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From which date there would be no interviews in any recruitment for junior level posts in the Government of India and its Public Sector Undertakings? January 1, 2016
Name the Marathi poet and Padma Bhushan recipient who passed away recently at the age of 86? Mangesh Padgaonkar
Name the surface-to-air missile jointly developed by India and Israel which was successfully test fired from INS Kolkata by Indian Navy recently? Barak-8
The Union Government set up a National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF) with equal contribution from the Unon Budget and private investors. What is the corpus of this fund? ₹40,000 crore
According to the recent announcement by the Union Government, consumers under the tax-paying bracket of annual income over which amount will not get cooking gas (LPG) subsidy from next month? ₹10 lakh
To respect the constitutional autonomy, the high court of which state has directed the government to hoist the state's flag on all official building and cars? Jammu and Kashmir
Name the Indian referee who has been selected to supervise wrestling in 2016 Rio Olympics? Ashok Kumar
Name the 24-year old boy who created a new Guinness World record for the longest individual net session by batting for 50 hours straight facing a total of 2,447 overs breaking the previous records of 48 hours? Virag Mare
Name the two mobile application which has been launched by the Ministry of Agriculture recently to celebrate the 'Jai Kisan Jai Vigyan' week? Crop Insurance and AgriMarket
Name the bank which was formally established in Beijing, China with India and 56 other nations as members?
(The bank would finance projects like roads, railways, airports, etc. in Asia.)
Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)
Which telecom operator has launched India's first unrestricted validity data plans for prepaid mobile customers in Delhi and Mumbai circles recently? Bharti Airtel
Name the veteran bollywood actress who passed away at the age of 74 recently?
(She had worked in films like Waqt, Mera Saaya, etc.)
Name the bollywood actor who has been signed up as the brand ambassador of Reliance Industries telecom subsidiary Reliance Jio? Shahrukh Khan
Name the former Indian wicket-keeper batsman and Padma Shri awardee who was awarded lifetime achievement award by BCCI? Syed Kirmani
GVK Lounge at Terminal 2 of which International Airport has been named the 'World's Leading Airport Lounge - First Class 2015' at the World Travel Awards in Morocco? Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai
Which country has alloted land to India to build its first naval base in the Indian Ocean region? Seychelles
According to the All India Higher Education Survey 2014-15 conducted by the Ministry of Human Resources Development what percent of the total students in higher education are PhD scholars? 0.4%
Name the states in which the Election Commission of India (ECI) will hold Assembly elections in April-May 2016? West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Assam
Name the city for which the Union Cabinet approved the construction of metro rail project (Phase 1-A) covering a length of 22 km at the cost of ₹6,298 crore recently? Lucknow
Name India's first indigenously designed and built warship which was decommissioned recently in Mumbai after thirty-two years of service? INS Godavari
In which state complainants can register first information report (FIR) online from January 1, 2016 and get confirmation for the FIRs on WhatsApp as well as on SMS? Maharashtra
Reserve Bank of India (RBI) extended the deadline for exchanging pre-2005 currency notes of various denominations, including Rs 500 and Rs 1,000, by another six months to? June 30, 2016
Name the telecom operator which became the third telecommunication operator after Bharti Airtel and Vodafone to launch the high speed 4th Generation (4G) mobile services in India? Idea Cellular
Indian Railways will hike Tatkal fare for sleeper class by ₹25, for AC III tier by ₹50 and AC II tier by ₹100. This fare will be effective from? December 25
Which bank became the first in country to allows users to book online rail tickets on its website in association with the Indian Railway Catering & Tourism Corporation Ltd. (IRCTC)? ICICI Bank
How many bills were passed in the Winter Session of Lok Sabha? 13 bills
Name the 7-year old Manipuri boy who set world record for the longest Limbo skating under horizontal bars by covering 116 meters bettering previous record of 72 meter? Tiluck Keisam
Name the BJP MP who was suspended by the BJP for allegedly attacking Finance Minister Arun Jaitley for corruption in DDCA during his tenure as its chief? Kirti Azad
Name the telecom operator who was asked by Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) to temporarily stop Facebook's Free Basic service formerly known as RCom
Railway Recruitment Board (RRB) issued notification to fill non-technical graduate posts for different zonal railways and production units in India Railways. Interested candidates can submit their application online. How many job vacancies will be on offer? 18,000
Who was appointed as the CEO of Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) recently replacing Yudhvir Singh Malik? Pawan Kumar Agarwal
Juvenile Justice Bill was passed in Rajya Sabha. This bill reduced the age of juveniles from 18 to? 16 years
With which company Reliance Communications (RCom) is in talks for merger, the combined entity of which will make RCom India's second-largest mobile phone operator by subscriber base overtaking Vodafone? Aircel
Based on which method the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) released the final guidelines on computing interest rates on advances? The Marginal Cost of Funds Methodology
