Monday, August 31, 2015

Current Affairs Update – 30th–31st August, 2015

Hello and welcome to ExamPundit. Here are the Important Current Affairs of 30th and 31st August, 2015. We have also started including Daily GK Bits to keep you updated!! These are important for the upcoming IBPS Clerk Exam.


Finance/Banking –

SBI, ICICI Bank receive domestic systemically important banks' status


  • State Bank of India (SBI) and ICICI Bank have been given the status of domestic systemically important banks (D-SIBs) by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Monday.
  • RBI had announced the framework for dealing with D-SIBs in July 2014 and the framework requires RBI to disclose the names of banks designated as domestic systemically important every year in August starting from August 2015.
  • Based on the bucket in which a D-SIB is placed, an additional common equity requirement has to be applied to it, as per the framework. The framework also requires that D-SIBs may be placed in four buckets depending upon their Systemic Importance Scores (SISs).
  • The D-SIB framework specifies a two-step process of identification of D-SIBs. In the first step, the sample of banks to be assessed for systemic importance has to be decided. The selection of banks in the sample for computation of SIS is based on analysis of their size as a percentage of annual GDP.



Indian Bank launches 'IndPay'


  • With an eye on people on the move, public lender Indian Bank has launched IndPay, a mobile application service that enables its customers to operate bank account from anywhere, anytime.
  • IndPay can be operated through smartphones compatible with Android, Windows and iOS mobile operating systems.
  • Customers can do transactions like enquiries, getting mini statements and transferring funds to any account, the Chennai-based bank said in a statement.
  • Indian Bank MD and CEO M K Jain formally unveiled the new service recently, it said.



Economic Growth Slows to 7% in April-June Quarter


  • Reflecting a muted performance, the GDP growth slowed to 7 per cent in the April-June quarter, from 7.5 per cent in the previous quarter, amid deceleration in farm, services and manufacturing sectors.
  • A slower GDP growth, along with slower pace of industrial production expansion, however bolsters the case for a rate cut by the Reserve Bank.
  • The Gross Value Added (GVA), a new concept introduced by CSO to measure the economic activity, also slipped during the first quarter to 7.1 per cent, from 7.4 per cent a year ago.
  • The GDP grew at 7.5 per cent in the January-March quarter while it was 6.7 per cent in the April-June quarter last year, according to data from the Central Statistics Office (CSO).
  • The nominal GDP and GVA at current market price showed a steep decline in the quarter under review. The nominal GDP slipped to 8.8 per cent in Q1 from 13.4 per cent a year ago while the GVA growth rate nearly halved to 7.1 per cent from 14 per cent a year ago.



Govt. to infuse Rs 947 crore in Canara Bank

  • Public lender Canara Bank on Monday said the government will infuse an equity capital of Rs 947 crore in the bank.
  • It said the board of the bank at a meeting held on Monday approved the proposal of issuing equity shares on preferential basis to the government in lieu of the capital infusion.
  • Last week, the country’s largest lender SBI also spoke of issuance of equity shares on a preferential basis to the government for a capital infusion of Rs 5,393 crore.
  • Earlier this month, the government decided to infuse a total of Rs 20,088 crore in 13 public sector banks, including SBI, PNB, IDBI, Bank of Baroda, Canara Bank, Indian Overseas Bank and Union Bank of India.



Aurobindo Pharma gets USFDA nod for osteoporosis drug

  • Aurobindo Pharma Ltd. has received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) to manufacture and market Raloxifene Hydrochloride tablets USP 60mg.
  • Announcing this on Saturday, the company said the drug was indicated for treatment and prevention of osteoporosis in postmenopausal women. Its estimated market size was $404 million for the twelve months ended June 2015.
  • The approved abbreviated new drug application (ANDA) is bioequivalent and therapeutically equivalent to the reference listed drug product Evista tablets 60mg of Eli Lilly. It is 45 ANDA to be approved out of Unit-VII formulation facility in Hyderabad for manufacturing oral non-antibiotic products, a company release said.



