. 2018
4. 2027
5. 2050
Explanation: According to the United Nations Organization, India will surpass China to become the most populous nation in the world by 2022, six years sooner than previously forecast, and the country is projected to retain the top spot till 2100. The `World Population Prospects: The 2015 Revision` launched at the UN Headquarters in New York yesterday projected that within seven years, the population of India is expected to surpass that of China. Currently, the population of China is approximately 1. 38 billion compared with 1.31 billion in India. Around and after 2022, India`s population is projected to continue growing for several decades to 1.5 billion in 2030 and 1.7 billion in 2050, while the population of China is expected to remain fairly constant until the 2030s, after which it is expected to slightly decrease. According to the forecast issued in 2013, India was expected to surpass China`s population by 2028 but the latest report predicts that India will overtake its Asian rival six years early by 2022.
43) At present, the forest coverage in India is ____ 
Ans : (3)
1. 14%
2. 33%
3. 21%
4. 6%
5. 48% 
Explanation: In India there has been a net increase of 5871 square kilometres in the country’s forest cover. The total forest cover in the country is 697,898 square kilometres which is over 21 per cent of its total geographical area. Among the metropolitan cities, Delhi tops with 180 square kilometres of forests followed by Bangalore with 97 square kilometres, Hyderabad with 88 square kilometres. Mumbai has over 86 square kilometres of forest area while Chandigarh‘s forest cover stands at 34 square kilometres
44) Yakub Memon, who was hanged recently was convicted in ___ 
Ans : (1)
1. 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case
2. Pune Bomb blast cases
3. 2008 Mumbai attack case
4. Hyderabad bomb cases
5. None
Explanation: Yakub Memon, the lone 1993 Mumbai serial blasts convict whose death sentence was upheld by the Supreme Court, was hanged to death at Nagpur Central Jail early 30th July. Memon was hanged at Nagpur Central Prison at 7 am, the hour set by the TADA court for execution of his death warrant, that came under repeated challenge by his legal team.
45) National Handloom Day was celebrated on____ 
Ans : (5)
1. 1st August
2. 25th July
3. 6th July
4. 14th August
5. 7th August
Explanation: The Centre has declared 7th August as National Handloom Day beginning from this year throughout the country. Informing this on 31st July, Textiles Minister Santosh Kumar Gangwar said, the first National Handloom Day will be launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Chennai on 7th August.
46) India’s first harbor defence system will be commissioned in ____ 
Ans : (2)
1. Vishakapatnam
2. Kochi
3. Kolkata
4. Mumbai
5. Tuticorn
Explanation: In Kochi, the integrated underwater harbour defence and surveillance system was commissioned on 31st July to strengthen security in the western coastline. According to Defence sources, this system is first of its kind in the country and also part of Navy’s initiative to strengthen coastal security. The system was inaugurated by Chief of Southern Naval Command Vice Admiral Sunil Lanba. The integrated harbour defence system commissioned is capable of detecting, identifying, tracking and generating warning for all types of surface and underwater threats to harbour security. It was designed by Israel Aerospace Industries and consists of advance coastal surveillance radars, sensors and sound navigation and ranging systems.
47) Which of the following state/UT has recently notified a policy regarding protection of witnesses? 
Ans : (3)
1. Kerala
2. West Bengal
3. Delhi
4. Pondicherry
5. Goa
Explanation: Delhi Government has notified a policy regarding protection of witnesses with provisions for a protection. The AAP government said that the Delhi Witness Protection Scheme will ensure protection of witnesses in crucial cases. According to the Chief Minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal, Delhi becomes the first state to notify such policy. Delhi High court in 2013 had directed Delhi government to frame a witness protection policy to provide guidelines and principles which the police, prosecution and executive agencies will have to follow for protection of witnesses. According to officials, the policy envisages categorisation of witnesses, creation of witness protection fund, types of protection and procedure for processing such request by the competent authority
48) With which of the following countries India has signed an agreement in the field of election management?
Ans : (2)
1. Srilanka
2. Georgia
3. Tanzania
4. Australia
5. Nepal
Explanation: India and Georgia have signed a MoU in New Delhi, for cooperation in the field of election management and administration. The MoU was signed by the Chief Election Commissioner of India, Dr. Nasim Zaidi and Chairperson, Central Election Commission of Georgia, Ms Tamar Zhvania on 13th July. The major aims of the MoU are, promotion of exchanges of knowledge and experience in electoral processes, exchange of information, materials, expertise and training of personnel, production and distribution of materials pertaining to electoral systems, voting technology, voters’ education and awareness and participation of women and minorities in electoral process. Election Commission of India has so far signed twenty MOUs with Election Management Bodies and international organizations across the world. Some of the MoUs signed recently are with the Kyrgyz Republic, Yemen, Mauritius, Egypt, Venezuela and Republic of Korea.
49) India has given a grant recently to Satyajit Ray centre, which is located in ____ 
Ans : (5)
1. Britain
2. Russia
3. Japan
4. South Korea
5. USA
Explanation: India has given a grant of 50,000 U.S. dollars to the Satyajit Ray Film and Study Centre at the University of California, Santa Cruz, USA for conducting lectures, workshops and film screenings. Likewise, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Washington, D.C. has been given 70,000 U.S. dollars to support a lecture series on rising India. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj gave this information in the Rajya Sabha 30th July. She said India has also given 1.5 million U.S. dollars to the University of Chicago to enrich its Vivekananda Chair for promoting the study of Indian sub-continent as also for research and teaching of India’s history and culture
50) With how many astronauts, the spacecraft Soyuz is launched towards the International Space Station on 23rd July’15? 
Ans : (3)
1. 1
2. 2
3. 3
4. 4
5. 5
Explanation: after a two-month delay caused by a Russian rocket failure , The spacecraft blasted off on schedule from Russia`s Baikonur cosmodrome in the barren Kazakh steppe, carrying cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren and Kimiya Yui of Japan. The three astronauts were originally scheduled to travel to the orbiting lab in late May but Russia put all space travel on hold after the failure of the unmanned Progress freighter taking cargo to the ISS in late April.