Name the veteran leader of Communist Party of India (M) of eastern India who passed away recently? Noorul Huda
Who was appointed as the head of the single member committee to look into the KG-Basin gas dispute between Reliance Industries and ONGC? A P Shah
Name the speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Arunachal Pradesh against whom an impeachment resolution was passed recently? Nabam Rebia
Name the leading payment and e-commerce shopping website which will offer services to make online payments for the food ordered through e-catering with Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC)? Paytm
Name the French President who will be the Chief Guest at the Republic Day celebrations on 26th January 2016? Francois Hollande
Name the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) launched by ISRO which successfully put six satellites of Singapore into orbit recently? PSLV-C29
Vijay Diwas was observed across the country to commemorate India's victory in 1971 war on? 16th December
How much loan was approved by the World Bank to India for its ambitious 'Clean India' campaign to support the government's efforts to ensure all citizens in rural areas have access to improved sanitation and end the practice of open defecation by 2019? USD 1.5 billion
Who was appointed as the chairman of Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT)? Arun Kumar Jain
Name the Olympic silver medallist who won gold in 25-metre centre fire pistol in the 59th National shooting championship? Vijay Kumar
Name the biggest Tibetan Buddhist Festival which began on 12 December 2015 in Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir?
(This festival marks the beginning of New Year for Buddhists.)
Name the two Indian cities which for the first time have been designated as members of UNESCO's Creative Cities Network (UCCN)?
Varanasi (City of Music category)
Jaipur (City of Crafts and Folk Art category)
Name the legendary bollywood actor who has been conferred with the prestigious Padma Vibhushan, India's second highest civilian award? Dilip Kumar
Name India's young cycling sensation from Andaman who has become the first female cyclist from the country to ranked fourth in the World Elite Women Ranking for the 500m time trial event?
(The ranking was issued by cycling world body International Cycling Union (ICU).)
Deborah Herold
According to the Global Financial Integrity's (GFI's) Illicit Financial Flows from Developing Countries: 2004-2013 Report, what is the rank of India in black money outflows among the developing and emerging economies?
(China tops the list at $139 billion average outflow of illicit finances per annum, followed by Russia ($104 billion per annum) and Mexico ($52.8 billion per annum).)
Fourth, at $51 billion per annum outflow
Which bank announced to mobilize 5 billion US dollars from 2015 to 2020 for climate action? Yes Bank
Name the Hyderabad-based company which became the first company in the country to get approval from Drug Controller General of India (DGCI) to launch hepatitis C medicines?
(The product will be available under the brand name Ledisof in India.)
Hetero Drugs
Name the company which has become the first oil company from India to join the global initiative that is aimed at curbing routine gas flaring at oil production sites around the world by 2030? ONGC
Which state has become country's first state to allow the members of state legislature to raise online questions in an effort to move towards complete digitization of the process? Maharashtra
Name the company which was honored with the prestigious 'Forbes Top 100 Middle East - Global Meets Local 2015' Award? Tech Mahindra
Which Railway Zone has introduced Biodiesel for train operations? South Western Railways
Under which Act, Delhi Assembly passed the Jan Lokpal Bill, 2015 to establish an independent authority to investigate offences? Prevention of Corruption Act 1988
Which country has recently send its first consignment of Uranium to India after 41 years? Canada
Name the two new teams of Indian Premier League (IPL) which replaced the suspended Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) for the next season of IPL which will be held from April 9 to May 29 2016? Pune and Rajkot
Which State Government ambitious "Clean UP, Green UP" initiative has earned itself a place in the Guinness Book of World Records recently? Uttar Pradesh
Name the Supreme Court judge who sworn in as 43rd Chief Justice of India?
(He took over from Justice H L Dattu who retired on 2nd December 2015)
Tirath Singh Thakur
The Union Cabinet approved the setting up of six new Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs). These six IITs will be set up at?
(Each new IIT will have an initial intake of 180 students in its first year from temporary / transit which would increase to 450 in the second year and to 928 (840 Undergraduates, 80 Postgraduates and 8 Ph.D.) in the third year of their operation.)
Andhra Pradesh, Chhatisgarh, Goa, Jammu, Kerala and Karnataka
Name the Senior Janata Dal (United) leader and five-time MLA who was unanimously elected new Speaker of the Bihar State Legislative Assembly? Vijay Kumar Chaudhary
Name the pilot and actor who won the gold medal in the 'physique fitness' category at the seventh WBPF World Bodybuilding and Physique Championships in Bangkok? Thakur Anoop Singh
Name the renowned Sarangi maestro (a recipient of Padma Bhushan (2006) and Sangeet Natak Akademi Award (1986)) who passed away recently at the age of 88? Ustad Sabri Khan
What is the rank of India in the Global Innovation Index 2015 which is released by Cornell University, INSEAD, and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) recently? 81