ONGC, partners to invest $24 bn in Mozambique gas field

  • Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) and its partners will invest about USD 24 billion in producing natural gas from a giant field off Mozambique and converting it into liquid fuel (LNG) for export by ships to consumers like India.
  • ONGC Videsh Ltd, the overseas investment arm of the state-run explorer, holds 16 per cent stake in Rovuma Area 1 where recoverable resources in excess of 75 trillion cubic feet have been established.
  • BPCL holds another 10 per cent and Oil India Ltd 4 per cent stake in the field and all three together hold more stake than operator Anadarko of the US (26.5 per cent).


India –

Amul to launch India's first branded lactose-free milk


  • Allergic to dairy products? Now, start your day with a glass of lactose-free milk from Amul. India's largest dairy cooperative Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF) is all set to launch India's first branded lactose-free milk in a month.
  • Basically, anyone with lactose intolerance has difficulty in digesting milk sugars (lactose) from dairy products, due to insufficient amounts of lactase enzyme in the gut.
  • One of the most common cases of food intolerance among consumers is lactose intolerance.



Union Government launched SAHAJ scheme for online release of new LPG connections


  • Union Government on 30 August 2015 launched a scheme named SAHAJ for online release of new LPG connections for the consumers. The scheme launched by Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan can be availed through the portal mylpg.in.
  • At present, the scheme will be available in 13 cities of the country, namely Delhi, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Bhopal, Bhubaneshwar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, Patna and Pune. It will be launched pan-India within the next few days.
  • SAHAJ facility will enable the prospective customers to post online request for a new connection by filing Know Your Customer (KYC) form, uploading photographs and bank account details. After submission, the customer will receive the registration number to know the connection status.
  • It also provides the facility to choose the mode of payment, which may be online or offline mode of payment for connection. Electronic subscription voucher will be mailed to the customer and physical delivery of the Gas cylinder, regulator with hose pipe will be made by the distributor.



PM Modi released digitally restored recordings of epic ‘Ramcharitmanas’

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 31 August 2015 released digital recordings of epic Ramcharitmanas, as a set of digital CDs produced by All India Radio (AIR).
  • Digital recordings of the epic is a part of AIR’s attempt to go digital in a big way so that the public broadcaster can reach audiences globally.
  • The recordings of Goswami Tulsidas work, sung by leading singers of Bhopal gharana, have been done by the AIR over several years and are regularly broadcast especially in the Hindi heartland.



Appointments –

Rajiv Mehrishi appointed as Union Home secretary


  • Rajiv Mehrishi, 1978 batch IAS of Rajasthan cadre, was appointed as the Union Home secretary. He will occupy the post for two years with effect from 31 August 2015. He was due to retire on the day of appointment, but was given an extension of two-year.
  • He succeeded LC Goyal, an IAS officer of 1979 batch of Kerala cadre.
  • At the time of appointment as the Home Secretary, Mehrishi was holding the post of Finance Secretary. He is the third Home Secretary of the present NDA government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.



Outgoing Home Secretary L.C. Goyal Appointed as CMD of ITPO

  • The government today appointed outgoing Home Secretary L C Goyal as the Chairman and Managing Director of India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO).
  • "The Prime Minister has approved the appointment of L C Goyal (1979 batch Karnataka cadre IAS officer) as Chairman and Managing Director, India Trade Promotion Organisation," an official statement said.
  • Earlier, Goyal had sought an early retirement, 17 months ahead of schedule, for personal reasons which was approved by the government.
  • He was replaced by Economic Affairs Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi in the Home Ministry.
  • Set up in 1977, ITPO is the nodal trade promotion agency of the government and functions under the supervision of the Commerce Ministry.



R P Watal designated as new Finance Secretary

  • The Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the designation of R.P. Watal, the senior most Secretary in the Finance Ministry, as Finance Secretary.
  • A 1978-batch Andhra cadre IAS officer, Watal is currently the Expenditure Secretary in the Finance Ministry, Rajiv Mehrishi, who was till recently the Finance Secretary, has now been elevated as Home Secretary.



Sports –

Ethiopia's Mare Dibaba won women's marathon at World Athletics Championships

  • Mare Dibaba of Ethiopia on 30 August 2015 won the women's marathon title at the 2015 World Athletics Championships at the Beijing National Stadium, China. She is the first Ethiopian female to win the event at the world championships.
  • The 25-year-old Dibaba captured the title by finishing the race in 2 hours, 27 minutes and 35 seconds.
  • In the race, she defeated Helah Kiprop of Kenya, who won the silver medal by completing the marathon in 2 hours 27 minutes and 36 seconds. Eunice Kirwa of Bahrain won bronze medal in this event after completing it in 2 hours 27 minutes and 39 seconds.



Anil won gold medal in Cadet Wrestling World Championships

  • Indian wrestler Anil on 29 August 2015 won gold medal in the 50 kg freestyle category in the Cadet Wrestling World Championships at SARAJEVO, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina. He defeated Erfan Aeini of Iran 10-6.
  • It was second medal for India at SARAJEVO as Ankush won silver in the 38 kg women freestyle on 28 August 2015.
  • To reach the finals of the competition, earlier, Anil defeated Tumentsogt Bold of Mongolia in the semi-final bout while in quarter-final he defeated Ertugrul Kahveci of Turkey.



Awards & Honors –

ITBP official Jot Singh gets Tenzing Norgay national adventure award


  • Indo-Tibetan Border Police official and mountaineer Jot Singh has been honoured with the Tenzing Norgay national adventure award by President Pranab Mukherjee.
  • Singh, who has been undertaking expeditions with the border guarding force for a long time, was decorated with the award during the national games awards presentation ceremony held at the Rashtrapati Bhavan yesterday.
  • Known as the special force for mountaineering skills, 11 ITBP personnel have got this honour till date.
  • The force has scaled more than 200 peaks across the globe successfully and Inspector Jot Singh is one of the best mountaineers of ITBP, who has also scaled the Mount Everest, an official said.
  • The mountain-trained force has been deployed primarily to guard high altitude Indo-China border since 1962.



Obituaries –

Renowned neurologist and author Oliver Wolf Sacks died

  • Renowned neurologist and author Oliver Wolf Sacks died on 30 August 2015 in New York, the USA. He was 82.
  • Compared to his career as a practitioner of neurology and an academician he was better known as the author of best-selling books on the grey matter like Migraine, Awakenings, The Mind’s eye, etc.
  • He was awarded the Lewis Thomas Prize for Writing about Science in 2001.
  • In 2008, he was conferred with the Order of the British Empire/Sir (CBE) honour for services to literature.



Horror Maestro Wes Craven Dies at 76

  • Filmmaker Wes Craven, the creator of classic horror franchises Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream, has died. He was 76.
  • Craven died on Sunday at his home in LA after battling with brain cancer, his family announced, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
  • Craven wrote and directed the first Nightmare on Elm Street film, helmed the first four Scream movies and guided Meryl Steep to an Oscar nomination in Music of the Heart.
  • The Last House of the Left was Craven's first feature film, which he wrote, directed and edited in 1972.
  • He followed it up with another film, The Hills Have Eyes (1977), which he wrote and helmed.
  • Craven is also credited for discovering young talents, who later came to be known as superstars like Johnny Depp, for A Nightmare on Elm Street, Sharon Stone in her first starring role for Deadly Blessing and Bruce Willis in his first featured role in an episode of the 1980s version of The Twilight Zone.