Name the country which has launched its first high orbit high-definition (HD) optical imaging satellite called Gaofen-4? China
Which Hollywood film was the most pirated film of 2015 with over 46 million illegal downloads? Interstellar
Which West-African country has been declared Ebola-free by the WHO? Guinea
Name the 53-year old British man who has become the first man in the world to row across the Pacific Ocean from North America to Australia non-stop and solo? John Beeden
Which country became the first team in the cricket history to score 1000 individual centuries across all three formats of International cricket? Australia
Which country has announced to use Chinese currency Yuan as its legal currency along with the US Dollar and South Africa Rand after China cancelled debts worth $40 million? Zimbabwe
Name the FIFA Chief and UEFA Chief who were banned from all football-related activities for 8 years? Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini
The Winter Solstice which marks the shortest day of the year in Earth's northern hemisphere occurred on?
(During Winter Solstice, the northern hemisphere is at its farthest from the sun.)
December 22
Name the Hollywood film which has become Hollywood's biggest opener having collected $238 million in its opening weekend breaking previous record of Jurassic World ($208 million)? Star Wars: the Force Awakens
Name the Jamaican sprint star, a 11-time world champion and 6-time Olympic medalist, who has been voted the Best Male Athlete of 2015 by the International Sports Press Association (AIPS)?
(Novak Djokovic and Lionel Messi were voted second and third place respectively.)
Usain Bolt
A 1,370 year old copy of the Quran, claimed to be the world's oldest copy of the Islamic holy book, was found in? Birmingham, United Kingdom
Which country recently lifted a 32-year ban on blood donations by gay and bisexual men? USA
The three-day long 2nd World Internet Conference was concluded on 18 December 2015. At which place this conference was held? Wuzen (China)
International Migrants Day was observed across the world on?
(On 18 December 1990, the General Assembly, United Nations adopted the international convention on the protection of the rights of migrant workers and members of their families.)
18th December 2015
Which country's membership terms to join the World Trade Organisation (WTO) as 163rd member was approved at the WTO's Tenth Ministerial Conference (MC10) recently? Afghanistan
By what percentage the Federal Reserve of United States (US) increased the interest rate for the first time since 2006? 0.25%
Name the first-ever vaccine against dengue fever which has been manufactured by French company Sanofi and has been cleared for use in Mexico?
(Dangue fever affects up to 400 million people per year.)
Name the German Chancellor who was named as Person of the Year 2015 by Time Magazine? Angela Merkel
Name the world number one women shuttler from Spain who has won the 2015 Female Badminton Player of the Year award? Carolina Marin
International Anti-Corruption Day was observed across the world on? 9th December 2015
Which country formally joined as the ninth member of Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)? New Zealand
5th "Heart of Asia" conference began at? Islamabad (Pakistan)
Which bank holds world's largest assets at 2.95 trillion dollar? Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC)
International Day of Persons with Disabilities with the theme - Inclusion matters: access and empowerment for people of all abilities, was observed on? 3rd December 2015
International Day for the Abolition of Slavery was observed on? 2nd December 2015
World AIDS Day (Theme - On the Fast-Track to end AIDS) was observed on? 1st December 2015
Who was elected as the president of Burkina Faso? Roch Marc Christian Kabore
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) approved Yuan for inclusion in its elite basket of reserve currencies. Yuan is the currency of which country?
(The yuan, also known as the renminbi, will join the US dollar, euro, Japanese yen and British pound next year in the basket of currencies the IMF uses as an international reserve asset.)