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  2. Dr. Bhupen Hazarika Cricket Stadium - Guwahati, Assam
  3. Lakh Bahosi Sanctuary - Uttar Pradesh
  4. Wanakbori Thermal Power Station - Gujarat
  5. Currency of Azerbaijan - Azerbaijani manat






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Current Affairs Quiz - August 2015 - Set 13


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1. Online Bus Ticketing platform redBus recently tied up with which of the following mobile wallet?
1) SBI Buddy
2) PayTM
3) PayU Money
4) Airtel Money
5) All of them


2. Bandhan became the first micro finance company in the country to start operations as a full-fledged commercial bank. Headquarter of Bandhan is located in which city?
1) Mumbai
2) New Delhi
3) Bengaluru
4) Kolkata
5) Agartala


3. The 7th Pay Commission was recently extended till __________.
1) October 31, 2015
2) December 31, 2015
3) January 31, 2016
4) December 31, 2016
5) September 30, 2015


4. Which of the following company recently agreed to acquire Augere Wireless Broadband India?
1) Vodafone
2) Bharti Airtel
3) Idea Cellular
4) Tata Communications
5) MTS India


5. The Niti Aayog recently launched improved data tool for energy planning named as ________.
1) IESS 2022
2) IESS 2034
3) IESS 2047
4) IESS 2024
5) IESS 2050

6. Which of the following Port was announced as the best "Major Port of 2014-15" in the Gateway Award 2015?
1) Nhava Sheva
2) Kamarajar Port Limited
3) Kandla Port
4) Visakhapatnam Port
5) Kolkata Port


7. Who was conferred with the 2015 Stockholm Water Prize?
1) Pranesh Aswath
2) Rajendra Singh
3) Pradeep Goyal
4) Rajiv Mangla
5) None of them



8. Google recently signed a MoU with which of the state government to promote Digital Literacy in the state?
1) Telengana
2) Punjab
3) Haryana
4) Maharashtra
5) Andhra Pradesh



9. Former Cricket Arthur Morris recently passed away. He was a famous opening batsman of _________.
1) South Africa
2) England
3) New Zealand
4) Australia
5) Ireland


10. The Commonwealth Youth, Junior and Senior Weightlifting Championships 2015 will be held in which of the following Indian state?
1) Rajasthan
2) Maharashtra
3) Kerala
4) Tamil Nadu
5) Punjab



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English Quiz for Bank Exams 2015 - Set 20 - Cloze Test


Hello and welcome to ExamPundit. Here is a set of English Quiz for Bank and Insurance Exams 2015. The following set is based on Cloze Test.


One day a father of a very wealthy family ___1___ his son on a trip to the country with the purpose of ___2___ his son how the poor people live so he could be thankful for his wealth. They spent a ___3___ of days and nights on the farm of what would be considered a ___4___ poor family. On their ___5___ from the trip, the father asked his son, “How was the trip?" "It was great, Dad.” “Did you see how poor people can be?”, the father asked. “Oh yeah”, said the son. So what did you ___6___ from the trip?”, asked the father. The son answered, “I saw that we have one dog and they had four. We have a pool that ___7___ in the middle of our garden and they have a creek that has no end.” “We have imported lanterns in our garden and they have the stars at night.” “Our patio reaches to the front yard and they have the ___8___ horizon.” “we have a small piece of land to live on and they have fields that go beyound our sight.” “We have ___9___ who serve us, but they serve others.” “We buy our food, but they grow theirs.” “We have walls around our ___10___ to protect us; they have friends to protect them.” With this the boy’s father was speechless. Then his son added, “Thanks dad for showing me how poor we are”.

1. (a) took (b) beat (c) drag (d) mould (e) showed



2. (a) presenting (b) requesting (c) tell (d) trusting (e) showing



3. (a) two (b) couple (c) much (d) few (e) many



4. (a) major (b) some (c) sorrow (d) very (e) astutely



5. (a) lane (b) journey (c) leave (d) return (e) walking



6. (a) reveal (b) think (c) saw (d) believe (e) learn



7. (a) stands (b) reaches (c) swims (d) leak (e) watery



8. (a) more (b) scene (c) whole (d) last (e) lucky



9. (a) servants (b) mother (c) computers (d) relatives (e) man



10. (a) minds (b) selves (c) property (d) pillars (e) country




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Reasoning Quiz for Bank Exams 2015 - Set 18 - Puzzle


Hello and welcome to ExamPundit. Here is a set of Reasoning Quiz based on Puzzle.


Directions(Q.1-5): Study the following paragraph and then answer the questions that follow.

Five golfers C, D, E, F and G play a series of matches in which the following are always true of the results. Either C is the last and G is the 1st or C is the 1st and G is the last. D finishes ahead of E. Every golfer plays in and finishes every match. There are no ties in any match, i.e. no two players ever finish in the same position in a match.


1. Which of the following cannot be true ?
(a) E finishes second.
(b) F finishes second.
(c) E finishes ahead of F.
(d) F finishes ahead of D.
(e) None of these






Solutions -Either C or G has to be first and D has to come before E. Hence, E cannot, finish second. 


2. If D finishes third, then which of the following must be true?
(a) G finishes first.
(b) E finishes ahead of F.
(c) F finishes ahead of E.
(d) F finishes behind D.
(e) None of these






Solutions -F finishes second when D finishes third. Thus F finishes ahead of E. 


3. If C finishes first, then in how many different orders is it possible for the other golfers to finish?
(a) 1
(b) 2
(c) 3
(d) 4
(e) None of these






Solutions - In the event of C finishing first, G finishes last and we will have the following three possible ordering of finishes. CFDEG, CDEFG and CDFEG.


4. Which of the following additional conditions make it certain that F finishes second ?
(a) C finishes ahead of D.
(b) D finishes ahead of F.
(c) F finishes ahead of D.
(d) D finishes behind G.
(e) None of these






Solutions - When F finishes ahead of D, than F will definitely finish at the second place.


5. If exactly one golfer finishes between C and D, then which of the following must be true?
(a) C finishes first.
(b) G finishes first.
(c) F finishes third.
(d) E finished fourth.
(e) None of these






Solutions -When there is exactly one golfer between C and D, then E finishes at the fourth place. 


Directions(Q.6-10): Study the following paragraph and then answer the questions that follow.

A shopkeeper placed eight varieties of cloth pieces of different colours viz. brown, pink, green, white, blue, violet, black and yellow, in a row such that blue cloth is placed fifth from the left end. Green is placed to the extreme right. White cloth is to the second to the left of blue. Violet cloth is exactly in between blue and white. Black is sixth to the left of green and fourth to the left of brown. Pink is not the third to the right of violet.

6. Which colour cloth is placed fifth to the left of yellow?
(a) Violet
(b) Brown
(c) Green
(d) White
(e) None of these


7. Which of the following is definitely true?
(a) Green cloth is second to the right of yellow.
(b) White cloth is placed fifth to the left of brown.
(c) White cloth is placed exactly in between violet and black.
(d) Pink cloth occupies second position from the left end.
(e) All are true.


8. Which colour cloth is third to the left of Brown ?
(a) Yellow
(b) Blue
(c) Green
(d) White
(e) Pink


9. Which of the following is the correct position' of Yellow with respect to Pink?
(a) Sixth to the right
(b) Sixth to the left
(c) Fifth to the right
(d) Fourth to the left
(e) Fifth to the left


10. Which colour cloth is to the immediate right of Pink?
(a) White
(b) Blue
(c) Black
(d) Brown
(e) Green






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Quantitative Aptitude Quiz 2015 - Set 17 - Mixed Problems


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1. If the compound interest on a certain sum of money for 3 years at 10% p.a. be Rs. 993, what would be the simple interest ?
(a) Rs. 800
(b) Rs. 950
(c) Rs. 900
(d) Rs. 1000
(e) None of these






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2. In a class, 20 opted for Physics, 17 for Maths, 5 for both and 10 for other subjects. The class contains how many students?
(a) 35
(b) 42
(c) 52
(d) 60
(e) None of these






Solutions -




3. How much water must be added to 100 cc of 80% solution of boric acid to reduce it to a 50% solution ?
(a) 20 cc
(b) 40 cc
(c) 80 cc
(d) 60 cc
(e) None of these






Solutions -




4. Successive discounts of 20% and 15% are equivalent to a single discount of
(a) 35%
(b) 32%
(c) 17.5%
(d) 22.5%
(e) None of these