International Tennis Federation (ITF) on 22 December 2015 announced winners of 2015 World Champions.

List of ITF 2015 World Champions:

Men's World ChampionNovak Djokovic (Serbia)
Women's World ChampionSerena Williams (USA)
Men's Doubles World ChampionsJean-Julien Rojer (Netherlands) & Horia Tecau (Romania)
Women's Doubles World ChampionsMartina Hingis (Switzerland) & Sania Mirza (India)
ITF Junior World ChampionsDalma Galfi (Hungary) & Taylor Fritz (USA)
ITF Wheelchair World ChampionsJiske Griffioen (Netherlands) & Shingo Kunieda (Japan)

ICC Awards 2015

List of ICC Awards 2015 Winners:

Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for ICC Cricketer of the YearSteven Smith (Australia)
ICC Test Cricketer of the YearSteven Smith (Australia)
ICC ODI Cricketer of the YearAB de Villiers (South Africa)
ICC Women's ODI Cricketer of the YearMeg Lanning (Australia)
ICC Emerging Cricketer of the YearJosh Hazlewood (Australia)
ICC Associate and Affiliate Cricketer of the YearKhurram Khan (UAE)
ICC Women's T20I Cricketer of the YearStafanie Taylor (West Indies)
David Shepherd Trophy for ICC Umpire of the YearRichard Kettleborough
ICC Spirit of Cricket AwardBrendon McCullum (New Zealand)
ICC Twenty20 International Performance of the YearFaf du Plessis (South Africa for his 119 off 56 balls in 2nd T20I vs West Indies, 11 January 2015, Johannesburg)

Abbreviations in News:

1. NIIF: National Investment and Infrastructure Fund
2. AIIB: Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank
3. ECI: Election Commission of India
4. FIR: First Information Report
5. IRCTC: Indian Railway Catering & Tourism Corporation Ltd.
6. TRAI: Telecom Regulatory Authority of India
7. RRB: Railway Recruitment Board
8. FSSAI: Food Safety and Standards Authority of India
9. RCom: Reliance Communications
10. PSLV: Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle
11. CBDT: Central Board of Direct Taxes
12. UCCN: UNESCO's Creative Cities Network
13. ICU: International Cycling Union
14. GFI: Global Financial Integrity
15. DGCI: Drug Controller General of India
16. IPL: Indian Premier League
17. WIPO: World Intellectual Property Organization
18. HD: High-Definition
19. ITF: International Tennis Federation
20. ICBC: Industrial and Commercial Bank of China