Solutions -




5. The dimensions of a rectangular room when increased by 4 metres are in the ratio of 4 : 3 and when decreased by 4 metres, are in the ratio of 2 : 1. The dimensions of the room are
(a) 6 m and 4 m
(b) 12 m and 8 m
(c) 16 m and 12 m
(d) 24 m and 16 m
(e) None of these






Solutions -




6. Two cars start together in the same direction from the same place. The first goes with a uniform speed of 10 km/h. The second goes at a speed of 8 km/h in the first hour and increases its speed by ½ km with each succeeding hour. After how many hours will the second car overtake the first one, if both go non-stop?
(a) 9 hours
(b) 5 hours
(c) 7 hours
(d) 8 hours
(e) None of these






Solutions -




7. 24 men working 8 hours a day can finish a work in 10 days. Working at the rate of 10 hours a day, the number of men required to finish the same work in 6 days is
(a) 30
(b) 32
(c) 34
(d) 36
(e) None of these





Solutions -




8. The sum of digits of a two digit number is 15. If 9 be added to the number, then the digits are reversed. The number is
(a) 96
(b) 87
(c) 78
(d) 69
(e) None of these






Solutions -




9. Three cubes of a metal are of edges 3 cm, 4 cm and 5 cm. These are melted together and from the melted material, another cube is formed. The edge of this cube is :
(a) 8 cm
(b) 10 cm
(c) 9 cm
(d) 6 cm
(e) None of these






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10. Simran got married 8 years ago. Today her age is 1 2/7 times her age at the time of her marriage. At present her daughters age is one-sixth of her age. What was her daughter’s age 3 years ago ?
(a) 2 years
(b) 3 years
(c) 4 years
(d) 5 years
(e) None of these






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SBI PO 2015 - GD Topics - Part 2


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  1. Not only Instant Foods, Govt. Should check all of Food Items in the Market
  2. Fear or Devotion? - Rise of False Godmen and Godwomen
  3. Freedom of Press - Boon or Bane?
  4. Yoga and Secularism
  5. Social Network is used as a weapon by the political parties
  6. Digital Education vs Traditional Education
  7. Football is replacing Cricket in India
  8. ISRO should go beyond Mars
  9. Pakistan Dares India; India Plays Shy
  10. Private companies in building up infrastructure
  11. Fulfilling His Dreams is the best way to pay tribute to the Missile Man
  12. India needs Young Leaders
  13. The Ex-Servicemen of India deserve One Rank, One Pension
  14. E-transactions Will Help Government Curb Illegalities
  15. India needs a Start-Up Revolution



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Ask The Mentor - 31 August, 2015



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Sunday, August 30, 2015

General Awareness Magazine - IBPS RRB OS-I 2015


Hello and welcome to ExamPundit. Here is the much awaited IBPS RRB Officer Scale I 2015 General Awareness Magazine. Thank you for all your patience.

Table of Contents:

Current Affairs:

  • Banking and Finance News
  • News related to India
  • Appointments
  • Awards and Honors
  • Sports News
  • News Around The World
  • List and Reports
  • Books and Authors
  • Days in News
  • Obituaries


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  • Power Plants in India
  • Symbols of Indian States
  • Banking Apps and Schemes
  • Wildlife Sanctuaries
  • Famous Airports
  • Famous Temples
  • News Agencies
  • All Important Days
  • Important Stock Exchange and Indexes
  • Important Stadiums
  • Countries by Production
  • Indian States and Capitals
  • Intl Org HQs





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Share Your Exam Review - UIIC Assistant 2015 - Evening Shift


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GA Questions asked in UIIC Assistant 2015 - Morning Shift


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  1. Hq of lic
  2. largest life insurance company
  3. along with India Nicl operate in?
  4. 48th Asean forengin ministers' meeting held in
  5. Dicgc insures what?
  6. Irda established under which committe recommendation.
  7. suez canal is in?
  8. question on samanvay
  9. cm of haryana
  10. india will surpass china in population by?
  11. raman magsay awardee(sanjiv chaturvedi was given) ans:anshu gupta
  12. capital of mozambique
  13. currency of Sri Lanka
  14. national handloom day?
  15. Hiroshima day
  16. Ramanujan awardee
  17. sar utha ke jiyo is the tagline of which company?
  18. A Grammy awardee is recently passes away named that person?
  19. A Amerclican global company paytech launch a new payment Service name this?
  20. krishnapatnam port where?



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Share Your Exam Review - UIIC Assistant 30 August 2015 - Morning


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Current Affairs Update – 29th August, 2015

Hello and welcome to ExamPundit. Here are the Important Current Affairs of 29th August, 2015. These are Important for the upcoming IBPS Clerk 2015 Exam. Newest feature is added today. We will be providing 5 Stock GKs along with the Current Affairs. Please comment your views below.



Finance/Industry –

RBI governor cautions U.S. Fed against raising rates


  • India’s apex bank has cautioned its U.S counterpart on going ahead with a rate hike, especially at a time when world economic growth is stalling which has led to massive volatility in currency, equity and commodity markets.
  • Caution regarding a hike during the upcoming US Federal Reserves (US Fed) rate decision was conveyed by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Raghuram Rajan in an interview with CNBC at Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
  • The US Fed is expected to announce its decision to hike interest rates after a decade or so of easy monetary regime with interest rates pegged at near zero levels during its policy meet scheduled on September 16-17.
  • The Indian markets are worried that the recent positive data points from the US has heightened chances of a US rate hike in September.
  • High interest rates in the US are expected to lead away the foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) from emerging markets like India. It is also expected to dent business margins as access to capital from the US will become expensive.
  • After having cut the short term lending rate thrice thus far in this calendar year to bring it down to 7.25 percent, the RBI kept key lending rates unchanged during its last monetary policy meet held on August 4.
  • RBI that time said that further cuts can only be effected if commercial lenders pass on the previous reductions to borrowers. RBI has so far reduced lending rates by 75 basis points in 2015.



NTPC sets a record in single-day power generation of 733.12 million units


  • State-owned NTPC Ltd, India's largest power generator, has achieved a record highest single-day electricity generation of 733.12 million units.
  • The record generation of 733.12 million units from NTPC's 18 coal-based power plants, 7 gas-based units and 8 solar and hydro power stations, was achieved on August 27, the company said in a statement.
  • NTPC currently has an installed capacity of 45,548 Mega-Watts (MW) (including 6,196 MW through joint ventures), according to the company website.
  • During financial year 2014-15, NTPC contributed 25 per cent of total electricity generated in India with 16 per cent share of country's total installed capacity as on March 31.



Sports –

National Sports Day celebrated on 29th August


  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday paid tribute to hockey legend Major Dhyan Chand on his 110th birth anniversary and extended best wishes to all sports enthusiasts across the country on the occasion of the National Sports Day.
  • A few sportspersons and coaches will be honoured with the National Sports Awards at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Saturday. National Sports Day is celebrated on August 29.
  • Dhyan Chand, born on August 29, 1905 was an Indian field hockey player, who is widely considered the greatest hockey player of all time
  • The legendary hockey player won gold medals for India at the 1928, 1932 and 1936 Olympics.
  • Known as “The Wizard” for his superb ball control, Dhyan Chand played his final international match in 1948. He scored over 400 goals during his international career.



Indian Women Hockey Team Qualifies for Olympics After 36 Years


  • Indian women's hockey team will return to the Olympics after a long gap of 36 years as it qualified today for next year's Rio Games, courtesy England making it to the final of the ongoing EuroHockey Championships in London.
  • England's semifinal victory over Spain, coming after the Netherlands' win over Germany in the other semifinal in the European Championships freed one quota place as both the finalists have already qualified for the Olympic Games.
  • India took the quota place on the basis of its fifth-place finish in the women's Hockey World League Semifinals in Antwerp, Belgium last month.
  • International Hockey Federation (FIH) confirmed that Indian women's team has qualified for the Rio Games.
  • India are the 10th team to qualify for Rio Olympics. The last two participating teams will be confirmed in the 2015 Africa Cup for Nations in Egypt and 2015 Oceania Cup in New Zealand in November.
  • The Indian women's team will commence its outing from August 7 in the Rio Olympics.


Awards & Honors –

Sania Mirza conferred with Khel Ratna award


  • Tennis star Sania Mirza was conferred with the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, the country’s highest sporting honour, froom the President Pranab Mukherjee in a glittering ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi on Saturday.
  • Sania became the second tennis player to receive the country’s highest sporting honour after Leander Paes on a day when Sports Ministry was fighting a court case that raised questions against its process of selecting the awardees.
  • The President also gave away the Arjuna awards even as the line-up was low on star power in the absence of cricketer Rohit Sharma, who missed the ceremony alongside boxer Mandeep Jangra and quarter miler M R Poovamma. In all, the (retired) Justice V K Bali led panel had recommended 17 names for Arjuna.
  • Sania, who attracted the loudest applause from the esteemed gathering at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, received a medal, certificate and cash prize of Rs. 7.5 lakh. She had flown in just to receive the award ahead of the US Open starting in New York on Monday.
  • The Arjuna awardees received statuettes, certificates and award money of Rs.5 lakh each.
  • The ceremony, however, was shrouded in controversy with the ignored athletes and coaches not accepting the recommendations of the Ministry-appointed panel.


Appointments –

Gillette India appoints Al Rajwani as Managing Director

  • FMCG firm Gillette India today said it has appointed Al Rajwani as its Managing Director for a period of five years, effective today.
  • “Al Rajwani has been appointed as Managing Director of the company for a period of five years with effect from August 29, 2015,” Gillette India said in a BSE filing.
  • Besides, Narendra P Sarda has also been appointed as an Independent Director of the company, it added.


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  2. Brihadeeswara Temple - Tamil Nadu
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  4. International Organization for Standardization - Geneva, Switzerland
  5. Fatorda Stadium - Goa




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Saturday, August 29, 2015

Current Affairs Quiz - August, 2015 - Set 12


Hello and welcome to ExamPundit. Here is the 12th Set of Current Affairs Quiz for the month of August, 2015.


1. How many payment banks were granted in-principle approval by the Reserve Bank of India?
1) 10
2) 13
3) 14
4) 12
5) 11



2. Payments Banks will initially be restricted to holding a maximum balance of Rs _____ per individual customer.
1) 50 Thousand
2) 10 Thousand
3) 1 Lakh
4) 1 Lakh 50 Thousand
5) 2 Lakh



3. Aditi Chauhan became India's first woman to play in English league football. Which of the following club signed her?
1) Newcastle Utd
2) Manchester Utd
3) West Ham Utd
4) West Bromwich Albion
5) Chelsea



4. How many NBFCs were recently suspended by the Reserve Bank of India?
1) 11
2) 9
3) 6
4) 7
5) 8



5. State Bank of India recently launched mobile wallet app "Buddy" in collaboration with which of the following entity(s)?
1) IBM
2) Accenture
3) MasterCard
4) Both 1 and 3
5) Both 2 and 3



6. Who was recently appointed as the Advocate for UN's 'HeForShe' Campaign?
1) Amitabh Bachchan
2) Novak Djokovic
3) Anupam Kher
4) Leonardo Di Caprio
5) Farhan Akhtar



7. R Gandhi panel has recently recommended conversion of Urban Cooperative Banks (UCBs) with business size of _______ or more into regular banks.
1) 200 Crore
2) 1000 Crore
3) 20000 Crore
4) 10000 Crore
5) 2000 Crore



8. Making India Awesome is authored by ___________.
1) Twinkle Khanna
2) Ravinder Sharma
3) Tarun Khanna
4) Chetan Bhagat
5) Boria Mazumder



9. World Humanitarian Day is observed on _________.
1) 18th August
2) 20th August
3) 21st August
4) 22nd August
5) 19th August



10. Which of the following state government recently launched the RISHTA project which is an efficient smart LED based street lighting project?
1) Himachal Pradesh
2) Uttar Pradesh
3) Manipur
4) Telengana
5) Uttarakhand



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